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Best Of Awards 2013 boasts winners and community support
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Amy Feath, executive director, Carousel Center for Abused Children
BEST OF WINNERS LIST
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“These automatic budget cuts are serious. It could negatively affect water and sewage services. In other words, all of America is about to embark on a Carnival cruise.” –Conan O’Brien “In the next few weeks, a group will assemble in the Vatican. Their job is to select a new Pope. The group will consist of 120 top cardinals and Simon Cowell. He’ll say, We conclude week four of our ‘Your Pope-ing is rubbish. You’re not going 2013 Best Of winners to the Vatican.’” –Craig Ferguson “Unlike Jesus, with my book, you don’t have to wait a thousand years for the second edition.” –Stephen Colbert ”This horse meat scandal just keeps growing. And it isn’t happening only in Europe. According to a new report, donkey meat has been found in hamburgers in South Africa. Consumers said when they were eating the burgers, they sensed something was wrong but they couldn’t quite pin a tail on it.” –Jay Leno “Earlier tonight ABC announced their We are wrapping up encore’s Best Of 2013! After our party celebrating the winners on Feb. 2nd new “Dancing With the Stars” lineup. I was at Brooklyn Arts Center, wherein we raised almost $7,000 for The Carousel Center for Abused confused. I thought the sequester eliminated Children (Executive Director Amy Feath graces our cover this week!), we have been covering that.” –David Letterman every category (all 130-plus) in encore since Feb. 13th. We continue this week, from real estate “The entire cast of ‘Les Miserables’ agency (Intracoastal Realty, of course, with Tamara Harris accepting the award above) to fine performed a song [at the Oscars] from the dining, book store to environmental group, bartender to thespian. You can read all about it on pages 4 through 16, and if you missed our last three week’s of coverage, then check out the full movie, featuring Russell Crowe. Or as the list of winners on page 17. Also, feel free to log on to www.encorepub.com to read about every cast of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ put it, ‘Now this is torture.’” –Jimmy Fallon winner and what they add to our wonderful community of entrepreneurs, restaurants, media “My favorite part about today was when personalities, artists, bands and more! We love you all, Wilmington. You really are simply the best! Above by Trent Williams; cover photo by Chuck Cothran the Pope left the Vatican, he left in a helicopter – just like ‘The Bachelor.’” –Jimmy WIN AWESOME TICKETS! Kimmel If you’re not already an encore fan on Thalian Hall, Brooklyn Arts Center, Durham “Obama gave his State of the Union Facebook, you should be! We have ongoing Performing Arts Center and more! We speech and went through a laundry list of contests on encore ’s Facebook page, as made it easy for you to see our upcoming things, most of them very centrist -- like well as on our home page, www.encorepub. contests, too. Just scan the QR code you he said he wanted universal preschool. He com. You can win a pair of tickets to music see on this page! It’ll take you to our ticket said he got the idea from trying to work with concerts, comedy sketches and theatre information site, giving you a list of available the Republicans in Congress the last few presentations all over the area, such as from tickets—and the dates when we’ll be run- years.” —Bill Maher House of Blues, Soapbox Laundro-Lounge, ning contests.
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2013 categories. Check out who won what!
17 best of list of winners: Did you miss the last three weeks of Best Of coverage? Check out all winners here!
news & views...............18-23 18 live local: Gwenyfar faces her first personal setback while blazing the Live Local trail.
21 op-ed: Mark Basquill talks about changes in mental health.
23 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd shares the latest odd stories.
artsy smartsy................28-37 24 theater: Trent Williams interviews the players in City Stage’s latest production, The Who’s ‘Tommy.’
28 art: Alex Pompliano interviews David Bower about the Signdance Collective’s performance at Juggling Gypsy.
29 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in area art galleries.
31 film: Anghus reviews the awfully constructed ‘Beautiful Creatures’ on a whim.
33 music: Bethany Turner interviews the folks behind Bombadil, who plays The Whiskey this weekend.
34-37 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues across town.
grub & guzzle............... 39-41 39-41 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through our dining guide!
extra! extra!.................42-64 42 sports: Chelsea Pyne interviews the Cape Fear Roller Girls just in time for their upcoming charitable bout.
43 crossword: Brain game by Stanley Newman.
44 fashion: Shea Carver gets the fashionable
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MARCH 2013 CAM CALENDAR OF EVENTS
LECTURE & TOUR: Ben Billingsley “Zelda In Context Madness & Modernism” Sun. Mar. 10 3:00 pm
HEALTHY LIVING WALK-IN CLASSES: T’ai Chi
Clay Studio Classes, both Day & Evening
After-School Classes, Color Composition
JAZZ @ THE CAM: Thurs. Mar. 7 6:30-8pm
Wed. - 12-1:00 pm 11 12 Thurs.- 5:30-6:30 pm
Sat. March 9
Watercolor Workshop with Betty Brown 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adult Life Drawing Classes on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning
Pro Musica: New Music Series Thurs. Mar. 21 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Connections Tours for Alzheimers Living Studios
EVENTS: Yarn Bomb the CAM! Sat. Mar. 16 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Cape Fear Spirit Quilt Exhibition Sat. & Sun. Mar. 16 -17 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp Thurs. Mar. 28 7:00 pm
A Decade of Contemporary Acquisitions
Yarn Bomb the CAM
NC Black Film Festival
Thurs. - 12-1:00 pm Fri. - 5:30-6:30 pm Sat. - 10 -11 am
Madafo, Nina & Roger
EXHIBITION OPENS Here & Now:
Kids @ CAM Fun for the Whole Family! Sat. Mar. 16 Noon – 3:00 pm
CAM MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS THESE EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW TIL MARCH 10 Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: The Artwork of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and The Transformative Power of Friendship ABOUT THE CAMERON ART MUSEUM Located at the corner of South 17th Street and Independence Blvd. in Wilmington, NC. Hours: Tues-Sun: 10am–5pm, Thurs.: 10am–9pm Museum admission: Museum members No Cost, $8 Non-members, $5 Students with valid student identification card, active military (with ID) and Seniors (65+), $3 Children age 2 -12 For updated information on programs, exhibitions, classes and events, visit www.cameronartmuseum.com or call 910.395.5999.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS AT CAM
Here & Now:
A Decade of Contemporary Acquisitions March 29 – July 21, 2013
This exhibition will explore contemporary artwork acquired since 2002 and the move to our new updated facility at the Cameron Art Museum. Artists included are Romare Bearden, José Bernal, Sam Francis, Howard Hodgkin, Donald Sultan and our newest acquisition by Shahzia Sikander.
