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LIVE LOCAL, LIVE SMALL: Gwenyfar Rohler interviews District 19 candidate Marcia Morgan

cancer and reproductive issues, GenX has been left unregulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and consequently has left residents of my district and others at huge risk.


Public knowledge of the contamination is nearing the one-year mark. Yet, in almost one year’s time, the NC GA has been unable to pass legislation that updates drinking water standards, fully funds state agencies to set and enforce standards, and holds polluters accountable. With more than eight months until election day, I implore current leaders in the NC House and Senate to come together now. Do not wait for new leadership in November— put the health of our district first! When I arrive in Raleigh, I will continue the work I am hopeful current legislators will finally begin—the work to protect the right of my district and all North Carolinians to clean drinking water, the work to fund the DEQ, to amend or pass common-sense legislation, and to protect the environment and put our health above the bottom line of the polluters. e: Public education is of paramount importance. What do you plan to do in the NC House to improve it in NC? What issues need to be addressed?

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ncore continues 2018’s election coverage. With the filing deadline having just passed, coming upon us next is the NC primary election on Tuesday, May 8. This week Marcia Morgan, candidate for District 19 of the NC General Assembly, shares her thoughts on some of the issues at stake. encore (e): Why is it important for you to seek office now? Marcia Morgan (MM): I’ve been blessed with an amazingly rich professional life. As a former educator and retired Army colonel, I have devoted my life to educating and protecting others. Although I had not considered state politics to be my “next career move,” I have become increasingly dissatisfied with current leadership at the NC General Assembly (NC GA). In talking with residents throughout District 19, my frustrations with the NC GA are shared—folks like the single

mom in Myrtle Grove working two jobs, yet still struggling to provide for her family; the students at UNCW’s Watson School of Education second-guessing their noble choice to teach the youth of NC; and the family of five living in Pine Valley buying bottled water because they are frightened to give GenX-tainted tap water to even their family pets. These are real issues that require real leaders willing to work tirelessly, and across party lines, for real solutions. e: Please, explain to us your plan for addressing GenX. MM: Clean drinking water is not a luxury; it is a right. For decades tens of thousands of residents in New Hanover and Brunswick counties have been drinking water contaminated with GenX, an acid used to make Teflon, Gore-Tex, fast-food wrappers, and other products. Linked to health problems, including

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MM: NC was once known as the South’s “education state.” As a leader in education, we were a state of many firsts: the first to expand teachers’ contracts to 10 months to allow for planning and training; the first to offer full-day kindergarten, as well as a reading program for grades first through third; and the first to hire teacher assistants for every classroom from kindergarten through third grade. NC also spearheaded innovative schools and programs, like the NC School of Science and Mathematics, and former Gov. Jim Hunt’s signature Smart Start program. Despite once being a forerunner in education, recent leadership in the NC state legislature has denied the key principle from our legacy of firsts: the belief that investing in the education of our children is an investment in our future. We must return to this fundamental belief before more damage is done. We must once again support our students by providing them the resources and environment necessary for success. We must attract and retain the best and brightest teachers by investing in them. We must offer competitive salaries that increase annually with experience and reward those with postgraduate degrees and/or National Board Certification. We must establish effective mentoring programs for new teachers and evaluation procedures for all teachers,

while fully-funding opportunities for professional growth. To do this, we must refrain from prioritizing tax cuts over education. We must revisit the school-voucher program and insist on greater accountability for school choice programs. Just as we have a duty to protect and serve the thousands of children attending our public schools, we also have the duty to protect and defend our teachers—the second largest workforce in New Hanover County. As a former educator, I know how important it is. We cannot get it wrong. Our future depends on it! e: What are your thoughts on the Skyway Bridge? NCDOT says it is still part of future planning. MM: As our area continues to grow, we must continually look for economical yet environmentally-responsible ways to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely for our residents and visitors. The proposed Skyway Bridge or Cape Fear Crossing may be a viable way to do that. I would want to review the draft environmental impact study coming out in fall and take a closer look at the economic, human and development implications on both sides of the river before coming to any final decisions. e: What are your thoughts on proposed passenger rail service to our area? MM: There is no doubt a passenger rail service to southeastern NC would have a significant and likely positive impact on our district’s economy. Not only would it provide residents of my district an alternative to standard car travel to and from Raleigh, it would make it easier for folks from our state’s capital, and from possible connections in Goldsboro and Fayetteville, to enjoy our beaches, our riverfront, and everything in between—and spend their dollars here. Although I am enthusiastic about seeing the return of passenger rail to Wilmington, I will need something more than the Passenger Rail Study to understand the complete economic and environmental impact, as well as the source of funding for such an undertaking. e: Deb Butler introduced a bill for NC to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. What is your position on ERA? In your opinion, how is NC doing protecting the rights of all citizens? What would you do in the NC House to improve the situation? MM: Equality for all is one of the themes of my own campaign. It is something about which I feel strongly and, as such, I fully support Deb Butler’s introduction of the bill to ratify

the Equal Rights Amendment.

The capped incentive program put in place in late 2017 is moving in the right direction, Under the control of the GOP, the NC GA but we need to do much more. When I’m has been leading the race to the bottom when elected to the NC House, I’ll vote to reinstate it comes to protecting the rights of all citizens. The passage of unconstitutional voter ID laws the general tax-incentive programs that led to and racially gerrymandered voting districts Wilmington becoming a leader in the film inearned the state an election integrity score of dustry. State and local officials have offered just 58 out of 100 on Harvard’s 2016 Election incentives to businesses and industries that Integrity Project, leading one author to declare bring far fewer jobs, with far more concerns, NC was “no longer classified as a democracy.” especially environmental. Every chance I get, Additionally, women and members of the I’ll support a sustainable industry we know LGBTQ community are victims of the NC GA’s boosts the local economy across the board refusal to protect the rights of all citizens. The GA’s assault on women’s access to healthcare over businesses that don’t make good neighand the passage of the embarrassing and ill- bors, like a gypsum plant that promises to hire informed HB2 “bathroom bill,” among other 51 people but could potentially release nearly transgressions, really leaves NC citizens feel- two tons of formaldehyde into the air. ing dehumanized. e: What steps can our NC GA take to What would I do in the NC House to im- prepare for natural disasters? How do you prove the situation? That’s easy: Treat all hu- plan to address climate change issues and man beings equally, regardless of gender, colits impact on NC citizens’ daily lives? or of skin, who they love, who they pray to (or don’t), or how much money they make. District MM: Several factors need to be considered 19 deserves a representative who will listen as we face the likelihood that southeastern to and protect the rights of all. By supporting NC will experience a superstorm like Harvey Rep. Butler’s bill and leading the General As- and Irma. With dated infrastructure on the sembly to its passage, our country is one state one hand and continual development on the closer to amending the U.S. Constitution to other, it is going to be a challenge of funding include the ERA. and patience for New Hanover County and my e: What is your position on gerrymandistrict. dering and voter ID laws? In advance of the storms, it will be critical MM: Gerrymandering, no matter which party is responsible, is wrong. Anything that pro- the assembly work with local municipalities motes one citizen’s vote counting more than to find ways to minimize damage. Projects his fellow citizens’ is detrimental to the spirit of aimed to increase coastal resiliency will be democracy and the democratic system. Voter key in moving forward. With the use of innoID laws are similarly detrimental. Since voter vative technology and advances in engineerfraud is not a valid issue, then it’s obvious the ing, citizens and municipalities can minimize true intent of such laws is to discourage and the threat to life and property. Reconsidering disenfranchise African-American, Latino, and building codes and best land use practices even elderly voters from exercising their Conare an important part of the equation, as are stitutional right. stormwater retention and redirection. When I’m elected as the District 19 repreOne economic concern for all of us in eastsentative to the NC House, I’ll work to fight for the rights of every citizen to have their voices ern NC is skyrocketing cost of flood insurheard and their votes counted. When work- ance—a necessity if we hope to rebuild after ing on the redistricting process, I will maintain major storms. We must fight for fair assessa constituent-first focus, and urge my col- ments when compared to the amount of inland leagues to establish a neutral commission to flooding and lower rates offered. Recently, our redraw district maps without party and racial bias, ensuring that we create districts that are rates went up while inland rates were going legal and make sense to our citizens. In short, down. We need to review the models being I will put my constituents’ needs first rather used and take a hard look at how rates are set. than worrying how a change to a district will Ahead of an approaching storm, hurricane impact my position in the legislature. preparedness must be a part of the packe: Is there a future for reclaiming our film age, including educational outreach, accurate industry? predictive models, robust communication caMM: Yes—it brought so much to the econo- pabilities, and efficient state and local plans my of Wilmington and southeastern NC—not that deal with evacuations and the safe return only in terms of jobs for our citizens but also in of citizens. We must properly budget for allspending at local businesses, tourism dollars hazards preparedness funding to be able to and more. The successful general-tax incenrecover as quickly and completely as possible tive program that led to $377 million in movie and TV spending across the state in 2012 was following a disaster. A 2016 special report listfollowed by the devastating grant-based pro- ed NC as the fifth least prepared state, which gram, which all but nailed the doors shut on is alarming in light of the probability of hurrithe industry here. canes in this area. THANK YOU READERS! for voting us


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John Wolfe follows the fight against offshore drilling along NC’s coast


are tables set up by Oceana, the Coastal Federation, and the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. All have literature scattered on them, but the Surfrider table boasts a black boxy model of an oil derrick, the size of a large steamer trunk, which has been signed in silver Sharpie by people up and down the East Coast who are opposed to offshore drilling. It’s surface is more silver than black from all the signatures. Dana Sargent, who is running the Surfrider table, tells me it just got back from South Carolina yesterday.


ight now 50 people and I are swaying in the back of a bus, roaring 75 miles per hour away from the ocean. Mostly, they are retirees and college students, but there are a few working professionals who took the day off—including this one messy-haired writer from your favorite weekly alternative. Many of us are wearing blue T-shirts with “coastal defender” scribbled across them. Two other buses from the coast, one from Morehead City/New Bern area, and another from Nags Head, have been chartered by the NC Coastal Federation. Our coastal convoy is going to Raleigh to attend the only public meeting of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). It’s tabbed an information session and “public comment” period, regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to open up 90 percent of American waters to offshore drilling. Where better NO TO DRILLING: Many gather to oppose to give information to and receive com- offshore drilling in Raleigh last week. Photo by ment from the coast than on a rainy Mon- John Wolfe. day afternoon, 130 away from the beach? For many reasons, it is bad news. The Before we left Wilmington, Mike Giles of the Coastal Federation called the trip “our biggest of such is the reality of anthrochance to bring the coast to the media and pogenic climate change, which tells us if elected officials in Raleigh.” The bus rid- we exceed our already-too-rapid warmers cheered and shouted, “No drilling off- ing of the climate by more than 2 deshore!” “Not off our coast!” During the ride, grees Celsius, we can expect disaster on I read Executive Order 13795, which Pres- several fronts, including sea-level rise, ident Trump signed in April of last year. It an increased frequency and intensity of directs the BOEM, in order to “implement hurricanes, and staple crop failure. The an America-First offshore energy strategy,” accelerated pace of warming is known to to revise the schedule of proposed oil and be caused by the emission of CO2 and gas lease sales off the coast of the U.S.— other greenhouse gases from the human combustion of fossil fuels. As I’ve written not just NC, everywhere. before in encore, we already know the loThe National Outer Continental Shelf cation of enough oil reserves, which will, Oil and Gas Leasing Program is usu- if extracted and burned, cook the planet ally developed by the Department of the five times over. Interior every five years, but instead of Why, oh why, would we look for more waiting until 2022, Trump’s order has a still? new plan in development now—and if passed would go into effect next year in Sometimes, though, the bigger the rea2019. The executive order reads like an son not to do something, the harder it is to oil company’s wet dream, with a “stream- see. So, we’ll focus, for now, on stopping lined permitting approach” for seismic it on our coast, for our tourism industry, testing and allowing companies to drill in for our fishing industry, for our health and previously protected marine sanctuaries our safety, for our seafood and our wetif they find anything (so what’s the point lands and our marine mammals and for of a sanctuary?). Energy, as far as the all of the hundreds of thousands of birds executive order is concerned, seems to who use our eastern corridor in their bitranslate directly into “oil.” yearly migratory patterns, who land on 6 encore | march 7 - march 13, 2018 |

our sandbars and pluck finger mullet and killifish from our clear waters. We’ll stop it for the children who will inherit the planet one day. For the simple fact you can’t unspill something. For the precautionary principle—and because I like to fish, surf, and sail, damnit. When we arrive at our destination, the North Raleigh Hilton on Wake Forest Rd., the news cameras are rolling. A surging wave of human voices come together as we exit the bus: “protect our coast.” It repeats, over and over. Everyone gathers in a scrum in front of the hotel’s awning in the drizzle, waving signs: “Our Beloved Sea: Millions of Years to Create, One Reckless Day to Destroy,” “Don’t Drill NC,” “Keep it in the ground.” One particularly inventive sign has a dinky plastic shovel like children use to build sand castles, mired with a black fabric which flutters in the light breeze. “Ew, Daddy—what’s this?” reads the caption. Inside the hotel, we walk into a ballroom where the rally will be held later in the evening. There are about 200 people here already, with more on the way. A stage and a field of folding chairs occupy the far side of the room; in the middle are tables where dread-headed children are coloring in pictures of dolphins and other people are making protest signs. Markers and poster paper have been provided: Just add slogans. Toward the back of the room

Also in the room is Dr. Kyle Horton, who is running against David Rouzer for his seat in Congress. “I’m here because I’m deeply concerned offshore drilling is dirty and dangerous,” she tells me. “One of my extended family members was one of the eleven people killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf. I’m concerned the Trump Administration is now rolling back basic safety regulations that were put in place to protect workers, [like the ones who] lost their lives that day. Dewey never got to meet his grandchildren and never got to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle because we needed to fuel our dirty addiction to fossil fuels. So I’m here standing up for our coast.” I also encounter Leslie Cohen, who is running for NC House in district 20. She references a story from her childhood, about visiting her favorite aunt who lived on the Gulf coast of Texas. “On Christmas day, we’d go spend time on the beach, which, not being from Texas, was kind of a unique thing to do. But I remember walking around and playing on the beach and then coming back and sitting on the edge of the sink, for what seemed like hours as a little girl, as my mother and aunt took dish-washing soap and scrubbed the oil off of the bottom of my feet. I don’t want it in Wilmington. I don’t want it for our beaches, and as a parent, I know I wouldn’t want to vacation somewhere where it’s going to be the experience.” Both Horton and Cohen agreed clean, renewable energy, like wind and solar, was the way ahead. North Carolina’s coastal economy is heavily reliant on industries, like fishing, tourism and recreation; a clean and healthy coastal environment is a pre-requisite for the industries, which support around 51,000 jobs and generate nearly $3 billion in

GDP for our state. BOEM’s estimates 2.41 billion barrels of oil off the mid-Atlantic region off NC’s coast. Sounds impressive, but the U.S. consumes roughly 19.69 million barrels per day. Essentially, all the oil off our coast would only power the nation for 122 days. “Why would we risk a lifetime of damage to our coast for hundreds of days of U.S. oil supply?” Dr. Horton. Cohen asks. “We need long-term solutions to ensure our energy independence and national security. In what universe does that make sense?” New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple chimes in with a “no” to oil drilling and seismic testing, too. “For me, a lot of it is simply economic,” he tells. He also expresses concerns about NC’s position in “Hurricane Alley,” and how oil rigs and pipes might be negatively affected by our frequent storms. “Hurricanes Rita and Katrina left over 100 oil platforms destroyed or heavily damaged. And what you didn’t see— what didn’t get as much press—was the 450 underwater pipes that were either broken or ruptured, and that envi-

ronmental damage continues for a lot longer, after the press have all left, to cause further woes for those people down there.” Add to it the fact we sit so close to the Gulf Stream [a warm oceanic current, which flows from the Caribbean all the way across the Atlantic to Ireland]. “[The Gulf Stream] becomes a huge conveyor belt to carry any oil spill and just run it right up the mid-Atlantic states and all the way up to the northeast. It’s not just us we’re talking about—we’re looking at something which could affect all of us.” “Show me the win for NC,” Zapple says. “It’s not there. So I stick with the governor on this one: Not off our coast.” Stay tuned, readers, as next week I will cover the tidal wave of information from BOEM and coverage of the rally itself. Also, if you weren’t able to come up and submit your comments, you have until March 9 to do so online at https://

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The high price of feeding desires and ignorance BY: MARK BASQUILL


ccording to an ABC/Washington Post poll, 77 percent of people say better mental health would have averted the Parkland shooting. People scream ‘mental health!’ They want to weaponize ‘Kindergarten Cop.’ I’m a psychologist. What do people want when they say ‘more mental health?’” I complained to my son as we shot hoops in the driveway. “They want you to always have a job, Pops,” he smirked as he sank a three-pointer. “Because that’s crazy.” “That would be funny, if it weren’t such a deadly joke,” I said. “Eight out of 10 scapegoat mental health,” he chided. “That means we kids are right. Crazy cuts across party lines.” I nodded in agreement. “Armed teachers?” “I’m so glad my teachers weren’t armed,” he smiled and sank another three-pointer. “You weren’t that bad in high school,” I said. “Were you?” “People don’t want mental health,” he dribbled to our driveway’s three-point line, “People want ‘Minority Report.’” “The Tom Cruise movie! That’s science fiction!” I protested. “People love sci-fi!” he smiled. “We don’t want science, mental health, or you,” he said. “Unless you can set up a pre-crime unit or absolve us of our sins.” He smirked. We have a complicated relationship with science. Science sells, and we buy it—as long as it’s designing weapons for the Pentagon, technology to make things easier for us, or a new way to get high. As soon as science slips off its narrow rails and challenges our desires and ignorance, we leave it on the shelf next to the kale and plant-based nutrition books. We’re willing to pay a high price to feed our desires and ignorance. In the ‘50s it was, “Cigarettes? Why would businesses sell them if they’re bad for you?” For the last two decades in America it’s been, “Manmade global warming? What hoax will these science geeks cook up next?” Our relationship is even more strained in disciplines concerning mental health. Decades of research find corporal punishment is a lousy disciplinary tool. Yet, everytime a young shooter unloads a clip, some genius on social media posts, “Spare the rod, spoil the child!”

Our relationship with science is downright fractured when scientists weigh in on public policy. A 1993 study by Arthur Kellerman found that guns in the home were associated with an increased risk of homicide in the home. He recommended further research. The NRA and our nation’s response was the Dickey Amendment, a small clause in a 1996 spending bill, effectively prohibiting federal dollars from studying gun violence. It’s still in effect. We scream “mental health” after mass shootings, but every administration since Reagan has helped destroy the 1963 Community Mental Health Care Act. In one sense, every kid killed in a school shooting since Columbine is collateral damage of our misplaced priorities. We basically say, “If you have serious mental illness, make sure you have good insurance, because we rejected universal health care (again) and we’re cutting Medicaid (again). Or, just stay under the radar and buy an AR-15.” In 2014 the American Psychiatric Association wrote a “Position Statement on Firearm Access, Acts of Violence and the Relationship to Mental Illness and Mental Health Services.” Its very first bullet point states, “Many deaths and injuries from gun violence can be prevented through national and state legislative and regulatory measures.” Wow! It continues: “Recognizing the vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness, the APA views the broader problem of firearm-related injury as a public health issue and supports interventions that reduce the risk of such harm.” Are you on board? If not, please, don’t scream “more mental health” the next time a shooter unloads a clip at a middle school. Maybe we don’t want cultural “mental health.” Maybe we actually want cultural pain management. Isn’t there a pill for that? Of course there is. And our opioid crisis is prematurely killing as many of us as guns. It’s a good thing the American Medical Association isn’t as powerful or immoral as the NRA, otherwise narcotics wouldn’t be regulated, they’d be handed out with crayons. If it’s absolution people seek, my “thoughts and prayers” go with them. I’m a psychologist. Our complex problems with evil and violence aren’t supernatural, they’re simply human. I’m optimistic we’ll continue to take steps to solve them. Governor Roy Cooper won’t arm teachers at New Hanover High anytime soon. Eventually, we’ll move forward toward cultural “mental health” by employing an array of science-based tactics, like taking all guns off streets and rejecting simple solutions, such as arming kindergarten teachers, and the science fiction of “Minority Report.”

all the surfaces he had used. Then he took between Paris and London. The label on the off through the back window, the same way Cuban stogie includes Churchill’s name. he had come in.




The 72nd annual Yellville (Arkansas) Turkey Trot, which took place on Oct. 14, is famous for its Turkey Drop, in which live turkeys are dropped from a low-flying airplane and then chased by festivalgoers. This year, reports, several turkeys were dropped during the afternoon despite animal-rights activists having filed a formal complaint with the sheriff’s office, saying the pilot “terrorized” the birds. But pharmacist and past pilot Dana Woods told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “We treat the turkeys right. That may sound ironic, but we don’t abuse those turkeys. We coddle and pet those turkeys. We’re good to them.” Wild turkeys can fly, but in 2016, about a dozen turkeys were dropped and not all survived the fall. According to The Washington Post, over the past several years, local sponsors and the chamber of commerce have distanced themselves from the Turkey Drop, now more than five decades old. The Federal Aviation Administration is checking to see if any laws or regulations were broken, but said it has not intervened in past years because the turkeys are not considered to be projectiles.


Could turkeys be sensing the peril of the season? Police in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, tweeted a warning to the town’s residents on Oct. 15 about aggressive wild turkeys, WBZ-TV reported. As proof, an accompanying video showed four turkeys chasing a Bridgewater police cruiser, but police were not as amused as their Twitter followers. “Aggressive turkeys are a problem in town,” the department tweeted. “State law doesn’t allow the police or (animal control) to remove them.”


In 1990, Marlene Warren, 40, answered her door in Wellington, Florida, and was shot in the face by a clown bearing balloons (one of which read “You’re the greatest!”) and flowers. On Sept. 26, Palm Beach County Sgt. Richard McAfee announced that Warren’s widower’s current wife, Sheila Keen Warren, 54, had been arrested for the murder, 27 years after the fact, and taken into custody in Abingdon, Virginia. Sheila Keen married Michael Warren in 2002, NBC News reported. (Warren went to pris-

on in 1994 for odometer tampering, grand theft and racketeering in connection with his car rental agency.) Sheila had worked for him, repossessing cars, and they were reportedly having an affair when the murder took place. While Sheila had always been a suspect, new technology finally allowed prosecutors to retest DNA evidence and build a case against her.


Zookeepers believe China’s 4-year-old giant panda Meng Meng, currently on loan to the Berlin Zoo, displays her displeasure with her surroundings, food or caretakers by walking backward. “Meng Meng is in puberty,” zoo director Andreas Knieriem explained to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper on Oct. 22. “The reverse walk is a protest.” To address the situation, zookeepers will introduce Meng Meng to Jiao Qing, a male giant panda three years older, who presumably will ease her frustration by engaging in sexual activity with her.

