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PAGES 16-17: COVER STORY UNCW JazzFest takes place this weekend from the 25th-27th, featuring the sounds of Chris Potter (cover artist), as well as Jonathan Keisberg, highschool and UNCW jazz bands. An interview with Chris Potter can be read on page 16. Dr. Frank Bongiorno of the UNCW Jazz Studies Department talks to Christina Dore on page 17 about the weekend sounds. Get tickets now by calling (910) 962-3500.
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Also, we’re looking for funny, endearing, loving or any other kind of story readers would like to submit about their mothers. The best stories will be featured in our Mother’s Day edition, May 5th, and we’ll choose a winning entry, too, which will receive admission-plusone into our VIP kickoff party during 2010 Wilmington Restaurant Week. The party is April 27th, and the deadline for submission is April 20th. E-mail or mail entries to encore, c/o Mother’s Day Contest. Shoud not be longer than 600 words, please.
news & views............4-8
4 gypsy fund-raiser: Christina Dore gets the scoop on the Juggling Gypsy’s Legal Fees Fund-raiser, taking place Friday as part of their fight against the recent NC smoking ban. 6 reader op-ed: Mark Basquill dissects fear on both sides of the political party. 8 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reports on news of the strange and odd.
artsy smartsy ............10-21 10-11 theater: MJ Pendleton reviews
Thalian Association’s “You Can’t Take It with You” and Big Dawg Productions’ 14th annual New Play Festival. 13 film: Anghus gets in the Green Zone with Matt Damon. 14 art: Lauren Hodges finds lack of funds and opportunity a drawback to Wilmington’s art community. 15 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging in our local art galleries. 16-18 music: Adrian Varnam talks to Chris Potter about his upcoming show at UNCW as part of JazzFest; Christina Dore goes deeper into UNCW’s JazzFest; Adrian Varnam talks to world musician Pierre Bensusan, who’s performing at City Stage/Level 5 on the 30th. 18-22 soundboard: See what bands and solo musicians are playing in venues all over town.
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23 dining feature: Lisa Huynh interviews the Bouchée ladies, who run Wilmington’s newest French bistro. 22-26 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide, and read about our featured restaurant of the week.
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28 fact or fiction: Claude Limoges continues the ongoing series, ‘An Involuntary Intimate.’
29 books: Tiffanie Gabrielse interviews
Marilyn Johnson about the decline of librarian appreciation, as addressed in Johnson’s This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybertarians Can Save Us All. 30-35 calendar/’toons/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read the latest saucy corkboard ads.
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Fighting through the Smoke: Juggling Gypsy schedules Legal Defense Fund-raiser this Friday
lready March is halfway through, and spring is peeking out its sunny face. We all know spring to be a season of growth, with April showers feeding water to winter ridden plants. Also, because of the warmth and sun, optimism is usually associated with this time of the year. For The Juggling Gypsy Entertainment Parlor on Castle Street, it’s curious whether this controversial establishment will experience the same cheerful effects of spring. Almost three months after Wilmington’s smoking ban, still, the saga of The Juggling Gypsy vs. the Health Department continues—even intensified. The Gypsy has not closed or fallen to its knees, even after a recent $400 fine from the Health Department. In order to combat their legal financial woes, the Gypsy is now putting
by: Gwenyfar Rohler on a fund-raiser solely dedicated to their present and upcoming legal fees. Since the smoking ban first came into effect in the city, the Gypsy has been creatively and consistently fighting this new law. First, there was “The Smoking Show,” a live production set inside the Gypsy where a webcam recorded patrons, who signed in as performers, giving them the right and ability to smoke indoors, as allowed from the loophole found in the smoking ban that says performers in production can smoke indoors. This has not pleased nor convinced the Health Department; in February, it resulted in a $400 fine. According to David Rice, director of the
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Department of Health for New Hanover County, “The inspector who came found ashtrays in a box by the front door, and hookahs were present . . . and an individual was smoking a hookah at the time of the visit.” Manager Denny Best has since written a petition of appeal, and the entire staff of The Juggling Gypsy disputes this violation. “First of all, the ashtrays are meant for outside use. We don’t leave them out because they’ve been stolen, and we leave them near the front door for easier access and to prevent littering outside,” Best says. Along with the ashtrays, Best addresses and iterates that as a live production set, the Gypsy should therefore be exempt from the smoking ban. Although the Health Department may not agree with the declaration, Best also specifically points out that the shisha (flavored tobacco) is not lit but cooked, and that hookahs do not fall under the definition of “lighted tobacco,” according to the smoking ban. Despite the troubles of the Juggling Gypsy, the establishment stays true to its character and fights on in its own creative and unique manner. The Gypsy has now introduced tobacco-free herbal shisha (aka: “teasha”), which is made out of tea leaves or sugarcane instead than tobacco. Because there is no tobacco present, the Gypsy staff allows teasha smokers to enjoy their hookah indoors, while escorting cigarette and regular tobacco shisha smokers outside in the front or back patio. Now equipped with lawyers and a new tobacco-free shisha, the Gypsy intends to appeal their recent citation from the Health Department and fight in court for the same exemption that cigar bars received. “I don’t smoke cigarettes,” Lauren Jackson, a frequent bellydancer at the Juggling Gypsy, says. “Occasionally a hookah, but I actually smoke cigars. It’s unfair because hookahs is how the Gypsy makes its livelihood,” Jackson continues. “And, really, since the smoke
is filtered and it’s not straight tobacco, only including a tiny percentage of nicotine, the law shouldn’t really apply to hookahs. If cigars can get out of the smoking ban, hookahs should definitely be able to, as well.” In order to raise awareness and attend to the legal fees, the Gypsy is holding a Legal Defense Fund-raiser on Friday, March 26th. While normally the Gypsy’s doors open at 3pm, they will open an hour early with a potluck, local vendors selling homemade artwork and jewelry (20 percent of the funds will go directly to the Gypsy), and acoustic music inside and outside. “I want to support the Juggling Gypsy in raising the funds for their legal defense,” Nicole Carpenter, a regular who will be selling her jewelry at the fund-raiser, says. “It’s a second home to me, and its owners, staff and customers are good, honest people. Prohibiting the use of tobacco shisha at this establishment would most likely put them out of business—I don’t want to see that.” As the day progresses, the fund-raiser will also include fire-spinners showing their flames and moves the Gypsy’s resident tarot reader setting up her cards; a raffle with prizes from local artists and local businesses; andm of course, live music, ranging from Galactic Nuclei, Medicine Woman and the Doses, DJ Teknacolorninja, Saint Anthony, Scantron, According to Oscar and more. “The law should not discriminate between forms of the product (cigars, cigarettes, hookah), and allow some businesses to keep functioning while forcing others to close their doors. It is absurd that the Juggling Gypsy has to fight to keep their business open. But since they do, I want to help them find the means to do it,” Carpenter adds. The Juggling Gypsy Legal Defense Fundraiser will take place Friday March 26th at 216 Castle Street from 2pm-2am. For more information about the fund-raiser, call (910) 763-2223.
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Chris Potterâ€™s Underground
Friday, Mar. 26 8 p.m., Kenan Auditorium
Equally adept on soprano, alto or tenor, luminary saxophonist Chris Potter operates ahead of the curve. Prior to his thirtieth birthday, heâ€™d already achieved first-call status in heavy hitting New York circles and a
Entertaining Fear: The right and left hold their own
ealth-care reform scares some people. Some Democrats are afraid theyâ€™ll be voted out, and some conservatives are afraid the sky will fall and weâ€™ll have to go to Canada for health care, like Sarah did. The Democratsâ€™ fear to lead when theyâ€™re ahead always bothers me, but the odd blend of GOP panophobia (fear of everything) and Machiavellian fear-mongering disappoints me. FDR said, â€œThe only thing we have to fear is fear itself.â€? Machiavelli manipulated fear and said, â€œIt is better to be feared than loved.â€? Which do you prefer? Me? Iâ€™m an American. Iâ€™m not afraid. And Iâ€™m disappointed in politicians that play on fear, like Sarah â€œdeath panelâ€? Palin and some of todayâ€™s conservatives. Me? I prefer FDR to Machiavelli. FDR was an Americanâ€”sure, a Democrat, but Eisenhower or Reagan said the same thing in different words. Courage is not exclusively the virtue of any political party. Despite a half century of Republican rhetoric, neither are love of liberty, family, God and country. The GOP playbook leaked on March 4th, 2010, â€œcandidly confirm[ing] that the aimâ€Ś is to amp up â€˜fearâ€™ among the GOPâ€™s conservative base.â€? The Machiavellian gamble is that amped-up fear leads to amped-up fund-raising, assuring that in November a terrified electorate will toss out tons of scary Democrats that rode the wave of hope and change into officeâ€”unless the electorate becomes paralyzed by fear and stays holed up, FEAR News blaring, wideeyed and waiting for the end of days. Iâ€™d like to say fear tactics are un-American, that our founding fathers abandoned Machiavelli. But I canâ€™t. Both parties have
by: Mark Basquill Concerned citizen and encore reader
employed fear tactics to some extent over the generations. Fear tactics in politics are now as American as baseball. But â€œamping up fearâ€? is still Bush-league baseball, a vestige of the last administration, the one where Dubya and Dick avoided combat in their youth, allowed the most lethal terrorist attack on American soil during their watch, then played â€œFear Factorâ€? with us for seven years. Itâ€™s far beneath the best America has to offer. Iâ€™m stubborn as a mule, but I like the GOP symbol of the elephant, too, because elephants never forget. I love many of the core principles of my conservative friends. Defense of the Constitution. Preservation of liberty. Justice. Common good. They are my principles, President Obamaâ€™s principles and the principles of most folks. But rather than stay loyal to the core principles of most all Americans, some of todayâ€™s GOP prefer to ride an amped-up wave of fear back into power. I hope the GOP remembers their principles and recalls that their symbol isnâ€™t a quaking elephant with Chicken Little riding atop, pointing at the falling sky. Weâ€™ve survived 43 administrations and 110 Congresses. Distrusted every one. Supported and protested every war weâ€™ve ever fought, every policy weâ€™ve ever enacted. Weâ€™ll all benefit when the GOP finds the courage to stop listening to Machiavelli and start listening to FDR. The only thing we truly have to fear is fear itself. [ed. note: Obamaâ€™s Healthcare Reform was passed by the house on March 22.]
Grammy nomination to boot. Now, at his finest in his role of bandleader, Potter heads up the dynamic Underground, which features guitarist Adam Rogers, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nate Smith. Co-presented with the Department of Musicâ€™s 28th Annual Guest Artist Jazz Festival
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d r i e w e h t f o s w ne Chuck Shepherd digs up the strangest of the strange in world news
LEAD STORY It’s a simple recipe, said A-List New York City chef Daniel Angerer: a cheese derived from the breast milk of his wife, who is nursing the couple’s 3-month-old daughter. As a chef, he said, “you look out for something new and what you can do with it,” and what Angerer could do is make about two quarts of “flavor(ful)” cheese out of two gallons of mother’s milk. “(T)astes just like really sweet cow’s milk.” He posted the recipe, “My Spouse’s Mommy Milk Cheese,” on his blog and invited readers’ participation: “Our baby has plenty (of) back-up mother’s milk in the freezer, so whoever wants to try it is welcome to try it as long as supply lasts (please consider cheese aging time).” Cultural Diversity Florida’s Agriculture Department, acting on a tip, confiscated Giant African Snails believed to have been smuggled into the country by Charles Stewart of Hialeah, Fla., for use in the religion Ifa Orisha, which encourages followers to drink the snails’ mucus for its supposed healing powers. Actually, said
the department (joined in the investigation by two federal agencies), bacteria in the mucus causes frequent violent vomiting, among other symptoms. At press time, Stewart had not been charged with a crime. A growing drug problem facing Shanghai, China, is stepped-up use of methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs at all-night parties, but not the “rave” parties favored by young fast-lane types in the U.S. These Shanghai druggies, according to a February dispatch in London’s Guardian, are often middle-aged and retired people, who use the drugs to give them strength for all-night games of Mah Jongg played at out-of-theway parlors around the city. Modernization Kept at Bay: Despite Fiji’s strides into the 21st century, the island nation’s court system remains relatively primitive, according to a January report from Agence France-Presse. Transcriptions of court proceedings are still made by ordinary reporters, writing out the dialogue by hand and thus calling on judges, lawyers and witnesses to periodically slow down or repeat themselves
when they speak. Papua New Guinea retains many of its historical tribal conflicts, and one flared up in January, according to a dispatch by an Australian Broadcasting Corp. reporter. Two people were killed in skirmishes that were provoked in a quite contemporary way when a member of one tribe sent a member of another a pornographic text message. Latest Religious Messages Japan’s Mantokuji temple in Gumma province was historically the place where women went to cleanse themselves in divorce, aided by the temple’s iconic toilets, into which the bad spirits from the failed liaisons could be shed and flushed forever. The toilets have been modernized, according to a February Reuters dispatch, and today the temple is used by the faithful to rid themselves of all types of problems. (The upgrades also permitted a solution to a longstanding annoyance at the temple, of visitors mistaking the iconic toilets for regular commodes.) American Taliban: Michael Colquitt, 32, got a judicial order of protection in January against his father, Baptist preacher Joe Colquitt, in Alcoa, Tenn. According to Michael, Pastor Joe had threatened him at gunpoint about his poor church-attendance record. Kevin Johnson, 59, was arrested in Madison, Wis., in February and charged with using a stun gun repeatedly on a local dance instructor, whom Johnson believed was a “sinner” (also a “fornicator” and a “peeking Tom”) who “defiles married women” by teaching them dances involving bodies touching. Child-Unfriendly Religions Jeff and Marci Beagley were sentenced to 16 months in prison in March after a jury in Oregon City, Ore., found them guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of their teenage son, whose congenital urinary tract blockage was treated only with oils and prayer prescribed by the Beagleys’ Followers
of Christ Church. Doctors said the boy could have been saved with medical treatment right up until the day he died. (The Beagleys’ infant granddaughter died in 2008 under similar circumstances, but no criminal conviction resulted.) A 7-year-old girl died in February in Oroville, Calif., and her 11- year-old sister was hospitalized needing critical care, after being “lovingly” beaten by their adoptive parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, who are followers of religion-based corporal punishment. The Schatzes, as recommended by a fundamentalist Web site, had whipped the girls with quarter-inch-wide plumbers’ rubber tubing, to supposedly make the children “happier” and “more obedient to God.” Criminal charges against the couple were pending at press time. Questionable Judgments In December, in St. Tammany Parish, La., and in February, near Miami Township, Ohio, men driving young female family members around decided it would be cool to feign crimes as they drove. Tim Williams, 45, was arrested in Louisiana after the sight of his duct-taped 12-year-old daughter provoked at least three motorists to call 911. The Ohio man, detained by police after several 911 calls, admitted that he had thought it would be “funny” if his granddaughter held a BB gun to his head as he drove around Dayton Mall. Alcohol That Miracle Drug Toni Tramel, 31, angry at being jailed in Owensboro, Ky., for public intoxication in March, had “assaulting a police officer” added to the charges when, changing into a jail uniform, she allegedly pointed her lactating breast at a female officer and squirted her in the face. Deanne Elsholz, 44, was charged with domestic battery in Wesley Chapel, Fla., in February after hitting her husband, David, in the face with a glass. David, intoxicated, had enraged Deanne by apparently completely missing the toilet bowl as he stood to urinate. (Deanne then angrily charged after him but lost her footing on the slippery floor.) The Weirdo-American Community When the FBI finally concluded that the late-2001 anthrax scare was the work of government scientist Bruce Ivins (who committed suicide in 2008), the bureau released its investigative files, revealing personal activities that (according to Ivins’ own description) “a middle-age man should not do.” For example, Ivins admitted to being a cross-dresser, and agents discovered pornographic fetish magazines on “blindfolding or bondage” themes and “15 pairs of stained women’s panties.” Ivins also admitted a decades-long obsession with the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and told agents how he broke into two chapters’ houses to steal books on KKG “rituals.” Read News of the Weird daily at www.WeirdUniverse.net. Send your Weird News to WeirdNews@earthlink.net or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.
