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Exploring Wilmington’s Tour-scape Carriage rides, ghost walks and eating through Wilmington’s history and lore

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TOUR WILMINGTON pgs. 4-7 Just head downtown to the foot of Market street at the Cape Fear river any given saturday. The hoards of people aligning the riverwalk most likely have congregated to take of many downtown Wilmington tours. on pages 4-7, encore staff writers explore a few of them and share the experiences with readers! Cover and ‘Inside this Week’ photo: springbrook Farms’ horse-drawn trolley tour remains a popular treat for anyone who wishes to learn more about the yesteryear of Wilmington, nC.

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EDITORIAL: Editor-in-ChiEf: Shea Carver intErns: Lisa Huynh, Andrew Zucchino, Chris Faircloth ChiEf Contributors: Adrian Varnam, Gwenyfar Rohler, Anghus Houvou-

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“The White House announced today that the stimulus package saved three million jobs. But they said there’s still more jobs that need to be saved: President Obama’s, Joe Biden’s, Harry Reid’s, Nancy Pelosi’s…” —Jay Leno “You remember Bill Clinton? Bill and Hillary

pRODucTIOn AnD ADvERTIsIng: Art dirECtor Sue Cothran AdvErtising sAlEs: John Hitt: Downtown, Carolina Beach

ras, Claude Limoges, Jay Schiller, Lauren Hodges,

Kris Beasley: Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington

Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd,

Shea Carver: Midtown, Monkey Junction

Chirstina Dore, The Cranky Foreigner

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went out and bought a brand-new house in upstate New York. He’s still keeping the old place to use as a bachelor pad.” —David Letterman A CBS News poll found that 57 percent of Americans support Arizona’s new immigration law, although if you change it from Americans to people living in America, the number drops to 2 percent.”—Jimmy Fallon “BP is putting a new cap on the leaking oil well. It could capture up to 90 percent of the disgusting filth that’s spewing from there. And if it works, they’re going to try the same thing on Mel Gibson.” —Craig Ferguson

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tour guide ............... 4-7

4-7 exploring Wilmingotn’s tourscape: Get an inside scoop into one of many tours offered downtown Wilmington as part of encore’s annual Tour Guide edition.

news & views .......... 8-10

8 live local campaign: Gwenyfar Rohler gets the latest scoop on a possible CSA for fisheries, starting with Brunswick Catch. 9 nonprofit feature: Linda Grattafiori interviews Kemp Burdette of Cape Fear River Watch and how citizens can help the nonprofit. 10 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reports on news of the strange and odd.

artsy smartsy .......... 12-24

12-14 music: Adrian Varnam previews the burgeoning soul sounds of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals; Lisa Huynh goes Deep South with Cape Fear Blues Festival; Madison Kiger takes a look at the funkiest show of the week, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. 15-19 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town. art: Lauren Hodges gets all the information on the first puppet festival to hit the Port City. 20-21 livin’ locally: Meet the folks at Loveys, one of Wilmingotn’s premier natural markets and health-food stores. 22 art: Lauren Hodges gets the scoop on Artfuel’s 25th exhibition, opening this weekend. 23 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging at local galleries. 24 film: Anghus reviews one of his most highly recommended flicks of the summer season: “Predators.”

grub & guzzle .......... 25-27 25-27 dining guide: Need a few

suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide, and read about our featured restaurant of the week.

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28 fact or fiction: Claude Limoges serves up her next installment of “An Involuntary Intimate.” 30 book feature: Tiffanie Gabrielse talks to flash-fiction writer Kristin Fouquet about her latest book of stories, “Twenty Stories.’ 31 crossword: Let Stan Newman test your mind with our weekly crossword! ‘32-33 historical fiction third place: Read John Fennell’s third-place winner for the Lower Cape Fear’s annual Historical Fiction Contest. 34-38 calendar/’toons/horoscopes/ corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read your horoscope; and check out the latest saucy corkboard ads.


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Exploring Wilmington’s Tour-scape: Carriage rides, ghost walks and eating through Wilmington’s history and lore

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s a prominent tourist spot, Wilmington offers many opportunities to get to know about the South’s historic roots. Many come in the form of tours, where visitors align downtown streets, often at the foot of Market Street, filing in line, listening to guides tell stories of yesteryear and offering prominent folk lore that circulates the city still today. Whether wanting to learn about Gallows Hill (one of Wilmington’s most haunted spots) or where to find a restaurant that supports locally and regionally grown food, Wilmington’s tourscape has it all. Though many tours exist all over town, encore writers highlighted a few that not only captivate the interest of tourists, but can offer a way for locals to learn and enjoy everything wonderful about our Port City. Come along for the ride... CULINARY AdveNtURes WItH LIZ BIRO (910) 545-8055 www.lizbiro.com Tours: Thurs. & Sat., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Meets in front of Information Center, on Riverwalk, at foot of Market. Tickets: $38 Downtown Wilmington makes for great eating. It’s a fact—culinary truth, even. Just ask Liz Biro, food writer for StarNews and founder of Culinary Adventures. Biro takes visitors through the tastes and bites of some of downtown’s finest eateries, offering snippets of in-depth food history that transforms a mere tourist attraction into tasteful revelations. “This first tour [is] what I call the ‘Heart of Downtown Wilmington,’” she began, alluding to the creation of more culinary adventures to come. “[It’s] a mix of restaurant dish and Wilmington food history, from the early explorers who were thrilled to find wild grapes growing along the Cape Fear coast—[which] they thought would make good wine—to the latest chef putting his or her mark on the downtown food scene.” A trained chef in her own right, as well as a food writer for six years now, Biro grew up outside of Wilmington in Onslow County, where her parents’ love for cooking refined her own adoration for it. “My Italian mother and Hungarian father went back to their European rural roots, immediately seeking farms where they could purchase bulk vegetables and fresh meat,” she said, referring to her family’s move to the South from New Jersey in 1969. Her family would often trawl the New River for clams, shrimp and oysters, making home-cooked delectables like

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by: encore staff steamed clams on the half shell, with garlic, oregano and olive oil. As Biro led five tourists, including me and my best friend Mandy, along downtown’s cobblestone streets one Saturday afternoon, her passion for food resounded. Stopping in front of the J.W. Brooks building on Water Street, Biro passed out homemade biscuits from White Front Breakfast House (located off 17th and Market streets). “A great biscuit recipe is two cups of flour, four tablespoons of butter and one cup of milk,” she offered. She continued explaining how the Brooks building was one of Wilmington’s main grocers from the late 19th to early 20th century. The building maintained itself one of three local flour mills, with one located midtown and the other a few blocks away at the Cotton Exchange. Notes of history and tastes of yesteryear became apparent in Biro’s exposition, especially when she walked everyone through City Market. Here, she explained a way of life that would bring our locavore movement to a head, if available still today. “This used to be a local meat and produce market,” Biro explained, pointing to the vents on the concrete floor, where water and fish excrements would drain, and hooks above would hang meats. “Can’t you just hear the vendors selling food?” she imagined aloud. Between pointing out many presidents who visited and ate in Wilmington—including George Washington, though where remains unknown—the real highlight of Liz Biro’s Culinary Adventures came upon each visit to the participating restaurants. Seven downtown eateries provided samples and flavors across the board, showcasing the fine skills of our many local chefs. Alex Succop of Aubriana’s served a watermelon, tomato, mint and tequila salad that cooled us down from the rising temperatures outside. Deluxe’s Trinity Hunt impressed with his dedication to creating a menu from 85percent local ingredients. His connections run from his family’s Robinson County farm to a local fish monger who calls him to the boat sometimes at 4 a.m. for fresh pickings. “Today’s soft-shell crab came from Snow’s Cut,” he informed while serving up a delicate cornmeal-fried crab over spinach and tomato, with a cream sauce and bits of bacon releasing a smoky hint in every bite. Getting the inside scoop into our local chefs’ secrets, how they run their kitchens and create something unique day in, day out kept the tour at a rhythmic pace. The stories added to its irresistible pleasure, too. “The scuppernong is North Carolina’s na-

tAste OF sNOW’s CUt: Deluxe’s head chef Trinity Hunt prides his 85-percent local menu, which includes soft-shell crabs from Snow’s Cut—something tourists got to taste on Liz Biro’s Culinary Adventures. Photo by Shea Carver

tive grape,” Biro explained, as we sipped on a cocktail made of wine and fresh-squeezed lemonade, from head mixologist Joel Finsel at Caffe Phoenix. “The wine it produces has a distinctive sweetness that many people find overwhelming,” Biro continued. Finsel’s simple syrup and lemons toned it down refreshingly. Yet, along the next stop, at the Hot Pink Cake Stand, Biro explained how the wine would evolve on the palate. “People are surprised to find that with a chocolate cupcake, scuppernong becomes a wonderful dessert wine.” Humor and enlightenment made up a great deal of the tour, too, as Le Catalan’s Wendy Penegre quipped how her husband, owner

and chef Pierre, “sometimes talks to the food before serving it.” Learning that Jason Godwin, chef and owner of The Eat Spot, has family ties to Spivey Corner’s hollerin’ contest offered a note of intrigue, as did Mixto’s Eric Gephart—Taste of Wilmington’s Best Chef, 2010. He engaged in lighthearted and endearing banter, as he jokingly asked, “What’s better than meat wrapped in meat?” He proceeded to roll a pork tenderloin in shingled bacon during the tour’s only food demonstration. It was relatable, impressive and delicious! “People constantly ask me food-related questions and where they should eat,” Biro explained about her desire to begin Culinary Adventures. “I want participants to get a varied experience. I want to promote local food culture and share local food history. Mostly, I want to promote Wilmington’s dining options in a way that convinces people to stay here and eat.”


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Despite being a little more than three hours long, the food tour proved Biro’s point wonderfully: There are a bevy of superb dining options throughout our area. And, honestly, I can’t think of another way I’d rather learn about Wilmington than eating my way through it— man, is it savory! —Shea Carver GHOST WALK OF WILMINGTON (910) 794-1866 www.hauntedwilmington.com Tours: Nightly, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12 As a kid growing up in North Carolina, the vast lore of local and regional ghost stories captivated me. From Wilmington’s Joe Baldwin and the Maco Light, to Ocracoke Island’s Blackbeard, I read about the mysterious and the macabre during my early years to no avail. I suppose every area of the country claims to have its own collection of ghost stories, but there’s something about the history of the Carolinas that make our part of the country especially ghostly. For a young boy, with a wild imagination and proximity to the very streets and countryside where the stories unfolded, my fascination grew. The Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington acts as a catalyst for ghost-story enthusiasts to explore the depths and shadows of alleyways and centuries-old architecture, where myths forever evolve into hair-raising anecdotes. It’s no wonder downtown Wilmington has a slew of mysterious hauntings. After all, port cities everywhere have attracted quite a collection of unsavory characters for hundreds of years now. Created and researched by John and Kim Hirchak, the 90-minute guided walk takes the curious ghostbuster to five or six noted haunts and provides historical content, some of which is certainly exaggerated for effect. With almost 30 stops to chose from, the Hirchaks and their crew of local actors and tour guides have an array of opportunities to educate, titillate and investigate, as they recall carefully prepared scripts of fantastical tradition. Recently, on a rainy and appropriately dreary summer night, my friend Mary and I joined a few dozen other “tourists” and gathered at the foot of Market to see what spirits wrangled Wilmington’s cobblestone streets. After dividing the large assembly into two different groups, our guide, Anthony Lawson—a local actor and karaoke aficionado—gave a short introduction before leading the charge up Market Street. Armed with only a shoulder bag and a hat to keep the rain out of his face, Anthony stopped first at the Rhino Club, just west of 2nd Street. We huddled under the awning to stay dry, as he began the first story of the night. Anthony’s delivery remained tactile; he

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didn’t try to scare us with a clichéd and deliberate Vincent Price persona. He clearly understood how the material and the building itself provides enough spooks. With little bravado, but with careful and thoughtful pauses, he told the story of a murderous statesman who killed his lover in a jealous rage. While acting out some of the scene through dialogue, interest piqued among us, as we all looked through the doorway and windows, wondering if any visitors might join us along our “tour.” Moving up Market Street to Fifth, overlooking the fountain in front of the Bellamy Mansion, the iconic and historic Carolina Apartments stood tall. I knew this much: The history of its residents provide a fair share of ghost stories alone. Still, the building emitted more creepiness than other stop on the tour. Thanks to David Lynch’s choice to include it as a fundamental location in his 1986 classic “Blue Velvet,” the apartment building has continued its association with all-things strange and bizarre. The most eccentric moment of the evening arrived as we cut through a parking lot across Fifth. Standing in front of a huge house, Anthony told of its past as Wilmington’s execution gallows. Not a big fan of the stop, the tour guide made his hesitation clear: “It’s the most haunted spot on the tour!” Faces have been known to appear in windows, cameras suddenly unable to take pictures, orbs and strange shadows popping up in photos. Naturally, folks grabbed their cameras immediately. I edged to the front of the group to snap a picture of Anthony speaking. Upon looking at what I captured, I couldn’t believe it. Was that a ghostly arm grabbing Anthony’s face? I wondered. I immediately showed Mary; she was floored.

We couldn’t help but try to logically explain the photo: Was there some sort of weird exposure issue happening here? I showed our already-spooked tour guide the picture, where it appeared a hand was grabbing his face. He shuffled us along to the next stop rather quickly The rest of the Ghost Walk marked accounts of murder, hauntings and the usual tales of the undead. But after the gallows, the final half hour proved a bit uneventful. It’s no one’s fault except for the owner of the mysterious arm. After that sort of performance, it was a hard act to follow. —Adrian Varnam HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS (910) 251-8889 www.horsedrawntours.com Tours: Apr. - Oct., 10 a.m. - 10 p.m; Nov. - Mar., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. - Thurs., and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. Tickets: $5-$12 If anyone could pick a way to experience downtown Wilmington’s historic charm, it would have to be by horse-drawn carriage. After all, this is the way the city’s founders navigated the streets hundreds of years ago. Sure, today’s 21st-century automobiles may prove more convenient, but driving in cars doesn’t allow time to notice many of the things that pique the historical imaginations of slower, more observant passersby. Enter Springbrook Farms horse-drawn carriage and trolley service, located at the foot of Market Street. The horses and tour guides sit in the median between Front and Water, readily awaiting to carry eager guests through downtown Wilmington. Springbrook uses 12 rescued percheron draft horses to pull an assortment of different trolleys and carriages. The horses spend most of their time on the

WILMINGTON FROM EVERY ANGLE: Whether wakling our downtown streets to learn about Wilmington’s most haunted location (left, featuring Ghost Walk tour guide Anthony Lawson; photo by Adrian Varnam) or riding Springbrook Farms horse-drawn trolleys (right; photo by Shea Carver), there is always a lot to learn about our historic city’s past and present.

company’s farm in Leland, rotating into service a few at a time. My wife, Susan, and I recently played hooky from work to do tourist-y things for a day. Though we live downtown and see the Springbrook trolley pass our house daily, neither of us actually had taken the trip. We won’t make that mistake again. In one half hour, we learned more about our historic district—and our specific neighborhood—than we’d learned in six years of living there. John Pucci, owner of the 23-plus-year-old company, conducted our tour. A lively and knowledgeable guy, he filled the time with facts about historic structures around town and the people who inhabited them. My wife and I were fascinated by the architectural info Pucci provided. Who knew they built houses with pointy roofs so witches couldn’t land on them? We always knew downtown was full of character, but learning what each house represented was a welcome variation from the cookie-cutter suburbia with which many of us are familiar. Different styles of architecture appeared at every corner, from the traditional Victorian homes to Italianate church buildings. Each glance in a different direction revealed something new, and Pucci knew a little something about almost everything. For example, Susan and I have always admired the Verandas Bed and Breakfast at


Second and Nun, located near our house. It’s very tall, four stories, with windows reaching almost floor to ceiling throughout the structure. As it turns out, the house’s original owner, Benjamin Beery, ran a shipyard on the Cape Fear River, and built his house taller than all of the surrounding ones so he could keep tabs on his operations without leaving home. Although a sizeable number of the trolley’s passengers are tourists, locals would be remiss to not take a Springbrook tour. Though we frequent bars, restaurants or favorite shopping destinations, often we don’t think about the side streets and alleys where pirates once hid, presidents visited and citizens revolted. What Suan and I learned off the beaten path proved far more interesting. Though the route took us within a couple of blocks of our home, we saw areas of Wilmington for the first time. The streets parallel to Market, east of 3rd, are full of small cottages in the shadows of mansions—vestiges of times when servants’ quarters were commonplace and zoning laws hadn’t quite taken hold. Near Market and 5th streets, an 1860s house marks the former location of Gallows Hill, the 18th century hanging place for convicts (prominent stop on the Ghost Walk of Wilmington, as Adrian Varnam captured on page 6). Not to be upstaged by the history and architecture, the residents of this neighborhood clearly take pride in their gardening skills. The multitude of flowers and native plants complement the colorful homes perfectly. And the shoulder-high stone pillars I’ve always noticed in the neighborhood actually are surviving hitching posts. The experience opened our eyes to a neighborhood we thought we knew so well. Since taking the tour, when we stroll our streets at night, we no longer automatically head for the Cape Fear River. Who knew there was so much to learn in our own backyard? —John Hitt Tour old WilmingTon (910) 409-4300 www.TourOldWilmington.blogspot.com Tours: April 2nd - Oct. 31st Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12 At the foot of Market Street, on any sunny day, folks can see a delightful couple in full Victorian dress palely loitering. Though they may look like an apparition long dead, they are in fact Tour Old Wilmington. With the tour industry booming locally, it can be hard to set a new tour apart—to make it standout. Tour Old Wilmington specifically takes tourists through The Victorian Era of our

town from 1837 to 1901. Lori Erwin Rose and Rusty Rose conduct the 45-minute walks through downtown Wilmington’s historic district daily. “One of the other tour operators came up to us and said, ‘Finally! Somebody down here in costume,” Rusty said with a chuckle, as I tagged along on the tour a few weeks ago. “The support and camaraderie among the tour operators has been great.” From our starting point, Lori and Rusty expertly guided our group toward our first stop at the corner of Front and Market. We passed bemused tourists excited to see people in costume, especially someone as beautifully dressed as Lori. It reminded me why the Azalea Belles are so popular: A touch of whimsy from a bygone era really brings a smile. We stopped at the corner, under the roof of Finklestein’s, for some shade. Lori adjusted the cameo at her neck, smoothed her floral print skirts and launched into a little background on the founding of a city to become known as “Wilmington.” She began with the year 1524, to better help her audience understand the factors and influences leading to the Victorian period. Rusty leaned over to me: “This is really Lori’s dream,” he whispered. “She has worked very hard on this.” He’s right. One look gave away her glow, joy was eminent as she discussed the open-air market that once stood on Market Street (something many local folks are advocating a revisit to). It became obvious that both Rusty and Lori love history. They volunteer as docents at the Bellamy Mansion on Thursdays, and Lori extends her help to the Latimer House as well. As we began our approach up Third Street, her excitement bubbled over. She began explaining, to my surprise, that several of the other houses nearby had belonged to relatives of the Latimer family. Her portrayal of the trials and tribulations that the people faced, some well into the 20th century, came to life, and tugged at the heart strings. Lori held back tears while recounting the story about a family of slaves who were almost split up and auctioned off separately, only to be saved at the last minute by Mrs. Latimer. Mrs. Latimer forewent the crown molding in her house so she would have the money to buy the family and keep them together. We continued down Orange to Front to pause in front of the Roudabush building. The seedier side of our Port City was unveiled as Lori, dressed as a genteel young lady in a hoop skirt and high-necked blouse, described the business workings behind brothels and their prominence in port cities worldwide. She looked so proper, I almost didn’t believe she would be privy to such knowledge! With a

