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RIVER STORIES , PG. 8, 20-21 John Wolfe attends the WHQR panel on the GenX water crisis and reports on our communities’ ongoing year-long battle on page 8, while Robert Cummins, documentarian, talks about showing his short film on the crisis at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival this week. Cover and inside photos by Shea Carver


THEATRE>> ‘My Fair Lady’ is a tale of ‘opposites attract’ and is beautifully staged by Opera House Theater Company at Thalian Hall, with Chris Rickert (right) playing Henry Higgins to Emilia Torello’s Eliza Doolittle. Photo by Erik Maasch



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“We’ll give him the adoption special,” the vet tech promised as she disappeared to get Otis cleaned up, checked out and up-to-date on vaccinations.


It got me thinking about the history of animal rescue in the United States. Clearly, there are different perceptions about acceptable treatment of animals. It has evolved just in my lifetime. When I was little, my parents thought it was perfectly acceptable for my beagle puppy to have an outside doghouse, a pen and a 100foot chain. Hilda sleeps in bed with Jock and I, and if anyone ever suggested she spend a night outside alone or chained to a tree, the results would be … dire. Now one hopes altruism is a basic human trait, and in some form or fashion there have been people always standing up for the rights and needs of animals as long as it has been necessary. But in a formalized sense, the creation of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) signaled the advent of animal welfare as a priority in England. They were recognized by Queen Victoria in 1840.

MEET OTIS: Full Belly director Amanda Coulter holds Otis, who basically was abandoned with a big heap of food, in a house awaiting demolition. Courtesy photo.


t’s the week of the dog for me, I guess,” Jock observed.

“Sweetheart, you clearly have some sort of dog lesson coming at you,” I agreed. “Does this mean Rabbit is coming to stay with us, too?” “No, no—Rabbit is not coming to stay with us.” Jock shook his head. Rabbit, the second dog in need—who had been by Jock’s side less than a week—was on his way back to be reunited with his person. Apparently, one half of the couple had been in a car accident

with Rabbit in the car. She was on her way to medical treatment and Jock went to assume responsibility for the dog in its hour of need (because hanging out in the back of a police car is not where anyone wants their loved one, be it canine or otherwise). So human and dog were reunited, which is fortunate. However, with Jock’s latest adventures, we are running out of options. For approximately the last year and a half, Jock has been buying dog food for Otis, a small terrier who lived near the Full Belly Project HQ. Otis’ person—a

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sweet, little old lady—was hospitalized over the last year and is not coming back to her house. She adored Otis and lavished him with love and affection. Clearly, all Otis really wants to do in life is sit on someone’s lap and snuggle. If someone would let him sit on their lap for eight hours a day, he would be a happy dog. The remaining family member is currently searching for housing and cannot provide Otis with a roof, two meals a day and a couple of walks. So a very dirty, lonely and traumatized little dog found himself in Jock’s truck on the way to the vet last week.

The American adoption of a similar society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), traces its beginnings to 1866 and the work of Henry Bergh, who was inspired by RSPCA. ASPCA’s major early accomplishment was getting anti-cruelty laws passed. In the 1800s horses primarily were still used for transportation of goods and people. The treatment of horses was a necessary focus of their early work in a way that, though it is still important, is not as pertinent and visible today as it was 150 years ago. Apparently, one of Bergh’s big accomplishments was to get clay pigeons introduced into shooting sports. People actually used to fling live pigeons into the air for shooting sports. Readers might be interested to know Bergh’s success with anti-cruelty activism for animals led to his joining anticruelty work for children. The work of the ASPCA led to the prosecution of a childabuse and neglect case in New York, which also led to the creation of the first child-welfare protection organization in the United States. The case, which went to the New York Supreme Court, grew out

Otis, frankly, deserves better than he has gotten so far. While we try to find a good and loving home where Otis can be safe and secure, Jock is trying to socialize him with our dogs, Horace and Hilda. Because if we can’t find the right place for Otis, guess where he is going to live out his days? I’ll give everyone a hint: It doesn’t involve any possibility of euthanasia.


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The statistics are so distressing, almost immobilizing. There are many goodhearted souls working on rescue in our area and trying to change numbers for the better. Meanwhile, Jock and I find ourselves staring at Otis and facing a conundrum: We can’t solve the entire problem, but we can try to make a difference for this one dog. For Otis.

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In other interesting news, they euthanized 17 opossums, two rabbits and 281 raccoons. Sixteen rabbits were adopted to new owners, so that is good news for But I digress. them (we hope). Still, the stats are not Other groups have followed since encouraging. More dogs euthanized than ASPCA’s creation, including American adopted out to new owners? Humane and The Humane Society of the Nope, not taking Otis there. United States, among many others. Some nonprofits lobby for legislation to protect As an older dog with some blindness, interests of animals from testing, factory and shall we say, a bit of wear to him farming and neglect; others actively try to means he doesn’t win awards on the provide shelter and medical care (spay cuteness scale. And it is going to take a and neuter). In addition the rise of foster special person to look past his appearnetworks, enabled by the internet age, ance and see a very sweet, kind family have become a pillar of animal rescue addition underneath. and rehoming operations. ASPCA estimates 6.5 million pets enter According to the 2016 Public Animal shelters in the U.S. every year. So that Shelter Report from the North Carolina does not include horses, wild animals, Department of Agriculture and Consum- birds of prey or farm animals. They eser Services, in New Hanover County in timate 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 mil2016 at Animal Control Services 1,359 lion are cats. About 1.5 million animals in

shelters are euthanized each year in the U.S., but twice that number (about 3.2 million) of shelter animals are adopted annually (evenly split between dogs and cats).



cats were taken into the shelter. Of that number, 101 were returned to their owners, 487 were adopted and 734 were euthanized. Thinking about Otis, I checked the stats on dogs: 1,238 taken into the shelter, 378 were adopted to new owners, 427 returned to their owners and the number of dogs euthanized was ... 413. Mmmmm. More were euthanized than adopted? Well, we’re not taking Otis to animal control.



of a neighbors’ concern for the welfare of a little girl. One woman who became involved in the case heard Bergh speak and enlisted him and his colleagues at ASPCA. Together they pressed the case. The abuser received a one-year jail sentence and lost custody of the child (thank the gods!). The New York Times archive has several fascinating pieces about the case, and though they’re compelling, it also angers me—the kind of anger that makes my blood curdle. It’s hard to escape the realization that human life is valued so little.

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With GenX still flowing through our water, the fight marches on



ot to hope for things to last forever, is what the year teaches,” Roman poet Horace said—but he was of a time before humans had invented fluorochemical compounds which do not break down in nature. Lucky him. It has been one year since our community learned of the contamination of our drinking water supply by Chemours. One year of surprise, frustration, anger, and confusion—the fear that comes from uncertainty. One year of our questions outnumbering our precious few answers. One year of silence from the company responsible for the mess. It is a benchmark which causes us to reflect on what we know now that we didn’t before—to analyze where we are and to ponder how best to move forward, together as a community, toward solving this enormous problem. On the anniversary itself, June 7, five nonprofit organizations—Cape Fear Surfrider, Cape Fear River Watch, Plastic Ocean Project, NC Coastal Federation, and Cape Fear Sierra Club—hosted a panel conversation with water-quality experts at the CFCC Union Station auditorium. Over 100 people attended to listen and ask questions, including several local elected officials and a filmmaker shooting a documentary about GenX (see page 21). The panel was moderated by WHQR’s Vince Winkel and included scientists like Dr. Jane Hoppin from NC State, who is leading the first health study on humans for GenX; Dr. Suzanne Brander, an environmental toxicologist formerly of UNCW but

currently at Oregon State; Dr. Jamie DeWitt, head of the DeWitt Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at ECU; and Dr. Larry Cahoon, a professor of biology at UNCW and one of the early voices from the scientific community on the issue. Non-scientists included Dana Sargent, president of the board at Cape Fear River Watch; Jim Flechtner, the CEO of CFPUA; and Linda Culpepper, interim director of the Division of Water Resources of the NC DEQ. The panel began with each talking about the lessons they had learned over the past year. Dr. Brander and Dr. Hoppin both spoke about how the scope of the problem has moved beyond just GenX in the drinking water. Dr. Brander questioned what aquatic organisms are being exposed to and wondered what the potential effects might be to the health and immune responses of fish. Dr. Hoppin iterated how other chemicals outside of GenX had been found in even greater quantities, including nafion (a sulfonated tetrafluoroethylene based fluoropolymercopolymer), which becomes GenX when it reacts with water. Sargent said the last year has been a huge wakeup call to the community; it has people really thinking about from where their water comes. But her biggest takeaway is we can no longer trust our government to protect our health if they continue on a path of “coddling corporations.” Later in the panel she mentioned the current state budget bill had been created behind closed doors with the help of lobbyists from the industry. A particularly damning quote from Preston Howard,

president of the NC Manufacturers Group (a lobbying organization which includes Chemours), warned legislators not to open up a “Pandora’s Box” by testing for other chemicals, which will “almost assuredly reveal there are many, many chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other consumer products in the water supplies.” The legislature, based on their budget, seems to have listened to Mr. Howard, rather than to the people of which whose public trust resources they were given stewardship. Culpepper said the DEQ can’t do its job without funding, and relayed a story about how they recently asked for a mass spectrometer to do independent water testing. She made the analogy that, for the scientific tool they needed, there were three levels of tools to allow them to test for more compounds. She equated it to Chevy, Cadillac and Tesla. “We asked for a Cadillac,” she said, “and were given a moped.” Cahoon continued to advocate for the importance of scientific research in our area: “If it hadn’t been for a group of scientists at the EPA and at NC State, we would be blissfully unaware [of what’s in our water].” He called the issue “a complete failure of the system we have to make sure this doesn’t happen.” Flechtner reminded us the federal framework for setting standards is woefully inadequate. Companies make new chemicals so quickly, the grumbling machinery of bureaucracy simply can’t keep up (remember how last year when it first came to light, CFPUA’s water was still meeting state and federal standards?). The process is backward, argued Sargent. We should be requiring corporations figure out if something is safe before it is discharged. Culpepper agreed. “We should step away from a chemical by chemical approach...” “A whack-a-mole format,” Sargent noted. “...and look at them in groups,” Culpepper continued. Dr. Dewitt mentioned how other countries use a different regulatory strategy than the one in the U.S., one that focuses on a chemical’s PBT—or Persistence, Bioaccumulation and Toxicity. “We would be progressive [if we used this approach,] but instead we focus on health effects.” Despite a year’s worth of reporting on the topic by every news outlet in the city,

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there continues to be questions from the audience about whether or not we know if the chemicals are dangerous. We all keep asking about the health risks of drinking the water. Dr. Dewitt responded that if she gave 30 ppm of PFOA, GenX’s chemical predecessor, to a mouse, it would die. At 15 ppm, it would get sick, lose weight and have immune-system problems. At 3.75 ppm, outwardly, the mouse would look alright, but inside its liver would be swelling, and other internal problems would be occurring. PFOAs mimic fatty acids, according to Dr. Brander, and it’s a problem when our body can’t tell the difference. At just one liter of water one part per trillion of GenX in it, 2 trillion GenX molecules are apparent. When the molecules interact with the cells in our body, Dr. Cahoon says, it’s like getting a spam phone call. “That’s a hell of a lot of spam. Is that good for you? Probably not.” One lady asked very sweetly what she should tell the people in her community when she goes home tonight. She was a layman and like many of us didn’t understand all the scientific discussion dominating the conversation. Flechtner responded they all need to be active and push the government to regulate these chemicals. He hoped to bring the needed information forward to upgrade the water treatment plant, one that shouldn’t be an expense to the community. “Tell them the people up here are doing all they can as fast as they can to get the water as clean as we can,” he said. Dr. Cahoon had the last word: “This company knows better,” he said. “It’s up to us to make sure they are doing what they should be doing.” Although we have made progress in a year’s time, our fight is far from over. Remember how long it took to stop Titan—or sue Duke Energy to clean up the toxic coal ash they spilled? Despite knowing about it for a long time, we continue to have CAFOs upstream. Finding solutions to issues can be better described as a marathon, not a sprint. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only race worth running—a race for a cleaner environment, a healthier citizenry and a cleaner planet. Our race must continue; our fight must go on. Our river must be clean. Our own survival depends on it.

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THE NAKED TRUTH Letitia Chai, Cornell University class of 2018, arrived at her “Acting in Public: Performance in Everyday Life” class on May 2 ready to present a trial run of her senior thesis wearing a button-down shirt and cutoff denim shorts. Professor Rebekah Maggor was displeased, however, and asked Chai, “Is that really what you would wear?” She referred specifically to Chai’s “too short” shorts and told Chai that her clothing choices would distract “men’s attention” from the content of her presentation. Chai left the room, but soon returned wearing just her bra and panties and delivered the entirety of her presentation. On May 5, she returned to the classroom to officially present her thesis and stripped down again, with more than two dozen others in the room joining her in bras and panties or boxers. Chai posted on Facebook about the incidents, telling The Cornell Daily Sun she wanted to raise awareness

about this “huge societal issue.” [The Cornell Daily Sun, 5/6/2018]

TRY THE DECAF In Hudson, Florida, Brandon Donald McCray, 47, came unglued on May 1 after discovering two of his socks missing. When suspicion fell on his roommate, Frank Smith, 53, McCray attacked him with a sword, according to WTVT. The attack continued as McCray also struck and injured two women living at the home. Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said Smith nearly lost several fingers trying to defend himself. Deputies arrested McCray at a neighbor’s house on charges of attempted homicide and battery. [WTVT, 5/2/2018]

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10. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officers arrived at the apartment home of Patrick Shurod Campbell, 27, where two roommates said Campbell “beat the hell” out of Dimitri, the Palm Beach Post reported. Officers found the 2-year-old dog locked in a dark closet, shaking and submissive, with a bloody ear. Campbell told police he had bitten the dog to “establish dominance.” Campbell was charged with aggravated animal cruelty; Dimitri was turned over to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control for treatment and re-homing. [Palm Beach Post, 5/11/2018]


owner in the leg. “I carry in a belly band, under my bib overalls,” Remme told the newspaper. “And apparently he bumped the safety one time, and when he bounded back over one of his toes went right down into the trigger guard,” he explained. Remme didn’t realize he’d been shot until his pant leg started to turn purple. Balew, however, “thought he was in trouble for doing something wrong,” Remme said. He “laid down beside me and cried.” [The Messenger, 5/10/2018]


The grandmother of a 7-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, became alarmed May 7 when a stranger started following her and the little girl around a Kroger store. WXIATV reported that Einodd Samimi had earlier approached the grandmother at a nearby Walmart and asked if he could “have” her granddaughter for $100. He upped the ante at Kroger, offering to purchase her for $200 and commenting on the little girl’s pretty hair. The grandmother confronted Samimi, drawing a large crowd of shoppers who chased him through the store and to his car. Police arrested Samimi at his home on charges of enticing a child and criminal solicitation. [WXIA-TV, 5/9/2018]

As finals were ramping up at the University of Utah at the end of April, one student’s class project went viral: Senior Nemo Miller created a stand-alone closet, placed in the J. Willard Marriott Library, where stressed-out students could go for a good cry. KSL TV reported The Cry Closet (#cryclosetuofu) caught on quickly; even with a suggested 10-minute limit, @ Gemini tweeted, “I stayed 11 mins but feel so much better thank you to whoever built this. Can we add a box of tissues please?” Miller filled the closet with stuffed animals and soft materials. “I think everyone just needs a safe space sometimes,” she said, “even if it’s in a In the Indian village of Upparahal, a mother very public place.” [KSL TV, 4/25/2018] dying of an unknown condition feared that her husband, whom neighbors say is an alcoMAKE ART GREAT AGAIN! holic, would neglect her 13-year-old son and A French museum dedicated to the work their other children. To ensure there would of painter Etienne Terrus announced April be an adult woman in the family capable of 27 that more than half of its collection from performing domestic chores, she married the the 19th-century artist are forgeries. The teenager to a 23-year-old woman on April 27. However, according to the local tahsildar, or Terrus museum in Elne, where Terrus was tax collector, Srinivasa Rao, “The marriage born, gathered a group of experts to inspect will be canceled as it is not valid as per law.” the works after a visiting art historian noMetro News reports that both the bride’s and ticed some of the paintings depict buildings groom’s families have disappeared since that were not constructed until after Terrus’ the wedding became public. [Metro News, death. In all, 82 paintings were determined to 5/12/2018] be fake. BBC News reported that the town’s mayor, Yves Barniol, called the situation “a PEOPLE WITH ISSUES disaster” and apologized to museum visitors. Police in Loerrach, Germany, responded [BBC News, 4/28/2018] May 14 to complaints about a domestic dis-


turbance after a neighbor reported a loud confrontation that had been going on for some time. But when they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man arguing with his girlfriend’s parrot, according to Metro News. The parrot had been barking like a dog, and the man became annoyed with it. No charges were filed. [Metro News, 5/15/2018]

On Yaji Mountain in China, hog farmers are experimenting with high-rise hog breeding facilities that house 1,000 head of sows per floor. Xu Jiajing, manager of Guangxi Yangxiang Co. Ltd., told Reuters the “hog hotels” save “energy and resources. The land area is not that much, but you can raise a lot of pigs.” The buildings range from seven floors to 13, LOVE IN THE DRIVE-THRU with elevators to move people and pigs, and @BurgerKing was looking for love in all the air circulation and waste management systems designed to reduce the risk of spread- right places on May 9 when workers changed a Boston location’s sign to read: “@Wening disease. [Reuters, 5/10/2018] dys ... Prom?” and posted a picture to Twitter. United Press International reported that ARMED AND CLUMSY Fort Dodge, Iowa, may not exactly be it took less than an hour for the red-headed the Wild West, but tell that to Balew, the pit fast-food heartthrob, just a few doors down, bull-lab mix belonging to 51-year-old Rich- to respond: “OK, but don’t get handsy and ard Remme. As Remme and Balew rough- we have to be home by 10.” In a classic love housed at home on May 9, Balew bounded triangle, @MoonPie expressed his disapback up onto the couch, where, according pointment: “I knew I should’ve asked sooner.” to The Messenger, he managed to shoot his [United Press International, 5/10/2018]



Seek out a variety of play in the pursuit of happiness BY: MARK BASQUILL


y father was a man with smiling eyes and no ambition. These were his finest quali-

ball and special camps for this and that, but are all these achievement-oriented quests allowing kids to fully explore variety of play? Or are they more preparing them to “Get to work!”

That official photo, shouting “Get to work!”, is about as American as StoliThat’s the opening line to a story I’m chnaya. My definition of work is, “The playing around with about my father. intentional pursuit of misery.” I’ve never When I shared it with my engineer/MBA voted for that and I never will. The asserbrother, he recoiled. I don’t know exactly tion that so-called “Puritan work-ethic” why. I saw my father as someone who makes ‘Merica great is fundamentally undidn’t take life too seriously and lacked patriotic. America herself was founded on ambition. Maybe my brother saw our fa- “the pursuit of happiness.” ther as a serious man with great “potenDoes the man in the presidential photo tial” who had his noble ambitions frustratlook happy? See. The image of a grumpy ed by luck, fate, government, the church, old czar is un-American. or my mother. ties.”