Diane Landry August 17, 2013 – January 12, 2014 Face.Age September 14, 2013 – February 9, 2014
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that’s a wrap! Best of Awards 2013 boasts winners and community support and by Shea Carver Bethany Turner
(Top) Nominees and volunteers in food and beverage donated product and time for our guests at the Best Of 2013 Awards at the Feb. 2nd party held at Brooklyn Arts Center, downtown Wilmington; (center) the Girl Scouts scouted the red carpet for best dressed; (bottom) and bands including Mike Blair and the Stonewalls played the first ever Best Of the Battle of the Bands, all to benefit a fund-raiser for the Carousel Center for Abused Children in Wilmington. Photos by Charles Cothran and Jim Booth.
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hen the lights go down, the afterparty begins. In encore’s case, it lasts four whole weeks as we write about every winner on our annual Best Of poll— yep, that’s 130 categories, folks! We first announced the 2013 wins on Saturday, February 2nd, at our annual Best Of Party, held at downtown’s Brooklyn Arts Center. For the first year, the party became a fund-raiser for the Carousel Center for Abused Children, wherein almost $7,000 was netted from ticket sales, many raffle items and our inaugural Battle of the Bands. Folks voted with dollars to choose the winners from L Shaped Lot, Mike Blair and the Stonewalls and Bibis Ellison. Our wonderfully kooky hosts—Sandy Vaughan, Jef Pollock, Brandi Laney, Cullen Moss and Valerie Watkins of Changing Channels, along with Steve Rassin, Jason Hatfield, Zach Hanner and Randy Davis from Comically Impaired, and our Vannas Janna Murray, Kyra Tebo, Madison Moss—shuffled through the lenghthy list in side-splitting laughter. With a slew of food donations from the top three contenders in every category (thank you, everyone, who added to the spread), folks were fed and tons of super prizes were bid on throughout the evening! All of you who missed out on the action can see the full list of winners on page 17. As we do annually, we want to clarify some of our Best Of ground-rules so everyone understands how we endure this four-month process annually—from scouring and revising the ballot, programming the online voting system, monitoring the process (we got our eyes and ears peeled for cheaters!), designing and hand-building all awards, and pulling together the party and talent to no avail! It’s work, people. And we thank the Carousel Center, Rich
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Leder of Brooklyn Arts, Justin Denning, BestOf web dude, Chuck Cothran, award-builder, our hosts, bands and every volunteer and donator for making it a success. Here is how we play: • Nominations for the top-three contenders were taken in the first round of voting in November, which ended at the beginning of December. • The official ballot with top three nominees went live on December 19th. Votes were taken through January 9th. • encore employees never determined the winners (despite what many assume or accuse); the readers of encore determined the outcome, plain and simple! • encore reserves the right to secure all voting information, including percentages and amounts of votes per category. However, the final tally of all nominations and votes came to 10,000. With over 130 categories and weekly deadlines, we do not divulge individual numbers—not because we have something to hide but because 10 people run this paper and, well, time is of the essence to produce it weekly. • Only one ballot per e-mail address was allowed to vote. When canceled e-mail addresses were attempted for use, they automatically were rejected. We did not allow more than six ballots per IP address, either. • Voters were required to fill out at least 25 categories to have their votes counted; this prevents from “stuffing” the ballot box simply to see one business wins everything. • We encouraged businesses to campaign; though, we did not accept bribery for votes. We also secured the right to disqualify votes we felt were misrepresented or falsified in any way (not following above rules). Though we are not the NC Board of Elections, we try our best to play fairly!
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Getting inked isn’t something to take lightly. First of all, one must trust the hand behind the needle, and make sure not only proper care is taken with every tool but that artistry and skill is held in high regard. After all, this isn’t a painting to take down from a wall once it becomes tired; it’s permanent—a representation of a person, forever imbedded in his skin. Artfuel Inc., led by Sarah Peacock and her dedicated team of artists, makes sure every client leaves over-the-moon with the work done. “We strive to give our customers a welcoming and unique experience,” Peacock says. “Our customers really make our team so amazing. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are.” Aside from doing fanciful works of art to more challenging fare, like the full sheet of music Peacock once did for a client, Artfuel gives back philanthropically, as well. They work with the nonprofit Surfer’s Healing, which gives autistic children an outlet to surf during summer camps. Peacock also offers services to breastcancer survivors. “I began tattooing survivors about three years ago, but for a year I have been working
PLANTING A WINNING SEED: Dottie Watson showcases The Plant Place’s gorgeous blooms and a proud win for Best Garden Store for 2013. Photo by Trent Williams
alongside Wilmington Plastic Surgery,” she notes. Peacock works with them to give their breasts three-dimensional appeal by creating nipples after reconstructive surgery. “Usually these ladies are referred to me by the practice,” Peacock says, “but anyone can approach me by just calling and making an appointment. I bring these clients in before my regular daily schedule.” Also, Artfuel works with local artists, showcasing works in all mediums, from paintings to pottery to collage to photography and beyond. Their shows often feature numerous talents locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Their next show opens April 14th, and like the ones before it, they will host an opening night reception with local live music, lots of food and artists meet-and-greets. Daily, however, they’re at the grind, ensuring everyone who walks out of their 1701 Wrightsville Avenue storefront not only carries with them their own piece of art but something indicative of their fabric of life. “We hope to keep busy giving our clients good work and experiences here at the studio, and helping others as much as possible,” Peacock says. Other tattoo parlors inking our polls include Jade Monkey and Hardwire Tattoo.
Alternative Medicine They’ve taken top ranks every year since we’ve had the category. Why? Well, because a visit to McKay Healing Arts feels much like an escape from the hurried world we endure daily. Tucked away off Wrightsville Avenue, surrounded by trees with a serene garden out back, the studio offers everything from meditation classes to yoga, acupuncture to massage, hypnotherapy and more. “The staff at McKay are constantly involved in learning new and innovative ways to pro-
mote wellness,” owner Leon McKay says. “We read the latest journals attend workshops and have discussions on anything which might be effective for our clients.” Recently, they’ve added acupuncturist Daer Reid LAc to their ranks. A Wilmington native for at least 10 years, Daer focuses mainly on women’s health, internal diseases and even pain-related pathologies. McKay has also added Saturday hours and late Friday acupuncture sessions, plus they’re constantly hosting visiting teachers who specialize in subjects for personal growth. “Mckay Healing Arts has a track record in Wilmington, which is approaching 13 years,” McKay notes. “I believe it’s because we sincerely care about the well-being of our clients. The practitioners [here] are well-trained, with years of experience.” Other places encore reader’s look for supplemental health care and betterment are Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture and Wellspring Holistic Veterinary Care.