ErAS oF YorE: Tour Old Wilmington is newest to the local tourscape, featuring information about our area during the Victorian period. Photo courtesy of Gwenyfar Rohler.

calm, professional manner she explained how brothel tokens were sold to sailors as soon as their ships docked. The tokens were redeemed for a bowl of food and an evening sure to satiate their appetites. As we worked our way back toward Water Street, Lori unfurled the fan she had been carrying and began to demonstrate “The Language of The Fan”—or how to flirt with no one knowing. She batted her eyelashes above its edges, looking for all the world like Melanie Wilkes from “Gone with The Wind.” The Horse Drawn Carriage rumbled down the ballast stone street behind Lori as she signaled to Rusty, with her fan, that he was being watched. The ambiance was complete. I bid the beautiful lady and her beau farewell, walked back into the present-day reality of car exhaust and fast-paced technology, longing for the glamorous world Lori and Rusty had brought to life for an hour. They provided an entertaining walk through Wilmington with an easy, enveloping approach—something we could all use a little more of these days. More can be expected of the duo, too, as Lori has been putting together a tour of the Cotton Exchange, which will be available soon. More information—and coupons—will be posted to the Web site, too!—Gwenyfar Rohler HAunTEd PuB CrAWl (910) 794-1866 Patrons must be 21 or over. www.hauntedwilmington.com Tours vary monthly; July and Aug, Tues. - Sat., 7:30pm Tickets: $15 It’s tempting to use the “one too many” excuse to explain that shadowy figure or sud-

den chill in a century-old bar. Here in Wilmington, where legends run wild and the dead still exist among the living, it’s a fair assumption that any spooked pub patron of downtown is probably not just seeing things (no matter how many drinks were consumed). For decades, the Haunted Pub Crawl has successfully combined two of the livings’ favorite pasttimes: drinking and ghost stories. Terrifying tales of those who passed away (but never passed on) are told in great detail along the two-and-a-half hour walking tour, taking guests back as far as the 18th century. Beginning under the high ceilings and cafe lights of Fat Tony’s and ending in the dark alleys of the Blue Post, the pub crawl has been a longtime to-do for tourists and residents alike. The tour’s popular Web site is littered with pictures sent in by former crawlers, each claiming to capture a supernatural image of mysterious lights, shadows and unexplained figures. With each stop, the costumed guide sets his group loose on the bartender to round up their favorite drinks before calling everyone in with a booming voice: “Storytime, folks!” Clutching their glasses, the crowd listens with wide eyes, as tales are told of gruesome deaths, mysterious sightings and chilling encounters. The recount of a mischievous sailor has touched so many residents that shivering patrons are sure to pay their respects as they quickly exit the bar. Another story comes with a warning for any weak stomachs and proceeds to conjure a legend so famous that gasps are quickly heard throughout the bar. The revelation of the notorious slasher’s name and his connection with Wilmington is the shock of the night. The final stop on the crawl will make most men in the crowd think twice about visiting the bathroom, opting instead to hold it until they find the nearest bush. Throughout the night, the most striking element of the tour comes after hearing how wild Wilmington once was. The town we know today as a friendly vacation spot, filled with farmers markets, festivals and beach culture, practically didn’t exist. Instead, vicious pirates, violent madames, and merciless murderers roamed the streets. The tour guide laughingly tells the crowd how rare it once was to see police near the docks at night, and what would likely become of the poor officer who dared make the visit. As patrons of the Haunted Pub Crawl weave through crowds of clacking heels, backward baseballs caps and thumping music, they are not far from their next reminder of the lawless history of the old Port City—and a possible encounter with those who didn’t survive. —Lauren Hodges encore | july 21-27 , 2010 | www.encorepub.com 


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iving on a beautiful coast, surrounded by the bounty of the sea, we can easily take for granted the valuable resource of tourism, commerce and, of course, fresh seafood. Scott Baker, of NC Sea Grant—picture the Agricultural Co-operative Extension but for fishermen instead of farmers—now works with a program called “Brunswick Catch” (www.Brunswickcatch. com). Through promotion and education, Brunswick Catch wants to create a groundswell of public demand and respect for locally harvested seafood. Fishermen face a difficult set of circumstances: Their equipment is expensive to buy and maintain. Rising fuel costs affect the cost of taking their vessels out and moving their catch to its final destination. Everything they catch has to be iced and is highly perishable. Low-priced imports are hard to compete with—even if working with a superior product. Add to it the public’s fear of eating contaminated seafood, a la the Gulf spill, and the issue becomes more imperative.. Baker has long-term hopes for Brunswick Catch launching something similar to the highly successful Walking Fish Community Supported Fisheries Project, which connects fishermen from Carteret Catch (based in Carteret County) with fresh seafood lovers in the Durham area. Essentially, it works just like a CSA (community supported agriculture share): At the beginning of the season, a family buys a membership or share upfront, and at regular intervals (weekly or bi-weekly), they

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receive their pre-paid food—in this case, fresh seafood. The fishermen and farmers have money up front to address capital expenditures and maintenance, as well as the guarantee of a market for their products at a fair price. Selling retail cuts out the middleman and increases the profit for the producer. The prices at Walking Fish are very reasonable for a weekly supply of guaranteed fresh seafood: A 10 week share of two pounds of filleted fish and shellfish is $136 or $6.80 a pound. Weekly options include flounder, shrimp, spot, drum and clams. The questions remains: What would it take to make that happen here? “People have to ask for it,” Baker responds. “Until our fishermen know people want it, will pay for it and [have confidence that] it will work, it’s not going to happen.” Baker encourages people to ask for local seafood when purchasing retail or in a restaurant. Baker says we need to see “more restaurants promoting it, because it’s good for business and the public asks for it.” Brunswick Catch’s Web site also helps educate the eating public about seasonal goods—what’s best during spring, fall, winter and summer. The brief tutorial gives reassurance of knowing where their seafood has come from, what its carbon footprint is, and that its purchase keeps people employed in our local economy. Not bad for $6.80 a pound. I myself would like to go on record as saying:

FRESH CATCH: Brunswick Catch is trying to get afoot but needs support from the fresh-seafood-buying public. Want to support the CSA? Tell us on encore’s Facebook page. Stock photo.

core’s Facebook page and post it. We’ll direct all postings to Brunswick Catch.] Our seafood and fishermen are too valuable not to support.

“I will happily buy the first member share in a Community Supported Fishery Project here.” [editor’s note: Others who want to show support for the cause should go onto en-

Gwenyfar is the author of “The Promise of Peanuts: A real-life fairy tale of a man, a village, and the promise that bound them together.” Available at www.OldbooksonFrontSt.com. Profits benefit Jock Brandis’ life-changing work.

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emp Burdette, executive director of Cape Fear River Watch, Inc., sings Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World” to mark the return of striped bass, herring, shad and sturgeon to North Carolina’s largest river basin. Thanks to the tough-minded work of Burdette, riverkeeper Doug Springer, development director Carrie Frohling and other dedicated staff, board members and volunteers, the Cape Fear River will once again teem with fish, adding over $5 million per year to the local economy in the near future. This kind of hard work has earned Cape Fear River Watch (CFRW) encore’s Best Environmental Nonprofit in the Wilmington area for two years running. Working closely with scientists at the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, CFRW has helped to persuade the federal government to award the US Army Corps of Engineers $12 million to build the first rock ramp fish passage over locks and dams that have dramatically decreased the striped bass and other anadromous fish in the Cape Fear Fiver. Anadromous fish, including striped bass, sturgeon, shad and herring, spend most of their lives in salt water, but need to spawn in the fresh water of unpolluted rivers. Striped bass are a hugely popular game fish, and small-size shad and herring are important bait for other game fish like drum, trout and flounder. According to Burdette, a former Fulbright scholar and Peace Corps volunteer, three locks and dams were built by the Corps of Engineers at the beginning of the 1900s. While these dams make the river navigable for more than a 100 miles, provide protection from flood waters, and impound drinking water, their design is not fish-friendly and has decreased populations by 90 percent. “Restoration of the striped bass fishery in the Cape Fear River basin could be the greatest success story of restoring any fishery on the east coast of the United States,” Burdette says. “This initiative will set a precedent in our region and obtain an outcome where business, local government, regional economy, the environment, and quality of life are all embraced.” The Cape Fear River Watch has taken strides to extract help from local, state and federal agencies. “Our goal is to insure that funds are allocated to the state of North Carolina to initiate and complete rock ramp fish passages before our window of opportunity to restore fish populations is lost,” Burdette informs. “A united community will send a

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PADDLE BOUND: Kemp Burdette (left), executive director of the Cape Fear River Watch, leads a group of paddlers onto open water. Photo courtesy of Burdette.

clear message to our state and federal governments that we are standing up for this important cause and that they need to clearly understand the issue of what is at stake for our nation and North Carolina.” So what does it take to unite a community

“Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea / Joy to you and me.” —Three Dog Night effort? Let’s look at some numbers: This past year, CFRW educated 850 people at first Saturday seminars and 570 eighth graders in our schools; 105 City of Wilmington personnel attended storm-water workshops to understand how to reduce business and residential pollutants from entering the river. With the help of 270 volunteers, the CFRW removed 12,000 pounds of trash from Greenfield Lake, Burnt Mill Creek, and islands in the river. They also cleared 1,400 pounds of invasive plants from Greenfield Lake. The total time spent by volunteers equals out to 1,000 hours.

Many of CFRW’s volunteers enjoy the recreation offered by Greenfield, a 90-acre, cypressringed lake just minutes from downtown Wilmington. This hidden ecological gem features five miles of paved walking/biking paths, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre, and picnic areas surrounded by massive tree-high azalea gardens. CFRW works with Wilmington Parks and Recreation to protect and restore the lake’s ecology. Greenfield Lake manager Scott Whitham operates a small boat house, renting paddle boats, canoes and kayaks by the hour. Obviously, CFRW wants to improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin (all of the Wilmington area) through education, advocacy and action. “Everything we do,” Burdette explains, “we hold up to that mission.” Burdette recently attended Clean Water Lobby Day in Raleigh to encourage the state to take a close scientific look at how much water is available in all of North Carolina’s 17 river basins. Together, with other concerned citizens, Burdette asked legislators to answer a very tough question: How much water can be taken out for drinking water and industry, and still leave enough to have a sound eco-system and a thriving habitat for fish? The Water Allocation Study Bill assures that scientists give water allocations a sound bill of health. “Some people don’t think in the long-term,” Burdette said. “They think in the short-term. They don’t understand that if you destroy a well or aquifer today, it’s very difficult to ever get that back.” Burdette spends hours at Stop Titan meetings, as he’s convinced that the cement company would do major damage to our eco-system that could never be undone. “Titan is offering 160 jobs now,” he says. “But in the long run, they would cause major harm to air quality, water quality, wildlife and to the whole aesthetic value of our area. And I don’t think 160 jobs are worth it. I sure don’t think that we should pay them to come here and do all that damage. So we’ve got to stop them.” What can like-minded people do? Call CFRW at 910-762-5606 and come to one of their firstSaturday seminars. Join CFRW for a paddle and get to know the river. Go online to www. cfrw.us, and read about the wonderful work (and fun) of being a volunteer. Donate to the Cape Fear Striper Foundation (funds go only to fish restoration), or become a member and support the whole effort.

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

LEAD STORY While the morbidly obese struggle with their health (and society’s scorn), those who eroticize massive weight gain are capturing increased attention, according to a July ABC News report. Commercial and personal websites give full-bellied “gainers,” such as New Jerseyan Donna Simpson, and their admiring “feeders” the opportunity to express themselves. Simpson became a 602-pound media sensation in March, when she began offering pay-per-view video of herself to an audience of horny feeders. Wrote another gainer-blogger, “Lately, I’ve been infatuated with the physics of my belly ... how it moves with me.” When he leans to one side, he wrote, “I feel a roll form around my love handle.” One sex researcher called it a “metaphor of arousal.” In the end, though, as a medical school professor put it, “The fetish may be in our heads, but the plaque is going to be in (their) arteries.”

worldwide), announced recently that it would sponsor a companion egg and sperm bank for its members to sell their essences for a fee. However, as managing director Greg Hodge told Newsweek in June, homely customers were welcome. “Initially, we hesitated to widen the offering to non-beautiful people. But everyone including ugly people would like to bring good-looking children into the world, and we can’t be selfish ....” The video company EA Sports sells sports games based on real-life professional leagues, with its biggest moneymaker “Madden NFL 11,” which allows joystick-using “coaches” to compete with each other based on actual pro football players’ abilities. In June, EA Sports announced a new touch of realism: Just as football teams “scout” opposing players, EA Sports will sell joystickers complex “scouting reports” on the talents and tendencies of their fellow joystickers.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit! The dating website BeautifulPeople.com, supposedly limiting its reach only to the attractive (though claiming 600,000 members

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adjusted, since a car crash 20 years ago, to her anterograde amnesia, which, every day, robs her of short-term memory, forcing her to constantly re-learn her life. According to a June profile in London’s Daily Mail, that includes Ian’s convincing her that the stranger in her bed every morning is her husband, which he does by showing her their wedding photographs. An April National Geographic TV special tracked “Silvano,” an Italian man for whom sleep is almost impossible. He has “fatal familial insomnia,” making him constantly exhausted, and doctors believe he will eventually fall into a fatal dementia. Only 40 families in the world are believed to carry the FFI gene. Cleverest Non-Humans: Wild elephants recently rampaged through parts of Bangladesh, and according to the head of the country’s Wildlife Trust, those super-intelligent animals “are quick to learn human strategies.” For example, he pointed to reports that elephants (protecting their migration corridors) routinely swipe torches from hunters and hurl them not randomly but directly at the hunters’ homes. Recent research on the “cat virus” (toxoplasma gondii) acknowledges that, to be viable, the virus must be passed in rodent feces but can only be hosted in a cat’s stomach and thus that the “toxo” somehow tricks the rodents to overcome their natural fear of cats and instead, amazingly, to entice cats to eat them. Scientists are now studying whether, when human dopamine goes haywire, such as with schizophrenia, a toxoplasma-gondii-type phenomenon is at work. The Trials of the Cricket-Sex Researcher: Biologists from Britain’s Exeter University who set out to study the sexual behavior of field crickets in a meadow in northern Spain reported in June that they set up 96 cameras and microphones to cover a population of 152 crickets that they individually identified with tiny, numbered placards on their backs (after DNA-swabbing each one). Publishing in the journal Science, they claimed the study is important in helping us understand how “climate change” will affect habitats. Career Downgrades In May, Jim Janson, a 20-year veteran “carny” (who ran the games of chance at Canada’s traveling Bill Lynch Shows), graduated from the law school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has set out on his new calling. Downgrade Cut Short: Eduardo Arrocha, whom News of the Weird mentioned in 2008 when he was “Eak the Geek,” the “Pain-Proof Man” at New York’s Coney Island Sideshow (eating light bulbs, putting his tongue in a mousetrap),

completed his first-year studies at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan but decided not to return and said he would concentrate on publishing his poetry. Fine Points of the Law Things looked grim for Carlos SimonTimmerman, arrested by U.S. border agents in Puerto Rico while bringing an “underage-sex” video home from a holiday in Mexico. The star of “Little Lupe the Innocent” looked very young, and federal prosecutors in April called an “expert witness” pediatrician, who assured the jury, based on the girl’s underdevelopment, that she was a minor. However, Simon-Timmerman’s lawyer had located “Lupe” via her website, and she cheerfully agreed to fly in from her home in Spain with her passport and other documents to prove, at a dramatic point in the trial, that she was 19 when the video was made. Simon-Timmerman was acquitted. Least Competent Criminals Questionable Judgments: Austin, Texas, police issued an arrest warrant in June for Jose Romero, who they say robbed a Speedy Stop clerk after demanding money and menacingly pointing to his waistband, which held a caulking gun. Steven Kyle took about $75,000 worth of merchandise from Cline Custom Jewelers in Edmonds, Wash., in June, but as he left the store, employees shouted to passers-by, several of whom began to chase Kyle. Almost immediately, Kyle dropped his gun and the jewelry and fell to the ground exhausted. (Kyle later revealed that he had only one lung.) Thinning the Herd Police in Houston said the man killed when he drove his 18-wheeler into a freeway pillar on July 6 was part of a two-man scheme to defraud an auto insurance company. Police said it was the other man who was originally scheduled to drive but that, citing the “danger,” he (wisely) backed out. Inmate Carlos Medina-Bailon, 30, who was awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges in El Paso, Texas, escaped in July by hiding in the jail’s garbage-collection system. Medina-Bailon’s body was found later the same day under mounds of trash in a landfill. Armed and Clumsy (all new!) Men Who Accidentally Shot Themselves Recently: Robert Stewart, 55, a police academy instructor, during class (Liberty Township, Ohio, April). Lazaro Flores, 50, practicing quick-draw at his girlfriend’s house (Cape Coral, Fla., January). Michael Webb, 22, showing friends how to disarm a gunman (Camp Lejeune, N.C., February). Michael Randall Jr., 19, outside a convenience store, preparing to rob it (Athens, Ga., December). Vincent Medina, 19, waistband-as-holster mismanagement (hit in the groin) (Fontana, Calif., June). Brandon Boyce, 24, waistband-as-holster mismanagement (hit in the groin) (Omaha, Neb., July).


