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Cover models Christi Ferretti and Smokey Masters proudly sport two of Pine Valley Market’s three wins: Best Caterer, Best Chef and Best Gourmet Shop. Read through pages 4-15 for Week 3 wave of announcements in Best Of coverage. Party pics from our annual Best Of Awards Party are included on page 7.

If you’re not already an encore fan on Facebook, you should be! We’re running a contest on encore’s Facebook page that is simply quite awesome. Also include which show you would like to go to, and we’ll enter you in our contest to win a pair of tickets to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. We’ll be randomly selecting the winner from the comments one week prior to concert dates. Don’t forget to tell your friends either.

news & views ................ 16-18 employee-owned businesses.

18 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reveals the latest odd stories.

artsy smartsy ................20-35 20-23 theatre: Rachael Carscaddon previews

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16 live local: Gwenyfar discusses the notion of

there is even a team competition. For all the details, be sure to log on to http://ecvelo. org, and learn about member signup!

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If you don’t have FB, then log on to www., click on “Web Extras,” and enter the contests for a chance to win!


Mountain and off-road bikers can get in on East Carolina’s Velo Cycling Club action this week, as they hold their off-road series on Blue Clay Trail in Wilmington on the 6th and on Apriil 17th. Cash awards are given and

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a host of theater openings this week, including

“Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi described President Obama as an African of Arab and Muslim descent. After the speech, Gadhafi was given his own show on Fox News.”—Conan O’Brien “The price of oil is rising because of all the unrest in the Middle East. And the unrest in Wisconsin is causing the price of cheese to go through the roof.”—Jay Leno “Facebook has decided to ban a new app that sends you an e-mail when your crush becomes single. So you’ll just have to find out if they’re single the old-fashioned way: by clicking on their Facebook profile 30 or 40 times a day.”—Jimmy Fallon “In 50 years, gas-powered cars will be antiquated. You’ll only see them in museums, or in Jay Leno’s garage.”—Craig Ferguson “Rush Limbaugh called Michelle Obama a hypocrite, criticizing her for eating ribs on vacation and said she isn’t following her own dietary guidelines. Well, isn’t that the morbidly obese pot calling the kettle African-American?”—Jimmy Kimmel “They say President Lincoln once walked three miles to pay back a penny. That makes him the last president to do anything about the debt.”—David Letterman “New rule: Stop calling it Obamacare. It’s not like Obama will be the doctor for your next prostate exam. That’s just a common fantasy of Republican men.”—Bill Maher

‘Mulligan’s Wake’ and ‘Hollywood Dreams’ ;

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Sarah Crandall interviews the director of the 1920’s-30’s throwback to ‘In the Mood,’ coming to Thalian this weekend; Gwenyfar Rohler reviews UNCW’s latest producton, ‘Arcadia.’

24 art: Lauren Hodges gets discusses the Arts Advocacy Workshop taking place at CAM this week.

25 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging at local galleries.

26 film: Anghus reviews this ridiculousness that is ‘Unknown.’

28-30 music: Bethany Turner gets the scoop on the band Sequoyah’s latest changes; Patti Wilson interviews Justin Fox about his psychedelic rock outfit, Medusa Stone.

32-35 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.

grub & guzzle................36-40 36-39 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide!

40 culinary calendar: Lots of opportunity for good eats abound this month! Check out our culinary calendar on page 40.

extra! extra! ..................42-63 42 nonprofit fund-raiser: Christina Dore finds out about the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s latest fund-raiser, Gatsby Gala.

43 crossword: Brain teaser with Stanley Newman.

46-47 be a tourist in your own hometown: Read abut the numerous attractions, museums and hotspots in the annual resident free-day,

51 books: Tiffanie breaks down the e-reader versus the hardcover.

Editor-in-Chief: Shea Carver // is published weekly, on Wednesday, by Wilmington Media. Opinions of contributing writers are not necessarily the opinions of encore.

Editorial Assistant: Bethany Turner // Interns: Patty Wilson, Rachael Carscaddon, Sarah Crandall

P.O. Box 12430, Wilmington, n.C. 28405 • Phone: (910) 791-0688 • Fax: (910) 791-9177

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General Manager: John Hitt // Art director: Sue Cothran // Advertising sales: John Hitt // Downtown //

Chief Contributors: Adrian Varnam, Gwenyfar Rohler, Anghus Houvouras, Ichabod C, Jay Schiller, Lauren Hodges, Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd, Christina Dore

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

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distribution Manager: Boykin Wright

Shea Carver // Midtown, Monkey Junction //

52 fact or fiction: Ichabod C. delves into another chapter in his ongoing series, ‘It Makes Me Wonder.’

48-55 calendar/‘toons/horoscope/pet of the week/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tomorrow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read your horoscope; see which of our furry friends of the week need adopting; and check out the latest saucy corkboard ads.

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b is for best! Announcing the third wave of Best Of 2011 winners


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just to encore or its winners, but to readers who love to indulge their favorites. It leads to conversations about what it means to be recognized among the community as top-notch. These talks are great to have; they keep us aware of what we expect among the ever-evolving business-scape of Wilmington. They also indulge our acknowledgement toward support of local businesses, which puts money directly back into our local economy. The most important aspect to encore’s Best Of is the camaraderie it brings out of us all. The gratitude for reaching success wears well on everyone’s faces. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of Wilmington on all fronts: arts, business, media, humanities and everything in between. Moreover, we love that our readers don’t mind expressing their love for it either. We often get calls asking for information on the innerworkings of Best Of. To clarify, allow us to map out our ground rules: • Ballots were collected through an online voting system from December 2010 through January 17, 2011. • encore employees never determine the winners; the readers of encore determine the outcome. • encore reserves the right to secure all voting information, including percentages or amount of votes. With over 130 categories and weekly deadlines, we

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Changing Channels hosted the 2011 Best Of Awards Party at City Stage/Level 5. Photo by Courtney Bridgers

do not divulge numbers—not because we have something to hide but because five people run this paper and, well, time is of the essence to produce it weekly. • Only one ballot per e-mail address is allowed to vote. • Voters must fill out at least 25 categories to have their vote counted. • We do not use voter’s e-mail addresses for solicitation of encore or Wilmington Media products, nor do we share the addresses. • We accept that businesses campaign (though, we discourage any bribery or misrepresentation of voters); we are not the NC Board of Elections. Now, on with the show! Welcome to week three (out of four), as we introduce the 2011 class of encore’s annual Best Of Reader’s Poll. To everyone who voted: Thank you, from encore and from every business mentioned in all 130 categories.

//Goods & services// BATHROOMS Being the “Best Party in Town,” as Fox and Hound’s motto goes, doesn’t mean the folks at this pub and grill forget to take care behind the

scenes. The service and kitchen staff, as well as the managers, recognize the importance of keeping a clean restaurant. “It’s a joint effort of our entire team,” service manager Scott Rostholder says. “Guests judge the cleanliness of our whole restaurant based on the bathrooms, as it reflects areas they can’t see, like the kitchen.” Customers of Fox and Hound are often surprised by the amenities within the bathrooms, which may explain why this restaurant ranks so high among encore readers. “We offer the option of mouthwash to our guests, and we also keep the restrooms stocked with fresh flowers,” Rostholder shares. “We really believe it sets our bathrooms apart from those of other restaurants in the area.” Aside from all this, Fox and Hound also features 36 drafts, which are only $2.50 on Tuesdays. Their tasty and diverse menu features a $5.99 lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Plus, the staff truly take pride in their workplace, and it shows with this Best Of win. “It’s definitely a sign that the effort we put into the cleanliness of our restaurant is recognized by our guests, and we really appreciate it,” Rostholder adds. Second place for Best Bathrooms goes to Indochine, followed by Aubriana’s.

Some of the Port City’s ďŹ nest restaurants will offer awe-inspiring prix-ďŹ xe meals, prepared especially for this week. Where to eat: Temptations Everyday Gourmet Deck House Casual Dining Caffe Phoenix Treehouse Bistro Halligan’s Riverboat Landing East at the Blockade Runner Marc’s on Market Henry’s Eddie Romanelli’s Island’s Fresh Mex Grill Caprice Bistro Crow Hill

Pine Valley Market Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn Nicola’s Kornerstone Bistro Flaming Amy’s Bowl Hieronymus Seafood The Basics Pilot House Fish Bites The George Catch Toyko 101 The Eat Spot

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Serving Wilmington through several convenient locations, Hangers/Williams Cleaners is the place to take wine-stained dresses, button-ups with coffee spills, and even a favorite wool coat to be cleaned up properly. Caring for the most delicate of fabrics, this business knows the importance of detailed care and preservation. Aside from handling the dirty laundry of area residents, Hangers/Williams Cleaners keeps a close eye on their effects on the local environment as well. They utilize the greatest innovation in dry cleaning in more than 50 years to eliminate the use of chemical solvents: Hangers Cleaners Micare. They clean with liquid carbon dioxide instead of the traditional dry-cleaning chemicals like perchloroethylene. Not only effective in making Hangers/Williams environmentally friendly, it also works better. It dismisses the need for a drying cycle, so there’s no heat damage, fading or stain-setting. Patronizing any green-minded dry cleaner seems an obvious choice, especially when that dry cleaner offers 24-hour drop-off service and even deliveries within city limits. What more could a woman want when she’s trusting someone with her favorite little black dress? Other cleaners to rank our poll inlcude $2.50 Cleaners in second place, and Modern Cleaners in third.

In 1976, within the walls of a small one-room shop, Britts Motorsports began as a dream of Roy Britt to share his love for riding motorcycles with the Wilmington community. Thirty years later, his family business is now housed in a 25,000 square-foot facility. Here, customers will find Yamaha, Kawaski and Big Dog motorcycles as only part of Britts’ large inventory. Or, if motorcycles don’t quite get their engines running, Britts also offers dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, side-by-sides, scooters and watercraft. The business is now owned by Roy’s son, Scott, who became an expert in building custom motorcycles over the years. Britt Customs can be bought at their Market Street location, and these special bikes designed by the hands of the Britt family have won many awards in the past, including first place at the Daytona Rats Hole Show in October 2009. Scott Britt also runs Britt Hotrodz dealerships in Wilmington, Fayetteville and Morehead City, which offers American motorcycles, as well as used bikes. Harley Davidson makes the list of bike riders’ favorites, too. —Bethany Turner

//Arts & EntErtAinmEnt// LoCAL wRitER This author adds yet another Best Of win

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dy Laney announce a winner at the annual Best Of Party. Photo by Courtney Bridgers

to her list of achievements: Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Nonfiction Book of the Year, Best Title of 2006 by “Entertainment Weekly,” and a handful of nominations for nationally renowned prizes. Not to mention, she has her own weekly column and five published books to boot. But we really just like Celia Rivenbark because she’s funny and from the South. “What I hope attracts [readers] to my writing is the need for a laugh,” Rivenbark says. “I want people to pick up a book or read the column (or just read my Tweets) because they’re thinking, ‘I’m sick of worrying about everything; I need a laugh and I need it now.’” Rivenbark won’t claim that her writing is literature, despite her national recognition. Yet, she understands the draw readers have to her writing. “I write in the only voice that is authentic to me so, yes, it often comes out with a Southern sound,” she explains. “I do think that people in other parts of the country are alternately charmed and confused by the Southern voice. Southerners dominate nearly every genre there is, and I think it’s because we are natural-born observers and recorders. We love to tell stories, and we don’t mind taking our time about doing it.” Rivenbark’s sixth book, “For a Fat Girl, You

Don’t Sweat Much” will be available on August 15, and a seventh book is already in the works. “Oh, and the column rages on,” she adds. Other great local writers include encore’s own columnist Gwenyfar Rohler and StarNews writer John Staton.

pooL hALL, ARCADE AND BAR oVERALL It may take the help of a friend to locate this hole-in-the-wall entrance, but once inside, Blue Post offers anything but holein-the-wall entertainment. Entering the dark, cozy environment, patrons will find quite a few pool tables (including a few regulation tables), a comfortable seating area and a bar stocked with experienced bartenders and a lot of booze. Beer, liquor, sake, wine—they have it all. The jukebox by the door offers up a great selection of tunes, making the perfect soundtrack to any ol’ night. Folks can kick back in the hallway lounge area and peoplewatch through it’s one window. This romantic hideout is far different from Blue Post’s arcade room, located on the other side, where Pacman, Donkey Kong, Golden Tee, Ping Pong, Skeeball and Air Hockey await its players. To put it best, most other bars downtown are one-dimensional in comparison. But no matter the pick, each room in Blue Post is always laid back. When it’s time to chill out with a drink in hand, isn’t that the best sort of place to go?

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Best Of Awards Party held at City Stage/Level 5, February 15th

TONIGHT’S GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT! And it was! For everyone who attended the 2011 Best Of Awards Party Tuesday night, February 15th. (clockwise, top, left): Beau Gunn of the Penguin 98.3 thanks attendants for the supporst of Best Radio Station 2011. • Sandy and Cullen sing a duet while presenting Best Karaoke to Katy’s Bar and Grill. • Zack Simcoe presents Best Hot Dog to ongoing winner The Trolly Stop • Cullen Moss strips down for the audience. • The folks at Dog Club of Wilmington happily thank the audience for their win again for Best Place to Board Your Pet. • New category Best Bathrooms goes to Fox ‘n’ Hound. • Megan Winters accepts Best Coffee on behalf of Port City Java. • Jonathan Guggenheim takes a minute to dance with the easels during one of the night’s last category announcements. • Photos by Justin Mitchener, Courtney Bridgers and Chad Keith

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Second and third for Best Pool Hall are Break Time Billiards and Orton’s Pool Room. Rounding out Best Arcade are Junction Pub & Billiards and Ten Pin Alley. Finally, second place in Best Bar Overall goes to Cape Fear Wine and Beer, while third goes to Duck & Dive Pub.

DJ Each week, DJ Battle plays to an array of audiences. On Thursdays and Sundays he’s entertaining the college crowd at Fibber McGee’s, while young professionals will find him spinning at The Dirty Martini on Fridays and Saturdays. And every weekday at 5 p.m., anyone who turns the radio dial to Coast 97.3 FM will hear him on the drive home from work. DJ Battle says because he plays to all races and ages, it gives him access to more people—not to mention he’s working every day and weekend to provide Wilmington with the best hiphop, reggae and R&B. Such a wide range in listeners means he’s got to keep up with the new trends in music mixes, too. “Now, to stay current, I have opened up to a lot of dance music,” he shares. “I’m not trying to teach anything at the club. I really follow the people.” The dedication DJ Battle has to his large audience, always keeping up with what they want to hear, earns him the title of Best DJ for another year in a row. “I’m very excited to win this award,” he says. “It’s an honor.” Port City clubbers also dance to the beats of DJ Time and DJ Lord Walrus.—Bethany Turner

MUSEUM A world without art is a world without creativity or inspiration. encore readers recognize this clearly, crowning the 2011 Best Museum award to Cameron Art Museum for their ongoing art education and ever-

changing exhibits that roll through town. Located on the corner of Independence Boulevard and 17th Street Extension, CAM does so much more than hang pretty pictures on its walls. CAM welcomes a plethora of mediums, from exquisite paintings to largerthan-life sculptures to installations and photographs. Currently, it showcases “From Heart to Hand—African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts,” on display through April 10th, or “Remembering BIG,” the work of Allen D. Carter, a.k.a. Big Al, on display through the end of April. Their outreach education program is something to boast about as well, as the staff dedicates itself to reaching out into the community thanks to Connections, which facilitates tours for Alzheimer’s patients, as well as Kids at CAM, which hosts family activities that allow children a proper introduction to art. Their new ONE41 series allows community members a one-hour lecture on current exhibition topics for only a buck (see calendar for dates).

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THAT’S SHOWMANSHIP! Morganna Bridgers and Zack Simcoe accept the award for Best Theatre Production of 2010 for “Rocky Horror Show,”

Furter, City Stage’s “Rocky Horror Show” stole the Best Production vote to no avail. But Jones didn’t do it all on his own—oh, no! A cast of sweepingly funny and inviting characters rounded out the likability of this show. Thanks to the help of Brad and Janet, Zack Simcoe and Morganna Bridgers, as well as Jeremiah Williams as Riff Raff, Caitlin Becka as Magenta and Jes Dugger as Columbia, they all pulled off spot-on singing and dancing, all the while producing a romp of a good time. The audience played along, too, giving them all a run for their money in the ol’ callbacks arena (some which still remain questionable; I’m looking at you, “Yankee Doodle Dandy!”). We liked Brad and Janet so much, we asked them to help out our fave comedy troupe, Changing Channels, in hosting the annual encore Best Of Awards Party, held at City Stage on February 15th. Though they left their “shock treatments” at home, a good time was still had by all! Other theatre productions in the limelight include “Hair” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”


wherein they played lead couple Brad and Janet.


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Soapbox Laundro-Lounge is one of those places that everyone wants to be all the time. It could be because the staff is freakin’ awesome, always serving cold brew with a smile and a wink. It could be because the live bands they bring to town are awesome, a la Pack i.d., The Love Language, David Dondero, Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess. It could be because when we have dirty clothes and would rather drink and do them than read magazines or homework ... well, again, our local sudsy haven is simply awesome! Celebrating 10 years in 2011—happy birthday, guys!—the Laundro-Lounge is located downtown in the Elk’s Temple Building at 255 N. Front Street. They have a ground-level entrance, with a bar, laundromat, small stage, foosball table and a few arcade games, as well as artwork displayed on the walls. They

2011 Best Of Party. Photo by Justin Mitchener

The museum also acts as a breathtaking venue for live music, often hosting jazz, nationally touring bands, such as last year’s brilliant Entropy Ensemble, and even local acts, like the ambient beauty of My Wondeful Machine. Other museums taking votes include Cape Fear Museum and The Children’s Museum.

thEatrE proDUction of 2010 “Let’s do the Time Warp again!” The fall of 2010 was a brilliant time to watch live theatre in Wilmington. Thanks to the return of Dean Jones as the sexy, sweet transvestite from Transylvania, Dr. Frank-n-

also do open-mic nights with Sean Thomas Gerard every Wednesday, showcasing a lot of Wilmington’s most talented folks. Their third floor is where all of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll stories take place. Aside from hosting many local favorites like D&D Sluggers on the 11th or Rio Bravo on the 12th, they’ll also be hosting Selah Dubb on the 13th, Ron Pope and Ari Herstand on the 28th. Folks can keep up with their weekly schedule on encore’s Soundboard or on the Soapbox website at Votes for Best Live Music Venue also go to Greenfield Lake and The Whiskey; while King’s and Ace Laundromat also score a few under Best Laundromat.—Shea Carver

//FOOD & BEVERAGE// CATERER, CHEF AND GOURMET SHOP When ya got it, ya got it! It’s really that simple. But don’t expect the folks at Pine Valley Market to be rattling off in any boastful manner. In fact, last week when we were taking our cover shot of PVM co-owner Christi Ferretti and Best Chef Smoky Masters, regulars were coming through congratulating them, surprisingly unaware of the outcome. “We have a loyal following of customers who we have to thank for making [our wins]


6 years in a row

possible year after year,” Ferretti says first and foremost. “We do not take this honor lightly. We believe in heightened awareness of consumers to support locally owned businesses.” Their dedication to all-things local keeps them evolving. They currently feature a vast majority of retail products made locally and regionally, as well as use bread from Wrightsville Beach’s Sweet and Savory on all respective menu items. During spring and summer, PVM hosts a Saturday-morning market with farmers around the region selling fresh produce, flowers, goods and whatnot. When they aren’t boasting all-local, they’re doing everything by their own hands and recipes, including housemade dressings and soups, and frozen dishes made in-house to take home for the family. Their dine-in café has also brought them a dedicated lunch crowd. “We have been evolving and doing our best to keep up with the needs of our customers,” Ferretti says, noting how impossibilite that would be without a dedicated staff. “We are always ready and willing to do what we can to help our customers, whether they’re trying to decide what steak to put on the grill [PVM is also a butcher shop] or what to choose for dinner for a friend. We do our best to let our customers know how valuable they are through excellent service.” Johnson and Wales graduate Smoky Mas-

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BEST CATERER VS. BEST CHEF: It’s a futile battle between owner Christi Ferretti and chef Smokey Masters, considering both work for Pine Valley Market, housing three Best Of wins in 2011: Caterer, Gourmet Shop and Chef. Photo by Shea Carver

ters added to the restaurant’s many awards this year, taking Best Chef for the first time. However, Masters is no amateur behind the

knife. Having studied and worked in Charleston, the culinary capital of the South, he takes pride in his job. “We have the same customers coming back for six and seven years, now,” he says. “They are loyal, and that means the most to me.” Staying on top of the current market and the culinary business-scape of Wilmington remains high on the PVM list. To stay focused

To Our loyal PatronsThank you for voting us


for two years running! We cordially invite you to celebrate our 8th birthday on St. Patty’s day March 17th, 2011 We will be serving our famous corn beef & cabbage, sheppard’s pie & Rudi’s world famous soda bread. Wash it down with one of our 15 draft beers while enjoying bag pipers playing traditional Celtic music.