If you drive up Market Street, past MLK intersection, toward Ogden, a gardener’s dream place fast approaches. What looks like a modest retail shop brightly colored in pinks and greens from the front quickly expands upon entry. Behind The Plant Place’s storefront are greenhouses galore showcasing a variety of plants for every green thumb. Owned by Bill and Bobbie Edwards, the shop opened in 1976. With a degree in florculture from Cornell University, Bill started with the retail shop and two greenhouses. Today, he and Bobbie have expanded it into 37 greenhouses and a garden shop. They have the most beautiful plants and flowers ready to update any landscape or home, plus their varieties of fruits, herbs and vegetables for the home gardener or farmer are massive. With the help of their knowledgable staff, such as greenhouse manager Shawna Hopson and retail manager Dee Ivey, their staff is always ready to help the newfound gardener
or the veterans. “We grow all plant materials here in our greenhouses, except foliage (house plants) that we ship in through our plant broker, from Florida,” the Edwards note on their website. “We grow annuals and perennials as well as seasonal plants Poinsettias and garden mums. We are always adding and improving our selections making us “the best little greenhouse in town.’’ And it’s official; encore readers agree too! Other garden stores putting roots in our community include The Transplanted Garden and Zone 8 Gardens.
Two things Wilmingtonians love: their coffee and their pets. Paul Brown’s downtown shop, Java Dog, at the Cotton Exchange, tops our Best Of list for the first time as one among the most pet-friendly establishments in town. Maybe it has something to do with his chocolate lab Meg, who’s always lazing about outside, greeting customers and their pets. Brown assures Java Dog caters to the coffee and specialty drink crowds. They have a menu full of delights, whether going for the normal cup of Joe or one of their Mango Jet Teas—which is actually a smoothie packed with a zap to wake you up and enjoy your day on a healthy note. They also serve muffins, bagels, cookies and more, and even offer Fido a treat from the dog biscuits jar. Bowls of water always align the sidewalk for passersby taking their pets for a stroll. Located at 303 N. Front Street, Java Dog is locally owned and operated, making its appeal even more inviting to folks in search of community-ran shops. Others taking votes in the category is Duck and Dive off Dock Street, who welcomes pooches while their owners grab a pint!
Nothing says relax, let go and turn off the outside world more than taking extreme care of self. Of course that means connecting with body, mind and spirit. Yet, it also means indulging every once and a while for the finer uplifters. Whether it’s a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure, a mud wrap, cut and style or make up consultation, Head to Toe Day Spa has complete packages set up to allow one to fully engage in feel-good indulgence therapy. Located off Eastwood Road, Head to Toe opened 17 years ago and continues satisfying clients seven days a week during hours of operation. They do waxing, sunless airbrush tanning, teeth whitening, chemical peels, nail enhancements, and they even have an infrared sauna. Brides will find their full packages helpful during that special day, and they can even personalize the package to the entire bridal party if need be. The stylists and personnel are constantly updating their portfolios and attending trade shows to become the best. Add to it Head to Toe’s full product line, such as blinc, Biofreeze, Bio Ionic and Boresha and their dedication to excellence becomes apparent. Folks can sign on to their website at http://headtotoedayspa. com to make an appointment with one of their many qualified staff members.
Other spas relaxing onto our polls are Ki Spa and Bangz.
When it comes to java, only one place in town continuously meets the expectations of caffeine addicts: Port City Java. The coffee house is a part of the fabric of Wilmington entrepreneurship thanks to cofounder and CEO Steve Schnitzler. Sold in 2011 to Wilmingtonian W. Cecil Worsley III, the shop continues growing its popularity. There are now 15 sites across Wilmington, including its flagship store on Front Street, and it operates 27 cafes in two states and the District of Columbia, as well as in the Middle East and Jordan. Their beans are globally grown, Fair Trade and organic blends, yet they’re roasted in their headquarters off River Road, where all baked goods for the cafes are also made. “One of our major goals in 2013 is to get more involved in direct trade/relationship coffee buying practices,” PCJ rep Megan Winters says. “We just got back from a coffee-buying trip in Costa Rica, which is our first step in this process. By going direct trade, we hope to cut out some of the traditional buyers/sellers and ultimately get more money to the farmers. In the long term, we hope these relationships will help us secure high-quality sources of coffee as climate change and competition become more prevalent. PCJ’s offerings are vast in quality already, from regular, daily brews to fancy drinks like Caramello Leche or Iced Black and Tan Mocha. They also carry a slew of frozen specialties, such as their all-natural smoothies made from juice and fruits, along with milkshakes galore, such as chai or even java. The coffee shops serve as cafes, with breakfast or lunch offerings, too, including wrap or English muffins sandwiches, and delicious muffins, bagels, salads and yogurt. Local PCJs also support up-and-coming food specialists, like the folks at South ‘n France whose bon bons can be found here, along with Nye’s Cream sandwiches, again made up of locals who specialize in home-baked cookies sandwiching delicious homemade ice cream. Schnitzler, who continues leading the company, makes it clear the coffeeshop’s ongoing intent: “We seek to exceed expectations on every guest list.” They’ve done so with encore readers every year; not another coffee house has won on our polls since 1995 when the shop opened. Other coffee shops keeping us awake on the poll include Java Dog and Starbucks.
Real Estate Agency
“Hard-working, knowledgeable and experienced agents can navigate through the variables of a challenging market,” Lake Slacum, marketing director of Intracoastal Realty, promises. “Our agents and staff go the extra mile to provide a first-class home-buying experience for our clients.” Intracoastal Realty specifically caters to
ANOTHER JAVA WIN: Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler and wife Lisa pose for a shot by Jim Booth, who captured all red-carpet entries to the Best Of 2013 Awards Party. Photos can be seen and purchased at http://lifestyleimages.photoreflect. com/store/thumbpage.aspx?e=8832517
homebuyers in our region. They can provide a slew of options from Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach, Carolina to Kure beaches, Hampstead to Topsail Beach, Leland to Southport and Oak Island. They have listings in all areas of one’s preference, whether desiring to live in
historic downtown Wilmington, on a golf course in Landfall, waterfront in sleepy Southport—one’s dream home awaits. “Our mantra is to ‘Experience the Exceptional!’” Slacum notes. “We are an affiliate of the prestigious Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network, which is an organization that produces more home sales volume than any national real estate network.” Still, and that they’re locally founded and independent is what makes so many buyers connect to their services. They build trust with every client during his or her’s biggest purchase in life. Leading the business for over 25 years in Wilmington, Slacum reminds folks that the local economy may very well be looking upward if judging by the housing market alone. “We were in a ‘buyer’s market’ for most pricing segments for quite some time,” she says, “but the market has turned and is approaching more ‘normal’ levels. That produces stabilizing—and in some cases—appreciating home prices, which is good news for home sellers.” Likewise, the market itself is experiencing less on the market. Still, she says bargains are out there. “With potential mortgage limitations on the horizon, and our being in the middle of a ‘heated’ market with lots of buyer activity, the
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time to sell (or buy) is now!” Other real estate agencies selling and succeeding on encore’s polls are Century 21 Sweyer and Associates and Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.
wiches and tropical beverages. “Locals sometimes don’t realize we offer live music on the weekends,” Donovan confirms. “A quick trip to Wrightsville Beach for dinner on the terrace and a live band is right around the corner.” Other high-rising hotels include Hilton Wilmington Riverside and Blockade Runner.
