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Outdoors, the weather’s reaching 80 degrees, as flowers are blooming and beaches are beckoning for folks to recuperate from our mild winter of mild cabin fever. Likewise, it’s heating up in the kitchen, as Encore Restaurant Week is here once again! We’ve been drooling since the end of fall RW in October, just waiting for our favorite eateries (and some newbies!) to offer specialized menus at deep discounts. Check out pages 35 through 37 for the breakdown of menus as we list them according to price and dinners for two. For full menus, pick up one of our Encore Restaurant Week Guides (one is even inserted in this very edition you’re cradling), or visit our site, As a special bonus, ERW sponsors, Fire on the Dock, starts its two month competition dining series on March 26th and 27th at Shell Island Resort. Two local chefs will face off to the audience’s delight and one winner will move on to the quarter-finals in coming weeks. It’s a culinary treat of interaction, which can’t be denied its delicious enjoyment. Read full details on page 38. Eat. Drink. Indulge!

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news & views ..................4-9 a North Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate.


7 news: Wrightsville Beach town council votes

Two of our very own staff, columnist Gwenyfar Rohler and editor Shea Carver, have been nominated for the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards! With their selfless dedication to supporting the local arts and charities, Rohler and Carver are a definitive part of the pulse of this community. Rohler, the owner of Old Books on Front Street, is deeply focused on bettering our area’s lifestyle and business-scape through her daily conduct and ‘Live Local’ column. She gathers folks together educationally through many literacy events and book clubs. As well, Rohler contributes efforts of time and writing talent to the Full Belly Project. Carver participates with a long list of events and non-profit organizations, including Cucalorus, WE Fest and Empty Bowls. Behind the scenes, her work is a tour de force. Aside from successfully sending out the Cape Fear’s alternative publication weekly, she strives to better the city’s offerings with events like Encore Restaurant Week and our annual Best Of awards. It is her goal to represent our area as a cultural destination, and to raise the bar in every aspect of what it means to be a community. The YWCA Women of Achievement Awards takes place Thursday, May 10th at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. To purchase a ticket, visit, or call (910) 799-6820.

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community. Brooke Kavit has the details.

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

artsy smartsy ............... 10-25 10 theatre: Shea Carver chats with Wesley Brown of Pineapple-Shaped Lamps about their first full-length original play, ‘A Pineapple-Shaped Show.’

15-17 film: Alex Pompliano presents the lineup for the NC Black Film Festival; Anghus takes on the geek-chic John Carter.’

19 music: Bethany Turner sits down with the lead singer of Hoots and Hellmouth to talk about the indie-folk band and its soulful songwriting.

20-23 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

24 art: Shea Carver delves into the artwork of three veteran artists, all of whom will display their works in ACME’s ‘Les Trois Amis.’

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

grub & guzzle ..............26-38 26-32 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through our dining guide!

35-37 restaurant week: Encore Restaurant Week is finally upon us, just in time for spring! Check out all the culinary bills of fare as we break down snippets of the menus by price and dinners for two.

38 grub: Fire on the Dock, a battle of the chefs event dependent upon audience votes, blazes into town March 26th, continuing ‘til the finale on May 22nd.

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and, here, in North Carolina we will vote on May 8th. As part of our “Live Local” election coverage, we would like to remind everyone that voting is an opportunity to have their voices heard. Please, vote; also, please, when selecting a candidate, read and think critically. In the case of the presidency, we are electing a world leader who needs a comprehensive vision for one of the largest and most diverse countries on earth. In the case of our North Carolina governor’s race, we must elect a visionary leader who can bring our state together and move forward toward economic recovery and security. The purpose of the primary election is not the same as the general election: This is the opportunity for each party to pick the candidate most likely to win. It is the public’s opportunity to let the party leadership know which issues are important, which will drive the election and move voters. We have sent interview requests to all presidential and gubernatorial candidates. Though, we’d like to mention: The gubernatorial election is much more important and has a greater impact on many of us, since it’s more focused on our region—hence, living local. Please, take the time to get to know the candidates before casting your ballot. encore interviewed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Faison. Currently serving in the NC General Assembly, representing con-

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stituents from Orange and Caswell counties, he shared his thoughts on small businesses and economic development across our region. encore (e): How long have you been a resident of North Carolina? Bill Faison (BF): I was born and raised in NC, on a family farm in eastern Wake County. e: Have you ever worked for a small business? If yes, which one and in what capacity? BF: I own and operate several small businesses and have for 40 years, including a law firm and a farm. e: What is your position on the collection and remittance of sales tax from online retailers? BF: I think that we need to encourage and support a free and unhindered Internet. At the same time we need to support education, which requires tax revenues. We need to consider how best to achieve both goals. e: What is your vision for the future of Main Street in NC’s economy? BF: We need to be open to new economic opportunities. For example, 500,000 people now make a living developing and selling iPad/iPhone apps. Yet, just seven years ago neither device existed. Economies are ever-evolving and this is true of ours. We need an attitude of embracing new and innovative ideas while continuing to support businesses that are providing jobs.

e: Where do you stand on incentives in film industry and bringing manufacturing back to the United States? BF: Incentives for the film industry have brought millions of dollars of new jobs and economic stimulation to our state. We should continue government policies, including incentives that bring jobs and economic development to our state. I believe we can do more to ensure jobs in this industry go to North Carolinians by promoting training and programs with the filmmakers that focus on our folks here in state. I voted for passage of the current film industry incentives. The incentives are working to bring film production here, and all the jobs and economic benefit associated with it. While I continue supporting these incentives, I think we need to closely monitor the success of our efforts and be prepared to make positive adjustments when needed. We need to continue our efforts to bring new manufacturing opportunities to our state, too. At the same time, we need to look at our resources, including patents owned by the state, as a source of potential economic stimulation. There are many manufacturing opportunities available through state-owned patents at our universities. As technologies change, new inventions offer (Live Local continued on page 6

My cooking style is: Southern Coastal Country Comfort Cuisine. I am always influenced by the region’s seafood, but I also like to incorporate bold flavors and traditional Southern farmhouse ingredients to my dishes. I want to compete because this will be our first opportunity to battle in a “bracket”-style competition. I want to showcase my unique flavor profiles and display the endless hard work of my kitchen team.

My cooking style is: Contemporary American Cuisine with light Southern flair. At the end of the day, I just want to make really good food!

Round 1 Tue March 26

Cape Fear Country Club Chef Antoine Murray

Elijah’s Chef Pat Green

who's the best chef? The Bento Box Chef Lee Grossman My cooking style is: Contemporary Asian Cuisine. The focus of our restaurant is our Sushi bar, but we also offer dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. The Bento Box is the culmination of Asian street food. The menu is designed to encourage sharing. Guests can interact with the chefs at the sushi bar or view them on any of the flat screen televisions located throughout the restaurant. $49 plus beverage, tax, and tip lands you a seat at the dinner table battlefield, as two chefs try to outcook each other using the secret ingredient. At the end of your six-course meal, you decide who wins and who goes home. Battles are at Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville beach. Visit www.competitiondining. com for more details and to buy your tickets now!

I want to compete because many people don’t understand that country club chefs are held to the same high standards as all other chefs. When it’s all said and done, I want to be mentioned along with the best chefs in the Wilmington area.

You be the judge! Wilmington

Round 2 Wed March 27

YoSake Chef Joshua Woo My cooking style is: Rustic and Simplistic. I prefer to enhance the ingredients’ natural flavors as opposed to masking them. I believe in solid fundamentals in the kitchen. YoSake is located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, NC. The restaurant features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu served amid fabulous Tokyo vogue décor. Stay up to date with all the action! Every Tuesday morning get a preview of the week’s upcoming battles when Fire on the Dock host Jimmy Crippen goes on air live with The Big Talker and The Penguin.


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the air we breathe: Wrightsville Beach council votes down smoking ban


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walking down the strand, encore readers know that Wrightsville Beach is the place to have a little fun in the sun. For some, the sandy shores are also the perfect place to smoke, but locals felt that too many cigarette butts were ending up on the beach and transforming their idyllic shores into one giant ashtray. This led the town to hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed smoking ban on March 8th. Despite heavy public support, the council voted to extinguish the measure. There was such a huge turnout of at least 100 people so the hearing was moved to the beach’s Public Safety Building to accommodate everyone. Attendees on both sides of the issue were given equal chance to voice their opinions and concerns. The overwhelming majority of speakers were supportive of the ban, and many audience members wore blue Surfrider Foundation T-shirts to show solidarity. The Surfrider foundation serves to environmentally protect the enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Danielle Richardet, local activist and focus of a film “FilterForGood” produced by Brita about the cigarette butt problem on Wrightsville Beach, spoke about her personal experiences clearing litter from the beach. “In 122 non-consecutive days, doing only 20-minute beach clean-ups, we have picked 40,827 cigarette butts off the sands of Wrightsville Beach,” she stated. “That’s an average of 17 butts per minute.” Richardet’s friends and other volunteers have cleaned up another 10,446 butts bringing the total to 51,273 butts total. She worries cigarette butts are more than just a nuisance but a toxic hazard. “Since the littered filters contain thousands of chemicals, such as cadmium, lead and arsenic that begin to leach into our environment

t by Brooke Kavi rn encore inte moments after contact with water, they really should be considered hazardous waste,” she noted. Resident Dan Cameron spoke at the hearing in opposition to the ban. “I enjoy sitting on the beach and enjoying a cigar,” he stated. He also said this shouldn’t be turned into a lifestyle issue. “If you want to talk about lifestyle, obesity is a big issue, but nobody is talking about that.” Cameron emphasized it was a simple littering issue and nothing more. Local Colin Eagles even described the hearing as “theater of the absurd,” and dismissed the idea that secondhand smoke on the beach was a serious environmental issue. However, there were far more bansupporters lining up for their turns in front of the board. At one point 12 people waited for a chance to speak, including a group of six passionate high-school students. Before the board made their closing remarks, Mayor David Cignotti asked for a show of hands in support and opposition to the ban. Less than a dozen attendees were against the ban. Despite such low numbers, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman voted down the measure in a 3-to-2 vote. This isn’t the first time it failed either. In 2010 Mayor Cignotti and Alderman Bill Sisson voted in favor of the measure while Mayor Pro Tem Susan Collins voted against it; Elizabeth King and Darryl Mills were not on the board in 2010. Many local supporters of the ban believed the new board members could push the vote in their favor this time around. Such didn’t go as planned as votes remained the same, with King and Mills swinging it against once again. Had the smoking ban passed, Wrightsville Beach would have been the first in North Carolina and 127th beach community in the nation to ban smoking along


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the shoreline. The board members also had the opportunity to publicly express their opinions on the issue before they voted. Supportive of the measure, Sisson said everyone had the right to fresh air on the beach. Collins said enforcement by peer pressure wasn’t the type of image that should be projected in Wrightsville Beach. King worried about enforcement costs and the extra burden it would place on local police, despite the fact that Chief Dan House publicly stated it would not be a heavy burden on his force. Town Manager Robert Simpson reportedly set aside funds in the

town’s budget for items such as new signage. Mills sought to remind everyone at the hearing that the beach is public space where locals and tourists alike should enjoy freedom. “Personally, I’m for it, and I believe most of the residents and even people who don’t live on the island supported it,” Cignotti stated. “When you’re elected to office, you have to put aside your personal beliefs, and support what the majority of the citizens want, but I don’t feel like that happened [tonight].” Cignotti acknowledges smoking and personal rights a tumultuous debate. “Individual smokers have rights,” he said. “I understand it’s an emotional issue, but the 80 percent of non-smokers have rights, too.” Despite this setback Richardet and many of the Surfrider Foundation members aren’t ready to back down. “The residents of Wrightsville Beach are so frustrated at their elected officials because they didn’t vote the way we wanted them to vote,” Richardet said. “We had the signatures of 402 Wrightsville Beach residents. But nobody is going to back away from this.”

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e: What is your position on offshore drilling? BF: I am concerned about the unintended consequences of offshore drilling. At the same time we need a smart energy policy. We need to approach the question of offshore drilling with a focus on our environment, and protecting both our coastal estuaries and tourist-related jobs, while securing our energy future. I have proposed a guideline for a smart energy policy. e: What is your position on local purchasing preferences? BF: State spending should always focus on supporting businesses and people in our state. Only in the most unusual of circumstances should we be purchasing outside of our state. Not only that, but we should look to support local business folks through state purchases. e: What are your thoughts on the USA’s agricultural history, and what role do you see for agriculture in its future? How does your platform support small agricultural producers? BF: Agriculture continues to be a very large part of our economic production. We should be marketing our agricultural products to the country and the world. Food and fiber not only are historically significant but also will continue to be very important into the future.

All entrepreneurial development should be supported. This includes property tax deferral for agricultural production, laws to support and encourage agri-tourism, state-supported processing centers and help with marketing. e: When was the last time you visited a farmers’ market? How often do you purchase locally produced food? BF: I go to the farmers’ market in Hillsborough a couple of Saturdays each month and purchase home-produced sausage, eggs, spiced pecans and seasonably appropriate vegetables. I was there within the last two weeks. e: What role do you see for fishing in the United States’ future? How does your platform support local fishermen and protect wetlands? BF: Our fishing industry provides important coastal jobs. I have voted for legislation to support the industry and will continue to support our fishing industry. Wetlands are the nursery of our fishing industry and must be protected. Local fishermen are the backbone of our fishing industry, and state policies should support and encourage their efforts.

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NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY In Northern Vietnam, Much Rides on a Man’s Phallic Aim An annual spring fertility festival in Vietnam’s Phu Tho province is capped by a symbolic X-rated ceremony rendered G-rated by wooden stand-ins. At midnight on the 12th day of the lunar new year, a man holding a wooden phallus-like object stands in total darkness alongside a woman holding a wooden plank with a hole in it, and the act is attempted. As the tradition goes, if the man is successful at penetration, then there will be good crops. Following the ceremony, villagers are ordered to “go and be free,” which, according to a February report by Thanh Nien News Service, means uninhibited friskiness during the lights-out period. [Thanh Nien News (Ho Chi Minh City), 2-9-2012] Cultural Diversity In the remote state of Meghalaya, India, a matrilineal system endows the women with wealth and property rights and relegates the men to slowmoving campaigns for equality. A men’s rights advocate, interviewed by BBC News in January, lamented even the language’s favoring of women, noting that “useful” nouns seem all to be female. The system, he said, breeds generations of men “who feel useless,” falling into alcoholism and drug abuse. In maternity wards, he said, the sound of cheering greets baby girls, and if it’s a boy, the prevailing sentiment is “Whatever God gives us is quite all right.” The husband of one woman interviewed said, meekly, that he “likes” the current system or at least that’s what his wife’s translation said he said. [BBC News, 1-19-2012] Each year, the town of Chumbivilcas, Peru, celebrates the new year with what to Americans might seem “Festivus”-inspired (from the Seinfeld TV show), but is actually drawn from Incan tradition. For “Takanakuy,” with a background of singing and dancing, all townspeople with grudges from the previous 12 months (men, women, children) settle them with sometimes-bloody fistfights so that they start the new year clean. Said one villager to a Reuters reporter, “Everything is solved here, and after(ward) we are all friends.” [Reuters via CBS News, 12-14-2011]

In a tradition believed to have originated in the eighth century, the village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, marks each Jan. 16 with the festival of Saint Anthony, commenced in style by villagers riding their horses through large fires in the streets (“Las Luminarias”). As horses jump the flames, according to belief, they become purified, demons are destroyed, and fertility and good health result. (Apparently, no horses are harmed, and an on-thescene priest blesses each for its courage.) [ABC News, 1-17-2012] Latest Religious Messages Prophet Warren Jeffs, of a breakaway Mormon cult, is serving life (plus 20 years) in a Texas prison for raping two underage parishioners, but insists that his power has not been diminished. He was disciplined in December for making a phone call to his congregation announcing several decrees, including barring marriages from taking place until he can return to “seal” them and prohibiting everyone from having sex. (Since Jeffs retains his “messiah” status among many church members, and since life-plus-20 is a long time to wait, and since the cult is reclusive, it is difficult for outsiders to assess the level of sexual frustration in the compound.) [Daily Mail (London), 12-31-2011; Deseret News (Salt Lake City), 12-30-2011] Recovering alcoholic Ryan Brown recently moved his licensed tattoo parlor into The Bridge church in Flint Township, Mich., which is one more indicator of Rev. Steve Bentley’s nontraditional belief that mainstream religion had become irrelevant to most people. Tattooing is a “morally neutral” practice, Bentley said, although Brown, of course, does not ink tattoos lauding drugs, gangs or the devil. (The Bridge has also loaned out its plentiful floor space in a shopping mall to wrestling, cage fighting and auto repair facilities.) [Flint Journal, 1-52012] In December, Pennsylvania judge Mark Martin dismissed harassment charges against Muslim Talaag Elbayomy, who had snatched a “Zombie Mohammad” sign from the neck of atheist Ernie Perce at last year’s Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Perce was mockingly dressed as an undead person, in robes and beard.) In tossing out the

charge (even though Elbayomy seemed to admit to an assault and battery), Martin ruled that Sharia law actually required Elbayomy to take the sign away from Perce. Judge Martin later explained that the technical basis for the ruling was (he-said/he-said) lack of evidence. (The December ruling did not attract press attention until February.) [WHTM-TV (Harrisburg, Pa.), 2-21-2012; Carlisle (Pa.) Sentinel, 3-3-2012]

sprawling face-first. Police officer Skeeter Manos, 34, was charged in February in Seattle with embezzling over $120,000 from a fund for the families of four colleagues who had been shot to death in the line of duty. Manos’ alleged expenditures included several trips to Las Vegas. [WPTV (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 2-6-2012] [Associated Press via WHBF-TV (Rock Island, Ill.), 2-8-2012]

Questionable Judgments According to a municipal street sign in front of Lakewood Elementary School in White Lake, Mich. (filmed in February by Detroit’s WJBK-TV), the speed limit drops to 25 mph on “school days only,” but just from “6:49-7:15 a.m., 7:52-8:22 a.m., 8:379:07 a.m., 2:03-2:33 p.m., 3:04-3:34 p.m. (and) 3:59-4:29 p.m.” [WJBK-TV, 2-15-2012] Jack Taylor, 18, of Worcester, England, was given a lenient sentence in January for an August burglary he admitted. He and another youth had tried to steal a resident’s motorcycle but damaged it in the process. Since he was remorseful, made restitution, observed a curfew and did community service, he was released by the judge when he secured full-time employment. (However, the employment, the court later learned, was as a slaughterman in Norway, where he was to take part in the culling of Alaskan baby seals.) [Worcester News, 1-17-2012]

People With Issues What Do You Mean, I’m Not Mentally Stable: Ms. Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, filed a federal lawsuit against New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services because it had taken away her kids (aged 13 and 10 at the time) in 2008 for questions about Ogunbayo’s mental stability. The lawsuit, for “recklessly disregard(ing)” her “right to family integrity,” asks the city to pay her $900,000,000,000,000 (trillion). [Staten Island Advance, 2-7-2012]

A Special Place in Hell John Morgan, 34, was charged in February in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with embezzling over $40,000 from a trust fund that had been established for his daughter, who has special needs because of cerebral palsy. Because of the theft, she is unable to have dental work necessitated because a care provider failed to lock her wheelchair, sending her

Least Competent People LaDondrell Montgomery, 36, had been sentenced in November in Houston to life in prison for armed robbery despite his vigorous protestations of innocence, and about a week later, in December, he was exonerated in fact. Although he had testified at his trial, he had not mentioned that he had an ironclad alibi that he had been in jail during the time the robbery was committed. Once jail records were reviewed, Montgomery was freed. The prosecutor hadn’t checked the records before trial, and neither had Montgomery’s attorney, but then neither had Montgomery ever mentioned it (because, he had told his lawyers, he had been in and out of jail so many times in his life that he just could not remember if he had been locked up at the time of the armed robbery). [Houston Chronicle, 12-9-2011]







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thanks to their sharp-edged wit, full of wickedly odd characters and preposterous hyperbole. From their weekly skits, “Thursday Night Live,” to one of 2011’s most entertaining fall productions, “Cannibal! The Musical” to their silly romps of shadow casting in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” over the past two years, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps has become a household name among Wilmington’s art scene. This week, in conjunction with Guerilla Theatre, PSL will be carrying on their penchant for exciting theatre, as they produce their first feature-length show at Browncoat Pub and Theatre. Many folks will be on board to bust everyone’s gut in side-splitting hilarity. Cast members like Holly Cole will play a gossipy thespian, as Chelsea Deaner takes on a fame-hungry actress, while Rachel Helms brings a chirpy stage manager and Ben Henson creates a stubborn but lovable writer. Also making appearances will be Zach Pappas—who won encore magazine’s Best Thespian 2012 in our annual reader’s poll—John Wolfe, Brett J. Young, Jordan Mullaney, Ryan P.C. Trimble and more. Simply called “A Pineapple-Shaped Show,” encore talked with Wesley Brown, president of PSL, to find out the hubbub about their latest foray of entertainment.

encore: Tell me about the show; how was it devised? Wesley Brown: Following the runaway success of last October’s “Cannibal! The Musical,” I met with Richard Davis, founder of Guerilla Theatre and owner of The Browncoat, to discuss our next main stage production. We both settled on the idea for PSL to produce a wholly original, full-length stage show. In the months that followed, PSL strove for unprecedented levels of collaboration. This show, which we chose to call “A Pineapple-Shaped Show,” will incorporate the 30-plus active members of our local troupe. From the beginning, we spoke about how to push the limits of what the Browncoat’s stage was capable of handling, both technically and narratively. Our finished product is a telethon-themed play, which depicts PSL 10 encore | march 21-27, 2012 |

e: What can we expect of the set? Any surprises?