We are giving away door prizes all day so don’t miss out on the fun!!!

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PEEK-A-BOO: The Best Of 2011 sneaks up on us annually, but the outcome’s lasting effect keeps businesses boasting their superior services throughout the Wilmington community. Photo by

have stuck our necks out to live this American Dream, and it’s not easy in these economic times. We, as businesses, need to show our support for each other.�

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and viable, co-owner Kathy Webb envelops a “we� attitude. “We are all in this boat together,� she says, referring to small business owners everywhere. “Like all business owners, we

Thierry and Particia Moity are icons on Wilmington’s foodscape. Chef Thierry has experience to outrun most in town. His adept hands have been hard-working since he was 13, taking him all over Europe and the States, learning the fine craftsmanship of French cui-

sine. Thank goodness he chose Wilmington to share his tried-and-true old-school techniques at Caprice Bistro. After all, the Best French Restaurant should perfectly churn out the most refined, exquisite, hearty dishes this side of the pond. Whether delighting in Caprice’s duck confit or their specialty Waterzooi, a cream-based stew chock full of fresh seafood, nothing will disappoint from their extensive selection. Tuesday nights are prime time at Caprice, thanks to their insanely decadent $5 mussels. They come served in one of numerous sauces, from white wine, lemon juice, shallots, garlic and herbs (Meriniere) to beer, cream, bacon and mustard (Bruxelles). They make the perfect meal with a helping of pomme frites. Pair any meal here with Patricia’s handselected and sophisticated wine list, offering some of the most decadent reds, like the Cotes du Rhone, as well as whites, bubbles and Ports. Bartenders take pride in their martini list, too, so ask Darren and the crew to whip up an apple or lemongrass variety. In fact, the entire staff, from kitchen to floor, go the extra mile to ensure everyone has a relaxed, indulgent night out when dining here. Other recognized restaurants in the category are Brasserie du Soleil and Our Crepes and More.

ITALIAN FOOD I am thrilled—thrilled, I say!—to see Osteria Cicchetti pull in encore readers to their fine Italian eatery for the first time on our reader’s poll. Without a doubt, one bite of food here will reveal it all. The “OC,� as it’s so commonly referred by locals, has so many pros working for it: very reasonable prices, delicate and balanced Italian flavors and an atmosphere that has me pining to redo my kitchen upon every exit. Dressed in rustic wood and wine bottles in view at every corner, OC feels like the inside of a beautiful countryside home in Italy. The plates are mis-matched, the server trays are tin, the water comes in carafes and the antipasto selections, on wooden boards. Everything feels effortless. And the food tastes the same.

Their fish of the day always flakes with the most rich flavors, whether stewed in tomatoes, fennel and garlic or a white wine-lemoncaper sauce. Their roasted Brussels sprouts salad comes cold with a fine Balsamic drizzle and the best charred flavor, yet still paired with a hearty crunch. Their cheese and chacuterie boards astound, and their pizzas are wood-fired rounds of goodness. When it comes to pasta, nothing tastes tired in the red clam sauce over linguini, served in a large bowl overrun with fresh clams in their shells and an aerated tomato sauce not overpowered by heavy hands. But if rich and stout suits the palate, then one of their risotto dishes will be tempting, like the chicken, cherry peppers and goat cheese variety. Dessert won’t fail diners, especially if it’s their bread pudding, and their wine list, as one would suspect from any Best Italian Restaurant, is top-notch! Owner Ash Aziz, restaurateur behind Circa 1922, Grand Union Pub, Brasserie du Soleil and Happy Days Diner, has hit another home run here that has diners constantly screaming, “Mama mia!� Second and third go to Taste of Italy and Giorgio’s, respectively.

SUBS/SANDWICHES AND DELICATESSEN Where do Wilmingtonians go to get a sandwich piled high with freshly shaved meats, unique condiments, like fruit chutney, mushroom gravy or tomato pesto sauce, and fresh bread? Downtown’s friendliest lunch and dinner spot, Chop’s Deli! Owned and operated by Chris Graham and Brad Corpening, who once worked together at another local restaurant, joined forces last year to open the deli in the old Charlotte’s location at 130 N. Front Street. Their popularity soared immediately—which comes from making delicious sandwiches and offering super friendly service. At Chop’s, the customer’s name isn’t only taken at the register but filed in the staff’s photographic brains for future greetings. Chop’s Deli does simple really well, like

• new and used digital and film cameras • camera bags and accessories • memory cards, film, tripods • digital printing and traditional darkroom supplies • lighting equipment, reflectors • used equipment of all types • discounts for darkroom students and instructors. Wilmington NCs local photographic source

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their pastrami on rye, piled with cracked-pepper beef, swiss and mustard, and pressed on a grill for ultimate crunch and oozing goodness. Their specialty sandwiches also take high honors, whether ordering the Chicago (rare roast beef, melted French brie, lettuce, red onions, and peppercorn gourmaise, on a sourdough kaiser) or the Marseille (mapleglazed chicken breast, french brie, arugula, tomatoes and Cajun remoulade, on a toasted baguette). Their sides are also something to write home about, whether choosing one of their homemade soups of the day, like ham and mac-n-cheese or turkey chili, or pasta, potato or fruit salads. Quite simply, attention to detail makes them the best. Thus, they recently decided to open for dinner, and they serve downhome comfort food to make the evening all the more cozy. Cheesy chicken-and-broccoli casserole, pot roast and pulled-pork BBQ often make an appearance on the night menu. Join them on Facebook for a chance to be their chosen “friend of the day,” wherein a free meal is served! Jersey Mike’s and Subway round out the sub/sandwich category, and Taste of Italy and Long Island Eatery make up the delicatessen category.—Shea Carver

MEXICAN RESTAURANT El Cerro Grande proves it has staying power on the Wilmington restaurant scene. While other places come and go, this south-

of-the-border favorite celebrated its 20th anniversary in January. With a section on their menu that says “Real Mexican Tacos,” patrons know they’re tasting authentic flavor. Tacos aren’t the only thing cooking in la cocina! El Cerro Grande’s menu also boasts chile rellenos, enchiladas, chalupas, tostadas, tamales and chimichangas. Guests can even experience a Mexican version of surf ‘n’ turf: bistec y camarones. This dish offers up a T-bone steak and grilled shrimp, served with hot green sauce or salsa ranchero, rice, salad and tortillas. Vegetarians will enjoy sicronizada, an “old favorite” according to El Cerro Grande’s website, It’s a grilled tortilla sandwich filled with mushrooms, spinach, cheese, onions, tomatoes, chopped avocado and sliced jalapeño peppers. Served with rice, it’s sure to satisfy any palate! To turn down the heat, El Cerro Grande offers its famous margaritas, as well as a long list of true Mexican beers, including Dos Equis, Carta Blanca and Pacífico. La Costa and K38 Baja Grill round out the category.

FAMILY RESTAURANT With a kids’ menu that’s more extensive than most, and a bright, fun atmosphere, Red Robin has this award in the bag—err, nest? “We have something for everyone,”


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boasts Brian Dunmire, general manager. “Families know when they come to Red Robin that there are great menu options from our incredible gourmet burgers to salads, wraps and entrées. For adults, we have a full bar with signature drinks [or] our non-alcoholic favorites like Freckled Lemonade.” The menu for young ones has nine entrées, including corn dogs, spaghetti and quesadillas, as well as the healthier option of Grilled Chick-on-a-Stick. “The menu was created to give kids and families a variety of options to choose from

to accommodate all our guests’ tastes and dietary preferences,” Dunmire explains. “We also offer fruit and vegetable side options, such as apple slices, baby carrots with ranch dressing, and mandarin orange slices to accompany each kids’ entrée.” So, moms and dads can take their pick, add a drink, and never spend over $5 for any child’s meal! “We also have an extraordinary culture that encourages our team members to treat families who dine with us like their own,” Dunmire continues. “Whether it’s kneeling down to a kids’ level to take their order or having a seat with regulars, our staff care about the people that come through our doors.” Other family-friendly locales include already winners on our poll, Casey’s Buffet (Best Buffet) and Flaming Amy’s (Best Burrito).

ICE CREAM Walking through the doors of Kilwin’s on Market Street, just before the river in downtown Wilmington, is like arriving in another time. Everything seems so simple inside this old-fashioned confectionery shoppe where the only rule is to indulge. Offering assorted chocolates, clusters, barks and brittles, Kilwin’s is as sweet as a dance with the sugar plum fairies. Still, nothing tops their fresh, decadent ice creams. The scent of the waffle cones sneaks up the nose and the mere sight of all the barrels of ice cream can make one salivate. Choosing a flavor suddenly becomes pretty tough! Whether it’s for a chocolate lover, Plain Jane or a brave soul wanting to try a Kilwin’s original, the staff behind the cooler is always friendly and eager to help customers pick the perfect sweet treat. Owned and operated by Bill and Kathy Williamson since 2001, Kilwin’s is a nationally known name in desserts. But this location is a must-stop for any tourist (and local, too!). No riverside stroll is complete without a scoop of the best ice cream in Wilmington. Completing this category are second place Boombalatti’s and third place Cold Stone Creamery.

WINE/BEER SHOP Located in gorgeous Wrightsville Beach,

just off of Causeway Drive, Lighthouse Beer and Wine offers area residents a great selection of beer, wine and cigars. This store has one of NC’s largest selections, with over 400 varieties of beer! Plus, the choices don’t merely come bottled. Kegs are also available, with usually 50 or more on hand every day. Just a $100 refundable deposit (with the price of the beer itself, of course) turns into everything necessary for a good time, including a tap and bucket to keep it cold. For more sophisticated palates, Lighthouse has wines from around the globe, like Spain, France, and Italy. While their popularity is secured for offering the best guidance in spirited purchases, it really soars each fall, as they throw Wilmington’s most beloved BeerFest. This gigantic party features over 70 breweries serving up samples. BeerFest is known for hosting the likes of Abita, Pyramid, Smithwicks, Flying Dog and our very own Front Street Brewery. What party is complete without catering? Food vendors are also there to share their goods. It’s been held at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and Hugh MacRae Park, and in 2011, it will be held on October 15th! Stay tuned for all the details; encore will have it covered. Filling up this category are Cape Fear Wine and Beer with second place and Red Bank Wine with third.

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TAKEOUT Chinese is one of those cuisines that people really get a craving for when they wanna avoid cooking, or just have a hankering for takeout, or just really, really need an eggroll to make the day a little bit better. Just bringing up the idea of ordering takeout from Chopstix creates an uncontrollable Pavlov’s dog effect for encore readers. Moo Goo Gai Pan, the Pu Pu Platter for two, General Tso’s or Szechuan Beef ... hungry yet? With daily lunch specials under five dollars, no wonder they’re among top contenders. Everyone loves a bargain on food nowadays. And their servings are quite generous, piled high with pork fried rice, or substitute lo mein if that’s the preference. Dinner combinations are priced under eight dollars, too, and it comes with fried rice and an egg roll! Chopstix also offers local options suitable for all vegetarians. Served with

white rice, folks can order their tofu with any of their popular dishes. The have locations on Market Street and Oleander Drive, and they’re open every day of the week, until 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends. Call in for delivery ($10 minimum). Other great takeout indulgences include Hibachi Bistro and Nikki’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar.—Bethany Turner

//Humanitarian// ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP When Titan America announced in April of 2008 its plans to construct the fourth largest cement plant in the nation along the banks of our beloved Cape Fear river, the community cried out, and a coalition was formed in opposition of the company. That coalition, Stop Titan Action Network (STAN), provides area residents with information and works diligently to raise awareness about the negative effects this plant would have on the Cape Fear environment. Members collect research from experts in medicine, chemistry, economics, environmental law, marine science and business de-

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velopment, and then post it on their website, According to their website, STAN believes “jobs and economic development should not come at the expense of our community’s health and environment.� Their mission, then, is to protect both the ecosystem and public health in this region while finding other ways to create a thriving, sustainable economy. STAN has a petition going which can be signed on their website, or people can help by assisting with graphics, fundraising, community and town hall meetings, or contacting the governor. The best way to help, though, is to spread the news and educate others. “We envision the roots of a tree, connected deeply and spreading out in all directions as we get the word out,� as it says on the website. Other hard-working environmental groups in the area are Cape Fear River Watch and North Carolina Land Trust.— Bethany Turner

nonprofit and humanitarian He’s slated to win the Nobel Peach Prize one day. Don’t believe us? Well, take his work into account: He single-handedly discovered how to better cultivate the peanut crop in Africa thanks to his invention of the Universal Peanut Sheller. The sheller allows villages

to churn out peanuts in amazing quantities normally not attainable by hand, thus making them viable economically. Brandis’ first invention is what started the The Full Belly Project in 2001. The peanut sheller, which also can be used for coffee, shea, and jatropha, has literally saved the world from hunger, one third-world country at a time. More so, it has empowered rural areas by providing

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FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY: (above) Jock Brandis accepted the award for Best Humanitarian and Nonprofit, while the (below) Stop Titan Action Network took pride in their inaugural win for Best Environmental Group. Photos by Justin Mitchener and Chad Keith.

them a means to sustain and sale flourishing crops. “Full Belly Project supports the world’s poorest farmers,� Brandis notes. “It believes that they can’t have prosperity without efficiency. So, we invent and teach people to make simple machines that help them get more from an acre of land and a day’s labor.� The agricultural and developmental technologies that Brandis has developed

continue changing the world for the better. And that’s completely expected from a man who has won the MIT Ideas Award, the Purpose Prize and Poplar Mechanics Breakthrough Award. Yet, his humility continues to shine through at every moment. “I’m really not a humanitarian,� Brandis says. “I’m an engineer who counts on the generosity of friends and strangers to make this happen. I’m just a guy on a wonderful adventure. I grew up on a farm in Canada, and my father started the first farmer’s co-op in the area. The office was in the bedroom next to mine, and I learned that farmers are generally better people than the movie stars I met later when I got into the film industry. And I know that shared prosperity feels a whole lot better than personal wealth.� Full Belly continues servicing the world over, and is even focusing on land closer to home nowadays. Brandis and his crew have been meeting with farmers in NC to find out how his technologies, like the Corn Cracker or Rocking Water Pump, could be beneficial. “It’s important to me because I believe that in the near future, locally grown food, from small farms will have to be ready for the day when giant government-subsidized mono-crop operations can’t rely on cheap diesel fuel, chemicals and huge government subsidies to stay in business,� he notes. “Full Belly works with partners in North Carolina and on four continents so that they can make our machinery available, on a co-operative basis whenever possible.� Other nonprofits appearing on our poll include the American Red Cross and Habitate for Humanity; while lead humanitarian votes go to Louise McColl and Louise Coggins. —Shea Carver

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Newscast and Newscaster

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Print Shop

Dance Club


Comedy Troupe

Real Estate Agency


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Shoe Store


Tattoo Parlor

Radio Personality and Morning Show


New Restaurant

Shopping Plaza


Apartment Complex

Sushi and Vegetarian

Hair Salon

Fast Food

Art Gallery

Neighborhood Bar



Julia’s Florist Blue Moon Gift Shop Jade Monkey


Porter’s Neck Veterinary Hospital

Alternative Medicine McKay Healing Arts

Antique Store and Consignment for Home Decor Ivy Cottage

New Car Dealership and Used Car Dealership Stevenson Honda

Massage Therapist

Gretchen Rivas (Relax!)

Place to Buy Gas GOGAS

Adult Store

Adam and Eve

Vintage Consignment (clothes) Fairy Circle

Personal Trainer LaMaine Williams

Changing Channels Bo Dean’s

Z107.5’s Foz in the Mornin’

Hot Dog

Trolly Stop


Apple Annie’s

Indian Food

Tandoori Bites


Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn


Szechuan 132

Mediterranean Olympia

Buffet and Soul Food/Country Cookin’ Casey’s Buffet

Car Wash

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Garden Center


Record Store

Book Store

Women’s Clothing

Radio Station

Men’s Wear

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Bowling Alley

Children’s Clothing

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Crow Hill

Mayfaire Town Center

Jackson’s Big Oak BBQ

The Reserve at Mayfaire

Nikki’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Bangz Hair Salon and Spa


Bottega Gallery and Art Bar

Satellite Bar

Katy’s Bar and Grill

Wild Wing Cafe

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The Dirty Martini

Carolina Ale House


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Cameron Art Museum

Sports Bar

Moving Company


Sweetwater Surf Shop

Bluewater Waterfront Grille

Burgers and Fries

Two Men and a Truck

Francine Weller and WECT

Outdoor Dining

Place to Buy Musical Instruments Finkelsteins

Alpha Mortgage

PT’s Old-Fashioned Grille Copper Penny

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Slice of Life

Port City Java Transplanted Garden

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and Graybar Electric all have in common? They are employee-owned. The Live Local Campaign emerged from the idea that investment in our own economy is necessary for survival. That to send our money to distant shores and nameless, faceless fat cats, with no vested interest in our community, is detrimental to our survival. It comes as no surprise that they idea of employee-owned companies would fit into the discussion of supporting local economies. The arguments for employee-owned businesses, or worker’s co-operatives, include greater commitment, increased productivity and less waste. There is added benefit of dividends disbursed in the community. The idea tends to conjure up images of hippie collectives or communist groups in Latin America—not say, for example, Fortune 500 companies. Graybar Electric is an interesting story of a Fortune 500 company that, according to the National Center for Employee Ownership, is the 14th largest employee-owned company in the United States. In 1929 the employees of Graybar purchased the subsidiary from its parent company, Western Electric, for $9 million. In 2009 it was named the top Most Admired Company by Fortune magazine, “for quality of management and long-term investment.” Part of the motivation for selling the company to the employees was the difficulty in finding a purchaser who would commit to preserving the pension plan and health-care benefits of the employees. They decided who more would have a vested interest

in preserving these aspects than its employees. Consequently, a plan for the sale was developed that allowed employees to purchase stock in the company with withholdings from their paychecks. King Arthur Flour, well-known to bakers for generations, became an employee-owned company in 1996, then known as Sands, Taylor & Wood Co. King Arthur offers its employees an employeestock ownership (ESOP), which is essentially a retirement account and an actual profit-sharing check distributed annually. According to Alison Furbish, in the public relations department at King Arthur Flour, her ESOP account is doing better than her 401K. Employees must work for the company for a year to be eligible for the ESOP, and if they choose to leave the company they take the accrued monies with them, rolled over into a 401K or IRA plan. When asked what the difference in her attitude about coming to work everyday as an employee owner versus “just” an employee, Furbish responds, “I think we take the long view, because we have access to our company’s financial health and strategies. We think about work and investment in the company differently.” She cited a new physical plant expansion that is planned. “Of course, it costs money, so we might not be getting such big profit-sharing checks, but I think we recognize the long-term view of what that investment means in our growth and where it’s going.” Speaking as a business owner, that’s an attitude most of us would like for our employees to have.

