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news & views.....................4-6 4-5 op-ed: The Cranky Foreigner takes on

COVER STORY: Art for Charity

the meaning of the word “freedom”; Victor Morawski talks the Meidcare debate.

6 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd For two and a half weeks in January, locals will have the pleasure of viewing the art of

finds the oddities of crime.

Paula C. Faraday and Roslyn Hancock, two senior ladies whose artistic careers had been put on hold for decades in order to raise their families. Now their passions have re-emerged, ready to be revealed to the public. This show, benefitting St. Mary Catholic School and breast-cancer research, will be the first of (hopefully) many Art for Charity

Want to see the best in music at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues? Or UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium? Or Soapbox Laundro Lounge? Visit, www.encorepub.com, to enter one of our many concert contests, and try for a chance to score tickets to area shows!

creative writing and ‘toons contest winners!

Congratulations to our 2010 Creative Writing Contest winner, Claude Limoges, and our 2010 ‘Toons Contest winners, Jay Schiller and Greg Cravens. Kudos to you! Readers can look for Limoges’ new, shortstory series “An Involuntary Intimate” every other week in encore throughout the year.

“Hair” and awards it four stars.

and the art will hang through Saturday, January 23rd. Read all about it in Lauren Hodges’

11 art preview: Lauren Hodges interviews

piece on page 11.

two painters restarting their art for charity.

Schiller and Cravens’ ‘toons, “More on TV,” will also be featured in encore throughout the year. Thanks to all those who submitted; it was a tough decision. Congrats again to our winners!

our bad

In our December 30th edition, we revealed the creative-writing submissions to our annual Creative Writing Contest. We mistakenly printed that the piece “In the Kitchen” was written by Robert Anton Wilson. It was, in fact, written by Christina Dore. The story also should have ended at “...on the conrete steps.” Must have been all the egg nog we consumed over the holidays. Our apologies, and congrats on the honorable menton, Christina!

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Editor-in-ChiEf: Shea Carver

Art dirECtor Sue Cothran

AssistAnt Editor: Emily Rea ChiEf Contributors: Adrian Varnam, Nicki Leone, Anghus Houvouras, Carolyna Shelton, Rosa Bianca, MJ Pendleton, Ashley Cunningham, Robert Blanton, Lauren Hodges, Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd

AdvErtising sAlEs: John Hitt: Downtown, Carolina Beach

13 gallery guide: See what local galleries

Shea Carver: Midtown, Monkey Junction Promotions mAnAgEr: John Hitt John Hitt

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late-night funnies

“Former President Bush is writing his memoirs and he says they will focus on 12 major decisions he made in his life. The weird thing is, 11 of them were made by Dick Cheney.”—Conan O’Brien “Final installment of Things More Fun Than Reading the Sarah Palin Memoir: Driving into a tree, microwaving your head, and getting stabbed in the eye with a carrot.”—David Letterman “Oh, I love this — did you hear about this? Did you hear about this? Yesterday, President Obama said his wife, Michelle, decided they should not buy each other Christmas gifts this year. Mr. President, if you’re listening, it’s a trap! Listen! She doesn’t mean it. Go shopping. Let me tell you something Mr. President, if you don’t buy her a gift, you better hope health care passes.”—Jay Leno “President Obama brought cookies to kids at a Boys and Girls Club in D.C. yesterday, and he said to the kids, ‘Here’s the question: have you guys been good?’ Then the kids were like, ‘Here’s another question: Did you get us the Olympics? How about a public option? Did you fix the economy? No? Then why don’t you just hand over the cookies, Barry.’”—Jimmy Fallon

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14 film reviews: Shea Carver reveals the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre’s new Guerilla Film Series; Anghus reviews Sherlock Holmes.

19 music preview: Adrian Varnam gets the scoop on new music venue The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery and its opening act, The Clams.

20-23 soundboard: Find out what bands and solo musicians are playing shows in venues all over town.

grub & guzzle..................20-23 24 dining review: Shea Carver discovers that eating out doesn’t always mean breaking our health-minded New Year’s resolutions.

25-27 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide for the scoop on the Port City’s finest.

extra! extra! ...................28-35 28 book review: Tiffanie Gabrielse previews Daniel Kraus’ The Monster Variations for the

Kris Beasley: Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington

distribution: Reggie Brew,

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8 theater: MJ Pendleton reviews City Stage’s

events. An opening artist reception at Caffe Phoenix takes place Saturday, January 7th,

painting by Roslyn Hancock

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Freedom From ... Freedom To ... A look at linguistics

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would be hard-pressed to pick a more abused word than “freedom.” Our foundering fathers pretty much saw it as getting the idiot King of England off their backs, and his choice of what their official religion should be. But it would be a tough sell to Jefferson and Adams that the troops now occupying Iraq are protecting our freedom. That same era gave us “freedom fries.” Back in the days of the “public option,” its critics said it was taking away our freedom—even though, by definition, whenever anything is optional, it guarantees a freedom to choose. And it always ends up in someone saying that America is or is not a free country. So what does that mean?

by: The Cranky Foreigner First of all, there are two basic kinds of freedoms. There is the freedom to do something and the freedom from something. And that’s where the crunch comes. If it’s a free country, why can’t I build a giant chemical factory in St. Louis and dump the poisonous waste into the Mississippi River? And if it’s a free country, shouldn’t I be free from the fear that my unborn child has some horrible birth defect waiting to be revealed? The problem with freedom is that the boundaries of freedom are generally judgment calls, and those boundaries and judgments tend to be made by people who don’t give a rat’s ass about where the

founding fathers heads were when defining the principles of the Constitution. The endless debate about the freedom of health insurance companies to gouge the public is a case in point. Everyone who stands up and speaks on this issue, does so in the name of freedom. And the hundreds of millions spent on lobbying is all claimed to be the constitutionally protected freedom to petition our elected representatives. At this time, allow me to point out that if the actions of our Congressmen were repeated in Europe, Australia or Canada, both the lobbyist and the lawmaker would end up in prison for bribing public officials or vote-selling, and they would stay there for at least five years. Here, it’s different because it seems that it is

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aradoxically, some things that occur in the dark of night can be seen best in the clear light of day. Such was the case recently when South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint challenged a last-minute provision inserted into the Senate Health Care Bill at 1 o’clock in the morning and exposed it for all the world to see. The provision established an Independent Medicare Advisory Board (MAB), and despite a disclaimer to the contrary, it will likely be the deadly vehicle for rationing health care to senior citizens. Remember: The Civil Rights Act of 1965 imposing oppressive workplace quotas was billed as containing no affirmative action. And the legislation that opened the door to tens of millions of illegal immigrants in 1985 was entitled the “Immigration Reform and Control Act.” So much for taking politicians at their word. The fact is MAB will play a central role in implementing vast cuts to Medicare in the coming years—cuts that will inevitably result in rationing health care for seniors. Yes, the bill does contain a clause stating, “The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care.” And that, in truth, makes it all the more suspicious. We all know the old cliché, “When someone tells you, ‘It’s not about the money’— it’s about the money!” By the same token, when politicians say, “It’s not about the rationing,” get ready for the rationing! This can be easily gleaned from the few sections surrounding the disclaimer. The politicians tell us that the main purpose of MAB is to provide recommendations “to reduce the Medicare per capita growth rate.” Now, how else are they going to reduce the average rate of Medicare spending per individual without significantly reducing the number of services—particu-

by: Victor Morawski

larly high-cost life-saving services? Of course, they will tell you that they will do this in part through the elimination of waste. What they won’t tell you is that some of what they consider to be “waste” are expensive but potentially life-saving services provided to those who have only a relatively short time to live (even after a successful procedure). MAB supposedly “will extend Medicare solvency” by focusing on “health outcomes,” such as “quality and efficiency improvements.” Providing Medicare funds for high-cost procedures that result in limited benefits because they do not sufficiently (in the eyes of government bureaucrats) extend a person’s life, or improve its quality, is to them an inefficient use of such funds. Medicare would today cover these services because it provides them as needed, without making decisions based on projected outcomes. Architects of the current Health Care Reform Legislation are out to change this. Now, to make such “quality and efficien-

cy improvements,” MAB will need data on which to base its life-and-death decisions. So to “address gaps in quality, efficiency, comparative effectiveness information and health outcomes measures,” the Bill provides for the establishment of a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. This entity will provide the needed data. This organization parallels in its main functions Great Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which for many is the very paradigm of what Sarah Palin rightly declared a “Death Panel”-style rationing board. One might here object that there is no mention in the current Health Care Reform Legislation of the use of a standard like Britain’s Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) to measure the effectiveness of services and procedures in terms of their outcomes in ways that would load the deck against the elderly, as that system does. But the beauty of the new health-care paradigm is that it doesn’t have to. For work-

ing just down the road at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is Cass Sunstein. Sunstein, the Regulations Czar, wants to change the standard by which all Federal Agencies evaluate the effectiveness of a policy or procedure from one that does not currently take any age considerations into account—the Value of a Statistical Life—to one which does. His standard—the Value of a Statistical Life Year (VSLY)—would, he readily admits, “likely result in significantly lower benefits calculations for elderly people.” As Sunstein’s recommendation, if adopted, would apply to all Federal Agencies, it would apply also to the Independent Medicare Advisory Board, which may explain why the duplicitous Democrats decided to pass it in the middle of the night, thoroughly befitting the coming darkness. Victor Morawski, professor at Coppin State Unversity, is a Liberty Features Syndicated writer for Americans for Limited Government.

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d r i e w e h t f o s w ne Chuck Shepherd digs up the strangest of the strange in world news

LEAD STORY Natives of the Erromango section of the Pacific island Vanuatu recently held a formal “conciliation” with the greatgreat-grandson of the British missionary whom the islanders’ ancestors ate when he came ashore in 1839. Charles MilnerWilliams’ forebear, Rev. John Williams, was regarded as the most famous Christian missionary of the era. Vanuatan legislator Ralph Regenvanu told BBC News that cannibalism was traditionally a sacred warrior practice for “vanquishing a threat (and) absorbing the power of the enemy.” Nonetheless, he said, the island has long felt “guilt,” and even a “complex,” from killing and eating Rev. Williams. In penitence, Vanuatu symbolically gave the Williams family a 7-year-old girl, who will not be eaten but whose education Milner-Williams promised to underwrite. Can’t Possibly Be True In November, a Chicago judge ruled that former firefighter Jeffrey Boyle is entitled to his $50,000 annual pension even though he had pleaded guilty in 2006 to eight counts of arson (and allegedly confessed to 12 more). Boyle is known locally as “Matches” Boyle to distinguish him from his brother, John “Quarters” Boyle, who is now in federal prison for bribery following the theft of millions of dollars in state toll-gate coins. Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. concluded that Matches’ arsons were wholly separate from his firefighting. Salvadorean citizen Ernesto Gamboa, who worked for 13 years in the Seattle area as a snitch for federal drug agents and contributed to at least 92 convictions for drug- and weapons-smuggling, was “fired” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May after asking the agency for regular employment. Gamboa originally entered the U.S. as a visitor but overstayed and

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now aspires merely to an “S visa” granted aliens who assist law enforcement. Not only did ICE deny that request but, according to a November Seattle Times report, the agency informed Gamboa that he should prepare to be deported. Inexplicable “It is the Christian commandment to love your enemies and to do good to them. I did that,” explained Dan Ross, 61, a retiree in Lehigh Acres, Fla., who in November wired a dozen yellow roses to Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood spree killer. “Whereas the ministers out there in Fort Hood are praying for (Hasan) ... I went one step further,” Ross told the Naples Daily News. The card Ross ordered with the flowers read, “In God’s eye, and those who submit, you are a hero!” The Texas florist who received the order notified the FBI. While reporting on Britain’s oldest newlyweds in November (husband 94, wife 87), the Daily Telegraph also noted that in 2008, Bertie Wood and her husband, Jessie, of Falmouth had decided to end their 36-year marriage, evidently at a point where they felt they needed a fresh start. Both were 97 years old at the time. Jessie has since died, and Bertie lives in a nursing home. Unclear on the Concept Michael Yavorski, 52, who drew a threemonth sentence in October for having twice fondled a 12-year-old girl and given her a beer, complained through his lawyer that the sentence was too long. “The collateral consequences for Mr. Yavorski here are tremendous,” said the lawyer, in that the negative publicity about the case might force Yavorski to close his business in Lower Nazareth Township, Pa., an icecream parlor.

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In a December letter, lawyers for the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City threatened litigation against Lincoln County, Miss., which recently changed the name of its Lincoln County Multi-Purpose Facility to “Lincoln Center.” The facility, in the town of Brookhaven (pop. 9,800), is used mostly for livestock shows and family reunions. Almost every Thursday night, Jack Knowler, 61, and his girlfriend, Bev Rogers, enjoy themselves at Hanc’s Bar in Bowmanville, Ontario, and then, knowing their limitations, leave their vehicles parked and call A Ryde Home, a local service for the intoxicated. On a recent Thursday night, according to a December report in the Toronto Sun, as Knowler and Rogers waited outside Hanc’s for their ride, they were ticketed by police (at $65 each) for being drunk in public. Said a police supervisor, “It’s not a ‘mixed message.’ You can’t be intoxicated in a public place.” It’s Good to Be a British Criminal (actually, “United Kingdom Criminal”) (continued) (1) After pleading guilty in Cardiff Crown Court to forging an uncle’s checks worth 41,000 pounds ($65,000), Hayley Price, 42, was fined 5 pounds ($8), given a suspended sentence and ordered to do community service. The judge reasoned that Price was broke, having already spent the 41,000 pounds. (2) Brian Wallace was the victim of a severe beating in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2007, stabbed five times and hospitalized with lung and kidney lacerations, and to this day is battling for 7,500 pounds ($12,000) compensation from a government fund. In December 2009, Wallace learned that his attacker, Simon Granhof, who had been mistakenly kept in jail two weeks longer than his sentence, would receive 12,500 pounds ($20,000) from the government for deprivation of rights. (Granhof’s sentence had already been cut in half before the mistake.) People With Issues Kevin Derks, 53, of Kenosha, Wis., swears that he has never touched an underage girl, even though he admitted to an all-consuming fixation on their “innocence” and beauty. Derks’ apartment, according to a detective, appears to be a “shrine” to little girls, with walls covered with posters and photos, including snapshots of celebrity kids and local children, according to a Kenosha News report, and a bed full of stuffed toys and two adolescent-sized mannequins in sexual positions with adult

mannequins. Derks was arrested in November and charged with 20 counts of child pornography based on some of his photos and videos. Said Derks, to detectives: “This was my own world. I knew what I was doing. I took a gamble. It’s like going to Vegas, except I lost everything. (N)ow my ass is gonna fry.” Alcohol Was Involved (1) In November, the Seattle Police Department, investigating a complaint about a beating, interviewed a 25-year-old man hospitalized after being found screaming in pain impaled on a metal fence. He said he had run away from a barroom fight and momentarily thought he was a “ninja warrior” capable of leaping the fence. (2) Sean McDowell, 24, was arrested in Ashland, Ore., after attempting to steal a 4-foot-tall stuffed giraffe from the front of a children’s store. A police officer had witnessed an inebriated McDowell grab the giraffe and make simulated sexual movements, then walk away, and then return 90 minutes later to snatch the animal for good. We Have Rules! (1) Shawnee Mission Northwest outscored the competition at the Kansas Girls State Gymnastics Championship in November, but finished in third place because of a one-point penalty for a rule violation. The school’s coach had inquired about a balance-beam score outside the five-minute “window” for inquiries. The two schools that were tied for second place were declared co-champions. (2) Environmentally conscious David and Katie France live 400 yards from their recycling center in Blandford, England, and decided in October to hand-carry their garbage instead of driving their car the short distance. However, they were refused entry, based on a “safety” rule requiring that trash be brought in vehicles. A News of the Weird Classic (July 1991) In May 1991, Maxcy Dean Filer of Compton, Calif., finally passed the California Bar exam. He had graduated from law school in 1966 but had failed the exam 47 straight tries. (After opening a practice in Compton, he was suspended in 2007 for failing to pass the California Bar’s Professional Responsibility exam. He remains suspended.) Read News of the Weird daily at www.WeirdUniverse.net. Send your Weird News to WeirdNews@earthlink.net or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.