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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! Thalian Association presents ‘You Can’t Take It with You’
ad day at the office? Bad day trying to find a job in an office? “You Can’t Take It with You” is the perfect antidote to chronic crankiness. Sappy, happy idealism is something we all need a dose of these days. The Sycamore family is genuinely happy. Are they crazy, stupid, or just on a sugar high from a diet of corn flakes and candy? It doesn’t really matter. Grandpa quit his job 35 years ago, and now collects snakes and goes to commencement exercises. Mr. Sycamore makes fireworks in the basement with his pal, Mr. De Pinna. Mrs. Sycamore writes plays because a typewriter was accidentally delivered to the house (she used to paint portraits). Daughter Essie makes candy but aspires to be a ballerina, and her husband Ed plays the xylophone and prints items like the dinner menu.
by: MJ Pendelton
You Can’t Take It with You
HHHHH Hanna Block Second Street Stage 120 S. 2nd Street March 25-28, 8pm • Sundays, 3pm Tickets: $20 • (910) 251-1778 or www.etix.com Assorted extended family members have other unique idiosyncrasies. The only “normal” person is Alice, who goes to an office every day and has fallen in love with the son TAKE IT ALL! (l. to r.) Laurene Perry, Courtney Harding, Lori Winner and Joe Gallison star in Thalian Association’s production of ‘You Can’t Take It with You,’ directed by Tom Briggs. Photo by Chris Ochs
of her boss. “You Can’t Take It with You” is very entertaining, not because it won a Pulitzer Prize (although that doesn’t hurt), but because its director, Tom Briggs, along with the entire cast and crew, have staged such a thoroughly delightful production. Three of the principal actors in particular infuse such genuine joy into their performances that it is impossible to resist the charisma. Lori Winner (Penny) has warmth and happiness that simply wraps the audience. It is difficult to imagine anyone else in the role of this unconditionally loving family matriarch. Courtney Harding (Essie) danced, danced, danced all night. Though Essie’s ballet skills were not supposed to be very impressive, Harding had a few moves that were certainly not amateur. Most importantly, though, she seemed radiantly happy. Joe Gallison (Grandpa) carried the show with the self-confident demeanor of a man at peace with himself in the world—the person we all want to be when we grow up. His performance was outstanding. Every member of the cast was wonderful and contributed to the contagious delight. Steve Zarro (Boris, the ballet teacher) was hilarious, particularly when he tackled the ultra uptight Mr. Kirby (R. Manly Lucas). Lance Howell (Mr. De Pinna) was also very enter-
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taining, especially in his toga. The costumes (Charlotte Safrit and David Kratzer) were fabulous—authentic ‘30s, as well as a tutu, tiara and the previously mentioned toga. Set designer, Troy Rudeseal created a marvelous parlor/dining room, which impossibly accommodated a myriad of props (Laura Zarro) and 19 actors. The sound effects (Jonathan Graves, designer and operator), mostly firecrackers and other explosions, were exciting, and the lighting (Jacki Booth, designer, and Anna Mann, operator) was realistically creative. An evening scene had ambient light from street lamps filtering in through the blinds. Classics are supposed to have an enduring relevance, but the astonishing impression of “You Can’t Take It with You” is that it really could be commenting on society today—73 years later. People are still considered crazy if they are unconventional, true happiness is a rarity, and the economy is a mess. In one scene where G-men storm the house, a simple mental transition substitutes Homeland Security. Sociologically, it is disturbing that civilization has not evolved significantly over the years. Hegel wrote in his Philosophy of History, “People and governments have never learned anything from history,” so perhaps “You Can’t Take It with You” playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman intended this to be a cautionary tale. Fortunately, this production is entertaining and engaging on any level of interpretation and, most importantly, jump starts the joy factor.
Big Dawg welcomes 14th annual New Play Festival
t is so fantastic that young people actually write and even aspire to be professional playwrights. Big Dawg Productions is nurturing this talent and ambition by sponsoring their annual New Play Festival to showcase the best of the best. In the 14th annual event, there are two new playsm “The Auditions” by Emily Milke and “Picture Day” by Madison Godfrey. The other three one-act plays have been produced by Big Dawg before. “The Love Raft” by Lily Radack and “When Will the Violence End” by Katie Shucavage were originally presented at the 2008 and 2005 festivals, respectively, and were so well-received that they deserved an encore. The fifth play, “The Takeover,” is to honor recently deceased playwright Virginia Davis, a devoted local theater patron and former member of Big Dawg’s Board of Directors. With five one-act plays in the production, there is something to please everyone. The two new plays are both directed by Michelle Reiff, and both feature the scary “mean girl.” Cleverly, Reiff switched the actors’ roles so that good-girl Julia Goei, Sarah in “The Auditions,” becomes mean girl Jessica in “Picture Day.” The personalities are reversed for Brey Warren, who is mean Anna in “The Auditions” and dorky Bethany in “Picture Day.” Of course, the villains are the most engaging, and Warren is fabulously bitchy as Anna. Both new plays are character-driven, which is interesting because it is simpler for writers to develop plot rather than character. Because both writers seem to already have psychological insight, their writing will only improve with age and experience. “The Love Raft” by Lily Radack is not only adorable but very wise. The allegorical premise is based on who and how many guys should be allowed to share a girl’s raft on the sea of life. “Remember girls, always be in charge of who is on your raft,” the very
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New Play Festival
★★★★★ Cape Fear Playhouse • 613 Castle St. March 19th-20th and 26th-27th, 8pm Sundays, 3pm Tickets: $10-$15 • (910) 341-7228 cute and flirty Sarai Walters (Ava) cautions. The persistent suitor Max is charmingly portrayed by Mark Tadeo, and J. Holloman is versatile and very funny as three potential boyfriends. Katie Shucavage was only 13 when she wrote “When Will the Violence End,” and she is now at NYU studying playwrighting. This play, with a disturbing pictorial backdrop, offers three different cultural perspectives on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. UNCW students Ashton Simmons, Tiffany Sweeney, and Claire Taylor are very good in their roles, and this play and performance alone is worth the ticket price. The plays are thematically arranged to begin and end with plays about plays. Davis’ “The Takeover” also smoothly transitions the audience back into comedy. It is written by an adult about adults—“old” people, in fact. The inclusion of this play makes the festival collection appealing to a more diverse audience; though, on opening-night all the young actors from the first three plays joined the audience and seemed to really enjoy the last two plays. Maybe age doesn’t matter if a play is wellmade and provocative. Davis’ work humorously tackles the age-old age issue. Big Dawg’s 14th Annual New Play Festival deserves the support of the entire community for fostering young talent and commemorating Virginia Davis, who devoted her life to the theater arts.
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Paul Greengrass doesn’t enlighten with Green Zone
igh and mighty.” It’s a great expression—one that I get to use so rarely. But it’s an apt phrase to use when discussing Green Zone, the new action-thriller starring Matt Damon and helmed by one of my favorite directors, Paul Greengrass. Like the last two Bourne movies, Greengrass and Damon have teamed up to deliver a solid piece of adrenaline. However, the underlying politics of the piece tend to get a little preachy; hence, the “high and mighty” handle. Working politics into an action-thriller is always tricky. Sometimes it ends up overcomplicating a very simple run-andgun scenario. Other times the politics can be so blatantly referenced that it makes audiences feel like they’re being beaten with the bias stick. And sometimes they are broken down to such simplicity that it feels almost insulting to anyone who has graduated middle school. A prime example is Rocky 4. Remember Rocky 4—when the Soviet champion Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) killed Apollo Creed with his bare hands? Thus, Rocky travels to Russia to fight the Soviet Superman and forgoes training in a high-tech facility in favor of an old barn in a frozen tundra. After defeating his rival, Rocky takes the microphone and delivers some of the most painful dialogue ever committed to film: “During this fight . . . I seen a lot of changing: the way you felt about me and the way I felt about you. In here there were two guys killing each other. But I guess that’s better than a million. What I’m trying to say is: If I can change and you can change, everybody can change!” And so the Italian Stallion summed up 50 years of the Cold War so terribly it could have been written by a fourth-grade socialstudies class. Green Zone isn’t that dubious, but it may be equally disingenuous. The movie is set in the “green zone,” an area around Baghdad where maintaining order is a seemingly insurmountable task. Matt Damon plays Miller, a clutch soldier who is intent on finding the weapons of mass destruction, which will validate the invasion. His desire isn’t political but personal. He’s the kind of soldier who believes in the cause for which he’s fighting. Of course, we all know that the WMD’s were as real as the Tooth Fairy and the female orgasm. Setting the story in 2003 may have been realistic, but any sense of mystery quickly vanishes since the audience knows more than the characters in the film. Eventually, Miller learns that there are no WMD’s and that he and
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WEAK RESOLUTION: Matt Damon stars as the main character in Green Zone—about a soldier searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction.
many of his fellow soldiers are the pawns in a complex political game. Duh. To whom exactly is this a revelation? The story itself is an excuse to turn up the tension in a situation that always feels seconds from combusting. There are few directors with the kind of kinetic sensibilities of Paul Greengrass. The man can craft scenes with the skill of a sculptor; he can make hanging laundry riveting. His mistake with Green Zone is the almost childlike character-approach to Miller—the kind of unflinching choir boy with little nuance. I’m sure some people like their heroes clean-cut and dilemmafree—not me. I like protagonists with something to lose.
Greg Kinnear plays a particularly prickly member of the Bush administration who is trying to manage the many personalities in the zone. His role, as well as much of the tone, feels eerily similar to the Ridley Scott spy-thriller Body of Lies. Both deal with shifting alliances and a conspiracy. Both films are fairly effective thrillers that left me a little hungry for more. I liked the film, but I had a hard time investing in it. Films chronicling the war on terror have been such a piss-poor experience. We either get syrupy dreck or confusing pablum. The only film that has tackled the war on terror with considerable success has been The Hurt Locker, because the movie avoids assumptions, and dumps the politics in favor of characters who both suffer and thrive under increasingly hostile circumstances. Green Zone is a movie that feels like it wants to say something but never does. As an action-thriller, it succeeds on nearly every technical level. But the story is thin, and the resolution is weak. It never felt as if the characters had any dirt underneath their fingernails. Everything seems so cut and dry. The good guys are great; the bad guys are predictable. Still, Green Zone is an entertaining by-the-book procedural thriller. It’s a little corny and lacks depth. It’s even entertaining—but hardly enlightening.
this week in film Elephant
Juggling Gypsy’s Subversive Film Series 1612 Castle Street • (910) 763-2223 Sunday, March 28th, 8pm • free (pictured) A day in the lives of a group of average, teenage high-school students, the film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However, two of the students plan to do something that the student body won’t forget. Directed by Gus Van Zant; starring Alex Frost, Eric Deulen and John Robinson. Rated R; 81 minutes.
Girl on a Train
Cinemaqtiue Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut Street March 24th-28th: Wed-Sat., 7:30pm • Sun., 3pm • $7 Émile Dequenne (star of Rosetta) plays enigmatic 23-year-old Jeanne whose lie about an anti-semitic attack on a Paris train fuels already existing racial, religious and political tensions in France. Although it is based on a real event, Girl on a Train avoids the sensationalism of the country’s response and focuses instead on the girl’s relationships. She craves affection but is alienated from her widowed mother (Catherine Deneuve) and unable to sustain a relationship with her wrestler boyfriend. Yet as those close to her eventually discover the truth, they struggle to protect her from what is coming. Written and directed by André Téchiné. In French and Hebrew with English subtitles. 105 minutes. Not rated.
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Why art isn’t a priority to Wilmington officials
n a survey taken in December of 2009, artists, creative workers and art patrons were asked about support for the arts in Wilmington. The response was overwhelmingly that of disappointment. The general consensus was that despite the city’s debt (economically and otherwise) to the creative community, it was very difficult to find a tangible encouragement for artists in the Port City. “Wilmington is a wonderful place to live,” Deborah Velders, director of the Cameron Art Museum (CAM), said. “But it can be a challenging environment for art; this is a generally conservative community that is not always open to the lively, contemporary trends and free-thinking that characterizes the arts.” This was months before Velders and her staff at the museum had to present a justification for funds from the city. This year Cameron Art Museum requested an additional $100,000 for operations, and had to lay out each and every expense for scrutiny. A press conference was held on March 16th, and the staff was ready with figures, such as annual salaries, exhibit costs and general-maintenance fees. The
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by: Lauren Hodges museum, which cites education as its main objective, has a mimimum of 23,000 visitors each year, with an all-time high of 42,000. Aside from the main attractions, the museum also points out that 4,000 people each year participated in their public programs on art, music, literature and dance. The educational programs benefitted approximately 3,700 school children annually. Yet, these facts didn’t seem enough to justify an increased payout. Even as landscaping crews fill the downtown gardens, and construction workers frantically try to finish up the Front Street project in time for the Azalea Festival, this nationally recognized tourist attraction can’t find its way to the top of Wilmington’s list of priorities. The outrage in the artistic community is obvious. Facebook discussions carry on each and every day, with artists sharing their struggles in the city. This latest issue involving the museum sounds like a last straw for several creative residents. Certainly, the life of an artist is used to scrutiny and isolation; the story of struggle is almost required in the community in order to receive the creative “street cred.” The real challenge for most is the promise of advancement—that golden carrot at the end of the road, at least suggesting that they won’t go unappreciated forever. Here in Wilmington there just isn’t enough golden carrot to go around. “I have been talking about a move for years now,” Polish artist Michal Wisniowski said, as he was packing for relocation. His work is featured in CAM’s latest exhibit, “Toy Crazy.” “I strongly feel that all artists and galleries are struggling during this recession, because fine arts are generally a luxury that most people think they can live without,” Nikki Wisniowski, Michal’s wife and another featured artist at CAM, added. “It’s not just money,” designer Cheryl Stewart said. “I’m originally from Ithaca, New York. That was not a wealthy city, but everywhere you went, there was a mural, a sculpture, a street musician on the corner— it was about support.” Still, other artists are feeling the crunch of the part-time job a necessary evil to continue their crafts but also a distraction from the creative process. “I never have time to paint,” art student Addie Wuensch noted. “If I take time off work, I can’t afford my supplies.” The museum’s struggle is a popular topic at Bottega Gallery, voted encore’s Best Art Gallery, located downtown Wilmington. Last year, Bottega got new owners, after founder and former proprietor Bonnie England sold the gallery before escaping to France for a month to
SHORT ON FUNDS: Cameron Art Museum was rejected a $100,000 increase in funds from the city to keep its educational programs and artistic offerings a viable part of Wilmington.
recover from the change and dedicate her time to her passion: painting. Yet, she never fully defected, refusing to cut the apron strings on the community for which she started the gallery. “When Steve [Gibbs, her former partner] and I formed Bottega, it was out of a desire to create a unique gathering place for artists and art supporters alike,” England said. “I think some of the creative outlets currently in place attract more of a party atmosphere than actual art collectors and serious supporters of the arts.” The loyal supporters of the community like Velders and England seem to think that an overall arts authority is needed to solidify the scene. “An arts council is an advocate for all the arts in a community,” Velders explained. “It can act as a cohesive fund-raising body to secure funding that individuals cannot access, like governmental agencies.” If asked, the Wilmington artists and patrons are not without their ideas: public sculpture, fountains, gardens, murals, festivals, public performances and funds for visiting artists were all suggested ways to enhance opportunities for artists in the city. However, now the community has started to wonder if the constant justification and advocating would lead to any real results. Until the museum’s budget can find a happy ending (or at least another creative solution—it already opted to organize its own exhibits last year), the confidence within the Wilmington art community will likely result in a lot more packed boxes.
