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P. 38-39 ENCORE RESTAURANT WEEK Tantalizing deals await eager diners as Encore Restaurant Week unfolds on March 13th, continuing through eight days of culinary bliss until March 20th. The biannual event, held each spring and fall, culls over 30 restaurants in its ninth run. Global tastes abound, as Restaurant Week newcomer Bourbon Street offers Cajun flavors, while Tandoori Bites gives a bit of Indian spice. From $5 lunch specials at Carolina Ale House to four-course Spanish wine pairings at The Fortunate Glass to decadent five-course dinners at Tamashii, surely there is more than one menu to please any palate. As we always say—Eat. Drink. Indulge! Photo by Bethany Turner, Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar (another RW newbie).

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LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a Harlem Shake video. So just when you think a trend is dead, it’s made cool again by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.” —Conan O’Brien “The people of Venezuela aren’t sure who’ll replace Hugo Chavez. CBS suggested Ashton Kutcher.” —Craig Ferguson “I must have missed the moment when racism ended. I wonder when it was? The time Ross dated Aisha Tyler on ‘Friends?’ Or when Keebler added a black elf? Oh, I know. It must have been when they made slavery illegal in Mississippi all the way back in ... four weeks ago.” —Stephen Colbert “A lot of people are worried about the effects of the budget cuts. The automatic budget cuts could lead to a huge drop in food inspections. So be careful if you eat at the Olive Garden; your meal may contain trace amounts of Italian food.” —Conan O’Brien “I don’t have a lot of hope for the new Pope. The Cardinals are kind of like Republicans. They always say they want a fresh, new face—and they end up picking a creepy old weirdo.” —Bill Maher “President Obama has nominated WalMart executive Sylvia Burwell to be his budget director. The President says he’s excited by her experience at Wal-Mart. Sylvia Burwell said she’s excited to be making more than $9.85 per hour.” —Conan O’Brien

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artsy smartsy................ 10-29 10-12 theater: Shea Carver celebrates St. Paddy’s Day with TheatreNOW’s ‘Charlie Murphy’s Fond Farewell: An Irish Wake’; Gwenyfar Rohler reviews the modern take on classic Shakespeare in Browncoat’s ‘Rosaline and Baldasar.’

14 art: Christina Dore gets ‘freaky’ with the Carnival of Dreams.

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

17 music: Bethany Turner shares the modernrock vibe of Foxy Shazam.

18-20 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues across town and beyond.

22-23 film: Alex Pompliano covers the last 35mm film film to show at Thalian Hall; Anghus is bored with the current state of action flicks.

27-29 st. pat’s coverage: Chelsea Pyne shares her picks for St. Patrick’s Day fun. Check out encore’s map of the Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade.

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Live Local column in a succinct sentence this week and really startled myself with the answer: “It is EF Schumacher meets Ayn Rand; it is community organizing married to enlightened selfishness.” Wow! “Did you just compare Schumacher and Ayn Rand?” Jock asked. “I didn’t think that was possible.” “Did it get your attention?” I asked. “You bet it did,” he responded. “I can’t wait to hear how you explain this.” He took a swig of beer and looked at me. “Frankly I’m not sure I want to hear it; I’m a little frightened even. But I am intrigued.” EF Shumacher wrote “Small is Beautiful,” one of the most important books I have ever read and part inspiration for the full original title of this column: “Live Local. Live Small. Campaign.” Ayn Rand wrote “Atlas Shrugged,” which has received a lot of attention in the last few years as an inspiration for many of the ideals of the neoconservative movement. “Buy local” movements seek to inspire or convince people to make economic decisions that will empower local communities. Like all successful social change campaigns, a combination of statistics, facts and emotional appeal is used in the message. My comparison to Rand comes in with the point that a decision to buy local doesn’t have to be motivated by conscience. It can be motivated by selfishness: I want my job and my family’s jobs to flourish; therefore, I am going to buy locally and American-made.

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What I think I like the most about the buy local idea is that it doesn’t require a person to join a group. It’s about personal action everyday— drip, drip, dripping on the problem, making little bits of change here and there. What I try to talk about—along with buy local movements around the world—is the impact that the individual can have can create major change. Added up as a group, especially. Yet, it’s not like joining a political party or a club. There are no expectations beyond your own. The ramifications, however, are far reaching: jobs, money spent and earned, quality of schools, infrastructure of a community, etc. If there is no locally circulating money to support those things, they cannot thrive. It is therefore in my own selfish, selfinterest to support the businesses and people that make these necessities for me attainable. John Steinbeck once observed that the reason socialism never took off in America was that every poor person saw themselves as a millionaire in the making. Our national mythology is deeply rooted in social mobility and the belief that anyone can do or be anything in America, if they are willing to work hard enough for it. I agree old-fashioned, hard work is the foundation of all success. A little luck thrown in, doesn’t hurt, mind you. Any small business owner will admit the years and years of long, hard hours. In retail, entertainment or restaurant-related fields, those hours primarily happen when other people are off work and make the time to come see you. It might be years before you have dinner with your family again. It’s a selfish act to be an entrepreneur. For many it’s also the road to middle-class prosperity and the goal of providing a better life for their children.

Let me also say, that, as a small business owner, any real success measured isn’t really your own. No matter how hard you work, it comes because other people believe in you and invest in you both through capital investments and purchases. More so, no entrepreneur can succeed without the infrastructure our tax-base provides: electrical grid, water and sewer, roads, etc. That’s a community investment in all of us that, yes, we pay for the privilege of using, but we benefit tremendously from it, too. It takes a certain level of individualism and selfishness to launch a small business, but it takes a community to make it thrive. I came to the buy local movement as a smallbusiness owner. I saw the difference in how a dollar spent at a small business circulated through the community versus through a big box store or on the Internet (where the money leaves the community entirely). It was enlightened self-interest or selfishness that brought me here. I would be dishonest if I did not say that part of that selfishness is a love for my city. I don’t want Wilmington to wind up like Detroit. I remember downtown in the early 1980s; it wasn’t a welcoming sight. It is beautiful now. I love and have always loved visiting the stores and restaurants there. I want to see all of that thrive. That’s a selfish desire, but it is also a community-spirited one. Those locations bring the film industry and tourists. Both groups who have continuously brought in money from elsewhere, which helps sustain a strong arts and culture-driven middle-class here. Which in turn has made Wilmington a destination. It all fits together and is interdependent, even our individual desires.

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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY Making Outsourcing Work for You A Verizon risk team, looking for data breaches on a client’s computers, discovered that one company software developer was basically idle for many months, yet remained productive because he had outsourced his projects to a Chinese software developer who would do all the work and send it back. The employee earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, according to a January Los Angeles Times report, but paid the Chinese worker only about $50,000. The risk team eventually learned that sensitive company information was flowing to and from Chinese terminals, leading the company to suspect hackers, but that traffic was merely the U.S. employee (obviously, “ex-employee” now) sending and receiving his workload. The U.S. man showed up for work every day, but spent his time leisurely web-surfing. The Entrepreneurial Spirit One of Britain’s most famous “madams” announced in January that she was coming out of retirement to set up a brothel exclusively catering to disabled people and the terminally ill. An ordinary brothel would be illegal in the town of Milton Keynes (45 miles from London), but Becky Adams insists that the government could not shut hers down without illegally discriminating against the disabled. Advances in the Service Sector: In January, the Japanese marketing firm Wit Inc. began hiring “popular” young women (judged by the extent of their “social network” contacts), at the equivalent of $121 a day, to walk around with advertising stickers on their thighs. (The stickers would be placed on the erotic “zettai ryouiki” the Japanese mystical area between the hem of a short skirt and the top of long socks.) The women must be prepared to endure men hovering closely to read the ads. According to news reports in November, New York City physician Jack Berdy was doing a brisk business administering Botox injections (at up to $800) to poker players who were hoping to prevent facial expressions that might tip their hands. Ingenious: London’s The Independent reported in January that Dean Kamen (who famously invented the Segway, a standing, battery-powered scooter) had developed, along with a Pennsylvania medical team, what appears to work as a “reverse feeding tube” that will vacuum out up to 30 percent of any food in the stomach before it is digested and converted into calories. After installation of the stomach “port,” the diner could operate the device without daily medical help. The Polish cosmetics company Inglot announced in January a nail polish ideal for Muslim women, in that it can withstand the five-times-daily hand-washing required for prayers. (Normally, devout women wear nail polish only during their menstrual periods, when the hand-washing is not required, but polish thus signals menstruation and therefore embarrasses modest women.)

Advances in Animal Research Scientists from Sweden’s Lund University, reporting in a recent issue of Current Biology, explored the burning question of why dung beetles appear to be “dancing” on the tops of the dung balls they roll away. The answer is that the beetles need to roll their treasures away from the heap as quickly as possible (lest competitors swipe them) and that they can best maintain a straight line away by celestial navigation. To test the hypothesis, researchers actually outfitted some beetles with tiny visors to block their view of the sky, and those beetles mostly rolled their balls in irregular routes, whereas the sky-searching beetles moved in straight lines. Intelligent Design: Japanese researchers learned recently that a species of sea slug may lose its penis after copulating, but then grow another one and use it the next time the occasion arises. Writing in the British journal Biology Letters, the scientists also found that the slugs have both male and female organs and in effect copulate with each other through a simultaneous hook-up. A final breathtaking finding of the team was that the sea slugs’ penis has the ability to remove competitors’ sperm from the female openings of its mate. Leading Economic Indicators In January, the National Hockey League labor dispute ended and players returned to work, but as usual, some owners resumed claiming that players’ high salaries were killing them financially. The Phoenix Business Journal reported in December that the Phoenix Coyotes, for example, stood to turn a profit for the 2012-2013 season only if the lockout had continued and wiped out all the games indicating that, based on the team’s projections, the only way for it to make money was to never play.

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priate for interactive dinner theatre than an Irish pub setting. We all know the setup: Raucous Irishmen and women singing songs while having a pint, laughing exuberantly and sharing stories from days of yore. Alisa Harris’ TheatreNOW invites everyone along for the ride to celebrate the life of Charlie Murphy, who suddenly and mysteriously passed away, leaving behind a bereaved wife, Kathleen, played by the show’s director Penny Kohut. Kohut really set up the comedy before the first course arrived. She waded through the crowd (an almost packed house), thanking everyone for coming and sharing in their own stories of Charlie. Her dry wit and spot-on accent fulfilled the role. And she absolutely stood out as the show’s star even while heckling the audience tableside to demand their inclusion in the wake. Yes, “Charlie Murphy’s Fond Farewell” is an audience show as much as a performer show, so the timid may find their cheeks red when called upon from the stage. Alas, my fellow audience members welcomed the mandated interaction last weekend, even boisterously agreed to sing a solo in Charlie’s honor or read a joke aloud from “Jokes in a Jar.” Often, they were as excited as anyone onstage (I’m looking at you, Claire), to the point I thought they were cast members planted throughout the dining room. It wasn’t until I found myself belovedly acknowledged as “Bloody Mary,” for hitting the vodka a little too often, I realized their reactions were authentic. Every audience member will take on a persona for the evening. My 10-year-old date became the night’s undertaker and village miser, often berated for inflated funeral costs demanded to be paid at Charlie’s wake. 10 encore | march 13-19, 2013|

Still, everyone’s eyes remained onstage, as the cast rambunctiously reveled in their own funny, if not sometimes cheesy, punchlines. Among my favorite actor: Gabe Wood as down-to-earth pub owner Shane O’Malley. Aside from having the best Irish accent, even during song, his singalong in “Lads and Lasses” gripped a jolly good time. He looked the part, too, perfectly patting the back of his comrades, sporting his newsie cap, and easefully transitioning the audience from a show to dinner at his pub. Being dinner theater, an Irish meal came courtesy of Denise Gordon, TheatreNOW’s chef. The starter arrived as leek-potato soup and tasted perfectly creamy and rich, to which I drank every drop, might I add. I’ve never had potato soup so smooth; I could have had another cup, in fact. The Irish soda bread knobs tasted delightful dipped in the soup, especially considering on their own they crumbled with a dry and bland aftertaste. The corned beef made up for it tenfold, tender to every bite and not needing the honey mustard served alongside. The sweet baby carrots and slightly bitter, less-tender cabbage offered a completion of flavors. The enormous slice of Guinness chocolate cake ended the meal with a rich cocoa concoction; though the granulated sugar on top battled the sweet butter cream icing too much. Aside from dinner, many traditional Irish songs– from lullabies to laments, ballads to drinking tunes– separated this play from the norm. The audience frequently got called upon to join; “Whiskey in a Jar,” “Wild Rover” and “My Wild Irish Rose” were recognizable among the adults. However, the hand gestures mimicking the lyrics in “The Unicorn” proved my date’s fave—perhaps because its childish interaction seemed more slated toward youngsters. Thus, the

showroom looked like adults regressing into kindergarten, as their hands snapped like alligators or poked horns from their foreheads—quite a sight! The classic and reverent “Oh, Danny Boy” transformed into an irreverent remembrance to Charlie’s dog (“or when the valley’s covered in yellow snow,” they sang). The bathroom humor of “Seven Old Ladies Locked in the Lava’try” had everyone quite enthralled, especially when paired with the photos which shined across the screen onstage. It showcased wrinkly faces in odd contortions, which could very well incite the new slew of Facebook memes. The screen also acted as a medium to highlight every song’s lyric—a cue for the performers to encourage more engagement. While games (“Pass the Potato”) and many toasts from the audience helped build its success, the show’s storyline remained loose and essentially lacked real structure, as expected of dinner theatre. Yet, Father Valentine played by Michael Lauricella anchored many scenes and played keys quite fiercely to compensate. And the random Irish stepdancer’s appearances always got the easy laugh and managed to never tire. Craig Kittner as Hugh There played a dense bartender not fully hashed out, while Rasa Love’s Molly Sweeney did a memorable job as an unwelcomed mistress. During her drunken scenes, I feared her falling over from too-stiff legs. Without a doubt, TheatreNOW’s March showing of “Charlie Murphy’s Fond Farewell” is a success for an off-the-cuff St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Harris even extended their normal Friday and Saturday show times by adding a Sunday matinee on March 17th at 3 p.m. It’s appropriate for ages 10 and up, and quite frankly will delight as judged by my own date’s assessment: “A silly, fun show with great actors.”

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“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” Marlowe Moore traces the events of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s iconic play “Romeo & Juliet,” using the well-known story as the framework for her original piece, “Rosaline and Baldasar.” Moore, who lived in Wilmington before moving to Florida, saw her work come to life in 2007 thanks to Browncoat Pub and Theatre’s dedication to showcase original works. Its reprisal is more fleshed out in set design and costuming, and the performances also take it up a notch. The story follows Rosaline (Amber Davis), possibly the most famous ex-girlfriend in the

history of literature, and her breakup with Romeo (Allen Wooten). Romeo’s country cousin, Baldasar (Newlin Parker), arrives in fair Verona in search of a wife. The first person Baldasar meets is a Capulet servant known as Orlando (Skyler Randolph), who fills him in on the feud situation. Orlando’s life is simple and straightforward: There’s a feud, he’s a servant. Then he meets Ferula (Jessica Famer), Rosaline’s maid/cohort in crime and future love of Orlando‘s life. The Montague and Capulet adults (Ron Hasson, Elizabeth Lewis and Pam Smith) continue on in relative oblivion about what is really happening in their homes with their adolescent children and servants. Like all good Shakespearean comedies, Moore includes mistaken identity, sexual innuendo and a great subplot with the servants. “Rosaline and Baldasar” has a sharp, snappy script, and the cast is on point. My favorites, of course, are the servants. Famer and Randolph are just too delightful for words. Famer, in particular, is prepared to go to any length for a laugh. She literally climbs the walls, slides under the bed and dances her way through the show. When it comes to energy, no one brings more to the stage.