    

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Flower Power: City Stage presents ‘Hair’

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ilmington has the cutest, most personable theater talent, which is why “Rent” and “Hair” may have been disappointing on Broadway but are perfectly delightful here. There is often a joyful chemistry on the stage, which transcends the acting. City Stage’s production of “Hair” is not a Be In or a Happening—it’s a total immersion Love In. In 1968 “Hair” was revolutionary. It artistically symbolized the international youth movement, which was challenging the prevailing cultural establishment. Almost every moral, ethical and legal norm was essentially ridiculed and challenged. The most important specific issue was the Vietnam War and the draft, but freedom was the presiding principle. The “establishment,” after World War II and the Korean War, maintained power through fear, similar to our post-9/11 government. Americans have essentially given up their privacy rights in favor of security, and we are again involved in an unpopular war. Unfortunately, revolutions are only effective if the freedom gained is maintained. Though “Hair” is a reminder of an important cultural revolution, the irrepressible spirit of the production is just plain fun. The lights, colors, singing and dancing celebrate rather than denigrate. The anger at injustice and inequality is subordinate to the joy of friendship and the harmony of hope. The cast is outstanding! Director Wil-

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HHHHH City Stage at Level 5, 21 North Front Street January 1-31 Tickets: 342 0272 liam Day played Claude on opening night and will probably continue in the role. Day brings a sweet innocence to the conflicted character who is torn between the values of his parents and those of his friends. His confusion is poignantly illustrated in the song “Where Do I Go?” Adam Poole is an energetic, charismatic Berger, whose smile lights the stage and seduces the senses. Keith Welborn (Hud) is as amazing as he was as the Scarecrow in “The Wiz” and sizzles singing “I’m Black/Colored Spade.” Morganna Bridgers (Sheila) and Audra Smith (Jeannie) are adorably flirty with a warmth that wraps the audience. Bridgers sang “Easy To Be Hard,” which is not an easy song to sing, with emotion that went way beyond the lyrics, and she reinvented “Good Morning Starshine” as a plea for harmony and understanding. Kandayce Brown sang a fabulous “White Boys,” and Wesley Neiman and Arthur Bridgers, who

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HAIR-RELEVANT: The production of ‘Hair’ still resonates today as our society is faced with many of the same issues as during the play’s inception in 1968.

played Claude’s mom and dad as well as hippies, sang beautifully together. The much-anticipated nude scene was a graceful, stylized moment at the end of Act One, which radiated a kind of innocent purity. The dancing is fantastic thanks to

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the sensational talent of the cast and David Loudermilk’s choreography. Music director Chiaki Ito and her fellow musicians were right on the stage and right on everything musical. “Hair” has been revised, edited and restructured over the years, though the message remains the same. Day’s interpretation embraces the exuberant spirit, yet preserves the sincerity of the sentiment. The only discordant scene is the one with Margaret Meade because the comic relief is not particularly amusing, and it disrupts the graceful flow of the production. On opening night the baby boomers were bopping in their seats and sing, sing, singing along. After the standing ovation, cast members enticed eager dancers to shake it up on the stage to a rapturous reprise of “Good Morning Starshine.” “Hair” is essentially a celebration of love and life, a challenge for change and a harbinger of hope. This production is the epitome of warm and fuzzy; it’s a groovy kind of love.


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hen Paula C. Faraday created a set of paintings for the 2008 Senior Citizens Art Show, it was the first art work she had produced in over 50 years. Having set her visual talents aside for business and family, she was feeling a little rusty and out of touch with her creative side. Nevertheless, she entered her paintings, convinced that she had nothing left to offer the art world ... until she was awarded first place. “My husband convinced me to do it,” she said. “It felt really good to paint again, but I didn’t think it would amount to anything.” In 2009 her entries into the contest won second place, and Faraday realized that she was an artist again. In the 1960s Faraday’s creations were in full swing, as her paintings were featured in the Washington Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Eventually, she put down the paintbrush and spent the next 50 years rearing four children, owning and operating a million-dollar business and exploring other ambitions. “Oh, boy, was I successful,” Faraday, now in her 80s, laughs. “I was extremely focused on my career and my kids. There were so many things I wanted to do: marriage, children, travel, business—and I’ve certainly done them!” Faraday appeared to have the golden touch, excelling in everything she attempted, and painting was no different, even the second time around. Encouraged by her contest winnings and a regained success at the easel, she decided to continue painting but with a new angle. “I want to help others with the sale of my work,” she says. “I feel that at this point in my life, it is the best thing for me to do.” Faraday hopes to hold an art show once a year with other fellow artists for charities of their choice. Her own personal selection is the St. Mary Catholic School on 5th Street downtown. “There are two reasons for doing this, though,” she adds. “I think

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PORTRAIT OF FARADAY: Roslyn Hancock did a portrait of Faraday as part of their Art for Charity show, hanging at Caffe Phoenix through Jan. 23rd.

any chance to promote artistic work is a noble cause. There are a lot of talents in this town that are interested in being involved, and as artists I know that there is a lot we can do for the community.” This year, her partner-in-artistic-altruism will be Roslyn Hancock, formerly of South Africa. The two women have something in common: artistic careers put on hold for decades, in favor of family, only to be redicovered now with a new purpose. Hancock’s emerging career in the ‘90s, which included a solo exhibition in Provo, Utah, was paused when her son James was in a life-changing accident. Before the accident,

Hancock was known for not signing her paintings when they didn’t meet her perfectionist standards. Today, however, after dedicating the past 20 years to James’ recovery, she realizes that perfection isn’t necessary for greatness. The proceeds of her painting sales will go to breast cancer research (one painting even showcases a portrait of Faraday). “I love it,” giggles Hancock’s subject. “It’s very colorful and flattering. I need to do one of her now.” The first month of 2010 will hold what Faraday hopes to be the first of many annual Art for Charity events. Her work, along with Hancock’s, will hang at Caffe Phoenix, located at 9 South Front Street. The paintings will be on exhibit from the 2nd of January through the 23rd, with an artist reception taking place on the 7th. Call 910-797-3501 for more information.

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1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm www.artfuelinc.com www.myspace.com/artfuel_inc Artfuel.inc is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th st. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Currently, Artfuel, Inc. will showcase Volume 22, a graffiti extravaganza, featuring Stevie Mack, Kid Mike, Mathew Curran, Camden Noir and Eye Dee. Live tagging will be done throughout the evening on a wall built specially for the event. All are welcome.

Crescent Moon

332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm www.crescentmoonnc.com Keeping it local…Crescent Moon has partnered with Old Growth Riverwood on Castle Hayne Road to supply hand-made shelving crafted from reclaimed wood from The Cape Fear River for our new display area in the gift gallery. The new display area will be primarily dedicated to the promotion of local glass and metal artists at Crescent Moon. We now have ten local glass artists associated with us. Old Growth Riverwood reclaims lost pieces of history and transforms them into unique and beautiful wood products for home or business. Old Growth Riverwood is committed to being environmentally responsible and does not cut down any living trees to produce their products. This project partnership speaks to a mutual philosophy, of buying and using hand-made and environmentally conscience work when possible. One reason we love our location within The Cotton Exchange is the reuse of the wonderful historic buildings that have been so much a part of the downtown area. Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Crescent Moon is located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on twitter as CrescentMoonNC or become a fan on our Facebook page!

FastFrame Gallery

1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Landfall Center (910) 256-1105 Mon.-Fri.., 10am-6pm • Sat., 10am-4pm www.fastframeofwilmington.com FASTFRAME Gallery is pleased to present the Second Annual Fill the Cupboard Art Show: “Ordinary View, Extraordinary Vision,” November 13 through December 31, featuring Terry Rosenfelder’s sophisticated oils, M. Matteson Smith’s unique paper sculptures, and Sara Westermark’s original jewelry designs. Again this year, FASTFRAME cheerfully encourages and will be delighted to accept food and financial contributions to help several of our local food banks. Come meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Friday, November 13, from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m., with wine tasting by WineStyles and appetizers by The Sandwich Pail.

Hampstead Art Gallery

14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Christmas is very close, and a family portrait would be a great gift. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

New Elements Gallery

216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com New Elements Gallery’s 25th Annual Holiday Show is on display now through January 9, 2010. Always an eagerly anticipated event, the exhibition features one-of-a-kind fine art and craft by more than forty artists including Betty Brown, Warren Dennis, Donald Furst, Eric Lawing, Nancy Tuttle May, Bob Rankin, Sally Sutton and Michael Van Hout. Enjoy an amazing variety of original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wood by regional and nationally recognized artists.

pattersonbehn art gallery

511 1/2 Castle Street (910) 251-8886 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm (Winter: closed Monday) www.pattersonbehn.com pattersonbehn picture framing & design has added an art gallery to their space, featuring several local artists. Currently on display are works by Bob Bryden, Michelle Connolly, Karen Paden Crouch, Virginia Wright-Frierson and Pam Toll. The gallery offers a large selection of works on paper in numerous media. In addition there are many different gift ideas, such as hand-gilded table-top frames and one-of-a-kind keepsake boxes. The gallery offers something for everybody.

Sunset River Marketplace

10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179). (910) 575-5999 • Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm (Winter hours: closed Monday) www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace 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.

Wilmington Art Association Gallery

616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org We invite all members and the general public to attend the Wilmington Art Association January Meeting on January 14th at 6:30pm. We will be presenting up coming shows, classes, gallery events, schedule of off-site shows and all the benefits of being a WAA member. It is held at the Arboretum starting with the social at 6:30 followed by the meeting at 7pm. Join us for a great start to the New Year!

Wanna be on the gallery page? Call Shea Carver by Thursday, noon, at (910) 791-0688, ext 1004, to inquire about being included.

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Local Film Series Begins: Brown Coat Pub and Theatre hosts Guerilla Film Series each month by: Shea Carver

Bumminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; It: The Life and Times of Oyster Bummins Brown Coat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St. January 6th-9th, 6-9pm, & 10th, 5pm www.borwncoattheatre.com; $5

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ver the past year, Guerilla Theatre director Richard Davis has been talking with numerous folk around town about the Brown Coat Pub and Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potential to become more than just a thespian retreat. While its speciality has remained performance art, from theater to music to comedy, since it opened on Grace Street, downtown, Davis sees 2010 as the year to expand the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horizons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our company is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts in the Wilmington area by helping artists from all me-

diums produce their works and bring them to a larger audience for as close to free as possible,â&#x20AC;? Davis wrote encore last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a name for ourselves over the years most prominently in theatre by seeking out new playwrights, providing them with what they needed to produce their original works onstage. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped a dozen new writers stage 22 original plays.â&#x20AC;? Now, Davis wants to extend a helping hand to Wilmingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s viable film industry. Thus, Brown Coat will be introducing the Guerilla Film Series over five consecutive days, Wednesdays through Sundays, at the first of each month this year. The goal is to give local filmmakers a chance to gain exposure and showcase their works on a local level, all

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the while earning monies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By selling tickets at the reasonable price of $5 and splitting the box office fairly with the filmmakers (they get 60 percent), we can help generate modest income to help filmmakers pay off film-related debt, fund future projects, or market existing works to festivals and larger distribution networks. We can also provide opportunities for the filmmakers to get feedback from diverse audiences that could help them, should they choose to reshoot or re-edit parts of their films.â&#x20AC;? Davis hopes Brown Coat will help open doors to a respectable-sized audience, where filmmakers can promote and ensue â&#x20AC;&#x153;viral marketing in the local media and create a buzz,â&#x20AC;? with an end goal to help the community thrive and grow. From question-andanswer sessions to simply networking, the opportunity remains limitless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filmmakers will get out of this whatever theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to work for,â&#x20AC;? Davis clarified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can state from experience that this is a group that knows all about hard work, so I expect big things to happen in time.â&#x20AC;? Because of the numerous population of filmmakers, writers, directors, crew people and actors all over town, Davis finds it â&#x20AC;&#x153;a shame that they are almost forced to leave if they want to pursue their careers in any meaningful way. [Brown Coat] wants to help change that.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, what could come of the venture is attracting potential investors who would not only see the film but perhaps even meet the filmmakers and develop a relationship beyond the screening. Pulling the idea together became even more encouraging thanks to the help from locals in the industry, including John

Sanders, Andy Bader, Nick Smith and film professor Dr. Lou Buttino. Davis received positive feedback, advice and a lot of inspiration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many times [Dr. Buttino] and I have discussed the need to bring the arts communities in Wilmington closer togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially the film and theatre communities. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tailor-made for each other.â&#x20AC;? Beginning January 6th and running through the 10th, the Guerilla Film Series opens its doors to filmmakers and film-lovers alike for the screening of Bummin It: The Life & Times of Oyster Bumminsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an independent mockumentary made by Andy Bader and Justin Cioppa. The film delves into the nuances of small-town life in backwoods North Carolina, when a questionable hero lives off the goodwill of the town to continue paying for beer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bumminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; It has a special appeal for me,â&#x20AC;? Davis noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because it stars so many of our Guerilla actors, and it was written by Justin Cioppa whose plays helped our company become what it is today.â&#x20AC;? The exposure for the film, and every film that screens at the theatre, will prove as valuable as the money it takes to make them, according to Davis, simply because Wilmington needs to understand the highquality art being churned out on its streets in order to manifest a continuum of support in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same common problem we have in the theatre community, the poetry community and even the music community,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wilmington has so many amazing arts opportunities; Wilmingtonians need to support them. I think the key to that is raising awareness and also making those opportunities available at a price the average citizen can afford.â&#x20AC;? Brown Coat is coming into its role as home for local artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a hub for theatre, music and now film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked very hard to create a comfortable, relaxed environment where artistically minded people can just be themselves,â&#x20AC;? Davis stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My vision for the Brown Coat is for it to be whatever it needs to be to serve the arts community.â&#x20AC;? Be on the lookout for film listings from the 2010 Guerilla Film Series in encoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural calendar in coming weeks. Local filmmakers who have flicks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in showing should contact Richard Davis at Brown Coat Pub and Theatre at (910) 341-0001.


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The Unofficial Force:

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Sherlock Holmes Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams

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t’s hard to believe that it was just over 10 years ago when Robert Downey Jr. was more likely to be found coming down from a heroin binge in a neighbor’s bed than headlining a mega-budget blockbuster. He spent much of the last 20 years in career purgatory. Then came the cinematic double tap of Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, which re-catapulted him into stardom and

a chance to finally see the promise of this great actor fulfilled. Now Downey has to take on another career hurdle: headlining a second major franchise, also known as Warner Brothers’ Sherlock Holmes. As usual, Downey is a fantastic screen presence. He is witty, charming and brings a troubled presence to Holmes. This version of Holmes is a man conflicted by his gargantuan intellect—a 19th century obsessive-compulsive who has trouble coming to terms with his ability to see the truth in the tiniest of details. His sanity is kept by his partner-in-sleuthing, Doctor John Watson (Jude Law). Director Guy Ritchie has also taken the character of Watson and changed him from sidekick to partner. Jude Law does a fantastic job of playing Watson as an equal intellect but lacking the madness that drives Holmes to such depths. Everything that works about this movie is thanks to the chemistry between Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. They play the characters with the right amount of seriousness and frivolity. There isn’t a moment where audiences won’t believe they are friends who have been solving crimes for a number of years. Much of the story revolves around the melancholy Holmes experi-

THREE’S COMPANY: Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams complete the Sherlock Holmes team, now showing at local theaters.

ences over Watson’s impending marriage. The nature of this plot point has been oft discussed online between film fans and film critics, with some believing the relationship has homosexual overtones. And with that, I will take pause. . . Why are people so quick to look for “gay subtext” in movies? I remember when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was all the rage. There was this loud minority that would go on ad nauseam about the relationship between Sam and Frodo. Many reoffer their relationship as “gay.” Such train of thought was fueled further by a scene in Clerks II where writer/director Kevin Smith made the assertion that Sam looked as if he wanted to ... how can I say this ... perform an oral sex act on Frodo. Sure, it’s kind of funny. But it brings up a very troubling concept: Why can’t two men be close in a film without it being “gay”? Bringing up the gay angle in

Sherlock Holmes is rather ridiculous. It’s established early on that Watson intends to marry, and Holmes is troubled by the thought of going at it alone. Holmes and Watson have spent years solving crimes, and dealing with life-and-death scenarios. Without someone to work the cases with, he is once again alone. Despite his idiosyncrasies, it’s pretty obvious that Holmes needs a tether to the real world. Left to his own devices, he is dark, brooding and prone to fits of insanity. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence should be able to see that Watson is his link to humanity, not someone with whom he wants to get naked. Yet, we have these supposedly educated people who call it “gay” because two male characters are fond of one another. Frankly, this level of homophobia is maddening. A movie like Sherlock Holmes shouldn’t leave homosexual subtext; if it does, take a look in the mirror. (Again, I’m not sure why this country is so damn homophobic, but it’s really beginning to irk me. Grow up, people.) The story centers around the nefarious Lord Blackwood who has somehow managed to survive hanging and has set London into a panic. His plans for world domination center around a mysterious society and black magic. Politicians are dying, trouble-making old girlfriends are returning, and Holmes soon becomes a wanted man. There’s not much to the mystery to involve the audience. Everything is revealed and the magic is all explained. No one will leave the theater scratching their heads. However, there’s no “Ah-ha!” moment at the end. Ritchie has gone for a more action-packed Sherlock Holmes story, where the mystery often takes a back seat to some wonderfully staged action sequences. There’s a lot to like here: action, comedy, and some wonderful Jules-Verne inspired science-fiction. Sherlock Holmes feels a lot like Batman Begins. It sets up a new vision for an existing character, but the initial outing feels forced. I would love to see another Holmes film. Downey and Law are fantastic on camera and make a great team. The villain was a little bland, and the love interest played by Rachel McAdams is so non-essential that I couldn’t even remember her character’s name a handful of hours after the screening. Still, all the pieces are there for a fantastic franchise. I just hope the next installment is a little more challenging and the mystery a little more engrossing.