In Lissone, Italy, 40-year-old fitness instructor Laura Mesi made news when she married herself in late September. “I told my relatives and friends that if I had not found my soul mate, I would marry myself by my 40th birthday,” Mesi said, according to The Independent. She spent more than 10,000 euros ($11,700) for the occasion, which included a white wedding dress, a three-tiered cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. Mesi is part of a self-marrying movement dubbed “sologamy” that has followers all over the world. Her marriage holds no legal significance. “If tomorrow I find a man to build a future with, I will be happy, but my happiness will not depend on him,” Mesi declared. An anonymous collector from Palm Beach, Florida, was the winning bidder in an Oct. 11 online auction for a half-smoked cigar that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill enjoyed during a 1947 trip to Paris. AP reports the 4-inch cigar remnant brought just over $12,000 in the auction managed by Boston-based RR Auction. The company says Churchill smoked the cigar on May 11, 1947, at Le Bourget Airport. A British airman, Cpl. William Alan Turner, kept the cigar after he and his crew flew Churchill and his wife

Coroner’s pathologist Elmo A. Griggs, 75, was arrested Sept. 12 in Morgan County, Indiana, for drunken driving, but it was what was rolling around in the back of his pickup truck that caught officers’ attention. Along with a half-empty vodka bottle, Griggs was transporting several labeled totes, according to the Indianapolis Star, containing organic material. Marshal Bradley K. Shaw of the Brooklyn Police Department said early investigations showed the totes contained brain and liver samples. Griggs’ wife posted on Facebook that he “had a bad day and had a couple of drinks before driving home,” but court documents revealed he failed all field sobriety tests.


Alysha Orrok of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will head to Las Vegas in February to compete for the $10,000 prize in the National Grocers Association 2018 Best Bagger contest, reports The New York Times. Orrok, who recently won the New Hampshire competition, is a teacher who moonlights at a Hannaford Supermarket. Competitors are judged on multiple skills, including speed, weight distribution, appearance and technique.


Kenyans Gilbert Kipleting Chumba and David Kiprono Metto were among the favorites to win the Venice Marathon on Oct. 22. Instead, Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel, 25, a local running in only his second marathon, took the prize after the lead runners were led several hundred meters off-course by an errant guide motorcycle. Faniel is the first Italian man to win the Venice Marathon in 22 years. “Today’s race shows that the work is paying off,” Faniel said following his victory. Uh, sure.

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Nelly’s Taqueria in Hicksville, New York, suffered a break-in on Oct. 3, but the burglar redefined the term “clean getaway.” Surveillance video showed a man donning food-service gloves and starting a pot of water to boil before hammering open the cash register. He secured $100 in his pockets, leaving a dollar in the tip jar, then started “cooking up a storm,” owner Will Colon told Newsday. Cameras recorded as the thief cooked beans, sauteed shrimp and chicken, and helped himself to a cold soda before enjoying his meal standing up. “The way he handled that pan, man, the dude had some skills,” Colon said. Afterward, he carefully stored the leftovers in the refrigerator, cleaned his pans and wiped down


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Little Stranger heads to The Reel Cafe with ¡Mayday! and new single and programming their own works well for their sound. Compared to their debut album, “Buddha the Beast” (2015), and 2016 single “Queens of the Nile,” they’re trying to push tempo and beats per minute (BPMs) on some of the newer stuff.



ever talk to strangers … unless they’re John (a.k.a. Leaf Eater) and Kevin Shields (a.k.a. No Bueno) of Little Stranger—“brothers from other mothers with the same last name.”

“On our first two releases, we typically sit in the 78-84 BPM range,” John details, “very backbeat, laid-back stuff. It’s a fun process to mess with—seeing if we can maintain our style on a groove that has a little more pulse to it. . . . We took a few strides with the production of [‘Sing it High’] compared to our last releases, adding horns and backup vocalists to really give it a bigger sound. We also had it mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, The Revivalists, Chris Isaak), which certainly gave it a boost in production quality.”

The indie hip-hop duo started out in Philly with a more robust band but whittled their numbers to two a couple of years ago when they moved to Charleston, South Carolina. Though they moved away from the full-band crew (and remain best buddies to this day), John and Kevin struck good fortune as a duo. They’ve since been recognized as Hip-Hop Act of the Year in the 2016 Charleston City Paper Music Awards and listed as one of Out of the Woodwork’s “17 People to Watch in 2017.” “We’ve always promoted the project as a duo,” John clarifies. “So the move, along INDIE HIP-HOP: John and Kevin Shields with the ease of touring as a duo (from make up the Charleston-based hip-hop duo Little Stranger, who are heading to Wilmington with new tunes and backbeats. Courtesy photo.

sleeping arrangements to expenses), it all kind of made sense to continue as a duo— at least for the time being. Hopefully, things work out to where we’re able to bring the whole crew back together!” Little Stranger also have toured up and down the East Coast with ¡Mayday! and released a series of music videos in their wake. John and Kevin share everything from a van to a good beer, on and off stage. They even share their Charleston house, where the majority of tracking and producing is done in John’s bedroom. “The amount of time spent playing shows and living and traveling together really solidified our chemistry and vision of what we want Little Stranger to be,” John tells.

John and Kevin are poised to make 2018 a big year for their music as well. Their latest single, “Sing it High,” dropped on Feb. 23, while touring across California. Little Stranger also released a music video for “Sing it High”—shot in about three hours outdoors in Vermont’s frigid 3-degree temps. “John is basically wearing nothing but underwear, but it looked gorgeous,” Kevin says. “So keep an eye out for that!” In March they tackle the northeast and southeast U.S., including a stopover at Wilmington’s The Reel with ¡Mayday! on March 13. “[We’re] stoked to be hitting up Wilmington,” Kevin says, “one of our favorite cities in the southeast. We’ve got lots of love for the Carolinas!” “Sing It High” is off of Little Stranger’s next EP, “Styles & Dynamics,” set to release in spring 2018. The album features a mix of tracks they recorded more than a year ago, as well as brand new songs written and recorded within the last couple months. John says they’ve definitely taken advantage of road-testing the album. “Getting to play the songs on the road prior to their release has always worked to our advantage,” he observes. “You see what people dig, what works in the song and what doesn’t. We’re able to go back into the original studio sessions and add or subtract, depending on what was working for us live.”

“Sing it High” was an accidental creation back when they played with their full band in Philly. Their guitar player’s rig cut out and John had to stall. “I changed up the riff and started singing what ultimately would be the hook in ‘Sing it High,’” he remembers. “Kevin hopped in with a freestyle, and by the time our guitar player was back, the whole band joined in. We were all big smiles [and] knew we had stumbled upon something good.” While finalizing “Sing it High,” other tracks inspired Little Stranger to remain open to additional instrumentation in the studio, too. As well, the two are critical writers. They push each other, for more clever and catchy lyrics, to pair with their newfound pulse and beats. It’s a bit of friendly competition they tend to use to advance the art. “Kevin brings an energy to the live show that is easy to feed off of, [too],” John adds. “I know it’s helped me liven up on stage, knowing you have a partner up there with you who is going all in.”


Little Stranger with ¡Mayday!

Tuesday, March 13 Doors: 8 p.m.; Show: 9 p.m. The Reel Cafe • 100 S. Front St. Tickets: $12-$15 As of late the two have found classic

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Trivia Night w/Party Gras Entertainment (7pm; Free)

—Hoplite Pub & Beer Garden, 720 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

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

Jazz Piano with James Jarvis (7pm; Free)

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


Trivia with Sherri ‘So Very’ (7pm; Free)

Bob Russell (6pm; TBD; Jazz)

A Class Act (7pm; $3; Jazz, Blues)

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

—Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 11 Van Campen Blvd. —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379


Mark Herbert Live (6pm; Free; Variety)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive

—Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St. —Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Coffee-oke & Open Mic (7pm; $2)

—Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1415 Dawson St.

Staghorn Starlings (7pm; $3; Country, Folk) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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Reggae Sunday with Zion Duo (3pm; Free)

Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

—UNCW Kenan Auditorium, 601 S. College Road; 910-962-3500

—Fox and Hound, 920 Town Center Drive; 910-509-0805 —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133

Kick the Aquarium w/Roy G. Biv & The White Noise (10pm; TBD; Pop, Rock)


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

Trivia Night w/Party Gras Entertainment (7:30pm; Free)

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St. $3.50 Red Oak Draft $4 Wells 65 Wings, 4-7pm $3.50 Sweetwaters $4.50 Absolute Lemonade Cheeseburger & Pint $12

$3.50 Sweet Josie $4 Margaritas

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$3.50 Pint of the Day $4 Fire Ball $5 Mimosas $5 Car Bombs $5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas *Drink Specials run all day


Cosmic Groove Lizards (5pm; TBD; Americana) —Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St.

Full Dish (7pm; $3; Rock)

—Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.

Port City Trio (7pm; $3; Gospel)

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

Piano Jazz (8pm; Free)

—Bottega Art & Wine, 723 N. Fourth St.

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The Wright Avenue (10pm; TBD; Blues) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.

Jared Michael Cline Live (3pm; Free; SingerSongwriter)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive —Holiday Inn Resort, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.

The Kennedy’s (7pm; $15; Folk, Rock) —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Program for Jazz: Stories, Poems & Percussion (7:30pm; $10-$22) —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.

Kilroy Kobra, Cosmic Groove Lizards & The Shivers (8pm; Free; Rock)

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

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

The Kennedy’s (7:30pm; $20; Folk, Rock)

—Odell Williamson Auditorium, 50 College Road

Sunday School Underground (8pm; Free; Electronic)

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


Richard Smith & Julie Adams (7pm; $20; Folk, Acoustic) —Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.

Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133 —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St. —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 910-763-2223

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Comedy Bingo (6pm; $2)

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

Trivia with Sherri ‘So Very’ (7pm; Free)

—Local’s Tavern, 1107 New Pointe Blvd.

The Drum Circle with Drum & Dance Downtown (7:30pm; Free) —The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.; 910-762-2091

DJ Elementary (10pm; Cover TBD)

—Palm Room, 11 E. Salisbury St.; 910-509-3040


Trivia Night w/Party Gras Entertainment (7pm; Free) —Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden, 720 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Rebekah Todd (8pm; TBD; Folk)

Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

Feral Cats (8pm; TBD; Country, Rock)

The Annex Songwriter Session (7pm; $5)

—Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St. —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. Fifth Ave.

Swing Shifters Trio (9pm; TBD)

—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 910-399-2796

Alternative Vision (9:30pm; $3; Rock) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.


—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St. —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. Fourth St.; 910-538-2939

Jazz Piano with James Jarvis (7pm; Free)

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

Trivia with Sherri ‘So Very’ (7pm; Free)

—Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, 11 Van Campen Blvd.

The Jillettes (7pm; $3; Rock)

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

Tyler McKaig (10:30am; $18; Singer-Songwriter) Nick Gliarmis and His One Man Band (9pm; Free) —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd.

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Open Mic Night (7pm; $3)

Open Mic Hosted by James Jones (8pm; Free)

—Reggies 42nd St. Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St.; 910-799-6465

Mike O’Donnell (7pm; Free; Rock)


—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 910-399-2796

Kicking Bird, Naked Naps, Nonchalant Shotgun & The Pauses (9pm; $7; Rock)

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Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra & Junior Strings Concert (4pm; $6)

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—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Drive

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

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.

Extreme Music Bingo w/Party Gras Entertainment (10pm; Free) —Fox and Hound, 920 Town Center Drive; 910-509-0805



SORRY IS GONE: Jessica Lea Mayfield promotes her new LP “Sorry Is Gone” with a stop on her U.S. spring tour at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte on March 15. Courtesy photo. NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE NORTH DAVIDSON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 3/7: Elliot Root 3/8: Get the Led Out 3/9: Hiss Golden Messenger 3/14: Little Stranger and ¡Mayday! 3/15: Jessica Lea Mayfield and T. Hardy Morris 3/16: The New Familiars and Bob Margolin 3/17: Marvelous Funkshun and Ike Stubblefield THE FILLMORE 820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 3/7: Fleet Foxes 3/9: Dropkick Murphys 3/10: Nightwish 3/11: Jeezy 3/15: Guerra de Chistes 3/16: Matisyahu THE UNDERGROUND-FILLMORE 820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 3/8: LP 3/9: Nahko 3/11: The Hunna and Coasts 3/16: Chicago Rewired 3/17: The English Beat MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 3/7: The Wind + The Wave, Jesse Ruben and more 3/9: Adrianne Lenker, Nick Hakim and Molly Sarle 3/10: The Shoaldiggers 3/12: Flash Chorus 3/15: Mac Sabbath and Mega Colossus 3/16: Rebirth Brass Band and The Get Right Band

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TRANSCENDENCE UNVEILED: Award-winning painter Herb Jackson brings expansive abstracts to UNCW



ourteen paintings line the walls of UNCW’s CAB Gallery, and dominate the otherwise empty white space with onslaughts of monumental hue and texture. Fields of color, alternately subdued and blazing, are slashed by deliberate gashes of discontinuous shades. Some leave behind deep grooves, while others form raised plateaus of pastel and searing flame. Bundles of paint cling together to wrinkle the surface of some paintings, while others seem delicately pebbled—like painted pumice, exuding from what should be a canvas yet seems more like a captured slice of a long, lost fantastical desert. The only common feature among them are their seemingly enigmatic titles, all of them “Veronica’s Veil,” followed by lengthy Roman numerals. But who is Veronica, and what’s so special about her veil? I intended to pick the brain of the artist responsible for 14 vivid monuments on display at UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building. His name is Herb Jackson, and he first ventured into the world of art when he picked up paintbrushes at age 12. “In the beginning I did like all artists,” he recalls. “I did landscapes, still-lives and portraits, but pretty soon I felt like it was not as challenging as I wanted it to be. So I started going inside instead of depending on what I was seeing outside.” His newfound curiosity led him to abandon the more classical approach to painting in favor of pure abstraction—he’s never looked back since. During the late 1960s, Jackson’s desire to paint propelled him through a college educational system that initially lacked the faculties for fine arts. His urge to continue painting superseded any potential barriers, and as a result, he majored in German at Davidson University outside of Charlotte, before continuing his creative studies at Phillips University’s painting program in Marburg, Germany. He received his MFA in fine arts from Chapel Hill after returning to North Carolina in 1970. From then, he taught painting at Davidson, eventually reaching the status of professor emeritus after a lengthy career that included myriad national and international exhibitions. He also received a bevy of awards for his artistic contributions across the Tar Heel State. All of his success was the result of pre-teen Jackson’s desire to look inward,

and use painting as a catalyst for introspection.

As stated, Jackson’s paintings are anything but automatic. He spends eight to 10 hours a day focused on a small section of any given painting that may ultimately be four to five feet long and wide. His acrylic pigments are often mixed with various materials, ranging from volcanic ash to mica, as well as an occasional handful of beach sand. The fast-drying nature of acrylic paint paired with the textures added by the pumice provides a surface for Jackson to quickly build upon and scrape away multiple times throughout his daily work. The process seems just as much of an archaeological dig as a painting, and the end result is a sculptural expression of color that appears almost like a captured landscape weathered by time. Jackson believes that his careful, meticulous approach separates him from painters working in the vein of abstractexpressionism.

“Ultimately, it’s an exploration of the subconscious, but of course I didn’t think about it that way when I was 12 or 13,” he clarifies. “It’s a way of exploring mystery and wonder rather than just exploring what you see.” His expressive titles reinforce the sense of mystery. In naming his paintings, Jackson favors the evocative rather than the formalist, and the results are unusually poetic descriptions of otherwise non-representational fields of color and texture. Although a painting such as “Falling Into Night”—itself a cascade of pale pastel tones scattered across a bright orange field—depicts nothing even resembling nightfall, it’s intended to imply something ephemeral in the viewer rather than depict a specific moment. “You won’t see me saying something like ‘Sunrise/Sunset Beach’ because otherwise that’s all people would see,” he explains. “On the other hand, I reference natural things like sunrise and sunset because of the fact I like to go walking early in the morning. What I want to do is give another layer of association to the painting, but I don’t want to direct how you should look at it.” Every painting on current display is one of a sequence of “Veronica’s Veils.” Jackson hearkens to a seemingly unlikely inspiration in the form of Saint Veronica, a Christian saint noted for wiping the sweat from Christ’s brow as he dragged his cross to Golgotha. Her veil that touched Christ’s forehead bore an exact replica of his face. “You know Veronica means ‘true image’ in Latin?” Jackson asks. It is key to his work. While his decidedly abstract approach may not seem like devotional art, it’s the “true image” he’s after. When Jackson steps to the canvas, he becomes fixated on the aspect of creative expression where the artist feels as though creativity itself is an otherworldly aftereffect coming from a decidedly intangible “elsewhere.” Ultimately, Jackson believes the concept of the creative muse is a manifestation of life experience.

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SPLASH OF COLOR: Herb Jackson’s paintings exude just as much texture as color, tempting viewers to run their hands across the surface of them. Courtesy photo

“What I’m fascinated by is the mysticism involved in an image being produced without the artist having to do anything,” he elaborates. “People talk about this with things like running, when they’re ‘in the zone.’ It seems to come from somewhere else. I’m not suggesting anything about the divine there, but it’s like tapping into the creative power of the universe. You get a feeling that it’s coming from somewhere, but of course where it’s really coming from is a lifetime of experience. But the feeling that it’s magical and coming from an outside source is the human equivalent to this myth of Veronica who simply wiped her veil across Jesus’ brow and there was his image. I wish I could wipe my canvas across the wall and have the painting appear overnight, but in fact it takes three or four weeks.”

“I don’t throw or drip paint,” he claims. “I’m very deliberate in what I do. I work about 2 square inches at a time, and I build up about 100 or more layers. It’s really a somewhat different approach than the original abstract-expressionists, but they were my ‘parents,’ really. They were my roots.” The paintings in the exhibition span the course of 28 years, beginning with “Veronica’s Veil C” from 1990 and culminating in the most recent, “Veronica’s Veil CCXXXVII” from 2017. His work will be on display until March 28.


Herb Jackson: Veronica’s Veils

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Our featured art exhibit, “Synergy: Art by Catherine Porter Brown and Jeff Brown” ends on Saturday, March 10th with a closing reception on Friday, March 9th from 6-8 pm. Meet the artists. View Jeff Brown’s found-object plus luminous dreamscapes and portraits by Catherine Porter Brown, a classically trained oil painter. “Ink on Paper by Bob Bryden” & “Photographic Reflections by Harold Hodges” is a new exhibit combining the work of two artists working in two very different media. The exhibit dates are March 16 - April 28th. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 23rd from 6-9 pm during Downtown Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night. Visit with the artists and enjoy refreshments with live music by Rebekah Todd.

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

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

Over 5,000 square feet in historic downtown of thought-provoking art and fashions! Expo 216’s one-year expositions are theme-driven: currently addressing Death & Dying . Works by local artists, Joan McLoughlin, Niki Hildebrand, Chad Starling, and many more will intrigue you. Fashions such as Flatliner and The Cyclist’s Widow will stun you. Exhibits, such as The History of Funeral Care and Mourning Practices, provide an educational element. Expo 216 is a supporter of the Wilmington music scene and provides live music during the Fourth Friday Gallery Night. Expo 216 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

the walls. Original oil paintings and a selection of giclée prints available for purchase. Open daily from noon to six.

RIVER TO SEA GALLERY 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) (910) 763-3380 Tues.- Sat. 11am - 5pm; Sun. 1- 4pm

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. Current show will enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. “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.

WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY 200 Hanover St. (bottom level, parking deck)

Mon.-Fri., noon-5pm

Wilma Daniels Gallery would like to welcome the first show of 2018, The Photo Invitational: Out of the Pines. Out of the Pines features work in photography by instructors from North Carolina Colleges and Universities. Featured artists are: Erin Arsenault, Kevin Eams, Dhanraj Emanuel, and Jay Capers, Randolph Community College; Jeff Murphy, Heather Freeman, Aspen Hochhalte, and Ann Kluttz, UNCC; Rose Jerome, Winston-Salem State; Courtney Johnson, UNCW; Daniel Josip Kariko and Angela Franks Wells, ECU; Larry Lean, University of Mount Olive; Jennifer Mace, CFCC; Leigh Ann Parrish, Western Carolina University; Richard Tichich, Western Carolina University; Charity Valentine, Pitt Community College; Will Willner, Wake Forest University; Joe Young, Catawba Vally Community College; Scot Taylor and Ryan Adrick, Carteret Community College.

NEW ELEMENTS GALLERY 271 N. Front St. (919) 343-8997 Tues. - Sat.: 11am - 6pm (or by appt.) In addition to our gallery at 210 Princess


Street, Art in Bloom Gallery partners with local businesses to exhibit original art in other locations. Current exhibits at other locations include: “Between You and Me: Bradley Carter at The District” with paintings at The District Kitchen and Cocktails,1001 N. 4th Street. “In the Light: New Paintings by Debra Bucci” at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Street. “”Water and Sky” with paintings by Janette K. Hopper at Pinpoint Restaurant,114 Market Street. “Ordinary Beauty, Closely Observed: Scanographs by Susan Francy” at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 South Front Street.

New Elements has been offering the best of regional and national fine art and craft since 1985. We invite you to learn more about the artists we represent, featured exhibitions, and gallery news. We regularly update the work available online, so return often to view our many different selections if you can’t drop into the gallery.

PEACOCK FINE ART 224 S. Water St. #1A • (910) 254-4536 Monday through Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.

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‘Nine’ will awe with its impressive creative team



pera House Theatre Co. brings the Tony Award winning musical “Nine,” back to the main stage of Thailian Hall. Directed by Ray Kennedy the script is a sort of stage musical adaptation of Federico Fellini’s famous film “8 ½.” Incredibly complex, “8 ½” as a stage incarnation requires a lot of smoothing out of the story, beginning with Mario Fratti translating and adapting the script from Italian. Maury Yeston took on the monumental task of writing music and lyrics, and Arthur Kopit put together a book that creates a more cohesive story line for a theatre-oriented audience than a film-going one.







Robin Dale Robertson portrays Guido Contini, an aging Italian filmmaker in crisis. His wife, Luisa (Cindy Colucci), is threatening a possible divorce. He can’t


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seem to write a script for the film he is under contract to make and the producer, Liliane Le Fleur (Suellen Yates), is putting pressure on him in the form of threats from her enforcer (Tammy Sue Daniels). He’s got troubles with his mistress, Carla (Samantha Ray), and everywhere he goes, he is recognized and hounded by questions and demands. Frankly, it is more than one weak old man can take. “Behind every great man, there is a great woman,” as the saying goes. In this case, we meet the assortment of women who make up Guido’s life from his wife and mistress, to his mother and every conceivable relationship in between. For his wife and mistress, the two best songs that introduce both relationships to Guido are early in the show. Luisa attempts to explain how reports are hell bent on asking her nasty, accusatory questions about her marriage (“My Husband Makes Movies”). It’s not a real world he lives in or creates for others. Cindy Colucci gives us an aging actress who has spent her adult life manipulating the press to her own ends and to protect her private life. She somehow beautifully combines frustration, longing, humor, and lingering desire in a song that encapsulates so much of the unique relationship they have shared. However, don’t be fooled, Guido is not ever going to be faithful to one woman—and it is really the game, more than anything else that seems to attract him. In “A Call From the Vatican,” Carla and Guido share a truly erotic phone call under the guise he is speaking to the Vatican, with Luisa sitting in the same room. Well, it is a transcendental experience, of sorts. Samantha Ray offers a startling rendition of the dumb innocence that men who are insecure in their own intelligence and accomplishments find appealing. She combines it with a willingness to do anything or be anyone Guido wants, provided he pays attention to her. It’s not hard to see why he like her as a mistress. Her voice is unstoppable and her body is infinitely entertaining. Costume designer Juli Harvey put her in a one piece body suit, and though it actually conceals, it gives the illusion it reveals as much as the imagination can conceive.