1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm www.artfuelinc.com www.myspace.com/artfuel_inc Artfuel.inc is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th st. 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. Currently, Artfuel, Inc. will showcase Volume 22, a graffiti extravaganza, featuring Stevie Mack, Kid Mike, Mathew Curran, Camden Noir and Eye Dee. Live tagging will be done throughout the evening on a wall built specially for the event. All are welcome.
332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm www.crescentmoonnc.com Local fused glass artist, Michelle Arthur premiered at Crescent Moon just in time for the 2009 holiday, and has recently expanded her work at the gallery to include jewelry, Christian crosses, votives and platters. Her handcrafted designs are created using fine hand-rolled glass with iridescent and dichroic finishes, as well as with a pinch of island sand. Michelle’s unique style and artistic flair can be seen at Surf’s Bar and Grill Restaurant in all of the magnificent custom lighting designed by her. New to the gallery, Steven Kitra’s 12” Spirit Ball and his scented hand-blown diffusers. A full line of Kitra’s Art Glass can be found year round at Crescent Moon. Crescent Moon is located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter as CrescentMoonNC, or become a fan on our Facebook page!
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 think. 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.
New Elements Gallery
216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com Catch “Spring Fever” at New Elements Gallery and enjoy our wonderful collection of original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wood by regional artists. “Spring Fever” will open on Friday, March 26th and remain on display through April 17th. An explosion of color, movement and nature-inspired imagery pays homage to the long awaited arrival of Spring. An opening night reception on March 26th from 6 to 9 pm coincides with this month’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night in downtown Wilmington. Featured artists will include Kristen Dill, David Goldhagen, Kyle Highsmith, Rebecca Humphrey and Susan Mauney. Now celebrating 25 years, the fine art and contemporary craft the gallery also offers custom framing and art consultation services.
pattersonbehn art gallery
511 1/2 Castle Street • (910) 251-8886 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm (Winter: closed Monday) www.pattersonbehn.com pattersonbehn will be featuring the work of Michelle Connolly. Michelle is a remarkably, prolific artist who has managed to stay connected to her inner child by channeling it through her artwork. Though so much of her work comes from her personal memories and her very active imagination- there is also a strong sense of depth and maturity to many of her pieces. The gallery also carries works by Bob Bryden, Virginia Wright-Frierson, Rachel Kastner, Pam Toll, and Katherine Webb, as well as a large selection of works on paper in numerous media.
Sunset River Marketplace
10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues- Sat. 10am-5pm Closed Mon. in winter sunsetrivermarketplace.com 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. Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. The dynamic instruction and exchange of ideas has resulted in a closely knit group who have dubbed themselves the “Pastel Sisters” and their group show, which runs at the gallery from March 27th through April 24th is titled
“Pastel Sisters Show All.” The participating artists are: Nancy Guiry, Brenda Goff, Liz Roberts, Mary Grace Cain, Sue Ruopp, Barbara Riggi Evarts, Sandy Petit and Linda Young. Artist reception: Saturday, March 27th, 3-6pm; public welcome.
Wilmington Art Association Gallery
616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org The Wilmington Art Association is holding its 28th annual Spring Art Show and Sale during the Azalea Festival weekend. The public is invited to view the creative art work on display at Perry Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 313 Dock Street, Friday and Saturday, April 9th and 10th from 10am-5:30pm, and Sunday, April 11th, from noon-4pm. The show is free but you may purchase Betty Brown’s beautiful White Azalea poster for just $10. Currently showing is Gordon Webb, photographer, radio producer and scriptwriter. Webb’s art photography will hang through March 24th.
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Collaboratively Individualistic: Chris Potter shares his passion for jazz as part of UNCW JazzFest
ven the most celebrated of artists don’t always gravitate toward their calling on the first try. For world-renowned saxophonist Chris Potter, the discovery became an acquired taste. “I remember that before I heard jazz records, I didn’t really like the saxophone,” he revealed last week, during a phone call to encore from his home in New York City. “It wasn’t until I heard some jazz records that I heard the possibilities. It turned into something like: When there’s a food that you really didn’t like as a kid, and then you get older and try it one more time [only to discover] it’s not quite as disgusting—that’s kind of how the saxophone was for me. But by the time I was 10, there just became something about it, and I bothered my parents until they got me one.” For Potter the saxophone wasn’t his first foray into music. Born in Chicago and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, he was already something of a musical prodigy by the time he was able to stomach the sax, having already become proficient at several other instruments. Although Columbia, by most peoples’ standards, is a large enough college town,
by: Adrian Varnam
Chris Potter and Underground Kenan Auditorium • 21 North Front Street March 26th • 8pm • Admission: $6-$22 Jazz Clinic and Q&A: 2:30-4:45pm Beckwirth Recital Hall • free with presumably above-average opportunities for a young musician, Potter was discovering that his love for jazz was difficult to foster with little peer support and influence. So, at 18 he moved to New York City to study at the New School and the Manhattan School of Music. “The fact was: As a kid I was the only person my age who was interested in this music, so I was really off by myself,” he said. “Moving to New York really gave me the opportunity to meet a bunch of like-minded musicians at a very high level—it was extremely stimulating. People know that when they come here to study jazz music, the point is to be here, which isn’t to say anything bad about the schools themselves. That’s just how it works.”
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quartet of energy: Chris Potter and his band, Underground, will play on the evening of the 26th as part of UNCW’s JazzFest. They’ll do a clinic and Q&A session earlier in the afternoon.
Potter says that although his educational experience was extremely valuable, he doubts he would have become the musician he is today had the schools been in any other city. The New York City jazz scene is something in and of itself. “This is probably the place where there’s the most jazz activity—it’s probably the place where more greats live than anywhere else,” he noted. “There’s more energy about it—there’s more people getting together and playing, and there’s just a lot of ideas floating around. The way jazz has always functioned is that there has to be a scene. There’s no art form that develops in a vacuum but especially not jazz music.” Yet, the paradox with jazz, Potter explains, is that it’s simultaneously one of the most collaborative and individualistic forms of artistic expression. There exists celebratory improvisation and personal exploration, and the real need for structure both onstage and in a larger context. “The whole point is to learn to improvise together and to make music together that’s probably based on some kind of formal idea. But within that each musician has a huge amount of latitude about what to do next,” he explained. “It’s a very social and collaborative process. I think sense of community is important in all of the arts but especially jazz music. You really need to be surrounded by very high-level musicians to keep growing yourself.” Although Potter spends most of his time exploring those artistic communities in clubs all over the world, he says he does on occasion dive back into academia, offering workshops and clinics in universities across the
country. In fact, he’ll be conducting one such jazz clinic and an additional Q&A session in preparation for his concert at UNCW this coming week. Although he admits being a clinician is a whole different experience than performing with his band in a club, interacting and influencing young musicians has its own payoff. “It’s truly gratifying to see and be a part of,” he said. “It’s great to see the amount of energy the students have—they really want to know and learn. So you can hope that you can come in and say something that’s useful for them to hear, but you often never know. It could be months down the line when a student does something and says, ‘Oh, that’s what he was talking about.’ It’s hard to even count the experiences I’ve had like that as a young musician myself. Seeing a musician that you’ve listened to on records actually play—seeing how they physically relate to the instrument—can, in a certain way, really teach you a lot, even without saying anything. Then, when they actually do speak, I find it’s a huge source of insight into how they are as a musician, too.” Whether it’s an academic environment or a jazz club, Potter understands that these interactive and precious moments of sharing a craft he’s dedicated his life to are the building blocks to understanding jazz itself. It’s collaboration that brings out the most in jazz music, both in appreciation from the audience and in the never-ending growth of the artist. “That’s a lot of what it means to really teach jazz; to be around people who have dedicated their lives to it and see how they approach it,” he said. “Because it’s not something where you can just read a book and get the information. Even beyond the words that I’m saying, my hope is that maybe [students and audiences] can get something out of my attitude toward it, and experience where the music is really coming from at [a] deeper level.”
More on UNCW JazzFest: International and local musicians show off their talents
hen I ponder and attempt to dissect the heart and core of jazz music, I feel like the triumphant horns and the animated piano keys are celebrating a victory over some long hardship, essentially saying, “Now it is time to stop feeling so blue, but instead overcome and embrace what the future has in store.” The words permeate the present, in the dark, sultry sounds of John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, and especially in the modern-day brilliant gypsy music of Django Reinhardt. While jazz is not exactly a mainstream genre, its legends still exist not just in memory but in inspiration. There’s no question that jazz has inspired and influenced generations of artists from British-icon Jeff Beck to the American jazz-rock of Morphine. Now, in its 28th year, UNCW is presenting JazzFest, but the real treat comes from the fact that the Wilmington community will be getting two guest artists. JazzFest is a festival where jazz musicians come to the UNCW campus and perform for the public, but it is also a rare educational opportunity for many students of all ages. Dr. Frank Bongiorno, professor and coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department at UNCW, developed JazzFest back in the ‘80s. “With my personal experience in college, there would be guest artists doing shows, and I would attend them,” Bongiorno explained. “I really felt like it was such an important part of the campus, which is why I wanted to bring something like JazzFest to UNCW.” JazzFest takes place over three days this year, and the itinerary includes renowned jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and his quartet, as well as world-class saxophonist Chris Potter (see interview page left) and Underground. “We’ve had some great guest artists before, but having two this year is pretty exciting, needless to say.” Bob Russell, lecturer in jazz guitar at UNCW, said. “I’ve been an admirer of Jonathan Kreisberg for a while, listening to his records and such. I think the operative word here for everyone involved is just ‘excited.’ [JazzFest] brings wonderful concerts and provides extraordinary educational opportunities for students.” Aside from UNCW students, high-school jazz bands get the chance to perform, too, and receive a full critique from the university jazz staff and the visiting musicians. The framework for the critique goes beyond lectures and constructive criticism; students will sit down and listen to Jonathan Kreisberg and Chris Potter discuss their personal stories. They’ll learn how jazz music has shaped each performer, bettering him and molding him into the professional artist he is today. “What is so wonderful is that you get to
by: Christina Dore
JazzFest UNCW Campus: Kenan Auditorium and Beckwith Hall March 25th-27th Featuring Jonathan Keisberg, Chris Potter and jazz bands from UNCW and local high schools
FRIDAY, APRIL 2
DANNY GOKEY w/ Madonna Nash
(ADV) $ 21.00 / (DOS) $ 24.00
FRIDAY, APRIL 9
Tickets: $5 - $22 • (910) 962-3500 see high-school kids, working with proficient jazz people, and it really is such an opportunity and inspiration for them,” Ann Seymour, event coordinator, gushed. “Because of our partnership with Arts in Action, we now can afford to bring two great artists here. For the Wilmington community, they are united at the campus for fantastic concerts and educational opportunities.” JazzFest begins on March 25th, with a performance by the Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet at Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free to students with a valid UNCW ID. On March 26th, Chris Potter will take the stage in Kenan Auditorium (see page left). JazzFest will end March 27th with a final performance from Jonathan Kreisberg, accompanied by UNCW’s Saxtet and Big Band, in Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm. These groups will be performing the premiere of “Born to Run,” a newly commissioned piece for big band by Gary Lindsay. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for students with a valid UNCW ID. Tickets are available at the Cultural Arts Building and Kenan Auditorium, one hour prior to the show. Call the Kenan Auditorium Box Office for more information at (910) 962-3500.
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Pierre Bensusan brings world music to City Stage
encore: I understand that you are entirely self-taught on the guitar. What has this offered you and your musicianship in terms of freedom and exploration? Pierre Bensusan: When you are self-taught, no school or pre-conceived ideas could disturb your inner world and imaginated [sic] structures. You
for the Club Med, but as a vocabulary that expresses something relevant and mysterious that generates curiosity, attention, pleasure, compassion, elevation and tolerance.
by: Adrian Varnam
Pierre Bensusan Tuesday, March 30th • 8pm
e: as an accomplished world traveler and musician, what does the american south offer you, culturally and musically? PB: I notice that in the South, people have a different relation to time and how to spend this time, and I like that: less speed and craze. I am of course sensitive to the culture, the history, the music yesterday and today, [and] the people. I will spend two days in Wilmington, which I have visited before, and in New Orleans, which I have never visited, and also in Atlanta. I have dear friends in every one of these cities, [which] helps to appreciate where I really am. So I am looking forward to that.
Level 5/City Stage 21 North Front Street Tickets: $17.50 • (910) 343-0272 www.citystageatlevel5.com www.pierrebensusan.com also naturally strengthen your drive and enthusiasm with all the experiences you make, and it’s very important to keep that faith and develop your self-confidence. You learn from your mistakes and correct them. I felt free from day one to go anywhere I felt like going [and] play the way it seemed the most natural to me. I just had—and still have—to learn to go there. It also means that you choose your guides all along the way. The world of guitar is vast, and there are many ways to produce a guitar sound. It’s many years later that I corrected my technique, especially my right hand, so I could
photo by: Jack GescheIdt
o most in a culture dominated by popmusical chatter, Pierre Bensusan may not be a household name. But throughout the world, and especially in circles of those who appreciate true artisanship in music, he’s revered and admired. Born in French Algeria and raised in Paris, Bensusan began formally studying the piano at age 7. By 11 he was teaching himself guitar, and at 17 he signed his first recording contract. Known throughout the world today as one of music’s most innovative, influential and celebrated guitarists, Bensusan continues to produce, perform, and share his gift—a truly unique expression of Celtic, World, and New Age music. Recently, encore interviewed him, via e-mail, as he was preparing for his trip to the United States, including a stop at City Stage/Level 5 in Wilmington come March 30th.
FOREIGN APPEAL: French Algerian Pierre Bensusan shows off his prodigal guitar mastery at City Stage/Level 5 on March 30th.
produce a better tone—richer and with more nuances. But the world of music is even wider, and one thing I keep in mind is to always serve the music as much as I can.
Flaming Amy’s is looking for Wilmington’s next Big star! We need a song/jingle to use in radio and television advertisements, and we want YOU to write it! Bands, Singers, Closet Music Makers…ANYBODY. Just put together a 30-60 second song or jingle, Burn it to a CD and drop it off at any Flaming Amy’s or Gravity Records.