Something must have frustrated him because America is a serious country where it’s a felony to admit lacking ambition. We can be locked up for admitting there’s nothing driving us to “the next level.” After all, it’s our achievements that protect us as we lay dying, right? We pay lip service to the humility of Jesus, but in many churches, it might as well be a mortal sin to admit having no lofty desire to cleanse and perfect the soul, or achieve nirvana. It’s also civil and religious heresy to question the seriousness of it all. If anyone doubts how serious America has become, gaze at the grim countenance glaring from the official presidential photo. The scowl denotes seriousness. This is the look of a perpetual predator. The humorless face practically shouts, “You’re fired!” It tells history: “This is a serious man who doesn’t play!” A man that doesn’t know how to fully play is a dangerous man. People need to play. We learn through play. We need more than just solitary fantasy play or competitive play that results in winners and losers. If that’s where we’re stuck, we may wind up socially stunted and morally bankrupt with the grim expression now haunting America. We need social play, imaginative play, cooperative play, all kinds of play that does not involve dominance, does not end in wins and losses. Yet, we seem to have bought into a culture, wherein the line between adult and child is writ large, “Grown-ups don’t play.” Slowly but surely, we appear to be stripping our children of the freedom to truly play. Sure, helicopter parents rush their kids all over the place for travel

I’ve never seen a picture of my father without a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. He would have been a heretic in our new serious America. He was an old-school pursuit-of-happiness guy. What he lacked in ambition, he more than made up for with a hearty laugh and an ability to play. He loved Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, had no problem singing Sinatra at the top of his lungs in a green and orange wig on St. Patrick’s Day, or making an ass of himself on any other day. He retained the ability to laugh at himself to his last breath. He also loved seeing my kids and I engage in creative play of theatre. He was proud to see my oldest son perform Shakespeare—and would have loved to perform Shakespeare at Greenfield Lake himself. My father would have made an excellent Falstaff, or Bottom, or one of the Bard’s classic comic figures. (The current president is a Simple, or at best a Shylock. Unfortunately, he thinks he’s Richard III.) My father would also be incredibly proud my 54-year-old brother is finally stepping out of his serious engineer/MBA role for his first adventure in the cooperative play of theatre. He’s taking on the heavy in a Louisville, KY, production of “Charade.” We’re never too old to learn to play. As I reflect on Father’s Day, I’ll be laughing with St. Peter and my father if my kids write about me, “He was a man with smiling eyes and no ambition.”

Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine is offering something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before: True New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! Happy Hour Sun.-Thur., 4-6pm. Featuring discounted appetizers and select sushi rolls! Regularly priced menu items only

Displayed is our Saketini, the Princess Peach, and behind that (from left to right) is a bowl of Ramen in the Tonkostu (pork) broth. Next to that is our appetizer, Takoyaki, which is an fried round of octopus. Beside that is a Salmon Poke bowl. Beneath is the dinner portion of steak and chicken Hibachi!

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Composer uses music and film to build a narrative on the human experience


the stage,” MacPhail explains. Alongside flute, MacPhail incorporates her own voice, guitar, the omnichord, field recordings, and synthesizers. “I add a visual element by combining my electroacoustic music to silent film,” she adds. “There’s a magical dance that happens between live music and film which I love.”


t’s been quite a while since encore last touched base with Canadian flutist and composer Rozalind MacPhail—a few years actually—and a lot has happened since. The first Canadian flutist to earn a sponsorship from one of the largest flute manufacturers in the world, Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments, MacPhail has used all available support toward creating new, innovative music and films that serve to pluck the emotional strings of her audience. It was during her three-month artist residency with Cucalorus in 2014 where she felt inspired to begin work on her project “From the River to the Ocean,” which is set to tour Wilmington this month. “I was inspired by the history of the city and the warmth of the Wilmington people,” MacPhail tells. “It seemed like there were ghosts everywhere, wanting to tell their WALLS OF SOUND: Essentially a one-person stories—I loved the landscape.” The Cucalorus Festival’s U.S. premiere of the show took place in 2016 and was so well-received by the Wilmington audience



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band, Macphail uses looping software to generate a plethora of instrumental sounds in ‘From the River to the Ocean.’ Photo by Alick Tsui

MacPhail felt pressured to bring it back as soon as the opportunity arose. “Cucalorus is sponsoring the entire tour and it’s wonderful to have their support,” she says. “I actually get to stay in the pink house [behind Jengo’s Playhouse] on their campus while I’m in town.” Though MacPhail is set to perform in several venues in North Carolina this month, she says the larger performance will take place at Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum. She will do an open panel with special guest Shona Thompson, whose film and poem “The Gaze” inspired MacPhail’s song of the same name. Thompson’s film is a compilation of 1940’s stock footage of multiple moments where people look steadily at the camera. “There’s something vulnerable about that intimate moment when someone gazes back at the camera because it feels like they’re staring right at you,” MacPhail says. “It gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. We’ll actually be showing an excerpt from the original film, offering a staged snapshot of postwar life in the city.” The performance will cover such themes as people, place and the human experience—how all are connected in the world in some way. The importance of documenting

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memories is also an element seen in the footage, something MacPhail feels particularly strong about. “Things are constantly changing and we all have unique voices that need to be heard to gain a better understanding of one another,” she explains. Alongside lighthearted moments, the musician plans to delve into darker places, such as poverty and racism, using her own footage—things she witnessed while spending time in Wilmington. She recalls being disturbed by a large food stamps advertisement she saw hanging in front of a local convenience store, something she says is just one attempt of the corporate world to normalize and de-escalate the poverty crisis. “Witnessing poverty and racism in the U.S. made me feel a great amount of sadness—so much that I woke up one morning in tears,” MacPhail divulges. “This is what inspired me to create my Super 8 film, ‘Now Accepting Food Stamps.’ It was my way of trying to accept what I couldn’t change in the world and somehow come to terms with it.” As a live-looping artist, audience members can expect to hear melodies, rhythms and harmonies on the flute that get layered into walls of sound—essentially showcasing MacPhail as a one-person band. She utilizes a digital audio workstation called “Ableton Live,” a music sequencer software popular among electronic music producers. “It is kind of like my duet partner on

MacPhail also has been experimenting with effected flute, something not to be confused with simple amplification or the electric flute. The effected flute is the acoustic instrument manipulated by audio effects via a pedal or music software. “Effected flute is everything in what I do,” MacPhail explains. “There has been a trend in the flute world to call any flute sounds that are amplified or effected ‘electric flute.’ I find this term to be a bit misleading although one could make a case for either. . . .In my music, I use the term ‘effected flute’ to describe how my flute is both amplified and manipulated through electronics.” When creating the music for the show, MacPhail says she likes to use the omnichord—a discontinued instrument produced by Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation that resembles a large pear and is covered in buttons and dials. It easily assists her in developing the skeleton of each song before fleshing it out to full capacity. She describes it as an “electric auto-harp” which she simply finds easy to work with. In “From the River to the Ocean,” MacPhail hopes to captivate the audience and move them through an emotional journey, leaving many music and image combinations up for personal interpretation. “I feel there is a wonderful connection that happens between the audience and the stage, and I thrive on experiencing that,” MacPhail says. “What I really love about performances like this is that I’m able to inspire and motivate others to think about how they capture their own experiences in life.”


From the River to the Ocean

Music and film by Rozalind MacPhail June 17, 2 p.m. Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th St. Tickets: $18-$23

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Cape Fear Blues Festival JUNE 22-24, 2018

JEFF FETTERMAN BAND, Sat. 6/23 @ The Rusty Nail

THE RHYTHM BONES, Fri. 6/22 @ The Rusty Nail

BILLY WALTON BAND FRI. 6/22 @ The Rusty Nail

Italian Sandwiches • Meatballs Spaghetti • Party Catering Breakfast All Day 1101 S College Rd. • (910) 392-7529

NEL MOORE NICHOLS, Sat. 6/23 @ Ted’s Acoustic Blues

JON MCDONALD Fri.-Sat., 6/23-24 @ The Rusty Nail

ALSO PERFORMING: Slippery Jake & The Bad Brakes, Bob Sartanaro & Spider Mike Bochey, Jimi King Trio, Justin Cody Fox, Coastal Blues, and more! EVENTS: Downtown Sundown Concert with The Core: Eric Clapton Tribute, All-Day Blues Jam at The Rusty Nail, Blues Workshop at Finkelstein Music, Guitar Giveaway, and more!

Tickets: or call Rusty Nail, 910-251-1888. In cooperation with Wilmington Downtown, Inc. and with support from Finkelstein Music & Peavey Guitars, The Rusty Nail, Ted’s Fun On The River, WHQR Public Media, Lee Oskar Harmonicas, Blues Festival Guide 2018, and Wilmington & Beaches CVB.

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Al DiMarco (7pm; Free; Piano)

—Platypus & Gnome, 9 S Front St.

Outdoor Concert Series

Karaoke (8pm; Free)


—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 910-251-1301

Improv Night (8pm; $3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Extreme Music Bingo (10pm; Free)

—Fox and Hound, 920 Town Center Dr.

Hip Hop Yoga (6pm; $15)

—Neon Fox Studio, 201 N. Front St.

7324 Market Street • 910-821-8185 OPEN 7 DAYS AWEEK

The Annex Songwriter Session #15 (7pm; $5) —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N 4th St.; 910-538-2939

Wildeyes (9pm; Free; Folk)

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Sean Gregory (6pm; Free; Rock, Reggae)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr.

Ariel Pocock Group (6:30pm; $10-$18; Jazz) —Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.

Open Mic Comedy (7pm; $0-$3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Jamie Hoover (7pm; $3; Singer-Songwriter) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Trivia Night (7:30pm; Free)

—Fox and Hound, 920 Town Center Dr.; 910-509-0805

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Offering a variety of craft beer, ciders and wine

Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133

Open Mic Night (8pm; Under 21 pay $3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Fireworks by the Sea (8:45 pm; Free)

—Carolina Beach Boardwalk, 100 Cape Fear Blvd.

Justin Cody Fox (9pm; Free; Singer-Songwriter) —Pour Taproom, 201 N. Front St.

Balkun Brothers (10pm; Free; Rock) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St. INFECTIOUS POP: Up-and-coming Raliegh-based pop band Seabreeze Diner will play an original set of jams at Gravity Records this Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Photo by How Strange It Is To Be Anything At All

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Open Mic Night (6pm; Free)

—Tidal Creek Cooperative, 5329 Oleander Dr.

Improv Comedy (7pm; $0-$3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.


Masquerade Ball (6pm; $100)

—Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.

Songwriter Session #15 (7pm; $5)

Monica Hoelscher (6pm; Free; Singer)

James Jarvis (7pm; Free; Jazz Piano)

Tuesday’s Gone Skynard Tribute (6:30pm; Free)

The Jillettes (7pm; $3; Rock)

Cosmic Groove Lizards (7pm; $50; Rock)

—Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St. —The Blind Elephant, 21 N Front St. Unit F —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

—The Joyce, 1174 Turlington Ave. —Riverfront Park, 5 N. Water St.

—Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 North 4th St.;

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—Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.

Jeanne Jolly (7pm; $10; Singer-Songwriter)

Live Music (9pm; Free; Rock)

—Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way

The Rhythm Bones (7pm; $3; Blues) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

The Beau Rikkis (7pm; Free; Classic Rock) —The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

Brian Scolaro (7pm, 9:30pm; $16; Comedy)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N Front St.

Big Band at the Gazebo (7pm; Free; Jazz)

—Carolina Beach Boardwalk, 100 Cape Fear Blvd.

Ghostt Bllonde (Pop) + Seabreeze Diner (Rock) (7pm; Free;) —Gravity Records, 612 Castle St.

Rocky Pleasant (7:30pm; Free; Folk) —Pour Taproom, 201 N Front St.

James Jarvis (8pm; Free; Jazz)

—Bottega Art Bar and Gallery, 723 N. 4th St.

Judges Road (8pm; Free; Country)

—Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill, 701 N Lake Pk Blvd; 910-742-8055

Seneca Guns (8:30pm; Free; ‘90s Rock)

—Local’s Tavern, 1107 New Pointe Blvd.

Beau Beauchamp (9pm; Free; Folk) —The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St.

Ratchet Bros. (9pm; Free; Lo-Fi Rock)

—Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.

ASG Album Release (9pm; $10-$30; Metal)

—Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern, 1415 S 42nd St.

Live Music (9pm; Free; Rock)

—Goat & Compass, 710 N. 4th St.

The Fritz (9pm; Free; Rock)

—The Whiskey, 1 S Front St.

Stick em’ Up (9:30pm; Free; Rock)

—Hell’s Kitchen-Wilmington, NC, 118 Princess St. 910-763-4133


Soul-R Fusion (3pm; Free; Acoustic)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr.

BROOKS (6pm; Free; Classic Rock) —The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

Symposium Greek Night (6pm; Free)

—Symposium Restaurant, 890 Town Center Dr.

Live Music in East Oceanfront (6:30pm; Free) —Blockade Runner, 275 Waynick Blvd.

Michael Wolfe & Gang (7pm; $3; Funk) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Brian Scolaro (7pm, 9:30pm; $16; Comedy)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Jenny Lynn (7:30pm; Free; Singer, Guitarist) —Pour Taproom, 201 North Front St.

Rock & Roll Dance Party! (8pm; Free)

—Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill, 701 N Lake Pk Blvd; 910-742-8055

The Beau Rikkis (8pm; Free; Classic Rock) —Palate, 1007 N 4th St.

Southern Trouble (8:30pm; Free; Rock)

—Local’s Tavern, 1107 New Pointe Blvd.

Seeking Madras (9pm; Free; Indie Rock)


—Goat & Compass, 710 N. 4th St.

Wavy Train (9:30pm; Free)

—The Calico Room, 115 N 2nd St.


Rozalind MacPhail (2pm; $18-$23; Flutist) —Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.; 910-395-5999

Books, Beer & Jazz Piano (3pm; Free)

—Old Books on Front St., 249 N. Front St.; 910-76-BOOKS

Cliff Cash (5pm; $75; Comedy)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Reggae Festivus (7pm; Free)

—Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 910-742-8055

Open Mic Night (7pm; $3)

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

100 S. FRONT ST. 910-251-1832 LIVE MUSIC in the courtyard 7 days a week


$2 Select Domestic • $3 Draft $4 Flavored Bombs 1/2 Price Apps Live Music from Tony and Adam TUESDAY

$2.50 PBR 16oz cans $3.50 Sam Seasonal and Hoppyum IPA draft $5 Redbull and Vodka 1/2 price wings Live music from Josh Solomon FRIDAY

$2.75 Michelob Ultra $3.25 Stella $4.50 Lunazul Tequila All Floors open SATURDAY

$3 Fat Tire & Voo Doo $5 Jameson • $2 Tacos Pub Trivia on Tuesday Live music from Rebekah Todd

$3 Miller Lite $4 Deep Eddy Lemon Drop shots $5 Deep Eddy Grapefruit and Soda All floors open

$2.75 Miller Lite • $4 Wells, 1/2 price bottles of wine $2 off a dozen oysters Live music from Jeremy Norris

$3 Corona/ Corona lt • $4 Mimosa $4 Bloody Mary Live music from L-Shape Lot duo 3pm and Clay Crotts 8pm



$3.75 Hay Bale Ale

$3.75 Red Oak Draft $4 Wells 65 Wings, 4-7pm

$3.50 Pint of the Day $4 Fire Ball

$3.75 Sweetwaters $4.50 Absolute Lemonade

$5 Mimosas $5 Car Bombs

$3.75 Sweet Josie $4 Margaritas

$5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas *Drink Specials run all day

Clay Walker (7:30pm; $24-$72; Country) —Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St.

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Sunday School Underground (8pm; Free)

—Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St; 910-763-2223


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Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

—Hell’s Kitchen-Wilmington, NC, 118 Princess St. 910-763-4133

Open Mic w/ James Jones (8pm; Free)

—Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St; 910-763-2223

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Comedy Bingo (6pm; $2)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Family Night (6:30pm; Free)

—Carolina Beach Boardwalk, 100 Cape Fear Blvd.

The Flawless Smile Tour (6:30pm; Free; Rock) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 910-251-1832

• 16 NC brews on tap • 8 big screen TV’s • Sports packages


• Bar games • Free popcorn machine

Ch eers!

Trivia Night & FREE Wings Every Tuesday @ 9pm Sip & Spell Adult Spelling Bee Every Wednesday @ 9pm Free Hot Dog Station and Pot Luck Every Sunday 106 N 2nd Street

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BREAKFAST BUFFET 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. • $4 MIMOSA’S

Trivia Night (7pm; Free)

—The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

Live Music (7pm; Free; Rock)

—Goat & Compass, 710 N. 4th St.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Bubbles ‘N Blooms (6pm; $10)

—NHC Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr.; 910-978-7660

Open Mic Night (6pm; Free)

—Tidal Creek Cooperative, 5329 Oleander Dr.

Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

James Jarvis (7pm; Free; Jazz Piano)

—The Blind Elephant, 21 N Front St. Unit F

David Childers (7pm; $3; Singer-Songwriter) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Karaoke Wednesdays (8pm; Free)


Call 791-0688 Deadline every Thurs., noon!

—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 910-251-1301

Improv Night (8pm; $3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

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MAY 25

JULY 20 Funky Monks

JUNE 1 Red Zeppelin

JULY 27 Breakfast Club

JUNE 8 Hey Johnny Park



AUG 10

JUNE 22 The Core

AUG 17 Skydog

JUNE 29 20 Ride JULY 6

AUG 24 Abbey Road Live AUG 31 Satisfaction

JULY 13 Departure

Beer and wine for sale with valid ID; outside beverages, food, coolers, and pets prohibited.

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FROM A LAND DOWN UNDER: Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will play The Orange Peel in Asheville on June 19. Courtesy Photo. NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE NORTH DAVIDSON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 6/13: Angelo Moore & More 6/15: Stephen Marley 6/17: Russia 2018 FIFA Party 6/19: Marcia Ball 6/21: Andy McKee 6/22: Paul Thorn Band

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 SOUTH MCDOWELL ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 996-8800 6/14: The Revivalists 6/15: Paramore 6/16: Arctic Monkeys 6/19: Dropkick Murphy & Flogging Molly 6/23: Band Together Ft. Walk the Moon 6/29: Rebelution

THE FILLMORE 820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 6/14: Royal Blood 6/18: The Neighborhood 6/22: Rumours 6/23: Method Man and Redman 6/24: Thunder From Down Under

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 6/13: Rufu Du Sol 6/15: ID Ft. Brewtal 6/16: The Breakfast Club 6/22: David Allan Coe

THE UNDERGROUND-FILLMORE 820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 6/16: Enrage Against the Machine 6/17: Snow Tha Product 6/19: Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers 6/22: The Stranger - Tribue to Billy Joel MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 6/14: Maimouna Youssef w/ DJ Dummy 6/17: Hobo Johnson 6/19: Cold Cave 6/20: Devastation on the Nation

CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 6/13: Pastel Panties 6/14: Propersleep 6/15: Tracyanne & Danny 6/16: Shovels and Rope 6/17: Maps & Atlases 6/18: Young Windows 6/19: Jeremy Enigk 6/23: Dessa THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVE., ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 398-1837 6/15: Greener Daze 6/16: Rose Cousins 6/19: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


GALLERYGUIDE ARTEXPOSURE! 22527 Highway 17N Hampstead, NC (910) 803-0302 (910) 330-4077 Tues. - Sat. 10am - 5pm (or by appt.)

One-man show “Escape into Plein Air” features Robert Rigsby. The show will highlight oil paintings from Rob’s 6 month trip visiting all fifty national parks. Rob also wrote a book about his journey and it is available under the same name on Amazon.

ART IN BLOOM GALLERY 210 Princess St. Tues. - Sat. 10am - 6pm (or by appt., Sun. and Mon.) (484) 885-3037

Art in Bloom Gallery is in a renovated 19th-century horse stable and presents an eclectic mix of original art by emerging and established artists. Join us for a new exhibit June 1 - 23, “Pathways to Understanding: Paintings by Joanne Geisel & New Ceramics by Brian Evans.” Both artists are exhibiting new work: traditional and abstract paintings by Joanne Geisel in conjunction with new sculptural work by ceramist, Brian Evans. In addition to our monthly featured exhibit, view our collection of original paintings, ceramics, sculpture, collage, mobiles, jewelry, photography, and mixed media.


In addition to our gallery at 210 Princess Street, Art in Bloom Gallery partners with local businesses to exhibit original art in other locations. Current exhibits include: “Waking from Dreams: Paintings by Mark Gansor” at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 South Front Street. Meet the artist and enjoy a free champagne toast and appetizers on Thursday, June 14th, 6-8 pm. “Reflexiones de Costa a Costa (Reflections: Coast to Coast)” by Carolina

Corona at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street. Meet the artist and enjoy a free special wine and cheese reception, Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8 pm. “Archival Ink Transfer Prints by Bob Bryden” at The District Kitchen and Cocktails,1001 N. 4th Street. “Unearthed: Landscape Paintings by Topher Alexander and Kirah Van Sickle” at Pinpoint Restaurant,114 Market Street.

(or by appt.)

New Elements has been offering the best of regional and national fine art and craft since 1985. The gallery is honored to welcome Wilmington artist and CFCC professor James L. Williams to the gallery. Williams combines his formal art training from the UNCG, with his fascination with cartography and architecture to create contemporary mixedmedia art. Reminiscent of Wasily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, he approaches his practice as an artist, designer, and map-maker to combine vibrant, layered color and multiple dimensions to recreate the places he visits. “Making Maps: A Revisit” runs through June 16.