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In 1990 King Arthur had five employees and has grown to close to 200 in two decades. I was curious if the move to employee ownership provided additional capital to make that growth possible. “We would have been growing regardless,” Furbish says, “but the commitment of the employee owners has been the driver of that force. [We’re always asking:] Who are we as a company? What do we need to do to better serve home and professional bakers?” Fat Tire is the flagship beer of New Belgium Brewing, which is also an employee-owned company, albeit a much younger one than Graybar. Founded in 1991, it is now one of America’s most respected craft beers. The decision to become employee-owned, say founders Jeff Lebsech and Kim Jordan, was “the right thing to do.” Employees are offered ownership after one year of employment. As a small business owner, these are all the things I want my staff to think about and act upon accordingly. Having one of the greatest staffs in the world, I am probably lucky enough to employee a team that think and act this way already. I would happily begin a profit-sharing plan with them, because as the founders of Fat Tire say, it just feels like the right thing to do. But since we bought the business, we have only made a profit one year— and that was $96.22. Until I can offer that, I am excited to make the conscious choice to support employee-owned businesses when selecting products to purchase. For a list of employee-owned businesses visit:

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newsoftheweird LEAD STORY Tombstone, Ariz., which was the site of the legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (made into a 1957 movie), is about 70 miles from the Tucson shopping center where a U.S. congresswoman, a federal judge and others were shot in January. A Los Angeles Times dispatch later that month noted that the “Wild West” of 1881 Tombstone had far stricter gun control than present-day Arizona. The historic gunfight occurred when the marshal (Virgil Earp, brother of Wyatt) tried to enforce the town’s no-carry law against local thugs. Today, however, with few restrictions and no licenses required, virtually any Arizonan 18 or older can carry a handgun openly, and those 21 or older can carry one concealed. Leading Economic Indicator The government of Romania, attempting both to make amends for historical persecution of fortune-telling “witches” and to collect more tax revenue, amended its labor law recently to legalize the profession. However, “queen witch” Bratara Buzea, apparently speaking for many in the soothsaying business, told the Associated Press in February that official recognition might make witches legally responsible for future events that are beyond their control. Already, witches are said to be fighting back against the government

with curses hurling poisonous mandrake plants into the Danube River and casting a special spell involving cat dung and a dead dog. Compelling Explanations British loyalist Michael Stone still claims it was all a misunderstanding that he did not intend to assassinate Irish Republican Army political leaders in 2006, despite being arrested at the Northern Ireland legislature carrying knives, an ax, a garotte, and a bag of explosives that included flammable liquids, gas canisters and fuses. He was later convicted, based on his having detonated one explosive in the foyer and then carrying the other devices into the hall to confront the leaders, but he continued to insist that he was merely engaged in “performance art.” (In January 2011, the Northern Ireland court of appeal rejected his claim.) Phyllis Stevens, 59, said she had no idea she had embezzled nearly $6 million until her employer, Aviva USA, of Des Moines, Iowa, showed her the evidence. She said it must have been done by the “hundreds” of personalities created by her dissociative identity disorder (including “Robin,” who was caught trying to spend Stevens’ remaining money in Las Vegas just hours after the showdown with Aviva). Stevens and her spouse had been

spending lavishly, buying properties, and contributing generously to political causes. As the “core person,” Stevens said she will accept responsibility but asked a federal judge for leniency. (The prosecutor said Stevens is simply a thief.) Thomas Walkley, a lawyer from Norton, Ohio, was charged in January with indecent exposure for pulling his pants down in front of two 19-year-old males, but Walkley said he was merely “mentoring” at-risk boys. He said it is a technique he had used with other troubled youths, especially the most difficult cases, by getting them “to think differently.” Said Walkley, “Radical times call for radical measures.”

of the military government of Myanmar, become valuable exhibits at tourist attractions in neighboring Thailand because of their tribal custom of wearing heavy metal rings around their necks from an early age. The metal stacks weigh 11 pounds or more and depress girls’ clavicles, giving them the appearance of elongated necks, which the tribe (and many tourists) regard as exotic. While human rights activists heap scorn on these Thai “human zoos” of ring-necked women, a Nacogdoches, Texas, poultry plant recently began offering some of the women a more attractive choice lose the rings and come work in Texas, de-boning chickens.

Ironies U.S. News & World Report magazine, and the National Council on Teacher Quality, announced plans recently to issue grades (A, B, C, D and F) on how well each of the U.S.’s 1,000-plus teachers’ colleges develop future educators, but the teachers of teachers appear to be sharply opposed to the very idea of being issued “grades.” The project’s supporters cited school principals’ complaints about the quality of teachers applying for jobs, but the teachers’ college representatives criticized the project’s measurement criteria as overly simplistic. Police were out in force in September as schools opened in Toronto, writing 25 school-zone speeding tickets in the first two hours. One of the 25 was issued to the driver of a school bus, caught speeding through a school zone trying to avoid being late at a pickup point farther down the road.

People With Issues Although police in Mount Vernon, Ohio, aren’t sure of the motive, they know (according to records made public in February) that the murderer-kidnapper Matthew Hoffman was arrested in November in a living room piled 3 feet high with leaves and a bathroom containing 110 bags of leaves attached to the walls. Hoffman, an unemployed tree-trimmer, later confessed to the kidnap and rape of a 13-year-old girl (whom he kept in a basement on a pallet of leaves) and had stuffed the bodies of his three murder victims in a hollow tree. An expert on serial killers told ABC News that trees might have given Hoffman comfort, but police haven’t discounted that the leaves were there merely to help him later torch the house.

The Litigious Society Paul Mason, 50, an ex-letter-carrier in Ipswich, England, told reporters in January he would file a lawsuit against Britain’s National Health Service for negligence because it allowed him to “grow” in recent years to a weight of nearly 900 pounds. Mason said he “begged” for NHS’s help in 1996 when he weighed 420, but was merely told to “ride your bike more.” Last year, he was finally allowed gastric surgery, which reduced him to his current 518. At his heaviest, Mason estimates he was consuming 20,000 calories a day. Update Life is improving for some Burmese Kayan women who, fleeing regular assaults by soldiers

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Least Competent Criminals Not Ready for Prime Time: Jose Demartinez, 35, was hospitalized in Manchester, N.H., in January. With police in pursuit, he had climbed out a hotel window using tiedtogether bed sheets, but they came undone, and he fell four stories. Detected burglarizing a house in Summerfield, Fla., in January, Laird Butler fled through a window but not from police. The homeowner’s dog had frightened Butler, who crashed through the glass, cut himself badly, and bled to death in a neighbor’s yard. Kevin Funderburk, 25, was charged with sexual assault of a 71-year-old woman in her Hutchinson, Kan., home in December. By the time his mug shot was taken, he was in a neck brace from the victim’s frying-pan-swinging defense.


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Wilmingtonians want to come home and relax—or maybe go out for a nice dinner with family or friends, catch a movie, hit the bars downtown for a few drinks to take the edge off. Anything that will let heavy minds rest a bit; anything that’s entertaining. As a city that flourishes on art, culture and food, we try not to leave any stone unturned when it comes to having fun. Theatre is one of those stones, and in the coming weeks it has a lot to offer, from March 3rd until the 13th, with two different features taking stage. Children to adults will have something to enjoy on both weeknights and weekends. Here’s a little preview of what to look forward to. Mulligan’s Wake Porch Theatre Company Front Street Brewery • 9 N Front St. March 3rd, 10th and 17th, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 (910) 232-6611 or Theatre-goers will have a chance to warm up for St. Patty’s Day with the crazy Irish family, the Mulligans, as they come back for a highly interactive romp, “Mulligan’s Wake” comedy dinner theatre. Not only does this semi-improved play entertain, dinner comes with it—three courses at that. In between bites, the audience is encouraged to participate with the production, too. Familiar faces will return to the stage, including Heather Setzler (founding company member), Nathan Verwey (founding company member), as well as Derek Smith and Suzzan Smith, both company found-

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ers, among others. “[The play is] set in the fictional Mulligan’s Pub where friends and family (the audience) have come to mourn (sing, dance, drink, celebrate) the death of old Rory Mulligan,” Suzzan Smith explains. “There is the whimsical priest, Father Flannigan, residing at the bar eulogizing Rory of a life well-lived, an over-the-top grieving widow and unexpected guests.” In its fourth year running, “Mulligan’s Wake’ is a partly improvised comedy, centering around an Irish wake, which can prove to be even more strident and whiskey-fused as an Irish rugby match. Even though this play has been around for a while, each run is a different show, and audience participation guarantees each performance is one-of-a-kind—which is what makes it worth seeing. With a special dinner menu each night, including salad, Shepherd’s Pie and Mother Mulligan’s scrumptious Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse Shooter, appetites and funny bones alike get sated. There’s also a cash bar and, of course, the brewery’s famous craft-made beers. “‘Mulligan’s Wake’ is a play that I had in my head for a long time,” Smith says. “I am particularly pleased at how the audience has relished the frivolity of the show and embraced the wacky characters.” Described as a “celebration full of eating, drinking, dancing and singing,” feel free to dress up or down for this occasion; just come prepared to play along. Hollywood Dreams: Songs from the Silver Screen Thalian Association Children’s Theatre Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage • 120 S 2nd St. March 4th - 13th

Fri.-Sat., 7p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 GA • (910) 251-1788 After Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT)’s tremendous success with last year’s “On Broadway: Songs from the Great White Way” (written and directed by Tom Briggs), Briggs decided he needed to produce a follow-up in 2011. “The kids loved doing it,” he says. Thus, they welcome TACT’s production of “Hollywood Dreams: Songs from the Silver Screen.” The musical revue features 75 songs from movies, including numbers from “Saturday Night Fever,” “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and the James Bond movies. Though some songs will be well known, the audience can expect a few surprises throughout the show. “There are 70 kids in the cast, ages 6 to 18, and they are just amazing,” Briggs says. Because of great instructors from various studios around town, along with terrific voice teachers, and parents understanding the value of getting their kids involved in the arts, the talent pool of young people in Wilmington runs deep. “People will really be awed at what these kids can do,” Briggs promises. With such a huge cast, taking on this project alone would have been tough. Briggs formed a team of some of the best teachers to pull it off, including Michelle Reiff, Carson Capps and Mary Beth Henderson (choreographers) and Jonathan Barber (music director). “The kids adore working with them,” Briggs says. Complete with a live band, and lots of singing and dancing on stage, this event will be a nice treat for anyone who’s a fan of soundtracks.

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introduction of the Jitterbug and the Zoot Suit: The 1940s in America was, among many things, a decade of nationalism and the birth of swing music. Seventeen years ago, Bud Forrest captured the essence of this era’s optimistic American spirit with the premiere of his first production of “In The Mood.� The theatrical big-band swing revue became a popular, energetic, patriotic show and will perform at Thalian Hall on March 5th. Combining the hit music of legendary musicians Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw, the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and ‘In the Mood� singers and dancers, the 19-piece group of talented performers bring audiences back to a fun-loving time of pop culture. Unlike a typical musical, however, there isn’t a rigid plot structure. “There’s no story to ‘In The Mood,’� Forrest says. “The music is the story.“ It’s a retrospective look back, bit by bit from the ‘30s and ‘40s. “It’s a hybrid show of a concert, a Broadway song and dance, and a singer in front of a band,� he explains.

all by Sarah Crand In the Mood n Stage Thalian Hall Mai 8 p.m. 3/5, 4 p.m. and 8 Tickets: $18-$3 5 (910) 632-228 www.inthemoo The show’s glimpse into the past includes many appealing nostalgic and romantic aspects. It channels the ability to evoke a multitude of emotions and, for some, memories. Along with the music, the specific detail to precise, time-appropriate choreography and intricate costuming aid in transporting audiences back to the heart of a jubilant, genuine red, white and blue spirit. “People say that they wish things were simpler now like they were back then,� Forrest says. “For those that have lived through the period, they’re reliving the music that they knew and grew up with. [The


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FIT FOR ANOTHER ERA: The performer of ‘In the Mood’ will have audiences jumping, jiving and wailing to big band sounds from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Courtesy photo.

music] represents memories from home. People laugh, people cry, people clap, and tap their feet.� Forrest also points out that because the music is much different from what younger generations are accustomed to listening to, the show will be especially enjoyable. He believes it will reveal a new perspective—a sentimental historical aspect. “We’re not doing hip-hop or rock ‘n’ roll,� he says. “It’s very much a niche—a time capsule. On the other hand, it carries a bunch of relevance today. For those that are younger, it’s something that is part of our culture. It’s a collection of what makes up our American culture and music, especially during the middle of a very busy decade of history.� “In The Mood� is no easy feat to create. The audition process, according to Forrest, is a rigorous one. Singers, dancers and musicians are all top-notch to ensure a quality experience. “I pick musicians through recommendations from all over the country,� he says. “They must know how to play this music. The singers and dancers audition in New

York City, and have to go through a difficult audition in front of me and my stage director and pass many tests.� Forrest, a longtime swing and jazz fan, conceptualized the idea back in 1988. He cites audiences’ appreciation of the show for its continuing longevity. “Back then, if you asked me if I’d still be doing this all this time later, I’d say you were out of your mind,� he jokes. “But it’s something that seems to fancy a lot of people that they enjoy and appreciate.� Together, performers have dazzled many admirers, even performing at Presidential Inaugurations. Since the show’s beginning, Forrest and his dedicated performers have never missed a show. The entertainers travel around the U.S., as well as internationally, every year, anywhere from eight to 12 weeks at a time. On February 10th, they kicked off their spring season in San Jose and have 50 performances across the country before wrapping up in Massachusetts in April. Don’t miss their stop in Wilmington on the 5th. The show will have a 4 p.m. matinee and an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets range from $18 to $38. For a full seating chart and specific ticket prices, visit

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simultaneously obvious and complex. It moves between the early 19th century at an English country estate to the present day, where academics research the century-before happenings. In 1809 we meet Thomasina Coverly (Maria Katsadouros), a blossoming math prodigy at a time when girls’ education prepared them with a little French for conversation, a little Latin, basic math for household accounts, drawing and music for finishing. Her tutor, Septimus Hodge (Jacob Keohane), has his hands full not only with his precocious young pupil but also juggling his active love life at Sidley Park, the country estate of the Coverly family. Like his old-school chum, Lord Byron (who comes to visit), Septimus has a penchant for sexual entanglements. This leads to problems with the would-be poet-husband of one of the house guests, Ezra Chater (Rylan Morsbach) and Lady Croom (Lindsay Wright), his employer and Thomasina‘s mother. In the present day, Hannah Jarvis (Sarah Burke) and Bernard Nightingale (Charles Johnston) are academics trying to piece together proof to substantiate their theories about the events surrounding those fateful few years at Sidley Park. The action moves back and forth between the two time periods. UNCW has a really great crop of actors this year; they relate so well to each other on stage. One of the hardest things to learn to do well as an actor is to actually listen and deeply respond—especially night after night of the same show. Dr. Vincent and the faculty at UNCW have succeeded in helping this group learn to do that. Consequently, watching this cast interact is captivating They realize the show is a comtragedy, in the sense that the two main characters die, one literally and the other symbolically, at the end of the script. But great comedic mishap and multiple layers of humor and innuendo develop to the denouement. Stoppard is a witty dramatist, even his darkest works, like “Squaring the Circle” or “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour,” have puny, clever comedic dialogue, because life is both laughter and tears. Katsadouros’ strength as Thomasina is her gay unconcern for the foolery around her. It is obvious to her what she sees in math and science, and that others don’t see it so easily is to be expected. She is surrounded by fools and that is all there is to it—except for Septimus, he is not a fool. Jacob Keohane, who portrays Septimus Hodge, has talent for understatement and allusion. His complicated and evolving relationship with Thomasina unfolds without feeling forced. Speaking with Ezra Chater and Captain Brice (Rylan Morsbach and Eddie Ledford), his response to their outrage creates a truly funny

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and believable confrontation between outraged gentlemen. Morsbach and Ledford are far too engaging on stage. Entering in outrage, then exiting in fear and frustration, they leave the audience in. Their well-spoken tweedles bumble around each other and everyone else; they live in a mutual, believable fictitious world. Nick Kempton as Jellaby the butler gives truly memorable curtain speeches. He starts the evening off with the perfect caricature of a stone-faced, deadpan butler and has the audience laughing in minutes. He sets the tone for a wonderful evening and carried it through to the end. The restrained yet sexually charged subtext of the interactions between its 19th century characters are contrasted with the overt, brash dialogue of the present-day players. Hannah Jarvis and Bernard Nightingale are brutal with each other. No refined banter between these two—they go for the jugular and let the bodies fall where they may. The bodies unfortunately take the shape of Chloe (Carrie Malabre) and Valentine Coverly (Owen Hickle-Edwards), descendants of the Coverly family who are being studied by the academics. Johnston is completely despicable as Nightingale, but the audience cannot help but laugh at him. He is dead-on in his creation of a pompous, oblivious academic. Jarvis’ barely restrained passion bursts at the seams of all her interactions, even with Chloe. Hickle-Edwards is the perfect choice to play Valentine Coverly; he is patient, funny, determined and concerned. On stage, the present is a more familiar version of the Coverlys of the 1800’s. Technically, the show seems simple: There is only one set, and there are no significant scene changes with major pieces coming on or off stage, not even a curtain to move. However, with secret passages and false doors, the set reveals unexpected, multiple layers of the seen and unseen. It is a lovely visual pun to underscore Stoppard’s multilayer script. During the course of the show, the view through the French doors transforms to help the audience follow discussions of higher mathematics, science and, ultimately, the universe. This all combines to create what a set should be: a working tool for the actors and a visual guide

LOVE AND INTELLECT: ‘Arcadia’ features sex and intellectualism, and stars UNCW student actors Maria Katsadouros and Jacob Keohane. Courtesy photo.

for the audience. Perhaps best known for “Rosencrantz and Guildersten Are Dead,” Tom Stoppard is arguably one of our greatest living playwrights. With a career that spans almost five decades and includes the scripts of “Shakespeare in Love” and “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet,” he has made a name for himself as a writer for intellectuals, speaking to the intersection of knowledge and human frustration. “Arcadia” embodies many of his favorite elements: time travel and the merging of the two time periods on stage, classical allusions, modern-day academics misinterpreting the past (his play “India Ink,” also written in the 1990s, returns to this theme), science and spirituality, romanticism and human emotion, the imbalance of power, and a world unprepared to recognize genius where it emerges—in this case 150 years too early, in the form of a teenage girl. Though he is a playwright of great themes and ideas, he has an ear for dialogue that actors love and his audiences can’t get enough of. In “Arcadia” he creates an accessible medium for a conversation about our attempts to explain our universe and our perception of our place in it. That, is the ultimate aim of art.

