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artsy smartsy ..................8-21 8 theater: Alex Pompliano previews BUMP Productions’ ‘Steel Magnolias’—in drag.
10 art: Atomic Lime Project, a new artist collective, debuts at Bottega Art and Wine Bar.
13 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in local art galleries.
14-15 music: Shea Carver speaks with Hayes Carll; Shannon Rae Gentry discovers what makes Donavon Frankenreiter tick in this week’s cover story.
16-19 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.
21 film: Anghus thinks ‘Horrible Bosses’ could’ve used a little more crazy.
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30 fashion: Danielle Dewar sits down with local designer Cherylnina Stewart after her recent unveiling of two spring/summer collections.
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ceived the designation of “Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. I attended the ceremony with my cousin, Austin, who, in his spare time, lobbies for additional bike racks on Front Street. Within a Live Local context, the question of how gasoline fits into the picture seems appropriate. In fact, it was one of the first real questions I wrestled with at the beginning of my Live Local experiment over a year ago. Arguably, any gas station is just a retail distributor of the product, so would it make a difference if it were a chain or not? I decided that Rose Ice and Coal and GoGas both fit into my Live Local definition, and except for emergencies caused by poor planning (i.e. running out of gas in a moving car), I made plans to only purchase from said companies. Ultimately, however, the price of gas keeps fluctuating on the higher end and will probably continue to do so. Because the majority of the revenue form gasoline leaves our municipality, what does that really leave for Live Local transportation options? I used to walk and ride my bike a lot. I clearly remember a magical day when I was 11 when my bicycle ceased to be a toy and became transportation. It was completely life-changing that I could go places and buy things all on my own. About 15 years later, when I started having to haul cargo around, the use of the bicycle decreased dramatically. I would imagine that having children creates a similar feeling of cargo-hauling for many people; it is just simpler to drive a vehicle when having to maneuver stuff. Such is the case, we are not Detroit; we do not build cars in this area (per the auto industry over the past few years, seemingly neither does Detroit)—though we do have many wonderful mechanics who service them. Nor
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do we really produce or refine oil and gas in Wilmington. I still battle with the question of this major source of leakage in my spending (both literally and metaphorically). To be honest, I do not bike anymore. There are a variety of reasons why—none very good. I live about a mile from work, so I can easily walk to the bookstore if I need to. On days when I am able to get home before dark, I usually walk to and from work, pushing my “little old lady shopping cart” with a variety of things (papers, brief case, lunch, etc.). Because I live downtown, my route is in an area with good sidewalks, well-marked crosswalks and street lights. Still, Austin has me thinking about the bicycle as the answer to the Live Local transportation question. We have several small and locally owned bike shops in the area, like Two Wheeler Dealer and Bike Cycles (and the option to have a custom built bike made entirely here). As well, both locations provide personal service and maintenance options. The only fuel needed is a good breakfast and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. In the end, no emissions are permeating our air. The question remains, though: Is it really possible to ride a bicycle as a primary form of transportation here? Austin unequivocally says, “Yes!” He puts in close to 100 miles a week, biking from home and back to two jobs. He has carefully selected routes that include bike paths, bike lanes and good road shoulders. He even takes a bus for one leg of his trip and is quick to point out that the bike racks on the front of the buses are easy to use and very handy. OK—to and fro transportation is easy, but what about getting groceries? That tends to involve more space than the average bicycle provides. An oversize basket attached to the front or back end might help. Like many of the questions surrounding the bicycle conversion, it ultimately depends upon where one
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lives, as well as the proximity to a grocer or farmers’ market, and the availability of bike lanes or paths. The bottom line, no matter how it’s weighed out, biking for our needs is do-able—even with children. I see people with their kids in those pull-along tri-carts out and about frequently. From a personal economic standpoint, going all bicycle would be a dream: no car payment, no insurance, no gas—all of which are big-ticket expenses. There are health benefits, too, thanks to no emissions, and within the form of simply being active. And the personal enjoyment gained from it would add to our overall happiness. The fact is, we live in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. Aside from the heat this time of year, it is a fantastic place to spend time outdoors. All around, there are definitely a lot of arguments in favor of all-bicycle—or even part-bicycle for those who need to inch into the transition. And there are many. So many, in fact, that our city planners are making bicycle transportation an important part of Wilmington’s growth plan. The Ann Steet Bicycle Boulevard has been a huge step. The first bike boulevard in NC, its inception originated out of Berkeley, California, “whereby bicycles are given priority over motor vehicles on an existing roadway corridor,” as noted at www.wmpo.org. It has impacted infrastructure components, including curb extensions, alley resurfacing, high-visibility crosswalks, pavement markings and signage, so bikers have a more safe and welcoming experience on the road. Now, with the completion of the cross-city trail—“an off-road, multi-use trail for bicycle and pedestrian access to numerous recreational, cultural and educational destinations in Wilmington” (crosscitytrail.com)—hopefully more people will find this a viable option for transportation and investing their money locally.