Taking submissions through March 31st, 2010
e: your style captures so many different types of world music. Is there a particular genre (or cultural heritage) that especially resonates with you? PB: I don’t think so today. I react by the level of emotion that music gives me. There [are] absolutely no genres out there or boxes with music in each of them, and no styles either. There is [only] music, emotion, and a manner of delivering or filtering it. What counts is that it should never be perceived like a catalogue
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e: What advice do you offer young artists in forging a career in music, and if you could have done anything differently yourself, what would it have been? PB: First, play a lot and water that drive, which eventually will help to keep up the effort and the pleasure of progressing through the journey. Also, remember: Guitar is only an instrument; it’s about music. Most of the time, the call is very natural, and you find yourself making some kind of living with playing. Then, it all has to do with what you stand for and what kind of energy you use. Victor Hugo said that if God wanted man to look behind, he would have put an eye at the back of his head. If you want to give a chance to your project, don’t look back, and be there all the way for it. I would personally do nothing different, except be kinder, less ready to jump off the wall, and [be] a better person when I was younger. I was like a train; if I had been like a boat, it would have been a different story. But you don’t make history again, just live with it, and work on it—and on you, as you grow. That’s the beauty and the real present of life.
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RogeR Davis, Ron Wilson —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 open Mic night —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 nutt house iMpRov —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJ Jeph caulteR —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 JaMes JaRvis & FRienDs (7pM-8pM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-7631607 KaRaoKe With BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ p. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 acoustic night: tyleR McKaig —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616
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ThUrSDAY, MArch 25 FaMily KaRaoKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707 live acoustic —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DJ RichteRMeisteR —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 nutt stReet open Mic —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 toM RhoDes —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 classy KaRaoKe With ManDy clayton —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 DJ coMpose —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 open Mic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737
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DJBe KaRaoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 act ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 haRpeR Blynn —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Mac anD Juice —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 KaRaoKe W/ DJ BiKeR RoB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 open Mic night With gaRy allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaRaoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 eRic anD caRey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 piano shoW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 tRez Bluz —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341
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Top 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 KaraoKe w/ DJ STeve —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 JameS JarviS & FrienDS (7pm-8pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-7631607 Jazz —Boca Bay, 2025 Eastwood Rd; 256-1887 KaraoKe w/ BoB ClayTon —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 paul GrimShaw Trio —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 SalvaCion, ChilDren oF The repTile, hell paTrol, Temple DeSTroyer —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 never minD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 BiBiS anD BlaCK —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 The viSiTaTionS, FraCTal Farm —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
maC anD JuiCe, ThurSDay niGhT Jam w/ BreTT JohnSon —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 hip hop niGhT: DJ BaTTle & FrienDS —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 live muSiC —Romanelli’s, Leland; 383-1885 DJ CeD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KaraoKe KonG —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 GuiTariST perry SmiTh —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 FireDanCe & DrumS @ DarK —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ STreTCh —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 DJ “mr lee” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ Don’T STop —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 KaraoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 myKle BarBee anD GueST —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141
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friDAY, mArch 26 DJ —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 KaraoKe w/ BoB ClayTon —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 DJ CeD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 live Belly DanCinG —Arabian Nights, 117 Grace St.; 763-3456 DJ Champ —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 Dane BriTT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 JameS JarviS & FrienDS (7pm-8pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-7631607 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ iCon —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KaraoKe KonG —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 roBBie Berry —Southpaw Sports Bar, 123 Princess St.;338-1886
Tuesday & Wednesday Martini Madness $2 Martinis Music by DJ TiMe Thursday ILM Electrotheque $2 Shots Music by GUeiCe & DST Friday & Saturday Discotheque $4 infused Vodkas Music by DJ DUSTiN CooK Sunday Open Mic $3 Drafts MUSiC BY YoU (instruments provided) 23 N. FroNt St. DowNtowN wilmiNgtoN
piano Show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 DJ (hip-hop/DanCe) —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 melvin anD Sayer —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 laTino niGhT wiTh DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 BliveT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 Jim aShley —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Soul power poSSe —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 BaBy DanCe —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 miKe o’Donnell —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 For whom The BeaT TollS BeaT BaTTle —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 Cary BenJamin —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 maSonBoro SounD —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc., 910-256-0115
1/2 priced select apppetizers m-f 4-7pm MONDAY $10 Bud/Light Buckets $4 Jack Daniels • $3 Capt. Morgan TUESDAY $1 Tacos 4-7pm • $3 sauza $15 margarita pitchers $3 Mexican Beers $5 Top Shelf Tequila • $7 Patron WEDNESDAY $3 Pints (10 Drafts) $5 Jager Bombs • $2 wells THURSDAY Mug Night $2 Domestic Drafts w/HK MUG $5 Bombers • $4 Jim Beam $3 pinnacle flavored vodkas $3.50 MicroBrews FRIDAY $3 Select Draft $4 Fire Fly Shooters $5 Red Bull Vodka SATURDAY $2.50 Miller Lt or Yuengling Draft $8 Pitcher • $3 Kamikaze $4 Well Drinks SUNDAY $2.50 Bud/Light Draft $8 Pitcher • $5 Crown Royal $4 Bloody Mary
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overTyme —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 weapon oF ChoiCe, aCirema, DeaTh oF an iDol, Fallen marTyr —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 ranDy oGelSBy —Murphy’s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385, 285-8888 JeSSe SToCKTon —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 KaraoKe w/ DJ val —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ Time —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJ STreTCh —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Daniel pariSh BanD —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street The mulleTS —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 peaSanT, The SeeDy SeeDS —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 morTal mann, pavliChenKo, BlaCK SKieS, The DieleCTriCS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Donna merriTT —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666
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KaraoKe w/ BoB ClayTon —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ —Ronnie’s Place, 6745-B Market St.; 228-8056 Dane BriTT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DJ p. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 ClaSSy KaraoKe wiTh manDy ClayTon —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 hip-hop DJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ STreTCh; live Jam wiTh Benny hill —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 live Belly DanCinG —Arabian Nights, 117 Grace St.; 763-3456 live muSiC —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 DJ iCon —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832
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DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Beach & Shag Night —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ Scooter FreSh —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 PiaNo Show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 guitariSt Perry Smith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 roBBie Berry —Smileys Tavern, 723 N. 4th Street; 399-1669 g-rateD BaND —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 tom NooNaN aND JaNe houSeal —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 the NeceSSary BaND —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 FreD FlyNN aND the StoNeS —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street Blivet —Ultra Classics Pool and Bar, North Hampstead DaN vailaNcourt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 tom rhoDeS —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141
mike o’DoNNell —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 reggae Night: toNy DreaD —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 Nectar —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 J BaND FrieNDS —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 telePath, Sci Fi —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 karaoke w/ DJ val —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 iamhumaN —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 FiNN riggiNS, PoNchoS, Fractal Farm —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 royal thuNDer, couP De grace, BearD oF aNtlerS —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. BaBy DaNce —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 ShrimP & gritS —Murphy’s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385, 285-8888 mac aND Juice —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040
traviS Shallow —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff; 910-256-9133
sunday, march 28 Jam with BeNNy hill —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJ Big kahuNa —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 DJ Big kahuNa —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 FlutiSt Nikki wiSNioSki —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DJBe karaoke —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ ceD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 SilverSteiN, DamoNa waitS, veara, SireNS For SleePiNg( PictureD), huNDreDth, SummerliN —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 the atariS, the comPaNy StriNgS, villaiN —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 BaBy DaNce —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 Dale “Fully automatic SouND machiNe” DJS —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737
Soul Power PoSSe —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 DJ Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 galeN oN guitar (BruNch) —Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 SuNDay Night Fever —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 raNDy mcQuay —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 ‘BehiND the garage’ muSic: caucaSiaNS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
monday, march 29
DJ richtermeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 JameS JarviS & FrieNDS (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-7631607 oPeN mic —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 act ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647
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415 South College Road MONDAY MADNESS: Domestic Pints: $225 Miller Light, Yuengling: $350 Well Vodka Drinks: $350 FREE POOL AFTER MIDNIGHT TASTY TUESDAYS: CALL NIGHT All call liquors: $400 WET WEDNESDAYS: Smirnoff Flavor Liquors $400 Drinks LATE NIGHT!!! Domestic Light Beer $225 (Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural, Coors Light)
THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Import Beers $300 (Red Stripe, Heineken, New Castle)
Call to hear our daily specials DBMMUPQMBO ZPVSGSFFQSJWBUF QBSUZUPEBZ 1610 Pavilion Place 910.256-0102
FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Bloody Marys $300 Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm
100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832 .0/%":
.0/%": $2.50 Budweiser Draft $4.00 Well Liquor FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $.50 Wings Buffalo, BBQ, or Teriyaki 56&4%": $2.50 Miller Lite Draft, $4.00 Hurricanes FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $6 Buffalo Shrimp or Chicken Tenders 8&%/&4%": $2.50 Yuengling Draft, $2.50 Domestic Bottles FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $2 Sliders 5)634%": $3.00 Coronas, $4.00 Margaritas FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $5 Cajun Shrimp or Fish Tacos '3*%": $3.00 Select Pint 4"563%": $5.50 Cosmos, Dirty Martinis or Apple Martinis 46/%": $5 Bloody Marys Half Priced Appetizers After 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm
2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $ 3 Gin & Tonic 56&4%":
1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm
2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $ 50 3 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm $
1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm 2 Blue Moons $ 50 2 Corona/Corona Light 1/2 Priced Wine Bottles $ 50
2 Domestic Bottles, $ 75 2 Import Bottles, $ 3 Rum and Coke
LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD 3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze $ 5 Bombs
DJ P. FuNk —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 oPeN mic Night —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 oPeN mic with viva —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 matt Duke —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
tuesday, march 30 raDio hayeS aND echoPoiNt21 —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DaNe Britt karaoke —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 Nutt houSe imProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 karaoke with BoB claytoN —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 karaoke —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 JameS JarviS & FrieNDS (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St., 910-763-1607
5001 Market Street (attached to the Ramada Inn)
SHAG LESSONS Beg. at 7:30 / Int. at 8:30 • $5 COVER with Brad & Dancing with
DJ “Mr Lee” $2 DOMEStic BOttLES THURSDAY
LADiES NiGHt 1/2 PricE wiNE & $5 MArtiNi LiSt $5 COVER
Line Dancing lessons with DJ “Mr Lee” and instructor Barbara Braak 7:30 FRIDAYS ArGENtiNE tANGO LESSONS WITH INSTRUCTION at 7:30 and
SALSA LESSONS at 9:30 with live DJ
$2 Tequilla - $3 Corona - $4 Margarita’s $5 COVER
Rooftop open by 6pm Dance floor open by 10pm
SATURDAY BEAcH & SHAG from 7-10:30 SALSA 11:00 to close
LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD 46/%":
5 Tommy Bahama Mojitos $ 75 2 Corona $350 Bloody Mary’s $ 3 Mimosas $
live acouStic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 DJ DouBleclick —The Sandbar, 417 S. College Rd.; 791-6080 root Soul ProJect —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street toP 40 w/ DJ lil maNDy —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Nick the BarteNDer —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 oDiSt, couP De grace, americaN aQuarium —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Pierre BeNSuSaN —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 caPe Fear BlueS Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 karaoke w/ DJ Be —Ultra Classics Pool and Bar, North Hampstead DJ “mr lee” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 karaoke with DJ Biker roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204
Private Parties are available for booking
LIVE MUSIC GABBY’S LOUNGE fri., March 26
oVertyMe 8-11PM Sat., March 27
Mike o’DoNNell 8-11PM fri., april 2
BiG fiSh 7-10PM
Sat., april 3
fortch 7-10PM 877-330-5050
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KaraoKe KonG —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 traviS SHalloW —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 inDy MuSic niGHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
WEDNESDay, march 31
nutt HouSe iMProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KaraoKe WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 roGer DaviS, ron WilSon —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 JaMeS JarviS & FrienDS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910763-1607
oPen Mic niGHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ JePH caulter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 KaraoKe W/ DJ BiKer roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJBe KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 GoGGlez Pizano —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 acouStic niGHt: JaMeS etHan clarKe —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 oPen Mic niGHt WitH Gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888
Piano SHoW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 DJ P. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 KaraoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 eric anD carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 MeDuSa Stone —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.; 910-343-3341 All entertainment must be turned in to encore by noon every Thursday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.
Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region
Pseudo Blue and the Majestics 3/28: robert earl Keen 3/31: Pretty lights, emancipator
CAROLINA THEATRE 309 W. MorGan St., DurHaM 919-560-3030
“Julia’s Florist would like to thank readers for voting us
‘Best Florist, 2010’ We never take winning for granted and invite everyone to stop by and smell the ﬂowers at the corner of Wilshire and Kerr Avenue!”