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effortlessly. The struggles of the friar, beside being unsettling, are genuine. Lord Montague is a revolting character that Hasson makes progressively more likeable. Parts of it remind me of one of the fathers from “The Fantasticks” (another “Romeo and Juliet”-esque piece), in that he begins so awfully and becomes an object of the audience’s empathy. Director Richard Davis adds a fabulous soundtrack to the performance. Romeo wails his way offstage about Rosaline breaking up with him to the refrain of “Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love?” Baldasar gets dressed after a midnight assignation in the garden, and whistles “I Feel Pretty” from “West Side Story”—the musical adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” to New York in the 1950s. Audiences should listen carefully; there are lots of great jokes and puns hidden in the soundtrack and mixed with beautiful moments—like two couples falling in love to the sounds of Leonard Cohen’s voice. (Who hasn’t?) Moore really writes for modern audiences, but her love for the Bard is clear. Like Stoppard, there are inside jokes throughout the script. But unlike Stoppard, we don’t have to be an English major to really appreciate what Moore—who taught at Cape Fear Community College during her citizenship here—is doing. The script reflects a mind that loves literature and wants to share it with people who might be intimidated by it. She employs many tactics Shakespeare liked—asides, parallel stories and puns—but she uses current vernacular and tries to bring people into the story anyway she can. This production embraces every earthly, vulgar, raunchy innuendo Shakespeare intended for the pit and modernizes a few more just in case the audience didn’t get the others. Moore nods to many of William Shakespeare’s other works in a smart and funny script. With Shakespeare on the Green just around the corner, this will certainly get folks in the mood for more of his timeless stories.


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Randolf’s portrayal of Orlando as a slightly more intelligent version of Keanu Reeves from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a lovely piece of repetitious comedy. He and Famer’s “Hi. Hey. Hi. Hey.” bit depicts awkward teenagers succinctly and remains an audience favorite. It’s easy to see how Ferula could fall for him: He’s sweet, bashful and cute. During the party scene, he transforms into the shy hottie who can play guitar! Damn! Are there no ends to his charms? Together, they are the cutest couple. When I think of Newlin Parker, I think “Song and Dance Man.” Need a good soft-shoe routine? Call Parker. Good featured character actor in a musical? Call Parker. However, this performance consists of a non-singing role (though he did whistle a happy tune); and he’s fantastic! Parker’s depiction of Baldasar as the down-to-earth country cousin adrift in the sea of madness among an overly sophisticated city family sits pitch-perfect. His frustration and disgust at the antics and unnecessary dramatics of those around him is palpable. But his slowly developing love for Rosaline is what showed his real craft. It wasn’t a switch someone turned on in his head; rather, it stays a genuinely gradual awakening that (like for many people) begins with slightly misguided lust and ends with genuine affection and concern. This might be the best work by Amber Davis I have seen. She is incredibly believable as Rosaline, and her range of emotion is compelling. Her interactions with Famer are side-splittingly funny and remarkably realistic, showcasing a comfortable repartee of a girlfriend’s interaction. Her strange relationship with the family friar (Ron Hasson) is almost like a train wreck. I just couldn’t believe what was happening before my eyes and yet I couldn’t look away. Hasson is an incredible performer who plays dual roles as the friar and the Montague Patriarch. The first forewarns his earthly delights; the other positively revels in them. Doublecasting can be so tricky but Hasson pulls it off


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Artist fund-raiser promises fire, stilts, live painting and more!


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tion tends to fluctuate in this town. Labels like “hippie hookah place” or “burner dive bar” are pretty familiar to its staff. The old motto of the establishment was proudly known as “where the strange go to be normal,” and indeed the place has always drawn in a diverse crowd. But what remains is a love for creativity, and the “weird” need not be excluded. “I love this place for a lot of reasons,” Angelo Lambiase, patron and founder of nonprofit organization Wheels That Heal, says. Lambiase has hosted numerous benefits in Wilmington through Wheels, an organization which raises money for cancer patients and the American Cancer Society through car shows and entertainment events. Among others, one of the venues Lambiase always feels he can turn to is the Gypsy. “The culture it attracts is great,” he says, “but the people I’ve met here have been exceptional. This place has always shown immense support for our cause, and now I really want to give something back to this particular community.” Teaming with Juggling Gypsy owner Sebastian Gomez, Lambiase and other local performers are collaborating on the Carnival of Dreams, a fund-raiser event for Cape Fear artists, or as active local painter Mezzanine Kowalski describes it: “Wilmington’s chance to be a part of the circus and to support what is innovative in the art world: the odd, the beautiful, the grand scale, and what’s on fire in our own backyards!” With this fund-raiser, Gomez himself will participates in a fire performance on The Flaming Trampoline. He assures, while the name is somewhat self-explanatory, it is advisable to leave much open to imagination. “What we’re doing is kind of like a live

e by Christina Dor s m Carnival of Drea th, 8 p.m. • $7 Friday, March 15 . • 1612 Castle St Juggling Gypsy www.jugglinggyp Kickstarter,” Gomez continues. “There’s a community of artists that have great ideas for unique, interactive projects, and we want to see them come to life. The Carnival of Dreams will help these artists raise funds for their creative endeavors and also share with the public eye a culture that has influenced a lot of our work.” State fairs and traveling circus shows will be the inspiration behind Carnival of Dreams—from nostalgia to brilliant, blinking lights, the pungent smell of funnel cake to the ecstatic screaming after winning a prize, the illuminated colors and dark pastel hues... Whether it’s a 4-year-old or a 40-year-old, there is wondrous appeal for all. Readily available will be a 30-foot inflatable slide and a moon bounce. There will be games, too, like Mr. Imagine’s Amazing Bizarrium Balloon Boom, a dart-throwing, balloon-popping game with a pyrotechnic touch, created by local fire cirque collective Bizarre Entertainment. “I personally see it as Tim Burton’s Disneyland without the morbidity,” Lambiase laughs. “I think this event will not only help a lot of talented artists, but it’s going to be the best way to introduce the influential culture that has shaped them.The ultimate goal is to encourage creativity from our Wilmington community.” Performers will abound: sideshow, magic, fire, musicians, DJs, jugglers, comics and all around “freaks.” Artist and per-

STILT DANCER: Mezzanine Kowalski (with Jess James and Shannon Dunne) with stilt-dance at the Carnival of Dreams this Friday night at the Juggling Gypsy. Courtesy photo, Mezzanine Kowalski

former Mezzanine Kowalski will be appearing as a stilt-walker and will be raffling off one of her live paintings to raise funds for all the participating artists. “The Carnival of Dreams contains so many elements that I’m attracted to and that show up a lot in my artwork,” Kowalski says. “It appeals to my artistic sensibilities and I love that it’s carnival-based,

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involves interactive projects and brings the community together.” Kowalski hopes the Carnival of Dreams will assist artists and also her steam-punk and R. Buckminster Fuller-inspired project: the Beehive Disco Ball, which will “bring an element of [her] paintings into three dimensions in a glowing, spinning interactive lighting to dance under.” “Through my art, I wish to gather people together and ignite a sense of wonder of the natural world,” she says. “The Carnival of Dreams will promote participation from everyone, and I hope it will bring out people’s inner child.” The Carnival of Dreams will begin at 8 p.m. this Friday and is open to all ages. Admission costs $7, which will go directly to support local artists in their upcoming interactive cirque-style projects. Tickets can be purchased the day of or at www. When Lambiase and Gomez first started planning the initial concept for Carnival of Dreams, they wanted it to be a cancer benefit for the American Cancer Society, and to act as a memorial to Lambiase’s late sister, Anita, who lost her life during an arduous cancer battle. They have continued pursuing this avenue by doing a reprisal of the bohemian Carnival of Dreams on March 30th. “For those who happen to miss the Carnival of Dreams this Friday, have no fear!” Lambiase states. “There will be another chance to experience the same atmosphere and fun at Anita’s tribute and cancer benefit [at the end of the month.] People will still be supporting the art scene here and at the same time, donating their time and funds to the American Cancer Society.”

6 Locations in the Cape Fear Established 1990


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2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Celebrating one year at their new location, Artfuel Inc. hosts Vol. 33, featuring Todd Carignan, Scott Ehrhart, Sabrina Buchanan, and Cyndi Buell.


22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) Look for the big red barn and visit a unique space in the Hampstead area just 4 miles from beautiful Topsail Island. A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6PM. Over one hundred masks designed by artists, volunteers and teens will be on display through the month of February and will be auctioned off at Infant of Prague in March to benefit the Hospice. March 8th from 6:00- 8:00PM will feature an evening of “Art in Action” with several artists working at their craft. We will continue our “Art in Action” on Saturday, March 9th from Noon to 5:00PM. Come either or both days to watch our artists at work! Check out our website to see the latest in new classes as well as our regular art classes and studio time. Yoga classes meet Saturday at 9AM in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.


114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Featured this month are the exquisite jewelry designs of Claudia Bustamante. Bustamante is the founder of Lativa Accents and Art, offering unique eco-friendly jewelry and now expanding to offer locally-roasted coffee from beans of her home country of Colombia. Come by and see the jewelry and taste the coffee! Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists inspired by nature, including art, jewelry, photography, pottery and wood crafts. Visit us and support your local creative community.

turing new artists on the Second Friday of every month from 6-8. It’s a great event to connect with the arts community! Now showing “The Gilded Wild” featuring charcoal, ink, acrylic, and gold leaf paintings on canvas by Sullivan Anlyan Dunn.


200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Tues. and Thurs., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. CFCC will be hosting a sculptural exhibit by Gracelee Lawrence entitled, “Sculptress.” Please visit the artist website: For more information, contact bguthrie@cfcc. edu or 362-7431.


201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) “Close to Home” showcases new works by the gallery’s artists. Enjoy this collection of original paintings, prints and photographs with a decidedly regional flair! With our focus on artists from NC, SC and Virginia, the theme incorporates work that is both diverse in style and content, but all pertaining to the southeastern states. Artists included in the show are Eric Lawing, Catherine Lea, Laura Mostaghel, Owen Wexler, Priscilla Whitlock, and many more. “Close to Home” will remain on display through March 16th.

artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!


10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.


120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. We have a very special large Art Exhibit this month, with the work of lots of new artists in the USO Museum Lobby area. Check out our new gallery space at the Historic Hannah Block USO Building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington. We will have our Fourth Friday Receptions there every month from 6 to 9 pm. The 31st WAA Annual Spring Show at the Azalea Festival is coming soon! It will also be held at the Hannah Block Building this year. The show runs from Friday, April 12th thru Sunday, April 14th 10am to 5pm (4 on Sunday). This is a terrific Show every year, but this year we have even more new artists from around the state and local area, with a terrific variety of original work art for you to enjoy. Don’t miss our three day workshop in Painting People with Todd Carignan. The dates are Wed. April 24 to Friday, April 26. Space is limited so go to the website to get the details and find out how to register. $250 for members and $275. for non-members.

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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

3501 Oleander Dr. Hanover Center 910-763-6662


1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Figments Gallery offers a fresh mix of eclectic work from local and international artists of all genres. Come by for an Open House Exhibit fea-

8207 Market St. Porter’s Neck Center 910-686-9343

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shepherding the flock: Foxy Shazam attempts the revival of real rock ‘n’ roll er by Bethany Turn ented by es pr Foxy Shazam, ic Group Progressive Mus Doors: 7 p.m. Fri., March 15 • Front St. Soapbox • 255 N. line only e on $10-15, availabl un www.soapboxla

best record yet. I am so excited about what we are writing, but I have to be patient and make sure our ideas are fully cooked. So, no, not just yet. e: Share with me one of the most outlandish stories from any of your past tour stops. ESN: One night we were in—I can’t remember where we were—all I remember is that the club we were playing was sandwiched between a strip club and railroad tracks. We chose the railroad side for our entertainment that night. We are out back after the show and a train comes by: choooo choooo! Alex all of a sudden sprints from our group, dashing side by side to the train. Alex leaps to the car and grabs hold of the side ladder. Trains these days have anti-hitchhiker mechanisms that indicate to the conductor when there’s a


he symphonic glam rock of

Foxy Shazam is every bit as inyour-face as their turbulent stage presence. The hard-hitting drums of Aaron McVeigh, complete with thrashing cymbals, infiltrate the speedy, metallic guitar work of Loren Turner. Sky White’s ivories are more ravished than tickled, and Alex Nauth’s trumpet lends the tunes a ska quality. Bassist Daisy Caplan rounds it all out. Frontman Eric Sean Nally’s unfaltering falsetto tears through every lyric with a vengeance. With just as much fervor, his body provides a show unseen in most modern rock acts today in the likes of dive rolls, fiercely flailing arms, and whipping hair. Founded in Cincinatti in 2004, Foxy Shazam’s sound and show is often called “theatrical,” earning the band apt relation to Queen and The Darkness. It was named one of the “100 Bands You Need to Know” by Alternative Press, and landed on Spin’s list of “10 Bands You Need to Know.” They’ve rocked out at SXSW, Vans Warped Tour and Lollapalooza, and the act has shared stages with The Strokes and Panic! at the Disco. Perhaps their strongest alliance is with The Darkness, as they toured together throughout the United Kingdom in 2011 and later in the United States. Not to mention, The Darkness’ frontman, Justin Hawkins, produced the fourth and latest album from Foxy Shazam: “The Church of Rock and Roll.” It was released on January 24th, 2012. The record experienced an exclusive premiere on Rolling Stone’s website (all 11 tracks still stream there; a simple Google search will suffice). The music is almost always colossal, an organized rollick in pure rock ‘n’ roll. But when they do turn it down, it’s a sultry and hypnotic mix. As in the bridge of “Holy Touch,” guitar and trumpet meld with Nally’s vocals into a slow and sensual ménage à trois. Yet the goal of Foxy Shazam is best captured within the lyrics of “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll,” revealing the group’s mission to reevaluate and invigorate today’s rock with the glory of yesteryear. Nally urges, “So what’s the plan, brother

change in cargo weight. As soon as Alex landed his death-defying leap to the train, it came to a screeching halt. Alex jumped back off and came back to the group to blend in just as the conductor rolls by with a flash light and a machine gun. “You kids see any hobos jumpin’ on my train?” he said to us, and we said, “No.”

e: In a 2010 interview with Skope Magazine, you talk about taking pride in looking a certain way because the visual side of the music is just as important. Tell me about the vibe you guys try to achieve through your riotous performances and overall style. ESN: I used to say that, but I just don’t care any more. I look the way I want to look and make the music I want to make, and that’s always cool. e: What bands are you listening to now? ESN: I’m trying to not listen to any music for awhile—at least not while I’m creating my own.

FOX TROT: Cincinatti’s Foxy Shazam plays it elu-

sively cool as they seek to be a vessel for today’s rock ‘n’ roll. Courtesy photo

Sat., March 23 ♦ 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sun., March 24 ♦ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

man? / We’re waiting on your cue / There’s nothing new to listen to / we’ve heard it through and through / We know you’re playing the best you can / The truth is we don’t give a damn ... Your music sucks, including us / It’s time we clear our name ... You’re all suckers, a flock of sheep / I’ll be your shepherd, follow me.” On Friday, March 15th, Foxy Shazam will perform at Soapbox Laundro-Lounge along with Sumerlin and Jonas Sees in Color. encore learned a little more about the band— and how an anti-hitchhiker mechanism almost got the better of Alex Nauth—in a chat with Nally last week.

encore (e): What sets “The Church of Rock and Roll” apart from Foxy Shazam’s other records? Eric Sean Nally (ESN): Each album is a reflection of where our minds were at that time. They are like snapshots. For “TCORR” we were in a different country, so when I hear the songs I think about England and working with Justin Hawkins. In the end though, they are all Foxy, and nothing about that changes. Or does it? e: On this tour, can the audience expect any new songs not from the record? ESN: We are in the midst of working on our

And Peanut 5K Fun Run/Walk

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Registration includes free $ admission to the Herb & Garden Fair on (Pre-Registration required) Sunday, so plan to stay.

