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editorial headline by Louis P. Masur caught my attention: “How Many Slaves are Working for You?” That’s a pretty charged question. Anyone who grew up with Southern White Guilt knows how it can stop you in your tracks. It certainly did, and I am a person who spends a lot of time thinking about labor conditions in the supply chain. Masur began by discussing the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as a vehicle to explore the premise of modern-day slavery and introduce SlaveryFootPrint.org, a website devoted to raising awareness about forced labor conditions. The site includes a survey to establish how many slaves work to support our personal lifestyles; it is illuminating. Imagine my surprise (and incredible guilt and frustration) to be informed that our household requires 21 slaves to maintain. Here is the breakdown of my survey: I live in North Carolina and am childless in my early 30s. The items associated with childrearing did not apply to me so I moved on to the next page addressing one’s physical residence. We have a car, a home office, a kitchen, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. Off to the side was an additional break-out menu to list the number of light bulbs, bed frames, high-end cookware, ball point pens, etc., in the house. This is where I started wishing for a comment box. It should come as no surprise that Jock, “the Full Belly Guy,” made most furniture in our house, so an awful lot of it looks like that which he designed for Philippine school rooms. We don’t buy high-end cookware (another item listed), and as regular readers of this column know, I will go to incredible lengths to find made-in-the-USA products—which did not get taken into account here. Next came food. Of course, Jock is a big coffee drinker, but he drinks fair-trade and organic, which also was not a survey option. Of the foods listed, there was no place for local seafood or homegrown vegetables—both of which are staples of our sum6 encore | january 9-15, 2013 | www.encorepub.com

mer diets. Yes, perhaps at some restaurants the shrimp is caught and peeled in Vietnam, but anything that comes in the house is locally caught. And, sure, tomatoes have been hot topics in labor disputes recently, but the only tomatoes we have had at home come from the front garden—because, come on, nothing tastes the same as a homegrown tomato! Jock, however, has a penchant for Newman’s Own spaghetti sauce and that certainly uses the cheapest tomatoes available. The medicine-cabinet section came as the biggest shocker. I think we all understand the amount of clothing made in sweat shops, but makeup? Since neither Jock nor I wear it, we didn’t score high in this section. Basically, we had a bottle of aspirin, some shampoo, a hairbrush, razor, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss and a first-aid kit. The impact of the makeup industry on indentured children is shocking and largely unexplored. Possibly because if we really began discussing what is involved in the manufacturing of cosmetics—both ingredients and labor conditions—we could spark enough outrage to actually topple the industry. After the “Blood Diamond” controversy over the last few years, it was far from surprising to see jewelry included. Since all my jewelry was either stolen during house robberies or sold last year to raise money to pay debts—with the exception of one broach that Jock gave me, which has deep sentimental value—we have no jewelry in the house to count. But, the world of mining precious metals and minerals is successful because of absurdly inflated prices in tightly controlled markets, which allow for incredible profit margins largely by using forced labor in terrifyingly dangerous conditions. Somehow, we think of diamond rings as symbols of love? No surprise to anyone I picked the “Technophobe” tab under electronics. I was really pleased that the impact of mining for Colton—which is used in most of our electronics—got prominent billing in the survey. It never ceases to amaze me that people

try and tell me e-readers are environmentally conscious. The damage of Colton mining to the environment and the people in forced servitude, who bring up these minerals, wreaks much greater destruction than printing on recycled paper. The pull-out quote from the website was peculiarly appropriate: “Coltan is an effective capacitor found in electronics. A U.S. State Department official was interviewed about Coltan mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He pointed to the reporter’s smartphone and said, ‘The likelihood that one of these was not touched by a slave is pretty low.’” I think the closet section offered a true reminder that Jock and I don’t live normal middle-class lives. For example, I own two pairs of shoes: flip flops and a pair made by a family of cobblers in California. Apparently, 24 is an average number of pairs of shoes for American women. Wow! Jock destroys shoes at an incredible rate and, again, owns one pair at a time, which he uses until they fall apart. Each part of the survey peppered in related statistics about forced labor around the world. Designed to be an awareness-building tool, I happen to think it’s pretty effective. By no means am I not belittling the historic experience of slavery in this country; still, if we want to honor the lessons of the abolitionist movement, which is a significant and integral part of our national consciousness, the best way is to apply it to people in bondage today. So, in 2013, ask for fair-trade items, made-inthe-USA products, and, please, not only ask questions about labor practices but communicate your decision-making process to the companies you choose to support. Let them know you are paying attention and choosing to give them money or not. It is slow, but it can make a difference. Every part of our lives offers an opportunity to make an impact. As you go through your day, ask yourself how much pain and suffering you are willing to endure for a low-priced gadget?


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Joe. I usually get my fix at Port City Java on 17th Street. Sometimes I’ll grab oatmeal too. R U Nuts is my favorite premixed blend. R U Nuts? With it being a new year, it may not be a bad time to ponder questions of sanity. For instance, our esteemed Congress just took us to the brink of the fiscal cliff, despite the president’s platform being soundly reaffirmed by the electorate. Congress held us hostage while holding an overall approval rating of 9 percent; is that nuts? Consider this: We just re-elected 91 percent of the Congress. Basically, Congress in general stinks, but my specific Congressman is a noble statesperson. “We the people” may not see the face of mental health when we look in the mirror. During the holidays, I shopped for sanity at a local bookstore. I refuse to name the old bookstore by the river because I don’t want anyone to get in trouble with Ben David or Homeland Security. “The Anarchists Cookbook” was locked above its counter. I thought the book had something to do with the “Sons of Anarchy.” It stunned me to learn the book’s storied and seditious history, relationship to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, and dangerous nature. I usually leave the bookstore thinking happy thoughts, but that Tuesday I was thinking of violence. I have a second cousin in Jersey about the same age as the Sandy Hook school children who didn’t make it to 2013. Of the many bothersome things about that incident is the public perception of the linkage between violence and mental illness. When someone runs seriously amok, people often blame “mental illness,” but the links between violence and mental illness are a lot looser than we’d like to think.

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If it were only as easy as separating them from us! “Them” being the easily identifiable insane future rampage shooters, and “us” being the sane and normal. For the last 30 years, while sane and normal people like us have been playing World of Warcraft, enjoying Quentin Tarantino, or fantasizing about killing our exes, John Monahan of the University of Virginia has researched linkages between violence and mental illness. According to his research, if we wiped out all forms of mental illness, we’d cut our homicide rate by a whopping 3 percent. Some forms of mental illness are more closely linked to violent behaviors than others. If you see visions and hear voices that tell you to kill, you’re a greater risk to do impulsive harm than most. Of course if we wiped out alcoholism and substance abuse, we’d cut out 30 percent of our homicides. But we are a violent species. In 2000 researcher Peter Crabb found that more than half of “normal” college students have harbored serious homicidal fantasies. We eroticize our violence and live in a culture where Wayne LaPierre can suggest a rational response to rampage shootings is to put guns in every classroom. Some states are taking the perfectly normal step of training teachers to shoot. I’m starting to like Chris Christie. He was able to identify these measures as nuts. But, in a culture that views violence as both erotic and as rational problem-solving, one which is addicted to violence, how can we tell who is really dangerous? Last Tuesday I got my fix of Joe and described my bookstore experience to a friend. “Is that a Second Amendment or First Amendment issue? Is it speech? Or is it a weapon? Kinda muddy.” An interloper responded: “The Second Amendment is as clear as the 10 Commandments! That book is dangerous! It teaches people how to kill. Thou shalt not kill! Remember! R U Nuts?” “Interesting question. Tuesdays are weird for me. Am I nuts? I don’t know.” This perfectly normal man scurried off unsatisfied (thankfully without snapping my picture with his smartphone.) I nodded to my friend, “Books don’t kill people; people kill people.” We definitely need to re-boot our mental health system, our gun laws and our educational system. But let’s keep in mind that most of the destruction wrought by humans is perpetrated by people who truly believe they are perfectly normal. Failing to grasp that simple fact is a recipe for disaster in anyone’s cookbook.


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Government in Action - The Philadelphia Traffic Court has been so infused with ticket-fixing since its founding in y 1938 that a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court report on the practice seemed resigned - to it, according to a November Philadelphia Inr quirer account. One court employee was quotk ed as defending the favoritism as fair (as long as no money changed hands) on the grounds that anyone could get local politicians to call a judge for him. Thus, said the employee, “It - was the (traffic) violator’s own fault if he or she f didn’t know enough” to get help from a political connection. Traffic Judge Christine Solomon, elected in November 2011 after a career as a favor-dispensing “ward healer,” said the ticketfixing was “just politics, that’s all.” y More than 200 school districts in California - have covered current expenses with “capital appreciation bonds,” which allow borrowers to forgo payments for years but at some point require enormous balloon payments. A Los h Angeles Times investigation revealed that districts have borrowed about $3 billion and thus l are on the hook for more than $16 billion. “It’s the school district equivalent of a payday loan,” - said California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a . former school board member who said he’d fire - anyone who sought such loans. (Some defenders of the loans pointed to schools’ occasional need for immediate money so they could qualify for federal matching grants which, to the dis- tricts, would be “free” money.) - One of the principal recommendations fol! lowing the Sept. 11 attacks was that emergency and rescue personnel have one secure rad dio frequency on which all agencies that were merged into the Department of Homeland - Security could communicate. In November, e the department’s inspector general revealed that, despite $430 million allotted to build and operate the frequency in the last nine years, it remains almost useless to DHS’ 123,000 - employees. The report surveyed 479 workers, t but found only one who knew how to find the - frequency, and 72 percent did not even know - one existed (and half the department’s radios couldn’t have accessed it even if employees knew where to look).

Remember Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere”?: In November, the Anchorage Daily News reported the Army Corps of Engineers is building a harbor on the Aleutian native community’s island of Akutan, even though there is no road away from it. Thus, reported KUCB Radio, the only way to get into or out of the harbor is by boat. Any connector road to the only town on the island is “likely years in the future,” according to the Daily News. As well, there is no assurance that the largest business in the area, Trident Seafoods, would ever use the harbor. Great Art! In October, Austrian artist Alexander Riegler installed a one-way mirror in the ladies’ room at a cafe in Vienna to allow men’s room users to peer inside (in the name of “art,” of course). Riegler said he wanted to start a “discussion of voyeurism and surveillance.” Men could see only the faces of women standing at the lavatories, and he said then that in January, he would reverse the process and allow women to peer into the men’s rooms. (The cafe had posted a sign advising restroom users that they would be part of an “art” project.) Police Report Anthony Johnson, 49, was convicted in October in Hartford, Conn., of stealing an improbably large amount of money as much as $70,000 a weekend, off and on for five years by crawling on the floor of darkened theaters and lifting credit cards from purses that movie-watching women had set down. The FBI said Johnson was careful to pick films likely to engross female viewers so that he could operate freely. He was often able to finish up, leave the theater, and make cashadvance withdrawals from ATMs before the movie had ended. Things That Almost Never Happen: In October, a 34-year-old man being detained by Port St. Lucie, Fla., police on an indecentexposure complaint convinced the officer to free him based on showing the officer his testicles. (A woman had complained that the man was masturbating in public, but the man apparently demonstrated an impressively severe rash that he said he could not avoid scratching.) Niles Gammons of Urbana, Ohio, apparently did some partying on Saturday night, Nov. 3, because he managed a rare DUI daily double. He was first cited for DUI at 1:08 a.m. Sunday and then, 60 minutes later, he was again cited for DUI at 1:08 a.m. (The first was during daylight saving time; the second was after the changeover.) Perspective Human rights activists have for years deplored the preferences for male offspring in

India and other nations ranging from cultures that marginalize female babies to some that practice discreet infanticide of girls. Increasingly, though, because of “advances” in science, Westerners can buy expensive in vitro fertilization procedures that use a laser to breach a fertilized embryo to determine whether it contains XY chromosome pairs (i.e., males) or larger XX ones so that only the desired-gender embryos are chosen. Noted Slate.com in September, such procedures are illegal in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom (except for bona fide medical reasons), but legal in the United States. People With Issues Justin Jedlica, 32, of New York City, bills himself as the “human Ken doll” after a 10year odyssey of cosmetic surgery (90 procedures) to achieve the “perfect” body. “I love to metamorphosize myself, and the stranger the surgery, the better,” he told ABC News in October, even though the amount of silicone in his body, say doctors (when told of Jedlica’s various implants), has reached a dangerous level. He dismisses actually “earning” the body, through gym workouts, as just “not exciting, not glamorous.” (Of course, the “perfect” body is never perfect, Jedlica acknowledged, as illustrated by his recollection of his first surgery to get a perfect nose which is still not done after three follow-ups. “Just got to get that nose up a few more millimeters,” he said.