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as a roving comedy troupe in search of a home. If they can raise enough money, the eager comedians can move into an abandoned television studio. With the help of an anxious television executive, PineappleShaped Lamps mounts a wild variety show to raise the money they need. Viewers get to peek behind the scenes as the gang tries to control the hilarious disasters that befall the telethon. e: Who wrote it and what was your inspiration? WB: Keeping with the collaborative spirit of the project, head writer Alex Marden assembled a team of PSL’s own writers to brainstorm this production. The initial telethon concept was pitched by Devin DiMattia. To complete the final draft, Alex edited contributions from Devin, Ben Henson, Jordan Mullaney, Zach Pappas, Ryan P.C. Trimble and Zack Torres. We talked about a lot of movies and plays while we developed this show, including “UHF,” “The Muppets” and “Noises Off.” Ultimately, we tried to create something original, something that spoke to our own experience. “A Pineapple-Shaped Show” is about the challenges of working with your friends, trying to be creative in a commercialized culture and being threatened by a megalomaniac brandishing a laser gun. e: Considering it’s PSL, we expect comedy. Are you producing ground-breaking drama, too? (Or mystery? Or horror!) WB: “A Pineapple-Shaped Show” is the kind of zany farce you’d expect from us. But there’s also a strong thread of drama running beneath all the absurdity. Our biggest goal, above all else, was simply to make sure the audience was always engaged, so we’ve tried to weave more complexities into this show, using everything we’d learned from “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “Cannibal! The Musical.” We’ve fleshed out our characters a little more. We’ve incorporated a few moments for audience interaction. We’ve tried to build a more complex narrative, with lots of running jokes and subplots to reward those audiences who pay close attention.

Shaped Lamps ... The Browncoat Pub & Theatre has been very generous over the last two years, inviting ujs to perform our sketch comedy show “TNL,” our shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling,” and other shows. But the Browncoat’s robust production schedule has always meant that—with the notable exception of “Dr. Horrible” and “Cannibal!”— we often perform on other production’s sets. We can tell you from experience: It’s really challenging to make a bus station look like a conference room. For “A Pineapple-Shaped Show,” we chose to embrace that weird sense of dislocation. The telethon takes place on the set of TV’s hit crime procedural, “Sexy Morgue.” During the show, we’ll struggle to make an autopsy room suit the various acts we perform. e: What’s been the most grueling aspect so far? WB: Trying to mount such a wildly complex project was a huge task, but the biggest challenge so far has been breaking down the story—making sure we’re all on the same page about when characters learn certain details and understanding the character arcs. We’ve never tackled a story this dense before, and we’re eager to see how audiences will respond to our work. e: Are you folks hoping to continue writing featurelength plays? And what else in 2012? WB: Right now we are focusing on completing our trilogy of main-stage shows; we set a huge bar for ourselves with the success of “Cannibal!” and “Dr. Horrible.” The goal is to exceed everyone’s, including our own, expectations. After this we have plans to shift our focus to our sketch comedy. We have improved a lot over the past few years but every season, we set higher goals for ourselves. We are already writing a completely original musical finale for this season on May 3rd. We are also going on tour this summer across the east coast of the United States. PSL has been booked for shows from New York City to Miami, and we have many local shows scheduled across NC. A lot of the next couple of months will be spent fundraising to make this tour possible. As for the rest of 2012, who knows what the future holds!


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Festival may not get the hype of other festivals, but it hits all the notes of a successful experience—and then some. Now in its 11th year, it boasts an expansive lineup of animation, shorts, documentaries and feature films. Formerly known as the Cine Noir Festival of Black Film, the North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF) was founded by Rhonda Bellamy of the Black Arts Alliance in 2001. Since, the four-day juried and invitational competition of independent screenings by African American filmmakers has been a staple of our region. In addition to showcasing dozens of short and feature-length narratives, the event includes a filmmaker’s brunch, panel discussions, workshops and studio tours. Many of the filmmakers themselves will be on hand for Q&A sessions with the audience after the screenings, too. NCBFF brings with it a competitive spirit to the festival, with cash prizes awarded for many best selections. Charlon Turner, publicity chair of NCBFF, says a non-juried music video category has been added to the 2012 lineup. “We feel the music-video genre is a very good vehicle for filmmakers who are trying to get some experience or get into the business,” Turner says. “It’s a way for them to showcase and maybe get funding for a larger project.” The program kicks off at 6 p.m. on March 24th with a CineMixer—a catered event, which happens to be free and open to the public at the Cameron Art Museum. At 7 p.m., the board will be honoring several artists with an awards ceremony. Among the notable honorees is Mike Wiley, star of this year’s opener “Dar He,” in which the actor takes on 36 roles in an acting tour de force in the telling of the tragic Emmett Till story from the 1950s. Raleigh actor Mike Wiley will receive the NCBFF’s inaugural Acting Award. “This is the first time the festival has awarded an actor,” Turner explains. “Usually we honor filmmakers, producers—people working in production—but his caliber of work is deserving of it. He is a very impressive actor and he does it so that each character is individualized.” The NCBFF will also be honoring Eleanor Nichols with the festival’s Nova Award for Production Achievement. Nichols served as production coordinator and supervisor on notable films like “Black Dog” and “Idlewild.” Last year, Nichols’ son, director Anthony Hemingway, received the festival’s Emerging Filmmaker and Zenith awards. Hemingway made a huge splash earlier in the year after directing George Lucas’ “Red Tails.” “[Nichols] has been in the industry for such a long time, working at Screen Gems, doing a lot of production work in Wilming-

no by Alex Pomplia stival Fe NC Black Film h March 22nd-25t 25 -$ Tickets: $5 www.blackar tsal ton,” Turner says. “While she was doing production coordination, she was one of the first African American people on set during that time. It was one of the reasons we wanted to acknowledge her, because she opened a lot of doors in [the industry].” Cecil Brown will be recognized for his work as a screenwriter. The Bolton-native penned the classic Richard Pryor comedy “Which Way Is Up?” A 35th anniversary screening for the film is set for Friday, March 23rd at the Community Arts Center. On Friday the action moves to the Screen Gems Studios, where there will be specially arranged tours of the studio and other film industry venues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Film screenings begin that evening at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center. On Saturday morning the event takes a moment to dish up some Southern charm, as the filmmakers talk shop at the NCBFF’s Filmmaker Brunch at the Community Arts Center. There will also be Kiddy Cinema, a five-hour block of film suitable for young audiences from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., also at the Community Arts Center. “One draw to our festival is that we definitely have that Southern appeal and hospitality,” Turner says. “We actually get to tour the facilities—Screen Gems Studios and JVC. Getting the opportunity to talk to people at the studio, networking and learning is an incredible thing. The fact that the NC Black Film Festival has that is just one advantage over other festivals.” 2012 SCHEDULE Thurs., Mar. 22nd Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St. 7:30 p.m.: “Dar He” (70 min.) Director: Rob Underhill One man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till story. Experience the story, trial and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett’s murder in this riveting drama. A masterful performance by Mike Wiley, who will receive the NCBFF’s inaugural Acting Award. Fri., Mar. 23rd Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center 120 S. 2nd St. 7 p.m. “The Two-Fer” (41 min.)

“Which Way Is Up?” (94 min.) 9:30 p.m “The Three Way” (86 minutes) Director: Julian A. Renner Mike arrives home to discover his girlfriend, Tasha, is back early. Chaos erupts when Tasha discovers a love note and some condoms in Mike’s jacket. Mike insists it’s all a misunderstanding until an unexpected male friend arrives at the front door. Sat., Mar. 24th Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center 120 S. 2nd St. 1 p.m. “Souls of Black Men” (67 min.) Director: Erica Hayes Six black men who grew up in the inner city have an organization called Black Man Society, which focuses on improving the living conditions of the people in the community. During one of their meetings, they begin to reveal to one another their personal struggles and conflicts.

jazzman and an innovator on the string bass. The documentary includes footage from a workshop in Wilmington. During that visit, he received a star on Wilmington’s Walk of Fame, an honorary doctorate from UNCW, and the Living Legend Award from the Black Arts Alliance, Inc. 6 p.m. “Stop, Look, Listen” Director: Caleb Taylor/Ramona L. Taylor A man deals with pressures at work and cannot shake them even when he arrives home; however, a simple gesture from his son reminds him what is truly important. “Belated” Director: Ramona L. Taylor Gabriel Gray is on top of the world. He’s a celebrity with a nice house and beautiful wife; however, his past haunts him. His father was murdered on his birthday and his mother wants him to help track the killer; however, Gabriel is reluctant for his own reasons. All it will take is chance and a touch and Gabriel’s world will be forever changed.

3 p.m. “One Last Sunset” (45 min.) “Lock & Key” (9 min.) Director: Kevin Richmond Director: Dana Verde Two sisters struggle to survive after an A locksmith gets an anonymous call from a desperate young man who has locked him- apocalyptic virus turns the remaining human self out of his apartment. Reluctantly, the population into flesh-eating zombies. locksmith helps him and in doing so discov7 p.m. ers that this young man is the key to solving “April’s Hero” his painful past. “Keeper of the Flame” (30 min.) Director: Brian Nelson “Honey Boy” The enigmatic Mardi Gras Indian culture Director: Teri A. Burnette The story tells of Honey Boy, a Robin Hood serves as a pillar in the community and a archetype who has a “high dollar” amount symbol of strength. But when the Big Chief on his head. It is believed that Honey Boy is of a legendary Indian tribe dies unexpectantkilled by an unlikely assassin, and his faith- ly, leadership challenges emerge. ful, elderly mother is asked to go to town to 9 p.m. identify the body. Based on the Jackie Tor“He’s Mine Not Yours” rence tale and starring Wilmington’s own Joyce Grear. Sun., Mar. 25th Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. “Toy Soldier” “Not My Son” (60 min.) “The Double” Director: Dwight Cammeron “Black Fraulein” (25 min.) The movie follows Birmingham resident Director: Dr. Maurice Martinez The daughter of an African American sol- Carolyn Johnson-Turner, founder of Parents dier and a German woman compares her life Against Violence and its members over the in Germany with her life in North Carolina. course of several months. She founded the Her story looks at America through the eyes organization from the anguish she experienced when her 20-year-old son was shot and of a bicultural, mixed-race woman. killed while attending a birthday party. “Have Mercy Dr. Percy: A Tribute to Percy Heath” (45 min.) All-access passes are $25. Tickets are $10 Director: Dr. Maurice Martinez for opening-night selection; otherwise $5 per One of America’s National Treasures, screening block, available at the screenings. Wilmington native Percy Heath was a stellar

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the sci-fi founder: ‘John Carter’ is a spectacle of entertainment

this week in film Eraserhead

by Anghus John Carter

Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 • Sundays, 8pm • Free 3/25: “Eraserhead” is a 1977 American surrealist film and the first feature film of legendary writer, producer and director David Lynch. “Eraserhead” polarized and baffled many critics and film-goers, but has become a cult classic.


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garish movies were all the rage. Those were the days; it wasn’t uncommon to see glorious trash like “Flash Gordon,” “Willow,” “Masters of the Universe” or “Conan the Destroyer.” Then, it was perfectly acceptable for a grown man to wear a codpiece made of fur, get all greased up and swing a sword while trying to save the universe. A lot of what we see in “John Carter” resembles the kind of stuff we would have seen airbrushed onto a van in the ‘70s: Muscular warriors, scantily clad princesses, and crazy imagery that seems inspired by the most rad acid trips. The story follows title character John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), a Civil War veteran who has made his way west while looking for gold, which is apparently what people did in those days. During his search, he’s reluctantly recruited to help protect the locals from Apache Indians, who are still pretty sore about having their land stolen and their people brutally murdered. Carter wants no part of it and tries to escape. While on the run, he discovers the cave of gold he’s been searching for and is suddenly transported to Mars—or as they call it “Barsoom.” Naturally, things are different in this far-away planet. First off, he learns he can leap a tall sand dune in a single bound thanks to lack of gravity. Second, he discovers Barsoom has a pretty liberal dress code; everyone on Barsoom shows skin. I mean everyone. It’s like an entire planet envisioned by Hugh Hefner in 1976, while under the influence of some psychotropic substance. Every outfit shows a little leg, a little midriff and some cleavage— even on the men. Just about every guy who walks onto camera has perfectly chiseled abs. Carter arrives on the planet with a shirt and a pair of pants. Before we know it, he’s trouncing around in some kind of kilt-skirt hybrid and never seems to give it a second thought. When in Barsoom, I suppose. The planet has seen better days. The mysterious and evil Thurns have convinced Sab Than (Dominic West) to wield the blue power that will give him the ability to rule with an aquamarine fist. That doesn’t sit well with the fair princess, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), who is told the only way she can save her home

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ENTERTAINING AT BEST: Lynn Collins and Taylor Kitsch geek out in the latest sc-fi thrill, “John Carter.” Courtesy photo

city of Helium is to marry Sab Than. The plot of “John Carter” reads like some kind of a bad romance novel and a sci-fi fantasy film. If Fabio and “Star Wars” made a baby, this would be the product of their mating. Carter is first introduced to another species, the tribal Tharks, a race of 10-foot, green, four-armed warriors who believe there isn’t a problem that can’t be solved with a sword to the face. There, Carter learns of the dire situation that has befallen the planet and ends up saving the life of the princess. He wants her help to get back to Earth. She wants him to use his big, sweaty muscles to save her people—and maybe get horizontal should the opportunity present itself. While watching the movie, part of me was thinking, “I’ve seen this before.” And I have. The novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs were written in the early 1900s and were the thematic foundation for every piece of modern science-fiction cinema seen today. “John Carter” isn’t subtle about sharing that with audiences. After all, it was the inspiration for films like “Star Wars” and “Avatar.” Thus, calling the film “derivative” feels a little perverse, but a lot of its elements do feel stale. In 1917 this may have been groundbreaking; in 2012 it feels a little too familiar. Been there, conquered that. My major issue with the film is the casting. Taylor Kitsch is a good looking guy with a hint of charisma, but there’s not a lot going on behind the eyes. He’s an effective hero if not

an extraordinary one, like an American JeanClaude Van Damme: Believable, able to kick some ass, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear he was missing a chromosome. Lynn Collins (Wolverine) is the real surprise here. Stunning and intelligent, she does an impressive job swinging a sword. It’s not the most flattering role, and she spends most of the movie wearing outfits that seem far too revealing for a planet with this much sand. The secondary parts are all filled in with respectable actors doing less-than respectable work. I love Ciarán Hinds. He’s a phenomenal talent who shines when provided great material like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” When the material is less-than phenomenal, like his turn in the recent “Ghost Rider” sequel, it’s a different story altogether. There are things to like in “John Carter.” It’s a wonderfully developed, if not remarkable world that its director, Andrew Stanton (“Up,” “Toy Story”), has brought to life. I say it’s not remarkable because I was amazed how much of Barsoom resembled the American Southwest: lots of sandy dunes and craggy rocks. Nothing about it felt otherworldly except for some of the creatures inhabiting it. Alien beings like Tars Tarkas (Willam Dafoe) are computergenerated marvels that continue to prove that a hundred geeks in front of a hundred computers can bring anything to the big screen. There are well-staged action sequences, and the special effects are about what one would expect in a movie that costs a quarter of a billion dollars. Most of all, it’s fun, almost to a fault. It’s big, obtuse and often times cheesy enough to inspire giggles. It’s an idiotic spectacle that is far more entertaining than endearing.

Cinematique • Thalian Hall 310 Chestnut Street • 7:30pm, $7 3/21: “A Separation”—Set in contemporary Iran, the compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. There is one thing Nader (Peyman Moadi) and his wife Simin (Leila Hatami) will never agree on. Simin dreams of leaving abroad where they can provide a better future for their only daughter, Termeh. But Nader feels his duty lies at home, where he can care for his sick father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. PG-13, 2 hr. 3 min. 4/2-4: “Thin Ice” (pictured)— An insurance

agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer. Starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin. 1 hr. 54 min.

Atlas Shrugged UNCW’s Lumina Theater 601 S. College Road • 6 p.m. FREE! 3/26, 7pm: A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Tickets free, at Sharky’s Box Office day of show.

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on like a coal-burning train rushing along the westward rails. A soothing voice invites eardrums to give way to its message, while second-long glimpses of growling grit suggest rebellion. Background vocals float effortlessly like falling leaves, fluttering to bring it all home. Toying with harmonies and playfully increasing and decreasing intensities, Hoots and Hellmouth create the type of music that’s inspiring and uplifting—the songs we’d listen to while taking off in a beat-up car, destination unknown. The group comprises lead vocalist, songwriter and founder Sean Hoots and his current band mates: Rob Berliner (guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, vocals), Mike Reilly (drums, vocals) and Todd Erk (upright and electric bass, vocals). Though the Philadelphia-based group originally began as a duo with Andrew Gray in 2005, they have gambled with various players until reaching its current footing. Sharing stages with the likes of Grace Potter and Carolina Chocolate Drops, the folkrock act claimed Best College Record Label Album from the Independent Music Awards for its self-titled debut. They followed up with 2009’s “The Holy Open Secret,” 2011’s “Face First in the Dirt” and their latest release, “Salt.” Earlier works from the band careen boisterously as compared to Sean’s more relaxed and engaging softness found in their current audio—yet all Hoots and Hellmouth pieces are morsels to be savored. On Saturday, March 24th, they’ll play not once but twice in New Hanover County. The first show is a performance at the 16th annual Wing Fling in Carolina Beach, when they’ll be joined by RocketSurgery and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. Hoots and Hellmouth will look to Soapbox LaundroLounge for a late show Saturday night. We caught up with Sean in anticipation of their busy Wilmington schedule. encore (e): Can you tell me a bit about the group’s evolution from your duo to its present state? How was the group affected sound-wise with changes? Are you confident in and proud of the current quartet?