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

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

Bigger and Better! Acme Art Studios The Art Box Bottega Gallery & Art Bar Burchetta Glassblowing Studio Caffe’ Phoenix Caprice Bistro Chandler’s Wharf Galleries Clay Goddess Studio Creations By Justine Emily Parker Jewelry Studio Golden Gallery Groove Jet Salon & Art Space Hassler’s Expo

indigosilver Photography Studio Love Bird Art & Design The Loft New Elements Gallery The Opera Room & Gallery Paralellogram Port City Pottery River to Sea Gallery & Framing Una Luna World Gallery Wilmington Art Gallery Wilmington Wine Shoppe Wilmington Wine, 605 Castle WHQR Gallery

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Charged and Ready to Rock! The sultry Grace Potter returns with her band, the Noturnals

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ince their debut album only five years ago, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (GPN) have gone from soulful Vermont festival darlings to full-fledged throw-back rock stars. With an enormous stadium-ready sound—thanks in part to the power and dynamic charisma of Potter herself—to subtle and intricate nuanced musicianship, GPN have taken their humble New England beginnings to the national stage. Now, with the 2010 summer release of their newest record, a self-titled tour de force from Hollywood Records, GPN may have found the right mix to take the band to unprecedented heights. “This record is the first time it’s really been us,” Potter reveals in the band’s press release. “The first time we’ve all found each other and ourselves. Everybody was totally comfortable, everything we had was sitting right in front of us, and it just poured out of us. The whole thing was fluid and effortless. In my mind, an album shouldn’t be self-titled unless it feels that way.” Produced by Mark Batson (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band), Grace Potter and the Nocturnals not only highlights the expanded line-up with newest members Catherine Popper and Benny Yurco, but successfully captures the range and dynamic of the band’s sound. From Stones-y dirty rockers to unapologetic funk and R&B, the ambitious 14-track release is almost an amalgamation of the band’s influences, both collectively and individually. “We had a stylistic epiphany,” Potter goes on to say. “We realized we’re not the kind of band that’s ever gonna fit neatly in one genre,

by: Adrian Varnam

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Also playing: Blues and Lasers July 22nd, 7 p.m. • $20-$25 Soapbox Laundro Lounge • 255 N. Front St. www.gracepotter.com and this time we just let the songs be the songs. We just naturally wound up playing them in a certain way—they all have that beat to them, a physicality and a mood. You have to either want to dance to it or cry to it. But there’s also a feistiness to these songs that’s completely unapologetic.” Courageous as it may be, the bubbling effect of GPN certainly isn’t a new concept for the band. With the beautiful and charismatic Potter out front, leading with a prodigious singing voice and unparalleled energy on keyboards and guitar, GPN have had years together to hone their sound. Making a name for themselves playing a couple hundred gigs a year on the jam-band festival circuit, they broke through to national acclaim with their 2007 release, “This Is Somewhere.” Singles such as “Apologies,” “Falling or Flying” and “Ah, Mary” helped gain them a whole new audience thanks to incessant radio and television play. (Potter herself appeared in locally produced “One Tree Hill,” even.) Riding the wave of success while continuing to perform to increasingly larger audiences, GPN spent the last two years prepar-

NOCTURNAL SOUNDS: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals return to Wilmington, with their high-energy showmanship coming to light at the Soapbox, downtown Wilmington. Photo by Adrien Broom.

ing themselves for what would become their third release on Hollywood Records. Today, after adding the aforementioned Popper and Yurco to fill out the line-up and a new collection of music, the band seems charged, refreshed and prepared for wherever the music takes them. “Every record you make, you always say, ‘This is the one,’” drummer Matt Burr says. “But with this lineup we’ve cracked the code. . . . The journey has culminated with this record. We’ve all matured as musicians, and Benny and Catherine have made a huge difference. We have the dream lineup, the dream sound,

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the dream producer—the whole family now is officially there.” Although the lifetime of this band may be relatively short since their start only six years ago, they have toured relentlessly, building a fanbase the old-fashioned way, and emptying the tank at every performance. True to the adage that hard work does, in fact, pay off, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are beginning to see the rewards of their labor. “With this record we feel like we’re finally there, after a long struggle,” Potter says. “It’s like the song ‘Oasis,’ which is about slogging through the desert, feeling like you’re completely lost, with no end to the road and very little hope. I wrote it as advice to myself to keep on walking, because in the middle of the desert, there might be an oasis—and that’s what we’ve actually found.”


Back to the Roots:

Cape Fear Blues Society hosts 15th annual festival

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he blues: a mournful and melancholy genre of music, which dates back to its deep South origins mostly among African-American folk music. It is slow in rhythm—the turtle rather than the hare. It chooses to dwell and linger in its notes, not pounce or skip over them. It is soul and spirit as the 19th century negro workers created it to be. Today, in a completely different age and period, the Cape Fear Blues Society (CFBS) reminisces the long, unwinding history of rhythm and blues in a defiant act of blues preservation and celebration: the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival. Commemorating 15 years of tradition in the Wilmington area, this year the society is stepping up its game in a continuous three-day jam extravaganza, offering a variety of blues bands. Like bass guitarist of the local outfit The Dynamic Therm-O-Tones, Arthur Brown, said, “The roots of blues basically can be found in all forms of music. Although the lyrics and words may change, because dialects change, people relate to the same thing that the blues offers.” Kicking off Friday, July 23rd, with a splash aboard the Henrietta III, mood music will set calm currents on the dock at 5 p.m., provided by “Spider” Mike Bochey, an old-school finger-pickin’ folk musician. The two-hour excursion takes off with a trio of three bands, three decks and three cash bars, featuring Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton and Band, Dusty Long & Friends, and Rick Tobey, all of whom start the jam session by playing acoustic blues at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $49. At 9 p.m. The Dynamic Therm-O-Tones join the fray downtown at The Rusty Nail (located at 1310 South 5th Street), lending their upbeat R&B that blues-rooted Arthur Brown, also vice president of the CFBS, noted is “what I grew up on.” As the originator of the band, Brown regards The Dynamic Therm-O Tones’ as an “advanced” band. “It is steadily evolving,” he said. “We can see the blues implemented in different forms of music.” On Saturday, July 24th, a blues workshop, given by artist Theresa Blue takes place at Finkelstein Music on 6 South Front Street. The Virginia blues queen is known for her husky, bluegrass and blues vocals. With a

by: Lisa Huynh

Cape Fear Blues Festival July 23rd-25th Henrietta III: Blues Cruise Fri., 7/23, 7 p.m. • $49 Legion Stadium Sat., 7/24, noon • $12 The Rusty Nail Nightly shows • free Finkelstein Music Sat., 7/24, 11 a.m. • Blues Workshop • free periences with these kids,” he noted. Arthur Brown also believes in the importance of youth participation, if only to carry on the blues tradition and its importance as a genre. “We [at CFBS] are trying to promote young people to get involved in blues,” he said, “because if we don’t, blues will eventually die. Our jams have seen a lot of young people come in; they bring their own twist.” Advance tickets to the Saturday show are $12 per person and $15 at the gate. Listeners

FULL PLATE OF BLUES: Mac Arnold and his band, Full Plate of Blues, will headline the Legion Stadium show on Saturday.

resonating mesh, she sings about life’s little quirks and trials, with a soul oddly reminiscent of early Aretha Franklin. At noon, gates open for the main event. The festival concert takes place at Legion Stadium, featuring headliners Mac Arnold & Plate Full ‘O Blues, as well as Jen & Tonic, Blind Lemon Pledge, Tampa Blue, and the society’s own Cape Fear Blues Jam Band. Following their creed, “Bring your instruments and ears. We’ll do the rest!”, the open-to-all jam band is made up of volunteers ranging in different styles, techniques, instruments and experience. Sponsored by CFBS, they all gather in The Rusty Nail each Tuesday night at 8 p.m. until midnight to hone their skills. Pete Durso, a member of the Cape Fear Blues Society, has been a regular runner of the weekly show for 15 years and describes the jam band as a family-oriented event. “[It’s] a place to play and enjoy a very nonjudgmental hang-out every week,” Durso explained. “[It’s great to] be a part of the group.” Attracting a mixture of locals and tourists, Durso appreciates and encourages youth involvement at every jam session. “I’ve had some of the most fun and most satisfying ex-

can bring lawn chairs or blankets; food, beverages, and kids activities will also be available. The night will end at The Rusty Nail, with the classic blues, rock, rockabilly and country band Ten Dollar Thrill playing their signature rustic, retro sound, primarily influenced by the Chicago Blues of the 1950s. Finally, the last day of the weekend festival will be an all-day Blues Jam at Legion Stadium, where the audience and artists collapse in one event, enjoying the finest musicians that the region has to offer. Admission is free, and the the drawing for a big Guitar Giveaway, sponsored by Finkelstein Music, will be at 6 p.m.; raffle tickets will be sold throughout the weekend. Fifteen years in the making, the Cape Fear Blues Jam Festival continues to celebrate, promote and voice the true melody of the blues. “I think that the blues will always be here because your problem is maybe not important to me, but it is important to you, and someone out there is already experiencing it and putting it into [song],” Brown explained. “Listening to blues is like listening to someone telling your own life story.”

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Mature Funk:

Karl Denson brings his seasoned Tiny Universe to Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

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arl Denson is no stranger to funk. Throughout his musical career, he’s had the opportunity to work with artists like Lenny Kravitz, Marc Ford and Switchfoot. However, his current passion? Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (KDTU), a band focused on layering grooves and beats with instruments from all music groups: strings, percussion, wind, brass... Comprised of Denson on vocals, tenor sax, alto sax and flute, guitarist Brian Jordan, bassist Ron Johnson, David Veith on the keyboard, trumpet player Chris Littlefield and drummer John Staten, KDTU has become known to their audiences as performers with a magnetic stage presence. Their kaleidoscopic sound does nothing short of captivate music lovers from all genres. Formed in 1998, the group has been making a name for itself while having a plethora of different labels thrown at them. While not many have been successful classifying their music genre, upon first listen, tinges of the jazz come through, as the brass family of instruments perk up the composition. The flute trills and smooth voice of Denson agree. Other tracks, like “Mighty Rebel,” have a Bob Marley sound—thanks to a relaxing saxophone—while some give off an indie

by: Madison Kiger

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Also on the bill: Randall Bramblett July 23rd • Gates: 6 p.m. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Tickets: $20-$25 http://karldensonstinyuniverse.com vibe, relying heavily on the guitar and vocals. Like many great bands, KDTU doesn’t stick to a specific mold, which is partly what makes them so unique and beloved by many. Before helping form KDTU, Denson played a four-year stint in 1989 with Lenny Kravitz. It wasn’t until ’92 that Denson began his solo career, churning out four jazz records: Blackened Red Snapper, Herbal Turkey Breast, Chunky Pecan Pie and Baby Food. The records not only display Denson’s prowess as a saxophonist but also as a composer. In 1994, Denson left Lenny Kravitz’s band to pursue his own vision. He then formed the Greyboy Allstars. A combination of dance, jazz and groove music, the Greyboy Allstars were synonymous with

musical prowess: Karl Denson awes with ground-breaking saxophone skills. Catch his groove this Friday. Photo courtesy of artist.

party music. Soon after, the blend of hiphop, R&B and blues became the basis for KDTU. Since, Denson has volleyed back and forth between touring with the band and playing with Kravitz. KDTU released their first album The Bridge in 2002. Comparisons to Curtis Mayfield and James Brown ran strong among critics. The band went on to release a second album, Brother’s Keeper, in ‘09. Both received praise, commending the band on their ability to stay true to their fan base while still experimenting on new sonic territory. In a review, Thom Jurek, of The AllMusic Blog (http://blog.allmusic.com), sums up the intensity of KDTU’s newest album: “This is the work of a mature musician and thinker, and one that bears repeated

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listening because there is so much in this heady brew, it’s impossible to take in all these killer grooves in one sitting.” The enthralling stage presence of KDTU beckons the attention of any one who enjoys the funk. Surprises also turn up at every show. At a performance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, KDTU covered numerous Michael Jackson songs, even going as far as dressing up as the late pop star. To say it keeps them on top may be an understatement. In an interview with Paul C. Doyle Jr. of The Vermont Review, Denson reflects on what it takes to make a successful band. “Everybody’s really strong in their own way,” he says. “So we’ve been just working hard at learning to play together. I think that’s really the big part. Everybody plays their own style of music well, so now you’re bringing them into a different style of music and then they have to learn how to play together. So that’s the trick.”


soundboard

a preview of tunes all over town this week

WEDNESDAY, jUlY 21 BiBis ellisOn and tim BlacK —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 dJ Freddy/KaraOKe (cOuntry) —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 Open mic w/ sean gerard (9pm) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Jeremy nOrris —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 ZyryaB —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 dJ p. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 marK herBert & gaBrielle —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St. dJ time —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington Open mic w/ gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 rOn rOnner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Bangarang w/ lOrd walrus & sir nicK Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

KaraOKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 KaraOKe w/ dJ BiKer rOB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 BareFOOt creeK —Dick’s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794 act ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 FOrtch (6pm-10pm) —Greg Norman’s; 4930 Hwy 17, N. Myrtle Bch., 843-361-0000 Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 pianO shOw —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 eric and carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 nutt hOuse imprOv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KaraOKe with BOB claytOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880

LIVE MUSIC Verandah Cafe Terrace Thursdays - 7-10pm

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wed 7.14

karaoke night thurs 7.15

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dj richtermeister fri 7.16

cool kid collective sat 7.17

live music with

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Friday., July 23

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James Jarvis & Friends (7pm-8pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Open mic night —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 dJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 dJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KaraOKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Jim ashley —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

THURSDAY, jUlY 22

KaraOKe KOng —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 KaraOKe w/ dJ steve —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 dJ eyecOn —Mansion on Market; 6317 Market St., 395-5028 dJ Big daddy (cOuntry) —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288

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acOustic duO (7-10), Brett JOhnsOn’s Jam (10-?) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 dJ dOn’t stOp —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 rOn dallas (7pm-10pm) —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 dJ stretch —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Open mic w/ gary allen —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 dJ dane Britt —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 Fried lOt —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 dJ greg —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St. Open mic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 dJ Be extreme KaraOKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269

Saturday, July 31

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miKe O’dOnnell —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Open mic night —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 live music —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 dJ —Flat Eddie’s; 5400 Oleander Dr., 799-7000 KaraOKe w/ lOri Beth —Griff’s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 tOp 40 dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Organix —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 FranKie allen —Dick’s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794 Open mic w/ Jeremy nOrris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 grace pOtter and the nOcturnals —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 FOrrest taBOr —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900

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liquid platinum —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 sacred circle —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 FOrtch (6pm-10pm) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 sea pans (On the verandah terrace) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 tOm nOOnan and Jane hOuseal —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 the travelers —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 Organix —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 FOOls On sunday (11pm) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 dJ ced —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 Family KaraOKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707

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DJ RichteRmeisteR —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 tom RhoDes —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 James JaRvis & FRienDs (7pm-8pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ compose —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 nutt stReet open mic —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 classy KaRaoKe with manDy clayton —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 KaRaoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 DJ “mR lee� —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 FiReDance & DRums @ DaRK, DJ mit psytRance (11pm) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KaRaoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 machine Gun —Carolina Beach Boardwalk; 910-458-8434

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KaRaoKe KonG —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 melvin anD sayeR —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 latino niGht with DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ scooteR FResh —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ stRetch —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 RoBBie BeRRy —Southpaw Sports Bar, 123 Princess St.;338-1886 DJ ceD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 open mic niGht —Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 DJ countRy —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 DJ hooD —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ Be Dance paRty —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 Ron etheRiDGe & Jason woolwine —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 DJ time —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJ —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

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MONDAY All Pizzas $5 in the bar after 5pm 22oz Domestic Draft $200 TUESDAY Live Jazz in the Bar Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • PaciďŹ co $2.50 WEDNESDAY Corona\Corona Light $250 Margarita\Peach Margaritas $4 Miller Light Bottles $150 THURSDAY Gran Martinis $7 • Red Stripe $250 FRIDAY Cosmos $4 • 007 $350 Harps bottles $250 Island Sunsets $5 SATURDAY Baybreeze\Seabreeze $4 22oz Blue Moon Draft $3 Select domestic bottles $150 SUNDAY Domestic Draft Pints $150 Bloody Marys $4 White Russians $4 LIVE MUSIC Thurs. July 22nd THE TRAVELERS Fri. July 27th DIXIELAND ALLSTARS 5564 Carolina Beach Rd 452-1212

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DJ —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 DJ —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 KaRaoKe with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 KaRaoKe w/ DJ val —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 myKel BaRBee —Surf’s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 FoRtch (8pm-11pm) —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 KaRl Denson’s tiny univeRse —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Daniel paRish —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 nose RiDeRs —Buffalo Wild Wings, Monkey Junction; 392-7224 cyRus GouDRazi —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 RoD & toDD —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 ten DollaR thRill —Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 Root soul pRoJect —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Jesse stocKton —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433

blueDog : joins The Connells July 24th at Kefi to benefit The Boys and Girls Club no DollaR shoes —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 uv (u2 tRiBute BanD) —Downtown Sundown; riverfront downtown, 763-7349 staRDust (Jazz 6-8pm) —Bellamy Mansion; 503 Market St., 251-3700 the BiBis ellison BanD —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff;2569133 Beach Billy BRos. —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133



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the mullets â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 Jam sanDwich, DJ Dane BRitt â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Beach House Bar â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 the unmentionaBles â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794 sai collins â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839

Your Downtown Sports Pub! MONDAY $10 Bud/Light Buckets $4 Jack Daniels â&#x20AC;˘ $3 Capt. Morgan TUESDAY $1 Tacos 4-7pm â&#x20AC;˘ $3 sauza $15 margarita pitchers $3 Mexican Beers $5 Top Shelf Tequila â&#x20AC;˘ $7 Patron WEDNESDAY $3 Pints (10 Drafts) $5 Jager Bombs â&#x20AC;˘ $2 wells THURSDAY Mug Night $2 Domestic Drafts w/HK MUG $5 Bombers â&#x20AC;˘ $4 Jim Beam $3 pinnacle flavored vodkas $3.50 MicroBrews FRIDAY $3 Select Draft â&#x20AC;˘ $4 Fire Fly Shooters $5 Red Bull Vodka SATURDAY $2.50 Miller Lt or Yuengling Draft $8 Pitcher â&#x20AC;˘ $3 Kamikaze $4 Well Drinks SUNDAY $2.50 Bud/Light Draft $8 Pitcher â&#x20AC;˘ $5 Crown Royal $4 Bloody Mary 1/2 priced select appetizers m-f 4-7pm CATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH MLB EXTRA INNINGS ON 10 HDTVs and HD big screen Your Team - Every Game, Every DAY 118 Princess St â&#x20AC;˘ (910)763-4133

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LIVE MUSIC FROM MIKE Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;DONNELL $ 2 Domestic Bottles, â&#x20AC;˘ $275 Import Bottles, $ 3 Rum and Coke '3*%":

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Damona Waits, Wax Lips â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 GirLs, Guns & GLory â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 Johnnie acoustic â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 DanieL parish â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385 (at the Mad Boar Restaurant), 285-8888 Vince martin (comeDian) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 sonia LeiGh â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 mako â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mayfaire Music on the Town, Mayfaire Town Center

Saturday, july 24 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ p. money â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 iamhuman â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ stretch, LiVe Jam With Benny hiLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Trebenzioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 cLassy karaoke With manDy cLayton â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 DJ scooter Fresh â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206

piano shoW â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington susan saVia (12-2pm) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Aubrianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 BiBis anD BLack â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Costelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Beach & shaG niGht â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ronnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, 6745-B Market St.; 228-8056 karaoke â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Griffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 karaoke â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 LiVe country music â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 karaoke With BoB cLayton â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 roBBie Berry â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Smileys Tavern, 723 N. 4th Street; 399-1669 GLoria spiLLers â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Jerry poWeLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

LiVe Bait â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Buffalo Wild Wings, Monkey Junction; 392-7224 souL poWer posse, DJ Dane Britt â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Beach House Bar â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 orGanix â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 trainWreck â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Big Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Saloon; 6745-B Market St. craiG thompson â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Riverfront Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market; Water St. Wilmington Fortch (6pm-10pm) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Thai Grill, 13500 NC HWY 50 #107, Holly Ridge; 329-4424 FreD FLynn anD the stones â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 mike & Forrest â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Da hoWLies â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 BaG oF toys, sai coLLins, the casuaL kinGs, ian hoLLinGsWorth â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 ranDy mcQuay â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Holiday Inn Resort (Gabbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 the necessary BanD â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 the unmentionaBLes â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794

