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Catching up with Michael Van Hout and his cage-like sculptures

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on the cover Michael Van Hout’s wire designs have us hanging around to see more of his abstract and conceptual portraits. Lauren Hodges talks to the Wilmingtonian about his desire to work with wire and his background in finding inspiration from the material. Cover design image: Dennis Walsak.

Dear Editor: Gwenyfar Rohler’s article “Live Local. Live Small” [from the June 8 edition] describes the importance of infill growth in development in urban areas such as Wilmington’s downtown. Wilmington downtown began as a successful revitalization effort in the early Eighties and several years thereafter began a gradual process of re-development. Infill is vital in shaping through structured composition, to any major and minor urban settings.

It is crucial the right size, architecture, color, height and uses fit within all city code, zoning and historical district requirements. More importantly to this urban forming is that infill maintains the character of downtown, especially for the now, and how it looked and functioned in the past. Along Water Street there are a number of vacant parcels that will have major infill development occur with multi functional (mixed uses) and varied land uses. The old Ice House Parcel, the former Wachovia Building site (The View project), and the Water Street parking Editor-in-Chief: Shea Carver //

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deck are key areas of infill that will eventually occur. This infill is significant because it will build upon Wilmington’s existing and not always noted skyline. By placing key and new structures in these parcels makes great strenglet [sic] to the already existing post card look of Downtown Wilmington. Thousands of cities across the U.S., small and large, under revitalization and redevelopment phases, would give anything to have what Downtown Wilmington has to offer: the selected pattern of European and variations of architecture types in the central business district that draw to the core of commercial and urban residential uses. There are structures that still are occupied and used that were built 200 years ago. Wilmington downtown is surrounded by residential neighborhoods with resemblance of antebellum era and pre-revolutionary living. This all is what makes downtown Wilmington and its living history a key representation of a true and old port city. Thanks for the explanation and significance of ‘infill’ by Rohler’s article and her view of Wilmington through special lenses. I’m the former town planner of the Town of Shallote, a Wilmington native, a rural and urban planner and dweller. Great article! Christopher Wright Rogers, MPA Carolina Consults & Associates [Ed note: Please, read all Letters to the Editor and responses online; we regret not having space to print them all.]

OOPs! We regret two errors in last week’s cover story, “Freakin’ Hot Summer Fashion”: We misspelled Zach Crain’s name (with a ‘k’ instead of an ‘h’) and referred to Lauren Krakauskas as Laura. We’re freakin’ sorry.

merchant’s bane of existence: credit card fees.

6 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd shares the latest odd stories.

artsy smartsy ................. 8-28 8-11 theater: Bethany Turner reviews Justin Cioppa’s latest Guerilla Theatre production, “Django...”; Gwenyfar gets wrapped up in the loveliness of Opera House’s ‘The King and I.’

12-13 art: Lauren Hodges dishes on Michael Van Hout (this week’s cover story); Danielle Dewar celebrates with Edge of Urge on their recent national media coverage and gets the scoop on their open-to-the-public dinner party at Crow Hill.

15 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in local art galleries.

16-17 music: Shea Carver reveals the summer’s greatest concert news, courtesy of Winoca Records; Shannon Rae Gentry interviews a couple of D.C. boys about their latest bluegrass outfit, playing 16 Taps this weekend.

18-21 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.

23 film: Anghus isn’t bowled over by the latest comic-book adaptation, ‘X-Men: First Class.’

grub & guzzle .............24-30 24-28 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide!

30 lunch bunch: The crew takes over A Taste of Italy for a taste of deliciousness.

extra! extra! ..................32-47 32 books: Tiffanie Gabrielse re-sensitizes herself to war—only this time on the streets, stateside, in ‘War of the Bloods in My Veins: A Street Soldier’s March Toward Redemption.’

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ast week the senate voted on a

proposal amendment that would delay the implementation of part of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill from last year. This particular amendment hoped to eventually kill altogether the lowering of debit card swipe fees. Those who are unaware, every time “plastic” pays for a purchase, the merchant pays the credit card company a percentage of the purchase. They also pay monthly fees: for the privilege of processing cards, for the equipment and supplies (paper, ink, etc.). It all adds up, which is why many small businesses have minimums for debit and credit card purchases. For our little bookstore, when adding it all together, plus the cost of inventory, we honestly cannot afford to spend the nearly $3 it would cost to charge a $1 book. The Dodd-Frank Act is a complicated piece of legislation that tackled several aspects of financial regulation, and, among its 16 specific titles (or sections), was the creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. (Now your credit card company cannot just randomly decide to triple your interest rate, for example.) Another aspect of the legislation was to lower and cap the swipe fees charged during debit card transactions. (This is for debit, access to money you already have—not credit, the act of borrowing money.) Many businesses prefer for people to use debit when paying with plastic, because they pay a flat fee for the transaction, instead that which includes a percentage of the transaction for credit. (Discover: “The card that pays you back” is much disliked by small businesses, because the credit card company charges merchants higher processing fees in order

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to pay the card holders back.) So every time a consumer uses a card, a “swipe fee” is incurred. The L. A. Times cites $0.44 as the current national average for the fee per transaction. I will go ahead and disclose that we pay $0.50 per debit swipe to our bank, so we are above the national average. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the fee would be lowered and capped nationally at $0.12. According to the Seattle Times, last year those fees alone generated in excess of $20 billion! Remember, we bailed out the banks with our tax dollars (to which they then gave themselves nice bonuses); but it seems we gave them over $20 billion willingly through plastic processing. And that does not include the money collected on interest payments from using credit cards. Very small banks, with less than $10 billion in assets, are exempt from the cap. Last year we ran a piece on community banking and the “move your money” movement to move money away from the big banks into small community banks and credit unions. We compiled a comparison chart which looked at the services offered by Bank of America, First Citizens, State Employees Credit Union and First Bank (which purchased Cooperative). To put this in perspective, as of last fall when we ran that piece, Bank of America came out with $2,366,086,945 while First Bank—a small regional bank—had $33 billion in assets. The amendment voted upon in the Senate last week was introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (Dem - Montana). It sought specifically to delay the implementation of the cap. In order for a bill to pass the Senate and go to the House to be voted upon, it must pass with at least 60 votes supporting it. This amendment only

garnered 54 votes in support and therefore will not go to the House for voting. Sen. Dick Durbin (Dem. - Illinois), the current Senate Majority Whip, led the opposition to the amendment. It is interesting that this was a battle between two politicians from the same party, not a Republican vs. Democrat argument. Tester claimed the amendment was proposed to protect small, rural community banks, which would not be able to handle the lower fees. But since small banks with less than $10 billion in assets are exempt, that argument doesn’t seem to hold up. Of our two senators from North Carolina, Hagen (Dem) voted with Tester and the banks, and Burr (Rep) voted with Durbin and small business. Hagen changed her position from a year ago when she voted for the Dodd-Frank Act. So what happens with the more than $0.30 of the transaction fee that stays here instead of going to Bank of America and Citigroup? Well, for our part, we will lower our request for a minimum purchase to use a debit card. I hope other businesses will do the same. We have never been hardline about it; we just ask people to try to get “in the neighborhood” and explain that, with the fees and percentage structure, at a certain point we would be paying the bank for the privilege of giving them that book. Most people understand. The money that is saved from the processing fees can go into hiring additional help for many businesses, in the end putting more people back to work. Can it really be that much? $700 to $1,000 a year not spent on swipe fees can definitely hire part-time and seasonal help. Most importantly, it is literally billions of dollars each year that can be invested in the communities that need it, instead of lining the pockets of Wall Street.

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year-old daughter spilled secrets of her irresponsibility to a Daily Mail reporter in February. In May, a man exploring rural property in Lebanon, Ore., came across what appeared to be a classic World War II-era bomb, but, unfamiliar with the ordnance, he became only the most recent person to make the completely unwise decision to load it into his vehicle and drive to a police station (in Corvallis). Officers at the station reacted predictably and logically: They fled the room, closed down the streets around the station, and called the nearest bomb squad (which later detonated it safely). Least Competent DIY Homeowners: Reports still frequently emerge of homeowners battling household pests, yet only creating an even worse problem (as if the pests ultimately outsmart them). In recent cases, for example, Robert Hughes tried to oust the squirrels from his townhome in Richton Park, Ill., in March, but his smoke bomb badly damaged his unit and his neighbor’s. (Firefighters had to rip open the roof in the two units to battle the blaze.) Two weeks after that, in Mesa, Ariz., a man set his attic on fire trying to get rid of a beehive with brake fluid and a cigarette lighter. Beauty contests for camels are very big business in Saudi Arabia, as News of the Weird reported in 2007, but the first one in Turkey (in Selcuk) was held in January and featured considerably lower-market camels. (The Turkish winner had been purchased for the equivalent of $26,000; a Saudi camel once won $10 million in a single show.) Judges supposedly look for muscle tone, elegance of tail wag and tooth quality, according to a January Wall Street Journal dispatch. Charisma is also important, according to one judge. “Camels,� he said, “realize that people are watching them (and) are trying to pose.� “Some will stop, open their back legs, and wave their tail, or (throw) their head back and moan ... this is the kind of posing we (judges) are looking for.� From time to time, someone visiting his bathroom looks down and finds eyes of a critter staring back at him from the toilet bowl. In March, Dennis Mulholland, 67, of Paisley, Scotland, encountered a 3-foot-long California king snake hiding in the bowl after escaping from elsewhere in the building. In December a woman in Edmond, Okla., had a similar experience with a squirrel, which, hypothesized police, might have crawled through a sewer drain. “Personal body orifices,� as storage units for contraband, seem more than ever in vogue. Recent inventories made by police of suspects’ vaginas included LSD in aluminum foil and marijuana in two sandwich bags (woman in Englewood, Fla., January); pills (woman in Manatee County, Fla., February); heroin (woman in Scranton, Pa., March); a fraudulent driver’s license and credit card (woman in Lee County, Fla., May); and pills and a knife (woman in Fort Myers, Fla., May). Rectal safe-keeping included a man with a baggie of marijuana (Louisville, Ky., March); a man with a marijuana pipe (Port St. Lucie, Fla., May), and a man with 30 items inside a condom (Sarasota, Fla., February), including a syringe, lip balm, six matches, a cigarette, 17 pills and a CVS receipt and coupon.



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Guerilla Theatre and Opera House open new shows this week Bradley Barefoot and Kendra Goehring-Garrett play Louis and Anne Leonowens in ‘The King and I.’ Courtesy photo.


his week in TheaTre, Two shows from

local female directors open. Susan Auten of Guerilla Theatre presents the heartwarming story of a circus down-on-its-luck in “Django Salvatori’s Awe-inspiring, Death-defying, Big Top Spectacuganza... Featuring Ralph!” From Opera House Theatre Company, Suellen Yates directs the classic musical “The King and I.” Both shows run through the month of June, and should delight audiences of all ages. Django Salvatori’s Awe-inspiring, Deathdefying, Big Top Spectacuganza... Featuring Ralph! June 9-12, 16-19, 23-25 Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. • Sun., 5 p.m. Browncoat Pub and Theatre $10-15 • From Wilmington playwright Justin Cioppa comes “Django,” a story that follows a circus that’s seen its fair share of tragic bad luck. “For starters, it occurs during WWII, so times are hard for everyone,” director and actress Susan Auten says. “I play T.C., the owner of the rival circus in town that is thriving. T.C. has opened her circus and stolen all of Django’s best acts. A string of unfortunate events [also takes place for Django], such as their fortune teller being hit by a bus and the bearded lady being eaten by the half-man, half-gator. Crowds at this point have been reduced to a handful.” Django Salvatori, played by Brendan Carter, is joined by a few off-the-wall characters. Within his circus there are: a pair of clowns, Murray and Agnes

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(Nick Smith and Amanda Young), who have a few self-esteem issues; Dignon (Hank Toler), the strong man who’s gotten rather weak; and Knives (Charles Auten), the nearly blind knife-thrower who speaks little-to-no English. The gang is joined by Barnes (Beth Raynor), a rough-around-the-edges homeless girl hoping to get a job with the circus and to find a family. Kameron King plays the role of Ralph, a great act that may be able to save Django’s big top. Ralph brings not only a talent that might salvage the circus but a wonderful gift: hope. “I think it’s one of the most well-rounded shows I’ve ever been a part of,” Auten says. “There’s something for everyone, and [it’s] definitely entertaining.” Presented by Guerilla Theatre, “Django” runs Thursday through Sunday at Browncoat Pub and Theatre. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at, or $15 at the door. The King and I June 8-12, 17-19, 24-26 Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m. • Sun., 3 p.m. Thalian Hall • $23-25 A classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The King and I” is a love story disregarding age and ethnicity. Set in 1862, the King of Siam (Robin Dale Robertson) realizes the Western culture is closing in on his country. His many wives and children need an understanding of this new, impending world in order to survive the inevitable changes it will bring. Thus, he hires Anna Leonowens (Kendra Goeh-

ring-Garrett), an English widow, as a tutor for his family. Despite the cultural differences the king and Anna face, they develop a mutual adoration for one another. “The king and Anna especially have a non-traditional story,” director Suellen Yates says, “a love story, yes, but a love based on mutual respect and regard, with just a touch of romance.” Opera House Theatre Company had over 140 people audition for their summer season. Yates was able to cast the absolute best, old and young. “I cannot say enough about the children of the king,” she divulges. “The children steal Anna’s heart and keep her bound to Siam. Believe me, the audience will also quickly lose their hearts to our adorable, talented young actors.” The theatre company pulled out all the stops for “The King and I,” as well. Debbie Scheu is a regionally renowned costumer, and she managed to depict the traditional dress of 19th century Siam. Judy Greenhut is the choreographer, and she created an Asian ballet for act two, which Yates raves about. Finally, the company organized 20 musicians—the most ever in an Opera House show—under the direction of Lorene Walsh. The story hits close to home for Yates, too. “As a mother of two beautiful and talented Asian daughters, I hope the audience will see, hear and feel my love for this fascinating and beautiful people and culture.” The play runs Wednesday through Sunday for the opening week, and Friday through Sunday thereafter at Thalian Hall. Tickets for “The King and I” are $23 to $25, available at