WHO’S HOOTS: Hoots and Hellmouth of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offer up folk tunes that enchant the core of its listeners. Courtesy photo.

Sean Hoots (SH): Andrew and I comprised the two elements of the original H+H molecule, and as such that formative pair set the stage for everything that has come since. Passion, soul, blood, sweat, tears—those were the building blocks we used, and that structure still stands as our fundamental underpinning. The writing is perhaps a bit more focused now that there is only one songwriter involved, but the M.O. is still very much intact. Our latest album, “Salt,” is in some ways a departure from those previously released, but that has more to do with my own writing process, chasing the muse, etc., than personnel changes. Confident and proud? Hells yes. e: What’s the story behind “Salt”? Why that album title? SH: The true backstory here is older than the hills and would require many moons of campfire re-tellings. More to the point, the title comes from a mineral common to Earth, utilized in a variety of capacities the world over—from simple table flavoring to complex processes interconnecting every being, sentient and non. Kinda like us. e: How do you feel you’ve grown as a writer? What subjects move you the most? SH: With every stanza I compel myself to continue peeling back the layers of my onionsoul. Sure there come tears, but, ultimately, they are cleansing in nature, and everything

feels a little more refreshed on the other side. Connecting internal forces with those external seems to be the mode. Subjects range the gamut, as do objects. Perception, relation of viewer to viewed, dissolution of those boundaries and definitions, the creation/destruction dance of Shiva... These keep me interested, alert, creating. e: What prompted you to become a musician? SH: I liked the way Slayer sounded in my walkman on the ol’ school bus. e: Tell me about your experiences at Wakarusa and SXSW as they compare to playing farms and dive bars. As well, being from Philly, what is it like playing the Philadelphia Folk Festival? SH: Bigger events invite more listeners, but only if they have nothing else on their agenda at that time. Farms and dive bars offer a more captive (and hopefully captivated) audience. The Philadelphia Folk Fest is the best time you’ve never had. Community, real love of music, recreational psychonautica, mud. They have it all! And they’ve always shown love for the hometown boys. They make us feel like rockstars and little brothers all at once. e: What’s next for Hoots and Hellmouth? SH: That’s a big question, isn’t it? Lots more shows, miles on the van, smiling faces, screaming mimis, homesick feelings, BBQ, affirmations, denials, crushing defeats and glorious victories. Oh, and we’re re-releasing “Salt” on April 10th.

The drummer of Dr. Dog for six years and five albums, Juston Stens went the solo route in 2010—returning to his foundation with guitar, piano, and the penning of songs. These days he prefers to perform with his band, The Get Real Gang. They rep an oldschool country instrumental sound, melded with surf rock-style vocals and contemporary, edgy lyrics—such as Hank Williams meets The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

Manray with Lazer/Wulf, Coup de Grace and The Get Laids Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern 1415 S. 42nd St. 3/24, $5, 9:45 p.m.

With experimental intros, Manray beckons audiences into their eerie and energetic math rock. Comprising Jordan, Ryan and Derek Olivera (guitar/vocals, bass/vocals and drums, respectively) and Charlton Eugene Woolfolk III on guitar and vocals, the band engages metal fans to try on a different kind of tune. It’s a little bit punk, a little bit hard rock, and all progressive as they push the compositional boundaries of metal. All weekly music is listed on the soundboArd pAges.

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BLACKBOARD SPECIALS What’s up at Fat Tony’s? Saturday, March 24 LIVE MUSIC and more! Natty Greene's Draft Expo at downtown location. Largest tap takeover ever in NC! 24 drafts from Natty Greene's!



a preview of tunes all over town this week

Gabby’s Lounge 7-10pm

Friday, March 23

EASTBOUND Saturday, March 24

FORREST TABOR Friday, March 30

OVERTYME Saturday, March 31

It’s all good. 131 North Front St. • (910) 343-8881 • 250 Racine Dr. (910) 452-9000

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater 420, $10 Bud/ Bud lt Buckets, $4 Jack, Captain, and Even Williams Trivia From Hell at 7:30 TUESDAY $1 Tacos (4pm-close), $3 Dos XX Amber, $4 Cuervo, Lunazul, Bacardi, Jack and Jim Beam WEDNESDAY 1/2 price wine, $3 Pints, $4 Bombs, $5 Martinis THURSDAY Live Music (10pm-1am) 1/2 Price Wings (4pm-close), $2 Domestic Pints, $4 Jack, Jager, Fireball, Sailor Jerry, $5 Bombs FRIDAY & SATURDAY $4 Shooters, $5 Hell’s Cocktails $10 Party Pitchers SUNDAY Service Industry Night $2.50 Domestic Pints, $4 Jack, Jameson, Jager, and Crown $5 Bombs DUELING PIANOS Every Friday and Saturday Night @ 9:30 1/2 Price apps M-Th (4pm-7pm) Sunday (9pm-close)

MIKE O’DONNELL 1706 North Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231 877-330-5050• •910-256-2231 910-256-2231 877-330-5050

Nightly Food Specials starting at 5:00pm

$5 appetizers

EVERY WEEKDAY 5:00-7:00!

NIGHTLY SPECIALS MONDAY Pulled Pork Nachos $5 $2 Draft - $3 Well Drinks TUESDAY Eat Spot Burger $7 Bottle Beer $2 Domestic - $3 Imports & Micros WEDNESDAY Tacos $5 $4 Margaritas THURSDAY Ribeye Special $12 1/2 price bottle of wine FRIDAY Draft Day- $2- $3-$4-$5 SATURDAY Carolina Brews $3 SUNDAY Steak & Eggs $8 (all day) Bloody Mary – Mimosa $4 34 North Front Street (corner of Front and Princess)


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THE STRING SECTION: Presented by Penguin 98.3, The Infamous Stringdusters will play Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Wednesday, March 21st. The sextet is renowned as a Nashville ‘newgrass’ group. Courtesy photo

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 KaraoKe with hellz Belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 acoustic Jazz Piano with James Jarvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DuB steP —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 DJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 wilmington icon singing contest with cash granD Prize —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 DJ sir nicK BlanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KaraoKe with DJ rich Delux —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

Josh solomon & cary BenJamin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

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

—Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115

tHuRSDAY, MARCH 22 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

oPen mic with Jeremy norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

DJBe extreme KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 infamous stringDusters, levi lowrey —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 Jeremy norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 live acoustic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 gary allen’s acoustic oPen mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

trivia with DJ —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 trivia with Party gras DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 DJ lorD walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

franKenstein Brothers: BucKetheaD, that 1 guy —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 nautilus —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Jah harvest, elation, michael eaKins —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 oPen mic night —Barista Cafe, 225 S. Water St.; 399-3108

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

KaraoKe with DJ Damon —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

team trivia with Dutch hawK —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

fireDance & Drums at DarK, secret DJ at 11 —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

college night with DJ Battle —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833

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

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

oPen mic with Justin lacy

DJ sweat

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Dueling Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 toP 40 DJ

—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

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

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

Fried Lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115

Jack Jack 180 —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

tHe Birdcage Bandits —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

Port city trio —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

dixie driver —NC Tarheel Opry House, 145 Blue Creek School Road, Jacksonville; (910) 347-4731

friday, march 23 dJ dr. Jones —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 dueLing Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 House/tecHno dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 dJ P Funk —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 Jazz witH Benny HiLL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 dJ BattLe —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 acoustic Jazz Piano witH James Jarvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Jazz Jam session —S.W.A.C. Lounge, 723 N. 4th St.; (843) 276-8164 karaoke witH mike norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 dJ miLk —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington dJBe extreme karaoke —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 dixie driver —NC Tarheel Opry House, 145 Blue Creek School Road, Jacksonville; (910) 347-4731 karaoke —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 sagaPooL —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 imaginary game sHow —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 7633737 no doLLar sHoes —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 dJ dane Britt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 no doLLar sHoes —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 cary BenJamin —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 Jesse stockton —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 LiPBone redding —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 viLLain, tHe sPeed kings, Bad engLisH —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. tHe mantras

Jonas sees in coLor, House oF FooLs, medusa stone —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

tHe FundamensionaLs —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

raPmania marcH madness —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

coco Loco Band (car sHow) —Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area, Pleasure Island, 458-8434

Saturday, march 24 dJ sir nick BLand —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 dJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 dJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 House/tecHno dJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Hoots and HeLLmoutH —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 dueLing Pianos —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 dJ BattLe —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 guitarist mark LyncH (10:30 a.m.-1:30 P.m.) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 FiLtHy saturdays witH dJ FiLtHy —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 dJ sweat —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

dJ dane Britt —BeacH House Bar ‘n’ griLL, 7219 market st.; 689-7219 rocketsurgery, Hoots and HeLLmoutH, JonatHan tyLer and tHe nortHern LigHts (wing FLing) —Carolina Beach Boardwalk; 910-458-8434 Forrest taBor —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

Sunday, march 25 travis sHaLLow —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 dJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 susan savia —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448

karaoke witH HeLLz BeLLe —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 cLay crotts, inside 9 P.m. —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

dJBe extreme karaoke —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

sateLLite BLuegrass Band, tHe migHty regis —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

tHe mantras —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Legree acoustic —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

trevor HaLL, cas HaLey —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 dJ BattLe —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Benny HiLL and Friends —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 Perry smitH (BruncH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773

Jimmy mowery —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

tHe migHty regis —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796


karaoke night with dj be!


trivia night 3.23 FRIDAY

jack jack 180 3.24 SATURDAY

live music with the

birdcage bandits

Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd




Poker Night 7pm & 9:30pm




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

mike BLair —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

cLay crotts

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

reggae sundays witH dJ dr. Jones —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833

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

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

MONDAY 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. TUESDAY Sky Blue $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 Samuel Adams $ 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 $

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons $250 Corona/Corona Light THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Snow Day • $3 Kamikaze $5 Bombs SATURDAY DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona / Corona Light $350 Bloody Marys and Mimosas $4 Margaritas Clay Crotts inside at 9 p.m.

karaoke kong —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

east nasHviLLe stars —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

manray, Lazer/wuLF, couP de grace, tHe get Laids —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St.

100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

mike BLair —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

Juston stens & tHe get reaL gang —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

eastBound —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231





LIVE TEAM TRIVIA 8PM - 10PM followed by


Live Music on the Patio





Monkey Junction 910.392.7224

206 Old Eastwood Rd.


(by Home Depot)


MONDAY 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $5 Pizzas TUESDAY LIVE JAzz IN THE BAR Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $250 WEDNESDAY Miller Light Pints $150 Coronoa/ Corona Lite Bottles $250 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas $4 THURSDAY Appletinis $4, RJ’s Painkiller $5 Red Stripe Bottles $250 Fat Tire Bottles $250 FRIDAY Cosmos $4, 007 $350 Guinness Cans $3 Island Sunsets $5 SATURDAY Baybreeze/Seabreeze $4 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 Select Domestic Bottles $2 SUNDAY Bloody Marys $4, Domestic Pints $150 Hurricanes $5 5564 Carolina Beach Road, (910) 452-1212

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Moxology Sun. & Mon. $5 Specialty Cocktails TueSday $2.00 Blue Point Draft 13 - $5 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle WedneSday & THuRSday $3.00 Seasonal Draft 13 - $5.00 Wines per glass / $20.00 per bottle Sunday $5.00 Mimosas $5.00 Bloody Mary Monday - THuRSday ½ price Apps from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Served at the bar only 35 n. FRonT ST. doWnToWn WilMingTon

(910) 343-1395

Wrightsville Beach Pool ° Darts ° Foos ° Pong


$3 Microbrews ∙ $10 WIne Btls $3.50 Moonshines ∙ $4 CCP Shot

Thursdays KARAOKE

$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Jose Cuervo ∙ $4 Captain


$2 Coors Light • $2.50 Shock Top $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs


$2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $3 Surfer on Acid


$2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $5 Jager Bomb • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 11 pm


NFL SuNday TickeT $3 Domestic Schooners $2 Domestic Drafts $9.99 All You Can Eat Wings at the Bar 1/2 Priced Select Appetizers at the Bar

MoNday NighT FooTbaLL $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas TueSday-kidS eaT Free NighT $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts WedNeSday $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas ThurSday $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts Friday-TgiF $3.50 Cosmos $2.00 Domestic Drafts SaTurday-coLLege FooTbaLL $3 Domestic Schooners MoNday- Friday 1/2 Priced Appetizers from 4-7 pm & 9 pm -close at the bar Free Appetizer of the Day with purchase of a non-refillable beverage from 5-7 at the bar. 4126 Oleander Dr. (910) 792-9700

beautifully freaky: Frankenstein Brothers featuring Buckethead and That 1 Guy, play the Brooklyn Arts Center in Downtown Wilmington, Thursday March 22nd.

monday, march 26

920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

Beach; 256-2776

Steven Compton —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996

trivia with DutCh From 94.5 the hawK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

KaraoKe with DJ riCh Delux —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

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

wilmington iCon Singing ConteSt with CaSh granD prize —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

KaraoKe —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 aCouStiC Jazz piano with JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

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

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

Cary BenJamin —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

KaraoKe with DJ @-hole —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ riChtermeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

Bar & Comedy Room

WedNeSdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm

ThurSdAY Open Mic Stand-up 9pm


March 23-24


(Comedy Central Presents, Co-host of “Uninformed” with Bill Burr)



Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate


per person

W h at e cou ld br ? bett e 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187

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Join us on Tuesdays! Karaoke

at 9 p.m. All 36 drafts only $2.50 all day long!


FOX ICON Karaoke Contest

$1000 Cash Grand Prize!

pengo with Beau gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 Brett JohnSon’S Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

College night KaraoKe —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 SKa Show with the waFFle StomperS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

open miC with JoSh Solomon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

Wednesday, march 28

open miC anD ComiCS Jam —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

KaraoKe with hellz Belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

tuesday, march 27

aCouStiC Jazz piano with JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Cape Fear BlueS Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 “it taKeS tueSDayS to tango” leSSonS 7-9 p.m. —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805

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

KaraoKe with miKe norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KaraoKe with DJ party graS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille,

KaraoKe —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 DJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 DuB Step —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 JoSh Solomon & Cary BenJamin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 DJ Sir niCK BlanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville

Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 gary allen’S aCouStiC open miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 the emily minor BanD —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 open miC with JuStin laCy —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 roger DaviS anD ron wilSon —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 7633737 liz uhlman —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DJBe extreme KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Jeremy norriS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 KaraoKe with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 live aCouStiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Benny hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc., 256-0115 All entertainment must be sent to by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.



Concerts outside of Southeastern NC


910.251.8500 FOR MORE INFO


dOORS: 9:00 / FREE

BAREFOOT IN BLUE JEANS: Brand new country-music sensation Jake Owen, former golf player for Florida State University, will play The Orange Peel in Asheville on Thursday, March 22nd. Courtesy photo

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 South tryon StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 377-6874 3/22: Mark Slaughter 3/23: Asking Alexandria, Trivium, I See Stars, Motionless in White, The Amity Affliction 3/24: The Return of Nantucket, The George Hatcher Band THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltmorE avEnuE, aShEvillE, nC (828) 225-5851 3/21: The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute) 3/22: Jake Owen, Chase Rice 3/23: Who’s Bad (Michael Jackson tribute) 3/24: Papadosio, Sonmi 3/25: The Joy Formidable, A Place to Bury Strangers, Exitmusic OVENS AUDITORIUM 2700 E. indEpEndEnCE Blvd., CharlottE, nC (704) 372-3600 3/24: Tyrese, Chrisette Michelle CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. main StrEEt, CarrBoro, nC (919) 967-9053 3/21: Neon Indian, Purity Ring 3/23: Youth Lagoon, Dana Buoy 3/24: Caltrop, Pipe, Black Skies, Dave Heumann 3/25: John Mark McMillan, Songs of Water, Jude Moses 3/27: Dom Kennedy, Rich Hil, POLY

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 hwy. 17 South, n. myrtlE BEaCh, SC (843) 272-3000 3/24: The Devil Wears Prada, Everytime I Die, Letlive, Oh Sleeper LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CaBarruS StrEEt, ralEigh, nC (919) 821-4111 3/21: Buckethead, That 1 Guy, Wolff and Tuba 3/24: The Machine (Pink Floyd tribute) 3/25: The Devil Wears Prada, Everytime I Die, Letlive, Oh Sleeper








DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 vivian St., durham, nC (919) 680-2727 3/22: Diana Krall 3/24: Ira Glass 3/25: The Moody Blues NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36th StrEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 358-9298 3/24: The English Beat ALABAMA THEATRE 4750 hwy. 17 S., n. myrtlE BEaCh, SC (843) 272-1111 3/24: Drifters, Coasters, Platters WWW.THESOAPBOXLIVE.COM

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trifecta of talent: ACME’s showcases immense creativity in mixed-media


aPer, collage and mixed-media

come together at ACME’s newest show-opening this Friday, featuring veteran artists Fritizi Huber, Elizabeth Darrow and Michelle Connolly. The trio work as friends and muses, bringing to life images that take on shape and color in layers upon layers of remnants and re-purposed materials. Their conjoined efforts make up a theme that happened organically upon a morning stroll. “So what shall we name the show?” Connolly asked Darrow. Without hesitancy Darrow responded: “Les Trois Amis.” “Who knows where that came from,” Darrow tells encore, “but just like the titles of my pieces, [which] seem to name themselves, so did the show.” Fitting its literal interpretation, “The Three Friends” bring an undeniable sense of whimsy to their works, each embarking on a process different from the other, yet maintaining movement in accordance. Darrow—who studied painting at Oberlin College in the ‘60s—does abstract collage, layering copies of her previous works in scrap-paper form, contrasted by cleaning solvent on magazine pages. “The solvent disrupts the ink, the images disappear and morph into subtle hues and watermarks,” she explains. “It’s exciting to integrate the two kinds of scraps and discover what they can yield when combined with one another.” Working in an expressionist fashion, her work naturally magnifies a push-and-pull in composition. One can see formations of objects, contrasting and complementing blotches and lines, perhaps exposing erecting cities, people or maybe even skylines. The imagery that appears seems as magical nowadays as it was from Darrow’s first art memory. “Ah,” she exacts: “Paint-By-Number. I loved it, and the pictures were better than

by Shea Carver Les Trois Amis helle eth Darrow, Mic Featuring Elizab itzi Huber Connolly and Fr e. • 711 N. 5th Av ACME Ar t Studio . - 9 p.m. • Free Fri., 3/23, 6 p.m they are today. I don’t know how that guided me, but it did inform me that I loved putting paint on canvas, working with color, watching images emerge out of nothing.” Along with Huber and Connolly, Darrow creates a fantastical world up for interpretation. “I think we all relate to each other’s art because we work in a similar manner,” she states. “We don’t work from life trying to capture something we can see; we don’t try to render a ‘likeness.’ We try to create something altogether new—that no one has seen before—and that we can’t entirely anticipate until we see it ourselves.” They manipulate materials, allowing the fabric of the art to become what its meant to be. It is not premeditated or pinned by a “watchful eye,” as Darrow explains. “We have to be ever vigilant as we work, intuiting when an outcome is satisfactory or unsatisfactory—or even thrilling.” Seemingly destined for the thrill of the hunt, Connolly’s foray into art came from her family’s exposure to it. “I used to love watching my father paint,” she says. “He was a sign writer.” Her knack for recycling materials to build upon playful faces in Les Trois Amis’ “characters” shows an experimental willingness to find treasure among otherwise discarded thingamajigs. “My grandfather was a collector of things,” she remembers, “so I spent many a rainy summer day in his house in England, look-