5001 Market Street

DanieL parish â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 Vince martin (comeDian) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 mike oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;DonneLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 soFa kinG nauGhties â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 karaoke W/ DJ VaL â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Katyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 poWeLL & parker Duo â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385 (at the Mad Boar Restaurant), 285-8888 the conneLLs & BLueDoG (BeneFit) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 enD oF the Line â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 nothinGton, museum mouth, BLackList royaLs, mourninG is For suckers, niGhts on Fire â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DouG haLLock anD Broken (7pm) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Blend; 5226 S. College Rd. Unit 8, 799-8899 FLanneL reBeLLion â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 key Lime pie â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff;2569133 Jeremy norris â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433

Sunday, july 25 Jam With Benny hiLL â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 roGer DaVis (Brunch) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DJ p. money â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 L shape Lot (3-7), steVe toDD & sam meLVin (8-12) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ country / FamiLy Day â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 karaoke â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement chris BeLLamy (2-5pm) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696 â&#x20AC;&#x153;BehinD the GaraGeâ&#x20AC;? music â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 spencer rush â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794 Josh Brannon BanD â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 LynDsey Bennett â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 D&D sLuGGers, the Vicious Guns â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

sunDay niGht FeVer â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 GaLen on Guitar (Brunch) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 karaoke â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 susan saVia (10am-2pm) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Havanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; 1 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, 458-2822 karaoke W/ DJ BattLe â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fibber McGeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJBe karaoke â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ ceD â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 the casseroLe â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500

monday, july 26

LiVe piano â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Costelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 open mic niGht â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 LiVe music W/ Forrest â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Katyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ Dane Britt â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 open mic niGht â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 open mic With ViVa â&#x20AC;&#x201D;El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255

Oct. 20-27, 2010

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EvEryday spEcials 2 Miller Lite Bottles $150 PBR Pints $ 3 Cherry & Blueberry Bombs $ 2 Bud Light Draft $ 3 Drifter Shots $ 50

Monday - Service Industry Night (Special and Draft of choice for $6.99 TuEsday - $2 Wells WEdnEsday- 100 oz. PBR or Bud Light ONLY $10 â&#x20AC;˘ $1 Tacos Thursday - Margaritas $3 Friday - $3 Wells saTurday - $5 L.I.T. sunday - Bucket of Beer Specials WEEKly EvEnTs WEdnEsday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; KaRaOKe Thursday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LIve MuSIC Fri. & saT. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; LIve MuSIC saTurday

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Tuesday - Shag Night Free Shag Lessons w/ Brad White Beginner 7:30 Intermediate 8:00 Dancing till 11:00 $5 cover $2 Domestics $3 Imports Thursday - Ladies Night Free Line Dance Lessons with Barbara Braak @ 7:30 $2 Coors Light $5 Martini List $5 cover

     

Friday - Salsa Night Begins with Argentine Tango Lessons @ 7:30 $5 cover Salsa Lessons @ 9:30 & DJ Lalo Open till 2:30 $2 Tequila Shots $3 Corona saTurday Beach & Shag DJ 7:30 Salsa @ 11:00 till Close $2 Coors Light $3 Dos XX PrivaTe ParTy Booking 910 791-7595

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oPen Mic W/ Beau —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 turncoat X —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 SPencer ruSH —Dick’s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794 JaMeS JarviS & FriendS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 dJ ricHterMeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 oPen Mic nigHt —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 dJ eyecon —Mansion on Market; 6317 Market St., 395-5028 oPen Mic nigHt —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 dJ tiMe —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 act ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647

cHriS BellaMy —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 indy MuSic nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 toP 40 W/ dJ val —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 radio HayeS and ecHoPoint21 —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 nutt HouSe iMProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 JaMeS JarviS & FriendS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 dJ eyecon —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 dJ “Mr lee” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 caPe Fear BlueS JaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe Kong —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 give tHanKS Band (reggae), 7:12PM —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255

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WEDNESDAy, jULy 28

KaraoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 KaraoKe W/ dJ BiKer roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 JereMy norriS —Griff’s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 dane Britt KaraoKe —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 JoHnny acouStic —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 BiBiS elliSon and tHe SPare cHange Band —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 ron dallaS (7PM-10PM) —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 traviS SHalloW & JaSon WoolWine —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 oPen Mic nigHt —Surf’s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 KaraoKe WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 live acouStic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 tHe Bil KrauSS SHoW —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 act ii —Dick’s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794 ZacH dePuty —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 adaM WoodS —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 tHe diXieland all StarS —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

dJ Freddy/KaraoKe (country) —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 BiBiS elliSon and tiM BlacK —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 oPen Mic W/ Sean gerard (9PM) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 oPen Mic W/ gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 MarK HerBert & gaBrielle —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St. JereMy norriS —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 ZyryaB —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 dJ tiMe —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington dJ P. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 KaraoKe W/ dJ BiKer roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Piano SHoW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 eric and carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Bangarang W/ lord WalruS & Sir nicK Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 goggleZ PiZano —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 BareFoot creeK —Dick’s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794

Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc (843) 272-3000 7/23: Frontiers - A Tribute to Journey 7/25: Jamey Johnson, Craig Boyd 7/27: Sea Cruz, Jim Quick & Coastline, The Tim Clark Band (Benefit) 7/29: Ke$ha

THE ORANGE PEEL

101 BiltMore avenue, aSHeville (828) 225-5851 7/22: Amos Lee, Tift Merritt 7/23: Cowboy Junkies 7/24 - 7/25: Godspell & Resurrectio (Presented by The Orange Peel at The Asheville Community Theater, Walnut St.) 7/28: Tommy Emmanuel, Troy CassarDaley

CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. Main St., carrBoro, nc (919) 967-9053 7/21: The Butchies, Tami Hart, Pink Flag 7/22: John Hiatt and the Combo 7/23: L In Japanese (Dance Party) 7/24: Girls Rock NC Showcase 7/29: Mat Kearney, Jane Carrey dJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KaraoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 JaMeS JarviS & FriendS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 ron ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KaraoKe WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 nutt HouSe iMProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 dJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 oPen Mic nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Sai collinS —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

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LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. caBarruS St., raleigH (919) 821-4111 7/21: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Blues & Lasers 7/22: SOJA, The Movement, Mambo Sauce 7/24: Rick Ross ( Album release party) 7/27: Beres Hammond, Inner Circle, Culture, Lenya Wilks 7/28: Streetlight Manifesto, Crime In Stereo, The Wonder Years, Dan Potthast

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OVENS AUDITORIUM 2700 e indePendence Boulevard, cHarlotte, nc 704-372-3600 7/22: Melissa Etheridge

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St., cHarlotte (704) 377-6874 7/22: Matisyahu, Dirty Heads 7/23: Pink Floydian Slip 7/24: Sequoyah Prep School, Parachute Musical, Murphy’s Kids 7/27: Sick Puppies, Janus, It’s Alive

TWC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 3801 rocK Quarry rd., raleigH (919) 831-640 7/24: Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Love & Theft 7/28: Santana, Steve Winwood

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Business: Loveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natural Foods Motto: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love it at Loveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Owners: Marie Montemurro nd Karen Stewart Years in Wilmington: 8 years Hours: Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-6 Address: 1319 Military Cutoff Road 910) 509-0331

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Loveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natural Foods & Cafe e: Why did you decide to pursue an independent business in Wilmington, NC? LNF: We both vacationed in Wilmington in Wilmington and fell in love with the area. We chose the health food industry because we wanted to provide health alternatives to our community. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a facisinating business in which you learn new information everyday. e: Have you worked corporately or globally, and how do you compare that job with a locally owned businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;perks/downfalls? LNF: We both owned other locally owned businesses, a cafe in Warwick, NY and a pet store in Brentwood, NY. We both love owning our own business. e: What products does your store offer that stand above others in town? LNF: Loveyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a full service Health food store and cafe in which we sell local and organic produce and groceries. We carry high quality beauty aids and supplements and have avery knowledgeable staff, who provide great service and beleive our customers are our greatest asset and are number one!

e: Tell us a customer-related story that sums up your service to Wilmingtonians? LNF: We are fortunate to have great relationships with all of our customers and we laugh everyday together. We love our business and we have a lot of fun.

Discover the Port Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive character and keep dollars in the local economy.

e: If you had a magic wand to better the current business-scape in our area, what would you do to make changes? LNF: For everyone purchased from local business and supported our local economy in Wilmington. e: How are you staying relevant, fresh and topof-mind against your competitors? LNF: Our focus is on our customers and their needs. We refer customers to each other. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next on your agenda in evolving your store/product line? LNF: Improving our service to our customers Your favorite place in Wilmington to visit is where, and why? LNF: The beaches are beautiful and relaxing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to rejuvinate.

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A Little Bit of Everything: Jeremy Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mixture of media comes to Artfuel Inc.

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irginia native Jeremy Lea attributes his love for visual art to his mother. A ceramics teacher, with a studio behind their house, Leaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother encouraged and nurtured the power of imagination. At age 8, his drawings were printed in the local newspaper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always had a connection with art,â&#x20AC;? Lea says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether it was drawing, painting, sculpting or something I put together myself, I have been making things since I was little and probably always will be making things.â&#x20AC;? Now at 30, Lea has found a unique way to combine his painting and drawing skills with his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceramic expertise. As an instructor at Greensboro College, Mrs. Lea was able to show her son around a pottery wheel and kiln. Though he dabbled in the medium temporarily, Lea eventually found a way to make the craft all his own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to make ceramic tiles so that I could draw and paint directly on them,â&#x20AC;? he says. His technique mixes painting, draw-

by: Lauren Hodges

Artfuel Volume 24 July 24th, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. 1701 Wrightsville Avenue â&#x20AC;˘ Free www.artfuelnc.com ing, printmaking and ceramic all into one small piece of art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I start by drawing the images onto linoleum,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then I carve them into the clay.â&#x20AC;? Inspired by Raku, the Japanese art form mainly gets used in the creation of tea bowls for ceremonies. Its signature process involves handmaking the forms instead of using a wheel. The piece then gets fired at a low temperature and is removed while still glowing hot. After being placed in cold water, or allowed to cool in the open air, the bowl is glazed with a lead-based finish. This allows the pieces to develop the reflective shine.

Health, Balance, wellbeing... Find it where heaven meets earth        

          

VOLUME 24: Artfuel opens their 24th exhibition at the 17th Street locale, featuring a plethor of artists, including Jeremy Lea who works in painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics, as shown above. Photo courtesy of artist.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 200 year old style of Raku translates roughly to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;happy accident,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Lea explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess the most important thing about my work is the technique. It is a technique I have been personally developing for the last couple of years.â&#x20AC;? The results of the Raku technique on tile are two-dimensional and highly detailed.

Leaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural subject matter ranges from owls, to women, to fish, to fireflies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of my work incorporates wildlife,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The other part of my works are more in the vein of the surrealists. They are images from my mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye. This is more the direction in which my passions lie.â&#x20AC;? Another of his passions include music. Having attended the New England Institute of Arts and Communication in Brookline, Massachusetts, Lea received a degree in sound engineering and just finished a new record with his band in Danville, Virginia. Yet, he insists that his musical ventures do not distract from creating his visual projects. In fact, it was his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical talents that first brought him to the Wilmington art scene. His cousins, Daniel Lea and Andrew Benson, have been DJs in the Port City for years, spinning under the names â&#x20AC;&#x153;I-Maxâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decimate,â&#x20AC;? respectively. A frequent gig for the pair consists of Artfuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly art exhibits. Thus, convincing their multi-talented cousin to submit his tiles for consideration came naturally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess they liked what I did because they hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen anything like it before,â&#x20AC;? Lea explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They asked me to be in the next show. I am bringing the tiles, as well as some basic pottery, drawings and paintings. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m bringing my whole portfolio to Wilmington.â&#x20AC;? Lea will be one of the featured artists at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artfuel: Volume 24,â&#x20AC;? along with Michael Blaylock, Megan Brezinsky, Scott Ehrhart, Katharine Blackwell and Shannon Geigerich. The show opens July 24th at 7 p.m.

     

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Artfuel.inc 1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm www.artfuelinc.com www.myspace.com/artfuel_inc Artfuel.inc is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th street. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Currently, Artfuel Volume 24 opens July 24th at 7 p.m. Featuring: Michael Blaylock, Megan Brezinsky, Jeremy Lea, Scott Ehrhart, Katharine Blackwell & Shannon Geigerich. Show hangs for eight weeks

Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front Street (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 10pm Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm Caffe Phoenix is a commission-free gallery space dedicated to supporting local artists with new exhibitions opening monthly. In July, we welcome Michelle Connolly and her new exhibition of paintings entitled “Archtypes.” All are welcome to attend her opening on Wednesday July 14 at 6pm for complimentary hors d’oeuvres. In August we will be displaying works by 83 year-old internationally acclaimed abstract colorist Edward Meneeley prints, paintings and photographs have found homes in the Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other distinguished institutions.

Crescent Moon 332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm www.crescentmoonnc.com Crescent Moon has launched our comprehensive Web site, www.crescentmoonnc.com, featuring art from all of our artists. We purposefully designed the site to reflect the vast art glass and metal sculpture that you find everyday at the shop at The Cotton Exchange. Our goal is to make it easy for our customers to go online to check on the availability of an item for themselves or for gifts. The new site allows our customers to place their orders online, but wait…no putting your credit card out into cyberspace; we call you upon order notification to finalize your order and thank you personally. Remember Gift Wrapping Is Free – Always! Crescent Moon is located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on twitter as CrescentMoonNC or become a fan on our Facebook page!

pattersonbehn art gallery

Hampstead Art Gallery

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

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

New Elements Gallery 216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com We’re not just singing the blues this month at New Elements Gallery!!! With an emphasis on the brilliant blues of the sea and sky, our new show features the works of South Carolina artist J. Michael Kennedy and Greg Osterhaus of Virginia. “Summertime Blues” is on display July 23rd through August 21st, with an opening reception during Fourth Friday Gallery from 6-9 pm. Each artist explores the relationship of color and form with their very personal interpretation of local subject matter. Enjoy a diverse collection of landscapes, architectural studies and Osterhaus’s signature animal portraiture. Acknowledged as one of Wilmington’s premier art and craft venues, New Elements Gallery offers a wide variety of work by regional and nationally recognized artists. Located in historic downtown Wilmington since 1985, the gallery features original paintings and prints, as well as sculpture, craft, jewelry, and custom framing. New Elements Gallery is proud to represent artists that consistently produce high quality work, scheduling monthly exhibitions which are rotated throughout the year to showcase indi-

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TURQUOISE AFTERNOON by Michael Kennedy now hanks at New Elements Gallery as part of their current show, “Summertime Blues,” on display from July 23rd through August 21st.

vidual artists. Visitors worldwide make a point of returning to enjoy the distinctive collection of fine art and craft and are frequently impressed by the sheer volume of work available at New Elements, much of which is featured on the gallery’s website. New Elements Gallery also offers art consultation services and is committed to helping you find the unique piece of art that represents your style best.

Wanna be on the gallery page? Call Shea Carver by Thursday, noon, at (910) 791-0688, ext 1004,

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

Wilmington Art Association Gallery 616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org The next jurying session will take place at the Wilmington Art Gallery on Sunday, July 25th. Must be a member of the Wilmington Art Association in order to be considered. Please call the gallery at 343-4370 for details or stop by and pick up a jury packet. If you liked our last “Expose Yourself to the Arts” calendar, you will love the 2011 version, where our artists aren’t shy in exposing themselves.

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‘Hard R’ Action:

‘Predators’ brings back the ‘80s blast of testosterone

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he summer movie season has been a painful one thus far. A whole lot of sizzle, and not a lot of steak. I like the sizzle. Truth be told, summer movies can never have enough. But I need a couple of films to keep me sane—something that feels like the studios understand what people want to see. Last week someone asked me, “What movies have you really liked this summer?” I had a hard time coming up with an answer other than “The A-Team.” I have a second recommendation now. I really liked “Predators,” a relaunch of the sci-fi action franchise. The original “Predators” emits a legendary blast of testosterone. Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a half-dozen ‘roided -out manly men, the film delivers a horrific icon: a 7-foot-tall dreadlocked alien who likes to hunt the most dangerous game—man. Guns get fired; limbs, scrumptiously removed. Lots of blood is shed. To put it simply: The action of the ‘80s provided a golden age for cinema, when “hard R”-rated films were in heavy theatrical rotation. “Predators” is born from the same foul-mouthed, high-octane mold. The movie doesn’t revel in the original, but there’s reference to it—an appropriate amount of homage. Rather than bore the audience with a lot of exposition, the movie immediately takes on an insane, improbable scenario: Eight killers are snatched from Earth and deposited into an unknown jungle. They soon realize they are being hunted by something sinister. It’s not exactly the most original premise, but it gets the job done. Adrien Brody plays a nameless American mercenary. Danny Trejo is a Mexican assassin. There’s a Russian, a member of the Yakuza, a serial killer and a number of other nasty individuals. They are the worst of the worst, and they quickly realize how dire the situation is. Escape seems unlikely, so the

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Predators Starring Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Danny Trejos

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SINISTER AWAKENINGS: Adiren Brody attempts to fight off predators in the new foul-mouthed, high-octane remake.

trained war machines do the only thing they know how to do: fight. Well, fight and use obscenity—and there’s a lot of obscenity in

this movie. A refreshing amount, in fact, and it makes sense for this particular brand of film. These are the scum of the Earth; they wouldn’t exactly be speaking the Queen’s English. Although, Brody makes an interesting leading man, his supporting cast is a little underwhelming. There’s a brief appearance by Laurence Fishburne, who is onscreen for all of five minutes with a heaping helping of cheese. His performance ranks (or maybe reeks?) as one of the most bizarre and uninspired appearances in modern film. It almost looks as though he lost a bet. He lazily staggers and tries to play a shell-shocked looney who has managed to survive the constant onslaught of the predators. His interpretation of lunacy could use some work. It’s akin to watching a high-school drama teacher after swallowing a fist full of Valium. The other actors just sit and stare, almost as if they don’t know what to make of him. The audience didn’t either. Never has the phrase “mercy killing” seemed so apt. The rest of the film follows the typical cat-and-mouse format: a little running, a little gunning, and someone else getting picked off every five minutes. Director Nimrod Antal understands the source material. Alien hunters, psychopathic killers, and a whole lot of momentum. “Predators” delivers the kind of summer film I’m quite fond of: heavy on atmosphere and adrenaline, not a lot of unnecessary special effects. Adrien Brody really helps anchor the film from spiraling into silly. This is almost enough to redeem his career from the raging hemorrhoid that is “Splice.” I was a little disappointed in the brutish nature of the predators. In reality, they’re pretty shitty hunters—big, lumbering barbarians who turn invisible and sneak up before shooting their game with a laser or slicing it with giant blades that shoot out of their forearms. It’s like pitting a half dozen cute and fuzzy kittens against a remote-control blender with thermal vision. While not a fair fight, it’s still pretty damn entertaining. “Predators” is a lot of function and very little form. But it sticks to a solid game plan and delivers enough brutality to warrant a go.

reel to reel this week in film The Secret in Their Eyes Cinematique Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut Street July 26th - 28th, 7:30 p.m., $7 Benjamin, a retired court employee, decides to write a book about an old rape/murder case that he believes wasn’t properly solved. He becomes deter-

mined to find the real culprit and reopen the case—a complicated and thrilling quest that director Juan Jose Campanella depicts with a style that effortlessly juggles romance, comedy, suspense and political commentary. The film received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. 127 Minutes. Rated R for language, sexuality and violence. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Inception Regal Mayfaire Cinemas 900 Town Center Drive • (910) 256-0556 Call for times • $6.50 - $9.50 Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now, Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back, but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception.