In a world of large chains, especially for book retailers, the little guy sometimes gets overlooked ... unless you live in Wilmington. Here, community encircles and supports the independents, often times more than one can imagine. That’s what keeps Gwenyfar Rohler, managing partner and owner of Old Books on Front Street, forever packing her shelves with used and new books. “We were the first indie bookstore to break Barnes and Noble’s 14-year [winning],” Rohler excitedly tells. “Since, we have shared it with Pomegranate, and for the last three years the top three have all been indies: us, Pomegrante, and Two Sisters Bookery.” What it means to Rohler indicates a hardworking business plan enacted by dedicated people. “The affirmation that comes from the Best of Contest means a tremendous amount. Not just to me, and my family, but to our incredible staff that really keep the place going. All small businesses face an uphill battle, but indie bookstores especially. This is huge; it’s what we live for.” A family business, Old Books has been around since the early ‘80s, when owned by Richard Daughtry. The Rohler family bought it in the mid-oughts and offer over two miles of books available for reasonable prices. While known for the numerous author readings, as well as poetry readings and even writer’s workshops, Old Books offers far more than a family retail shop. They host books clubs, such as an environmental one by Going Green publications and a spiritual one headed by Wilmington Faith and Values editor Amanda Greene. “I really hope to be able to do Banned Books week in the fall,” Rohler says of her annual soiree. “It is very close to my heart and central to what we stand for: freedom of speech, right to privacy and freedom of thought.” Offering a vast foreign-language section– ”the largest of the region,” according to Rohler–folks also will find books on theatre, philosophy, fiction, nonfiction and so much
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SOARING HIGH: Best Humanitarian nominee Jock Brandis (of Full Belly Project, also a nonprofit nominee) and Gwenyfar Rohler, owner of Best Book Store, Old Books on Front Street, enter the awards on a high note, in good spirits. Photo by Jim Booth
more ready for purchase. “The customers really drive what we carry, especially in the way of new books,” Rohler informs. “What people request and special order usually determines the books we try to keep in stock.” Rohler’s staff are the fuel feeding the bookstore engine. They each have their specialty and personal topics ready to share with others. “Seth for example is the go-to science, nature and math guy,” Rohler says. Susan has got Scifi, crafts, current Christian titles, and art under control. I just babel; the others refer to it as my ‘spiels’: wind her up and mention Brecht or Hellman, and watch her talk for half an hour!” Dedicated and passionate, literally they’re “the shop around the corner” locals will fight for and keep around. Other readers on our polls frequent Pomegranate Books and Two Sisters Bookery.— Shea Carver
When tourists are looking for a family-friendly resort in our area, or when locals are searching for the ultimate “staycation,” the value tends to be in Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach, which came to the island as Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in June 1999. There’s much to love, from its heated indoor pool and yearround outdoor pool to its unique “KidSuites” featuring bunk beds in the children’s own space (separated by partitions) and a TV. “Time after time our guests say their vacations at the Holiday Inn Resort were the best they have been on,” the director of sales and marketing, Maureen Donovan, explains. The hotel offers essentials like WiFi, a business center and conference facilities. But it also tailors the experience with an airport shuttle, on-island shuttle, oceanfront fitness center (a tad more appealing to hop on the ol’ treadmill, no?), and weekly manager’s receptions. Activities coordinators can even help guests plan fishing charters, massages and tee times (and undoubtedly more). “We encourage people to visit our Facebook page: Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach,” the director says, “to participate in the incentive program, Priority Club, [which] rewards guests for their stays and many times offers some wonderful perks to book a Holiday Inn Resort.” There’s even a Kids Club for young ones ages 4 to 12. “We have a ‘club’ room with games, crafts and movies,” Donovan describes. “Each day has specific activities children can sign up for, from sandcastle building to ‘land’ surfing, dinner-and-a-movie night, and much more.” Onsite dining includes the fine cuisine of Oceans, the menu of which boasts macadamiaencrusted mahi mahi, Creole crab cakes, and Angus beef tenderloin. Live music is served in Gabby’s Lounge—and on the oceanfront terrace during warmer months. Lazy Daze Bar and Grill is open seasonally, dishing out sand-
When long-time Wilmington staple Manifest Discs and Tapes closed its doors in 2004, thenmanager Matt Keen decided to set out on his own in the record biz. Nearly 10 years later, Gravity Records makes the move from its Kerr Avenue location to a hipper locale: 612 Castle Street. “The new store is bigger harder, and just plain prettier,” he muses. “We have a ton more vinyl than ever before, and the caliber of the LP’s in the shop is on a whole ‘nother level. The new location looks like a record store. No more strip malls for us,” Keen explains. Another plus to the brand-new spot is an increase in foot traffic. “[And] we love our new neighbors (Rx, Jester’s, Wilmington Wine, etc.),” Keen tells, “but we do miss our friends at Saigon Market and Tatyana’s European Delights.” Despite the move, Gravity Records will continue to offer great musical recommendations—and then some—based on many years of experience. After all, they are the only record store in Wilmington selling both new and pre-owned music on all formats, including vinyl and cassette. “I think what sets us apart is how knowledgeable we are of music past and present,” Keen assures. “Quite a few of us (me included) are musicians, so we understand music a little differently than some of the other places you can buy music from in town. We also pay more for pre-owned merchandise than anyone else in town.” That’s right—Gravity Records pays cash for previously loved CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. “iTunes is just a cheap Xerox copy of a piece of music,” he asserts. “That’s all it will ever be. There is no resale value for your MP3 album once you pay $10 or more for it. LP’s and, to a lesser extent, CDs retain some value. Not to mention, they sound better than an iTunes download.” Plus, where else can one go for a multitude of releases from local musicians? And the store even services customers’ turntables. Since the move, Gravity Records has made substantial improvements as a business, and they hope to keep it up for many years, garnering Best Of wins along the way. “It pushes us that much harder every year to be sure to be the best place to buy music,” Keen finishes, “not only in Wilmington but in North Carolina.” ILM citizens also look to Yellow Dog Discs and Best Buy to fill their musical libraries.