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a preview of tunes all over town this week

1423 S. 3rd St. • 763-1607

$300 Bombs

New Outdoor Patio Seating! Open for Breakfast Daily at 5 am TUESDAY djBe KARAOKE

8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Botles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider


$3 NC Brew Bottles

—Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584

$4 Select Shooters


$2 PBR Pub Cans



—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC 9PM

4 20 oz. Guinness Pints

$6 Margarita Pitchers


$350 23oz. Pilsner Drafts


TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. • PRIZES! $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts


LIVE IRISH MUSIC Inquire for details

—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 BEARFOOT


—The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 BLARNEY BROGUES IRISH BAND


—Fat Tony’s, 131 North Front St.; 343-8881 KENNEDY PARK

$2 Bud & Bud Lt. Bottles

—Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 JENNY PEARSON

$3 Wells


—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 FOXY SHAZAM, SUMERLIN, JONAS SEES IN COLOR (SEE PAGE 17)

djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m. 2 PBR Longnecks



IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s


265 North Front St. (910) 763-0141

CELTIC RHYTHYMS: The Celtic drum band Tuatha Dea melds the tribal vibe of primitive drums with guitar, bass and Native American flutes. They’ll play The Harp Irish Pub on Saturday, March 16th. Courtesy photo




—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 THE VELDT

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 PIANO 7PM - 10PM MONDAY $ 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. TUESDAY Sweetwater $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. WEDNESDAY 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. $

THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas


FRIDAY 3 Pint of the Day



SATURDAY 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s

SUNDAY 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day


N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

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—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 RON WILSON, RAPHAEL NAME 8PM 10:30PM —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 LIVE TEAM TRIVIA —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 ROBBIE BERRY —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 YOUR 33 BLACK ANGELS, THE VELDT —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 ALAN GLASER PROJECT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

—Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 JAZZ NIGHT WITH MARC SIEGEL 6PM-8PM —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 GOAT UNPLUGGED —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DUTCH’S THURSDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 7-9PM —Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910-228-5952 OPEN MIC 7-10PM —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 ROLLING TRIVIA —Five Star Tavern, 106 N. 2nd St.; 762-1533 FRIED LOT —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.;


—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 MARK DAFFER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 LAURA THURSTON

—The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JACOB STOCKTON

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

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 EMMA NELSON

—Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 MASONBORO SOUND

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. KARAOKE

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 JACK JACK 180

—Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 DJ SHAFT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 OPEN MIC NIGHT (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 TRIVIA —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ LORD WALRUS

—Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 BIG SOMETHING —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 KERSTEN CAPRA —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. OVERTYME —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 TUATHA DEA (CELTIC DRUM BAND) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 BIG SOMETHING —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30AM1:30PM)

—Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 SONGWRITER OPEN MIC WITH JEFF ECKER (10PM-2AM) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 DJ TIME —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 IRISH MUSIC JAM 2PM —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC JAM SESSION —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road KARAOKE W/ JEREMY NORRIS —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 PIANO —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 HOSPITAL DANCING, TAKE ONE CAR, ALLSTAR ME, ASTRO COWBOY —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 VILLA VERDE, CLOCKWORK KIDS, SEAN THOMAS GERARD

1—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 THE HATCH BROTHERS —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 VERSUS ANGELS —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 MIKE O’DONNELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KATE LO —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 TRAIN WRECK —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 BOOTLEG DYNASTY —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 THE KENTUCKY GENTLEMEN —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 NO DOLLAR SHOES —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 MILLENIA FUNKIN —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 BLUEGRASS JAM —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. ROYA WEYERHAEUSER ( WELCOME HOME ANGEL BENEFIT) 8PM —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 LOW TECH ARMY —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807

WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584 JERRY POWELL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 VELCRO 10 -2AM —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 BIG SOMETHING —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 CHRIS LUTHER (JAZZ) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 BEHIND THE GARAGE MUSIC 10PM —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 OPEN ELECTRIC JAM (AMPS AND DRUMS PROVIDED)@4:00PM

Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 SUPER JAM OPEN MIC W/ JONNY REINERTH —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 OPEN MIC/KARAOKE —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 OPEN MIC W/ JOHN INGRAM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 CASK MOUSE

—Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS

TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close)

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS (9PM)

WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs

—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 JAMES HAFF (PIANO)

—Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 BEN MORROW

—Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 THE FROG PROJECT

—Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 JESSE STOCKTON —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2)

—Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212


—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

—Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 PIANO 7PM - 10PM


—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KARAOKE

—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 JOHNNY ACOUSTIC —CAROLINA ALE HOUSE; 317-C COLLEGE RD., 791-9393 BENNY HILL

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

—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 THICK AS BLOOD, BERMUDA, HARDSIDE, SESSIONS, BRACE YOURSELF

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

—Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 JESSE STOCKTON AND TOM SHAW —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue

FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC • NO Cover 1/2 Price Wings Midnight-1:30am SUNDAY $2.50 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4pm-7pm & Sun 9pm-close

@RuckerJohns 5564 Carolina Beach Road, 5564 Carolina Beach Road (910) 452-1212 (910)-452-1212

—Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 OPEN MIC (COMEDY) —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 RON WILSON, RAPHAEL NAME 8PM 10:30PM

—Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 JOSH SOLOMON & OPEN MIC

THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close)

—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KARAOKE

—Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 SAPPHIRE


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last 35mm film at thalian: Local filmmaker showcases ‘Scrapple’ and Widespread Panic documentary no by Alex Pomplia t at the Movies gh Ni n The Pengui low You Earth Will Swal e Th & le pp ra Sc m. March 14th, 7 p. 0 Chestnut St. Thalian Hall • 31 ww.983thepengu Tickets: $10, w


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a film as “’Babe’ on acid,” it makes me think it’s worth looking into. “Scrapple” is that film. A nostalgic homage to the 1970s stonercomedy genre, the film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1998 and has since gone on to achieve a loyal fan base and cult following. “Scrapple” follows a summer in the life of ski bums in the fictional town of Ajax, Colorado, in the late 1970s. Alongside a pig named Scrapple, Geoffrey Hanson, the movie’s co-producer and one of its writers, stars as Al Dean, a bumbling, low-level pot dealer, looking forward to a shipment of Nepalese Temple Balls (wads of hashish chewed by monks in the Himalayas). Hanson, a Wilmington local and former Pen-

guin DJ, will be screening “Scrapple” at Thalian Hall on March 14th as the last 35mm film to ever play the historic theater, which is undergoing renovations to go all-digital by early spring. On the same night, Hanson will screen “The Earth Will Swallow You,” a documentary on Widespread Panic’s summer 2000 tour, which he also produced. The first 50 attendees will receive a free “Scrapple” DVD and Widespread Panic T-shirt. encore spoke with Hanson about the “Scrapple” legacy, documenting Widespread Panic and the power of the soundtrack. encore (e): How does it feel to have “Scrapple” be the last 35mm film screened at Thalian Hall? Geoffrey Hanson (GH): As a film buff, it’s really cool to have “Scrapple” be the last 35mm film to play at Thalian Hall and be an obscure footnote in the history of the theater. e: What are your thoughts on the digital takeover in relation to the ways movies are filmed and projected? GF: The best analogy I can make is that 35mm

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ON THE SET: Brothers Christopher Hanson (left) and Geoffrey Hanson on the set of their 1998 film ‘Scrapple.’ Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Hanson

versus digital is like vinyl versus CDs: Vinyl just sounds better. It has more texture and depth. The same holds true with 35mm film. It just looks better. And “Scrapple” is really great on 35mm film. It’s a beautiful film to watch, and I like to turn the volume up as the music is groovy. e: “Scrapple” has certainly aged well. Did you ever expect to be having screenings for the film over a decade after its release, with such a large cult following? GH: “Scrapple” is as relevant in 2013 as it was in 1998 when it came out. It’s a movie that takes place in 1978. I actually got an e-mail from someone fairly recently who told me that it reminded them of Wrightsville Beach back in the day. It’s really a nostalgia piece about any small town—whether surfing or skiing—that has been overrun by wealthier folks and changed the dynamic, pricing out the old-school locals along the way. As the years pass, the nostalgia only grows more profound. It is a real cult film in ski towns. There’s a group in Ketchum Idaho that has a “Scrapple Fest” every year where they dressup in ‘70s clothes, watch the movie and have a big party. It’s in its ninth year. We’re happy that people still enjoy it. e: What was its inspiration? GH: It’s based on a short story by a writer named Sean McNamara. It was about a bunch of guys living in a ski town raising a pig for the summer. The movie is very different from the short story. The interesting thing about the screenplay is that it originally had no drugs in it at all. But as we examined where the drama was in the ‘70s in ski towns, it revolved around the drug trade, of which the ski towns were an integral part. So we focused the plot around a ski bum gets caught up into a major drug deal. e: Musician Keller Williams recorded a song

called “Nepalese Temple Balls” based on a scene from the movie. How did that come about? GH: I met Keller Williams when I was the afternoon DJ at The Penguin [98.3 FM]. I gave him a copy of “Scrapple,” and two days later he called me telling me how much he enjoyed the movie and that he wanted to feature the music on his syndicated show, “Keller’s Cellar.” About a year later, I got a call from his manager with an MP3 of the song “Temple Balls,” asking me for permission to use the lines from the movie in the song. I about fell out of my chair when I heard it. He literally transcribed the lines from the movie and sang them. I got the writing credit for the song which was pretty cool. I’m still waiting on my royalty check. e: People often don’t mention “Scrapple” without also mentioning its soundtrack, which features greats like Taj Mahal. How did you end up getting Taj to score the film? GH: We’ve heard from lots of folks over the years that “Scrapple” is their favorite soundtrack ever. I can tell you this: The Penguin plays more music by “Scrapple” soundtrack artists than any radio station in the country. If you like The Penguin, you’ll love the soundtrack. Working with Taj Mahal on the score was one of the best experiences of my life. I met Taj at Telluride in the early ‘90s and got to know him by promoting a few of his shows. I told him that what I really wanted to do was write a screenplay and make a movie; and if I did [I asked if] he would consider doing the music. When I finished the screenplay, I brought it to him and he agreed instantly on a handshake deal. e: The second film you produced, “The Earth Will Swallow You”, is a documentary on Widespread Panic. What led you to follow-up “Scrapple” with this project? GH: We used a Panic song in the movie, and “Scrapple” became popular amongst Widespread Panic fans. We love the band, so we approached them about making a documentary and that’s how it all happened. We were able to capture the band with their original lineup. Michael Houser died in 2002 so it remains the definitive document about the original band. e: What are some of the biggest differences between filming a feature over a documentary? GH: They’re totally different. Documentary filmmaking is very spur-of-the-moment, and trying to be a fly on the wall. Shooting a feature is very calculated and requires a much bigger crew. If I could make features for the rest of my life, I would. They are just a lot harder to get made than documentaries. But I’m excited to showcase my work at Thalian Hall; it’s a beautiful theater.


throwing a hip, not a punch: Aging action stars need to call it a day

this week in film

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Miss Representation Cape Fear Community College Women’s History Month Forum CFCC, building L, room 107 • Downtown 3/27, 2 p.m. • Free! Cape Fear Community College will host their 3rd annual Women’s History Month forum where the documentary “Miss Representation” will be showed. The film is about how men and women are represented in mass media and the effects and disparities that result. A panel of experts from UNCW, Coastal Horizons, and the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services will be on hand to field questions.

ction films: a requiem.

The action film is dead. The once proud genre has been a mainstay of the movies ever since the word “motion” was paired with “picture.” It was the action film that spoke to the common man, teaching important values, like “there’s no problem too big that can’t be solved with a machine gun.” Such logic and reason pale in comparison to impaling someone with a steel pipe. As a U.S. citizen I was raised on the principles of truth, justice and the American way. And “the American way” translated to “steroidpumping, manly men brutally murdering anyone that stands in their way.” It saddens me the action film has taken such a beating. They were a huge part of my early movie-going experiences. During the formative years, my cinematic diet consisted of obscenely over-produced science-fiction like “Tron,” “Dune” and “Flash Gordon”—R-rated action films featuring an unkillable one-man army. While we still get the occasional garish sci-fi epic (“John Carter,” anyone?), the action film has been issued a death certificate. 2013 has given us nearly a half-dozen examples of audiences abandoning the genre and proving it’s not exactly putting asses in seats anymore. Back in January Arnold Schwarzenegger made his return to theaters after a stint as the governor of California. “The Last Stand” was an entertaining little throwaway about a sheriff trying to stop a criminal from crossing the border. It was the kind of low-concept, high-octane, shoot-em-up that made Arnold the biggest box-office star in the world. While the movie wasn’t horrible, the reception was. The movie barely mustered a top-10 finish for the week. Most chalked it up as an aging icon with diminishing box-office value, failing to attract an audience. Shortly thereafter we saw the release of Sylvester Stallone’s latest action film, the Walter Hill-directed “Bullet to the Head.” An entertaining little yarn about an unfortunately named hit-man, Jimmy Bobo (Stallone), who gets mixed in with some corrupt cops and an investigation into a series of murders. It’s the kind of dirty action film

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WCE Film Festival STALLONED: Sylvester Stallone once proved an action-star hero; today his appearance in “Bullet to the Head” mystifies. Courtesy photo

that was all-too common back in the day but now seems downright kitschy. Though not a bad movie by any stretch, the reception was terrible. The movie barely charts. One would figure Bruce Willis could end the trend and stave off diminishing returns. If any of the aging action icons still constitute a box-office commodity, it’s Willis. Though the fifth “Die Hard” film opened well, it has quickly plummeted from the charts and is tracking for an under-whelming performance from a mainstay of action films. In this case, it’s pretty damn awful. Perhaps we could blame the fact that our action heroes are in reality senior citizens taking up arms—aging icons who have seen better days. But the action atrophy doesn’t just apply to the old guys; the middle-aged guys aren’t faring too well either. Jason Statham’s latest, “Parker,” tanked hard. Now “the artist formerly known as The Rock,” a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, stars in “Snitch,” another nail-in-theaction-film coffin. “Snitch” is a heavy-handed movie that tries way too hard to be a message movie. Action films should never try and deliver a message. Unless the message provides “justice administered one punch to the throat at a time.” The Rock plays John Matthews, a construction manager whose estranged son is arrested for dealing drugs. John feels responsible, not having been there for his son. So he does what every concerned parent does: He sets up a shady deal with a U.S. attorney to become an informant to help reduce his son’s sentence. I’m a fan of the crazy plot. We need a few more films that live

on the premise of “it’s so crazy, it might work.” Dwayne Johnson is a likable guy with a great screen presence. He’s exactly the kind of action icon the genre needs. However, his penchant for projects could use some refinement. “Snitch” struggles to achieve mediocrity. Maybe the action film has taken a beating because the formula hasn’t changed. There’s way too much emphasis on the fact that these guys are getting crazy old and are still trying to pull off the same shtick. I saw a poster for “Bullet to the Head” that read, “Revenge never gets old.” Drawing attention to their age is doing little to help improve their credibility. I’m painfully aware that in real life these guys are more likely to throw a hip than throw a good punch. I think it’s time for the old-timers to call it a day. And I think it’s time for the new guys to go back to the drawing board. I don’t exactly know what will save the action film, but I know that its bullet-ridden corpse is gasping for breath and in desperate need of life support.

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Kids in Tow itinerary

by Jennifer Maxwell


hen my son Ben was small, he followed me so much that I called him My Shadow. Now that he’s entering that dreaded pre-teen stage, it seems like I’m losing him to his friends and video games. Well, I’m taking drastic action today!