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North Carolina put together a presentation about advocating for the arts and took it on the road. After six different workshops, it was clear that there was a greater need for the information. This year, the workshop is coming to 25 different cities and Wilmington is one of the lucky audiences. The group’s mission is to gather concerned citizens for creative and collective action. In a town where a large arts community is still without a council, the ideal of smart organizing is a welcome topic. Wells hopes to find a ready audience that can utilize the workshop for change. “In the presentation, we will go from a motivation, or the ‘why’, to learning the tools, or the ‘how’,” says Wells. “What I keep coming back to in my speeches is basic common sense. People just haven’t thought about it as a unified action.” Unity, says Wells, is the key ingredient. When people realize that they all care about something, it can be powerful initiative to get something moving in a legislative sense. “In Wilmington, advocacy can be a very unifying practice,” she says. “Everybody figures out where the arts are valued in the public sector. From there, they can set a good foundation for what might happen in the future.” Wells and her colleagues enjoyed a victory last year with Senate Bill 66, which insisted on arts as a priority in public schools. When asked about the lack of an arts council, Wells hesitates to give an opinion because, as she says, “I’m an outsider.” She points out that Asheville doesn’t have one, either. “Ultimately, though, I strongly believe in arts councils,” she says. ‘Arts councils can be like the chamber of commerce, where they incubate businesses, ideals and creativity. They can provide training, professional development, resources and advocacy.” Whatever Wilmington comes up with in

s by Lauren Hodge orkshop Arts Advocacy W m. • FREE March 2 • 5-7 p. eum Cameron Art Mus . • 395-5999 3201 S. 17th St cameronartmus the future, Wells suggests clean and precise planning. “Organizations should develop where there is clear need,” she explains. “There is a will to address those needs. So whatever the mission is going to be, that forms the agency.” Wells understands the struggles that Wilmington art advocates are feeling, and compares it to the fight she had to endure over arts education last year. She learned in the process just how hard those fights can be without a plan. “It’s a really tough time for people who aren’t well-organized to try and get local public dollars,” she says. “It’s probably one of the worst environments to try to do that. On the state level, it would be like trying to fight the arts education battle without Arts NC existing. It would be impossible.” So Wells encourages those wanting to organize to come out to the workshop and learn a few things to move forward. “I hope that people leave with a change of mind and heart, believing that this is something that they should be doing, can do. Instead of seeing it as ‘one more thing to do’, they will look forward to it.” She’s also hoping to recruit strong members for the state level movements. With plenty of projects coming up in the


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galleryguide| 1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th street. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Vol. 26: Works by Zack Duff, Gabriel Lehman and Miranda Welborn. Show hangs for eight weeks.

Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front Street (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 10pm Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm Currently exhibiting oil painting by Sarah Rushing which feature colorful local landmarks and area observations. The show will run through April 3rd.

Hampstead Art Gallery 14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you thank. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

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(919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment “A Patch of Blue” will continue on display through March 19th, showcasing the works of our gallery artists, including Jane Baldridge, Nancy Carter, Richard Garrison, J. Michael Kennedy and Catherine Lea. Enjoy imagery of sunny skies, balmy days and places you’d love to visit as we all anxiously await the arrival of Spring. It can’t be long now,and a dose of inspiring artwork is the perfect answer to winter doldrums!

Sunset River Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues- Sat. 10am-5pm Closed Mon. in winter myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace 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 framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.

Wilmington Art Association Gallery 616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 Juried art by students from Laney High School will be on display through March 24. Entries include painting, photography and pottery. Don’t miss the 29th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale of the Wilmington Art Association to be held April 8-10 in Perry Hall, St. James Episcopal Church at 313 Dock St. in Wilmington. Hundreds of new works will be on display by artists and photographers from across Eastern No. and So. Carolina. This is the region’s largest and most prestigious juried art show. Prizes total $4,000 in cash and merchandise. The show runs concurrently with the NC Azalea Festival.

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ridiculous, like a sloppy joe: ‘Unknown’ is messy and satisfying


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office powerhouse is both spectacular and surprising. I’ve been a fan ever since his legendary performance in Sam Raimi’s “Darkman.” He’s such an earnest and likable guy. Even the most ridiculous premise seems plausible with Neeson in the driver’s seat. This is great since “Unknown” is a rather ridiculous movie. Don’t take that the wrong way. “Ridiculous” isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Without “ridiculous,” we wouldn’t have an apt adjective to describe the films of Nic Cage or the directing style of Michael Bay. I wish more films didn’t take themselves so seriously. Without a certain level of ridiculousness, “Unknown” would have fallen apart faster than a wet piece of single-ply toilet paper. Neeson plays Doctor Martin Harris, who heads to Berlin to attend a biotechnology conference. In tow is his wife Liz, played by the extremely hot January Jones. At four minutes into the film, we have hit our first moment of utter ridiculousness. I understand that Hollywood films possess a glaring age-gap between the male and female leads. Totally understandable. It’s not uncommon to see a 40-year-old guy paired up with a 22-yearold leading lady, but some movies really push the credibility of the age gap. Case in point: “Entrapment,” which had an almost-70-year-old Sean Connery paired with a barely-30 Catherine Zeta-Jones. “Unknown” feels eerily creepy. I like Liam Neeson, but seeing him with January Jones on his arm, or getting freaky in a shower, feels a little awkward— like watching your divorced father on the tailend of an epic mid-life crisis, when he’s dating his personal trainer. While we can understand how it happens, it still strains the limits of believability. Upon arriving to the hotel, Harris realizes that he has left his briefcase at the airport. He hops in a cab and ends up in a crash that leaves him injured and unconscious. Four days later he wakes up and discovers that something has gone horribly wrong. No one seems to know who he is—not even his wife, who is in the arms of another man claiming to be Martin Campbell. Say wwwhhhaaattt? Harris is alone in a foreign country with a slippery grip on reality. He believes he may be the target of a systematic process of intimidation and manipulation, the likes

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than average. Diane Krueger always manages to bring something to the table. Only January Jones stands out like a sore thumb. Much like the movie, she’s a throwback to another era—a stunning knockout who acts with the depth and range of a dinner-theater reject. The whole affair feels typical until the third


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Sweeping film festivals across the nation in 2010, controversial director Gaspar Noé presents ‘Enter the Void’—a story of a dead American drug dealer in Tokyo. Filmed from the first-person perspective of his disembodied spirit, the movie is loosely based on “The Tibetan Book of the Dead.” “Enter The Void” is an attack on the viewers senses and sensibilities. (2 hrs 35 min)

AGE-OLD QUESTION: Can love conquer between this many generations? January Jones and Liam Neeson in ‘Unknown.’ Courtesy photo.

of which no one has ever seen. In order to reconcile this rather ridiculous premise, he goes looking for answers. First, he seeks out Gina (Diane Kruger), the lovely young cab driver who was with him during the accident. She seems reluctant to cooperate. Then he hires a former East German intelligence agent to do some investigating on his behalf. Like the plot, the truth is a little hard to swallow. There’s a lot of sinister little twists and turns, but they are all at the expense of logic and common sense. A nefarious group of armed thugs constantly pursue Harris, which does little to defuse his wild conspiracy theories: No one’s going to think you’re an insane paranoid if people are constantly and publicly trying to kill you! In the hands of a lesser actor, this movie would have been painful. But Liam Neeson just gives so much more than the material deserves. Much like 2008’s “Taken,” Neeson proves that talent can turn a mediocre movie into an entertaining experience. “Unknown” is a second-rate thriller with a first-rate leading man. The rest of the cast feels just better

act, where the plot jackknifes into a worthwhile payoff. Cinematic sins committed here are forgivable. Most of the issues are mechanical. There’s no rudder in this ship. The plot is advanced through happenstance. The resolutions are ridiculous, but, under such a thin premise, they are unique enough to feel inspired. Most modern thrillers fall apart in the third act. This one takes on a strange new life as the secrets are revealed. “Unknown” is like a cinematic Sloppy Joe: It’s messy, it disintegrates when tearing into it, but it’s tasty and ultimately satisfying.

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South Carolina’s Sequoyah Prep School (SPS) hit a brick wall. Despite their large fanbase, the naiveté of the band members created too much dissonance between them, which surfaced while they recorded in Nashville. The boys dumped dollars into an album that didn’t fit any sort of style they hoped for—so they decided to trash the entire deal. Ultimately, they came very close to calling it quits and dismantling their hodgepodge sound altogether. During the eight months that followed, each member took a sojourn in his own direction. While bassist Johnnie Matthews created his own solo album, lead singer Daulfin Osborne wasn’t accepting his life of self-diagnosed depression. Angry and confused with how his dreams had become an unrecognizable mess, he looked to his father for advice. “He said, ‘You guys just aren’t caring anymore,” Osborne tells encore. “‘You need to work your asses off and hit the road.’”

It turns out the frontman’s dad was right. His straightforward guidance began a total transformation within SPS. “We picked ourselves out of the dust we’d been in,” Osborne says. “We’re finally the group we need to be.” Now, known merely as Sequoyah, these men have graduated into a new era. Today, the lineup includes Osborne, who not only sings but plays guitar, piano and mandolin, as well as Matthews, the bassist, who hosts a set of pipes in his own right, as well as West Jones (guitar, banjo, piano, vocals), Jordan Hicks (guitar, banjo) and



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SPELLBOUND: Sequoyah will play tunes from their fourth and most recent album, “Spells,” at Soapbox on Wednesday, March 9. Courtesy photo.

Harrison Boyd (percussion). Though the last time they actually followed through with releasing an album was in 2008 with “Ghost Town,” this year they present “Spells” to their patient fans. “This album has more depth lyrically,” Osborne explains. “It’s a lot more personal and real, and there’s a slight genre change. It is much more bluesy and soulful.” In other words, while iTunes may describe Seqouyah Prep School as “affable, Americana-influenced pop,” in actuality, they have developed into something stronger. It’s like if Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” had a love child to whom they only fed cornbread and sweet tea. Boyd’s drumming pushes the songs along, while the men playing key and string instruments pitch just the right amount of down-home comfort to their brand of rock ‘n’ roll. And then there is the unmistakable sound of Osborne’s voice. It possesses the emotion of a bluesmaster hardened by life but still carries a youthful tone. Paired with his original lyrics, Sequoyah matures and excites with “Spells.” “Do What I Do” is one of a few songs that Osborne claims fits the theme of Sequoyah’s fourth and most recent album. It, along with “Green Grass Grows,” “Mother Mary”

and “Hands in the Dirt,” encompasses the growth this band experienced. The lyrics of “Mother Mary” came from two songs that were on the ditched Nashville record. From those, the song evolved. “It’s about the fight between good and bad, and figuring it out,” Osborne explains. “It’s nice and soft, but has a good, heavy message.” Songs harboring the most personal meaning for Osborne and his bandmates will not necessarily be the singles from “Spells,” but each song has a blueprint. “The bones of a song come from one or two people as a lyrical idea or melody, then we start recording” Osborne says. “‘Spells’ has really been a group effort. We bring an idea to the table and everybody puts their spin on it.” The very last song on the album is not one from Osborne, though. “Suits” is a piece that Matthews created, and his scratchy, deeper vocals are the ones listeners will hear as they finish the album. “It fit the mood that everybody had,” Osborne claims. “It embodies the feeling from that low place we were in.” Sequoyah will showcase their revamped tunes at Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Wednesday, March 9th. In the meantime, folks can visit for a sneak peek at what they’ll be playing. “It is a total change, both musically and mentally,” Osborne finishes. “This is a new life for us, a new life we found together.”


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AND IT STONES YOU: The blues-rock of Medusa Stone tips its hat to rock ‘n’ roll at its finest. Courtesy photo.

that internal sonic level, and can give and receive and magnify that in a crowd—that’s power. That’s a power that fills a room quick and everyone feeds off of that. Nothing can replace that feeling, and that’s the truth.â€? Medusa Stone had a long road to forming the current powerhouse trio. Fox was just a youngster when he started the band Catfish Lane with his father and his cousin Jeremy Summers. After friction between Fox and his management, followed by his father’s departure to return home to concentrate on his family life, the band was in search of a replacement. Enter Dave Morse, a bassist influenced by Victor Wooten (BĂŠla Fleck and the Flecktones) and Les Claypool. The addition of Morse rendered Catfish Lane’s contract void. Once free from their old management, the threesome decided to do things their way. The result was the return to Fox’s devotion of the blues and the recording of their self-titled debut album. “We started as a blues band,â€? Fox says, “and that always runs really deep in our foundation, but I have always seen us growing and changing on a regular basis. I think we aren’t so much paying homage as we are working our way to what we feel is our truest sound.â€? Their music combines the vigor of the Black Crowes with the southern approach of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The vocals are solid and draw out on top of heavy riffs, and beats that weave in and out of electric bass lines. Being chameleons in their own genre, Medusa Stone maintains their draw to oldschool rock while fine-tuning their sound with different fundamentals. There was a clear timeless inspiration behind the “psy-

chedelic flavor� that Brian Tucker from the now-defunct Bootleg magazine found in Medusa Stone’s current album “Shaking Hands.� “I think it really comes from our being huge fans of the Beatles and Hendrix and wanting to nod to those guys in a way,� Fox says. When it comes to writing the music that Medusa Stone plays, the band keeps it simple. They don’t look for gimmicks, surprises or tricks. It comes from the core where all epic music is formed. They keep everyone in mind, from the group members to the audience. They’re not doing it for the recognition or the satisfaction. They’re playing because it just feels right and that’s their motivation. “I would have to say it’s love with a capital ‘L,’� Fox explains. “I sound like a hippie, but it’s true. We love playing music and writing songs so much that it feeds itself. Being in a band where [all] the members feel so passionate is really rather selfsustaining.� The band has rock ‘n’ roll history ingrained in their sound. They go as far to make cultural references and commentary on what they believe is going down in the industry nowadays. In the song “Pills and Pot� the band references Lenny Kravitz’s declaration that rock is dead—something at least one musician from each generation declares. Through the song, Medusa Stone proves it’s a complete fallacy. “Rock history is a mus, and it’s something you can’t look past,� Fox says. “It’s a factor in not only the music I play but also the person I am. If it’s true [rock ‘n’ roll is dead], a lot of ghosts are riding around the country in vans rocking out every night.� Medusa Stone is among them, playing through the fog a sound that can only be described aptly by Fox: “thickness.�

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a preview of tunes all over town this week WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 THE GET DOWN JAM WITH THE CASSEROLE —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 KERSTEN CAPRA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 WILMINGTON ICON (SINGING CONTEST) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN GERARD (9PM) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BANGARANG W/ LORD WALRUS & SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH MIKE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KARAOKE W/ DJBE EXTREME —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 THIS TOWN IS POISON, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH, WAR OF AGES, SACRIFICIAL BETRAYAL, THE SAVAGE —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086 E.S.S. —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 LIVE JAZZ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 JEREMY NORRIS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464OPEN MIC NIGHT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KARAOKE —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 ENTER THE HAGGIS, CHANNING & QUINN —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 KARAOKE W/ DJ STEVE —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ S T R E T C H —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301

WANNA BE A COOL KID?: Try to keep up with the acoustic hip-hop trio of Cool Kid Collective on Saturday, March 5 at Wild Wing Cafe. Photo by Jake St. Peter.

DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 KARAOKE KONG —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 FRIED LOT —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 KARAOKE W/ DJBE EXTREME —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 LIVE JAZZ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 TWO OF A KIND —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 UNCW WIND SYMPHONY —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584 THE SOUND DOWN SHORE, TUESDAY NIGHT REGULATARS, HEAVY LIVING —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 CARY B —Live on Grace, 121 N. Front St; 399-4390 OPEN MIC WITH JEREMY NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

KARAOKE —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 TOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 FIREDANCE & DRUMS @ DARK, DJ MIT PSYTRANCE (11PM) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ “MR LEE” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 JAZZ: LIZ PINA —Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., 395-5999

FRIDAY, MARCH 4 KARAOKE —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-3284090 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 JAZZ WITH BENNY HILL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 LATINO NIGHT WITH DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026

DJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ SCOOTER FRESH —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 KERSTEN CAPRA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 KARAOKE WITH DJ VALERIE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ S T R E T C H —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 DANCE DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 FRED FLYNN —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 ROOT SOUL PROJECT —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 OVERTYME —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 FROGS ON A POND —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 BAG OF TOYS —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 TEN TOES UP, A FRAGILE TOMORROW, DANIELLE HOWE —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 ANTHONY RYDKMAN —Live on Grace, 121 N. Front St; 399-4390

TROUBEL, WIND & WILLOW —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 CAPE FEAR BLUES JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 ROB RONNER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 HOLD FOR POC, FRACTAL FARM, PONCHOS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223


ROCKIN’ ROBIN: Rob Ronner brings his original southern rock tunes to the outdoor patio of Reel Cafe on Saturday, March 5. Courtesy photo.