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nings like an originally scripted play. I was thinking that, as a theatre reviewer, it would be great to start the new year to see some original work. The Browncoat Pub and Theatre has kindly obliged with Richard Fife’s “Cheating Destiny,” a timetravel romance directed by Amber Davis. The Browncoat has set the production of one-of-akind material as a main priority. Fife’s script is admittedly his first work in this genre; though, he is no stranger to either the craft of writing or the land of sci-fi and fantasy. (His knowledge of author Robert Jordan is stunning—make sure you have the time to fully appreciate the depth of information he has in his brain before you start that conversation.) The show opens in Kruger Mart where Ron (Chris Schatzle) is mooning over Morgan (Lindsay Chamberlain Austen), the stunning blonde who has absolutely no idea that he exists. It’s a fact that Jeff (Richard Davis), Ron’s co-worker, is only too happy to point out in no uncertain terms. Jeff is pretty acerbic under the best of circumstances and has nasty things to say about not only Ron’s pathetic love life but the two girls Zoe (Elizabeth Bernardo) and Sophie (Jessica Farmer) that not only shop at Kruger Mart but also hang out at the neighborhood bar the guys frequent. At the bar we meet Toni, the bartender and possibly the wisest person in the play. Played by Monnie Whitson, she has perspective, strength, grace and genuine empathy for her customers tinged with her own sense self-preservation. Whitson also pulls off a good Northeastern accent consistently during the show. Good accents are hard to maintain—kudos to her for making it believable. Like all time-travel stories, the audience must pay attention to the exposition and follow the action carefully in order to not get lost. (Probably good advice for characters who are time-traveling, too.) I like that rather than having a time machine, the characters have learned a technique (from a book!) to reverse and immerse themselves into yesteryear. Without giving too 10 encore | january 9-15, 2013 | www.encorepub.com

much away of the plot, Ron buys a book form Kruger Mart about time travel and sets out to win Morgan on the night they almost met, instead of letting Ivan (Skyler Randolph) take the lead. As a typical alpha male not to be out done by a pip-squeak, Ivan figures out what is going on and tries to undo Ron’s efforts. They begin a time-travel battle for the girl that not only wreaks havoc on their own lives but the lives of everyone around them. Jeff, in particular, goes from being a fairly confident bastard to yo-yoing between Sophie and Zoe with no anchor at all. The cast is led by the veteran performer Richard Davis. Davis has good comic timing and was cast with most of the jokes, which he delivers like a pro. Most of all, he listens onstage to the performers around him. In spite of playing a self-professed jerk, he is actually, next to Toni-the-bartender, the character who listens the most to the others. Part of what makes Davis’ performance interesting is his constant busyness. Like watching Uta Hagen, he is always doing; none of the “face front and deliver my lines” moments come from him. Schatzle’s Ron is a physically small man who seems overwhelmed and confused by much of what is going on around him. Fife has given him several fairly long monologues that are used to establish the disorientation of time-travel. Schatzle does seem genuinely disoriented by his slipping back and forth, but Fife writes good dialogue. I would have liked to seen it come through over monologues during snappy exchanges between Ron and Jeff. Outside of Davis and Whitson, the cast is less experienced, which provides an opportunity to see some new faces. This is a complex and carefully structured script, which requires a lot of minute work by the performers to really sell the scenario. I do believe that Randolph’s Ivan was a fairly insecure young man who scored a hot girl and doesn’t want to lose her. But I would never have picked him out of the crowd as the lady killer that women flock to, quite simply because the confidence and conniving self-interest that those

men exude was not there. The most unattractive man in the world can make women flock to him if he treats them like the only important person in the room. Randolph is certainly a cutie but far too introspective to make women swoon. Director Amber Davis has tried to bring a feminine touch to this masculine-heavy show (male writer, male leads, etc.). I liked her counterpoints of pushing the female characters to be stronger than expected. Austen in particular has surprising strength by the end of the show. She is model-quality gorgeous, so it is understandable that these two guys are besotted with her. But in the beginning, outside of compassion, her character doesn’t have much depth. By intermission I was thinking: She’s pretty, she’s sweet, but isn’t there something special that makes these two ready to throw away the space time continuum for her? One hopes that wouldn’t be a snap decision. So I was pleasantly surprised by her growth and unexpected twist at the end. One of my new year’s resolutions for theatre reviews is to stop calling the stage at the Browncoat “inflexible.” After the range of scenery and creative uses of the space that they pulled off last year, it is time for me to admit when I am wrong. It is an unusually shaped stage, but they certainly make the most of it and I have really started to look forward to the latest innovation each time I see a show there. This time Ron’s apartment is set upstairs sort of looming in the ether above the bar and market. Ron’s apartment reflects better taste and a greater desire for cleanliness than any bachelor I have ever met, but maybe that’s why he really is a catch. The clear “glass” door for the market and the bar was a nice touch— much more realistic than a plywood door would be for either of those venues. It’s great to have our local theatre scene off to a healthy start with our first original production of the year. Judging by the three-quarter-full house the night I attended, I am not the only person pleased that local writing and local theater are both alive and well.


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underwater mystery:

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California to Wilmington, artist Courtney Johnson wanted to take on a new project that represented her transition from an urban environment to the Southern coast. The result was “Light Lure: Underwater Pinhole Photographs of North Carolina Piers.” The photos were taken with low-tech pinhole cameras constructed out of cookie tins, fishing line and waterproof tape. Pulled down by fishing weights, the pinhole cameras were lowered into the Atlantic Ocean off all 19 fishing piers along the North Carolina coast. With “Light Lure,” Johnson—also an assistant professor of photography and gallery director at UNCW—has captured the illumination, mystery and exploration embedded in the historic North Carolina coastal tradition. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held at UNCW on the 17th with wine and hors d’oeuvres; the exhibition will be on display at UNCW through February 22nd. On the 15th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Johnson will also be the featured speaker at the Cape Fear Camera Club’s monthly meeting at Cape Fear Community College’s McLeon Building (411 N. Front Street).

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UNDERWATER COLOR SCALE: Courtney Johnson’s “Light Lure” series features pics taken under water with pinhole cameras at various NC piers, including one at Ocean Isle (above). Courtesy photo

lower one into the ocean. I really enjoy solving technical challenges, and every time I went onto a pier I started to think about how to create an underwater pinhole camera. It took me several trips to piers and a lot of time staring at fishermen, the piers, and the water to figure out a design, but I thought I had figured it out within the first few months I lived in Wilmington. I knew it would take me time to research and execute, so I proposed the project for a Charles L. Cahill grant in October 2011 and received the grant in December 2011. I did research, designed prototypes, and conducted tests from January through April 2012 and made the final exposures from May through October 2012. e: Have you always been attracted to underwater photography? CJ: I have but not interested in being an underwater photographer per se. Like most kids with the possibility, I enjoyed using underwater disposable cameras in the early ‘90s, and I enjoyed looking at underwater photographs. There are a lot of possibilities with recording images under water, but until this project I had never done any serious underwater photography work. One of my goals as a photo-based artist is to create images that have never been seen before, and that goal was very present with this project. e: What are the advantages and disadvantages to shooting under water? CJ: Underwater photography can be very beau-

tiful. Throughout this project the underwater element produced some amazing unexpected colors, soft gradients and a hazy glowing light. It can also be messy and cumbersome. I spent a lot of time loading film into a bulky low-tech pinhole camera inside a changing bag, fixing my cameras, building new cameras, dealing with rust, drying my camera, drying my film, dealing with the weather, but I’m very happy with the results and would gladly deal with all the downsides again.

e: Is there a particular theme this collection signifies? CJ: “Light Lure” is about mystery and the unknown—and literally going beyond the limits of land, walking on top of the ocean to try to catch something. The fishermen on the piers are really doing the same thing I am. They’re throwing their bait into the water and they don’t know exactly what they’ll get. It’s about exploration, possibility and expanding your reach into another world. Mostly, it’s about imagining and creating images and visions that don’t exist and that you can’t imagine.

e: You also utilized a pinhole camera with your “No More Sitcoms” series; what initially appealed to you about the pinhole camera and its end results? CJ: I’ve always been intrigued by the optical phenomena of photography, of which pinhole cameras are one. Just the physics of light and color are amazing, and the simplicity of a pinhole is appealing for that reason. It also conjures up magic and mystery, which has parallels with the ocean and piers.

e: You’re speaking at the upcoming Cape Fear Camera Club meeting; what topics will you be touching at this event? CJ: I will be talking about the technical aspects of the project, my visits to the piers and the history of piers in North Carolina. I plan to show images of all 19 underwater exposures, as well as several pinhole exposures on top of the piers, and more photographs of the pier patrons that I took with my Rolleicord, and share anecdotes about each.


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statewide movement:

NC Dance Festival highlights pro choreographers and local dancers

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t triving to spread the impact of movement as an art form, the North t Carolina Dance Festival, led by the e Dance Project, Inc., will return to UNCW - for its 14th year of showmanship on Janu- ary 11th. While the festival will showcase the region’s most talented choreographers t and dancers, it also will be a collaboration with the UNCW’s Theatre Department for I the first time. “I have the joy of teaching UNCW students, who always amaze me with the energy - they bring to class every day,”says Nancy Carson, professor of dance since 1998, as , well as board member of local company The , Dance Cooperative, who used to produce the - Wilmington leg of the NC Dance Festival. “I h believe this is the fifth year I have served as y producer for NCDF,” she continues. Having worked 11 years with Dance Coh operative, which also pairs up with Cucalorus Film Festival yearly for their opening night y multimedia show, Carson and many co-op members will showcase their own performances during the festival through January 13th at the Cultural Arts Building on UNCW’s campus. “It’s a state-of-the-art venue,” Car- son says. “We’re so excited!” s The NC Dance Festival’s mission is to build o a stronger community of performance artists s and dancers, which thrives on nurturing creativity and support. Led by Jan Van Dyke, the t festival was founded in Greensboro in 1991 - and has expanded into five cities statewide, including Boone, Asheville, the Triangle, Charlotte and Wilmington. The audition process is d a long one, with choreographer applications accepted blindly (they submit videos which cannot show who choreographed the piece) r in February and the final selections made by - October. Choreographers are asked to cond tribute 8 to 12 minutes of dance. “[They’re] required to show their work throughout the year at least twice before e the final audition,” Carson explains. “These d showings are held at the Cameron Art Mu- seum and open to the public.” - Important to the process is the positive feedback given to the choreographers. Carson says it’s beneficial because it allows them “to see if others are interpreting their work r as they envision” during pre-fest shows. The final auditions of completed pieces ensure the board makes the appropriate decisions about what will be performed through every touring - city, from September through January. “This - year has been especially trying as we are s coming off of Dance-a-lorus [from November,]” Carson says, “and NCDF is almost a t month earlier than in previous years.” Yet, the list of pros remains astounding. Gaspard Louis, who once performed

by Shea Carver Dance Festival Nor th Carolina ts Building UNCW Cultural Ar 2th, 8 p.m. Januar y 11th-1 p.m. Januar y 13th, 3 • etix.com 5 Tickets: $12-$1 iv st al.org www.ncdancefe with Pilobolus, a dance company founded at Dartmouth College in 1971, which also visited UNCW last spring, will have his work performed, as will the contact improvisation of John Gamble and E.E. Balcos’ own E.E. MOTION company. Locally, dancers will shine from companies across the county, too. Tracey Varga, of Forward Motion Dance Company fame, will perform with a group of five women to the opera “Bajazet” by Antonio Vivaldi. Dance Cooperative members will take the stage, including Linda Larson who will perform a duet featuring lifts and partner work with Cedric Turner. “Alyona Suslova also choreographed a duet based on choices women make, pro or con, about pregnancy,” Carson says, which will include dances by Bonnie Dixon and Sam Williams. “My piece is very architectural with beautiful costumes designed by Mark Sorensen, costume designer at UNCW, and film projected by Brad Brown, a local filmmaker. The costumes change shape throughout the dance, and the film is projected directly onto the five dancers and their costumes.” Audiences will see Anne Firmender’s trio of women based on the concept of the Three Furies, also known as The Erinnyes or “The Angry Ones” from Greek mythology. Sue Meier will lead a group “using gospel and spiritual music to explore the idea of faith and spirituality.” Though the performances take place the 11th and 12th at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. performance on the 13th, also adding to the festival will be a workshop led by Virginia DuPont from the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group on the 12th at 11 a.m. Open to the public for free in the studio of the Cultural Arts Building, folks will learn the Cunningham technique, which teaches modern dancers about weight distribution and various back positions. The class is part of the dance festival’s dedication to educational outreach, something which Carson remains privy to thanks to her continuous work not only with NCDF but as a professor. “I have the best of both worlds: I get to work with UNCW students on a daily basis and also get to work with the amazing dancers and choreographers [elsewhere,]” she says. “My passion for dance comes mainly from

CAREFULLY CRAFTED MOVES: Choreographer Gaspard Louis’ work will be shown as part of the annual NC Dance Festival held at UNCW this week. Photo by Robin Gallant

the energy that emanates from this amazing community of dancers and choreographers; I’m grateful every day that I am lucky enough to be able to teach and choreograph with so many talented people. I’ve been involved in

the dance community here for over 15 years, and the talent and commitment only gets better and better. Now that NCDF is included as part of the UNCW theatre season, this collaboration should allow us to reach a wider audience for both the Dance Cooperative and UNCW Theatre. We are very excited and look forward to continuing this relationship well into the future!”

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

ARTEXPOSURE!

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

We will open at our regular hours on the 15th.