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fallen from great heights to mediocrity. Robertson gives us a man lurching from denial to appeasement and then to bargaining when confronted with this information. Aging is not for the weak, as Robertson reminds, especially when he talks to his younger self (Wyatt Unrue).

THE MAN AND HIS CHORUS OF LADIES: Robin Dale Robertson plays Guido in ‘Nine,’ about a struggling filmmaker who has quite the wandering eye yet struggles with a muse. Courtesy photo

Anyone familiar with Fellini’s work knows the whimsical otherworldly nature that runs through his films. Both Act I and Act II find ways to incorporate the element. In Act I, “Folies Bergeres” was possibly my favorite song. It is the demand by Guido’s producer, La Fleur, that he write and direct a musical, which is what she has him under contract to do. This point of contention erupts into La Fleur momentarily turning back the clock and recreating the “Folies Bergeres” in the midst of the spa at which Guido has taken refuge. Yates is just marvelous to watch in the role. She offers elegance, grace, charm and escapism. Set against Act Two’s homage to Fellini’s “Cassanova” (a film he would make in 1976 that Dino DeLaurentiis, who built our movie studio on 23rd Street, was the original producer for) both embody the creative license and insanity per the process of making art—and that’s really the thrust of “8 ½.” Robertson’s Guido is funny, warm and as self-absorbed as a movie mogul can be. It goes without saying he sings beautifully, but the score really doesn’t give him an opportunity to show off the range he has as a singer and performer. Robertson has a voice that can soar and take the audience on an emotional journey—so, when given a chance, he will break a room full of hearts. I always look forward to his performances. It’s weird to see him in this role. He plays it beautifully, but Guido has

On the one hand it appears Guido is the lead, and indeed, the action does center around him. The choice of the actor to interpret Guido determines the course of the show, but in reality, it is the chorus of women who are central figures of the show. Individually, they have varying importance in his life: His mother (Debra Gillingham) is of greater importance and reverence for him than the German women who vacation at the spa (Penelope Grover, Roxann Hubbard, Linda Carlise Markas, Denyse McDonnell). Still, the Germans make it into his film and become both inspiration and diversion. Kennedy has stacked the stage with talent. Shannon Playl as Claudia, Guido’s former muse, Denise Bass as the taunting critic, and a chorus of women: Kaitlin Baden, Coleman Cox, Emily Graham, Sydney Marie Jones, Caitlyn Kumpula, Katie Mahn, Jenny McKinnon Wright, Elisa Eklof Smith, Sarah Holcomb, and Jordan Davis. The impact of their beautiful voices and the stunning choreography is everything I want from big production numbers in musical theatre. It is sexy, loving, vast, and visually so much more than the story. That the creative team and performers give vitality and palpability to it is truly a compliment to them all. It’s a grand stage musical to see..


March 9 – 11, 8 p.m.; 3 p.m. on Sun. Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. Tickets: $32


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Food from Dram+Morsel. Photo by Lindsey A. Miller Photography.

A Taste of Italy Antonio's Pizza & Pasta Carolina Ale House Casey’s Buffet Hops Supply Co. J. Michael's Philly Deli Jamaica's Comfort Zone La Costa Mexican Restaurant Los Portales Taqueria Munchies Okami Japanese Steakhouse RoadHouse of Wilmington Round Bagels and Donuts Yoshi Sushi

SOUTH wilmington Antonio's Pizza & Pasta Henry's Restaurant and Bar Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries J. Michael's Philly Deli Jamaica House Sports Bar & Grill Niche Kitchen & Bar Osteria Cicchetti Slainte Irish Pub

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HIGH-MINDED, SENSELESS SCI-FI: There are better versions of ‘Annihilation’ out there


A year passes and Kane doesn’t return. Lena is in a state of emotional paralysis, unable to move on with her life and struggling to find any sense of normalcy. The last shred of it is thrown out the window when her assumed dead husband arrives at their house alive and well … for about 10 minutes. Soon, Kane is spitting up blood, and government agents abduct them to a super-secret base. Lena gets brought up to speed by Dr. Ventris (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who tells her about the strange energy slowly gobbling up real estate they call “the shimmer.” A team of scientists is gathered to enter the shimmer and try to find out the cause before the anomaly continues to expand, ultimately destroying life as we know it. Until this point, the only thing anyone knows for certain is anything that goes into the shimmer never comes back.


March 7 (additional 4 p.m. screening on March 7): “The Shape of Water” comes from master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro. It’s an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and coworker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. (Rated R, 123 min.)

very so often, there’s a movie people describe as “intelligent.” Given the current state of cinema, being smarter than an average movie isn’t all too difficult. I’m always intrigued by supposedly smart films because I enjoy a movie that forces my brain out of the vegetative state most others put me in; shake off the cobwebs and do some thinking. I’m usually disappointed by cinema described as “intelligent” because 74.6 percent of the time it ends up being something dense, pointless and not nearly as smart as people praise.

Prologue: a meteor streaks across a starstrewn sky heading toward Earth. It strikes a picturesque New England shore at the base of a lighthouse. Something strange and otherworldly stirs in the aftermath. But, damn it all, it is potentially interesting. So they cut away and introduce the protagonist: Lena (Natalie Portman). She’s a university professor who also spent seven years serving in the U.S. Army— just a typical, ridiculously attractive college genetics professor and badass military-trained killing machine. Her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac), is still in the military and about to leave on a top-secret mission.

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Have you seen Steven Soderbergh’s “Solaris”? How about Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” or Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”? Or maybe Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain”? If so you’ve seen better versions of “Annihilation,” the latest high-minded science-fiction movie where the main character has some kind of emotional conundrum that directly impacts the event they’re investigating. “Annihilation” proudly saunters into this sci-fi subgenre and leads audiences into a senseless journey of pointless self-discovery.


NO ANSWERS: Natalie Portman stars in ‘Annihilation,’ not quite believable in her role. Photo by Peter Mountain/ Paramount Pictures/ Everett

What lies inside this strange field? Aliens? Predators? Zombies? Mind-altering body snatchers? A lovely garden and tea party featuring adorable tiny cookies? I won’t reveal any spoilers, but I will say this much: What lies inside is boredom—mindnumbing boredom. “Annihilation” is painfully dull—exactly a movie people call intelligent because it refuses to answer questions and forces them to fill in blanks. I don’t call that “intelligent”; I call it “lazy.” There are some cool elements; writer/director Alex Garland has crafted an interesting set-up but the payoff is missing. It’s a lot of curveballs and unexpected happenings, none of which coalesce into a coherent story.

the same kind of random dreck that bogged down “The God Particle.” Science-fiction is fun because it asks questions, but, ultimately, the story has something of an obligation to answer at least enough to leave the theater satisfied. “Annihilation” isn’t intelligent science fiction. It’s intentionally vague posturing with extremely limited entertainment value.



Rated R Directed by Alex Garland Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

April 2-4 (additional 4 p.m. screening on April 4): “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool” will be shown in Thalian Hall’s Main Stage Theatre. Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. (Rated R, 106 min.)

It doesn’t help Natalie Portman is absolutely dreadful in the lead role. Her delivery is flat and expressionless. I didn’t, for a single moment, buy into whatever her character was supposed to be. The rest of the cast delivers a hodgepodge of utter mediocrity. I liked the idea of an all-female team heading into the anomaly, but it’d be nice if any of them had any sort of developed character arc. I remember when “Under the Dome” was filming in Wilmington—and I asked showrunner Brian Vaughn what the key was to creating a successful story based on mystery elements. He replied, “Once you answer one question, get ready to ask another.” Alex Garland has opted for a story that answers almost zero questions. The entire movie ends with a shrug from our main character and a collective sigh from the audience. “Annihilation” is pretty much

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BLUEWATER WATERFRONT GRILL Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their awardwinning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday April - October. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256-8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:

balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including specialty waffles, skillet hashes and unique breakfast sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi sandwich and customer favorite, meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our favorite house entrees: Braised Beef Brisket, Mojo Pork and Mahi. All of our entrees are as delicious as they are inventive. We also have a full beer and wine list. Come try the “hidden gem” of Wilmington today. 250 Racine Drive Ste. 1, Wilmington 910-523-5362. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakfast served until noon each day! ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, Gourmet Hot Chocolates, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and Kids Menu. ■ WEBSITE:

BLUE SURF CAFÉ Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate

CAM CAFÉ CAM Café, located within the CAM delivers delightful surprises using fresh, local ingredients. The café serves lunch with seasonal options Tuesday thru Sat-

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urday, inspired “small plates” on Wednesday nights, an elegant yet approachable dinner on Thursday and brunch every Sunday. Look for a combination of fresh, regular menu items along with daily specials. As part of dining in an inspiring setting, the galleries are open during CAM Café hours which makes it the perfect destination to enjoy art of the plate along with the art of the museum. 3201 S 17th St. (910) 777-2363. ■ SERVING LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER: Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-2pm; Thursday evening, 5pm-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ELIJAH’S Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is

photo courtesy of Tom Dorgan the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:3010:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington Kids menu available HENRY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because it’s going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ WEBSITE: HOLIDAY INN RESORT Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnifi-

cent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.Sat. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: HOPS SUPPLY CO. The combination of chef-inspired food and our craft bar makes Hops Supply Co. a comfortable and inviting gastropub that attracts guests of all types – especially a local crowd who can feel right at home whether ordering a classic favorite or trying a new culinary delight! At HopsCo, we are dedicated to the craft of excellent cuisine and delivering hops in its most perfect form, exemplified by our selection of craft beers. As hops are the heart of flavor for beer, our local seasonal ingredients are the soul of our culinary inspired American fare. 5400 Oleander Dr. (910) 833-8867. ■ OPEN: Mon-Thurs 10:57 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 10:57 am - 11 pm {Serving Brunch 10:57am – 3pm & bar open until midnight}; Brunch ALL DAY Sunday 9:57am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: JOHNNYLUKES KITCHENBAR Good eats, good drinks, and great times is what JohnnyLukes KitchenBar is all about. JohnnyLukes KitchenBar serves Wilmington, NC a variety of 19 rotating craft beers on tap, a hand selected eclectic American wine list, fun cocktails, and of course, exceptional food. Our two-story layout brings the best of both worlds under one roof. Downstairs at JohnnyLukes KitchenBar pair your beer or wine with our Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop, Chicken Pot Pie, Ribeye, or one of our many main entrees and sharable plates. Or, join us upstairs at JL’s Loft and pair a beer with one of our multiple burgers, JL’s roast beef sandwich, meatball sandwich, or one of our many appetizers (we recommend both!). So next time you are looking for a new and exciting restaurant in Wilmington, NC where you can experience both great craft beer and amazing food, be sure to head over to JohnnyLukes KitchenBar and JL’s Loft! 5500 Market Street, Suite 130. (910)-769-1798 ■ OPEN: JohnnyLukes KitchenBar: Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm; JL’s Loft: Mon to Sun: 11:30am to 2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: KURE BEACH DINER George and Frankie Turner opened the Kure Beach Diner in 2012. Once located beside the old 1923 Kure Beach Pier, once Hurrican Hazel wiped out the two-story building, the pier house tackle shop moved across the lane and housed the Seaside Café. The stories of the original days and of the beach in a bygone era are still told on the Kure Beach Diner’s walls, which today is known for some of the best grits and hushpuppies around. The laid-back local joint prides itself on its old-school vibe, serving American food from morning to night. 101 K Ave, Kure Beach, (910) 458-8778 ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER: Breakfast is served 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. daily. Lunch and dinner are served 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Kure Beach ■ WEBSITE: THE LAZY PIRATE The Lazy Pirate is a place where the food will hold your tastebuds down and tickle them silly, as drinks flow like an ice cold river. The menu is delicious—not pretentious. After having an ice-cold beverage—virgin or not—you can start a culinary safari with one of

our delicious homemade appetizers. The epicurean’s adventure will continue with a main entree, ranging from stacked juicy burgers to fresh seafood, as well as exquisite specialty items. The diner’s last stop on this tantalizing trip, which is literally the icing on the cake, will come with a plethora of scrumptious homemade desserts only Willy Wonka could match. It’s all to be enjoyed inside or in our outside courtyard, where games and activities will make you feel like a kids again! 701 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, 458-5299 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: Open Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, noon - 11 p.m. through April 30, 2018. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Pleasure Island ■ WEBSITE: ■ WEBSITE: NICHE Niche Kitchen and Bar features an eclectic menu, a large wine list, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Close to Carolina Beach, Niche has a great selection of dishes from land to sea. All dishes are cooked to order, and Sundays features a great brunch menu! Niche’s heated covered patio is perfect for anytime of the year and great for large parties. And their bar has a great assortment of wines, even offered half off by the glass on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Open Tues. Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 910-399-4701. ■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: PINE VALLEY MARKET Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s 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. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE: RISE Serving up the best dang biscuits and donuts in Wilmington, Rise is not any typical breakfast spot. Our donut menu includes an assortment of ‘old school, new school, and our school’ flavors; and our buttery, flaky biscuits filled with country ham, bacon, sausage, fried chicken, and fried eggplant “bacon” are crave-worthy. Lunch is on the Rise with our new chicken sandwiches on potato rolls and fresh salads. 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. (910) 239-9566 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.- Sun. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ WEBSITE: ROADHOUSE OF WILMINGTON Roadhouse is an American-style restaurant and focuses on homemade, classic dishes, cooked to order, using fresh ingredients. They are located at in the old Saltworks building on Wrightsville Avenue and

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open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and lunch, and 5:00 p.m. for dinner. Breakfast is served 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Look for daily specials and other important information online at, or call (910) 765-1103. Please, no reservations. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 8 a.m. breakfast and lunch; 5 p.m. dinner ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: SPOONFED KITCHEN & BAKE SHOP Newly opened Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop is bringing their love for great food and customer service to Wilmington! Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop specializes in creating wholesome, delightful foods to feed your lifestyle. Please join us in our cafe for breakfast, lunch & weekend brunch. We offer coffee & pastries, great foods to go from our deli & freezer cases (appetizers, salads, entrees & sides), bakery items (scones, cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies, pies & more), gluten-free bakery items, and specialty market, cheeses & beverage. Catering is also available for all budets from personal to corporate to events. #feedyourlifestyle. 1930 Eastwood Road, Suite 105, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 679-8881. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ SERVING BRUNCH: Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ WEBSITE: THE TROLLY STOP Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a five-store franchise in Southeastern North Carolina. Since 1976 they have specialized in storemade chili, slaw and various sauces. As of more recently, select locations (Fountain Dr. and Southport) have started selling genuine burgers and cheese steaks (Beef & Chicken). Our types of

hotdogs include beef & Pork (Trolly Dog), all-beef, pork smoked sausage (Carolina Packer), Fat Free (Turkey) & Veggie. Recognized as having the Best Hot Dog in the Best of Wilmington Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Call Individual Stores for hours of operation or check out our website at Catering available, now a large portion of our business. All prices include tax. Call Rick at 297-8416 for catering and franchise information. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ LOCATIONS: Wilmington, Fountain Dr. (910) 4523952 Wrightsville Beach (910) 256-3921 Southport (910) 457-7017 Boone, NC (828) 265-2658 Chapel Hill, NC (919) 240-4206 ■ WEBSITE:


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

Reservations needed Friday & Saturday nights (reservations only held for 15 minutes)

(910) 796-8687 4724 New Centre Dr #5, Wilmington, NC 28405 www. Closed Mon. • Tues.-Fri. 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm • Sat. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm • Sun. 5:00pm-9:00pm

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like our pineapple won tons. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the most up to date information on Hibachi To Go. Always fresh, great food at a super good price. Hampstead Phone: 910.270.9200. • Ogden Phone: 910.791.7800 Wilmington Phone: 910-833-8841 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open 7 days 11am9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, North Wilmington, Hampstead ■ WEBSITE: INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: NIKKI’S FRESH GOURMET For more than a decade, Nikki’s downtown has served diners the best in sushi. With freshly crafted ingredients making up their rolls, sushi and sashimi, a taste of innovation comes with every order. Daily they offer specialty rolls specific to the Front Street location, such as the My Yoshi, K-Town and Crunchy Eel rolls. But for less adventurous diners looking for options beyond sushi, Nikki’s serves an array of sandwiches, wraps and gyros, too. They also make it a point to host all dietary needs, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores alike. They have burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as falafal pitas and veggie wraps, as well as an extensive Japanese fare menu, such as bento boxes and tempura platters. Daily dessert and drink special are also on order. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 16 S. Front St. (910) 771-9151. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 12pm-10pm. Last call on food 15 minutes before closing. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: OKAMI JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAK HOUSE We have reinvented “Hibachi cuisine.” Okami Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse is like no other. Our highly skilled chefs cook an incredible dinner while entertaining you on the way. Our portions are large, our drinks are less expensive, and our staff is loads of fun. We are committed to using quality ingredients and seasoning with guaranteed freshness. Our goal is to utilize all resources, domestically and internationally, to ensure we serve only the finest food products. We believe good, healthy food aids vital functions for well-being, both physically and mentally. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken for the specially designed “Teppan Grill.” We also

serve tastebud-tingling Japanese sushi, hand rolls, sashimi, tempura dishes, and noodle entrees. This offers our guests a complete Japanese dining experience. Our all-you-can-eat sushie menu and daily specials can be found at! 614 S College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am2:30pm / 4-10pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm / 4pm-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: SZECHUAN 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch specials ■ WEBSITE: YOSAKE DOWNTOWN SUSHI LOUNGE Lively atmosphere in a modern setting, Yosake is the delicious Downtown spot for date night, socializing with friends, or any large dinner party. Home to the never-disappointing Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp! In addition to sushi, we offer a full Pan Asian menu including curries, noodle dishes, and the ever-popular Crispy Salmon or mouth-watering Kobe Burger. Inspired features change weekly showcasing our commitment to local farms. Full bar including a comprehensive sake list, signature cocktails, and Asian Import Bottles. 33 S. Front St., 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172. ■ SERVING DINNER: 7 nights a week @ 5PM; Sun-Wed until 10pm, Thurs until 11pm, Fri & Sat until Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 Price Sushi/Appetizer Menu nightly from 5-7, until 8 on Mondays, and also 10-Midnight on Fri/Sat. Tuesday LOCALS NIGHT - 20% Dinner Entrees. Wednesday 80S NIGHT - 80s music and menu prices. Sundays are the best deal downtown - Specialty Sushi and Entrees are Buy One, Get One $10 Off and 1/2 price Wine Bottles. Nightly Drink Specials. Gluten-Free Menu upon request. Complimentary Birthday Dessert. ■ WEBSITE: @yosakeilm on Twitter & Instagram. Like us on Facebook. YOSHI Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine offers something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before. We are seeking to bring true New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! 260 Racine Dr, Wilmington 28403 (910)799-6799 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. 12pm-11pm, Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.yoshisushibarandjapanesecuisine. com


BEACH BAGELS Beach Bagels is the best spot for breakfast and lunch in Wilmington. Serving traditional New York Style Bagels is our speciality. We boil our bagels before

baking them, which effectively sets the crust and produces a perfect bagel made with love. Don’t forget about our selection of custom sandwiches that are always made to order. Try out our breakfast options like The Heart Attack filled with Egg, Country Ham, Bacon, Sausage, and American Cheese, or the Egg-White Dun-Rite with Egg Whites, Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato. Our Boar’s Head meats & cheeses are the perfect accoutrements for assembling the perfect sandwich, every time! Check out our Cuban Chicken Lunch Sandwich, complete with Boar’s Head Chicken Breast, Ham, Swiss, Pickles, Lettuce, Mayo, and Yellow Mustard. You can also make your own! Not in the mood for a bagel? Don’t worry, we have ciabatta bread, croissants, Kaiser rolls, biscuits, wraps, salads, bowls, omelettes, and more! Make your lunch a combo for $1.50 more, and get a small drink, potato salad or chips, and a pickle spear. Visit us at 5906 Oleander Drive or 7220 Wrightsville Avenue right before the drawbridge to Wrightsville Beach. Look out for our third location, coming to Monkey Junction soon!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, biscuits, croissants, sandwiches, and more! ■ WEBSITE: ROUND BAGELS AND DONUT Round Bagels and Donuts features 17 varieties of New York-style bagels, baked fresh daily on site in a steam bagel oven. Round offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches, grilled and fresh to order. Round also offers fresh-made donuts daily! Stop by Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, cream cheeses, donuts, sandwiches, coffee and more ■ WEBSITE:


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

SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Buffet hours are Tues. - Thurs., 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun., 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington


THEATRENOW TheatreNOW is a performing arts complex that features weekend dinner theater, an award-winning weekly kids variety show, monthly Sunday Jazz Brunches, movie, comedy and live music events. Award-winning chef, Denise Gordon, and a fabulous service staff pair scrumptious multi-course themed meals and cocktails with our dinner shows in a theatre-themed venue. Dinner theater at its best! Reservations highly suggested. 19 S. 10th Street (910) 399.3NOW (3669). Hours vary. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Dinner shows, jazz brunches, and more ■ 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 fourcourse meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; Seasonal hours are open 7 days a week, Memorial Day through October ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Tasting menu every Tues. with small plates from $1-$4; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; “Date night menu,” $65/couple with beer and wine tasting every Fri. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mondays and Memorial Day-October, 7-9pm THE MELTING POT Fondue is a meal best enjoyed with friends and family, so bring them along when visiting The Melting Pot. At our gourmet fondue restaurant, we provide a full four-course fine-dining treat for hungry guests. We are an excellent choice for diners looking who want to have a few drinks with bites of chocolate and cheese. No matter the mood, we have something for all tastes. The dining adventure starts with a bubbling pot of cheese, blended and seasoned table-side. Seasoned veggies and artisanal breads can be dipped into a choice cheese, while freshly made salads cleanse the palate. Entrees are customizable, and we finish off the evening with decadent chocolate fondue. What’s not to love? 855 Town Center Dr., (910) 256-1187 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: Open Mon. Thurs., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fri., 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat., 12 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Sun., 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington, Mayfaire ■ FEATURING: Fresh veggies and meats, cheeses and breads, chocolates and other sweet treats for dipping evening of dinnertime fun. ■ WEBSITE:


THE HARP Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for trivia at 8:30 on Thursdays and live music on Fridays – call ahead for schedule (910) 763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ WEBSITE: SLAINTE IRISH PUB Slainte Irish Pub in Monkey Junction has traditional pub fare with an Irish flair. We have a large selection of Irish whiskey, and over 23 different beers on draft, and 40 different craft beers in bottles. They have a large well lit outdoor patio with a full bar also. Come have some fun! They currently do not take reservations, but promise to take care of you when you get here! 5607 Carolina Beach Rd. #100, (910) 399-3980 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington, Monkey Junction

