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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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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
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.
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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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4-12 GOODS & SERVICE 12-14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 14-17 FOOD & BEVERAGE
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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 Cityâ€™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 Halliganâ€™s Riverboat Landing East at the Blockade Runner Marcâ€™s on Market Henryâ€™s Eddie Romanelliâ€™s Islandâ€™s Fresh Mex Grill Caprice Bistro Crow Hill
Pine Valley Market Flaming Amyâ€™s Burrito Barn Nicolaâ€™s Kornerstone Bistro Flaming Amyâ€™s Bowl Hieronymus Seafood The Basics Pilot House Fish Bites The George Catch Toyko 101 The Eat Spot
Coming Soon: &ODPSF 3FTUBVSBOU 8FFL(VJEF to be distributed in encore magazine and several local businesses around town in March!
Buffalo Wild Wings Press 102 Aubrianaâ€™s Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House Priddyboyâ€™s Siena Melting Pot Elijahâ€™s YoSake Mixto Little Dipper Verandah Cafe at the Holiday Inn Resort
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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
BEST OF BEAUTIES: Valerie Watkins and Bran-