900 S Kerr Ave Wilmington, NC 28403 910-395-1868 Toll Free: 800-325-5743 Serving the Wilmington area for over 12 years
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HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-3000 3/25 - 3/27: Widespread Panic (above) 3/28: Gospel Brunch 4/2: Danny Gokey 4/3: chairmen of the Board 4/9: Styx 4/10: Darius rucker 4/16: George clinton & Parliament Funkadelic 4/23: trace adkins
THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltMore avenue, aSHeville 828-225-5851 3/25: Pnuma trio, Break Science, adam Deitch 3/26: tea leaf Green, elmwood 3/27: rebirth Brass Band & ivan neville’s Dumpstaphunk 3/30: King Khan & the Shrines, the Fresh & onlys
CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. Main St., carrBoro 919-967-9053 AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St., cHarlotte 704-377-6874 3/25: Saving abel 3/26: Sugar Glyder, S o Stereo, House of Fools 3/27: the 4th annual charlotte Metal Fest; Permanent Midnight, Falling i Wake,black ritual, a road eternal ,skinkage , Pain after Death, rex- 84 ,one Shot Kills ,prone to Black as all light Fades 3/28: Dex the Passion, nyland, all thee above 3/30: Joe rogan
LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. caBarruS St., raleiGH 919-821-4111 3/24: Sister Hazel, the Kin 3/25: Major Sevens, Joey Panzarella Band, Water Wood Down 3/26: Jason isbell and the 400 unit, caleb caudle and the Bayonets 3/27: tea leaf Green, elmwood,
3/25: the xx, jj, nosaj thing 3/26: the Soft Pack, nodzzz, Beaters 3/27: reggae relief for Haiti; dub addis, Jamrock, Mickey Mills & Steel, arif, curry Don, Sparkles of Positively nelson, D.H.i.M reggae Band, the 7 experience, truth and rights 3/28: ivan neville’s Dumpstaphunk 3/29: King Khan & the Shrines, the Fresh and onlys, Junkers 3/30: Major lazer, rusko, Sleigh Bells
N. CHARLESTON COLESIUM 5001 coliSeuM Dr., cHarleSton, Sc 843-529-5000 4/5: in the Mood (Pac)
GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 WeSt lee St., GreenSBoro, 336-373-7400 3/25: Greensboro Symphony Masterworks concert
below Restaurant Profile
36-39 Dining Guide
A Woman’s Touch:
e Park Blvd.;
The ladies of Bouchée bring more French flair to Wilmington
oon every tion in the calendar. changes,
n the spirit of Women’s History Month, I looked and explored the leaps and bounds that women have made in the workplace. I glanced over the apron-clad housewives of the ‘50s. I glimpsed at the typing secretaries of the ‘60s—the Gloria Steinem journalists of the ‘70s, all the way up to the women of today. Although there is no doubting the progress and strides women have made, I can’t help but wonder: Are we finally verging upon equality between sexes? Even in the 21st century, the statistic “every woman makes 80 cents to every dollar that a man makes” remains ingrained in the back of my head. Are women still in a man’s world? Just barely a week after the birth of new French restaurant Bouchée, I sat with three of its leading ladies who put a surprising spin on my notions of the woman’s workplace. Meet the proprietor, Pattie Newsome; the chef, Kirsten Mitchell; and the manager, as well as daughter of Newsome, Amy Lunaas. They come to our shoreline from the mountains of Boone, NC, where they own The Bistro, a charming FrenchItalian restaurant similar to Bouchée. Unlike The Bistro, however, Bouchée offers primarily French dishes, using the haute cuisine’s techniques, influences, styles and flair. Nine months to a year in the works, Bouchée offers an atmosphere that Newsome calls “intimate.” So, what is the story behind the trio of female owner and managers? Turns out, it is nothing as dramatic as I had envisioned. In fact, the ladies aren’t necessarily trying to make a statement with an all-female managerial staff. They’re maintaining it’s all strictly business. “I had never even really thought about it until we came in here [the interview],” Lunaas said. “It is the quality of the food and the service,” Newsome added. “It doesn’t matter if you are male or female.” Chef Mitchell agreed. “We didn’t want all women or anything, but it has been nice. It’s easy to relate; though, in my position, my boss is my boss.” It became quite clear that all three women are working off the same page. “The communication is very open,”
by: Lisa Huynh
Bouchée 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd. (910) 796-9917 Tues. - Sun.: 5-10pm Sunday Brunch: 11am - 2pm Closed Mondays www.boucheerestaurant.com Newsome solidified. “One of first things I looked at in hiring Kirsten is . . . to have a chef that I can communicate with.” Mitchell, who has worked with Newsome for two years, responded. “She knows what I’m going to put out now; she knows what to expect from me just like I know what to expect from her.” “I always know the food is going to be spectacular,” Newsome complimented. Mitchell, who was also the title chef at The Bistro, grew up in the kitchen and gained her knowledge of food purely from behind the scenes, watching, learning and going to eat at distinctive restaurants. Her father, Dean Mitchell, has been a chef his whole life, opened and owned Morel’s, a famous eatery of the South, named after the indigenous mushroom of North Carolina. At Bouchée Mitchell offers a variety of features every night and a menu full of delicacies: French-imported escargot, served in a garlic Pernod cream sauce; light prosciutto and asparagus salad; and classic bouillabaisse in
NEW EATS: Restaurateurs Pattie Newsome, Kirsten Mitchell and Amy Lunaas are the brains and power behind Wilmington’s newest French eatery, Bouchée located on Masonboro Loop Road.
a saffron broth. The portions are suited to fill any diners’ belly (despite the restaurant name’s French translation, “small bite”). “We are trying to make quality food as lowpriced as possible,” Mitchell resounded. When I asked why French, she replied, laughing, “It is the best food!” It wasn’t until my eye glazed over to a
painting of a woman’s body, hanging above the bar, did I remember our main topic at hand—followed by a quick realization that these women were the new women of the working world. They were businesswomen, through and through, not even entertaining the concept of the division of sexes. Still, there must be some advantages of being a woman and running a restaurant, right? “It is the attention to detail,” Newsome confirmed. “You cannot put a finger on what makes it warm and inviting, but you know it’s there. It’s a woman’s touch.”
The most delicious week of spring is April 28th - May 5th 2010
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e d i u g g n i n i d american Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A short drive 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. Brixx is also a latenight destination, serving 2-for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10 p.m. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. 910-256-9677. www.brixxpizza.com.
BLUeWaTer Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach , NC . 910.256.8500.
cHriS’ coSmic KiTcHen cosmicKitchenonline.com 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. Closed Monday. Open TuesSat. from 8am-4pm with Sun. Brunch from 9am-2pm. Take-out calls welcome, 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen.
c.G. daWGS 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 mid-day or late night cravings. You may find them daily at their new location on
the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!
FLaT eddie’S Are you ready to eddie? FLAT eddie’s upbeat, modern dining room & bar makes eddie’s the new “it” place to dine in Wilmington for New American Cuisine. Why FLAT eddie’s? Their signature flatbreads! These flavorful creations start with scratch-made dough, stretched thin and piled high with ingredients like roma tomatoes, succulent shrimp and luxurious cheeses. All sandwiches and burgers are under $8 and their entrees are unique and bold. FLAT eddie’s bar serves up $2 and $3 beer and cocktail specials daily. Private dining area available. Large groups welcome. Family-style meals to go available. FlatEddiesRestaurant.com. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington . 910.799.7000.
HeLLS KiTcHen This former Dawson’s Creek stage set has been turned into a lively pub in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Their extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger or NY style reuben to lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with a pool table, darts, weekly trivia, and live music on the weekends. Offers limited lunchtime delivery during the week and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, opens Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133.
HenrY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest and offers daily blackboard specials 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 HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. 910.793.2929.
HoLidaY inn reSorT 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 out-
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side overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach.
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. Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; closed Sunday. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.
Kefi, 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. There is even a “working man’s lunch,” served Monday through Friday, all for under $6. 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 specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www.kefilive.com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, 910-256-3558.
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 handtossed, 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. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, 452-3773.
THe LiTTLe diPPer Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Open Tuesday-Sunday, serving dinner at 5pm. 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
Pine VaLLeY marKeT Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop. 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
TroLLY SToP Trolly Stop Hot Dogs are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 we specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smighfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoke sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 4523952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, 458-5778. Catering cart available all year from $300. 910-297-8416.
aSian doUBLe HaPPineSS Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. We prepare flavorful dishes inspired by the cultural richness of Malaysia, Thailand and authentic China. We’re now serving traditional dim sum, and good health special vegetarian dishes, such as Soy Peking Ribs, homemade tofu and homemade Malaysian sponge cake. We are dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of our cooking techniques. Our friendly staff is always willing to help customers, and we serve beer and wine for lunch and dinner. Banquet and tatami rooms are available for large parties. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am-10pm; and Sunday 3pm-10pm. 4403 Wrightsville Avenue; 910-313-1088. www.doublehappinessrestaurant.com.
SZECHUAN 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), 799-1426.
Hiro jApANESE StEAkHoUSE What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday 11am-10pm. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at hirojapanesesteakhouse.com.
iNdoCHiNE rEStAUrANt ANd loUNgE If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden, or be entertained every Friday night with a Balinese dancer. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), 251-9229. Indochinewilmington.com.
CAribbEAN jAMAiCA’S CoMFort ZoNE Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is 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. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at www.jamaicascomfortzone.com or call us 910-399-2867.
FrENCH CApriCE biStro 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 afterdinner 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, 815-0810.
itAliAN ANtoNioS piZZA ANd pAStA Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta, simply known as Antonio’s, is anything but simple. From scrumptious appetizers to signature pizza to some of the best traditional Italian pasta dishes in town, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cozy dinner for two or bring the whole family in for pizza and fun. Offering beer and wine at their Monkey Junction and Porter’s Neck location and live music Friday and Saturday nights with all ABC permits at their Leland location, Antonio’s has thought of everything for you to enjoy your dining experience with them. Monkey Junction across from Super Walmart off South College Road (910) 7920000, Porter’s Neck Shopping Center next to Kiva Grill off Market Street (910) 6867774, Cross Creek Commons across from Magnolia Greens (910) 383-0033. www.antoniospizzaandpasta.com
EddiE roMANElli’S Eddie Romanelli’s 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 Lasa-
gna, 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. RomanellisRestaurant.com. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. 910.383.1885.
giorgio’S itAliAN rEStAUrANt 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! www.giorgios-restaurant. com. 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington 910790-9954.
SliCE oF liFE “Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a late-night treat, open from 11:30am until 3am, seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd location at 1437 Military Cutoff rd., next to PT’s! 256-2229 www. grabslice.com.
jAMAiCAN jAMAiCA’S CoMFort ZoNE Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is 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 in-
cluding our daily offering of a four-course meal for $12.00. Operating hours: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Monday - Closed; open Tuesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm. Live Music every 3rd Friday. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at HYPERLINK “http://www.jamaicascomfortzone.com” www.jamaicascomfortzone.com or call us at 910-399-2867.
orgANiC loVEY’S MArkEt 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 Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. Café hours: Monday-Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; 910-509-0331. Online at www.loveysmarket.com.
tidAl CrEEk Co-op Tidal Creek Deli 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 only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community.
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seafood doCK sTReeT oYsTeR BaR 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. smoke-free! Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. 762-2827 www.dockstreetoysterbar.net.
easT aT THe BLoCKade RUNNeR HoTeL The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday 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. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our smoke-free lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-2251.
HIeRoNYMUs 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. Complete with a full-service bar and a fireside oyster bar, 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; 392-6313.
oCeaNIC Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining
at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. OceanicRestaurant. com. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910.256.5551
soUTHeRN HaLL’s TRopICaNa ResTaURaNT Hall’s is a Wilmington tradition! Originally opened in 1901 as a drug store, Hall’s has been serving the Downtown community for over 100 years. We serve traditional Southern fare, including a classic breakfast with the accompaniments you’ve grown to love. Lunch includes a Southern buffet Monday-Friday with pork, chicken, all the fixin’s, and a special addition every day! Don’t forget our unique menu, which includes everything from specialty sandwiches to fried seafood. Most importantly, at Hall’s everything is fresh! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm (buffet 11-2), and Saturday from 7am-12:30pm with breakfast and menu items only. 421 Castle St. 910-762-2210.
spoRTs BaR CaRoLINa aLe HoUse Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for awardwinning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively sportsthemed restaurant is home to over 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. 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. Carolina Ale House serves its full menu from 11a – 2a daily. CarolinaAleHouse.com. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. 910.791.9393.
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he is a volunteer who has logged more than 7,650 hours at New Hanover Regional Medical Center since 1993 and also served as treasurer of the Auxiliary Board. She is the president of the Association of the Fund-Raising Professionals, who also increased the fund-raising capacity of Capital Campaign in Columbus County to 61 percent. She is first in a class of 238 from South Brunswick High School, who also helps with the publicity of the Paws Place Animal Rescue shelter on the side. Meet the women who have previously scored nominations for the YWCA’s Women of Achievement (WOA) awards. Now, in its 26th year, a new batch of ladies of all ages, from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties, will have an opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the betterment of their communities. “It is a way to recognize and honor women in our community for succeeding in their professions that they are involved with,” Mary Martin, YWCA’s director of communications, said. Each year women get nominated within numerous categories: arts, business, communications, education, environmental, health and wellness, public service and volunteerism. YWCA Young Leaders also get awarded to high-school seniors who have shown extensive involvement in their schools and communities. The award requires a separate nomination form and pays out a $1,000 scholarship for three different nominees. “Hopefully, it helps them become leaders as they go through life,” Evelyn Bradley, former YWCA board member, said. “It is important to be recognized early.” New to WOA this year, the Rachel Freeman Unsung Hero Award will be given to a woman who has done extraordinary work with her family, church or community, in spite of the certain obstacles or challenges she has had to overcome. Named after a fellow YWCA committee member and former board president, Ms. Freeman served on the New Hanover County Board of Education for 10 years, in spite of her health problems and personal struggles. Bradley, a friend of Ms. Freeman, was the innovator of the Unsung Hero Award to honor her victories and recognize women going through the same struggles. “I think [the community] needs the award
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YWCA’s Women of Achievement Awards Nominations deadline: April 1st, 5pm Social and ceremony: May 20th, 5pm Coastline Convention Center Tickets: $50 (sponsorships available) (910) 799-6820 www.ywca-lowercapefear.org to show that women are accomplishing amazing things. Without the award we aren’t even recognizing what they are doing—it can be an encouragement to other women,” Bradley said. First established in 1985, the YWCA Women of Achievement awards has been growing throughout the years in number and excellence. Looking back, Martin pinpoints the very first recipients of WOA and how they are still really involved to this day. “It is important to realize that even though these women have made amazing strides in equality with men, it is still necessary,” Bradley explained. The event continues to honor women and youth who demonstrate outstanding leadership, commitment and contribution qualities in their separate fields. Each winner is given the Old Wilmington Cup award, given to the YWCA by Kingoff’s Jewelers. “You don’t know who the recipients are until the night of the event—it is like [our version of the] Academy Awards of Wilmington,”
Martin said, laughing. The YWCA is a nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate racism, while empowering women and remaining an intergal part of the national, self-governing women’s movement. It provides services in Racial Justice programming, education and training to ensure economic security for women and families, and opens up opportunities for the youth. The YWCA is funded solely through private donations, grants and corporate contributions. This year’s title sponsor for the Women of Achievement event is James E. Moore. The deadline for WOA nominations is April 1st, 2010, at 5pm. Anyone in the community can nominate candidates, and recommenda-
SITTING TALL: YWCA’s Women of Achievement 2009: (standing) Judy Budd, Roselle Margolis, Jaimie McGirt, Rebecca Westbrooks, Marlene Sigler, Lori Daley, Richelle Dombroski, Amy Kirschke, JoAnn Swart, Pam Palanza; (seated) Monet Hardison, Lois Cook Steele (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Amanda Holland.
tions are anonymous. Visit the YWCA Web site at www.ywca-lowercapefear.org, or call (910) 799-6820 for more information. Proceeds from this event support YWCA programs and services in the Cape Fear Area. Seats to the event are $50, while sponsorship levels range from $100-$5,000.
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An Involuntary Intimate, Part 7: Forays
n entering Martin’s house, George stepped on a little spear-wielding frogman. “Just kick stuff out of the way,” Martin said, following him inside. Suggesting they should get to know each other better, Ruth had dropped them off and driven herself home. George gazed about. If he had been 10, he would have enchantedly whispered, “Wow! Cool!”—the whole place looked built and furnished by the gang in Lord of the Flies. Its purpose seemed less about shelter than affording a backdrop and scaffolding for wee winches, pulleys, camo netting, ramps, ladders, triage tents, knives, M16’s, submachine guns, nifty vehicles and very determined-looking dolls. The Outback GI Joe that hung off George’s monitor was now launching an assault on a lamp shade.
by: Claude Limoges George sank down on the sofa and heard a shout from beneath him: “Commence firing!” He rose and removed a marine. “M-my nephew left that there,” Martin said, making his way to another room. “Anyway, she’ll get over it.” “Who?” George said, sitting back once more and placing his palms over his eyes. “Your girlfriend!” Martin shouted from the other room. He came back out and threw George a T-shirt, sweatpants and underwear. “Tough luck losing her, then your job.” “Stupid to sit on the railing like that.” George attempted a laugh. “I wasn’t actually trying to fall in, you know.” Martin shrugged. “Listen, crash over here if you want. It’s a wreck, I know, but it’s gotta be better than Greenfield Lake.”