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2420 S. 17th St. 910.794.4544 Across from New Hanover Medical Center 4544 Fountain Dr. 910.392.2293 Where it all started, across from UNCW 1437 Military Cutoff 910.256.8850 Close to Mayfaire & Wrightsville Beach 5916 Monkey Junction 910.791.9969 Right past Monkey Junction 8116 Market St #110 910.686.6550 Beside the ABC store in Porter’s Neck 1035 Grandiflora Dr. 910.399.6808 Located at Magnolia Greens in Leland

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CHARACTER ASSESSMENT: Michelle Connolly’s “Betty” is mixed-media, made of found objects, and can be seen in her latest show, Les Trois Amis, with Elizabeth Darrow and Fritzi Huber at ACME. Courtesy photo

ing through drawers of bits and bobs, which I would play with. Now, I find that I am a collector of bits and bobs, which I now play with in my own work. I feel I was destined to be a studio artist.” Inspired by her recent trip to NYC, Connolly’s subject matter carries its own passport of cultural interest, as her portraits take on many faces from animal to human. Formed from lost earrings, a rusted piece of metal, a slab of wood or even an old floppy disc, they are derived from Connolly’s interactions with life everywhere. As she happened upon New York’s 2012 Outsider Art Fair, featuring works from Karl Mullen, Charlie Lucas and Purvis Young, her enthusiasm immediately grew. “The raw edge to the way [the Outsider] artists work appeals to me,” she says, “and I believe I share their visual language. I am always working. Whether in my studio or at home or en route, I am planning and making art. I work on multiple [pieces] at a time, and they often feed into each other.” Shapes and textures take on body, with riv-

ets and ties molding a new character, a new story and boundless prospects. The graduate from England’s Berkshire School of Art says, “I explore the options by placing materials side by side until I am happy with an image.” Affected as well from Darrow and Huber, Connolly admits her colleagues’ craft as one of a thoughtful, stimulating challenge. “They make me look again and again to explore the [work’s] surface, which I think is a sign of a strong piece of art,” she says. Papermaker Fritzi Huber most certainly understands a canvas’ face value. Her crinkled works of paper are delicately handmade by pulp made from fabrics, drawings and bits of nostalgia—as shown in her last show at Cameron Art Museum, “A Circus Life,” inspired by her life reared among a circus family. One piece included woven sequins from a dressing room floor and a robe she wore during one of her aerial acts. Needless to say, Huber’s works are a step away from stationary dullness; there are no flat surfaces exposing textbook lines. Instead, the viewer sees paper in its essence of creation, crests and valleys included, as the water and pulp blend to give each canvas a variegated finish. Her subject matter in Les Trois Amis is “Home Sweet Home,” as she draws on dreams and her nomadic childhood. Her parents starred as aerialists in Circus Brumbach, owned by Huber’s great-grandmother who once worked for Ringling Brothers. What became home for many across miles and miles of the world during big-top shows is now Huber’s subject matter. She finds the symbolism of the circus trailer twofold, offering more than an image of reminiscence. “What once was a romantic look at these homes on wheels has recently become a viable housing/living option for a segment of our population in a troubled economy,” her artist statement notes. Along Huber’s 30-year journey—where she even tried out aerial arts herself before deciding her love for visual art more fulfilling—she has taught art to kids across the world, from an orphanage in Kochi to at-risk children at Wilmington’s very own DREAMS. She can remember being invigorated herself in youth by her senses and its impact on imagination. “My earliest memory is visual,” she says. “I was sitting in a little table that had one of those baby seats that fold down into it, and a rail around the edge (so that things wouldn’t roll off). My hands were open, fingers spread, and I was moving them through the shadows created by the canopy of leaves overhead that rustled in the breeze. I could hear them soughing . . . [Art] was never a choice; it just was and is.”


2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Monday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Our 30th art show opens March 31st, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring Tuki Lucero, Jonas Mcluggage, Brian Mergenthaler, Stephen Bode, Nicole Nicole. Live music by the Barnraisers.


22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/ 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6 p.m. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to five working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. Our show in March is our annual “Art of the Car.” At the end of March there will be a “Paint Out in the Park” on the 24th starting at Noon in Surf City. All work completed at the Paint Out will be exhibited at ArtExposure on April 13th at our regular 2nd Friday Opening Reception. No entry fee is required, but please call or e-mail to register your name if you want to participate. Along with our regular art classes and studio time, yoga classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.

cAffe phoenix

35 N. Front Street • (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Gabriel Lovejoy unveils his newest series of “visual poems.” The theme for this body of work is carried throughout using symbolic and nostalgic images woven together with an illustrative style. Industrial, domestic, and natural elements are all present, interacting with each other to create a visual dialogue. The show will run through 2/29.

new elements GAllery 216 N. Front Street (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or by appointment

“New Beginnings” opens on Friday, March 23rd at New Elements Gallery in their new location at 201 Princess Street. Featured will be the paintings of local artists Janet Triplett and Owen Wexler. Janet Triplett’s work is reminiscent of the masters, evoking an old world elegance to everyday objects with which we are all familiar. Painting mostly still life, Janet enjoys the challenge of arranging everyday objects into a composition that is both pleasing to the eye and a study in color, composition, light and texture. Owen Wexler creates works that are simultaneously simple and complex, subtle and bold. Interpreting life, nature and mood, Owen’s pieces range from a calm day on the beach, to the intricate structure of a nineteenth century facade. One is reminded of times past and present, memories old and new. Join us and meet the artists to discuss their work during our reception on the 23rd from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition will remain on display through April 21st.

This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., 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, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.

river to seA GAllery

225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (FREE parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1p.m. - 4 p.m.

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings,

photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!

wicked GAllery

205 Princess St. • (910) 960-7306 Tues. 12-5 p.m. • Wed.-Sat. 6:30-11:30 p.m. Currently closed for the week due to remodeling and will not be open for Fourth Friday—however: If you saw or heard about our Shibari exhibition, “Fit to Be Tied,” and want to know more about Japanese-style bondage, please join us on Fri., March 30th for rope practice with bondage artist Bodhi. Starting at 6:30 p.m., he will teach the two-rope box tie. This is the basic form that starts most Japanese-style ties. You will need two 25″

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orton’s underGround Art GAlleries 133 N. Front • (910) 859-8441 Everyday after 5 p.m.

On Saturday, March 24th, Art Slab and Mama Burque’s Burlesque are teaming up to bring a full sensory experiment—a sensual experience. It will feature sensual burlesque performances, body painting, art, stunning props and scenery by Art Slab, visual projections by the Geometry Spectrum, sound and music by DJ Gon, and lights by Lighten Up! A full art show for your visual stimulation will be provided featuring artists from Thrive Studios. Due to the adult nature of this performance it will be 21+ only. A fantastic performance, art show, food and more for only $10. The art show opening reception will be at 7:00. Performance starts at 9:00 p.m. Stick around after the show to have your own sexy body painted and enjoy the art show with some beats from DJ Gon.

sunset river mArketplAce 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. in winter

A free monthly event where downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. • 6-9pm 621N4TH Gallery Acme Art Studios Bottega Gallery & Art Bar Calico Room Cape Fear Native Caprice Bistro

Checker Cab Gallery Five Star Tavern Golden Gallery MC Erny Gallery at WHQR New Elements Gallery Old Books on Front St.

Opera Room & Gallery Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts Projekte Riverside Dental Arts Wicked Gallery Wilmington Wine

Art is life. Life is art.

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

K’S CAFE ad 420 Eastwood Ro 910-791-6995 K’s Cafe offers home-style breakfast and lunch Monday through Sunday. Open: Mon - Sat: 6AM - 3PM and Sun:7AM-2PM



Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the IntraBLUEWATER coastal Waterway while dining views at thisofpopular American Enjoy spectacular panoramic sailing casual ships and the Inrestaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served tracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual Ameridaily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seacan restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are food lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, sucfudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and culent seafood lasagna,for crispy shrimp and an incredbar, which is the location theircoconut lively Waterfront Music Series ible Caribbean fudge pie. Dinemonths. inside orLarge at their award-winning every Sun. during the summer parties welcome. outdoorevent patiospace and bar, which the location for their lively WaPrivate available. 4 Marina terfrontWrightsville Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Street, Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. parties welcome. PrivateMon-Fri event space available. Blue■Large SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Marina 11am - 11pm; Sat & 4Sun 11amStreet, – 11pm.Wrightsville Beach, NC. 256.8500. Wrightsville Beach ■(910) NEIGHBORHOOD: SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: ■■FEATURING: Waterfront dining Mon-Fri ■11am MUSIC: MusicSat every Sun.11am in Summer - 11pm; & Sun – 11pm. ■■WEBSITE : NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining CATCH ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. ■ WEBSITE:Native Wilmington’s Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee

Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it CATCH has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised SeaServing the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. food. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the Wilmington’s NativetoSon, 2011 Catch. James Consecutively Beard Award Voted Nomiperfect compliment our fresh nee Chef Keith explores Cape Fear Coast for the Wilmington’s BestRhodes Chef 2008, 09the & 2010. Dubbed “Modern best it has to offer.we Weoffer feature Sustainably raised Seafood Cuisine” an Wild arrayCaught Fresh & Seafood & Steaks, Seafood.our Organic and locally sourced produce herbs provide including Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad.& Appetizers inthe perfect compliment to “Fire our fresh Catch.Shrimp, Consecutively Voted clude our Mouth watering Cracker” Crispy Cajun Wilmington’s Best& Chef 2008,Claw 09 &Scampi, 2010. Dubbed Fried NC Oysters Blue Crab Seafood “Modern Ceviche Cuisine”to we offer an array Fresh Seafood Steaks, &Seafood Conch Fritters name a few. Larger Plates include& Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Red Drum Charlesincluding our Signature NC Blackend Sweet Potato Salad.Filet, Appetizers inton Crab Escovitch & clude ourCakes, Mouth Tempura watering OBX “Fire Scallops, Cracker” Flounder Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Pan Queen&Trigger fish.Claw Custom Entree requestCeviche gladly Friedroasted NC Oysters Blue Crab Scampi, Seafood accommodated Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) & Conch Frittersfortoour name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha Hand desserts from Alan DeLovely. ABC grilledCrafted Paintedseasonal Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet,Full Charles30 encore | october 19-25,ton2011 | Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly

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Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri Hand Crafted from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC 11am-2pm andseasonal Mon. Sat.desserts 5pm-9pm. Permits. 6623 MarketNorth Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington ■FEATURING: SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri ■ Acclaimed Wine List 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. BUFFALO WILD WINGS ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington If■you’re looking for good food andList an atmosphere that’s fun for FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, BUFFALO WILD WINGS wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. of Big screen If you’re looking for good food and anTons atmosphere that’sTVs fun and favorite sports. WeWild have Wings daily drink specials, HUGE for all theyour whole family, Buffalo is the place!a Award draft selection, all day every day.and Come in for our winning wingsand andFree 20Trivia signature sauces seasonings. Weekday Lunchwraps, Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us Plus…salads, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of for Tuesdays withall50your centfavorite wings allsports. day long, Boneless BigWing screen TVs and Weorhave daily Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all and day long. Buffalo drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, Free Trivia allWild day Wings a great place or take out. every isday. Come in to fordine ourinWeekday Lunch Specials, only ■ SERVING DINNER Mon-Sat with 11am$5.99 from LUNCH, 11am-2pm. Visit&usLATE for NIGHT: Wing Tuesdays 50 2am Sunall12pm-2am centand wings day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) place to dine in or take out. ■ MUSIC: Friday and Saturday nights at both locations. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon-Sat ■ WEBSITE:

11am-2am and Sun 11am-2am

C.G. DAWGS 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD:

For traditional New York style eats with Southern charm andgreat Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) look no further C.G. Dawgs. be drawn in by the ■ MUSIC: Livethan music every FridayYou andwill Saturday in the Sumaroma mer of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE : Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK or lateyour nightanchor cravings. Drop at The George on the RiverWalk, your desti■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: atRiver the farmnation for dock ‘n’ dine. Watch the11am– historic5pm. CapeSat. Fear unfold ers market. Thurs.Sat. nights Market St. between before you while you enjoy the on best in Southern CoastalFront Cuisine. and St.combines from 10pm – 3:00am.Fibbers on Sun. nights Until of The2nd menu elegance, creativity and diverse selection 3am. steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp ■ Downtown n’NEIGHBORHOOD Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck ■ FEATURING: Lunch timemartini, deliveryordowntown sipping an exotic, colorful unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to


try downtown’s most expansive forRiverWalk, Saturday and Drop your anchor at The Georgemenu on the yourSunday destiBrunchfor from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.indulgence. You are welcome yourCape boat nation complete sense Watch to thedock historic at theRiver only unfold dock’n’dine grab a trolley, or enFear beforerestaurant you whiledowntown, you enjoy the best in Southern joy our free, front The doormenu parking (ask for pass!) Whycreativity satisfy when Coastal Cuisine. combines elegance, and you can selection indulge? Find the George the Riverwalk 128 South diverse of steak, pasta,on salad and freshatseafood, inWater Street, 910-763-2052. cluding the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on ■ SERVING: Fri. 11an a.m. - 4 p.m.; Dinner: the expansive Lunch: outdoorTues. deck -sipping exotic, colorful martini, or Tues. - at Thurs. 5 p.m. - 9bar p.m., Fri. boasting and Sat. extensive 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., unwind the spacious inside wine and martini with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pmSun. 5 lists p.m.along 6:30pm. Don’t forget to try 9 p.m.; Brunch: Sat. and Sun.downtown’s 10 a.m. - 3best p.m.kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: DowntownYou are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant grab a trolley, ■ FEATURING: Saturday and Sundaydowntown, Brunch / Wilmington’s or enjoy our free, restaurant. front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy only dock’n’dine when you can: indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 ■ WEBSITE South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.HOUSE – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC Enjoy Sunday Lunch andword Brunch – 3pm. and at Halligan’s “Failte,” is the Gaelic for 11am “Welcome,” ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Public House it’s our Downtown “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a ■ FEATURING: Sundaywhere Brunchdelicious / Wilmington’s onlythe dock’n’dine world of Irish hospitality food warms heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house sperestaurant. cialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our ■ WEBSITE : customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we HALLIGAN’S also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including sea“Failte,” is the word and atofHalligan’s food, steak and Gaelic pasta, as wellfor as “Welcome,” a wide assortment burgers, Public House it’s our “Motto.” into and Halligan’s andAnd enter a world sandwiches(Halligan’s CheeseStep Steak), salads. if you are of Irish hospitality where delicious warms generlooking for a friendly watering holefood where youthe canheart raiseand a glass or ous the spirit. sure to Halligan’s try Halligan’s house specialty, “Thea twodrink with lift friends, newBe and old, Public House boasts Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders holdcustomers. court daily One and blarney fills the air. Stop why. by Halligan’s Public today, bite and you’ll understand Of course, we House also serve a full“When selecyou’re at Halligan’’re home.”seafood, With 12steak beers onpasta, tap and tion of other delicious entrees at including and as 16 flat TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy well as ascreen wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese your favorite drink. And if you are looking for a friendly watering Steak), and salads. ■ SERVING & DINNER: hole where youLUNCH can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s boasts a comfortable 7 Days aPublic WeekHouse Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00bar amwhere fun-loving bartenders court and am blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Thurs-Sunhold 11:30 amdaily - 2:00 Public House today, “When you’re atLoop Halligan’’re at home.” ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro With 12 beers on THE tap and 16Rueben flat screen TVs, you can watch your ■ FEATURING: Best in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:

Wilmington Water Tours

Photo by: Alan Craddick

Acoustic spotlight oN thE RiVER

Thursday & Friday nights we are featuring a different local musician on our Sunset Cruise @ 5:30pm

March 22nd - Forrest Tabor | March 23rd- Zach Hanner

MARch 24th suNsEt cRuisE

COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADQUARTERS Big Screens & HDTV’s • Award Winning Wings • 14 Signature Sauces FREE Buzztime Trivia • Free Wi-Fi • Daily Lunch Specials 50¢ Wing Tuesdays • 60¢ Boneless Thursdays Huge Selection of Craft Beers • Daily Drink Specials Late Night Food Specials


Captains Buffet catered by Front St Brewery, 5:30 p.m.

ApRil 1st thE coMicAlly iMpAREd

Wilmington’s First Improv Group will be on board. Join us for a 3 hour cruise full of fun! 3-6 p.m. Forget a boring, fixed venue for your next party .enjoy a cruise on the Cape Fear River with all the trimmings.from your favorite libations, heavy hors d’ouvers and even Live Music. All Customized specially for you !

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Visit us on the Riverwalk! 212 S. Water Street

For a complete list of scheduled Tours, Excursions, and Fees, visit

Thank You Wilmington!


206 Old Eastwood Rd 910.798.9464

Monkey Junction

5533 Carolina Beach Rd 910.392.7224

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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.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:

YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear

Women of Achievement May 10, 2012 • 5:30 PM Hilton Wilmington Riverside

YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s signature event celebrating outstanding women and young leaders. For more information regarding the event, visit: or call 799.6820.

Stephen Field, Director Presents

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The 2nd Thursday of every month at 10pm • tickets $5

Something Wonderful: The Musical Genius of Rodgers & Hammerstein This fifty member choral group performs with worldclass soloists and an orchestra of musicians.

Sat., March 24 • 8pm Winter Park Baptist Church

Tickets: $15 • Available at

Wilmington’s Premiere


Azalea Festival


Home Tour

Sketch Comedy Show Mendelssohn’s ‘’Elijah’’

March 29 April 5, May 3

May 19, 2012 • 7:30PM

Saturday, April 14 from 1pm-6pm and Sunday, April 15 from 1pm-5pm Featuring houses in downtown Wilmington, NC that are full of individual appeal and architectural or historical significance.

Tickets: $25

March 22, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm Press 102 S. Second Street

The First Order of Business: The Business of YOU Discovering a Healthy Recipe for Living

Doors Open 8:30pm Shows a 9pm

Temple Baptist Church 1801 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403

Tickets: $5

111 Grace St. Wilmington



Wilmington Hammerheads vs Harrisburg City Islanders Saturday, April 21st Kickoff 7:30 pm • Legion Stadium Gates Open at 6:00 pm

Terry Jean Taylor CEO & Owner, Your Recipe For Living Coach, LLC

Tickets ickets $40 • Includes Lunch 910.350.1211


Friday, March 23rd & Saturday, March 24th Comedy Central Presents * HBO’s Bored to Death * Fox New’s Redeye * * Dave Chappell’s “Block Party Tour� 8pm Show | Doors 7pm | Admission: $10/$12

255 North Front Street

Wilmington, NC 28401 • 910-251-7881

Featuring  10  Authors  from  Across  the  State

April 5, 2012 2012 ATTENDING AUTHORS

Hannah Abrams, The Man Who Danced With Dolls Joel Finsel, Cocktails & Conversations "Skipper" Funderburg, Surfing the Cape Fear Coast Sandra Moulin, Laughterwards Tim Owens, The Search Committee Katerina Whitley, Around a Greek Table John Woestendiek, Dog Inc.