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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY The New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter achieved his milestone 3,000th major league hit in July, and Steiner Sports Marketing of New Rochelle, N.Y., was ready (in partnership with the Yankees and Major League Baseball). Dozens of items from the game were offered to collectors, including the bases ($7,500 each), 30 balls used during the game ($2,000 each, unsigned), and even Jeter’s sweaty socks ($1,000). Steiner had also collected five gallons of dirt (under supervision, to assure authenticity), and uberfans can buy half-ounce containers of clay walked upon by Jeter during the game (from the shortstop area and the right-hand batter’s box) for a not-dirt-cheap $250 each. Compelling Explanations Military veteran Joshua Price, 26, was arrested in March after police in a Chicago suburb found child pornography and 1,700 photos of dismembered women on his computer, but at a court hearing in May, Price explained that his photographs were a necessary escape from warrelated trauma. In fact, Price told prosecutors that were it not for the distracting photos, his stress disorder would surely have caused him to kill his wife and two daughters. (Prosecutors accepted that Price’s crime was a “cry for help,” but the judge, less impressed, quadrupled Price’s bail, to $1 million.) Unclear on the Concept: (1) The initial explanation by Melvin Jackson, 48, upon his arrest in June for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in Kansas City, Mo., was to deny that he would ever do such a thing. Rather, he said, “I thought the lady was dead.” (2) The initial explanation by Thomas O’Neil, 47, upon his arrest in Wausau, Wis., in June for criminal damage to property (breaking into a neighbor’s garage and defecating on the floor) was to claim that he thought he was in his own garage. Democracy in Action! Emerging democracies typically exhibit growing pains as they develop stability. For example, in July in Afghanistan’s parliament, one female legislator attacked another with her shoe (and then dodged the second lady’s flying water bottle before colleagues separated them). Older democracies, however, act more maturely except perhaps in California, where in June, an Italian-American legislator got into a shoving match with a colleague whom he thought had made a “Sopranos”-type slur about recent legislation. And in the mature democracy of Wisconsin in June, one state Supreme Court justice was accused of roughing up another (though who started it is in dispute) as the justices privately discussed a case. Ironies Budget cuts forced the closure of two of the three firehouses in Chillicothe, Ohio (pop. 22,000), and even that station failed a state fire marshal’s inspection in March. Because the
station’s own alarm system was broken, the chief was required, until the new system is installed, to assign one firefighter per shift to be on full-time patrol at the station, walking around the grounds constantly, upstairs, downstairs, looking for fires. Run That by Me Again: (1) In New Orleans in July, Thomas Sanders, 53, pleaded guilty to murdering a 12-year-old girl. According to the neighboring state of Mississippi, Sanders has been dead for 17 years (having been ruled deceased in 1994 on petition of his parents, brother and ex-wife). (2) In July, the city of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., agreed to pay $195,000 to settle a lawsuit in which six people claim they were strip-searched unlawfully by police. Four of the six were stripsearched during a raid at the Biggins Gentleman’s Club, where they work as strippers. Easily Offended Norris Sydnor III’s $200,000 lawsuit against Rich’s Nail Salon of Landover, Md., for “humiliate(ing)” him last December is scheduled for trial as News of the Weird goes to press. Sydnor was upset that males have to pay $10 for a manicure but females only $9. John Luckett filed lawsuits on 11 different complaints earlier this year against the Las Vegas arcade Pinball Hall of Fame, claiming that he was wrongfully barred from the premises for obnoxiously complaining about out-of-service machines, especially “Xenon,” which he says he has mastered so well that he can play almost indefinitely on an initial 50 cents. Among the damages requested, Luckett is demanding $300 for each “therapy” session he might have to undergo to overcome the trauma of being ejected. Luckett has filed more than 40 lawsuits in his role of, as he put it, avenging people’s attempts to “screw” him.