Our teeth are vital proponents of our livelihoods. We not only use them to chew foods full of nutrients for our survival, we also use them to chew chocolate, tarts and cookies (bonus!). As well, our pearly whites are the first things we flash when we meet new people, conveying a welcoming friendliness and happiness. But,
what if our pearly whites...aren’t? Dr. Albert Bozart, the main molar man of Bozart Family Dentistry, helps ensure that ILM residents can put their best smiles forward, and he has the experience to deliver. He received a bachelor of arts and his doctorate of dental surgery from UNC Chapel Hill, a notable stopping point for some dentists. Yet Dr. Bozart furthered his education by participating in an advanced education in general dentistry residency, where he learned more complex and diverse skills under the supervision of over 20 board-certified specialists. As if that weren’t enough, Dr. Bozart attended UNC Chapel Hill’s dental school on a full military scholarship, thus he spent several years working as a dentist at Fort Gordon and Fort Benning. He encountered many basic trainees who had never visited the dentist before, and although they were scared and requiring lots of dental work, Dr. Bozart was able to rebuild their smiles and rebuild their confidences. What Dr. Bozart brings to the dentist’s chair is comprehensive dentistry, wherein he explains all options and allows his patients to make educated decisions—also known as trust. He gets to know each patient and their concerns so that he can tailor appropriate treatment plans— also known as personalization. Such qualities are why Dr. Bozart takes home Best Dentist for the second year in a row. Readers also trust their choppers to Salling and Tate General Dentistry and Dr. Skip Tyson.
In 1988 Wilmington got its first tanning salon, thanks to the owner of Tropical Tans, Fred Knopp. He saw the opportunity of a growing business and brought it here so Wrightsville and Carolina beach babes could keep that summer glow all year long. Since, he’s grown to two locations (5003 Wrightsville Avenue and 402 Carl Street) and kept up with the latest and greatest products of the industry. The Tropical Tans locations offer 15- and 30-minute beds, as well as stand-up beds, and the Mystic HD Sunless Tanning booth. The spray-tan apparatus adds heat to condition the skin for maximum absorption (and doesn’t it feel better?) and provides a full-body drying feature. Both locations run on identical systems to keep track of and honor each guest’s package, no matter which store they visit. Speaking of packages, Tropical Tans has quite a deal with their VIP membership: unlimited access to 30-minute beds, reduced upgrade fees, automatic monthly pay systems, and 20 percent discounts on lotions and products. What truly sets them apart, however, is a friendly and knowledgeable staff who can recommend an individualized tanning schedule. Folks also soak up the sun at Timeless Tans and Bronzed Custom Airbrush Tanning.—Bethany Turner
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They’ve become known for their risk-taking;
for showcasing the lesser-known or more risque musicals not often seen around town. Instead of “Sound of Music,” one can expect to see the Drama Desk award-winning “Next to Normal” at City Stage; rather than “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Santaland Diaries” has become a City Stage holiday tradition. “City Stage tries to tell the most compelling stories, in the most interesting ways, using the best talent and staging the most professional productions that our budget allows,” Justin Smith, artistic director, says. “We want to give the audiences something else to chew on and focus on shows that attract a new wave of theatre-goers.” They have succeeded in their 13 years of production value, too. Over the course of time, folks have seen the likes of “Play it Again, Sam,” “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” “Rent,” “The Color Purple,” “Always...Patsy Cline,” “Debbie Does Dallas,” “Avenue Q,” “Pot Mom” and more. In fact, City Stage is pulling from the vault, showcasing new musicals along with some they’ve already produced over the years, setting a new standard for “the classics” expected here. “The Who’s Tommy” will open this weekend (see page 24 for the full preview), along with a reprisal of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” New to the 2013 season will be “Brooklyn, the Musical” opening in May. “It’s s a story within a story,” Chiaki Ito, musical director of City Stage, says. “Street performers tell the story of a young girl who comes to the U.S. to find the father she never knew. I cried the first time I listened to the soundtrack, and I knew I wanted to do this musical. The music is beautiful, inspiring and it rocks as well!” Having won numerous Best Of awards over the years, 2013 presents a first to City Stage as Best Theatre Company. It’s an honor to Smith, Chiaki and the entire crew, among all actors, musicians, stage hands, set designers, costumers and everyone else involved in their theatrics. “We do theatre because we love it,” Smith, also a local actor, says. “It takes the dedication and effort of so many people to pull off one show, not to mention a full season. The theatre community in Wilmington is so vibrant and it is a pleasure to be a part of it.” Smith promises to continue bringing diverse and affordable live theatre to the masses. It’s become paramount if not expected from regular audience members. “We take a chance on a show that they may not think is appealing, and walk away either loving it or at least respecting the quality of the show,” Smith notes. “It is those people that have sustained what is now City Stage. If City Stage was unable to push the envelope and take chances, City Stage wouldn’t be City Stage anymore.” Other companies grand-standing second and third places are Big Dawg Productions and comedy troupe Pineapple-Shaped Lamps.
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a Girl Thing,” by Shannon Silva has shown locally at Cucalorus and moved across the states from Chicago’s Social Change Film Festival to Philly’s Independent Film Fest. Made by UNCW professor Shannon Silva, along with sociology professor Donna Kind and film studies professor Andre Silva, plus numerous students from the UNCW Film Studies Department, the documentary puts a spotlight on the sensation of “tween queens,” as Silva calls them. The inspiration spawned from a class she took in 2003 wherein she researched the Olsen twins—Mary Kate and Ashley, most known for their early roles in “Full House.” “The twins weren’t exceptionally talented singers, actresses or dancers,” Silva says, “but rather than this detracting from their marketability, it actually added to it, since they could be packaged to tween girls as very relatable ‘real girls.’” The desire to make the documentary formed and Silva began interviewing tween girls and experts. After realizing the Olsen twins were a tip-off point for others in the biz, she looked into all “tween-queen stars who had these multi-media empires built around them.” “I don’t have any daughters,” Silva continues, “but I do have a lot of nieces and cousins who are certainly affected by the tween marketing phenomenon, so that was a motivating factor.” Some of the issues covered in her documetary are ongoing ones parent face in childrearing. Sexualization, aging up, consumerism, self-destruction—it’s all there in the professor’s one-hour reel. Crowds who have seen the flick at festivals have responded favorably, too. “One crowd will view the film simply to learn about an issue with which they were previously unfamiliar,” Silva explains, “while another audience discusses the film from more of an activist perspective, in terms of what they might do to address some of the issues raised by the film.” While it’s moved from various platforms of discovery, the next stage for Silva—who was inspired to become a filmmaker after her uncle gave her a book on TV and film production early in life—is to find distribution for the film. “We have also considered taking the film on tour to community centers and the like,” she notes. Today, her schedule is packed with rearing her own new child, as well as continuing to teach experimental and documentary filmmaking, along with a film-festival management course at UNCW. However, she’s in the throes of developing her next documentary, too, “Free Energy.” “[It] focuses on the history of free-energy devices, the science, conspiracy theories and controversies surrounding the topic,” she notes, “[along with] the economic and environmental implications of public access, and contemporary experts who are making advances in the field.” Other noteworthy films getting applause include “Jack to the Future” by Derek Pons and Nate Daniel and “Pieces of Talent” by Joe Stauffer.