■ FEATURING: Irish pub grub, whiskeys, beer, wine, and fun. ■ WEBSITE: HOPLITE IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT Now in its eighth year, Hoplite Irish Pub and Restaurant is Pleasure Island’s favorite neighborhood spot for great food, gathering with friends and enjoying drinks. Their outdoor patio fills with sounds of local musicians on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as karaoke on Tuesdays and trivia on Wednesdays. Offering reasonably priced homemade comfortstyle pub grub, folks can dine on chicken salad sandwiches, Shepard’s Pie, Angus beef burgers, veggie burger, shrimp ‘n’ grits, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese balls, fresh-battered onion rings, fresh-made daily desserts, and so much more. 720 N Lake Park Blvd., (910) 458-4745 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Pleasure Island ■ WEBSITE:


ANTONIO’S Serving fresh, homemade Italian fare in midtown and south Wilmington, Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta is a family-owned restaurant which serves New York style pizza and pasta. From daily specials during lunch and dinner to a friendly waitstaff ensuring a top-notch experience, whether dining in, taking out or getting delivery, to generous portions, the Antonio’s experience is an unforgettable one. Serving subs, salads, pizza by the slice or pie, pasta, and



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more, dine-in, take-out and delivery! 3501 Oleander Dr., #2, and 5120 S. College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun., open at 11:30 a.m.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD DELIVERY OFFERED: Monkey Junction and near Independence Mall ■ WEBSITE: THE ITALIAN BISTRO The Italian Bistro is a family-owned, full-service Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in Porters Neck. They offer a wide variety of N.Y. style thin-crust pizza and homemade Italian dishes seven days a week! The Italian Bistro strives to bring customers a variety of homemade items made with the freshest, local ingredients. Every pizza and entrée is made to order and served with a smile from our amazing staff. Their warm, inviting, atmosphere is perfect for “date night” or “family night.” Let them show you why “fresh, homemade and local” is part of everything they do. 8211 Market St. (910) 686-7774 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. brunch, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck ■ WEBSITE:

The most authentic Greek food in town. • Gyros slow cooked on a spit • Greek salads fresh made to order

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FAT TONY’S ITALIAN PUB Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique familyfriendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Veal Saltimbocca, Eggplant Parmigiana, USDA Prime Sirloin, and award-winning NY style hand-tossed pizzas, Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Their appetizers range from Blue Crab Dip to Grilled Pizzas to Lollipop Lamb Chops. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of microbrews included in their 27-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have a wide selection of bottled beers, a revamped wine list, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s offers lunch specials until 3pm Monday through Friday and a 10% discount to students and faculty at CFCC. They have two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, excellent service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. Find The Flavor…..Craft Beer, Craft Pizza! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 11 am-Midnight; Sun., noon10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing. 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 125 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days/week, 365 days/year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Largest tequila selection in town! ■ WEBSITE:

FREDDIE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Freddie’s Restaurant has been serving the Pleasure Island area since 1995. While well-known for their large portions of classic Italian food, anyone who has dined at Freddie’s will recommend their staple item: a large bone-in pork chop. It’s cut extra thick from the center and has become the signature dish, served in a variety of ways, such as with cherry peppers and balsamic glaze. With traditional red -andwhite-checkered tablecloths, Frank Sinatra playing in the background, Freddie’s has the reputation as one of the area’s most romantic eateries. And they’re open year-round, seven days a week at 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations for parties of five or more. 111 K Ave., (910) 458-5979 ■ SERVING DINNER: Opens daily, 4:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Kure Beach ■ WEBSITE:

A TASTE OF ITALY Looking for authentic Italian cuisine in the Port City? Look no further than A Taste of Italy Deli. Brothers, Tommy and Chris Guarino, and partner Craig Berner, have been serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to local and visiting diners for twenty years. The recipes P have been passed down from generation to generation, and after one bite you feel like you’re in your mamas’ kitchen. Along with the hot and cold lunch menu, they also carry a large variety of deli sides and made-from-scratch desserts. Or, if you’re looking to get creative in your own kitchen, A Taste of Italy carries a wide selection of imported groceries, from pasta to olive oils, and everything in between. And last but certainly not least, allow them to help you make any occasion become a delicious Italian experience with their catering or call ahead ordering. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Sclafani goods, Polly-O cheese, Ferrara Torrone and much, much more!



LA COSTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT With three locations to serve Wilmingtonians, La Costa is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m with lunch specials. Their full dinner menu (from 3 p.m. on) offers the best in Mexican cuisine across the city. From topsellers, like fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, to chef’s specialty items, like molcajete or borrego, a taste of familiar and exotic can be enjoyed. All of La Costa’s pico de gallo, guacamole, salsas, chile-chipotle, enchilada and burrito sauces are made in house daily. Add to it a 16-ounce margarita, which is only $4.95 on Mondays and Tuesdays at all locations, and every meal is complete. Serving the Port City since1996, folks can dine indoors at the Oleander and both Market Street locations, or dine alfresco at both Market Street locations. 3617 Market St.; 8024 Unit 1 Market St.; 5622 Oleander Dr. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs until 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. until 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Ogden ■ WEBSITE: LOS PORTALES Taqueria Los Portales has been open since 2006, and serves street food from their heritage. It’s a perfect stop for diners looking for a great traditional Mexican dinner, with fast service in a family friendly atmosphere! The variety of meats used to prepare their tacos is the characteristic that sets the taqueria apart from other Mexican restaurants! 1207 S. Kerr Ave. 910-799-5255

Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:




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


CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD COMPANY Founded in 2008 by Evans and Nikki Trawick, Cape Fear Seafood Company has become a local hotspot for the freshest, tastiest seafood in the area. With its growing popularity, the restaurant has expanded from its flagship eatery in Monkey Junction to a

second location in Porter’s Neck, and coming soon in 2017, their third location in Waterford in Leland. “We are a dedicated group of individuals working together as a team to serve spectacular food, wine and spirits in a relaxed and casual setting,” restaurateur Evans Trawick says. “At CFSC every dish is prepared with attention to detail, quality ingredients and excellent flavors. Our staff strives to accommodate guests with a sense of urgency and an abundance of southern hospitality.” Cape Fear Seafood Company has been recognized by encore magazine for best seafood in 2015, as well as by Wilmington Magazine in 2015 and 2016, and Star News from 2013 through 2016. Monkey Junction: 5226 S. College Road Suite 5, 910-799-7077. Porter’s Neck: 140 Hays Lane #140, 910-681-1140. Waterford: 143 Poole Rd., Leland, NC 28451 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: 11:30am-4pm daily; Mon.-Thurs.., 4pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 4pm-10pm; Sun., 4pm-8:30pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, north Wilmington and Leland ■ WESBITE: CATCH Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List ■ WEBSITE: DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street

MICHAEL’S SEAFOOD’S RESTAURANT Established in 1998, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant is locally owned and operated by Shelly McGowan and managed by her team of culinary professionals. Michael’s aspires to bring you the highest quality and freshest fin fish, shell fish, mollusks, beef, pork, poultry and produce. Our menu consists of mainly locally grown and made from scratch items. We count on our local fishermen and farmers to supply us with seasonal, North Carolina favorites on a daily basis. Adorned walls include awards such as 3 time gold medalist at the International Seafood Chowder Cook-Off, Entrepreneur of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Encores readers’ choice in Best Seafood to name a few. 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. (910) 458-7761 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days 11 am – 9 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach ■ FEATURING: Award-winning chowder, local seafood and more! ■ WEBSITE: OCEANIC Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located

in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable events, such as wedding ceremonies & receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH: Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dine on renovated Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE: THE PILOT HOUSE The Pilot House Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-3430200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington

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HourS Sun-Thur 11 am-11 pm Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am Pour Taproom offers you a beer and wine festival every day. Customers have freedom to taste a large variety of craft beer and wine and pay by the ounce. Pour Taproom is in the unique 1911 Murchison Building bank located in the heart of the downtown historic district of Wilmington. The 6,500 square foot taproom offers 70 taps consisting of craft beer, ciders, and wines. The first level has 42 beers on tap and the second floor mezzanine level will have 20 taps dedicated to Wilmington-based breweries, as well as breweries from around North Carolina. The 2-story taproom will offer an assortment of beers ranging from stouts and porters to Belgians and even sour beers and ciders. Taps will rotate frequently so there will always be something new to try both locally and from world-class breweries. Find a beer you cannot leave without? Their Beer Hosts can fill a 32 oz crowler for you to take home. If you prefer wine, enjoy samples of rich reds and crisp whites from inside the original 120 square foot bank vault. Pour Taproom will also be serving a full food menu serving a variety of food priced under $10. Multiple TV’s can be enjoyed throughout the space to catch the latest sporting events. Pour Taproom is a fun and relaxing place to meet up with friends, family, and co-workers to try some world-class craft beers and wines.

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■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday ■ WEBSITE: SHUCKIN’ SHACK Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has two locations in the Port City area. The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd. (910-4587380) and our second location is at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-8338622). The Shack is the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in and check out the Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Carolina Beach Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon-2am, Historic Wilmington: Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials. Like us on Facebook! ■ WEBSITE: SOUTH BEACH GRILL South Beach Grill has served locals and guests on Wrightsville Beach since 1997 with consistent, creative cuisine—Southern-inspired and locally sourced, from the land and sea. Diners can enjoy a great burger outside on their patio for lunch or experience the unique, eclectic, regional dinners

crafted by their chef. The chef’s menu highlights the bounty of fresh Carolina coastal seafood right at their front door. South Beach Grill overlooks the scenic anchorage on Banks Channel, located on beautiful Wrightsville Beach, NC, located across from the public docks at Wynn Plaza. The best sunsets on Wrightsville Beach! The restaurant is accessible by boat! Serving lunch and dinner daily. Limited reservations accepted. 100 South Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, (910) 256-4646 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Homemade, Southern-inspired fine cuisine, with the freshest ingredients, for both lunch and dinner. ■ WEBSITE: STEAM RESTAURANT AND BAR Steam is bringing American cuisine to Wilmington using locally sourced goods and ingredients. With an extensive wine and beer selection, plenty of cocktails, indoor/outdoor seating, and beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, Steam is the area’s new go-to restaurant. Reservations recommended. Open seven days a week!, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 9 Estell Lee Pl, (910) 726-9226 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Bar: 11 a.m.-Until. Menu Bar: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:


HWY 55 BURGERS, SHAKES AND FRIES Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Wilmington— on Carolina Beach Rd.—is bringing a fresh All-Ameri-

Thank you, Wilmington, for voting Pine Valley Market Best Catering Services and Best Gourmet Store. We are grateful for your ongoing support and recognition.

Owner Christi Ferretti

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can diner experience with never-frozen burgers, sliced cheesesteaks piled high on steamed hoagies, and frozen custard made in-house every day. Founded in Eastern North Carolina in 1991, Hwy 55 reflects founder Kenney Moore’s commitment to authentic hospitality and fresh food. Lunch and dinner is grilled in an open-air kitchen, and they serve you at your table—with a smile. 6331 Carolina Beach Rd., (910) 793-6350 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. . ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Delicious burgers and homemade shakes! ■ WEBSITE: J. MICHAEL’S PHILLY DELI The Philly Deli celebrated their 38th anniversary in August 2017. Thier first store was located in Hanover Center—the oldest shopping center in Wilmington. Since, two more Philly Delis have been added: one at Porters Neck and one at Monkey Junction. The Philly Deli started out by importing all of their steak meat and hoagie rolls straight from Amoroso Baking Company, located on 55th Street in downtown Philadelphia! It’s a practice they maintain to this day. We also have a great collection of salads to choose from, including the classic chef’s salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad, all made fresh every day in our three Wilmington, NC restaurants. 8232 Market St., 3501 Oleander Dr., 609 Piner Rd. ■ OPEN: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday - Saturday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck, North and South Wilmington, ■ WEBSITE: MUNCHIES The most unique restaurant in Wilmington is Munchies. Located adjacent to the UNCW campus, Munchies provides a new take on classic American fare. Selling items unavailable anywhere else such as the famous “Fat Sandwiches”, decadent milk shakes, and fried desserts set Munchies apart, while the incredible flavor of traditional items such as burgers and wings make Munchies stand out. Open until 3 am daily, and offering dine in, take out, and delivery options, as well the choice of ordering online, Munchies is a new American classic for todays modern world. Perfect for lunch, dinner or a late night snack, and totally customizable, Munchies makes sure you get your food, your way, all day. 419 S. College Rd., Unit 35, 910-798-4999. Dine in. Delivery. Take out ■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: 12pm - 3 am daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ON A ROLL Roll on into OAR—a fusion of American-JewishItalian deli fare, interspersed in seasonal specialties with a Southern accent. Every customer will receive freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads, with the freshest of ingredients, all to ensure top quality. And when the place is hopping, it is well worth the wait. Whether choosing to dine in or take out—we deliver!—On a Roll is the downtown deli to enjoy homemade grub. Come make us your favorite! 125 Grace Street, (910) 622-2700 ■ SERVING LUNCH: Open Mon-Sun., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 24-hour catering available. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: Check us out on Facebook!


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 Buf-

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


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 UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:


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


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2018 WINNERS — AS VOTED ON BY ENCORE READERS! The annual encore Best Of awards were given out on Saturday, February 24, at Brooklyn Arts Center, in our annual celebration of 141 winners! The part was a fundraiser for DREAMS of Wilmington—the winner of 2018’s Best Local Nonprofit—which works with at-risk youth in arts education, teaching dance, music, art, media, and so much more. We are happy to annoounce we raised $10,000 for them. Over the next five weeks, encore will write about every 2018 winner and publicize pictures from the party, courtesy of Chris Brehmer Photography. Below is the list of every winner! Cheers and congrats to all! RADIO STATION THE PENGUIN 98.3

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PERSONAL TRAINER: LAMAINE WILLIAMS “The best part of my job is I actually make a living doing what I love,” LaMaine Williams describes. “I love being in the gym, I love making a difference in people lives. My job as a personal trainer is a natural thing that was suppose to happen.” Wilmingtonians who “Train with LaMaine” continue to appreciate his infectious enthusiasm and passion. Thus they have recognized him on our readers’ poll as Best Personal Trainer again, bringing his total to number nine with 2018’s victory lap. “This year’s encore win feels like it did in 2009—that was my first win,” Williams recalls. “The encore award means a lot to me and I don’t take it lightly. To win this award means I was there for the community.” Williams is an AFAA certified personal trainer and takes pride in his cross-training system, which mixes cardio, weight training, agility balance, and coordination

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to strengthen physical and psychological health. He says it’s particularly beneficial for women who are looking for a challenge without bulking up. Williams’ dedication to work can be found Facebook, wherein he strives to educate when and wherever he can doing live feeds and outreach. His website, www., features testimonials from local clients like WECT’s France’s Weller. Williams serves a wide range of clients, from retirees to professional working people, younger or older, and folks of all ability levels. He only does one-on-one training, wherein sessions are customized around two major parts to his program: There is the workout to make clients “look good” and then there’s performance.

they come to see me most important is I get results.”

At the end of the day, it’s about showing up for Wilmington—clients and soon-beclients included.“It’s about being of service,” he says. He will focus 2018 ton how the mind and body works together. “In 2017 I started learning a more scientific approach to gaining strength and flexibility,” he tells. “I will continue this path for the new year. This has been the biggest finding for me in years,” he divulges. “It feels good to still learn new things after 19 years of personal training.” To set up a free consultation with LaMaine Williams, call 910-297-3488 or email him at

Keeping folks fit on our 2018 poll for Best “I want my clients to be able to do things that other people can’t do and I want them Personal Trainer are Anita Harrell with FitMo to look good while doing it,” he states. “A lot (30%) and Rhonda Schilawski with Port City of my clientele came by word-of-mouth, so Adventure Bootcamp (24%). they feel like they are in good hands when

LAMAINE AND HIS SQUAD: Lamaine Williams of Train with LaMaine took home another Best Personal Trainer award at the 2018 Best Of Party. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography


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For year three now, Marcella Hardy has appeared on the Best Of Readers’ Poll as Best Esthetician. What does this mean? Well, her popularity clearly continues to skyrocket with readers. Why? Because Hardy continues to evolve in her skin-care offerings to Wilmingtonians—of all genders nonetheless.

sage services, anyone who receives a facial will be able to experience her magic hands with facial massages. The products she uses with the facials are often hand-made to order, even—such as March’s Lavendar and Lemongrass Facial. Hardy mixes the product with homegrown lavendar and freshly picked lemongrass, along with other organic products.

Her massage and esthetics license has allowed her to continuously train and improve her operation, which started 24 years ago. Her professionalism is 20 years strong. While she currently doesn’t practice mas-

She services a lot of clients who face aging issues and skin disorders, and can offer a skin care regimen, along with waxing services for items like ingrown hairs to help. Her long-

“I’m proud to be the first and only to offer beard facials for men,” Hardy says. “I now have a men’s skin-care line and offer beard treatments and facials.”

“It’s never too late to take care of your skin, just like your teeth and your health,” Hardy says. “Sometimes spending a little more time on yourself has huge benefits and does so much for ones self esteem and self worth.”

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GLOWING 3.0: Best Esthetician Marcella Hardy is taking home her third win in a row in 2018. She poses with Tanglez Salon owner Donnie Canady at the Best Of Party. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography

running specials is a Brazilian wax. “I offer my regular repeat clients a discount,” she says. “I have so many people trust me with their skin, and they thank me for making them feel comfortable!” In fact, careful attention to customer service means Hardy gains friends rather than mere customers. “That’s the advice I give when I speak to new esthetic class students: Treat them differently, like friends.”

She sets up shop at Tanglez on Oleander Drive (the salon was recognized this year as Best Tanning Salon, too) and admires and respects all the do for health and beauty. “I love my job, I love my clients—I’m so blessed to be a part of the Tanglez team.” Other estheticians on the poll are Crystal Romero of Sola Salon Studios (24%) and Marla Jackson of Marla’s Skin and Wax Studio (27%).

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FLORIST: JULIA’S FLORIST Julia’s Florist is all about helping folks share heartfelt emotions with loved ones by way of elegant, beautiful and unique floral creations. They convey love, excitement, well wishes, celebration, sorrow, with each gift carrying its own story.

“Consequently, we are the caretakers of emotion and truly treasure that responsibility,” Dana Cook says. “We often say, ‘We’re not saving lives, but we are sending someone’s emotions one vase at a time, so we must get it right.’ . . . Our lead driver, local bass player Jason Moore, often says, ‘I’m just delivering sunshine over and over again, it’s the greatest job a musician can have.’” Based on popular opinion from encore readers, Julia’s has been considered Best Florist every year since 2004. They’ve taken home this year’s win to add to their “shamelessly displayed” plaques which hang their fresh flower cooler.

“Customers are everything to us,” Cook praises, “and we are so proud when someone points out our [awards]. We tell them how thankful we are each year to be chosen as the recipient.” Julia’s growth over the years includes expansion to a design center directly across Wilshire Boulevard in Crossroads Shopping Center, near their anchor store at the corner of Wilshire and Kerr. It’s an updated modern facility but allows for more coolers and loading docks to account for more deliveries from growers worldwide. The move also was followed by their “Julia’s Events” showroom directly next door, where they meet with brides and event managers and planners for hand-on demonstrations and

arrangement needs.

“Julia’s customers care enough to not only send flowers but to send the very best,” Cook observes. “They don’t wander onto the internet and order flowers from a national order taker that expects you to ‘add water and arrange.’ They want the freshest flowers, artfully arranged and delivered to their loved one’s doorstep with a smile and a ‘thank you.’”

Cook’s team of sales associates, floral artists, operation managers, processors, and delivery drivers means a great deal to her business’ success. In February she had to leave her post for a family emergency for 10 days, right before what is arguably her industry’s busiest time of year: Valentine’s Day. “When I returned the team, led by operations manager Katelyn McNulty, had not missed a beat,” Cook notes. “In fact, it proved to be our smoothest Valentine’s seaFLOWER CHILD: Dana Cook and her grandson son ever.” With spring around the corner, Julia’s will soon start focusing on seasonal colors, events and holidays. Low and compact design styles have been most popular trends as of late, while the “up-and-out garden styled classics” remain in demand as well. Their “Wild” arrangement is one of Cook’s favorites: A rustic wooden box, filled with elegant Cymbidium orchids, tulips, stock, roses, hydrangea, and fragrant eucalyptus. “I just love over-arching architecture of an arrangement designed by our floral manager Wendi Fayad,” Cook continues. “We go to great lengths to offer a wide variety of styles, but sometimes I just love when our customers say, ‘designer’s choice!’ Our designers

PRINT SHOP: DOCK STREET PRINTING “Wow! I must be in the right place!” seems to be the running theme when it comes to customers who notice a business’ encore Best Of award. And when the see an array of them, its more impressive. “It definitely helps instill a bit more confidence for the customer that might need a bit more reassurance that they are in more than capable hands here,” Karl Schultz, owner of Dock Street Printing, says of his own collection. Schultz and company picked up another for Best Print Shop in 2018. “It is always a honor to be nominated and recognized for our hard work,” he continues. “Our customers are always commenting how friendly we are and they love that we are always willing to work with them to achieve the best possible finished piece within the time and budget limits that they need.” Being in the middle of a growing downtown Wilmington, Dock Street Printing does more than print business cards or copies on glossy paper—though, they are happy to do it with a smile. They have a line of services at www.; if there’s anything customers need a logo on they can get it. Plus, they offer free deliveries in New Hanover County on orders of $50 or more.

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However, Christmas and other holidays are fun, especially when asked to print unique cards inked and illustrated by local artists. “They range in artistic style and theme,” Schultz describes, “but of course the occasional ‘dirty bird’ or ‘off-color’ card always makes the work interesting.” Schultz and his team have an ear out for customers’ wants and needs. They often look for new products and services to bring to the print press when they can. For example, they now offer 13-feet-by-26-feet panoramic prints on text or cover, both in gloss and uncoated.

“With the installation of our new digital press at the end of December 2017, we are working to fine-tune some new pricing for larger color runs, as well as some specials we hope to offer, possibly as early as Easter,” Schultz adds. “We feel a few new services may be offered with its added capabilities. We’ll keep it at that for now, as we want to make sure we offer a solid service/product prior to announcing it officially. We hope to have something posted online later in the spring/summer 2018.” Printworks (23%) and AlphaGraphics (35%) also made it to press on encore’s poll for Best Print Shop.

take a moment to bask in the joy of Julia’s Florist numerous encore wins for Best Florist. Photo by Jessica Russell

really are artists and . . . they love a challenge, so some of our top arrangements are totally unique.” Many arrangements can be viewed at, with updated offerings constantly. Not to overlook all of Julia’s

non-floral specialty gifts, more relatively new options are beer and wine gift baskets.

“These are offered both in store and for local delivery, and can be paired with flowers, chocolates and gifts to create a truly remarkable gift that will make a terrific impression,” Cook adds. Other favorite arrangements on our 2018 poll come from Fiore Fine Flowers (16%) and Verzaal Florist and Events (11%).


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GOLF COURSE: BEAU RIVAGE GOLF RESORT Living in a coastal community means the phrase “tee-off time” can be heard often, thanks to a mild climate that keeps the golfers on the greens year-round. On our reader’s poll for 2018, Beau Rivage Golf Resort comes out on top among Best Golf Course. “We have big plans for the golf course and grounds this year at Beau Rivage,” GM Jake Walker says. “Our first priority is to renovate the our elevated driving range complex in the spring.”