The Cape Fear Serpentarium is my kids’ dream come true and my nightmare. The largest reptile zoo in the state, the Serpentarium has more than 150 slithering, slimy animals such as venomous snakes, lizards and crocodiles. My son is thrilled to spot all of the species of snakes he’s learning about in school. Because I’m an awesome mom, I called ahead to find out when herpetologist (and museum founder) Dean Ripa and his team would be doing live feedings. They do them on Saturdays and Sundays, so my timing is perfect. Ben laughs when I cover my face during the feedings. Though I hate tearing him away from the fun, the snakes aren’t the only ones in need of some grub. Our next stop is just a few blocks away at the Wayfarer Delicatessen. Its location made for a refreshing walk toward the riverfront in downtown. Heading into the historic building on Front Street, we grab a spot by the window so we can enjoy my favorite activity: People watching. We spend longer than usual picking out what we want to order because the menu is full of mouthwatering options. Our waitress is more than patient with us and even helpfully points out a few of her favorite dishes. I decide to go with the special of the day, a bison burger seared and topped with bacon, grilled onions and bleu cheese crumbles on a toasted pretzel roll. I’m a huge fan of bison meat, and adding bacon to it easily puts this burger in my top five in the city. Wayfarer posts their daily specials on Facebook, so I’ll definitely have to check their page often to see what other culinary creations they come up with. Ben proves to me once again that he is his father’s son by choosing a vegetarian dish. The verduras asadas is a ciabatta roll filled with roasted green tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, grilled onions, mozzarella and pesto. That’s more vegetables than I usually eat in a week. He loves it, though. While Ben thinks that the day is ending here, I have one more surprise for my little man. We leave downtown and head towards Oleander Avenue. When he realizes we’re going to Jungle Rapids, he’s thrilled. While Jungle Rapids has plenty of activities perfect for boys and girls of all ages, today we’re focusing on one activity he’s been begging me to try for months. Bypassing the arcade games, we head straight for the rock wall. Jungle Rapids’ rock wall would be impressive even if it wasn’t the only indoor rock wall in Wilmington (unless you work at or attend UNCW and have access to the rock wall at the student recreation center). As Ben rushes ahead of me to ascend 30 feet to the top of “The Rock,” I look over at my son. While our relationship has certainly changed from the days when he clung to my side, today has shown me that I haven’t lost him yet. Jennifer Maxwell, DigiMe Partners

One Day Itineraries-Get to know the city and the culture

What To Do What To Do

When You Don’t Know

With Valentine's Day well behind us and bathing suit season well ahead of us, most of us ladies aren't thinking too hard about the way we look.

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of year. Everything I do regarding my appearance is for me, not for a [potential] love interest. And you know what? I enjoy looking and feeling sexy for no reason at all. I know it’s not bathing suit season yet, so maybe skip the Brazilian, but how about an alluring Eyelash Extension following a soothing Signature Facial from Rockin’ Roller Salon? My hair stylist, Britt Young, assured me that their esthetician, Alison Wilcox, rocked her socks off, and that the results of the eyelash treatments were

mind-blowing. Rozy Bathon is the owner and brains behind the Rockin Roller Salon, which is more Brooklyn tattoo and less Wilmington beauty parlor. The pages of hundreds of books are plastered to the walls, and local art is displayed throughout the salon. “We just had an art opening last weekend,” Britt explained, “It was mad packed!” In case their services and atmosphere aren’t enough to draw you to the place, Rockin Roller also serves beverages (beer and wine for the +21 crowd, tea or coffee for everyone), and they sell crafts and tees from local artisans. There’s nothing that says “I love me!” more than sexy lingerie (and maybe something more) from Spyces Lingerie and Novelty on Grace Street downtown. When I’m going on a night out, it’s knowing that I look sexy on the outside and underneath that puts that secret sparkle in my eye – especially when I know it’s for my eyes only. Spyces was established in 2011, and the staff prides themselves in being locally owned and offering top-notch customer service. They feature “the finest in lingerie, shoes, oils and lotions along with adult toys and novelties.” They even have an event

space available to rent for bachelorette parties, adult toy parties or any occasion. Ok, so I’ve gotten a facial, lash extension, treated my bod to some new threads. Now what? As the culmination to a fine day out and about, I’m going to don my lace, flutter my lashes and tango my way over to Babs McDance on Market Street, Wilmington’s Premier Dance Studio. Babs McCullen-Welker, owner and instructor of Babs McDance Social Dance Studio, has been teaching the uncoordinated to find their groove since 1990. She and her staff offer group or private lessons in anything from Belly Dancing to the Shag, but you can also catch them on a Friday for themed free-for-alls from 8-11pm. Food and drinks are available, and you even get a dance lesson. It’s only $10 per person or $5 for military/student and $15 per couple. Regardless of your dancing experience, Babs stresses the importance “for every student to feel comfortable, no matter what the setting, and to enjoy dancing to whatever music happens to be playing.” Hayley Swinson, DigiMe Partners

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One Day Itineraries-Get to know the City & the CulturE

Boots, Portraits, & Ponies Who would of thought?

Next week is my niece’s birthday. She’s turning a monumental 5 years old. This birthday she has been begging for a pony and a pair of cowgirl boots. My sister (little Florence’s mom) would rather have a portrait of her firstborn on her fifth birthday. Believe it or not, there is a way to satisfy Florence and her mom. Meet Nikki and Joe Niedermeyer of Old Baymeade Farm. They have recently set up their equestrian facility out on Sidbury road, only a 20-minute drive from downtown Wilmington. “I just bought a miniature pony,” Nikki confided in me, “I told Joe it was for the pony parties.” Nikki and Joe invite you and your loved ones to come spend the day with them. Learn about horses, have some cake and pet the miniature pony! Their facility is located on 10 acres of beautiful green pasture and woodlands with a large sand arena. “I’ll even get some of our riders to demonstrate riding techniques and jumping,” Nikki added, “they adore kids!” So what about those cowgirl boots? On the way to the farm, why not stop by The Western Shop on Castle Hayne, now run by Robin and Shane Nabours. The Nabours took over last summer, and their merchandise, Robin told me, “has been flying off the shelves!” I looked around at the huge variety of cowboy boots, shirts, belts and other gear the store stocked. “Since we took over, we have been trying to make our store more kid friendly,” Robin mentioned, gesturing to a large stuffed play horse. “As you can see, we’ve begun to stock many more kids styles, and we’ve had an overwhelming response!” Ok, checked off Florence’s wish list. Now what about mommy’s wish for a portrait session of her darling girl? That’s where Scott and Erica Biggs of Emerald Design Photography come in. With three kids of their own (plus a beagle-lab mix named Basil), they epitomize family photography. “We love that we get to see so many adorable babies grown into beautiful young children!” they stated in their “about me” on their website. Scott and Erica specialize in outdoor photography and family portraits – the perfect choice for a pony party! by Hayley Swinson

On Consignment with Jennifer Maxwell

I LIKE TO SAY I’M THRIFTY. I know the value of a dollar and don’t like to spend more than I have to. My friends call me other names: Cheapskate, penny pinch-

er and tight-wad are just the names I can repeat. But when they want to go shopping, they come to me because I know where to find the goods deals.

We start at Encore! Consignment Boutique. The shop on Oleander Avenue is continuously getting new merchandise. Scouring the racks, I find a pair of J Crew pants in orange, the hot color of the year. I’m usually a black clothes gal, but at just $35, these pants might change my mind. Maggie finds a small Coach purse her niece will love for under $100. We pick out a few more items all with designer names and head for the register. Laura has never shopped at consignment stores and can’t believe how low the total is.

With money still in our pockets, we venture over to The Fairy Circle next. The store caters to college kids, but you can

still find some diamonds in the mix if you look hard enough. We spend about an hour going through the racks and Laura is the first to emerge victorious. She scores a cute pair of Steve Madden heels for just $12! Maggie declares this her new favorite store because they have a few items from Funky People, her favorite brand. Most of the brands are along the Abercrombie, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger line, but if you time it right you might be able to snag the rare Prada purse or Bebe skirt. Our last stop of the day is downtown at Return Passage. It’s the grown-up sophisticated sister of the popular Island Passage consignment

shops. Return Passage is one of the best places to find that perfect cocktail dress. The place is a little crowded with merchandise, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. I consigned some items here in the fall, so I’m eager to use my credit today on a cocktail dress that I can wear in the spring. I end up buying a dress, statement necklace, clutch and earrings for the same price I would spend on the dress if it were new. My friends may still call me cheap, but after today I can tell they’re impressed by my shopping skills. They’re already planning our next shopping trip. Who knows what we’ll find next time? Thanks for tuning in and look for my suggestions each week in Encore.

Marriage Rejuventation Even in the best of marriages, it’s easy to get so caught up in daily minutiae that you start to take each other for granted. That’s why every once in a

while, my husband Mark and I plan a day together where we each get to pick one activity. We’re starting on my turf at the In Balance Pilates Studio. We’ve signed up for a semi-private lesson with Kristen. She’s whipped my butt in shape over the last year,

but Mark thinks that pilates isn’t as difficult as his daily jog around the loop. Of course, he’s never tried it. He thinks he’ll coast through the hour without breaking a sweat. Kristen and I exchange knowing glances. Fast forward an hour and poor Mark is covered in sweat like he just ran a marathon. While I’m not sure I’ve convinced him to join me at my mat class three mornings a week, he does agree that it’s a great workout. Next, we venture onto Mark’s sacred ground: the golf course. I’ve lost him to The Beau many Saturday mornings, but today I’m joining him. I battle water hazards and narrow greens throughout the “front nine,” as Mark quickly takes the lead and corrects my erroneous golf slang. I quickly learn he’s all business on the greens and doesn’t find it amusing when I jokingly call my club a stick. I convince Mark that a lunchtime break after

the ninth hole is not only brilliant, but that it’s his idea. Do I know how to work my husband, or what? We head to the Veranda Bar & Grill in the clubhouse. After our morning workout, we’re both ready for a big lunch. He goes with the Promenade Burger, a thick Angus burger topped with Swiss cheese and grilled mushrooms, and I decide to try a little of everything with the appetizer sampler of six wings, six tenders and onion rings. Mark thinks it’s cute that I keep alternating between all four dipping sauces. Fully satisfied, we head back to the links for the back nine. I think I finished strong, but Mark tells me my score would be great if we were bowling, but it’s not that good as a golf score. He finishes the day at 85, and says something about framing the scorecard. We leave Beau Rivage and head for our final activity of the day: Trivia! The Beach House

off of Market Street holds a trivia game every Wednesday night at 6:30. Instead of competing against each other, we decide to work together against the other teams. I sign us in – team name “Made For Each Other” – and Mark grabs a table. We have just enough time to settle in and order before the action begins. The menu is naturally themed with beach names – hang ten pizza, yacht salad, wake boarder chicken sandwich – but it’s basically bar food. Really good bar food, though. We share a basket of pickle chips and some mozzarella sticks. The Beach House has different drink specials each night, so Mark orders us a couple of $4 Sex On the Beach drinks. We leave without trivia prizes, but as we drive home I look at my husband and think how I won the jackpot! By Jennifer Maxwell, DigiMe Partners

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enjoy happenings this Saturday with celebrations for the patron saint of Ireland. Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick was actually British-born and raised in England. As a teenager he was taken hostage by Irish raiders who were plundering his parent’s estate. After he was forced into shepherd-hood, he turned to God and became a devout Christian in his solace. Six years in, Patrick escaped back to Britain where a revelation occurred and God had him back as a missionary in the land of Ire—tough love. Though today’s celebrations revolve less around religion and banishing snakes from Ireland a thousand or so years ago (which never happened, by the way), we relish the fanciful kitchiness of the holiday: picking four-leaf-clovers, drinking Guinness, wearing green, kissing whomever we please. Downtown Wilmington will turn into one mass of green celebrations come Saturday as the annual parade and festival get underway, beginning at 11 a.m. Friends of the Hibernians, an Irish Catholic organization who has been hosting the event for the past 14 years, will continue the tradition rain or shine, as the parade route goes from Front, and continues down to Dock before wrapping back around Water Street. After the parade, the festival at Riverfront Park will begin at noon between Market and Princess streets. Last year’s parade and festival brought over 8,000 people to our historic downtown. Money is raised throughout this event for the downtown marketing campaign, which is the result of the Downtown Business Alliance. DBA keeps our downtown streets clean and safe, as well as supports and unites the community and Wilmington Downtown Inc., which is designed to bring in more visitors. The festival features live music, including local bluegrass act No Dollar Shoes and headliners The Malones. The Malones will play traditional Irish music as well as Irish-rock. Other live music will be by The Blarney Broughs, The Molly Malones and Out on the Ocean. The UNCW Slainte Irish Dance Club and The Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing will be slip-jigging for festival goers. There will also be

craft, food and drink vendors. Chris Andrews, event coordinator, says, “It’s a free, very family-friendly event, and we want to invite everyone to come down and enjoy the festivities!” The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a noncommercial parade with various organizations participating. “We’ll have nonprofits, military, police, the fire department, schools,” Andrews continues. “We’re not going to see any type of business advertisements.” The festival will get a kickstart to a few men in uniform, as the Wilmington Police Pipe and Drums Band will inaugurate the festivities. There will be plenty of opportunities for guests to join in on the Irish spirit. Andrews quips, “There will be jewelry, Irish businesses (Sinead’s Cottage for example), and they’ve got all the St. Patrick memorabilia.” Kids will be welcome to the event, too, with face-painting and even live, local theatre. Andrews says, “TheatreNOW will be performing parts from their play ‘An Irish Wake,’ [ed. note: see review on page 12], and they will be singing and telling jokes.” The Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing will be performing between one and two o’clock. The organization will feature 12 kids ages 5 to 18, along with adults. School office manager Rhonda Adams tells, “We have 12 gigs booked for St. Patrick’s Day. This is our big time [of year].” The dancers will also be jigging during the parade and festival, then at Fat Tony’s (131 N. Front Street) at 2:30 p.m., The Harp (1423 S. 3rd Street) at 6 p.m., and will squeeze in an appearance at Plantation Village in Porters Neck. On Sunday the troupe is headed to Fibbers McGees (1610 Pavilion Place) at 2 p.m., Halligan’s (3317 Masonboro Loop Road) at 4 p.m., then

across town to The Lazy Pirate (1756 Caroline Beach Road) at Carolina Beach at 6 p.m. (though half the dancers will be performing in Hampstead). All performances will have the same music, though some will have extended dances usually lasting 30 minutes. There will be the traditional Irish step with hard-shoe (looks like river dancing, with loud, audible steps) and dancing with soft-shoe known as a “ghillie” where steps are not heard. They will also be dancing to the “St. Patrick’s Day Traditional Song.” The rest of the dances are unique to the school; though the steps are the same, the choreography is their own. During the show dancers will be differentiated by costumes. Beginners will have school costumes which are black skirts and white tops. Advanced dancers will have a traditional hard dress, which has hard panels in the skirt of the dress and navy blue embroideriy with the school emblem. The most experienced dancers will have solo dresses which are unique to each person—decked out with crystals and embroidery. Adams informs those who wish to get involved, “We have classes on Mondays, kids at 5 p.m., and adults from 7-8 p.m. at the open dance studio: 1211 44th Street.” And when the festival shuts down at dusk, Wilmington’s nightlife will commence. Most all businesses downtown will have food and drink specials awaiting celebrators. Locals can keep the corned beef and cabbage and Guinness flowing by visiting The Harp, or the Dubliner (1756 Carolina Beach Road), bboth of which will have live music, too. Halligan’s will feature dancers and serve corned beef and cabbage, while Paddy’s Hallow (Cotton Exchange) also will be serving Shepherd’s pie. Folks will find many a brews at Slainte Irish Pub (7 N. Front Street) or Longstreet’s Irish Pub (133 N. Front Street), among a slew of other hotspots.

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what’s for dinner? Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port CIty AMERICAN BLUEWATER

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


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 LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE

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draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the Summer WEBSITE:


“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week MondayWednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio WEBSITE:


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

HALLIGAN’S Loop Rd 3317 Masonboro (910) 791-1019

FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. WEBSITE:


Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining WEBSITE:


Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-


SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours,

Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. WEBSITE:


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 takehome 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: Wilmington South FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 4577017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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


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


What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also

serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. WEBSITE:


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:


The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. WEBSITE:


From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552

Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South WEBSITE:



At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laid-back American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. WEBSITE:


The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER TuesThurs- day 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Breakfast at 5 a.m. daily. NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. WEBSITE

The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly. com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! WEBSITE:


is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. FEATURING: Weekly Specials WEBSITE:


A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 10am-Midnight every day NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). WEBSITE: FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.