Though they didn’t win Best Film for their nominated 18-minute flick “Jack to the Future,” the filmmakers behind it won for their adept skill in craft. Derek Pons and Nate Daniel started their dynamic team in 2007, while attending UNCW. Though today Pons works in New York as an editor for Peacock Productions, while Daniel is the broadcast specialist for the Film Studies Department at UNCW, they still feed off each other’s creativity to continue their passion for moviemaking. “We work really well together,” Daniel says. “I wrote the initial screenplay and Derek did the revisions [for ‘Jack to the Future’]. After working together for so long, it is easy to anticipate what the other one wants or thinks. He tends to be more of a realist than me, so, while my ideas might be too out there, his might be not crazy enough. We balance each other out. Since, graduating, they’ve been working professionally, including on short films, reality/ documentary TV and more. “Jack to the Future” actually started as a joke about friends undergoing time-travel before manifesting into the writing and directing team’s first draft. While “Jack to the Future” has sci-fi underpinning, it’s a raunchy comedy, and it explores the extreme to which one will achieve his dreams. In 2011 Pons and Daniel funded the film for only $5,000 through Kickstarter. In fact, the entire movie was made by the generosity of a helpful community of hard workers. With producer Michelle Boley of Rogue Kite Productions lending her Red One camera, local actors also generously worked for free, including Caylan McKay and Alex Marden. Since completion the film has moved along on the film circuit, including its inclusion in Wilmington’s own Cucalorus, while also traveling from Portland, Oregon, to Williamsburg, New York. It even won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the Dam Short Film Festival in Nevada. “After its run we will make it available through Vimeo and YouTube,” Daniel says. Other filmmakers marking their reels on our polls include Shannon Silva and Joe Stauffer.
We’ve seen him in numerous local plays, 35 to be exact, from classics like “Macbeth” to more progressive works like in his recent role in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.” He does comedy with a zinger personality, as seen in “Psycho Beach Party” and the weekly improv group Changing Channels, which showcased live comedy for over a decade. Having helped host the encore Best Of Awards 2013, Cullen Moss’ Asian gal getup kept many laughing, if not in left in awesome odd bewilderment, over the scope of talent our local portrays. His love of imitation and impersonation started at quite a young age, actually. “I would ask Santa for fake mustaches and beards,” Moss tells encore. “My parents were great in helping foster my weirdness and got me involved in acting classes at a local theater after I was about six. I had many wonderful teachers, on and off, through high school. I moved to Wilmington 15 years ago, with a
group of dear and talented friends, with the idea of pursuing acting as a career.” As of late, the newlywed, who married his life-love and fellow local actress Madison Weidberg last year, Moss has seen many dreams come to life. Taking his talents to film, he has starred in quite a few flicks, including “Safe Haven,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and the upcoming “Iron Man 3.” “The idea [of having an acting career] remained fairly intangible until the fairly recent past,” Moss says. “Whether I’m able to make a living at it or not, it’s just something I can’t imagine ever being without.” Though his film roles so far have been secondary, many hold the SAG credit to keep the work coming. He will be filming “The Remaining” soon. “It’s a one-liner,” Moss explains. “I’m grateful for anything, though. It’ll pay a bill or two.” Locally, he will continue pursuing live shows to hone his talents. He has a love for the community and its tight-knit ability to nurture. “Wilmington has been incredible to me,” Moss says. “There have been so many opportunities to learn and grow as an actor, thanks to our amazing theatre community. I’ve had great fortune to work onstage with some of the finest, most talented, actors and directors, been given great roles . . . casting directors who are warm, receptive, responsive, and accessible, and who will go out on a limb for you, a wonderful and fearless independent film community. I know my resume wouldn’t be nearly as strong as it is now, had I gone to New York or LA, rather than here.” Moss has a list of fulfillments ready to meet, including expansion of family. Already rearing a 10-year-old, he looks forward to adding to the brood. Plus, he awaits the chance to go after some of his dreams roles. “I’d love a shot at Hamlet some day,” he notes. “Oh, and Troy Lippard. I love being able to inhabit another life for a while, but mostly it’s the emotional impact a performance can have on an audience. It’s that energy: When you’re doing it live and you know you’re doing it right and you’re moving people.” Other thespians acting their way onto our poll include Amy Tipton and Jordan Mullaney.
They make our sides split in humorous glory. They keep us embracing the stuff in life which tickles our funny bones. They pack a punch every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. as the Nutt House Improv Troupe takes over Nutt Street Comedy Room in the basement of the Soapbox. Made up of Anthony Corvino, Colton DeMonte, Dave DiMuro, Mike Henniger, Steve Marcinowski, Caylan McKay and Jon Ripley, the magic starts with audience participation. They gather suggestions for scenes before moving into short-and long-form interactive improv games. “Colton DeMonte is the bearded funny man with great characters,” Steve Marcinowski, who self-describes himself “great for moral support,” told encore last year. “Mike Henninger is karaoke master and Casanova. Cay-
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lan McKay was an affirmative-action hire; he is the numbers guy. Jon Ripley is foreign accent master, and Dave DiMuro is a musical genius.” Every week they’re pulling in the best of their creative brain cells to provide on-the-spot laughter and quick wit. They’ve enacted everything from first dates to interrogation rooms (all of which can be seen on their website http:// nutthouseimprov.com). While watching along the sidelines for entertainment is always a draw, those who wish to be the inspiration for laughter can also take the troupe’s Tuesday night workshops at 9 p.m. The troupe also can be contacted for private or corporate functions. Their weekly shows only cost $3 for entry. Other comedy troupes reeling in the zingers inlcude the Comically Impaired and PineappleShaped Lamps.