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“The King and I,” staged by Opera House Theatre Company, has fascinated audiences since the 1950s. Local fans and theatre gurus will enjoy the opportunity to see this show live. The story is based very loosely on the real-life events of Anna Leonowens (Kendra Goehring-Garrett), an English woman hired to teach the children of the King of Siam (Robin Dale Robertson) in the early 1860s in what is now known as Thailand. In the play, she arrives with her young son Louis (Bradley Barefoot) in tow, and sets up a school in the royal palace. She has been recruited by King Mongkut as part of his modernization plan for the country of Siam. In the play, which is a highly romanticized version of events, Anna’s presence is a painful catalyst for the country’s reforms and the king’s own destruction. She arrives and, in states of culture shock, begins forcing Western ideas and opinions upon the king about the way he runs his household, family and country. Simultaneous with her arrival is a present from the king of Burma: a lovely young woman named Tuptim (Mary Stewart Evans). Anna is shocked that he can accept another human being as a present, especially when it is obvious that Tuptim is in love with someone else, Lun Tha (Tré Cotten), who escorted her from Burma to Siam. Anna’s educational duties include not only the children of the king, but many of the wives and consorts as well. With her help, the king manages to entertain and charm a British emissary scouting Siam as a possible conquest. She and the king build a contentious relationship full of admiration and even am undercurrent of romance. When the king dies, and Prince Chulalongkorn (Spencer Nguyen) comes to the throne, Anna is credited with introducing Western ideas to him, which among other things result in the elimination of the traditional bow to royalty. (In real life, Chulalongkorn was a very forward-thinking, modern king, who ushered Siam into the 20th century, introduced sweeping political reform and sent his children to Europe for education.) Without question, this is a wonderful family theatre experience. “The March of the Siamese Children,” when we the audience get to meet the king’s wives and children, is, quite simply, lovely. As each pretty princess enters and bows to

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the king and Miss Anna, only a very hardhearted person would not melt. “This was the first show I was in,” confided Michele Zapple, local actress who happened to be seated next to me. “I was four years old and played the littlest one,” she continued with a smile and reminiscent chuckle. It is easy to understand how such an opulent show could inspire her lifetime love of theatre. Let’s hope the same happens for the young ladies onstage. Goehring-Garrett as Anna Leonowens is charming. She sings beautifully and dances well in spite of the encumbrances of her clunky Victorian clothing (hoop skirts and all!). Most importantly, she and Robertson have great chemistry. During the “Shall We Dance” scene, each time they are interrupted by a knock at the door, the audience really feels that pivotal moment in their relationship derailing. In spite of knowing they can not fall in love, everyone keeps hoping they do and senses its inevitability. On the night I saw the show, Robertson seemed to struggle in the first few scenes with the ghost of Yul Brynner (of the film and original Broadway production), but he quickly found his feet and his own voice. He has strength as an actor and an innate ability to relate to others onstage. In this production, especially, it’s truly beautiful to witness his ability to connect with the children in the cast. He shines as a proud but overworked father of over 70 children. He and Goehring-Garrett both communicate real affection for each one of the children, and also set excellent examples of professionalism onstage. Along with director Suellen Yates, they have succeeded in getting all the kids simultaneously moving in an orderly manner, all of which is not distracting and allows the adults to drive the action of the play. This might sound simple, but it is in fact quite an accomplishment, and they should be applauded. This is not a musical of big ensemble songs and dance numbers, it is primarily composed of solos and duets, strung together to flesh out the story. Yates has assembled a talented group indeed for

lovely affection: Robin Dale Robertson and Kendra Goehring-Garrett connect and impress in ‘The King and I.’ Courtesy photo.

her principals. Spencer Nguyen as Prince Chulalongkorn handles a pretty demanding role for one so young (6th grade) and quite impressively. He exudes the confidence of the Crown Prince, but still he wrestles with the confusion that all of us feel about growing up in a changing world. He has a strong voice and good stage presence. Cecily Anne Boyd as Lady Thiang is an excellent choice. It is a part that really showcases her vocal talent, and she brings a calm, steady force to her interactions with Anna, Tuptim and the king, something the part requires. Tuptim and Lun Tha’s (Mary Stewart Evans and Tré Cotten) big duet “We Kiss in a Shadow” is haunting. Music director Lorene Walsh has a 20piece ensemble in the form of the New Hanover High School band. They sound wonderful! To me, part of the tangible proof of high level artistic achievement is the regular inclusion of live music in musical theatre. Our theatre community does not squander the opportunity to astound. R. Timothy McCoy, the band director, and Lorene Walsh should be proud of the performance. Their

timing was impeccable, and the sound was amazing throughout the show. Dallas LaFon’s lighting design really enhanced this production, as did Debbie Scheu’s costuming. People expect a certain level of production value in the form of beautiful costumes and great sets that enhance main stage productions. Unfortunately, if these jobs are done well, they tend not to be noticed. The technical team at Opera House has, yet again, made everyone onstage look good.

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Catching up with Michael Van Hout and his cage-like sculptures






Aquarium at Fort Fisher is familiar with Michael Van Hout—at least, they’re familiar with his creations. The marine creature skeletons he bends into shape hang gracefully from the ceilings, wait in corners and sit on shelves, paying tribute to the animals living there. Yet, they are only part of a growing collection consisting primarily of simple black wire. “I’ve been working in wire sculpture for 30 years,� he says. “I think that when most people think of wire, they think of whimsical stuff, like kids flying a kite. It can be kind of predictable. What I want is to have something that people are really captivated by, something with depth and texture like a sketch, that catches the essence of the subject.� He points specifically to his face sculptures, which he models after his friends. “I’m really proud of that direction in my work,� he says. “For something like wire, I think I’m really capturing the essence of the people with their noses, eyes and cheekbones.� Even more impressive is Van Hout’s ability to see the potential in something ordinarily used to hold together hay bales—stuff he

s by Lauren Hodge t: Wire Michael Van Hou 9 p.m. 6/17, 6 p.m. N. 5th Avenue ACME Ar t • 711 HoutM http://picasaweb played with in his childhood. It all culminated a fascination with art and sculpture, as he began working as a groundsman and picking up thin metal pieces whenever he could as a teenager. His hobby of twisting them into pleasing shapes eventually took a more formal place in his life when he attended UNCGreensboro to study fine arts. He graduated in 1981, and today he still sticks to the most basic techniques. “I don’t use welding or anything high-tech,â€? he says. “It’s all based off folk art. I like to keep it simple.â€? For such a long and distinguished career, Van Hout still considers himself a work-inprogress, as he constantly challenges innovation. He left his comfort zone on a recent project with UNCW. “I had a chance to do a piece for their marine biology building,â€? he says. “I first

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proposed the idea of the fish mobiles, but they said that was something they had seen before. They were interested in something more original.� So Van Hout turned to his sketchbook for a fringe idea. He finally found it on the back page. “I had drawn these spheres that reminded me of microscopic particles,� he says. “I translated that into pieces that are over 36 inches wide. They’re made of big, thick wires with lots of different cages and shapes.� Ultimately, it came together as a mobile, moving and changing shape with the slightest gust of wind. “It’s probably going to occupy the whole center of the gallery,� he says. “I’m really excited about it. They are based on microscopic life, anything from pollen to seeds to diatoms. It’s a big change in subject matter for me, and the movement also adds


a great element. I think the students will really enjoy it.� For now, Van Hout has another presentation to prepare: a solo show at ACME Art Studios. The enormous space of the 5th Street location provides a perfect setting for his sculptural work. “I also have stuff at New Elements Gallery,� he says, “but I really can’t show this kind of work there or at other galleries because I need a staging area. [ACME] allows me to show my larger pieces.� One of his works is a wire version of a wall portrait, complete with frame and inner subjects. “I guess you could call it a ‘wall relief,’� he says. “Then I’ve got zoo animals, lots of them, the star of which is a big zebra.� Also new to the mix is Van Hout’s attempt at figurative art, shown mostly in the portrait and in the busts of his friends. Van Hout seems pleased with the life he has given to objects that most people use for coat hangers.“This is a good direction for me,� he says. “But there is always room for improvement.�

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passionate design, rising fame: Edge of Urge celebrates success with a dinner party and a call to artists






Couture, one of 30 local designers currently featured at Edge of Urge, reflects on the moment when it all happened for her. “When they originally asked me if I wanted to sell [my work at Edge of Urge], I was absolutely thrilled!” she says. “It’s nice when you put so much into something you’re passionate about, and someone you respect and look up to takes notice. Having the clothing there has definitely exposed it to so many more people than I could have reached on my own or through advertising myself. It’s been an amazing experience.” Even Lauren Lassiter, employee at Edge of Urge, believes showcasing local designers benefits both the boutique as well as featured designers. “[We have] the perfect mix of local designers,” Lassiter asserts. “What’s so great about it is that they are local, and are introducing clothing that isn’t seen anywhere else in the area. They combine fresh ideas with affordability, and that’s something you don’t always find.” In fact, showcasing the talent of local and up-and-coming designers is the heart and soul of the boutique. “Jessie founded Edge of Urge nine years ago with the creative vision to open a shop where she could not only sell her own handmade designs, but become a launching pad for other local emerging artists and designers to get their work out into the world,” employee Jessica Young recalls. “Over the years the store has grown in size and reach, and Jessie has been able to bring in work from not just local designers but from independent designers nation and worldwide,” Young continues. “[This] provides a mix of local, independent and more widely known designers that support the same ideals.” After all, the boutique started out as a business showcasing Williams’ very own designs and accessories. It just so happened that over the years the establishment became based off of two businesses that complemented each other flawlessly. Williams’ creation became Edge of Urge the boutique, while Edge of Urge became synonymous with fresh designs. Recently, Williams’ hard work has paid off on a larger scale. Her “Cluster Flock

ar by Danielle Dew oes Dinner Edge of Urge D $20 6/16, 7 p.m. • Crow Hill 9 S. Front St. www.edgeofurg Singleton” earrings made their way onto the New York Post’s “Haute List” featuring feathers as this summer’s hottest accessory. Williams’ earrings were featured among all things feathered—from bracelets and hair extensions to feathered eyelashes. The unique, vibrant Cluster Flock earrings can also be seen on the cover of the June/July issue of Seventeen. Edge of Urge is reaching millions with their unique creations, and on top of that, the magazine actually initiated the exposure. “[Seventeen] contacted us to design something for their cover. It was part of a feature on actress Lucy Hale,” Young notes. In honor of the recent success, the boutique is hosting an event appropriately named “Edge of Urge Does Dinner.” The celebration will be held at Crow Hill on June 16 at 7 p.m. The restaurant will prepare a $20 prix fixe, three-course meal as well as offer many great drink specials. However, Edge of Urge explains that the event is not just to celebrate their recent national publicity but also to provide a fun evening for the community. “There are so many great people downtown, so [the event] is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while with our neighbors, so to speak. Now just seems like a good time to celebrate,” Young says. Edge of Urge is extending the generosity even further with a call for designers, open through July 31. The shop wants anything

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: This earring is just one of Jessie Williams’ Clusterflock Singleton creations. Photo by Bethany Turner.

from jewelry, men’s and women’s clothing and handbags, to homegoods and even children’s clothing. However, Williams stresses

three general criteria for all designers. “A creative and original design, quality craftsmanship, and to love what you make (it helps!).” There are even more perks to being showcased aside from exposure and sales. “It is also a way to connect with other artists and designers,” Williams says. “Feedback is valuable in growing and developing as a designer. We are also featuring more and more local designers on our website, so they can reach a wider audience through the online shop and blog. Events are a fun part of this community as well—from fashion shows to trunk shows at the shop.” The boutique will be hosting their next trunk show June 26, featuring a collaboration between Caroline Castles and Russ Roe. The show will prove to be a great way to boost exposure, sales and networking for both local designers—truly a gift for all artists. Jessie Williams offers a bit of advice for all up-and-coming designers. “The best thing you can do is put your heart and hard work into your designs. You can start small with an original idea, and if you love what you are doing, people will see your passion as a designer shine through.” Those interested may e-mail Young at with images of their work and information about the designs. If the duds are a good fit, the artist can expect an appointment with the Edge of Urge crew.

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35 N. Front Street • (910) 343-1395 Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - midnight Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm In our commission-free gallery, we are proud to feature Mark Bannerman. When not teaching the children well in Whiteville, Mark creates stunning multi-media works. Currently on display are 20 great fish from King Mackerel to Rainbow Trout made into startlingly life-like quality from common ordinary objects like pins, yarn, a dissected alarm clock, paint, glitter and a whole host of background documents paying homage to each species of aquatic wonder. Join him for a reception Thursday June 2nd from 6-9 pm for complimentary light bites and generous wine specials. For more information, please visit The show will hang through June 24.

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332 Nutt Street • (910) 762-4207 In the Cotton Exchange Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm Sundays: noon-4pm A retail gift gallery specializing in fine hand-crafted art glass and metal sculpture. Rick Satava, known worldwide for his blown glass “jellyfish” has introduced a new line of petro glyph and gold nautilus “baskets”. Layered with intricate design these small to large vessels are an art collectors must have. Introduced to glass blowing in 1969, Rick opened his own studio in 1977. Well known for his vivid colors and unique portrayal of nature, Satava’s works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the world. Remember Gift Wrapping is FREE. Think of us for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and your own décor. Located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is FREE while shopping or dining. Follow us on twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc!.

