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pg. 12 Exhibit at ACME takes sculptural designs to new heights.

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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Editorial Assistant: Bethany Turner //

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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.’

33 crossword: Brain teaser with Stanley Newman.

General Manager: John Hitt //

34-36 historical fiction winner: Read L.

Art director: Sue Cothran //

to Sleep,’ in encore and Lower Cape Fear

E. Dieffenbach’s winning entry, ‘A Soft Place

Historical Society’s annual spring contest.

Advertising sales: John Hitt // Downtown //

38-47 calendar/‘toons/horoscopes/corkboard:

Chief Contributors: Gwenyfar Rohler, Anghus Houvouras, Ichabod C, Jay Schiller, Lauren Hodges, Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd, Christina Dore, Joselyn Neon, Evan Folds

Kris Beasley // Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington //

with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tomorrow

Office Manager: Susie Riddle //

distribution Manager: Boykin Wright

Interns: Shannon Rae Gentry, Danielle Dewar

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vol. 27/ pub 50 / June 15-21, 2011

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Shea Carver // Midtown, Monkey Junction //

Find out where to go and what to do about town

and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read your horoscope; and check out the latest saucy corkboard ads.

June 15, 2011  

Your alternative voice in Wilmington, NC

June 15, 2011  

Your alternative voice in Wilmington, NC