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Cinematique 310 chestnut street • 910-343-1640 shows at 7:30pm • Sundays, 3pm •January 10th-13th, 2010, $7 Crude, 105 min. Joe Berliner—director of Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost and Some Kind of Monster—turns his attention to what may be the most important environmental lawsuit of our time. This cinémavérité documentary takes us from villages in the Amazon to NYC skyscrapers as two lawyers bring a class-action lawsuit against Chevron for polluting an area in Ecuador causing cancer, water pollution and death. Although the film is passionate in its description of the alleged harm, it also provides Chevron’s spokespeople with an opportunity to be heard, enabling the viewer to decide. In English, Spanish, A’ingae and Secoya with English subtitles. Not rated

Mayfaire 16 900 town center Drive • 910-256-0556 It’s Complicated A comedy about love, divorce and everything in between. Jane (Meryl Streep) is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has—after a decade of divorce—an amicable relationship with her exhusband, attorney Jake (Alec Baldwin). But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for

their son’s college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable—an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness (Lake Bell), Jane is now, of all things, the other woman. Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam (Steve Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane’s kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he’s become part of a love triangle. Should Jane and Jake move on with their lives, or is love truly lovelier the second time around? R All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At encorepub.com.

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Beam Up The Clams:

New Front Street Brewery music and event venue opens the 8th

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t’s the beginning of 2010, and already downtown Wilmington has another great venue in which to hear live music. Known as the “Beam Room,” it’s the latest installment of Front Street Brewery’s exciting and recognizable growth over the past 12 to 18 months. A newly remodeled third-floor event space, the room itself now offers another reason outside of enjoying homemade brew and grub for guests to come to the Wilmington mainstay. “The Beam Room is more like a venue within a venue,” Chris Andrews, one of Front Street Brewery’s marketing and event promotion managers, says. “We currently host free live music every Thursday through Saturday on our main floor in the Brewery, [but] most of the acts are singer/songwriter and duos, not necessarily full bands. The Beam Room is where we will host more of ‘concert’ type of live events [and] full bands.” Scheduled to officially kick things off this coming Friday is local outfit The Clams. Created almost 11 years ago, the group of day professionals has evolved over the years but has always remained an eclectic mix of serious music lovers that only come together when the opportunity’s right. Andrews says the band and the space are a nice fit, and the unveiling of the Beam Room is as good a time as any to feature their music. “The Clams are one of Wilmington’s bestkept secrets,” he says. “I know a couple of the guys in the band and was aware that they don’t really perform live together on a regular basis, and thought they’d be a great choice to kick off a semi-regular music series for us. Their music is fun and upbeat, and a great combination of styles for people of all musical appreciations. It’s very much along the same ideas of our restaurant; we really try to reach out and combine different elements for a pleasurable experience.” Essentially a rock ‘n’ roll band that tends to write originals in a country or bluegrass vein, The Clams also do covers that fit well into the funk or jazz categories, former drummer-turned-guitarist-and-vocalist, Jeff Sanchez, says. Along with Dylan Lee (windsynth), Josh Moore (vocals and guitar), Dan Sweeny (vocals & guitar) and founding member Tucker Hill (drums), The Clams play because of the pure joy of sharing in the experience of music—and, really, not for any other reason. “We’ve never really tried to be a bar band, per se,” Sanchez says. We just know that what we do is fun, and we just like to enjoy it. It’s not about money or about fans, it’s about getting together and having a good time.” Because of the nature of busy schedules

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The Clams Featuring Upstarts and Rouges Beam Room 9 North Front Street January 8th; 8:30pm • Free and also the philosophy of not wanting to put themselves out in public too often for fear of oversaturation, Sanchez says bringing The Clams together is always a special occasion that he and his bandmates prepare for months in advance. It creates an environment of excitement and anticipation that makes all the hard work worth the wait. “[We] only play maybe three times a year in public, so it’s quite an event when we do,” he says. “There’s a lot of people who want to see us, but we just try to keep a low profile most of the year and just practice. My opinion is that it’s fun this way, and it stays fun and doesn’t get to be anything that’s too much trouble or putting too much thought into. It’s true, getting the six of us together (or however many there are of us right now) at any one given time is quite a project. But we don’t want to put it out there too much. That’s what I think is the basic thrust of it for me.” While hearing The Clams may be a special occasion, Front Street Brewery’s Chris Andrews says he’s already working on regular events well beyond this weekend, expanding the scope and reach of the Beam Room. It promises to be an exciting kick-off to an exciting and interesting new year for one of Wilmington’s favorite local watering holes. “The music is really fun for us, as we’ve

for people, and I’m not going to spill the beans quite yet—you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.” Hear The Clams with opening duo Upstarts and Rouges at the Front Street Brewery’s newly renovated third floor event space, the Beam Room, this Friday, January 8th. The music begins at 8:30pm and admission is only $3.

ON THE HALF SHELL: The Clams feature Dylan Lee, Josh Moore, Dan Sweeny and Tucker Hill, all of whom will play a gig this Friday night.

got more shows already booked,” he reveals. “[But] I really like the idea of mixing things up, creating different combinations of styles, maybe visual and audio—the possibilities are endless. I’ve got lots of surprises

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soundboard WEDnESDAY, jAnUARY 6 Piano Show —Rum Runners, 21 North Front St.; 815-3846 oPen Mic night with gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe with DJ BiKer roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 eric anD carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 claSSy KaraoKe with ManDy clayton —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 JereMy norriS anD toMMy BrotherS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ JePh caulter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595

DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 KaraoKe w/ DJ urBan —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 KaraoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Drive; 792-6880 live MuSic —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 DJ P. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJBe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 oPen Mic night —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 agent orange, all tore uP, granDe PiStoleS, MonKeyKniFeFight —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812

Photo By Megan whitney

a preview of tunes all over town this week

FOOT-TAPPIn’ FUn: Ten Toes Up plays at Kefi this coming Friday, January 8th. Check ‘em out first at www.myspace.com/tentoesup.

THURSDAY, jAn. 7

DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366

117 Grace St. Downtown 910-763-3456

wed 1.6

dj be karaoke thurs 1.7

bcs national championship!!!

texas vs alabama 8pm plus trivia & dj richtermeister

fri 1.8

live music with

sound dog sat 1.9

live music tba

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live acouStic —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 oPen Mic with JereMy norriS

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 claSSy KaraoKe with ManDy clayton —Remedies, Market St.; 392-8001

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upcoming events FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

ten toes up 10:00:00 PM - 12:00:00 AM

DJ richterMeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 claSSy KaraoKe with ManDy clayton —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 KaraoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Drive; 792-6880 toM rhoDeS —Front St. Brewery, 9 North Front St.; 251-1935 FaMily KaraoKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707 guitariSt Perry SMith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 live MuSic —Red Dogs, 5 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

LIVE MUSIC Gabby’s Lounge Fri., January 8

OVERTYME 8-11PM

Sat., January 9

JOHN MIELCARSKI 8-11PM Fri., January 15

BIG FISH 8-11PM

Sat., January 16

MIKE O’DONNELL 8-11PM 877-330-5050 910-256-2231 wrightsville.sunspreeresorts.com


KaraoKe Kong —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 DJ Compose —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 Hip-Hop nigHt —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 fire anD Drum Jam; DJ mit, psytranCe —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 open miC —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 DJ Don’t stop —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 live musiC —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 DJ stretCH —Trebenzio’s, 141 North Front St.; 815-3301 DJ sCooter fresH —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KaraoKe witH Jason JaCKson —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839

KaraoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 tHe DiamonD Center, sCantron —Soapbox Lounge, 255 North Front St.; 251-8500

friDAY, jAnuArY 8 DJ stretCH —Trebenzio’s, 141 North Front St.; 815-3301 live musiC, DJ —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 robbie berry —Mexican Viejo Bar and Grill, 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland; 371-1731 DJ time —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJ will Clayton —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 latino nigHt witH DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 KaraoKe witH bob Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Drive; 792-6880

Hip-Hop DJ —Red Dogs, 5 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 melvin anD sayer —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 KaraoKe Kong —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 piano sHow —Rum Runners, 21 North Front St.; 815-3846 Classy KaraoKe witH manDy Clayton —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 DJ —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 l sHape lot —Goat and Compass, 710 North 4th St.; 772-1400 bmw —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock St. wHat’s left of tHe trees —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

travis anD sHane —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 DHim (reggae) —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 pale riDer —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 bibis anD blaCK —Front St. Brewery, 9 North Front St.; 251-1935 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 North Front St.; 342-0872 DJ big KaHuna —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 live musiC —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 DJ sCooter fresH —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ mitCH —Odessa, 23 North Front St.; 251-8814 friDay nigHt follies —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 ten toes up —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558

Tuesday Live Jazz in the Bar Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 22oz Yendgling Draft $2 Pacifico $2.50 Wednesday Corona\Corona Light $250 Margarita\Peach Margaritas $4 10 oz domestic draft $1 Thursday Gran Martinis $7 • Red Stripe $250 Friday Cosmos $4 • 007 $350 saTurday Baybreeze\Seabreeze $4 22oz Blue Moon Draft $3 ( Live Music Every Weekend) sunday 16oz Domestic Draft $150 Bloody Marys $4 Mojitos $3 • Appletinis $3 5564 Carolina Beach Rd 452-1212

WEDNESDAYS

Seasonal Special

LADIES FREE!!

1¢ fibbers golden lager 50¢ yuengling $ 1 guinness $ 3 royal flush $ 3 soco and limes DJ PFUNK DBMMUPQMBO ZPVSGSFFQSJWBUF QBSUZUPEBZ 1610 Pavilion Place 910.509.1551

415 South College Road MONDAY MADNESS: Domestic Pints: $225 Miller Light, Yuengling: $350 Well Vodka Drinks: $350 FREE POOL AFTER MIDNIGHT TASTY TUESDAYS: CALL NIGHT All call liquors: $400 WET WEDNESDAYS: Smirnoff Flavor Liquors $400 Drinks LATE NIGHT!!! Domestic Light Beer $225 (Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural, Coors Light)

THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Import Beers $300 (Red Stripe, Heineken, New Castle)

FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Bloody Marys $300 Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm

guitarist perry smitH —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 3431395 KaraoKe witH bob Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Drive; 792-6880 DJ —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 DJ —Ronnie’s Place, 6745-B Market St.; 228-8056 KaraoKe witH val —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Carl newton salsa witH DJ lalo —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 piano sHow —Rum Runners, 21 North Front St.; 815-3846 DJ time —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

RACK ‘EM PUB WE ARE A 100% SMOKE FREE RESTAURANT AND BAR Monday MNF All Pizzas $5 in the bar after 6 22oz Domestic Draft Kona Longboard Bottles $250 White Russians$4

SAturDAY, jAnuArY 9

Weekly SpecialS

.0/%": $2.50 Budweiser Draft $4.00 Well Liquor FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $.50 Wings Buffalo, BBQ, or Teriyaki 56&4%": $2.50 Miller Lite Draft, $4.00 Hurricanes FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $6 Buffalo Shrimp or Chicken Tenders 8&%/&4%": $2.50 Yuengling Draft, $2.50 Domestic Bottles FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $2 Sliders 5)634%": $3.00 Coronas, $4.00 Margaritas FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $5 Cajun Shrimp or Fish Tacos '3*%": $3.00 Select Pint 4"563%": $5.50 Cosmos, Dirty Martinis or Apple Martinis 46/%": $5 Bloody Marys Half Priced Appetizers After 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

.0/%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM $2 Budweiser $2.25 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic Live music w/ JEREMY NORRIS AND FRIENDS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TAILGATE PARTY 25¢ Wings / $5 Sausage and Kraut $4 Tailgate Burgers $4 BBQ Plate PITCHERS OF YUENGLING OR MICH ULTRA $7 PITCHERS OF BLUE MOON OR FAT TIRE $8.50 56&4%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM $2 White Wolf $2.50 Redstripe $3.50 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm Live music w/ ROB RONNER 8&%/&4%": 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM Live music w/ JEREMY NORRIS / TOMMY BROTHERS $2.50 Blue Moons • $2.50 Corona/Corona Light 1/2 Priced Wine Bottles 5)634%": $2.00 Coors Light • $2.50 White Wolf Draft Doors open @6pm $15 cover Limited menu Live music from MIKE O’DONNELL 2 DJ’s, 1 band, food and drink specials. Why go anywhere else? '3*%": LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze • $5 Bombs 4"563%": LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD Rooftop open by 6pm Dance floor open by 10pm 46/%": Live music w/ L SHAPE LOT 3-7 / MEDUSA STONE 8-12 $5 Tommy Bahama Mojitos $2.75 Corona $3.50 Bloody Mary’s • $3 Mimosas ROOFTOP KARAOKE

DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 North Front St.; 342-0872 DJ foxxy —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 live musiC —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 Classy KaraoKe witH manDy Clayton —Remedies, Market St.; 392-8001 live musiC —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 asylum —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 neCtar —Goat and Compass, 710 North 4th St.; 772-1400 travis sHallow trio —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 peep sHow Cabaret —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 North Front St.; 251-8500 miKe babyaK’s triple fret —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

5001 Market Street (attached to the Ramada Inn)

910-791-7595

TUESDAYS

SHAG LESSONS

@7:30 with Brad & Dancing with DJ

Lee Pearson $2 DOMESTic BOTTLES WEDNESDAYS college Night with DJ JEPH c DEc. 16: JIM QUICK 8:30 $1 DOMESTic BOTTLES $3 JAGER BOMBS THURSDAY LADiES NiGHT-1/2 PRicE WiNE & $5 MARTiNi LiST - $2 DOMESTic FRIDAYS ARGENTiNE TANGO LESSONS WITH INSTRUCTION at 7:30 and

SALSA LESSONS at 9:30 with live DJ $2 Tequilla - $3 Corona - $4 Margarita’s

SATURDAY SALSA WiTH DJ LALO JANUARY 9

CARL NEWTON Doors at 8:30

Private Parties are available for booking 791-7595

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Harvest —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock St.

Jesse stockton —Front St. Brewery, 9 North Front St.; 251-1935

Hip-Hop DJ —Red Dogs, 5 North Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ stretcH; live Jam witH Benny Hill —Trebenzio’s, 141 North Front St.; 815-3301 DJ eDie —Odessa, 23 North Front St.; 251-8814 DJ p. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ will clayton —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 mac anD Juice —HeLL’S KiTcHeN, 118 PRiNceSS ST.; 763-4133

pHoto By laura BertH

sunday, january 10

yummy: check out the Rice cakes, playing the Juggling Gypsy on January 10th.