11:30am - 1:00pm McKeithan Center CFCC North Campus 4500 Blue Clay Road

11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch with an Author

McKeithan Center CFCC North Campus Souvenir Bag


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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) 2562231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. â– BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. â–  NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach â–  FEATURING: Waterfront dining â–  WEBSITE:

K’S CafE

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. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95), and dinner. 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, crabcake sandwich, 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 which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try... you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, ■SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Open for dinner Wed. thru Sat. evenings ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch

tHE littlE diPPER

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■SERVING DINNER: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:


Covering the Arts, Theater, Music, Festivals, Dance & more in Southeastern N.C.

Autographed Book Sale

Lunch with an Author Souvenir Bag Autographed Book Sale

HolidaY iNN RESoRt

Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-

2012 VENUE SPONSORS Soapbox Barbary Coast Duck & Dive Reel Cafe Front Street Brewery Hell’s Kitchen New Union Tattoo The Dixie Grill

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home froze cook, and wine to go FOOD.


(910) 232-5910


Your best friend will thank you for it

the Dog Club of Wilmington



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home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.-Fri.10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:

TROLLY STOP 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. ‘til 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS. (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 ‘til 3, Sat. 11 ‘til 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. 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 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm.

■ 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. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm – 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm – 10pm for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ 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.: 11:30am – 9:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am – 10:00pm; Sun.: 11:30am – 9:00pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s finest French cuisine can be found at Caprice Bistro, a small informal neighborhood restaurant, serving hearty food in generous portions at affordable prices. Simple is the atmosphere in the bistro, as plain white plates and tables dressed in white paper make up the decor. However, the food is far from simple, as a combination of fresh ingredients and innovative preparation delight the taste buds with a plethora of unique appetizers, entrées and desserts. The service is fast, efficient and non-intrusive, and the ambience is friendly and unpretentious. After dinner, be sure to venture upstairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an after-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always on display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire frequently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant”seven years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 8150810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs.

5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE:


The Crêperie of Wilmington !Our Crêpes & More a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Open at 7 am Tuesday through Friday, and 8 am Saturday & Sunday, Our Crêpes & More offers a delicious variety of breakfast combos, quickly served or to take out. A must try: the Nutella Croissant! On the Savory side, the St-Malo, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, Mt-Blanc or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. With free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant and casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! ■ OPEN: TUESDAY – FRIDAY 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. SATURDAY & SUNDAYS 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Monday Closed.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, 3810 Oleander Drive (at the corner of 39th Street) ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi. ■ WEBSITE:


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: Tue-Thu 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ 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 Open M-F 8:00am – 8:00pm, Sat. 8:30am-7:00pm, Sun. 11:00am – 6:00pm. ■ 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 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11am – 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11am – 11pm ■ 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:

Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ 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) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 2562229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

11:30am-3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South.

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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. 11am2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE:


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 selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown

■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


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-fromscratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat and 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 AND 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) 7622827. ■ 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 ecofriendly 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.






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 attibutes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Sugnature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has

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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:


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:


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. 4pm-12am Fri. 4pm-2am; Sat. 2pm-2am; Sun. 2pm-12am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Sparkling wine specials and half-price select bottles: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. ■ 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 tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, pig’s feet and chitterlings.


Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively 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, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:


Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:


This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style reubens, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, darts, and did we mention sports? Free lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Dueling pianos Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers M-TH 4-7pm ■ WEBSITE:


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has officially arrived! Encore Restaurant Week gets underway, showcasing specials across all flavor profiles, from March 21st through March 28th only! Restaurants across the region, from Wrightsville Beach to midtown to downtown and south Wilmington are participating, offering prix-fixe meals, and buy-one-get-one deals for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and, yes, even catering! Listed below are brief profiles of what diners can expect, with choices fitting every budget. For full menus, be sure to save the Encore Restaurant Week Guide, inserted into this edition of encore and distributed at free-standing locations across town. Or check out all the info online at No passes needed. Just eat, drink, indulge!

$15 OR LESS Taste of Italy 1101 S. College Rd. • (910) 392-7529 ~Buy one get one breakfast free!~ Diners can choose from one of their many options, including New Jersey Taylor ham, egg and cheese; bacon, egg and cheese; sausage, egg and cheese; and more! Also see catering offer, $16-$29. C-Street Mexican Grill 4410-A Shipyard Blvd. • (910) 399-4838 ~Buy an entrée and two drinks, get a second entrée free!~ Lunch and dinner options include burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, and salads—with veggie, steak, chicken, pork and tofu choices, all made from the most fresh ingredients. Kids meals are also available. Reel Café 100 S. Front St. • (910) 251-1832 ~Lunch special: $6/person~ Relax near the riverfront at Reel Café for lunch. They’re offering a special on Shepherd’s Pie, made with ground Angus beef, garden peas, onions and carrots, is served over roasted garlic mashed potatoes and topped with brown gravy. Also see their dinner-for-two offer. Fish Bites 6132 Carolina Beach Rd. • (910) 791-1117 ~Two-course lunch: $7.50/person~ Including the diner’s choice of soft drink, the meal begins with a cup of homemade lobster bisque or clam chowder, or a garden or Caesar salad. Lunch continues with four choices, from fish and chips to a shrimp burger. Also see their dinner menu, $16 to $29.

Pine Valley Market 3520 South College Road • (910) 350-3663 ~Lunch special: $10/person~ Taking home two encore Best Of wins this year, Catering and Gourmet Store, Pine Valley Market offers the choice of chicken, steak or portobello cheesesteak served with a side of chips, freshly baked brownie and soft drink. The Eat Spot 34 N. Front St. • (910) 763-5379 ~Brunch for $10/person~ Served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only (with $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas), folks can enjoy multiple items from their brunch menu, including a vegetarian omelet, shrimp and grits and more, all served with choice of potato hash or grits. Also see offer under dinner, $16 to $29. El Cerro Grande 341 S. College Rd. Ste 11 • (910) 793-0035 5120 S. College Rd. • (910) 790-8727 1051 Military Cutoff Rd. • (910) 679-4209 ~Lunch and dinner: $9.99 or $11.99/person~ El Cerro, Wilmington’s Best Mexican restaurant on the 2012 encore Best-Of poll, is having a Fajita Fest for restaurant week. Folks can get their choice of fajitas—chicken, seafood, beef and vegetarian, along with homemade tortillas, beans and all the toppings. The higher price signifies shrimp or a combination platter. Halligan’s Public House 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd. (910) 791-1019 ~Lunch special: $6/person~ ~Dinner specials: $14-$16~ ~Sunday Brunch specials: $7-$10~ Served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., folks can enjoy a choice of sandwiches, including a vegetarian option, at Wilmington’s favorite Irish haunt. Halligan’s offers five dinner options on special, including seafood, chicken, steak and ribs. Their Sunday brunch lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features Irish faves, including corned beef and eggs or corned beef hash, as well as Irish stuffedtoast, and steak and eggs. Pilot House 2 Ann St # 3 • (910) 343-0200 ~Two-course lunch: $14.95/person~ After starting the meal with a cup of seafood chowder or salad, folks can enjoy one of two of Pilot House’s delicious sandwiches, including a fried green tomato BLT or an oyster po’ boy! Also see offer for dinner, $16 to $29. The George 128 S. Water St. • (910) 763-20520 ~Two-course lunch: $15/person~ Choose from a cup of tomato-basil soup or

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small salad, followed by choice of two sandwiches: a chicken panini or Reuben. Also see offer for dinner, $16 to $29. Thai Spice 5552 Carolina Beach Rd. • (910) 791-0044 ~Four-course lunch: $15/person~ Diner can begin with a choice of spring rolls, curry puffs, crab rangoon or steamed dumplings. Course two is the soup of the day or a salad. For course three, they can choose from four entrées, including vegetarian options, such as pumpkin panang curry with tofu. Vanilla crème brûlée or fried bananas ends the meal sweetly. Also see the dinner menu, $30 and up. Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front St. • (910) 343-1395 ~Three-course lunch: $15/person~ Start the meal with soup, salad or wild mushroom risotto cakes, followed by a choice of pasta or turkey sandwich and one of two desserts.

Vegetarian courses are optional here. Also see offer under dinner, $16 to $29.

$16 TO $29 Nikki’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 1055 Military Cutoff Rd. Suite 100 (910) 509-8998 ~4-course dinner: $15.95/person~ At Nikki’s Japanese Steak House, a hibachi meal suited for kings awaits diners, Sunday through Thursday only. Four courses are served, including miso soup, ginger salad, choice of two proteins (steak, shrimp, chicken, salmon, flounder or squid), vegetables, rice and noodles, with green tea or red bean ice cream for dessert. Not available with any other offer. Elijah’s 2 Ann Street • (910) 343-1448 ~Two-course lunch: $15.95/person~ ~Three-course dinner: $25.95/person~ During lunch, folks will enjoy choice of one of two chowders, salad or Buffalo chips, and one of two sandwiches, including a vegetarian wrap, or teriyaki chicken skewers.

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Dinner won’t disappoint either as three courses include choice of salad, chowder or lobster shells and cheese, followed by seafood, chicken or pork and choice of one of two desserts. The Melting Pot 885 Town Center Drive • (910) 256-1187 ~Three-course lunch: $17/person~ Noon-3 p.m. only! Choice of cheese, petit salad, and chocolate fondue for lunch.

~Four-course lunch/dinner: $27/person~ Served all day! Dinner for two comes with a $20 “Dip Certificate” for a future visit! Dinner comes with choice of cheese appetizer, salad, specialty fondue entrée and dessert fondue. Fish Bites 6132 Carolina Beach Rd. • (910) 791-1117 ~Three-course dinner: $20/person~ Serving fresh and local seafood, Fish Bites offers oyster, calamari, mussels, soup or salad as appetizers. Course two includes four options, from Mako to paella. Desserts are homemade and change daily. Also see their lunch menu, $15 or less. Hieronymus Seafood 5035 Market Street • (910) 392-6313 ~Four-course dinner: $25/person~ Fresh local seafood is the name of the game at Hieronymus, as they’re offering one of two appetizers, a soup or salad, and one of four entrées including broiled and fried seafood or chicken.

Finished off with choice from two desserts: almond Hershey delight or pecan pie. The George 128 S. Water St. • (910) 763-20520 ~Three-course dinner: $25~ Folks will enjoy a personal-size spinach and artichoke dip for starters, followed by a Caesar salad and choice of two entrées, roasted chicken marsala or Copper River salmon. Also see offer for lunch, $15 or less. Hiro Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar 1900 Eastwood Rd. Ste. 2, Lumina Station (910) 509-2026 ~Five-course dinner: $25/person~ ~Four-course a la carte: $25/person (excludes appetizer to share; offers more options in salad and entrées)~ At Hiro, Best Japanese fare of 2012 according to readers, they’ll be serving hibachi right! Folks will enjoy Japanese clear soup, a salad, a choice of appetizer, and one of three choices from the hibachi grill, along with ice cream.

~Four-course sushi dinner: $25/person~ If diners want sushi, Hiro will offer that option, too, which comes with soup, house or seaweed salad, four-piece nigiri, two-piece sushi and a roll, as well as choice of ice cream for dessert. Yo Sake 31 S. Front St. • (910) 763-3172 ~Three-course dinner: $25/person~ One of downtown’s most hip Asian-style restaurants will be offering lots of tasty treats during

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For $25 a person, enjoy your meal with a complimentary glass of wine or draft beer, followed by a choice of seven appetizers, including vegetarian options. Course two includes choice of sandwich, again with vegetarian options, and fish, pork, beef and more. Finish it off with one of four dessert options, including their one-of-a-kind sweet potato bread pudding! The Eat Spot’s three-course dinner for $35 a person comes with select entrée options rather than sandwiches; everything else remains the same as the $25/person deal. Also see brunch offer, $15 or less. Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front St. • (910) 343-1395 ~Four-course dinner: $27/person~ After enjoying a cup of soup, risotto cakes or spinach-gorgonzola dip, a Caesar or house salad will be served, followed by choice of five entrées, including seafood, filet Mignon, pasta and chicken. Vegetarian options are available here, and dessert will be cake or sorbet. Also see offer under lunch, $15 or less. The Fortunate Glass 29 S. Front St. • (910) 399-4292 ~Three-course dinner: $28/person~ This dinner isn’t just a meal—it’s a wine pairing! From appetizer to entrée to dessert, each course is expertly paired with a glass of wine from Wilmington’s Best Wine List, voted each year by encore readers. Reservations are suggested due to limited seating. For an appetizer, pick either endive or butternut squash soup, while course

two comes with choice of gnocchi or truffled mushroom pizza. For dessert, a trio of sweet tastings paired with a choice of two wines. Vegetarian-friendly! Pilot House 2 Ann St # 3 • (910) 343-0200 ~Three-course dinner: $28.95/person~ Folks can choose from a soup-or-salad appetizer, crab cakes or flat iron steak entrée and sorbet or shortcake for dessert! Simple, sweet and de-li-cious! Also see offer for lunch, $15 or less. South Beach Grill 100 South Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Beach, NC (910) 256-4646 Three-course dinner: $29.95/person Choose one of three appetizers and one of four entrées, each featuring fresh, local seafood, along with pork and beef, and one of two desserts, either a decadent chocolate cake with brown sugar-glazed peaches or strawberry shortcake. Chef James Rivenbark, Jr. never disappoints! Taste of Italy 1101 S. College Rd. • (910) 392-7529 ~Buy any catering tray and get bread and salad free, or buy any catering tray and get second catering tray free!~ Dinner for the family has never been so easy! Taste of Italy’s homemade sauces and entrée options abound! Whether in the mood for comforting lasagna or chicken picatta, spaghetti and meatballs or veggie primavera, they have it all covered! Feed the family all week with this offer, just give ‘em a 24-hour notice to have it prepared; one offer per customer allowed.

$30 AND UP Catch 6623 Market Street • (910) 799-3847 ~Three-course dinner: $30/person~ Let Chef Keith Rhodes—from Bravo’s “Top Chef Texas” and winner of encore’s Best Seafood in our Best Of Poll—prepare you one of two choices for course one, including mushroom bruschetta or clam chowder. Course two features one of two salads, including pickled beets and arugula, while folks can choose one of three entrées, featuring fresh, local seafood and pork. Aubriana’s 115 S. Front St. • (910) 763-7773 ~Three-course dinner: $30/person~ Begin the evening at Aubriana’s with either a house or Caesar salad or a serving of lightly fried calamari. Next, enjoy flounder, chicken, crab and lobster, or steak. Vanilla bean cheesecake or double chocolate peanut butter pie will end the night on a high note. Thai Spice 5552 Carolina Beach Rd. • (910) 791-0044 ~Four-course dinner: $30/person~ Start the meal with a complimentary drink, either a non-alcoholic beverage or from one of several beer and wine options. You’ll have a choice of one of four appetizers before moving on to

course two with a choice of soup. Entrées reveal six options; choose one, including vegetarian, catfish, chicken, and soft shell crab. For dessert, choose one of five decadent treats. Also see the lunch menu, $15 or less.

Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi 3520 Oleander Dr. • (910) 791-8887 16 S. Front St. • (910) 772-9151 260 Racine Dr. • (910) 799-6799 ~Five-course sandwich dinner: $34.95/couple~ Winning Best Sushi yet again in 2012 according to encore readers, Nikki’s is offering two choices for diners during restaurant week. Each comes with two glasses of wine or a carafe of hot sake. The $34.95 dinner includes edamame to share, soup or salad for each person, a selection of one out of three appetizers to share, and a sandwich and fries each (vegetarian options are available), with ice cream to share for dessert.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 301 North Water Street • (910) 343-1818 ~Three-course dinner: $35/person Wilmington’s Best Steak, according to encore readers, can be enjoyed right here! During restaurant week, Ruth’s Chris offers three courses, including choice of salad to start, choice of entrée, including a petit filet, along with salmon, pork and chicken, with either creamed spinach or mashed potatoes, and finished off with one of ~Five-course sushi dinner: three choices for dessert. $44.95/couple~ Folks can upgrade their meals, too, for an exAgain, the $44.95 dinner includes two glasses tra $15, which includes a NY Strip or ribeye, and of wine or a carafe of hot sake, edamame to for an extra $2 to substitute side dishes. Tax and share, soup or salad for each person, a selection gratuity not included. of one out of three appetizers to share, one piece of salmon and one piece of tuna nigiri, select sushi roll of choice, and ice cream to share. No mixing and matching sandwiches and suEddie Romanelli’s shi; not valid with other offers. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland Tandoori Bites (910) 383-1885 1620 South College Rd. • (910) 794-4540 ~Three-course dinner: $20/couple~ ~Three-course dinner: $40/couple~ Choose one appetizer to share from deliAll meals come with a bottle of house red or cious Italian fare: toasted ravioli, sausage dip or individual salads. Choose one for each per- white wine, and a basket of naan to share at son for course two, including lasagna and spa- Tandoori Bites, encore’s Best Indian food in ghetti. End the Italian evening with chocolate 2012. Course one includes an appetizer to share from their entire menu (excluding platmousse pie or strawberry cake. ters), and two entrée selections from their enHenry’s tire menu (excluding platters), each of which 2508 Independence Boulevard include multiple vegetarian options. It’s fin(910) 793-2929 ished off with choice of shared dessert. ~Three-course dinner: $21/couple~ Serving contemporary American staples, Siena Trattoria Henry’s offers a choice of appetizer to share, 3315 Masonboro Loop Rd • (910) 794-3002 ~Four-course dinner: $40/couple~ including potato skins, onion crisp or spring Folks can choose from a shared appetizer out rolls. Choose an entrée for each person: pork tenderloin, chicken or barbecue. From an ever- of four options, including mussels and antipasti, changing daily selection, choose one home- before enjoying two Siena house salads with choice of dressing, and an entrée each, includmade dessert to share. ing veal, seafood and chicken. Finish off the meal Cameo 1900 with one of four desserts to share. 1900 Eastwood Rd Ste 2, Lumina Station Reel Café (910) 509-2026 100 S. Front St. • (910) 251-1832 ~Three-course dinner: $25/couple~ ~Three-course dinner: $45/person~ Chef Kirsten Micthell, a nominee for FOOD & Enjoy fresh seafood and American fare with a WINE’s most recent People’s Choice Best Chef, will be serving couples all night long, as each bottle of wine at Reel Café. Choose an appetizer gets his or her choice from four tempting appe- to share from shrimp, portabella fries or a pita. tizers (including her homemade Southwest mac Each person gets a choice of snapper, chicken ‘n’ cheese) and entrée items, featuring sea and pesto alfredo, Mandarin shrimp and beef strogaland fare alike. Folks will finish off the meal with noff to round out dinner, completed with pecan a shared dessert from a choice of four, including pie. Also see lunch special, $15 or less. Mitchell’s luscious crème brûlée. Basics 319 N. Front St. (in Cotton Exchange ) Fox and Hound (910) 343-1050 920 Town Center Drive • (910) 509-0805 ~Three-course dinner: $55/couple~ ~Two-course lunch or dinner: $30/couple~ Dinner comes with a bottle of wine, and Includes one glass of wine or draft beer (choose from 36 taps) for each person, plus ap- the Basics has included their entire menu as petizer to share, and any burger, sandwich, pizza, part of restaurant week! Couples will choose salad, or a choice of three entrées. Plus, a portion two items per three courses, from seafood to of all restaurant week sales will be donated to St. beef, pork to vegetarian, sweets and beyond. Low-country cuisine with a modern twist can Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital! be enjoyed by all palates.