Dave Chapelle: For What It’s Worth Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 Sundays, 8pm • Free The performance was recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco, California, in June 2004, and was nominated for 2005 Primetime Emmy. Chappelle’s potent mix of comedy delas with celebrity jokes and great humor involving the hood.

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e d i u g g n dini american Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A short drive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. Brixx is also a late-night destination, serving 2-for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10pm Open until 1am Monday through Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. (910) 256-9677. www.brixxpizza.com.

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 Sunday during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . (910) 256.8500.

cHriS’ coSmic KiTcHen cosmicKitchenonline.com Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 7am-4pm & 5pm-9pm. Sunday Brunch 9-2. Closed Monday. Take-out calls welcome, 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @ CosmicKitchen.

c.G. daWGS For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot

dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. You may find them daily at their new location on the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!

FLaT eddie’S Are you ready to eddie? FLAT eddie’s upbeat, modern dining room & bar makes eddie’s the new “it” place to dine in Wilmington for New American Cuisine. Why FLAT eddie’s? Their signature flatbreads! These flavorful creations start with scratch-made dough, stretched thin and piled high with ingredients like roma tomatoes, succulent shrimp and luxurious cheeses. All sandwiches and burgers are under $8 and their entrees are unique and bold. FLAT eddie’s bar serves up $2 and $3 beer and cocktail specials daily. Private dining area available. Large groups welcome. Family-style meals to go available. FlatEddiesRestaurant.com. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington . (910) 799.7000.

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

HenrY’S A local favorite, 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 and offers daily blackboard specials 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.

HoLidaY inn reSorT The Verandah Café Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. (910) 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach.

KeFi Kefi, founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. There is even a “working man’s lunch,” served Monday through Friday, all for under $6. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www. kefilive.com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, (910) 256-3558.

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

tions are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street • (910) 251-0433

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

meLLoW mUSHroom Mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their handtossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, (910) 452-3773.

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TROLLY STOP Trolly Stop Hot Dogs are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smithfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoked sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm3am Th-Sat. 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, 458-5778. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 2978416.

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

dOuBLe haPPineSS Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. Now under new management, the restaurant will serve flavorful dishes, prepared by the cultural richness of authentic China. Serving items like traditional dim sum and gourmet home-style cooking, Double Happiness is still dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of their cooking. Their friendly staff will always go the extra mile to help diners enjoy their experience. Beer and wine is served for lunch and dinner, and Double Happiness is open Monday through Saturday, from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm; closed Sundays. 4403 Wrighstville Avenue; (910) 313-1088.

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.

hiRO jaPaneSe STeakhOuSe What better way to celebrate a special oc-

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casion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday 11am-10pm. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at hirojapanesesteakhouse.com.

indOChine ReSTauRanT and 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, or be entertained every Friday night with a Balinese dancer. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 2519229. Indochinewilmington.com.

euRO FuSiOn PReSS 102 espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new Euro-American eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with redeye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white bal-

samic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday 7am – close and Sunday brunch from 10am til 2pm. Takeout calls welcome. 399-4438. Press102.com.

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

iTaLian eddie ROManeLLi’S 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 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. RomanellisRestaurant.com. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885.

giORgiO’S iTaLian ReSTauRanT Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-akind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float

through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-away-from-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! www. giorgios-restaurant.com. 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954.

SLiCe OF LiFe “Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a latenight treat, open from 11:30am until 3am, seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd location at 1437 Military Cutoff Rd., next to PT’s! (910) 256-2229 www.grabslice.com.

jaMaiCan jaMaiCa’S COMFORT ZOne Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at www. jamaicascomfortzone.com or call us (910) 399-2867.

LaTin aMeRiCan San juan CaFe San Juan Cafe offers the finest authentic Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. Our laid-back bar is the perfect spot to relax, watch surfing movies and listen to the music of the islands, while our candle-lit dining room creates a great atmosphere to bring a date for a romantic evening. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela to name a few, we have something for everyone! Tues-Sat, 11am2:30pm and 5pm-10pm; Sun., 11am-4pm brunch. Closed Mondays. 3314 Wrightsville Avenue (910) 790-8661.


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

TidaL crEEK co-oP Tidal Creek Deli offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world; each item is prepared by hand using only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community. Located at 5329 Oleander Drive, (910) 799-2667; 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 comfortable in flip flops as you would in a business suit. ! Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827 www.dockstreetoysterbar.net.

EaST aT THE BLocKadE rUnnEr HoTEL The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251.

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

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

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 awardwinning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively sportsthemed restaurant is home to over 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. 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. Carolina Ale House serves its full menu from 11a – 2a daily. CarolinaAleHouse.com. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393.

HELL’S KiTcHEn This is Downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger or NY style reuben to lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, darts, weekly trivia and Texas Hold ‘em tournaments, and did we mention sports? We also offer FREE lunchtime delivery on weekdays and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, open Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133. www.hellskitchenbar.com

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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. OceanicRestaurant. com. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551

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

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An Involuntary Intimate, Part 15: Seeking heroes

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n the sizzling parking lot, George sat in his car and watched people exit the paper company. As soon as they hit the pavement, they seemed too overwhelmed by the heat even to wish each other a good evening. Sal Mastropietro wore cat sunglasses so dark George wondered how she could see a thing. Just as he had remembered them, her cheekbones were high, her complexion like a brown egg, and her lips full and red. Yet, her neck sagged, and the lines on her forehead and around her mouth made her look like an effigy of Marilyn after the overdose, or Liz after her fifth husband, or like a doll one might pick up at a dump and marvel at because there was still something horribly, touchingly humanlike about her and, at the same time, preposterously shattered. He got out of his car, walked up to her and smiled. Her voice came earthy and raspy. “Georgy.” She pulled him into an embrace. “You know, I can’t ever forget. Girls, men, old ladies, the little soccer players he coached, they all sensed how he was there giving himself to them, and at the funeral they all seemed to wait to be around him again, like you wait for the sun to come out. That’s me, Georgy, still waiting.” They planned a date, and when George picked Sal up, he got to meet three towheaded children, one of whom kept shout-

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by: Claude Limoges ing, “She scratched it, so I ain’t gonna touch it!” For fear that whatever it was would be brought to light at any moment, George urged Sal to the door. As they got into George’s car, Sal nodded back at her house and murmured, “Never go to an ESA meet without rubbers.” Enroute, she struck up a monologue. “I’ll bet you don’t know this: For every man looking for a serious relationship, there are at least a 1,000 women, and for every woman looking for a onenight-stand, there are at least 1,000 men.” She pulled down the visor and looked at herself in the mirror. “If life is like a box of chocolates, the rats have gotten into mine.” She sighed. “By now I’ve whittled down my expectations to no temper, no substance abuse and the willingness to unstop a toilet.” George glanced at her scratching at her knuckles, the creases in her lipstick becoming faultlines, her perfume reminiscent of limp, yellow celery. He looked back at the road. Stupid to seek out what promised to be an especially long night. He rolled down the window. “Mind if I smoke?” “Yes.” She put up the visor. They rode to the restaurant in silence. After they had ordered, George leaned over the table. “Tell me what happened.”

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Sal considered George and with a faint smile reached out to pat his hand. He batted her hand away. “Don’t patronize me.” “How’s your mother?” “Not all there. You know that. Now tell me.” Sal unwrapped her silverware. “The checkered flag for triumphant thirdquarter earnings. Paper with a competitive edge, yada yada yada ...” “Cut the shit!” “Then how’s this: One day after dictating a letter, your old man said to me, ‘By the way, I’ll be making over a $100,000 this year, and so I’ll be needing a mistress.’” George unwrapped his silverware, keeping his eyes off Sal. Sal continued. “So I said, ‘I’m on it, Mr. Fincannon. I’ll be on the lookout for you and will let you know if one pops up.’” She smoothed the napkin in her lap. “Chad lived terrified he’d disappoint that—” She took a sip of water. “That is, your father.” George fiddled with his fork. “You hated him so much you were the first to his funeral.” Sal stared into George’s eyes. She stood up. George dropped his fork on the table. “Look, Sal, I’m not here to accuse you.” She picked up her purse. “You just did.”

He grabbed her wrist. “OK. I’m sorry. Look, it’s dawned on me that I never had to try so hard to be like him. I’m more like him than Chad ever was.” “That is why he could not stand you.” “I know, I was an asshole to you and Chad. Now please sit down and just tell me.” Slowly, Sal sat back down. “Sure you want the truth?” *

* * In his description to Sal, Chad silently laughed (his way of crying) at the sign at the Red Cross Blood Clinic. It read: “Seeking heroes.” The reception room’s plastic chairs of burnt orange, olive, and brown lined the wall, facing each other, under humming, winking fluorescent lights glaring off the speckled formica floor. As soon as Chad walked in, the sliding window opened, first garnering his focus, which then went to the questionnaire being filled out by a woman sitting closest to the door. He glanced over her shoulder and saw that she had checked “No” for “Have you or your partner ever lived in Africa?” and another “No” for “Have you or your partner ever used intravenous drugs?” Her pencil was suspended over “Have you or your partner ever, even once, paid for sex?” Meanwhile, Leonard flicked a finger at Chad’s hip, tugged his belt loop, and whispered, “You’re not chickening out on me, are you?” By then, Chad lost all color in his face, for his mother looked up from the form, widened her eyes at Leonard’s hand on his hip, and let the clipboard slide off her lap onto the floor. In afterthought Marilyn snatched the application back up so violently, part of it tore off. Then she seized the rest and yanked it off the clipboard, grabbed her purse, stuffed the application in it, pulled out car keys, dropped them, and snatched ‘em up again. Chad swallowed and said under his breath, “Mom?” Without looking at him, Marilyn hurried out. Blinking, tears rising, Chad gripped Leonard by both arms. “Whatever happens, swear you won’t leave me—swear!”


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Holding on to NĘźawlins Culture: An interview with flash-fiction writer Kristin Fouquet

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here do I start in my effort to explain the importance of reading the short story? Practically as old as civilization, the popular mode of distraction can be consumed and satisfy instantly. I like to think of short stories, or flash fiction, as an indulgence akin to a Lemon Drop shot: Consume it in one quick, satisfying gulp. The most famous flash-fiction writer to pull the rug completely out from under the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet is Ernest Hemmingway. His internally impacting work consisted of only six brilliantly placed words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.â&#x20AC;? Think about that for a moment. What other divergent literary genre could haunt the heart so swiftly? Despite being one of the most powerful forms of entertainment, literature professionals struggle to define precisely what a short story is and continue to argue about how it should be crafted. New Orleans native and popular upcoming flash-fiction writer Kristin Fouquet feels the crux of the issue remains on how the journey impacts the reader.

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Twenty Stories by Kristin Fouquet Rank Stranger Press $14.95 Author of the literary collection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty Stories,â&#x20AC;? Fouquetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prose secrete a certain spectacular and creative mood that makes reading short fiction so damn enjoyable. Having come to fruition. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Fouquet and her husband moved to North Carolina. With an urge to pen and depict a life worth living, Fouquet created a group of stories that could be described by a bevy of adjectives: thought-provoking, seductive, short, incisive and spicy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something so thrilling about reading something so short that can take you away and bring you back in such a short space,â&#x20AC;? Fouquet says with certainty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s so important. An artist can be anyone. If you chose it, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inspired by it, if you

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do it well and bring something more to it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an artist.â&#x20AC;? Her voice, soft and unlike one who struggled against one of the worst disasters to hit our nation, exudes excitement as she discussed her passion as a wordsmith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What makes flash-fiction great is, it can take 10 minutes to read, but then you find yourself thinking about it all day,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a novel you are spoonfed the information. In a short story, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negative space for the readers to use their own imaginations. You can create what you will and can have your own interpretation of the piece. It makes it more interactive.â&#x20AC;? Juxtaposed with her narrative is the attitude of her home town. Readers can practically obtain the faint taste of piquant and provocative aromas of Creole and Cajun food right off the page. Like sitting under the heat of southern Louisiana, eating deep-fried beignets and sipping a glass of wine, when reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty Stories,â&#x20AC;? a sinful and complex ideology ascends to the surface. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reading on my own has been my education,â&#x20AC;? Fouquet says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had a creative writing class. As a small child there was always this mystique and mystery for me about living in New Orleans. My influence sat on a high shelf in the living room. There must have been at least 10 of these little, red leather-bound books. I was told that they were a collection of short stories written by a Frenchman named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guy de Maupassant.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They had belonged to my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather, and they were strictly off-limits. Naturally, the books became an exotic desire of mine. They were the forbidden fruit, and the first time I touched one, my hand on the embossed leather, I shuddered in excitement. Eventually, I read whatever was available to me, even drug-store novels.â&#x20AC;? Today, Fouquet has returned to her beloved city, and watches yet another catastro-

 

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phe, as the oil spill rips portions of its history away. Historic landmarks like T&J Oysters, which have been in business for 134 years, now must close their doors to the locals that love them. However, Fouquet remains spirited and steadfast like the short-story genre itself. The next project on her list is a novella titled after two famous New Orleans streets, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rampart and Toulouse.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stubborn people,â&#x20AC;? she quipes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feeling the history of this place is not easily described. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gamble to live here; it can be very precarious. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we hang on to our cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we never know if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll lose it for good. We live for every moment. We see the world not as it is but through who we are. You get over the bad stuff and you move on. We are a decadent society and I love it.â&#x20AC;? To order â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty Storiesâ&#x20AC;? visit her personal website,â&#x20AC;&#x153;http://kristin.fouquet.cc/â&#x20AC;?http://kristin.fouquet.cc/

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LAST LAUGHS: Looking a little funny by Fred Piscop ACROSS 1 “This can’t be!” 5 Pack neatly 9 Leaves wide-eyed 13 Kid-lit pachyderm 18 Apollo destination 19 Something to strike 20 Caruso or Domingo 22 Get a grin from 23 Writings of dubious authorship 25 Mexican folk song 27 Oscar winner Zellweger 28 Sharp rebuke 30 Bummed out 31 TV-mag listing 32 Mild-mannered 34 Prefix for mural 36 __ Cruces, NM 38 Musical about Quixote 43 Beef cut 44 Range parts: Abbr. 47 Strongly opposed 48 Bit of hippie jewelry 49 Informal assent 52 Thumbs-way-up review 53 Vouchers 55 Was a pain to 56 Legal suffix 57 Make amends 58 Play the role of 61 Unlikely to bite 62 Crushed underfoot 64 Studio warning 65 Genealogist’s diagram 66 Bullwinkle foes 71 Withdraws, with “out” 73 Makes eyes at 74 Eats sumptuously 77 Diva’s performance 78 Harbor markers 79 Wispy clouds

81 Cuban sandwich ingredient 83 Christmas-tree circler 86 Patron 87 Not seen much 88 Hiawatha’s love 90 On-tap serving 91 Landfall in Genesis 93 Cold-weather product name prefix 94 Same-old, same-old 95 Faulkner’s fictional county 98 Place for chips 99 Tournament round 100 Watch over 101 “Anything __?” 104 Chapel Hill sch. 106 Best-suited 109 Word on a nickel 113 Golf-ball material, once 116 Dance syllables 118 Last Supper chalice 119 Spanish hors d’oeuvres 120 Flag down 121 Stretched out 122 Gossipy one 123 Balance-scale parts 124 Prefix for potent 125 Request from an ed. DOWN 1 General Bradley 2 What was left in Pandora’s box 3 1200 hours 4 All over again 5 Work undercover 6 Kansas city 7 Labor Dept. agency 8 Become threadbare 9 Out for a bite

10 Abundance 11 125 Across, e.g. 12 The Thunderer composer 13 Place for 90 Across 14 Pile up 15 Male rabbit 16 ’70s tennis star 17 Scan, perhaps 21 Magnavox competitor 24 Places to snorkel 26 Wings it 29 Snitches 33 Qualified voter 35 Flat fish 37 Help in a crime 38 Paddock parent 39 Sailor’s “Halt!” 40 “When pigs fly!” 41 Principal 42 Brutus’ “before” 43 Feels regret over 44 Jazz singer Carmen 45 Dominant idea 46 Pop singer from Nigeria 50 Illusory works 51 Aquarium swimmers 54 Hägar the Horrible’s daughter 57 Commotions 58 Vicuñas’ home 59 Deep-sixes 60 Actress Carrere 63 Pick up 64 Just 65 Asian cuisine 67 Cardinal point 68 In the past 69 Big do 70 Saw-toothed 71 Senator Hatch

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Topsy-Turvy: Third place winner of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Fiction Contest

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zma of Oz rode her golden chariot through the wispy blue skies high above the Carolina Apartments, pulled by a team of six splendid swans. Casting a last affectionate glance at the lazy river and quaint little city with its charming homes, picturesque court house and elegant church steeples far below, she murmured softly, “The best is yet…” “Rise and shine,” his father whispered, shaking the boy gently on the shoulder. Caught up in his lovely dream, it took the child several moments to come back to earth. When he regained his wits and remembered why his father was waking him so early, he threw off the bedcovers and bounded to his feet, fully clothed except for his shoes. His father gazed at his son nonplussed. “How long have you been dressed?” he asked. “All night,” the 7-year-old replied, briskly lacing up his shoes. The father smiled. The boy was incorrigible. He handed him a jacket and cap, and they slipped quietly out of the apartment, taking pains not to awaken the boy’s mother at such an “ungodly hour.” After carefully closing the front door, they winked at one another conspiratorially and bolted headlong down the corridor toward the elevator. The boy arrived first, and slammed his palm on the “down” button with a triumphant “Ha!” They had played this game since the boy was 4. The father invariably lost the race by a hair, and the son, vaguely suspicious of the foregone results for more than a year now, still found pleasure in the ritual. As the elevator descended from the sixth floor to the lobby, the boy grew nervous. “What if the train’s already there?” he asked anxiously. “It’s not due ‘til 4:30. We have plenty of time,” he was reassured. “But what if it’s early?” the boy persisted. “A circus train arriving early?” His father guffawed. “That’ll be the day!” It was still dark when they emerged from the Carolina Apartments, a slight nip in the early October air. Across 5th Avenue, the imposing white façade of Bellamy Mansion loomed as a ghostly reminder of the city’s more opulent, antebellum past; the ornate fountain at the center of the avenue’s traffic circle a dubious attempt to reclaim its bygone grandeur. It was too early to take the trolley, so they walked down Market to 3rd Street where the family car was parked. The drive from 3rd to the Delgado Cotton Mills off Wrightsville Avenue took less

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by: John Fennell than a quarter hour, but the boy found the trip interminable. Despite his father’s reassurance, he was convinced the circus train might have arrived already. “We’ll miss everything,” he mumbled glumly under his breath as they passed the Confederate War Monument on Dock Street. To stem his mounting impatience, he peered into the darkness of Cottage

ress, she rewarded the aspiring artist by unpinning her plaits, allowing her luxurious locks to cascade over her shoulders and spill down her back. The boy dreamt of this richest of rewards almost as often as he dreamt of his favorite storybook character, Ozma of Oz, and her six splendid swans. Perhaps someday, when he was old enough to take one of Miss Chant’s art classes, this dream would come true. When they arrived at the Delgado railroad siding it was already thronged with people: white folks from the burgeoning