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Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

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216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm “Capturing the Light” featuring the works of local artists Ann Parks McCray and Brooks Pearce opens on Friday, May 27th at New Elements Gallery. The show is an exploration of the southeastern landscape from opposing interpretations. McCray’s bold colors and tactile surfaces emphasize texture and light. Her collection of naturescape abstractions celebrates the longer days of spring and sunny skies. Pearce exercises supreme control in her detailed examination of the coastal subjects she loves to portray. She captures a moment in time with the graceful glide of a pelican or gentle breeze through the marsh grasses. The exhibition will remain on display through June 18th.

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Chandler’s Wharf (FREE parking) 225 South Water Street • 910-763-3380 Tues – Sat 11-5 • Sun 1-4 Downtown Wilmington River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!

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went: Gillian’s coming to ILM???!� Mandy, my BFF, texted me. “???� I responded and commenced into a massive Facebook stalk. There it was, beside of Gillian Welch’s new album cover on the Winoca Records fan page: “Gillian Welch is confirmed to play WINOCA FEST 2011!!!!� Immediately, I contacted Kevin Rhodes, a founder of Winoca, to get the skinny. Rhodes, who was on a trip back from Nashville, Tennessee, with his band, Onward, Soldiers, was kind enough to say it aloud: “Yes, it’s true. Gillian Welch isn’t easy to book, but we’ve been working with a friend of a friend, Kirk Peterson, who works with Boulder and Fox theaters out of Colorado, over the past few months. The timing couldn’t have been better either.� Gillian Welch will be releasing her first album in seven years on June 28th, titled “The Harrow & The Harvest.� Listening parties are secured nationwide at record stores. As of press, our very own Gravity Records was trying to work out details on doing one (stay tuned for more information). Before Welch’s album is released, tickets to her debut Wilmington show will go on sale on June 17 at The August 27 concert will include Welch and guitar master and sidekick David Rawlings, along with two other national acts to be announced in coming weeks. Local and regional bands will also take the stage, including Onward, Soldiers, Mandolin Orange, The Old Ceremony and Hammer No More the Fingers. The day-long event will be held on the greens of Battleship Park, a different locale from the record company’s Take the Lake Fest last year, held at Greenfield Amphitheater. The change will also allow a host of more fans to enjoy the event. “Greenfield is a great venue,� Rhodes noted, “but it only seats 900; we’re expecting a lot more people for this event. They’ll be able to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and Gillian will end the day with the backdrop of the Cape Fear River overlooking downtown. It’s going to be amazing.� Aside from Americana, bluegrass and folk rock sounding throughout our historic city, WinocaFest will appeal to all age groups, according to Rhodes. Plus, it will include bringing nonprofits and organizations together to showcase their services. “We really want to create a celebration of all that is positive in Wilmington,� Rhodes said, “and we’re going to continue inviting many nonprofits and give them tent space to show the great things they’re doing for Wilmington and the world. We hope it helps motivate people to get involved. We’re using the festival as a way to

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WELCH TO OUR EARS: Gillian Welch headlines Winoca Fest, August 27, at Battleship Park. More national acts coming soon. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Courtesy photo.

unify the community, enjoy arts and culture, and showcase great national acts in our local area.� WinocaFest will be donating a portion of their proceeds to a brand new 501c nonprofit, headed by Gay Adair, 1,000 People Who Care. The organization is working toward unification and mobilization of our community, with hopes to enhance downtown public areas, such as adding green spaces, parks, and working with downtown organizations and the city. “Something good is happening in Wilmington,� Rhodes said, “and we want to link it together and help the city and the active environmental, business and social organizations. If they’re working on a park, and we can help with private funds or [offer] a way to get over the hump, then we will. . . . It’s easy to call out ideas of what we want, but 1,000 People Who Care wants to find ways to follow through on that.� The website,, will be up and running soon. Rhodes also said he is currently looking for solutions to keep WinocaFest plastic-free; any environmental organizations or activists who can help can contact the record company through their website. Tickets for the Gillian Welch show go on sale Friday, June 17, at encore is proud to be a media sponsor of this event. Stay tuned for updates as well as more coverage of 1,000 People Who Care.

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through the ages have one undisputable commonality: music. The styles and sounds have always varied, and eventually were separated into genres and sub-genres. Exactly when bluegrass was labeled as such is not certain, but it started in the musically eclectic areas like the Appalachian region, where many Scottish and German immigrants brought the sounds of their homelands. Since, bluegrass has developed and separated into sub-genres, like traditional, newgrass, funkgrass, bluegrass gospel and so on. However, labeling the acoustic bands, like newcomers The Family Hammer, is difficult, according to band member Neal Humphrey (fiddle/vocals). “Traditional bluegrass really has a fairly well-defined sound,” Humphrey explains, “and lots of bands end up using custom genre definitions to describe their sound. The music we play is on the acoustic side of folk rock or Americana, and on the blended, modern side of bluegrass. ‘Progressive bluegrass’ is probably the best term, but we haven’t really found a satisfying way to describe what we play.” Humphrey began his musical journey when his parents decided violin lessons would benefit his childhood. “I’ve played off and on since—often more off than on,” he admits, “but enough to still be able to pick it up again. I started playing the tunes [my dad] played: mostly Celtic and oldtime fiddle.” Ironically, it wasn’t until Humphrey left to study abroad in Australia when he started to play bluegrass. Following his return to the states, he met a group of musicians in D.C., including Nick Bayard. Bayard picked up a guitar when he was 15 and taught himself how to play Grateful Dead tunes until he mastered one of their more layered and nuanced albums, “American Beauty.” “After that I played in a string of rock bands, and discovered bluegrass, old time and banjo/fiddle tunes when I was living in Wyoming,” Bayard reveals. He began an ongoing love affair with playing acoustic music, even inspired to form what he says was most likely the only bluegrass band to ever exist in Paraguay. To understand the “bluegrass” of The Family Hammer, folks need to only attend one of their rompin’-stompin’ sessions. With harmonies and lead vocals provided by all five members, it is no less than remarkable to realize that Humphrey and Bayard formed TFH a short year ago. Their first performance was in December 2010, after collecting the rest of their musically diverse members.

Gentry by Shannon Rae er m The Family Ham incess Street 16 Taps • 127 Pr midnight 6/18, 9 p.m. or Tickets: $5 at do Ted Collins (bass/vocals) grew up in Chicago and has played the stand-up bass since the fourth grade. Trained in nearly every genre—classical, jazz, blues and rock–except bluegrass—improvisation is where Collins feels most engaged. “Oddly enough, you learn a lot about rhythm when you don’t have a drummer,” he says, “and I especially like how each individual instrument plays a vital role in establishing rhythm.” Wren Elhai (fiddle/mandolin/vocals) began classical violin training before getting into musical theater and a cappella singing in middle school. “After college, I spent a year traveling the world, studying different traditions of vocal music, including Tuvan throat-singing and human beatbox,” he says. When he settled in the capital, Elhai stumbled upon a new musical outlet. “It’s been a wonderful year getting to know this music and turning my violin skills into fiddle chops—and now mandolin as well!” Ryan Wittke (banjo/dobro/vocals) also started playing music at an early age when an elementary school teacher attempted to pair him with every instrument under the sun. Nothing clicked until he picked up the cello. “It stuck,” Wittke confesses. Four or five years later, he traded it for an acoustic guitar, then an electric bass, only to switch to upright bass. “I dabbled in jazz and still love the blues, and eventually caught wind of a local bluegrass band that played weekly at a crappy little bar in Philadelphia,” Wittke says. “These guys got me psyched, and between

STRIKE HARD: The Family Hammer, a new bluegrass band out of D.C., travel south to 16 Taps this Saturday. Courtesy photo.

them and a banjo-frailing roommate of mine, I started to learn the repertoire.” Like his band mates, Wittke answered to the bluegrass call by joining TFH. He credits it as being nothing shy of a challenging and rewarding experience. However, contributing to those rewards and coinciding with their humble beginnings are every musicians bane of existence: day jobs. But these guys see things differently. Music as they know it is fun right now. “Several of us work for non-profits in energy, global development, education,” Humphrey expains, “so [TFH] is a side project and so far has been D.C.-based. We’re excited to expand it a bit with light touring, just enough to have some fun road trips, but not enough where it becomes a burden.”

Being from Wilmington, Humphrey’s father prompted this first visit after seeing his son play. The band entertained him with a few of their favorite creepy old songs about doublecrossing, gut-wrenching dealings and general outlaw behavior. “And any song dealing with death and murder, of course,” Wittke adds. “There’s an Irish tune in particular, ‘Tam Lin,’ that’s become one of our signature tunes,” Humphrey divulges. “It’s always the one guaranteed to get the crowd stomping and cheering.” “We’re wrapping up the recording of our first CD,” Bayard adds, “which features six of our original tunes, in addition to four [covers]. We’re still working on the title, so if you come to the show, please feel free to drop something in the suggestion box!” The Family Hammer plays Saturday, June 18 at 16 Taps on Princess Street. The show starts at 9 p.m.

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Jazz JaM —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Kinlaw & Johnson BanD —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 the Get Down JaM with the casserole —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

live Jazz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd., 910-509-2026

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

—Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

open Mic niGht with sean GerarD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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


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

Galactic, luBriphonic —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 Mac & Juice —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 rootsoul proJect —Dockside; 1308 Airlie Rd., 256-2752 DJBe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

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rENEGADE FOr LIFE: James Ethan Clark and the Renegades will bring their alt-country/indie-rock tunes to Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Friday, June 17. They’ll be joined by Rio Bravo and The Black Cadillacs. Courtesy photo.

live acoustic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 open Mic niGht —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 JereMy norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 Jessica DunnheiMer

DJBe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 FrieD lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJ Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 trivia with party Gras DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 KaraoKe with scott

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ lorD walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 trivia with DJ —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,7631607 live Jazz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026

Brent Stimmel —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 mike O’DOnnell —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Sea PanS —Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 JOhn POllOck anD JuStin FOx —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 SuSan Savia —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 team clOuD SurFerS: Gutta Grimey, eaSt PrOPhyt, rOc city rOyal; mFa, nate naSti, yOunG arSenal, yOunG Sycear —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 traviS ShallOw —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 tOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DuelinG PianOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 FireDance & DrumS @ Dark, DJ mit PSytrance (11Pm) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 karaOke —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 OPen mic with Jeremy nOrriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 3956204 BOnG hitS FOr JeSuS, nautiluS, reDemPtiOn —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

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karaOke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 SuSan Savia —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 acOuStic Jazz PianO with JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St., 762-2091 DJ P Funk —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

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DJ willie Stylez —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Jazz with Benny hill —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 3431395 yeSterDay’S Gravy —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 nO DOllar $hOeS —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

Friday Live Jazz! sunday TV Sports Beer Specials and free bar snacks! 35 north Front street downtown Wilmington (910) 343-1395

the mOOD DuO —Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 the DuSt JacketS —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 BiG DOG cat FiSh willie (8Pm12am, tiki StaGe); DJ Dane Britt (10Pm-2am, inSiDe) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

WedneSdaY Nutt House Improv 9pm tHUrSdaY Open Mic Stand-up 9pm Fri. & Sat.

DJ Dr. JOneS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

Funky mOnkS —Downtown Sundown; riverfront downtown, 763-7349

karaOke with aShley —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 3956204

makO —Mayfaire Music on the Town, Mayfaire Town Center

hOuSe/technO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

enemy in DiSGuiSe, the temPereD machine, Dreamkill, chaSinG eDen, meDuSa StOne —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

JUNE 24-25


JULY 1-2


GrOOve 8 —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

JULY 15-16


JULY 29-30


AUG. 5-6


DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DuelinG PianOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 karaOke —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-328-4090 DJ

Perry Smith —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 the SteaDy eDDieS —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach


JUNE 16 featuring Frank Bruno (formerly of Bruce Springsteen’s Sessions Band and frequent guest on E Street Nation) & Hank Weddington

(Comedy Central)

(Comedy Central) (Comedy Central) (910) 520-5520

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WeeKLY SpeCiaLS Mon: Kids Eat Free / $350 Well Drinks Tues: 1/2 Price Wine Night Wed: $5 House Martinis Thurs: $3 All Drafts Sun: $5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas

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painted man SATURDAY 6.18 @ 10PM




Sat. 3 Blue Moon, $2 Michelob Ultra, $5 Select Martini’s $

Sun. Brunch, Kick the Keg Sundays, $2.50 Domestic Pints, $5 Bloody Mary’s, $4 Mimosa’s

3317 Masonboro Loop Rd. (910) 791-1019On the corner of Masonboro Loop Rd. and Pine Grove Road.

MONDAY Military Appreciation 20% off all active and retired Military TUESDAY Ladies Night Out: $25 person four-course pre-fixe menu WEDNESDAY Wine Down: 1/2 off on all wines by the glass FRIDAY Music on the patio: 9pm-11pm JUNE 17: JERRY POWELL SATURDAY Lunch Menu: 12pm - 3pm SUNDAY Lunch Menu: 12pm-3pm KIDS EAT FREE with adult purchase of our Big Night Out for two ALL DAY! DOGS WELCOME ON THE PATIO 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS 100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

Monday $2.50 Budweiser Draft • $4 Wells ½ Priced Select Appetizers, 4-7pm Tuesday $2.50 All Drafts $4.50 Absolute Lemonade ½ Priced Select Appetizers, 4 - 7pm Wednesday $2.50 Yuengling Draft $2.50 Domestic Bottles ½ Priced Select Appetizers, 4 - 7pm Friday $3 Pint of The Day Saturday $5 Sangria Sunday $5 Bloody Mary’s * Drink specials run all day, but food specials shown are from 4 -7pm only. Certain appetizers are excluded from special.