CHARLES JONES AFRICAN ART 311 Judges Rd., Unit 6-E (910) 794-3060 Mon. – Fri. 10am - 12:30 pm 1:30 pm - 4 pm Open other hours and weekends WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY 200 Hanover St. by appointment

(bottom level, parking deck) Mon.-Fri., noon-5pm

The Wilma Daniels Gallery is excited to announce the first ever CFCC Technicians Art Show. This show will highlight the work and skill of those who assist in the studio and other departments of Cape Fear Community College. Those whose work will be featured are Ashly Farley, Christof Maupin, Kristen O’Neil, Heather Lee Mclelland, and Melissa Wilgis. The Technicians Show will be up through June 15th. Located at 200 Hanover Street, across from Wilson Center. Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm.

African art: Museum quality African Art from West and Central Africa. Traditional African art for the discerning collector. Cureent Exhibition: Yoruba beadwork and Northern Nigerian sculpture. Appraisal services, curatorial services and educational exhibitions also available. Over 30 years experience in Tribal Arts. Our clients include many major museums.

EXPO 216 216 N. Front St, Wilmington, NC (910) 769-3899 Wed. – Sun., Noon – 6 PM

Expo 216’s one-year expositions are theme-driven, currently addressing Death & Dying. Works by local artists, including Joan McLoughlin, Niki Hildebrand, and Janette Hopper, are on display. Exhibits, such as The History of Funeral Care and Hair Work provide an educational element. Expo 216 is a supporter of the Wilmington music scene and provides live music during Fourth Friday Gallery Night.

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ACCESSIBLE INTERIOR JOURNEY: Premiere of ‘Fun Home’ is a fanastic look at the nuance of familial life



anache Theatrical Productions brings the Wilmington premiere of “Fun Home” to the Ruth and Bucky Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall. Based on the graphic-novel memoir of Alison Bechdel, “Fun Home” was adapted into a musical with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori in 2013. The title of the show comes from the family term the Bechdels use to refer to the funeral home their father, Bruce, owns. Alison Bechdel, as an adult, is the creator of the long-running (and incredibly amazing) syndicated comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For.” So it is no surprise, when she turned her eye toward a memoir, she would explore the territory in graphic-novel form, wherein she became the protagonist Mo. The result is “Fun Home,” a graphic memoir that looks at the questions surrounding Alison’s childhood in a funeral home with her two brothers, mother and her father, all of whom struggled to reconcile his sexuality with societal expectations. In spite of all the potential for the quirkiness of growing up in a funeral home, theirs is actually a very regimented existence. Bruce (Jamey Stone) is obsessive about his house, which he has restored and furnished perfectly. In “Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue,” we meet Alison’s siblings John (Gabriel Homick) and Christian (Jakob Gruntfest) and her mother, Helen (Kathy Enlow). Enlow’s Helen is a stepford wife: The house is immaculate, the children are clean and well-dressed, and she has the perfect smile plastered on her face to present to the world. But her eyes are sending distressed signals. You don’t want to look too closely. She doesn’t want you to, either. Or does she? The kids are kids: rambunctious, excited, eager, and just a bit on the wild and distracted side. Though they hold in check


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(mostly) for the visit by the historical society, we get to see it in full force when they record their “commercial” (take number 7 million billion) for the family funeral home, “Come to the Fun Home.” It’s a rollicking disco number, and the kids sell it with all their might. Parts of the show feel kind of dreamy; some are dark and more have the titillating euphoria of young love and selfdiscovery. But this number is pure fun. The audience loves it, the performers love it, and the characters off awesome dance moves to accompany surprising and gifted voices. It is youthful abandon and childhood joy, channeled into a perfect musical package. Adult Alison, played by Cathy Street, watches all memories unfold before her as she draws panels for her memoir. Scenicdesigner Benedict R. Fancy utilizes the intimate space of the studio theatre to enhance the sense that family memories overwhelm in both the best and the worst ways. Street is onstage the entire time—mostly on a raised platform, upstage right, following the action—and she is completely in the moment, listening to and reacting to each of the characters constantly, including the two incarnations of her younger self. Bay Allebach portrays Alison circa age 10, and Rebekah Carmichael gives us Alison in her early college years—specifically, the Alison who discovers Joan (Grace Carlyle Berry), her first girlfriend. With the song “Changing My Major,” we see the euphoria of the morning after her first night with Joan—and the decision to change her major from “Joan” to “Sex with Joan.” Clearly, it is the most exciting and wonderful thing that has ever happened to her. We’ve all been there. How could anyone possibly expect her to do anything else when doing the all-important and all-consuming work of making love with the most amazing person ranks top priority? Homework? Classes? What? How could any of that be as important or interesting as this new discovery? Carmichael has a beautiful voice, but she doesn’t rest on it to sell the song or the character. She really gets the absurd and ironic undertones of the song and hits the self-referential comedic notes. For the transition between Alison as a child and Alison as an adult, she is perfectly cast, lost in the fog of early-life questions, and just enough shyness to make the very introspective and quiet adult cartoonist she becomes believable. What Bechdel is really exploring is not

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herself but rather her parents. Slowly, very slowly, she teases out confusion and secrets surrounding her family life growing up. Who were these people? As children we see our parents as extensions of ourselves. As adults we have to learn to see them as individuals who had lives, loves, desires, fears, hopes, and disappointments before family. Jamey Stone’s rendition of Bruce is probably the best work I’ve seen him do on stage. He gives us a man who wants to compartmentalize all aspects of his life ... perfectly. Everything should fit into perfect little boxes. It is endlessly baffling and frustrating that everyone else didn’t get the memo. He is right, they are wrong—especially his long suffering wife. The sly, not quite creepy, but excited grin he gets when picking up men (all of whom are played by Michael Pipicella), contrasts against the distant and distracted family man trying to keep everything in order and ship-shape. He battles with Alison over the barrette and party dress, which are supposed to make her look and consequently be more feminine. Neither she nor we can tell if he understands which battle he is really fighting or if he will always lose. It is what makes Stone’s performance work: He doesn’t know if he is winning or losing, moment to moment, but he keeps fighting to make things fit and stay in place so everything will be as it should be. He just doesn’t know. Then there is the other half of the battle: Helen. Married in the 1950s to a handsome young soldier from a solid family, how was she supposed to know or understand the bargain she made? That is what she demands to know in “Days and Days”—the hymn to her lost life filled with bargained-away pieces of herself in exchange for any pretense of normalcy she could muster for her children. Chances are theatre-goers have seen Enlow on stage in the last couple of years—but not like this. She has a stunning voice and powerful craft as an actress. “Fun Home provides the first real chance to see her show off what she can do—and it is long overdue. Dear gods! It is almost the perfect metaphor for the character she plays. Where the hell have you been hiding that light: under a bushel? Once the show gets up to her big song, her frustration, her admission, her demand to know what has happened to her life, she has all these qualities, all

these pieces. We have been watching her lay groundwork for the previous hour in order to see it, too. But she doesn’t dwell in melodrama. I believed every bit and inch of her wide-ranged emotions. Why wasn’t she enough for her husband? Why wasn’t her family? Why couldn’t he tell her the truth? Why had he tricked her into this situation? Why was she always going to be second in his life? His needs? His wants? It could be so easy to scream every line, have the world’s biggest tantrum and just melt down, but Enlow makes it more powerful with a controlled discussion that ends with her weeping. It would take a lot out of any actress to be the other half of the conversation. Carmichael and Street share the responsibility together to give two poles of unfolding revelation: of the moment and in hindsight. Director Michael Lauricella really uses the moment to visually drive home the narrative. Cathy Street as the adult Alison only really gets two good solos in the show—which seems like a waste of a beautiful singing voice. She makes both songs heartbreaking, especially for anyone reflecting on a lost loved one and unfinished business with them. Bechdel is an introvert, so the character isn’t going to push to the front and demand the spotlight. Perhaps the best compliment I can give Street (and she deserves so many) is she brought Mo to life for me exactly as I always have heard her voice in my head, and seen her walk and move in my mind’s eye. She has a very difficult job as a narrator who uses visual art in a stage musical, but she makes it work with Bechdel’s interior journey becoming accessible to everyone. “Fun Home” is such a fascinating show. It manages to explore family life without veering into either schmaltz or finger-pointing, which is surprising and refreshing. Every performance is top-notch and taken as a whole for a truly memorable and powerful night of theatre.


June 14-17, 7:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. Thalian Hall Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre 310 Chestnut St. Tickets: $23-$28



Opera House opens summer season with a blockbuster theatrical classic, ‘My Fair Lady’



t’s a tale as old as time—or at least one told a time or two. Two people meet with absolutely nothing in common, coming from completely different levels of society. They have no reason to give each other a second glance but just give it three hours, the magic of plot, and they’ll end up together by the end … maybe? Opera House Theatre Company has kicked off their summer season with a smash hit on their hands: Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic “My Fair Lady.” Under the watchful direction of Shane Fernando, the show is beautifully staged, with all the elements of musical theatre firing on all cylinders. From the talent presented on stage to all the brilliant work put into the production from behind the curtain, it needs to be experienced because it’s theatre at the top of its game. Though it wows in presentation, the fact can’t be missed the story itself is very outdated, despite presenting ongoing issues of class struggles, sexism, and abuse. Within the age of #MeToo, some punch lines will raise an eyebrow instead of land the laugh. The story set in Edwardian era London follows the foul-speaking flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Emilia Torello), who becomes the focal point of a bet between speech therapist Henry Higgins (Chris Rickert) and linguist hobbyist Colonel Pickering (George Domby). The two take on a gentleman’s wager, the subject of which is Eliza’s social standing. Can Higgins, a man of a cold but witty demeanor, turn the kind-hearted yet lowly street urchin Eliza into a proper English lady within half a year’s time? It’s a feat that becomes more challenging than originally thought, as the figureheads of the two classes clash. Though the story plays out like a “will-they, won’t they” between the two leads, the show does a better job underlining the societal gap which allows some to be seen as better than others. As the curtain rises, the show takes over the stage with each player giving all they have to the production, from leading role to ensemble. They create one well-oiled machine of a musical. The opening perfectly captures the hustle and bustle of London streets, with organized chaos of lords and ladies rubbing shoulders with drunks and beggars. It’s an eloquent way to tease the nonstop energy about to be met at every turn. The audience is introduced to its strong-willed leads in front of the opera on a rainy night; the prim-andproper Higgins squares off against the thick

cockney accent of Eliza. At first sight, it’s an ongoing fight between the two, with both actors holding their own, round after round.

multaneously, she shows off the hellcat Eliza can be with “Just You Wait.” When she finally becomes the pulp of Professor Higgins, she stands like the rock against the waves, never backing down from his non-stop assault. After she finally begins to speak “properly,” the sheer bliss for what she has accomplished buzzes in “I Could Have Danced All Night”; it is here where Torello’s voice truly shines and explodes. Even above singing, Torello knocks the pathos of the role out of the park. She truly shows the hurt Eliza feels upon realizing she has been more the butt of a joke than a studious student. However, her disapproving howl, can at times resemble that of the death rattle of a cat.

Higgins isn’t a terrible person; he’s not a monstrous man, just a jerk. He’s not callus just direct, never rude always honest, and so blind to his behavior he must have been a lonely child. Rickert seamlessly embodies Higgins and takes what could be an off-putting role and fills it with boyish charm. I found myself shaking my head with a smile instead of a groan at his actions toward others. Carrying on like a man who physically and intellectually dominates a room, Rickert plays the perfect foil to the unkempt but unfazed Torello as Eliza. Their banter plays out like the Doctor bickering with his companion in a lost episode of “Doctor Who.” Though at times Rickert falls flat with the humor of the role, his attitude and voice bring all his numbers to life. A prime example, “Why Can’t the English,” opens the show so well to set up Higgins’ outlook on the world around him. Everyone in Higgins’ life is more apt to put up with him rather than actually like him, a fact with which he seems resolved. The ensemble shines throughout the entire show, and pulls off one outstanding dance number after the next. During the song “Poor Professor Higgins,” their growing stress and frustration over the ongoing experiment is palpable—as if this wasn’t the first time they’ve been at the mercy of the good professor’s linguistic obsession. His head housekeeper Mrs. Pearce is played by LaRaisha DiEvelyn Dionne (admittedly who is someone I believe can do no wrong on stage). She gives her role so much affection and attitude, it’s like a fun cross between Aunt Bee and Alfred Pennyworth. During “A Hymn to Him” she conveys so much with just a cut of her eyes, and it adds the perfect punctuation to the song. Even Higgins’ own mother, played wonderfully by Jemila Ericson, finds him to be a trying figure in her life. In fact, the only person who seems to be able to stand the professor is his new friend Colonel Hugh Pickering. Given a joyous glee by George Domby, Pickering finds great amusement in the brash behavior of Higgins. He also matches it in defense of Eliza when the professor’s lessons become too harsh on the young girl. Domby takes a role that could easily become a third wheel to make the colonel a vital member of the team—so much so that during the rousing fun number, “The Rain in Spain,” I kept thinking of another famed trio, Kelly-O’Connor,-Reynolds in “Singin’ in the Rain.” It offers the same energy as

STAYING CLASSY: Emilia Torello brings out a phenomenal performance as Eliza Doolittle. Photo by Erik Maasch

“Good Morning.” Outside the world of Henry Higgins, and serving as a kind of antagonist to Eliza, there is Alfred P. Doolittle, Eliza’s father and all-around human embodiment of sloth, maybe gluttony. Either way, Doolittle is a world of fun. He’s seen the highs of life; he’s seen the lows of life and knows how to deal with them all by getting drunk. Richard Bunting owns the role. Every time he is thrown onto the stage, it becomes clear the life of the party has arrived. “With a Little Bit of Luck” is a grand amount of entertainment, and creates pure joy for the performer and the audience lucky enough to see it. Also of note is Kellen Hanson as Freddy, a young man who becomes starry-eyed over Eliza. He wows with “On the Street WhereYou Live.” Still, he manages to come off more like an unsettled stalker than a lovesick puppy. With the fair lady herself, Eliza Doolittle, it’s very safe to say that Torello is a star in the making. She dominates the famed role; from street rat to high-brow lady of London, Torello exudes the confidence needed to hold her own in both worlds. At the start of the show she embodies a woman who has crawled her way through the dirty streets with her chin held high. Even through her thick cockney accent, she plays Eliza with a dreamer’s heart and grasps the audience’s with “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely?” Si-

Without overlooking all the details that went into creating the final product (and that would be a crime to theatre), Tina Leak’s choreography is perfection. She’s crafted stunning and individualized themes to evoke a sense of where each character’s status in life falls. The upper classes had a very rigid demeanor to movement, while the lower social-standing cut loose, as if understanding how the world already views them. Also, the show has dancing horses! Selina Harvey’s costume design balances the theme of class so well, but the standouts have to be the costuming for Eliza. Her dresses for both the Ascot Racecourse scene, as well as the ball toward the end of Act One are breathtaking. Dallas LaFon creates a wonderful scene of emotion by lighting the moods of the characters. While in the past, issues of being unable to understand the audio of shows at the Hall has arisen, “My Fair Lady” is so clear to hear, so that the audience can hang on every word. It’s a perfect summer blockbuster of a play for theatre-goers. Though it does brandish a roughly three-hour run time, the production’s pace never wavers and moves quickly in dramatic fashion, leaving audiences smiling all the way home.


My Fair Lady

June 15-17 and 22-24, 8 p.m. or 3 p.m. only on Sundays Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. Tickets: $27-$32 910-632-2285

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ovie buffs have a special treat in store for them this weekend, as downtown will explode with film screenings of all shapes and sizes. The occasion? It’s the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival’s 18th birthday celebration. With a staggering 48 films on display—local, national and international—something can appeal to anyone, no matter their interests. In addition to films, there will be actor panels, a closing awards ceremony, and an ‘80s prom party afterward to ring in the festival’s passage into adulthood, so to speak.

Michelle Iannantuono participates in one of Friday’s three horror blocks with a screening of “Livescream.” Inspired by the recent popularity of livestreaming video games, Iannantuono reimagines the gaming experience by placing a streamer and viewers in mortal danger as the gameplay manifests in murder. Iannantuono captured the essence of livestreaming and programmed nine video games from scratch to create unique sinister environments that cite existing indie-horror games throughout her film.

In covering the festivities, encore was fortunate to speak with three filmmakers participating in very different cinematic scopes...

“ALMOST CURED” • SHORTS BLOCK THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 7:30 P.M. DIRECTED BY TOM DIEROLF ALMOSTCURED.COM Tom Dierolf represents Thursday night’s North Carolina Shorts block with his documentary “Almost Cured.” Dierolf, who has worked extensively in rural community development, combines his love of history, anthropology and photography in his coverage of a high-school football team in 1960s Brevard, North Carolina, as it breaks ground by being the first raciallyintegrated football team in the United States. The story is told by first-hand recollections from the Brevard community, not the least of which are players themselves who describe the risks and rewards of dismantling segregation. encore (e): Can you share any examples of the work you’ve done in rural community development that prepared you to research and document the Brevard football team’s groundbreaking racial integration? Tom Dierolf (TD): I think my professional work in rural community development in Appalachia and South East Asia has heightened my sensibilities to issues of social injustice and inequity that divide people among class and racial/ethnic lines. [An] experience I had living in SE Asia all those years is that I learned what it was to wake up every day knowing that I was white. That never happened during my first 22 years, but beginning in Malaysia, every person that I encountered would let me know in some overt/covert way that they were aware that I was different. Because my skin was white, I was more often treated as an oddity, but in a somewhat positive yet annoying way. But I also

had my fair share of negative attention, including the use of derogatory names. So especially in my younger years overseas, I spent a lot of time dealing with my whiteness. I was constantly thinking about how I could get people to treat me like everyone else. e: One of the football players on Brevard’s team, Lloyd Fisher, provides the title of the documentary by claiming that with the second touchdown of the first game, the crowd was almost cured of racism. Do you have any feelings as to whether or not our society is moving further towards this same sense of being cured of racism? TD: The way I like to describe the movie is Brevard can take one hand and pat itself on the back, but it needs to hold out the other hand and show that it is ready to do some work, because a lot of work is still needed. I think [Fisher] mentioning the crowd being “almost cured” is tongue-in-cheek. Yes, they had move closed to being cured, but they were still a long way away from being cured. Today, I think we are a little bit closer than we were in 1963, but we are still a long way away. Sometimes, I read about how at least we are now acting more respectful when we face each other, and that the major challenges are related to structural racism. Yes, I agree, but it really saddens me when I still hear very degrading and overt comments being made in public related to the color of one’s skin—and by youth in many cases! We are not just dealing with structural racism. It makes me wonder: What have we really made progress in?

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ing plain geometry-based sets and throwing in textures and props, dressing those sets with the assets that I had and populating them with enemies. And that did require some programming, especially to get the enemy characters to behave in the way I wanted them to behave. e: Do you cite existing games when you were working on “Livescream”?

MI: It’s hard to untangle this movie from gaming culture and the Unreal culture. Every level was based on something and represents a very different type of horror game. It’s the “Dante’s Inferno” of indie-horror games. There was no creative choice in “Livescream” that was made that wasn’t an homage to a famous gamer, existing game or gaming studio. All nine games were inspired by something. We’ve got Five Nights at Freddy’s, there’s a level for P.T., levels encore (e): Your work tends to focus on for Slender, Alien Isolation, Amnesia... psychological horror emerging from techFunny enough, the first level was based on nological concepts. What attracts you to VANISH, Wolfenstein 3D, and other old mazethese ideas? games. I like the first level a lot because after Michelle Iannantuono (MI): I do tend more watching a lot of indie-horror games, I feel like towards psychological horror—it’s this idea the brick-walled, concrete floor maze with a of things that you can’t explain being creepy. monster in it is the “Smoke on the Water” for “Devil’s Advocate” was about a recording of the Unreal Engine developers. It’s everybody’s first devil’s voice and its effect on a woman. Usu- game, so I wanted to make an homage to that, ally you think you’re afraid of visuals, but in this too.—James McCrea case it’s sounds you have to be afraid of. In “Livescream” the thing you’re afraid of is a video game, which is typically used for entertainment, fun and joy. Now it’s turned into something that’s causing horror. There’s a lot of horror that requires suspension of disbelief, where you have to think outside of reality, but everything I do is really grounded in reality. I don’t want to make people suspend their disbelief too hard.