They will reshape, relevel, and resod the course, as well as add artificial turf section, new benches, new bag stands, and renovating a few more tee boxes, bunkers, cart paths, signage, and more. Hosting more than 40,000 rounds of golf annually, Beau Rivage. stay top-of-mind because it’s course isn’t flat, so there’s more of a challenge to its players. Plus they always upkeep the putting greens and turf conditions. “The small things, like built-in GPS on the carts and promotional rates, also appeal to players,” according to Walker. A family-owned and -operated business since 2006, Beau Rivage isn’t a corporation only looking at the bottom line. They’re friendly service keeps people coming back to golf, and even eat and lodge. “Whether someone is visiting the area as a single golfer, traveling with friends or as part of a group, after playing Beau Rivage, they’ll understand why outstanding customer ser-

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vice has always been our hallmark,” Walker beams.

The resort is expanding their clubhouse kitchen space and eating areas in 2018, too, so The Veranda Bar & Grill can accommodate larger groups, often seen when the club hosts charity (like for Pleasure Island Habitat, US Coast Guard Diligence, Carolina BG, and NC Public Transportation Association), or member tournaments. Tournaments are open to everyone and include events like holiday scrambles or even competitive outings like their Winter Lone-Wolf, Spring Stableford, Summertime 6-6-6, Fall Classic and Port City Open (the latter will be Beau Rivage’s first amateur tournament ). “We also reserve a list of outings exclusively for club members like the MemberStaff, True Alternate Shot, Texas Scramble, Plantation Cup, Easy Day, Tough Day, Club Championship, Member-Member and more,” Walker tells. They round out December with a Player of the Year Shootout wherein members compete for dues credits, reserved parking spots and more. Find out more about becoming a member at Other courses attracting golfers are Magnolia Greens (21%) and Cape Fear Country Club (28%).

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HOTEL: BLOCKADE RUNNER HOTEL Blockade Runner Beach Resort hosted around 75,000 guests last year, and while summer remains their overall busiest time, spring and fall follow in close second. “Spring brings out the athletes and a long list of marathons, biathlons, paddle races and bike races,” Blockade Runner’s Karen Pennington explains. In fact, two of Blockade Runner’s spring events were named among Southeast Tourism Society’s Top Twenty Events: March’s US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship and April’s Carolina Cup Paddle Race. “Both of these events are just as much fun for spectators as they are for the athletes. With a room at the hotel, you are staying right in the middle of the action.” No matter what season, Blockade Runner offers food, family and fun to out-oftowners and locals alike. It’s likely what continues to land them on our readers’ poll for Best Hotel each year, and secured their win in 2018. Whether young professionals looking to stay beachside surrounded by trendy boutique hotel décor, groups in need of meeting rooms by day, or simply a place to relax in the evenings—there’s something special for everyone. “That, we think, is the magic of Wrightsville Beach at work,” Pennington muses. Throughout the year Blockade Runner plays host to many folks celebrating anniversaries, special birthdays or getaways, but spring holiday gatherings like Easter and Mother’s Day are frequented by locals and typically include a grand buffet. Locals often enjoy overnight packages for winter’s Holiday Flotilla, Enchanted Airlie and Opera House Theatre Christmas Cabaret too. Aside from Blockade Runner’s long-

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standing and colorful history in Wrightsville Beach, it’s become a mainstay for decades for many reasons: seaside gardens featuring beautiful flowers, hammocks, fire pits, outdoor dining and expansive lawns for playing children; Soundside watersports for all ages; sunset cruises from private docks; and restaurant menus filled with fresh local seafood, vegetables, herbs grown onsite, and farm-to-table options from local purveyors. “Chef Jessica Cabo and food and beverage director Robert Astraikis are constantly building artful renditions of classic Southern cuisine,” Pennington continues, “and presenting them in new and inventive ways. Our full moon dinners can really be an evening to remember.” With extensive renovations to 40 guest rooms (new baths, new layouts, new décor), almost a dozen new adventure packages (sailing, eco-paddle, gardens, island flavors) are rolling in for spring, too, at Their list of community events and fundraisers continues to grow as well. “Live music and poolside dining kick off in April,” Pennington details. “A variety of musicians play Wednesday and Friday evenings and also for Sunday Brunch.” In a year where downtown Wilmington has experienced tremendous growth, including new hotels with their own offerings, Pennington admits it’s humbling for Blockade Runner to be singled out as a local favorite. “We are grateful for every encore reader who took the time to cast a vote,” she says. “We’ll be working hard this year, to live up to all of your expectations.” Remaining on our top three-list for Best Hotel include Holiday Inn Resort (22%) and Hilton Wilmington Riverside (38%).

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“The spring is full of scales, tails and butterfly wings,” NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Robin Nalepa hints of what’s to come at 2018’s Best Tourist Attraction. The aquarium currently hosts Florida’s Weeki Wachee Mermaids, who are spending their days swimming, twirling and flipping alongside marine life every hour, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., throughout March 8-11. “Visitors will have the opportunity to meet a mermaid,” Nalepa continues. “Additional mermaid activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts, photo ops and autographs.” Weeki Wachee Mermaids has been one of their most successful exhibits in recent years, with nearly 10,000 people visiting the aquarium in just six days when it came to North Carolina for the first time last year. “We knew mermaids were popular; we just didn’t know just how popular,” she says. “This gave us an opportunity to entertain and share the importance of protecting the ocean. This year we have extended the mermaid visit to eight days and expanded the number of daily dives and activities.”

CROWD SURFING: Sean Gregory and Cullen Seward from the band Signal Fire (nominated in the Best Band category) accept the award for GLA’s Best Music Venue and L Shape Lot’s Best Local Band/Performer win, and show it’s all about camaraderie on the music scene. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography

LIVE MUSIC VENUE: GREENFIELD LAKE AMPHITHEATER It’s really hard to pinpoint what Best Of voters love most about Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (GLA); we just know they keep bringing home the “e” for Best Music Venue. GLA has a lot going for them: A beautiful outdoor setting, surrounded by 250 acres of lush gardens, Cypress trees, Spanish moss and critters; a 1,200-seat theater without a bad seat in the house; quality sound and performances; and relatively low cost to attend any show or event throughout the year. Dave Pugh—recreation supervisor with City of Wilmington Parks and Recreation, which oversees the amphitheater—gives a great deal of credit to close-working relationships with promoters and their staffs, like The Penguin’s Beau Gunn (also a Best Of 2018 winner; see next page).

“The most rewarding part of our jobs is watching the quality and quantity of live music in our area increase year by year,” Pugh says. “The success of the amphitheater acts as a vehicle for the overall success of live music in our area, at our facility and others in our area. It is a great job to be able to make people happy!” 2017 was the most successful year yet for GLA, with approximately 30,000 patrons walking through the gates throughout the season. It’s a number, Pugh says, they hope to exceed in their 10th year. Of all the stellar performances at GLA in 2017, GRiZmas in July run was the most successful. DJ GRiZ sold out both nights. Another sold-out fan- and staff-favorite was Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who is returning in June 2018. Despite being a late addition to the schedule, Pugh says Beats An-

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Weeki Wachee Mermaids is free with aquarium admission, and so is “DINOSAURS!”—the exhibit opening March 16. It features a 40-foot T-Rex, a horned Diablocertops and other prehistoric creatures, set to stalk the aquarium’s outdoor gar-

den to greet visitors. They’ll be aflutter with exotic butterflies, beginning April 20, when the Butterfly Bungalow returns for the season. Surrounded by hundreds of free-flying species from all over the world, visits to the bungalow are separate from general admission, at $3 per guest.

Like the rest of the NC Aquarium team, Napela is excited about being recognized for connecting visitors to new experiences. She hopes it will leave them caring more about the natural world and the animals who inhabit it. “Perhaps a child sees a sand tiger shark swimming for the first time, touches a bamboo shark, and leaves knowing we have to take care of sharks and our oceans,” she offers. “The best part of our job is when we succeed in making these powerful connections to help save species and protect the ocean.” While the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher attracts thousands of visitors from outside the state annually, local encore readers continue to recognize their services as something for their families and friends to enjoy year-round. Some folks visit weekly, while families send their kiddos to summer camp— not to mention countless birthdays, first dates, engagements, weddings, and other events they host. “Visitors recognize the dedication of our team to the visitor experience and to the animals in our care,” Napela continues. “Many now, too, recognize the aquarium cares about saving animals locally and globally, and are learning more about our conservation work with endangered Carolina gopher frogs, sharks and sea turtles. . . . [For example,] Save the Vaquita Day in July, was designed as a day of hope to help save the most endangered marine mammal, a tiny porpoise only found in a small area in the Gulf of California.” NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; info can be found at Other Best Local Tourist Attractions are Airlie Gardens (29%) and Battleship NC (26%).

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tique offered one of the most unique and entertaining shows of the 2017 year. GLA’s season is starting early for 2018, with their first concert with Chris Lane and Morgan Wallen on March 16, followed by Drive-by Truckers on March 24. “ [We are] hosting influential guitar legend Buddy Guy for the first time this year [on May 9 and] breakthrough artist Brandi Carlile will be performing [on May 11], and sold out in days,” he continues. The rest of their concerts continuously are being announced and listed at However, other events abound, too, like the Azalea Festival Garden Tour Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (details coming) and a full run of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green in June. “In addition to the 20 to 25 concerts we have each year, the amphitheater may also be the site for this year’s Carousel Center Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival in October,” Pugh foretells. Changes to the amphitheater for the coming season include more local beer options, as well as improvements to food offerings with food trucks being on site. “We’re installing three-phase power, which will allow us much more range in our production options,” Pugh says. “Improvements to the green rooms to make the facility more welcoming to the artist that play our venue are on the list, too.” Wilmingtonians also venture to Brooklyn Arts Center (14%) and Wilson Center (23%) in downtown Wilmington to see their favorite artists.

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MORNING RADIO SHOW: MORNING CHILL (PENGUIN, 98.3) The Igloo at 98.3 The Penguin is on fire in 2018, winning three Best Of awards for Best Radio Station, Best Radio Personality (Beau Gunn) and Best Morning Radio Show with The Morning Chill, featuring Kim Swinny. Swinny’s signature smoky-smooth voice greets listeners on their early-morning commutes starting at 7 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday. Swinny moved to the beach more than 16 years ago, and while commuting to Myrtle Beach to get her masters degree in counseling, she pounced on the opportunity to join The Penguin and dive into some music therapy. “Seriously, music’s power is the only thing as universal as love,” Swinny says, “and being able to share real music with our listeners and our community is a gift like no other. It truly does bring us together. Our Penguin family is something very special.” Some show staples of The Morning Chill include 10 Til ‘Trivia every weekday morning just before 8 a.m. Their “Artist of the Week” starts at 11 a.m. Swinny says they’ll also relaunch their seasonal “Desert Island Set,” where listeners essentially get to play DJ for a full set of three of their all-time favorite, can’tlive-without songs they would take with them if deserted on an island. “It goes without saying, the musician interviews are always fun,” Swinny adds of her job description. “Hanging with Michael Franti (our generation’s Bob Marley) or Willie’s rising-star son Lukas Nelson is never too shabby. But I have to say, our Local Voice Spotlight series gives us a truly unique opportunity to strengthen our community’s connectedness, by allow-

ing us to shine our light on the everyday, local folks that make our home what it is. And isn’t that what we really all want: to feel connected to each other?”

It’s pretty easy to get on board with the positive Penguin vibes. Also, they actually play music all morning long. “As crazy as it may sound, that’s part of what makes it different,” Swinny observes. “The kind of music is the other piece. Listeners get to hear favorites they can’t believe they’re hearing on the radio, and get turned on to all sorts of new music they might never find otherwise.” Swinny and her Penguin cohorts are most excited about celebrating 10 years of concerts at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater—which also won 2018’s “e” for Best Live Music Venue. They’re following a record season last year with popular shows like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and other returning favorites we often hear on The Penguin. Like many Wilmingtonians who have already bought tickets to Lukas Nelson’s GLA show this June, Swinny is pretty fired about his return to the port city. “I’ve said many times: Iit only takes once to see him and you’ll understand,” she tells. “He’s got it all: songwriting, serious guitar chops, stunning vocal skills (with a voice that’s undeniably like dear-old Dad’s and then some). Nice to know Willie’s torch is being passed on.” Folks from our readers’ poll also sip their coffee to the sounds of Foz in the Morning (Z107.5) (34%) and WGNI 102.7’s Bob and Sheri (26%).

42% votes Aside from his down-to-earth roots on radio, Gunn also owns and operates a concert production company serving Local Voice markets. He’s responsible for bringing a great deal of the best artists to The Penguin’s rotation and Wilmington’s stages. “Two artists that absolutely floored me in the last 12 months are Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real and The War On Drugs,” he offers. “Those albums rank one and two on my list of top albums.” Considering the increase in Wilmington venues in recent years, such as CFCC’s Wilson Center and downtown’s The Shell—with more to come—Gunn anticipates a lot more growth and offerings to for Wilmington’s music market. He is particularly excited about the arrival of a multi-use space included in the passing of 2016’s parks bond, which includes the development of green space, water feature, gardens, children’s area, and performance area in downtown ILM. According to, park designers have created two concepts for North Waterfront Park, which will tentatively open in fall 2019. “​The [North Waterfront] Park venue is going to be a solid game changer,” Gunn offers. “The capacity is likely to be set at around 5,000 to 6,000​, so there are plenty of bands on the wish list that have previously been too big to play GLA.”​ Runners up in the 2018 poll for Best Local Radio Personality are Foz at Z107.5 (34%) and fellow Penguin cohort Eric Miller (24%).

RADIO PERSONALITY: BEAU GUNN (PENGUIN, 98.3) “Radio personality” sometimes describes a host’s persona or character they’ve adopted for a show. Goofy voices and over-the-top sound effects might accompany the daily news or help introduce the next block of music. While 98.3 The Penguin’s Beau Gunn does not have a specific persona or character, per se, 13 years on local airwaves has given Wilmingtonians awhile to get to know him. Local listeners and encore readers trust Gunn’s voice enough to vote him Best Radio Personality for 2018.

“I am humbled to have even been considered for the award,” Gunn reacts, “and frankly, I think there are several other people on the radio locally that deserve it more than me. . . . ​I share this with every single person I work with. We are a team, and our company doesn’t exist without everyone that comes in to work each and every day.” Gunn spins the latest and favorites in Americana, soul, indie, funk, and more, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, weekly on The Penguin (voted Best Radio Station 2018). Gunn also continues to wear many hats aside from radio host. Since earning his communication studies degree from UNCW, he’s gone from sales consultant to market manager, on to The Penguin’s program director, and vice president of Local Voice Wilmington. “There are so many ‘best parts’ about my job,” he muses, “but I think the one that makes me the most happy is when we get feedback from our listeners about how a song made their day, or turned their day around. That positivity radiates through us and reinforces why we do what we do.”

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COMEDY TROUPE: PINEAPPLE-SHAPED LAMPS “Is this how Meryl Streep felt?” PineappleShaped Lamps owner and artistic director Wes Brown asks after PSL’s win for Best Comedy Troupe. It was their first ever “e,” despite having graciously hosted the official encore awards party for five years. Their witty banter, skits and punny jokes never fail as they pass out all 141 awards year after year. “We’ve always been happy just to be nominated,” Brown tells. “That recognition alone has always meant the world to us, and we were more than happy to keep going with a 7-year losing streak.” PSL has about 60 members, made up of actors, writers, general crew, filmmakers, and improvisers—and more than a dozen of which are out-of-town alum who remain active players. The helpful numbers for Brown and company means he and others wear multiple hats. Never tied down to just comedy, or just theatre, they’ll host an awards show and turn around to entertain at a kid’s birthday party.

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Brown and most of PSL players were still in college when they started back in 2010. Admittedly, their lives were a lot simpler back then, with an “insane amount of free time” to dedicate to shows. They did their live weekly sketch comedy show, “Thursday Night Live,” at The Browncoat Pub & Theatre for five seasons (September 2010-December 2012). Over time they transitioned to an hour-long monthly show, “PSL Presents” at TheatreNOW (March 2013 - December 2016).

edy show “Ladies Room 6,” March 29-31 at N. Front Theatre; “In Sanity,” a full-length original horror play written and directed by Chase Harrison, will run April 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 at N. Front Theatre; and “Old Hobbits Die Hard,” a fantasy themed sketch comedy show will debut in May.

“We’re most looking forward to bringing back ‘Cannibal! The Musical (October 4-7, 12-14, 19-21 at Community Arts Center),’” he notes, “which we last performed in 2011. It’s an adaptation of Trey Parker’s (‘South Park,’ ‘The Book of Mormon’) cult film.”

“We really pushed the boundaries with our sketches and what we could pull off on stage, and tried to incorporate our theatre background into the experience,” Brown says. “We took more time to write our HOSTING A WIN (FINALLY!): Pineapple-Shaped Lamps comedy troupe (this shows; we spent more time rehears- week’s cover models) host the annual Best Of awards and took home their first win for ing; we weren’t afraid to say ‘no’ to Best Comedy Troupe in 2018. Above is the troupe, posing with encore’s Best Of Awards PSL holds open auwhat our writers could imagine. It house band, Striking Copper. Chris Brehmer Photography. ditions for each theatre “2017 was a very big year for us,” Brown led us to be able to produce longer, production. Folks can says. “We’ve changed up our format and have themed-based shows that feel like a keep up with their shows Brown works at WECT (Best Newscast winner, been experimenting with different types of complete theatrical experience and less of just at and via social media. “We but more on them next week). Still, they manshows, so the win has come at a really great a ‘sketch’ show.” age to stay involved in the community, as seen are also always looking for new writers and time. We feel the appreciation and support from Today most everyone has a full-time job— with last fall’s larger-scale production, “Wilming- crew members,” Brown promises. “If you are everyone and it’s been an absolute joy!” ton Horror Story” at The Bellamy Mansion and interested in learning more, feel free to email The Burgwin-Wright House. They’re already us at or 40% slated to bring back the immersive, theatrical come out to one of our shows and speak with ART GALLERY: BOTTEGA ART AND WINE votes haunted-house experience this October 25-27, us afterward, we’d love to meet you!” as well as a few other shows for 2018: Improv Also laughing all the way onto our readers’ “Bottega 3.0” is how folks around town lovWednesdays at Dead Crow Comedy Room at 8 poll for Best Comedy Troupe was Nutt House ingly refer to the 11-year-old art gallery, Bottep.m.; their sixth annual all-female sketch com- Improv Troupe (49%). ga Art and Wine, that planted its roots on Front Street before moving to Princess and now landed in the Brooklyn Arts District on fourth as of November 2016. Its latest incarnation has taken Best Art Gallery for 2018, and comes with a larger space, more art work from over 100 artists, as well as events every night of the week to draw on creative people who want to hone and showcase their craft. Mondays host a “Writers’ Night,” followed by “Starving Artists Tuesdays,” “Karaoke Thurs- ART ACHIEVEMENT: Addie Wuensch accpets days,” “Jazzy Fridays with James Jarvis,” and Bottega’s award for Best Art Gallery. Photo by “Drum Circle Saturdays.” Bottega continuously Chris Brehmer Photography hosts live music as well. “One of our busiest nights is our Wednes- the ongoing appeal of the gallery to be welcomday singer/songwriter circle and open mic, ing to everyone. Their next fundraiser at Bothosted by Jake Newman,” gallery owner Ad- tega will be held April 7. die Wuensch says. “You would not believe “It’s always been a happy and safe space the talent that shows up on Wednesdays for all kinds of people,” Wuensch says, “and I here. It’s truly magical.” think there’s this kind of positive energy that folThey also do poetry open mics every sec- lows it, and attracts positive and kind creative ond and fourth Saturday, and on Sunday people wherever it moves.” Funday they host DJs in the outdoor patio Around the corner will be a Full Monty area, which looks like a garden Jean-Michel Sketch Comedy Club on March 11, along with Basquiat crafted. a local author book release on March 24 and Art hangs on every wall space at Bottega, participation in the local arts festival, SARUS, featuring every medium imaginable. Currently, with a closing installation on March 25. Plus, the front room hosts the works of Brian Ker- Bottega will have an Azalea Fest art vendor rigan and Luis Adorno, with Dennis Schaefer’s walk on April 14. work that celebrates early 19th century jazz As well, Bottega has started booking wedopening on March 9. dings in their outdoor courtyard for folks lookBottega also works with local charities, in- ing to marry their love of art with the love of cluding Walking Tall. Together they have host- their life. ed concerts in the back yard of the gallery to Other galleries taking nods include Art in help raise money for their outreach program Bloom (36%) and Eclipse Artisan Boutique to feed the homeless. Walking Tall also helps (24%). them find employment and homes. It’s part of

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RADIO STATION: THE PENGUIN 98.3 98.3 The Penguin has been on the same frequency as Wilmington music lovers since airing in August 18, 2003. Well, technically, they switched frequencies from 106.7FM. to 98.3FM back in 2010, but y’all get what we’re throwing. The Penguin plays a huge role in where Wilmingtonians get new music— whether on the radio or the live stage. They are recognized continuously on our readers’ poll, and this year they have snagged Best Radio Station honors once again.

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“We are always trying to stay on the cutting edge of live music in Wilmington,” Gunn iterates of the station’s interviews, special guests and new music. ​“We never really know until it hits our ears, but when we know, you will know!”

While Gunn acknowledges folks are dialing in to The Penguin for the latest and greatest in tunes, he suspects the number one reason the station is now ingrained in the community is its “​Things in radio can change in the blink love of hearing “local people talking about local of an eye,” says Beau Gunn, The Penguin’s things, whether its local music, news, concerts program director and vice president of Lo- or businesses.” cal Voice Wilmington. “Like the old saying “Also, it’s a radio station reflective of their goes, ‘the only constant is change.’ Staying own musical tastes,” Gunn continues. “People true to listeners and to the brand is our guid- generally like more than one music genre, and ing compass.” The Penguin gives them that ​and so much Gunn, who also won 2018’s “e” for Best Ra- more.” dio Personality, has been with The Penguin Readers can follow The Penguin’s Facefor 13 years. His ear and passion for music book page for concert announcements, conhas been a driving force at the station, which tests and other events, or visit their website at adheres to the AAA format. With the Ameri- cana genre continuing to expand and gain Voters on our readers’ poll also dial in to momentum, he and his team keep their ears Z107.5 (33%) and 91.3’s WHQR (17%). tuned in for the next Sturgill Simpson or Chris


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Cape Fear Museum’s director Sheryl Mays says they measure success by numbers: how many people they serve, average attendance for an exhibit and how folks react to the content they deliver. Well, encore’s Best Of numbers say they topped our poll for Best Museum for 2018.

“We appreciate our community’s interest and enthusiasm for the work we are doing,” she notes. “This win tells us we are on track and doing things right to provide engaging experiences for our community. [It encourages us] to continue to be more creative and innovative in bringing programming and exhibits to our constituents.” They strive to engage and educate visitors through unique learning experiences, such as a recent Dino Day in February, which drew 1,300 children and adults. They also have seen success in their “Museum After Dark” series, featuring science themes, selfie stations, and food trucks for young adults 18 and older. Their “What’s Brewing In Science” has had an average attendance of 80 people heading to Waterline Brewery to talk about science topics, from artificial intelligence to de-extinction.