Front and Walnut Streets Across from CFCC in the Cotton Exchange 910-762-4354

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken • $3 Gin & Tonic OPEN MIC NIGHT TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons • $250 Corona/Corona Light LIVE MUSIC: ROB RONNER THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, • $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke LIVE MUSIC: MIKE O’DONNELL 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze • $5 Bombs SATURDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona Live Music L Shape Lot at 3pm Clay Crotts at 8pm


karaoke night with dj be!


trivia night 6.17 FRIDAY

bibus ellison band 6.18 SATURDAY

live music with

sound dog

StaNd-uP GuyS: The Barstanders will sing from the rooftop (literally) of The Reel Cafe on Sunday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Courtesy photo.

,ANDFALL#ENTERs1331 Military Cutoff Rd


Rob RonneR —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Millenia Funk’n —Hollister 47, 6845 Carolina Beach Rd., 799-6647 JeRRy Powell —Melting Pot, 885 Town Center Dr.; 256-1187



POKER 7pm WEDNESDAYS on the patio




TRIVIA 8p Fri. 6/17

LIVE MUSIC! 8p-12m The

Mark Daffer Duo

Live Music

Brent Stimmel

Sat. 6/18 LIVE MUSIC! 8p-12m

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TUESDAY Live Jazz in the bar • Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $2.50

WEDNESDAY Live Jazz in the bar • Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $2.50

THURSDAY Gran Martinis $7 • Red Stripe $2.50 Cosmos $4 • 007 $3.50 Harps Bottles $2.50 • Island Sunsets $5


Root Soul Project

Baybreeze / Seabreeze $4 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 Select Domestic Bottles $1.50

Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

Domestic Draft Pints $1.50 Bloody Mary’s $4 • White Russians $4 1:00 - Moo and Brew Special $7


206 Old Eastwood Rd.

$5 pizzas, and half price Nachos and Wings (in the bar starting at 6:00) 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY



FRIDAY June 17



bibis ellison —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 JaMes Dunn —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 JaMes ethan ClaRk anD the RenegaDes, Rio bRavo, the blaCk CaDillaCs —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

DJ siR niCk blanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 house/teChno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 kaRaoke with DJ MiCk —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,7631607

Rootsoul PRoJeCt —Buffalo Wild Wings, Monkey Junction; 392-7224

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

JeReMy noRRis —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269

DJ battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

MaD house (8PM-12aM, tiki stage); DJ Dane bRitt (10PM-2aM, insiDe) —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

DaMona waits, Flannel —Hollister 47, 6845 Carolina Beach Rd., 799-6647 Dueling Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

Saturday, JuNE 18

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026 kaRaoke —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-328-4090 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

FoRtCh —Holiday Inn Resort (oceanfront terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 susan savia —Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden, 720 North Lake Park Blvd; 458-4745

Da howlies —Airlie Gardens; 300 Airlie Rd., 798-7700

kaRaoke with FReDDie

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—Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001

sounD Dog —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 CosMiC gRoove —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 PainteD Man —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff; 256-9133

vatRa gitana bellyDanCing —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Daniel PaRish Duo —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 bigFoot —Tangerine’s Caribbean Grill, 300 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 707-0202 DJ kevin —The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282 JeRRy Powell —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 D+D sluggeRs, saFety woRD

Orange, THe vesPers, greaTer THe risk —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 sOUl POwer POsse —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 brenT & mike —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 THe Treblemakers —Live on Grace, 121 Grace St; 399-4390

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

kinlaw & JOHnsOn band —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001

kids like Us, THe mOngOlOids, FOUndaTiOn, Xibalba, THe greenery, american sOil —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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

OPen mic nigHT —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Travis sHallOw —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866


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

benny Hill and Friends —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 2511888

breTT JOHnsOn’s Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

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

PengO wiTH beaU gUnn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

Free meTal sUndays —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

rOOTsOUl PrOJecT —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269

Perry smiTH (brUncH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 7637773


rOb rOnner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Jazz Jam —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 dJ sir nick bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 live Jazz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026 dJbe eXTreme karaOke —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 sai cOllins —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 OPen mic nigHT wiTH sean gerard —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

caPe Fear blUes Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

Jeremy nOrris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464

karaOke wiTH mike nOrris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 3956204

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

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

dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

live acOUsTic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

THe geT dOwn Jam wiTH THe casserOle —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

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

Trivia wiTH dUTcH FrOm 94.5 THe Hawk —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

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

galen On gUiTar —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

indie mUsic nigHT: rUss glenn —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

adam wOOd —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

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


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

sTiTs —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 mark rOberTs & breeze —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 2568500 cHris bellamy —Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696 z107.5 baTTle OF THe dJs —Hollister 47, 6845 Carolina Beach Rd., 799-6647

karaOke wiTH dJ @-HOle —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872


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

daniel ParisH —Halligan’s Public House, 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 791-1019

OPen mic wiTH JOsH sOlOmOn —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910343-3341

gary allen’s acOUsTic OPen mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

karaOke wiTH dJ brewTal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910343-3341

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

l sHaPe lOT (3Pm); THe barsTanders (5-9Pm, rOOFTOP); clay crOTTs (8Pm) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832


live acOUsTic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 rOger davis & rOn wilsOn —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

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

OOH, BARRACUDA: Heart joins Def Leppard on Wednesday, June 22 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte. Courtesy photo.

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HigHway 17 sOUTH, n. myrTle beacH, sc (843) 272-3000 6/16: Easton Corbin 6/17: Infected Mushroom, Randy Seidman 6/18: Face 2 Face (Elton John and Billy Joel tribute) 6/22: Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Runner Runner CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. main sTreeT, carrbOrO, nc (919) 967-9053 6/16: Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Los Straitjackets, Marianne Taylor 6/18: Jennyanykind, The Moaners, Pinche Gringo AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 sOUTH TryOn sTreeT, cHarlOTTe, nc (704) 377-6874 6/17: Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Shot Silk, 100 Yorktown, Side by Side 6/18: A Road Eternal, Pain After Death, Permanent MidKnight, From Tomorrow, Gentlemen of Fortune THE FILLMORE 1000 seabOard sTreeT, cHarlOTTe, nc (704) 549-5555 6/17: Owl City

THE ORANGE PEEL 101 bilTmOre avenUe, asHeville, nc (828) 225-5851 6/17: Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Ten Cent Poetry 6/18: Over the Rhine, Lucy Wainwright Roche 6/21: Chris Isaak 6/22: Bootsy Collins, FREEKBOT LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. cabarrUs sTreeT, raleigH, nc (919) 821-4111 6/16: Noah and the Whale, Bahamas 6/17: Shoot to Thrill (female AC/DC tribute), Mostley Crue (Motley Crue tribute), Up the Irons (Iron Maiden tribute) 6/19: Borgore TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM 1703 TaylOr sT., cOlUmbia, sc (803) 576-2356 6/17: Martin Lawrence VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 PaviliOn blvd., cHarlOTTe, nc (704) 549-5555 6/17: Phish 6/22: Def Leppard, Heart TIME WARNER CABLE MUSIC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 3801 rOck qUarry, rd., raleigH, nc (919) 831-6400 6/18: Phish encore | june 15-21 | 21

Wilmington’s World-Class Concert Venue BAC LIVE MUSIC & EVENTS


For Tickets and more information 910-538-2939 There is abundant FREE PARKING in our neighborhood on North 4th Street, or you can park in Historic Downtown Wilmington, two minutes away, and take the free trolley.

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Old Eastwood Rd - 910.798.9464 Monkey Junction - 910.392.7224


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‘X-Men’ never manifests its strong idea


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adaptations where I stop and question just how much silliness I am willing to endure. I refer to it as “the eye roll” moment. If I can make it through a comic-book film without an eye roll, then the entire cast and crew deserve buckets of praise. “X-Men: First Class” is the latest of the ilk in a cinematic summer season where superhero films are being released with such frequency they’ve started to lose value. Thus, lots of “eye roll” moments. The “X-Men” films have always been interesting, complicated and generally entertaining. Created in the 1960s by Stan Lee, the concept of the “X-Men” was conceptually one of his strongest: teenagers born with special abilities which make them unique. Because they are different, society ostracizes them and fears their capabilities. They are assembled by Doctor Charles Xavier who wants to help them master their abilities and use them to fight for truth, justice and the American way. The last part struck me as odd since the American way so often seemed to more aptly represent those hating and fearing anyone who is different. The concept seemed fitting in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was in full swing, and the “X-Men” acted as an allegory for the oppression of minorities. Stan Lee’s greatest gift was creating deeper concepts and stronger characters before dressing them up in garish costumes and having them fight evil. After the rather average “X-Men” films, I was genuinely interested to see director Matthew Vaughn take the “X-Men” back to their foundation with “X-Men: First Class.” The film shows the origins of the alpha and omega of the films: Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), aka Professor X, and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), who will one day become Magneto. The first hour of the film is an interesting, well-paced look at the two men who will one day become the two most powerful people on the face of the Earth. Charles is an impetuous young genius who uses his telekinetic powers to pick up women. Erik is a more tortured soul, his family killed in Nazi concentration camps. He yearns for revenge against a fellow mutant, Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), who seeks to create a new world order. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are fantastic actors and do a great job creating these characters. Director Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) crafts an exciting first hour, like something out of an old James Bond movie. It’s big, overblown and a lot of fun. Mostly

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little time getting to know them that their motivations and choices are left to guesswork. Rather than just make the story about Erik and Charles, Vaughn ends up creating just another “X-Men” movie. And it’s not bad, but it feels like all the potential is drained from the movie because a movie about the “X-Men” is contractually obligated to feature teenagers with amazing powers, yadda yadda yadda.

this week in film CoSM

Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 Sundays, 8pm • Free 6/19: A magical new kind of documentary experience, leading audiences on an enriching and sense-heightening journey into the visionary art cosmos of world-renowned painter Alex Grey. Grey is our guide on a cinematic pilgrimage through the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors gallery in New York City, where his vividly rendered depictions of human anatomy and transcendental imagery reflect the universal human experience, with birth, death, family, love, and enlightenment as the unfolding iconic narrative.

In a Better World, Meek’s Cutoff

Cinematique Thalian Hall Studio Theatre 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30 p.m., $7

SUITS OF MAGIC ARMOR: Michael Fassbender plays a young Magneto in the latest Marvel comics adaption, ‘X-Men: First Class.’ Courtesy photo.

because it takes the basic superhero premise and turns it into a spy thriller. Eventually, Charles and Erik cross paths, a friendship is formed, and they unite in their goal to stop Shaw from starting World War III. A compelling and exciting first hour comes to a screeching halt when the movie begins to revert to form. Charles and Erik begin recruiting mutants to form a team. We meet the first “X-Men” and that’s when the film goes off the rails. Everything that works in “First Class” is due to deviations from the traditional formula. Every other “X-Men” film has been overstocked with characters, showcasing a large team of various mutants with cool powers. “First Class” stocks the pond with a half dozen mutants who never get more than five minutes of screen time to explain who they are or why they matter. When they change sides or get killed, it’s irrelevant because we spend so

The core of the film is so strong and could have carried the whole movie. The filmmakers could have easily shaved every scene with the kids out of the film and lost nothing. In fact, they would have gained something by keeping the film about the dueling ideologies of Charles and Erik. Can mutants co-exist with humanity, or will those who are different be hunted down and imprisoned? The final act of the movie is a mish-mash of awesome, old-school James Bond inspired action and baffling moments of historical hilarity. My favorite moment was watching the U.S. and Soviet Navy joining forces to try and blow up all the mutants five minutes after the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis confrontation—as if the entire Cold War could be put on hold with a phone call to try and kill a couple of flying kids and a dude who fires lasers from his chest. I admire a lot of the ideas in “X-Men: First Class,” but until someone is willing to take a risk with the material and do something truly original, we will continue to sit through average comic-book adaptations.

6/15: “In a Better World”—Winner of the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt plays Anton, a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and his work at an African refugee camp, where he witnesses daily acts of violence at the hands of warlords. 94 min; R. 6/20-22: “Meek’s Cutoff” (pictured)—The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families (including Michelle Williams as Emily Tetherow) has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, “Meek” leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At

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what’s for dinner? Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port City

INDOCHINE 7 Wayne Drive 28403 Wilmington, NC (910) 251-9229

FAR EAST FLAVOR: The selections offered here are a distillation of many of their favorite dishes, gathered from every region in the Kingdom, to bring you a classic delicious Thai dining experience.

AMERICAN BLUEWATER Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 10am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 11pm.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE:

CATCH Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 24 encore | june 15-21, 2011 |

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 & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List BUFFALO WILD WINGS If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out.

■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon-Sat 11am-2am and Sun 12pm-2am

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Friday and Saturday nights at both locations. ■ WEBSITE: C.G. Dawgs For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm – 3:00am.Fibbers on Sun. nights Until 3am. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in


town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant.

■ WEBSITE: HALLIGAN’S “Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where funloving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink.


7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am Thurs-Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 am

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!,

$5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio

■ WEBSITE: HENRY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929.


Mon.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm.

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■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ 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: 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: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE: PINE VALLEY MARKEt Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.


Mon.-Fri.10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home

frozen meals

■ WEBSITE: MELLoW MUSHRooM Mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmo-

sphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their hand-tossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. 4311 Oleander Drive, (910) 452-3773.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat,11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: lunch specials, a variety of

sandwiches and vegetarian items.

■ MUSIC: Live jazz on Wednesdays. ■ WEBSITE: tEMPtAtIoNS EVERYdAY GoURMEt Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies.

■ SERVING LUNCH: Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am – 6pm (Closed Sundays)


Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon. Wed., 10am-8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays)

■ NEIGHBORHOODS:: Midtown and North Wilmington


■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu, at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly. tRoLLY StoP Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations).

The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am ThSat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 4523952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 4585778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416.