Last year’s bombshell of GenX being found e: The gaming element of “Livescream” in the Cape Fear River has snowballed into features video games that you made and the realization that Chemours’ Fayetteville programmed specifically for this film. Can Works facility had been dumping chemicals you elaborate on this aspect of your work? into our drinking water source for more than MI: I didn’t really have any prior video game 30 years. But GenX was only the tip of the programming experience, but Unreal Engine is iceberg. When the story broke in June 2017 a very easy program to get to use. I first en- (read page 8 for John Wolfe’s recount of the countered it last year when I was thinking of past year in dealing with the toxic issue), working on a Machinima project. I was going Robert Cummins of Robert Cummins Film to import all these assets into Unreal and use picked up his camera. Last July he decided these video game assets to create a web se- to bring awareness to the issue. “I thought ries, but it was too much work and I took a differ- this was the best way I could help,” he says. ent route with it. When I came up with the idea encore spoke with the filmmaker about his of “Livescream,” which comes from watching a short flick to debut at CFIFF. lot of Youtube gamers, Markiplier, Achievement encore (e): Tell us about the people feaHunter, and all these other guys, I thought back to that. I know how to use Unreal, and I could tured in the short—how are each of their build these games. I made sure everything I did thoughts and perspectives adding to the was custom because it had to fit the script. It understanding of the story? had to fit the timing and the game that it was Robert Cummins (RC): Dr. [Detlef] Knappe homaging in the first place, so I ended up build- is a professor at NC State. He was con-

TD FOR RACIAL INCLUSION: Movie still from ‘Almost Cured,’ which featured the first racially integrated football team in Brevard, NC, filmed by Tom Dierolf

cerned with the water. He discovered GenX. Kemp [Burdette] is the [Cape Fear River Watch] RiverKeeper and Dr. [Larry] Cahoon is a local professor at UNCW. They have a lot of knowledge on the current situation and have been actively informing the public at different events. I think Dr. Cahoon is an advisory to the [Cape Fear Public Utility Authority] CFPUA now. Woody White is a county commissioner and a lawyer. He was at the closed-door meeting with Chemours and gives a legal perspective on everything. Mike Brown and Jennifer Adams are with the CFPUA. They outline what the CFPUA went through and give their perspective. e: Tell us how many hours you had to wade through? What are the plans to expand it into a feature? RC: We probably have a quarter of what we would need for a feature film. This story has a lot of twists and turns. The short film just scratches the surface and is a good introduction to GenX. My friends were helping me for free so a short film was always our goal. Currently, we are applying for grants and trying to acquire funding for a feature film. I think it’s a national problem, and we could use GenX as a thesis for a broader message. A feature film would allow us to make some bolder statements and go more in depth with those twists and turns. Right now I am focused on expanding the documentary. I am also involved in a film collective called “Dogma Cape Fear.” We make fun 1-minute films for Instagram. My entire crew came from Dogma. Anyone is invited to attend meetings and be involved (@Dogma_Cape_Fear).

We have to be informed and active in promoting clean drinking water. This short film is a good outline on how everything unfolded and is a good resource for those who were aware but not reading every single article on GenX. Perhaps the most important thing that gets overlooked is the fact that GenX is not the only harmful chemical in our water. I fear when GenX is not an issue anymore, the other chemicals will get forgotten. e: Ultimately, who is the target audience? What do you hope audiences take away? RC: I think our film is unique because it has two messages. One is eye opening and the other is hopeful. It explains the importance of being informed and the repercussions of what can happen when corrupt corporations aren’t held accountable. It also has a hopeful message. Every one of us has the power to change things. Collectively, we are even stronger. Dr. Knappe is a private citizen and without his persistence we wouldn’t even know about GenX. We wouldn’t be having this interview. e: Aside from being shown at CFIFF, how will the film be used and by whom? RC: We are so grateful the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival is showing our film. It’s such a great event. We do plan to showcase the film at events raising awareness on GenX and I will keep you updated with that. However, I would encourage everyone to participate in CFIFF. We need to support our local filmmakers. We have so many talented artists who live here and if you have never been to a film festival you should experience it. It is such a welcoming atmosphere. It’s just a great time.


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‘Upgrade’ is somewhere between simple and ludicrous, but still fun


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June 13 (additional 4 p.m. screening on June 13): Renowned filmmaker Wes Anderson has assembled an amazing ensemble voice cast in “Isle of Dogs,” including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand, for this fantastic stopmotion animation adventure about a young boy who takes an epic journey to find his dog. (Rated PG-13, 95 min.)

don’t know about anyone else, but the blockbusters begin to wear on me about mid-summer. I realize, technically, summer hasn’t officially started yet, but Hollywood decided some time ago that summer movies start coming out in April. By midJune I’ve been dragged through a few billion-dollars worth of major-motion pictures and am desperate to cleanse my palate with something smaller. Thankfully I was gifted with a new, very strange, very entertaining piece of science fiction cinema: “Upgrade.” Oh, “Upgrade,” how I love thee. You’re a down-and-dirty dumb-as-rocks episode of “Black Mirror,” riddled with cliché, overflowing with gratuitous violence, and that combination makes for a really entertain- SUMMER MOVIE: ‘Upgrade’ is worth seeing for a mid-summer cleanse. Courtesy image. ing movie. It’s the future where cars are automated, police drones fly above spiraling cities tracking our every movement, and humans can be augmented with cybernetic limbs that make people stronger, faster and deadlier.

dure or results. You see, human testing requires a lot of paperwork and those fat-cats at the FDA have all these standards they expect medical research to uphold. Unfortunately, the surgery fails and the movie becomes a futuristic homage to the classic Grey (Logan Marshall-Green) is an ana- “Whose Life is it Anyway?” (1981), where log guy in the digital world. He likes to re- various characters debate whether Grey store old cars, get his hands dirty and gripe has the right to end his existence. about technology like a drunk luddite taking Actually, the operation is a massive suca tour of the Boston Dynamics laboratory cess. Grey gets the use of his body back (they make scary robots). Grey takes his and decides it’s time to enact revenge on wife to deliver a sweet Firebird to one of his everyone who’s wronged him. First up, the wealthy clients, Eron (Harrison Gilbertson), guy at Starbucks who’s always writing his a tech company CEO pioneering the next name as “Greg” instead of “Grey.” Then generation of cybernetic implants. A simple he sets his sights on the real targets: the postage stamp-sized chip can attach to scumbags who murdered his wife. one’s nervous system and run an entire huThere are some twists and turns throughman body. out the second act I don’t want to give away. In a series of unfortunate events and co“Upgrade” has a few fun surprises that help incidences that can only exist in cinema, make it better than your average B-movie. Grey ends up in a brutal robbery leaving The movie benefits greatly from not taking him in a wheelchair and his wife in a body itself too seriously. There are some bold bag. He’s angry and unable to do anything and broad choices that could sink a more about it. The police aren’t helpful; even serious movie. Writer/director Leigh Whanwith their fancy high-tech toys, the killers nell has fun with the high-tech premise and have managed to evade capture. Grey falls proudly serves up heaping handfuls of ham into a massive depression and tries to end and cheese. his own life. Unfortunately, suicide booths “Upgrade” feels like it was spawned from haven’t been invented yet. Lousy scientists. the same creative tissue that brought us old Eron shows up and makes Grey an ofpulpy ‘80s movies like “Robocop” or “Predfer he can’t refuse: Let him implant his ator.” Though it’s never as smart as the new high-tech STEM chip into his spine. former and never quite as dynamic as the If it works, he could walk again. There’s a latter. Still, “Upgrade” feels like a rare breed catch; he can’t tell anyone about the proceof summer movie in this overpriced land-

scape of $200-million-dollar monstrosities. It’s simple, fun and occasionally ludicrous. The acting is perfectly suited for this kind of movie. Every actor in every role feels like the discount version of a more popular (and costly) actor. Our lead feels like a more affordable Tom Hardy and the villain is like Rami Malek if Mr. Robot was even further down the spectrum. Still, “Upgrade” is a low-budget gem well worth your time.

DETAILS: Upgrade

Rated R Directed by Leigh Whannell Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Anastasios, Rosco Campbell

June 18-20 (additional 4 p.m. screening on June 20): Screening “Foxtrot.” A grieving father experiences the absurd circumstances around the death of his son in this latest critical reflection on military culture from Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz (Lebanon). Michael and Daphna Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler) have barely begun to accept the horrific news about their son, when they discover that all is not what it seems. (Rated R, 113 min.)

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AMERICAN BLUEWATER WATERFRONT GRILL 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 awardwinning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday April - October. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256-8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach

■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE: BLUE SURF CAFÉ Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including specialty waffles, skillet hashes and unique breakfast sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi sandwich and customer favorite, meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our favorite house entrees: Braised Beef Brisket, Mojo Pork and Mahi. All of our entrees are as delicious as they are inventive. We also have a full beer and wine list. Come try the “hidden gem” of Wilmington today. 250 Racine Drive Ste. 1, Wilmington

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910-523-5362. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakfast served until noon each day! ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, Gourmet Hot Chocolates, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and Kids Menu. ■ WEBSITE: CAM CAFÉ CAM Café, located within the CAM delivers delightful surprises using fresh, local ingredients. The café serves lunch with seasonal options Tuesday through Saturday, inspired “small plates” on Thursday nights, an elegant yet approachable dinner on Thursday and brunch every Sunday. Look for a combination of fresh, regular menu items along with daily specials. As part of dining in an inspiring setting, the galleries are open during CAM Café hours which makes it the perfect

destination to enjoy art of the plate along with the art of the museum. 3201 S 17th St. (910) 777-2363. ■ SERVING LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER: Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 2 pm; Thursday evening, 5pm-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ELIJAH’S Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:30-10:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington; kids menu available HENRY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because it’s going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ WEBSITE: HOLIDAY INN RESORT Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: HOPS SUPPLY CO. The combination of chef-inspired food and our craft bar makes Hops Supply Co. a comfortable and inviting gastropub that attracts guests of all types – especially a local crowd who can feel right at home whether ordering a classic favorite or trying a new culinary delight! At HopsCo, we are dedicated to the craft of excellent cuisine and delivering hops in its most perfect form, exemplified by our selection of craft beers. As hops are the heart of flavor for beer, our local seasonal ingredients are the soul of our culinary inspired American fare. 5400 Oleander Dr. (910) 833-8867. ■ OPEN: Mon-Thurs 10:57 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 10:57 am - 11 pm {Serving Brunch 10:57am – 3pm & bar open until midnight}; Brunch ALL DAY Sunday 9:57am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: JOHNNYLUKES KITCHENBAR Good eats, good drinks, and great times is what JohnnyLukes KitchenBar is all about. JohnnyLukes KitchenBar serves Wilmington, NC a variety of 19 rotating craft beers on tap, a hand selected eclectic American wine list, fun cocktails, and of course, exceptional food. Our two-story layout brings the best of both worlds under one roof. Downstairs at JohnnyLukes KitchenBar pair your beer or wine with our Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop, Chicken Pot Pie, Ribeye, or one of our many main entrees and sharable plates. Or, join us upstairs at JL’s Loft and pair a beer with one of our multiple burgers, JL’s roast beef sandwich, meatball sandwich, or one of our many appetizers (we recommend both!). So next time you are looking for a new and exciting restaurant in Wilmington, NC where you can experience both great craft beer and amazing food, be sure to head over to JohnnyLukes KitchenBar and JL’s Loft! 5500 Market Street, Suite 130. (910)-769-1798 ■ OPEN: JohnnyLukes KitchenBar: Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm; JL’s Loft: Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: KURE BEACH DINER George and Frankie Turner opened the Kure Beach Diner in 2012. Once located beside the old 1923 Kure Beach Pier, once Hurrican Hazel wiped out the two-story building, the pier house tackle shop moved across the lane and housed the Seaside Café. The stories of the original days and of the beach in a bygone era are still told on the

Kure Beach Diner’s walls, which today is known for some of the best grits and hushpuppies around. The laid-back local joint prides itself on its old-school vibe, serving American food from morning to night. 101 K Ave, Kure Beach, (910) 458-8778 ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER: Breakfast is served 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. daily. Lunch and dinner are served 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Kure Beach ■ WEBSITE:

ingredients. They are located at in the old Saltworks building on Wrightsville Avenue and open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and lunch, and 5:00 p.m. for dinner. Breakfast is served 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Look for daily specials and other important information online at, or call (910) 765-1103. Please, no reservations. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 8 a.m. breakfast and lunch; 5 p.m. dinner ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

THE LAZY PIRATE The Lazy Pirate is a place where the food will hold your tastebuds down and tickle them silly, as drinks flow like an ice cold river. The menu is delicious—not pretentious. After having an ice-cold beverage—virgin or not—you can start a culinary safari with one of our delicious homemade appetizers. The epicurean’s adventure will continue with a main entree, ranging from stacked juicy burgers to fresh seafood, as well as exquisite specialty items. The diner’s last stop on this tantalizing trip, which is literally the icing on the cake, will come with a plethora of scrumptious homemade desserts only Willy Wonka could match. It’s all to be enjoyed inside or in our outside courtyard, where games and activities will make you feel like a kids again! 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, 458-5299 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: Open Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, noon - 11 p.m. through April 30, 2018. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Pleasure Island ■ WEBSITE: ■ WEBSITE:

SPOONFED KITCHEN & BAKE SHOP Newly opened Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop is bringing their love for great food and customer service to Wilmington! Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop specializes in creating wholesome, delightful foods to feed your lifestyle. Please join us in our cafe for breakfast, lunch & weekend brunch. We offer coffee & pastries, great foods to go from our deli & freezer cases (appetizers, salads, entrees & sides), bakery items (scones, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, pies & more), gluten-free bakery items, and specialty market, cheeses & beverage. Catering is also available for all budets from personal to corporate to events. #feedyourlifestyle. 1930 Eastwood Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 679-8881. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ SERVING BRUNCH: Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ WEBSITE:

NICHE Niche Kitchen and Bar features an eclectic menu, a large wine list, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Close to Carolina Beach, Niche has a great selection of dishes from land to sea. All dishes are cooked to order, and Sundays features a great brunch menu! Niche’s heated covered patio is perfect for anytime of the year and great for large parties. And their bar has a great assortment of wines, even offered half off by the glass on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Open Tues. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 910-399-4701. ■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: PINE VALLEY MARKET Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s BestOf awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE: ROADHOUSE OF WILMINGTON Roadhouse is an American-style restaurant and focuses on homemade, classic dishes, cooked to order, using fresh

THE TROLLY STOP Trolly Stop Grill and Catering is a four store franchise in North Carolina. Trolly Stop Hotdogs opened in Wrightsville Beach in 1976. That store name has never changed. Since the Wrightsville Beach store, the newer stores sell hotdogs,

hamburgers, beef and chicken cheese steaks, fries, hand dipped ice cream, milk shakes, floats and more. Our types of dogs are: Southern (Trolly Dog, beef and pork), Northern (all beef), Smoke Sausage (pork), Fat Free (turkey), Veggie (soy). Voted Best Hot Dog in Wilmington for decades. Check our website for hours of operations, specific store offerings and telephone numbers, or contact Rick Coombs, 910-297-8416, rtrollystop@ We offer catering serving 25-1000 people. Franchises available ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ LOCATIONS: Wilmington, Fountain Dr. (910) 452-3952 Wrightsville Beach (910) 256-3921 Southport (910) 457-7017 Boone, NC (828) 265-2658 Chapel Hill, NC (919) 240-4206 ■ WEBSITE:

ASIAN HIBACHI TO GO Hibachi To Go is a locally owned, family business serving only the freshest ingredients with three locations. We invite you to try our menu items at either our Hampstead drivethru location, where you can walk-up, take-out, or call in and pick up your meal or our Ogden location with dine-in or take-out options. Our new Wilmington location (894 South Kerr Avenue) offers dine-in, take-out or drive-thru service. We’re convenient for lunch and dinner. Open 7 days 11 am - 9 pm. Our popular Daily Lunch Specials are featured Monday-Saturday for $4.99 with selections from our most popular menu items! We always have fresh seafood selections at Hibachi To Go, like delicious hand peeled shrimp,

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fresh local flounder and always a fresh catch fillet in-house. We scratch make every item on our menu daily. We offer your favorite hibachi meals and some of our originals like our pineapple won tons. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the most up to date information on Hibachi To Go. Always fresh, great food at a super good price. Hampstead Phone: 910.270.9200. • Ogden Phone: 910.791.7800 Wilmington Phone: 910-833-8841 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open 7 days 11am-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, N. Wilmington, Hampstead ■ WEBSITE: INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: NIKKI’S FRESH GOURMET For more than a decade, Nikki’s downtown has served diners the best in sushi. With freshly crafted ingredients making up their rolls, sushi and sashimi, a taste of innovation comes with every order. Daily they offer specialty rolls specific to the Front Street location, such as the My Yoshi, K-Town and Crunchy Eel rolls. But for less adventurous diners looking for options beyond sushi, Nikki’s serves an array of sandwiches, wraps and gyros, too. They also make it a point to host all dietary needs, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores alike. They have burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as falafal pitas and veggie wraps, as well as an extensive Japanese fare menu, such as bento boxes and tempura platters. Daily dessert and drink special are also on order. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 16 S. Front St. (910) 771-9151. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 12pm-10pm. Last call on food 15 minutes before closing. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: OKAMI JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAK HOUSE We have reinvented “Hibachi cuisine.” Okami Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse is like no other. Our highly skilled chefs cook an incredible dinner while entertaining you on the way. Our portions are large, our drinks are less expensive, and our staff is loads of fun. We are committed to using quality ingredients and seasoning with guaranteed freshness. Our goal is to utilize all resources, domestically and internationally, to ensure we serve only the finest food products. We believe good, healthy food aids vital functions for well-being, both physically and mentally. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken for the specially designed “Teppan Grill.” We also serve tastebud-tingling Japanese sushi, hand rolls, sashimi, tempura dishes, and noodle entrees. This offers our guests a complete Japanese dining experience. Our all-youcan-eat sushie menu and daily specials can be found at! 614 S College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am2:30pm / 4-10pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm / 4pm-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: SZECHUAN 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch specials ■ WEBSITE: YOSAKE DOWNTOWN SUSHI LOUNGE Lively atmosphere in a modern setting, Yosake is the delicious Downtown spot for date night, socializing with friends, or any large dinner party. Home to the never-disappointing Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp! In addition to sushi, we offer a full Pan Asian menu including curries, noodle dishes, and the ever-popular Crispy Salmon or mouth-watering Kobe Burger. Inspired features change weekly showcasing our commitment to local farms. Full bar including a comprehensive sake list, signature cocktails, and Asian Import Bottles. 33 S. Front St., 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172. ■ SERVING DINNER: 7 nights a week @ 5PM; Sun-Wed until 10pm, Thurs until 11pm, Fri & Sat until Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 Price Sushi/Appetizer Menu nightly from 5-7, until 8 on Mondays, and also 10-Midnight on Fri/Sat. Tuesday LOCALS NIGHT - 20% Dinner Entrees. Wednesday 80S NIGHT - 80s music and menu prices. Sundays are the best deal downtown - Specialty Sushi and Entrees are Buy One, Get One $10 Off and 1/2 price Wine Bottles. Nightly Drink Specials. Gluten-Free Menu upon request. Complimentary Birthday Dessert. ■ WEBSITE: @yosakeilm on Twitter & Instagram. Like us on Facebook. YOSHI Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine offers something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before. We are seeking to bring true New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! 260 Racine Dr, Wilmington 28403 (910)799-6799 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. 12pm-11pm, Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

BAGELS BEACH BAGELS Beach Bagels is the best spot for breakfast and lunch in Wilmington. Serving traditional New York Style Bagels is our speciality. We boil our bagels before baking them, which effectively sets the crust and produces a perfect bagel made with love. Don’t forget about our selection of custom sandwiches that are always made to order. Try out our breakfast options like The Heart Attack filled with Egg, Country Ham, Bacon, Sausage, and American Cheese, or the Egg-White Dun-Rite with Egg Whites, Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato. Our Boar’s Head meats & cheeses are the perfect accoutrements for assembling the perfect sandwich, every time! Check out our Cuban Chicken Lunch