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 Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-and-match pasta dishes (including a glutenfree penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00 am - Midnight Fri. & Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am. Sun. 12:00pm - Midnight NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown

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Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas—— gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! WEBSITE:


Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays WEBSITE:


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington WEBSITE:

11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook WEBSITE:


Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Nightly specials WEBSITE:


Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res WEBSITE:


Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Co-op Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi WEBSITE:


Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. WEBSITE:


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


Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysterony-


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selec-


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Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday

tion of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. WheatFree 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: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. WEBSITE:

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mus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. WEBSITE:

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


Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s 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 a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am;

The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-2.a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Bubble and wine specials: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. WEBSITE

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.


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

jector TVs in Wilmington. WEBSITE:



In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody

Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also

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play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm WEBSITE:


This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday -

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Join us for Restaurant Week 2-COURSE LUNCH: $9.95 PER PERSON


COURSE ONE—CHOOSE ONE: Choice of soup or side salad – Mixed greens with red onions,

COURSE ONE: CHOOSE ONE Choice of Soup or Salad (salad avail. downtown only)

(only available at the downtown location) Comes with one non-alcoholic beverage

tomato, and cucumber topped with cheese and croutons, with your choice of mahi, shrimp, oysters, or crab cake.



Calamari, Crab Dip, or 6 chargrilled oysters

cheese. Topped with fresh Mahi Mahi, served with chips, salsa, and sour cream. Po-Boy Sandwich – Fresh, lightly fried oysters or shrimp on hoagie roll, topped with tomato, lettuce, and spicy remoulade. Served with French fries, and cole slaw. Crab Cake Sliders – 2 fresh crab cakes lightly breaded and fried with a spicy horseradish mayonnaise. Served with French fries and cole slaw.

6 Raw Oysters or Shrimp Cocktail (avail. at both locations)

Fish Tacos – 2 tortillas filled with fresh greens, pico de gallo and

Open for Lunch and Dinner steaks



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COURSE THREE—CHOOSE ONE (available at both locations)

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cajun invasion:


Bourbon Street moves calls corner of Front and Princess home


s i sat in bourbon street,

the new downtown restaurant at the corner of Princess and Front streets, I silently tried to count all of the restaurants which had come and gone: Paleo Sun, Bijoux, Prima, Carribay Soul, the relocation of Caffe Phoenix... And that only covered the last decade; I knew my list wasn’t complete. Locals often kid that the space is cursed because of its turnaround; however, its new tenant, Bourbon Street, is doing something to keep diners excited. Kitschy and cute, the Nawlins’ themed eatery is naturally named for its famed thoroughfare. Successfully, the restaurant recreates a snippet of the Big Easy experience. The décor is striking. Alternately decked out in traditional purple and gold or covered in dilapidated art like rusty bicycles, Bourbon Street genuinely speaks to the New Orleans of the real world: a juxtaposition of touristy fun and real-world economic trouble. The rough wood interior gives the room an older feel, though the addition of several high-definition televisions mitigates that sensation. And like the folksy personality of the Big Easy, the servers are nothing shy of friendly and knowledgeable. I was impressed with our waiter’s understanding of the menu and of its cuisine generally. Wait times never waned; in fact, both the kitchen and the bar moved fluidly. For a relatively new establishment, Bourbon Street figured out early on that amicability and expedience always serve a restaurant well. My party opened with the sausage plate. The offering of Andouille and smoked sausage proved hearty enough for three; we were genuinely pleased with the results. The spicy Andouille came with a layer of crispy skin, and proved the clear winner of the two. The unmistakable blend of paprika and garlic accented the pork meat. The smoked sau-

by Rosa Bianca Bourbon Street 35 N Front St. (910) 762-4050 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. - Sun., 11 vibrant, Bottom line: It’s fun and tasty.

sage tasted nice, but took a definitive back seat. I opted for crab meat pasta in a cream sauce, which came with more sausage and plump shrimp. Pleasingly, I discovered the sausage was more of the beloved Andouille. The crab meat provided a pleasant, fishy undercurrent to the meal, but I must admit the shrimp tasted a bit disappointing. Merely boiled and lacking any noticeable seasoning on their own, they gave no life to the dish. That was probably the only thing that broke the fourth wall and took me out of the New Orleans-themed fantasy Bourbon Street successfully provides. Happily, the staple of Nawlins cuisine did not suffer from this problem. The jambalaya’s rice shouted itself dirty in all the right ways, from color to texture to taste. It was a genuine bayou experience, featuring Creole spices and hot sauce. Gentler palates might want to look elsewhere on the menu. Teeming with shrimp and Andouille, the dish tasted rich and flavorful with no two bites identical. The bite of the cayenne pepper did not remain constant, though. Interestingly, Bourbon Street offers something I’d not seen before: a jambalaya pasta. Taking the spicy goodness of the jambalaya

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PASTA WITH A BITE: Try Bourbon Street’s signature jambalaya pasta, which comes with shrimp, crab and courtesy crawfish over noodles rather than rice. Courtesy photo Bourbon Street

and replacing the rice with a pasta Alfredo corrected any complaints about the pasta and crab entrée. This fun little hybrid gave a nice change of pace for those looking to take a break from rice but still enjoy the New Orleans experience. The cayenne and hot sauce give a Creole flair that the boiled shrimp lacked on their own, and the creamy pasta softened the palate against the spice.

This made the dish a little more manageable for anyone who has an issue with heavy seasoning. Speaking of which, Bourbon Street does offer the standard in blackening seasoning, such as on a shrimp salad for lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. They also offer stuffed bell peppers, fried chicken, red beans and rice and ribs. Of course, Louisiana classics like etouffee and their famed muffuletta sandwich make an appearance. From what I hear, a their grilled Gulf oysters will start any meal with a bang. Though I didn’t sample them during my first two rounds, it’s slated for round three—as are their beignets and Cafe du Monde coffee. My table went with the crème brûlée cheesecake for dessert and we did not regret it, may I add. The creamy cake counterpointed the hardened candy shell as a textural treat. And the bold use of vanilla (a phrase I never thought I’d write with positivity) lent an even greater richness. Of course, for those just looking for a fun spot to enjoy drinks and live music, Bourbon Street will serve the need. They’re as much a lively bar as a restaurant, and like the name implies, well, they know how to party. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., so late-night revelers are always welcome. I’ve known enough Cajuns to see firsthand how very protective they are of their cultural identity. But as an outsider, I admit: I enjoyed Bourbon Street on its own merits. It’s vibrant, fun and tasty, and truth be told, I don’t know a Cajun who would disagree with that representation.

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the contract killer:

Chapter 5: Nonprofit management by Gwenyfar

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oing to the funeral was a mistake.

I hadn’t attended Tom’s funeral because I was paranoid that somehow someone would connect me to it and I would be arrested—or something dramatic like that. But Felicity’s funeral ... well, I felt obligated to attend. To be honest, I don’t know why. But I did. Held at St. James Episcopal on the corner of Third and Market, I think the church just finished another round of renovations for what must be the most restored church in Christendom. Felicity had been involved with the Chamber Music Society, The Wilmington Symphony, The Opera Society and the choral music world, so you can imagine that the soundtrack for the service remained fabulous. “Excuse me, miss.” I looked up from collecting my used Kleenex. A pudgy, gray-haired man of medium build looked down at me. “I’m sorry to bother you.” I wiped at my face with the back of my hand. “No, it’s OK. How can I help?” “Well, uh…” he began. “I was just, uh…” he trailed off again. My heart beat three times in my throat and my mind began racing. Did he know? Did he know it was my fault? I dabbed at my nose with another tissue. “This might sound ... well, it’s like this: I’m Felicitiy’s brother,” he finished. “Oh, I’m so sorry. This must be terrible for you.” I rose in an effort to be polite and dropped my Kleenex again. “Well, yes,” he rightfully responded. “As a matter of fact, it is. To tell the truth, it happened so fast. I think we are still in shock.” “Yes,” I murmured. What else could I say: “I’m sorry your sister was on that flight? If only they hadn’t picked that one to hijack?” I sank back into the pew. “As a matter of fact, she was on her way to see me,” he sighed, sitting down behind me. We sat in silence, listening to the choral society and organist pack up their belongings. “I’m sorry to come to you like this, but I couldn’t help but notice you,” he continued. “You were so impacted by the service.”

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“Oh! I’m sorry,” I apologized. “I wasn’t trying to be a distraction.” “No! No, you weren’t a distraction.” He put a hand on my arm. “It’s more that, you seemed so impacted, I was curious what your relationship with my sister was?” He looked at me meaningfully. “What?” I blew my nose. “Well, forgive me—and I am so sorry—but we were not close, she and I,” he admitted. “Felicity, frankly, wasn’t easy to get along with, I am sorry to say. But I have never met you, that I know of, and you seemed so distressed. So much more so than anyone else here. You would be the right age; are you by any chance ... uh …” he blushed. “I don’t know quite how to ask this: Are you my niece?” He looked at the floor when he finally spouted the question. “What?” I responded with great depth and brilliance. “I know it’s blunt, but is there any chance that Felicity was your mother?” he blustered. His ears were bright red and his chest heaved. “No!” I said. “No, I’m sorry. My mother passed away several years ago.” I wiped my nose with my hand. “Felicity and I were just ... friends. I, um, wrote a piece about her, and her contributions to our musical and cultural scene last year for a magazine. That’s how we met.” “So we are not related?” He pointed a finger back and forth between us. “No, sir—not as far as I know.” He exhaled audibly. “I’m so sorry to ask...” “It’s OK—a little flattering even,” I managed to quip. “I’m sorry to disappoint you.” I couldn’t tell him the real reason I knew his sister: Because someone, or a group of someones, in her musical world hired me to spend one fatal yet innocent night together. Since the plane hijacking, I mulled over and over again why someone would pay $50,000 to insure this spinster lady would die? And I am far from the most affordable service, especially since I don’t physically “pull the trigger,” so to speak; this wicked curse found me, found people whom I really loved and made them victims. Who knew New Year’s Eve with me could be so life-threatening? “Honestly, I couldn’t imagine Felicity would keep

something like that quiet all these years, but you never know,” he noted. “She was very private and we weren’t close…” He ran a hand through his thinning hair. “You must have liked my sister,” he continued. “You seem very moved by her death.” I nodded. “I did. I found her—fascinating. She accomplished a lot. And, of course, the way she died; I can’t shake it from my mind.” “I can’t get over the fact I am the reason she is dead” is what I really wanted to say. Of course, the person who paid me would be to blame, too. “Could I see the magazine piece?” he asked suddenly. “Sure, It was a cover story, actually,” I explained, “celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wilmington Choral Society. I’d be honored to get you a copy. Do you have much experience with the non-profit world?” “Felicity was the creative one,” he noted and shook his head. “I’m in accounting.” Of course you are, I thought, eyeing him. I bet you looked like an accountant at age 6. If he didn’t understand the unreasonable emotions that flowed and schemed around a nonprofit board; there was no way I could explain it to someone who hadn’t witnessed it. It’s gamesmanship, played by geriatric kindergartners, experimenting with every ridiculously bad piece of advice from business motivation and self-help books. And that egotistical ridiculousness is what led Felicity here. I regretted the unnecessary and tragic loss of her lonely life. To revolve around a despotic ruling of small nonprofit groups in a mid-sized Southern community; but that’s what she lived for and what ultimately brought her death. We walked out of the sanctuary behind the last of the altos and a straggling tenor. Her brother fumbled for his wallet and handed me his business card. “Thank you,” he said. “The choral group did a great job, didn’t they?” “Yes,” I nodded and pulled a wan smile. “They managed it well.”

Catch up with Gwenyfar Rohler’s other chapters of “The Contract Killer” online at www.encorepub. com under “Extra Extra.”



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events CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE AND EXPO 5th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, Wilmington (3/15-17). Fri./Sat. 9am-7pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. Family event that features wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters. Expo’s mission is to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. Kids will enjoy interactive activities: Sensory Safari, Aquatic Trailet, Kids Gone Wild and more. Celebrity guest Randy Edwards from History Channel’s “Swamp People” for autographs. Admission charge. Wilmington Convention Center and Coast Line Event & Conference Center. 910-795-0292; DRESS FOR SUCCESS FASHION SHOW 3/15, 12:15pm: Hosted by the UNCW Communication Studies Society, the 11th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show encourages students to find their voice to stand out against their competition in the professional world. Communication Studies majors hit the runway for the event, modeling styles in business casual and business professional attire from the Men’s Wearhouse, White House | Black Market, and Belk at Independence Mall. The show teaches students how to dress professionally and helps prepare them by offering tips and advice for interviewing. The event is free and open to the public, and includes door prizes and entertainment. UNCW Warwick Center,

601 South College Rd. IRISH COFFEEHOUSE Celebrate St Patty’s at the Annual Irish Coffeehouse, Fri., 3/15, 7-9:30pm. John Kubilus, Nancy Buckingham, Warren Elliot, Irish folk singers, fiddle players, coffee and more. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington, 4313 Lake Ave. or 910-620-8122. EQUESTRIAN FUN SHOW AND EXPO 3/16: The United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) Southeast Coast Region (SECR) is hosting a Fun Show and Expo to benefit local rescue horses in rehabilitation from abuse and neglect. The Fun Show and Expo will be held at Cross Roads Farm, 1157 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. Free! All-volunteer run local chapter of USERL has assisted to rehabilitate and find forever homes for over 30 horses since it’s inception in the summer of 2010. Includes a Fun Show with English, Western and Game classes for a fee of $5/ class. Vendorsselling everything from horse supplies and equipment to jewelry and food. USERL will also have a vet on hand to complete shots and coggins for your cats, dogs and horses. Please keep cats in a carrier and dogs on a leash. Volunteers Terri Pierce at 910-612-8904 or Competiton: Ali Buckley at304-685-9462 or horsewoman15@live. com. Rain Date: March 17th, 2013 GUINNESS ST. PATTY’S DAY FEST See page 27. CAMERON SCHOOL’S BUSINESS WEEK UNCW presents 31st annual Business Week, 3/1822, hosted by Cameron School of Business. Designed to help prepare students for the realities of the business world, this year’s program will feature more

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than 100 sessions with prominent alumni and executives sharing their knowledge and experiences in the areas of business, marketing, entrepreneurship, information technology and more.Due to space availability, many events are not open to the public. If they are, that is noted below.Go to for full schedule/information. TOPSAIL’S 50 BIRTHDAY PARTY Topsail Beach 50th Birthday Party, 3/19, 6-8pm. Assemble Building, 720 Channel Blvd.. Topsail Beach, NC. Brunswick Stew dinner costing $5, will be available at the celebration followed with abirthday cake. Topsail Beach Town Hall: (910) 328-5841 or Steve Smith: (910) 547-2677 WILMINGTON BIZ CONFERENCE AND EXPO 3/21, 11:30am. NC Governor Pat McCrory will keynote the 2013 Wilmington Biz Conference & Expo at the Wilmington Convention Center. Keynote lunch, more than 100 exhibitors, 16 free seminars on a range of timely business topics and the region’s largest annual networking event. McCrory will talk about his first few weeks in office and his vision for NC’s economy. Wilmington Biz Expo Hall will open 1:30-7pm. Exhibitors in areas of Business, Technology, Hospitality and Health & Wellness and enter to win a year of free CloudWyze Internet service, iPads, Kindles and many more great prizes. Seminars available throughout the afternoon. Food and drinks available at Wilm. Biz After Hours 5:30-7pm, inside Expo Hall. $40/person and $400/table of 10. Pre-reg rqd. Admission to the Expo Hall is $5 if you pre-register online or $10 at the door. Suesan Sullivan: (910) 343-8600 x213 or BACK TO THE BEACH CAR SHOW 3/22: Cruise in at Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ on 17th Street from 3-6Ppm and a parade of cars at 7pm from Food Lion in Carolina Beach to the car show site and a Social after that. • March 23rd: Registration from 8am-noon; show starts at 9am. Trophies at 3pm. Coco Loco Band, 11am-3pm. HERB AND GARDEN FAIR Start off the spring season with a fabulous garden show and sale. Sprawled across Poplar Grove Plantation will be an abundance of live plants, herbal products, garden items, arts and crafts and local foods for your shopping. Gardening, nature-related classes and activities are on-going. Sunday morning the Peanut 5K Fun Run takes off down beautiful Abbey Nature Preserve. Sat., 3/23, 9-4; 3/24, 10 -4. Peanut Run: Sunday, 8am. Poplar Grove Plantation, 910-686-9518.

charity/fundraisers POWER OF THE PURSE Power of the Purse is a designer purse auction and raffle to benefit Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT), a community based non-profit organization that provides primary care, mental health and health education services to teens in the lower Cape Fear Region. Pure fun philanthropy; an evening that combines shopping, fellowship and coming together to make a difference in the lives of teens and their families. Power of the Purse will take place on Thursday, 3/14, 6-8pm, at the Landfall Country Club. Sposors needed!, (910) 202-4605.