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George took up the T-shirt and sweatpants. “Thanks—just need to dry off, and then I’ll be off.” He changed clothes while Martin headed for the kitchen, saying, “Beer? Coke? Coffee?” “Nah,” George said, and he spotted something he had not seen in over two decades. He stepped around a desert siege on the coffee table and picked up a doll. “Snake Eyes! Holy smack, and there’s the Baroness!” Back in the hallway Martin leaned on his canes, a can of soda in one hand, a glimmer in his eye, and a small grin on his lips. * * * In 1867, Joe Baldwin tried to tell a train to stop, and it didn’t listen. No squeal of brakes, no whistle, just the train’s thundering through the pitch black, except for a frantically swinging lantern from a still caboose. The collision must have been deafening. In the early ‘70s, before Jack Fincannon played football for Duke Blue Devils, he managed the marketing division for the paper company, married Marilyn, had two sons named “Chad” and “George.” And before the eldest killed himself, he and his best friend, Vance, often walked the Maco train tracks. In the daytime they robbed the phone poles of glass insulators.
At night they watched far down the tracks to the vanishing point and waited, silent, until one or both boys saw a lantern flickering, swinging unsteadily, as if it had never not been there. The silence of the ghost frightened them as much as the feebleness in the swing of the lantern, the uncertainty, like the cane tap of a blind man. While the lantern made its slow jig far down the tracks, the crickets still chirped and the sun still pulled the last of its haze beneath the horizon, as if everything were all a matter of course, including this ghost feeling in the catbrier for his face. The Maco Light held far more power than the Carolina Beach Boardwalk’s spookhouse ride, where clamoring machinery produced a vampire painted so long ago his chin blood was brown. This was different. This was real. Silent, the ghost’s lantern fumbled to either side of the tracks and the boys became so scared that each reached a hand to the other out of necessity, out of a bottoming out of the bravado that was usually theirs, that bravado that made them shimmy up phone poles and hang, raw with splinters, listening for trains, unscrewing glass domes that shone clear or aqua or, most precious, an amethyst purple. That bravado made them walk close to the tracks even as a train thundered by like rapid artillery—even though they had heard the stories about people getting sucked under. That bravado made them want to feel the thrilling pull-under; it all bottomed out when Joe Baldwin searched for his head. Along with the insulators, the boys collected stories of train deaths, showed each alike off to classmates, spoke chummily of Joe Baldwin, who, a century ago, had manned a caboose that was accordioned by another train. In the midst of it, somehow, had been the face, the brain, the skull of the man. While under a cloud-stricken moon, phantom hands, black and cracked, groped in Virginia creeper for a cranium—that very cranium sat under a glass case at a local museum, a yellowing, shellacked, fissured dome, shallow as a jellyfish. It rested there night after night, not among sunbaked creosote and the tedium of mosquitoes, but in the company of a poorly-stuffed fox and the recording of a banjo. A label in Courier 10 ont spelled “Joe Baldwin’s head.” As they hunted for insulators, the boys conspired, fashioning various scenarios in which they would burglarize the museum, speed to the Maco tracks, and leave the cranium on a railroad tie, with a note that would say something grand, something that would endear them to the ghost forever. But when their conversations came to the part about the note, nothing satisfactory ever presented itself, and so they put off the caper summer after summer, and instead hunted for insulators and watched—summer after summer—Joe Baldwin search for his head.
A Forgotten Profession? One author fights for the advocacy of librarians
ttempting to maneuver through a bustling and diverse city like Boston can make one distinctly aware of the fact that we are all wildly zooming around in a growing frontier of information and communication. Recently, I attempted to find refuge from my communication-overloaded generation—by revisiting the heart of my home town, the Boston Public Library. Founded in 1848 and the oldest free public library supported by taxation in the world, it remains Boston‘s most powerful architectural structure and my most treasured icon. Under its vast coffered ceiling, which resembles the sculptural canopy of a Roman basilica, and beside the green illuminated lamps, I found the heartbeat of this building inescapably loud. It was ready to explode. Boston native and author Marilyn Johnson believes there could be no safer place to watch the information age unavoidably burst around than from behind the librarian’s desk. Within Johnson’s new book, This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, she places the spotlight onto an iconic figure who long has been the instrumentalist over sanctuaries of published work, stereotypically labeled as “muted” and “dull.” A former staff writer for Life magazine, Johnson plummets readers into a wild page-turner about the modern library, introducing us to the real men and women behind the desk. These librarians effortlessly and continuously guide us all through life at a overwhelming pace. Author of The Dead Beat, a book about the captivating world of obituary writing, Johnson delights in contradicting our popular assumptions about librarians, while making an unadulterated case for their indispensability at a time when library systems are losing an average of
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sity for the self-motivated. They’ve saved me countless times when I needed reliable information quickly.” Despite battling a cold, she perked up when speaking about the adeptness librarians possess. “They are right now helping people— anybody who shows up at their desks, in fact. We have this wonderful resource right here, right now. Instead of cutting libraries’ budgets and treating libraries like a luxury that we simply can’t afford, we should be giving them stimulus money. They help us no matter what kind of question or problem we have. ” Librarians, Johnson debates, are one of our most under-appreciated natural resources. Traditionally reticent people, they keep a poker face when people ask them weird or stupid questions—and without judging, nonetheless. “There is the thought that libraries are finished in the age of Google,” Johnson described. “This couldn’t be more wrong. What about the rest of us? Most of us here are trying to figure out things on our own. About a fifth of us don’t own computers. Our public computers are in libraries, and if we make those computers go away—and the human
beings who help us use them—we shoot our economy and our democracy in in the foot. The seeds of our recovery are in the library.” This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All is not just a wellpainted portrait, depicting a tender and grateful picture regarding the history of the misunderstood librarian. Instead, Johnson goes above and beyond to clear up the confused and skewed opinion most people have of librarians and libraries. Most importantly, she does so with a concoction of wit, humor and irrefutable fact that makes readers across the nation care about their community library. After all, who else is going to help us formulate the questions Google can‘t answer, write résumés, conduct free classes for children, seniors and anyone who wants to know how to navigate a computer? Who else will sympathize and cater to our needs for information and research? Can librarians truly save us all within this digital divide? Yes, I sincerely believe they can if we let them. As Johnson persuades, “What happens if we shut the doors of a library? If you don’t know what a mouse is, Google can’t show you.”
Pierre Bensusan 50 librarians per year. Important like doctors and teachers, librarians have a code of ethics, Johnson believes. And farthest forward in that code is their pledge that they are not going to betray their readers’ confidence. “They save the best of our culture. They save our local history,” Johnson told me from inside a coffee house. “A library is a univer-
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where to be, what to do in Wilmington and beyond
Events WRITING WOMEN BACK INTO HISTORY To celebrate women’s history month, the New Hanover Commission for Women is hosting a mixed-media exhibit highlighting relevant points in history along with two guest presenters, Superior Court Judge Phyllis Ghorman and Executive Director of the YWCA Suesan Sullivan. Schools and Community programs are encouraged to attend as a group outing. 3/25, 6-8pm Lord Compton Room & Lobby at Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. Tickets at a suggested donation of $5. Khalilah Olokunola at 910-319-3272, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
perfect wine pairings. A Mezze plate will start the meal, followed by 8-spice braised lamb shank, citrus gremolata, chickpea puree, and sweet garlic spinach. Dessert will be honey roasted strawberries presented in a pistachio filo cup with vanilla cream. All-inclusive package for two: $397 and includes two nights accommodations, Friday reception (2 tickets), luncheon & cooking show (2 tickets), wine tasting (2 tickets), dinner (2 tickets). All-inclusive package for two that includes two tickets to all Saturday events and one night accommodations is just $297. Mealticket only: Luncheon and cooking demo: $27 per person. Dinner with reception & wine pairings: $47 per person. Tina Purifoy: 800-624-8875, tinap@ sheratonatlanticbeach.com.
2010 CULINARY SERIES Sheraton Atlantic Beach Hosts 3/26-28 ‘2010 Culinary Series’ featuring Iron Chef Competitor Ricky Moore from Giorgio in Cary, N.C. Guests will be welcomed on Fri. 3/26 with a reception and wine tasting. Saturday’s activities include a live, handson cooking demonstration and luncheon where Chef Moore, along with the Sheraton’s Executive Chef, John Andreola, will prepare and serve sweet potato-saffron soup with roasted leeks and feta and a grilled chicken and lemon souvlaki, with preserved vegetable salad, romaine and green tzatziki from 11am-1pm. Saturday: reception at 6pm, followed by a 3-course dining experience accompanied by
HERB AND GARDEN FAIR An annual rite of spring, Historic Poplar Grove Plantation offers everything you’ll need to get started having fun in your garden. Top quality regional farms sell fresh herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more, all locally grown. In addition to the great greens you’ll find goats milk cheese, herbal soaps, hand crafted lawn furniture, fountains, birdbaths and one-of-a-kind garden whimsies to make you smile. Fun, educational classes in cooking, nature arts and gardening, as well as an early morning bird hike are offered ($5 per class or hike). Admission to the fair is free. Come on out to the old plantation for a great start to the
spring season. Sat. 3/27, 9am-5pm. Sun. 3/28, 10am-4pm. 10200 US 17.www.poplargrove. com. 910-686-9518 ext. 26 FAMILY VALUES BRUNCH UNCW’s LGBTQIA Resource Office will host our First Annual Family Values Brunch, designed to raise awareness about issues facing gay and lesbian families, and to foster an environment of acceptance for all families of our UNCW community. Brunch will draw particular attention to individuals and groups that have worked to make NC better and safer for LGBTQIA individuals and families. We will also present three awards to recognize the efforts made by a UNCW student, a UNCW faculty or staff member, and a community member on behalf of LGBTQIA issues; 1-3pm at UNCW’s Madeline Suites. Driving directions: www.uncw.edu/ba/directions_madeline. htm. Amy Schlag, at email@example.com. BURLY WINE DINNER 3/31 at 6pm. Aubriana’s hosts annual Burly Dinner, featuring Burly wines, such as the Burly Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, as well as many others. Dinner, including selections such as foie gras and Margaret Duck Breast will be served. $80 per person. firstname.lastname@example.org. TIDAL CREEK CO-OP EVENTS Sat. 4/3: Nature’s Way Farm Tour. A great family outing! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under
12. Register at te Customer Service Desk or call • Join us as we tour one of our local producers. There are several baby goats to see and pet, and of course great cheese products to purchase right off the farm. Register with Tidal Creek Coop. $10 Adults / $5 Kids 12 and under. Natures Way Farm, Hampstead. 910-799-2667, www.tidalcreek.coop. 5329 Oleander Dr. AZALEA FESTIVAL The 63rd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held 4/7-11. Festival highlights include Azalea belles dressed in colorful hoop skirts, a 2-hour parade, juried arts and craft shows, visiting ships, a traveling circus, concerts, fireworks, and a street fair with exhibits, vendors, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and more. New to this year’s festival is the Azalea Cake Challenge, a contest whereby professional and amateur cake artists are challenged to construct “centerpiece cakes” based on festival themes. Signature events include the Azalea Garden Tour (4/9-11). The 2010 Azalea Home Tour (4/10-11) showcases nine private homes of historical and architectural interest. A 2-hour parade on Saturday morning (9am) features elaborate floats, marching bands, clowns, show animals, and celebrities. This year’s parade will also feature two popular children’s book characters: Fancy Nancy and Curious George. This year’s headline performers represent three decades of music: The Goo Goo Dolls (with Collective Soul) and country music duo Montgomery Gentry. Collective Soul will open for the Goo Goo Dolls on Thurs. 4/8 at 8pm at UNCW’s Trask Coliseum (tickets $45). On Fri. 4/9, Montgomery Gentry will take center stage at Trask Coliseum at 8pm (tickets $45). For N.C. Azalea Festival schedule and tickets, visit http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/ or call 910-794-4650, or stop by the Festival ticket office (5725 Oleander Dr., Unit B7, Wilmington). For a free 2010 Official Visitors Guide to Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast, 866-266-9690 or www.gocapefearcoast.com. HOBBY GREENHOUSE CLUB 4/9-11, 6/4-5, 9/10-11: Hobby Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale in Forest Hills. All plants grown by members; portion of profits go to scholarships for local community college horticulture students. Free. Fri. and Sat. 9am–6pm. www.hobbygreenhouseclub. org or email email@example.com . HISTORIC WILM FOUNDATION HOME TOUR Historic Wilmington Foundation Home Tour: annual showcase of fine homes and properties that is held during Wilmington’s Azalea Festival. Open to the public for tour this year, Sat. 4/10 from 1-6pm and Sun. 4/11 from 1-5pm. Tickets are $25 and will be available at all local Harris Teeter stores and other area outlets, as well as the Azalea Festival Office located at 5725 Oleander Dr., the Historic Wilmington Foundation, 516 North 4th St., and at each home site the days of the tour. Members of the Foundation will receive discounted tickets at $15 available at Historic Wilmington Foundation. Groups of ten or more can purchase discounted tickets at a cost of $22. (910) 762-2511, www.historicwilmington.org. ORTON PLANTATION EVENTS Azalea Garden Walk. Sat. 4/10. Come out for the very first guided garden walk of the season on Sat, 4/10, 9-11am. Local horticulturist, Dr. Bruce Williams, will lead a walk and talk about the azalea bloom. Bring your azalea gardening questions and dress appropriately! • Art at Orton. 4/30-5/2. Orton Plantation Gardens and Harbor Island Arts present Art at Orton, an art show and sale showcasing local professional and emerging artists working in all mediums. 9:30am-4:30pm; regular garden admission, $9 for adults and $8 for seniors.
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PLEASURE ISLAND CHOWDER COOK-OFF The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 14th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off on Sat. 4/17 at the Carolina Beach Lake. The Chowder Cook Off is a day long event that
includes live music, fun for the kids and great food. The Cook Off brings thousands of visitors to Pleasure Island who will sample to their heart’s content and vote on the Best Chowder. Each contestant will be required to prepare a minimum of 30 gallons of Chowder. The term chowder means any soup made with seafood. Teams will not only be competing for People’s Choice but will also be facing a team of Celebrity Judges. Applications for contestants are available at the Chamber of Commerce. 910-4588434, firstname.lastname@example.org. AUTISM SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE Registration is now open for the 2010 Autism Society of NC Annual Conference, feat. current findings on autism that are relevant across the lifespan. 4/2324 at the Sheraton Chapel Hill. Attendees who register online by 3/26 receive a $15 discount on all events. Sheraton Chapel Hill offers discounted room rates on all reservations made by 3/26. www. autismsociety-nc.org FARM FRESH SATURDAYS Pine Valley Market’s Farm Fresh Saturdays will be held on 4/24, 5/22, and ea. Sat., June-August. A local farmer from Clinton will be here each of those days with a variety of local and regional produce. We will also have Castle Hayne farm flowers. POPLAR GROVE FARMERS MARKET Wed. 4/17: Finest and freshest that NC has to offer at Poplar Grove on Wed. mornings. Everything locally grown or made. he market carries a fresh selection of in-season fruits and vegetables, plants, cut flowers, eggs, cheese, sausage, crab cakes, baked goods, nuts, pickles, herbs, honey, and a lovely assortment of beautiful crafts. 4/17-12/15, every Wed., 8am-1pm, rain or shine. 10200 U.S. 17, a mile from the I-40 bypass. (910) 686-9518, x26.