Ronnie’s Place Dance Club & Bar

6745 B Market St., 910-228-8056 OPEN: M-TH 3p-2a, F-SAT 12p-2a, SUN 12p-12a

TUESDAYS Service Industry Night $ 3 Well Drinks WEDNESDAYS Bike Night w/Chris Bellamy NO COVER $ 1.50 Bud Light Cans $ 2 All Domestic Bottles FRIDAYS

1/8: MACHINE GUN 1/15: SOUL POWER POSSE (formerly of Painted Man) 1/22: JET 22 1/29: LETHAL INJECTION SATURDAYS Ladies Night w/DJ Long Island Ice Teas $4 SUNDAYS COME WATCH NFL FOOTBALL Bloody Mary’s $4 / Domestics $2 Available for Private Parties Owned by Ronnie Moore formerly of Ronnies Middlesound Inn

classy karaoke witH manDy clayton —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 DJ Big kaHuna —The Sandbar, 417 S. college Rd.; 791-6080 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366

JUNCTION PUB AND BILLIARDS 5216 Carolina Beach Road MONDAY MADNESS: Domestic Pints: $225 Well Vodka Drinks: $350 FREE POOL AFTER MIDNIGHT TASTY TUESDAYS: CALL NIGHT All call liquors: $400 Drinks or Shots WET WEDNESDAYS: Smirnoff Flavor Liquors $400 Drinks or Shots LATE NIGHT!!! Domestic Light Beer $225

(Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural, Coors Light)

THIRSTY THURSDAYS: 22 Oz. Domestic Beers $400 FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona & Corona Lts $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 Dox Equix Draft $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm Every Mon-Wed-Fri Happy Hour Pool! FREE POOL from 3-5pm!

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Every Saturday, Sunday and Monday $3.50 25oz. Draft Special .0/%": 5.99 Cheeseburger & Fries All Day

$

56&4%": Double Lunch Punch from 11am - 3pm 8&%/&4%": 10 Boneless Wings & Domestic Draft for $ 5.99 All Day or 10 Boneless Wings, Curly Fries & Dressing for $ 5.99 All Day 5)634%": $2.50 Wells

5112 Market Street (910) 791-0799

DJ Big kaHuna —Rum Runners, 21 North Front St.; 815-3846 DJBe eXtreme karaoke —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Jam witH Benny Hill —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJ p. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 sunDay nigHt Fever —ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 root soul proJect —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock St. galen on guitar (BruncH) —courtyard Marriott, 100 charlotte Ave., carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 Dale “Fully automatic sounD macHine” DJs —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Flutist nikki wisnioski —caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 tHe rice cakes —Juggling Gypsy cafe, 1612 castle St.; 763-2223

monday, january 11 DJ Big kaHuna —The Rhino club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206

Tuesday & Wednesday Martini Madness $2 Martinis Music by DJ TiMe Thursday ILM Electrotheque $2 Shots Music by GUeiCe & DST Friday & Saturday Discotheque $4 infused Vodkas Music by DJ DUSTiN CooK Sunday Open Mic $3 Drafts MUSiC BY YoU (instruments provided) 23 N. FroNt St. DowNtowN wilmiNgtoN

DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 open mic witH viva —el Zarrape cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 open mic nigHt —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 open mic nigHt —Port city Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 DJ ricHtermeister —Wild Wing cafe, 1331 Military cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 karaoke —Level 5/city Stage, 21 North Front St.; 342-0872 DJ p. Funk —The Sandbar, 417 S. college Rd.; 791-6080 Jake melnyk —Juggling Gypsy cafe, 1612 castle St.; 763-2223

tuesday, january 12 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 live acoustic —Wild Wing cafe, 1331 Military cutoff Rd.; 256-3838

1/2 priced select apppetizers m-f 4-7pm MONDAY $10 Bud/Light Buckets $4 Jack Daniels • $3 Capt. Morgan TUESDAY $1 Tacos 4-7pm • $3 sauza $15 margarita pitchers $3 Mexican Beers $5 Top Shelf Tequila • $7 Patron WEDNESDAY $3 Pints (10 Drafts) $5 Jager Bombs • $2 wells THURSDAY Mug Night $2 Domestic Drafts w/HK MUG $5 Bombers • $4 Jim Beam $3 pinnacle flavored vodkas $3.50 MicroBrews FRIDAY $3 Select Draft $4 Fire Fly Shooters $5 Red Bull Vodka SATURDAY $2.50 Miller Lt or Yuengling Draft $8 Pitcher • $3 Kamikaze $4 Well Drinks SUNDAY $2.50 Bud/Light Draft $8 Pitcher • $5 Crown Royal $4 Bloody Mary

CATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH NFL SUNDAY TICKET ON 10 HDTVs and HD big screen Your Team - Every Game, Every Week 118 Princess St • (910)763-4133

DJ time —The Rhino club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 raDio Hayes anD ecHopoint21 —Goat and compass, 710 North 4th St.; 772-1400 karaoke —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 cape Fear Blues Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Avenue; 251-1888 live music —Henry’s, 2806 independence Blvd.; 793-2929 karaoke witH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Drive; 792-6880 classy karaoke witH manDy clayton —Ultra classics Pool and Bar, North Hampstead karaoke witH DJ Biker roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. college Rd.; 395-6204 sHag DJ —carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 karaoke —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

Feature your live music and drink specials! It’s a low-cost high-impact way to send encore readers your way! Call

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eric anD carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 DJ JepH caulter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 claSSy karaoke WitH ManDy clayton —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 karaoke WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Drive; 792-6880 karaoke WitH DJ Biker roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

live MuSic —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 open Mic nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

DJBe eXtreMe karaoke —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 open Mic nigHt WitH gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

JereMy norriS anD toMMy BrotHerS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front Street; 251-1832 karaoke W/ DJ urBan —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

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.

Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-3000 1/9: Blues-A-Palooza: Lunar Fizz

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St., cHarlotte • 704-377-6874 1/8: Floydian Slip (Pink Floyd tribute), Black Illusion (Ozzy Osbourne tribute) 1/9: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute), You Tonight THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltMore avenue, aSHeville • 828-225-5851 1/8: Steep Canyon Rangers (left), The Freight Hoppers 1/9: Zoso (Led Zeppelin tribute) 1/14: The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute)

ALABAMA THEATRE 4750 HWy 17 SoutH, n. Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-1111 1/8-9: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. caBarruS St., raleigH 919-821-4111 1/7: Leon Russell, Medusa Stone, Uncle Lucius 1/8-9: The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute) 1/13: Zappa Plays Zappa CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. Main St., carrBoro 919-967-9053

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piano SHoW —Rum Runners, 21 North Front St.; 815-3846 DJ p. Funk —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551

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DJ DouBleclick —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 inDie MuSic nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

1/9: Abbey Road LIVE! 1/10: RJD2, The Constellations, Happy Chichester CAROLINA THEATRE 309 W. Morgan St., DurHaM 919-560-3030 1/14: The Smithereens

TWC ARENA 333 eaSt traDe St. cHarlotte 704-522-6500 1/10: Winter Jam, featuring: NewSong, Third Day (above), Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Fireflight, Sidewalk Prophets, Robert Pierre, Revive

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below Health BItes

17-20 Dining Guide

Health Bites:

Dining out and eating better isn’t rocket science

W

hen I was 16 years old, my mother sent me to a nutritionist. She told me that even though I was a size 4, I could benefit from seeing a professional so I could understand and maintain “healthful eating habits and a slender waist” throughout my life. She told me this as I was gnoshing on a bag of Salt and Vinegar Lays. I crunched harder and louder as she made the appointment. Going to a nutritionist proved nothing shy of boring and dreadful. I was instructed to write down every single morsel I put in my mouth so he could fine-tooth comb it and judge my skin-and-bones ass, as he sat high, wearing a tacky purple track suit, which did nothing but shine rather blindingly against his carrot-top head and thick, coppery gold chain. “You know,” he once told me in his whispery, slightly feminine lisp, “bleu cheese is loaded with fat and cholesterol, and, really, it is the worst dressing you could put in your mouth.” His pencil was positioned perfectly at the base of his lip. I envisioned jabbing it into his mouth and asking him if he thought it would taste better dipped in low-fat, watereddown faux Italian dressing. Resentment set in for a while over my weekly nutritionist visits. But it didn’t show to my mother; she was quite pleased that her money was keeping my shape svelte—until I left the nest for college and packed on the Freshman 10. When I’d come home, she’d comment about my plump rump ever so subtly. I’d offer her a Twix and smile at the thought that she couldn’t send me to that food Nazi again. Today, I truly laugh at the thought of signing up a size-4 teenager—who competed in dance, nonetheless—for nutritionist visits. My friends still gawk over the story; I look back with a fondness for my utter disdain. In Mom’s defense, she has always been obsessed with weight—at least up until a few years ago. Now in her “golden years,” she’s thrown the eating rules out the window to enjoy real bleu cheese, Pinot Noir and, God forbid(!), red meat. But because of her resilience to prove how staying fit and healthy would be most beneficial to happiness, I must say I always look at restaurant menus for the “healthy” items first, just in case I need to remind myself that I do have will-power. In honor of a healthier year, with or without

by: Shea Carver

nutritionists, I have culled a list of a few of my favorite items from menus around town that don’t tip the caloric richter scale with too much venom. I feel confident my food Nazi would be quite pleased with them. Of course, as long as they weren’t doused in bleu cheese. And, of course, sans that purple track suit. OSTERIA CICCHETTI Red Clam Linguini (served with wholewheat or gluten-free pasta) “Pasta is the devil.” It was a motto that rang through my ears visit after visit to the nutritionist in the early ‘90s. How could he possibly state such a claim? I often wondered. But, today, thanks to the advent of wholewheat and gluten-free varieties, we can enjoy its starchy buoyancy practically guilt-free. I am a sucker for clam sauces—and, sure, while some may start pointing fingers over sodium intake, I say: “Tout dans la modération!” On the upside, clams provide a good dose of iron, have omega-3 fatty acids and low-saturated fat. Order Osteria’s red clam sauce, which is ever so sweet but not in that preserved, icky way (it actually tastes like the tomatoes could have possibly been picked from a vine!), and douse it in red-pepper flakes to turn up the

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outstanding balance of flavor. While it’s served over Jasmine rice, I would suggest simply going moderate on the white stuff, and loading up on veggies. Yet, again, the amount of food served is enough to eat off of for two days, so prepare for lunch and dinner.

heat. The portion size is quite decent, so eat half and save the rest for lunch the next day When paired with whole-wheat pasta, it provides even greater fiber intake. But the gluten-free variety is especially beneficial for those with a sensitive stomach to wheatbased pastas. Don’t hesitate to alter the order; it sure makes for a healthier alternative to spaghetti and meatballs. INDOCHINE Panang Curry Who says someone must suffer taste for weight-loss? Hardy har-har—not at Indochine. The heavenly Thai hotspot makes some of the finest Asian cuisine in town, including my favorite Panang Curry. Niki Thompson, owner and proprietor, has even calculated a few Weight-Watchers points on her menu items, including the Panang, which with beef is only 13 points a cup; with chicken, it’s only 12; and with pork, it’s only 14. The sauce is spicy (and can be altered in hotness according to the palate) but balanced by a slightly nectarous coconut finish. Paired with green beans (excellent source of Vitamin C and K), sweet potatoes (high in beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin A) and onions (lowers blood lipids and blood pressure and rich source of flavonoids), it makes for an

SWEET AND SAVORY Cucumber River As Americans, we’re all partial to the good old-fashioned sandwich. Face it: We love our bread and meat, as evidenced from the insane amount of fast-food restaurants that litter our roads. While stopping for “a quick bite,” often overrides nutritional value, give a long, second thought to that Thickburger next time by thinking of something as flavorful without the gazilions of calories that come with it. Sweet and Savory has maintained itself one of my favorite lunch spots for years. First and foremost, they’re locally owned; secondly, they make their breads, soups and pastries from scratch daily. Yep, that’s right, I said, “pastries.” Stepping into this gem may not be for the faint of heart when it comes to will-power. Their pies and cookies will be tempting. However, work it through, ‘cause their soups and homemade sandwiches prove just as satisfying without foregoing the waistline entirely. One of my favorites is their Cucumber River—a turkey pita, served with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and dill sauce. Cheddar also comes on it, but just 86 it and pair it up with a cup of one of their many homemade soups (their BBQ beef and collards, for example, will make anyone’s tongue slap her brains out!). It’s always better to order the sauce on the side, just to control the dousing of it. But with its burst of cool, fresh flavor, it’s a meal, rife with veggies, slight on bread, to keep the stomach padded through the day.

Other favorites around town that help pare down the calories: Mellow Mushroom’s Portabello Mushroom Hoagie on wheat; Flaming Amy’s vegetarian chili bowl; the buildyour-own-salad from NOFO’s outstanding salad bar or Tidal Creek’s, for that matter, where vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options prevail.


dining guide american Black Horn Bar & kitcHen

Enjoy an extensive selection of gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and specialty Americana in this rustic chic setting. From the dry-rubbed and slow-roasted Better Buffalo Wings to the hardwood smoked Duck Quesadilla, Black Horn offers unique twists on traditional foods. Always family friendly with smoke-free dining, a large arcade gaming area, 23 Hi-Def TV’s and Nintendo Wii. Live music every weekend. 7 days a week, 11am–2am. 15 Carolina Beach Avenue North, “the boardwalk,” Carolina Beach. www.blackhornbarandkitchen.com. (910) 458-5255.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A short drive 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. Brixx is also a latenight destination, serving 2-for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10 p.m. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. 910-256-9677. www.brixxpizza.com

BlUeWater

A sprawling two-story restaurant located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Bluewater offers spectacular panoramic views. Watch all types of boats cruise past your table, and relax to the sound of sail masts lightly touching at the nearby marina, all while enjoying the casual American menu. Dinner mainstays include baby back ribs, char-grilled steaks, fresh fish, and delicious homemade desserts. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . 910.256.8500

c.G. daWGs 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. You may find them daily at their new location on the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!

tHe GeorGe on tHe riVerWalk Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Lunch and Dinner Tues-Sunday. Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the RiverWalk at 128 South Water Street. 910-763-2052 or online at www.thegeorgeontheriverwalk.com

Hells kitcHen

This former Dawson’s Creek stage set has been turned into a lively pub in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Their extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger or NY style reuben to lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with a pool table, darts, weekly trivia, and live music on the weekends. Offers limited lunchtime delivery during the week and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, opens Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133

HenrY’s

A local favorite and must-see for visitors, Henry’s award-winning decor features beautifully hued stacked sandstone, a hand painted ceiling and a gorgeous 100-year-old Brunswickstyle tiger oak bar. At dinner, modern American offerings include slow roasted prime rib, rotisserie chicken, signature crab cakes, and delectable seafood dishes. Lunch features include deli sandwiches made with fresh Boars Head cold-cuts, delicious salads, and fresh bread. Save room for the homemade strawberry shortcake! HenrysRestaurant.com. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. 910.793.2929.

HolidaY inn resort

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. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach

keFi

Kefi, 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. There is even a “working man’s lunch,” served Monday through Friday, all for under $6. 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 specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www.kefilive.com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, 910-256-3558.

tHe little diPPer

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Open Tuesday-Sunday, serving dinner at 5pm. 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

Pine ValleY Market

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

MelloW MUsHrooM

Now a smoke-free restaurant, 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. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, 452-3773.

stickY FinGers riB HoUse Sticky Fingers is known for the best authentic Memphis-style ribs, wings and barbecue in town. It’s no secret that slow, low-temperature smoking produces mouth-watering, tender ribs, chicken and pork. Sticky Fingers smokes everything right here in the restaurant and has received national praise for awardwinning ribs. The restaurant was recently featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living and Food and Wine, and had fantastic television exposure on CNBC’s “The Today Show,” and the Food Network. Locals voted Sticky Fingers “Best Ribs” in Wilmington. Sticky Fingers Catering has become an obvious choice for company picnics, office meetings or social gatherings for parties of 15 to 5,000 people. They offer both full service and simple drop-off options to meet anyone’s catering needs. 5044 Market Street, (910) 452-7427.

trollY stoP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs and Hamburgers are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 we specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smighfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoke sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). We also have a fresh cooked hamburger served any way you want. Locations are: 126 N. Front St. Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, 458-5778. Catering cart available all year from $300. 797-886

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pare flavorful dishes inspired by the cultural richness of Malaysia, Thailand and authentic China. We’re now serving traditional dim sum, and good health special vegetarian dishes, such as Soy Peking Ribs, homemade tofu and homemade Malaysian sponge cake. We are dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of our cooking techniques. Our friendly staff is always willing to help customers, and we serve beer and wine for lunch and dinner. Banquet and tatami rooms are available for large parties. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am-10pm; and Sunday 3pm-10pm. 4403 Wrightsville Avenue; 910-313-1088. www.doublehappinessrestaurant.com.

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

Hiro jApANESE StEAkHoUSE What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 47pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday 11am10pm. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at hirojapanesesteakhouse.com.