“General Yellow Jack is no more. He has finally yielded.” —James Fulton, editor of the Wilmington Daily Journal, November 27, 1862 Lane, a tiny side street where the city’s newest and most mysterious resident had her studio. The mystery lady, who went by the name of Elizabeth Chant, arrived unannounced in Wilmington several months earlier. She disembarked from the train with a large tin travel trunk and precious little else. No one knew anything about her, which from the boy’s point of view made her all the more exotic. When asked, Miss Chant claimed she was descended from Druids; that she had sailed the seven seas before the age of 7; that the mythical King Arthur visited her nightly to sit for his portrait; that she possessed a map to a treasure chest buried beneath the steps of the First Presbyterian Church on 3rd Street. As for her future plans, the mystery lady insisted that a cousin named “Cedric” would soon be arriving by steamship from England to rescue her from her “exile.” So convinced was Miss Chant of her cousin’s imminent arrival, she refused to unpack her trunk or so much as open it. To fill the time, while she awaited cousin Cedric’s arrival, Miss Chant opened a studio in the vacant Hart-Wine carriage house on Cottage Lane for the purpose of teaching arts and crafts. Either from idle curiosity or genuine interest, a surprising number of the city’s residents enrolled in her classes. To his regret, the boy was informed he was too young to attend. This did not deter him, however, from hanging around Miss Chant’s studio. The colorful Oriental brocade she often wore about the studio was an endless source of fascination, as was her luxurious chestnut hair, done up in thickly coiled plaits atop her head. Occasionally, when Miss Chant was particularly pleased with a student’s prog-

downtown area; Negro families from their confines on the city’s north side; sailors from recently arrived merchant ships; farmers and tradesmen from outlying counties. A railway employee announced from the siding platform that the circus train might be running a little late. The father gave his son a knowing wink as if to say, “Told ya so.” But, just then, a train whistle sounded in the distance and out of the dim, predawn light an engine chugged into view, followed by a seemingly endless line of freight cars. The train pulled up to the siding a full 10 minutes early. The boy shot an impish “told-ya-so” wink back in his father’s direction. The excited spectators watched with mounting anticipation as gaily colored circus wagons, the familiar “HagenbeckWallace Circus” logo blazoned on their sides, rumbled noisily off the flatbed freight cars down the hastily configured wooden ramps. The boxcar doors rolled open and a grand array of caged animals were transferred to the waiting wagons: lions, tigers, leopards and pumas. Uncaged animals followed: workhorses and show ponies, camels and zebra, black bear and a sad looking pair of mangy giraffe. The workhorses were harnessed to the wagons, and the exotic menagerie embarked on the short trek to the Circus Grounds on 13th and Ann streets. Attendants then slid open the heavy doors of the boxcars containing the elephants. The boy squeezed his father’s hand. This was the moment he and pretty much everyone else had come to see. The majestic mammals emerged one by one, led by handlers wielding large metal prods attached to long poles. There were 18 elephants in all, ranging from Baby Albert, the youngest and smallest, to Topsy,

the oldest, largest and most regal. Legend claimed that Topsy had been shanghaied from her homeland over 100 years ago when she was still just a calf. Without much coaxing, the elephants lined up in pairs, according to size, Topsy in the lead and Baby Albert in the rear. At a signal from Topsy’s handler, the pachyderms began their slow promenade toward the Circus Grounds. Letting go of his father’s hand, the boy dashed to the front of the parade intending to fall into lockstep with Topsy. But, he quickly discovered he needed to trot to keep up with her giant strides. Jogging in the shadow of such a colossal creature made the boy feel even smaller than he was. “She weighs over four tons,” his father told him. That’s 8,000 pounds! the boy silently calculated as he squinted up at Topsy’s massive head. Her ears reminded him of giant kites; her trunk was like an enormous fire hose. Topsy’s eyes, on the other hand, were surprisingly small, all cloudy and rheumy like an old man’s. As he watched, one of Topsy’s droopy eyelids closed and slowly reopened. Is she winking at me? the boy wondered. Just in case, he winked back. The Circus Grounds teemed with activity. A crew of performers, dressed in work clothes, unloaded sections of bleachers from flatbed trucks. The elephants were pressed into service, hoisting massive rolls of canvas off the trucks. A work crew unfurled the rolls on the ground and laced them snugly together with leather thongs. Another team of workmen knotted ropes to wooden stakes driven deep into the Earth and laid out long sections of tent poles, fastening them firmly to one another with heavy metal clamps. The elephants were then harnessed to steel cables attached to the tops of the poles. When all lay in readiness, workmen and attendants arranged themselves around the tent’s perimeter, and the elephants were guided to designated spots along the fringe. The head foreman bellowed “Go!” and man and beast pulled mightily on their ropes and cables. “Heave-heave-heave …!” the crews grunted in rhythmic unison while the elephants surged intrepidly forward. Slowly, magically, majestically, the Big Top rose into the pink-hued October dawn. A collective gasp escaped from the onlookers, followed by a crescendo of spontaneous applause. The 1922 Wilmington Circus had officially arrived! *

* * An hour or so later, the boy regaled his mother at breakfast with all he had seen,


particularly with regard to Topsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wink. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How sweet of Topsy,â&#x20AC;? his mother replied absently, as she leafed idly through the morning paper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then Topsy asked me if she could please, please, please come home and play with me,â&#x20AC;? the boy announced with a straight face. He enjoyed adding absurd addenda to his stories whenever he sensed, as in this instance, he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being listened to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it time you were off to school, dear?â&#x20AC;? his mother muttered, absorbed now in a lively review of the newest D. W. Griffith film. It was a short two-block walk from the Carolina Apartments to Hemingway School on 5th and Chestnut, where the boy attended third grade. As was traditional on the day the circus came to town, classes were suspended at 9:30, and the students conducted to Front Street to watch the parade. It seemed to the boy the entire 30,000 residents of the city were present, restive and impatient for the great event to get underway. At 10 a.m. sharp the faint strains of a calliope sounded in the distance. Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head turned southward toward Castle Street. Within moments the calliope, drawn by six stocky white steeds, rolled into view, its shrill whistles piping jaunty carnival tunes. Colorful pennants fluttered gaily from its roof and billows of steam belched from its smokestack. The calliope was followed closely by a jolly, rotund Ring Master, dressed in natty top hat and tails, sporting a magnificent handlebar mustache. Behind him marched the trapeze artists, tightrope-walkers and acrobats, arrayed now in gaudy costumes, magically transformed from the drab, grubby work clothes they wore earlier. The circus wagons containing the wild animals came next, followed by dwarves and clowns handing out balloons; cowboys in 10-gallon hats, firing off pearl-handled six shooters; pale-faced Indians in feathered headdress astride prancing pintos, with painted handprints on their flanks; a brawny strongman hefting a huge barbell; a glowering lion tamer snapping a braided rawhide whip; the camels, zebra and black bear all looking splendid in their parade finery. The mangy giraffe trailed timidly behind, looking shy and uncertain amidst all the fanfare. Finally, the elephants appeared. They were costumed in elaborately embroidered saddle blankets draped over their broad backs and velvet bonnets on their domed heads. Triangular swatches of purple cloth hung from the bonnets over their foreheads and down their trunks; gold tassels dangled from the tips of their ivory tusks. Balanced on the elephantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; broad backs were pretty ladies in sequined costumes, twirling speckled hoops and sparkly batons flashing brightly in the

sunlight. As the pachyderms paraded past two by two, the boy gazed intently at Topsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will she wink at me again?â&#x20AC;? he wondered, holding his breath. But, the stately creature strode solemnly onward, cloudy-eyed and unblinking, as if lost in a pipedream of lost worlds and distant wonders. Back at school, just before lunch, a hysterical parent burst into the third-grade classroom, snatched up her startled daughter, and announced the electrifying news that Topsy had gone berserk and escaped from the circus. The crazed creature was on a rampage all over the city. Pandemonium ensued. Petrified younger children cried while older students feigned nonchalance, their hearts thumping wildly. Everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face was glued to the windows, hoping to catch a glimpse of the stampeding Topsy. Rumors were rife as one parent after another rushed in with breathless updates. Students were cautioned to remain in their classrooms until parents came to fetch them. As the reports continued to pour in and grow increasingly sensational, the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns and confusions grew. One parent reported Topsy had broken down the brick wall of the Eureka Dye Works at 2nd and Dock streets, gotten into the big vats of dye, and emerged from the ruins a brilliant purple color. Another parent reported a purple pachyderm running amuck all over the city, spraying dye every-whichway, staining, among other things, freshly washed sheets hanging on backyard clotheslines. An irate homeowner fired a volley of buckshot into the creatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hindquarters, throwing it into a further frenzy. The marauding monster was next reported near 20th and Market, trampling down flower beds, knocking over fences, and toppling back porches. The boy wished his parents would come. Most of the other kids had been picked up by now. Only a handful of his classmates remained. Just as he was nearing despair, Nunny, the old Negro woman who kept an eye on him when his parents were away or otherwise occupied, arrived. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are Mother and Father?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deliverinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bricks in New Bern, and your mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone to call on the Sprunts â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cross the river. Neither of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em knows nothinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bout no elephant rasinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cane rounâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; here, so I figger it falls to old Nunny to get you safe home.â&#x20AC;? Good old Nunny! Exiting the school, Nunny took firm hold of the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand and they started homeward. She considered taking him back to her little one-room cabin behind the Hugginsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house, where he could play in the abandoned cowshed, but with a rampaging elephant on the loose, she decided the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sixth floor apartment was a far safer refuge.

The boy noticed Nunny was gripping a broomstick in her free hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that for?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;case that overgrowed sow make the mistake of messinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with old Nunny,â&#x20AC;? she snorted, brandishing the broomstick menacingly in the air. No sooner had Nunny made this bold declaration than a clamorous din arose ahead of them on Princess Street. Sounds of dogs howling, people shouting, cars honking and sirens wailing emanated from somewhere nearby. An eerie rumbling suddenly caused the sidewalk to tremble beneath them. As they neared the corner of Princess, a giant splotch of brilliant purple, trumpeting shrill blasts of defiance, thundered past, galloping headlong toward the waterfront. A pack of barking dogs panted at its heels, followed by a disgruntled posse of citizens: municipal employees in wailing fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances; irate residents toting rifles, shotguns, and pitchforks; frantic circus personnel wielding ropes, hooks and nets; an octogenarian Confederate war veteran hobbling on one crutch; his tarnished old saber raised on high as in glory days of yore. Unable to contain his excitement, the boy broke loose from Nunnyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grasp and bolted after the rowdy and boisterous mob. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come back here, boyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ya hear!â&#x20AC;? Nunny cried, fiercely thumping her broomstick on the sidewalk. But the willful child had already disappeared into the receding maelstrom. By the time the boy reached Water Street, a terrified Topsy had plunged into the Cape Fear River and was swimming with surprising swiftness in the direction of Point Peter and Eagles Island. Police and firemen hastily commandeered launches and took off in hot pursuit. A small armada of fishing boats, crammed to the gunnels with jostling citizens, followed in their wake. One of the handlers rashly jumped into an overloaded dingy just as it pulled away from the wharf, causing it to capsize. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behemoth gonna get herself bogged in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em abandoned rice fields on Eagles Island,â&#x20AC;? a citizen at dockside volunteered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can bet on it,â&#x20AC;? agreed another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back in captivity where she belongs by sundown,â&#x20AC;? the old veteran

hollered from the back of the crowd. The boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart sank. Poor Topsy, what was to become of her? He so wanted to talk to someone, but his parents were away for the day, and old Nunny would be far too mad at him to listen. Then he remembered Miss Chant. Maybe the mystery lady hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard about Topsy yet. Maybe she would listen. He ran without stopping to Cottage Lane. Arriving at her studio, he peered anxiously through the window and was relieved to see Miss Chant was there. Better still, she was alone. Quelling last-minute qualms, he rapped boldly on the door. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, well, well,â&#x20AC;? Miss Chant greeted him warmly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What brings you panting puff-puff-puff to my doorstep, dear boy?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you heard about the rampaging elephant, maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;am?â&#x20AC;? he blurted out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which rampaging elephant might you be referring to?â&#x20AC;? she responded, a merry twinkle in her eye. The boy launched into a detailed account of what transpired that day, starting at the Circus Grounds and concluding with Topsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrapment on Eagles Island. Other than expressing her whole-hearted approval of purple elephants, Miss Chant listened to the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s account without comment. When he finished, an awkward pause ensued as Miss Chant turned matters over in her mind. Then she went to her easel and set up a blank sheet of newsprint. She extracted a stick of charcoal from a nearby storage jar and handed it to the boy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to become of old Topsy?â&#x20AC;? she prompted. As if under a spell, the boy snatched hold of the charcoal. Without hesitation, his unpracticed third-grade hand scribbled a rough sketch of a large, ungainly elephant astride a rickety calliope, drawn by a pair of gangly giraffes galumphing their uncertain way into the heavens. Near the bottom of the paper he added a scribbly river with wonky shacks, wobbly court house, and teeter-tottering church steeples lining its banks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bless your heart,â&#x20AC;? Miss Chant intoned, taking the stick from the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trembling hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do believe you have the heart and the soul of a true artist, Claude Howell!â&#x20AC;? Giving weight to this assertion, she reached up and unpinned her chestnut plaits, allowing her luxurious locks to cascade over her shoulders and spill, topsy-turvy down her back.

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where to be, what to do in Wilmington and beyond

Events CAROLINA BEACH FIREWORKS The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s schedule for the Fireworks by the Sea series. Once again the Chamber has joined forces with the Boardwalk Makeover to bring you and your family an evening of entertainment to tickle your senses. Live music will begin at the Boardwalk Gazebo at 6:30pm leading up to the fireworks at 9pm. This year there will be eighteen (18) evenings of fireworks including our fabulous Independence Day show. The complete schedule is listed below so be sure to mark your calendars so you can grab your blankets and chairs and head to Pleasure Island for an evening of fun, every Thurs, unless otherwise noted: 7/1, Sat. 7/3 Independence Day Show, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/2, Fri. 9/3 Labor Day Weekend. THE ARTFUL PEANUT Poplar Grove, the oldest peanut plantation in the South, presents The Artful Peanut on 7/31. Schedule: 9:30am: Opening ceremony starts off with complimentary anniversary cake, peanut butter (what else!), and Congressman Mike McIntyre’s guest speech. Schedule through 5pm: The Peanut Plantation Life—tours of the manor house with costumed guides; the craft studios weaver/spinner,

basketmaker; the tenant house, where they’ll be cooking peanuts and offering samples; in the Agricultural Building for exhibits, videos, modernday farmer, displays, tools, equipment, etc. Vendors will have baked, fried, buttered, roasted, creamed peanut-licious treats plus lots of other goodies. • New work by Ivey Hayes, NC born and raised artist. Hayes will be in the amnor house, donating a portion of his sales to Poplar Grove • Creative Artists of Hampstead Annual Show and Sale—Accomplished and amateur painters, photographers, sculptors and jewelers are awarded first through third place in their category. Booksignings, silent auctions, and demonstrations throughout the day. Show lasts through Sun., 10am-4pm. • Hammer In: local chapter of Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA) holds a Hammer In, 9am-5pm in Blacksmith Shop. Talented members take turns demonstrating throughout the day. Different techniques, materials and equipment are used to create gates, tables, decor, and much more. • Cindy Rhodes plays the delightful sounds of the hammered dulcimer throughout the day. Cindy is a classically trained musician, writing original music for piano and dulcimer.Also an accomplished artist, Cindy is one of the many multi-talented folks that live on Cape Fear. 10200 US Highway 17. www.poplargrove. com. (910) 686-9518 U.S COAST GUARD BARQUE EAGLE

On 8/6, the magnificent tall ship Barque Eagle will arrive downtown Wilmington, 11:30am, to dock for three days. Ceremony, led by Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, w/Congressman Mike McIntyre. At 1pm, welcome the crew and cadets aboard the Barque Eagle. Free public tours available, first-come, firstserve. Free tickets to tour the Eagle distributed in half-hour blocks on Fri/Sat/Sun. www.uscg. mil/datasheet/wixtrain.asp. Times: 8/6, 3-7pm; 8/7, 9am-7pm; 8/8, 9am-noon. 910-341-7855. FARMERS MARKET Riverfront Farmers’ Market on Sat., 8am-1pm. Remains open every Saturday (except October 2 Riverfest) through 12/18, 8am-1pm, downtown. Features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products offered include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts, and more. N. Water St. (between Market & Princess streets). • Pine Valley Market’s Farm Fresh Saturdays: 5/22, and every Sat., from June-August. A local farmer from Clinton will have a variety of local and regional produce. Castle Hayne farm flowers, too. www.pinevalleymarket.com, 3520 S College Rd. • Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market on Wed., 8am-1pm. Everything is locally grown or made: in-season fruits and vegetables, plants, cut flowers, eggs, cheese and mroe! Family Fun Day on 6/16, w/activities

from 10am-1pm. Cooking demos with Chef Skip, including a Father’s Day Feast: $30, includes lunch. RSVP: 910-352-5326. Farm. Mkt. through 12/15, rain or shine. 10200 U.S. 17, Poplar Grove isonly a milefrom the I-40 bypass.(910) 686-9518ext. 26.• Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market, Mondays, 8am1pm, featuring 15 vendors of local produce, shrimp and seafood, arts and crafts, etc. • Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market open every Saturday, 8am-1pm, featuring over 40 vendors, 75/25 farmers to arts and craft vendors, selling everything from produce to flowers, jewlery to photography.

Charity/Fund-raisers VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NC Emergency Reserves (NCER) is seeking leaders for the area of the 31st Regiment, which encompasses 11 counties in the Southern part of the state and coastline. NCER is a statewide volunteer disaster-response organization. Initially, NCER wants to identify qualified candidates for the positions of Battalion and HQ Staff. Ideal candidates should have extensive experience in either the military or public safety fields, good organizational skills, and a desire to serve the people of North Carolina in time of disaster. Also sought: Unit Commanders for battalion-sized units which would cover a one or two county area within the regiments, and Company Commanders for local units. HQed in Fayetteville, near Fort Bragg.Members receive free training in many areas of emergency and preparedness skills, including a wide assortment of FEMA courses. www. ncer.us or (910) 717-2627. WARM WARM will be hosting youth and adult mission teams from other parts of our state, completing light carpentry and painting projects, as well as some more challenging work, including wheelchair ramp construction, in an effort to rebuild hopes and resore hope for low-income neighborhoods. ‘Voluntourists’ will build in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. One such group is from Williamsons Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville, NC, who will work for 3 weeks with 40-60 volunteers and materials they bring for 14-16 projects. 910-399-7563 or info@warmnc.org. ARTS FOR THE ARTS FASHION SHOW Nsalo Salon will hold a WWII inspired charity hair fashion show at the Beam Room, downtown, on the 3rd floor of Front Street Brewery, 9 N Front St. Sat. 7/31, 6:30pm. Runway show at 8pm with food, drinks, seats and VIP bags for every attendee. Tables seat 6-8 guests and will have there own VIP section right next to the runway, their own waitress, full settings of the hors d’oeurve, and an extra special VIP goodie bag. Tickets on sale at Nsalo Salon. Single ticket: $30. Pair: $50. Table(6-8) $300. Charity event raises money for the downtown youth woodworking program, Kids Making It. (910) 251-9686 GUARDIAN ANGEL JAM Help a teen fight cancer at Glen Allister’s Guardian Angel Jam, 8/6-8. Music from Wax Planet, Serendipity, Funkuponya, Mac and Juice, E.S.P, The Mantra’s (10p-12a & 12:30a-1:30a) Sol Flow, A Brand New Life, Downhome Grove, Whiskey Kills the Butterflies, The Native Sway, DJ Jasper and Crewless, and also a Surprise late night set!Children 10 and under, free;11-16, $10. Music starts at 4:20pm on Friday, 8/6. Bring a tent, lunch and dinner and drinks. Possum Holler190 Sycamore Trail., Prospect Hill, NC. www.guardianangeljam.org SALTY PAWS 2nd annual Salty Paws Festival, Sat., 10/16, 11am5pm (Rain Date: 10/17). Carolina Beach Lake Park. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach. Music and Entertainment, free gifts for first 300 attendees. Pet

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contests, children’s activities, raffles and prizes, microchipping, $30. Rescue animals for adoption, Animal Educational Materials, arts, crafts and food. $5 admission; Children under age 10, free All funds used for benefit of animal rescue. Jeannie Mintz: (910) 520-6810.Saving Animals During Disasters, savinganimalsduringdisasters.com.