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

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

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


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

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials HIRo JAPANESE StEAKHoUSE What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where

every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while earlybird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570.


■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm.

PRESS 102 Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new EuroAmerican eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 399-4438.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ 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.


Tues.- Fri. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm – 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm – 10pm for dinner.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri.



CARIBBEAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Call us 910399-2867.

DINNER: Sun., 3pm.– 8pm; Tues.- Sat. 11:45am – 9pm. Closed Mon.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Breakfast served all day. ■ MUSIC: Live Music every First Fri. ■ WEBSITE:



■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving

cocktails and lighter fare.

■ WEBSITE: OUR CRÊPES & MORE Try something different to eat! Our Crêpes & More, a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon treat, everything on the menu is available. On the Savory side, the Uzès, Quebec, Tahiti or Provencale are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type sub like the Pain Bagnat or Croque-Monsieur are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, StTropez or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissant & Chocolate Croissant. Open all day with free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant yet casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! STARTING JUNE 5th OPEN SUNDAYS FOR BRUNCH!



EDDIE ROMANELLI’S is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885.

■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight.

■ WEBSITE: GIORGIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-away-from-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954.


■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Wilmington’s Best Panini,

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

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue).

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free

through Saturday 9am-8pm. Sunday brunch


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gredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out.




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

■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30am-3am, 7 days a week, 365 days

a year.

Sun.- Thurs. 11am – 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11am – 11pm


■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:

■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection

ELIZABETH’S PIZZA A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh in-


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SAN JUAN CAFE Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, encore | june 15-21 | 27

the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates!

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11am-2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Open Sun from 5pm-10pm.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE:

The Co-op Kitchen is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body, while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community. Located at 5329 Oleander across from Jungle Rapids, (910)799-2667, indoor and outdoor seating is available. Like Tidal Creek on Facebook for a daily post of “What’s for Lunch!”

■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am -8pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hot Bar 11am-3pm, Salad

Bar & Smoothie/Juice/Coffee Bar all day



LOVEY’S MARKET Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for takeout. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!”



open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar,

New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded.

■ WEBSITE: TIDAL CREEK CO-OP Tidal Creek Co-op Kitchen offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world. Each item is prepared by hand, using fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes, with many vegan and gluten-free selections available. Choose from made-to-order smoothies with ingredients like almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens, and special event cakes made from scratch to your specifications. Dining in is always welcomed, but you will also find freshly prepared entrees, salads, and sandwiches in the grab and go case. Whatever your tastes, 28 encore | june 15-21, 2011 |

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.


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■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:

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

■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch.

■ WEBSITE: HIERONYMUS Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters

Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; (910) 392-6313.

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

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:

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 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393.


■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington.

■ WEBSITE: FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805.

■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri.

■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm

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

■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am – late. Sun. at noon.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Dueling pianos every Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers m-th 4-7pm


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thor and former local Shawna Kenney, as she visited her favorite Wilmington haunts during vacation. There, I was honored to meet award-winning journalist Majsan Boström. Her internationally respected writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Bangkok Post, Café, as well as other high-profile magazines across the globe. So, when she personally took me aside, handed me a memoir off her bookshelf and recommended it for encore, I had to dive into it. Through chit-chat, Boström understood I was desensitized (yet moved) by hard-core war stories. Movies like “Tears of the Sun,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Full Metal Jacket” are staples in my home; however, none of the aforementioned titles could have prepared me for what the book depicted. On every level, DaShaun “Jiwe” Morris opened my eyes to a very different, ongoing conflict, significant and encompassing our stateside streets everyday: gang violence. Author of “War of the Bloods in My Veins: A Street Soldier’s March Toward Redemption,” Morris is an activist, mentor and “Blood Author” rather than simply a former “gang banger.” Within his first narrative, he chillingly recounts the journey of an East Coast member of the infamous Bloods gang. He writes about the absence of security or support, and how both mitigating factors are what thrust him into battle for the first time at age 11 in the streets of Phoenix. It was there that a friend’s older brothers placed him in a car, put a gun in his hands and made him squeeze the trigger toward rival gang The Crips.

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“In the darkness of the streets, my childhood is murdered. . . . I am reborn—a gangster,” Morris writes. Noted as a cry to his brothers, “War of the Bloods in My Veins” has been touted an exceptional and ruthless look into the undying cycle of abandonment, violence, death and self-annihilation that plagues the lives of too many youths in our communities. The foundation of his work began during his time served within the Delaware State Correctional Facility as he faced 25 years. “[The memoir] was birthed out of survival within the penitentiary,” Morris begins, “when I started, it wasn’t with the intention for a story; it was therapy . . . The hardest part was to tell the story of my mother. My mom had been straight off of crack for 14 years. She cleaned up, and I had to reveal a lot of her past—things she didn’t speak to people about. When the book came out, we were on the phone for a couple hours. She called me, sobbing uncontrollably. She said in all her years parenting, she never realized the mistakes she made affected her children so much, and to actually read it in my words, how her children felt about drugs, not having a stable father, she felt she failed.” Comprehensive and raw, Morris’ vivid memories makes his silent, eventual redemption an enlightening page-turner for any race or ethnicity. Though, readers should be forewarned: His use of language is hardcore—not because he wishes to glamourize his former lifestyle, but because there is no other way to get his struggles and point across. Offensive dialogue aside, it’s important to move past it to catch the more important underlying message. It is this crucial element that makes it unsurprising to people of all genders and

backgrounds. From the streets to suburban churches, many reach out to him for help guiding other troubled youth headed down a similar destructive path. “Gang violence affects everyone,” he says. “I think that it’s necessary to be informed, to be enlightened about these situations. We should never shut ourselves off. It’s an important matter around the country—[and] learning how to help is important. People just turn a blind eye to this madness. I say, ‘Be more caring and express more compassion about what’s going on around the country. You can go in your house and block it off and ignore it, but when it hits you close to home, when your kid is bullied or hooked on drugs then it becomes a concern of yours. Be open minded.’ I’m a firm believer people are not born this way; things shape you. I feel like when more people get involved from a genuine place, you get better results, and when you don’t understand something, you don’t need to criticize.” Today, Morris, a dedicated father, speaks to dozens of juvenile facilities, boys and girls clubs, half-way houses and high schools across America in hopes to redirect youth energy toward more positive outlets. He focuses on core values that mean the most to him: honesty, unity, family and general welfare. Though published in 2008, “War of the Bloods in My Veins” is a timelessly relevant read. As Morris points out, so long as there is poverty, crack, projects and those who prefer to ignore it, there will always be gang violence. Check out for more information. Morris’ next book, “Not At Their Expense,” will be released in 2012.




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blasted earthworks and in the trenches was over, Federal troops looked for a soft place to sleep. The soldier’s ears still rang from a two day bombardment of the Confederate stronghold. The fighting, once the landing force made contact with the defenders in the redoubt was fierce, bloody, brutal and confused. Corporal Lance Jacksland, from Amsterdam, New York, set his rucksack down on the grass. It was after 11 p.m. on a cold, clear January night. The fort’s garrison finally surrendered. The firing stopped. The knoll upon which Jacksland stood overlooked the river, just a grassy knob that felt peaceful and untouched in all the darkness compared to the carnage that worked the edges for three straight days all around it. Storming ashore, the soldiers failed to notice the fallen oak leaves upon which they tread. They paid no attention to the tall, dry stalks of marsh grass with the white tuffs on top, or the shorter tan Spartina that spread to the river’s edge and would turn green in spring


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as life returned to the tidal basin. Corporal Jacksland was among the Federal troops in the first landing on Christmas Day, 1864 at Fort Fisher. What a way to spend Christmas. Two days before that assault, the Louisiana, a flat-bottomed blockader packed with 200 tons of explosives, was detonated 600 yards north of the fort in a volcanic explosion which, in theory, was supposed to shimmer the sands of Fort Fisher with shock waves, collapsing tunnels and mounds, vibrating berms and earthworks so there would be little left for Federal troops to do but mop up (with .52 caliber Spencer carbines) dazed Rebels digging themselves like moles from the sand. The Yankee plan did not work. The sun rose on a mild December 24 in coastal North Carolina and Fort Fisher, despite the

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stupendous explosion early that morning, still stood. The warm weather, however, was perfect for an amphibious landing. New Orleans had fallen. General Grant urged his commanders to crush Fort Fisher. General Lee ordered Fort Fisher held at all costs. The only problem was that most of the 20,000 Federal shells fired from the 60-ship fleet of man-of-wars and ironclads, sailed over the fort, having little impact upon the defenders of this last port of access to the Confederacy. It was May 1861, with the marsh grass just starting to green, that the Confederates began construction on Fort Fisher. They chopped pine trees to build palisades and spent their days cleaning and mounting heavy guns or standing guard duty on long stretches of beach near the fort. Summer duty was hot and humid. Mosquitoes and

deerflies tormented the men. The winters were cold and damp. Soldiers played poker, shot marbles or fished to pass the time. There was always a shortage of food and other supplies at the fort. Wild Wilmington lay due north about 18 miles, a blockade runner town flush with wealth, thieves and prostitutes ready to take a soldier’s money, or his life, should he make it there by transport wagon for a little R and R. The water on Christmas Eve day lay flat on the river. The shelling seemed to go on forever. Corporal Jacksland landed north of Fort Fisher along with a contingent 2,500 men. After getting their troops ashore, the Yankee commanders determined that the naval bombardment was unsuccessful. A stable and lighthouse keeper’s cottage had been destroyed, but the majority of the Confederate troops remained safe in bombproof casements, dug-in, ready for a last stand. It was decided that the fort had not been sufficiently pulverized to justify the high losses anticipated by a ground assault. It took two days to get Yankee troops back aboard the


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ships once the attack was aborted. The Federal fleet withdrew. The final assault on Fort Fisher took place on January 13, 1865 on a much colder but still sunny, clear, high-blue winter day. Fort Fisher’s men had little ammunition and were unable to return fire because of the heavy Union bombardment. Federal shells shredded the fort’s palisades, dug great holes in sand earthworks, cut electrical wires to land mines and disabled cannons. No Rebel reinforcements rushed down from wealthy Wilmington to help. The fort’s defenders were left on their own. Great steam whistle blasts from the assembled Yankee armada signaled the beginning of the second amphibious attack. Federal troops again landed north of the fort. Once near the fort’s defenses, Lance saw the tall, wooden-stake fences backed by sand-mound earthworks as he moved forward with the other soldiers toward the prize. The capture of Fort Fisher would help end the Civil War. They were all for that. The war seemed like it had gone on forever. Men wanted to get back to their lives. Lance’s home town was located along the banks of the Hudson River. He made his living as a dairy farmer but was conscripted into Lincoln’s army to save the Union. Corporal Jacksland liked the look of the Cape Fear as the Federal warships steamed up the mouth of the broad water with low-slung oak forests on the west bank and the ugly mounds of Fort Fisher rising like contagious warts to the east. Lance nervously waited, like the rest of the Federal troops, until the second bombardment was over, hoping this time the Yankee naval gunners proved more accurate. They were. Big Rebel guns on swivel pedestals were torn apart by the two-day bombardment. The earthworks lay in shambles. Rebel cannons, the mainstay Columbiad, a massive smoothbore that could fire a 120-pound round ball about three miles, remained silent as the Federal troops fought their American brothers, hand-to-hand, in the trench works. That night, when the fighting was over, Jacksland spread his bedroll upon the soft grass on that high spot overlooking the river. Union ironclads, moored just offshore, resembled squat drum cans set atop big sheets of metal under the stars. The masts of man-of-wars looked like tall trees. The men around Jacksland felt the expectation and terror of the day wear away into a bone tiredness from which Lance felt impossible to awake. He thought about his wife and daughter in New York. He thought about milking cows in a cold barn, the plume of his breath, the smell of manure and dry hay, remembered the deep white snow spread across rolling fields in January and the way the north winds swept down from Canada to pile high drifts along the glacierstone-fence-rows. Lance remembered the way the Hudson River always froze solid this time of year.