SENIOR GAMES BY THE SEA Senior Games by the Sea registration deadline is 3/15. Event takes place 4/6-5/9, for athletes and artists 55 and up, competing in 40 sports and four art categories. 910-343-3682. STEVE HAYDU ST. PATRICK’S LO TIDE RUN The Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run is now in it’s 9th year with the 2013 event be held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday, March 16th. 100% of race proceeds are donated to families fighting cancer who are in financial crisis. 5k, 8:45am, and 10k, 8:30am, w/$30 reg. fee. Raffles, prizes, and race ends on the beach! Afterparty at CB Boardwalk, w/$15 racer tickets or $20/adv and $25 day of for GA. Kids under 12 free. Kids’ Zone, face-painting, corn hold, live entertainment w/Lynne and the Wave, Groove Fetish and Sucker Punch; volleyball, food and beverages sold onsite or bring your own! www. Scott Betz, (910) 368-9523. SPRING FLING AND FASHION SHOW The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary annualSpring Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show, sponsored by Dillards, Saturday, 3/16, Pine Valley United Methodist Church and Activity Center. Silent Auction 11-12pm; Luncheon 12-1pm; Fashion Show 1pm. Tickets $20. All proceeds benefit The Salvation ArmyMen’s and Women’s Shelter; 799-4766. FACES OF COMPASSION 3/16, 6:30pm, Infant of Prague Parish Hall, Jacksonville, NC: A red carpet gala event to benefit the Foundation for Hospice. Mask event, with over 100 ceramic masks, decorated and painted by eastern NC’s artists, crafters, and other creative talents, will be auctioned. Masks have been exhibited at the Council for the Arts in Jacksonville and are currently on display at the Art Exposure in Hampstead and will be there until the first week in March. Music by Ocracoke Island’s Molasses Creek Band; special guests for the evening will be Miss North Carolina USA and Miss North Carolina Teen USA; jazz saxophonist, Richard Lawton will entertain with smooth jazz. Heavy h’ordeuvres and lots of fun as attendees compete in a silent and a “live” auction for the masks of their choice. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased in Jacksonville, Kinston, Hampstead, and New Bern at the Continuum Home Care & Hospice office. Tickets will also be sold at the door; however, seating is limited. 888-814-8904. ISAAC BEAR GOLF CLASSIC 3/16: Isaac Bear Early College Golf Classic and silent auction, Echo Farms. 9am Shotgun start. Silent auction ends 1pm. Awards and winning bids announced at lunch. Proceeds benefit leadership programs for IBEC students. Pig pickin’ ($8 for non-golfers), putting competition at noon (students, $2; adults, $5). 36 teams max; $70/person. 4-person team incl. 2 carts, green fees, lunch and drinks, goody bag. Sandy Bitter: 910-350-1387.

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TEACHING FELLOWS YARD SALE UNCW Teaching Fellow’s 3rd annual Yard Sale fundraiser on 3/16, 8-11 am. Anyone from the community can purchase a parking spot in the Osher Parking Lot for $10 to sell their own items for their own profit; Teaching Fellows will have a parking spot as well. Set up early as 7am! Sell household items, decorations, jewelry, crafts...anything! Osher Life Long Learning Center, directly across from UNCW on College Rd. RSVP Phyllis Pierce: Rain date, 4/13. Donation drop-off: Teaching Fellows Office in the Friday Annex.

WHQR Public Radio’s Spring Membership Drive— a 7-day campaign and on-air fundraising efforts that make up the largest single part of WHQR’s funding. Goal: to raise $160,000 to continue providing the thoughtful and award-winning news coverage and music and emergency broadcasting that is only found on WHQR.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION 3/16, 9am: The local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is hosting itsannual MDA Muscle Walk at Halyburton Park, 4099 South 17th St. The MDA Muscle Walk is a community-focused charity walk and vendor fair, where localbusinesses, civic leaders and families come together to raise awareness and research funds for the 43 types of muscular dystrophy. The MDA Muscle Walk is open to the public. Participants should plan to arrive at Halyburton Park at 9am on Saturday, March 16th. Live music, free food, games and prizes for kids, as well as local vendors exhibiting. It is not too late to become a Muscle Walk sponsor, walk team or volunteer. MDA at 910-763-3114.

CF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Cape Fear Habitat for Humanit upcoming volunteer opportunities. Sign up: Schedule: 3/16, Vinyl Siding II (16 yrs—no ladder work—& up), 8am - 3 ; Lunch break at 11:30 (provided); or Floor Systems (16 yrs—no ladder work—& up), 8am - 3 ; Lunch break at 11:30 (provided) • 3/16, 9am-5pm, Women’s Club Show (set-up, day time and break down shifts available) at Schwartz Center (601 N Front St.) • 3/19 or 22, 8am-noon, Roof shingling and vinyl siding (16 yrs—no ladder work—& up). Lunch provided. • 3/21, 2-7pm, Biztech Fair at Wilmington Convention Center • 4/6, 8am-3pm: Landscape & house clean-up (14 yrs & up); bring your own lunch. • Ongoing: Become a ‘Lunch Bunch’ donor! Help edicated, hardworking construction volunteers by providing them with lunch; appx 3540 construction volunteers.You can provide physical lunches (which Habitat can pick up) or you can donate funds for us to purchase lunch.

QUINTILES WB Organizers of the 4th annual Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by Landfall Realty on behalf of the community, expects 3,000 runners. Organizers have added the Wrightsville Beach 5K and Eli’s 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, 3/16. The 2013 half marathon and marathon events are scheduled to start at 6:15am, Sunday, 3/17. The marathon and half marathon will start at Wrightsville Beach and travel through the Landfall Community in Wilmington. Net proceeds from the event weekend will benefit charities including MMRF (the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation), the Landfall Foundation, the Wrightsville Beach Foundation and Cherubs (Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research Awareness, and support).

RED CROSS OPEN HOUSE 3/23, noon-3pm: It takes all kinds of people to make this organization work- different ages, backgrounds and skills. There is a variety of things to do, and you can navigate your own volunteer path. Become a Red Cross volunteer and help people who are facing an emergency. You may find your own life changed in the process. Open House at Brunswick Forest, 1007 Evangeline Dr., Leland. • 3/24, 1-4pm: It takes all kinds of people to make this organization work—different ages, backgrounds and skills. There is a variety of things to do, and you can navigate your own volunteer path. Become a Red Cross volunteer and help people who are facing an emergency. You may find your own life changed in the process. Open House at the Cape Fear Chapter, 1102 S. 16th St., 910-7622683 ext. 328.

NAVIGATING LIFE The Wilmington Woman’s Club is proud to present, Women 2013 “Navigating Life” a two-day fundraising showcase, 3/16 (9am-5pm) and 17 at CFCC’s Schwartz Center on Saturday and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday. This is “A Show For Women by Women Benefiting Women.” Will focus on goods, services, products, and ideas that meet the needs of women as they navigate their lives.

KIWANIS CLUB OF WILMINGTON Spring Rummage Sale on Sat., 3/23, 8am-2pm, at the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, 2759 Vance Street in Wilmington. Free and open to the public. Shop for tools, toys, clothes, fishing gear, electronics, sporting goods, small appliances, and much more. Participants can purchase items or sell their own by renting a space for $15. Those wishing to donate items for the club to sell can drop them off on Sat., 3/16 at the Lowes Foods parking lot at Monkey Junction or BB&T at Hanover Center on Oleander Blvd., 8am2pm. Jamie: 352-7334.

CSB OUTSTANDING SPEAKER BREAKFAST UNCW’s Cameron alumni are invited to attend a breakfast and panel discussion from the CSB Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients in Madeline Suite on Wed., 3/20. Attendees will enjoy a buffet breakfast while networking with CSB alumni, and current and retired faculty. Outstanding Alumni of the Year: Robin Diehl ’90, CFO, N.C. Dept. of Administration and director, Office of Fiscal Management Jean English ’96, vice president of Software Marketing Demand Systems, IBM Bill Mayew ’97, ‘98M, associate professor of accounting, Duke University. Schedule: Networking Coffee, 7am; Buffet Breakfast, Award Presentation & Panel Discussion, 7:30am; Conclusion, 8:30am. Tickets are $5 per person and include breakfast and presentation. Reg. by 3/17. MARTWEETY Skywatch has an upcoming event in March called Wednesday “Martweety,” a Martini night fundraiser at a restaurant called “Might as well Wilmington” on Oleander Dr, at 7pm, 3/20. For SkyWatch Bird Rescue, WHQR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 3/20-26: Community partnerships and drawings for an iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD will be highlights of

ALZHEIMER’S NC RUMMAGE/BAKE SALE Fundraiser Benefit for Alzheimers North Carolina Rummage/Bake Sale Saturday, 3.23, 8am-1pm Pacifica Senior Living 2744 South 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28412 Interested in selling items? Lindsay Strickland: (910) 452-1114/ WALK FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T The 5th Annual Walk For Those Who Can’t at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington NC supports the mission and programs of Carolina Canines for Service, which is dedicated to helping people with disabilities to achieve better independence and quality of life through services of specially trained dogs. 3/23, 10am, Hugh MacRae Park. CAPE FEAR RIVERWATCH Join Cape Fear River Watch for our Annual Keep Your Green On Party and FUNdraiser! The Party will be Sat., 3/23, 4 to 7pm at 617 Surry St in downtown Wilmington. Enjoy an for an afternoon of fun with friends! Get more details here -

PEANUT 5K FUN RUN/WALK Sun., 3/24, 8 am: Start a new tradition with us at our Peanut 5K Fun Run/Walk through the Abbey Nature Preserve. The trail run begins at the Cultural Arts Center (barn) and covers the scenic trails around Abbey Nature Preserve’s Mill Pond and Pine Thicket. Race is limited to 300 runners and walkers combined. Register online at or download the form at Entry fee: $25 pre-reg. by March 3. Fee after: $30. 910-686-9518 ext. 26.

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BEST FOOT FORWARD New Hanover County Schools presents the 24th annual Best Foot Forward, 3/15, at 7:30pm, in New Hanover High School’s Brogden Hall. Over 600 of New Hanover County’s brightest and most talented students will showcase the arts curriculum through dance, drama and music. Sheila Brothers of Sunny 104.5 FM will host the show for the first time. Feat. performances integrating special effects and uplifting music from pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools. A visual arts exhibit, highlighting works from students in all grade levels, will be displayed in the lobby of Brogden Hall. Guests will be entertained by the All-County High School Orchestra beginning at 7pm, under the direction of Roy Robuck, Orchestra Director at Laney and Trask. Producers are Georgeann Haas, Arts Education Supervisor and Valita Quattlebaum, Chief Communications Officer. Artistic Director is Johannes Bron, and technical directors are Benjamin Horrell and Sheila Bron. $10 purchase through all participating schools and the NHCS Administration Bldg, located at 6410 Carolina Beach Rd. (910) 2544317 or PETER PAN Children’s Theater in the Park presents “Peter Pan,” directed by LJ Woodard w/asst director Samantha Herrick, 3/15, 5:30pm. Wrightsville Beach Amphitheatrer. Free admission. Starring Natalie Alberti, Kendall Bauer, Tyler Beacham, Gunter Beacham, Grace Clark Breeden, Sarah Bryan, Arabelle Buckley, Sadie Campbell, and so many more! www.PerformanceClubKids.


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on their college swim team.Directed by Cape Fear Community College theater Dr. George Shafer. www. Adults $17, students $12, children 12 and under, $6. Young teens and children may not be interested in the subject matter.


JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE April 1st and every first Monday of the month will feature a stand-up comedy showcase by Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest talents at Arabian Nights Hookah Bar.9pm; free admission. 3021 Market St.

THE LADIES ROOM In celebration of Women’s History Month, women of local comedy troupe Pineapple-Shaped Lamps bring you “The Ladies’ Room”—a sketch comedy show that’s not afraid to show its feminine side. Showcasing talents of Holly Cole, Chelsea Deaner, Aerial Fowle, Rachel Helms, and Jordan Mullaney. Historical drama, ‘90s pop stars, and incredibly accurate grammar collide. All audiences welcome! 3/23. TheatreNOW (10th and Dock). Doors at 9pm; tickets at 9:30pm; $10. Portion of the proceeds earned from the show will be donated to The Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., a local non-profit that provides free services to victims of sexual assault in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. (910) 545-4808

SATURDAY NUTT LIVE Saturday Nutt Live is a new sketch comedy show premiering at Nutt Street Comedy Room on March 30th at 11:30 p.m. We’re on the search for the best comedic actors available. If you have a head shot and resume great, if not, we’ll deal with it. If you have characters that you’ve created be prepared to perform those. If you write sketches, please bring a sample of such.Auditions will be held on Sat., 3/16, 2 p.m. Nutt Street Comedy Room (the basement of the Soapbox) 255 N. Front St. or John Gray 910-297-8709

BASILE’S COMEDY BASH Basile’s Comedy Bash will take place Sat., 4/6, 8pm, at Thalian Hall. Feat. guest comedians Brooklyn Green and Cindy Cheatham. A pre-Azalea Festival comedy bash! 310 Chestnut St. Tickets: $17-$35. 910-6322255.


BEARFOOT On Thurs., 3/14, at 7 p.m. UNCW Presents welcomes the signature harmonic sound of post-bluegrass band, Bearfoot to Kenan Auditorium. he band was formed in Cordova, Alaska, when the band members met as counselors at the Bluegrass and Old-Time Music and Dance Camp in the summer of 1999 and formed a band. two years later they made history by becoming the first Alaskan band ever to win the Telluride Bluegrass band contest, joining the ranks of such reputable artists as Nickel Creek. www.uncw. edu/presents. OLLI: THE MET The Met: Live in HD feat. by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW; all shows Sat.,12;55pm. Schedule: 3/15: Francesca da Rimini, w/soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts. $30/ea; $20 for OLLI members. www.uncw. edu/metopera or 910-962-3195 ROAY WEYERHAUESER Roya Weyerhaeuser, world renowned composer and concert pianist, will be performing a benefit concert at Wilmington’s Thalian Hall on 3/16, 8pm. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Welcome Home Angel Inc., a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for children in Southeastern NC who suffer from debilitating illnesses or injuries. Aside from the support Welcome Home Angel provides for the families of these children, the organization also completely redesigns the children’s rooms, making each room more enjoyable and comfortable for every child. Tickets: $75 for concert and champagne reception or $30 for concert only. (910) 632-2285. Michelle Clark at (910) 367-9767 or WSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates10th anniversary season. Spring Matinee on Sun., 3/17, 4pm; Free Family Concert, 4/28, 4pm. Both in Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are by general admission, and available at the Kenan Auditorium box office one hour before the concert. Prices are $5/ adults, and free/ages 17 & under. Spring Matinee includes both the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra (grades 9-12), directed by Steven Errante, and the Junior Strings (grades 6-8), under the direction of Jane Tierney. Feat. several Russian selections, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s energetic Dance of the Tumblers and Russian Eastern Overture, as well as Tchaikovsky’s familiar Waltz from Eugen Onegin. NC SYMPHONY All Wilmington concerts at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Schedule: • 3/22: Elgar’s Enigma, w/William Henry Curry, resident conductor. Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner,” Wagner: Music from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Elgar: Enigma Variations.