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GOLD STAR: Amy Mangus accepts the award for Cape Fear Museum at the encore awards party. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography

‘Collection Selection,’” Mays notes. “My favorite exhibit this year was our ‘Collection Selection: Family History As Local History.’ In 2015, the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel James Gray offered the museum some of their treasured family belongings. The exhibit displayed a wide range of items, from clothing and shoes to medical equipment, donated by the Gray family. It was an important display to show our residents how vital it is to preserve family items and stories to help others better understand our community and our history.”

“As one attendee noted, ‘I never knew there were so many science nerds like me in one town,’” Mays recalls. “We spend a lot of time thinking about and discussing what will resonate with our audiences and what will inspire them to want to learn more about history and science. This process is an exciting part of our work and CFM’s free annual Star Party at Carolina what we love about what we do.” Beach State Park will return April 20 and 21 as They’ll continue their partnership with Water- part of the NC Science Fest. They will host two line Brewery and local academic community this more “Museum After Dark” events in early sumfall. In two weeks, Cape Fear Museum will open mer and fall. In addition to their regular hours of their latest exhibit “PlayTime!,” which is another operation from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 family-friendly showcase featuring toys and p.m., and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m., the museum plans games from their own collection. They’ll host an to stay open late two nights a week this summer adult opening party for a preview on March 15, to provide more opportunities for citizens to access the museum. with games, live music and food. Cameron Art Museum (38%) and Children’s “Every six months we showcase items from our collection in a special small exhibit called Museum of Wilmington (20%) also topped encore’s poll for Best Museum.

BEST BAGELS: BEACH BAGELS Best Bagels won the write-in category on last year’s readers’ poll with Beach Bagels taking home the inaugural accolade. They kept the title for Best Bagels in 2018, too.

corporate items normally not seen in a bagel shop as well. Not to mention each month will feature its own specials, with March’s being both “tasty and charitable.”

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“We definitely like to go for bold and flavorful sandwiches,” Di Norcia promises. “This month we have our Bad to Bo Ne, which is essentially steak and eggs; the Stand Bahn Mi; and a tropical pineapple and mango cream cheese. All of the specials are Vietnamese themed, and for every special purchased, Beach Bagels will donate $1 to our local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day which is recognized on March 29.”

“It is really an honor to have even been nominated two years in a row,” owner Tony Di Norcia says, “but to win both years is so wonderful. We attribute our success to never settling as a business. We won the Best Bagels award last year, but we didn’t stop working as hard after the win; we worked even harder. If we’ve made this much progress in just a few years, imagine what we can accomplish in three more.”

Already for 2018, they’ll be opening a third Beach Bagels in Monkey Junction. They’ve secured their permits and are in early stages of construction. They’ll also introduce a catering menu down the road in 2018 for customers looking to munch on signatures sandwiches at the office or special evens. “On top of those two major things, we’re always looking for different charities to work with and are excited to team up with new groups,” Di Norcia adds. “We are currently updating our menu and will be adding ‘The Ultimate’ and ‘The Green Goddess.’ Both sandwiches were

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EVERYTHING FOR THE WIN! The crew at Beach Bagels smile for their second win as Best Bagels on the encore poll. Photo courtesy of Beach Bagels

originally specials, but once we saw they were doing exceptionally well, we decided to add them to the menu.”

The Ultimate is a breakfast-inspired BLT with bacon, eggs over-easy, and cheese, while The Green Goddess comes with a hard-boiled egg, fresh mozzarella, pesto, lettuce, cucumbers, and avocado. Beach Bagels will continue to in-

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In an effort to perfect their menu, Beach Bagels switched produce vendors three times in the last year. They only will accept premium ingredients. However, it’s their baking process which make their rounds stand out. Carefully labor-intensive, it takes two to three hours daily for nearly 20 flavors— which other shops may forgo in order to produce much larger batches. Beach Bagels also doesn’t inject steam into the oven while the their award-winning approach, Di Norcia is lookbagels are baking. ing for different ways to make business better. “While this efficiently cuts the production He says it starts with listening to customers’ time down, it breaks away from custom and needs and wants. results in a non-traditional bagel,” Di Norcia “Everyone wants our customers to leave explains. “Our bakers kettle-boil our bagels knowing their bagels and sandwiches were before baking them, which requires we bake made keeping their satisfaction in mind,” he in small batches. . . . The kettle-boiling then adds. “We love what we do and we are glad to baking process allows us to produce a softer, know that people love it, too.” puffier bagel. It truly is an artisan approach to Also baking up premium bagels on encore’s making bagels.” readers’ poll are Empire Deli and Bagel (30%) While Beach Bagels’ second win justifies and Round (13%).

“In February it was a chocolate-covered strawberry cupcake, in honor of Valentine’s Day,” Mingia tells. “It was a chocolate cake with a strawberry buttercream icing, that was dipped in chocolate ganache. For March we had a chocolate stout cupcake with an Irish cream icing. The batter has stout beer in it, which gives the cake an extra chocolatey taste.”

HOW SWEET: Kristen Broome and Daniel Eiler accept the awards for Apple Annie’s. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography

Every year, readers pack on the poll with their favorite votes on sweets—because, really, who doesn’t have an opinion on sugar, flour, eggs, and butter (modified of course to suit whatever dietary needs one has), all blended to make the most perfect treat ever? Cookies. Cakes. Pies. Canolis. Cupcakes. Apple Annie’s Bake Shop has them all. More so, they have the winning recipes, as year after year, they take home both Best Desserts and Best Bakery categories. “It such an honor for us,” marketing director Krissy Mingia says. “We are so lucky to be a part of our customers happiest life moments. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers, it means the world to us that we are chosen to help celebrate those occasions.” And even when there isn’t a special occasion, AA has Wilmingtonians covered (in icing, hopefully), too. They offer a cupcake of the month, so anytime that stressful week

The family-owned and -operated business is also run by veterans. Therefore, Annie’s works annually with charities that benefit veterans. Currently, they pride their work with the Mispo Project. “[It’s] an organization dedicated to empowering military spouses to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their community,” Mingia notes. “We also deliver bags of goodies to every fire house and police headquarters each September to thank them for what they do. “ In business now for 33 years, they work with the finest ingredients for every order. We have been in business for over 33 years now. “We try to exceed the customers expectations every time they walk through the door,” Mingia tells. And they are now including quadrupeds into the mix. “Our new handcrafted peanut-butter dog treats have been incredibly popular!” Mingia says. “But we have so many popular items; our eclairs are always a crowd favorite! Our themed cookies are always popular, too. Right now we have shamrock cookies, big and small, for St. Patricks day.” Other bakeries mixing in votes are One Belle Bakery (20%) and Sweet n Savory (28%), with dessert votes also going to The Little Dipper (23%) and Sweet n Savory Cafe (28%).

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BEST PIZZA, LATE-NIGHT EATERY: SLICE OF LIFE When it comes to tequila, Ray Worrell, owner of Slice of Life, knows his agave nectar. In fact, while most folks find Slice of Life to be revered for its pizza, its tequila selection is vast, not to mention another section of its menu. “Tequila for a long time has been my favorite,” Worrell tells. “It is almost like wine, with many different complexities. I guess one of the reasons why we have one of the largest tequila selections is half our menu serves Mexican items, such as quesadillas nachos and tacos.” Though he’s not racking up Best Latin/Mexican, Slice is taking home Best Pizza and Best Late-Night Eatery for 2018. And they’ll be able to serve more people far and wide, as Worrell breaks ground on his Porters Neck location this year. “It will stand alone but will have four other businesses next to it,” he tells. “In between the two buildings will be a really cool covered outdoor area.” In other words, by 2019 (the restaurants 20-year anniversary nonetheless), Worrell’s eateries will surpass the 100,000 pounds of cheese they served in 2017. Whether heading to their flagship store downtown, their Monkey Junction shop or their Wrightsville Beach-area restaurant, the pie keeps diners happy, al-

WINGS: HELL’S KITCHEN “The best part of my job is watching people have fun while enjoying great food, drinks and sports,” Hell’s Kitchen owner Eric Laut says. “I like to walk the tables and talk to our customers. You find out a lot about your business by talking to customers.” However, Laut doesn’t need anyone to tell him his hot wings are on fire. Once again Hell’s Kitchen wings have flown to the top of our readers’ poll. The secret? Nothing has changed with their recipe, which includes a special outer coating. There is a touch of magic in the sauce, though.

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ways—topped one of 20 ways from their long list of fresh ingredients. They’re open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. every night of the week, too, and have special late-night menus. “We use the best ingredients the best way we can,” Worrell says. They also have a loyalty card program which allows diners all sort of deals tracked on a points system. “It’s pretty simple,” Worrell tells, “for every $100 you spend with me, you get $10 back. It is built into our point-of-sale system to keep track of your purchases.” A UNCW graduate who took over Slice in 2004, Worrell has grown and expanded his eateries while also giving back to the community. Today he focuses a lot of energy on ensuring area students are fed beyond mere school lunches, by serving on the board of Nourish NC. The nonprofit stuffs backpacks with food for kids who live in food deserts or don’t have access to nutritious meals outside of school hours. The end goal is to help kids feel empowered and succeed in the classroom and community at large. Other pizza joints topping the list are Elizabeth’s Pizza (32%) and Brooklyn Pizza Company (26%), while late-night eateries taking votes are Jimbo’s (22%) and Front St. Brewery (23%)

37% votes chicken jalapeno popper fritters). “Also a huge favorite is our New York-style reuben,” he continues. “We take pride in slow cooking our Angus brisket in Guinness and fresh herbs for seven hours!” Laut plans to debut a spring cocktail menu along with even more new food items, which folks can find on their website ( and Facebook page. It’s perfect timing as he prepares for a bit of “spring cleaning” of sorts. Inspired by Hell’s Kitchen garnering the first Wilmington Downtown Incorporated grant for façade repair, they’ll make improvements to their iconic space—often used for live music, comedy, open mics, and more—in March.

“Paz, our prep lady, makes all of our sauces in house and has her personal touch of taking each hot sauce up a notch from Tame to hot, to fire and even to inferno!” Laut details. His per“It will still maintain the look it had during sonal favorite is to mix HK’s Buffalo garlic and the filming of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and ‘One Tree teriyaki before his wings take a dip in house- Hill,’” Laut assures, “but restored to its original made bleu cheese dressing. luster. We are adding wood to the stage and “We have added some new [coatings] over better sound dampening for the bands that the years, such as our award-winning savory play at Hell’s Kitchen.” dry rub,” he adds. “We plan on adding a few What won’t change, Laut says, is their mamore when we come out with our spring menu.” jor sports package offering patrons a chance HK updated their menu recently to feature to catch all their favorite teams and games. more of an upscale-burger selection and even Not to mention they will continue their comCalabash seafood and vegan options. They mitment to local charities and the community now have vegan wings, burger, reuben, na- they call home. They worked with 26 charities chos, and more. Besides their award-winning in 2017 and look for sponsorship opportunities wings and more expansive collection of burg- every year. ers, Laut is partial to the HK Great Balls of Also blazing the trail in Best Wings are Wild Fryer (panko-breaded fritters made in house Wing Cafe (27%) and Buffalo Wild Wings and offered in two ways: Philly cheesesteak or (37%). 38 encore | march 7 - march 13, 2018 |

TWO SLICES OF A WIN: The ladies from Slice of LIfe, Katy Joyner, Danielle Waller and Jacy Collins,accept two more wins in 2018 to add to the eatery’s already hefty collection. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography.

best fine dining: rx restaurant Castle Street in downtown Wilmington may be known as the Arts and Antique District, but one shouldn’t forget the award-winning dining that’s been parked on the corner of 5th and Castle and takes high praise for its Southerninspired fare. Since opening in 2012, Rx Restaurant and Bar (421 Castle St.) and owner/ head chef James Doss has collected a Best Of win in one category or another. This year Rx took home the accolade for Best Fine Dining. “We’re grateful encore readers voted for us and would like to thank our loyal customers and wonderful staff,” Doss tells us. Rx embodies a great deal of what Castle Street is. Gourmet farm-to-table dinner menus, Sunday brunch, craft cocktails, beer and fine wines are among the main attractions, but the Rx experience is filled with local artist exhibitions. With each season change, community partnerships and working with family farms change, too. “Rx has been environmentally conscious and responsible by focusing on using local, organic products and we are hoping to expand our efforts this year,” Doss explains. “Last year Sarah Rushing [who won Best Artist 2018 on our poll; more on that next week] organized a water-themed art show to benefit Cape Fear River Watch. We will be expanding on that this year with our local restaurant group, 40 EATS, and will hold a benefit dinner on April 8 with the other restaurants for Cape Fear River Watch as well.”

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ture Brussels sprouts from Cottle Organics right now on his menu. “There are new ingredients popping up every week so there will be several new favorites in the coming months,” he hints. “We’re always excited about spring and summer. Peas, strawberries, asparagus and even tomatoes are just around the corner. Also, we’re incorporating preserved ingredients, such as apple shrub and scuppernong vinegar,into our menu and cocktail list.” Doss works closely with local farmers (Humble Roots, Black River and Red Beard to name a few) to plan his seasonal, weekly and even daily menus. In fact, weekly talks with farmers and producers, making orders, finding out what’s growing and what’s going on in their lives are the parts of his job. It’s less work when many partnerships are more like family and friends. “We have some great food producers in the area but will be saying goodbye to the two we’ve known the longest,” Doss divulges. “It’s bittersweet, but Bill and Tina Moller have sold Nature’s Way Farm and Seafood and are retiring to Utah. We wish them a long and happy retirement but miss them already. We’re looking forward to working with the new owner, and lucky the Mollers passed their knowledge and farm on to the next generation.”

Rx Restaurant and Bar is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and While Doss and company’s efforts help Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., reserbring more awareness to issues and con- vations can be made and updated menus cerns, he wants to be a part of solutions even found at more so. Rx skips disposable straws to reAlso serving exceptional fine-dining exduce the amount of plastics in our waterways periences in Wilmington are downtown’s and oceans. Manna (34%) and PinPoint Restaurant With spring on the horizon, it is Doss’ fa- (30%). vorite time to be a chef. He is excited to fea-

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HOMEMADE SOUPS, LUNCH, SUB/SANDWICH SHOP: CHOPS DELI A chorus of “wow” is usually the response Chops Deli co-owner Brad Corpening hears when diners notice his local sammie shop’s collection of “e” awards. After continuously sweeping categories in Best Homemade Soups, Lunch and Sub/Sandwich Shop year after year—including 2018—a little shock and awe is well deserved. “We’ve been very fortunate over the years to receive so much love and support from Wilmington,” Corpening says. “I also hope there’s an unspoken response, a comfort, when a customer comes in looking for a sandwich for lunch, or a soup, and sees those awards—like, ‘I’m in the right place.’” “I share them with my staff this time every year,” he continues. “We celebrate the receipt of the awards and the confidence our customers have in us, which the awards represent. However, winning doesn’t mean we get to relax now and take it easy. Winning means we have a responsibility to prove we deserve the honor that we earned these accolades. So we’re gonna do just that everyday at Chops, making sandwiches and friends!” Each year seems to bring something new for Chops, too—whether opening a new grill (Wrightsville Avenue) or diner (Castle Hayne), or simply adding new flavors to their Boar’s Head-based deli menus at their sandwich shops in downtown, Monkey Junction and Wrightsville Avenue. Aside from rapid expansion in recent years, Corpening and co-owner Chris Graham switched from counter to table

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service at their downtown locale in 2016. Their goal is always to keep up with quality products and service.

“As far as new things coming, I don’t want to let anything out of the bag right now,” Corpening says, “but we always have something cooking at Chops!”

His daily specials of sandwiches and soups change, so do Corpening’s favorites. In fact, he’ll make himself two lunches—“one for now and one for later”—when he can’t decide exactly what he wants. Like a giddy and hungry customer, should he go with the Malmo (homemade pimiento cheese, Black Forest ham, maple-glazed chicken, tomato, red onions, and homemade Cajun remoulade on multigrain)? Or the Chicago (rare roast beef, French brie, spring mix, red onions, and homemade peppercorn mayo on sourdough kaiser)? “As for ingredients, I’m all over the place too,” he tells. “Sometimes I make crazy Frankenwiches that defy comprehension. . . . My favorite soup is a turkey/chicken corn chowder. We make it with a light but creamy base with chunks of veggies and potatoes and simply spiced. I can eat that all year round in any weather!” There are hundreds, if not thousands, of lunch combinations—from one of a dozen signature or favorite sandwiches, alongisde daily mac-ncheeses, sides of soups, or spring salads, deli salads, and even bags of chips. Corpening prefers pairing his sammies with mac-n-cheese (or soup) and chips, for scooping final cheesy bites.


WORKING FOR THE VOTES: encore’s Best Of Costume Contest—wherein attendees donned their best in fantasy, magic, Renaiisance, medieval—was audience voted and had participants dancing for applause. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography.

The best part of any meal at Chops, whether Corpening is eating or serving it, is spending his day with fans who continue to share their love at the polls. “We wouldn’t be anything without the people who love us,” he iterates, “and it’s things like the encore awards that remind us of how much we are loved. That’s the payoff.” Folks can find full menus and daily specials

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Serving up dishes for Best Lunch on encore’s readers poll are Cousins Italian Deli (16%) and Fork N Cork (39%). Stacking Best Sub/Sandwiches are A Taste of Italy (30%) and Cousins Italian Deli (16%). Stirring Best Homemade Soups are Tazy’s Burgers and Grill (26%) and Priddyboy’s Sandwich Grill (18%).

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When it comes to best catering and best gourmet goods, Pine Valley Market on College Road scores two more wins for the 2018 poll. They’re going into year 21 in business in the Wilmington area, and remain focused on making the next 21 year even more successful and inclusive across the great port city.

their catering menu this year are new appetizers they launched at Courtyards and Cobblestones, including pimento cheese wontons and Hoppin’ John lumpias—the latter of which are a Filipino eggroll, tucked with collards, black-eyed peas and pork. “People think that they can’t afford our catering for weddings and large events, but we can actually meet any budget needs that a client brings to us,” Ferretti says. “We fully customize menus to meet each prospective client where they are for both budget and taste.”

Their market serves lunch daily, with popular offerings like their Philly cheesesteak, made with certified Angus beef from their in-house butcher shop. Their daily specials remain a hit with taco Tuesday and other offerings to provide different culinary experiences. “We’re always on the lookout for local and regional boutique family made products to feature in our market,” owner Christi Ferretti says. They provide made-in-NC products like sweet and spicy banana peppers and Fred’s Breads, and they offer frozen take-home meals or fresh-from-their-deli-case offerings for folks on the run. More so, their caterings, whether large weddings, small business lunches, baby showers, or other special events, keep the dates packed. “We have events in the books for 2019 already,” Ferretti tells. “We prepare our events using all fresh ingredients and make everything from scratch. We pride ourselves in attention to detail

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The market offers in-house chef services, with Paul Smith and BJ Laverdiere leading the helm, and corporate lunch packages for offices, and strives to continue producing the best of the best, with every order, big and small.

WINNING GOURMAND: Christi Ferretti, owner of Pine Valley Market, scored two wins in 2018 for Best Catering Service and Best Gourmet Store. Photo by Chris Brehmer Photography.

and delivering the best product available, and we’re always on the lookout for local and regional boutique family made products to feature in our market.”

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While popular items, like the candied bacon, savory mango and cheddar or blue cheese and fig cheesecakes, and ham biscuits remain staples people love, new to

“We are so honored and humbled to receive this award from the Wilmington community,” Ferretti tells. “We take great pride in knowing our customers names and being a small family run business in a sea of corporate chains.” Other catering services tipping the poll are Middle of the Island (38%) and Front St. Brewery’s Beam Room (7%), while gourmet store votes also go to Taste the Olive (22%) and The Seasoned Gourmet (28%).

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SINGING IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT: Chapter 5, Old at Heart, but I’m Only 28



“The equipment truck catching on fire, that was another one.” t was a day like any other day for me.” Brayden poured cream into a Brayden looked at her. cup of decaf coffee and looked at “People are starting to say the producKitty. “I showed up for work at the production is cursed,” Kitty offered. tion office at 8 a.m. I had no idea what had “It’s not.” Brayden shook his head. happened.” “People like to say things like that, it’s Kitty took in the well-dressed man of appealing. But there’s no such thing as a tidy proportions. She reflected he was curse.” probably the first person she had met in He knew because there was no box to real life who could be described as “nattily dressed.” There was nothing extraneous check on an insurance claim form that ofabout Brayden—not an extra ounce of fat, fered “curse.” If a curse had been a posnot an unnecessary fashion accessory. He sible reason to halt filming, there would be was a perfect package—compelling and a box for it on the form, probably next to complete with an Irish accent that could “act of God”. charm your knickers off, if he wanted to. “First Lee Chen dies filming a movie,


“But I got there and I was told there had been an accident on set the night before, and we already had so many, it was like, ‘OK, one more.’ Then it was, ‘Jeffrey’s in surgery; there was an accident with a prop gun and he’s probably not going to be able to work for six weeks.’ So, in addition to paperwork for the accident, I needed to get started on putting the production on hold: filing production insurance, making arrangements with department heads for storing or sending equipment back, paying for plane tickets, talking with the studio about sound stages and office space.” He took a sip of his coffee.

and now his son dies filming a movie.”

Kitty looked down at her untouched drink. They were sitting in the curve of the bar at Caffe Phoenix. She couldn’t bring herself to order food; she just didn’t have an appetite. Though after the day she had, she probably should eat. Somehow, when she tried to think of food, she thought of a knife cutting into Jeffrey Chen’s young, healthy flesh, peeling back his skin and exploring his body to find a cause of death. Pasta made her think of his intestines getting unwound from his body cavity and inspected. Red sauce was just ... too much.

“I mean I wasn’t making the actual arNo, not tonight, I probably wouldn’t be rangements, you understand, I was doing able to eat anything tonight. the paper work for the arrangements.” “That’s not why Jeffrey died.” Brayden Kitty nodded, scribbling notes furiously. shook his head. “So did they tell you he was in surgery?” “Why did Jeffrey die?” Kitty asked.

“Yes,” Brayden nodded. “They did. Brayden gave her a rueful smile. “You But we didn’t know how bad it was, and were at the press conference—you tell we thought he was going to be fine. The me.” producers really thought he was going to Kitty took a deep breath and tried to come back to work and finish the film in a calm the butterflies dancing in her stommonth and a half or so.” ach. Recalling the announcement Jeffrey “You said there were a lot accidents on had not survived surgery was something the set?” she didn’t want to do. Holding out a tape “Yes, you’ve reported on many of them.” recorder and walking up to Jeffrey’s mother and fiancé when they arrived at the hosBrayden gave her a knowing look. pital, having to ask them for comments on “The burn unit at Chapel Hill?” Jeffrey’s death made her feel like a mon“Yes, I remember,” Kitty conceded, and ster. But it was her job. She did it. Jeffrey’s tried to block the pictures she had seen mother had been brushing reporters aside of the injured man who accidentally ran with “no comment” since before Kitty was into a high-tension power line in a man born. Still, she felt like a heartless sociolift. “But you said accidents—that means path bothering them at a time like this. Ashley, Jeffrey’s fiancé, was wearing dark 42 encore | march 7 - march 13, 2018 |

sunglasses, but her face was red and wet the findings are available, we’ll know with silent tears. Her hands had clutched more.” balled-up Kleenexes. She watched the thin stream of smoke “So,” Kitty countered. “What hap- from Brayden’s cigarette. “Why aren’t you pened? Who came into the office to tell at Richard and Cynthia’s place with everyone else?” she asked. you?” “Actually, we heard it on the radio,” Brayden said quietly. “We were listening to music when the DJ came on with a breaking news announcement: ‘Actor Jeffrey Chen had died of wounds sustained while filming ‘Blackbird.’ No other information is available but stay tuned.’”