CAPE FEAR NATIVE

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

FIGMENTS GALLERY

1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-5094289 http://figmentsgallery.com Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Figments Gallery represents fantastic local and international artists. We feature an eclectic mix of work in a salon style gallery. From funky outsider art to soothing traditional pieces, it’s truly a feast for your eyes! The second Friday of each month features a new exhibit and open house. We’re having a December Jewelry Trunk Show featuring jewelry by Lynette Ashby, Samantha Evans (Reborn), Cameron Johnson, Michelle Scibetta, and Melissa Tyson Upham. Exhibit hangs through December 22nd, with a Second Friday Reception December 14th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call to artists for new exhibit, February 8th, 2013, “Go Figure!” We’re looking for 2D or 3D art with the artist’s interpretation of the human figure. Submit images to info@figmentsgallery.com for review.

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200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Tues. and Thurs., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. A student-produced exhibition is now on display in the CFCC Hanover Gallery. Students from a number of classes and disciplines joined forces to curate and exhibit their own works under the guidance of their instructors. All decisions were made and executed by the students. The process was a unique educational experience for those enrolled in our art programs. The gallery will resume a normal 4th Friday exhibition schedule in January. For more information, contact bguthrie@cfcc. edu or 362-7431.

NEW ELEMENTS GALLERY

201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) newelementsgallery.com Chasing Light and Shadow will be opening at New Elements Gallery on January 11th and will continue to be on display through February 22nd. A collection of varied works by the gallery’s artists, the exhibition will include paintings, original prints and sculpture with a study of the interplay of light and shadow. “Chiaroscuro” is a term frequently used in the art world to describe this phenomenon. From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: 1: pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color; 2 a : the arrangement or treatment of light and dark parts in a pictorial work of art or b : the interplay or contrast of dissimilar qualities (as of mood or character); 3: a 16th century woodcut technique involving the use of several blocks to print different tones of the same color; also : a print made by this technique; 4: the interplay of light and shadow on or as if on a surface; 5: the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow Enjoy exploring the many styles and subject matter that employ this use of contrast in setting the mood and tone of each piece. An opening night reception TBA.

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

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

SUNSET RIVER MARKETPLACE

10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. sunsetrivermarketplace.com This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.

WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION

120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. www.wilmington-art.org Exercise Your Brain! Sign up NOW for our 3 day Figurative Workshop with Joanne Anderson starting January 28th. Joanne is a nationally known figurative artist featured in Watercolor Magazine and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. She has extensive teaching and workshop experience in all media. Details and Sign up are available on the WAA website at: www. wilmingtonart.org/index.php?c=learning, or call Cheryl McGraw at 470-0217. Stop by our new permanent exhibit gallery space soon at the historic Hannah Block USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington. Art work changes monthly so drop by and see what’s new, the gallery has great north light! Receptions will be held on Fourth Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call for artists to enter the 31st Annual Spring Show during the Azalea Festival. See the details and prospectus on the WAA website.


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audiences like a familiar mid-‘70s rock song. When his voice kicks in, the tempo changes and an upbeat vibe overtakes the melody. Whether his lyrics flourish with optimism or heartache, Stephen Babcock’s music infuses the listener with an all-encompassing positive feeling. When Babcock was 3, he began experimenting with different instruments. His young endeavors led him to the drums at age 13. “I just loved the rhythm of drums,” he recalls. ”I love that drums are the backbone to music and help give it a shape to fill out a song.” In high school he joined a band called Subject to Change. Though fame and fortune weren’t bestowed upon the group, Babcock realized he loved playing live music, and it was a defining moment in his life. With his passion solidified, it was a Grammy Award-winning artist who pushed him to pursue another form of song-making: the guitar. “I remember when my older brother bought ‘Room for Squares’ by John Mayer,” he says. “It was something that, as soon as I heard it, I couldn’t stop [listening]. I felt so drawn to the songs and particularly the lyrics. John Mayer made me want to become a songwriter because he was able to craft emotional lyrics that weren’t cheesy, and music that felt new but was also exciting. I still look at John Mayer as my biggest inspiration toward songwriting. He has been able to stay relevant for so long, and his music is still a wonderful blend of excellent guitar playing and quality lyrics.” Taking on the guitar opened a new realm of possibilities for the New Hartford, NYbased artist: He could sing along to the music and share his words with the world. As a teenager, the creative outlet was freeing. “I enjoy the guitar because it allows me to take my ideas and express them melodically, which is something the drums don’t necessarily do,” he affirms. Yet, the thrill of a beat still shows through in Babcock’s music. Like Colbie Caillat, his songs bring about images of an oasis; they’re beachy and reminiscent of a ukelele.

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Mayer’s ‘Room for Squares,’ Stephen Babcock’s love for playing the drums opened up to allow a new instrument, the guitar. Courtesy photo

His youthful vocals parallel those of Jason Mraz, as does the cadence of his songs. “The drums play a big part in this because I find rhythm is the most important part when crafting a song,” Babcock shares. “Without a distinct rhythm, the listener loses interest. My background in drums makes me want to give my songs a percussive element, which I feel benefits the song overall. When listeners can tap their toes, nod their heads, or clap along, it allows them to feel more a part of the song.” For a handful of years Babcock has been touring the northeast around his home state, and 2011 brought his debut release, “Dreams, Schemes and Childhood Memories.” (Currently, the album is available at www.stephenbabcock.bandcamp.com for a “name your price” rate, just $1 or more, as a thank you to fans.) This year, he is fresh off a tour in the United Kingdom. “While in the UK, I was able to play in some small venues, as well as busk and

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play in Hyde Park,” he tells. “The thing about playing the UK is that they are very open to young and upstart talent. Crowds in the UK come out each night and are interested in what the local music scene has to offer. It was very easy to feel comfortable playing in the UK, which is why I found it so appealing.” Now that 2013 finds Babcock stateside again, the guitarist will embark on his first southeastern US tour. “When I have been to the South in the past, I could see the interest people had in local bars and music venues,” Babcock explains. “I also saw how people seemed to really care about music of all different genres and styles. I personally feel comfortable in the South. I like the lifestyle, and it is always someplace I aspired to live when I got older. Even my idol, John Mayer, started his career in Georgia after he left school. To me, the South is a comfortable place to explore music that still feels right at home, even if I am from the Northeast.” Given his similarities to such widely renowned acoustic pop artists, Babcock should face no trouble fitting in regardless of his setting. While his lyrics harp on the same subject—love—as perhaps all artists, the words genuinely remain his own. His blog to fans shares certain inspirations, such as 10 p.m. phone calls and makes one wonder who was on the other line. “Shallow Heart,” despite its buoyant comparability to The Kooks, echoes a lonely soul: “Even though I’ve already won/It’s not the same when you stand there/holding the smoking gun.” “I think I have grown now that I have left college,” Babcock, who studied at Syracuse University, tells. “I feel that I have entered a new chapter in my life and music is a big part of that. I am ready to really pursue music and make things happen with my music. Still, the growth I have had so far has not satisfied me because I know that there is still a lot of growing to do and still a lot of work ahead of me. I am ready to prove that I am the next best thing out there when it comes to singer-songwriters.”

shows of the week Paleface

Satellite Bar and Lounge 120 Greenfield St. 1/12, 10 p.m. • Free

Paleface is an American artist currently on tour as a high-energy indie-folk three-piece band (with Mo Samalot and Grey Revell), in support of his Ramseur Records follow-up ‘One Big Party,’ which was revered by critics nationwide. Paleface celebrated the release with a special guest-performance alongside The Avett Brothers at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, followed by US and Europe tours. In his career, Paleface has released over a dozen albums and collaborated on three records with The Avett Brothers.

Razormaze

Soapbox Laundro-Lounge 255 N. Front St. 1/13, 9 p.m. • $5-8

Razormaze is Boston’s celebrated heavy metal group. The act was named ‘Boston’s Thrash Kings’ by Performer Magazine and nominated as Best Metal Act of 2011 by Boston’s Best Music Poll and The Boston Music Awards. The fourpiece has destroyed the stage with Destruction, Heathen, Death Angel, Skeletonwitch, Municipal Wasste, Toxic Holocaust and Brutal Truth. All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages.


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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS

a preview of tunes all over town this week THURSDAY

TWO OF A KIND —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 WATERSHED —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DENNIS BRINSON —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 OVERTYME —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 DUTCH TREET —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJ DR. JONES PHISH FANS UNITE: From Charleston, SC, The Buddhist Prodigies is a Phish cover band that will play The Whiskey on Friday, January 11th. Courtesy photo

—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 THE BUDDHIST PRODIGIES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

DJ SIR NICK BLAND

KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON

KARAOKE

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 PORT CITY TRIO

—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE

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

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. TOM NOONAN AND JANE HOUSEAL

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

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

—Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 OPEN MIC (COMEDY) —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 5091551 BRAXTON’S BAR —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 KARAOKE W/ ASHLEY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN THOMAS GERARD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 CLAY CROTTS —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 IT’S ALL RELATIVE ( LIVE SITCOM) —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 CHRIS BELLAMY —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DANIEL LEVIN, ROB BROWN, DARKMINISTER, BRAD HENKLE, NATHANIEL MORGAN, PETER HANSON

—Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 MONICA JANE —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 COLLEGE NIGHT W/ DJ PRUITT & DJ SBZ

—Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 OPEN MIC NIGHT (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 TRIVIA —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 FOXY NUTT 10PM —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101

—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

—Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. FRIED LOT

—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS

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

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 COMEDY OPEN MIC

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

—Squidco, 1003 North 4th St., 910-399-4847 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL

—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 NO DOLLAR SHOES

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

DJ MILK

—Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 STEPHEN BABCOCK —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 JUNIOR ASTRONAUTS, MUSEUM MOUTH, FREE CLINIC, ASTRO COWBOY —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500

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

LIVE MUSIC

$300 Bombs

JANUARY 23rd

$3 NC Brew Bottles

CAPE FEAR RISING

$4 Select Shooters

feat. KYLE LINDLEY, SEAN RICHARSON & ANTHONY GARGUILO

$2 PBR Pub Cans

FRIDAY

JANUARY 24th

END OF THE LINE POSSUM CREEK BIG AL HALL

$6 Margarita Pitchers $350 23oz. Pilsner Drafts

SATURDAY

JANUARY 31st

BOOTLEG DYNASTY POSSUM CREEK NO DOLLAR SHOES

$2 Bud & Bud Lt. Bottles $3 Wells

Looking for local bands to play in Brooklyn

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

265 North Front St. (910) 763-0141

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 SONGWRITER OPEN MIC WITH JEFF ECKER (10PM-2AM) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 DJ TIME —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30AM1:30PM) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 KARAOKE W/ JEREMY NORRIS —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 KARAOKE W/ JEREMY NORRIS —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC JAM SESSION

1423 S. 3rd St. • 763-1607

New Outdoor Patio Seating! TUESDAY djBe KARAOKE

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

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

WEDNESDAY

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

4 20 oz. Guinness Pints

$

$

THURSDAY

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

THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas

$

FRIDAY

LIVE IRISH MUSIC Inquire for details

—The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road COMEDY OPEN MIC

FRIDAY 3 Pint of the Day

$

SATURDAY

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

djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m.

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

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

—Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922

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

$

2 PBR Longnecks

$

SUNDAY

SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

$

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

$

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

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS 100 S. FRONT ST. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON 251-1832

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

$

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

$ 50

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

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

$ 75

Saturday $ 75 2 Coors Lite • $325 Sierra Nevada $ 5 Baby Guinness Sunday 3 Corona/Corona Light $ 10 Domestic Buckets (5 bottles) $ 4 Mimosas • $4 Bloody Marys Steamed Platters $18/$35 $

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

Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate

$20

per person

W h at e cou ld br ? bett e 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

NFL SUNDAY TICKET

—Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 L SHAPE LOT

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

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

MONDAYS

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

B-Dub’s

BINGO

Play for FREE during Monday Night Football! TUESDAYS

LIVE

TEAM TRIVIA

8pm

Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

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—Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 GREG BENNICK, HOLLOW EARTH, NO TOMORROW, RIPTIDE (EARLY SHOW 5PM) FORMER CHAMPIONS W/ PRUITT (LATE SHOW) —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 BOOTLEG DYNASTY

Monday 2 Miller Lite • $3 Fat Tire

$ 50

DJ BATTLE

1.9 WEDNESDAY

karaoke night with dj be!

1.10 THURSDAY

trivia night 1.11 FRIDAY

dutch treet 1.12 SATURDAY

the steady eddies

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd

910-256-3838 wildwingcafe.com

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

—Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785 MATT IRIE & SAI COLLINS W/ THE WOODS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 ROB RONNER —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 TIM BLACK & JENNY PEARSON —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 KYLE LINDLEY

Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 BEN MORROW — Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 MARK LYNCH (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, 11AM2PM) — Deluxe, 114 Market St., 251-0333 KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE — Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) — Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 DJ BATTLE — Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 TRAVIS SHALLOW — Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND — Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 KARAOKE KONG — Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 RAZORMAZE, WEAK TEETH

—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 BENNY HILL —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 ADRIAN KRYGOWSKI —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 COLLEGE NIGHT KARAOKE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 BENNY HILL —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 OPEN MIC (COMEDY)

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

— Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 PALEFACE

OPEN MIC AND COMICS JAM

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

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

—Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN THOMAS GERARD

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 FULL DISH 9PM —The Pub at Sweet and Savory, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 679-8101 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE (9PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 END OF THE LINE

MONDAY, JANUARY 14

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 JOSH SOLOMON AND FRIENDS —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE

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

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 BRAXTON’S BAR —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 KARAOKE W/ ASHLEY —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. THE STEADY EDDIES

—Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 COMEDY OPEN MIC

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 NAUTILUS W/ GROOVE FETISH

—Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 BLUE TANG BANDITS

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 TEA LEAF GREEN, HOUSE OF FOOLS

—Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 703-7253

—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BENNY HILL

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 BEHIND THE GARAGE MUSIC 10PM

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JESSE STOCKTON AND TOM SHAW

— Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 OPEN ELECTRIC JAM (AMPS AND DRUMS PROVIDED)@4:00PM

—Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 OPEN MIC/KARAOKE

— Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 REGGAE — Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N.