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Sandwich, complete with Boar’s Head Chicken Breast, Ham, Swiss, Pickles, Lettuce, Mayo, and Yellow Mustard. You can also make your own! Not in the mood for a bagel? Don’t worry, we have ciabatta bread, croissants, Kaiser rolls, biscuits, wraps, salads, bowls, omelettes, and more! Make your lunch a combo for $1.50 more, and get a small drink, potato salad or chips, and a pickle spear. Visit us at 5906 Oleander Drive or 7220 Wrightsville Avenue right before the drawbridge to Wrightsville Beach. Look out for our third location, coming to Monkey Junction soon!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, biscuits, croissants, sandwiches, and more! ■ WEBSITE: ROUND BAGELS AND DONUT Round Bagels and Donuts features 17 varieties of New York-style bagels, baked fresh daily on site in a steam bagel oven. Round offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches, grilled and fresh to order. Round also offers fresh-made donuts daily! Stop by Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, cream cheeses, donuts, sandwiches, coffee and more ■ WEBSITE:

CARIBBEAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE Tucked in the U-shape of University Landing, a block from UNCW is Wilmington’s fave Caribbean restaurant, serving diners for over nine years. Family-owned and -operated, Jamaica’s Comfort Zone provides a relaxing atmosphere along with a blend of Caribbean delights. Our guests have graced us with numerous compliments over the years: “explosive Caribbean culinary experience”; “every year we are here on vacation—you are our first stop”; “flavors just dance in my mouth.” From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouthwatering classic dishes such as Brownstew chicken, curry goat, oxtail, and jerk pork, our selections also include many vegetarian and select seafood options. Student meal options are $6.99, and catering options are available. University Landing, 417 S. College Road, Wilmington SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues-Sat., 11:45am9pm. Closed Sun. and Mon. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown WEBSITE:, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter JAMAICA HOUSE SPORTS BAR AND GRILL Jamaica House provides diners with the real taste of the island! They offer a wide variety of Caribbean dishes, such as oxtail, curry goat jerk chicken, rice and beans, steamed cabbage, beef or chicken patty, and more! Their chefs and staff are dedicated to give you a real Jamaica experience every single time you walk through the door. 2206 Carolina Beach Rd. (910) 833-8347 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Buffet hours are Tues. Thurs., 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun., 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington

DINNER THEATRE THEATRENOW TheatreNOW is a performing arts complex that features weekend dinner theater, an award-winning weekly kids variety show, monthly Sunday Jazz Brunches, movie, comedy and live music events. Award-winning chef, Denise Gordon, and a fabulous service staff pair scrumptious multi-course themed meals and cocktails with our dinner shows in a theatre-themed venue. Dinner theater at its best! Reserva-

tions highly suggested. 19 S. 10th Street (910) 399.3NOW (3669). Hours vary. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Dinner shows, jazz brunches, and more ■ WEBSITE:

FONDUE THE LITTLE DIPPER Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; open 7 days/week seasonally, May-October ■ SERVING WEEKEND LUNCH: Sat & Sun, 11:30am2:30pm, seasonally May-October ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Tasting menu every Tues. with small plates from $1-$4; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; “Date night menu,” $65/couple with beer and wine tasting every Fri. and half-price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Tuesdays on the deck, 7 – 9p.m., May-Oct ■ WEBSITE: THE MELTING POT Fondue is a meal best enjoyed with friends and family, so bring them along when visiting The Melting Pot. At our gourmet fondue restaurant, we provide a full four-course fine-dining treat for hungry guests. We are an excellent choice for diners looking who want to have a few drinks with bites of chocolate and cheese. No matter the mood, we have something for all tastes. The dining adventure starts with a bubbling pot of cheese, blended and seasoned tableside. Seasoned veggies and artisanal breads can be dipped into a choice cheese, while freshly made salads cleanse the palate. Entrees are customizable, and we finish off the evening with decadent chocolate fondue. What’s not to love? 855 Town Center Dr., (910) 256-1187 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: Open Mon. - Thurs., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fri., 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat., 12 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Sun., 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington, Mayfaire ■ FEATURING: Fresh veggies and meats, cheeses and breads, chocolates and other sweet treats for dipping evening of dinnertime fun. ■ WEBSITE:

GREEK SYMPOSIUM RESTAURANT AND BAR After moving to Wilmington Chef George Papanikolaou and his family opened up The Greeks in 2012 and with the support of the community was able to venture out and try something different with Symposium. Symposium is an elegant experience consisting of recipes that Chef George has collected his whole life. Many of the recipes are family recipes that have been handed down through the years, one is as old as 400 years old. With a blend of fresh local ingredients, delicious longstanding family recipes, and Authentic Greek cuisine Symposium is a restaurant that is unique in its cooking and unforgettable in the experience it offers. Everything on the menu is a mouthwatering experience from the charred octopus, to the lamb shank with papardelle pasta, to the homemade baklava and galaktoboureko! Happy Eating OPA!! Located in Mayfaire Town Center at 890 Town Center Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405 (910) 239-9051. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Veal Saltimbocca, Eggplant Parmigiana, USDA Prime Sirloin, and award-winning NY style hand-tossed pizzas, Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Their appetizers range from Blue Crab Dip to Grilled Pizzas to Lollipop Lamb Chops. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of microbrews included in their 27-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have a wide selection of bottled beers, a revamped wine list, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s offers lunch specials until 3pm Monday through Friday and a 10% discount to students and faculty at CFCC. They have two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, excellent service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. Find The Flavor…..Craft Beer, Craft Pizza! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 11 am-Midnight; Sun., noon-10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.


IRISH THE HARP Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for trivia at 8:30 on Thursdays and live music on Fridays – call ahead for schedule (910) 7631607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ WEBSITE: SLAINTE IRISH PUB Slainte Irish Pub in Monkey Junction has traditional pub fare with an Irish flair. We have a large selection of Irish whiskey, and over 23 different beers on draft, and 40 different craft beers in bottles. They have a large well lit outdoor patio with a full bar also. Come have some fun! They currently do not take reservations, but promise to take care of you when you get here! 5607 Carolina Beach Rd. #100, (910) 399-3980 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington, Monkey Junction ■ FEATURING: Irish pub grub, whiskeys, beer, wine, and fun. ■ WEBSITE: HOPLITE IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT Now in its eighth year, Hoplite Irish Pub and Restaurant

is Pleasure Island’s favorite neighborhood spot for great food, gathering with friends and enjoying drinks. Their outdoor patio fills with sounds of local musicians on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as karaoke on Tuesdays and trivia on Wednesdays. Offering reasonably priced homemade comfort-style pub grub, folks can dine on chicken salad sandwiches, Shepard’s Pie, Angus beef burgers, veggie burger, shrimp ‘n’ grits, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese balls, fresh-battered onion rings, fresh-made daily desserts, and so much more. 720 N Lake Park Blvd., (910) 458-4745 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. until midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Pleasure Island ■ WEBSITE:

Market St. (910) 686-7774 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun.brunch, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck ■ WEBSITE: FAT TONY’S ITALIAN PUB Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American

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 highestquality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 125 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910)

ITALIAN ANTONIO’S Serving fresh, homemade Italian fare in midtown and south Wilmington, Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta is a family-owned restaurant which serves New York style pizza and pasta. From daily specials during lunch and dinner to a friendly waitstaff ensuring a top-notch experience, whether dining in, taking out or getting delivery, to generous portions, the Antonio’s experience is an unforgettable one. Serving subs, salads, pizza by the slice or pie, pasta, and more, dine-in, take-out and delivery! 3501 Oleander Dr., #2, and 5120 S. College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun., open at 11:30 a.m.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD DELIVERY OFFERED: Monkey Junction and near Independence Mall ■ WEBSITE: THE ITALIAN BISTRO The Italian Bistro is a family-owned, full-service Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in Porters Neck. They offer a wide variety of N.Y. style thin-crust pizza and homemade Italian dishes seven days a week! The Italian Bistro strives to bring customers a variety of homemade items made with the freshest, local ingredients. Every pizza and entrée is made to order and served with a smile from our amazing staff. Their warm, inviting, atmosphere is perfect for “date night” or “family night.” Let them show you why “fresh, homemade and local” is part of everything they do. 8211

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256-2229 and in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days/week, 365 days/year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Largest tequila selection in town! ■ WEBSITE: FREDDIE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Freddie’s Restaurant has been serving the Pleasure Island area since 1995. While well-known for their large portions of classic Italian food, anyone who has dined at Freddie’s will recommend their staple item: a large bonein pork chop. It’s cut extra thick from the center and has become the signature dish, served in a variety of ways, such as with cherry peppers and balsamic glaze. With traditional red -and-white-checkered tablecloths, Frank Sinatra playing in the background, Freddie’s has the reputation as one of the area’s most romantic eateries. And they’re open year-round, seven days a week at 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations for parties of five or more. 111 K Ave., (910) 458-5979 ■ SERVING DINNER: Opens daily, 4:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Kure Beach ■ WEBSITE: A TASTE OF ITALY Looking for authentic Italian cuisine in the Port City? Look no further than A Taste of Italy Deli. Brothers, Tommy and Chris Guarino, and partner Craig Berner, have been serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to local and visiting diners for twenty years. The recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, and after one bite you feel like you’re in your mamas’ kitchen. Along with the hot and cold lunch menu, they also carry a large variety of deli sides and made-from-scratch desserts. Or, if you’re looking to get creative in your own kitchen, A Taste of Italy carries a wide selection of imported grocer-

ies, from pasta to olive oils, and everything in between. And last but certainly not least, allow them to help you make any occasion become a delicious Italian experience with their catering or call ahead ordering. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 8:00am8:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, Sunday 9:30am4:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Sclafani goods, Polly-O cheese, Ferrara Torrone and much, much more!

MEXICAN LA COSTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT With three locations to serve Wilmingtonians, La Costa is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m with lunch specials. Their full dinner menu (from 3 p.m. on) offers the best in Mexican cuisine across the city. From top-sellers, like fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, to chef’s specialty items, like molcajete or borrego, a taste of familiar and exotic can be enjoyed. All of La Costa’s pico de gallo, guacamole, salsas, chilechipotle, enchilada and burrito sauces are made in house daily. Add to it a 16-ounce margarita, which is only $4.95 on Mondays and Tuesdays at all locations, and every meal is complete. Serving the Port City since1996, folks can dine indoors at the Oleander and both Market Street locations, or dine alfresco at both Market Street locations. 3617 Market St.; 8024 Unit 1 Market St.; 5622 Oleander Dr. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs until 11 a.m. 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. until 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Ogden ■ WEBSITE: www.lacostamexicanrestauranwilmington. com LOS PORTALES Taqueria Los Portales has been open since 2006, and

serves street food from their heritage. It’s a perfect stop for diners looking for a great traditional Mexican dinner, with fast service in a family friendly atmosphere! The variety of meats used to prepare their tacos is the characteristic that sets the taqueria apart from other Mexican restaurants! 1207 S. Kerr Ave. 910-799-5255 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Daily 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

ORGANIC LOVEY’S NATURAL FOODS & CAFÉ Lovey’s Natural Foods & Café is a true blessing for shoppers looking for organic and natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a veggie burger, hamburger or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar—which has cold, organic salads and hot selections—can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of delicious juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries organic grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. wheat-free and gluten-free products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington in the Landfall Shopping Center ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. ■ WEBSITE:

SEAFOOD CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD COMPANY Founded in 2008 by Evans and Nikki Trawick, Cape Fear Seafood Company has become a local hotspot for the freshest, tastiest seafood in the area. With its growing popularity, the restaurant has expanded from its flagship eatery in Monkey Junction to a second location in Porter’s Neck, and coming soon in 2017, their third location in Waterford in Leland. “We are a dedicated group of individuals working together as a team to serve spectacular food, wine and spirits in a relaxed and casual setting,” restaurateur Evans Trawick says. “At CFSC every dish is prepared with attention to detail, quality ingredients and excellent flavors. Our staff strives to accommodate guests with a sense of urgency and an abundance of southern hospitality.” Cape Fear Seafood Company has been recognized by encore magazine for best seafood in 2015, as well as by Wilmington Magazine in 2015 and 2016, and Star News from 2013 through 2016. Monkey Junction: 5226 S. College Road Suite 5, 910-7997077. Porter’s Neck: 140 Hays Lane #140, 910-681-1140. Waterford: 143 Poole Rd., Leland, NC 28451 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: 11:30am-4pm daily; Mon.-Thurs.., 4pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 4pm-10pm; Sun., 4pm8:30pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, north Wilmington and Leland ■ WESBITE: CATCH

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Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910799-3847. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed ■ WEBSITE:



DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE: MICHAEL’S SEAFOOD’S RESTAURANT Established in 1998, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant is locally owned and operated by Shelly McGowan and managed by her team of culinary professionals. Michael’s aspires to bring you the highest quality and freshest fin fish, shell fish, mollusks, beef, pork, poultry and produce. Our menu consists of mainly locally grown and made from scratch items. We count on our local fishermen and farmers to supply us with seasonal, North Carolina favorites on a daily basis. Adorned walls include awards such as 3 time gold medalist at the International Seafood Chowder Cook-Off, Entrepreneur of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Encores readers’ choice in Best Seafood to name a few. 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. (910) 458-7761 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days 11 am – 9 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach ■ FEATURING: Award-winning chowder, local seafood and more! ■ WEBSITE: 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 events, such as wedding ceremonies & receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH: Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dine on renovated Crystal Pier.

■ WEBSITE: THE PILOT HOUSE The Pilot House Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday ■ WEBSITE:

SOUTH BEACH GRILL South Beach Grill has served locals and guests on Wrightsville Beach since 1997 with consistent, creative cuisine— Southern-inspired and locally sourced, from the land and sea. Diners can enjoy a great burger outside on their patio for lunch or experience the unique, eclectic, regional dinners crafted by their chef. The chef’s menu highlights the bounty of fresh Carolina coastal seafood right at their front door. South Beach Grill overlooks the scenic anchorage on Banks Channel, located on beautiful Wrightsville Beach, NC, located across from the public docks at Wynn Plaza. The best sunsets on Wrightsville Beach! The restaurant is accessible by boat! Serving lunch and dinner daily. Limited reservations accepted. 100 South Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, (910) 256-4646 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Homemade, Southern-inspired fine cuisine, with the freshest ingredients, for both lunch and dinner. ■ WEBSITE: STEAM RESTAURANT AND BAR Steam is bringing American cuisine to Wilmington using locally sourced goods and ingredients. With an extensive wine and beer selection, plenty of cocktails, indoor/outdoor seating, and beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, Steam is the area’s new go-to restaurant. Reservations recommended. Open seven days a week!, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 9 Estell Lee Pl, (910) 726-9226 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SANDWICHES HWY 55 BURGERS, SHAKES AND FRIES Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Wilmington—on Carolina Beach Rd.—is bringing a fresh All-American diner experience with never-frozen burgers, sliced cheesesteaks piled high on steamed hoagies, and frozen custard made in-house every day. Founded in Eastern North Carolina in 1991, Hwy 55 reflects founder Kenney Moore’s commitment to authentic hospitality and fresh food. Lunch and dinner is grilled in an open-air kitchen, and they serve you at your table—with a smile. 6331 Carolina Beach Rd., (910) 793-6350 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. . ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Delicious burgers and homemade shakes! ■ WEBSITE: J. MICHAEL’S PHILLY DELI The Philly Deli celebrated their 38th anniversary in August 2017. Thier first store was located in Hanover Center—the oldest shopping center in Wilmington. Since, two more Philly Delis have been added: one at Porters Neck and one at Monkey Junction. The Philly Deli started out by importing all of their steak meat and hoagie rolls straight from Amoroso Baking Company, located on 55th Street in downtown Philadelphia! It’s a practice they maintain to this day. We also have a great collection of salads to choose from, including the classic chef’s salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad, all made fresh every day in our three Wilmington, NC restaurants. 8232 Market St., 3501 Oleander Dr., 609 Piner Rd. ■ OPEN: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck, North and South Wilmington, ■ WEBSITE:

Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings. ■ WEBSITE: RX RESTAURANT & BAR Located in downtown Wilmington, Rx Restaurant and Bar is here to feed your soul, serving up Southern cuisine made with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. The Rx chef is committed to bringing fresh food to your table, so the menu changes daily based on what he finds locally. Rx drinks are as unique as the food—and just what the doctor ordered. Join us for a dining experience you will never forget! 421 Castle St.; 910 399-3080. ■ SERVING BRUNCH & DINNER: Tues-Thurs, 5-10pm; FriSat, 5-10:30pm; Sun., 10am-3pm and 5-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:

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 UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington.


TAPAS/WINE BAR THE FORTUNATE GLASS WINE BAR The Fortunate Glass is an intimate venue showcasing globally sourced wines, plus creative small plates and craft beers. The serene ambiance is created by the beautiful wall mural, elegant glass tile bar, castle rocked walls and intimate booths. There are wines from all regions, with 60 wines by the glass and 350 wines available by the bottle. The food menu consists of numerous small plates, fine cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts that will compliment any wine selection. ■ SERVING DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Tues. - Thur., 4 p.m. - midnight; Fri., 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. - midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown, 29 S Front St. ■ FEATURING: Weekly free wine tasting Tues., 6 - 8 p.m. Small plates, and wine and beer specials. ■ WEBSITE:

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SHUCKIN’ SHACK Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has two locations in the Port City area. The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd. (910-458-7380) and our second location is at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). The Shack is the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in and check out the Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Carolina Beach Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon-2am, Historic Wilmington: Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials. Like us on Facebook! ■ WEBSITE:

Dinner: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Bar: 11 a.m.-Until. Menu Bar: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:

ON A ROLL Roll on into OAR—a fusion of American-Jewish-Italian deli fare, interspersed in seasonal specialties with a Southern accent. Every customer will receive freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads, with the freshest of ingredients, all to ensure top quality. And when the place is hopping, it is well worth the wait. Whether choosing to dine in or take out—we deliver!— On a Roll is the downtown deli to enjoy homemade grub. Come make us your favorite! 125 Grace Street, (910) 6222700 ■ SERVING LUNCH: Open Mon-Sun., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 24hour catering available. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: Check us out on Facebook!

SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559

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es! It’s true—you can board up five of your closest friends and hop aboard Aloha Tiki Charters for an afternoon of imbibing and water fun! The water vessel is a tiki bar, also called the Tiki Alpha, and goes out three times a day on two-hour excursions. Each trip departs from Bradley Creek Marina to explore the local channels and waterways behind Wrightsville Beach. Bring your own beer and food, and sail away your troubles. Book it today: (910) 262-3399 or



nd the weekend on Sunday at Sprout - Yoga & Art for Kids (5 Live Oak Dr.) with Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for adults starting at 10 a.m. Usually a place for children to be creative, gain confidence, be free, and have fun, it’s time for parents to get a little mindfulness in their lives. Follow Sprout on Facebook or call (910) 599-2567 for details.



re you ready for a gnome invasion? Historic Airlie Gardens will be transformed into an art exhibit come July 6, with giant 5-foot gnomes (yes, you read that right) peppered throughout the maincured landscape. Whether or not these guys will be into mischief is yet to be determined, but the fiberglass gnomes will be artistically decorated and adorned by local artists. Cost is $3 to $9 during garden hours.



osted by Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, on June 16 folks can learn about local beach history. The Harbor Island Walking Tours meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. Guided walking tours start from Wrightsville Beach Museum of History (303 W. Salisbury St., on The Loop) and are $8$12 person. More info can be found at www.