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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, or be entertained every Friday night with a Balinese dancer. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), 251-9229. Indochinewilmington.com

Yo SAkE Located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, Yo Sake features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu served amid fabulous Tokyo vogue décor. Entrees include Sake Bombed Duck, Tea Rubbed Salmon and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. The bar boasts an extensive wine list including 16 sakes and fantastic specialty drinks like the Wilmingtonfamous Pomegranate Ginger Mojito. Don’t forget to try the Fresh Mango Cheesecake or the scrumptious Coconut Banana Ice Cream, and, if you ask nicely, they just might drop a scoop of the Lychee Sorbet into a glass of champagne for you. Open everyday 5pm-2am. Dinner served 5-11pm. Ask about our late night menu. Live entertainment nightly Tuesday -Saturday beginning at 10:30pm. 33 South Front Street, downtown Wilmington. (910) 763-3172. Visit us at www.yosake.com.

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Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is 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. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at www.jamaicascomfortzone.com or call us 910-399-2867.

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

italian ANtoNioS piZZA ANd pAStA Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta, simply known as Antonio’s, is anything but simple. From scrumptious appetizers to signature pizza to some of the best traditional Italian pasta dishes in town, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cozy dinner for two or bring the whole family in for pizza and fun. Offering beer and wine at their Monkey Junction and Porter’s Neck location and live music Friday and Saturday nights with all ABC permits at their Leland location, Antonio’s has thought of everything for you to enjoy your dining experience with them. Monkey Junction across from Super Walmart off South College Road (910) 792-0000, Porter’s Neck Shopping Center next to Kiva Grill off Market Street (910) 686-7774, Cross Creek Commons across from Magnolia Greens (910) 383-0033. www.antoniospizzaandpasta.com

the dining room. Eddie Romanelli’s offers lunch (Oleander Dr), dinner and late night menu (Oleaner Dr). The diverse menu is casual American with Italian influences, featuring favorites such as 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak, Stuffed Pork Chop, Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Shrimp and Crabmeat Cannelloni, unique Californiastyle pizza and more. RomanellisRestaurant. com. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. 910.799.7000 and 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. 910.383.1885

giorgio’S itAliAN rEStAUrANt

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! www.giorgios-restaurant. com. 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington 910790-9954.

SliCE oF liFE

“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a late-night treat, open from 11:30am until 3am, seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd location at 1437 Military Cutoff rd., next to PT’s! 256-2229 www.grabslice.com.

Mediterranean NAgilA: tHE koSHEr MoroCCAN CAFE

Nagila, The Moroccan Café, is a quaint, neighborhood dining place, located on Wrightsville Avenue, near Canady’s Sporting Goods. Internationally recognized Chef Shai Shalit brings the finest dining experience and superb eclectic tastes rarely experienced even in those larger metropolitan cities. Stop by for lunch and try his homemade pita bread, prepared fresh daily, stuffed with any filling of your choice. With lunch specials starting at just $5.95 and dinner specials starting at $9.95, Nagila is affordable and authentic, serving the most fantastic tahini and hummus, as well as chicken Moroccan


soup that will warm your stomach. For the less adventurous guests, Shai can prepare an unbelievable steak or a pita hamburger—one not easily forgotten. Finish your dinner with a delicious piece of Baklava and a wonderful Turkish coffee or tea. Come on in and try out Wilmington’s newest, relaxing surroundings—that of a Moroccan oasis. Reservations: 233-1251 or 798-9940. Open Sunday-Thursday; Lunch 11am-4pm; Dinner 4pm-until. Open for lunch on Friday at 11am - call for closing time. Closed Friday evening to Saturday evening for shabbos. Open Saturday night - call for times.

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. Smoke Free! Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. 762-2827 www.dockstreetoysterbar.net.

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The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday 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. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our smoke free lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-2251.

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 Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. Café hours: Monday-Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; 910-509-0331. Online at www. loveysmarket.com.

TidAL cREEK cO-Op

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.

seafood dOcK STREET OYSTER BAR

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HiERONYMUS 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. Complete with a full-service bar and a fireside oyster bar, 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; 392-6313.

cATcH MOdERN SEAfOOd When Wilmingtonians think of fresh, flavorful seafood, they flock to Catch. Couples enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the bar, professionals meet for business meetings and locals come for their favorites. The understated décor and friendly service create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. In this quaint bistro, Catch serves New American seafood with Asian influences. Customers enjoy unique flavors and modern creations, matched with the best local seafood and organic produce in the Cape Fear. Some seasonal offerings include soft-shell crabs, grouper nuggets, summer flounder, N.C. shrimp and Carolina catfish. House specialties range from broiled miso-glazed wild salmon to crispy fried oyster platters. No reservations accepted. Open Mon-Fri., 11am – 2pm for lunch and now open for dinner Wed-Fri. only from 5:30pm – 9pm (BYOB). 215 Princess Street, downtown Wilmington. Catch is chef-owned and -operated. (910) 762-2841 or www.catchwilmingtonnc.com.

OcEAN gRiLL

Located next to the Golden Sands hotel in Carolina Beach, the Ocean Grill offers three distinct dining experiences: a spacious dining room with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, a patio bar in the covered patio area, and a open-air Tiki Bar on the pier. You will find a full menu inside, and appetizers, sandwiches and a full selection of beverages on the Tiki Bar menu. Serving lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. Lunch 7 days a week beginning May 22nd. Live music calendar: www. oceangrill.us. Tiki Bar open at 11am 7 days a week. 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach; (910) 458-2000.

OcEANic

Breathtaking panoramic views. Oceanic’s third floor private banquet room provides a spectacular lookout over the Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. With its own restroom & bar facilities, it is perfect for wedding receptions, birthdays and corporate functions. Oceanic is a classic seafood house specializing in local seafood. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try steaks, chicken or pasta. OceanicRestaurant.com. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910.256.5551

fet 11-2), and Saturday from 7am-12:30pm with breakfast and menu items only. 421 Castle St. 910-762-2210.

piNK pig cAfE Downtown Wilmington’s newest dining option has arrived! Serving breakfast and lunch all day, the Pink Pig offers a full menu featuring good ol’ fashioned cookin’ along with a few of our own innovations. For breakfast, try one of our tasty country plates or a sandwich stacked high with your favorite items. For lunch, try our already-famous Redneck Reuben, and you can’t go wrong with our real pitsmoked barbecue sandwiches. C’mon in try for yourself! Open Tues-Sat, 8am-8pm, and Sun., 10am-6pm. 124 Princess St, Downtown. 910-399-6096 other sporting events. We have plenty of seating and a fun atmosphere for the whole family. In Racine Commons, 910-409-9860.

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For eight years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor danceclub or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be. Located at 100 S. Front Street, the Reel is also available for banquets and private parties. Call for details: 251-1832.

southern HALL’S TROpicANA RESTAURANT Hall’s is a Wilmington tradition! Originally opened in 1901 as a drug store, Hall’s has been serving the Downtown community for over 100 years. We serve traditional Southern fare, including a classic breakfast with the accompaniments you’ve grown to love. Lunch includes a Southern buffet MondayFriday with pork, chicken, all the fixin’s, and a special addition every day! Don’t forget our unique menu, which includes everything from specialty sandwiches to fried seafood. Most importantly, at Hall’s everything is fresh! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm (buf-

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Boyhood Wonder: Dan Kraus takes on life and psychological effects of fear in latest read

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hile my husband watched the First Night ball drop, I confess that my eyes remained fixed on his stuffed sea bags waiting, again, by our front door. I couldn’t help but wonder about the famous saying, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Disgustingly, many wellknown historical “facts” are simplified into idealized conceptions. For example, Walt Disney did not draw Mickey Mouse; Shakespeare did not write the original story of Hamlet; George Washington was not America’s first President; and, most perhaps the most hurtful, absence does not always guarantee that the heart grows fonder. That confessed, if many of man’s greatest and most popular achievements are in fact, misconceptions, what are we afraid to repeat? As we begin a new year together, let’s travel with Chicago-based writer and filmmaker Daniel Kraus [ed. note: Kraus served as encore’s movie reviewer through 2004] into the pages of The Monster Variations. Let’s forget the pointless tradition of New Year’s resolutions and deftly move with him into a time where the truth about growing older is ready to be unveiled. Let us skillfully explore the choices boys struggle with and the revelations they are forced to remember as they journey into manhood. This January club members should cast away general perceptions and prepare their minds to believe what Kraus holds to be the greatest myth of all: The only thing to fear in life is fear itself. Someone is killing boys in a small town. The murder weapon is a truck, and

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The Monster Variations Next encore book club selection By: Dan Kraus Random House Publishing Group $16.99

the best immediate form of protection is a curfew enacted to keep kids off the streets. But it’s summer, and for James and Reggie, the urge to defy authority is too hot. Willie, who lost his arm in the first hit-and-run, has a greater personal need to overcome his new disability: Hunt down the monster behind the wheel and

keep up with his two best friends as they leave childhood behind. “The book is an homage to the classics that inspired me: A Separate Peace, Lord of the Flies and the work of Ray Bradbury,” Kraus revealed during our interview. “Hopefully, (for club members) the result is something that seems to exist outside of an established time frame. I wanted it to feel immediate, but also as if it had been written 50 years ago and was just now being discovered. They can expect a blend of the familiar and the unexpected. It’s written to convey a timelessness and to use established archetypes. There’s the good kid, the bad kid, the bully and other characters that might feel familiar at first blush. But each of them are twisted to go in what I hope are unexpected directions.” Multiple directions, however, aren’t quite what Willie, James and Reggie expect, and it brings them to a newfound awareness of life, its misconceptions and just how misleading people can be. In the end they will be faced with a choice: Should they band together as men or allow themselves to become monsters, divided under the pressure of so many changes too soon? “I wrote this novel episodically because I was trying to emulate how mem-

ory works. You don’t necessarily recall every moment and texture from your youth, but scenes of a certain weight tend to persevere,” Kraus explained, as if his next work were to be a memoir. “To a certain degree, this structure allowed me some modular freedom when it came to organization; though, obviously, that was early in the process, before things began firming up and I backed myself into all sorts of corners, the digging out from which is sort of what writing is all about. By contrast, my second book, Rotters, was tied to a lengthy 60-page outline and timelines and sub-timelines, and God knows what else.” Said by many to be a great cerebral coming-of-age thriller, portraying the debilitating psychological effects of fear, will it keep us thinking until spring? Mostly, will Kraus prove to be among the few authors we want to journey with again inside our book club? Only time will tell if his crafted description of bygone childhood will go down in encore history. The Monster Variations can be ordered and purchased through local book stores, Pomegranate, Two Sisters Bookery and Old Books on Front Street, where 15 percent discounts are given on encore’s book club selection upon mention at purchase.

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Events WRIGHTSBORO BREAKFAST AND DINNER Wrightsboro United Methodist Church, 3300 N. Kerr Ave, has a Spaghetti Dinner on 1/8, 5:307:30pm. $5 • Pancake Breakfast, 1/9, 7-9am, $5. Yard Sale to follow. FORT FISHER SITE COMMEMORATION 2010 marks the 145th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher (the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War), the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage a threeday anniversary event 1/15-17, 2010. Kicks off 1/15, 6pm at UNCW’s Fisher Student Center, panel discussion entitled “Black Men Bearing Freedom: U.S. Colored Troops and their impact on North Carolina” that explores the experiences of the U.S. Colored Troops. Continuing with this theme, Dr. Richard Reid, author of “Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina’s Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era,” will present a talk on Saturday at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. • Saturday, appx 300 costumed soldiers will clash in a Civil War re-enactment of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher. Lantern light tours and evening firing of the site’s 32-pound rifled and banded cannon will highlight this anniversary program. Visitors can see artillery

and infantry demonstrations and walk through Union and Confederate camps established on the fort’s grounds beginning at 1am. Earplugs for noise protection may be needed. Tickets for nighttime vignettes (seen on guided tours) will be $5 for adults and $3 for children. 30-minute tours start at 7pm; the last tour leaves at 8:30pm. Daytime activities are free and open to the public. • A second recreation of the Battle of Fort Fisher on Sunday will begin at 2pm Sunday’s event will

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also showcase musicians performing popular period music throughout the day. Local authors will present their work and sign books before and after the battle scenario. The event concludes at 4pm. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S., along US Highway 421 South. www.gocapefearcoast.com. HOME EXPO 2010 HomeEXPO, Remodeling & Living Green! 1/16, 10am-5pm, and 17, noon-4pm. Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College, 601 N. Front St. $3/door. The Wilmington-Cape Fear HomeEXPO 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 will also be offered both days w/information on reducing energy costs, gardening advice from Dr. Bruce Williams of “Grow Your Own with Dr. Bruce” and more. Chances to win several prizes, including a K9 Crooked House for your four-legged friend valued over $500! Admission: $3; children, free. www.wilmingtonhomeexpo.com or (910) 799-2611.

Our historic battlefield, located in Kure Beach, will be celebrating its 145th anniversary of the end of the Civil War beginning on the 15th with a panel discussion, courtesy of UNCW’s Fisher Student Center, on “Black Men Bearing Freedom,” followed by re-enactments from costumed characters, as well as music, book signings and more.

PRE-FESTIVAL AZALEA PARTY Pre-Festival Party tickets are on sale: 1/22, 7pm, Hilton Wilmington Riverside. www.

ncazaleafestival.org/Tickets/tabid/91/Default. aspx or at the festival office, Oleander Oaks, 5725 Oleander Dr., Suite B-7. Tickets are $25/each; a Hotel Package (2 party tickets and a hotel room fornight of the party) is $125. DOWNTOWNERS NETWORKING EVENT First Wed. ea. month, 5-6:30pm, Front Street Brewery. Free appetizers throughout the networking event, and free beer tastings at 6pm. Great opportunity for people who live and work in the downtown area to get to know each other! 9 N. Front Street www.FrontStreetBrewery.com Several downtown businesses & organizations showcased at each meeting. Ellie Craig: 910-251-1935, or ecraig7@aol.com

Charity/Fund-raisers JR. ACHIEVEMENT BOWLING Jr Achievement calls on employees, schools, friends, and family members to participate in Bowling on the High Seas, its annual bowl-a-thon to be held on Sat., 2/20, at Ten Pin Alley. This event is a great team builder and provides employers an opportunity to make a significant impact on the community while building staff morale. Associates from organizations and groups of all kinds form teams, set the personal fund-raising goal of raising $100 ($500 per team) and have a great time bowling two games together. Cynthia Crane: 62-3690. OYSTER ROAST Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association’s Annual Oyster Roast and general membership meeting will be held 1/21, at the Professional Builders Supply, 111 Military Cutoff Rd. Social will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner from 67:30pm. This indoor heated event is a great way to network with the more than 350 people who came last year. $25/person and $30 at door. Lindsay Fletcher, (910) 799-2611. RIVERBOAT LANDING FOOD DRIVE For the month of January, the Riverboat Landing Restaurant (www.riverboatlanding.com) is hosting a winter food drive benefiting the Salvation Army and NC Food Bank. Guests who bring in a donation of a canned food item (limit 1 per couple) to the Riverboat Landing will receive a substantial discount on their lunch/dinner check. During Lunch, 1 can = $2 off any entree. During Dinner, 1 can = 50% off an entree (between 5-6 pm), 25% off an entree (between 6-7 pm), or 10% off an entree (after 7pm). 2 North Market St WORK ON WILMINGTON An annual community service event in which hundreds of volunteers complete in just four hours projects that make Wilmington a better place to live, has been scheduled for 4/17/10. On this day, volunteers will gather at various locations in the city and work from 8am-12pm on projects of lasting value to the community. Organizers are now soliciting projects of lasting benefit to the community that could be finished in four hours and are unlikely to be done without Work on Wilmington. Examples might include installing playground equipment, small construction projects, painting and landscaping or cleaning up a neighborhood or park. All nominations must be submitted by 12/31/09. www.Workonwilmington.org. Jennifer Caslin 612-3757 or jcaslin@foodbankcenc.org

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SNEAD’S FERRY DINNER THEATRE Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents “The Neglected Husbands’ Sewing Club” by Peg Lynch& “Ada Gives First Aid” by Eunice Merrifield (Produced by special arrangement with Samuel


French, Inc)Directed by Karen Sota. Staged Readers Dinner Theatre. Sat., 1/9 and 16. Dinner at 6:30; curtain at 7:15pm. Sun., 1/10 and 17. Dinner, 1:30pm; curtain at 2:15pm. Dinner, dessert and two one-act comedies for only $25./person. Serving: Braised Angus Beef Brisket, Potato Gratin, Sautéed Mixed Vegetables, Tomato Demi-Glace, White Chocolate Crème Brulee, w/tea and coffee. RSVP: 910-327-2798. 126 Park Lane. www. sneadsferrycommunitytheatre.com