Theater/Auditions GUERILLA THEATRE Guerilla Theatre presents “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro at 8pm on 7/22-24 & 29-31 and 5pm on 7/18, 25 and 8/1 at the Browncoat Pub and Theatre. “A Piece of My Heart” is perhaps the most enduring theatrical production dealing with the Vietnam War, Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of My Heart” tells the true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam.Tickets are $10 for General Admission; $5 for Students. www. guerillatheatre.com or call 910-341-0001. SNEADS FERRY COMMUNITY THEATRE “On Golden Pond,” by Ernest Thompson and directed by Irene King: Fri.-Sun. 7/2325, 8pm; Sun. matinees, 3pm. Community Center: 126 Park Lane. Tickets $12 at door, children under 12 $5. RSVP (910)327-2798. www.sneadsferrycommunitytheatre.com.

7/25-7/31. Sun.-Sat. 6-9pm CFCC Campus • Just Games-Workshop: $68. Class will cover all different types of improv. games. Previous student or some improv. training preferred. 6/19 and 26 9am-5:30pm UNCWilmington Campus, 7/24 and 31, 9am-5:30pm. www.brooklingreen.com or (910)3627319.

ANGELA EASTERLING Angela Easterling is palying at the Historic Amuzu Theatre in Downtown Southport, NC @ 7-9 pm. Angela’s latests CD, “Blacktop Road,” is on the top 40 of Americana Music. Tickets are $15 each to benefit the restoration of the Historic Theatre at 111 Howe Street.

COMEDIAN ARNESTO AND FRIENDS Comedian Arnesto and friends, 8/7, Wilmington Sportsmen’s Club. $10, 10pm. Tickets at: Johnson Groceries, (910) 245-0350; Wilmington Sportsmen’s

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.

7/22: A PIECE OF MY HEART

Don’t miss Guerilla Theatre’s emotionally charged production, “A Piece of My Heart.” Shirley Lauro’s productions follows the lives of nurses serving in Vietnam and their world after. Portrayed with phenomenal acting from six very talent local thespians, and one ground-breaking male who takes on every soldier in the play, the show won’t leave a dry eye in the house. Tickets are only $10; shows at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm.

MYSTERY ON THE HIGH SEAS Mystery on the High Seas: Sunny Skyzies has done everything she can to keep her struggling travel agency afloat, since those travel Web sites have stolen all her customers. Sunny promotes an exclusive cruise package traveling to Playa del Ventosa, dining, dancing and lies… Runs Thurs., Aug/Sept, 6:30pm. Front Street Brewery , 9 N. Front St. , $35. 910-232-6611. porchtheatre.com

ANNIE Brunswick Little Theatre will present the Tony award winning musical ANNIE. • Performances will be held at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 7:30pm on 8/6,7,13,14 and at 3pm on 8/8,15. Tickets: 1800-754-1050, ext. 416. $15 for adults, $10 for students 12 and over w/ school ID’s, $10 Brunswick Community College Staff, $6 for children under 12. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR TechMoja presents ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ on 8/1215 and 19-22 at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Production will be held at the Hannah Block Historic USO 120 S. Second St. Direction and choreography by Kevin Lee-y Green and music direction by Chiaki Ito. $12-$15. (910) 341-7860. OPERA HOUSE SEASON 25th Anniversary Season. The first two shows will be performed at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1415 South 17th St. The rest of the season will be performed on the Main Stage of Thalian Hall. The Music Man: Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson. Based on a story by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey. 7/23-25. Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill has hit River City, Iowa, looking to con the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. The bouncy, joyous score is full of showstoppers like “Seventy-Six Trombones”, “Marian the Librarian” and “Pick a Little, Talk a Littl.” All performances at 8pm, Sun. matinees, 3pm.

Comedy Room NUTT STREET COMEDY ROOM Nutt St. Comedy Room presents the Nutt House Improv Troupe on Wednesdays and Improv Troupe on Thursdays. • Vince Martin 7/23-4; Beards of Comedy Tour 7/31 • HBO’s Kyle Grooms will be showing on 8/6-7. Kyle has been seen on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comedy Central Presents, The Chappelle Show, and this season’s Last Comic Standing. •Shows are at 9pm; tickets $12 in advance, $15 at door. Visit www. nuttstreet.com for more information. CREATIVE COMEDY-SUMMER SHORTS Comedy Improv & Sketch for Beginners-One Week Intensive: $68. Learn the basics of improv.

Club, (910) 343-8977; Turning Heads Beauty Salon: (910) 799-4113; Quality Cutz, (910) 471-8876. daddycabineers@aol.com NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Stand-Up is Dead Comedy Tour: Feat. headliners Mack Lindsay and Steven Kendrick, as well as Joe Charles, Andrew Deans and other local comedians at the Nutt Street Comedy room in the basement of The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge. Show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $8 adv. (etix.com) or $10 at the door. Standupisdead.com. • Every week at Nutt St: Tues. and Wed. Improv with the “Nutt House” troupe ($5 cover and $1 Front St draft beer);Thurs. Open Mic Stand-up; Fri. and Sat.:Nationally Touring Comedians. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www.nuttstreet.com. 910-520-5520

Music/Concerts MUSIC ON THE TOWN Mayfaire Music on the Town returns for its 2010 season. Bring coolers (beer/wine is welcome), picnic baskets, chairs, friends and family to start the weekend off right! Chick-Fil-A will be at the concerts every Friday for an easy pick-me-up dinner. Plus, Jumpin Party Rentals will be out with three moon bounce castles, cotton candy and snow cones for the kids (for a small fee). Fee parking and dogs are welcome! Schedule: 7/23: Mako (variety rock) • 7/30: Blind Lemon Pledge (blues, rock) • 8/6: Big Fish (classic, modern rock) • 8/13: Blivet (eclectic rock) • 8/20: The School Boys (classic rock) • 8/27: Jason Marks Band (country) • 9/3: Soul Power Posse (funk, R&B, rock)

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT Playhouse 211 Theater presents “The Tallis Chamber Orchestra” One night only, 7/24 at 7:30pm at the Playhouse 211 Theater located at 4320-100 Southport-Supply Rd. Tickets are $15 for orchestra seating and $12 general admission. Seating is limited to the first 80 tickets sold. Tickets can be purchased on-line at playhouse211.com or 910-200-7785.

Dance CAPE FEAR CONTRA DANCERS Cape Fear Contra Dancers presents Tuesday Night Contra Dances every 2nd and 4th Tues. at 7:309:30pm at the 5th Ave United Methodist Church, 409 South 5th Ave. in Downtown Wilmington. Admission is $3; offers live band and caller, dress casually, family atmosphere with contemporary American Folk Dance. Singles and couples are invited to come. Date are: 7/27; 8/10, 24; 9/14, 28; 10/12, 26; 11/9,2 3. Phoebe Hood: 270-3363. BALLROOM LATIN DANCESPORT Beginner Ballroom Wed 6:30 7/28;Shag Wed, 7:30 7/28;Salsa Thur 6:30 7/29; Ballroom II Sun 8/1 6:00; Wedding Prep Classes, Friday Night Dance Club every Friday starts 7/30. 7:30-10:30. www. BallroomDanceSportNC.com, 910 799-2001 2010 SUMMER DANCE CLASSES 2010 Summer Dance Theme Camps:Theme camps $125/student camp fees are non-refundable & are not prorated according to attendance. Min. 5 students per camp required. No experience necessary, no shoes needed, loose comfortable clothing. Includes dance, games, activities, crafts, movies, story time, snacks, tumbling and free T-shirt. Camps are designed for children under 12 years of age. • 2010 Summer Dance Theme Camps, 9am-noon, “Primpin’ Princess Camp” • 7/19-23“Dancin’ Like a Star.” • Fall registration: August-May Dance Season, $10. Register by 7/30 and get 50 percent off reg. fee. Deadline through 8/9. 799-3223. techniquesinmotion.com TANGO Friday intro class at the Wilmington Athletic Club, 6:15pm, and the advancing couples class at 11:30am Saturday. • New couples dance at CAM: Sat. 6 sessions: 6/5, 12, 26 and 7/10, 24 and 31, 11am-1:30pm. $90/couple, (CAM members 10% discount). Class size is limited, pre-reg. required by Tues., 6/1 e-mail: daphne@cameronartmuseum. com or phone: 910-395-5999 ext. 1007. Instructor: Kent Boseman. www.surfertango.com.

KURE BEACH SUMMER CONCERTS On the second and fourth Fri. of June, July and Aug., The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce proudly brings you the 2010 Free Summer Concert Series featuring: 7/23, Katelyn Marks (Country) • 8/13 Jam Sandwich (Classic Rock) • 8/27, Blind Lemon Pledge (Blues/Classic Rock). Concerts take place at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach. No ticket rqd. and parking is free. Concerts at 6:30pm. Chamber:(910) 458-8434.

CAROLINA LOUNGE DANCE LESSONS Tues.: Shag Night. Free Shag Lessons with Brad White. Beginner 7:30pm, Intermediate 8pm. Dancing till 11pm. $5 cover. • Thurs.: Ladies Night. Free Line Dance Lessons with Barbara Braak 7:30pm. 5 cover. • Fri.: Salsa Night. Begins with Argentine Tango Lessons, 7:30pm. $5 cover. Salsa Lessons, 9:30pm & DJ Lalo. Open till 2:30am. • Sat.: Beach & Shag DJ, 7:30pm, Salsa, 11pm till close. Carolina Lounge, 910 791-7595.

CAPE FEAR BLUES FESTIVAL See page 14.

BELLYDANCE CLASSES Bellydance classes held Thursday evenings, 6:307:30pm at the Firehouse Pilates Studio. Marie: (910) 620-3566 or divyawaters@yahoo.com

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH SUMMER CONCERTS Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation hosts WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts at Wrightsville Beach Park, 321 Causeway Dr. You’re invited to bring your picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy music in the park Thurs, 6:30-8pm, 8/5 (in the event of inclement weather the concert is rescheduled for the following Thurs). (910)256-7925 or www. townofwrightsvillebeach.com .

DANCESPORT LESSONS Waltz: Tues., 7pm, Swing: Tues., 8pm, Beginner • Ballroom: Sun., 5pm • Beginner Ballroom Under 30: Thurs, 6:30pm • Shag: Sun., 4pm or Thurs., 7:30pm • Cha-Cha: Wed., 6:15pm. • Start dates vary. 4-6 weeks. www.BallroomDanceSportNC. com. 910 799-2001

WILMINGTON SALSA CLUB Salsa Lessons, 8:30pm, Wed., Garibaldi Night Club, 4418 Market St., Wilmington, NC • 8pm, Fridays, Sywanyk’s Night Club 222 Henderson Ave., Jacksonville, NC. Dawn: (910) 471-6809 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 FIREHOUSE STUDIO BELLY DANCING Bellydance Classes at the Firehouse Pilates Studio, Mon. nights. Private and semi-private, $50 for an hour and a half instruction and $30 a piece for two people for same duration. divyawaters@yahoo.com or 910-620-3566. BABS MCDANCE NEW SCHEDULE 7-8pm • Basic Shag: Tues. 6-7pm • Night Club Two Step: Tues. 7-8pm • Basic Salsa: Tues. 7-8pm • Progressing Salsa: Tues. 8-9:30pm • Swing & Lindy: Wed. 6-7pm • Cha Cha: Wed. 7-8pm • Mambo: Wed. 8-9:30pm • Waltz: Thursdays 6-7pm • Progressing Shag: Thurs. 7-8pm • Foxtrot: Thurs. 7-8pm • Argentine Tango: Thurs. 8-9:30pm. Check out full schedule at babsmcdance.com.

Art FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS Fourth Friday Gallery Nights 2010, 6-9pm on the fourth Friday of each month: 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 12/26. No admission. All ages. Several downtown galleries, studios and art spaces will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. The Art Walk is a self-guided tour featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, metals, ceramics, mixed media and more. Includes opening receptions, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional art-activities; www. wilmingtonfourthfridays.com. ECHOES OF COLOR AND LIGHT “Echoes of Color and Light: Art That Speaks Its Mind,” a show featuring the art of two distinctive Wilmington artists, B.F. Reed and Gail Henderson. Henderson’s pieces of abstract reality are drenched with layers of color and texture contrasted with opaque ribbons of paint. Reed’s lush watercolors reflect her diverse cultural experiences and interests. This is a Fill the Cupboard Art Show - please bring non-perishable food items to help stock local shelters/food banks! Opening with wine tasting on Fri. 7/23 from 5:30– 8pm; Exhibit runs through 8/31. FastFrame Gallery at Landfall Center, 1319 Military Cutoff Road, 910256-1105 or www.FastframeofWilmington.com. WHQR GALLERY WHQR 91.3FM Public Radio is thrilled to announce that the WHQR Gallery will open a new show on 7/23, with an exhibition of new work by prominent local photographer Libby Cullen and renowned local painter Sue Sneddon. Coastal Views begins with the opening reception that takes place Fri, 7/23, 69pm. Guests invited to meet the artists, the WHQR staff and on-air personalities, while enjoying wine, light refreshments and live music. Show remains on display until 10/8. Portion of proceeds benefit WHQR Public Radio. CIRQUE DU SURREAL Bramley, Ferreri and Miles present Cirque du Surreal as a mixed media art extravaganza featuring over 7 artists. The show preview party will be 7/23 at Creations by Justine and Clay Goddess Studio, 225 Souoth Water Street. 763-4545 or visit www. creationsbyjustine.com. FIGURING IT OUT Two local artists will present “Figuring It Out,” a show featuring their unique views of the human figure at Caprice Bistro & Sofa Bar, through 7/31. Pastel painter Jan Boland of Southport and oil painter Joanne Geisel of Leland have joined forces and gathered together the best of their figurative pieces for this show 10 Market St. PROJECKTE Bonnie England proudly announces the grand

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kitchen tour, 10/2. Unveiling takes place Fri., 8/27, Chandler’s Wharf, corner of Water and Ann streets, downtown Wilmington, 6-8pm. Refreshments served. Event coincides with monthly Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. Free to the public. Raffle tickets will be sold at $5 ea, and winning ticket will be drawn at end of tour on 10/2. Tour tickets available at $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Painting on display at the River to Sea Gallery, 225 S. Water St. in Chandler’s Wharf during the month of Sept. WALLS FINE ART GALLERY Oil Painters of America presents Walls Fine Art Gallery as 2010 Eastern Regional Exhibition Host. The exhibition will run 10/14-11/13. Oil Painters of America has a membership of over 3200 artists. With three levels of membership, each attained through a jury process, the organization is focused on the preservation of representational art by providing support and promotion to their members and the art through education, exhibitions, and marketing. Twoday, non-sale, preview, 10am-6pm, 10/14, and 10am-3pm on 10/15. Sales begin at the opening, 10/15, 6-10pm. Exhibition will include 90 juried member and signature member paintings, as well as paintings by master signature members. OPA member exhibition submission instructions are available: http://oilpaintersofamerica.org/about/ faq.html. Walls Gallery: (910)343-1703 or www. wallsgallery.com

opening of her newest endeavor, Projekte, an allencompassing art center and lounge, 523 S. 3rd St. Projekte opens 7/31, with an all-star cast of artists showcasing 2D and 3D art in “The Creative Coalition: Projekte’s Inaugural Exhibit.” Participating artists include Ben Billingsley, Kate Cathey, Michelle Connolly, MJ Cunningham, Bonnie England, Darren Mulvenna, Abby Spangel Perry, Colleen Ringrose, Dixon Stetler, Pamela Toll and Gayle Tustin. Opening gala: Sat., 7/31, 6pm-12am, w/ live music, wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres. Through 9/4. COUNTERTRANSFERENCE Group exhibition “Countertransference” at UNCWs Cultural Arts Building. Each of the 10 artists involved address social issues ranging from the economic downturn to our interaction with the environment or local communities. Exhibitionavailable for viewing through 8/6, Mon-Thurs, noon-4pm. Artists: Lauren Frances Adams, Dan Brawley, Anne Brennan, Mei Ling Cann, Jonathan Cobbs, Adam Jacono, Abby Spangel Perry, Dixon Stetler, Jim Tisnado, and Jan-Ru Wan. Curated by Michael Webster. 601 S. College Road, 910-962-3440. PHOTOGRAPHY WITH ED ZIRKLE Ed Zirkle, premier photographer, provides photographic services for families and businesses. Classes limited to 16 people. Bellamy Mansion, ed@edzirkle.com. Subject: “I’m interested in a class.” Classes on 8/9 and 9/20, 6pm, $30 with a $5 charge for the Bellamy Mansion, unless a member. Bring camera manual. Meets in the Carriage House administration building at the rear of the mansion. ARTISTS AND TEACHERS 8/29: Artists and Teachers is an exhibition that brings together ceramic work by 7 local art teachers. The exhibition is organized by Hiroshi Sueyoshi and

will be on view at the Clay Studio in the Pancoe Art Education Center at the Cameron Art Museum. The exhibition consists of ceramic work by Arron Wilcox and Vicky Smith of UNCW, Geoff Calabrese of Cape Fear Community College, Alan Boyd of Laney High School, Joseph Cunliffe of Ashley High School, Hope Hunt of Haggard High School and Sara Scott of New Hanover High School. Contact Ashley Standera, (910)395-5999 x1005 or astandera@ cameronartmuseum.com. 9TH ANNUAL ART WALK Registration for this year’s 9th Annual ArtWalk, in downtown Wilmington. This year’s event will be on Sat., 9/11, with the event going from 10am-5pm. Front St.will close and all of the artists will be set up over six blocks. Pedestrians stroll down thru the area to explore all of the wonderful items on display. 10,000 people throughout the day. $75 level allows you a 20’ x 10’ area to display your work however you wish. “Up & Coming” level is $35 and allows you a 10’ X 10” area space. This area has a retail price restriction of $150 or less. This area is more intended for artist who are trying to break into a larger event and get their work in front of a large crowd. Also an art parade, theme will be announced soon, will take place. Anyone that has interest in participating (both in a performance sense or constructing for the parade) or knows any individuals or groups that would have interest: Chris Andrews. artandantiquewalk@hotmail.com or 216-374-8884. 2010 BACK DOOR KITCHEN TOUR The Residents of Old Wilmington (ROW) is pleased to announce the unveiling of an original painting by James Davis, created especially for 2010 Back Door Kitchen Tour. This is the fifth year for the popular

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BOTTEGA EVENTS EXHIBIT: “Animals as Companions” Art Exhibit and Fundraiser for Homeless Pets. Art proceeds donated to Adopt an A.N.G.E.L. EVENTS: Acoustic Soup, 4-8pm. A philanthropic afternoon of live music and wine tasting featuring the amazing talents of Tucker Hill, Richard Welsh, Kim Dicso, According to Oscar, Jude Eden, Jim Ashley and John Clark. This monthly event is creatively coupled with wine sampling, raffles, prizes and more. $2 donation appreciated. Proceeds go to Art Soup. www.art-soup.org • Mon.: Open Paint and Create (bring art in progress). • Starving Artist Night and Stitch and Bitch, 6pm, Tues. • Wed. Weekly Wine Tastings • Call to artists: Looking for pieces for a watercolor exhibit. • Submissions accepted for “Flow,” an all watercolor exhibition. Any subject, any medium as long as water was used to paint. Please submit 5-10 jpeg images by 8/10, bottegaartbar@ gmail.com. Anything goes. 208 N. Front St. 910763-3737, www.bottegagallery.com. www.myspace. com/bottegagallery. PORT CITY POTTERY & FINE CRAFTS Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts, Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, w/ handmade, one-ofa-kind, 3-D art, crafts and more by jury-selected coastal North Carolina artisans. Open: Mon.-Sat., 10-5:30pm; Sun., 11-4pm. 307 N. Front St./7637111, portcitypottery.com OLD BALDY The Pirates Are Coming, 8/6-8, Bald Head Island, NC. The Meka II Pirate Ship will be sailing into the Bald Head Island Marina around 5pm, Friday, August 6. It is expected that pirates from Blackbeard’s Crew will try to prevent the Meka II from docking. Thus begins a weekend of pirates and history, all for the benefit of NC’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy. Come for one day or for all three. www.oldbaldy.org or 910-457-7481.