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usic permeates the island thanks to the WECT free concert series event taking place Thursday, June 14 through August 2. The park welcomes picnics, lawn chairs and blankets, but no alcohol. Bands will include Southern Trouble, Striking Copper, Machine Gun, Sonic Spectrum, Overtyme, Port City Shakedown, Bantum Rooster, and The Imitations. More info:



very Monday through October 29, at the Wrightsville Beach Municipal Grounds, food vendors, alongside arts and craft vendors, line up to sell their wares at he WB Farmers’ Market. Bring cash to enjoy treats from Great Harvest Bread Company, Panacea Brewing Company, Sea Love Sea Salt, Shipwrecked Seasonings, 2 Chicks with Scents, Alchemy Ranch and many others!



hether visiting Wrightsville Beach as a tourist or a permanent resident, folks can (and, frankly, should) do their part to keep our NC shorelines beautiful. Come out for a weekend beach sweep hosted by Blockade Runner Beach Resort (275 Waynick Blvd.), led by the resort’s environmental coordinator, Feletia Lee, on Monday, June 18, 5 :30 p.m. Wear beach shoes, a hat, sunscreen, bring a re-usable bag, and prepare for F-U-N!



ugust may be winding down the summer, but it’s also still hot to trot with the annual Lumina Daze celebration slated for the 26, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Taking place at Blockade Runner, the event hosts a swing contest, live music from Wilmington Big Band, Dixieland All-Stars, and beach music with The Imitations. It’s the annual fundraiser for Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, with tickets only costing $35. More info can be found at

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et away for quick hour of fun with the family each week this summer at Ocean Front Park’s Up and Active! Going on each Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. through August 16, Up and Active! features an hour of music by Lynne and the Wave, as well as games, face painting by P3 Planning and family fun for everyone on the park lawn. It’s free for everyone and takes place June 14. Learn more at





osted by St. Paul’s UMC Carolina Beach at 100 Charlotte Ave., church starts at 8 a.m. every Sunday throughout the summer. Interested folks can find the Sunday morning congregation at the covered shelter on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Whether in flip flops, shorts or traditional Sunday attire, all are welcome to join. Learn more about St. Paul’s UMC Carolina Beach at

alty Dog Yoga & Surf (915 A N. Lake Park Blvd.) is hosting a restorative-yoga session on June 15, followed by a brief meditation and intention setting ceremony this Friday night at 7 p.m. Participants also will “plant their intentions” in succulent planters and will have the chance to water their dreams throughout the month. Cost ($25) includes workshop and succulent to take home and grow with intentions.


ather’s Day brews and hymns? Why not! Hosted by Cape Fear Beer and Hymns, folks who might have experienced “PTCD (post-traumatic church disorder)” in the past are welcome. Folks can sing and raise a glass of craft brews at Good Hops (811 Harper Ave.). It starts at 6 p.m. on June 17 and is free for all! Find out more at

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hird annual Good Hops 5k Beer Run is a fun trail race through Carolina Beach State Park, followed by a Father’s Day party to honor all special dads. Registered runners will receive an official t-shirt, Good Hops tumbler, and participants over 21 will receive a pint of Good Hops beer. It’s a dog and stroller-friendly race to benefit The Island Men and Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks. Packet pickup and late registration is on Friday, June 15 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and on race day from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.



hile L Shape Lot full-band gigs are fewer and farther between, new opportunities are on the rise for the fast-paced folk/Americana band— who also took home the award for encore’s Best Local Band/Performer in 2018. Beach dwellers and visitors will get a chance to see the Lot as part of the Boogie in the Park summer concert series on June 17. Show is free and starts at 5 p.m. at the Kure Beach Oceanfront Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.

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Author Elaine Neil Orr discusses latest book set in Winston-Salem BY: SHANNON RAE GENTRY


oming to the U.S. was a bit like going to Mars,” author Elaine Neil Orr tells of her transition moving to the American South, after being born and raised in Nigeria by her missionary parents. Orr’s earliest of memories are of mangoes falling in the night, outdoor markets stretched for miles, women tending farms, and people dwelling in mud and plaster houses. Her “American memories” start in first grade with a furlough year in 1960 Winston-Salem. “While I was introduced to my extended family, I didn’t believe they could really be mine since everyone I felt related to was in Nigeria,” she says. “Yet, it was a happy if odd year. I saw my first television. Everything was white: people, schools, church, even the weather (snow and sleet). I have never really gotten fully into this world, the United States, which is why, I suppose, my books shuttle

back and forth between the American South and southern Nigeria. Nigeria is the ancient world, the first world. The U.S. is the second and newer world.” Winston-Salem is the setting and era of Orr’s latest novel “Swimming Between Worlds” (Berkley NY, April 2018). Orr has lived in North Carolina since 1987, and is now an English professor at North Carolina State University. The bulk of her research and interviews were about Winston-Salem, the period and sit-ins. She worked closely with city historian Fam Brownlee and was especially interested in the West End area. “My favorite form of research was walking

the West End over and over for four years until my characters and their places were so real I could feel their heartbeats,” she tells. “When I begin a novel, I ask myself: ‘Where do you want to be in your mind for several years?’ If it was going to be an American town, my first choice was Winston because of my fond girlhood memories. ”

Dorothy Wordsworth, Orr’s Kate Monroe is almost entirely a work of fiction. Monroe lost her parents, which led her to leave her family ties and her home—until she receives a series of disturbing letters. Monroe goes in search for truth behind her comfortable life. Though Monroe’s familial connections put her in a class more privileged than Hart, they are both wounded. “That woundedness is our common human reality and the portal by which I came to know them,” Orr notes.

It starts in 1959 with Tacker Hart. The 20-something’s been living with his parents since he had to abruptly leave West Africa after being fired from his job. There is a tense exchange between Hart and his mother early on, as she presses him on what his plans are for his future. She questions his responsibility and what happened to him “over there,” to which he responds (perhaps a bit righteously): “I learned there’s a world outside of this town. . . . That we’re not the be-all, end-all of the universe.”

Each character has a touch of Orr’s life, experiences and/or convictions. Hart’s obvious connection is his stent in Nigeria that leaves him questioning the life in the States, as well as who he’ll be and what he believes. Orr was never as socially elevated as Monroe but knows what it’s like to fall in love as a college-age student. “I gave Gaines the clarity of purpose I have toward writing, if not politics,” she explains.

Hart and Monroe’s stories then converge with a young African-American man, Gaines While Nigeria makes an Townson (on the same morning but different appearance in the book— times). His character has political purpose. highlighting cross-cultural “No one yet seems to have noticed that I experiences, connections have an epigraph from Toni Morrison at the and differences—her aim beginning of the novel and that Kate dreams was to write an American of Gaines as a milkman,” Orr explains. Both novel. The timeline is the moments are a nod to her novel ‘Song of SoloUnited States on the cusp of the civil rights mon.’ I created Gaines as a character between movement. Milkman and Guitar in that novel.”

“Nigeria comes in to reveal what Tacker has experienced and why he’s a different person,” Orr explains. “In a way, his experience provides the trajectory of his action. But he’s still an American, acting in an American landscape. Autobiographically speaking, I think I wanted to explore in fiction what it’s like to experience culture shock on the return.”

Much of Orr’s research to recreate Nigeria for its appearance in this period had already taken place when she wrote her memoir, “Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life” in 2003. Still, for “Swimming Between Worlds,” she found a Nigerian man who attended the University of Ibadan around the same time as Tacker Hart was there. “He was an excellent resource,” she says. “I found a man who attended State College School of Design (now NCSU) in the very years Tacker did. He offered pictures of the campus and the design school in the 1950s.”

Tacker Hart is the first of three main characters Orr conjured for her book. On the surface level, he is based on all the attractive white boys Orr knew from a distance when she visOrr will discuss more from her latest read ited the United States. at Two Sisters Bookery with Wilmington writ“They seemed so privileged and blessed,” er Emily Colin on June 14. A Q&A will follow she remembers. “They were also vaguely nice. her reading. I couldn’t imagine getting close to them. After writing a full draft of the novel, I remembered the story of a male missionary who came to Ni- Elaine Neil Orr geria and accused the missionaries—like my parents—of practicing apartheid. He moved off Author conversation with Emily Colin the compound and lived in town and designed June 14, 6:30 p.m. • Free round houses. He didn’t last long.” Two Sisters Bookery • 318 Nutt St.


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Chp. 12, I know it’s hard to keep an open heart, when even friends seem out to harm you



t’s been raining for a week,” Kitty lamented. Her father was standing at the living-room window, watching the gray drizzle. “And it still hasn’t cooled off at all,” her father groaned. Kitty’s father had a limited number of topics of conversation. The majority of his small talk centered around complaining it was raining or it was sunny. Both were equally awful, and both were the precursor of even more meteorological disappointment. “You know, on the movie set, they would have loved to have this kind of weather,” Kitty offered. “They manufactured gallons and gallons of fake rain for the film. Poor Jeffrey was always drenched. Usually shivering.” She pictured him soaking wet in skintight black clothing. It had been difficult to focus on his eyes when they talked. Her father didn’t turn to look at her. The big magnolia tree in the center of the graveyard transfixed him. He was never really here anymore anyway. “Of course, the humidity and heat weren’t a problem for them then,” Kitty tried again. “I mean, in February and March that poor man nearly froze to death.” “The heat just won’t break.” Her dad shook his head. “What’s happening with the investigation?” She shook her head. “Don’t you read the newspaper?” she asked. “Of course I do,” he turned to look at her. “I just thought you might tell me something you weren’t able to publish or that didn’t make it into the story yet.” He looked at her with surprised confusion. “Well, normally I would, but I can’t do that this time.” She stared at him, waiting for him to put it together. He turned back to the window. “Don’t you want to know why not?” “If you want to tell me.” “Haven’t you noticed I have been here all week?”

“Yes, Daddy, I have. I haven’t gone to work this week.” “Really?” “Really.” “Is it a holiday?” “No, it’s Wednesday.” “Why haven’t you gone to work?” “I got fired.” “Fired? Really? Kitty, what happened?” He had real alarm now. He stared at her full force, his face turning red. She shuddered while recalling the scene. It wasn’t something she was exceptionally proud of, but Dawes had called her into his office and demanded to know if she was harassing the district attorney. And the police. “I’m doing my job,” she bristled. “Yeah, well that’s not what they’re saying. According to Corner, you marched into his office and demanded he arrest and charge Stan with Jeffrey’s death.” “No, I asked him, yet again, how a man could be shot in a room of more than 40 witnesses and he could tell me no crime was committed. Then I asked him to tell me when he was planning to do his job. I did not demand he arrest Stan. I did point out that Stan was holding the gun, and he certainly held some responsibility for discharging a weapon recklessly with disregard to accepted fire-arm safety rules.” “You certainly exceeded your authority...” “As a reporter questioning a public official about their actions and role in the story I’m covering? That’s my job! That is the basic description of my job! Aren’t you the one always reminding us our job is to hold their feet to the flames and get the answers the public deserves?” “As a member of the press, of my staff, you behaved unprofessionally, and you embarrassed your profession, the newspaper and me personally.” “You made me ask the district attorney and the chief of police if a curse was responsible for Jeffrey’s death and you are saying I embarrassed you?” “You have exceeded your authority and your behavior is an embarrassment to the newspaper.”

“Are you taking me off the story? Because a public official complained he got questioned too closely? I did exactly what you always wanted me to do? Aren’t you the one who tells us if we aren’t making people angry we aren’t doing our jobs?” “I’m not taking you off the story; I’m taking your keys to the building.” He said it so matter of factly, it surprised her more than if he had slapped her. “What?” “Please, put your keys and your press pass in my hand. You are dismissed from service here.”

body bloat from internal bleeding, watched the medic work frantically to stabilize him. Each of them knew somewhere it was the last memory they would have of this vibrant, beautiful man. They watched another man point a gun at him... They watched him pull the trigger... They watched Jeffrey crumple... She recited it again and again like a litany in church.

Forty witnesses and no crime.

But money talks, right? Money talks and the DA didn’t see a crime—not a crime that would hold anyone responsible who had She almost choked at the time. It was lunch with Spielberg. such a shock and a bitter pill to swallow; Film was money. Money was jobs. Jobs it felt like it couldn’t be real. Security came was votes. in to escort her to clean out her desk ... in When did I stop using proper grammar front of everyone. The newsroom watched her throw things from drawers into boxes in my insane interior monologue? she wonwhile two armed security personnel stared dered. But the point! The point... at her. Her cheeks burned. When she She banged her hand on the steering turned around, holding the boxes in front wheel. of her like Hester Prynne with the scarlet The point was someone bought their A, everyone of them—every, single one of them—looked away. Not one would meet way out of this—and that someone got her eyes. Suddenly, deadlines became far me fired! Because who am I? I don’t have more pressing and absorbing than they had a Hollywood home or an expensive lawbeen minutes earlier. No one said goodbye. yer ... I mean, law firm—there’s a whole fucking team of lawyers working for these The next thing she knew, she was sitting guys! I’m just a little nobody from some in her car at a green light on 17th and Mar- backwoods Southern town, and if someket, with horns blaring around her. one gets pushed under the bus, it’s me? Right? Me! Fired … fired? She had come home in tears. Her father She was fired from her job as reporter, hadn’t even looked up from the Weather for doing her job. Channel. But, when digging graves for a That whole fucking room full of people living, the weather was a pretty immediate who didn’t do their jobs were walking free part of life. with nothing—absolutely nothing coming at them! If any one of them had stood up and said that 5 minutes of precaution needs to Gwenyfar Rohler is encore’s fact-or-fiction writer be taken to ensure safety procedure, then for 2018. Her serial story, “Singing in the Dead of Night,” follows the death of a young movie star and Jeffrey Chen would still be alive. the emotional aftermath that follows, as local media She fumed.

No charges would be filed in Jeffrey Chen’s death. None! Ruled an accident and no one would be held responsible for the loss of his life—because, according to DA Cornor, no crime was committed. But a room full of witnesses watched one man aim a gun at another and pull the trigger. They watched two men hand over the gun and three plan and choreograph the action. They watched the life ebb from Jeffrey’s body—watched his face go limp, his

try to uncover the events leading up to the highprofile “murder,” which takes place while filming in Wilmington, NC. Catch up on previous chapters at

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Join us every Sunday until Oct. 28 along the scenic, historic Wilmington riverfront for a weekly artisan market featuring some of Wilmington’s finest artists and crafts people.You’ll find everything from fine art to functional with a diverse assortment of painters, illustrators, woodworkers, metal workers, upscale crafts and more! Located at Riverfront Park on N. Water Street between Market and Princess from 10am-3:30pm every Sun., weather permitting. This is a City of Wilmington event.

Riverfront Park, 5 N. Water St.


Pleasure Island summers have begun with weekly fireworks every Thursday an dlive music on the historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk at the gazebo stage. Music starts at 6:30 followed by the fireworks at 9. Follow Facebook for weather delays, changes and updates. 100 Cape Fear Blvd.


June 16, 10am: Cape Fear Bonsai Society presents their 5th Annual Bonsai Show with members setting out their bonsai trees for the public to view and enjoy. Vendors selling

plants and pots will be present. There will be several bonsai demonstrations for the public. This event is free to the public. New Hanover County Arboretum, Oleander Dr.


June 20, 6pm: An evening filled with beautiful blooming borders and iridescent, floating bubbles. Celebrate the summer season by relaxing with family and friends surrounded by the sweet scent of flowers, listening to fantastic original music and watching the bubbles gently fill the sky. Event is open to the entire family. Proceeds help support The Arboretum in its mission to maintain a nonstop color explosion

throughout the year, that is free for all to enjoy.Music w/ L Shape Lot, food from T’Geaux Boys Food Truck and Granny Nieces Icecream, and drinks—champagne, beer and wine from Fermental! NHC Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr.

charity/fundraiser TROLLY STOP FLAG DAY

June 14, 11am: All sales of food and drinks at Trolly Stop Hot Dogs on June 14th, 2018, will be donated to the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina for ongoing restoration and education projects. There will be Friends volunteers on-site to sell flags and answer questions about the ship and about Friends of the Battleship memberships. Come out, buy a dog and a drink, and support the Battleship North Carolina! Trolly Stop Hot Dogs, 4502 Fountain Dr.


June 15, We are so excited to present our first Annual Masquerade Ball to benefit Make-AWish Eastern NC! There will be live music, hors d’oeuvres, and of course, wine! Dance the evening away and help make a child’s wish come true. Don’t forget your mask! Sponsored by Wilmington Wine and the Bellamy Mansion Museum. All proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern NC. Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.


June 15, 7pm: Dust off your best flower power duds and let your freak flag fly at the grooviest party of the summer. Dance to the far out music of the Cosmic Groove Lizards Munchies catered by Bon Apetit Have a “summer of love” drink at the BAC cash bar Prizes for best dressed and best dancers. Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 North 4th St.

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June 16, 9am: The Friends of the Battleship are hosting several events to promote membership at the Battleship and honor the mission of the Battleship North Carolina. With admission to the ship, there will be free specialty guided tours of the Battleship offered from 10-12 and 2-3:30. Two free presentations about WWII German U-Boats off the Mid-Atlantic Coast, at 12:30 and 4pm. There will be a picnic in Battleship Park, with food trucks from Trolly Stop and Ironclad Brewery, from 4-9pm. At 7:30, there will be a free showing of a classic World War II film (TBD). Bring picnic blankets and chairs. 1 Battleship Rd.


June 16, 9am: Think your child has what it takes to become a real superhero? There is only one way to find out! Join us to hone in on your child’s superhero powers through our specially designed, hero themed games and activities. Don’t forget to come dressed in your best superhero costume! Museum admission: $9.75 for children/adults $8.75 for seniors/military $4.87 for Weekday members FREE for Anytime/ACM members. Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange St.


Live music along the Cape Fear River aboard Wilmington Water Tours at the sunset; various musicians and cruises weekly. or call us at (910) 3383134. 212 S. Water St.


All ages! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, beverages, and your friends and family! Local food trucks will be on site selling food! Please remember, no smoking or e-cigarettes are allowed on Town property. Thurs., 6:308:30pm. Free! May 10 Chocolate Chip & Co. (soul, etc.) w/Poor Piggy’s. May 24 The Tams (beach) w/T’Geaux Boys Food Truck. June 7 Gump Fiction (The Ultimate 90s Tribute) w/ Tasty Tee’s Snack Shack Food Truck. Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Dr.


Sun.: 5-7 p.m. (1st/3rd Sun., May through Oct.). Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy free, live music by the sea! Free and open to the public! Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Blvd.


Comedians, singers, songwriters, poets, yodelers! Come out the co-op on Wednesday night & show us what you got! Free coffee & tea for all performers! Mic is yours from 6 pm until about 8:45! Hosted by the always entertaining Bob Sarnataro, this open mic is a laid back, no pressure opportunity for performers of all kinds to stretch those creative muscles. All ages welcome. Tidal Creek Co-op, 5329 Oleander Dr.


Every week Sunday School Underground welcomes a collective of like minded DJs with interest in growing the underground electronic music scene. We commune at the Juggling Gypsy Cafe to preach beats and vibes that will fill your soul. The Juggling Gypsy has the right atmosphere to cater a chill underground

community of DJs. Located on the corner of 16 St. and Castle St. Come smoke a hookah, try one of the many craft beers, bounce around the patio, or just lounge with the beats. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. ANNEX SINGER-SONGWRITER SESSION

June 13, 7pm: Five amazing local artists will be performing original tracks, live and unplugged, in the BAC’s original 1910 schoolhouse: Jim Nelson, Haley Heath, John Fonvielle, Todd Dengler and Vicki Burton. The Annex is set up perfectly for live music, and you won’t want to miss the comeback of Songwriter Sessions—now happening quarterly, every second Wednesday. A&M Red Food Truck will be outside ready to provide guests with their famous sliders and tacos, and the BAC Cash Bar will be open and fully-stocked inside. $5 at the door; doors at 7pm, and the show will begin at 8. Free parking! Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 North 4th St.


Concert series presented by Outdoor Equipped runs each Friday night through August 31. Free concerts are from 6:30pm to 10pm and feature both local performers and touring bands. June 15: Opener Stick Em Up w/headliner Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute). Wristband sales benefit the nonprofit: New Hanover Cheerleading. Outside beverages, food, coolers and dogs are prohibited. Rain or shine, so check Facebook for updates. Riverfront Park, 5 N. Water St.


June 15, 7pm: Jeanne Jolly’s artistry encompasses the heartfelt confessional quality of the singer-songwriter tradition, the earthiness of

American roots music, a hint of jazz sophistication, and the smoldering emotionality of soul balladry. Tickets can be purchased online at and in person at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way JAZZ AT BELLAMY

June 14, 6:30pm: Ariel Pocock Group has received international acclaim as an equally captivating jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Ariel’s notable performances as a headline act include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, among others. Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. $18 at the door. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.