A sort of informal wake had been going on there all day. Press had been strictly barred. It was made clear when the press showed up to try and interview people. They found the road into the neighborhood blocked by Richard’s Grip crew.

“Nah,” Brayden shook his head. “I don’t really want to be there—actors, you know, “Then we kind of looked at each other and lots of out-of-town people who have in shocked silence, as you can imagine.” been working nights and haven been up all night at the hospital and I just ... well. “So when did you talk with the produc- When you called, I thought I’d come talk ers?” Kitty asked. to you, but I don’t want a big, emotional “Well, after what felt like eternity, I got scene.” up and walked down the hall to Ted’s ofIn spite of his beautiful Irish accent, fice. He was holding his head in his hands Brayden was a local in the sense he and was completely still. I don’t know how had come to Wilmington’s port city with much experience you have with movie Giovani in the early ‘80s as a production producers, but they tend to be in constant accountant. He owned a house here and motion. For the first time I could ever re- hadn’t needed to work out of state in the member, here was one frozen in front of last 10 years. me. It was eerie.” “Well, thanks for the drink,” Kitty said. Brayden sighed. He fished in his pock- “Have the police contacted you yet?” ets for a cigarette and lighter. This was no “The police?” Brayden looked surprised. time to abstain. “No, why would the police contact me?” “‘Ted?’ I asked him. ‘We, um, we just “Well, now that Jeffrey is dead, and his heard on the radio Jeffrey is dead. Is it body is having an autopsy and his mother true?’ He slowly turned to me and nodded. is here, there is going to be an investigaThen told me to send everyone home for tion.” the day—there would be a meeting tomor“But it was an accident.” row at 1 p.m. at the studio but for now we should all go home.” “Well, they have to investigate it and He took a gulp of his coffee.

“So what happens next?” Kitty asked.

present it to the DA.”

“But, no one did this intentionally.” “I don’t know. We go to a meeting tomorrow and find out. Presumably, by then, Brayden took a long drag on his cigarette. we might know what the autopsy says, “Did they?” though I doubt it. Those things tend to “A man is shot to death in room with take time.” 40 witnesses; someone has to ask quesLots of boxes to fill in on those forms, tions.” Brayden thought. Kitty looked down at her notebook. “Did they say anything at the press conAnd someone has to answer them, she ference about why his body was going to thought. Onslow County for the autopsy? Surely they can do that here.” Gwenyfar Rohler is the fact-or-fiction writer for 2018. Her serial story, “Singing in the Dead of Kitty shrugged her shoulders. “Just that his mother wanted an autopsy—and who can blame her? And that they were moving his body to Onslow County for the autopsy. Presumably when

Night,” follows the death of a young movie star and the emotional aftermath that follows, as local media try to uncover the events leading up to the high-profile “murder,” which takes place while filming in Wilmington, NC.

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Mar. 9, 1pm: A National Garden Club Small Standard Flower Show presented by New Hanover Garden Club & Harbor Island Garden Club Members of: National Garden Clubs, Inc., South Atlantic Region, and The Garden Club of NC, Inc., District 11. New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr.


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at Northeast Library! This is a new family event scheduled for the second Monday afternoon of the month. Different games will be featured each month. Board at the Library is free fun for all ages, and you do not need to register in advance. Northeast Library Manager Leigh Thomas at or 910-798-6371. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Mar. 14, 7:30pm: Seventh annual show honoring and celebrating Wilmington’s theater community. In addition to award presentations, the

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Featuring visual art and performances from the amazing teaching artists of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to serving youth in need through high-quality,free-of-charge arts programming. Exhibit Opening and Reception: March 9, 6pm; performance at 7pm. On display through Apr. 15 in The Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.


Sat., Mar. 10, 10am-1pm: Each Bark in the Park is a dog-centric event in partnership with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue to offer a free rabies clinic to Leland Residents. The event also features local dog centric businesses and a dog adoption. Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Dr.


Mar. 9, 5:30pm: Members of the Friends of NHC Library are invited to the Preview of the Spring Book Sale, from 5:30-9pm on Friday, March 9. The sale is a biannual fundraiser for NHC Library and is staffed by Friends of the Library volunteers. Annual dues are $20 for an individual or $35 for a household, and will be accepted at the door on the night of the preview sale. Free admission for the public on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 16-18. Most items on sale are donated by the community, and all proceeds benefit the Library. All NHC libraries accept donations of used books, CDs, and DVDs throughout the year. Trish Hatcher: 910-798-6354/ Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Mar. 15, 10:30am: Enjoy a fun filled day playing the game of your choice—Mah Jongg, Bridge, Canasta, Mexican Train or any other game of your choosing. Bring the game of your choice with you. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. Tables are limited. $30 per person. St. Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church at 101 Airlie Road. Mail your check payable to AAUW and send to Lill Van Order, 5902 Chester St., Wilmington, NC 28405 or contact her at 910-313-1573. Fifty percent of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

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A boat ride at sunset on the river! Join us for a 1.5 hour cruise on the Cape Fear River. Sip a drink from our full bar, enjoy the sights, while listening to music by local musicians. $27. Book: 910-338-3134. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.


Mar. 11, 4pm: Bring the kids and introduce them to the joy and excitement of an orchestra concert featuring the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Steven Errante, and the Wilmington Symphony Junior Strings, conducted by Jane Tierney. General Admission tickets are $6 (plus tax) for adults, free for youth 17 and under, and are available at the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office one hour prior to each concert. Free for youth 17 an underUNCW Kenan Auditorium, 601 S. College Rd.


Mar. 12, 7pm: From Bach to Beatles and barn-burners to ballads - Passion is guaranteed when world renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams join forces. Guitar and cello duo/virtuoso, Richard Smith and Julie Adams, will perform at 7 pm in concert, Monday, March 12, in the parlor at Bellamy Mansion Museum. General Admission Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting directly. “Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello ... I never knew someone could play a sigh; make that two someones. Incredibly gifted musicians, with won­derfully silly senses of humor and a clear love for what they do, Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale of one to ten.”Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica/CA. Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.

theatre/auditions THE WEIR

By Conor McPherson, directed by Phill Antonino, through Mar 24, Fri.-Sat., 7pm. Seating begins at 6pm. Complimentary valet parking. Tickets $18-$42 with discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finland enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) progresses, each local from the bar starts to tell a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. What starts as innocent braggadocio between the men turns into a real fright when Valerie reveals a real, haunted tale of her own from the past. Examining chances of missed opportunity and the loneliness that results in it, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


Book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Adaptation from the Italian by Mario Fratti. Mar. 9-11, 8 p.m., or Sun., 3 p.m. World-famous film director Guido Contini is facing both a mid-life and a marital crisis as he

attempts to come up with a plot for his next film. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life as he examines his relationships with the many women he has known and as each comes to remind him of who he is, why they love him, and why he needs them. Based on Fellini’s 8 ½ , Nine is a celebration of the power of women and the many roles they play in man’s life – mother, sister, teacher, temptress, judge, nurse, wife, mistress, muse. A score full of passion, romance, and brio brings this sultry and enchanting musical to unforgettable life. Rich and thrilling night of theatre, Nine garnered both the 1982 Tony for Best Musical and the 2003 Tony for Best Revival. (910) 632-2285 or online at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. $32. KING LEAR

Mar. 8-25, 7:30pm and 3pm: Award-winning Dram Tree Shakespeare company presents William Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his daughters, two of whom reward his generosity by turning him out and seeking his death. Lear wanders homeless and destitute as chaos and villainy surround him. Finally, aided by his one loving daughter, he begins to understand what it is to be human. Buy tickets at or by phone at 800-838-3006. McEachern’s Warehouse, 121 S. Front St.


Sat., Mar. 10, 10am. Auditions will be held at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. The production is directed by Mark Deese, and runs April 27 through May 6 at Community Arts Center. Audition participants must schedule audition time. Call 910-251-1788 with your preferred time. Come prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theatre song acapella. If needed, callbacks will be the same day at 2pm and may require reading from the script and/or attending a dance call.

Hall Theater, 601 S. College Rd.


Meet working artists, and see their works in progress. Everything from sculptures to fine jewelry in this unique location. Free parking, fun for everyone. Over 45 artist’s works to enjoy. Free, and we participate in the 4th Friday Art Walks, 6-9pm, 4th Fri. ea. mo. theArtWorks, 200 Willard St.

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


Pedestrian Art public sculpture series, a program of The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, features the installation of 10-12 sculptures throughout downtown Wilmington. 2017 program is made possible through support from the City of Wilmington, The Artworks, Craige & Fox LLC, Art in Bloom Gallery, the Dreams Center for Arts Education, and the Downtown Business Alliance. Amy Grant: grantamyn@, 484-885-3037; or Rhonda Bellamy:, 910-343-0998.


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Sat., Mar. 10, 11am-4pm: Thalian Hall Ballroom at 310 Chestnut Street. Free! Theatrical performance arts groups will be on hand to promote upcoming shows, events, auditions, classes, and to talk about volunteer opportunities. Participants: Big Dawg Productions, TheatreNOW, Superstar Academy/Theater for All, Techmoja Dance & Theater, Cape Fear Shakespeare, Thalian Association Community Theatre, Opera House Theatre Company, Cape Fear Stage, Snow Productions, Second Star Theatre Company, Mouths of Babes Theatre Company, Panache Theatrical Productions, PineappleShaped Lamps, Breathe?Speak?SING! Vocal Studio, and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts/Cube Theatre. Light refreshments served.Thalian Hall Ballroom, 310 Chestnut St.


Mar. 14, 18, 7pm: UNCW Women’s Studies & Resource Center, UNCW CARE, Athenian Press & Workshops Presents, “The 7+ Deadly Sins of Being A Woman” is a series of dramatic monologues inspired by the poems of author and poet, Khalisa (Kelly) Rae Williams. Author of the award-winning, Real Girls Have Real Problems. 7 Deadly Sins was birthed out of the notion that society silences the problems of women instead of empowering us to declare them out loud and become freed in the process. Sexuality. Gender Equality. Classism/Racism. Generational Curses. Mental Health. Assault and Abuse. From the page to the stage, all are brought to life in this thrilling dramatic adaptation. Proceeds go to support the Rape Crisis Center and UNCW’s CARE Counseling Center. $5-$10. UNCW King

Giving money to panhandlers often supports drug and alcohol addiction. Wilmington has a variety of social service agencies that can help people in need. Please give smart to ensure your donation has the most positive impact possible. Donate at or text “Heart” to 910.817.4301

Endorsed by: Rescue Mission of Cape Fear, The Salvation Army, The United Way of the Cape Fear Area, and Vigilant Hope

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painter/photographer Evin Leek explore cultural changes in pre-war Yemen and post-war Guatemala. Through paintings, photographs, and displays of traditional clothing, these artists offer a view into the daily lives of two unique cultures. Although they are geographically distanced, both communities share a common desire to preserve fading traditions. This exhibition tells the stories of survivors, and gives insight into the challenges they face on the brink and in the aftermath of tragedy. On display through April 13. Closing reception: March 23. MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front St. VERONICA’S VEILS

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Mar. 7, 6pm: Join us for a champagne toast and special reception at The District Kitchen & Cocktails to celebrate the abstract expressionist painting of Bradley Carter and our partnership with local restaurants. The exhibit “Between You and Me: Painting by Bradley Carter” opens on January 24th and will be on view until May 21st. Free and open to the public. 910769-9300. American Artist, Bradley Carter is an award winning, international selling artist who grew up pursuing his passion for art in Virginia before moving to the North Carolina in 2007, where he currently resides in Wilmington. He predominately works in the medium of painting with his passion in Abstract Expressionism, but his works also include collage, paint skins, and furniture. 1001 N. 4th St.


Mar. 8, 6pm: Local painter, Mike Watters, has spent his entire life connected to the ocean.

With his newest series, “Vanishing Depths,” Mike has fine tuned his niche within the nautical realm. These striking and ghostly paintings of fish bones speak to the decline of animals in their natural habitats. Kickoff Watter’s solo exhibition while Bob Russell and Arepa St. dish out jazz and Venezuelan street food. Watters’ work will be on display through April 30. Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St. SYNERGY

Mar. 9, 6pm: Join us for the closing reception of “Synergy: Art by Catherine Porter Brown and Jeff Brown. These two artists come together in a new exhibit. The art presents an interaction and cooperation with a combined effect, which is greater than the sum of its parts. The art exhibit runs until March 10, 2018. Art in Bloom Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm or by appointment. The gallery is open until 9 pm on Fourth Friday Gallery Nights. 210 Princess St.


Mar. 13, 10am: For a beginner or as a refresher course we will learn the basic water color techniques including: color mixing, washes, brushwork, masking, sponging and working from a photo or from your imagination. All materials provided. Carolina Beach Recreation Center, Town Hall


Come on out for two hours of energetic, contemporary American country dancing with live music by Box of Chocolates band—fiddle, per-

cussion, guitar, dulcimer, bass, mandolin and more! Dress cool & comfortable, soft-soled shoes. All ages. 2nd/4th Tues, 7:30pm. United Methodist, 409 S. 5th Ave.

after 3pm for details. COMEDY BINGO

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


The Dance Element presents classes for adults and seniors w/Sheryl Pacelli on Mon., 1-2pm, in the Ogden Business Park. No previous experience Is necessary; no advance enrollment required. Drop in for inrto session which runs 7 weeks through Mar. 19. $7-$35. 7211 Ogden Business Ln. #205


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


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


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


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

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


Mar. 8, 7:30pm: Hilarious and family friendly, Henry Cho takes gentle aim and goes right for the funny bone. You may recognize Cho from his appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CBS’s The Late, Late Show and NBC’s Young Comedians Special. His one hour Comedy Central special, What’s That Clickin Noise? Is currently running and you can also hear him on Sirius XM and Blue Collar Radio. Don’t miss this night of laughter! Tickets are $22-$40 plus taxes and fees. Visit www. for more information; www. Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 310 Chestnut St.


State of the Art/Art of the State: (through July 8): Focusing on contemporary art by artists currently living in, or native to, the state of North Carolina. Artists bring a single work of art to be installed in the museum, delivering the work within 24‐hour period. No fee. During this time frame, four curators from North Carolina institutions greet each artist and talk about their work. The design of this project provides any participating artist equal opportunity to

meet a significant curator working in the field of contemporary art today. CAM organized with a visual schematic for reference to the over 600 intensely installed artworks. • CAM Café open and serving delicious menu with full bar, 5pm9pm. Tues.-Sun., 11am-2pm; Thurs. nights, 5pm-9pm 910-395-5999. cameronartmuseum. org. 3201 S. 17th St. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM

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


Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mon. at 10:30am, only $5 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $9 adult, $8 senior/military, $5 child, ages 2-12, and free under age 2. 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634.

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Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered MonFri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4-$12. The Latimer House of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is not handicapped accessible 126 S. Third St.


World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy” and “Sheena,” a 23-ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St., across from the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Front and Water St. 910-762-1669.


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, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.910-251-3700. 503 Market St.


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/Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. 910-762-0570.


See NC through the eyes of Wilmington-born photographer Hugh MacRae Morton (19212006). His captivating images will be featured

in the traveling exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” is now open at Cape Fear Museum. The exhibit is on loan from the UNC Library’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives and will be on view through September 2018. To create Photographs by Hugh Morton, Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist at UNC Library’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, selected images from the library’s collection of Morton’s estimated quarter-million negatives and transparencies. Shows experiences as a photojournalist; as a soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II; and as owner and operator of Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction in Linville. Exhibits more than 50 images feature dozens of his lesser known or unpublished photographs, as well as some classics. Will feature brochures, postcards and prints. CF Museum, 814 Market St. EXPO 216

Newly opened exhibit feat. end-of-life issues. Enter Grandma’s House and address the elephant in the room. Pick up an advance directive. Review the History of Hospice . Contemplate individual responses of compassion in the arena. Wed.-Sun., noon-6pm. 216 N Front St.


Cameron Art Museum, every Thurs., 1010:30am: Admission by donation. Bring your infant, toddler or preschooler for story time, gallery exploration and an art project! georgia@ for more info. 3201 S. 17th St.


Thurs. and Sat., 10am: Meet your friends in Museum Park for fun hands-on activities! Enjoy interactive circle time, conduct exciting experiments, and play games related to a weekly theme. Perfect for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult helpers every Friday. Free! Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.


Kids ages 6 to 13 are invited to build and test a variety of paper airplanes at this free library program. They’ll learn about the four forces of flight (lift, weight, thrust, and drag) as they observe the performance of different airplane designs. How far will it fly? How accurately will it land? Will it loop-the-loop? No registration is required for this free program for kids ages

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Miss Shannon will lead interactive story hours for kids ages 3-6 on the first and third Saturdays of May at the Main Library in downtown Wilmington. Saturday Story Hour is free and no pre-registration is needed. Opens with a picture book and end with a project or activity at the end, and include time to play, learn, and laugh in between. Ea. child should bring a participating adult. Shannon Vaughn: 910-798-6303. 201 Chestnut St.


Thurs., 10am: Chantez! Jouez! Rencontrez des nouveaux amis! Sing, play, and meet new friends at French Playgroup at the main library! Informal hour where young kids and parents/ caregivers can hear and try out some French words. Free and no advance registration is needed. Main Library Children’s Room at 910798-6303 or NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


Birds: Our Feathered Friends, Thurs, 3/8, 1011am, or Fri, 3/9, 10-11am, or 11:30-12:30pm; ABCs of Nature, Thur, 3/22, 10-11am, or Fri, 3/23, 10-11am or 11:30-12:30pm; It Starts with a Seed: Thurs, 4/5, 10-11am, or Fri, 4/6, 10-11am or 11:30-12:30pm; Oh My Deer: Thurs, 4/19, 10-11am, Fri, 4/20, 10-11am or 11:30-12:30pm. Pre-reg rqd for programs: www.halyburtonpark. com


Through 3/15, 5:30-8:30pm: Room A-314. Quilting is a heritage craft with a rich and varied history, influenced by many cultures and individual quilters. Besides providing warmth as functional

household items, quilts feature vivid patterns and scenes which often offer a glimpse into the time period in which they are made. Bargello quilts feature colorful flame-like patterns similar to the embroidery technique of the same name of Italian and Hungarian origin. In this course you will construct a throw-sized quilt top (54”x75”) using the No Measure Bargello Pattern which is easy enough for the “advanced beginner”; it should not be your first quilt unless you already have good sewing knowledge. Supplies required; please contact the Community Enrichment office at 910-362-7199 for a supply list. Wilmington Campus. 12 hours. $70. CFCC, 411 N. Front St. LEGO BUILDING

Mar. 7, 3:30pm: Ready, Set, Build! Kids ages 5-10 are invited to create their own Lego version of a theme. This popular activity is free but space is limited, so registration is required, on the library’s calendar or by calling 910-7986385. Meaghan Weiner at mweiner@nhcgov. com or 910-798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd.


Mar. 7, 4pm: Ages 3 and up. Enjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Events Center and then watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle will be fed during the demonstration. Pre-registration required for all programs. Register online at Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.


Mar. 8, 3:30pm: Play, learn and explore math and science concepts at this interactive storytime, which includes hand-on science experiments and exploration stations. The program is designed for children ages 3 to 6, and each

child must be accompanied by an adult. It’s free, but space is limited and preregistration is required on the calendar at Raquel Fava ( or Krista Dean ( at 910798-6368. NHC Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 South College Rd.


Two-hour cruise up the Northeast Cape Fear River, still largely unchanged and underpopulated as it was when Wilmington was colonized in the late 1600’s. Cruising through the Castle Hayne Aquifer and by the Bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation. A narrated cruise based of the history and ecology of the area. 910-338-3134. ILM Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.


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


Mar. 10, 9am: Presenting the 8th annual Wrightsville Beach Biathlon! This unique race combines stand up paddleboarding with running and is all about our community and the people and businesses that support it. Race

is as follows: A 4 mile standup paddleboard segment followed by a 4.5 mile run on the beach benefiting North Carolina Coastal Federation. Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd. UPWA MELTDOWN 2018

Mar. 10, 7pm: The best pro-wrestling on the East Coast returns to the National Guard Armory in Wilmington, when UPWA presents Meltdown 2018 After the chaotic events of last show, we have a new Heavyweight Champion in LA Tank. The win was not without controversy as Team Sexxy helped Tank to the victory. Papa Stro wants revenge against all three so he will team with 6:05 Crew to take on LA Tank and Team Sexxy. After protests from Sean Cruise, he will get a rematch with Victor Andrews. Carolinas Champion Matt Jaeger will defend his title. Also appearing: Mikal Mosley, Hangtyme, War Horse, Eddie Brown and the other superstars of the UPWA! Tickets: Kids are $5 with a paying adult. National Guard Armory, 2221 Carolina Beach Rd.


Lois DeWitt art classes, $100/4 (two-hour). Meditative Drawing: Wed., 10am and 2pm. • Thurs. and Fri, 5pm: Art it up—Nice and Easy! • Sat. 10am: Learn how to pour color shapes and define them with drawing. • Mon, 10am/2pm: Collage Magic • Tues, 10am and 2pm: Draw With Colored Pencils. All materials provided. (click on Wilmington Art Classes).910-547-8115 or

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At the Midtown YMCA are happening now! Join me on Tuesday nights from 6-7 pm for a challenging and relaxing way to end your day. See the schedule for a full list of classes. Free with YMCA Membership or $10 drop-in. Temple Baptist Church Activity Center, 709 George Anderson Dr. Wed., 6pm: Adults explore different papermaking techniques so you can make each sheet of paper unique. All materials included, but we encourage bringing in some of your own materials that you can include into your paper—such as flat mementos and plants. See samples on our Facebook and website. Adult and children classes held on Sat., 2pm. Sign up: Aluna Works, 603 Castle St.


Join us for power yoga on Sundays at Capt’n Bill’s, 3pm. Drop in fee of $8. Bring your own mat. 4240 Market St.


Meet at grassy area next to picnic shelter #2 (by restrooms). Our nature themes will be brought to life through stories, songs, games, hikes, and other hands-on activities. Please dress for the weather (including closed-toe shoes) to be ready for outdoor fun! Birds: Our Feathered Friends, Sat., 3/10, 10-10:30am; ABCs of Nature, Sat., 3/24, 10-10:30 am; It Starts with a Seed, Sat., 4/7, 10-10:30am; Oh My Deer!, Sat. 4/21, 10-10:30am. Pre-reg rqd for all programs: Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.

Grab a delish cup of tea or coffee from Old North Coffee and Join us for this free class on learning how to incorporate essential oils into your life and home for a more natural lifestyle. We will introduce you to CPTG oils & teach you the different ways to use them. Old North Coffee, 1207 S. Kerr Ave Ste. 1 Free workshop on health and healing, with doctorates in Naturopathic Medicine and in Holistic Philosophy. The focus of Dr. Ryce’s studies has combined “bodymind” principles, physics and ancient Aramaic studies into a unique body of pioneering work in the fields of self-healing, healing through relationships, anger and grief resolution, world peace and the inner process of forgiveness. Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Ave.