Museums BATTLESHIP On 7/17 at 10am-4pm the Battleship North Carolina’s volunteers will be stationed throughout the ship engaging visitors in specific subjects and areas including: gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. • 2nd Saturdays: History, Heritage, Arts & Fun: The fun will place at all 37 museums and Historic Sites around the state on 8/14, including the Battleship NC. Each location for 2nd Saturdays has a theme for the monthly program, which allows a pairing of art form and site. www.ncculture.com for statewide schedule of events. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River across from historic downtown Wilmington. Hours: 8am-5pm (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend) and 8am-8pm (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor

Day). Ticket sales stop an hour before closing. www. battleshipnc.com. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. burgwinwrighthouse.com. NC AQUARIUM EXHIBIT: Thank the ocean through a breathtaking new exhibit. The Aquarium installed its “Thank You Ocean” exhibit showcasing photography of sting rays, waves, fishermen and such by world-famous photographers Scott Marshall, Logan Mock-Bunting and DJ Struntz. The exhibit is developed on the spirit of the Thank You Ocean campaign, a nonprofit partnership between the State of California, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Ocean Communicators Alliance. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 ages 62 and up; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. EVENTS: Aquarist Apprentice: 7/24, 31, 2pm. Find out what it is like to be responsible for the aquarium critters. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour, learn about our animals and their diets, and assist our staff in the preparation of food and feeding of some of our animals. Limited participants; wear close-toed shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. Ages 10 and up; ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25/participant. Aquarium admission included. • Behind the Scenes Tour, where kids learan about the aqaurium, and gain access to all the behind-thescene action and how to care for the aquatic life. 7/25, 1pm; 7/15 and 29, 11:30am. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15/ ages 13 and up, $13/ages 8-12. Admission included. • Extended Behind the Scenes: Kids watch feeding time and visit top exhibits, like Cape Fear Shoals, as well as get a bird’s eyte view of the 235, 000 gallon tank, and more! 7/16, 28 and 30, 2pm. Children under 8 are not permitted. Children between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 20/ages 13 and up, $18/ages 8-12. Admission included. • Mommy and Me, 7/31, 9am. Moms and children interact and learn together about aquarium animals. Different animal topics will be offered each date. $13/adult and one child ($1/ additional child). Admission included. • Canoeing the Salt Marsh: 7/24 , 9am; 7/25, 2pm. Three-hour exploration of the Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve by canoe. Activities include crabbing, clamming, seining or birding. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. Ages 8 and up. Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by two adults. $25/participant. Admission not included. • Salt Marsh and Crabbing: 7/30, 8am. Join us for this hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait and equipment is provided. Ages 7 and up. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $16/ages 13 and up; $14/ages 7-12. Admission included. • Surf Fishing Workshop: 7/27, 8am. Three-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment and bait provided. Rain or shine. Ages 10 and up. $12/participant. Admission not included. • Sensational Senses: 7/26-30, 8:30am-3pm, ages 5-6, 10-12 or 13-14 (available only 7/19-23). By meeting and observing animals at the aquarium, and in surrounding habitats, campers discover how their senses help animals survive. $200/non-members for ages 5-12, $180/ages 5-12 for NC Aquarium Society Members. $250/non-members for ages 13-14, $225/ ages 13-14 for NC Aquarium Society Members. • 8/6 and16, 8am, canoeing trip to Holly Shelter in Pender County—the most biologically significant land along the Atlantic Coast. Paddlers meet in Pender County to float through cypress swamps and possibly see river otters, owls, warblers and wood peckers. Recommended for novice or intermediate paddlers. Participants should be able to swim and be capable of sustained physical exertion. For ages 8 and up. Children ages 8-14 must be accompanied by two adults. $35 per participant ($25 with own boat). 4 hours. • Pre-reg all programs! • 910-458-7468; 900


PADDLING CLUB Visiting a different location each month. Pre-regi. rqd, 12 and up (persons under 18 must be with parent/guardian). Per trip: $20 using our canoes/ $10 using your own. Waccamaw River (Pirway Section), Mon. 7/26, 8 am-2pm . Meet at Halyburton Park : 4099 S. 17th St. 341-0836 MEET ME AT MASONBORO Come join the NC Coastal Reserve for an environmental education walking tour on the northend of Masonboro Island on 7/31 at 1011:30am. Staff from the reserve will be covering topics that include: endangered sea turtles, nesting shorebirds, and invasive plants and animals. Participants should meet the staff at the jetty cove on the northend of Masonboro and will be walking along one of their trails describing the different ecosystems and wildlife. Admission is free. Additional info and questions, Hope Sutton: 910-962-2998 HALYBURTON NATURE PROGRAMS Free, pre-reg rqd. 4099 S. 17th St. 10-341-0075 or www.halyburtonpark.com. • See the Birds of Prey live at Halyburton Park on 4099 S. 17th Street 7/21, 6pm or 7:30pm. Admission: $5/participant. Get a closer look at live birds of prey like the Peregrine Falcon, Barred Owl or the Eastern Screech owl from the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter. Prereg rqd; 341-0075 or www.halyburtonpark.com. • Backyard Birding and Feeding, 7/31, 8/28, 9:30-11am. 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. Ages 10 and up. $3/participant. (910) 341-0075. ADULT SOFTBALL REGISTRATION Adult Softball Registration: 8/2, 8:30am-5pm. 5510 Olsen Park Ln. The fields are located adjacent to Laney High School and can be accessed by Corporate Drive via North Chase Industrial Parkway, Team entry fees range from $375/Adult and Church Leagues to $250/Women and Coed leagues. Season begins in Sept; concludes Dec. 1st. 343-3682 or TTY Relay 711 for more information. WATER AEROBICS Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program for adults/ seniors: Free water aerobics classes on Tues/Thurs. Through 8/19, 9-10am in the Robert Strange Pool at 410 S. 10th St. Pre-reg required. (910)341-7253. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH REC CLASSES Wrightsville Beach Shag Lessons, beginner and intermediate on Sun. in the Fran Russ Rec Ctr at Wrightsville Beach Park. No partner needed. • Bridge II Lessons, Thurs, 9:30-11:30am, 9/9-10/7. Bridge Intermediate II Lessons: Thurs., noon-2pm, 9/9-10/7. Meets in the Fran Russ Recreation Center. Pre-reg req • Tennis Lessons. All ages; classes meet Mon/Wed at Tennis Courts at Wrightsville Beach Park • Yoga. Tue/Wed at 6:30pm. Classes meet in the Fran Russ Rec Center • Pilates 50/50: Mon/Wed/ Fri, 10:15-11:15am. Beginner Pilates: Tues/Thurs. 7:30-8:15am. • Low Impact Aerobics. Mon/Wed/Fri. 8-9am and 9-10am. • Tone & Stretch. Tues/Thurs. 8:30-9:15 am. • Boot Camp Tues/Thurs. 6-7am. • Ladies’ Single Tennis Ladder and Men’s Single Tennis Ladder: through 9/3. Wrightsville Beach

residents $20/Non-residents $25. (910) 256-7925.

Film FRONT STREET FILM NIGHT Free of charge, meet filmmakers, support the local film community and enjoy 1/2-price apps. 7/21: “The Buck Johnson Story” (short) and “Half Empty” (feature) • 7/28: “Suit Yourself” (short) and “Dead End Job” (feature). frontstreetfrilmnight.com FREE MOVIES AT THE LAKE Every Sunday night in the summer, the Carolina Beach Lake Park comes alive with activity as families from all areas bring their lawn chairs and blankets and spend an evening together under the stars watching some of the best hit movies around: 7/25-Where the Wild Things Are • 8/1-BeetleJuice Each week, the Chamber also be hosts a food drive benefiting a local charity. Free and open to the public. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available at reasonable prices. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MOVIE NIGHT Free family-friendly movies at Wrightsville Beach Park, Wed., 8:30pm, through 8/11! Concessions available: popcorn, soda, candy, Kohl’s frozen custard, and Vito’s Pizza will be taking delivery orders. Picnic baskets and coolers welcome, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed in the park. (Cancelled upon inclement weather.) 7/21: “Night at teh Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” • 7/28: “Tooth Fairy.” www.townofwrightsvillebeach. com or (910) 256-7925. JULY SUBVERSIVE FILMS Showing at the Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St., 8pm, free admission. 7/25: “Dave Chappelle: For What It’s Worth”

Kids Stuff INDOOR SOCCER PROGRAM Kids ages 5-15 are able to attend an indoor soccer program at the MLK Community Center on 401 S. 8th St. Practices are on Mon/Wed/Fri, 5:30-7pm, beginning 7/21. Games are scheduled to begin on 8/2. Registration fee, $10; forms at MLK Center and www.wilmingtonrecreation.com. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH CAMPS 7/26-30 and 8/2-6: Performance Club: Directed by LJ Woodard. Session dates, times and fees vary depending on age. All supplies and a daily snack are included in the fee. • 7/26-30, 9am-noon: Cape Fear Cotillion Manners Camp with Tracee Meyer. We will be making manners fun with games, crafts and activities, on the tennis/basketball courts practicing sportsmanship, learning ballroom & popular dances, and serving lunch to practice our table manners every day! You will come away from this camp with skills that will last a lifetime! (*4 year olds who are entering Kindergarten in the fall are eligible) 9am-noon, at the Wrightsville Beach Rec Ctr. WB residents $140 / Non-residents $175.(910)251-3700 YOUTH IN BALANCE CAMP Youth In Balance Camp with Health Counselor Cortney Shallow: for ages 7-12, 7/26-30 from 8am-12pm. • Includes fun, physical activity every morning, creative expression games, the importance of eating & living healthy, creative and healthy writing activities; all materials are included. Natural Therapies Institute, 219 Racine Dr. Suite A-1, www. naturaltherapiesinstitute.com. $150/week or $100/ week if signed up for both weeks. 910-264-8465 SEA TURTLE CAMP Sea Turtle Camp is a hands-on, feet-wet experience for teens interested in marine biology, with a particular focus on the life cycle and rehabilitation of sea turtles. Campers will volunteer at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital and become Aquarists for a Day at the N.C. Aquarium, among other fun and exciting adventures. Takes place July for six- and eleven-day overnight sessions. Open to 13 to 17 year olds. www.SeaTurtleCamp.com. Jen Civelli: info@seaturtlecamp.com or 910-686-4611. THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF WILMINGTON Children’s Museum of Wilmington presents its events: • Mud Day at the Museum, 8/6-7 at 9am2pm. Kids come in their bathing suits or old clothes to play in mud pools; free admission. • Castles & Scoops at Wrightsville Beach will be held at the

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Blockade Runner on 8/29 for all aspiring artists and architects. Sponsored by Luna Pops, the event is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. • The Museum Mania Day Camp is in session for children ages 4-8 years old from 8:30am-12:30pm. Special 45 minutes camper programs include Gardening, Music and Dance, Cardio Chaos and Language arts/ Spanish. $20 pre day for members, non-members $25 per day. For more information, contact camps@ playwilmington.org.

Literary/Readings LOCAL AUTHOR FESTIVAL Several local authors will showcase their books the Local Author Festival at Barnes & Noble in Mayfaire Town Center on Sat, 7/24, 2-4pm Open and free to the public, and authors will be available to discuss and sign copies of their books. Feat: Thomas Hudgin, author of Incident on Cat Island, with his second novel The Andros Connection, anadventure story full of intrigue on the high seas. • Margaret Maron, author of 26 novels and two collections of short stories and more to come! Barnes and Noble, Mayfaire Center. 850 Inspiration Drive.

and explains how creativity can be employed in a variety of endeavors, including social justice, relationships, and work, as well as writing, art, music, etc. He also shares original country-folk-blues music and poetry. He invites participation by attendees in the discussion. If there is time, others can be invited to share a song or poem. This event is free and open to the public. (910)452-1107. GRAMERCY PREP Gramercy Prep and outstanding SAT propram is offering two SAT preparation summer classes at Hoggard High School. Each class is one week long, Mon-Fri, 9am-noon. 7/26-30 and 8/2-6. 910-4659445 or www.gramercyprep.com/nc. BREAKTHROUGH TWEEN-TO-TWEEN Breakthrough Tween to Tween Parenting Workshop, Sat., 8/21, 10am-noon. Workshop will provide fundamental, practical steps to parents for maintaining a respectful home environment and better preparing

7/24: GULF RESTORATION BOOK FAIR

BARNES AND NOBLE Dermatologist and author Dr. Robert Bibb will be at Barnes & Noble in Mayfaire Town Center on Sat., 7/31, 2-4pm to read, sign books and take audience questions about his new book Deadly Dairy Deception, thorough research and several statistics linking the milk you put on your cereal or the cheese you eat with crackers to cancer. Event is open and free to the public. 85- Inspiration Dr. (910) 509-1464.

The BP oil spill tragedy has affected many lives—human and aquatic—as well as livelihoods. Though, they’ve capped it, the efforts to help the people affected by it continue. Mark a local Book Fair among the calendar this week, as Cape Fear Green Building Allical holds one at Lumina Station, Stone Garden and Sapona Green Building Center on the 24th. Donations also welcomed!

BOOK FAIR Help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf on Sat., 7/24, by attending the one-day book-sale fund-raiser hosted by Cape Fear Green Building Alliance. Half the proceeds will go to the Gulf cleanup. Donations welcomed, too, 11am-5pm. Three locations: Lumina Station, 1900 Eastwood Rd., Stone Garden, 6955 Market St., and Sapona Green Building Center, 716 S. 17th St. DORIS BUFFETT STORY “The Doris Buffett Story: Giving it All Away,” luncheon, book-signing and remarks by Ms. Buffett,philanthropist and sister to Warren Buffett, to support Cape Fear Literacy Council. 8/13, 11:30am. St. James Parish, 25 S. 3rd St. $50. Lunch only, $30. RSVP byThurs., 8/5. www.cfliteracy.org. (910) 251-0911. CALL TO AUTHORS Art Soup, a non-profit arts organization in Wilmington, NC is currently seeking published or self-published authors and poets to participate in an annual, large outdoor arts festival, Sat. 9/11. The Wilmington Art Walk is an artist market throughout the streets of the historic downtown area, featuring visual artists, crafts, music and more. Literary participants are welcome to sell and sign copies of current or previous work at individual booths in a special section of the festival dedicated to writers. Spaces available at a discounted rate of $35 per participant. Call 910620-2047 or email info@art-soup.org.

Classes/Workshops INBALANCE PILATES STUDIO WORKSHOPS InBalance Pilates Studio is beginning a workshop series this summer that gives an opportunity for Pilates students to dive deaper into the Pilates work and for instructors to fine tune their teaching skills. • Workshops include: Fundamentals and Key Connections Workshop: 7/23, 2-5pm, $75; Tower and Mat Workshop: 7/24, 10am-2pm, $100; Reformer and Chair Workshop, 8/14, 10am-2pm, $100. 3828 Oleander Dr. Carrie Pages: 910-2289112. CREATIVITY WORKSHOP Join us at Pomegranate Books, on Sun. 7/25 for a Creativity Workshop led by visiting writer-poet Patrick Gene Frank, starting at 2pm. In the presentation, Mr. Frank discusses the nature of the creative process,

your children for being responsible adults.Woodburn Presbyterian Church, 509 Village Road NE, Leland, NC Seminar to be held in the Fellowship Hall, located behind the church. Shawn and Carol Stovall: 910232-0401 or Stovall7@GMail.com HANDS ON AMERICAN CLAY WORKSHOP Learn how to apply American Clay plaster for your home, apartment by a certified installer on 7/24 from 9am-5pm at the SApona Green Building Center. This product is VOC-free, moisture controlling, and BEAUTIFUL. Perfect for your home, apartment, office or business. No previous experience required and be prepared to have fun and get a little dirty! Registration is $135 for CFBA members, $150 for non-CFGBA members; price includes materials and light breakfast and lunch. 50% is due by 7/17. Minimum of 8 people to hold workshop. Visit www. americanclay.com for more information.

Clubs/Notices CAPE FEAR COMMUNICATORS MEETING Mt. Olive College, 1838 Sir Tyler Dr., Ste 100. (910) 256-0255. Honoring Mr. Rick Amme, former award-winning TV journalist and anchor, will speak at the Cape Fear Communicators Meeting, 7/20, 11-1:30pm. $6-$9, marketing@ ywca-lowercapefear.org. WINNIE THE WELDER World War II home front worker Helen Kramer, affectionately known then as “Winnie the Welder,” will describe shipyard construction operations at the Des Moines Shipbuilding Company at the monthly meeting of Southeastern North Carolina’s WWII Remembered Group, 7/23. Group meets at the New Hanover County Senior Center, 2222 South College Rd, at 10am. Refreshments and fellowship at 9:30am. Public is invited to attend. John Nelson: 399-7020 or fjn39@ec.rr.com. EXCHANGE CLUB The Exchange Club of Lower Cape Fear holds meeting on 7/27, Golden Corral, 5130 New Center Dr., 5:30-7:30pm. The Exchange Club of Lower Cape Fear is part of the National Exchange Club, which is the oldest community service club in the United States. Main programs of service are child abuse prevention, Americanism and youth and community service. Julie Barefoot: JulieHBarefoot@aol.com


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