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June 19-21, 8pm: Cape Fear Shakespeare proudly continues the 25 year tradition of bringing free Shakespearian performances produced specifically for the outdoors. The 2018 season opens with a reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet,” as perform by Shakespeare Youth Company. The most famous love story in the world and written over 400 years ago remains relevant today. Dedicated to our collective youth, giving them voice in a time when our world feels more divided than ever. Rain or shine; 910 399 2878. Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr.


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between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s funeral home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father. “Fun Home” is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grownup eyes, directed by Michael Lauricella and featuring a cast of Wilmington favorites plus several new faces (including three young actors under the age of 13!). Through June 17, Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm, and Sun., 3pm. First Sunday performance features a talk-back where the audience is invited to stay for a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team of the production. Tickets are $23-28 and are available at Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.

June 15-17, 21-24, 8pm: Cape Fear Shakespeare proudly continues the 25 year tradition of bringing free Shakespearian performances produced specifically for the outdoors. The show follows the fumbling adventures of Sir John Falstaff a rascally knight, with a lusty eye on two very married women. Feminine wit, strength, and wisdom prevail as these very merry wives teach him a very merry lesson. Rain or shine; 910 399 2878. Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre, 1941 Amphitheatre Dr. MY FAIR LADY

June 15-17, 22-24, 8pm or 3pm on Sundays. Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture “Pygmalion.” A rare musical following the arrogant phoneticist Henry Higgins, who encounters a dirty, disheveled Eliza Doolittle in Covent Garden, he proclaims that in six months’ time he can “make a duchess of this draggle-tailed guttersnipe.” The resulting clash of cultures sparks a funny and ferocious battle of the sexes and launches -both professor and pupil into a transformation that neither of them could have anticipated. Tickets: $32. (910) 632-2285 or Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 310 Chestnut St.


June 15, 6pm: Dedicated students of Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts are proud to bring you an evening of performing arts. Through a selection of classical ballet favorites, a tribute to the famed modern dance trailblazer, Isadora Duncan, and a collection of scintillating ensemble performances inspired by The Greatest Showman, which, according to Roger Ebert, is an “unabashed piece of pure entertainment…celebrating diversity, and the importance of embracing all kinds.” Come Alive! with the Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts! Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd St. Tickets:


Panache Theatre presents the premiere of “Fun Home”—winner of five 2015 Tony Awards and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. In this groundbreaking musical, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of her father. Moving


Written by Celia Rivenbark with Kevin Parker directed by Beth Swindell at TheatreNOW, Through Jul. 28, Fri.-Sat., 7pm. Doors open

at 6pm. Tickets $20-$46 with discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. Nee Nichols is a cooking show star whose off-camera antics would make a sailor blush! Add in her philandering husband and two Kardashianlike kids and you never know what’s going to happen with this family. But when Nee’s rivalry with fellow cooking host Rose Ravenel heats up, will the network be able to put out the fire? (Significant profanity and naughty talk, so be warned!) Dinner and show tickets, served with a three-course meal, $46. Show-only tickets available, $20. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


“The Weight of Walls” art show by Nathan Verwey now hanging at Coworx in The Cargo District. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. On display through July 30. 1608 Queen St.


Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, Wilmington’s premier after-hours celebration of art and culture, 6-9pm, fourth Friday of ea. month. Features art openings, artist demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments. Administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County, numerous venues participate. Full list:



All ages on Saturday at sunset. Join us in the park and watch a family movie under the night sky. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic and your family, but please no pets or alcohol. Smoking is also prohibited on Town Property. Concessions will be available for purchase. June 16: Leap. Free, no registration required. Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Dr.


200 Willard St. WEIGHT OF WALLS

Meet working artists, and see their works in progress. Everything from sculptures to fine jewelry in this unique location. Free parking, fun for everyone. Over 45 artist’s works to enjoy. Free, and we participate in the 4th Friday Art Walks, 6-9pm, 4th Fri. ea. mo. theArtWorks,

Journey through this mirror-lined chamber housing an array of LED lights. The viewer walks toward a light but at the last minute is diverted to the main room. Lethe, chance art by Leslie Milanese, depicts the first recorded NDE (Plato, 381 BC). Expo 216 gallerium, 216 N. Front St. Wed-Sun, noon-6pm, 910-7693899,


Closing June 8: Life Itself is a prevalent theme throughout both artists’ work. Topher’s printmaking work depicts scenes and figures from everyday life. Within his pieces, technological effects on people and the world around them are also represented. Kristen’s mixed-media drawings and paintings utilize human and botanical subjects. In her more current work, she aims to create harmony between the flora and their illustrated likenesses, via synthesis and movement. In both development and style, Kristen and Topher approach their pro-

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cesses with an interactive, gestural fervor, to produce highly dynamic and expressive compositions. MC Erny Gallery, 254 North Front St. WAKING FROM DREAMS

June 14, Join us for a special champagne toast and reception at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant to celebrate the paintings of Mark Gansor Decorative Painting and our partnership with Checker Cab productions and local restaurants. Reception is free and open to the public. 910-769-9300. Platypus & Gnome, 9 S Front St.


Come on out for two hours of energetic, contemporary American country dancing with live music by Box of Chocolates band—fiddle, percussion, guitar, dulcimer, bass, mandolin and more! Dress cool & comfortable, softsoled shoes. All ages. 2nd/4th Tues, 7:30pm. United Methodist, 409 S. 5th Ave.


Adults in the Wilmington NC area are invited to join Dance Instructor, Krystal Smith for a weekly dance party, in this fun hour of fitness, wellness, and Happy (Hip Hop) Dancing! No previous experience needed. These classes provide both exercise and enjoyment for “Beginners” as well as experienced dance students. “Drop-In” to enjoy this fun opportunity at your convenience, and only pay for the classes you attend. $12 for 1 class; $50 for 5; $80 for 10. $80. 7211 Ogden Business Ln. #205

Community African Dance Class with Shea-Ra Nichi the first Saturday through June, 10:3012pm, for a Community multigenerational African dance class. Open to anyone in the community to encourage those who may not be able to afford African dance class regularly. No pre-reg. required. Sliding Scale $5 - $15 per person (by honor system). Shea-Ra Nichi at or 910-474-1134. Hannah Block Community Arts Center, 120 S. Second St.

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The wildest open mic in town ... anything goes. (except cover songs). Stand-up comedy, slam poetry, video, live music, odd talents—performances of all kinds. Hosted by 6-beer Steve. Sign up, 8pm, and runs all night. Juggling Gypsy 1612 Castle St. ILM, (910) 763-2223 daily after 3pm for details.


Brent Blakeney headlines comedy bingo at Dead Crow, Tuesday nights, 8pm. Free show featuring the best comics from all over the Southeast, all while playing bingo along with the words they say! Win prizes and enjoy discount tacos! Hosted by Louis Bishop with in-booth side kick comedian Lew Morgante. Dead Crow Comedy Club, 265 N. Front St.


On the first Wed. ea. month, Gruff Goat Comedy features Three Guest Comics Under a Bridge. No Trolls. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Lane


Come see some of North Carolina’s best stand-up comedians in a world class venue! This month our super talented performers are: Brett Williams, Cordero Wilson, Grant Sheffield, Louis Bishop, and Tyler Wood. Hosted by: Wills Maxwell. N Front Theatre (formerly City Stage), 21 N Front St.


Wed. 9pm: Comedy King of the Carolina’s, Louis Bishop, will be bringing the Carolina Comedy Cup to the Lazy Pirate again this year. Louis started this well-anticipated Comedy Show here over 6 years ago and it is now the longest-running independent Comedy Competition in the Carolinas. More than 50 aspiring comics will be competing for beloved CCC Trophy and a grand prize of $500. For more details on the show and how to compete contact Louis Bishop. Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill, 701 N Lake Pk Blvd.


First Sat. ea. month is free comedy show at Lucky Joe Craft Coffee on College Road presented by Regretful Villains. The show features a new style of stand-up called Speed Joking. Come enjoy a night of laughs and find your Comedic Soulmate! 1414 S College Rd.


June 15-16, 7pm/9:30pm: Brooklyn born Brian Scolaro is an actor and stand-up comedian. He got his start at the The Comedy Cellar in NYC, and he is most known for his appearances on “CONAN,” his half hour Comedy Central special “Comedy Central presents:

Brian Scolaro”, as Doug on TBS’s “Sullivan and Son,” and as Stuart on FOX’s “Stacked”. About his role of Stuart Miller on “Stacked”, The LA Times said “Scolaro is terrific. An actual sitcom find.” About his role as Doug on “Sullivan and Son”, Brian Doyle-Murray (Caddyshack) said Brian is “one of the best I’ve ever seen.” Dead Crow, 265 N. Front St. IMPROV WEDNESDAYS!

Every Wednesday you can join us at Dead Crow Comedy for Improv night. Cute Boys Club Improv gets the night started, followed by the Encore award winning Nutt House Improv. As always you can expect some cheap and delicious food and drink specials too! Admission is only $3, doors at 7pm. 265 N. Front St.


State of the Art/Art of the State: (through July 8): Focusing on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within 24‐hour period. No fee. During this time frame, four curators from North Carolina institutions greet each artist and talk about their work. The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today. CAM organized with a visual schematic for reference to the over 600 intensely installed artworks. • CAM Café open and serving delicious menu


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WB Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of WB. (910) 256-2569. 303 W. Salisbury St.


Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mon. at 10:30am, only $5 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $9 adult, $8 senior/military, $5 child, ages 2-12, and free under age 2. 505 Nutt St. 910763-2634.


Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walk-

ing tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4-$12. Latimer House of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is not handicapped accessible 126 S. Third St. BELLAMY MANSION

One of NCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 910-2513700. 503 Market St.


18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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/Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. 910-762-0570.


Hundreds of toys and games are on view in PlayTime!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;classics, like Lincoln Logs, toy soldiers, an Erector set and a Mr. Potato Head, and even old faves like wooden tops, blocks and dolls. Remember those toys that, for whatever reason, we just had to have? Some of those fad favorites like the Rubikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cube and 1960s Liddle Kiddle dolls are on exhibit along

with toy figures from fast food kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meals. Explore toy history in custom label books. Come out to play, create, and imagine in Cape Fear Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest exhibit, PlayTime! Engage with museum educators in these short, drop-in programs. Activities change weekly and may include puzzles, games, blocks, and more. Adult participation is required. Fun for all ages! Free for members or with general admission â&#x20AC;˘ See NC through the eyes of Wilmingtonborn photographer Hugh MacRae Morton (1921-2006). His captivating images will be featured in the traveling exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,â&#x20AC;? is now open at Cape Fear Museum. The exhibit is on loan from the UNC Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NC Collection Photographic Archives and will be on view through September 2018. â&#x20AC;˘ Camera Collections! With todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smart phones and digital cameras, photography is everywhere. But until the invention of the camera in 1839, there was no way to instantly capture the environment around you. In less than 200 years, cameras have progressed from complicated contraptions only used by professionals, to simple boxes with a roll of film anyone could operate, to handheld computers that create digital images shared with the world. 86 cameras and 145 photographic accessories showcases changes in technology and styles, from the late 1800s through the early 2000s. $20/ members; $30/non-members. CF Museum, 814 Market St. EXPO 216

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the History of Hospice . Contemplate individual responses of compassion in the arena. Expo 216 gallerium, 216 N. Front St. Wed.-Sun., noon-6pm.


Miss Shannon will lead interactive story hours for kids ages 3-6 on the first and third Saturdays of May at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington. Saturday Story Hour is free and no pre-registration is needed. Opens with a picture book and end with a project or activity at the end, and include time to play, learn, and laugh in between. Ea. child should bring a participating adult. Shannon Vaughn: 910798-6303. 201 Chestnut St.


Sat., 2pm: Ignite your curiosity! Discover history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear through hands-on exploration and unique artifacts. Our activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage families to have fun together. Themes vary. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Approximately 45 minutes each time slot. Adult participation is required. Free for members w/admission. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.


Toddlers and their adults enjoy a messy, hands-on art experience where they focus on exploring art materials and processes, rather than on the end product. Children ages 2 to 4, and each child must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone should make sure to wear clothes that can get messy. Free but space is

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limited and advance registration is required. or by calling 910-7986303. Krista Dean at 910-798-6368 or Raquel Fava at 910-798-6365. Please call for info. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. NATURE DISCOVERY CAMP

Ages: 5-7, June 11 - 15 8 a.m. – noon. $100. Deadline to Register: June 1 Each day different habitats will be explored, learning all about dragonflies, butterflies, spiders, snakes, frogs, toads, birds and other wildlife. Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.


Half-day, ages 5-11. $15/week. Camp runs through Aug. 17, 9am–1pm (no camp the week of July 2). Activities include: arts and crafts, field trips, sports activities and more! Pre-registration required: 1101 Manly Ave., 910.341.7867


June 14, all day: Play, learn and explore math and science concepts at this interactive storytime, which includes hand-on science experiments and exploration stations. The program is designed for children ages 3 to 6, and each child must be accompanied by an adult. It’s free, but space is limited and preregistration is required on the calendar at Raquel Fava (rfava@ or Krista Dean ( at 910-798-6368. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


June 15, 10am: Adults attending this workshop will create a wind chime out of vintage pendants to make music on a porch, as part of “Libraries Rock,” NHC Library’s Adult Summer Reading theme. Hands-on workshop is free and supplies will be provided, but space is limited. To make sure you have a seat, register on the calendar at or by calling 910-798-6371. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


June 16, 9am: Do you think your child has what it takes to become a real superhero? There is only one way to find out! Join us to hone in on your child’s superhero powers through our specially designed, hero themed games and activities. Don’t forget to come dressed in your best superhero costume! Free with regular museum admission: $9.75 for children/adults $8.75 for seniors/military $4.87 for Weekday members Free for anytime/ACM members. Feel free to wear your favorite hero outfits. Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange St.


Cool off and enjoy an exciting full-dome film in Cape Fear Museum’s digital planetarium most Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, 2pm. These family-friendly programs are fun and appropriate for all ages. Space is limited and adult participation is required. Free for members of with general admission. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.


Ages: 7-12. Cost: $25/week Space is very limited. Camp runs June 18 - Aug. 17, 7:45 am - 5:30 pm. (No camp the week of July 2.) Activities include: arts and crafts, fi eld trips, sports activities and more! Pre-registration required. • Teen Camp: Ages: 13-14 Cost: $25/ week Camp runs June 18 - Aug. 17, 7:45 am - 5:30 pm (No camp the week of July 2.) Activities include: arts and crafts, sports activities, group/team building activities, leadership and service events/activities along with field trips. Register: 910.341.7866. 401 S. 8th St.


Come out to Coastal Athletics this summer for baseball, softball, or lacrosse camp! 8amnoon or extended stay, noon-4pm. $40/day or $175/week with an additional $20/day for extended stay. Includes a snack and drink for each child on a daily basis; t-shirt for each child who attends a full week of camp. Children who are signed up for extended stay must bring a lunch. (910)-452-5838. Coastal Athletics, 2049 Corporate Dr. S.


Preschool kids ages 2-4 are invited to Pleasure Island Library to create, learn, and play with art materials and activities! Please wear clothes that can get messy! Free but space is limited. To make sure your preschooler has a seat, register on the calendar at www. or by calling 910-798-6385. Meaghan Weiner at or 910-798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd.


June 20, 2pm: Miss Michelle will introduce kids to her cello and demonstrate how she plays on it. After listening to some music, participants will do a related craft. Free program is for kids ages 4-10. No registration is required to attend. Meaghan Weiner at or 910-798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd.

the relaxation that Cape Fear holds!There will be Discussion by our local Civil War expert who will bring the Civil War to life on the Cape Fear River. Seats are limited so we recommend reserving your seats. or 910-338-3134. Adults, $50; kids, $25. Wilmington Water Tours LLC, 212 S. Water St. WALK WITH A DOC

on shorebird identification and ecology, as well as coastal salt marsh function. $45 per passenger; RSVP. 910-200-4002 or http:// Metered street parking only. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd. TIDAL CREEK TUESDAYS

Join Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours for an hour and a half boat tour focused on the ecology of local tidal creeks! We will discuss water quality, pollution sources, and the flora and fauna of the area. While discussing the functions of our salt marshes, we will assist you in identifying local plant and bird species. $45 a person; must RSVP. 910-2004002 to book your trip. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.

Join us the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9am for a fun and healthy walk—held at the Midtown YMCA. Each walk beings with a brief physicianled discussion of a current health topic, then he/she spends time walking, answering questions and talking with walkers. Choose your own pace and distance. Free and open to anyone. YMCA Midtown, George Anderson Dr.


Bid farewell to the setting sun with a 1 ½ hour Sunset Cruise. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours offers several versions of its famed Sunset Cruise to celebrate the sunset. All sunset cruises depart the Blockade Runner Dock. Routes vary with season, weather, and whim on the Basic Sunset Cruise but may include Masonboro Island, Bradley Creek, Money Island or some other combination. Water, marsh, Shamrock, sunset – it’s a simple combination but very satisfying. Also from experience this is the best time to sight Dolphins in the bay. $35 per adult $15 per child. RSVP: 910-200-4002/wbst3000@ http://wrightsvillebeachscenictours. com. Metered street parking only. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.


June 13, 6pm: Kick off your summer with this free, family-friendly sunset paddle event, appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Refreshments provided by Waterman’s Brewing Company. Weekly meetup at 6pm; event begins at 6:30pm. Experienced paddleboard instructors available for tutorials. Following the paddle, head over to the Sea Escape pool bar for live music, casual dining and refreshing drinks. Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd



Join the Cape Fear Naturalist as he guides you on an open water exploration of the Intracoastal Waterway, inlet passages, and sandy barrier islands of Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. Topics will include a strong emphasis

June 15, Morning adventure! The ideal way to spend an unforgettable morning. This has become our signature cruise and Captain Doug’s favorite. Join us as we head up the Northeast Cape Fear River to the upper reaches of the black water system of this mysterious river. This close to 2 hour cruise is a rewarding experience as you learn about Wilmington and our precious wildlife, while




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Weds, 3pm: Set sail on the Shamrock for a cruise around Wrightsville Beach’s Harbor Island—the island which separates the barrier island of the beach proper from the mainland. Locations of historical, ecological and cultural note will be featured. Learn what year the first buildings on Wrightsville Beach were built. Additionally, learn about the different types of marsh grasses, shorebirds, and fish we have teeming in the water surrounding the beach. RSVP rqd. $15-$25. WB Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.


June 16, 10am: A free concert by the Broccoli Brothers Circus in Story Park next to New Hanover County’s Main Library. Libraries Rock is the theme for Summer Reading 2008. The Broccoli Brothers Circus is a family-friendly creative/educational performance group providing positive content through music, shows, and media (www.facebook. com/broccolibrothers). Kids can take rock star selfies, get temporary tattoos, paint kindness rocks, pick up summer reading bags, and of course Read books! Sharky from the Wilmington Sharks will make a special appearance! Free! Jamie Schrum at jschrum@ or 910-798-6303. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.







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enjoying a peaceful morning ride on our safe and relaxing catamaran. Tickets are $27 for adults and $13.50 for children. RSVP: www. or call us at (910) 338-3134. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.


Wed., 6pm: Adults explore different papermaking techniques so you can make each sheet of paper unique. All materials included, but we encourage bringing in some of your own materials that you can include into your paper—such as flat mementos and plants. See samples on our Facebook and website. Adult and children classes held on Sat., 2pm. Sign up: Aluna Works, 603 Castle St.


Mon. Morning Still-Life Drawing, 10am. • Mon. Afternoon Watercolor Basics, 2pm • Tuesday Afternoon Watercolor, Beachscapes, 2pm • Wed. Morning Sketching, 10am • Thurs. Afternoon Still Life Painting, 2pm. • Sat. Morning Sketching, 10am. Sign up: Sun Room Studio, 6905 Southern Exposure

YOGA 101

Phyllis Rollins is a certified intermediate Iyengar teacher and practitioner of yoga for 37 years. Her classes incorporate the philosophy of yoga and the role of the mind in practice. She enjoys working with students on their individual difficulties to find avenues for growth. Phyllis is the founder of the first yoga

studio in Charlotte. $30 per class. All four, $110. Friday night required for Sat. classes due to progressive nature. ADULT CRAFTERNOONS

A new monthly meet-up for adults who enjoy crafting. Drop in on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Northeast Library. A different usable craft project will be featured each month. Free program, with all supplies provided by a Friends of NHC Library LEAD Award. Reserve spot on calendar at www. or 910-798-6371. Librarian Annice Sevett: or 910798-6371. 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Addie Jo Bannerman, Melissa Middlebrook + Jenny Yarborough every Tuesday from 7:308:30pm at Terra Sol Sanctuary. We’ll guide you through a 20-30 minute meditation to help you take a deep breath. Relax. Let go. Make space. After our meditation, we’ll make space to chill. Find connection. Talk things out. Meet + greet. No need for Netflix. Let’s get real. All levels welcome. Terra Sol Sanctuary, 507 Castle St.