SEVENTH VESSEL —Holy Grounds Coffee House, 2841 Carolina Beach Rd.; 791-7366 LJ JOHNSON —Jamaica’s Comfort Zone, 417 S. College Rd.; 399-2867 BLIVET —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 BRENT CATES BAND —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 THE LAST MINUTE (BLUEGRASS) —Ollie’s Coffee & Donuts; 2307 N. College Rd., 392-3635 MASONBORO SOUND —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 TANYA MORGAN, ED E. RUGER WITH THE ICONOCLAST CREW, MINDSONE, ACTION INC., THE HIP-HOP CO-OP, DJ BATTLE & DJ PHILLIE PHRESH —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 LAMPING SHADES, HEAVY LIVING —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 MEDUSA STONE, HOUSE OF FOOLS, MUSHROOM GRAVY —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ P MONEY —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DANCE DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 SALSA W/ DJ LALO —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026

KARAOKE WITH FREDDIE —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 KARAOKE —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910-3284090 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ KEVIN —The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ S T R E T C H —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 IN THE MOOD —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 COOL KID COLLECTIVE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 JEREMY NORRIS —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff;2569133 JOAN BURTON —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 WES SAYER & FRED FLYNN —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 DANIEL PARISH —Crow Hill, 9 S. Front St.; 228-5332 BIG IN JAPAN —Live on Grace, 121 N. Front St; 399-4390 RICTUS GRIM, BAD IDEA, THE ASHERS —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 HIP HOP CO-OP —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 THE TREBLEMAKERS —The Spot (above The Eat Spot), 34 N. Front St.; 763-5366 CHARLIE THE HORSE, MIKE BLAIR AND THE STONEWALLS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 FREE METAL SUNDAYS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ P MONEY —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 GALEN ON GUITAR —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 MICAH PHELPS KENNEDY —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 BEHIND THE GARAGE MUSIC —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

MONDAY, MARCH 7 OPEN MIC NIGHT —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 KERSTEN CAPRA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 THE SELEKT —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 BEAR CROSSING —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 KARAOKE WITH PARTY GRAS DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 KARAOKE —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 KARAOKE WITH JULIAN —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 INDIE MUSIC NIGHT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 THE SUPER CONTRABAND —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 THREE DJS: LORD WALRUS, SLIM DELUXE, ROBOTHEAD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJ EYECON —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 COLLEGE NIGHT KARAOKE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 ATLANTIS OPEN MIC —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 THE GET DOWN JAM WITH THE CASSEROLE —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 KERSTEN CAPRA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 WILMINGTON ICON (SINGING CONTEST) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN GERARD (9PM) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BANGARANG W/ LORD WALRUS & SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH MIKE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KARAOKE W/ DJBE EXTREME —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 SOL ROOTS, TIM SMITH, PERRY SMITH —128 South: 128 S. Front St., 399-1709 SAI COLLINS —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 JEREMY NORRIS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 JIM ASHLEY OPEN MIC NIGHT —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 OPEN MIC NIGHT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KARAOKE —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 SEQUOYAH, THE RIVERWINDS, WYLIE —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC • (919) 967-9053 3/4 Superchunk, Veelee 3/5: Greg Brown 3/6: Yelawolf, CyHi Da Prynce, King Mez THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC • (828) 225-5851 3/4: Atom Smash, The Campaign 1984 3/6: Ice Cube, The Ville Boyz 3/9: Cradle of Filth, Nachmystium, Turiasas, Daniel Lioneye THE FILLMORE 1000 SEABOARD ST., CHARLOTTE, NC • (704) 916-8970 3/4: Anthony Hamilton and Friends 3/5: Motörhead LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS ST., RALEIGH, NC • (919) 821-4111 3/2: Leon Russell 3/4: G. Love and Special Sauce, The Apache Relay 3/5: Tim Reynolds and TR3 3/6: Modena, Angle of Incidence, When Forever Comes, And By Love, Shiloh’s Mantra 3/9: Rebelution, Junior Reed, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

35 North Front Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 343-1395

NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 5001 COLISEUM DR., NORTH CHARLESTON, SC • (843) 529-5000 3/8: In The Mood AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON ST. , CHARLOTTE, NC • (704) 377-6874 3/4: Chuck Brown 3/6: Labyrinthe, Graves of Valor, A Violent Refrain, Nephilim 3/8: Koji, Junior Astronomers, Public Radio, Birds With Teeth 3/9: Zach Myers of Shinedown, Prosevere, State Your Cause DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 VIVIAN ST., DURHAM, NC • (919) 680-2787 3/3: Brian Regan 3/4: Erykah Badu 3/6: Celtic Woman TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM 1703 TAYLOR ST., COLUMBIA, SC • (803) 576-2356 3/4: Salt ‘n’ Pepa

THE CAROLINA THEATRE 309 W. MORGAN ST., DURHAM, NC • (919) 560-3030 3/3: Vienna Teng, Alex Wong THE HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWY 17 S., N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC • (843) 272-3000 3/4: Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi Tribute 3/25: Colt Ford

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A shortdrive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. 6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. (910) 256-9677. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 11am–1am; Sun. 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 2-for-1 pizzas and apps after 10pm ■ WEBSITE:


Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining 36 encore | march 2-8, 2011 |

Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake,

Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. (910) 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 8am-4pm Tues-Sat.; Sun. Brunch 9am-2pm. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Take out, call (910) 792-6720 ■ WEBSITE:


For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your midday or late night cravings. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am - 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm - 3:00am. Fibbers on Sun. nights until 3am. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown


Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits

in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the RiverWalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. - Sat. 11am - 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am - 3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE:


A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am - 11pm; Sat.: 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:


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


founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner and drink specials, there is

something that will make your taste buds sing. Full ABC permits. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, (910) 256-3558. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 6am-2am, seven days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Working Man’s Lunch for under $6 Mon.-Fri.. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. ■ MUSIC: Fri., Sat. and Sun. nights. ■ WEBSITE:


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


Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and takehome frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


Mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their hand-tossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an

extensive beer list and full bar. 4311 Oleander Drive, (910) 452-3773. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: MonSat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: lunch specials, a variety of sandwiches and vegetarian items. ■ MUSIC: Live jazz on Wednesdays. ■ WEBSITE:


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade 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, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 3432999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ 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:


Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.

est 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 47pm 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. Please visit the Web site at ■ SERVING: DINNER. Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm10:30pm; 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


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 fin-

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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:


Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Call us 910-399-2867. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun., 3pm.– 8pm; Tues. - Sat. 11:45am – 9pm. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Breakfast served all day. ■ MUSIC: Live Music every First Fri. ■WEBSITE:


Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new Euro-American eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more

than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 399-4438. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. - Sat. 7am – close and Sun. brunch from 10am til 2pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Takeout ■ 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” three years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 815-0810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 - 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm - Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE:



T-shirts, Hoodies and most Sandals 20% OFF Betrtreyr ! Bathing Suits, S/S Button Downs, Hu and Shorts 50% OFF 3-PC Wetsuit Package still $99.85 5740 Oleander Dr. • 392-4501 • Hwy 421 & Winner Ave. Carolina Beach & Hwy 210, Surf City

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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:


Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-away-from-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.Thurs. 11am. - 9:30am; Fri. 11am-10:30pm; Sat. 12pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am - 9:30pm ■ 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) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30am-3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:


Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes

from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat. 11am-2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Open Sun from 5pm-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE:


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Mon. through Fri., 9am to 7pm; Sat., 9am to 6pm; and on Sun., 10am to 6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; (910) 509-0331. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 10am-6pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Food bar featuring hot and cold selections. ■ WEBSITE:

TIDAL CREEK CO-Op Tidal Creek Co-op Kitchen offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world. Each item is prepared by hand, using fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes, with many vegan and gluten-free selections available. Choose from made-to-order smoothies with ingredients like almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens, and special event cakes made from scratch to your specifications. Dining in is always welcomed, but you will also find freshly prepared entrees, salads, and sandwiches in the grab and go case. Whatever your tastes, The Co-op Kitchen is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body, while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community. Located at 5329 Olean-


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 comfortable in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:


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


Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood� in 2007. 5035 Market Street; (910) 392-6313. ■SERVING LUNCH & DINNER


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) 256.555. â– SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: â–  NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach â–  FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. â–  WEBSITE:





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


â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown â–  FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. â–  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 - late. Sun. at noon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Dueling pianos every Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers m-th 4-7pm ■ WEBSITE:

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der across from Jungle Rapids, (910)7992667, indoor and outdoor seating is available. Like Tidal Creek on Facebook for a daily post of “What’s for Lunch!� ■SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 8AM-8PM, SUN 9AM-8PM ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hot Bar 11am-3pm, Salad Bar & Smoothie/Juice/Coffee Bar all day ■ WEBSITE:





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culinary calendar: A look at March events inspired by Wilmington cuisine 3/9: Halligan’s Public House 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd., 791-1019 3/16: P.T.’s Grille Beau Rivage Marketplace, 5916 Carolina Beach Rd. #110, 791-9969 3/30: Slice of Life Fulton Staton, 3715 Patriot Way #101, 7991399 Area restaurants donate 10 percent of their proceeds on Relay Wednesdays to support New Hanover County Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Friday, March 4th Temptations Everyday Gourmet Hanover Center 3501 Oleander Dr., #13 • 763-6662 7 p.m. • $75/person (gratuity not incl.) An expert on uncommon wines and the creator of, Chris Kern hosts an evening of wine tasting and food pairing at Temptations. The night features an entertaining blend of pop culture, comedy and song to reintroduce several varieties of lesser-known grapes, plus a menu created by chefs Michael Comer and Virginia Thompson. Reservations are required to sample decadent creations like Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup paired with Loredona Vineyards Viognier from Lodi, California. The roasted quail breast made with a bloodorange Beaujolais-reduction sauce and smoky greens or the venison lollipop with mole sauce, sweet-potato puree and fried onion straws are not to be missed. The full menu for the evening is available at under “Newsletters.”

Friday, March 11th Front St. Brewery Beam Room 9 N. Front St. • 251-1935 6:30 pm • $75/person (tax & gratuity incl.) Taste some Kentucky flair at Front Street Brewery’s second annual Bourbon Beer Dinner, presented by representatives from Jim Beam Distilling Co. Chef Charles Archer prepares four delectable courses, impeccably paired with four rare Front Street Brewery bourbon barrel-aged microbrews. Released at this very special dinner, these beers age in Jim Beam, white-oak-charred bourbon barrels for eight months before being presented to the public. On the menu: smoked snapper, roasted duck, elk ribeye and sweet carolina cornbread. Did we also mention pork-belly hash? Make reservations now!

tuesday, March 8th manna 123 Princess St. • 763-5252 Wine should flow freely at any fine-dining affair, and manna will uncork a diverse selection at their Australian Winemaker Dinner. Pairing together the most complementary flavors, manna offers aficionados of food and drink a four-course, five-wine indulgence for the senses. Call for details, pricing, etc.

thursday, March 17th Fox & Hound Pub and Grille 920 Town Center Dr. 509-0805 Opening early to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish, Fox & Hound will begin a $4.99 kegs and eggs breakfast at 9 a.m., available

relay Wednesdays in March 3/2: Hooter’s 5112 Market St., 791-0799

until noon. Added to the lunch and dinner menu for one-day only is corned beef and cabbage and a delicious Reuben. All day long, beer enthusiasts can enjoy 3-liter towers of green beer for $11.99 and $5 Baby Guinness shots, while the party continues late-night with Soul Power Posse performing at 9 p.m. With a magician also on hand to delight and St. Patrick’s Day shamrockinfused gear for each guest, there’s lots o’ shenanigans to be had at Fox & Hound! saturday, March 26th Wing Fling 2011 Cowan Street, Riverfront $15/ga, gates 11:30 a.m. $20/VIP, gates 11 a.m. Budweiser presents the 15th annual Wing Fling, where area restaurants serve up samples of their spiciest and boldest wings. An event solely for those 21-and-up, Bud and Bud Light 16 oz. aluminum bottles are available for $2.50, Silver Coast Winery offers a great selection for $5 per glass, plus Pepsi products will be for sale, all cash only. Live music for Wing Fling is provided by surf-rockers Bag of Toys, Machine Gun and internationally touring Tim Elliott and the Wheels. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit UNCW’s scholarship fund and Wilmington Resident Adolescent Achievement Place. March 23rd-30th Encore Restaurant Week 40 participating restaurants As food connoisseurs come out from their winter hibernation into a lively spring atmosphere of new tastes and trends, we at encore have decided to devote an entire week in March to great eats. Chefs from restaurants all around southeastern NC


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Fridays and saturdays in March Culinary Adventures with Liz Biro Not only will foodies find informative articles on preparing snacks like Irish soda bread or using blueberries in homemade salad dressings at, but the ultra foodie herself also offers culinary tours every Friday and Saturday. Liz Biro presents the Drinks Downtown tour from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday nights, where she’ll introduce creative bartenders at five local bars and give a lesson on Wilmington’s wine history, for just $25 per person. On Saturdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Biro stops by six to seven restaurants for the Heart of Downtown tour. Guests will venture behind the scenes in one of the town’s best kitchens and take part in a cooking class. Plus, they’ll earn the Port City’s detailed background in food for $38 per person. Both tours require reservations, which can be made on her website.

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have prepared delicacies for every palate at amazingly affordable prices in honor of the seasonal event. Prix-fixe meals are available from places all over town, like downtown’s Caffe Phoenix, or midtown’s Nicola’s. Tokyo 101 and Melting Pot in Mayfaire Shopping Center are on board, as are restaurants from both beaches, like East and Verandah Cafe in Wrightsville Beach and Treehouse Bistro and Deck House Casual Dining in Carolina Beach. Menus from all participating restaurants are available at, and the official Encore Restaurant Week guide will be distributed March 9th all over town.

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remnants and newly enacted Prohibition, there is something mystical and appealing about the 1920s. Maybe the appeal comes from the roaring period of bootleg gin, hot jazz, rising women suffrage and a booming literary realm, all of which created present-day classics for our school classrooms. Surely, we all remember having to complete book reports and ace our exams on Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” or F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, “The Great Gatsby.” Fitzgerald’s tragic hero, Jay Gatsby, who stood against the greed and superficiality of his society, would most likely be pleased with Wilmington’s very own Cape Fear Literacy Council. The nonprofit organization, dedicated to raising this city’s literacy skills, is hosting a black-tie Gatsby Gala, when patrons will

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revisit the 1920s at the Wilmington International Airport Hangar. While at first it sounds like a suitable event for rich, shallow characters like Tom and Daisy Buchanan, everyone is welcome. After all, the Cape Fear Literacy Council’s annual fund-raiser is for their hard-working institution and staff. “The glamorous event will support our mission to provide individualized literacy services so that adults and their families in the Cape Fear region can meet their goals and develop their potential,” community outreach coordinator Rachel Forman writes. Though Mardi Gras has been the most consistent theme for the council’s annual fund-raisers, they hoped to change it up and offer a little diversity. Now in its 26th year, the change seems more apropos for the literacy’s mission. Terry O’Sullivan, the council’s financial coordinator, says. “Of course, Cape Fear Literacy Council is aware and appreciates the greatness of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby.’” The atmosphere of the gala will resemble an upper-class 1920’s bash minus the snootiness. Men can don black ties and fedoras, while ladies can be militant suffragettes, sporting a bobbed hairdo, something that motivated some men back in the ‘20s to go as far as divorcing their wives (my, how times have changed!). As for entertainment, there is sure to be a plethora of festivities to take place. “The night includes a delicious buffet dinner by Cinema Catering, open bar, the Gatsby Garden lounge with the Carolina-Duke basketball game airing on the big screen, antique cars, Las Vegasstyle games (funny money for raffle prizes), a photo booth, dancing to the music of Blivet and the chance to let Fincannon and Associates sign you up

as a movie extra!” Forman informs. “There will also be our traditional silent and live auctions,” Adria Groleau, the council’s program administrative assistant, says. All proceeds will assist Cape Fear Literacy Council’s construction, programs, course material and staff. Groleau mentions the council’s intentions to build a new structure for the staff, volunteers, tutors and students. Still, even the most basic necessities, such as keeping the electricity going and acquiring appropriate and updated study materials, must be met. “We also need to pay the few staff members we have here,” Groleau continues. “We are very lucky to have such a strong, motivated volunteer base.” Besides supporting this crucial Wilmington council, the Gatsby Gala is intended to share and explain Cape Fear Literacy Council’s existence and their mission to extend literacy development, provide classes and opportunities for adults and families and raise awareness of the Cape Fear region’s literacy needs. “Our past fund-raisers have always been great successes,” Gruleau notes. “Currently, we haven’t sold out, but we’re expecting all our tickets to be gone before the big event.” The Gatsby Gala will take place Saturday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. at The Wilmington International Airport-Air Wilmington Hangar. Tickets are $100, $175 per couple, and a reserved table of eight can be purchased for $700. Black tie and 1920’s attire are required. To volunteer, sponsor or to simply acquire more information on the Gatsby Gala, call Cape Fear Literacy Council at (910) 251-9095, or e-mail Rachel Forman at To purchase tickets, visit


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tourist time!

Residents get a chance to explore Wilmington for free


nce a year as spring begins

to overtake our senses, encore and the Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitor’s Bureau offer the perfect escape from the winter doldrums. On March 6th, the community will be able to get out and about to enjoy all that Wilmington has to offer in the annual “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” event. An appreciation day for all residents, local attractions, museums and hotspots will offer a host of freebies, showing what makes our Port City a gem of a place to live, work and play. Everyone is welcome to get the most “play” come Sunday. A few pointers while perusing the activities: Some participants may require an ID; bring one if it indicates “NHC residents only.” Also, some attractions may require advanced registration, so please call ahead as need be. More information on the event is available at www. Airlie Gardens, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, 798-7566. Stroll through the winding paths of this century-old garden by the sea.


o Your Own Homet Be a Tourist in 6th Sunday, March , museums and Local attractions hotspots FREE!

Burchetta Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 201 Red Cross St., 399-7614. See live glassblowing demonstrations and tour the gallery. Burgwin-Wright Museum House, 12-5 p.m., 224 Market St., 762-0570. The house will not be open; however, visitors may tour the historic gardens and visit the Colonial kitchen and the former jail. A self-guided garden tour is available, with layout, historic facts, plant identification, etc.

Arboretum at New Hanover County Co-op Ext., 9 a.m-6 p.m., 6206 Oleander Dr., 798-7660. The Wilmington Garden Show (11am-4pm) at The Arboretum features presentations on trees and shrubs (12 noon) and bonsai (1:30pm) and 50+ vendor booths.

Cameron Art Museum, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 3201 S. 17th St. (corner of Independence Blvd and 17th St.), 395-5999. Southeast NC’s premier art museum. View 2 exhibitions and visit the Museum Shop: From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (in the Brown Wing) and Remembering BIG, an exhibition of Big Al, Allen D. Carter (in the Hughes Wing).

Bellamy Mansion Museum, 1-5 p.m., 503 Market St., 251-3700. Visit the formal areas and kitchen in the basement of the mansion, hear the history of the original slave quarters and its restoration, and peruse the gift shop.

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science, 15 p.m., 814 Market St., Wilmington, 798-4350. Discover the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Visit the Museum’s newest exhibits (see calendar).

Blue Moon Gift Shops, 12-5 p.m. 203 Racine Dr., 799-5793. Over 100 eclectic shops feature works by artists and craftspeople. Tastings and craft/vendor demonstrations.

Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, noon-9 p.m., 4240 Market St. (behind 17 North Shopping Ctr.), 762-0173. Free volleyball. Grill will be open with food & drink specials.

BURGWIN-WRIGHT HOUSE: Visitors will be able to tour the gardens of the Colonial BurgwinWright House on March 6th. Courtesy photo.

Carolina Beach State Park, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., State Park Rd., 458-8206. Bring picnic, fishing supplies. Explore nature trails, visitor center, marina and more. (Boat ramp/campsite rentals not included.) EUE/Screen Gems Studio, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1223 N. 23rd St., 343-3500. Screen Gems will give tours on Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Advanced tickets are required. To tour Screen Gems, you must pick up tickets on Friday March 4th at Screen Gems from 122pm only. Tickets given out on a first come, first serve basis. Limit is two tickets per adult (18 and over, must have ID). No tickets will be distributed the day of the tour! Federal Point History Center, 1-4 p.m., 1121A North Lake Park Blvd, 458-0502. Enjoy exhibits & audio-visual presentations portraying periods in the Federal Point community, including prehistoric, colonial, Civil War and development of Carolina-Kure Beaches and Seabreeze as tourist attractions. Refreshments. Fort Fisher State Historic Site-Civil War Fort, 1-5 p.m., Hwy. 421, Kure Beach, NC, 458-5538. On display for the first time will be the site’s new exhibit on the post war experience of Ft. Fisher’s veterans. Visitors to the site will also enjoy our scenic tour trail, educational museum and artillery demonstrations.

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Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, 8 a.m.5 p.m., 1000 Loggerhead Road-off US 421, Kure Beach near Aquarium, 458-5798. Visitor center, free access to the 4WD beach and 4-mile stretch of undeveloped beach for shell seekers, bird-watchers. Must display valid NHC driver’s license. 4WD access free to NHC residents only. Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., Wilmington, 233-7630. Guided tours start at 5:30 p.m. only. Advanced tickets required. Tickets must be picked up at The Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday March 5th from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. No tickets will be distributed the day of the tour. Guide will take larger than normal groups and tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC residents only. Greenfield Grind Skate Park, 1-8 p.m., Burnett Blvd, behind Parks & Rec offices, Wilmington, 362-8222. Participants get free admission between1-8 p.m. All participants required to wear helmet and pads. Halyburton Park, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 4099 17th St., Wilmington. 341-0075. Join a park naturalist and explore nature up close on a two mile nature hike. Learn about the parks history, Long Leaf Pine forest, Carolina Bays and enjoy the outdoors as you hike from the park to the Cameron Art Museum along the Cross City trail. Hikes start at noon and 3 p.m. and last about two hours. NHC residents only.

Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, noon-5 p.m. 2nd & Orange St., 793-6393. Spend a WWII History afternoon at one of the few remaining USO buildings. Tour the restored building, theatre, and WWII home front mini-museum. Meet local WWII veterans & home front workers with wartime memorabilia to swap stories, pose for photos and share experiences. It’s an opportunity to say “thanks” to our version of the Greatest Generation. Haunted Pub Crawl at Fat Tony’s Italian Pub, noon-6 p.m., 131 N. Front St, Wilmington, 343-8881. Get a “taste” of the Haunted Pub Crawl and hear eerie tales that will both shiver ye timbers and make ye laugh out loud; starting at noon on the hour every hour, with the last one at 6 p.m. All ages welcome; stories censored to suit audience. Prizes for kids. Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington, Meets at Cape Fear Riverwalk at Market & Water sts., 233-7630. Guided tours start at 12:00 noon only. Advance tickets required. Tickets must be picked up at The Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market St. on Saturday the 5th from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. No tickets given out the day of the tour! Guide will take larger than normal groups and

tour will be somewhat abbreviated. Space is limited. NHC residents only. Hugh MacRae Park & Nature Trail, 8am-10pm, Oleander & S. College Rd., 798-7181. Playgrounds (5-12-year-old playground is lighted), lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic areas, nature trails, etc. Free every day (except for shelter, horse ring, baseball fields and garden rentals). Baseball fields must be reserved in advance. Walk the 1.55 mile trail right in the park or visit the Hugh MacRae Nature Trail located across the street behind NHC Senior Ctr. Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, 1-4 p.m., 5320 Oleander Dr., 791-0666. Offering a choice of one (1) of the following activities to each participant: one game of Jungle Golf or one free Grand Prix go-kart ride or one free Sky Tower ride. N.C. Military History Museum, noon-4 p.m., 116 Air Force Way, Kure Beach, 4770499. Artifacts, memorabilia, displays from WWI through Desert Storm, with photos, documents, letters, uniforms, field gear, hats, helmets, gift shop, more. Old Books on Front Street, 3 p.m., 249 N. Front St., 762-6657. Captain Wilbur

Jones, award-winning author and military historian, will talk about Wilmington during World War II. Riverfront Visitor Information Booth, 13pm (weather permitting), Cape Fear Riverwalk (Water & Market sts.), 341-4030. Team and event mascots will greet residents, hand out schedules/flyers, pose for photos and sign autographs. Thalian Hall, 2-5 p.m., 310 Chestnut St., 632-2285. Thalian Hall has been the epicenter of culture and politics in the Cape Fear region since 1858. Take a self guided tour of the facility, which has just undergone a $3.5 million dollar renovation and rediscover this historical gem. The Black Cat Shoppe, 1-5 p.m. 11 Market St., 251-6663. Aye, mateys, ‘yer looking for a bit of adventure in the Port City? Drop by to see some magic, hear some true Wilmington pirate stories or to have ye fortune told. Space is limited and we will entertain first come, first served. Victorian Gardens at Latimer House Museum, 1-4 p.m., 126 South 3rd St., 7620492. Self-guided tour of garden only (brochure available at site, weather permitting); house will be closed.


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Paco Strickland Live @ 6:30

Wilmington Railroad Museum, 1-4 p.m., 505 Nutt St., 763-2634. Railroad history and features for everyone, all in an authentic 1883 railroad building. NHC residents only. Wilmington Trolley, 1-4 p.m., 763-4483. The trolley will offer free shuttle service between the participating attractions in the downtown area. This is shuttle service only, not tours. Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 1-5 p.m., 303 W. Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, 256-2569. Visit this 1909 beach cottage and feel what life at the beach was like 100 years ago. Step back in time as you walk through a 1930’s kitchen, see our model of Wrightsville Beach in 1910, and rock on the shady porch. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Taxi, noon. Banks Channel across from Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach, 2004002. The Cape Fear Naturalist, Joseph Abbate, explores the tidal creeks of Masonboro Island. The hour tour focuses on water bird and shorebird identification. Topics include shorebird ID, salt marsh function and water quality issues. Advance registration required. Space is limited.

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stores and the big chains rival any epic battle that David and Goliath fought. It’s a struggle between Main Street and corporate America that many continue to fight and was even depicted on the big screen in Nora Ephron’s romcom, “You’ve Got Mail.” Today, believes this 1998 film is in need of a serious sequel, and I couldn‘t agree more. Only Kathleen’s character need not be the focus. Instead, the center of the film should be on Fox and his battle with that which is currently intangible: the Internet. Borders, which began in 1971 as a used bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has declared bankruptcy, and will close 200 of its 650-plus stores. In a filing in United States Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, the once book giant has listed $1.29 billion in debt and $1.27 billion in assets. I can’t help but thinking: Despite the many reports of greed and overexpansion, did e-readers contribute to its ultimate demise? If so what does this mean for the future of the tangible book? Before we ponder a potential forecast to this increasingly viable threat, first we must ask ourselves: How and why did we arrive here? Since this is a topic that can be expounded upon for pages, here’s a brief synopsis. The least-expensive products will thrive and businesses offering efficiency possess the key to the consumer heart. With this in mind, Jeffrey P. Bezos gave birth to Amazon. com in 1994 and delivered more than great deals; he created competition for Borders and Barnes & Noble. According to “Bloomberg News,” in November of 2007 Amazon made the leap from selling other’s products to selling its own, and by doing so the infamous Kindle was born. By May of 2009 the Kindle become Amazon’s biggest selling product. However, out of the market Amazon practically created, it also conceived a slew of competitors all anxious to gain the edge—most notably, the Nook by Barnes & Noble, which led to the tablet craze produced from companies like Apple, Dell, Hewlett Packard and others. Amazon responded by waging a virtual publisher-to-publisher war, and they aimed to keep as many books as possible exclusive only to Amazon, all while preserving their ability to set their own prices. It was a tactic that paid off in full. In July of 2010, Amazon announced for the first time their sales for Kindle books had outnumbered sales of all their hard covers. A staggering 143 Kindle books sold for every 100 hardcover books, including hard covers for which there was no Kindle edition. Today, Amazon is more than the world’s largest online retailer and our nation’s biggest book seller. It is the icon of our Internet empire. In my quest to decipher what’s best for our

rielse by Tiffanie Gab literary future within this insatiable empire, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (www.HumaneEducation. org), Zoe Weil, and author of “Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life,” shared her perspective about e-readers. It all comes down to paper versus plastic. “To make paper, we cut down forests, destroy habitats, pollute water, release dioxins in the paper-bleaching process, and use tremendous amounts of fossil fuels because it’s highly energy-intensive to transport something as heavy as trees and books,” Weil explains. “On the other hand, to make e-readers, we mine for rare ores, create toxic waste, expose workers to these toxins, employ overseas labor in what may be sweatshops, and so on. I think for certain purposes (photography, art, and illustrated children’s books for example), there will always be those who love books (I’m one of them) and who buy them. In the meantime, in our imperfect world, I am grateful for the option of using an e-reader and reducing deforestation, paper bleaching, and paper waste.” Contrarily to her opinion, electronic waste is a huge problem that can outweigh paper waste, especially when recycling is introduced. As Wired magazine highlights, e-waste (lead, cadmium and mercury) are all-too-often dumped into landfills, not recycled and later become contaminates within our land, water and air. And this is a serious issue, considering Kindle takes a recyclable product and replaces it with a fragile piece of technology. Drop a book and the worst outcome consists of a few bent pages. Drop a Kindle? Drop more money for a replacement. Books are not perfect and by no means am I a techno-phobe. I enjoy my iPod, just as

e-readers take pride in reading “greener.” However, the negative impact Kindle and Nook have on American society could surpass the bonuses of being organic. Take, for example, a recent conversation I had with Melissa, a local Barnes & Noble employee. When I asked her where the Nook was made, her response mirrored an episode of “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” “Um. Um—that’s a good question,” she said. As gerbils turned the gears of her mind I longed for my encounter with Patrick, Boston’s too perky sales rep. Sure, he suggested I read, “Dear John,” but, damn it, he did suggest the hardcover version! The answer Melissa was looking for was China. Both e-readers for Amazon and Barnes & Noble have an OEM in China. Because they are manufactured overseas, they do not have to follow American standards of engineering. This fact not only debunks any organic dreams many have about e-readers solving the world‘s environmental problems, it also contributes in making American workers obsolete. Horrifically, this economic loss encircles not just domestic workers, but the very individuals that make the story possible—the writers. “I’m excited to see how the e-book market evolves,” Mollie Glick, from one of New York City’s leading literary agencies, Foundry Literary and Media, says. “So far I haven’t seen much change in how it affects my sales, but I think that time is coming soon, when publishers start giving more credit to e-book sales in their profit and loss reports. Right now our clients get less royalty money for an e-book sale. That’s something we’re hoping to change in the coming months.” While literary agents are trying to address

the aforementioned stressful issue, Gwenyfar Rohler, author and owner of Old Books on Front St., offers a different perspective, one that presents a threat to ereaders instead: nostalgia. “Recently, my father was hospitalized for several months,” she says, also noting her parents’ teaching professions. “I read to him everyday, primarily the classics. [He and my mother’s] books were underlined and filled with notes in the margins in both their handwritings, as they traded the books back and forth depending on which one was using it for class that semester. Sitting in the hospital reading to him not only the stories but the notes in the margins in my [now-deceased] mother’s handwriting presented an opportunity to bring her into the room with us and to evoke for Daddy one of the happiest times in his life: when he was young and in love, and the world of ideas was unfolding between them. That, quite simply is not going to happen with an e-reader.” Yes—the book is truly an original work of art that offers so much an e-reader cannot. It’s design, type-face and binding is a package deal. To hand someone a novel rather than to instruct them to download a file is a personal, heartfelt thing. In all its 3G Wi-Fi might, the e-reader convenience has yet to evoke the same sensory and memory overload that a tangible novel can possess. Delivering the final sigh of relief for our paperback’s future is Kathleen Jewell, owner of Pomegranate Books. In her opinion, independent book store sales (including her own) shouldn’t be hit too hard by the digital trend. So long as there are readers, the hard cover novel will always be culturally relevant.

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it makes me wonder: Flying high, part II



like people in general, but I was intrigued by Matthew’s philosophy. It was simple, direct, and the fact that he needed to get away to get what he wanted rang close to my own heart. What appeared at first to be a bumbling oaf was, in fact, a man powerfully in control of destiny. Damn, that’s something to be admired. But happiness is not always a fish that can be caught. We’re on separate journeys, albeit for the same reasons, to different places. Will I always have to roam to find what’s missing, always in search of that mystic voice calling me West… “Ahhhggghhh!” Matthew lumbered his way back into the coach-class chair. He seemed no worse for wear—actually, much happier since we’d taken off. He began our conversation as if it never ended. “So, are you going straight into the city or is this just a connection for you?” “I don’t know.” He seemed puzzled. So was I. “Oh, on business?” he asked relentlessly. “Truth is, Matt, I don’t even really know myself. I freaked out today and decided it’d be a

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good day to go off grid. Just, kinda, quit my job, grabbed some essentials, and headed out th’ door. Leavin’ town felt like the right thing to do, but that’s about as far as I have gotten.” That extra layer of skin wasn’t enough to hide his surprise. We both contemplated the truth sprung upon us. I could only imagine what he was thinking; a man who knew his destiny had just stumbled into a wild-card conversation with his counterpoint, and the gravity of the situation was weighing on us both. There was a long pause before he asked the inevitable follow-ups. “Why? Is there a cause? I mean, are you in trouble or something?” “Well, no. It’s much more an instinctual decision than a rational one,” I said. “Long-storyshort, I just grew tired. Unlike you, my job was dead end—no raise for the past three years, none in the foreseeable future. Anyway, I was bludgeoning myself with juxtaposing, repetitive behavior and walking away empty. No self-grati-

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fication, no feeling that I’ve made a goddam bit of difference in anyone’s life.” “So, then, why not change careers?” At this, I had to choose my words carefully. I’d gained a newfound respect for this fat bastard, but he asked this as if I’d never thought of it before. Maybe it was the flow of conversation, or maybe he just didn’t think the question through. Or maybe—maybe—it pissed me off because I’d been asking myself the same thing for years. “Well, a career’s a career; they’re all gonna suck. Right, Matt? Besides, like you said, there’s more to life than work.” “And is that what you’re in search of?” “I think so—yeah.” “And so what is that? What pulled you from life today? What’s sending you across a continent? Seems like it must be important.” “Well, it’s the fucking American Dream,” I said with absolutely no hesitation. “And just what the hell is that?” his face twisted as I enlightened him to a dirty, little secret. “Oh, I guess you wouldn’t understand with that accent, would ya?” At this we both had a laugh. “The American Dream: On this side o’ the pond, most of us believe that if we work hard enough, one day we’ll be rewarded with the perfect family, the white-picket fence and a house, multiple cars, all the neatest gadgets, debt free. ’Course that dream probably died somewhere back around LBJ or Nixon, but it’s something to believe in when there’s nothing else.” He raised his eyebrow mulling this over, expecting a showcase of philosophy at hand. Serve. Fat Man. “Oh, that American Dream. Where I’m from we, just call that greed.” Touché. I like this sonofabitch more every minute. Matthew continued. “But in all seriousness what ‘dream’ are you chasing? Must be somethin’.” At this, the conversation came to a failing

halt. I contorted and hiccupped, my stomach retching uncontrollably, eyes rolling back! I trembled violently and foamed furiously. I ... I did none of these things, but it’s what I felt like every time I heard that question. My innards turned to mush, my brain to goo. “I don’t know,” I responded and turned away. The rest of the flight was fairly uneventful. Matthew attempted twice to continue our conversation, but he was adept enough to soon realize that time had passed. There was nothing offensive or crude in what he said. In fact, my shirkishness stemmed from embarrassment. For as long as I could remember, the West had been whispering in my mind. I couldn’t explain why, only that, for years, I had envisioned places I had never been and people I had never met. It was a yearning that my soul slowly embraced with no cause, a belief that my dream, my peace was nestled away amongst some smoky hill neighboring the Great Wide Ocean. But I felt it impossible to say to this man who was so oddly put together and focused—someone who understood his dream. So I shut down and eventually the plane touched down. As is customary, Matthew and I waited patiently in our seats as those before us manhandled their luggage from overhead compartments, all in a mad rush to wait in line for the rest of their items to be thrown haphazardly on conveyer belts in the terminal below. I felt gauche in the moment, obliged to acknowledge Fat Matthew who’d engaged me for part of this flight, yet far beyond words. He stood, turned, and reached above, shuffling a few bags around. One last opportunity... He reached out and placing a warm hand on my chest, grabbed my attention. “I want you to know that, while you might not know what it is you’re after, you do know what it’s not. And that’s somethin’. Good luck, my friend.” And with that, Matthew squeezed down the aisle, and I smiled following after.

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is Arthur Joura, curator of the NC Bonsai Collection at The NC State Arboretum, Asheville, NC, who will style and pot a cork bark elm as a Bonsai specimen. The tree will be raffled at the end of the evening. 910-794-2654 or


Spring will be official in a few weeks, so why not brush up on all-things green, starting with a Bonsai demonstration held at the New Hanover County Arboretum at 6206 Oleander Drive. The guest artist will be Arthur Joura, curator of the NC Bonsai Collection at NC State Arboretum in Asheville. A tree will be raffled off at the end, too. Call (910) 794-2654 for more information or visit COLLEGE MAZE

College Maze is for students, grades 8-12 and their families. Gain insight into the financial aid and college application process by attending the workshop series “College Maze,” 9am-noon, Sat., 3/5 in Bear Hall on the UNCW campus. Topics include: financial impact of living at home as opposed to on-campus or off-campus away from home;differences between attending a four-year institution and a community college; applying for student loans and seeking scholarships, federal grants and work study funding; information about N.C. state grants and the role of the FAFSA in seeking financial aid. Judy Carter: 910-962-3177 or carterj@ WILMINGTON GARDEN SHOW Five of the region’s leading horticultural and garden professionals will share information and expertise at the 18th annual Wilmington Garden Show, 3/5 (9am-5pm) and 6 (11am-4pm), Schwartz Center of Cape Fear Community College, 610 N. Front St. Event helps support the New Hanover County Arboretum’s wide range of horticultural, educational and publicservice programs, as well as contribute to plantings and improvements to the Arboretum’s campus.Saturday’s presenters will include Todd Lengyeltoti, owner of Rock ‘N’ Bloom; Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, J.C. Raulston Arboretum; Horticulture Agent Charlotte Glen of the Pender County

Cooperative Extension; and Susan Hart, Star-News garden columnist. Al Hight, director of the New Hanover County Ext. Service and Arboretum, and Blaine Daugherty, president of the Cape Fear Bonsai Society, will speak on Sunday. Interested vendors: 910-798-7670 or email for application info. Admission is $7; free for children under 12. Arboretum members: free tickets. COASTAL CONSUMER SHOWCASE 1st annual Coastal Consumer Showcase: Highlighting the Best in Local Products and Services, Tues., 3/8, 4-8pm, St. James Community Center on Highway 211. Over 50 local businesses will be selling, sampling and displaying their products and services, encouraging residents to “spend their sand dollars locally.” Free, every attendee eligible to register for one free ticket and purchase additional tickets in the Chinese auction, which has almost 50 prizes. Feat. accountants, airplane and airport services and rentals, appraisal services, attorneys, bakeries, building and home improvement materials, outdoor living, car rentals, chiropractors and more! Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by BEMC: 910-457-6964. HOBBY GREENHOUSE TOUR 3/12: Free self-guided tour of local greenhouses. Begins at New Hanover County Arboretum. 9am-5pm. Download tour pamphlet and driving directions at or e-mail UNCW PRESENTS UNCW Presents proudly announces its 2010/11 season of performances and lectures, Sept-Apr., at UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. Subscriptions/tickets on sale now through Kenan Box Office (962-3500) and online at Tues., 3/14: Danú brings Ireland to Wilmington, feat. high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. • Mon., 3/21: Harvard professor and political philosopher Michael Sandel will deliver Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? He’ll explore the moral and ethical dilemmas embedded in contemporary issues such as income inequality, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, torture and terrorism. Kenan Auditorium. STORYCORPS WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio will host StoryCorps for four weeks to help record the stories of local residents. StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Wilmington, 3/17-4/16, as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be parked on Market between Front and Second streets, downtown Wilmington. RAVP: 3/3, 10am. Call 24-hour toll-free: 800-850-4406 or whqr. org’s StoryCorps page. Additional appts at 10am on 3/18. Interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for future generations to hear. Needs to collect 160 interviews, and WHQR will air a selection of the local interviews recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth and create special programs around the project. WHQR will also feature interviews during Spring Pledge Drive (3/23-29). Segments of select interviews may also air nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition. CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE EXPO 3/18-20: Cape Fear Wildlife Expo packs three full

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days of exhibitors, workshops and activities at Coastline Conference & Event Center and the new Wilmington Convention Center. Over 100 exhibitors will showcase products and services for outdoor enthusiasts: wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; and more. 515 Nutt St. Hrs: Fri-Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. Admission: $8. Senior citizen admission: $5. Children 10 yrs old and younger: free. www. or 910-795-0292. COASTAL LIVING SHOWCASE 3/19-20: Coastal Living Showcase, Schwartz Center, CFCC, 601 N Front St, $5. Jump start spring in a most fashionable way. Learn about rain barrel technology, sun roofs and perfecting plans for both indoor and outdoor living to enhance enoyment of our southest weather. All proceeds are funneled back to southeast communities. (910)251-5031