WILMINGTON SYMPHONY 3/16, 8pm. Spirit of the Americas at UNCW Kenan Auditorium, Student Concerto Competition Winners First stop in Mexico City for Aaron Copland’s dance-inspired El Salon Mexico followed by Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy ballet Fancy Free, affirming the engery and vitality of his beloved New York City. Also performing are the winners of the Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus.910-962-3500 or

dance IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. BELLY DANCE SHOWCASE Juggling Gypsy Café hosts a belly dance showcase ea. mo. w/diverse mixture of styles and skill levels. Feat. Wildfire Theatrics and The Taqasim Tribe, and other talented dancers—students from area classes and visiting artists. Taqasim Tribe drumming Arabic rhythms, 9:30pm, 3/16. $5 cover. Reserve early; show usually sells out. Juggling Gypsy Café, 1612 Castle Street. ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE 3/16, 7:30-10pm: St. Patrick’s Day Dance at Kure Beach CommunityCenter. $15/couple or $8/person. 3rd Ave. behind Big Daddy’s. Music by DJ Tony ; shag, slow dance, ballroom, line dance and more! Refreshments served. BABS MCDANCE Schedule: Mon: 9:15am-10:15am Zumba; 6-7pm Line Dancing; 7-8pm Committed Couples; 7-9pm Bronze/ Silver Ballroom • Tues: 6-7pm Zumba; 7-8pm Bronze/ Silver Salsa • Wed: 9:15am-10:15am Zumba; 5-7pm Tango Practica/Lesson; 7-8pm Footloose; 7-8pm Hip Hop; 7-9pm West Coast Swing • Thurs 6-7pm Zumba; 7-9pm Shag/Cha Cha • Fri. 8-11pm Practice Parties (Vary from week to week). This Month’s Featured Parties: Bieje Chapman private lessons and kids class 3/23-30. • Sat: 9-10am Zumba; 2nd Saturday, 7-11pm Cape Fear Shag Club Meeting (Open to Public); 3rd Saturday 7:30pm-11:00pm Babs Ballroom Blitz. • Week of 3/25: arm styling, turns and partner improv w/ guest instructor Bieje Chapman. Must maket appt. On 3/25, kids can meet Chapman from 11am-noon for kids class. Private lessons available! or 910-395-5090. 6782 Market Street TAKES 2SDAYS TO TANGO 4 week series; one class per week-75 minutes. Cost $35 per couple for series or $10 drop in. Tuesday

nights at 7-8:15pm, starting March 5th at the Art Factory. 721 Surry St. Guaranteed fun. Learn a skill you can utilize for the rest of your life; pre-register. www. SHAG LESSONS Instructor Ken Jones can teach anyone to shag! No partner is needed for these 4-lessons that meet on Thursday evenings. Beginner class is from 6:45-7:45pm, and the Intermediate class is from 7:45-8:45pm. The next session begins Thurs., 5/9. Classes are held in the Fran Russ Recreation Center located at Wrightsville Beach Park. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, call the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department Office at 2567925. Brochures and registration forms: CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm.Social dance for all levels; singles/couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.

art/exhibits CALL FOR ARTISTS Visual artists who are willing to contribute 25% of sales price (you determine) to local animal charities, please contact Rhonda (910-799-2205). Free internet and media exposure. Rhonda@NCArtForAnimals. com CLOSE TO HOME Close to Home New Elements Gallery showcases new works by the gallery’s artists. Viewers will agree this collection of original paintings, prints and photographs has a decidedly regional flair! With a focus on artists from NC, SC and Virginia, the theme incorpo-

rates work that is both diverse in style and content, but all pertaining to the southeastern states. Artists included in the show are Eric Lawing, Catherine Lea, Laura Mostaghel, Owen Wexler, Priscilla Whitlock, and many more. The exhibition will remain on display through 3/16.

CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER Christopher Alexander presents “Lacquer Paintings Hue, Vietnam,” through 4/20. Prior to the establishment of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in the early 20th century, lacquer techniques were used exclusively as decorative handicraft for household items. French professors at the Hanoi school of art encouraged students to use the traditional lacquer medium in more contemporary western methods, creating a new visual language unique to Vietnam. Alexanders was inspired after visiting Vietnam in 2004 and eventually living there for three. His show tells stories about living in Hue, the food, the people, and his 50cc motorbike. Bottega Art and Wine Gallery: 208 North Front St. Tues/Wed, 4pm- 1am; Thurs- Sat,2pm-1am.

FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 3/22. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101.

ARROW ROSS “My Passage to India” at M. C. Erny Gallery at WHQR Radio 254 North Front Street, 3rd Floor. Exhibit open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, through March 22. Founded by Wilmington resident Paul Wilkes in 2006, Homes of Hope India provides safe, loving care to girls rescued from the streets of India. In cooperation with the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, Homes

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of Hope has built three orphanages, protecting 400 girls and supports 18 schools that educate 10,000 children, most of them poor. FSW ART SHOW Friends School of Wilmington (FSW) students have their artwork on display at Art Factory in downtown Wilmington through March 22nd. Every student from preschool through 8th grade has submitted one piece of original artwork created in art class during the current school year. Students complete multiple art projects throughout the year and each has selected a single piece of artwork that he or she feels best represents their artistic ability to display in the art show. Artwork on display includes: watercolor paintings based on sketches done at Bald Head Island, pottery, acrylic nature paintings, digital photography, linoleum printmaking and many others. Art Factory is located by the Cape Fear River at 721 Surry St. VICKY SMITH ARTWORK Vicky Smith collected clay across North Carolina with funding from the North Carolina Regional Art Project Grant for 2012. Smith started with the blue clayin New Hanover County and traveled westward to the mountainous areascollecting multi-colored clay. Along the way she met many NC potters, all generously shared their knowledge of the local clay and samples of clay. The colors range from dark orange, pink with mica, dark blue and bright yellow. Samples of each clay type are displayed in bottles along with the multi-panel “NC Landscape” piece. Fired clay pieces and grids have been incorporated into some of the wall pieces to represent our encroachment onto the environment. The three-dimensional pods in this exhibition were inspired by a walk in an ancient forest in Nepal. On display through March. 621N4 Gallery, 621 N 4th St. CODICOLOGY Codicology: The Art & Study of the Book will be on view at the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building, Through 4/5. “the study of the book as physical objects” or“archaeology of the book” features artwork which studies books through a variety of artistic media: sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and collage. Room 2033 of the Cultural Arts Building. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday through April 5. WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION Wilmington Art Association is pleased to have Todd Carignan lead a three-day painting workshop in conjunction with the 31th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale. Spend three days learning how to see the human figure and interpret what you see. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and any medium. $250 for members; $275 for non-members. Reg. or 910-620-0955 • The Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center will also host the Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival Juried Art Show, 4/12-14. The historic building was the home of the opening ceremony for the first North Carolina Azalea Festival in 1948. Come and

view all the NC Azalea Festival art in the place where tradition began, corner of Second and Orange streets. PROJEKTE “Dream a lil Dream”—creation of images, ideas, sensations and emotions that occur in our conscious and subconscious mind. They can be the manifestation of our aspirations, goals, and fears both realistic and fantastic. So what passes through your mind when you close your eyes? Hangs through 4/7. • Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982. www.

museums NC BATTLESHIP Power Plant, 3/16, noon-6pm. $65/person or $60/ friends members or active military. In-depth program on the Battleship’s power plant. Feat. classroom presentations and behind-the-scenes tour of engineering spaces.NC naval steam engine expert Gene Oakley demonstrates his working models of historic naval steam engines to place the Battleship’s engines in perspective. For adults only (ages 16 and up); limited to 40 participants. Reg./payment: Thurs., 3/14. • Easter Egg Hunt Carnival, 3/29, 10am-noon. $5/ person (including adults). Children 2 & under are free. Continuous games and egg hunts every 20 min., a petting zoo will also be on hand with the cutest little chicks around. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Kids 2 and under are free. Battleship NC; junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. www. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Cape Fear Spirit Quilt Exhibition, 3/1617, 10am-5pm. A collaborative interdenominational quilt created by women from the Cape Fear region on view at CAM. Held in collaboration with Wilmington Faith and Values, • Through 4/14: From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell,” Pancoe Art Education Center’s Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the Exhibition Cases • Jazz at the CAM Series w/Cape Fear Jazz Society through 4/2013, 6:30-8pm, 1st Thurs. ea. mo. in Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Individual: CAM/CFJS Members: $7 or nonmembers: $10; students, $5. 4/4: Doug Irving Quartet. • Forward Motion Dance Company presents: “The Last Flapper,” and “Behind the Scenes” Preview: dance & readings by Rhonda Bellamy, see “events” listing. • NC Black Film Festival, 3/14-17, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall.

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In its 12th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, and documentary films. Schedule, admission and details, • 3/16: Kids @ CAM, noon-3pm. Members: $3/child; GA, $5/child, adults free. Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions, fun for the whole family! In conjunction with Wilmington’s Faith and Values ‘Cape Fear Spirit Quilt’ exhibition and Yarn Bomb the CAM, we will offer a quilt-inspired activity as a part of the festivities! No pre-registration necessary. • 3/16: Yarn Bomb the CAM! 10am-3pm. Join us on CAM’s balcony and grounds with your yarn and fibers to correct a fiber art event. Held in conjunction with Cape Fear Spirit Quilt Exhibition and in collaboration with Wilmington Faith & Values. • Civil War Activities: 1st North Carolina Company E, Sat. 3/16, 10am-2pm. Free and open to the public The 1st North Carolina Co. E returns and will be drilling or working on the historic Battle of Forks Road site on the grounds of Cameron Art Museum the third Saturday of each month. Bring your family and friends and talk with the re-enactors about their passion for living history. • 3/16, noon-3pm: Kids @ CAM. Members: $3/child; non, 5/child. Come enjoy an afternoon of creativity and imagination! In conjunction with Wilmington Faith and Values, (http:// Cape Fear Spirit Quilt exhibition and Yarn Bomb the CAM event, we will offer a quiltinspired activity as a part of the festivities. Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions, fun for the whole family. No pre-registration necessary. Parental Supervision required at all times. • Pro Musica: New Music Series, 3/21, 7-8pm.. Members/students: $5; non-members, $10. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Celebrating the works of living composers and other new music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Ensure you have your seat, purchase on CAM’s website: • See classes schedule online. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. or 910-395-5999. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Young Writer’s Club 2pm • Language Workshops. Free trial classes at Learning Express Toys:Spanish: 3/25 (Oleander Drive) or French: 3/19 (Military Cutoff). Pre-reg 910-313-3100 for trial classes at the Oleander Drive location and 910-509-0153 at the Military Cutoff location. • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits.• Bugs and Butterflies Spring Event: 3/29-30, 9amnoon: Egg decorating at Science Counter. 9am-noon, Make a favric bitty bunny in art room. 9:30am: Egg hunt for kids 3 and under. 10:15am Egg hunt for ages 3-4. 10:15am Egg hunt for all ages. 11:15am Help plant butterfly garden. 11:15am Outdoor games. Free with admission. • Save the Date: March 25th FORE the Children annual golf tournament at Cape Fear Country Club benefiting The Children’s Museum. 11am reg.; 12:30pm shotgun starts; 5:30pm awards and apps. $200/golder or $800/foursome. Incl. cart, practice range, gift bag, bev cart, lunch, apps and more! 910-254-3534, 107. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Fragments of War , feat. scraps of fabric, torn paper, tattered flags, a uniform patch, which tell us about people’s Civil War experiences. Closes 5/5 • Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era before mega-

malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; Tues-Sat; W 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-798-4367. LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570.




ALTHEA GIBSON TENNIS COMPLEX Althea Gibson Tennis Complex, Empie Park, 3405 Park Ave. 910-341-4631. 3/15. USTA Jamboree for 10/under kids. More info: Contact Rosanne Boswell at • 3/16: Coaches Cardio Workshop (raquets needed for kids program—donate your old tennis racquet and drop them off at the Empie Tennis Clubhouse. The racquets may be strung or not strung. • Tennis ball recycling: Donate balls at the Empie Tennis Clubhouse. They will be donated to area schools, A retirement homes, animal shelters.


WB SCENIC TOURS St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours’ Luck of the Irish Cruise aboard the M/V Shamrock—the only Irish run USCG inspected charter boat at Wrightsville Beach. On Sat., 3/16, and Sun., 3/17, the Shamrock will depart on the hour, starting at noon. and ending at 5pm., from the Blockade Runner Hotel dock (275 Waynick Blvd) E and cruise to Masonboro Island, Harbor Island, and Bradley Creek. This tour will include Irish snacks, beverages, music, and storytelling, as well as information about the history and ecology of the local waters. $25/person, but every passenger will get a chance to roll the dice and test his or her “luck of the Irish.” Anyone who rolls a 7 or 11 will cruise for free. Wear green and receive a $5 discount. Taking RSVPs 3/18-20, 11am-5pm. WILMINGTON WATER TOURS 3/17: 2pm, $27: Photography Cruise with Alan Craddick- 2 hours cruising the Cape Fear River with photographer ~Alan Craddick~ for a lesson in how to capture those memorable moments. Bring your iphone, Brownie Instamatic, Digital Deuxe, whatever camera you use Alan is sure to help you improve your photographic outcome. HALYBURTON PROGRAMS Bird Hike Trip: Southport Riverwalk/Ft. Fisher, 3/20, 8am-2pm, $10. Lake Waccamaw, 4/28, 8am-3pm, $10. The NC Birding Trail is a driving trail to link birders w/great sites across the state and local communities. Ea. month the park explores a different one

along the Coastal Plain Trail. Pre-reg. rqd: 910-3410075. • Sturgeon Creek and Eagle Island Kayaking Adventure, 3/26, 9am-1pm. $37.50/person or $25/ with own kayak. 5.5. miles of kayaking, allowing you to paddle with outgoing tide at Sturgeon Creek and Eagle Island. 3-hour trip. Pre-reg rqd; space limited. 910-341-0075.

WB BIATHLON 3/22-23: The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon is like no other event on the East Coast. Why? Because it’s the only one of it’s kind to combine the sport of standup paddleboarding and running. Last year, we changed things up a bit and we want you to get involved. When this race was conceived, it was all about the celebration of community. Special corporate sponsorship’s for our new Relay Team division; gather members of your staff/troop & gather your fellow athletes--family, friends & neighbors (Ringers are welcome!) to wear your logo or emblem proudly in a friendly beach challenge. This is your chance to shine! Relay Teams will fight the flatwater around Money Island & the rushing wind pier to pier in a battle of guts, glory and honor. It’s all for the soon-to-be coveted Masonboro Trophy that will wear your logo until the 2013 winner is crowned the following year. The Trophy displayed in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort lobby. 910-256-7115.


SAN PEDRO Sister Cities Association of Wilmington invites you to a special screening of a short film on San Pedro [Belize]. The film is the first in a series of five to highlight the history and culture of Wilmington and its sister cities. Dr. Ed Paul, General Consulate to Belize, will do a Q&A following the film. Everyone is invited to dinner afterwards at Elijah’s Restaurant on the riverwalk. Advance reservations rqd for dinner only: membership@ or 910-343-5226.

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ALLIGATOR EGG HUNT 3/23, 29 & 30, 10am & 1pm. See a live baby alligator and learn about these fascinating animals. Next, create an alligator egg basket and search for candy-filled “alligator eggs.” Recommended for ages 3-10; must be accompanied by an adult. Admission charge for kids and adults. Pre-registration required (by March 23 & March 27). NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach; 910-458-7468;

EGG HUNT Egg Hunt at the Fit For Fun Center, 3/15, 9am-noon. Registration now being accepted! Space is limited so register early. $5/child or adults for free. 5 and under. Toddler-friendly event! Children are divided into groups by age for a fun and safe time. Games, crafts and a special snack are included. A special bunny

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) “If it’s stupid and it works, it’s not stupid.” That could turn out to be a useful mantra for you in the coming week. Being pragmatic should be near the top of your priority list, whereas being judgmental should be at the bottom. Here’s another mantra that may serve you well: “Those who take history personally are condemned to repeat it.” I hope you invoke that wisdom to help you escape an oppressive part of your past. Do you have room for one more inspirational motto, Aries? Here it is: “I am only as strong as my weakest delusion.” TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) Don’t you just love to watch the spinning of those wheels within wheels within wheels? Aren’t you grateful for the way the ever-churning plot twists keep you alert and ready to shift your attitude at a moment’s notice? And aren’t you thrilled by those moments when fate reveals that its power is not absolute— that your intelligence and willpower can in fact override the seemingly inexorable imperatives of karma? If you are unfamiliar with the pleasures I’ve just described, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to get deeply acquainted. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) It won’t be a good week to issue unreasonable, illogical and self-centered demands. And, please, don’t make peanut butter and jelly a part of your sex life, take a vacation in Siberia, or photocopy your butt and deliver it anonymously to your boss. On the other hand, it will be an excellent time to scrawl motivational poetry on your bedroom wall, stage a slowmotion pillow fight, and cultivate your ability to be a deep-feeling freethinker. Other recommended actions: Give yourself a new nickname like “Highball” or “Root Doctor” or “Climax Master”; write an essay on “The Five Things That the Pursuit of Pleasure Has Taught Me”; and laugh uproariously as you completely bypass the void of sadness and the abyss of fear.