Wed, 4pm: Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, or enjoy another craft? Got unfinished projects lurking in your closets? Bring a project to the library and work on it with other crafty people, on the first Wednesday of every month from 4-6 pm (no July date). This library group is free and no reservations are needed. Annice Sevett at or 910-798-6371. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


June 13, 3pm: Want to get started using Microsoft Word, or brush up your skills? This free class at the Northeast Library covers the basics of using Microsoft Word to create documents. Topics will include an overview of Microsoft Word and its capabilities, basic functions, and a look at using templates. Participants should have basic computer skills to benefit from this free class. Space is limited and registration is required; or 910-798-6371. Annice Sevett at or 910798-6371. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. CROCHET IT!

June 13, 4pm: Crocheters of all levels are invited to a casual workshop hour at Myrtle Grove Library. Experienced crocheters can bring their current projects to work on, and beginners can learn to make a basic granny square and get advice about projects that will build their next level of skills. A limited amount of supplies will be available, so if you own crochet hooks, thread, and yarn please bring them along! Hands-on workshop is free for adults and teens. Space is limited; RSVP www. or 910-798-6391. Myrtle Grove Library Manager Patricia Dew at or 910-798-6391. NHC Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 S. College Rd.


June 13, 7:30pm: A monthly workshop about the healing power of stones––tools found in nature that we can use as reminders for selfinspiration, healing, awareness + empowerment. The first portion of our class will be guided by Monica Sevginy who will gift each participant with a selected gemstone or crystal of the month. Monica will lead us through

a brief history of the stone, its properties + meanings. Based on this, Jenny Yarborough will guide the second half of our workshop which will enable participants to place personal meaning behind the take-home stone. Using a hand-crafted paper created by local artisans at Aluna Works, we’ll each set a special intention to place with our stone to serve as daily reminders to take home. Bring your own blanket, pillow or yoga mat to sit on as our workshop will take place on the floor like a traditional yoga class. Neon Fox Studio, 201 N. Front St. DIY WIND CHIMES

June 15, 10am: Create a wind chime out of vintage pendants to make music on a porch, as part of “Libraries Rock,” NHC Library’s Adult Summer Reading theme. This handson workshop is free and supplies will be provided, but space is limited. To make sure you have a seat, register on the calendar at www. or by calling 910-798-6371. Annice Sevett at or 910-798-6371. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


June 18, 5pm: New Hanover County Public Library subscribes to two online platforms where you can download magazines to smartphones and tablets at no charge! Learn how to access unlimited emagazine loans through Flipster and RBdigital at this class at Main Library. Hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure you have a seat, register on the calendar at or by calling 910-798-6301. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


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June 19, 11:30am: Sample healthy foods; get a cookbook, water bottle, and spice jar for you to keep and information to help you control sodium, fat, and added sugar through six engaging and interactive sessions. Marae Lindquist: 910-341-7872/marae.lindquist@ Sherriedale Morgan Boxing & Physical Fitness Center, 302 S. 10th St. MAKE SUSHI-SHAPED CANDLES

June 19, 5:30pm: At this free workshop for teenagers, participants will make candles shaped like cute rolls of sushi! Teen Anime and Manga Club meets at 6:30 pm, please plan to stay for that as well. Hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure your teen has a seat, register on the calendar at or by calling 910-798-6371. Leigh Thomas at lethomas@ or 910-798-6371. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Got a pile of old CDs stuffed in a drawer, binder, or garage shelf somewhere? Explore ways to turn those CD’s into works of art to decorate your home. Hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure you have a seat, register on the calendar at www. or by calling 910-798-6301. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


June 21, 2pm: Teens and adults are invited to paint their own set of nesting dolls at this free craft program at Northeast Library. Hands-on workshop is free and materials will be provided, but space is limited. www.NHCLibrary. org or 910-798-6371. Manager Leigh Thomas at or 910-798-6371.

NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host free Begin the Conversation clinics from 10-11 a.m. the third Fri. of ea. mo., Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, 1414 Physicians Dr. Free, 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. Attendees will receive specific strategies for initiating conversations that can significantly reduce family stress and improve quality of care. Advance directives supplied so healthcare instructions can be legally documented. Jason: 910-796-7943.


Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering a no cost grief group for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Living with Grief: Growth and Education Group for Adults Coping with Grief will meet Wednesdays through May 23 (no meeting on May 2). There is no cost to attend. Preregistration is required; to register call 910.796.7991. Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you and/or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help. Throughout the year, we offer compassionate care, educational and enrichment opportunities that support many types of loss in safe and familiar environments. Leland Library, 487 Village Rd. • Also meeting at 4 p.m. through May 23 on Wednesdays at

Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion, Conference Room, 1406 Physicians Dr. LET’S TALK BOOKS

Join a different kind of book club! Weekly meeting, Wed., 11am, offers book lovers a chance to meet and compare notes about favorite books and authors. Attendance is free and advance registration is not needed, just drop in! Teresa Bishop at tbishop@nhcgov. com / 910-798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd.


3rd Sat. of every month at 9am for a fun and healthy walk—held at the Midtown YMCA. Each walk beings with a brief physician-led discussion of a current health topic, then he/ she spends time walking, answering questions and talking with walkers. Choose your own pace and distance. Free, open to anyone. YMCA MIdtown, George Anderson Dr.

Wrightsville Ave. PROLOGUE

Monday, June 18, noon, 3rd Monday rather than the 2nd, in the MC Erny Gallery, we will sit down to discuss “Beach House Reunion” with the author, Mary Alice Monroe, and Ben Steelman of Wilmington’s StarNews. The MC Erny Gallery, 254 North Front St.


June 20, 7pm: Learn about threatened and endangered sea turtles nesting and hatching on our beaches from May-October and how you can help protect these magnificent creatures! The Sea Turtle talks are held at 7 pm on Wednesday nights. They run from June 6- August 29th (no talk on July 4th). The Sea Turtle Talk is free and located at Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center. Carolina Beach State Park, 1010 State Park Rd.


Wed., 6pm: Discover women and femme identified writers! Come to our weekly book club and free write where no advance reading is necessary. Every week we will read excerpts from thought provoking essays, stories, and poems to expand our wheel house and continue our exploration of diversity. We will be selecting excerpts from books carried in-house and delving into discussions on themes and perspectives that we may have grasped from immersing ourselves in these texts. Don’t worry, no prior reading is needed! With titles changing weekly and free writing during our discussions, Discussion & Diversity is not something you’ll want to miss out on! Athenian Bookstore & Lounge, 2231

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Sun., 3pm: Athenian Press & Workshops is reintroducing its At Large series. Every Sunday, we will hold a town-hall style community meeting in which woman and femme creators (artists, writers, arts entrepreneurs, etc.) are invited to discuss current events. Provides an opportunity to connect with fellow creators and survivors of marginalization, and it offers a forum to use writing as healing. Each week the Athenian team invites its guest to participate in a writing prompt at the end of the meeting. Following will be Athenian Yoga with Heather Gordy, who curates a practice that allows guests to decompress, explore creativity, and reflect upon the discussion (although both events can occur independently if guests cannot attend both). Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave.


June 16, 9am: Don’t miss the Ability Garden’s Monthly Plant Sale! Our stock includes; Native Plants, herbs, houseplants and seasonal vegetable starts. Please support this unique therapeutic gardening program by coming out to purchase our high quality plants grown by our participants. 100% of the proceeds go back into the Ability Garden. For more information contact Heather Kelejian, Ability Garden Director at – 910798-7682. NHC Aboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr.


June 20, 8:30pm: CFRG welcomes competitive women from all walks of life who can dedicate the time and energy it takes to become a roller derby skater. You must be at least 18 years old to play roller derby. All you need is a positive attitude, an open mind, and the willingness to work your butt off, skate hard, and learn. Find out what roller derby and the Cape Fear Roller Girls are all about at our Registration Night! We’ll cover the basics of roller derby, the ins and outs of CFRG Bootcamp, and even meet a few of our active skaters during open skate! We promise, we’re not AS scary off the track. Scooter Skating Rink, 341 Shipyard Blvd.

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Free tasting every Friday, 6pm. Third Wed. of each month feat. musical and brewing talents alongside an open mic night, as well as the opportunity for homebrewers to share, sample, and trade their creations: an evening of beer and an open stage. PA and equipment provided. All genres and beer styles. • June 14, 5pm: Join Funky Buddha Brewery of Oakland Park, Florida for an evening of tastings, giveaways, multiple drafts, brewery representatives, live music, food trucks, and more, feat. Yeh Mon food truck and music by The Swing Shifters. 910-821-0362. 7250 Market St.


3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm everyday at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Learn how we

brew our beer, meet brewers and get two free samples. PORT CITY FARMERS’ MARKET

Tues., 5pm: Join us for a wonderful, exciting night of fun. Port City Farmer’s Market at Waterline Brewing Co. 100% local, 100% handmade. Shop among some incredible local vendors, artists and farmers. Support small businesses in your area. Fresh local produce, beef and pork products, sweets, pickled items, handcrafted jewelry and art. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Ln.


Shakespeare brunch, Sun., 12-2pm. $20. ($8, show only). Monthly featuring a greatly abridged reading of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. Brunch and dessert with choice of entrée included in ticket. Drinks and gratuity not included. Portion of proceeds donated to Shakespearean educational outreach programs. June 17: The Tempest. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr, Thursdays 2-6pm, year-round, excluding major holidays. Support local farmers and artisans in the beer garden Thursday afternoons. Shop for veggies, meat, eggs, honey and hand-made crafts while enjoying one of the Brewery’s many delicious beers. Stay afterward for live music! wbbfarmersmarket@ • Riverfront Farmers, Sat., 8am: Market features all local produce, products and artisan works. A seasonal, open-air market located along the first block of North Water St. and in adjoining Riverfront Park in historic downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River. Locally grown and produced fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, plants, locally caught seafood, handmade artisan works, fresh-cut flower bouquets and more are available. 5 N. Water St. Church Of the Good Shepherd, 515 Queen St.

great opportunity to meet and socialize with peers from the greater Wilmington area. Meets Thurs., 7pm. Needed: youth facilitators, especially those who are trained to work with kids, and speakers to talk about important topics. LIVING WITH GRIEF

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering a no cost grief group for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Living with Grief: Growth and Education Group for Adults Coping with Grief will meet Wed., through May 23 (no meeting on May 2). There is no cost to attend. Preregistration is required; to register call 910-796-7991. Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you and/ or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help. Compassionate care, educational and enrichment opportunities that support many types of loss in safe and familiar environments. Leland Library, 487 Village Rd.


Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd. Building B. Christopher Savard, Ph.D., with Cape Fear Psychological Services, gives a presentation the 1st Thursday of each month. 3rd Thursday meeting is member led. Everyone 18+ welcome. 910-7638134


Those with MS, families and friends welcome. Meets 2nd Thursday each month, 7 p.m., 1st floor conference room, New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington

(behind Betty Cameron Women’s Hospital). Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. Details: Anne, 910-2322033 or Burt, 910-383-1368. New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2131 S. 17th St. LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP

Meets third Saturday each month. Free; dropins are welcome. Group provides participants an opportunity to receive introductory info about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Guest speakers, DVD presentations and open group discussion. info@ or at 877-849-8271, x1. lupusnc. org. Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


First Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.


Cameron Art Museum allows participants to explore current exhibitions with Anne Brennan, CAM’s executive director, in a new series of public tours. Free for CAM members. Wed., 1:30pm. 3201 S. 17th St.


Explore the rich culture of our talented Southern town with a 90 minute walking tour of the literary history of downtown Wilmington, NC. Visit “The Two Libraries.” Walk the streets of your favorite novels, and stand where Oscar Wilde did when he lectured here. Saturdays,


Symposium Restaurant and Bar is bringing back Greek Night! Join us on June 16th for a night of live music, Greek dancing, and a special surprise! Reserve a table now, call 910239-9051. Symposium Restaurant, 890 Town Center Dr.


June 20, 7:30pm: Raise a glass to a beautiful sunset over Wilmington on our Champagne Sunset Cruise! Enjoy your complimentary glass of bubbly or visit the cash bar where you can purchase your favorite cocktails. Sit back and relax and let your worries float away on this hour and a half adventure. With a gorgeous sunset as your backdrop for an incredible cruise on the Cape Fear River, this is the perfect way to end your day in Wilmington! Surprise your sweetheart for a romantic night out or relax and reconnect with family and friends on this leisurely cruise. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.


Grades 7-12: Wilmington Pride Youth Group is a safe space for youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their straight allies. An adult supervised, safe space for kids to talk about orientation, gender, racial equality, political consequences, religion, self care. Also a

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Explore the history of community at Cape Fear Museum. Take the Insider’s Tour offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am. Tours are free with admission and include a “behind the scenes” sneak peek. Pre-reg. is required: 910-798-4362 or Free w/general admission or membership. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.


6:30 & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours, 6:30pm/8:30pm. Admission. Water & Market sts. RSVP rqd: 910-7941866.


Guided tours start on the hour; self-guided tours start at any time. Mon. is only self-guided tours. Follow curved oyster-shell paths through our lush Victorian garden shaded by 150-yr.-old magnolia trees. See the elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear stories of Bellamies, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Adults $12; senior and military discount, $10; students, $6; children under 5, free. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.


June 16, 10am-noon: The Friends of Oakdale will sponsor a historical walking tour of North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery, which will be led by Eric Kozen, Oakdale Superintendent. Mr Kozen will focus on the early history of the cemetery and will discuss the varied funerary art found in the cemetery. He will tell tales of many who are laid to rest here. Tours are canceled in the event of inclement weather. $10/ person. Free for members of The Friends of Oakdale. 520 N 15th St.


Explore Masonboro Island and discover the wonder of the Carolina coast. This tour option is ideal for families, birders, and nature enthusiasts. Masonboro Island is an 8.4-mile marine sanctuary island, renowned for its plant and wildlife diversity. Topics will include shell biology, native plant species, shorebirds, and barrier island ecology. Adult $45 Child $25 RSVP: 910-200-4002. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.

the coming weeks could be a golden age of invention for you. What practical innovations might you launch? What useful improvements can you finagle? (P.S. My Aries acquaintance Tatiana decided to eliminate sugar from her diet. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead attributed the primary drive for innovative She drew up a plan to avoid it completely for 30 days, and hoped to perideas and gizmos to “pleasurable intellectual curiosity.”) manently break its hold over her. I was surprised to learn she began the project by making a Dessert Altar in her bedroom, where she placed a LIBRA (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) chocolate cake and five kinds of candy. She testified it compelled her will- Would you have turned out wiser and wealthier if you had dropped out of school power to work even harder and become even stronger than if she had in third grade? Would it have been better to apprentice yourself to a family of excluded all sweet treats from her sight. Do you think the strenuous trick wolves or coyotes rather than trusting your educational fate to institutions whose might work for you, as you battle your own personal equivalent of a sugar job it was to acclimate you to society’s madness? I’m happy to let you know addiction? If not, devise an equally potent strategy. You’re on the verge of you’re entering a phase when you’ll find it easier than usual to unlearn any old forever escaping a temptation that’s no good for you. Or you’re close to conditioning that might be suppressing your ability to fulfill your rich potentials. vanquishing an influence that has undermined you. Or both. I urge you to seek out opportunities to unleash your skills and enhance your intelligence.

ARIES (Mar. 21–April 20)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

You have caressed and finessed “The Problem.” You have tickled and teased and tinkered with it. Now, I suggest you let it alone for a while. Give it breathing room. Allow it to evolve under the influence of the tweaks you have instigated. Although, you may need to return and do further work in a few weeks, my guess is The Problem’s knots are now destined to metamorphose into seeds. The awkwardness you massaged with your love and care will eventually yield a useful magic.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“Whether you love what you love or live in divided ceaseless revolt against it, what you love is your fate.” Gemini poet Frank Bidart wrote that in his poem “Guilty of Dust,” and now I offer it to you. Why? Because it’s an excellent time to be honest with yourself as you identify whom and what you love. It’s also a favorable phase to assess whether you are in any sense at odds with whom and what you love; and if you find you are, to figure out how to be in more harmonic alignment with whom and what you love. Finally, dear Gemini, now is a key moment to vividly register the fact the story of your life in the coming years will pivot around your relationship with whom and what you love.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Congratulations on the work you’ve done to cleanse the psychic toxins from your soul, Cancerian. I love how brave you’ve been as you’ve jettisoned outworn shticks, inadequate theories, and irrelevant worries. It makes my heart sing to have seen you summon the self-respect necessary to stick up for your dreams in the face of so many confusing signals. I do feel a tinge of sadness that your heroism hasn’t been better appreciated by those around you. Is there anything you can do to compensate? Like maybe intensify the appreciation you give yourself?

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

I hope you’re reaching the final stages of your year-long project to make yourself as solid and steady as possible. I trust you have been building a stable foundation that will serve you well for at least the next five years. I pray you have been creating a rich sense of community and establishing vital new traditions and surrounding yourself with environments that bring out the best in you. If there’s any more work to be done in these sacred tasks, intensify your efforts in the coming weeks. If you’re behind schedule, please, make up for lost time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says an old proverb. In other words, when your need for some correction or improvement becomes overwhelming, you may be driven to get creative. Engineer Allen Dale put a different spin on the issue. He said, “If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father.” Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein agreed and asserted, “Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” I’m not sure if necessity or laziness will be your motivation, Virgo, but I suspect

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The temptation to overdramatize is strong. Going through with a splashy but messy conclusion may have a perverse appeal. But why not wrap up things with an elegant whisper instead of a garish bang? Rather than impressing everyone with how amazingly complicated your crazy life is, why not quietly lay the foundations for a low-key resolution to set the stage for a productive sequel? Taking the latter route will be much easier on your karma, and in my opinion will make for just as interesting a story.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Each of us harbors rough, vulnerable, controversial, or unhoned facets of our identity. And every one of us periodically reaches turning points when it becomes problematic to keep those qualities buried or immature. We need to make them more visible and develop their potential. I suspect you have arrived at such a turning point. On behalf of the cosmos, I hereby invite you to enjoy a period of ripening and self-revelation. And I do mean “enjoy.” Find a way to have fun.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

For the next two-plus weeks, an unusual rule will be in effect: The more you lose, the more you gain. That means you will have an aptitude for eliminating hassles, banishing stress, and shedding defense mechanisms. You’ll be able to purge emotional congestion that has been preventing clarity. You’ll have good intuitions about how to separate yourself from influences that have made you weak or angry. I’m excited for you, Capricorn! A load of old, moldy karma could dissolve and disperse in what seems like a twinkling. If all goes well, you’ll be traveling much lighter by July 1.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I suggest you avoid starting a flirtatious correspondence with a convict who will be in jail for another 28 years. OK? And don’t snack on “fugu,” the Japanese delicacy that can poison you if the cook isn’t careful about preparing it. Please? And don’t participate in a séance where the medium summons the spirits of psychotic ancestors or diabolical celebrities with whom you imagine it might be interesting to converse. Got that? I understand you might be in the mood for high adventure and out-of-the-ordinary escapades. And that will be fine and healthy as long as you also exert a modicum of caution and discernment.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

I suggest you pat yourself on the back with both hands as you sing your own praises and admire your own willful beauty in three mirrors simultaneously. You have won stirring victories over your own personal version of the devil and your own inertia and sadness. From what I can determine, you have corralled what remains the forces of darkness into a comfy holding cell, sealing off those forces from your future. They won’t bother you for a very long time, maybe never again. Right now you would benefit from a sabbatical—a vacation from all this highpowered character-building. May I suggest you pay a restorative visit to the Land of Sweet Nonsense?

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