SUPER JAM

—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 OPEN MIC W/ JOHN INGRAM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 INDIE MUSIC NIGHT

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 THE SUMMIT W/ GOOD LUCK VARSITY AND SECOND BASE COUNTS —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

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


ShowStoppers: Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

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

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30 TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close) WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close) FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC • NO Cover 1/2 Price Wings Midnight-1:30am

MALI-AMERICAN CREW: Toubab Krewe, playing a fusion of Mali and American musical styles, will perform at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on Saturday, January 12th. Courtesy photo

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 377-6874 1/11: Jim Quick and the Coastline Band 1/12: Ride the Lightning THE ARTS CENTER 300-G E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC (919) 969-8574 1/11: Rory Block ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9TH ST., WINSTON-SALEM, NC (336) 722-5000 1/11: Joe Hero, Dreamkiller 1/12: The Almost, Cas Westbrook and the Boys THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 1/10: The Machine 1/11: Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Rowan 1/12: Steep Canyon Rangers, Malcolm Holcombe 1/13: Yacht Rock Revue 1/14: Bloc Party, IO Echo LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 1/10: American Aquarium, Big Daddy Love 1/11: The Machine performs Pink Floyd 1/12: The Dickens 1/13: Fortune Favors the Brave

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 1/10: J Safina, TJ Walker 1/12: The Old Ceremony 1/13: Rye Mountain Boys 1/16: Hindugrass, Crystal Bright & Silver Hands, Jay Manley CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 1/9: The Devil Makes Three, Phillip Roebuck 1/11: Cosmic Charlie 1/12: Toubab Krewe, Dangermuffin, Mamdou’s Fantastic Band 1/15: EMEFE, The Brand New Life, The Beast 1/16: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W. LEE ST., GREENSBORO, NC (336) 373-7474 1/9-10: Blue Man Group 1/13: Greensboro Symphony THE FILLMORE 1000 SEABOARD STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 1/11: Face to Face 1/15: Bloc Party

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

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

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

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Pub & Grille

Wrightsville Beach

Tuesday

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

Wednesdays

Ping Pong Tourney

Thursdays KARAOKE

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

Fridays

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

Saturdays

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

Sundays

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

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Wrightsville Beach, NC

LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm

Friday, January 11

TWO OF A KIND ACOUSTIC POP ROCK

Saturday, January 12

DRAFTS

ROB RONNER

EVERY TUESDAY ALL DAY LONG

Friday, January 18

ECLECTIC MIX

MIKE O’DONNELL DANCE AND CLASSIC

Saturday, January 19

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

RANDY MCQUAY

POP AND CLASSIC 1706 North Lumina Ave.

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

Men’s Basketball vs George Mason 2 p.m.

Game Sponsored by Pawn USA and Wilmington International Airport SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

Women’s Basketball vs Drexel 1 p.m.

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entertaining spectacle: Though excessive, ‘Django’ showcases amazing talent

reel reel this week in film

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

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enerally speaking, there are

two kinds of Quentin Tarantino films: the good ones and the great ones. For the sake of this discussion, I will leave the utterly regrettable “Death Proof” off the table. Everybody gets one; for me, it was his horrid half of the failed “Grindhouse” experience. To that point, I was starting to think the man was incapable of making anything other than excellence, but “Death Proof” was bad. Still, outside of that one little uninspired failure, Tarantino has cranked out some of the most memorable movies of the past 20 years. His latest, “Django Unchained,” is a brutally violent, patently offensive and damn entertaining spectacle. Yet, it’s still short of greatness. Actually, using the word “short” seems unfair; Tarantino has taken to the trend of other filmmakers and churned out a two hour and 45-minute opus that feels mercilessly long in parts. There’s a lot of fat in “Django Unchained” that could have been trimmed for the benefit of the audience. The movie feels like one long director’s cut. Indulgent is something I’m used to with Tarantino. The man lives for excess and rarely censors himself. At some point his self-indulgent style begins to clash with his ability to tell a story and ends up deterring the final film. And it’s too bad because there is so much to like about “Django Unchained.” It’s an unapologetic and ultra-violent spaghetti western, set in the South in the years leading up to the Civil War. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who has been separated from his wife and sold. He is freed by a bounty hunter, Doctor King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), who is looking for a group of wanted killers. Schultz needs Django to identify these law-breakers so he can collect a hefty reward. The two become fast friends, and soon Schultz is teaching Django the trade of hunting men for profit. But Django is haunted by the memory of his loving wife and wants to track her down. Schultz agrees to help him find her. Their investigations lead them to rural Mississippi and the plantation of a remarkable dandy named Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Schultz and Django employ a plan to get into Candie’s good graces by

JUST CALL HIM OSCAR: Leonardo DiCaprio, along with Samuel Jackson, should be front-runners for an Academy Award this year from their performances in ‘Django.’ Courtesy photo

posing as slave-fight promoters and then find an opportunity to purchase Django’s wife. The first act takes off with such speed. It’s a fantastic blend of action and humor. Tarantino is a master of establishing a world where anything can and will happen. Within the first 20 minutes, there are a handful of perfectly crafted scenes that set the events of the film in motion. It’s the second act where the film begins to drag—and the third act is so unnecessarily long it nearly derails the entire endeavor. This is a movie desperately in need of containment. There’s so many great scenes and memorable moments that end up losing impact due to the poor pacing and spiraling narrative, which never seems under anyone’s control. The performances are amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio has never been better! He’s the kind of villain that most movies would kill for: a twisted devil with a crooked smile and sweeter than a mint julep. I can’t think of a performance as entertaining or as ugly. Samuel Jackson comes very close as a depraved house slave with a particularly mean streak. I don’t know what it is about Tarantino, but he’s able to wring performances out of actors I wasn’t aware they were even capable of. Jackson has appeared in over a 100 films, but not one comes close to his character here. It’s amazing to see a familiar performer take audiences someplace new. I would have no problem seeing DiCaprio or Jackson walk away with an Academy Award for their work here. Their performances alone warrant the price of admission.

On the other side, Jamie Foxx is merely adequate as Django. To be fair, he’s given the least to do. He seems almost out of place as the cool and quiet hero while the other actors get to chew on all the scenery. The real failure of “Django Unchained” Christian VII, the royal physician Struensee, who is the meandering and downright confoundis a man of enlightenment and idealism, and the ing pacing. There are so many unneeded young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, This scenes and a completely unneeded final 18th century historical drama is a gripping tale of 20 minutes, which tack on so much extra brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit weight to an already bloated movie. There of freedom for their people. Rated R, 2 hr. 17 min. seemed to be a perfectly natural place to end the movie with a violent shootout, which Cape Fear pit good against evil. Then they stop the carnage long enough to add some pointless Environmental scenes that lead to—you guessed it—anFilm Forum other super violent shootout. Sometimes it UNCW campus, Southeastern Alliance for feels like Tarantino is his own worst enemy. Community Change Center Speaking of… Feb. 22, 7:30-10 p.m.; Feb. 23, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. There’s a moment in the movie that is so Free, open to the public painfully awful: a cameo by the man himThe Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum will self playing an Australian mining employee. host a day and a half worth of events that are free Just at the point where I was wishing for the and open to the public. The schedule consists of movie to end, he shows up and murders an four film blocks, each followed by panel and audiAustralian accent like a point-blank shot to ence discussions., Friday, 2/22, and Saturday, the mouth. I realize what a talent the man is 2/23. Through a mix of films and panel/audience behind the lens, but at some point someone dialogue, addressing environmental issues and soon the production needed to tell him that it lutions, the forum’s intent is to inspire and motivate doesn’t translate to performance. It’s such participants to make a difference for the environa terrible part at a time when the movie just ment in their communities. Specific topics include needs to be steered toward a conclusion. sustainable food systems, atmospheric light polIt seems like such an unlikely gaffe from a lution, community advocacy, alternative forms of well-known talent. energy and revolutionary bio-friendly solutions. Last year was rife with films that just felt UNCW’s Film Studies Department and Friends of too long for their own good. Blockbusters the Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum. pushed the three-hour mark, and the vast majority of them did not work: “Cloud Atlas,” “The Hobbit” and now “Django.” Though I liked the latter because of so many good scenes and great performances, the All area movie listings and paragraph synopses difference between “good” and “great” is can be found at encorepub.com. the inability to curb the excess. encore | january 9-15, 2013 | www.encorepub.com 21


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AMERICAN BLUEWATER

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

CATCH

Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Po-

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tato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from DeLovely Desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the Summer ■ WEBSITE: www.buffalowildwings.com

HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE

“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s....you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com

HENRY’S

A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for


private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.

HOLIDAY INN RESORT

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

K’S CAFE

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

THE LITTLE DIPPER

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

menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com

PINE VALLEY MARKET

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

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

TROLLY STOP

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

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

ASIAN SZECHUAN 132

Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands

down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials

HIRO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

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

INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

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

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

TAMASHII SUSHI AND SPOONS

The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are

located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch is served on Thursday and Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner is served Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Special Lunch Menu featuring $10 combos of sushi roll and choice of soup or salad. “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.sushiandspoons.com

THAI SPICE

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

INDIAN TANDOORI BITES

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

IRISH THE HARP

The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Lo-

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cated just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park ■ FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. ■ MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. ■ WEBSITE www.harpwilmington.com

ITALIAN

A TASTE OF ITALY

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

EDDIE ROMANELLI’S

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

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA

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

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Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market

St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: www.epwilmington.com ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE: www.elizabethspizzawilmington.com.

PIZZETTA’S PIZZERIA

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

SLICE OF LIFE

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

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

JAMAICAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE

Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate.

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urday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net

LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE

Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com

MEXICAN LOS PRIMOS

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

ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET

Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center;

(910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.

TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN

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

SEAFOOD DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR

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

EAST

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

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HIERONYMUS

Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly


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

OCEANIC

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

SMALL PLATES THE FORTUNATE GLASS

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

tatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

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

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FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE

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

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

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In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed po-

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by Shea Carver d reading with Book signing an o Tiffanie DiDonat p.m. 30 Jan. 12th, 2: ont Street Old Books on Fr . 249 N. Front St nfrontst.com so ok www.oldbo at 4 feet 10 inches by the age of 18. The controversial bone-lengthening procedure had been successful in allowing a person to gain 3, 4 or 5 inches; Tiffanie gained 4 with her first surgeon, Dr. Shapiro, at the age of 8. But by 15 she enlisted the help of Dr. Errol Morea Carver . Photo by Sh an timer, who allowed her to Tit n, so r he ato and Tiffanie DiDon surpass anything in the ‘Dwarf’ author surgery’s history with an additional 10 inches in added height. The process was physically grueling, as Tiffanie e all imagine our lives in various ways during youth. Some girls envision the gained two inches in the femurs and two in the tibias day when they can wear the white dress for the first go-round. She had hardwire inserted into her their groom at the altar; others see themselves climb- cut bones, which she had to turn daily with an L wrench ing the corporate ladder. Guys may picture fighting for to allow separation so they could grow back with more their country, while others look forward to the complete matter between them. During the second surgery, her immersion into fatherhood. Whatever the dream may entire legs were covered in a complicated halo of wires, be, often times than not, the outcome isn’t exactly how knobs and pins, again which she had to turn multiple times to separate the broken bones by a millimeter a we imagined. Hopefully, it’s better. However, what if those big fantasies during child- day. After the surgeries, she found herself in severe hood got overshadowed by mastering the simplicities pain, barely eating, heavily medicated and all the while of everyday life? Like setting a cup of coffee on the having to function not only in simple ways, like walking roof of a car while searching for keys to open the door. to a restroom, but keeping up with schoolwork. Writing became her savior. Or going to the bathroom independently, and without having to use salad tongs to reach and grip toilet paper. Or having enough inches added in height simply to turn THAT WAS THEN “‘Dwarf’ was never meant to be a book or shared knobs on a stereo. Such were the dreams of encore book reviewer with anyone,” Tiffanie admits during our visit at her home Tiffanie DiDonato, which are featured in her fascinat- outside of Jacksonville, NC, one cool winter afternoon. ing debut memoir, “Dwarf,” released in November. “It started during the second bone-lengthening process Struggling with diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of when I was 15. I hated taking pain pills day to day. I dwarfism, wherein her limbs are much shorter than hated how they made me feel: numb, thick and cloudy. her torso and her joints are stunted effectually causing I needed a different way to cope. So, one day my dad chronic arthritis, Tiffanie’s book takes readers through presented me with his PC. He thought it would help give me something to do. He was right; it was pain therapy.” a tough story of triumph over tribulation. Tiffanie began writing instantaneously, escaping While born without gene number five’s bonelengthening functionality, Tiff stopped growing during into fantasy lands of characters she created on her her eighth year of life at only 3 feet 8 inches tall; that bulky ‘80s computer. She began journaling her entire was the year her mother decided she would undergo experience of living with diastrophic dysplasia, includdrastic surgery to help her gain 14 inches, leaving her ing her extensive pain and recuperation, as well as the