Charity/Fund-raisers HOLLY TREE CARDINAL STRUT The 2nd annual Holly Tree Elementary Cardinal Strut, Sat., 3/5, 8am. Includes 5k, 10k & 1.2 mile fun run. Proceeds go to benefit Holly Tree Elementary PTA and Jake Hatton Field project (Jake was student who died last year from cancer). Sydney Jones: 910-619-7119 90 DAYS TO EARTH DAY Attention Grades K-12: 3rd Annual 90 Days to Earth Day challenge is underway. Idea is to pick up as much litter as possible until Earth Day, April 22, focusing on trash that is closest to making its way into our life support system—the ocean. Streams, creeks, rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway and beaches are the target of Ocean Cure’s annual 90 Days to Earth Day challenge. Participating grades will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by local area businesses, with those completing a photo or video essay of their trash collection efforts being eligible to win the grand prize, a week-long surf camp and Engrain surfboard. Rules and registration forms: www.OceanCureInc. org. To donate prizes: Kevin Murphy—910-431-0594 or BENEFIT FUND-RAISER Benefit Raffle Fund-raiser: Sail aboard one of Carnival’s luxury ships and relax in the beauty of the islands. You can be the 1st prize winner of an Superior Class 5 night/6 day ocean view cruise gift certificate for two! Or win the 2nd prize of $500 and treat yourself to something special. Ticket: $25. Drawing: 5/7. 910-762-1088 OR 910-762-8285; donation is taxdeductible. A Williston Alumni Assoc. Inc. benefit for its Educational Scholarship Program and the Cape Fear Museum Williston Exhibit Endowment Fund. GATSBY GALA See page 42. OYSTER RESTORATION 3/7, 10am: Oyster Restoration Event—Volunteers Needed, Mon., 3/7, 10am-3pm. The NC Coastal Federation ( invites volunteers to an oyster shell bagging event at the Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve on the shores of Stump Sound

in Holly Ridge. Filling mesh bags with oyster shells to create a new oyster reef. We will be supplying a bob-cat to do the hard work, butwe will still need many hands to cut, seal and stack the shell bags. If you would like to come out for the whole day or a shift in the morning or in the afternoon, we could use your help. Ted Wilgis: or 910-509-2838, x202 BOWLING FOR DREAMS Bowling for DREAMS: Local Youth Arts Organization Holds Fundraiser, Sun., 3/13, 1-3pm. DREAMS of Wilmington, Inc. will be holding a Bowl-A-Thon fund-raiser at Ten Pin Alley in Marketplace Mall. Form a team of four, or we will place you on a team. Minimum pledges are $50/team and $12/individual. Up to three games of bowling and shoes provided. All contributions benefit programming at DREAMS, a youth development organization that keeps our community’s most vulnerable youth off the streets, in school, and on the path to becoming creative, committed citizens through high-quality, free-of-charge programming in the literary, visual and performing arts. Carol Crate: 772-1501 or DEB SEME BENEFIT FUND 3/18, 6pm: Deb Seme Benefit Fund, WHQR Gallery, free! A small group of friends and family have organized to help raise crucial funds to help Deb Seme fight Acute Myeloid Leukemia. There will be art work from local renowned artist JoeSeme, an exclusive raffle to win Joe Seme original art valued at $4000, raffles for Joe Seme prints for $5 per ticket, and the music of local musicians John Fonvielle and “Big� Al Hall. Proceeds go directly to benefit Deb Seme. 30TH RED CROSS GALA AND AUCTION 30th Annual Red Cross Gala & Auction, 3/26, Country Club of Landfall. Black-tie even w/keynote speaker Joe Becker of the American National Red Cross, music from the Wilmington Big Band, unique items in the live and silent auction, gourmet food and drinks. Tickets: $150, or 910-762-2683. AUTISM AWARENESS WEEKEND Wrightsville Beach World Autism Awareness Weekend, 4/1-3. As many as 60,000 NC families are impacted by children with some form of autism. These families are invited to Wrightsville Beach, 4/1-3, to participate in World Autism Awareness Weekend. Organizer and Surfers Healing NC Camp Director, John Pike promises lots of fun for the families of children with autism. Hands-on kids’ activities, networking, and resource sharing at Wrightsville Beach Park presented by Surfers Healing. Midday seaside cookout will be available on Sunday, overlooking the beautiful Atlantic. Activities at the park and games on Sat/Sun, free. Hawaiian theme will feature live, ukulele music on Saturday with hula dancing as Pike and others sport Hawaiian print shirts. Meet Pike and his 7-yr-old autistic son, Gianni, and other families on a day when autism rules without exceptions. All booths on Sat feat. exciting activities for the children like board waxing, a miniature skate park, face painting, a bounce house, fishing, sensory toys, calming toys, corn toss, and more. Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue lifeguards will lead special water safety instruction for the families. Refreshments provided at no charge by Land Rover Cape Fear and

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Amadeus. Roles are available for men and women of a wide range of ages. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance Dates: Wednesday, April 27 - Sunday, May 1; Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8. Directed by Lou Criscuolo Rehearsals begin Monday, March 28th. (910)7624234 BIG DAWG PRODUCTIONS Big Dawg Productions: 3/24-27, Mar. 31-4/3, 7-10, 14-17—Neil Simon’s “Rumors,� a modern farce about a high-profile New York dinner party that begins with a gunshot and ends in a comedy of errors and miscommunications. Tickets: $18 general admission ($12 Thurs performances) $15 seniors/students. 910-341-7228 or www. Cape Fear Playhouse, downtown Wilmington. 613 Castle St. NAIONAL THEATRE LIVE The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW has partnered with the National Theatre in London to bring high-definition broadcasts of National Theatre Live to Wilmington. Performances are filmed live in HD onstage in London and broadcast via satellite to more than 300 cinemas around the world, including the new OLLI building on S. College Rd. Schedule: FELA!: King Lear: Frankenstein: 3/30, directed by Danny Boyle; The Cherry Orchard: 3/30, Chekhov’s masterpiece (shown live). All shows are at 2pm. $18 for OLLI members, $28 for non-members and $10 for students. OLLI membership: 910-962-3195 or DOUBT Brunswick Little Theatre will present John Patrick Shanley’s 2005 “Doubt: A Parable,� at Playhouse 211 at 4320-100 on Southport-Supply Rd/Highway 211 across from BEMC between Supply and Southport. 4/1-3 and 8-10; 8pm or 3pm Sun. matinees. $10 for high school and college students with ID; $15 & 17 for adults. www.playhouse211. com or 910-200-7785. PORCH THEATRE DINNER THEATRE Mulligan’s Wake Comedy Dinner Theatre: 3/3, 10,



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PORCH THEATRE DINNER THEATRE Mulligan’s Wake Comedy Dinner Theatre: 3/3, 10, 17, 6:30pm. Dining audience members are treated like friends and family and are encouraged to be part of the show. Dress up or down for the funeral and be prepared upon arrival to meet a crazy Irish-Catholic family who has all gathered for a final, over-the-top farewell celebration. Traditional dinner and a wake to honor the memory of dear ole’ Rory Mulligan. This Irish celebration is full of drinking, toasting, dancing and singing. All shows presented while audiences eat a 3-course meal at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Reservations req., (910)232-6611. RAGTIME Thalian Association holds auditions for awardwinning musical “Ragtime,” Mon-Tues, 3/21-22, 7pm, Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. downtown Wilmington. Roles for African-Americans and Caucasians ages 16 and up, and for one small boy and girl to play ages 9-12. Prepare song of your choice to sing a cappella and be prepared to dance (no sandals or flip-flops). Auditioners prepare the following: Colehouse: “Make Them Hear You;” Sarah: “Your Daddy’s Son;” Mother: “Back to Before;” Tateh: “Gliding.” The production, directed by Michael Walton-Jones with choreography by Debra Gillingham and music direction by Jonathan Barber, runs 5/19-29 at historic Thalian Hall.

Comedy COMEDY CABANA Thurs/Fri, 3/3-4: Special event Jackie “ The Joke Man” Martling from the Howard Stern Show. Also appearing: Cooter Douglas . 8pm, $22/adv or $25/day of. • Fri., 3/4: Headliner: Greg Lausch. Also appearing: Cooter Douglas. Showtimes: 10:15pm. Admission: $15. • Sat., 3/5: Headliner: Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling Also appearing: Cooter Douglas. Showtimes: 8pm & 10:15pm NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Schedule: 3/4-5: Andy Hendrickson (NY comedian) 8pm show, $8 advance/ $10 door • 3/18-19: Kenny Zimminghaus (Comso Radio) 8pm show, $12 advance/ $15 door • 3/26: Beards of Comedy 8pm show, $10 advance, $12 door • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thursday Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. 910-520-5520

Music/Concerts MUSIC ON MARKET Music on Market Fine Art Series offers free concert w/ Keyboard Kapers, pianists Stephen Field and Sharon Miller. Sat., 3/5, at 7:30pm, Sanctuary at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St. 762-9693 x212 or, THE PEASANTS FEAST The Peasants Feast Sat, 3/5, 8pm, Projekte Gallery. Free! On-the-spot renegade musical collaborations

between local/regional musicians. Not an open mic! An improv gathering; spots open! Contact: http://www.peasantsfeast. LISTENING ROOM EVENT 3/10: Songwriter Showcase feat. blues man, Rick Tobey, Live On Grace, 121 Grace St. Also playing shorter sets: Mike O’Donnell, Spider Mike Bochey, Doug Utton, Jake Horton, Coleman Daley,


128 South Front Street wecomes another dynamic listening-room experience with the Sol Roots and Tim Smith concert taking place on the 9th. Focused on a groove wrapped up in the peach and love vibe, it will be an enlightening evening of sounds and timbres, starting at 7:30pm. Local percussionist Perry Smith will also play the show. Tickets are $10 to $15. Laura McLean. No earplugs ever needed and no talking during performances. Come here some of Wilmington’s finest musicians. Free. www. SYMPHONY POPS! 3/19, 8pm, Kenan Auditorium, UNCW: Nationally acclaimed concert pianist and entertainer Rich Ridenour serves up a sparkling array of Hollywood classics with a pinch of Victor Borge humor, a Steinway grand piano, and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Ridenour has created “Great Movies, Grand Piano,” feat. favorites from great film scores by Mancini and Vangelis, to grand piano movie moments such as Clair de Lune from The Right Stuff and the Warsaw Concerto from Dangerous Moonlight. Tickets: 962-3500 or 1-800-732-3643, All reserved seats for Symphony Pops! are $40. COASTAL COHORTS Coastal Cohorts and the NC Coastal Federation, feat. Don Dixon, Bland Simpson and Jim Wann, will perform songs and stories from their popular musical King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running and the sequel CD Wild Ponies Thalian Hall , Sat., 3/26, 8pm. Original music celebrates life on the coast with ballads and upbeat tunes. $20-$28: www. and (910)632-2285 or 1-800-5232820. Proceeds from the concert benefit restoration programs at the N.C.Coastal Federation (www. Coastal Cohorts: www.myspace. com/thecoastalcohorts. OLLI NEW HORIZONS BAND OLLI New Horizons Band, Dr. John LaCognata, conductor. Mon., Through 5/22, 2011, weekly rehearsals on Mon., 7-9pm at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building Band Room, #1080. Open to adults with prior band experience and want to play music just for the fun of it. Percussionists needed. No

Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.

tryouts required! Spring concert scheduled 5/33. Sponsored by the UNCW Department of Music and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Betty Garrett: 910-686-7345, e-mail: foxynana8g@bellsouth. net; or 910-962-3195. Cost: members, $79; nonmembers, $109.

CAROLINA LOUNGE DANCE LESSONS Tues.: Free shag lessons with Brad White. Beginner 7:30pm, Intermediate 8pm. Dancing till 11pm. $5 cover. • Line dance lessons w/Barbara Braak, 7:30pm; country line dancing, 9:30. Coming Thurs, 11/4: Band of Oz, 8:30pm. • Fri.: Salsa Night begins with Argentine Tango lessons, 7:30pm. $5 cover. Salsa Lessons, 9:30pm & DJ Lalo. Open till 2:30am. • Sat.: Salsa w/DJ LaLo, free, 9pm till close. Carolina Lounge, 910 791-7595.

128 SOUTH FRONT STREET 3/9, 7:30pm: Sol Roots and Tim Smith bring their soulful music and dynamic vocals to 128 South Front Street. Think peace, love, sunshine and funk all wrapped up in groove. Room for dancing, swaying and toe tapping. Local Perry Smith will add percussion for the evening. $15 GA; $10 for students; kids under 10, free. or 910-541-1274.

76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639

MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or

CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025



BALLROOM DANCESPORT Group lessons, Beginner Ballroom, Tango, Shag, Wedding Prep and more! Singles/couples. Friday Night Dance Party, 7:30-10. Intro lesson early, $7 $5/college w/ID, 4th Sat. Dance 2/26, 7:30-10:30, $10 or $5 w/College ID. Ballroom Dancesport: Less than 1 mile from UNCW,4523 Franklin Ave. Across from Cinema Dr. Corner of Kerr/Franklin. www. 799-2001

WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION Juried artwork by students from Laney High School will be on display from Feb. 25-March 24 at the Wilmington Art Association Gallery. Entries include painting, photography and pottery. 616 Castle St., Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. VIRGINIA WRIGHT-FRIERSON 3/4, 6pm: Virginia Wright-Frierson earned her BFA degree in painting from theUNCG and furthered her studies in Cortona, Italy, the Art Students League in New York, and the University of Arizona. She has taught and lectured widely onwatercolor and oil painting, murals, and authoring and illustrating children’s books. The artist painted a mural on the atrium ceiling of Columbine High School, a year after the tragedy. Another mural was commissioned by Savannah College of Art and Design honoring heroes and victims of 9/11. Creator of Minnie Evans at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington. Opens 3/4. 621N4TH: 621 N 4th St. (910) 763-2012

ARGENTINE TANGO Free lesson begins at 7:30pm, Fri, followed by regular dance. Cover charge $5. Carolina Lounge at the Ramada Inn on Market St. 910-791-7595. AZALEA COAST NC Join us for our Social Dance and lesson, hosted by the Azalea Coast NC USA Dance chapter on Sat, 3/12, New Hanover Senior Center, 2222 S. College Rd. Social dance lesson begins at 6:45 pm,lesson to be taught by Sal Teta from Myrtle Beach; then dance to our custom mix of ballroom & latin music from 7:30-10pm. Your admission price includes lesson, no partner needed, $8 members, $10 nonmembers, $5 military with ID, $3 students with ID. (910)799-8566, www.

ARTS POETICA Auditions for musicians, singers and actors at Cape Fear Community College’s highly acclaimed Arts Poetica 4, 3/6, 2-4pm. The Dance Cooperative, 17th St. (between Dock & Orange). Marlowe Moore or Gena McKinley gmckinley@

BABS MCDANCE St. Patrick’s Day Theme Party, 3/11, 8-11pm (wear green). • Showcase, 3/27. Come to support your friends and “dance-mates”. They are working hard on their dance numbers! Check pictures form our previous showcases on our website www. Tickets: $15/adv or $20/at door. 6782 Market St.

CAM PAINTING CLASS UNCW and Cameron Art Museum welcomes Intermediate Painting Class for 6 weeks, Wed., 2-4pm, 3/9-4/13, with professional artist Niki Hildebrand. Participants will learn artistic techniques used by professional artists. Emphasis placed on composition, shading, light, brushwork and coloration. Each individual chooses subject matter. 910-962-3195

NEW HANOVER COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER Ballroom and Latin dancing: April classes, beginner-Intermediate, Wed., 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. Singles & couples. 2222 College Rd. Reg. required. 910-799-2001

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Eastwood Rd. (910) 208-9650 A PATCH OF BLUE A Patch of Blue on display through 3/19 at New Elements Gallery. Showcasing the works of our gallery artists, including Jane Baldridge, Nancy Carter, Richard Garrison, J. Michael Kennedy and Catherine Lea. Enjoy imagery of sunny skies, balmy days and places you’d love to visit as we all anxiously await the arrival of spring. 216 N. Front St. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS Free monthly event feat. downtown galleries, studios and art spaces open after-hours in celebration of art and culture. Dates: 3/25, 6-9pm, fourth Friday of each month. Self-guided tour; exhibitions of all types, opening receptions, demonstrations, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional and non-traditional art-activities. Participants: 621N4TH Gallery, Acme Art Studios, Charles Jones African Art, Bottega Gallery & Art Bar, Burchetta Glassblowing Studio, Caffe Phoenix, Caprice Bistro, The Eclectic, Front Street Glass, Golden Gallery, Gypsy Gina’s, Lovebird Art & Design, New Elements Gallery, Old Books on Front Street, One Wicked Gallery, Opera Room & Gallery, Projekte, Port City Pottery & Crafts, Port City Treasures, River to Sea Gallery, Salon Fringe, Una Luna World Gallery, WHQR Gallery, Wilmington Art Gallery, Wilmington Wine Company. www.wilmingtonfourthfridays. com ECHOES OF THE DREAM WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is pleased to announce that the WHQR Gallery will open a brand new show on 1/28 with an exhibition titled Echoes of the Dream: Sharing the Journey of 3 Women Artists, feat. new work by three gifted local artists, Eunkyung Cazier, Linda Hartman and Kelley Morris. On display until 4/1. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR Public Radio. 3rd floor of The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front St.

$30 for W.A.A. members and $40 for non-members. Official “Prospectus,” including detailed guidelines is available on the W.A.A. website: www.wilmington-art. org. Judges by noted painter and workshop instructor Mike Rooney and photographer Brownie Harris CALL FOR ENTRIES Associated Artists of Southport, NC, is accepting entries by 6/1 for the Summer Regional Show to take place 6/27 through 7/23. Kate Lagaly (2D) and Don Johns (3D) will judge from actual work. Declined work may be picked up during gallery hours throughout the month. or e-mail Joyce Grazetti, COLLECTED WORKS OF ABIGAIL BLACKERBY Art Soup presents The collected works of Abigail Blackerby: an art exhibition at Marc’s on Market. Hangs through summer 2011 and features a variety of abstract work—bright, vibrant and utilizes an intelligent use of color and composition to create intense, abstract forms and cityscapes. Art Soup is an arts education and event organization whose mission is to provide, educate and promote the performance and appreciation of the arts in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina. IVEY HAYES UNCW is the first college in the state to host the artwork of native son Ivey Hayes, as the result of a campus effort headed by the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery. 16 pieces will hang in the Azalea Coast Room of the Fisher University Union. The work will be on


Artists who wish to be considered for the Wilmington Art Association annual Azalea Festival juried show can submit 2D art work (no computer-generated or stained glass work allowed) with entry fee of $30 for members or $40 for nonmembers. The prospectus is online at The works will be judged by Mike Rooney and Brownie Harris.

NEW BLOOD FOR THE OLD BODY “New Blood for the Old Body: Photographs from the New Agrarian Movement. “ Photography Exhibition by Trace Ramsey, hangs at Tidal Creek Coop, 7213 Market St. through 4/2011. Presented by Art Soup, Trace is an artist, activist, and farmer living in Silk Hope, NC. His photographs tell the story of the craftsmanship and joy of farming. His artistry connects us to the hard work and wonder of working with the earth.