Charity/Fund-raisers RELAY WEDNESDAYS Six area restaurants have committed to participate in Relay Wednesdays. Each restaurant will donate 10 percent of its proceeds for the Wednesday that their restaurant is featured to New Hanover County Relay For Life. Schedule: 3/24 – 22 North • 3/31 – Boodles • 4/7 – Fibber’s Public House • 4/14 – Old Chicago • 4/21 – Chick-fil-A at Mayfaire. Donations from Relay Wednesdays will benefit New Hanover County Relay For Life. www.newhanoverrelay.org. WILMINGTON TWESTIVAL Wilmington Twitterers invite you to the annual Twestival event. Hosted this year by The River Room at 18 S Water St., 5:30-10pm, 3/25, to benefit Concern Worldwide. Attendees will enjoy refreshments and food from local businesses and restaurants, while being entertained by local acoustic bands, Wii bowling tournaments, silent raffle, and a Twitter Blue-themed photo booth. Live broadcasts from Z107.5 and Surf98.3. Cost: $20 and attendees will receive a T-shirt, two drink tickets, and a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets and drink tickets can be purchased at the event. Ty Downing, 910-332-4163, email@example.com. www.wilmingtontwestival.com SKATE NIGHT AT JELLY BEANS 3/25: Enjoy a fun night of skating while supporting New Hanover County Relay for Life Kids Walk. Skate from 6-8pm at Jelly Beans, 5216 Oleander Dr. Admission is $6; skate rental is extra. Contact Jelly Beans at 910-791-6000. Proceeds benefit New Hanover County Relay For Life, 6:30pm Fri. 4/23, and ends at 1pm, 4/24 at Ashley High School Stadium. The Kids Walk, which offers many fun games and activities for kids ages 0-15, runs from 10am-1pm, 4/24. Relay For Life is an overnight event honoring those living with cancer, remembering those who have died from cancer, and raising money for the American Cancer Society. RUN FOR THE RED EVENT American Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter presents Run for the Red 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk at Mayfaire Town Center (outside TrySports), 3/27, 8am. Register: www.arccapefear.org or fill out brochure and mail/fax back to the chapter. All proceeds from the race will go directly to the Cape Fear Chapter to support the disaster-related community services that the Red Cross provides. Autum Mihm: autum. firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-762-2683 ext. 361 GREATER WILMINGTON RECYCLE REVIVAL See exchange cover story.
BRINGING BACK GREENFIELD LAKE On Sat. 3/27, UNCW and the Cape Fear River Watch will host a day of Recreational Eco-Events at Greenfield Lake from 10am-4pm at 617 Surry St. The day will be packed with events for everyone including: paddle boat time trials, environmental science stations, arts and crafts, and live music. the park is dog friendly and there will be a dog trick competition running throughout the day. Admission is $10 per family, or $5 per person. Admission gets you pizza lunch and entry to all of the day’s events. All proceeds benefit Cape Fear River Watch. Contact Lindsay Leblang at 954-803-9697 or at lml2429@ uncw.edu. BRINGING BACK GREENFIELD LAKE Sat. 3/27: CFRW and UNCW are jointly hosting a day of “recreational eco-events” at Greenfield Lake from 10am-4pm. The day will be packed with events for everyone including: Paddle Boat Time Trials, Environmental Science Stations, Arts and Crafts, and Live Music.The park is Dog Friendly and there will be a Dog Trick Competition running throughout the day, so bring your dog and let him strut his stuff. Admission is $10/family or $5/person. Admission includes food and entry to all of the day’s events, including boat rentals! Register the day of, at the lake. All proceeds benefit Cape Fear River Watch. Contact Lindsay Leblang at 954-803-9697 or by email: email@example.com or Joe Abbate at 910200-4002 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org WALK FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T Sat. 3/27: Registration is now open for the fourth annual fundraising walk benefiting Carolina Canines for Service, at 9am, at Hugh MacRae Park. Teams and individuals can register for the Walk For Those Who Can’t online by visiting www.walkforthosewhocant. org or calling (910) 362-8194. With a $25 donation, participants will receive an event t-shirt, dog bandana (if they are walking a dog) and a goody bag. On the day of the event, sign-in and on-site registration begins at 9am. The opening ceremony, hosted by Sally Pressman and Rhonda Griffiths from the hit Lifetime TV series Army Wives, begins at 9:45am with the walk around the park starting at 10am. Participants are encouraged to bring their canine companions. Call (866) 910-3647 or visit www. carolinacanines.org. REVVING IT UP FOR THE CURE Sat. 3/27: “Revving It Up For The Cure” motorcycle ride will be held, beginning at Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson in Wilmington and ending at New River Harley-Davidson in Jacksonville. Registration begins at 10am, and kickstands up at 11am. Pre-reg costs $15/driver and $20 with passenger; day-ofregistration costs $20/driver and $25 with passenger. Pre-register: www.newriverh-d.com or in-store at Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson or New River Harley-Davidson. All riders receive a Relay for Life bandanna, a door prize ticket, and a meal ticket for lunch, provided at New River Harley-Davidson when ride ends. Coffee and donuts available to riders at Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson before ride begins. Irene Villa: 910-548-4155 or villa198@ yahoo.com. Proceeds benefit New Hanover County Relay For Life, an overnight event honoring those living with cancer, remembering those who have died from cancer, and raising money for the American Cancer Society. RELAY FOR LIFE RECEPTION Anyone living with a diagnosis of cancer is invited to attend the Annual Relay for Life Cancer Survivors’ Reception set for 2-4pm Sun. 3/28, at the McKeithan Building on the Cape Fear Community College North Campus at 4500 Blue Clay Road. RSVPs should be done by 3/23 by emailing email@example.com or calling 395-5538. Visit www.newhanoverrelay.org. The Survivor Reception is a preliminary event to the 2010 New Hanover County Relay for Life, which is scheduled for 6:30pm Fri. 4/23 thru 1pm Sat. 4/24 at Ashley High School Stadium. SUNSET RIVER MARKETPLACE FASHION SHOW Sunset River Marketplace hosts fashion show and luncheon to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance Program (BFA)— a private nonprofit agency that provides a range of programs to low-income families in Brunswick County, N.C. Calabash women’s clothing store Victoria’s Ragpatch feat. clothing, with store manager Roseanne Hodge making the dynamic presentation; Calabash Garden Tea Room iaters luncheon; door prizes and a silent auction. 3/29, 11am-1pm. Tickets are $25. Proceeds go to Brunswick Family Assistance Program (www.
brunswickfamilyassistance.org). 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179) in Calabash, N.C. 910-575- 5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
Top Comic. Comedian wins a trophy and other prizes that will be announced in coming weeks. firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORWARD MOTION DANCE BENEFIT 3/31, 6-9pm. Front St. Brewery’s Upstairs Beam Room, 9 N. Front St. Event includes wine and beer tasting w/appetizers prepared by Front St. Brewery. Premiere dance performance by Forward Motion Dance Company; live music by guitarist Josh Moore. Tickets: $15. Available at the door and from FMDC members. ForwardMotionDance.com or 910-7936675.
NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tues/ Wed Improv with the “Nutt House” troupe ($5 cover and $1 Front St draft beer), Thurs. Open-Mic Stand-up, Fri/Sat. Nationally-touring comedians. All shows 9pm; 8pm doors. 255 N. Front St. 910-2517881
SEA DAWGS VOLUNTEERS Wilmington Sea Dawgs are looking for elite level volunteers (ages 15-18) for 2010 season. Duties: concessions operations, selling tickets, helping with equipment, assisting the staff, setting up and tearing down operations, etc. Games are generally played on weekends at the Schwartz Center. Most promising “Teen Elite” volunteer applicants will complete interview process. Applications available: www.wilmingtonseadawgs.com.
Theater/Auditions NEW PLAY FESTIVAL See review page 11. DESSERT THEATER Dessert Theater, an afternoon of bite-sized entertainment and sweet treats, returns to the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center on four Friday afternoons in March.Enjoy coffee, dessert and two comedies by award-winning playwright Kathryn Martin at each 2pm performance. $8 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 910-398-7871. OPERA HOUSE AUDITIONS Auditions on Sat., 3/27, for “Five Guys Named Moe,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Music Man,” and “The Secret Garden.” Auditions for children 13 and younger, 9am-11am; audition for teens and adults over 13 at 11am. Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 Carolina Beach Rd. Prepare song and sheet music (an accompanist will be provided). Also prepare to dance. Roles in all five shows are available for men and women in a wide range of ages; there are multiple roles available for children in “Fiddler...,” “The Music Man,” and “Secret Garden.” (910) 762-4234. YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU See review page 10. MULLIGAN’S BIG FAT IRISH WEDDING Dinner and a healthy helping of comedy! There is the very Irish groom and the not-so Irish bride. Mulligan’s Big Fat Irish Wedding has all the trimmings of a real wedding, and the audience plays the role of guest and family of the Mulligan’s. Be ready to dance, toast, sing and eat Wedding cake! April 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th. Doors at 6:30pm. Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. $45 includes dinner, tax, gratuity and performance! RSVP: porchtheatre.com or call 910232-661. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PERFORMANCE CLUB Give students an outlet for their creativity with structured theater games. Kids can exercise their imagination and have fun by performing. Tuesdays, 4/6-5/25. Grades K-2nd and 3rd-5th. Meets in the Fran Russ Recreation Center. Pre-reg. required. 910-256-7925. SIDES Every Mon. at 9pm, Wilmington’s only live sitcom: “Sides.” $5 admission. New episode each week; hilarious characters! Browncoat Pub & Theater: 111 Grace St. 910-471-5690.
Comedy PORT CITY’S TOP COMIC 2010 Nutt Street Comedy Room and Comedy by the Beach present, the third annual Port City’s Top Comic stand-up comedy contest and comedian networking event. Each comedian will be given between five to seven minutes to perform on 5/14,15, 21 or 22—the preliminary rounds of Port City’s Top Comic held at Nutt Street Comedy Room. Each night 16 comics will perform; only 4 advance to the Semi-Finals on 5/26 at City Stage / Level 5. Only 8 total will advance to the finals on 5/27 at City Stage. Only one comic will emerge as Port City’s
Music/Concerts SPRING BLING HIP-HOP CONCERT Sat. 3/27: The Enforcer of Entertainment, Ron D, presents Spring Bling Hip Hop Concert at the Duplin County Events Center (195 Fairgrounds Drive, Kenansville) at 9pm. Dirty South artists for the show: New York rapper Pastor Troy, one of the founding fathers of Crunk Music and Mullage, a hip hop and contemporary R&B duo from Atlanta. Tickets available at the Duplin County Events Center, (910) 257-0009, or Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 / www.ticketmaster.com. CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale will present its 2010 Spring Concert on 3/28 at 4pm at Grace Methodist Church, 401 Grace St. The Chorale, soloists, and 13 instrumentalists will perform F. Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. www. capefearchorale.org. SONGWRITING CONTEST Put together a 30-60 second song or jingle, on a CD and drop it off with an entry form. Submissions through 3/31. Top 10 will be asked to perform their submission at The Soapbox where the winner will be selected by Gravity, celebrity judges and the crowd. All entries must be family-friendly. Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn and Bowl should be mentioned. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd. KRONOS QUARTET 4/11: The UNCW Arts in Action Performance Series will present the Kronos Quartet performing an eclectic program of modern works by frequent composer-collaborator Terry Riley and others as well as the mystical and musical traditions of Central Asia and the Middle East at 7:30pm in Kenan Auditorium. This special performance is co-sponsored by the Office of Cultural Arts and Chamber Music Wilmington. The concert will be followed by a post-performance talk back with the artists. Tickets: $24 for the general public; $20 for senior citizens and UNCW employees; $10 for non-UNCW students; and $6 for UNCW students. Kenan Box Office: 910-962-3500 or www.uncw. edu/presents. SAM BUSH BAND Atlantic Rim Entertainment presents Sam bush Band in concert with Missy Raines at Greenfield Lake Ampitheatre 4/17. Tickets are $35 available at www.atlanticrimentertainment.com. 910-399-1820 or email@example.com. AMERICAN BLUEGRASS MASTERS TOUR Sat. 4/17. Doors at 6:30; show at 7:30pm. For the first time in 50 years, American Bluegrass Masters Tour unites Grammy winner, JD Crowe and Grand Ole Opry legend Bobby Osborne with the hottest bluegrass singers and pickers on the planet. Lineup: JD Crowe, banjo, And Bobby Osborne, mandolin in concert with Dean Osborne, banjo, Curtis Burch, resophonic guitar. • Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press • JD Crowe and the New South • The Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Ensemble. Duplin County Events Center, 195 Fairgrounds Dr. Hwy 11 (across from James Sprunt Community College) Kenansville. Tickets: All seats reserved, ranging $15-$25. Student and military discounts available. Groups of 10 or more: (910) 275-0009. Tickets purchased at the Duplin County Events Center box office (910) 275-0009 / (800) 745-3000 / www.ticketmaster.com. BLACK CREEK Performing together since 2000, the members of Black Creek, who make their home in Benson, NC, have ministered in many venues. Black Creek has captured the hearts of live audiences and the radio world alike with their testimonies and smooth bluegrass sound. The group’s rich harmony and instrumental handiness, coupled with old-fashioned
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revivalism, creates an enjoyable evening for the entire family. • 4/17, 10am-5pm. Topsail Baptist Church, 18885 US HWY 17, Hampstead. 910-270-5127. • 4/18, 11am. Castle Hayne Church of God, 60 Croatan Rd, Castle Hayne. 910-329-8251 • 4/18, 6pm. Mission Baptist Church. 607 South Walker St, Burgaw. 910-300-3123.
tours, $8 (20+ requires reservations). 251-3700 ext. 104; www.BellamyMansion.org.
CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, is currently accepting new members for Fall 2010. 910-791-2121 or www.capefearchorale.org to request information.