Mar. 7, 9:30am: From beginning to advanced students alike this simple drawing method not only calms and comforts, but also creates inspirations images that impart tranquility when viewed again and again. All materials provided. Carolina Beach Recreation Center, Town Hall


Mar. 7, 4pm: Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, or enjoy another craft? Got unfinished projects lurking in your closets? Bring a project to the library and work on it with other crafty people, on the first Wednesday of every month from 4-6 pm. This library group is free and no reservations are needed. Annice Sevett at or 910-798-6371. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Mar. 8, 10am: All participants welcome to attend. Learn about color mixing along with light and shadow combinations. We will work from design and photos while learning about the materials, paints, canvases, palettes and mediums. Materials list available at the recreational center desk. Carolina Beach Recreation Center, Town Hall


Mar. 8, 11am: Alyssa, owner of Chasing Sol Yoga at The Bump and Beyond for and 6-week Mommy and Me yoga series. March 1st-April 5th: Thursday’s at 11am, enjoy an hour to connect to your body, breath and baby! For babes ages 6 weeks- crawlers! Cost for 6 weeks, $60/10 spots available. Drop-in rate in there are spots open, $12. The Bump & Beyond, 890-3 S. Kerr Ave.


Mar. 8, 6pm: Free informative workshop, presented by The Hill School of Wilmington, was created to educate parents on steps they can take to help ensure a smooth transition into high school and post-secondary education. Strategies to empower learning disabled students will be discussed with the goal of giving them the confidence and skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Castle Branch/Tek Mountain, 1844 Sir Tyler Dr.


Mar. 13, 1pm: If you’re needing help with any of the basic functions of your smartphone or tablet, bring it to Tech Tuesday at Pleasure Island Library. We can help you get more comfortable with whatever device you own, from Androids to Apples, at this basic overview class.

Topics for the workshop will include parts of the device, notifications, and preloaded apps. This hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure you have a seat, register on the calendar at or by calling 910-798-6385. Pleasure Island Manager Teresa Bishop at or 910798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd. BASIC YOGA

Mar. 13, 6pm: Basic Yoga is a challenging and relaxing way to end your day! Classes are taught at the level of the participants, modifications are given for those who need it, and mats and props are available for use. Classes are taught on alternating Tuesdays by Wendi Epps and Steve Unger. Free for YMCA members; $10 for drop-ins. YMCA MIdtown, George Anderson Dr.


Mar. 8, 2:30pm: Legal Aid of North Carolina offers this free informational webinar for anyone who has questions about their legal rights in the workplace. Please preregister on the calendar at or by calling 910-7986301. Participants will watch a webinar that explains employment at will, right to work, employment discrimination, and unemployment benefits under North Carolina law. Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people. Contact the organization by calling 866-210-5262, or visit their website at 201 Chestnut St


Mar. 13, 2:30pm: Legal Aid of North Carolina offers this free webinar for people filing child custody actions. Please preregister on the calendar

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at or 910-798-6301. Participants will learn the requirements for filing a custody action in North Carolina, and receive a packet of forms and information. A brief question and answer session with a virtual attorney will conclude the clinic. 910-798-6306 or NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. GROW UP WILD WORKSHIP

Thurs., 3/15, 9am - 4pm. Ages: 16 and up. Growing Up Wild is a workshop which focuses on early childhood and builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills. This 6 hour workshop counts toward the NC Environmental Educator’s Certification and Continuing Education Credits for Criteria I. Pre-reg required for all programs. Register online at Halyburton Park, 4099. S. 17th St.


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

supplied so healthcare instructions can be legally documented. Jason: 910-796-7943. LET’S TALK BOOKS

Join a different kind of book club! Weekly meeting, Wed., 11am, offers book lovers a chance to meet and compare notes about favorite books and authors. Attendance is free and advance registration is not needed, just drop in! Teresa Bishop at / 910798-6385. NHC Pleasure Island Library, 1401 N. Lake Blvd.


Mar. 8, 1pm: Genre Book Club members will share reviews of Historical Fiction at their March meeting. Readers are invited! Instead of all reading the same book and discussing it, Genre Book Club members each pick their own book to read from the genre announced for the month, and everyone reports at the meeting. The goal is to add to your list of books you might want to read. Annice Sevett at or 910-798-6371. Northeast Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Mar. 10, 7:30pm: Stories, Poems, Percussion— a spoken word/jazz poetry performance featuring Chapel Hill poet Clark Holtzman and Durham drummer David Shore. Storytelling and poetry combined with jazz, hip-hop and R&B beats. With special guests William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, W.B. Yeats, C.S. Lewis, Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, William Carlos Williams, Michael S. Harper, John Coltrane & Smokey Johnson. General admission: $22. Student & senior: $10. Tickets available online at Sound clips at Contact: Tickets: Ruth and Bucky Stein Studio Theatre at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. THINGS WE DO WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

Mon. Mar. 12, noon: Discussion with author Philip Gerard and Ben Steelman of Wilmington’s StarNews. Philip Gerard was born in 1955 and grew up in Newark, Delaware. He earned his B.A. in English and Anthropology from the University of Delaware. He went on to earn his M.F.A. in Creative Writing to then immediately join the staff at Arizona State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor - later to become the Writer in Residence. He taught briefly at Lake Forest College in Illinois before coming south to coastal North Carolina. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs and has won the Faculty Scholarship Award, the College of Arts & Science Teaching Award, The Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching, and many other awards during his time with the university. MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front St.


Mar. 11, 3pm: Athenian Press & Workshops is reintroducing its At Large series for the 2018 year. Every Sunday, we will hold a town-hall style community meeting in which woman and femme creators (artists, writers, arts entrepreneurs, etc.) are invited to discuss current events. The series provides an opportunity to connect with fellow creators and survivors of marginalization, and it offers a forum to use writing as healing. Each week, the Athenian team invites its guest to participate in a writing prompt at the end of the meeting. After will be Athenian Yoga with Heather Gordy, who curates a practice that allows guests to decompress, explore creativity, and reflect upon the discussion (although both events can occur independently if guests cannot attend both).Athenian Bookstore & Lounge, 2231 Wrightsville Ave.


New Hanover County encourages residents to safely dispose of toxic materials with its new mobile collection unit, the HazWagon. stationed various days at three different locations in New Hanover County to collect household hazardous waste and electronics free of charge. Residents can bring items to the following locations each week: Mon., 10am-2pm, at Ogden Park ball fields; Wed., 10am-2pm at Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex in the Farmers’ Market field by the recycle center; Fridays at Carolina Beach Mike Chappell Park (in the south side of the park across from the tennis courts), 10am-2pm.


Format of Magic: The Gathering tournaments, held on Friday nights in gaming stores and associations all across the world. They are designed to be a beginner-friendly introduction to organized play. Standard format. $6 fee paid towards prize support for event. Prizes are a pack per win and also if you complete all 4 rounds. Event begins at 7pm, reg. begins at 6pm. Arrive early for event reg. Free play, $6 entry fee first FNM Free. Cape Fear Games, 4107 Oleander Dr., Ste D.


On Sunday evening learn to play the Pokemon Trading Card game, battle and trade in the video games, or enjoy the store’s Pokemon Go Pokestop. Ages are welcome to our family friendly environment. groups/CFGPokemon. Cape Fear Games, 4107 Oleander Dr., Ste D


Every 3rd Sat. come for our Birth Circle, something always different every month. Check out website for more details of what we have in store this month & exact time of each event! Bump & Beyond, 4712 New Centre Dr. #106.


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mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. Bump & Beyond, 4712 New Centre Dr. #106.

Sat., 10am, meetings are informal and open to pregnant women, mothers, babies and children. If you have questions or just would like to meet other breastfeeding mothers, this is the meeting for you. La Leche League Leaders are experienced mothers who have breastfed their own babies and who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League International to help

We explore God using the methods and guidance of Moses, Jesus, the prophets and a rich sampling of delightful saints including Theresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas. We will meet twice a month for fellowship, poetry, instruction in spiritual practices, group meditations and playful spiritual fun. First and third Sundays of each month, 2pm. Parking on 15th St. Respond to me, John Evans, at Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1415 Dawson St.

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Adults meet Tues/Thurs, 7:45-9pm, and Youth meet Wed, 6:45-7:45pm. Class is open to the community, beginners welcome, and all equipment is provided! Sessions are 6 weeks long and the cost is just $5 per class! Fencing incorporates agility, strength, coordination, balance, and timing. In fencing, physical ability is just as important as having a strong mental edge. Competitors of a fencing match wear protective gear including a jacket, glove, and head gear. Sport of fencing features three different levels, which are categorized by the type of weapon used in each level. The weapons used include the epee, foil, and the saber. Fencing is an aerobically challenging sport. In order to condition one’s body, initial fencing training consists of challenging conditioning exercises. Express YMCA, 11 S. Kerr Ave.


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


Mar. 9: Meet-and-Greet gathering will begin at 9:30 am with snacks and refreshments. The meeting will follow at 10 am. Guests who live in Brunswick County are welcome to attend. Speaker for the day will be Robin Triplett, who is a retired social studies teacher from New Hanover County. Robin grew up in Wilmington and loves teaching U.S. History and to share the history of the Cape Fear Region with anyone who is interested. Robin’s passion for her material is contagious. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Wilmington and its rich history. Many who are new to the area might have already experienced one of the wonderful tours that Robin provides of Downtown Wilmington or Oakdale Cemetery. Featured speaker will be Robert J. Cooke. Mr. Cooke is a New Yorker by birth and an avid historian by nature. Like many who live in the area Mr. Cooke relocated to Wilmington upon his retirement. Cooke is a former tour guide at several Cape Fear area historical sites and continues to expand his knowledge of the local Civil War history. NBNC is a social club open to all adults living in Brunswick County. We meet the second Friday of each month from September through June. Meetings feature one or more speakers who focus on familiarizing members with the area’s culture, history, lifestyle and volunteer opportunities, as well as topics of general interest and special local programs and events. Membership dues are only $12.50 from February through June, per household. Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way


pm. 5 tastings + one small order of NeMa Fancy Fries, $20/person. NeMa Lounge & Eatery, 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf


Free tasting every Friday, 6pm. Third Wed. of each month feat. musical and brewing talents alongside an open mic night, as well as the opportunity for homebrewers to share, sample, and trade their creations: an evening of beer and an open stage. PA and equipment provided. All genres and beer styles. • www.fermental. net. 910-821-0362. 7250 Market St.


3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm everyday at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Learn how we brew our beer, meet brewers and get two free samples.


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


Every Thursday night for beer bingo. No charge for cards. Great prizes. Food and drink specials. Capt’n Bills Backyard and Grille, 4240 Market St.


Hump Day Happy Hour: 5-7 pm every Wednesday at NeMa Burger & Pizza Lounge! $5 Angus beef burgers and $2.50 16 oz Buds/Bud Lights. Martini Tastings every Friday and Saturday, 4-8


Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr, Thursdays 2-6pm, year-round, excluding major holidays. Support local farmers and artisans in the beer garden Thursday afternoons. Shop for veggies, meat, eggs, honey and handmade crafts while enjoying one of the Brewery’s many delicious beers. Stay afterward for live music!


Shakespeare Brunch, Sundays, 12-2pm. $20. ($8 Reading Only). Reserved seating. Monthly Sunday Brunch featuring a greatly abridged reading of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. Brunch and dessert with choice of entrée included in your ticket. Drinks and gratuity not included. Portion of proceeds donated to Shakespearean educational outreach programs. Mar.18: Taming of the Shrew; Apr. 22: Hamlet; May 20: Two Gentleman of Verona; June 17: The Tempest. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


Every Wed. we uncork 5-7pm delicious wines from all over the world. You never know what we have planned for the week, but our weekly newsletter will keep you updated. • Tues. Couples Night: Purchase any dinner entrees & any bottle of wine to enjoy a free shared appetizer and a free shared dessert. • Fri.: $10 off all bottles of wine over $35 from 650+ wine selection. Epicurean Dinner Menu changes monthly—amazing dishes at affordable prices; full menu at

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Middle school and high-school students: Wilmington Pride and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation have joined together to create and facilitate a youth group for children/youth (middle school and high school) who are LGBTQIA, plus straight allies. A safe space for kids to talk about orientation, gender, racial equality, political consequences, religion, self harm and self-care. Needed: youth facilitators, especially those who are trained to work with kids, and speakers to talk about important topics. Meets Thurs., 7:30pm, UU Congregation of Wilmington, 4313 Lake Ave, (across from Roland Grise Middle School). Sue Graffius: dre@


Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7-8:30pm, of each month at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd. Building B. Christopher Savard, Ph.D., with Cape Fear Psychological Services, gives a presentation the 1st Thursday of each month. The 3rd Thursday meeting is member led. Everyone 18+ welcome. Alayne: 910-763-8134


Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group, free, facilitated by TR Nunley and Jamie Alper. This group will focus on the mental health needs unique to transgender and gender non-conforming adolescents (13

years old -18 years old). Topics covered will include but are not limited to: understanding oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own gender, bullying, discrimination, and violence, family dynamics, coming out, being misgendered, handling invasive personal questions from others, safety and safe spaces, anxiety and mood stability. Nova Swanstrom first at (910) 442-8480 x3009 with Delta Behavioral Clinic. CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Life Community Church, located inside Independence Mall, will have a recovery meeting every Monday evening at 6:30 pm starting with fellowship followed by a large group meeting at 7pm. Support groups for men and women follow at 8 pm. The meeting is in the Extension located across from Branches bookstore and the church auditorium. Jodie: 910-547-8973, 791-3859 or 3500 Oleander Dr.


Sat, noon: Chat with other pregnant mamas who are going through the same thing as you! Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding USA counselor, and Postpartum Doula, Jess Zeffiro will moderate a free Pregnancy Meetup Group. Expectant mothers are invited to pop into the group at any time to share their stories, ask questions, and connect with great area resources. Share stories and have any pregnancy and birth related questions answered in a supportive environment. The Bump & Beyond, 890-3 S. Kerr Ave.


Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7-9pm at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B. This free support group is open to a growing group of parents, grand-

parents and individuals affected by AD/HD who understand what it takes to face its daily challenges. Free. Pine Valley United Methodist Church 3788 Shipyard Blvd., bldg B. ANXIETY / OCD SUPPORT GROUP

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


Wilmington MS Support Group will resume regular monthly meetings on Thurs., Jan. 11. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Campus, 2131 S. 17th St.


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


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


Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering a no cost

grief group for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Living with Grief: Coping with the Death of a Spouse/Partner will meet Wed., through Feb. 21. Free! Prereg. rqd: 910-7967991. Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you and/or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help. Throughout the year, we offer compassionate care, educational and enrichment opportunities that support many types of loss in safe and familiar environments. Leland Library, 487 Village Rd. â&#x20AC;˘ Feb. 21, 2:30pm: Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering a no cost grief group for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Living with Grief: Coping with the Death of a Spouse/Partner will meet Wed. through Feb. 21. Free. Prereg. rqd. 910796-7991. Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion, Conference Room, 1406 Physicians Dr. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Mar. 8, 7pm: Those with MS, families and friends welcome. Meets 2nd Thursday each month, 7 p.m., 1st floor conference room, New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington (behind Betty Cameron Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital). Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. Details: Anne, 910-232-2033 or Burt, 910-383-1368. New Hanover Regional Medical Center Campus, 2131 S. 17th St.


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UNCW vs. North Carolina A&T | 10:00 A.M. UNCW vs Sacred Heart | 12:30 P.M. North Carolina A&T vs Youngstown State | 3:00 P.M. Sacred Heart vs Youngstown State | 5:30 P.M.


UNCW vs. Youngstown State | 10:00 A.M. UNCW vs Sacred Heart | 12:30 P.M. North Carolina A&T vs Youngstown State | 3:00 P.M. North Carolina A&T vs Sacred Heart | 5:30 P.M.


UNCW vs. Youngstown State | 10:00 A.M. North Carolina A&T vs Sacred Heart | 12:30 P.M.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 | 4:00 P.M. Baseball vs. Ohio State

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 | 4:00 P.M. Baseball vs. Ohio State

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American-Jewish-Italian deli fusion, serving Wraps • Sandwiches • Salads • Freshly made sides

Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine is offering something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before: True New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations.

Call about 24-hour catering! We deliver! 125 Grace Street • (910) 622-2700 Mon-Sat., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m

We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! Happy Hour Sun.-Thur., 4-6pm. Featuring discounted appetizers and select sushi rolls! Regularly priced menu items only

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

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nan, CAM’s executive director, in a new series of public tours. Free for CAM members. Wed., 1:30pm. 3201 S. 17th St. LITERARY HISTORY WALKING TOUR

Explore the rich culture of our talented Southern town with a 90 minute walking tour of the literary history of downtown Wilmington, NC. Visit “The Two Libraries.” Walk the streets of your favorite novels, and stand where Oscar Wilde did when he lectured here. Saturdays, 1:30pm, Old Books on Front. 249 N. Front St.


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


Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions. Market and Water sts. $12/adult, $5/child. (910) 251-8889.


6:30 & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Water & Market sts. RSVP rqd: 910-794-1866.


A two-hour exploration of downtown Wilmington with author Dan Camacho! A $10 donation is suggested. or email info@ with any questions. Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.


Guided tours start on the hour, as well as selfguided tours, which start at any time. Mondays is only self-guided tours.* Follow curved oystershell paths through our lush Victorian garden shaded by 150-year-old magnolia trees. Climb the stairs to the elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear the stories of the Bellamy family, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Know that you are walking through history. Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of NCs most spectacular examples of Antebellum architecture. Adults $12; senior and military discount, $10; students, $6; children under 5, free. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.

ARIES (Mar. 21–April 20)

LIBRA (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The men who work on offshore oil rigs perform demanding, dangerous tasks on a regular basis. If they make mistakes, they may get injured or befoul the sea with petroleum. As you might guess, the culture on these rigs has traditionally been macho, stoic, and hard-driving. But in recent years, that has changed at one company. Shell Oil’s workers in the U.S. were trained by Holocaust survivor Claire Nuer to talk about their feelings, be willing to admit errors, and soften their attitudes. As a result, the company’s safety record has improved dramatically. If macho dudes toiling on oil rigs can become more vulnerable and open and tenderly expressive, so can you, Aries. And now would be a propitious time to do it. How will you celebrate your upcoming climax and culmination, Taurus? With a howl of triumph, a fist pump, and three cartwheels? With a humble speech thanking everyone who helped you along the way? With a bottle of champagne, a gourmet feast, and spectacular sex? However you choose to mark this transition from one chapter of your life story to the next chapter, I suggest that you include an action that will help the next chapter get off to a rousing start. In your ritual of completion, plant seeds for the future. On April 23, 1516, the Germanic duchy of Bavaria issued a decree. From that day forward, all beer produced had to use just three ingredients: water, barley, and hops. Ever since then, for the last 500+ years, this edict has had an enduring influence on how German beer is manufactured. In accordance with astrological factors, I suggest that you proclaim three equally potent and systemic directives of your own. It’s an opportune time to be clear and forceful about how you want your story to unfold in the coming years. What’s your most frustrating flaw? During the next seven weeks, you will have enhanced power to diminish its grip on you. It’s even possible you will partially correct it or outgrow it. To take maximum advantage of this opportunity, rise above any covert tendency you might have to cling to your familiar pain. Rebel against the attitude described by novelist Stephen King: “It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.”

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

In his book “Whistling in the Dark,” author Frederick Buechner writes the ancient Druids took “a special interest in in-between things like mistletoe, which is neither quite a plant nor quite a tree, and mist, which is neither quite rain nor quite air, and dreams, which are neither quite waking nor quite sleep.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, in-between phenomena will be your specialty in the coming weeks. You will also thrive in relationship to anything that lives in two worlds or that has paradoxical qualities. I hope you’ll exult in the educational delights that come from your willingness to be teased and mystified.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

The English word “velleity” refers to an empty wish that has no power behind it. If you feel a longing to make a pilgrimage to a holy site, but can’t summon the motivation to actually do so, you are under the spell of velleity. Your fantasy of communicating with more flair and candor is a velleity if you never initiate the practical steps to accomplish that goal. Most of us suffer from this weakness at one time or another. But the good news, Virgo, is that you are primed to overcome your version of it during the next six weeks. Life will conspire to assist you if you resolve to turn your wishy-washy wishes into potent action plans — and then actually carry out those plans.

In the 2002 film “Spiderman,” there’s a scene where the character Mary Jane slips on a spilled drink as she carries a tray full of food through a cafeteria. Spiderman, disguised as his alter ego Peter Parker, makes a miraculous save. He jumps up from his chair and catches Mary Jane before she falls. Meanwhile, he grabs her tray and uses it to gracefully capture her apple, sandwich, carton of milk, and bowl of jello before they hit the floor. The filmmakers say they didn’t use CGI to render this scene. The lead actor, Tobey Maguire, allegedly accomplished it in real life—although it took 156 takes before he finally mastered it. I hope you have that level of patient determination in the coming weeks, Libra. You, too, can perform a small miracle if you do. Scorpio mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot was a connoisseur of “the art of roughness” and “the uncontrolled element in life.” He liked to locate and study the hidden order in seemingly chaotic and messy things. “My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents,” he said. “Yet, when I look back, I see a pattern.” I bring his perspective to your attention, Scorpio, because you are entering a phase when the hidden order and secret meanings of your life will emerge into view. Be alert for surprising hints of coherence. I suspect that in July and August you will be invited to commune with rousing opportunities and exciting escapades. But right now I’m advising you to channel your intelligence into well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. In fact, my projections suggest that your ability to capitalize fully on the future’s rousing opportunities and exciting escapades will depend on how well you master the current crop of well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. Making the most of today’s small pleasures will qualify you to harvest bigger pleasures later. If you saw the animated film “The Lion King,” you may have been impressed with the authenticity of the lions’ roars and snarls. Did the producers place microphones in the vicinity of actual lions? No. Voice actor Frank Welker produced the sounds by growling and yelling into a metal garbage can. I propose this as a useful metaphor for you in the coming days. First, I hope it inspires you to generate a compelling and creative illusion of your own—an illusion that serves a good purpose. Second, I hope it alerts you to the possibility that other people will be offering you compelling and creative illusions—illusions that should engage with only if they serve a good purpose.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

I do a lot of self-editing before I publish what I write. My horoscopes go through at least three drafts before I unleash them on the world. While polishing the manuscript of my first novel, I threw away over a thousand pages of stuff that I had worked on very hard. In contrast to my approach, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison dashed off one of his award-winning stories in a single night, and published it without making any changes to the first draft. As you work in your own chosen field, Aquarius, I suspect that for the next three weeks you will produce the best results by being more like me than Ellison. Beginning about three weeks from now, an Ellison-style strategy might be more warranted.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

According to my assessment of the astrological omens, you’re in a favorable phase to gain more power over your fears. You can reduce your susceptibility to chronic anxieties. You can draw on the help and insight necessary to dissipate insidious doubts that are rooted in habit but not based on objective evidence. I don’t want to sound too melodramatic, my dear Pisces, but this is an amazing opportunity! You are potentially on the verge of an unprecedented breakthrough! In my opinion, nothing is more important for you to accomplish in the coming weeks than this inner conquest.

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