PLACE “Place,” an exhibit by UNCW Assistant Professor Andi Steele, Art Gallery of the Cultural Arts Building. Exhibit open Mon-Fri, noon-4pm through 4/7. Mary Browning: 910-962-3440 or Donald Furst 910-9627962. CALL FOR ARTISTS W.A.A. Juried Spring Art and Sale, sponsored annually by the Wilmington Art Association during the Azalea Festival, is open to both amateur and professional artists. At St. James Episcopal Church on Dock Street, 4/8-10. Anyone 18 and over may compete, and any two-dimensional artwork may be submitted with the exception of computer-generated works and stained glass. Non-refundable entry fees:

permanent exhibition, with new pieces rotating in each academic semester through 6/30/2012. BOTTEGA EVENTS Continuing the Form: An Exquisite Corps Exhibition, feat. Benjamin Billingsley, Drew Craven, Todd Carignan, Rachel Kastner, Colleen Ringrose. The work featured in this show consists entirely of what is known as ‘Exquisite Corpses’ - works of art created through a collaborative process where each artist only sees a fragment of the preceding artist’s work and has to use that as the starting point for their own contribution, thus continuing the form in their own vision. Artwork on exhibit through 1/15. • EVENTS: Tues: Open-mic night ; 2/8: Atlantis openmic night • weekly wine tastings, 7pm • Thurs 2/10: Wilmington Writers Forum & Jean Jones Presents Poetry, 7pm • Call to artists: Submissions

for our Spring 2011 exhibition—recent or new works created by people with developmental and physical disabilities. All styles, medium and creative processes welcome. 2 jpeg images by 3/1/2011. 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737, www. PROJEKTE EXHIBITS: “Unfortunate Umbrellas” Project by Lynn Casper, 3/1-27, w/opening reception, 3/4, 6-11pm. Light edibles will be served along with a wine tasting and various musical performances. Will feature photographs from Casper’s project ,as well as umbrella-inspired paintings, sculptures, prose, & videos by local and regional participants. • Call to Artists: Submissions accepted for “Ten Stories” narrative art that tells a story. EVENTS: Yoga Classes; Sat, 11a-12:30p, Sun, 11a-12p, 3p-4p, Mon, 6:307:30p, Tues, 6:30-7:30p, ‘pay-what-you-can,” • Art Classes: Tues, 1p-3p. • Wed. Life Drawing Class, 6-8pm, $10/class. • 1st Wed of ea month: Diva Made Collective, a discussion group for and about creative women; 7-9pm, free. • Thurs Wine Tastings, 6-8pm, free. • Thurs Jazz: CFCC Jazz Ensemble performs 8p-10p, free. • Every other Friday, Brazilian Music w/Raphael Name, 9p-12a, free. • Every 4th Fri, Fourth Friday Gallery Walk, 6-9p, free. • 1st Sat of every month: Hip Hop Nite w/local and regional hip hop acts, 9p-12a, free. • 2nd Sat of every month, The Creative Exchange, 2-5p, $10 booth rental for artists, free to public. • Every Fri and Sat, Live Music, 9p-12a, free.523 S 3rd Street, 910-763-1197,,

Museums CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ILM EXHIBITS: Magnetic Minds Science Exhibit combines the elements of schoene with a host of new hands-on activities, feat. creation of ramps and slides, magnetic pulleys, building and racing cars, and more. • Jr League of Wilmington presents Read to Me Festival, Sat., 3/5, 10am-3pm. Free, geared toward children ages 3-8 and their families. To promote and celebrate literacy and learning. Feat. appearances by No Sleeves Magic and Growing Readers, among others. Free pizza; each child receives free book. www.capefearcotillion.webs. com. 910-262-7447. Mon-Sat, 9-5pm; Sun,1-5pm. (910)254-3534. 116 Orange St 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 kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. NC AQUARIUM EXHIBIT: Thank the ocean through a breathtaking new exhibit. The Aquarium installed its “Thank You Ocean” exhibit showcasing photography of sting rays, waves, fishermen and such by world-famous photographers Scott Marshall, Logan Mock-Bunting and DJ Struntz. Admission: $8 ages 13-61; $7 ages 62 and up; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. EVENTS: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Extended Behind the Scenes Tour, Children’s Discovery Time, Daddy and Me, Mommy and Me, SeaSquirts Breakfast and Playtime, AquaCamp, and more! 910-458-8257. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM 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 feat. 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. 303 West Salisbury St. (910)2562569 WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for

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all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. • Story Times designed for younger visitors first and third Mon, 10:30am. $4 per family is charged to cover program costs and includes access to the rest of the Museum. • Museum admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or

Project by eption, 3/4, long with a mances. Will ject ,as well ures, prose, ants. • Call Ten Stories”LATIMER HOUSE oga Classes; Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the Mon, 6:30- restored home features period furnishings, artwork -can,” • Art and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10amwing Class, 4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Diva Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children r and about $4. 762-0492. ne Tastings,CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM z Ensemble Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in ay, Brazilian the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even • Every 4th touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet ee. • 1st Sat in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. and regional Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, very month, black mambas and many more. Open from 11amooth rental 5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at nd Sat, Live Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 0-763-1197, 762-1669 or

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 ce Exhibit their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, th a host of Federal troops commandeered the house as their f ramps and headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. racing cars, Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design esents Read arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an ree, geared informative look at historic preservation in action. • families. To rning. Feat. nd Growing each child tillion.webs. Sun,1-5pm. 116

Thurs., 3/10, 6-10:30pm, Bellamy Mansion Art of the Table, celebrating the mansion’s 150th anniversary celebration. Premiere event , 3/10, begins with elegant dinners at selected homes and inns throughout Wilmington’s Historic District, and dinner will followed by an Art of the Table preview cocktail party and tour at the Bellamy. $75/person. Runs 3/11-12, noon5pm ,and 13, noon-4pm. Showcases the talents of local artists, designers, florists and hotels and event planners, who create unique themed tablescapes throughout the mansion’s 12 spectacular rooms. GA $15/person. • 3/20,1pm: Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts for the Bellamy Arbor Day Celebration! It will be featuring games for kids, sapling and seed giveaway, and a green tour of the Bellamy site! Free! 910-251-3700. 503 Market St CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: 3/4, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science will open B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Tells the stories of botanist B.W. Wells and Pender County’s Big Savannah, and how Wells documented the area through a wealth of stunning photographs. • Photography in Focus. Explore the evolution of photography, from the daguerreotype to the digital camera. Discover how picture-taking technologies have changed, bringing cameras and photographs out of the studio and into the mainstream. • 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 free first Sun. ea. mo. • Picture the Past, Sat., 3/5, 12, 19, 26. 1-4pm. Try on clothing from decades and centuries past. Create your own picture portrait, or “daguerreotype,” to take home as a keepsake. Examine historic photographs and imagine the stories they tell. Make and test out a pinhole scope. Activities are free with paid Museum admission.Appropriate for children ages 5-12. Parental participation. Free w/admission. • Cape Fear 101: Colonial Stories, Tues., 3/8, 20. 7pm. • Pi Day, Tues., 3/15, 9am-2pm. High-energy, handson, facilitated mathematics activities will excite and

motivate learners of all ages. Discover the Meaning of Pi. Sort through the Puzzle Playground. Build towers with Shape Makers. Become an origami master when you Fold It! Children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Pre-reg. req for school groups. • History Day, Tues., 3/29, 9am-3pm. Regional History Day competition provides students an opportunity to develop their interest in history into a unique investigation of the past. Middle and high schoolers select a topic related to the theme “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” and create an exhibit, documentary, performance, website, or paper to present for judging. Prereg. rqd. 910-798-4358.• 9am-5pm, Tues-Sat., and 1-5pm, Sun. Museum closed Mon. until Memorial Day 2011. Winter hrs: Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 15pm. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $5 special military rate with valid military ID; $3 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are always free. 814 Market St. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, through 4/10. Exhibition includes select quilts from Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and features the work of Yvonne Wells and Nora Ezell, whose quilts showcase the variety of styles in the MMFA’s permanent collection. Accompanied by a 2006 publication, Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff. Published 2006, 109 pages with color illustrations. Copies available for purchase in gift shop. • Remembering BIG, Through 4/30: Inexhaustible creativity, expressive color and power of art created by this larger-than-life artist, “Big” Allen D. Carter, a.k.a. Big Al or Big (1947-2008), a celebrated artist, teacher and mentor to at-risk youth in the Arlington County Public Schools. Drawings and paintings on paper, canvas, household objects, prints, sculpture and constructions on loan from the Artist’s Estate. EVENTS: Jazz @ the CAM w/ Liz Pina, Thurs., 3/3, 6:30-8pm. Admission: $7/members;

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$10, non-members. Liz Pina brings vocal jazz to the evening and a musical collaboration with the FROG Project performing the standards that have inspired her through the work of great jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday Cleo Laine and many more. • Writers’ Salon: Thurs., 3/3, 6-7pm. Writers of all genres are invited to join us in the café space to discuss their craft, ideas, and the art of the writing life. • 3/5, 3pm; 3/10, 6:30pm: Anne Brennan and Daphne Holmes. CAM’s staff discusses the art work on view CAM members free, museum admission otherwise • First Culture African American Quilting Circle, Sun. 3/13, 2:30-4pm. Museum admission or no cost for members. Members of the First Culture African American Quilting Circle will be demonstrating in the Brown Wing while answering your questions. Visitors are welcome to bring their quilt work and join the circle! • ONE4$1 w/David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, [One day this kid...], 1990, 3/16, 1-1:30pm, $1. New mini-lecture illustrated series with Anne Brennan • Cabaret Music w/Jeff Phillips: Orange Colored Sky: 3/17, 7-8:30pm. $8/members, $14/nonmembers. Orange Colored Sky will highlight American jazz and popular standards like Blue Skies and Cry Me A River and interpret American singer and songwriters like Lyle Lovett, Nat King Cole, George Jones and Kenny Rogers. Also includes some of Broadway’s newest and most classic songs. Accompanied by his musical director, Lorene Walsh, on piano, Tim McCoy on drums, Ryan Woodall on bass and special guest, Marc Siegel, on guitar. • CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. • Now open: The Museum School will steadily expand course offerings to include beginning and master classes in drawing, painting, book arts, textiles, new media, photography and printmaking, all earning CEU credit through New Hanover County Schools. Providing new adult and youth art education and employment opportunity for area artists and instructors. Listing of Spring 2011 classes: www. • Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun., 11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members

After School Care Badminton & Squash Basketball Court Cardiovascular Center Child Care CrossFit Day Spa / Body Therapy Group Fitness Classes Fencing Classes & Club Free Weights & Cybex Indoor Cycling Personal Training Pilates Studio Racquetball Saunas & Steam Senior Fitness Swim Team & Lessons Yoga / Mat Pilates Year-Round Pool Youth Camps Weight Loss Program

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free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2-12. 910-395-5999.

Sports/Recreation CAPE FEAR RUGBY Cape Fear Rugby Club begins 37th spring campaign, playing Division II North League, of the South Rugby Union. We take anyone who might like to learn the sport of rugby football, as well as veteran ruggers. Practice is Tues/Thurs, 6:30pm at Northwest District Park in Leland. Home matchesat lytrap Downs, Cape Fear’s home ground, on 21st N, just off Chestnut St., across from Annie Snipes Academy of Arts & Design. Schedule of games: www.fearrugby. com. John Metzger: 228-9848 WILMINGTON WATER TOURS Wed.-Sat: “Eagle’s Island Cruise,” 1-2pm: Hour long-narrated cruise surrounding the entire Eagle’s Island. You will get up close to the Battleship, the State Port, and some beautiful scenery. • “Best of Both Worlds,” 3-5pm: Two hour cruise takes you deeper into the depths of the Cape Fear for the first hour while you hear about its ecology and history. After sighting birds and local wildlife, you relax and watch the sunset over the river. • Tues., 3/8, 5-7pm: “Mardi Gras on the Water”: 2 hours on the water with your beads and cocktails. Evening of music, dancing, and masks! $30/person, includes the food. Full bar, a spacious bathroom, and are handicap accessible. RSVP recommended: 910-338-3134. 212 S Water Street.

score keeping , games and some match play. • Hot Shots Match Play for Jrs, 4:30-6pm. 10 weeks, Tues., 3/8-5/10. $20. Jrs (ages 12 and up). Play two sets of doubles or singles every Tues. afternoon and work your way up the Empie Junior rankings. Boy’s and girl’s singles/doubles winners receive free entry to the Wilmington Fall Junior Classic, 9/23-25, at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park. Balls provided for each match day! www.empiepark. MARATHONS, TRIATHALONS, ETC. 3/5: Cardinal Strut. 5k, 10k & 1.2 mile kids marathon. Holly Tree Elementary School, Wilmington. 910790-2250; racecalendar.asp • 3/6: Wilmington Roadrunners Club River-to-the-Sea Run. 8:30am. Entry: 1 canned


Individuals 50 years and older will compete in a wide variety of sports, from tennis to softball, billiards to golf, bowling to cycling, archery to track. Senior Games by the Sea accepts registration through the 1st of April, and the event will take place all over Wilmington from the 11th through the 19th. Forms available at the New Hanover Senior Center, Cardinal Lanes and Echo Farms.

EMPIE TENNIS Programs for kids: Little Faces, ages 4-6. 3/7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23, 3:45-4:30pm. $40/six clinics that focus on the introduction of basic strokes (forehands, backhands, volleys and overheads) • Super Aces, ages 7-9. 3/7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23. 4:30-5:15pm. $40 for six clinics. General stroke mechanics will be reinforced with an introduction to Quick Start

good. CFCC Water Street parking lot, Downtown raceforms/RiverToTheSea11.pdf • 3/12-13: Azalea Triathlon. 8am. UNCW Natatorium and campus, Wilmington. • 3/19: Steve Haydu St. Patricks Lo-Tide 5k & 10k

Run. 9am. Carolina Beach. • 3/20: Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon & Half-Marathon. 6:30am. Wrightsville Beach. • 3/26: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon. 9am. Standup paddle & run. Blockade Runner Resort, Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-6468; FITNESS CLASSES Fitness classes at Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St. Pre-reg rqd. • Pilates: $65/person for 10 weeks: Wed., 3/16-5/18, or Thurs (intermediate/adv), 3/175/19, 6pm, w/Ellen Longenecker. Fri., 3/18-5/20 (Yogalates), 10am, w/Jamie Annette. • Yoga, $65/ person for10 weeks: Tues., 3/15-5/17, 6pm, or Thurs (intermediate/adv), 3/17-5/19, 7pm, w/Yuna Shin. Wed., 3/16-5/18, 9am or 7pm, w/Ellen Longenecker. Fri., 3/19-5/20, Yoga in Nature, 9am w/Jamie Annette. 341-0075 or www. SENIOR GAMES BY THE SEA Senior Games by the Sea, reg. by 4/1. Event takes place 4/11-29 at various locations around Wilmington. Individuals 50 and older will compete in a wide variety of sports including: tennis, softball, billiards, golf, bowling, cycling, archery, track events and many others. Regi. forms available at the Senior Center, Cardinal Lanes and the Echo Farms. 3417253. or WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH REC CLASSES Bridge lessons and workshops, shag lessons, flag football, coed softball, tennis lessons for youth and adults, yoga, pilates, boot camp, tone & stretch, and low impact aerobic classes. For more information call 910-256-7925 or www.

Film CINEMATIQUE Plays weekly at Thalian Hall main stage, 7:30pm, $7 (unless otherwise noted) • 3/2: Made in Dagenham— Based on a true story about a female workers strike in 1968 at Ford’s Dagenham, England car plant. Rita (Sally Hawkins), who primarily sees herself as a wife and mother, is coerced into attending a meeting with shop steward Connie, sympathetic union representative Albert (Bob Hoskins) and Peter Hopkins (Rupert Graves), Ford’s Head of Industrial Relations. What she expects to be simply a day out of work turns into much more when she and her colleagues become outraged by the lack of respect shown in the meeting to the women employees. 113 Minutes. Rated: R for language and brief sexuality. • 3/14-18: Special screening in the Studio Theater at Thalian Hall, featuring treats from local bakeries each night! King’s of Pastry: 16 contenders seek the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (“MOF”), France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs to create gorgeous, fantastical, delicious creations. D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus follow chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, as he journeys to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the contest. 84 Minutes. Unrated. • 3/21-23: Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Diane West, Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake

of a shocking, sudden loss. Yet, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. 92 min. Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material, some drug use and language. • 3/28-30: Another Year—Starring Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen. It tells the story of a married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years and are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness. 129 Minutes. Rated: PG-13 for some language. SUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES 3/6: Enter the Void (France, 2010): Controversial director Gasper Noe presents the story of a dead American drug dealer in Tokyo from the first person perspective of his disembodied spirit. Loosely based on “The Tibetan Book of the Dead,” “Enter The Void” is an attack on the viewers senses and sensibilities. (2hrs 35 minutes) • 3/13: Network (USA, 1976): Network’s satirical view of news media as morally debased and opportunistic has proven prophetic since its 1976 release. The winner of four Academy Awards, the films social relevance was recognized by inclusion in the Nation Film Registry by the Library of Congress. (2hrs) • 3/20: Control (UK/USA, 2007): Control is an Anton Corbijn film based on Ian Curtis of the English post punk band Joy Division. Shot in black and white, Control portrays the struggles Curtis faced with Joy Divisions growing popularity and his own weaknesses. Won loads of awards and naturally features lots of Joy Division music. (2hrs) • 3/27: Gentleman Broncos (USA, 2009): Acts & Crafts, no budget film directors, 70’s sci-fi and writers camps are what Jared Hess (Napolian Dynamite, Nacho Libre) almost brought us in this, his third and easily best film. (1hr 30min) Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 CARMIKE CINEMAS 3/6, 11am. ;Carmike Cinemas presents the Live HD broadcast of the ballet DonQuixote, performed by The Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. 3 hrs, w/ two intermissions. • 3/16, 7:30pm: encore HD broadcast of the ballet Don Quixote, performed by The Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. $20/person. 111 Cinema Drive; (910) 815-0266 LUNAFEST LunaFest is a nationwide film festival featuring 10 short films all by, for and about women! Held Fri., 3/25, 6:30pm. UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Ln. (off Masonboro Loop Rd near Monkey Junction). Reception with appetizer buffet, beer/wine, raffle/auction, films all while benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund and Women in the Center. $25/advance, $30/door

Kids Stuff CAPE FEAR COUNCIL SCOUT SHOW 3/4-5: Cape Fear Council Scout Show. Invited are the citizens of Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties to come and join us to celebrate the 101 years of Boy Scouting in America. Meeting at Hugh MacRae Park Friday night, 3/4, 7pm, for flag retirement ceremony • Sat., 3/5, 10am, bicycle rodeo (bring bike for safety check), displays about scouting and service project in park. 12:30pm, Gathering of Eagle Scouts; 2pm, Scout skills and games demonstration; 5pm, Dutch over cooking


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pet of the week My name is Ted and I was lucky enough to be taken into the rescue Sunburst Foundation, just as my time was up at a local shelter. Unfortunately I have heartworm disease and will need to go through expensive treatment to help heal my heart. Any donations toward that treatment can be made via the new Sunburst website, www. Now that I got that part out of the way, I can talk about me, Ted. I am around 2 years old, neutered, up to date on vaccines, crate training and house breaking well and I love people. I am new to the rescue so they are introducing me slowly to other dogs but seem to do ok with them. I will not be ready for adoption until I have completed my course of heartworm treatment. Thanks for any help that you can give for my medical needs. Also my rescue is one of the recipients of the First Annual Cape Fear Dragon Boat Race and Festival along with Step Up For Soldiers. Please check out this quick reference link for more information http://www.capefeardragonboat. com/index.htm Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of a first of its kind event in our area and help out homeless animals at the same time.

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