DESSERT THEATRE 91/Default. There’s a new taste sensation coming to Wilmington Oaks, 5725 in January: a treat for the taste buds and the funny 25/each; a bone. It’s ‘Dessert Theater,’ at New Hanover County hotel room Senior Resource Center on four Friday afternoons. Think dinner theater, only smaller: a combination of coffee, sweet treats and live theater, feat. two bite-sized comedies by award-winning playwright ront Street Kathryn Martin, 2pm. $8/person. Seating limited; ghout the RSVP (required): 910-398-7871. On 1/8 and 22, gs at 6pm. “CyberLies” and “Driving My Daddy” will be and work in performed. On1/15 and 29 it’s “Date Night” and h other! 9 N. “Murder at Tea time” will be performed— all done Several by Wilmington actors. 2222 S. College Rd., 910showcased 398-7871 or www. kathrynmartin.net. 1-1935, or AUDITIONS FOR ‘13’ Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) will hold auditions for the Wilmington premiere of the Broadway musical 13 on Sat., 1/9, 10am. Open to ages 11 through high school seniors. No prepared material rqd; be prepared to dance (no sandals or flip-flops). Directed and choreographed by s, schools, David T. Loudermilk w/music direction by Linda rticipate in Carilse-Markas. Runs 3/5-7 at the Hannah Block owl-a-thon 2nd Street Stage in the historic USO in downtown . This event Wilmington. 910-251-1788. mployers an pact on theLOVE ON THE ROCKS Associates “Love on the Rocks,” the first show of our 2010 kinds form season., consists of four short plays about the al of raising difficult (and sometimes comical) search for love. me bowling Show dates are 2/4-7, 11-14 and 18-21. Plays include: “Fixing Up Mom” by Kathryn Martin—A 62-3690. daughter arranges a meeting between her widowed mother and a widower, both of whom have definite ssociation’s ideas (and a list!) about what they are looking for in membership a prospective mate. “Ships” by Jay Hanagan—A rofessional man and a woman, each married to other people, Rd. Social meet by chance and discover that they have more ner from 6- in common with each other than they do with their great way to respective spouses. “The Marriage Proposal” by e who came Anton Chekhov—A middle-aged bachelor comes Lindsay to his neighbor’s house to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Comic misunderstandings and arguments ensue. “Not Since Baltimore” by Bert oat Landing Sherman—A widower explores the bewildering m) is hosting world of internet dating. Ken Cressman: 910-471Salvation 0242; Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. ho bring in limit 1 per l receive a nner check. ree. DuringCOMEDY CLASSES etween 5-6 Comedy Improv & Sketch for Beginners: $120. m), or 10% Learn to be a kid again! Learn the basics of Improv you may recognize from Who’s Line Is It Anyway, and the basis of shows like SNL, Mad TV, SCTV, t in which and Best in Show. Great fun for performers, t four hours non-performers, public speakers, teachers and er place to others who are interested in learning to think 0. On this creatively and quickly on their feet. Mon., 6-9pm, s locations 12 weeks beg. 1/18. Wilmington Campus CFCC. on projects • Stand up Comedy, 1/19: Tues., 6-9pm, 12 wks. anizers are $120: Gain confidence, get feedback, writing nefit to the exercises, and the open mike experience. This r hours and workshop is focused on getting you to your first Wilmington. open mike. Open forum to try out your material, playground create new material, gain feedback and overcome ts, painting performance anxiety. Nationally headlining ghborhood comedian Basile scheduled as a guest speaker! bmitted by We will also research national/regional stand-up g. Jennifer auditions and submissions. Brooklin Green: (910) 362-7319 cenc.org

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billydwashington.com) Previously a Houston policeman, Billy D. Washington gave up his badge to head into show biz. After he opened a 2003 concert for Aretha Franklin, she hired him on the spot to open all her shows nationwide for the next 3 years! Feat. on the Bob and Tom show, HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, BET’s Comic View, the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Last Comic Standing.

Music/Concerts NC MOZART SYMPHONY North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will lead the orchestra in concerts feat. three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on1/7, Kenan Auditorium , UNCW, and 1/8-9 at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three concerts begin at 8pm. www. ncsymphony.org or 919-733-2750 Mon- Fri, 10am WILMINGTON SYMPHONY AUDITIONS wilmington Symphony Orchestra announces a variety of January auditions: Thurs, 1/7, Junior Strings Program, open to all Cape Fear area string students in grades six through eight. Thurs., 1/14/2010, new-member auditions will be held for the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, open to ninththrough 12th-grade string, woodwind, brass and percussion students in the Cape Fear Region. Students will be notified of the time and location of auditions following receipt of application. www.wilmingtonsymphony. org; (910) 791-9262. • Mon. evening, 1/11/2010, mid-season auditions will be held for the Wilmington Symphony. Musicians are local instrumentalists and include UNCW music faculty and students who rehearse and present orchestral repertoire drawn from the eighteenth to twentieth-first centuries. Applications and required audition music may be obtained by visiting a twww.wilmingtonsymphony.org or calling the Wilmington Symphony office. Audition times will be scheduled following inquiry. • Open auditions for vocal roles in “A Tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” will be held on Sat., 1/23. Four to eight soloists (one to two in each category of soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor and baritone) will be chosen to perform on 3/13 with the Wilmington Symphony in a concert of Broadway classics presented in their original orchestrations. Details are available at www.wilmingtonsymphony. org, or calling the Wilmington Symphony office at (910) 791-9262. Audition times will be scheduled following inquiry. MUSIC AT FIRST Music at First presents the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, conducted by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne, on Tues., 1/12, 7:30pm. “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” feat. original works composed for handbells, as well as arrangements of classics and hymn tunes. Composed of students from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J, celebrating the 32nd year of the handbell curriculum at Westminster Choir College. Free; donations appreciated. www.firstonthird.org or 910-762-6688. LATIN FIESTA NC Symphony Young People’s Concert Series offers a Latin Fiesta w/ Director Grant Llewellyn and special guests Mariachi Cobre. Hour-long musical tour of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, at Meymandi Concert Hall at downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Sa., 1/16, 11am. www.ncsymphony.org or c 919733-2750, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Port City Players perform on Tuesdays. • Open Mic Stand-up on Thursdays. 255 N. Front Str. 910-251-7881

MUSIC ON MARKET The Oleander Chamber Orchestra presents Igor Strvinksy’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale.’ Portrayed by actors and orchestra, 1/16, 7:30pm in sactuary of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St. Sharon Miller: (910) 762-9693, 212.

THALIAN HALL RAINBOW ROOM sents “The The Rainbow Room seats appx 125 persons. b” by Peg Tickets: www.thalianhall.org, (910)343-3664 or e Merrifield (800)523-2820. 1/8-10: Billy D. Washington (www. ith Samuel

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA The Glenn Miller Orchestra plays Duplin County Events Center, Fri, 2/12, 8pm. Under the direction of Larry O’Brian (clarinet) and consists of five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four

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trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums). Plus, the Moonlight Serenaders are the vocal front for the band. Dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and 40s. Duplin County Events Center, HWY 11 (across from James Sprunt Community College), Kenansville, NC, $30/Table Seats. $10-$20. Student and military discounts available. (910) 275-0009. www. ticketmaster.com.

TANGO Start your new year with a tango: bring your dance partner for this six-part series of fun, informative sessions with Kent Boseman, tango instructor. Wear loose fitting clothing and come prepared to dance in your sox, Visit www.surfertango.com space is limited preregister by Tues, 1/5, daphne@ cameronartmuseum.com or 910-395-5999 ext. 1007. $90/couple

JESSYE NORMAN Four-time Grammy Award winner Jessye Norman performs 2/14, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium, 8pm. 2010. Revered as one of the preeminent vocalists of our time, Jessye Norman garnered early acclaim for her portrayal of the title role in Verdi’s Aida, the first of numerous leading dramatic roles she made uniquely her own. Norman’s upcoming

SINGLE’S CLUB Wilmington Singles Club meets at American Legion, Post 10, 8-11pm. Members $8 and guests, $10. 1/8: DJ Buddy Langley * 1/15: DJ Robert Clemmons • 1/22: DJ Baby Boomer. No shorts, miniskirts or denim jeans. Kathleen Abbott, 2323315 or www.wilmingtonsingles.blogspot.com

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Put some pep in that step for the new year! The Azalea Coast Dancers will be kicking off 2010 with their monthly dance at the New Hanover County Center Ballroom at 2200 S. College Road, at the corner of Shipyard. Participants can waltz, rumba, fox trot, cha-cha, swing, salsa and more! An introductory ballroom dance lesson will be given by Verna Jordan. There is a $10 entry, and the dance lasts from 7:30-10pm. (910) 799-1694. performance will feature the work of American masters, such as Eubie Blake, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington. Tickets go on sale, Thurs., 10/1: $75 (Reserved Section A); $55 (Reserved Section B); $15 for UNCW Students with a valid ID (limit 1 per student). www.uncw. edu/arts or 910-962-3500 or 800-732-3643. SHAKORI HILLS GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL As the quiet of winter settles over the grounds at Shakori Hills, the staff is busy planning the next festival. There will be new bands and old favorites, wonderful food and crafts, many chances to share ideas and relate as a community, and great fun for the whole family! The Shakori Hills Spring GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will be held on 4/22-4/25. The festival will be offering a Holiday Special where 4-day passes will be available for $70 which is $30 off of the gate price for the spring festival. These four-day passes, youth 4-day passes ($40), and festival vehicle camping passes ($50) will be available beginning on 11/16. This special ends 12/31. Go to www.shakorihills. org for ticket sales and details. NY METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE UNCW’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is presenting The Met: Live in HD at Lumina Theatre at UNCW with a total of nive live performanes beginning 10/10. Ticket can be purchased per performance or for the entire season. Schedule: www.uncw.edu/metopera. 910-962-3195. MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or rockinrowland@hotmail.com.

Dance VALENTINE BIG BAND DANCE Saint Thomas Preservation Hall, 208 Dock Street Wilmington is having a Valentine Big Band Dance featuring The Wilmington Big Band and Babs McDance on 2/11 from 6-10pm. $25/person. Ticket proceeds go to the installation of an elevator in the building. The Valentine Big Band Dance will feature dance lessons, food, beer and wine tasting and art auctions. Casual attire is appropriate. www. ValentineBenefit.com.

AZALEA COAST DANCERS Azalea Coast Dancers Chapter of USA Dance invites all to start off 2010 with a Waltz, Rumba, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa and Etc. on Sat., 1/9., New Hanover County Center Ballroom, 2200 S. College Rd. corner of Shipyard Blvd. 6:45pm, introductory level ballroom dance lesson by Verna Jordan of BallroomDanceSport Studio. 7:30 to 10:00PM open dancing to recorded music. $10/person. Singles and couples welcome. Smoke and alcohol free environment. 910-799-1694 or acusabda@att.net BALLROOM DANCING Silver Coast Winery feat. award-winning Ballroom Dancers Jim Sterner and Donna Rosen, from Myrtle Beach, to give a series of four classes: 4 consecutive Sun. afternoons, 1/10-31, 2-4pm. First hour will be instruction and the second hour will be dance with individual help from Jim and Donna. $45/person for all classes, prepaid. (910) 287-2800 www.silvercoastwinery.com. 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach FIREHOUSE STUDIO BELLY DANCING Beginning and mixed-level bellydance classes every Mon. 6:30-8pm. $12. Firehouse studio, 1702 Wrightsville Ave. 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 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 ARGENTINE TANGO 7:30pm, every Friday. $5 cover at the door, includes beginners lesson. Ramada Inn, New Carolina Lounge, 5001 Market St. Details: 790-8597. WILMINGTON SALSA CLUB Salsa Lessons, 8:30pm, Wed., Garibaldi Night Club, 4418 Market St., Wilmington, NC • 8pm, Fridays, Sywanyk’s Night Club 222 Henderson Ave., Jacksonville, NC. Dawn: (910) 471-6809 DANCE LESSONS AT CAROLINA LOUNGE Tues, 7:30pm, shag lessons with Brad and DJ Lee Pearson. • Fri., 7:30pm, Tango workshop with Paula. 9:30pm, salsa lessons with DJ Lalo. Cover charge $5, lesson free. • Sat., Latin ryhthm. Doors open 9pm. 5001-a Market St, (910) 790-8598

Art ART CLASSES WITH LOIS DEWITT Draw/Paint from a Photo: $50/4 weeks. Materials lists available; Mon, Through 1/25, 10am-12:30pm. Bring a photo and learn how to translate it into a drawing or an acrylic painting. Visual skills, light, space, color and composition will be covered. Max. 5 students. • Collage Magic: $50/4 weeks. Tues., 1/5-26, 10am-12:30pm. Learn collage skills and techniques. Make a greeting card from found papers. Maximum 7 students. • Oil Pastels: $50/4 weeks. Materials lists available. Tues., 1/5-26, 24:30pm. Explore vibrant colors of oil pastels: learn basic skills of shading, color overlay, blending, light and shadow. Maximum 7 students. • Water Color: $50/4 weeks. Materials lists available. Wes, 1/627, 10am-12:30pm. Learn basic watercolor skills: mixing and blending colors, light and shadow, wet

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and dry brush techniques. Maximum 7 students • Drawing: $50/4 weeks. Materials lists available. Wed., 1/6-27: 2-4:30pm. Learn drawing basics: line, shading, composition and drawing what you see. Maximum 7 students.• Acrylic Painting: $50/4 weeks. Materials lists available. Thurs., 1/7-28, 10am-12:30pm. Explore acrylic painting: color mixing, brushwork, gradations, light and shadow. Maximum 7 students. • Discover The Artist Within: $5/4 weeks. Materials lists available. Thurs., 1/728, 2-4:30pm. Discover your inner artist and how to enrich your life through creativity. Simple, fun projects. Maximum. 7 students. (910)547-8115 or www.free-online-art-classes.com ENVISAGE STUDIOS Envisage Gallery and Studios is now open. We are seeking artists and art to fill this unique art/ theatre space. We have Artist studio, display, and consignment space available. Whether you need a little space or a lot of space we can fill your needs. Located in the historic Friendly’s Department Store building at 615 Castle St. and open to the Cape Fear Playhouse. Susan or Scott Oakley: 910-3521070 or envisagegallery@ec.rr.com. ARTISTS FOR CHARITY See page 11. BOTTEGA ART BAR EXHIBITS: Jazz Rode: A Solo Exhibition, 1/11-3/7, w/ opening reception on Fri, 1/15, 68pm. Designing surf art is just one of this local artists amazing talents—also includes; Intaglio, Lithography, Mixed Media and Painting and will all be displayed in this eclectic exhibit at Bottega Gallery. EVENTS: Start 9pm unless noted; free. • 1/7: Open-mic night (music, poetry, comedy, etc..) 1st& 3rd Thurs, 8pm-midnight • 1/8: Tristin Clopet (from Miami) • 1/9: Ethan Clark • 1/10: Dale “Fully Automatic Sound Machine” DJ’s • 1/11: Open Paint & Create (bring your art in progress and have some drinks) • 1/12: Starving Artist night $2 wine & beer • 1/13: Weekly Wine Tasting 7pm (Roger Davis & Ron Wilson music) • 1/14: 7-9 Poetry workshop 9-11 Jean Jones • 1/15: Steve Gibbs Bryan Galeki and Soultron perform • 1/16: Little Miss Sabatoge CD release party • 1/17: Dale “Fully Automatic Sound Machine” DJ’s • 1/18: Open Paint & Create (bring your art in progress and have some drinks) Sara Blacker performs • 1/19: Starving Artist night $2 wine & beer • 1/20: Weekly Wine Tasting 7pm (upstarts and Rogues perform) • 1/21: Open-mic night (music, poetry, comedy, etc..) 1st & 3rd Thurs. 8pm-midnight • 1/22: 4th Friday is Back! Spider Mike performs 6pm • 1/23: Summerset • 1/24: Dale “Fully Automatic Sound Machine” DJ’s • 1/25: Open Paint & Create (bring your art in progress and have some drinks!) • 1/26: Starving Artist night $2 wine & beer • 1/27: Weekly Wine Tasting 7pm (Roger Davis & Ron Wilson music) • 1/28: Eric Metts • 1/29: Kim Dicso • 1/30: Live Music • 1/31: Miss Tess performs. 208 North Front St.; 910-763-3737. www.bottegagallery.com STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE Thrive Studios, a new cutting-edge hybrid studio and gallery, has nine artist studio spaces available for rent . Each is 8’x 8’, $200/mo. w/ 1-year lease. Join our artist collective and let your career thrive! Gaeten Lowrie: 919-696-4345 or Scott Ehrhart :407-257-5299. PORT CITY POTTERY & FINE CRAFTS Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, w/ handmade, one-ofa-kind, 3-D art, crafts and more by jury-selected coastal North Carolina artisans. Open: Mon.-Sat., 10-5:30pm; Sun., 11-4pm. 307 N. Front St./7637111, portcitypottery.com