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many debates, arguments and outcomes it presented to her family. As a whole, they endured their own set of heartaches, including divorce (and reconciliation), military life, judgmental passersby and teachers, and the normal child-rearing demands every family endures. “I would listen to the fights my parents got into over my surgery,” she notes, specifically speaking of her father’s stance against it and her mother’s unabashed belief in it. “They never knew I was writing it all down. Because it was my journal, it allowed me to be absolutely honest and not hold back.” Through it all, still, Tiffanie never saw herself as different. It’s something her parents and her mother’s father, Papa, demanded. It wasn’t until a sports medicine coach in high school, Ms. Hart, pointed out Tiff’s stature as problematic to finish her class that a fire lit within to prove Ms. Hart completely wrong. And she did. Tiffanie pursued the life her mother envisioned of her independence. The no-holds-barred attitude of the matriarch carried over to the teenager, who saw her first dream come true when her father got her a car at 17. “Just driving without having to modify my car completely and go through a drive-thru was a big deal to me,” Tiffanie says, still smiling a thousand watts in its memory. “To successfully reach for items and pay money to the cashier at the window felt awesome.” When Tiffanie enrolled in college at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, she lived in the dorms with roommates and underwent normal college activities, including parties and sorority-living. Unbeknownst to Tiff, her father would make a two-hour trek every morning before work to ensure her car was clear of snow so she could drive to class. It was his own way of seeing every detail didn’t prevent a larger struggle to his daughter. “My mom’s always been the fighter, and dad’s always been a fixer,” Tiff says. “He did the same thing in elementary school after I got locked in a bathroom because I couldn’t reach the door handle. He installed locks on every bathroom door at a lower level; no one knew he did it—not me, the teachers, my mom, the entire school.” When an upper-class writing course opened at UMass, Tiffanie, though a freshman, wanted in. The professor needed samples of each student to determine and sign


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dwarfism,” she says. “It transcends; it’s about being told you can’t accomplish something in life but going on to do it anyway. It’s about defying the odds and fighting for what you want no matter what it is. And isn’t that a story we can all relate and submerse ourselves into?” A lot of controversy has surrounded Tiffanie off on their participation. Tiffanie had been trans- during the writing and making of “Dwarf.” It forming her journal entries into memoir form, started four years ago during her first appearsure her story had enough grit to sustain even ance on “Good Morning America.” The Little the most hardass of readers: a senior professor. People of America criticized her for not “ac“I’ll never forget the way he looked at me,” cepting” herself for who she is and refusing to she remembers. “‘You’re a bit too young to have embrace dwarfism with pride. Tiffanie’s response a memoir aren’t you?’ he questioned. Then he has been simple. “I will not be labeled,” she states. “The LPA said he needed the weekend to consider.” Four hours later he called to welcome her to doesn’t condone the surgery at all. And for whatclass. Tiffanie was the youngest student among ever reason I’m constantly asked if I attribute any seniors. “Occasionally, we had to share what we of my strength to overcome obstacles to the wrote,” she says. “The first time I read from my fact I’m a little person. To me having diastrophic memoir I remember [seeing] out of the corner dysplasia or dwarfism doesn’t make me a stronof my eye this blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl cry- ger person, happier or more distinguished. Nor ing. When the class was over, she approached does it make me tougher or a more enlightened me and just gave me a hug. Then she walked person. To me it is only a giant pain in the ass! away. It was the moment I thought maybe I have That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less.” While her character and integrity can be something worth sharing.” fastened to a strong mother, Robin, who taught her how to fight and never give up on a “normal THIS IS NOW Fifteen years later, numerous battle scars life,” together with her father’s role as hero, and life lessons, which no one could possibly “Dwarf” captivates as it takes readers through fathom—not to mention a handsome husband a non-traditional look at family. Still a its core and son—Tiffanie’s life has far-exceeded ex- remains the one thing that binds: love. pectations of reaching a cookie jar from atop a “My mom and I have always been adventurcabinet. Today, she’s reaching inside cribs and on ous while my dad is more laid back and quiet,” changing tables, living as a mom who is seeing she says. “I attribute all my strength and my noher dreams realized thanks to Plume, an imprint bullshit attitude to my mom who I teasingly call of Penguin Publishing Company. Written with G.I. Jane. My dad is a real genuine human being. co-author and People.com news editor Rennie He has so many attributes that are admirable. In Dyball, “Dwarf” details Tiffanie’s struggles but my eyes he comes out as a hero, too.” more so showcases and highlights the passion Tiffanie’s mother always made it clear throughand drive instilled in all humans to overcome out her upbringing that she could not be adversity. dependent upon her parents forever. She “‘Dwarf’ isn’t just a story about living with especially didn’t want her in the care of a per34 encore | january 9-15, 2013 | www.encorepub.com SHORT ON STATURE, BIG ON LOVE: Tiffanie DiDonato signs books with her family, including husband, Eric Gabrielse, and their son, Titan. The husband-and-wife team plan on writing a fiction novel together, and Tiffanie wants to pursue children’s books as well. Photos by Shea Carver

manent caregiver, nor did she want Tiffanie to rely on MacGyver-like tools to help her reach everyday items. She wanted her daighter to enjoy school dances, dating, going to college, but most importantly living on her own terms. As of today, Tiffanie’s seeing that dream and more come to fruition. Ironically, as Tiff has adapted her mother’s sass and strong will, her Marine husband, Eric, shares many similarities to Tiff’s father. “I have a bit of a hero complex,” Eric shyly admits. “I enjoy taking care of her—when she lets me [laugh]. Reading her book was hard; to know how much pain she was in. I wish I knew her then so I could have been there to help and protect her.” Now, even during days where arthritis challenges her to walk a 10-foot hallway with ease, the tiger wife insists pushing forward on her own. Eric welcomes the challenge with appreciation and enduring love. “It causes some arguments,” he says, “but that’s also what I love about her: the determination she wills of herself.” Not one to accept the spotlight so easily, Eric is a quiet pillar of strength and compassion. He hasn’t been visibly present in the numerous interviews Tiffanie has given: Allure, “Anderson Live,” NPR, “FOX News,” “Nightline.” Still, he’s always been there to help when needed. “I like my privacy,” he says. “But her story is inspirational and should be shared.” “Since the release I’ve had a few special-ed teachers tell me my story has encouraged them to fight for their idea of independence,” Tiffanie responds. “About a month ago, a 16-year-old, Madison, who lives in Washington shared that, in her school library, a single jar full of straws sits on the librarian’s desk. The purpose is to remind students to ‘suck it up’ when they’re having struggles, resonating with what my mom did to me during hard days or painful therapy. She’d hand me a straw. I think that’s pretty badass.” Looking back on the surgeries, Tiffanie now

views it as a pre-cursor to being a military wife. To adapt and overcome; it’s the essence of dealing with military protocol and spur-of-the-moment life changes. Eric could go away any minute or be stationed overseas at a drop of a dime—both of which the couple has endured already in their five-year marriage. “We’re a team,” she says. “As a military spouse there’s the constant threat of war and distance, rough schedules, and there are moments you wait for the other shoe to drop. So, adapting to my special needs is a sweet break from the norm.” The two welcomed a perfectly healthy son, Titan, last April. “It’s something I never dreamed of for myself,” she beams. “He has really changed our lives,” Eric agrees. “For the better, of course.” When Tiffanie found out she was pregnant, natural fear set in. Questions swirled about in abysmal worry as to whether her body could handle a pregnancy, and whether she could do simple things like bend down to pick up the child. Eric reassured her all would be fine. “And it has been,” she says. “He was right. It seems in life the biggest setback one can face is their own mind. My mom, dad, Eric, everyone, has assured me I would be able to face challenges and overcome. And they were right. The surgery has been worth all the pain. I’d relive it all again if I had to.” Tiffanie DiDonato will read from “Dwarf” at Old Books on Front Street on January 12th at 2:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase, as well. Folks can follow Tiffanie on Twitter (@ TiffieBabes) and on Facebook (Dwarfmemoir). To win a copy of Tiffanie’s book, be sure to check encore’s Facebook page on Thursday for instructions on how to enter!


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events FORT FISHER 148 ANNIVERSARY 1/19: Multiple cannon blasts will mark the commemoration of the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher’s “Sheppard’s Battery: Confederates Defending the Left Flank,” a living history program that focuses on the Confederate defenders at Sheppard’s Battery and at the fort’s “Bloody Gate.” Civil War reenactors display camp life and talk with visitors about the life of the Confederate infantry and artillery troops during the January 1865 campaign. Drills and firing demonstrations, including the site’s rifled and banded 32 pound cannon atop Sheppard’s Battery. Free, 10am-4pm. Speakers include local historian Ernie Kniffen, who will discuss new findings on his extensive research of Confederate sailors and Marines. Author Richard Triebe will sign books and discuss NC troops who were captured at Fort Fisher and sent to a prison camp; NC Underwater Archaeology Unit will dedicate a new highway marker for the blockade runner Modern Greece. 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach. (910) 4585538 or www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher. E-RECYCLING EVENT Your Computer Friends and PODS Moving and Storage hold their e-recycling event, accepting printers, phones, cell phones, batteries, desktop and laptop computers, cables, fax machines and copiers, or any other electronic device you need to recycle. TVs and CRT monitors (the big, bulky kind) require a recycling charge of $10 each. No appliances. Bring working computers inside.: Mon-Fri. 1/14-18, 9am-

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son@miller-motte.edu. 5000 Market St. CAPE FEAR MODEL RR SHOW AND SALE 16th Annual Cape Fear Model Railroad Society’s Model Railroad Show & Sale, Wilmington (January 26-27). Indulge in the model railroading hobby and enjoy the operating O, O27, HO and G scale layouts. Vendors offer trains, scenic supplies and railroading memorabilia. Free clinics offered by Tom’s Train Station in Cary, N.C. There will also be door prizes and raffles. Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am4pm. Admission charge. American Legion Post 10 (710 Pine Grove Rd.), Wilmington. 910-270-2696; www.capefearmodelrailroadsociety.org SILVER COAST BRIDAL SHOW The Silver Coast Bridal Show will be held Sun., 1/27, 1-4pm at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach. Discover the beauty of the Brunswick Islands and beyond. Let the expertise of local wedding professionals make your wedding day extra special! Come meet Caterers, Photographers, Officiantrs, Cakes, Music, Event Rentals, Limos, Venues, Florists and much more. Admission is free.www.silvercoastwinery.com ILM WINE AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL After last year’s inaugural year as both wine & chocolate, The Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival returns on February 1-3. Regional wineries and chocolatiers will again join local favorites at our new home, the festival-friendly Coastline Event Center, 501 Nutt Street. • The Grand Tasting Fri., 2/1, 7-10pm, feat. abundant heavy hors d’oeuvres, “live” entertainment and exhibits by artists.Regional vintners and chocolatiers will offer products for tasting until 8:30 p.m. and for sale throughout the evening. An opportunity to shop and preview the weekend’s “Marketplace” plus a few surprises will ensure a light and effervescent evening. 2013 ENCORE BEST OF PARTY Encore Magazine and the Carousel Center for Abused Children (CCAC) are pleased to announce their partnership in coordinating Encore’s Best of 2013 Awards Party at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington on February 2nd, 2013. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. The 2013 event will crown winners from the top three nominees in over 120 categories, spanning Arts & Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Goods & Services, and Environmental & Humanitarian. Winner of each award will not be announced until night of event; show will maintain its improv and off-the-cuff hilarity hosted by comedian troupes The Comically Impaired and folks from Changing Channels. New to the 2013 event will be the inaugural Best Of Battle of the Bands! Nominees include Mike Blair and the Stonewalls, L-Shaped Lot and Bibis Ellison who will be vying for the 2013 Best Performer/Band title live. During their sets, the audience will vote by donating dollars to Carousel Center. Each vote costs a dollar: Vote once or 100 times. Raffles will raise funds for CCAC. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at encoredeals.com starting 1/9 (the day Best Of voting closes at encorepub.com). Proceeds benefit CCAC. Admission includes sampling of food from some of the area’s best restaurants, as voted by readers, and a cash bar. www.encorepub.com. www. carouselcenter.org. FANNIN’ THE HEAT AWAY Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear presents Nostalgia: Fannin’ the Heat Away—a ceelebration of

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charity/fund-raisers CAPE FEAR LITERACY COUNCIL Cape Fear Literacy Council is offering free volunteer orientation in January: Wed., 1/9, 5:30-7:30pm, 1012 S. 17th St. “CFLC 101” orientation is open to anyone who is interested in volunteering at CFLC in any capacity: Volunteer as tutors or instructors, assist with fundraising events, serve on the Board of Directors, or provide administrative assistance. Two Tutor Training workshops will be held in January at the CFLC offices at 1012 S. 17th St. Pre-reg. is recommended. • Adult Basic Literacy: Volunteers attend 12 hours of instruction, 1/21, 23, 28 and 30 6:30-9:30 p.m. Materials fee: $20 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. Volunteers must attend all sessions to be certified. • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Volunteers attend 9 hours of instruction, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1/14, 16 and 18, 9:30am-12:30pm. Volunteers must attend all three sessions to be certified. Fee: $30 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. (910) 251-0911 or info@cfliteracy.org. HELP CENTER OF FEDERAL POINT The needs of the Federal Point Help Center in January 2013 include: Peanut butter; dry pasta, pasta sauce, and macaroni & cheese. Any other canned or packaged food items and toiletries are gratefully accepted.. Anne Hope & Tim Marvin: 458 4057 FROM BELLES TO BUSTLES A presentation on the evolution of dress styles in the 19th century by Victorian dress enthusiast Susan Lamm. 1/12, 10am-until, Latimer House Tea Room. 910-762-0492 or www.hslcf.org. VICTORIAN CALLING CARDS A program and display of vintage calling cards by

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WILMINGTON THEATER AWARDS The second annual StarNews Media Wilmington Theater Awards are Wed., 1/9, 8pm, Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington. Featuring performances by some of Wilmington’s most talented thespians and the presentation of awards for Best Musical, Best Play and more. Come early and get your picture taken on Land Rover Cape Fear’s red carpet and photo screen. After party at TheatreNOW. $15, tickets available on www.WilmingtonTickets.com, at the StarNews (1003 S. 17th St.) and atthe Thalian Hall box office (632-2285 or www.ThalianHall.org). 343-2343.