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Should’ve Kept Their Mouths Shut According to a bailiff, convicted car thief Thomas Done, 33, spent almost a half-hour at his June sentencing “shucking and jiving” Ogden, Utah, Judge Michael Lyon before finally finagling probation (instead of 15 years in prison) by expressing parental love for his young daughter and blaming his recidivist criminality on his girlfriend’s infidelity. However, literally seconds after Judge Lyon announced probation, Done, noticing his girlfriend in the courtroom, made a gun-triggering motion with his thumb and fingers and said, “Boom, bitch.” A bailiff reported the gesture to the judge, who declared Done in violation of his brand-new probation and ordered him re-sentenced. Initially, all Jay Rodgers wanted was for the fellow Atlanta gas station customer to say “thank you” when Rodgers held the door for him, but the man remained silent, and Rodgers pressed the issue, confronting him and even following the man out to his car where the man pulled a gun and shot Rodgers in the abdomen, sending him to the hospital for nine days. (Interviewed on WSB-TV in May, Rodgers resumed nagging the man, urging him to “do the right thing” by turning himself in.) encore | july 20-26, 2011 | www.encorepub.com
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a tribute to women: ‘Steel Magnolias’ goes drag
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a suspension of disbelief before seeing a play. However, with his take on “Steel Magnolias,” Steve Vernon is stretching that liberty a little further. The director’s version of Robert Harling’s beloved story of six tight-knit Louisianan women keeps all of its elements intact. Only, Vernon adds more testosterone to the mix. encore sat down with the director after his recent closing of Shakespeare on the Green’s “Much Ado About Nothing”—another play in which he bended gender roles significantly—to find out about the show’s transformation. encore: How did the concept of doing an all-male version of ‘Steel Magnolias’ originate? Steve Vernon: Actually, 10 years ago me and [my theater company partner] were joking around, and I said, ‘Let’s do an all-male drag version of ‘Steel Magnolias.’’ For the next couple of days, we kept thinking about it and said, ‘Why not give it a try?’ That’s how it came about: a drunken dare. e: Are you a fan of the movie, and did you have to tinker with the script to adapt it to your vision? SV: To be honest with you, at the time I had not seen the movie (I still haven’t seen the movie)! I knew the gist of it. When I read the script for the first time, I was very blown away by how well written [it] was, how wonderful of a story it is, and how strong those characters are. We have followed the script 100 percent. We haven’t changed dialogue, location or the gender of the characters—the characters are all still women. It just happens to be men who are playing them. e: The story has a few tear-jerking scenes. Was it hard to convey the dramatic elements while adhering to the obvious tongue-in-cheek quality of your version? SV: This is my third time directing the show. I did it 10 years ago at City Stage, five years ago in Chicago and this time [again] at City Stage. Each time, I tell the actors from the get-go that the only way to do it right is to follow the emotional path that the script takes. There are some very funny moments in the show that become funnier because the audience’s awareness of the fact that it’s men in drag, but the emotional depth and the emotional satisfaction that
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one should get from the show is still intact. We play them as honest and truthfully as possible. e: Is there a shift in dynamic, directing an all-male cast versus directing both genders? Are there other plays of which you’d like to pursue an all-male or -female version? SV: It’s kind of weird. At times I find myself talking to them as men and other times, during the rehearsals, I find myself talking to them as women. I think for my next project [I’d like to do] “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and make the inmates all women, but keep [Nurse] Ratched a woman to explore the mother-daughter dynamic, and the dominating female and inferior female dynamic. e: What is your fascination with switching gender roles in plays, a la Shakespeare’s recent run. Are you trying to pander to the audience’s views/ideas on sexuality and sexism? SV: I don’t think it is so much as ‘pandering’ as it is an exploration of what gender roles have been and are becoming in our society. There has always been an assumption of what male and female roles exist, both onstage and off, especially emotionally. Both men and women are at times constrained as to what they are allowed to feel (or at least to show what they feel). In neither show have I been interested in sexuality being a theme, but more so the idea of gender (which is a physical state to be sure, but also in some cases a psychological and emotional state that has nothing to do with sexual orientation) and how gender affects the ways that we behave (both positively and negatively). So in that respect, sexuality is not really an important driving force behind the two productions. Sexism, however, is an underlying element, whether directed at men or women. If you think about it, all these guys are doing is playing characters, which actors do all the time. They’ve done their homework as far as how to portray women in these situations. It’s actually kind of stunning to see men be able to reach the emotional depth that we usually associate with women—because men stereotypically aren’t very emotional or don’t show their emotion. As a director, I am interested in providing actors and ac-
tresses an opportunity to broaden their range . . . and by extension emotional qualities that may be alien to them to some extent due to gender roles that society places them into. Personally, my fascination with exploring the theme as an artist is just a desire to evolve and explore my creative growth. I have been anchored to other themes in the past for periods of time, and this just happens to be the most current. e: What do you expect of your audience? SV: Hopefully, audiences are entertained (that is the most important aspect of presenting most theatre after all)! I found from the past two productions so many people told me that after two minutes, they completely forgot they were watching women onstage because we’re not camping it out; it’s not a drag show. It really is six actors playing complex roles. You can’t look at any of the characters in ‘Steel Magnolias’ and say, ‘Oh, she’s just a woman!’ or ‘She’s one-dimensional.’ They all have very complex arcs. Audiences tend to walk away pretty amazed at how quickly they forget they’re watching men. e: Was it difficult to find actors to take on these genderreversed roles? SV: I don’t know what it says about actors in general in this town, but you offer them a chance to put on a dress, and they don’t bat an eye. [Laughs.] They’ve all been real champs about it. It’s a very layered performance for all these actors. e: I imagine it’s pretty liberating. SV: It is. At one point I’ve heard all of the six actors make that very comment. I’ve had people in the past tell me, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this, you’re taking roles away from women.’ I respect those opinions, but how often do men get to explore these emotions onstage? It’s very rare. It gives each of us a chance to explore women and pay tribute to them. The story behind ‘Steel Magnolias’ is that Robert Hartling wrote it because his sister died young; it’s about his sister and his mother and their friends going through this tragedy. He wrote it as a tribute to the women in his life, and we look at it as this is our way in the same spirit to pay tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and significant others.