Museums TOPSAIL MISSLES AND MORE MUSEUM Newly renovated and expanded, in Topsail Beach. April-mid-Oct.: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat, 2-4 pm Other ∫times by appointment 1-800-626-2780 CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and

many more. Open 11am-5pm, and Sat. 11am6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www. capefearserpentarium.com. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Going to the Movies: Experience the history of a century of movie-going in the Lower Cape Fear region. Explore where people went to the movies. Discover how the theater experience has changed over the years. Watch some of the first films local residents may have seen.Free w/admission. • Conservation Matters. Explore the art and science of artifact conservation. Discover what it is, who does it, and why it matters to museums. A selection of beautifully conserved furniture and other wooden objects from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on display. • Cape Fear Treasures: Drink. Glimpse a selection of drinking vessels, as you explore treasures from Cape Fear Museum’s collection. From 18th-century bottles, to fancy teapots, to modern-day souvenir mugs, discover objects that help tell the stories of liquid consumption through time. Going to the Movies • EVENTS: Learning Center: Playing With Math, 1/9, 16, 30. 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 take home! Open Saturdays 10am-4pm. Free w/admission. Ages 5 to 12. Parental participation is required. • New Hanover County Residents’ Day: 1/3. Residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. • Volunteer Open House: 1/6, 10amnoon. Drop by and discover how to become part of this dedicated corps. Opportunities are available in the museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • Volunteer Open House is held the first Wednesday of every month. • Winter Jazz: El Jaye Johnson’s Port City All-stars: 1/8, 6pm. Enjoy the guitar stylings of El Jaye Johnson and his Port City All-stars. Pack a picnic, bring your chairs and enjoy evening jazz at the New Hanover County Government Center. Held one Friday a month, November-April, 6-8pm; free for Museum members; $8 for nonmembers. Bring your own chair. Food and drink are encouraged, no glass please. • Cape Fear Skies: Winter Constellations 1/17, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Venture into Cape Fear Museum’s portable planetarium and explore the night sky in the daytime. Investigate winter constellations and determine how to locate these “seasonal pictures” in the Lower Cape Fear night sky. Free w/admission • Mystery at the Museum: 1/23: Local wildlife are the suspects in an ecosystem photo shoot gone awry. Inspect the “crime scene,” collect trace evidence, examine forensic clues, and use scientific equipment and methods to “track” down the animal culprit. Put on your detective hat and join other families to solve this museum mystery. 10am-4pm. Last ticket sold at 2:30. Free for members; $5 per nonmember. Children 5 to 12. Parental participation is required. • Family Workshop: Shipwrecks: 1/24, 2:30pm. Explore the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Learn the basics of underwater archaeology. Create your own quadrant to navigate the high seas. Experimentation, discovery and exploration for the whole family. Hands-on workshops are $4/person plus Museum admission and are appropriate for children ages 5 to 12. Parental participation is required. Museum open Mon. through Labor Day 2009. Hours: 9am5pm Tues-Sat. and 1-5pm, Sun. 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. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. 814 Market St. BELLAMY MANSION Bellamy is one of NC’s premier architectural and historic treasures, built as city residence of prominent planter, Dr. John D. Bellamy. Antebellum architecture: a mix of Greek Revival and Italianate styles. Open for tours Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm; closed Mons. Guided tours on the hour; self-guided audio-tours also available. Current Exhibit: “Walking in the Footsteps of: Gen. William T. Sherman.” Adults, $10; children 5-12, $4; group tours, $8 (20+ requires reservations). 251-3700 ext. 104; www.BellamyMansion.org.

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LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. www.latimerhouse.org WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in

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Resolute to help educate our locals on local history and flair by becoming a volunteer at the Cape Fear Museum. On the 6th of January, the museum will hold a Volunteer Open House from 10am-noon, discussing opportunities that are available at the museum. From working with the historic collections, to becoming an education docent, and more, helping hands are always welcomed and encouraged! Call (910) (910) 798-4370 for info. Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. Admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910763-2634 or www.wrrm.org. NC MARITIME MUSEUM AT SOUTHPORT The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport hosts regular Monthly Adult Programs on the 3rd Tues. of each month at 7pm at the Southport Community Building. Free to members and $5 for non-members.116 N. Howe St. / 910-457-0003. PENDERLEA HOMESTEAD MUSEUM Depression-era farmstead that promotes local farm history of NC. Sat., 1-4pm. 10 mi. west of Burgaw, off NC Highway 11. 284 Garden Rd., Willard/2853490/www.penderleahomesteadmuseum.org. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Toying with Art is an exhibition of toys designed and fabricated by more than 50 artists. Remains open through 3/28. Brings together several different kinds of toys: games, robots, plush toys, puppets and action figures all come together in this exciting exhibition. • Kaleidoscope: Changing Views of the Permanent Collection. Feat. art from the Cameron Art Museum’s collection: paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, furniture, decorative arts, from the museum’s permanent collection. Configuration will change through the year as individual works are rotated. • EVENTS: Music w/Teddy Burgh Trio, 1/7, 7-8pm, $5. Evening of cool jazz with the Teddy Burgh Trio--Burgh on saxophone and flute, Kevin Kolb on piano and Lee Venters on drums. Teddy Burgh has shared the stage with Ray Charles and Yolanda Adams among others, Kevin Kolb is a jazz and contemporary keyboardist and composer, and Lee Venters is a multi-instrumentalist recording artist, producer and founder of the Music School of Wilmington. Refreshments are available by donation. • Gallery Talk w/Architects in the Galleries Charles H. Boney, 1/10, 2-3pm, Hughes Wing. Free w/museum admission. Final in the series of AIA, Wilmington Chapter informal gallery talks and the last day to view the exhibit Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation.Ongoing series gives visitors the opportunity to see through an architect’s eyes. Charles H. Boney is an awardwinning designer with a long-standing interest in architecture as a social instrument of change. • Film: In Search of Clarity: The Architecture of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (1995,

45 min.), 1/10, 3:15-4pm, Hughes Wing. Free w/ museum admissionThrough their firm Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, Charles Gwathmey (19382009) and Robert Siegel designed innovative houses and buildings. This documentary explores the range and depth of their work and includes interviews with architects Philip Johnson and Peter Eisenman and filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who describes how a journey through a Gwathmey Siegel house has the drama of a well-made movie. This is the final program of the exhibition and the last day to view Gwathmey Siegel: Inspiration and Transformation. • CLASSES: Couples Tango w/Kent Boseman, Sat., 6 session: 1/9, 23, 30 and 2/6, 13 and 27, 11am-1pm. $90/couple. Size is limited, pre-reg by Tues., 1/5: daphne@cameronartmuseum.com www. surfertango.com. • Life Draw Sessions, Tues., 1/5-2/23, 6-9pm. $70. The Life Drawing Group draws from a live model. Easels and tables are provided. Only dry drawing materials and watercolors (no oils or solvents) can be used in this space. • Hand and Wheel Pottery Techniques, Mon/Wed., 1/25-3/17, 9am-noon, $250. Evenings: Tues/Thurs., 1/26-3/18, 6-9pm, $250. Hiroshi Sueyoshi teaches handbuilding, wheel throwing, glazing and finishing techniques. Class size is limited. Open to all skill levels, ages 16+.• Yoga: Every Tues. at 6pm and Thurs. at 12pm; $5/members; $8/non-members. Exercises to enhance relaxation, breath control and meditation with Sara Jo Nelson. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat. Beginners welcome. • Tai Chi, Wed. 12pm. $5/members, $8/non-members. A slow, meditative form of exercise designed for relaxation, balance and health taught by Martha Gregory. Wear comfortable clothing. Beginners welcome • South 17th Str. and Independence Blvd. Regular museum hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri.: 11am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am-5m. Members free;$8 non-members; $5 Students with valid student ID card; $3 Children age 2 -12 www. cameronartmuseum.com or (910)395-5999.

NC AQUARIUM EVENTS: Aquarist Apprentice: 1/9, 23, 30, 2pm. Find out what it is like to be responsible for the aquarium critters. Join staff on a behind-thescenes tour, learn about our animals and their diets, and assist our staff in the preparation of food and feeding of some of our animals. For ages 10 and up. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $2/participant. Aquarium admission included.• Behind the Scenes Tour: 1/7, 11:30am; 1/9, 11am; 1/10, 2pm; 1/13, 3:30pm; 1/17, 2pm; 1/21, 11:30am; 1/23, 11am; 1/24, 2pm; 1/31, 2pm. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an Aquarium? Space for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and access to exhibits is hidden behind the aquarium walls. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $15/participant. Aquarium admission included. • Breakfast with the Fishes: 1/9, 8am. Get a sneak peek at the aquarium before it opens for the day. Coffee, juice, pastries and bagels are provided for guests. Fee: $15 (includes the admission for the day). $5/children ages 2-5. NC Aquarium Society Members pay $7/participant. • Children’s Discovery Time: 1/7, 10am, Turtles; 1/21, 10am, Crabs. Creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. For preschool children. $5/child. Parents pay admission only. • Daddy and Me: 1/16, 9am. Dads and their children interact and learn together about aquarium animals. After, enjoy free playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room. Different animal topics offered each date. For adults and kids ages 1-3. $13/adult and one child ($1 ea, additional child) Admission included. • Mommy and Me: 1/12, 26, 30, 9am. Moms and their children interact and learn together about aquarium animals and then enjoy free playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room. Different animal topics will be offered each date. For adults and kids ages 1-3. $13/one adult and one child ($1 ea. additional child) Admission to Aquarium is included.• Sea Squirts Breakfast and Playtime with the Fishes: 1/22, 8am. Toddlers and parents invited to come explore the Aquarium from 8-9am before we open our doors to the general public. Kids ages 1-3 will get to meet some of our animal friends up-close, hear a fishy story, and have playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room. Also enjoy a breakfast surrounded by our aquatic


friends. $15 (includes the admission for the day). $5/children ages 2-3. Members pay $7/participant. • Aquacamp: Reptiles and Amphiians:1/18, 8:30am-3pm. Up close look at reptiles and animals including, turtles, salamanders, and alligators. Learn about the similarities and differences between these two types of animals. Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Snacks provided. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch. $40/participant. Offering limited transportation from the Monkey Junction area to and from Aquacamps——accommodates 13 children per day. A fee and pre-registration is required! • Scout Days: 1/23, 9am-4pm, Boy Scouts-Reptiles and Amphibians Program. Each date will focus on programs in which the scouts can complete some of their patch or badge requirements. Scouts can attend with a parent or with their troop, but must have adult supervision. Space is limited. $1/Boy Scout, $8/adult. Event prices do not include admission, NCA members get a discount. Near the mouth of the CF River, on U.S. 421, less than a mile from the Ft. Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9am-5pm daily. Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 ages 6-17. Free for children under 6; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. www.ncaquariums.com. Closed Christmas and New Year’s days. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 303 West Salisbury Street. wbmuseum. com. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market streets. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www. burgwinwrighthouse.com.

Sports/Recreation FENCING CLASSES The Cape Fear Fencing Association will offer its next beginners’ fencing class in January, 2010. Fencing is a great way to meet those new year’s resolution to get healthy. The class will start Tues., 1/5 at 6:30pm and will run for six weeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, the six-week class will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and costs $40. Class will meet in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. All equipment supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencing classes include the basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA which offers fencing Tues/Wed/Thurs, 7:30pm. www. capefearfencing.com. Head Coach Greg Spahr: 910 799-8642. YMCA SWIM LESSONS YMCA Swim Lesson Program is a nationally recognized program taught by YMCA trained instructors. Weekday and weekend offerings. The winter session runs from 1/4/10-3/31/10. Did you know that modern swim instruction was invented at the YMCA? Maybe that’s why so many people have learned to swim at the Y, and continue to come back to enjoy our outstanding facilities. National YMCA Aquatics programs are designed to teach personal water safety, stroke development, rescue and personal growth skills to children. Our program is divided by age and skill levels. Aquatics

1/28. No Class on 11/26 or 12/24. 7pm. $65/ person. Fri. through 1/15. 9am. $65/person. Pre-reg rqd for all classes. (910)341-3237. www.halyburtonpark.com CAPE FEAR HISTORY BOWL Enter the first Cape Fear History Bowl. For adult contestants. 2/11, 7pm at the Historic New Hanover County Court House. $200/team. 10/2 reg. deadline. The winner will recieve a name engraved Cape Fear History Bowl trophy. Teams should include 4 members plus one alternate. Contact Bill Holt: 910.791.1602 or Candace McGreevy at The Latimer House, 3 & Orange Streets: 910.762.0492 or cmcgreevy@ latimerhouse.org. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARKS & REC Beginner shag lessons on Sun., Fran Russ Recreation Ctr, no partner needed. Next class starts 2/7 • Beginner II Bridge Lessons, Thurs, 10am-noon, 3/11-4/8. • Intermediate II Bridge Lessons, Thurs, 12:30pm–2:30pm. 3/11-4/8 • Currently registering for group tennis lessons, adult, youth, and tots. Classes meet Mon/ Wed, at tennis courts at Wrightsville Beach Park. Adult, Youth ages 9-12, and Tots ages 68. • Yoga: Tuesd/Wed, 6:30pm. Classes meet in the Fran Russ Recreation Center. • Pilates. Mon/Wed/Frid, 10:15-11:15am. Beginner Pilates on Tues/Thurs, 7:30-8:15am. • Low Impact Aerobics. Mon/Wed/Fri, 8-9am and 9-10am. All ages welcome, catered toward ages 60+. • Tone & Stretch. Tues/Thurs, 8:30-9:15am. All ages welcome, catered towards Ages 60+. • Boot Camp fitness class meets Tues/Thurs, 6-7am. 910-256-7925; preregistration rqd. Wrightsville Beach Park.