1/11: THE DIARY OF ADAM & EVE TheatreNOW continues hosting original scripts via dinner shows, including the first of 2013: “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” adapted by local writer Anthony Lawson. The show will follow real couplse who play Adam and Eve every weekend through February 2nd, as they meet in the Garden of Eden and must follow hilarious and poignant rules. Starring locals Heather Setzler, Jason Aycock, Alex Wharff, Katherine Vernon, Susan Auten and more; tickets include three-course dinner for $20-$28, Fridays and Saturdays only. hours of time. 10 hrs. can make a dramatic impact on a child’s life. Program will start the last week of Feb. Volunteer training dates are to be announced closer to program start date; 910-343-1901or email Tracy Tisdale at racy@ciscapefear.org. PLAY AT THE BEACH Thurs. 2/21, 11am-3pm. The Assistance League invites you to its 5th annual Play At The Beach fundraiser to enjoy a fantastic view of the ocean and a fun-filled day playing bridge, canasta, pinochle or any other card game at the Shell island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach. Playing-cards will be provided. Groups wishing to play something other than cards can bring the game of their choice. Admission price of $25 per person includes lunch. Beautiful, unique baskets will be raffled. Reservations: mail checks payable to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington, ALGW, 1319-CC, PMB 155, Wilmington, NC 28405 or call Nancy Tillett, 686-

THE DIARY OF ADAM AND EVE Adaptation by Anthony Lawson. TheatreNOW dinner show with terrific menu that won’t break any new year resolutions until we get to the “Temptation Course.” Meet Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as they discover their world and ea. other with hilarity and poignant rules. Real couples play Adam and Eve ea. weekend. Starring Heather Setzler Jason Aycock, Alex Wharff, Katherine Vernon, Susan Auten and more! 1/11-2/2, Fri and Sat, 6pm; $20-$28. TheatreNOW, 10th and Dock streets. www.theatrewilmington.com. MONTY PYTHON Directed by Justin Smith with music direction by Chiaki Ito and choreography by Judy Greehnut. 1/10-12. All shows at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $25 ($20 on Thursdays). Special New Year’s Eve Gala: 100 each, includes show, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, DJ, dancing, and karaoke!TICKETS: (910) 632-2285 orwww. thalianhall.org BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE Cheating Destiny by Richard Fife (1/11-13): When Ron and Ivan find a book that teaches them the secret to fixing the past, they begin a time traveling tug of war for a beautiful stranger’s affections. • See What Sticks by Ryan PC Trimble & Jordan Mullaney (1/25 & 26) : A free flowing evening of original comedic sketches, long form improv and even a little stand up comedy from two of the most promising young performers to separate themselves form the herd. • Master Hypnotist Gary Conrad (2/1 & 2) : World reknowned hypnotist and internationally famous comedian Gary Conrad brings offers audiences a chance at love ...or at least a reasonable facsimile... with his brand new show especially suited for Valentine’s Day! • Paranormal Illusionist Aiden Sincalir, 2/8 & 9. When Aiden Sinclair turned dozens away at the doors of his sold out weekend for Le Cirque de la

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la Mort last October, he promised to return. This February, in between stops on his east coast tour with Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, he makes good on that promise. Sinclair is a performer unlike any other due to his unique use of local history, paranormal activity and mystical secrets to weave his illusions. 910-233-9914 or guerillatheatre@gmail.com THALIAN ASSOCIATION IN REVUE 1/20, 6:30pm: The Blockade Runner and Thalian Association Present Thalian Association in Revue. Celebrating 225 Years of Live Theater! Located at the Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach . Cocktails at 6:30pm; w/dinner and cabaret show at 7pm. $35 prix-fixe dinner. $20 cover charge to benefit Thalian Assoc. and TACT. Reservations recommended: 910256-2251 THALIAN ASSOCIATION 1/31: Premiere musical Xanadu, four-time Tony nominee, inspired by the cult-classic movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Follows a magical Greek muse who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to create the ultimate roller disco is accompanied by such hits of the period as “Magic.” Memberships for Thalian Association’s season of productions are now available by calling 910-2511788 or by visiting thalian.org. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 2/14-17 or 21-24: Hand-held cameras, video screens, lust and love, closeups, movie romance... UNCW theatre brings Shakespeare’s classic world of romantic comedy to life, reimagined for the observational technologies of the twenty-first century. A magic forest where the king and queen of the fairies need maritaltherapy, a love potion leads to interspecies romance and a band ofactors puts on the funniest love tragedy you’ve ever seen. In the end,a foolish sprite sets foolish humans aright. Kenan Box Office: (910) 962-3500. www.uncw.edu/arts/boxoffice.html. GA $12; UNCW Employees $10; UNCW Students $5.

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new-members in January. Auditions held Mon., 1/14. Youth Orchestra (9th-12th grades) and Junior Strings (6th-8th grades) auditions held Thurs, 1/10 in evening. Applications and required music at www. wilmingtonsymphony.org, or by calling the symphony office at 910-791-9262. Appointment times assigned upon application. Musicians for the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra are local instrumentalists and include UNCW music faculty and students who rehearse and present orchestral repertoire drawn from the eighteenth to twentieth-first centuries. Ten concerts a year conducted by Dr. Stephen Errante; annual free family concert and other special events. In addition to playing orchestra concerts, many of the Wilmington Symphony musicians also provide music for special occasions such as weddings and receptions, either in small groups or as soloists. The Youth Orchestra participates in approximately four concerts per year. Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings is to enrich the lives of Cape Fear area youth by providing talented young musicians with unique orchestral training and performing opportunities.

CHAMBER MUSIC ILM Chamber Music Wilmington’s 18th season offers four classical subscription concerts and two classical house concerts. Subscribe and save to receive: program notes in advance, first priority to the salon concerts and special notifications to “Meet the Artist” opportunities and pre-concert conversations, www.chambermusicwilmington.org. Single tickets, $25. Student & Military discounts available. Kenan Box Office: 910-962-3500. • 1/27: Warm up the winter with some French sunshine! Woodwind quintet, Ventus, takes you into the captivating world of French wind music with a concert of light-hearted, humor-filled, full throttle virtuoso antics for flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, and bassoon, w/Debussy, Poulenc, Milhaud, Dukas, and Ibert. 7:30pm, Beckwith Recital Hall. • 2/24: Music Among Friends, a romantic afternoon at the Graystone Inn, with wine, hor d’oeuvres and Brahms. • 4/21: Aaron Diehl Concert, recent winner of the prestigious Cole Porter Prize from the American Pianists Association. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times as a promising discovery with a distinctive style and slow, gorgeous blues. Joined by long time trio partners David Wong (bass) and Quincy Davis (drums) for this exciting NC performance. 7:30pm, Kenan Auditorium. etix.com NC JAZZ FESTIVAL The 33rd Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival, Wilmington (2/7-9). This year’s N.C. Jazz Festival

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with Bucky Pizzarelli and Jonathan Russell, followed by a tribute to “Charlie Parker with Strings.” The festival features 16 renowned musicians, including Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Adrian Cunningham (sax), Ed Polcer (trumpet/coronet), Kevin Dorn (drums), Nicki Parrott (bass, vocals), Banu Gibson (vocals), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Chuck Redd (drums/ vibraphone) and Bria Skonberg (trumpet/vocals), and others. Cabaret-style seating and all-star musicians distinguish this as one of the largest traditional jazz festivals in the Southeast. Other highlights include workshops, master classes and an all-star jazz brunch. Events take place at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside (301 N. Water Street, Wilmington). Special hotel rates are available to festival attendees. Admission charge. For tickets and details: 910-793-1111; www.ncjazzfestival.com. 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. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY • 2/9, 8pm: UNCW Kenan Auditorium with Rich Ridenour, piano and Laura McFayden, vocalist. Nationally acclaimed pianist and entertainer Rich Ridenour returns to Wilmington by popular demand, this time with a salute to the great Big Band pianists Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Duchin, Spike Jones, and more! Lending her vocal stylings is Wilmington jazz singer Laura McFayden. 910-962-3500 or www. wilmingtonsymphony.org. CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale is currently auditioning adult singers in all voice parts in preparation for its spring concert. The Chorale will present “Requiem” by Franz Von Suppe with orchestra, 4/21. Previous choral experience and the ability to read music will be helpful. Monday evening rehearsals begin January 7, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Wilmington. To schedule: contact music director, capefearchorale.org.

dance AZALEA COAST DANCE Join us Sat., 1/12, for an evening of social ballroom preceded by a basic dance lesson at the New Hanover County Senior Center, 2222 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC. Group lesson from 6:45 to 7:30PM. No partner necessary for the lesson. Open dancing to our own custom mix of ballroom smooth and latin music from 7:30 to 10:00PM. Admission $8 members, $10 non-members, $5 military with ID, $3 students with ID. 910-799-1694 orAzaleaCoastDance@aol.com. www.azaleacoastncusadance.org

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SHEA-RA-NICHI’S ‘OMNI’ 1/27, 3pm: Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th St., www.cameronartmuseum.com.Derived from the Latin word Omnis, Omni is a prefix which means “All,” for the Artist OMNI expresses our connection to all life. It is Shea-Ra’s attempt to define what love truly is through dance using her unique dance style the “Nichi Technique” Shea-Ra view of love has stemmed from caring for her mother and others while ill. Her view is that love is selfless, that love is an energy that find and calls on us to give of ourselves to something or someone completely with joy and compassion, the way earth and nature gives to all of us freely and ceaselessly. Shea-Ra expresses through this piece the channels or paths that love takes in our lives. “Omni” is a dance piece in which Nichi attempts to do nothing less than express the idea of unconditional love. Nichi’s dance style is a blend of Brazilian, Haitian, Cuban traditional dance with other modern dance influences. The piece, which is about 40 minutes long and accompanied by a violinist, will conclude with a Q&A with the artist. BABS MCDANCE Zumba Party! 1/12, 10am-12pm, free w/special punch cards • 1/26, 8pm-10pm, Glow in the Dark Zumba Party, $10/person. • Footloose is coming! Starts 1/9, 6pm. Accepting studio members! info@babsmcdance.com. Babs McDance, 6782 Market Street. MOMMY AND ME DANCE CLASSES The Wilmington School of Ballet is offering Mommy & Me Dance classes! Take a fun class with your little one and introduce them to the magic of dance while enjoying the company of other moms and babies in one of our large colorful studios. Class is set to music and will focus on developing a movement vocabulary, coordination, balance, rhythm, stretching, and basic kinetic skills. Yoga-style acrobatics are incorporated to help with flexibility and increased range of motion for both children and adults! (910)794-9590 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025

Coastal Carolina Camera Club will be exhibiting its member’s photographs in the Art Gallery through end of Jan. The Coastal Carolina Camera Club meets monthly, the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street, Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels using both film and digital cameras. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are always welcome.www.coastalcarolinacameraclub.org or 910-287-6311. Silver Coast Want your kids to endure a fun way to gain more exWinery: Mon-Tues by appointment, Wed-Sun ercise in the new year? Then sign them up for hip-hop 12-5pm, Fridays till 6pm. www.silvercoastwindance classes at Wrightsville Beach Town and Recre- ery.com or 910-287-2800.

SURFER TANGO Salsa on 2 NYC style, Thurs, 8pm, $5/person at Orton’s Pool Hall. Lesson at 7pm; all welcome and no partner needed. • Couple class, 5-wk series, one class a week, $35/couple for series or $10 drop in. Tuesday nights at 7:00-8:15pm, 10/2, the aerobics room at the Magnolia Rec Center..Guaranteed fun!