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pans, which sizzle and snap as the scent of fresh delicacies permeate the air. Excitement fills the dining room of Shell Island Resort. This is what can be expected when Chef Jimmy Crippen brings his Fire on the Dock competittive dining series to Wilmington on Monday, March 26th, at 6:30 p.m. Like “Iron Chef,” culinary gurus will be pit against each other to prepare the best dishes using one secret ingredient. From eateries in Wilmington to as far north as New Bern and Atlantic Beach, coastal chefs will showcase what sets them apart from the rest. The catch? Only one can be crowned champion. Unlike “Iron Chef,” the meals in Fire on the Dock will be rated by judges and guests. The second of four total events, the series began in January with Fire on the Rock taking place at Crippen’s Country Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Crippen, founder and emcee of Fire, runs his fine-dining establishment built upon long-time family roots (he serves contemporary Southern fare, like pecan-crusted NC coastal red grouper and juniper and port wine venison). During the inaugural year of the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival in 2005, Crippen took the kitchen to the stage and presented the first ever Fire on the Rock. Judges included food critics John Batchelor (Greensboro’s News and Record) and Greg Cox (Raleigh’s News and Observer). The success of the show was overwhelming, but with the festival set-up, Crippen could only accept eight of the 16 applicants. “After three years of doing this, I had more chefs than I needed for these battles,” he says. Thus, he revamped the event to include elimination rounds, finally allowing the public to chime in on their own favorites and making it a more interactive event. What had been a onehour ordeal turned into what’s now a series,

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taurants battling head to head: Bento Box versus Yo Sake. The preliminaries continue two nights a week through April 25th; quarter-finals will happen May 1st through 2nd and 8th through 9th; the semi-finals are May 15th through 16th. The final competition will take place on May 22nd. As well, the series will spread across the piedmont regions of the state with Fire in the Triangle encompassing Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill in June and July. Fire in the Triad will feature Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point in August and September. “It’s really unlike any dining experience you’ve ever had,” Crippen suggests. “Usually it’s limited to great food and, hopefully, a great server who entertains you. But this adds a lot more to that.” TVs will be set up in the dining room to

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showcase introductions and chef interviews, as well as to broadcast the live action in the kitchen. Voting will be completed through a digital voting app, available on iPhones and Androids. For those without a smartphone, “We have a state-of-the-art sheet of paper and pencil,” Crippen quips. “The IT guys will walk around the dining room and log the votes into the database. The results are almost instantaneous.” As most suspect, the chefs also will benefit from the event. They’ll discover their market’s most significant agricultural growth and tastes. “A food critic has a complex palate, high standards and expectations, and they’re critical,” Crippen notes. “The average diner doesn’t necessarily have the same opinions as the average food critic. The diners are going to flat-out tell [chefs] what they like and don’t like.” Chefs must cook to satisfy both, but the judges’ votes will count for 30 percent of the score (judges include Liz Biro, food critic for StarNews, and encore editor Shea Carver). Everyone will blindly taste from a six-course menu—three dishes from each chef. The secret ingredient for the night will be revealed one hour before the start. The winning chef of the night will continue to quarter-finals, and the grand prize winner will receive $2,000 and the series’ red chef jacket. Due to the nature of the game, since fire is necessary to cook, firefighters will be on hand to teach guests proper fire safety at the beginning of each competition. The entire staff will go through evacuation training procedures, too. “The fire department has been integral with allowing us to continue with what we’re doing,” Crippen tells. Kent Graham, a deputy fire chief in Blowing Rock, is a lifelong friend of Crippen’s. The firefighters, throughout every stage of the event, have stood watch, set up proper suppression needs and educated guests on the importance of being alert while behind a stove. “The number one call that the fire department gets to this day are cooking fires,” the chef says. “They’re dealing with budgets— but the one thing they have the hardest time getting across is education—more than just telling kids, ‘Hey, don’t play with fire.’” Tickets are $49 to attend, excluding beverages, tax and tip. Semi-final and final event tickets are $59, available at www.competitiondining. com. A portion of the sales will benefit the NC Office of State Fire Marshal.

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and volunteers involved.” Eighty potters, including Sueyoshi, will contribute to the bowls, and Rotarians will direct the parking. Members of the Landfall Country Club will collect the signature soups from each restaurant and deliver them to the First Baptist Activity Center. Anne Steketee and her husband, Chef Shawn Wellersdick, owners of PortLand Grille, will direct a Cape Fear Community College culinary class in the kitchen. Scott Clark will organize the desserts, and Andrea Carson will coordinate the bread with the Great Harvest Bread Company. All of the volunteers are necessary to raise the bar for Empty Bowls 2012. In 2010, 1,700 tickets were sold, 1,600 people attended the luncheon and $30,000 were raised. This year, with so many either out of work or forced to work with reduced pay and benefits, corporate sponsors are being solicited with some success to help fill the widening gap. Good

Shepherd Center needs the funds to run its soup kitchen, and day and night shelters. It serves some 80,000 meals a year to anyone who shows up for lunch. Dinner is only served to residents who live at the shelter. Bagged lunches are given to residents who have outside work. One of the center’s greatest goals is helping families and individuals transition kind of from the shelter to own homes. There is a program designed just to help veterans move back into society. The center is funded through donations from the community, food drives, and grants from the City of Wilmington. Food is collected from the Food Bank and from Second Helpings, which collects day-old items from participating grocers. Previously a board member for Good Shepherd, Bain also acted as a liaison between The center and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. The latter group provides bags of nonperishable food items for individuals and families in need, all of whom qualify through the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. Jane Radak, director of the cupboard, is concerned that so many more children appear to be hungry. To participate in Empty Bowls, tickets for a minimum donation of $15 may be bought at the door. Bain suggests buying tickets ahead of time at the following locations: Blue Moon Gift Shop, First Baptist Activity Center, Good Shepherd Center, Grace United Methodist Church, Jester’s Java, New Elements, Spectrum Gallery, and Temptations, Hanover Center and Porters Neck. For more information, call (910) 763-4424 x 109.

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events TEAM U 3/21, 3-7pm “Team U “ open house event! MMC will be hosting an open house event that is open to the public. We will have campus tours to learn more about MMC programs, door prizes, food, career services free workshops and employers from within the community to network with. (booths are free). Enter on the left side of the building where it says ‘Administration”. Event will be held in front of the school, near the atrium. SPOKEN WORD POETRY SLAM UNCW’s Spoken Word Poetry Slam: Thurs., 3/22, 7:30pm. Cameron Business School Auditorium. Free! The Sacrificial Poets of Chapel Hill (SPCH) perform (not compete). $500 in cash prizes. • Workshop with the SPCH 3/23, 9am11am, UNCW’s Nursing School Bldg. Auditorium. Free. Register: 910-962-7314 WHQR SPRING DRIVE WHQR Public Radio’s spring fund drive will begin March 21st with a focus on community and sweepstakes drawings for an iPad and vacation getaways. Seven-day campaign is one of the on-air fundraising efforts that make up the largest single part of WHQR’s funding. Goal of pledge is to raise $180,000 to continue providing the thoughtful and award-winning news coverage and music and emergency broadcasting that is only found on WHQR. As a non-profit independent radio station, WHQR counts on the support of its members to provide the high quality radio listeners have come

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uberant joy. With tours including Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Egypt and France, Sagapool now adds quite a number of US concert stops to their collective passports. Box Office 910-632-2285; 800-523-2820. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. Events subject to change. All tickets subject to $1 historic restoration fee.

CUE CENTER FOR MISSING PERSONS CUE Center for Missing Persons is seeking volunteers and chairpersons to serve on committees for the 8th annual National Round Table Conference in support of missing persons hosted in Wilmington, NC March 22-25, 2012. In addition, CUE is actively seeking new members to join the Board. To learn more about how to get involved please visitwww. or email

SPRING FLEA AT BAC 3/23, 3pm-9pm; 3/24, 10am-9pm: Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews is excited to announce “The 2012 Spring Flea at BAC” at the Brooklyn Arts CenTHALIAN HALL MAIN ATTRACTIONS SERIES ter (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell Thalian Hall Main Attractions Series. Schedule: 3/23, and North 4th streets). Twice thevendors, twice the 8pm. Sagapool: Six musicians plus guitar, bass, acarray of vintage treasures—from antique furniture and chic clothing, to one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, and tableware—and twice the fun, include, again, the awesome Long Island Eatery serving fantastic gourmet food, and the BAC cash bar keeping everybody happy. $5 at door or www. UNCW will be hosting a Spoken Word Poetry Slam on


Saturday evening, March 24th, in the Cameron Business School Auditorium. It’s open and free to the public, and will feature a performance by the Sacrificial Poets of Chapel Hill. $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to top competitors. The day before the show, on March 23rd, the Sacrificial Poets will also be holding a free workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at UNCW’s Nursing School Building Auditorium. It, too, is free and open to the public. To register, call (910) 962-7314. cordion, percussion, banjo, piano, glockenspiel, Rhodes, violin and clarinet equal a world-scape of ex-

FIRE IN THE LAKES FESTIVAL Fire in the Lakes Festival on 3/24, 11am-3pm, at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center. We will once again conduct a controlled burn on scene with the scout plane flying overhead and there will be the potential of a bucket drop from a helicopter and/or a water drop from a single engine air tanker. We will also have fire performers with juggling, swallowing, dancing and much more. There are all kinds of activities for kids and adults. Angie Carl: 910-395-5000

INDEPENDENCE MALL Independence Mall in welcoming the spring season with a host of events! Easter Bunny Arrival, 3/24, 10am: The Easter Bunny will be available for portraits at Center Court through April 7th. • 3/31, 10am6pm: The Cape Fear Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold their 40th Annual Auto Show in the mall parking lot next to Wachovia Bank. This event features over 100 vehicles 25 years or older, an awards ceremony, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes! • 3/29-31: Cape Fear Wood Carvers Exhibit and Demonstration: Over 20 Local Artist will be displaying and demonstrating the art of Wood Carving and Wood Burning. Event will be held in a space near the Food Court. • 4/3: Bunny Breakfast: Eat w/ The Easter Bunny in the Food Court! Children will receive breakfast from Chick-fil-A, a visit with the Bunny, Coloring pages and more. $5 tickets can purchased in the Mall Management Office (MF-8:30-5:30) prior to the day of the event. www. ONE TREE HILL WARDROBE SALE Bargain Box of Wilmington will host the Second Chance One Tree Hill Wardrobe Sale on Sat., 3/24, 10am-5pm. Show “bad boy, Xavier Daniels,” actor Devin McGee, will be on hand for autographs and to sign a limited number of photographs, 1-3pm. If you missed the studio sale last November, now is your chance to select an exciting item from the wardrobe of “One Tree Hill.” Raffle drawing for a chance to win a silk and sequin shell by Pure Sugar worn by actress Jana Kramer who plays Alex Dupree on OTH. Proceeds used for Bargain Box Outreach annual donations to Good Shepherd Center and mini-grants to area charitable organizations. 4213 Princess Place Dr, at Kerr and Market, behind Church’s Chicken.

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910-362-0603. PULSE ON POVERTY Taking the Pulse on Poverty in Our Region conference 7-9pm, Tues/Wed, 3/27-28, Cameron Hall Auditorium. Regional community leaders and citizens are invited to attend free of charge. Tuesday Mayor Bill Saffo will proclaim March as Poverty Awareness Month in Wilmington at 7:30pm,, followed by a presentation by Yolanda Burwell, senior fellow with NC Rural Economic Development Center. Burwell will discuss the region’s rural areas and individuals who are struggling to survive economically and how closing the gaps between economic disparities can benefit NCas whole. On Wednesday, Anton Gunn, regional director of the US Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss critical health access issues facing citizens, the economic implications and how many healthcare challenges can be resolved. Q&A’s follow all discussions. Numerous regional leaders are expected to be in attendance. UNCW Sociology of Poverty students will present their research findings on food insecurity in Wilmington both nights from 6:30-7pm in the lobby prior to the conference. MAD MEN RETURNS PREMIERE PARTY 3/29, 6pm: ‘Mad Men’ Returns Premiere Party w/ Jess James of ‘Fashion Fix” and Land Rover Cape Fear. New season premieres 3/25 (after a year-long absence) and will show during 3/29 party, feat. photo-booth fun, live music, models and shopping from local boutiques (aMuse Artisanal Finery, A Second Time Around, Encore Consignment, Rogue Vintage and more)! Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington (across from the super Walmart). Prizes for Best Dressed Don & Betty Draper, Joan Holloway, Roger Sterling, Peggy Olson or Pete Campbell. Win a vintage diamond, black onyx and opal bracelet valued at over $2,250 from Precious Gems. Admission includes light bites and two complimentary drink tickets (beer or wine). $10/adv,; $15 door. UNCW PRESENTS UNCW Presents Arts in Action Series. Subscriptions are on sale now through Kenan Box Office at 9623500 and online, Shows at Kenan Auditorium unless otherwise noted. www.uncw. edu/presents. Schedule: 3/30, 8pm: First Person: Seeing America by Ensemble Galilei, Neal Conan and Lily Knight DRESS FOR SUCCESS FASHION SHOW 10th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show: Fri., 3/30, feat. Belk Black House | White Market and Men’s Warehouse. Warwick Center Ballroom on the UNCW campus at 12:15pm during UNCW’s Communication Studies Day. This year’s theme “Will You Make the Cut?” will provide important ways for job candidates to distinguish themselves from their competition as they transition from student to professional. Dress for Success is an entertaining way to express the importance of first impressions in the business world. Free and open to public. (910) 962-7720. UNCW 2011-12 PERFORMING ARTS SEASON The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts announces its 2011/12 season, which includes a schedule of internationally-acclaimed artists, encompassing a wide range of styles and genres, with performances by luminaries in classical and jazz music, dance and drama. Tickets at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Mon-Fri, noon-5PM, 910-962-3500 or 800-732-

3643. At Kenan Auditorium unless otherwise specified. Schedule: 3/31: Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

HERB AND GARDEN FAIR Poplar Grove Plantation’s Herb & Garden Fair, 3/24, 9am-5pm, and 3/25, 10am-4pm. Spring into Gardening ! An annual rite of spring, the fair feat. organic herb plants, edible flower plants, bonzais, bedding plants, native trees and topiaries, alongside organic fertilizer, one-of-a-kind bird baths, a butterfly houses, herbal soaps and more. Classes taught by experts like Meg Shelton of Shelton Herb Farms. At 9am, Saturday, gion confer- Audubon Education director and author Andy Wood ameron Hall leads an informative bird hike through beautiful Aband citizens bey Nature Preserve, a peaceful way to begin the sday Mayor day. erty Awarefollowed by r fellow with ter. Burwell d individuals ally and howNC HOSPITALITY sparities can NC Cooperative Extension—Brunswick County CenAnton Gunn, ter is pleased to host “North Carolina Hospitality,” f Health and a customer service training for owners and business th access is- managers, front line employees and those interested cations and in promoting tourism. 3/22, 8:30am-noon:30pm; be resolved. 3/30, 8:30am-noon:30pm. Focuses on seven egional lead- hospitality habits: make a good first impression, NCW Sociol- communicate clearly, mind your manners, know eir research your community, know your job, handle problems both nights effectively and make a good last impression. Surf City Visitors Center. 102 North Shore Dr. Surf City, onference. NC 28445. $30 (incl. registration, training manual, framed certificate of completion and refreshments). e Party w/ Reg. deadline: 3/19. Class size is limited to 30. Rover Cape Mark Seitz or Reatha Hoffman at 910-259-1235. a year-long y, feat. pho-FORWARD MOTION DANCE COMPANY opping from 11th annual Arts Sensation, 3/22, 8pm, a ben, A Second efit performance for Indo Jax charities. Music and gue Vintage dance spectacular to benefit and imaginative gton (across evening featuring local jazz musicians Benny est Dressed Hill and Friends and local bluegrass senger Sterling, sation No Dollar Shoes. Local choreogvintage dia- raphers and dancers present lively and entertaining ued at over dance in a variety of styles including Irish, hip hop, on includes tango, modern, jazz, and classical plus a show favorickets (beer ite, the Company “T” Tappers. Indo Jax Surf Charim; $15 door. ties is a Wilmington-based outreach surf program committed to empowering and instilling confidence in disadvantaged, medically fragile and special needs ubscriptions children by exposing them to the ocean environment fice at 962- and teaching them to surf. Thalian Hall Main Stage, ws at Kenan $15. (910) 632-2285 www.uncw. irst Person:EMPTY BOWLS Neal Conan See page 42.


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Sat., 3/24, 6pm, at Country Club of Landfall. The Red Cross Gala brings together philanthropists from throughout the Cape Fear Area for an evening of dinner and dancing. Black-tie fund-raiser will feature local celebrities, live and silent auctions, gourmet plated dinner, open cocktail bar, and live music by the Carl Newton Band. Proceeds benefit disaster relief and readiness efforts in the Cape Fear Area. Humanitarian of the Year award will be presented to Ms. Monica C. Watson for her continued support of humanitarian services in the Cape Fear region. WlBHHc%3d&tabid=473. http://american.redcross. org/redcrossgala. $150. Table of 8, $1,000

nated to help fund its cure. A number of games will be played based on entries, with each team donating $100. Sign up: Mike Smith at with name and league you’re coaching. Payment can be made at concession stand before game. ST. MARY’S GOLF CLASSIC 3/24: St. Mary Catholic School First Annual Golf Classic, Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation. Benefiting the St. Mary School Athletics. Silent auction, challenges, contests, prizes, and raffles. Tony Viollis: 910-762-5491 X137 or viollisa@thestmaryparish. org.