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) In the mid-19th century, prospectors mined for gold in the mountains of western Nevada. The veins weren’t as rich as those in California, but some men were able to earn a modest living. Their work to extract gold from the terrain was hampered by a gluey blue mud that gummed up their machinery. It was regarded as a major nuisance. But on a hunch one miner took a load of the blue gunk to be analyzed by an expert. He discovered it contained rich deposits of silver; so began an explosion of silver mining that made many prospectors very wealthy. I suggest you be on the alert for a metaphorical version of blue mud in your sphere, Cancerian: an “inconvenience” that seems to interfere with the treasure you seek, but

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that is actually quite valuable. LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) When pioneer filmmaker Hal Roach worked on scripts with his team of writers, he sometimes employed an unusual strategy to overcome writer’s block. He’d bring in a “Wildie” to join them at the conference table. A Wildie was either a random drunk they found wandering around the streets or a person who lived in an insane asylum. They’d engage him in conversation about the story they were working on, and he would provide unexpected ideas that opened their minds to new possibilities. I don’t necessarily recommend that you seek the help of a Wildie, Leo, but I hope you will come up with other ways to spur fresh perspectives. Solicit creative disruptions! VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) Is the term “unconscious mind” a good name for the foundation of the human psyche? Should we really be implying that the vast, oceanic source of everything we think and feel is merely the opposite of the conscious mind? Dreamworker Jeremy Taylor doesn’t think so. He proposes an alternate phrase to replace “unconscious”: “not-yet-speech-ripe.” It captures the sense of all the raw material burbling and churning in our deep awareness that is not graspable through language. I bring this up, Virgo, because you’re entering a phase when a lot of notyet-speech-ripe stuff will become speech-ripe. Be alert for it! LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) In 1928, biologist Alexander Fleming launched a medical revolution. He developed the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin, making it possible to cure a host of maladies caused by hostile bacteria. His discovery was a lucky fluke that happened only because he left his laboratory a mess when he went on vacation. While he was gone, a bacteria culture he’d been working with got contaminated by a mold that turned out to be penicillin. I’m thinking that you could achieve a more modest but quite happy accident sometime soon, Libra. It may depend on you allowing things to be more untidy than usual, though. Are you game? SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) “I am iron resisting the most enormous Magnet there is,” wrote the Sufi mystic poet Rumi. He was wistfully bemoaning his own stubborn ignorance, which tricked him into refusing a more intimate companionship with the Blessed Source of all life. I think there’s something similar going on in most of us, even atheists. We feel the tremendous pull of our destiny—the glorious, daunting destination that would take all our strength to achieve and fulfill our deepest longings—and yet we are also terrified to surrender to it. What’s your current relationship to

your magnet, Scorpio? I say it’s time you allowed it to pull you closer. SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) NASA used whale oil to lubricate the Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager spacecrafts. There was a good reason: Whale oil doesn’t freeze at the low temperatures found in outer space. While I certainly don’t approve of killing whales to obtain their oil, I want to use this story to make a point. It’s an excellent time for you, too, to use old-school approaches for solving ultra-new-school problems. Sometimes a tried-and-true method works better, or is cheaper, simpler, or more aesthetically pleasing. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) The theory of the “butterfly effect” proposes that a butterfly flapping its wings in China may ultimately impact the weather in New York. Here’s how the writer Richard Bernstein explains it: “Very slight, nearly infinitesimal variations and the enormous multiplicity of interacting variables produce big differences in the end.” That’s why, he says, “the world is just too complicated to be predictable.” I find this a tremendously liberating idea. It suggests that every little thing you do sends out ripples of influence that help shape the kind of world you live in. The coming week will be an excellent time to experiment with how this works in your daily life. Put loving care and intelligent attention into every little thing. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) Former football quarterback Joe Ayoob holds the world’s record for throwing a paper airplane the longest distance. After it left his hand, the delicate craft traveled over 226 feet. I propose we make Ayoob your patron saint and role model for the coming week. From what I can tell, you will have a similar challenge, at least metaphorically: blending power and strength with precision, finesse and control. It’s time to move a fragile thing or process as far as possible. PISCES (19 Feb. – 20 Mar.) A source of fulfillment you will enjoy in the future may seem almost painful when it initially announces its presence. In other words, your next mission may first appear to you as a problem. Your situation has a certain resemblance to that of prolific Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, who produced a wide variety of enduring works, including symphonies, ballets, operas and concertos. When he was a precocious child, he was assailed by the melodies and rhythms that frequently surged through his mind. “This music! This music!” he complained to his mother. “Take it away! It’s here in my head and won’t let me sleep!”

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will be here for photos! Space is limited so register early! Fax completed registration form to 3417838. Payment required to register. Credit card payment can be taken over the phone or you can register at your next visit to Fit For Fun, 302 S. 10th Street. INDEPENDENCE MALL EASTER BUNNY Local residents are invited to Independence Mall to visit the Easter Bunny and to start Easter holiday traditions. Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Children and families can visit with the Easter Bunny until Easter Sunday in center court. • Bunny Breakfast on Thursday, 3/21, 9am. Event is $5 per child and includes ChickFil-A breakfast, VIP visit with the Easter Bunny, photo opportunity and a ride on the train. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the mall management office. 3500 Oleander Dr. THEATRE NOW Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Membership. Drop off service available.Tickets: or 910-399-3NOW

lectures/readings DR. PETER SALE 3/13, 7pm: Invited Lecture at UNCW, free, but reservations required. Dr. Peter Sale will speak on “Global Change, Tipping Points, and the Urgent Need to Act: Solving Our Global Environmental Crisis.” Lumina Theater, UNCW Fisher Student Union. Book signing and dessert reception to follow lecture in the Clock Tower Room, 2nd floor of the Fisher Student Union. Books are for sale in the UNCW bookstore until 8:30pm on day of lecture. Tickets: Mrs. Debbie Cronin (910-962-3707) or CMS Staff (910-962-2301). UNDERAGE DRINKING & SUBSTANCE ABUSE 3/19: Warner Temple AME Zion Church (620 Nixon St.) will host two sessions (12-1:30pm and 6-7:30 m) of an open and honest discussion about underage drinking and substance abuse, and the effects and affects on people of faith. Philip Mooring, Executive Director of Families In Action, Wilson, NC, will be our speaker. Mr. Mooring has received numerous awards for his work in substance abuse prevention and treatment and for his work to strengthen families. The program is opened to the public. Persons who should attend are: parents, youth, clergy and people of all faiths. DIANA HENRIQUES Investigative reporter Diana Henriques to talk about Bernie Madoff and Business Ethics, 3/20, 7:308:30pm, at the Burney Center, UNCW campus. $8 for OLLI members; $10 for GA; free for UNCW students, faculty and staff. Registration required by 3/15. Henriques, a Polk Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, wrote “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust” about the New York financier who pulled off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. She will talk about “the death of trust” during a midday Business Week session with students and later during a public lecture. articles/2013/02/dianahenriques HOME REPAIR LECTURE “Protecting Yourself from Home Repair Contractor Fraud & Scams” w/speakers Mayor Bill Saffo, insurance expert: Cedric Dickerson, StateFarm Agent and John W. Fullerton, City of Wilmington Zoning Administrator. Learn how to hire contractors, how to check them out, what should actually be in your contract, the building permit process, how to set up payment schedules, insurance issues you may not know about, how to deal with problems that may arise,

change orders, lien releases and a whole lot more! 3/23: free and open to the public. 10-11:30am, Northeast Regional Library Pine Room, 1241 Military Cutoff Road. BEAUTIFUL BLACK CHRISTIAN WOMEN 3/23, 2pm: Mrs. Rosella Fields Bellamy of Wilmington will speak on her book “The Beautiful Black Christian Woman” and her Sunday Hat. The Library’s Local History Department invites you to come prepared to have your photograph taken for the archives at this event, in your best church hat if you wish. You are further invited to bring photographs of friends and family members to be scanned and added to the library’s archives, for the benefit of researchers in the future. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. No registration is needed for this free event.

classes/workshops ITALIAN FOR TRAVELERS CLASS Be prepared for Italy with essential language knowledge for both travelers as well as serious beginners. Class meets Tues/Thurs., through 3/14, from 5:45– 8:45pm, on the downtown CFCC campus. Course cost is $68 + Books. Seniors 65+ may qualify for a one-time per semester tuition fee waiver. Topics include: greetings, pronunciation, sentence structure, cultural in-sight, and conjugation of verbs. Pre-registration required. Contact Kris Sipe, or 362-7617 for additional info regarding this course offered by Cape Fear Community College, Continuing Education Dept. ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER? Release the emotional programs with faster EFT! 8 week sessions for $80; no products to buy or diet to follow. Let faster EFT practitioner, Elizabeth Britton, teach you how to release trapped emotions, and help you live a happier, healthier life. Faster EFT is a simple process of tapping acupressure points to relieve stress, and clear un-healthy habits, and it is simple enough to do every day! Sessions Thurs., 3/14, 10am-12pm. New Hanover Library, downtown, Cape Fear Room. Register: (910) 742 4822 2013 LIENS LAW SEMINAR 2013 Lien Law Change Seminar, Thurs., 3/14, 8:3010:30am, Stevens Fine Homes. Beginning April 1, 2013 all private residential or commercial construction projects valued at $30,000.00 or more will require the designation of a Lien Agent plus many other changes. Join J.C. Hearne, II, Attorney at Law, for an overview of these changes for only $35 per WCFHBA Member & $50 for Future Members. Reg.: www. IPAD TRAINING WORKSHOP Two-day training workshop designed for educators and will demonstrate the use of the iPad in the classroom at all grade levels. “Teaching and Learning with the iPad” will be offered 3/13-14, at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington, NC. Experts from across the US will provide tried and tested best practices using the iPad. Participants will choose from Teaching and Training Sessions that focus on the elementary K-5), middle (6-8) or high school (9-12) level, and Productivity Sessions that help educators use specific apps to plan and create their own activities. In addition, an App Review Session will highlight apps found to be most useful with students at various grade levels. IMMUNIZATION AND NATURALIZATION 101 A free presentation by Lisa Wohlrab, supervisory immigration services officer out of the Raleigh-Durham Field Office. Get information from the source about the immigration and naturalization process and what to expect. Excellent opportunity to have your questions about immigration and naturalization answered. Free and open to the public. Held on Cape Fear Com-

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munity College’s Downtown campus in the “S” building room 002. Lecture is Friday, March 22nd at 10am.

clubs/notices CFCC FOUNDATION MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS CFCC Foundation awards 10 merit scholarships annually to deserving New Hanover and Pender County seniors who exhibit academic excellence. Each scholar eligible to receive an $1,800 scholarship for his/ her first year at CFCC. Applicants must be a current high school senior in a New Hanover or Pender, enroll in CFCC in a curriculum program, demonstrate academic potential through high-school grades (3.0 weighted GPA), class rank (top 25%) and aptitude tests, submit a letter of recommendation from your high school principal, guidance counselor, or high school teacher and be a U.S. citizen or documented alien. Completed applications are due 3/29. http:// to access the 2013 application. Applications can be e-mailed to Kay Warren at kwarren@ or 910-362-7331 for further assistance. SPECIAL TRIVIA NIGHT 3/14, 7:30pm, Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St. Presented by History’s Future, the New Generation of Preservationists! MC: Adam McClelland. Team maximum: 6. Test your knowledge of Wilmington’s history, landmarks and Wilmington’s recent past! For info contact: www. or 910-762-2511. CF HUMANISTS AND FREETHINKERS Cape Fear Humanists and Freethinkers is pleased to announce that Dr. Herb Berg, professor of Philosophy and Religion at UNCW, will speak about “The Future of Atheism and Unbelief” at 6pm, 3/17, at the Bridge Center. The topic is one that Dr. Berg teaches as a graduate level course at the university. An expert on Islam, the Middle East, and the method and study of religion, he serves as the Director of International Studies. He has previously taught at the University of Toronto, Middlebury College, Harvard, Cornell and elsewhere. Public invited to join the group in what is sure to be a lively exchange of ideas. A pot luck dinner follows, so please bring a dish to share and BYOB. 127-40 S. College Rd. RSVP: www.meetup. com/humanism-182. 2012 MAX! AWARDS GALA Tues., 3/19, 5:30pm networking social and 7pm awards ceremony for Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association. The Balcony on Dock, heavy apps and open bar. www.wilmingtonhomebuilders. com. $30 per person | $215 per table of 8 CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB The Cape Fear Camera Club will meet on 3/19, 7-9pm, at CapeFear Community College, Room S-002 with Kevin Adams as our presenter.We always welcome prospective members. Have you ever wished for a piece of photo gear that doesn’t exist or used an item and thought, “If only it could do this”? Is the price keeping you from buying something that would be useful in your photography? In this program, Kevin Adams will share some of his homemade gadgets and take you on a tour of the “Tacoma Inn,” a specially modified truck that is his home away from home. You’ll learn how to assemble easily obtained items into valuable additions to your camera pack and vehicle. Even if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll learn valuable tips that will help you regardless of the type of photography you enjoy. capefearcameraclub. org. COASTAL FEDERATION 3/20 & 23: Oak Island Volunteer Oyster Reef Construction: Seeking volunteers to help build an oyster reef at Waterway Park on Oak Island from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. Project equipment, refreshments and fun educational activities will be provided. The event is free and open to the public;

pre-reg. rqd. • 4/20: Bradley Creek Volunteer Rain Garden Maintenance: Celebrate Earth Day! Federation is seeking volunteers to clean up and restore rain gardens at Bradley Creek Elementary School in Wilmington from 8am-noon. Project equipment and refreshments will be provided. Open to the public and suitable for ages 8 and up. Register: YWCA WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women and provides scholarships to young leaders in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties. Since 1985, the event has served as the YWCA’s signature event to support programs that help women and their families in southeastern NC. 5/9; networking at 5pm and program at 6pm. Wilmington Convention Center: Tickets cost $60/person or $600/table of 10.

culinary FARMERS’ MARKETS Fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheese, meats, seafood, honey and more! Schedule: Poplar Grove, Wed, 8-1. Aso features fresh baked goods, pickled okra, peanuts and handcrafted one-ofa-kind gifts such as jewelry, woodcrafts and pottery. Poplar Grove Plantation, 910-686-9518. LUNCHEON Lunch with the new Secretary of NC’s Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Wed., 3/20, 11:30am-1pm, Cape Fear Country Club. Join Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association as they host John E. Skvarla, III, on his first trip to the coastal region since accepting his new position. Cost to attend is $30 per person or $215 per table of 8 and includes lunch. Reg by 3/15: WING FLING Wing Fling is back at Carolina Beach! Get ready for another great event and a fun time on 3/23, 11am4pm. Tickets are available now Gates open at 11 for VIP and11:30 for regular tickets. GA, $15. VIP Tickets, $20. All proceeds go to charity, and any questions you may have about the event can be directed to the Wingfling email Location is the Boardwalk at Carolina Beach. Physical address for GPS: 8 Pavilion Avenue South Carolina Beach, NC 28428 FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot. TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25, Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910-622-6046. CULINARY ADVENTURES TOUR Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/ chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! www. 910-545-8055

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