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ation Center. They will start session 1 for K-2nd at 4:15 p.m. and 3rd-5th at 5 p.m. Each session contains seven classes. Session II begins on February 27th and Session III begins on April 24th. Pre-registration is required by calling 910-256-7925 or check them out online at www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com. Pre-register. www.surfertango.com CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.

art ARTISTS NEEDED Harbor Island Arts presents an art exhibition, Arboretum atrium space, 1/9-5/22. Ongoing exhibit of 2D art work depictingbutterflies, perennial gardens and herbs to coincide with the opening of these new areas at the Arboretum. Art work will be for sale, sold through the gift shop and displayed throughout the Hutaff Building Atrium Gallery Space. Application for submissions must be in by 1/4. Work must be submitted ready to hang with wire Jan 9th.Art work will be there on a 4-5 month contract sold through the gift shop with Arboretum collecting 30% commission. HarborIslandArts@hotmail.com. SILVER COAST WINERY Silver Coast Winery is pleased to announce The

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CHECKER CAB Checker Cab Gallery Barb Scalia’s exhibit “Grimm Memories” continues through January in the main gallery. • Nicolle Nicolle’s remote exhibit “No Blushing After Dark” at Costello’s Piano Bar can be viewed any evening after 7pm through Jan. 11th. The gallery will hold a Reception at the new location as part of the December Fourth Friday Gallery Walk on December 28. Open Tuesday through Thursday 12-5, Friday and Saturday 12-7 by appointment for private viewings.(910) 338-3711 or checkercabproductions.com.

FIGMENTS GALLERY Figments Gallery presents “Kaleidoscope”, a solo show featuring artwork of Kim Kesterson Trone. Part of our Second Friday Reception series, the opening will take place Friday, January 11, 6pm. Landfall Shopping Center1319 Military Cutoff Road. Melissa Wilgis: melissa@figmentsgallery.com LIGHT LURE See page 12. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT The Cape Fear Camera Club will have its annual photo exhibit at the Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., through January 19, 2013. The exhibit is free and is available during Library hours. The beautiful photographs on display are works done by Club members. www.capefearcameraclub.org. WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announces the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington, showcasing WAA artists. The public is invited to come down and check out the new space and join in the celebration. The art will be changed out monthly so there will be new work for view and purchase at the desk in the USO museum on an ongoing basis A SENSE OF PLACE WHQR 91.3fm’s MC Erny Gallery at WHQR: “A

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Sense of Place: Light, Land, Marsh and Sea,” feat. paintings by Virginia Belser and David A. Norris. On display until 1/4/13. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. The exhibit will host an additional reception on 12/28 as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in downtown Wilmington. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 10am4pm. 254 N. Front St. third floor. ARTFUL LIVING GROUP Artful Living Group launches online shopping site, ArtfulLivingGroupShopping.com. Since opening early 2011 the shop has amassed a collection of fine art and handcrafted, fun functional gifts from over 200 artists. And has formed a following of loyal customers from around the world through the summer vacation seasons. Now people can give a coastal gift or purchase a piece of jewelry from one of their favorite local artist anytime of the year. Listing is free to artists that are represented by Artful Living Group, which is another benefit for our local artists. Artful Living Group, LLC is located on Carolina Beach, NC and includes a retail shop, 4 working artist studios, art classes, and rotating art exhibits in the upstairs gallery. 910-458-7822 or info@ArtfulLivingGroup. com PROJEKTE Through 1/19: Projekte Gallery in Wilmington is pleased to present “Flesh and Bones” by local artists Darren Mulvenna and Shannon Limburger. “Flesh and Bones” introduces new bodies of work that feature what is not about death or gore, but the raw beauty of what is under the skin. • Crissie McCree’s latest CD, “New Day,” 1/12., 9pm. Crissie has been living in NC for the past four years and moved to Wilmington this summer. The night will include live music, appetizers, a charity raffle, and more. CD will be available for purchase. • Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982. www.theprojekte.com

museums HIDDEN BATTLESHIP Hidden Battleship: 1/12, 8:30am-12:30pm, 1:305:30pm (also offered 10/12/13) $50/person. $45 for friends members or active military.Behind-thescenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship. The four-hour tour consists of small groups with guides. Guests explore the bow (officers’ country and boatswain locker), third deck (Radio II, brig, after gyro, storage rooms, ammunition handling, Engineer’s office, torpedo area), Engine room #1, and

climb inside the fire control tower to the top of the ship. The Azalea Coast Radio Club will be in Radio II to explain their work on the ship’s radio transmitters. It’s the tour that brings out the “Indiana Jones” in all of us, without the snakes! Limited to ages 12 and older and limited to 40 participants per time slot. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Registration and payment due by the Thurs before tour; 910-251-5797.

North Carolina’s U.S. Senator Jesse Helms’ tenure and more. Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. Learning Center: Wonders of Light. Sat., 1/12, 19, 1-4pm. All. Free for members or with admission. Why is the sky blue? What makes a rainbow? Discover the colors of light and see what happens when you mix them. Conduct fun mirror experiments and learn how light travels. Explore the mysteries of light and color and even make an object disappear! Parental participation is required. • Cape Fear Skies: Winter Constellations, 1/20, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. All. Free w/admission. Investigate Lower Cape Fear winter constellations in our mobile planetarium. Determine how to locate these “seasonal pictures” in the night sky. Parental participation is required. • Mystery at the Museum, 1/26, 1-4pm. All, $3 members; $6 non-members. Something mysterious has happened at the Museum! What’s missing and who would have stolen it? Investigate the crime scene and analyze the evidence. Forensic science and logic will help you

CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 3/10: An icon of the 1920s, named “the first American Flapper” by her husband, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948) longed to be known as something other than just the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. This exhibition explores the artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald with 32 framed artworks created from 1927 through the late 1940s, on loan from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Ms. Eleanor Lanahan, granddaughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, along with reproductions of historical photographs from the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers of Princeton University Library. Ms. Eleanor Lanahan will speak 3pm, 2/3. • From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell,” Pancoe Art Education Center’s Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the Exhibition Cases • Jazz at the CAM Series w/Cape Fear Jazz Societythrough 4/2013, 6:30-8pm, 1st Thurs. ea. mo. in Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Individual: CAM/CFJS Members: $7 or nonmembers: $10; students, $5. 2/14: Julie Rehder & On the 18th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Children’s Jack Krupicka Quartet. 3/7: Roger Davis, Museum of Wilmington will have a Jammie Jam PJ Nina Repeta and Madafo Lloyd Wilson. 4/4: Party. Attendees are invited to join dressed in their Doug Irving Quartet. • CLASSES: Life Drawfave pajamas and bring a special stuffed friend, too. ing every Tues., 6-9pm, and Wed., 9:30am12:30pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Kids will make dreamcatchers, play board games and Participants provide own dry drawing materienjoy story time! Best of all the party is free with muals and watercolors. $70/7-wks. • Museum seum admission! Members get in free; seniors and School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 military enter for $7 and regular admission is $8. The or 1024). • Tai Chi and Yoga! Beginners museum is located at 116 Orange Street. are always welcome; see schedule online. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence www.playwilmington.org Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. solve the Mystery at the Museum. Family participacameronartmuseum.com or 910-395-5999. tion is encouraged. •Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students EXHIBITS: Fragments of War , feat. scraps of fabwith valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military ric, torn paper, tattered flags, a uniform patch, which rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and tell us about people’s Civil War experiences. Closes free for children under 3. Museum members admitted May 5, 2013. • Cape Fear Treasures: Campaigning free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. www.capefearthrough 1/13/2012: Feart. Rutherford B. Hayes’ museum.com. 1876 presidential campaign button, 1884 Cleveland campaign ribbon, 1976 Jimmy Carter political but- NC AQUARIUM For all programs, children ages 14 and younger must ton, editorial cartoon on toilet paper commenting on be accompanied by an adult, except for camps. All

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programs require pre-reg. and fees; call to get info. Schedule: Behind the Scenes Aquarist Apprentice, 1/12 and 26, 2pm. Learn what aquarium animals eat, how they live, and how to care for them, and assist aquarists with food preparation and help feed the animals. • Behind Scenes Tour: 1/13, 20 and 27, 1pm. If you have ever cared for a home aquarium, you may have some idea of what it takes to operate a collection of salt and freshwater exhibits, with hundreds of animals. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. • Ext. Behind Scenes: 1/11, 14, 16, 23, 25, 28 and 30, 2pm. Visit the top of our largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals, during an expanded tour behind the scenes. Get a birds-eye view of this 235,000 gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other fish swim below! Aquarists feed the animals during the tour, offering a unique opportunity for close-up viewing. • Aquacamp—Incredible Invertebrates, 1/21, 8:30am-3pm. Campers will be introduced to a few of these including clams, snails, crabs, sea urchins, and sea stars. Live animal presentations and more are all part of this exciting program. Come and join the fun! Snacks are provided. Kids will need to bring a bag lunch. 910-458-8257; www. ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Young Writer’s Club 2pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits.• Jammie Jam PJ Party, Fri., 1/18, 5-7pm. Come in your PJs and bring a special stuffed friend! Make dreamcatchers, play some board games, and settle in for a cozy storytime. • 1st annual Pizza Putt fundraising night, 2/8, 7:30-9:30pm, kids ages 21 and older. Mini golf throughout museum. 18 holes, 18 pizzas and 18 beers to sample. $18 • Chinese New Year, 2/10, 1-3pm. Celebrate the year of the snake—stories, activities, and food that celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Create lucky red messages using traditional Chinese characters make paper lanterns, create a snake from the animal Zodiac, and more. Be sure to pick up a lucky red envelope with a New Year’s challenge inside, too. Free with admission or anytime membership. www.playwilmington.org BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by

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free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. wbmuseum.com. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. Housed in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4/family and includes access to entire Museum. Admission for 2012 only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St.910-763-2634, on 10/13-14, 10am: Fun for all ages! Drive trains, learn how to

build models, check out merchandise, free whistles for kids, entertainment, refreshments, and more! Great family event benefits the Wilmington Railroad Museum. Only $5 per person, kids under age 5 free! LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 7620492. www.latimerhouse.org CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www.capefearserpentarium.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 kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www.burgwinwrighthouse.com.

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Just because we’re in the throes months doesn’t mean we can’t still doors! Halyburton Park has Animal Adaptations in Winter taking place on Thursday the 10th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 14. Kids will discover how inhabitants live in the forest and deal with the frosty weather. They will build a nature craft, too. Cost is a mere $3 per participant. To pre-register, call 910-341-0075.

HALYBURTON PARK Animal Adaptations in Winter: Thu 1/10 1:303:30 pm Ages: 5-14. Join us as we trek through the wintry woods to discover many of the changes that occur and how the inhabitants of the forest deal with the harsh, bitter, cold throughout the frosty season. Later, we will build a seasonal nature craft. Cost: $3/ participant • Intro to Drawing, Thu 1/24 1:30-3:30 pm Ages: 5-14. Get up close to nature as we learn the

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basics of drawing. Each student will need a drawing pad, 2 - #2 pencils, and a drawing eraser. Cost: $10/participant • Bird Hike, Cabin Lake County ParkFri 1/18 8am-3pm. Cost: $10/participant. NC Birding Trail is a driving trail to link birders with great birding sites across the state and the local communities in which they are found. NC habitats provide food and shelter for more than 440 bird species throughout the year, making it a premiere destination for birders and nature-lovers. Ea. mo. explore a different site along the Coastal Plain Trail. • Backyard Birding and Bird Feeding: Sat 1/19 9:30-11:30am or Sat 2/9 9:30-11:30am. Each season invites new visitors to your backyard. Some remain all year round, while others migrate great distances. Join a park naturalist into the world of birds and discover what tasty treats and feeders will attract these fantastic creatures each season. Discover how you could build your own backyard bird oasis. Learn some birding basics, as we take a hike exploring the woods for some seasonal inhabitants. Each participant will take home a sample seed bag. Cost: $10/participant • Winter in the Forest: Mon,1/21, 10-11am; or Tue, 1/22, 10-11am. Ages: 2-5 Cost: $3. Take a hike to learn about all the changes in the forest, and the animals that live in the forest throughout the winter. • Owl Prowl, Fri 1/25, 6-8pm. Cost: $3/participant. Look and listen for owls as a naturalist leads you on a walk in the park. You’ll search for the Eastern Screech Owl and the Great Horned Owl. You’ll learn about the habits and adaptations of these nocturnal neighbors. Afterwards warm up with hot cocoa. • Snake and Turtle Feeding, Wed 1/30. Ages: 3/up . Cost: $1/participantEnjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Event Center and then watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle will be fed during the demonstration. Pre-reg: 341-0075.

film CFEFF The Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum will host a day and a half worth of events that are free and open to the public. The schedule consists of four film blocks, each followed by panel and audience discussions. 2/22, 7:30-10pm, and Sat., 2/23, 11am10pm. Through a mix of films and panel/audience dialogue, addressing environmental issues and solutions, the forum’s intent is to inspire and motivate participants to make a difference for the environment in their communities. Specific topics include sustainable food systems, atmospheric light pollution, community advocacy, alternative forms of energy and revolutionary bio-friendly solutions. UNCW’s Film Studies Department and Friends of the Cape Fear Environmental Film Forum. UNCW Campus and Southeastern Alliance for Community Change center; free open to public. THEATRE NOW MOVIE NIGHTS Movie Night, Sundays at 6:30pm (check website for weekly listings): Big screen movies, w/ kitchen open for some tasty treats, feat. fresh food options. Home to the non-profit organization, Theatre Network of Wilmington, Inc., whose mission includes theatre arts education to school aged children. Theatre NOW: 10th and Dock streets. Tickets: www.theatrewilmington.com.