The infantryman woke just before sunrise to sounds of drunken shouting. It was cold and clear. Orion tracked far overhead. Lance willed himself awake. He saw reeling flames below him, dancing in the darkness. Two Union sailors, drunk on whiskey obtained from a plundered blockade runner and given to them by a Rebel soldier, carried pine-pitch torches to see their way back to the knoll where Lance and the others slept. The men had no idea where they were going. They were drunk, happy and flushed with victory. They came to the base of the knoll and stumbled into a slender door framed by heavy pine beams, carrying fire before them. The torches ignited a great store of Confederate munitions still held inside Fort Fisher’s main magazine. The grass, although dormant, was soft up there on the knoll. Lance never slept a better sleep his entire life. Much better than trying to sleep on a warship’s blood-stained deck where Parrot cannons had a tendency to explode, tearing apart their hard-working gun crews. When the fort’s magazine exploded, the blast sent Lance and 104 fellow Yankee soldiers, each a unique individual condensed like their Confederate brothers of that unique American character, skyward like angels to the Lord.The mangled bodies fell back into smoldering earthworks, a new pit of Hell on Earth, smoldering in the ruins of black powder smoke, a big fire now burning along a wide stretch of the river. Playing cards fluttered down from the sky after that final explosion. A Queen of Spades landed in the dry leaves at the base of a bare, wind-bent water oak. A large agate shooter, propelled by the force of the blast, landed in the Cape Fear, making a small splash near the shoreline beyond thin spires of grass. The ripple from the splash was felt on the other side of the universe. Lance’s corpse landed about one hundred feet away in the tan marsh grass. Corporal Jacksland would have liked that. It would have reminded him of the pasture grass lying dormant under deep snow ready to turn green and lush again in summer fields on his farm where, to this day, horse-drawn hay cutters driven by Amish farmers make that distinct, beautiful clicking sound of useful metal machines from another era. By August’s end in upstate New York, thistle and sumac still grow high along the fence rows. Confederate solders stationed at Fort Fisher smoked sumac when they ran out of tobacco. And when the sun finally rose over the Atlantic that morning after Fort Fisher fell, you could still see the fleet of man-of-wars, steamships and ironclads moored against the current, the largest armada (up until that time) ever assembled, big guns now silent, the Federal ships anchored at rest with their bows aligned north against the broad and powerful sweep of a big Southern river flowing slowly out to sea. encore | june 15-21 | 37

weekly calendar| Events FARMERS’ MARKETS Weekly Farmers’ Markets feat. plant, food and crafts vendors;: Riverfront Farmer’s Market Sat., Downtown Wilmington, Water St., 8am-1pm. April-Dec. • Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market Sat., Carolina Beach Lake, through 9/3; 910-458-7490 • Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market Mon., Causeway Dr., through 9/5, 8am-1pm. 910256-7925 • Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wed., 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington, through 12/14. Live music w/Cindy Rhodes; Pender County Master Gardeners clinic 2nd Wed/ea. mo. Family Day: 6/15, w/special activities for children and the whole family. Grillin’ in the Grove cooking classes 4th Wed. ea. mo.(chefs: 6/22, Alexander Fouros; 7/27: Susan Boyles, Seasoned Gourmet); $30 prereg; 9:30am-12:30pm. RSVP: 917-969-2430. TASTE THE OLIVE WINE TASTINGS Free Friday wine tasting, Fri., 6-8pm. Taste The Olive, 1121-G Military Cutoff Rd. The Forum Shops. 910-256-OILS(6457)

MILLER MOTTE HEALTH FAIR Sat., 6/25, 10am-4pm: Miller Motte College, 5000 Market St., Alternative Health & Wellness Fair. A day of learning and fun, free and open to the public.


Every Friday, Taste the Olive, the decadent culinary shop that specializes in top-notch olive oils worldwide, holds their weekly wine tasting. Gastronomes who have yet to take advantage of the shop are missing out; olive oils in multiple flavors and from Greece, France and beyond make every dish a little more succulent. Pair the occasion with wine, and it’s a party not to miss. Located in the Forum. Meet members of the community who are experts in health and green living. Learn and experience new

ways of taking care of yourself! Free door prizes, chair massages, blood pressure screenings and a yoga class. (910)442-3400. CLASSY CHASSIS CAR SHOW Classy Chassis Car Show & Country Flea Market, Sat.7/9, 9am-4pm, Historic Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Highway 17 N.Cars and trucks 1985 and older. Reg./fees: Activities: Award ceremony, 3pm: Country Flea Market, gently used and new goods for sale: antique tractor display in the pasture: ice cream parlor: music, food and beverages throughout the day: 50/50 raffle and transportation tour inside the manor house ($10, adults). Admission: $5. (910) 686-9518 ext.26 CAROLINA FIT FEST 7/30, noon: Carolina Fit Fest is celebrating athletics, fitness, martial arts, MMA, and wellness at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington, NC on July, 30th.The event is free to the public. Sponsorships available. www. HISTORIC ILM MARKETPLACE Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace, at corner of Market/2nd street every Sunday, is a citysupported event in conjunction with the Riverfront Park Sales Vendors Program. Artists, crafters and other vendors will join together each week to

showcase original handcrafted arts and crafts and locally grown produce. Musicians will also be on hand to perform. June-Aug., 4-8pm. For a fee of $50, sales permits are granted to artists, crafters and musicians who create and sell and their art in Riverfront Park throughout the year with the exception of Sundays and festivals. To learn if you qualify for an annual Riverfront Park permit or if you wish to participate in the Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace: Kim Adams, (910) 254-0907.

Charity/Fund-raisers PET SUPPLY DRIVE 6/18, 11am: Pet food and supply drive from Hip2save,, at Petco in Wilmington, to help victims of the tornadoes in Alabama. Taking donations from 11-4 to help pets—in need of eveything from food, leashes, bowls and toys. Tina Allen: btallennc3@yahoo. com. (910) 352-1564. 324 South College Road WORLD ELDER ABUSE MONTH Elder Abuse can be prevented through education and awareness. 6/15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the period of time between Mother’s and Father’s Day is Elder Abuse Awareness Month in NC as declared by Governor Beverly Purdue. Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network, professionals and volunteers from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties, are dedicated to providing education and training on elder abuse and fraud/scams prevention. Network is distributing posters to area businesses. Flyers, brochures, and laminated cards with important info will be available during the month of June at the Elder Abuse Awareness booth inside the New Hanover County Government Center. • 6/15: 11am, the Cape Fear Elder Abuse Prevention Network, Pender County DSS and Pender Adult Services host an Elder Abuse Prevention Day at Heritage Place Senior Center in Burgaw. Walk, cook-out, educational materials and vignettes depicting different forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation. In October, an Elder Abuse training event for Law Enforcement Officers will take place in Southport. The network trains both the public and professionals on how to recognize and report a suspected case of Elder Abuse and is available to make a presentation to any organization in the area.Cape Fear Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging: (910) 395-4553. HARRELSON CENTER COURTYARD SALE 6/18, 7am: Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center Courtyard Sale to benefit the nonprofit center and its nonprofit partners. Great deals on office and home furniture, household items, clothes, kitchen appliances, and much more! Delicious treats and coffee to sell along with great raffle prizes from local businesses. Corner of 4th and Princess; free parking in our parking deck located on 4th Street. 910) 343-8212 or if you have items to donate or if you have any questions. N. BRUNSWICK AWARDS BANQUET N o r t h B r u n s w i c k C h a m b e r ’s A n n u a l Awards Banquet, 6/23, at Magnolia Greens Clubhouse. Awarding Business of the Year, New Chamber Member Business of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and many more. Trophy Sponsor: $75 and company name will appear on the trophy along with the award recipient’s name. Table sponsor: $200 w/company name listed on invitations to event, sponsor board, aloud at banquet, on website, w/inclusion of two tickets to banquet. (910) 383-0553. RAISE THE ROOF GALA Raise the Roof Gala & Auction, Fri., 6/24, 7pm. Country Club of Landfall. Celebrate Affordable

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Housing Month and support the mission of the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. volunteers. Auction items include a jacuzzi with installation, a plane ride around Wilmington, golf and vacation packages, dinner with Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas and more. Entertainment includes saxophonist Benny Hill, Celia Rivenbark reading an excerpt from her new book (to be released in August), and a “Survivor” game with the winner receiving several hundred dollars. www.warmnc. org. JC Skane: 910-540-5326. CAPE FEAR HOSPICE VOLLEY TOURNEY 6/25, noon-6pm: Volleyball Tournament to benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Join hosts Port City Ruritans in their 3rd annual volleyball tourney, Captain Bills on Market St. Silent auction, raffle giveaways, and 4 person coed tournament, $80 adv/$100 day of, up to 8 person roster. Corporate sponsorships. or president@ for details. SHRIMPFEST 6/25, 11am-3pm: 4th annual Shrimpfest: Delectable calabash style shrimp courtesy of Cape Fear Presbyterian Church at Wilmington’s 4th annual Shrimpfest. Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families (formally Presbyterian Home for Children.). Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, corner of Shipyard and 17th St. Shrimp plates: $7/adv and $8 day of. Drive thru open, and deliveries are also available for orders of 20 or more plates. Wet and dry bounce houses, local mascots, and horse rides for the kids. Randy Hawse Bluegrass, The Max Levy Jazz Combo, and Karaoke with Wayne Taylor. 910-538-4295, capefearshrimpfest@gmail. com or WILMINGTON SYMPHONY GOLF TOURNEY 14th annual Wilmington Symphony Golf Classic: Mon, 6/20, top-ranked Eagle Point Golf Club. . Exclusive 18hole course designed by Thomas Fazio, 9am w/breakfast and registration at 8am. Brief awards ceremony follows play (approx. 1:30pm). $250/ player if registering as part of a foursome; or

$275/player for individual; tax-deductable. Includes carts and caddied round of golf at Eagle Point, continental breakfast, beverages and snacks during play, luncheon, prizes and gratuities. Limited to 20 teams CHARITY VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY 3rd annual Charity Volleyball Tournament on Sat., 6/24, noon-6pm, at Captain Bill’s Backyard Grill, located at 4240 Market Street in Wilmington. 4person coed beach volleyball tournament, silent auction, raffle giveawaysand more. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will support Lower Cape Fear Hospice, a non-profit offering individualized, compassionate healthcare assistance and education to support patients and their families facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness. at www.hospiceandlifecarecent. 80/adv. or $100/ day of, with up to eight players per roster. Tourney starts at noon.Trophies will be awarded to the winning teams in each division. Spectators are encouraged to attend. AMERICAN RED CROSS The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a Volunteer Recruitment Event, Sat., 6/25, 11am-3pm. 1102 S. 16th St. Free and open to the public. Seasonal decline in volunteers and the increase in national disasters along with the start of hurricane season, the Red Cross exceedingly needs additional volunteer support. Refreshments, door prizes and the opportunity to speak with current Red Cross staff and volunteers. www. SEA TURTLE ARTS FESTIVAL 7/8-9, 9am-9pm: First Annual ‘Sea Turtle Arts Festival’/S.T.A.R. to benefit The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The Arts and Antique District, 500 & 600 blocks of Castle St. Free to the public. Painters, clay, wood and metal sculptors, jewelry artists’ show and sale. Silent auction at The Cape Fear Playhouse. Street performers, face painting for the kids, an old-fashioned apple-bobbing contest, sidewalk chalk art and more. Music w/The Cosmic Groove Lizards and Transtrum. New Guy Productions, a

local Indy filmcompany, will be documenting the two day festival. MUD RUN Registration open for Mud Run MS Carolinas, a fundraiser hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society- Eastern NC Chapter. 10K (6.2 mile) adventure course, w/ camp-style obstacles that are surrounded by or consist entirely of mud. Event: 9/24, Camp Butner in Stem, NC (just north of Raleigh/Durham). Reg: $50, www.

Theatre/Auditions SHAKESPEARE YOUTH CO. Shakespeare on the Green Youth Co. presents “The Tempest.” Free at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 6/15-16. Directed by Cherry McKay, an enchanted tale filled with mystery, magic, love, friendship, suspense and comedy for all ages. Gates at 6:30pm; performances at 8pm. Take Carolina Beach Rd to Tennessee Ave. 910-399-2878 or

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privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13 stripe format. Once the flag is made whole again, it will become part of the permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero. Due to the efforts of Joan and Dick Stewart of St. James, who lost their son on 9/11, The Fla will be making its only stop in NC in Southport on 7/3-4. It will be featured at the Naturalization Ceremony, the 4th of July Parade and the Sea Notes Concert. Public invited on 7/4, 2-6pm, at the Southport Baptist Church Christian Ministry Center. LEE BRICE IN CONCERT Fri., 7/15: Lee Brice Live in concert w/special guest Brian Davis at Greenfield Lake Amphitheate. The backcountry South Carolinian will be performing his album, “Love Like Crazy,” which was released in 2010. Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6:30pm. www. or MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or WECT SOUNDS OF SUMMER Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation hosts WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts at Wrightsville Beach Park, 321 Causeway Dr, Wrightsville Beach. Bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy music in the park Thurs, 6:30-8pm; 6/23, 7/7, 7/21 and 8/4 (in the event of inclement weather, concert rescheduled for the following Thursday). 910-256-7925 or www.

Dance TECHNIQUES IN MOTION Summer 2011 classes and camps: through 7/29.

Dance Camps: Mon-Fri,9am-noon.$125/student/ camp. • 6/20-24: Drama, co-ed, ages 6-10; “Primpin’ Princess,” ages 2-5; 7/11-15: “Primpin’ Princess,” ages 2-5; Pop Star, ages 6-10. • 7/1822: “American Girl,” ages 6-10. • Classes: MonThurs, afternoons and evenings. Recreational summer programs offer the opportunity to try a new discipline without a full-year commitment, make new friends and stay in shape. Schedules at front desk.799-3223 or via email.799-3223 or CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge at Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson @ 7:30. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025

a juxtaposition of abstraction and realism as we explore the southeastern landscape.On display through June 18th. 216 N. Front St.www. SEBAN KANE Saben Kane’s passion for finding unseen art within a natural environment started at a young age. He continues his endless pursuit to discover the beauties around us which so often go unseen or ignored. “Light Paintings” capture the soft glow of light against nature, creating an out of focus world. He was inspired to share the subtle natural lighting changes that occur seasonally all around us. His work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. dwalsak@modularmedia.

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WHQR 91.3 FM has opened their call to artists. They’re currently accepting submissions for the next six shows at their studio gallery. the art shows will exhibit from october 2011 through early 2013. artwork must be two dimensional and able to hang on the wall; a juried selection will take place in July. Deadline for submission is June 27; artists notified in July of acceptance.


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CAPTURING THE LIGHT “Capturing the Light” feat. the works Ann Parks McCray and Brooks Pearce. The show offers

WINE AND DESIGN Sip Up—bring wine or beer or beverage of choice, along with a friends, and paint! Wine and Design is a great alternative to the “usual” night out. Weekly sessions with a local artist-instructor available every Wed-Sat, 6:30-8:30pm. Schedule special event, kid’s birthday, fundraiser, corporate team building, shower, or let us come to you with Wine and Design on Wheels. Summer Kids Classes/Camp starts June 20th. 910-313-2600 or www. 4949 New Centre Dr. USO/COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER GALLERY The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is proud to announce the Community Gallery summer 2011 Gallery Exhibition featuring local artists Niki Hildebrand’s stained glass work. Exhibition runs through 8/27 • Ms. Hildebrand will offer a lecture on the history of glass, how this medium began, different techniques in glass and their use, the making of glass and Hildebrand’s own work as a contemporary artists, Wed. 9/21, 10am,. Community Arts Center; lecture is $15. • Classes: Copper Foiling Stained Glass, 8/10. Leaded Lights Stained Glass, 9/21. Classes being offered at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center. or 910-341-7860.