JR LEAGUE OF WILMINGTON Jr. League of Wilmington’s third annual Touch a Truck CAPE FEAR CENTER FOR INQUIRY event on Sun., 3/25, 12:30-4:30pm, at the Mayfaire 3/24, 7pm: A fund-raiser for local charter school Town Center Event Lawn. An educational community Cape Fear Center for Inquiry,this evening event of event will provide children with a hands-on opportuGreat ArtSpectations features a live auction of the nity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the work of eight local artists : Mitzi Jonkheer, Megan people who build, protect and serve the Wilmington Deitz, Dan Bashore, Missy Ronquillo, Sarah Howe, community. Kids of all ages will be able to explore Cacky West, Grey Pascal and Stephanie House. vehicles like a fire engine, cement truck, school bus, Silent auction, entertainment, food and drinks. Baltow truck, weather truck, bulldozers and more! $5/ cony at Dock, downtown Wilmington, above YoSake. person or $15/family of four. Funds raised from this event will fund future events and programs in the greater Wilmington area, such as the Read to Me Festival (celebrates the fun of reading), Pied Piper Theatre (free theatre for 9,000 1st and 2nd graders), The Council Programs and more. Forward Motion Dance Company will hold an evening of 12:30-1:30pm will be horn free/light free access dance, jazz and bluegrass as part of a benefit performance for children with special needs.Located directly behind Ulta and World for Indo Jax charities, a surf program dedicated to empower-


ing kids with special needs. Live music will be performed by jazz guru Benny Hill and Friends, as well as local bluegrass virtuosos No Dollar Shoes. Local choreographers and dancers cross all platforms of movement, from hip-hop to Irish, Tango to classical. Tickets are only $15, and the show takes place on Thalian’s main stage. $25/person. WALK FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T The sixth annual fundraising walk benefiting Canines for Service, is on Sat., 3/24, at 9am, Hugh MacRae Park. Celebrates 15 years for the organization; teams and individuals can register and fundraise for the Walk For Those Who Can’t online by visiting Pre-reg. preferred, with min. donation of $25 to participate. Individuals and teams encouraged to raise money for our program. Virtual participation is encouraged. WINTER PARK PRESEASON TOURNEY Winter Park Optimist will have a preseason tournament to help combat childhood cancer, with funds do-

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS UNCW students have teamed up with the nonprofit group Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. to help U.S. troops call home. By donating gently-used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Wilmington area residents can provide a precious connection to loved ones back home. Donate 3/26-31; collection boxes at Seahawk Perch, Randall Library, Wagoner Dining Hall, Cameron Hall, Education Building, Admissions Office, Campus Recreation Center and the Campus Activities & Involvement Center(CAIC) in the Fisher Student Center. Drive will culminate during the UNCW Military Appreciation Day Baseball Game and the UNCW Track & Field meet on Sat. 3/31. Student organizers from leadership minor program in the Watson School of Education will be personally on hand to collect cell phones at events. Dr. Joanne Nottingham: 910-962-3439 or

RAIN BARREL SALES New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with City of Wilmington Stormwater Services and Rain Water Solutions to offer residents the opportunity to purchase rain barrels. Sales are



held on the second Thursday of every month from 9am to 5pm at the New Hanover County Government Center located at 230 Government Center Dr. 65-gallon MOBY barrelis made in NC from 100% recycled material recycled material by Rain Water Solutions, the Raleigh-based manufacture. 65-gallon MOBY is offered for $100 and the 50-gallon IVY is offered for $70, both at a fraction of their cost. A portion of each sale is donated by Rain Water Solutions, Inc. to New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District’s education program. Pre-ordered and purchased online at wilmington-nc. They will be available for pick up at the Government Center on the day of the sale. Payment can be made in person with cash or local check, and credit card payments are accepted online. 910-7986032. CAPE FEAR LITERACY TRAINING Cape Fear Literacy Council offers free monthly orientation sessions this spring, 4/11, 5:30-7:30pm. All sessions held at 1012 S. 17th St. in Wilmington. The “CFLC 101” orientation is open to anyone who is interested in volunteering at CFLC in any capacity: volunteer as tutors or instructors, assist with fundraising events, serve on the Board of Directors, or provide administrative assistance. • Tutor Training Workshopsat 1012 S. 17th St. Pre-reg. recommended. Adult Basic Literacy: Volunteers attend 12 hours of instruction, with two workshops from which to choose this spring. Workshop #1: 3/19, 21, 26, and 28 from 10am-1pm. • Workshop #2: 4/30, 5/2, 7, and 9 from 6:30-9:30pm. Fee is $20 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. Volunteers must attend the workshop’s four sessions to be certified. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages): Volunteers attend 9 hours of instruction, with two workshops from which to choose this spring. Workshop: 5/22, 23 and 24, 6:30-9:30pm. Volunteers must attend the workshop’s three sessions to be certified. Fee is $30 or $50 if seeking certification for another organization. (910) 251-0911 or e-mail info@

theatre/auditions CITY STAGE Starring Bryan Putnam, Katherine Vernon, Max Korn, Taylor Hamlet, Patrick Basquill and George Domby. Directed by Justin Smith, with music by Chiaki Ito and choreography by Kevin Lee-y Green. 3/22-25, 3/304/1, 4/6-8 and 13-15; $18-$22. (910) 264-2602. Acclaimed, groundbreaking musical with a thrilling contemporary score. The show is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. City Stage, 21 N. Front St.

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environment where they can develop and show their gifts, School of the Arts is here! 910-545-2296. THE LION IN WINTER 3/22-25, 8pm; Sun matinee, 3pm: Bodenhamer Auditorium Fine Arts Building: CCCC’s New River Players will present a production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter. The British aging monarch, King Henry II, decides it is time to pick an heir to his throne in this historical drama. This production, based on fact but not entirely factual, presents King Henry’s drama of trying to choose one of his three sons to succeed him. $5 GA or $2/students, seniors and military admission. 910-938-6792 or 938-6234. FINDING NEMO Come join the Performance Club at Wrightsville Beach! Be in a show, no auditions! “Finding Nemo” is a tuition based theater-program led by LJ Woodard. Performance Club meets on Thurs., 3/22-5/31 (no class 4/5), from 4-5pm (ages 5 – 9yrs) and 5-6pm (ages 10-13yrs). They also meet on Fridays, 4/13-6/1, 11am-noon (ages 6-11yrs). Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Office, 256-7925. www.

BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATRE See page 10. LTC SCHOOL OF ARTS With arts in all forms being taken out of our public school systems, Legacy Theater Company is on a mission to bring The Arts back to our students. With this mission in mind, we started LTC’s School of the

Arts. Students ages 5-18 are able to sign up to be a part of our theater classes. Open enrollment for another round of classes 4/5-5/24. Our first round of classes has been wildly successful. 20 students (ages 8-13) are rehearsing for opening night of their show, “Fairytale.” Children who are passionate about music, acting and dance and would like a safe

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SNOW WHITE AND SEVEN DWARFS Coastal Christian High School (709 George Anderson Drive in Wilmington) presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as performed by Professor TJ Barker’s Troupe of Theatricals, a comedy with music by Ernie Nolan. Directed by “Maestro” Chris Dayett. Performances: Friday/Saturday, 3/23-24, 7pm. Tickets: $10 (advance tickets recommended). This version of Snow White is recommended for children and adults, ages 8 & up. 910-395-9995. Coastal Christian High School is a Christian-interdenominational, college-preparatory high school,. OPERA HOUSE THEATRE AUDITIONS Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the 2012 summer season. 3/24: “Legally Blonde”; “A Chorus Line”; “Hello, Dolly!”; and “The Most Happy Fella.” Auditions for everyone at 10am, held at the Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 Carolina Beach Road. Bring a prepared song and sheet music (an accompanist will be provided). Also come prepared to dance. Roles in all four shows are available for men and women in a wide range of ages, including teenagers. There are no roles for children. Info: (910) 762-4234 or SNEAD’S FERRY COMMUNITY THEATRE Snead’s Theatre Community Theatre: Tues-Thurs, 3/27-29, 7pm. 126 Park Lane. The Nerd, by Larry Shue. Aspiring young architect Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but saved his life after he was seriously wounded in battle. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who


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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Thalian Assoc. presents the Wilmington premiere of the five-time Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, directed by Michael WaltonJones with music direction by Jonathan Barber and choreography by Carson Capps, 3/29-4/8 at historic Thalian Hall; Thurs-Sat., 8pm, and Sun., 3pm. $25 w/ senior, student and group discounts. 910-632-2285; When a solitary, dispirited musical theater aficionado (Tony Rivenbark) plays his favorite cast recording for us, the hilarious old musical literally bursts to life in his forlorn little apartment. A tribute to the jazz-age romps of the 1920’s and their power to transport us into a dazzling fantasy with nothing in mind but to lift our spirits. Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller. SHAKESPEARE ON GREEN AUDITIONS Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green 20th season festival will be holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Steve Vernon 7pm, 4/2-3. Runs every weekend in June at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. You can bring a prepared piece, but not required. All roles open.Hannah Block Historic USO Community Arts Center 120 S. 2nd St. 910399-2878. NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8/$10. Schedule: 3/23-24: Joe Derosa (Comedy Central) • 3/30-31: Barry Sobel & Friends. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Tickets $10 advance, $13 day of. • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thurs. Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover. • Nutt St Comedy Room announces the opening of The Studio at Nutt St. We provide a community workshop program for actors, comedians, improv, and public speaking. Workshop provides actors and comedians the ability to develop their skill levels and participate in multiple workshops. Beginners workshops available. All ages are welcome. Timmy Sherrill: 910-520-5520. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www.nuttstreet. com. 910-520-5520

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UNCW Association for Campus Entertainment presents Gym Class Heroes, UNCW Kenan Auditorium, 3/22. Doors 7:30pm; show: 8pm. Hip-hop, funk, reggae and rap. Tickets: UNCW Students $12 or $15 day of; UNCW Faculty/Staff $15 or $17 day of; General $18 or $20 day of. PLAYHOUSE 211 3/23: Jeanne Jolly, Chris Boener, Zyk Baglio and Alyan Love, in Southport at Playhouse 211 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 • 3/24 Susan Savia and Kyle Lindley, 7pm. or Ken Perrin at 910-274-3971. CAROLINA VOCAL ENSEMBLE 3/24, 8pm: Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Field, is pleased to announce that the group will present a concert called, “Something Wonderful—the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” at Winter Park Baptist Church.This performance will include music from beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel and others. The evening will feature the Ensemble, accompanied by a full professional orchestra and joined by guest soloists. Tickets: $15 at 910-960-SING [7464]. GRACE CHANCEL CHOIR 3/24, 8am-2pm: Mary Huppmann, choir bazaar committee, Bazaar sponsored by the Grace Chancel Choir, feat. food, bake sale, crafts, indoor yard sale, silent auction. 4th & Grace streets, downtown Wilmington (church gym). Free admission!

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3/24: RATED ART Orton’s Pool Room will be hosting an interactive arts exhibition on Saturday evening, March 24th, downtown Wilmington. Represented will be artists from Art Slab, Geometry Spectrum and Thrive Studios, and performers from Mama Burque’s Burlesque will entertain throughout the evening. There will also be body painting, props and visual projections in conjunction with the art showing throughout the venue. Ages 21 and over only admitted, with $10 entry fee. Doors at 7 p.m. and show at 9 p.m.; DJ Gon spins tunes after the party.

art ARTFUL LIVING GROUP Artful Living Group located at 112 Cape Fear Blvd., 910-458-7822. March: Mossy’s Most Wanted Salvage Art, feat. Mike Driver’s Metal Furniture. • April: Wendy Kowalski’s Paintings. Opening, 4/5, 6:30-8:30pm ARTS SENSATION 3/22, 8pm: The 11th Arts Sensation, a benefit performance for Indo Jax Surf Charities. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Stirring up local talent again for a music and dance spectacular to benefit an outstanding Wilmington-based organization, Indo Jax Surf Charities.Ride the wave of this fun and imaginative evening featuring local musicians, choreographers and dancers presenting lively and entertaining music and an exciting variety of dance performances including a show favorite, the Company “T” Tappers. Tickets: $10 Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285 POP-UP STUDIO Little Luxuries Co., a local business that focuses on refurbishing, repurposing and creating beautiful things from forgotten items. Little Luxuries Co. and photographer Kelly Starbuck are pleased to bring Pop-Up Studio to Wilmington, NC. Through 3/22, feat. 25 local artists. Fast and furious concept hosts unique events and exhibitions, including an “opening party” on March 16th. Goal is to make local art immediate and accessible to several layers of audiences; art will be sold, donations accepted. www.littleluxuriesco. com/?p=562. 405 S. 3rd St., 2 blocks from Projekte. PELICANS Pelicans: An Exhibition by Artists of the Coastal Region at WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio’s MC Erny Gallery. Open 3/23, 6-9pm, Fourth Friday Gallery Nights reception, featuring a group of nearly 20 area artists who have come together to create a themed exhibition focusing on pelicans of our coastal environment. Show on display through 5/4. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front St., third floor. RISE UP WILMINGTON LADDERS WANTED Cameron Art Museum and DREAMS of Wilmington invite individuals, families, busiensses, schools, churches and organizations to lend their ladders to the collective community sculpture, “Rise Up Wilmington,” artist Charlie Brouwer’s nationally known art movement, to be on the lawn of CAM. Each ladder

will ID lender, and all lenders are listed at Collections take place through 3/30; ladders will be returned or donated to CF Habitat for Humanity if rqst. (910) 395-5999. RATED ART Art Slab, Geometry Spectrum, Thrive and Mama Burque’s Burlesque are teaming up and presenting a show at Orton’s on Sat., 3/24. Burlesque performances, body painting, art, props and scenery, visual projections and more! Hors d’ouvre and cash bar. 21 and over only; $10. 7pm art reception; 9pm show. DJ Gon after party. 133 N. Front St. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT Fourth Friday Gallery Nights 2012 are free monthly events where local galleries, studios and art spaces open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. Self-guided tours feature exhibitions of various artistic genres, as well as opening receptions, artist discussions, demonstrations, live music, wine, food and other traditional and nontraditional art-related activities. Dates: 3/23, www. EMERGING AND KNOWN ARTISTS The Thalian Association present an exhibition featuring the work of eight emerging and known artists from our area. Feat. an unusual installation that presents the art in harmony with the WWII artifacts in our lobby museum. View the exhibition daily at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center during regular business hours until 3/23. Our Community Gallery will be open from 6-9pm for the Fourth Friday Walk on 2/24. Free and the public is invited to attend and meet our artists. Corner of Orange and 2nd streets. UNCW EXHIBIT Graduate students in UNCW’s Creative Writing MFA program exhibit paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media work exploring the theme of “Emergence.” A reading of student writing will be held during the opening night reception, and UNCW professor and musician Clyde Edgerton will perform. 3/23, 7-9pm. (Art remains on display through Tues., 5/1/2012.) Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess St. (910) 362-9666. Free. HANOVER GALLERY A parking deck may seem like an unlikely place to find original paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works of art, but Cape Fear Community College’s new Hanover St. parking deck offers just that. First floor of the college’s new 1,200-car parking deck at the corner of Third and Hanover street will include over 2,000 square feet of art gallery space and will be known as Hanover Art Gallery. Public is invited to attend the grand opening of the parking deck and Hanover Art Gallery on Friday, 3/30, 5pm. Free and feat. a juried art show w/work by CFCC students in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, metals and sculpture. Gallery space will be available to other artists who wish to rent the space for their own exhibits. Parking deck is located directly across from the site of the college’s much anticipated Humanities and Fine Arts Center. (910) 362-7020 or ALL STUDENT SHOW UNCW’s Ann Flack Boseman Gallery announces 10th annual All Student Show, a juried exhibition by John Sharkey, co-owner of the Checker Cab Gallery in downtown Wilmington, through 4/3. Sharkey reviewed more than 75 drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, ceramic and sculpture pieces. Winners: Best of Show: Ashley Reber (My Steel Concubine); Purchase Award: Louis Shackleton (Do you have the feeling that you’re being watched?); Honorable Mention: Christopher Alexander, Ryan Terry, Erin Tetteron, Merryn Kepcha, Timmins Mervin. Many of the pieces are available for public purchase.

The Best of Show and Purchase Award will become a part of the University Union Permanent Art Collection which is on permanent exhibition in UNCW Campus Life facilities.Second floor of Fisher University Union, 10am-8pm, Mon-Sun. 910-962-7972 or v RIVER ROOM ARTIST SHOWCASE 4/5, 5-9pm: Local Artist Showcase now accepting artists who wish to participate. Contact: Melissa Mendoza at (910) 251-8902 for more information. CHECKER CAB PRODUCTIONS “Naked Truth” by Francisca Dekker featuring original figurative drawings and pastels. Known for her more colorful and expressive pieces, Dekker will be presenting an extension of that work. Abstract, free-form style of drawing in pencil, ink, and oil pastels, tells a story expressing the humor as well as the seriousness that she sees in the human form. “Meet the Artist” reception during Fourth Friday Art Walk. Exhibit runs through 4/20. 130 N, Front St., 910-352-1575. PROJEKTE ‘Uncomfortable Satisfaction,’ feat. the work of Sullvan Dunne and Jeff Bridgers, paintings and metal work. Opening 3/31, 7pm. 910-763-1197. 523 S 3rd BOTTEGA EVENTS Bottega Gallery presents Fourth Friday Gallery Night: 3/23: The fantastic Gabriel Lehman will be returning for a solo exhibit for two months. • Mon: Closed through winter • Tues (4pm-midnight): Starving artist night and open paint. • Wed (4pmmid.): Weekly wine tastings, 7pm • Thur 3/29: CFCC Faculty Reading 6-9pm • Sun 3/25: “Buy You A Drink” Comedy Night 8pm. bottegaartbar@ 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737. www.

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museums NC BATTLESHIP Egg Hunt Carnival Vendors, 4/6, 10am2pm. Easter egg hunts throughout the day and games along with a bounce house and petting zoo. Ideal ages for the event are children 2 - 9. Easter Egg Station vendors needed and business partners/sponsors. Vendor cost is only $50 per table and sponsorship levels range from $100 to $500. Vendors will receive an eight (8) foot table with two chairs to decorate in the fun Easter or Spring theme of their choosing.Costs vary; inquire: (910) 2515797.Deadline to register is 4/3. Jct of HWYs 17/74/76/421, on the Cape Fear River.