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

Tennis lessons are now being offered for youth ages 6-12 at Wrightsville Beach Park. Lessons start 1/14. Tennis is a fun way to get active! Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins, an LTA registered coach since 1977, instructs these classes that meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Ages 6-8 meet from 3-4 p.m., and ages 9-12 meet from 4-5 p.m. Coach Jenkins has turned a vast number of participants into tennis players through her lessons and clinics given at Wrightsville Beach Park! 256-7925. www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com for reg. form.

PERFORMANCE CLUB WB Parks & Rec presents winter/spring sessions of Performance Club, kids ages 5-14, feat. performances of “Peter Pan” and “Grease” at the Fran Russ Recreation Center. No auditions necessary, but space is limited to 15 students per age group/ per session, so don’t wait to reg. Session I – “Peter Pan” Thurs., 1/17-3/14. K-3rd grade 4-5pm (max 15 students) ; 4th-5th 5-6pm (max 15). Session II: “Grease,” Thurs., 4/4/-5/30. K-3rd grade 4-5pm (max 15 students); 4th-5th, 5-6pm (max 15). Pre-reg rqd. Reg: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (910) 256-7925.

KIDS MAKING IT HIPPIE BALL 2 Dust off your best flower power clothes, let your freak flag fly, and join the party of the year! Catered by Bon Appétit, awesome auction far-out drinks, and live music by The Steady Eddies. Kids Making It Hippie Ball 2, 6/29, Brooklyn Arts Center. 15 S. Water St. 28401.

classes/workshops

DOING BIZ IN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN 1/10: Noon-1:30pm. Cape Fear Country Club1518 Country Club Road, (910) 762-4751. “Doing Business in the Sultanate of Oman”: Join the NCWTA on January 10, 2013 at the Cape Fear Country Club to learn about business opportunities and export growth from the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States, H.E. Hunaina Al-Mughairy. Register: www.capefearworldtrade.org. NCWTA members are $15 all inclusive for lunch, guests and non members $30. Openfor NCWTA members to bring guests and anyone that might be interested in learning more about the Cape Fear World Trade and doing business internationally.

COASTAL NAVIGATION Coastal Navigation will be offered by CFCC’s Continuing Education Department Tuesday nights, and two Mondays, 2/11, 18, 6-9:30pm, beginning 1/8 and ending 2/19. Registration cost: $123 payable on the first night of class. (Only a $3 fee for students over age 65.) Room S212 on CFCC main campus. Detailed instruction on methods of chart plotting and piloting. Beginning with the basics of chart interpretation, there will be extensive charting exercises using magnetic compass corrections, time/speed/ distance calculations, set and drift of the current, running fixes, and referencing nautical publications. A coverage of electronic navigation techniques will include GPS, radar, depth finding, and the use of new computer software. While the course is not geared as an exam prep study, it will still be very useful for students planning to take the US Coast Guard Captain’s license test.

NC CONCEALED CARRY CLASSES Affordable Arms is now offering NC Concealed Carry Classes. In an effort to offer a great opportunity for citizens to keep their right to bear arms and better protect themselves, the $100 cost of this course also includes a free 1 year membership to the National Rifle Association (a $35 value). NRA membership details can be found at www.affordablearms.net. Classes fill up quickly, so email us soon to get registered.. Rollin Stone Affordable ArmsPhone: (910)


233-0952 HEALTHY EATING WORKSHOP A Healthy Eating Workshop dedicated to overall help will take place at 1140 N. Lake Blvd, Carolina Beach, 1/12, 10am-4pm. Cost: $75/person. RSVP: Jeremy@HeremyLinquistAcupuncture.com or 910202-4718. CHASING FAULKNER Chasing Faulkner: The Art of Getting Published Writing workshop with psychologist writer and editor Henry Tonn, Sat., Jan 12, 2-4pm. Is 2013 the year you get published? Join us for this informative workshop focusing on manuscript preparation and publication. Topics include techniques for self editing, finding publication outlets which fit your piece and submitting your manuscript for optimal consideration by editors and agents. Cost $25. Call Pomegranate Books to register; space is limited. 910-452-1107. JOB SEARCH TOOLKIT 1/22, 6pm: Identify what may be getting your job applications screened out, and learn how to get through to decision-makers. Second in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series. • 2/5, 6pm: Craft an individualized job search strategy that demonstrates your qualifications, highlights your strengths, and minimizes distractions. Learn how to access the 70%+ of job opportunities in the hiddenmarket. Last in a free 3-part Job Search Boot Camp series presented by Elisabeth Sanders-Park at Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.Ms. Sanders-Park is President of WorkNet Solutions, www.worknetsolutions.com, and author of The 6 Reasons You’ll Get theJob. These workshops are free courtesy of the speaker and the Friends ofthe Library. Space limited; pre-reg: www.nhclibrary.org. WILD BIRD AND GARDEN Join Wilmington locally owned businesses Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures on a birding kayak winter tour to Florida’s bird watching paradise, 2/5-8. Visit some of Florida’s diverse habitats, its location on migration routes, and its wild lands. Tour destinations on the Great Florida Birding Trail as well as Florida State Parks. Wild Bird & Garden, 3501 Oleander Drive: 910 343 6001 or www.wildbirdgardeninc.com BRIDGE LESSONS Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department is offering beginner Bridge lessons with Marie Killoran. Bridge lessons are open to anyone at any age. Players will be introduced to the basics of bidding and playing bridge. 5 lessons per session held on Thursdays from 10am-noon, at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. Beginner I will begin Thurs., 1/10. Beginner II will begin Thurs., 2/28. 910-256-7925/ pre-reg rqd. Monday – Friday, 8-5pm.

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

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

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

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

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monthly Second Saturday Book Sale on Saturday, 1/12, 10am-2pm, at the Magnolia House, 485 Village Road, adjacent to the Leland Library. Authors featured this month at 2 for 1 are James Patterson, Tim Lahaye, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, and Danielle Steel . In addition we have a limited number of Civil War books at special prices. Regular priced books are $0.50 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hard cover with all book sale proceeds benefitting the Leland Library. Ellie Edwards at 910-383-3098. Arlene White at 910-617-2538. HUMANISTS AND FREETHINKERS Regular meeting of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear takes place Sun., 1/20, 6-8:30pm, with the screening of funny and thought-provoking short

HISTORIC WILMINGTON FOUNDATION Historic Wilmington Foundation will feature two new walking tours in spring 2013. The Forest Hills Tour will showcase the architectural, social and cultural history of the community. Streetcar Suburbs Tour will focus on Wilmington’s first two suburbs, Carolina Place and Carolina Heights and the development of these hisIf a new year’s resolution contained learning sometoric neighborhoods, the people who lived thing new, then why not apply it to something fun, too? here, and the preservation process that has A WinEducation class will take place on the 15th at The made them an integral part of the city’s history. The tour guide will have the opportunity Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach at 608 S. Lake Park to include historical facts about Wilmington’s Boulevard. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. folks will taste five history, as well as connect the city to broader styles of wine from regions around the world, led by movements in the nation’s history. Both tours sommelier Shaun Underwood of Juice Wines. Though will include a strong architectural focus too. Tour guides wanted; training begins in Jan it’s absolutely free to attend, a reservation is required 2013. • Celebrate the foundation’s preservasince space is limited theveggiewagon@gmail.com tion achievements and meet new board and president with guest speak Dr. Kevin Cherry, on 1/24, 6-7:30pm, Upper Room 1871, Historic Tileston School, 412 Ann St. Reception follows. videos from Tim Minchin, Qualia Soup, Louis CK, RSVP: 910-762-2511. Colbert, Bill Mahr, and many others. With a delicious potluck before and during the show, the evening SOUTHEASTERN NC GREEN PARTY MEETING promises be a warn, hilarious and educational time 1/10: The Southeastern NC Green Party is having with a group who appreciates blasphemy at its best! its second meeting. We are alocal chapter of the NC Be sure to bring a dish to share. the organization Green Party. Roxanne: 910-515-9697. will collect any items you wish to donate to Mother CHRISTMAS TREE REMOVAL NOTICE Hubbard’s Cupboard. tBridge Center, 127-40 S. ColCarolina Beach residents can place trees at the lege Rd (next to the Mexican restaurant in the same street with all decorations removed. Trees will be shopping center as Ten Pin Alley). Newcomers are collected during the month of January. • Kure Beach welcome to attend. RSVP: www.meetup.com/huChristmas trees will be collected on 1/10/13 and manism-182. 1/17/13. Please place trees at the street the night TOPSAIL CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER before with all decorations removed. Topsail Chamber Annual Dinner, Sat., 1/26, 6-8pm, VETERAN’S WRITING COLLECTIVE the Surf City Welcome Center. Tickets $25/person. Open to all active-duty military, veterans, and fam910-524-2679 ily members, the Veterans Writing Collective enTHOMAS WOLFE FICTION PRIZE courages the art of writing and conducts monthly The North Carolina Writers’ Network is still acceptworkshops offering honest, positive feedback on ing submissions for the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction members’ poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memPrize. This annual award is administered by poet oir, drama, and journaling. 1/12, 2-4pm, at MethodAnthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor ist University in the Trustees Building, Room 340. Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, Robin Greene: rgreene@methodist.edu. NC. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internaFRIENDS OF LELAND LIBRARY SALE tionally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Friends of the Leland Library are holding their Wolfe. Winner receives $1,000 and possible publica-

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HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! 910-392-6753 or email rltriver@ yahoo.com. $3/children or $8/adults. www.tripwithtriplett.webs.com/ OAKDALE CEMETERY TOUR Take a “Trip With Triplett” through tranquil Q\Oakdale Cemetery chartered in 1852. Walk the peaceful pathways and learn about the lives of the people that rest there. Any time! 910-392-6753 or rltriver@ yahoo.com. $3/children or $8/adults. www.tripwithtriplett.webs.com

culinary WINEDUCATION CLASS Join staff of The Veggie Wagon and sommelier Shaun Underwood of Juice Wines for a Special Wineducation class from 6-7pm, 1/15. During this call we will taste 5 different styles of Cabernet from different regions of the world. Shaun will be focusing his discussion on the different effects that terroir (local elements) has on the each wine. You will be amazed how one grape can have some many different flavor profiles, depending on the climate and location of where it was grow. The class is free to attend, RSVP required, and is sure to teach you a few things about some great wines from around the world. Space is limited for this event. theveggiewagon.com; theveggiewagon@gmail.com; or 910-805-3014. The Veggie Wagon, 608 South Lake Park Blvd. 6TH ANNUAL HOMEBREWERS’ COMPETITION Enter to win Front Street Brewery’s 6th Annual Homebrew Competition and you could brew your winning beer on our brewing system with Brewmaster Kevin Kozak and Assistant Brewer Christopher McGarvey. $20 per entry—cash/check (payable to Front St. Brewery). Entries accepted 1/23-2/7 at 9 N. Front St. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category, as well as one Best In Show award. Beers judged on Sat., 2/9, with the awards ceremony following, 7-10pm, at the Front St. Brewery. Restricted to entrants only due to the number of entries received. Best In Show beer will be brewed and distributed locally by the Front St. Brewery. Requirements: One 6-pack of 12-oz plain brown unmarked bottles or the equivalent, i.e., growlers, fliptops, etc. Each entry must include a completed Entry form, and each bottle must have the completed bottle forms cut out and attached with rubber bands NOT TAPE. Entry Forms can be picked up at the FSB bar; 910-251-1935.

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

STEP UP FOR SOLDIERS 1/26: 30 teams start with everyone using same meats, at same location, with same time constraints. Thrown into the mix will be individual rubs, sauces or marinades, grill temperatures and methods of cooking. Pre-contest party on Friday evening featuring Train Wreck and Beachbilly Brothers, along with food and drink; all open to the public for admission fee. Carolina Beach Lake at the junction of Lake Park Blvd. and Atlanta Ave. Admission on Saturday, free. Tickets purchased to sample the BBQs after the double-blind judging is completed. Sat. bands, The Cut along with the headliner (to be determined). Raffles, arts and craft vendors plus more food and drink for purchase. Gates at 11am and prizes will be awarded at 2pm. All to benefit Step Up For Soldiers.Rose McConville at rosemc110@gmail.com or call 910-547-0087.

FOOD SAFETY CLASS Food Safety Class for Restaurant Manager offers right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely. ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers has three sessions on 1/28, 2/4 and 2/11 at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 4433 Long Beach Rd. Sessions will start at 12:30pm and end at 4:30pm. Students who successfully complete the class and the exam receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation often seen prominently displayed in restaurants. Fee of $115 is required to cover the cost of the text book, exam and classroom instruction. Books must be picked up in person at the Cooperative Extension office prior to the beginning of the class. 910-253-2610 to register

TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25, www.tastinghistorytours.com. Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910-622-6046.

CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/ chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! www. lizbiro.com. 910-545-8055

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