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FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS Free monthly event feat. downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open after-hours in celebration of art and culture. Dates: 6/24, 69pm, fourth Friday of each month. Self-guided tour; exhibitions of all types, opening receptions, demonstrations, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional and non-traditional artactivities. Participants: 621N4TH Gallery, Acme Art Studios, Charles Jones African Art, Bottega Gallery & Art Bar, Burchetta Glassblowing Studio, Caffe Phoenix, Caprice Bistro, The Eclectic, Front Street Glass, Golden Gallery, Gypsy Gina’s, Lovebird Art & Design, New Elements Gallery, Old Books on Front Street, One Wicked Gallery, Opera Room & Gallery, Projekte, Port City Pottery & Crafts, Port City Treasures, River to Sea Gallery, Salon Fringe, Una Luna World Gallery, WHQR Gallery, Wilmington Art Gallery, Wilmington Wine Company. www. CALL FOR ENTRIES Associated Artists of Southport, NC, is accepting entries by 6/1 for the Summer Regional Show to take place 6/27 through 7/23. Kate Lagaly

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(2D) and Don Johns (3D) will judge from actual work. Declined work may be picked up during gallery hours throughout the month. www. or e-mail Joyce Grazetti, CALL FOR ARTISTS Call For Artists: WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is currently accepting submissions from artists for the next six shows in the WHQR Gallery that will run from October 2011 through early 2013. Artwork must be two dimensional and able to hang on a wall. Juried artist selection will take place in July and artists will be notified by August. Interested artists must electronically submit three examples of artwork by email to by 6/27. Include an artist statement or resume and any suggestions and/or ideas for an exhibit at the WHQR Gallery. A jury will meet in July to select the artists. Art exhibits rotate every three months. WHQR hosts opening reception and two additional receptions on Fourth Friday nights; artist is expected to pay for 50% of the reception costs. The majority of the pieces will be available for purchase. WHQR will retain 35% of the sale price as a commission. The Gallery has approximately 900 square feet of total floor space. There is roughly 66 feet of linear wall space, and the ceiling height is approximately 12 feet. Mary Bradley: 910-343-1640 CALL FOR ARTISTS Artists wishing to participant in the Wilmington Art & Craft Show, Nov. 26-27, in Wilmington should contact Lynn Wettach at Holiday Art Shows, Inc. www. AQUATIC SYNTHESIS WHQR 91.3FM Public Radio is pleased to announce Aquatic Synthesis, feat. new work by two gifted local artists, Charmaine Ortiz and Abby Spangel Perry. On display through 7/1. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR Public Radio. 254 N. Front St. UNCW ANN FLACK BOSEMAN GALLERY UNCW’s Ann Flack Boseman Gallery announces its 2010-11 exhibition calendar, covering a diverse collection of media. • Function Form Ceramic, through 7/28, Boseman Gallery (Fisher University Union, 2nd Floor). Features a selection of some of the best work created by UNCW ceramics students under the instruction of professor Aaron Wilcox. • Alumni Open Art Hang, 10/1/20108/31/2011, Warwick Center Lobby Gallery. Year-long exhibition features artwork by UNC Wilmington alumni. Shane Fernando, (910) 9627972 or EXHIBIT ON THE COMMONS UNCW Boseman Gallery announces the exhibit Sculpture on the Commons through 7/28. Three outdoor sculptures, created by students in assistant professor Andi Steele’s Intermediate and Advanced Sculpture classes, can be seen on the Campus Commons. Created from a variety of materials, including steel, wood and found objects. The pieces were selected through a juried process by faculty of the UNCW Art & Art History Department, co-sponsors of the exhibit. Shane Fernando: or 910.962.7972. RYAN LEWIS Art Soup presents “The Visual Dialogue of Peacocks: a presentation of abstract paintings,” by Ryan Lewis. Through July 2011. An interpretation of sound and emotion, illustrated on canvas with paints, inks, cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tape and more. Allowing texture to breathe through a palette of color and composition, Lewis creates vibrancy and intrigue though his unique sculptural painting technique. Tidal Creek Coop, Community Center 5329 Oleander Dr, Ste 204, . 910-799-2667 COLLECTED WORKS OF ABIGAIL BLACKERBY Art Soup presents “The collected works of Abigail Blackerby: an art exhibition” at Marc’s on Market. Hangs through summer 2011 and features a variety of abstract work—bright, vibrant and utilizes an intelligent use of color and composition to create intense, abstract forms and cityscapes. Art Soup is an arts education and event organization whose mission is to provide, educate and promote the performance and appreciation of the arts in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina. IVEY HAYES

UNCW is the first college in the state to host the artwork of native son Ivey Hayes, as the result of a campus effort headed by the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery. 16 pieces will hang in the Azalea Coast Room of the Fisher University Union. The work will be on permanent exhibition, with new pieces rotating in each academic semester through 6/30/2012. BOTTEGA EVENTS An Exhibition of Industrial Art: Work by Edgardo Bianchi, Jeff Bridgers, Michelle Connolly, Amy Guthrie, Brandon Guthrie, Clair Hartmann, Dunkin Hill, Charles Kernan, Grey Pascal, Kayla Peterson, Nickolas Phillips, Ryan Stokes, Mark Taylor, Brian Turner and Karen Wiles. Hangs through 7/23. • EVENTS: Mon: Open Paint and Game night • Tues: Starving Artist night • weekly wine tastings, 7pm. • 6/14: Atlantis open-mic • 6/18: “Wine to Water” Fundraiser w/ musical guests, 8pm • 6/23: 4th Thurs. Poetry Slam showcase. • 208 N. Front St. 910763-3737, PROJEKTE EXHIBIT: CUMULONIMBUS, a sky themed art exhibit. • Call to artists: “Downtown” images; 2D art of the people, faces and places that reflect our Port City. Deadline June 30. • “Once Upon a Dream” images; 2D and 3D art that interprets dreams. Deadline June 30. Please send 3-6 .jpeg images to EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.30-7.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes political, always controversial, 7.30-11pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. • Every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • Every Fri/Sat: Live Music, 8-12am. Free unless noted otherwise. 910-763-1197,, 523 S 3rd St.

Museums NC MARITIME MUSEUM Historical Bicycle Tour with the Adventure Company 6/18, 9am: Take a guided tour through the live oak-canopied streets and along the waterfront, and pedal by Fort Johnston, Brunswick Inn, the Old Brunswick Jail and more. Bikes are single-speed, pace is slow, and all participants must wear helmets. Fee: $20 for bike/helmet rental and tour or bring bike only fee $15. Space is limited. Advanced reg.: the Adventure Company, (910)454-0607. • Children’s Summer Series-Breaking the Blockade! 6/14, 1 am-noon. Learn about Blockade Running during the Civil War, practice your own stealthy sneaking skills! $3/child. Ages: 6-12. Space is limited. Must pre-reg. • Something Fishy 6/15, 1 amnoon. Find out how fishermen tracked schools of fish, what nets and equipment they used, what they were hunting, and what they sometimes caught instead. $3/child. Ages: 6-12. Space is limited. Must pre-reg. • Myths of Mermaids and Monsters 6/21, 10 am-noon. Hear tales of tails and what sailors thought they saw at sea. Make a mythological craft, too! $2/child. Ages 3-7. Space is limited. Must pre-reg. • Kids on Deck! River Boat Tour aboard the Solomon T 6/22, 10am-noon. Do science experiments, bird watch at Battery Island and learn the history of the river. Instructor: Capt. Bert Felton. Ages 8-12. $10/per child. Space is limited to 5 children per trip. Must pre-reg. • Low Tide River Exploration 6/24, 1 am-noon. Search for seashells, sea glass. and more. Learn a little history of Southport and shipwrecks. Wear shoes that can get messy. Ages 5-12. Free. Must pre-reg. • Pirate Boot Camp 6/28–7/2, 10am-noon. Learn about pirates, create your own flag & costume. On Saturday—Pirate Party—SURPRISES! Ages 8-12. $35 members, $40 non-members. Space is limited. Must pre-reg. • Little Pirate Boot Camp 6/28-7/2, 10am-noon Learn about pirates, create your own


The NC Maritime Museum in Southport teams up with the Historical Bicycle Tours of the Adventure Company on the 18th at 9 a.m. The guided adventure travels the waterfront of the sleepy town, through the liveoak canopied streets to Brunswick Inn, Old Brunswick Jail and other historical spots. Participate for $20 with equipment provided or for $15 when bringing bike and helmet. (910) 454-0607. flag & costume. Pirate Party on Saturday. Ages 4-7. $35/members, $40/non-members. Space is limited. Must pre-reg. • Art in the Afternoon 6/287/2, 2-4 pm. Projects will include print-making, sand-painting, rubbings, sculpture, and more. Ages 6-12. $35/members, $40/non-members. Space is limited. Must pre-reg. Details: (910) 457-0003, • Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program - Matthew Bookout, Local Snakes and Reptiles of the Lower Cape Fear 6/21, 7-9 pm. Welcome Herpetologist Matt Bookout at the Southport Community Building,. See several species of local snakes and learn to differentiate between dangerous and harmless co-habitants. Light refreshments. Free. Must pre-reg. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ILM Exhibit opening: Forest Friends Toddler Treehouse. Dress up like forest animals and explore the museum’s latest exhibition w/puzzles and challenges • Mon: Trash to Treasues, 10am; Muddy Buddies, 3:30pm. • Tues: 10am: Leading to Reading Literacy Classes; 3:30 Going Global Cooking Club • Wed. 10am Preschool Science;

3:30pm, Fetch! Challenge. • Thurs: 10am, Cooking Club; 3:30pm, Book Club. • Fri: 10am, Toddler Time; 3:30pm, Adventures in Art. 6/17: 9am-1pm: Splash into Summer • Sat: 10am, Music Club; 3:30pm, Cardio Class. 6/18: 9am-1pm: Splash into Summer. Sun., 6/19: Father’s Day Special Programming. • Art Studio: 6/20-27. • Science Counter: 6/18-31.• Language Immersion Camps: One week, half-day for 3-8 year olds; French or Spanish. Playgroup approach. Spanish: 7/1-4; French: 6/20-24, 8:30-noon; French: 7/27-7/1, 8:30-noon. Tuition: $160/child/ week sibling discounts available. Enrollment forms: • Cape Fear Cotillion: Reg. 3-7 yr-olds for fun and interactive way to have good attitudes, respect and consideration for others in everything they do so they will be comfortable and confident in any situation they find themselves. Wed., 4-4:45pm, 6/297/27. Hrs: Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. 910-763-3387.

BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www. NC AQUARIUM Aquarist Apprentice: Join staff on behind-thescenes tour of how animals live, eat, and are cared for. 6/18, 2pm. Ages 10 and up; 14 and under accompanied by adult. $25/ages 13 and up, $23./ages 10-12. Admission included. • Behind the Scenes Tour: Learn what’s hidden behind the aquarium walls. 6/2 and 9, 11:30am; 6/19, 1pm. Under 8 not permitted. Ages 8-14 accompanied by a parent or guardian. $15/ages

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$4. 762-0492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’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, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • Summer Jazz Series: Bring your blankets or chairs and relax on the lawn! Beverages and gourmet snacks available; donations appreciated. 7/8, 6:30pm: Melodius Thunk (Susan Savia). • 8/12/, 6:30pm: Jack Krupicka and Julie Rehyder. • 9/9, 6:30pm, Liz Pina and Kevin Kolb. 910-251-3700. 503 Market St CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Tells the stories of botanist B.W. Wells and Pender County’s Big Savannah, and how Wells documented the area through a wealth of stunning photographs. • Pirates: Welcome to a world of swashbucklers, scallywags, and scurvy sea dogs. Encounter pirates of the New World—a motley mob that ruled the waters from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Meet Stede Bonnet and, aye, Blackbeard himself. Play pirate games, learn to speak like a pirate, and uncover a rich buried treasure of pirate facts and fiction.Free w/admission. • Photography in Focus. Explore the evolution of photography, from the daguerreotype to the digital camera. Discover how picture-taking technologies have changed, bringing cameras and photographs out of the studio and into the mainstream. • Cape Fear Treasures: Seeing, now open. Peruse a selection of items related to vision as you explore treasures from the Museum’s collection. From sunglasses to opera glasses to magnifying glasses, discover objects that help tell stories of seeing through time. Free w/admission.• EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. Hours: 9am-5pm Tues-Sat. and 1-5pm, Sun. Museum closed Mon. until Memorial Day 2011. Winter hrs: Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $5 special military rate with valid military ID; $3 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Members always free. 814 Market St.


CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Fritzi Huber: A Circus Life, on view through 8/2011. Feat. biographical artifacts, artwork, and ephemera relating to the art and family life of Wilmington artist Fritzi Huber. A hand papermaker for over 20 years, Huber has exhibited around the world from Switzerland’s Musee du Pays et Val de Charney, Gruyere, Suise to Brazil’s Bienale International de Artes—and her work was also exhibited at St. John’s Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina. • Thru 10/30: State of the Art/Art of the State, focuses on contemporary art in all genres by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. • Through 10/2: Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs, Louisiana artist Clyde Connell used brown earth and red clay to color her drawings and sculptures, as well as bits of iron scrap; mystical view of nature and described as transcriptions of music heard on the bayou. • Through 10/2: Terrell James: Field Study, compliments Clyde Connell: Swamp Songs by showing two women artists of different generations, one influenced by the other. Feat. work influenced by the Cape Fear region; paintings, sketchbooks, writing and historic artifacts. EVENTS: 6/16, 7pm: Circus Rosaire, members and students $5, non, $10. The Rosaire family presents legendary animal acts and is renowned for their unique and respectful way of training and performing with wild animals. Roots embedded in circus tradition. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Fritzi Huber: A Circus Life. • 6/18, 10am-5pm: Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Pottery Sale, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Thirty guild members selling functional and ceramic sculpture works. Hand built and wheel thrown pottery demonstration at Pancoe Clay Studio. • 6/23, 7-8pm: Forward Motion Dance Company, members and students $5, non $10. Presents premiere and past works including pieces to musical artists Goldfrapp, Richard Smith and Julie Adams (guitar and cello duet), Dianne Reeves as well as an original composition by local blues artist Rick Tobey. • 7/7, 7-8pm: El Jaye Johnson & the Port City All-Stars, rhythm and groove. “The Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya.” CAM Members and students, $5; non-members, $10. Drum and percussion section extensively and explore a “mixed bag” of genres, including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, reggae, Latin, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban all intertwined with simple melodic phrasings and complex syncopation. • 8/4, 7-8pm: Lisa and Galen, acoustic. CAM members/students, $5; nonmembers,$10. Lisa Rankin: vocals, piano, keybass, flute, recorder, tin whistle, harmonica, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars. Galen Hunsucker: acoustic and electric guitars, vocals. • CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors.• Kids @ CAM, 6/18, noon-3pm. $3/child (members), $5/child (non-members), adults free. Day of creativity and imagination. Make art you can take home, explore our new exhibitions. Fun for the whole family!

Parental supervision required. No pre-registration necessary. • 6/15, 1-1:30pm; 6/27, 6-6:30pm: ONE4$1 Tiffany’s Pursuit of Virtuous Beauty with Amanda Davis—Many recognize the prestigious colors of Tiffany & Co. Yet, how many recognize the American Red Cross’s three 11 foot tall stained glass expressions of virtuous beauty created by Louis C. Tiffany, the son of the founder of Tiffany & Co., which symbolize healing and unification after the Civil War. • Tai Chi, Wed., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Yoga, Thurs., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun., 11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. or 910-395-5999.

Sports/Recreation AUDOBON BIRDING TOURS 6/17: Audubon NC Birding Tours. A free guided tour (9am) of the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area is sure to impress. Wrightsville Beach. 910686-7527; WILMINGTON SEA DAWGS 6/17-19: Wilmington Sea Dawgs Basketball Game. Wilmington Sea Dawgs take on Savannah and on June 19 they play against Cary. Admission charge. Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center (610 N. Front St.). 910-791-6523; www.


The CAM is hosting the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Pottery Sale on the 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Weyerhauser Reception Hall. Thirty members will have their ceramic works for sale. Also, there will be a hand-built and wheel-thrown pottery demonstration in the Pancoe Clay Studio behind CAM. The museum is located at the corner of Independence Boulevard and 17th Street Extension. NARRATED RIVERBOAT SIGHTSEEING CRUISE June 17-19: Board an authentic riverboat and treat Dad to a relaxing day on the water during a narrated scenic tour of the Cape Fear River. Boarding begins at 2:00pm. Cruise from 2:30pm-4:00pm. Lunch and dinner cruises also available on Friday and Saturday. Admission charge. Henrietta III Riverboat; Boards riverfront at S. Water & Dock sts, Wilmington. 910343-1611; 800-676-0162; INLAND BOTTOM FISHING 6/18-19: Father’s Day Inland Bottom Fishing. Take Dad fishing in Masonboro Inlet! 10am-12pm. Rod, tackle, bait, license included. $35/person; fathers

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SUMMER KID MOVIE SERIES 6/23, 10am: Carmike Cinema 16 presents the 2011 Summer Kid Movie Series, Thursdays. $1/person. 6/23: Hotel For Dogs. 6/30: How To Train Your Dragon. 7/7: Kung Fu Panda. 7/14: Madagascar. 7/21: Madagascar 2. 7/28: Megamind. 8/4: Monsters vs Aliens. 8/11: Shrek. 8/18: Shrek 2. 8/25: The Last Airbender. Carmike Cinema 16, 111 Cinema Dr. (910) 815-0266

GREENFIELD GRIND SKATEPARK Greenfield Grind Skatepark at Greenfield Lake, located behind 302 Willard St. Pre-reg rqd: 3628222. Beginner clinics for youth ages 7-12. Class split into small groups to facilitate personalized instruction. Each clinic will be taught by Skatepark staff. $15/participantp; includes a pass to skate free for that day plus two free day passes. 6/18, 7/16, 30 and 8/13, 27, 10:30am-noon.

Action! Ages 9-14. Filmmaking Camp teaches young people to work with cameras and learn fundamentals of filmmaking. Popcorn and screening for camper, family and friends! • 6/277/1, 7/11-15 and 7/18-22, 8:30am-2:30pm, $225: Spotlight! Theatre Camp! Ages 7-14. Involves all aspects of theatre with a presentation at the end of the week. Technical training in music, drama, voice and dance. Friends School of Wilmington 350 Pfeiffer Ave. (910) 792-1811

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summer camps uses the marine environment as artistic inspiration while also teaching students about conservation and stewardship. Students learn different artistic interpretations of marine plants, animals and habitats and then work in the studio to create their own masterpieces. Field excursions on foot and by kayak, including trips to the beach, marsh, maritime forest and barrier islands; sketching of marine wildlife, watercolor painting of coastal landscapes, surf art and more. Guest artists will instruct in different mediums, including Virginia Wright Frierson, Michael Van Hout and Peggy Cleary. Housing available for residential students, but students may also commute. Tuition for residential: $725; commuter: $495. Includes lunch, transportation, studio fees and supplies. CHILDREN’S FISHING CELEBRATION Children’s Fishing Competition and Celebration, Sat., 7/2, 10am-4pm. Surf City Ocean Pier. Children of all ages up to the age of 16 years old. Lunch provided for all registered children; games and awards.Surf City Ocean Pier: (910) 328-3521. Prereg., 6/10: Awards Ceremony: 2:45pm KIDS SUMMER CAMP Upper Room Theatre and Kids’ Musical Theatre operate independently of any particular church. Our programs are built on Christian love and values. To provide a positive and encouraging venue for onstage experience as a part of an ensemble, where everyone plays an important role in the development, rehearsal process and final product of a musical theatre performance. Sanctuary of Gateway Church, corner of Wrightsville Ave. and MacMillan Ave., near Cape Fear Hospital. www. CAPE FEAR FENCING SUMMER CAMPS The Cape Fear Fencing Association’s summer camps—Beginner: 7/18-22, half-day; 7/25-29, 9am-5pm. • Advanced: 7/18-22, half day; 7/2529, 9am-5pm. • Advanced Foil Camp (exp. rqd): 8/1-5, 9am-5pm • Advanced Saber/Epee (exp. rqd): 8/8-12, 9am-5pm.All camps in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s, corner of 5th and Ann Streets. or 910-799-8642. CUCALORUS SUMMER FILM CAMP Summer Film Camp, ages 10-14. Behind the camera training, exploration of music video production and editing. 4-day intensive camp w/industry professionals at the helm, students will spend one week working in tight knit groups creating music videos for local bands. Local bands will be performing live at Jengo’s Playhouse so that campers can experiment with concert style filming and meet the members of the bands. Red Carpet Screening Party at Jengo’s Playhouse. Camp, 9am-3pm, 8/1-4. $495, incl. lunch and snacks, DVD copy of the finished music video, and 5 tickets to the Red Carpet Screening Party at Jengo’s, 8/6. Jill Tefft: development@cucalorus. org or 910-343-5995. HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS An early childhood music and movement program for children ages 6 months to 6 years w/parent. Learn through song, dance and play! $10/family, drop-ins welcome. Carolina Beach Parks and Rec

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Bldg, Mon., 5pm; Tues., 11:15am and Thurs., 5pm. Community Arts Center/Hannah Block Historic USO, Tues. and Thurs., 2pm, starting 6/20. Ogden by appt only. or 910777-8889.

Lectures/Readings OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET “Knit Wits, the crafting group open to all,” Wed nights, 6:30pm • Story Teller’s Open Mic on Sunday evenings • Art on display as part of Fourth Friday Gallery stop downtown, the fourth Friday every mo. with new exhibitions and artist receptions. Katherine Wolf Webb’s art show. • Memorial Day: Steve Roberts “Honoring the Fallen“ poetry exploring war and its costs. • Next Month’s Green Book Club selection will be “Kingsolver’s Animal, Mineral Vegetable.” Copies vailable at Old Books w/discounts to the book club and new members. • 6/16, 9am-9pm: Bloomsday Celebration, with food, beer, coffee, cakes and of course a marathon reading of Ulysses! Celebrity readers: Shea Carver of Encore, Ben Steelman of the Star News, Councilman Kevin O’Grady, George Schribner, Bob Workmon and Cleve Callison of WHQR, Richard Davis of the Brown Coat, Ken Cressman of Big Dawg, and many more. Slots are still available, please email if you have a time of day you would like to volunteer for 10 minutes to be part of this wonderful literary tradition. • “Shaun Mitchell Show”—a late-night format talk show (Read: not G-rated) hosted by Wilmington’s renown poet & playwright, Shaun Mitchell , 7:30pm. All episodes will be posted on YouTube, but seating will be set up for a live audience. OldBooksonFrontSt Old Books on Front St: 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS WOMEN IN BUSINESS SPEAKER SERIES 6/23, 11:30am, Michele Little, Style and Self Image Expert, author and speaker. The Women in Business Speaker Series will meet once per month fromApril to December, 2011. Each month, a speaker is brought in to share their expertise and provide insight to our local Women In Business. Each month, a different guest speaker known as an “expert” in her field will lecture or lead a workshop on a topic related to women in business. Tickets: $40, 910-350-1211. Press 102: 102 South 2nd Street

Classes/Workshops THE STORY PROJECT 6/18, 9am: CFCC pesents The Story Project. Free workshop offered to the public in a two-part series. Create your own digital story with photos, voice narration and music! Basic computer and Internet skills required. Workshop will be held at the Cape Fear Community College Library. Part I: The Drawing Board Saturday, June 18th 9am-2pm. Part II: Story Production Saturday, June 24th 9am-2pm. www. or (910) 362-7038. GRAMERCY PREP

The Lost Colony of Roanoke found? The Lost Rocks, by David La Vere, is a rollicking story of the Lost Colony found, carved stones, last messages, and extortion. And it’s all true. Read the book. Two Sisters Bookery & Pomegranate Books

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Gramercy Prep is teaching two SAT prep courses this summer in Wilmington. Each course is one week long Mon-Fri, 9am-12 noon. The first course is 7/18-22, and second, 8/8-12. 910-465-9445. ILM REGIONAL HEALTH/SAFETY SCHOOL Established in 1950, the Wilmington Regional Health and Safety School is a non-profit organization committed to bringing important safety and health information to the public. 61st annual Wilmington Regional Safety and Health School takes place on 7/27-29 at the Best Western Coastline Inn, downtown Wilmington. Great opportunity for employers and employees in many industries to learn about safety and health in the workplace. Attendees will receive10 hours of MESH credit; hosts the region’s largest Safety Expo. Mini social on Wednesday night, a Moonlight Shrimp-A-Roo Cruise on Thursday, and more speakers on Friday. Guest speakers include NC Department of Labor Commission, Cherie K. Berry and the CH2Mhill staff.

Clubs/Notices CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH 6/17, 7-8:30pm: Cape Fear River Watch, in partnership with the Southeast Coastal Plain Office of The Nature Conservancy, is thrilled to announce a special educational presentation by Dr. David Stahle on the ancient cypress trees found along the Black River, one of the major tributaries of the Cape Fear River. Reg. in advance. Cape Fear River Watch Headquarters, 617 Surry St. 910-762-5606 • 6/18: Paddle: Smith Creek and NE Cape Fear River. WILMINGTON MAGIC CLUB The Wilmington Magic Club is now accepting new members. If you have an interest in magic or currently perform magic, please come share your talents. Celebrating 30 years in Wilmington. Teaching sessions and magic performances at each meeting. Members include Beginners to Semi Professionals. 910-520-4026. WRITERS AND WELLNESS GROUP Life Writers and Wellness Group, (formerly “Grace in the Word”) meets 3rd Tues., 7-8:30pm. Schedule: 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, 11/15, 12/20. 5041 New Centre Dr, Ste 122. 910-2624454. www.meetup. com/Life-Writers-Wellness-Group/910-262-4454 or CAPE FEAR ROWER CLUB Cape Fear River Rowing Club’s classes for beginners: Two, three-hour morning sessions, from 8-11am, on Sat/Sun. Students will become familiar with the boats and equipment, learn proper technique on a rowing machine, and then experience on-the-water rowing instruction. No previous rowing experience is necessary, but students must know how to swim. 6/25-26, 7/2324, 8/27-28, 9/24-25, and 10/22-23. Wilmington Marine Center, 3410 River Rd. $60/two sessions. Limited to five students. Reg: Morris Elsen, morris. 910-343-3381.

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Are you prepared for Bloomsday? June 16th 9am - 9pm

Join us as we celebrate the day on which the action of James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’ takes place, 16 June 1904. We are going to stage a reading at the Bookstore with food, beer with celebrity readers including: Shea Carver of encore, George Schribner, Cleve Callison & Bob Workmon of WHQR, Richard Davis of The Browncoat, Ben Steelman of The Star News, Anthony Lawson, Joel Finsel, Gina Gambony, Marlowe Moore,Suzanne Nine Swanson, Karen Bender & Robert Siegle, Ken Cressman of Big Dawg, & many, many more!

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