Place to Bring Visitors While there is no shortage of tourist attractions in Wilmington, our readers selected one as the ultimate spot to bring their out-of-town guests: the Riverwalk downtown. From our coastal birds floating on the breeze to the history within the Cape Fear River itself, the Riverwalk provides a relaxing escape from the hustle
and bustle of daily life. The sunsets aren’t half bad, either. Plans for the boardwalk include it eventually stretching from Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to the Isabel Stellings Holmes Bridge. Such construction began many years ago with efforts from the local government and private investors to give a facelift to our historical community. “Having a new business along the Riverwalk, I’m looking forward to the increased traffic locals and tourists alike will bring for this small business owner’s first season,” Warren Barber of Julie and Warren Arts—a shop which transforms watercolor paintings into home decor—says of their Chandler’s Wharf location. Throughout the year, the Riverwalk stays busy with cultural commotion. Tours such as the Ghost Walk meet along the Market Street foot of the Riverwalk, while living history performers (those pirates!) can be seen at random. Filming for “Iron Man 3” (among others) took place along the river. Sculptures and water features beckon along the boardwalk. Cape Fear Riverboats’ Henrietta III and other entertainment from Wilmington Water Tours take folks out a little further upstream, but call the Riverwalk dock their home (so does the Coast Guard ship “Diligence”). Other favorite visitor stops include the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Battleship NC.
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Well, so many comments can be made about this category, and believe you me, we read quite a few during the nomination process of our 2013 Best Of Awards. While we would love to see “The Completion of 3rd Street” and/or “Updated Beach Bridges Lessen Traffic Congestion” among them, we will hold our breath for 2014. Alas, our once-again burgeoning film scene tops out the list as “The Filming of ‘Iron Man 3’” defeated its opponents: “Defeat of the Baseball Stadium” and “Whole Foods Market Opened.” Yes, it was the sight of the dapper Robert Downey Jr. during last year’s Rims on the River and all of those fascinating “flying” scenes over the Cape Fear River which had us all praising the comic-book film to be released in May.—Shea Carver
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tem as we asked readers to nominate fill-inthe-blank-style as in the past, and then return to vote on the top three. It culminated in lots of fun as we unveiled winners at the Best Of Party at the Brooklyn Arts Center on February 2nd, and even our staff didn’t know who won! Likewise, we added a few new categories, including Best Write-in Category. Well, our devoted readers spoke, and we listened! So, in 2014 we will welcome the winner of Best Write-In: Best New Retail Store. We also asked folks to propose a winner of this not-yet category—and for Best New Store, Wilmington Homebrew Supply was selected for the honors. The biz was opened in March 2012 by John Savard and Michelle Peck, graduates of UNC Asheville who took a European trip, touring breweries in seven different countries. It was all they needed to propel them to their homebrew-store-owning dreams. Located at 4405-A Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington Homebrew Supply offers equipment and ingredients, as well as advice and education, to help novice and experienced brewers alike—including beer, wine, cider and mead. Every Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the store offers free craft beer tastings, and every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. they provide free brewing demonstrations. On March 9th, 2013, the store will celebrate its first anniversary from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a customer appreciation party. Folks can expect beer, of course, as well as food, specials and more. Contact Wilmington Homebrew Supply at (910) 392-3315 for more information. Other write-in category suggestions include Best Dance Studio (Techniques in Motion) and Best Mustache (William Agustus Edens).
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They do so many delicious options at Osteria Cicchetti, it’s hard to choose a favorite. First, let’s start with the sauces. The Italian restaurant’s red sauce remains perfect: acidic, light yet still full of depth. Their arrabbiata adds a punch of heat (my personal favorite), while the pomodoro comes with fragrant basil and the puttanesca rounds out a balanced pairing of tang and salt. Folks can build their own pasta dish or go with classic favorites like Osteria’s penne a la vodka or pappardelle bolognese. They also do specialties rather well, whether trying their butternut squash ravioli, gnocchi and sausage or the fish of the day. “It is always an honor to receive this award from encore, especially in such a competitive area,” Rich Davis, manager, says. “We take pride in our establishment, and when our guests reward us with this recognition, it feels great.” When dining at O.C. (as it’s known to locals), it’s imperative to plan ahead on the appetite scale as to not miss one of their fabulous starters. Their build-your-own cheese board will tempt guests with offerings that run the gamut, from fontina and taleggio to gorgonzola and ricotta. Paired with one of their salamis, or
a side of their beet and walnut salad or stuffed cherry peppers, it becomes a meal in itself. Just leave room for some of the best desserts, like their opera cake, which is made of almond cake soaked in espresso, coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache. “We are quite excited to announce the return of our original chef, Aaron Schwietzer, to Osteria Cicchetti,” Davis says. “Aaron brings a very high level of energy, creativity, passion and quality to his kitchen.” The Circa 1922 Group—ran by Ash Aziz, who has Brasserie du Soleil and Circa 1922 on our polls, too—has hit its stride in the Forum’s popular locale. The rustic design of the eatery welcomes diners into what feels like an Italian countryside. Farm tables provide cozy seating, as mismatched plates and tins of bread give it a casual, family-style dining experience. With carafes of wine coming in mounds and the right company keeping the laughter flowing, a night here will become a returned experience forever more. Other Italian eateries beckoning noodles of fans include A Taste of Italy and Giorgio’s.
Fine Dining and Wine List
When Circa 1922 opened over a decade ago, folks were flocking to its upscale and inviting historic space in droves. Fast-forward to today: Nothing’s changed. The space is lush in luxury, from exposed bricks offering historic appeal, and the metal bank vault and overhead beams still in place from the building’s days of yore. Dark wood, ornate gold mirrors and artwork of turn-of-thecentury life strikes a cozy chord with diners. Owner Ash Aziz transformed the restaurant and continues mandating high expectations by not only keeping its menu creatively changing, but by making sure his staff crosses every “t” and dots every “i” with utmost care toward excellence in service and knowledge of food and wine. The menu remains a great exploration into tapas—small plates made to eradicate the idea that quantity equals greatness. In fact, at Circa quality takes precedence. With the idea that divinity in dining can be enjoyed by good company, tapas mandates folks eat free from rules, ordering a little bit of everything to share and indulge upon. From starters of beef carpaccio or fresh local oysters, to cheese and charcuterie, to grilled and stuffed quail or duck confit risotto, sushi and sashimi and even paella, the offerings here run the gamut of flavor and country. Circa’s large platters suit parties perfectly and their weekly prix-fixe menu offers a first, second and third course for only $23 a person. Folks looking to indulge on a little bit here and there without allowing the wallet to suffer can enjoy Circa’s bar menu Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $5 select offerings. Like any chic establishment ready to impress, Circa’s wine list takes no shortcut either. Folks can buy by the glass, carafe or bottle accordingly, with over 25 selections. Wine offerings continue by the bottle with easily over 75 choices worldwide. From Argentinian Malbec to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to Portugal’s
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fine ports and France’s bubbly, every connoisseur will be happy. Other fine dining eateries topping our poll include Manna and Portland Grille, while wine lists diners love to indulge upon also include The Fortunate Glass and Wilmington Wine.