3/30: RISE UP WILMINGTON Charlie Brouwer’s “Rise Up Wilmington” installation on top of Cameron Art Museum is still in need of ladders. Help be a part of the community-based project! Families, businesses, schools, churches and organizations are welcome to help construct the sculpture by donating ladders through the 30th of March at CAM. Ladders will be returned or donated to CF Habitat for Humanity Store. Call (910) 395-5999 for more information or check out

CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 7/15: Cape Fear Treasures: “Shoes” takes a glimpse into a selection of footwear from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries featuring spectator oxford pumps, lace-up boots, satin slippers, Air Jordans and more! • Shopping Around Wilmington opens 3/22. 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. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted

War soldier’s haversack and consider how the items compare to your own daily life needs. Learn how to create and crack secret codes; try on reproduction Civil War clothing and play a Blockade Runner board game. Museum admission. Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, Tues-Sat; 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. www. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Murrinis Within a Crystal Matrix: The Poetic Glassworks of Richard Ritter,” “Mark Peiser: Reflections on the Palomar Mirror “and “Penland School of Crafts: Evolution and Imagination.” Both Richard

Ritter and Mark Peiser are honored as 2011 North Carolina Living Treasures. Thematically tied, both Ritter and Peiser attended Penland School of Crafts. The school is an international leader in the evolution of craft education located in western NC. This exhibition explores Penland then and now, featuring examples of some of the finest work from the school. Hangs through 4/1. • Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection, Brown Wing, through 5/6. Features 127 “first hand” drawings depicting colorful aspects of life and action during the Civil War era. Original drawings by artist-reporters for the Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, were used to inform a reading public consumed by the need to know what was happening throughout America as it struggled to establish its national identity. • 3/31, 11am-2pm: Installation Opening: Rise Up Wilmington with Charlie Brouwer and Iron Pour with Carl Billingsley and others from ECU School of Art and Design. Open to public. • Exhibition tours every Wed. at 12:30pm Sun. at 2:30pm. Our new public tours kick off with Anne Brennan, Executive Director of CAM on Wednesday, Mar. 7. • 11th annual NC Black Film Festival, See page 15. • Kids @ CAM, 3/24, noon-3pm. $3/child, $5/child, adults free. Meet artist Charlie Brouwer and contribute to our community installation, Rise Up Dreams. Make decorative ladders and other art creations you can take home. All ages welcome! Fun for the whole family. No pre-reg.• CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/6-wks. • Museum School schedule now online! • Call for Yoga, Rumba and Tai Chi class schedules. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with




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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 3/25, 1-5pm: Putting Golf Tournament. Each Showcase the best of your endurance by participating in the exhibit will be a different putting experience! eight-mile course of the Wrightsville Beach Biathlon, taking Test your skills! RSVP: 910-254-3534 • 3/26, noon: Fore the Children Golf Tourplace this Saturday, March 24th. It combines a four-mile nament at Cape Fear Country Club. Restand-up paddleboarding race and four-mile run done by serve your golf team or become a sponsor! relay teams. The pre-race meeting takes place at 9 a.m. 910-254-3534 x 104 • Mon, Little Sprouts with 10:30 a.m. start time. Reception follows afterward at Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Leading to ReadBlockade Runner with 2 p.m. awards ceremony including Literacy Class , 9am, and Kids Cooking ing food; prizes awarded to top three. Fees are $45 for Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, individuals or $90 for a team, which benefits preservation 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini of Masonboro Island. 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., Acting Club LATIMER HOUSE 2pm. • Drop off gently used books at our Museum Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the reto be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses stored home features period furnishings, artwork and book collection locations to help promote literacy, find family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 7620492. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. (910)256-2569

BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Museum focuses on history and the design arts; offers tours, changing exhibitions and look at historic preservation in

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action. 910-251-3700 ext. 103. Proceeds go to operations of Bellamy Mansion Museum. 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.

sports/recreation WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH BIATHLON Wrightsville Beach Biathlon will test the strength and endurance of competitors on an 8-mile course over water and sand on Sat., 3/24. Original, first-ever East Coast SUP and sprint biathlon combines a 4-mile paddle course with 4-mile run, and relay teams to split the Standup Paddleboarding and running portions of the race. Fastest overall time recognized. Biathlon festivities will kick off at 6:30pm, Fri., 3/23, with a reception at Blockade Runner. Race day pre-race meeting at 9am; race at 10:30am. Awards ceremony w/food, 2pm; prizes given to top three finishers in each category. Proceeds benefit the FOR Masonboro Island organization to preserve the uninhabited beauty and the SUP Cleanup Project. Fees: $45, indv/$90, team. www. COASTAL BIRDING SERIES Cape Fear Naturalist North Carolina Coastal Birding Series, every Wed. w/Capt. Joe Abbate. Tour Intracoastal Waterway, tidal creeks, and sandy barrier islands to discover the diverse flora and fauna found in coastal NC. 3/21, 3:30pm, Special Monthly Kayak tour- Masonboro; 3/24, 4pm, Walking Low Tide Tour WB South End. All tours depart from the dock across from the Blockade Runner. Rates/individual and walking tours: $10; Catamaran tours: $25; and kayak tours: $30. 910200-4002. HALYBURTON ACTIVITIES Snake and Turtle Feeding: 3/21, 4-4:30 pm (ages 3 & up), $1/participant. Brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Event Center and then watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle will be fed during the demonstration. • Aurora Fossil Museum and Phosphate Mine Tour, 3/23 8-6pm, $35/ participant. Wde variety of Pleistocene, Pliocene and Miocene marine fossils on display. Most displays feature specimens collected from the local Potash Corp mine (formerly referred to as Lee Creek). Bing a trowel or sifter, bags, and small jars for delicate finds; bottled water, lunch, snacks, and a day pack. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. 4099 S. 17th St. 341-0075 WILMINGTON WATER TOURS Join us every week for a relaxing cruise down the Cape Fear River. Each week we will feature a different local musician on board for your listening pleasure. As always our full bar will be open and we will have some light snacks to enjoy. So come sail away with us, make your reservation today. Thurs/ Fri., 5:30pm $27/person. Mark Daffer; 3/22, Forrest Tabor; 3/23, Zach Hanner. RSVP: LEARN TO ROW Learn to Row: 3/24, 25, 31 and 4/1. Cape Fear River Rowing Club is offering rowing classes, teaching the basic form and techniques. Classes consist of one four-hour session on 3/24 (8am-noon), followed by three, three-hour morning sessions (8-11am), on 3/25 and 31 and 4/1. Classes conducted at Club’s boathouse and dock at the Wilmington Marine Cen-

ter. Brief class period followed by on-the-water rowing instruction. Limited to seven students per session. Cost is $120 for all four sessions. Payment and a signed waiver form are due the Monday prior to class date. Allison Potter at or BIRDS OF MASONBORO 3/29, 6pm: Learn about birds that live in and around Masonboro Island, including American oystercatchers and other groundnesting shorebirds. Also find out how you can be involved in efforts to monitor seabirds at Masonboro. Held at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science at 5600 Marvin Moss Lane. Hosted by Friends of the Reserve. 962-2998. NC Coastal Reserve,

kids stuff YOUTH TENNIS CAMPS The Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Department is offering several tennis programs for youth at the Wrightsville Beach Park Tennis Courts. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins will instruct the various programs. Fees/times vary: (910) 256-7925 or www. HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS Now in Leland! Sing, dance and play with your little one! Early childhood music and movement for 6 mo. to 6 yrs. Leland Parks and Recreation Classroom Building, Thursday 9:30am. Also, Downtown Community Arts Center, Tuesday 9:15am and Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Building Tuesday at 11:30am $10 per family. Drop ins welcome. www. or 910-777-8889. HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS AND CAMP Shady Paddock Stables at 1336 Lt. Congleton Rd. at Big Cypress Farm in Monkey Junction offers riding lessons and summer camps for ages 3 years and up. Become a regular student by May 1 and receive a huge discount on camp. Visit us on Facebook or the web. Sharon Rooks: 910-520-4150 for more

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UNCW STORYBOARD AT RANDALL A Call for Storytellers—UNCW Storyboard at Randall Library is putting a shout out to adult storytellers who have a knack for spinning a good story. We want personal stories – true stories that make your audience think, laugh, or cry. We might even consider a fictional story to throw in the line-up. Theme: Choices! Storytellers will be chosen to perform their stories before anaudience in the library that evening. Performance date: Wed., 4/11, 6 pmSubmissions due: 3/21. Submit to: NICARAGUA: SURVIVING THE LEGACY 3/26, 6pm: In the 1980s, Paul Dix used his camera to document the effects of theUS-funded Contra War on the poor of Nicaragua. Starting in 2002, he and Fitzpatrick reconnected with dozens of the people he’d met before – and recorded their sto-

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ries. Illustrated talk by Paul Dix and Pam Fitzpatrick; book signing after. Amanda Boomershine: 700 REASONS TO STUDY LANGUAGES 3/26, 6pm: Lecture “700 Reasons to Study Languages.” County Commissioner Rick Catlin will speak about the value of learning a second language in a global society at the Sister Cities Annual Meeting. New Hanover County Main Library and we will continue the conversation at the Caffe Phoenix on N. Front St. at 7:30pm. Advance reservations no later than 3/26 by email, membership@scawilmington, or phone, 910-343-5226. ROSIE THE RIVETER 3/27, 7-8:30pm: The backbone of America’s might during World War II, women who served in uniform, in factories, offices, and at home, and immortalized by the iconic “Rosie the Riveter,” will be lectured at Randall Library Auditorium, UNCW, with Capt. Wilbur Jones, USNR, Ref. Dessert reception and exhibit opening, with book signing in Randall Library Special Collections. SHAMANIC HEALER TALK 3/28, 6:30pm. Porters Neck Yoga & Spa, 8044 Market St., Wilmington, NC, $10.Come join the Tribe of Yes for a guided expedition into the power, awareness and skills all shamans use to heal, access and walk the world’s data stream and shamanic reality. POTRALS 3/29, 6pm: Portals, CFCC’s Literary and Arts Magazine —First Annual FacultyReading. Please join us for the first annual Faculty Reading hosted by Portals. The evening will feature faculty readers Jeff Call, William Coppage, Anitra Louis, and Daniel Terry. Event will take place on Thurs., 3/29, Bottega (208 N. Front St.). Free, open to public.

classes/workshops BRIDGE LESSONS The Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department is offering Beginner II Bridge lessons and workshops with Marie Killoran. Bridge II Lessons: Thurs., 3/15, 4/5 & 12. Beginner II Bridge is from 9:30-11:30am. Bridge Workshops are open to anyone with basic bridge knowledge and play experience. All sessions will consist of discussion and practice hands. 910-256-7925. Pre-reg.: (910) 256-7925.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) Not bad for a few weeks’ work, or play, or whatever it is you want to call this tormented, inspired outburst. Would it be too forward of me to suggest that you’ve gone a long way toward outgrowing the dark fairy tale that had been haunting your dreams for so long? Yet, all this just may be a warm-up for your next metamorphosis—in which you make an audacious new commitment to becoming what you really want to be when you grow up. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) This week I’m taking a break from my usual pep talks; I think it’s for the best. If I deliver a kindhearted kick in the butt, maybe it will encourage you to make a few course corrections, thereby making it unnecessary for fate to get all tricky and funky on you. So here you go, Taurus: 1. The last thing you need is someone to support your flaws and encourage you in your delusions. True friends will offer snappy critiques and crisp advice. 2. Figure out once and for all why you keep doing a certain deed that’s beneath you. Then, gather the strength and get the help you need to quit it. 3. It’s your duty to stop doing your duty with such a somber demeanor and heavy tread. To keep from sabotaging the good it can accomplish, you’ve got to put more pleasure into it. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) The German word “Weltratsel” can be translated as “World Riddle.” Coined by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it refers to questions like “What is the meaning of existence?” and “What is the nature of reality?” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Gemini, you’re now primed to deepen your understanding of the World Riddle. For the next few weeks, you will have an enhanced ability to pry loose useful secrets about some big mysteries. Certain passages in the Book of Life that have always seemed like gobbledygook to you will suddenly make sense. Here’s a bonus: Every time you decipher more of the World Riddle, you will solve another small piece of your Personal Riddle.

eators syndiCate FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP UNCW Financial Aid staff will host a workshop, 4pm, Wed., 3/21. WHA-UNCW Community Campus located in the Hillcrest community. Hour-long workshop is free and open to the public. Includes presentation, handouts and Q&A session. Presen-

CANCER (21 June – 21 July) “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” So wrote George Bernard Shaw in his book “Man and Superman.” From the hints I have gleaned, Cancerian, you are now in an ideal phase to be the sort of unreasonable man or woman who gets life to adapt so as to better serve you and your dreams. Even if it’s true that the emphasis in the past has often been on you bending and shaping yourself to adjust to the circumstances others have wrought, the coming weeks could be different.

British anatomist Henry GRAY (73 Across) published the first edition of his anatomy textbook in 1858; the book is currently in its 40th edition. In yoga, a CHAKRA (8 Down) is

LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) In his book “Word Hero,” Jay Heinrichs offers us advice about how to deliver pithy messages that really make an impact. Here’s one tip that would be especially useful for you in the coming days: “Exaggerate precisely.” Heinrichs gives an example from the work of the illustrious raconteur, American author Mark Twain. Twain did not write, “In a single day, New England’s weather changes a billion times.” Rather, he said, “In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours.” Be inspired by Twain’s approach in every way you can imagine, Leo. Make things bigger and wilder and more expansive everywhere you go, but do it with exactitude and rigor. VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) “Liminality” is a term that refers to the betwixt and between state. It’s dawn or dusk, when neither night nor day fully rules. It’s the mood that prevails when a transition is imminent or a threshold beckons. During a rite of passage, liminality is the phase when the initiate has left his or her old way of doing things but has not yet been fully accepted or integrated into the new way. Mystical traditions from all over the world recognize this as a shaky but potent situation—a time and place when uncertainty and ambiguity reign even as exciting possibilities loom. In my estimate, Virgo, you’re now ensconced in liminality. LIBRA (24 Sept. – 23 Oct.) The Argentinian writer Antonio Porchia said there were two kinds of shadows: “some hide, others reveal.” In recent weeks, you’ve been in constant contact with the shadows that hide. But beginning any moment now, you’ll be wandering away from those rather frustrating enigmas and entering into a dynamic relationship with more evocative mysteries: the shadows that reveal. Be alert for the shift so you won’t get caught assuming that the new shadows are just like the old ones. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) Every winter, hordes of ants have overrun my house. At least that was true up until recently. This winter, the pests stayed away, and that has been very good news. I didn’t have to fight them off with poison and hand-to-hand combat. The bad news? The reason they didn’t invade was because very little rain fell, as it’s supposed to during Northern California winters. The ants weren’t driven above ground by the torrents that usually soak the soil. So, now drought threatens our part of the world. Water shortages may loom. I propose that this scenario is a metaphor for a dilemma you may soon face, Scorpio—except that you will have a choice in the matter: Would you rather deal with a lack of a fundamental resource or else an influence that’s bothersome but, ultimately, pretty harmless?

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) You’re entering one of the most buoyant phases of your astrological cycle. Your mandate is to be brash and bouncy, frothy and irrepressible. To prepare you, I’ve rounded up some exclamatory declarations by poet Michael McClure. Take them with you as you embark on your catalytic adventures. They’ll help you cultivate the right mood. McClure: “Everything is natural. The light on your fingertips is starlight. Life begins with coiling—molecules and nebulae. Cruelty, selfishness, and vanity are boring. Each self is many selves. Reason is beauty. Light and darkness are arbitrary divisions. Cleanliness is as undefinable and as natural as filth. The physiological body is pure spirit. Monotony is madness. The frontier is both outside and inside. The universe is the messiah. The senses are gods and goddesses. Where the body is—there are all things.” CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) You know those tall, starched white hats that many chefs wear? Traditionally they had 100 pleats, which denoted the number of ways a real professional could cook an egg. I urge you to wear one of those hats in the coming weeks, Capricorn—or whatever the equivalent symbol might be for your specialty. It’s high time for you to express your ingenuity in dealing with what’s simple and familiar—to be inventive and versatile as you show how much you can accomplish using just the basics. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) As I was driving my car in San Francisco late one night, I arrived at a traffic signal that confused me. The green light was radiant and steady, but then so was the red light. I came to a complete stop and waited until, finally, after about two minutes, the red faded. I suspect you may soon be facing a similar jumble of mixed signals, Aquarius. If that happens, I suggest you do what I did. Don’t keep moving forward; pause and sit still until the message gets crisp and clear. PISCES (20 Feb. – 20 Mar.) A woman named Joan Ginther has won the Texas Lottery four times, collecting over $20 million. Is she freakishly lucky? Maybe not, according to Nathaniel Rich’s article in the August 2011 issue of Harper’s. He notes that Ginther has a Ph.D in math from Stanford, and wonders if she has used her substantial understanding of statistics to game the system. (More here: tinyurl. com/LuckAmuck.) Be inspired by her example, Pisces. You now have exceptional power to increase your good fortune through hard work and practical ingenuity. |march 21-27, 2012|encore 53

tation will address types of financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans, how to apply, important deadlines, required documents, the importance of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other tips for finding financial aid. For current high school students, adult learners and other non-traditional students; space limited. 910341-3212 to register.

time sky using blues and magentas. All levels of students welcome. Instructor Carolyn Faulkner; $75. 1319 Military Cutoff Rd, Landfall Center. 910509-4289


COASTAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS TRAFFIC SKILLS 101 UNCW’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Greater Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec offers twoWilmington Business Journal’s Coastal Entrepreday course to give cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills & crash avoidance techniques. Recommended for adults & children above the age 14. Fri. The 16th annual Wing Fling takes place on the 24th at 3/23, 6-9pm, Indoor Training. Satu. 3/24, 9-noon, Practical Training Outdoors (Rain 11 a.m. in a new location: Carolina Beach’s Boardwalk! date for Saturday is Sunday, March 25, Local restaurants will be cooking up their best, most 1:00 – 4:00 pm). Pre-reg rqd. 256-6925. flavorful wings and drumettes in a variety of sauces


for judges to crown the best. Also awarded: the coveted People’s Choice! Live music from Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights, along with Hoots and Hellmouth and RocketSurgery. All proceeds benefit Wilmington Residential Adolescent Achievement Place and the National Foundation Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $15-$20.

ART CLASSES AT CHECKER CAB Upcoming Classes & Workshops: Oil painting (landscape and still life) Chappy Valente; bookmaking (reflection journal) w/ Leslie Pearson; 2-day oil painting workshop w/Alessandro Giambra; plein air painting in oil w/ Chappy Valente; copper repousse w/ Linda Hartman; plein air painting (elements of nature) w/ Joan Farrenkopf. 910-352-1757.130 N Front St.

FIGMENTS GALLERY 3/31, 10am-1pm: Sky Painting with Acrylics: Learn how to paint beautiful skies! The technique of blending colors together will be explored to create a day-

neur Awards to help foster more entrepreneurial activity in the region. Winners profiled in 4/27 Business Journal; honored at awards breakfast, 5/18, UNCW’s Burney Center. Apply/nominate someone from any company in New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender counties. Two rounds of

judging; winners selected in 10 categories: Biotechnology, Film, Health Care, Internet-Related Business,Manufacturing and Distribution, NonProfit, Retail & Hospitality, Professional Services, Technology, Emerging Company (three or less employees; less than two years old). Ea. winner will appear before a panel of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs and distinguished business people. Winner announced at 5/18 event. Deadline: 3/21, 5pm. Suesan Sullivan at (910) 343-8600 x213. MT. PILGRIM Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 7500 Carolina Beach Rd, hosts its annual Sunday School Program at 3 pm, 3/25. Guest speakers Pastor, Dr. William H. Ballard and the Evergreen A.M.E. Zion Church family. Sis. Mildred Rhodes: 910-352-6285.

culinary 16TH ANNUAL WING FLING 16th Annual Budweiser Wing Fling, 3/24, 11am5pm, on Cape Fear Blvd at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. Tickets:; $15; VIP, $20. Includes wing tasting from area restaurants and live music. VIP includes free shuttle to the event and early entry through a VIP gate. Headline band is Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, along with supporting acts Hoots and Hellmouth and RocketSurgery. Proceeds benefit Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place and the National Education Foundation scholarship fund. WINE CLASSES All classes Thurs, 6:30pm, Taste the Olive; 21 years of age w/ID. Space limited; RSVP rqd. 3/29:

“Hey Frenchy, You Don’t Scare Me”—French wines,classification system, how to read a French label, about various wine varietals by region, and more. Taste Bordeaux, Rhone, Loire, Burgundy, and Alsace. $30/person. RSVP first-come/firstserve basis/non-refundable. 910-256-OILS(6457). WINE SERIES Led by Paul Wasserman and guest speakers! Talk and taste wines; no tests! Events on Tues; check in 7pm; events, 7:15pm. Appx 90 mi. The Balcony on Dock. 33 S. Front St #3; (910) 342-0273. All wines in series available for purchase night of event! • 3/27: Riedel Glassware Tasting Special w/Barry Weiss: The Riedel Glassware Company has been crafting fine glassware for 250 years, creating specific glassware for various types of wines (grape variety). Weiss, owner of Choice Specialty Wines, will be here to give us a lesson on these glasses, selecting four and the wines that go well with them. Bonus: Take the 4 glasses home with you! Registry open in multiples of 12! $40/person. 910-262-6725 WILMINGTON HOMEBREW SUPPLY Wilmington Homebrew Supply’s craft beer and wine tasting every Fri., 4-7pm. All-grain brewing demonstrations Sat.,1:30pm. 4405 A Wrightsville Ave. (910) 392-3315.

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