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twist of lime: New artist collective debuts at Bottega
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metal artist Melina Reed draws creative ideas from her day job as an aspiring English professor. Most of her melded masterpieces contain script of some kind, while the other elements work together to complete the expression. Reed says her jewelry is an extension of herself. “Metalwork reflects a marriage of opposites,” Reed said recently on the Atomic Lime Project (ALP) official blog, www.atomiclimeporject.com. “Connecting the warm tones of emotion, words and memory to the cool tones of metal. Within each piece is a universe, assigned meaning by its wearer.” Reed found the ALP in May when she was looking for both a creative family and a way to become more disciplined as an artist. After joining the group, she took to the website to blog about her jewelry, her life and her goals as an artist. “As the newest member, I’ve spent some time giving our readers a chance to get to know me better,” she told. Reed is one of four artists in the collective, along with Justin K. Bernel, Eric Justin White and Justin Campbell. Aside from the obvious “Seinfeld” references, Reed says
s by Lauren Hodge e Project The Atomic Lim . - 9 p.m. Fri., 7/22, 6 p.m Wine Bar Bottega Ar t and eet 208 N. Front St eproject.com www.atomiclim she and the three Justins share a unique bond. “The Atomic Lime Project is like a family,” she said. “We all share together, work together, and continually feed each other with ideas.” White and Bernal are the founding members of ALP. They met as art students four years ago at ECU, and the idea for an artist collective became a frequent topic of conversation between them. White, the sculptor of the bunch, who now works as an art teacher, says Bernel wanted to focus on how to make a living as an artist. The answers seemed to be support and growth. “[Bernel] presented me with some ideas he had about marketing and promotion, and how to really be successful as artists once we got out of college,” White said. “One of
MASTER MIXER: Copper and glass mixed media charm by Melina Reed. Photo courtesy of the artist.
those ideas was to band together with other artists and break from the usual trend of trying to make it on your own.” The project was still in the beginning stages when Bernel and White discovered Campbell, a fellow ECU student. From there, the collective’s name and mission spawned. Now as a foursome, the members claim that everyone has an equal say in the group’s decisions, each bringing something unique to the table with their personalities, talents and artistic visions. “Everybody kind of has the same role,” Bernel, a furniture designer, added. “It’s very democratic. If we want to do a show or add
someone to the group, it goes through everyone first.” Furthermore, the group holds each member accountable for keeping up with their collections. “Everyone is expected to make pieces as often as they can and explore their creativity.” Making a premiere this weekend at Bottega Art and Wine, with a performance by local band Charlie the Horse, the group agrees that what makes this exhibit special is proof that they are all pushing each other to be new and fresh. For Bernel, his show will include charcoal drawings, a venture that he only recently began. With only three complete, he hopes to finish a series of 10. “The portraits are a visual representation of people trying to fit one aspect of their daily lives into a tight space,” he said. Likewise, the ALP wanted to plan more than a typical art show, which aims at getting those little red stickers on the wall. An introduction to the community is most important to them at this juncture. They want to meet their patrons and find out what makes them tick. “The opening will not be your standard ‘look at my stuff and buy it,’” she said. White emphasizes this show as a crucial first step for the foursome. Though they all have impressive individual résumés, that sense of an art family depends on being able to make a collective presentation. “This will be the first chance for people to see us in our entirety,” White claimed. “There’s also a lot of new work that was created just for this show that’s never been seen before. “
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