Dance THE CIRCLE Free-form movement session, Fri., 6-7:30pm at Dance Cooperative 118 S. 17th St. Free or $5 donation suggested albanelved@ albanelved.com. No experience needed. www.albanelved.com BABS MCDANCE NEW SCHEDULE West Coast Swing: Mon. 6-7pm • Rumba: Mon. 7-8pm • Basic Shag: Tues. 6-7pm • Night Club Two Step: Tues. 7-8pm • Basic Salsa: Tues. 7-8pm • Progressing Salsa: Tues. 8-9:30pm • Swing & Lindy: Wed. 6-7pm • Cha Cha: Wed. 7-8pm • Mambo: Wed. 8-9:30pm • Waltz: Thurs. 6-7pm • Progressing Shag: Thurs. 7-8pm • Foxtrot: Thurs. 7-8pm • Argentine Tango: Thurs. 8-9:30pm. babsmcdance.com. FIREHOUSE STUDIO BELLY DANCING Bellydance Classes at the Firehouse Pilates Studio, Mon. nights. Private and semiprivate, $50 for an hour and a half instruction and $30 a piece for two people for same duration. firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-620-3566. 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 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Club meets Thurs. at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. 270-1639. DANCE LESSONS AT CAROLINA LOUNGE Tues, 7:30pm, shag lessons with Brad and DJ Lee Pearson. • Fri., 7:30pm, Tango workshop with Paula. 9:30pm, salsa lessons with DJ Lalo. • Line Dancing lessons with DJ Lee and instructor Barbara Braak 7:30pm. Cover charge $5, lesson free. • Sat., Latin ryhthm. Doors open 9pm. 5001-a Market St, (910) 790-8598
Art CALL TO ARTISTS: PEDESTRIAN ART The public sculpture program announces a call to local artists for five sculpturesto be exhibited in downtown Wilmington, June through December 2010. Deadline: Thurs. 4/15. www.pedart.com. ALL STUDENT SHOW 2010 Boseman Gallery announces the 8th annual All Student Show. Exhibition will run 3/23-4/15. Boseman Gallery (Fisher University Union, 2nd floor). Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am8pm. 910-962-7972 or www.uncw.edu/presents. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS Fourth Friday Gallery Nights 2010, 6-9pm on the fourth Friday of each month: 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 12/26. No admission. All ages. Several downtown galleries, studios and art spaces will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. The Art Walk is a self-guided tour featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, metals, ceramics, mixed media and more. Includes opening receptions, artist discussions, live music, wine, food and other traditional art-activities; www. wilmingtonfourthfridays.com. RON CURLEE II The Center for Visual Arts in Greensboro presents A Series of Work on Canvas by Artist Ron Curlee
II. Ron Curlee II is an artist who specializes in large abstract art work on canvas, as well as being an accomplished interior designer and published poet. Display will be open through 3/26. 336-333-7485, www.greensboroart.org. DIVA MADE EXHIBITION OF ART Diva Made, a creative women’s exchange is proud to present our first all female art exhibit, “Diva Made Exhibition of Art” at Bottega Gallery & Art Bar. Among the participating artists are Diva Made co-founders, Monika Winters-Sanchez, Dixon Stetler, Bonnie England, and Jude Eden, as well as Diva Made members Abby Spangel Perry, Kate Cathey, Rachel Kastner, Gayle Tustin, Pamela Toll, Rachel Willoughby, MJ Cunningham, Kelly Marquis, Erica Morgan, Leigh Fowler and Angela Johnson. Dates for the exhibit are 3/15-4/25, with an opening reception to be held Fri. 3/26, 6-9pm with most artists in attendance, light hor d’oeurves and live music by female performers. Diva Made: “a creative women’s exchange” hosts meet and greet meetings the first Wednesday of each month at The Green Light Lounge (female owned) on Front St. Meetings are held from 7-9pm and are informally informative, supportive, encouraging and of course, creative! Membership is free and open to the female public. www.divamade.com. KEYS NEEDED Wabi Sabi Warehouse is currently seeking submissions for a juried exhibition based on ‘keys.’ Symbolic or literal, this theme is wide open for interpretation. We welcome all media, including performance, creative writing, and ice sculpture— providing artwork fits through the door and doesn’t attract vermin. The only common denominator among selected works is the key. Submissions inspired by the Key Fence installation in downtown Wilmington will be given special consideration. Jurors: Richard Scieford, President, North Carolina Museums Council Bob Unchester, xhibition Manager, Cameron Art Museum Pam Toll, UNCW., 4/18. Exhibition dates: 5/7-6/12. Selected artists notified by 4/25. Email questions, comments, and up to 3 jpeg images to: email@example.com CALL TO ARTISTS Orton Plantation and Gardens is hosting the Art at Orton Art Show and Sale 4/30-5/2 in celebration od the gardens’ 100th anniversary. Deadline for artist registration is 4/12. Jenni Harris: 910-619-1583. ARTISTS AID THE ANIMALS 6th annual Artists Aid the Animals art show and sale is seeking artists and fine craftsmen to particiapte
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in a two day show on 6/5-6 at the Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive. Deadline to enter is 5/4. Art or craft does not have to be animal realted. Space is limited to approx. 80 artists, so early entry is important. Cost for the 2-day event is $125 per booth, or $200 if sharing booth with other applicant. Pictures of your work must be submitted alone with an autobiography and your application. Please email normat1@bellsouth. net with cc to firstname.lastname@example.org. For application form: pchsdreams.org. “Arts and Crafts show” in subject line. Gloria: 910-799-5401. CALL TO AUTHORS Art Soup, a non-profit arts organization in Wilmington, NC, is currently seeking published or self-published authors and poets to participate in an annual, large outdoor arts festival, Sat. 9/11. The Wilmington Art Walk is an artist market throughout the streets of the historic downtown area, featuring visual artists, crafts, music and more. Literary participants are welcome to sell and sign copies of current or previous work at individual booths in a special section of the festival dedicated to writers. Spaces available at a discounted rate of $35 per participant. 910-620-2047 or email@example.com. ZIABIRD SPRING CALENDAR Get Dressed for the Derby Hat Social, featuring Joanne Miranda designs 4/1, 6-8pm at Ziabird. 1900 Eastwood Road • 910-208-9650.
Museums BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM African-American History Day.Sat., 3/27, 10am4pm. Experience the domestic life of the mansion from a 19th century perspective. The Bellamy’s household included eleven family members and nine enslaved African-Americans who lived on the site and worked throughout the house. Learn about their lives as well as those of the free blacks and hired slave artisans who built this grand house, the carriage house and the slave quarters. Admission: $10 for adults, $4 for children 5-12, free children under 5. Students with ID $3 for this event only. • Bellamy is one of NC’s premier architectural and historic treasures, built as city residence of prominent planter, Dr. John D. Bellamy. Antebellum architecture: a mix of Greek Revival and Italianate styles. Open for tours Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm; closed Mons. Guided tours on the hour; self-guided audio-tours also available. Current Exhibit: “Walking in the Footsteps of: Gen. William T. Sherman.” Adults, $10; children 5-12, $4; group
CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Museum is in the process of renovating its core exhibit space to make room for a new, immersive exhibit experience. EXHIBITS: Land of the Longleaf Pine will open 4/2. • Going to the Movies Exhibit—Experience the history of a century of movie-going in the Lower Cape Fear region; where people went to the movies, how the theater experience has changed over the years, etc. • Conservation Matters—Explore the art and science of artifact conservation; what it is, who does it, and why it matters to museums. Beautifully conserved furniture and other wooden objects from the permanent collection on display. • Cape Fear Treasures: Drink Exhibit—Glimpse a selection of drinking vessels, as you explore treasures from Cape Fear Museum’s collection. From 18th-century bottles, to fancy teapots, to modern-day souvenir mugs and more! • Discover how to become a volunteer. Opportunities are available in the Museum Store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. Open House is held the first Wed., every month. 910-798-4366. • New Hanover County residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sun. ea. month. Museum open Sun, 1-5pm. • Learning Center: Light & Sound Sat. 3/27. Why is the sky blue? Explore fun mysteries of light and color and even make an object disappear! Open Sat. 10 am-4pm. Free w/museum admission. Ages 5 to 12. Parental participation is required.• Conservation Workshop: Photos & Paper Sat. 3/27, 9am-12pm. Work with curator Barbara Rowe to explore the basics of caring for your letters, newspapers and photos. Take home your own photo and paper conservation starter kit. Workshop: $40/member; $50/non. Part one of a three part conservation workshop and lecture series Space limited-prereg. • Family Workshop: Sticky Science Sun. 3/28, 2:30pm. From pine tree resin and magnets, to silly putty and static electricity, investigate the science behind all things sticky. Experimentation, discovery and exploration for the whole family. Hands-on workshops are $4/plus Museum admission, for children ages 5 to 12. Parental participation is required. 814 Market St.• (910) 798-4370 • www. capefearmuseum.com ARBORETUM IN THE AM 8am-12pm Sat. 4/24 at the New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, will feature hands-on gardening projects, demonstrations and workshops. The agenda also includes a used gardentool sale offering top quality equipment at bargain prices, as well as a full slate of children’s activities. Admission is free. Besides providing practical tips and demonstrations for turf management, raised vegetable beds, container gardening and herb growing, extension experts will be on hand to answer participants’ questions. Meanwhile, youngsters will keep busy with an adventure scavenger hunt, sunflower-potting sessions and garden-themed crafts. Persons interested in donating equipment to the sale can contact Valerie DeSanti at vdesanti@ ec.rr.com or 470-8180. Proceeds will benefit the New Hanover County Arboretum. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www.capefearserpentarium.com. LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. www.latimerhouse.org 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 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. 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 www.wrrm.org. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Toying with Art is an exhibition of toys designed and fabricated by more than 50 artists. Remains open through 3/28. Brings together several different kinds of toys: games, robots, plush toys, puppets and action figures all come together in this exciting exhibition. â€˘ Kaleidoscope: Changing Views of the Permanent Collection. Feat. art from the Cameron Art Museumâ€™s collection: paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, furniture, decorative arts, from the museumâ€™s permanent collection. Configuration will change through the year as individual works are rotated. â€˘ Through 6/20: Recollection: The Past is the Present: Visual and thematic references of the past while being rooted firmly in the present connects the art work of Amalia Amaki, Lillian Blades and Beverly Buchanan to the historical-tinged quilts by African American women in the exhibition. Admission charge. â€˘ EVENTS: Movement Lab w/Karola Luttringhaus, Sun., 3 /28 and 5/9, 3-4:30pm. Suggested Cost: $15 cash and checks only, checks payable to Alban Elved Dance Company. Focuses on physical freedom and creativity; includes partner work, such as contact improvisation, story-based movement creation, movement analysis, spatial relationships, basic release work, and more. Appropriate for all body types and experience levels; attend all labs, several or just one lab. Bring layers of clothing for various activity levels. Schedule: www.dynamicbody.net/workshops.html. â€˘ Reading by Diana Hume George, author. Thurs. 3/25, 8pm. Free, donations appreciated. Editor of eight books of nonfiction and poetry, as well as two literary studies, Oedipus Anne, The Poetry of Anne Sexton, and the Pulitzer-nominated Blake and Freud. â€˘ Movement Lab with Karola Luttringhaus Sun. 3/28 3â€“4:30pm. $15, cash and checks only, checks payable to Alban Elved Dance Company. Karola Luttringhaus, choreographer and dancer of Alban Elved Dance Company, offers a movement lab workshops focuses on physical freedom and creativity. The movement labs are geared toward anyone who wishes to learn more about how to generate movement from within, trusting yourself, identifying and following stimuli that inspires movement. Appropriate for all body types and experience levels. Bring layers of clothing for various activity levels. Visit www. dynamic-body.net/workshops.html. â€˘ Hand and Wheel Pottery Techniques: Mon/Wed, 3/29â€“5/19 9am-12pm. $250 or Tues/Thurs, 3/30â€“5/20 6pmâ€“ 9pm. $250. Hiroshi Sueyoshi teaches handbuilding, wheel throwing, glazing and finishing techniques. Class size is limited. Open to all skill levels, ages 16+. Call 910-395-5999 ext. 1000 or email ckilian@ cameronartmuseum.com. â€˘ Yoga: Thurs, 12pm. $5 members, $8 non-members. Exercises for relaxation, breath control and meditation with Sara Jo Nelson. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Beginners are always welcome. â€˘ Tai Chi: Wed., 12pm. $5 members, $8 non-members per class. With Martha Gregory; beginners are always welcome â€˘ â€œKidâ€?Cademy, Weds., 3:30-4:30pm, through 3/24, ages 6-10. Limited enrollment, 8 students per session. Members (household level): $60, nonmembers: $90. Students explore the galleries and make exhibition-inspired artwork.â€˘ South 17th Str. and Independence Blvd. Regular museum hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri.: 11am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am-5m. Members free;$8 non-members; $5 Students with valid student ID card; $3 Children age2 -12. cameronartmuseum. com or (910)395-5999. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmingtonâ€™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 streets. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www. burgwinwrighthouse.com.
Sports/Recreation HALYBURTON PARK PROGRAMS Halyburton Park is located at 4099 S. 17th
St. 910.341.0075 or TTY Relay 711 www. halyburtonpark.com â€˘ Signs of Spring: Ages 2-5, $3 per child. Mon. 3/29 10-11am, Tues. 3/30 10-11am. Learn what happens during spring with plants and animals that live in the forest by taking a nature hike, then doing a fun spring craft. â€˘ Easter in the Woods: Ages 6-10, $3 per child. Sat. 4/3 1:30-3pm. Hippity hoppity, here comes Peter. Join us as we take a journey into the long leaf pine forest. Discover how all the animals are celebrating Easter, as well as prepping for the warmer months ahead. Then, show off your artistic skills in building an Easter nature craft. â€˘ Discovery Hike: Sat. 3/27, 4/24 1:30-2:30pm. Join park naturalist as we hike into a Long Leaf Pine Savannah. Explore nature up close as we discuss the many properties of this type of ecosystem. $1/participant. PADDLING PROGRAMS Paddling Clubâ€”Waccamaw River: Mon. 4/5 8am1pm. Meet at Halyburton Park at 8am. $20 using our canoes, $10 bringing your own canoe/kayak. This is a 2.5â€“3.0 mile paddle beginning and ending at the south shore of Lake Waccamaw. Ages 12 and up, 17 and younger must have parent present. SEA DAWGS SPRING BREAK SKILLS CAMP The Wilmington Sea Dawgs will be hosting a spring break basketball camp. All boys and girls ages, 7-16, are welcome to unleash their basketball potential. Mon. 3/29-Thurs. 4/2 at the Wilmington Family YMCA located at 2710 Market St. $90 clinic fee for single participants at a special YMCA membership discount, and $115 for single participants at a community rate. Before and after care for participants is available at a nominal charge. Registration forms can be obtained from the Sea Dawgs website or at the YMCA.The clinic includes a Wilmington Sea Dawgs T-shirt, two tickets to a Sea Dawgs home game during the 2010 season, team photo with coaching staff, competition skills, and professional coaching. Visit www.wilmingtonseadawgs.com or call us at 910-791-6523. BIRD TOURS See Wigeon, Gadwall, Cormorants and Egrets roost in and around the Bald Cypress, and more! Traditionalists walk their way the 5 miles around the lake, guidebook in hand. Or do a guided 1hour tour on the lake itself comfortably seated in River Watchâ€™s electric canoe. Led by trained and experienced birders, River Watch offers birding tours of aboard an electric boat that can fit 6 passengers comfortably. Tours on Wed/Thurs/Sundays through March, weather permitting, or by special app. The one-hour tours leave the dock at 10am, 11am, noon and 1pm with a special â€œroosting hourâ€? tour leaving apprx 3:30pm. RSVP recommended. $15/person. 762-5606 or 200-4002. YMCA SWIM LESSONS YMCA Swim Lesson Program is a nationally recognized program taught by YMCA trained instructors. Weekday and weekend offerings. The winter session runs through 3/31. Did you know that modern swim instruction was invented at the YMCA? Maybe thatâ€™s why so many people have learned to swim at the Y, and continue to come back to enjoy our outstanding facilities. National YMCA Aquatics programs are designed to teach personal water safety, stroke development, rescue and personal growth skills to children. Our program is divided by age and skill levels. Aquatics Director Joe Herzberg: 251-9622 xt 254 or joe.herzberg@ wilmingtonfamilyymca.org. CAPE FEAR FENCING ASSOCIATION Cape Fear Fencing Association (CFFA) will offer its next beginnersâ€™ fencing class starting Mon. 4/5 at 6:30pm and will run for six weeks. Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, the six-week class will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm and costs $40. Class meets in the lower level of Tileston Gym at St. Maryâ€™s on the corner of 5th and Ann streets. All equipment is supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencing classes include the basic elements of fencing, the history of the sport, foundational techniques, conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence with the CFFA which offers fencing Tues/Wed/Thurs evenings at 7:30pm. ROWING CLASSES Cape Fear Community College will offer a new class for people interested in rowing. Entitled Rowing on the River: An Introductory Course in Recreational Rowing, the class is a four-session introduction
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