Director Joe Herzberg: 251-9622 ext 254 or joe. herzberg@wilmingtonfamilyymca.org. BIRD TOURS Starting 1/10 Cape Fear River Watch is offering guided birding tours of Greenfield Lake—a 100acre lake within a larger city park that is one of the great birding destinations of the Southeast and a featured portion of the NC Birding Trail. See Wigeon, Gadwall, Cormorants and Egrets roost in and around the Bald Cypress, and more! Traditionalists walk their way the 5 miles around the lake, guidebook in hand. Or do a guided 1hour tour on the lake itself comfortably seated in River Watch’s electric canoe. Led by trained and experienced birders, River Watch offers birding tours of aboard an electric boat that can fit 6 passengers comfortably. Tours on Wed/Thurs/ Sundays through March, weather permitting, or by special app. The one-hour tours leave the dock at 10am, 11am, noon and 1pm with a special “roosting hour” tour leaving apprx 3:30pm. Group prices available; RSVP recommended. $15/person. 910-762-5606 or 910-200-4002. IN BALANCE FIT CLUB Starting 1/12 certified Pilates instructor Natalie George is beginning In Balance Fit Club, a 6wk weight loss program! Program combines intermediate Pilates on the equipment, cardiovascular exercise, and nutritional counseling with registered dietitian Erica Cushion. Fit club will consist of 60 minute sessions three times per week with ea. session beginning with 10 min. of cardio, followed by 40 min. of fast-paced intermediate Pilates. Session ends w/5 more minutes of cardio and 5 min. of cool down and stretching. Receive a daily “goal tracker” journal, educational literature, and websites for support to help guide you through the process! Additional 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity is required per day throughout the program. Private and group sessions with registered dietitian Erica Cushion. Ea. participant will meet with Erica before the program begins to establish a diet plan, take optional body measurements and do an optional weigh-in. Throughout the program Erica will teach mini-lectures covering weight loss, diet and exercise tips and will introduce you to the concept of Intuitive Eating, so the changes you make during Fit Club will stay with you forever. Begins 1/12, 6weeks. Day and evening group. Tues/Wed 10am & 6pm, and Fri, noon or 6pm. 3828 Oleander Drive. info@pilatesinbalance.com

2010 STRIPER TOURNEY 2010 Striper Tournament: Fishing To Help The Fish. To fish in the 2nd annual Cape Fear River Watch Invitational Striper Tournament , anglers will have to get on the waitlist, in the event that an already registered angler can’t make it. Anglers on the wait list will also have first consideration for the 2011 tournament. Top prize of the Junior Angler essay contest is a spot in the tournament for a young angler (12-16 years of age) and an adult chaperone (value $1,000.) If you know a young person passionate about fishing then this is a golden opportunity. Planning for the gala banquet on the eve of the tourney (1/15) continues and some very special items are up for auction: original artwork, guided fishing charters, a 4’ long ship’s model and a top of the line Orvis Fly Rod and Reel

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Film SUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES All movies are free at Juggling Gypsy on Castle Street, Sundays, 8pm. 1/10: Toxic Avenger: This is the story of Melvin, the Tromaville Health Club mop boy, who accidentals ends up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results then have a transmogrification effect, his alter ego is released, and the Toxic Avenger is born. • 1/17: Toxic Avenger 2 • 1/24: Canibal the Musical: The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh. • 1/31: Plan 9 from Outerspace: Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite. the worst movie ever made. 763-2223 CINEMATIQUE Cinematique of Wilmington, a series of classic, foreign and notable films co-sponsored by WHQR and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., proudly announces its upcoming slate of films. Admission: $7. All films are screened in Historic Thalian Hall. • 1/10-13, 2010 (Sun– Wed) Crude Joe Berliner, the director of Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost and Some Kind of Monster, turns his attention to what may be the most important environmental lawsuit of our time. This cinéma-vérité documentary takes us from villages in the Amazon to NYC skyscrapers as two lawyers bring a class action lawsuit against Chevron for polluting an area in Ecuador causing cancer, water pollution and death. 105 Minutes. Unrated. In English, Spanish, A’ingae and Secoya with English subtitles. • 1/20-24, 2010 (Wed-Sun) Diva – When Diva debuted in the early 80’s, audiences were ready to abandon the French realism of the previous decade and embrace cinema du look. This reprinted and retranslated version is even more suited today. The appeal of director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s fast-paced thriller relies on its look – slick, sensual and expertly photographed. The story of the opera singer who never allowed herself to be recorded, the postman who secretly recorded her, and the mix-up when the recorded tape is mixed up with one confirming criminal activity make for an energetic story line. Starring Frederic Andrei, Wilhelmenia Wiggins

It’s the beginning of the year. This means: endless discussions about shedding those holiday pounds. Well, stop talking and get to work. In Balance Pilates can help with their six-week weight loss program, combining intermediate Pilates on equipment, cardiovascular exercise and nutritional counseling, all offered from trained professionals. Call (910) 762-1449 to get all the details and sign up today to get motivated! . Tickets for banquet may be purchased at CFRW or at Tex’s Tackle. 910-762-5606 kemp@cfrw.us HALYBURTON PARK FITNESS CLASSES Pilates: Tues., through 1/12. 5:30 or 6:30pm. $60/person. Instructor: Jamie Annette. Wed., through 1/13, 6pm. $65/person. Instructor: Ellen Longenecker. Thurs., through 1/28. IntermediateAdvanced. No Class on 11/26 or 12/24. 6pm. $65/person. Instructor: Ellen Longenecker. • Yoga: Tues., through 1/12. 7:30pm. $60/person. Wed: through 1/13. 9am. $65/person. Thurs. through

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Fernandez and Dominique Pinon. 123 Minutes. Rated R. In French with English subtitles. 910-3433664. www.thalianhall.org or www.etix.com

Kids Stuff Y KIDS ZONE Transforming the current Teen Center, the new “Y Kids Zone” will provide a safe and fun environment for youth ages 6-12 with over 25 pieces of ageappropriate fitness equipment, in addition to Wii systems, Dance Dance Revolution, game bikes and an obstacle course. Free and open to the public, 1/18, 8:30-11:30am and 4:30-7:30pm. Come check out the new equipment, learn more about the YMCA and its various youth and adult programs, take advantage of the big Grand Opening discounts, and sign up for the raffle prizes being given away. wilmingtonfamilyymca.org. END OF GRADE TESTING ASSISTANCE Students, grades 3rd-8th, who need help with the EOGs can sign up at Maides Park, 1101 Manly, on 1/5, to receive assistance in preparation for the exam. It’s free and open, but registration required: www.wilmingtonrecreation.com

Lectures/Readings DR. MARY ANN CAWS Dr. Mary Ann Caws, professor of lit, English and French at City University fo NY, will speak on “Some Varieties of Religious Representation, from the Pieta of Avignon to Dali and Warhol.”, 1/29, 7pm. Free and open to publish. St. James Episcopal Parish, 25 S. 3rd St., in the Great Hall. Market Street, between 3rd and 4th streets. Gail Jackins: gail@stjamesp.org RICHARD KAGLIC Cape Fear Chapters of The NC World Trade Association and the American Red Cross will host keynote speaker Richard Kaglic at a lunch forum meeting on 1/20, noon-2pm, the Country Club of Landfall’s Nicholas Banquet Room. Kaglic will weigh in on the current economic climate and how these trends will play out nationally and regionally in 2010. He will also talk about the long-term growth prospects for the US economy, international trade, and the continued resources needed over the coming months to bolster the recovery. In conjunction with a fund-raising effort for the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross. Open to the public. Seated lunch w/beverages provided; $18 for NCWTA members and their guests and $25 for non-members, which includes attendance of the event and full meal. Voluntary donation in support of the humanitarian work of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is greatly appreciated. www.capefearworldtrade. org/events/?event_id=6 UNCW PRESENTS LECTURES SERIES Speakers include an award winning novelist and poet, an acclaimed political journalist, a National Book Award winner and social justice activist, and a green business advocate and CEO.Lectures are Mon., 7pm, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium,followed by Q&A and book signing. 2/15: Jonathan Kozol—oy and Justice: An Invitation to Serve the Children of the Poor. Amid the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, author Jonathan Kozol moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston and became a fourth grade teacher in the Boston public schools. He has devoted the subsequent four decades to issues of education and social justice in America. www.uncw.edu/presents. Tickets are $9 for the public and free to UNCW students and employees. 962-3500 or 800-732-3643. OLD BOOKS Mon., 6:30pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome! • Knit Wits, an ongoing crafting group open to all skill levels every Tues., 6pm - 8:30pm • Whodunnit? Wedunnit! New Mystery Thriller Book Club Forming. Meetings once a month. 22 N. Front St. • (910) 763 4754 • www.OldBooksOnFrontSt. com POMEGRANATE BOOKS Story-telling w/Sherry Lovett: 1/9, 10am. Fun

for children aged 5-105! Sherry uses voices and animated actions to create memorable stories that live on in the imagination even after the story is over. • A Telling Experience: Uniquely True Tall Tales, Richard M. Trask Reading and Booksigning: 1/23, 3pm. Collection of uniquely true tall tales, from the one about the neighborhood terrorist on the Bald Head Island ferry to the Piranhas at the Pond of Arbor Creek, in Southport, leading up to the spookiest story you ever heard: The Ghost Crab of Trinity Center, at Salter Path near Emerald Isle. North Carolina is the setting, in one way or another, for about one-third of the stories in the book. • Life & Times of the Fort Fisher Hermit, through the lens of Fred Pickler, 1/29, 7pm. Robert E. Harrill, known as the Fort Fisher Hermit, lived for 17 years under the stars, subsisting off the land, and visited by thousands. Hear stories of the Fort Fisher Hermit, whose enigmatic life and tragic death captivated locals and tourists for decades. • Canned Food Drive: 1st and 3rd Sun. Bring in a canned good or non-perishable food item and get a free book (publisher’s advanced copy)! Sponsored by Grandmothers for Peace, and all food goes to local food banks. We have fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books available. Just bring in a canned good, every first and third Sunday of each month, preferably between 3 & 5pm. • Mother Earth Circle: “Gather the Women, Save the World!” 1/12, 6pm, and 1/26, 6pm. Women-centered community-involvement and book-discussion group inspired by Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Urgent Message from Mother. Hosted by Deb Bowen. Please bring canned goods for Grandmothers for Peace! 4418 Park Ave.; 910452-1107. www.pombooks.net

Classes/Workshops CREATE YOUR LIFE FOR 2010 Explore the areas of your life that are the foundation of happiness. Create a roadmap for getting your life on track and making it the life you really enjoy living.Groups forming; individual sessions also availableAlice Canup, M.S.W., Life Enhancement Coach, 910-686-5090, alice.dreamlife@gmail. com. POWER OF MOVEMENT Precise movements combined with precise mental focus to directly affect the function of the brain and nervous system is what Brain Workshop founder Susan Matthews, neuroscientist and tai chi master, will teach on 1/9. Participants learn real tools to achieve dramatic improvement in conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, fibromyalgia, brain injury, balance disorders, memory and sleep problems, and for reducing chronic pain and furthering understanding of whole brain/whole body functioning. Free intro to info, 1/8, 6:30pm. Held at Covenant Moravian Church at 4126 College Rd, 9am-4:30pm. $85 full day or $45: half-day, with couples and patient/caregiver team at $160. All adults, especially seniors, internal martial arts and yoga practitioners, movement therapists, mental health practitioners are encouraged to attend. mail@susanamatthews.com or 970-903-5723. www.brain-workshop.com PORTER’S NECK YOGA AND SPA Ring in the New Year w/Your Partner! Join Joel and Roxy Emery on breathing, relaxing, meditating, and revitalizing your spirit! 1/8, 6-7:30pm, and 1/9, 10-1130am. $40/couple. Porters Neck Yoga Spa: 8044 Market Street HEALTH AND WELLNESS “Health & Wellness” on Wilmington Business Online w/Cortney Shallow. 1/13, 6pm to 3/24, 7pm. Natural Therapies Institute. Join Shallow, Holistic Health Counselor, and a team of like minded individuals who are ready willing and able to help you learn how to lose weight naturally to achieve your optimal weight, get to the root of your weight loss issues, and get the personal one on one attention you deserve through individual consultations. Holistic Living is the “art of living in balance,” so not only will we look at what foods you are putting into your body, but we will also look at the environment in which you live: career, personal relationships, spirituality, and physical well being are all foods for the mind, body, and spirit. Group classes will meet every other wednesday starting Jan 13 and time slots will be given to select your

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one on one consultations twice per month. Total of 6 group classes and 6 individual consultations. Who ever loses the most percentage of weight gets money back in full at end of challenge! events@ wilmingtonbusinessonline.com FREE YOGA 220 hr Yoga Teacher Training beginning 1/29; all donations collected during the Yoga-thon will benefit Kunga Yoga programs for underserved populations. Past recipients include St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, American Cancer Society, local Red Cross Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, local HIV organizations and globally for orphans from Jamaica, Rwanda and India. 910350-0234 or www.wilmingtonyogacenter.com ASTROLOGY CLASSES Beginner’s class. Knowledge is power; fun, entertaining and enlightening. (910) 473-1155. A PLACE TO BEAD Beading classes and parties for all ages! Basic stringing and basic earring making offered weekly. Precious Metal Clay and multiple wire wrapping classes offered monthly. Special projects and advanced classes offered on weekends. Every Sunday join local artist’s for Bead Therapy. 910799-2928 or www.aplacetobead.com PRIVATE GUITAR LESSONS Private Guitar Lessons. $30/half hour or $45/hour. Will come to you. 232-4750. ENGLISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am. The ESOL group is sponsored by the Cape Fear Literacy Council and teaches English to Spanish speakers. Arwen Parris: 910-509-1464. PILATES BODY CHALLENGE Pilates Body Challenge at Body Aligned, 1/4-3/4. Take as many Pilates private lessons, semi-private

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18-35. HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions. Daily continuous tours offered Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm. Market and Water Streets. $11 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Call 251-8889 or visit www.horsedrawntours. com HOME EDUCATION ARTS HEArts (Home Education Arts) is a Wilmington, NC based homeschool group for families interested in using creative, integrated techniques to facilitate learning at home. We are a fully inclusive, nonsectarian group that embraces diversity. Members plan park play dates, fieldtrips, parties, classes and spontaneous activities. We meet online at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ HEArts_HomeEducationArts/. Sheree Harrell: 910.632.9454. WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB Open to new residents in Brunswick, New Hanover & Pender Counties. Meets 2nd Thursday of month at 9:30am at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, 5001 Market Street, between Kerr Ave. and New Centre Drive. Nancy Brennan (910) 270-6062; nabrennan@charter.net CAPE FEAR WEDDING ASSOCIATION Meet and greet third Wed of ea. mo.. $25, members free. capefearweddingassociation.com YWCA YWCA Bridge club, Mon: 12:30-3:30pm. Open to all players new to duplicate and those with less than 50 points. Marie Killoran: 452-3057 or Shirley Dail: 799-4287 • Aquatics, adult and kids exercise programs available • Scrabble Club meets Thurs.at 6:30pm, YWCA Bridge Center in Marketplace Mall. Bruce Shuman: 256-9659 or Gary Cleaveland: 458-0752. www.scrabble-assoc.com • Chess Club meets Thurs.at 6:30pm. David Brown: 675-1252 or 343-8002; at the Bridge Center, 41 Market Place Mall. www.wilmingtonchess.com • MommiePreneurs, a network/support group of women entrepreneurs, meet the 1st Wed. of month at YWCA. 2815 S. College Rd; 910-799-6820. www.ywca.org

The YWCA offers so much encouragement and enlightenment to our community. It’s time to show them thanks by participating in one of their many activities offered every week. Bridge Club, aquatics lessons, Chess Club, Mommie-preneurs meetings, Scrabble Club and so much more! Check out all of their upcoming classes, events and programs at www.ywca.org, or call (910) 799-6820 for more information. lessons, and/or classes as you can. We take participant’s measurements at the start of the challenge. Gift certificates given to winner of most inches lost and most classes taken! Schedule: Mon., 12-1pm Level 2 Intermediate; Mon., 6-7pm Level 1 Beginner; Tues., 7-8 Level 2 Pilates Playground Prop Class; Wed., 12-1pm Level 2 or 6-7 Level 1; Thurs, 7-8pm Level 3 Advanced; Fri, 12-1pm Level 2; Sat., 9-10am Level 2. 910-279-7294

Clubs/Notices SAPONA GREEN BUILDING CENTER Sapona Green Building Center: Thurs., 1/21, 5-6pm. “Learn How Improve the Building Performance of Your Home: Energy Saving Tips”—presented by: Mark Jabaley, Owner of Above and Beyond Energy and Robbie Sutton, Engineer with Sapona Green Building Center. 716 S. 17th, 910-762-1505 www.saponagreen.com GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS Wilmington Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting, 6:30pm, Cape Fear Presbyterian Church. 2606 Newkirk Ave. Casey F.: (910) 599-140 YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF NHC Meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month at the downtown public library, third floor, 6:30pm. Ages

PSORIASIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at Port City Java in Harris Teeter on College and Wilshire, 5pm. Christopher: (910) 232-6744 or cvp@yahoo.com. Free; meet others with psoriasis and get educated on resources and program assistance. AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS CHADD volunteers facilitate support groups for people affected by AD/HD. Our Parent Support Group for parents of children with AD/HD meets the second Mon of ea. month at the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear (S. College Road at Holly Tree) from 7-9pm. Our Adult Support Group for adults who have AD/HD themselves meets monthly on the second Tuesday at the same place and time. Free and areavailable on a drop-in basis to residents of New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties. Karen: WilmCHADD@aol.com.

CAPE FEAR KNITTERS Wilmington chapter of the Knitting Guild of America holds monthly meetings the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10am-noon, at UNCW, Bear Hall, Rm 208. Open to all interested in the skill of knitting. We will teach those interested in learning and help current knitters increase their knowledge and skill. Judy Chmielenski: 910-383-0374. www. tkga.com CREATIVE WOMEN’S EXCHANGE Creative Women’s Exchange, a newly formed group of creative minds with a mission to be Wilmington’s primary catalyst of creative inspiration and support for women through events, workshops, monthly meetings, mentorship, projects and the open exchange of ideas and services will be resuming monthly meetings. The next meeting will be held on 11/9 at The Greenlight Lounge from 7-9pm. 21 N. Front St. www.creativewomensexchange. com or (910)352-0236.


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