Yes, a great salad can be as appetizing as a great pizza pie or burger. It can make a meal as memorable as any for those looking to add a dose of healthy ruffage to the diet. Brasserie du Soleil takes Best Salads for encore’s 2013 survey. It’s no wonder, too, since the French eatery, located in Lumina Station, offers it in a “Make Your Own” variety. Folks can construct the perfect mix of romaine, mesclun, arugula or other lettuces among 30 varied toppings. Want pears, walnuts and goat cheese? Done. Beets, radicchio and shaved Parm to order? Sure. While Brasserie offers a plates du jour daily, on Wednesdays folks can get their Steak Frites Salad on special, with a pan-roasted shell steak, red wine bernaise, mesclun blend and sherry vinaigrette. Of course, their offerings are vast in French cuisine, too, including escargot with pernod, garlic and herbs, and country pate with cornichons, mustard and baguette. The restaurant also goes local with much of their produce and ingredients, including their steamed Snead’s Ferry clams, served with preserved lemon risotto, Benton’s bacon, fennel and dried tomato. Elizabeth’s Pizza’s build-your-own salads and Ruby Tuesday’s garden bar are runners up in the 2013 poll.
At this point, Dixie Grill has become an institution to Wilmington’s downtown dining scene. Need a delicious diner burger? This is your place. Need a filling breakfast of Louisiana hash? Yep, got that, too. Want some where to go to take your vegetarian friends? They cover it all. In fact, they’ve been called the “granola greasy spoon” for appealing to herbivore pal-
ates quite well over the years, thanks to homemade veggie burgers, omelets, sandwiches and soups galore. Dixie has been many things since its opening in 1906, from a fine-dining eatery to a pool hall to a country café. Currently owned by Brian Mayberry, the classic American diner opened in 1999 as Dixie Grill. While they’ve taken Best Breakfast seven times or more on encore’s polls, since diner has been added to the mix, they’ve stormed the category. They add quite the Southern punch on many dishes, like classic biscuits and gravy, and they provide specialty beverages such as Mimosas and Bloody Marys with asparagus, olives and celery in mason jars nonetheless. Artfully crafted to infuse color to every experience, the mosaic diner counter, complete with ‘50’s round barstools, as well as whimsical art work of life-like breakfast items, such as bacon and eggs, the feel of the Dixie makes its appeal all the merrier. Just arrive early on weekend mornings; the line into the joint spills over onto Market Street. Other diners topping our poll include College Road Diner and Nick’s Diner.
Deli, Lunch, Subs/Sandwiches, Soup
Ask anyone in town about the best sandwich and they’ll unanimously scream the name of Brad Corpening’s famed Chop’s Deli.The Front Street flagship is what started the movement, which now serves Monkey Junction diners, too. The deli is known for their Boar’s Head meat selections, piled high on gourmet and regular sandwiches, whether coming in the form of a wrap or served on one of their delicious homemade breads from Sweet ‘n’ Savory (another winner for Best Homemade Bread). A craving for a piled-high pastrami and Swiss will be sated, as will something off the cuff, like the “Chicago,” rare roast beef, melted French brie, lettuce, red onions, and peppercorn gourmaise, on a sourdough kaiser. Folks can buy the meats, cheeses and breads for take-home enjoyment, too. Homemade chicken, tuna, egg, potato and pasta salads come by the pound or tucked in a sandwich. Marinated mushrooms and broccoli or cucumbers and onions also beckon eaters for
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a healthful side item. Yet, no stop for lunch—open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. only— is complete without a cup of Chop’s wellknown soups. From classic vegetable and clam chowder, to updates on mac ‘n’ cheese and chili, the varieties change daily. And they satisfy as a meal on their own or pair perfectly with a salad. Ever mindful of the waste the restaurant industry puts out, Chop’s also does their part to impact it. They choose Eco-Products, compostable and reconstructed materials, to lessen their footprint. Favorite lunch spots drawing in our readers include Midtown Deli and Grill and Sweet ‘n’ Savory Bake Shop and Cafe. Other subs/ sandwiches ranking our polls come from Jersey Mike’s and Subway. Pine Valley Market and Sweet ‘n’ Savory remain other hot spots for soups, while delicatessens taking to our polls include A Taste of Italy and Wayfarer Deli and Bistro.
Nikki’s Sushi Bar serves diners all across New Hanover County, from downtown to midtown (including their mall and Racine Drive locations). They’re newest location in Carolina Beach keeps folks in the southern part of town happily sated, while their sushi bar and Japanese steak house allow beach-goers toward Wrightsville a flavor of excellence. Owned and operated by Johnny Chen,
Nikki’s specializes in many famed rolls, like the Fantasy Roll, featuring tempura shrimp, eel, avocado and scallions topped with fish roe and tempura flakes. Folks looking for interesting and even healthier takes can opt for one of their naruto rolls, where the fish, avocado and other accompaniments are wrapped in cucumber instead of rice and seaweed and served in a delightful and tangy vinegar-based sauce. They serve sushi (with rice) and sashimi (without rice), too, so folks can enjoy the simplicity of fresh fish in its finest form, whether it’s the buttery richness of white tuna or the flaky pungency of mackerel. Each location specializes in various rolls and sometimes offers different seafoods, so folks can go to one or all and experience something new. Nikki’s Japanese Steak House often serves higher-end fish that other restaurants won’t have, such as uni (sea urchin) and toro (fatty tuna). Plus, folks can indulge in the Japanese steak house experience, with chefs who fancy tricks in wooing their diners, whether flipping eggs from their toques or blazing fire over their meats and veggies. In fact, if diners go to the Japanese steak house on their birthday and bring three friends, Nikki’s will comp the birthday person’s meal. While other Nikki’s locations don’t provide the showmanship of the Japanese steak house experience, they still have tempura and teriyaki offerings, numerous bento boxes and donburi meals. Plus, diners who don’t wish to partake in the sushi-eating experience will find a plethora of sandwiches and salads to choose from,
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including many vegetarian items. In fact, Nikki’s has become known for its vegetarian-friendly variety. With a staff ready to help at any turn, its no wonder they’ve remained a part of encore’s Best Of polls for nearly a decade. Other sushi restaurants our readers enjoy: YoSake and Bento Box round out the polls.
Celebrating two years in a row as Wilmington’s Best Bartender, Megan Loux of Cape Fear Wine and Beer shares a colorful history with flavorful beverages. “Well, I showed much promise at a very young age opening milk cartons at the lunch table, tapping Capri Sun pouches after soccer games seamlessly,” she quips. “My destiny was obvious.” Her first bartending gig came at The State Theater up in DC, from where Loux hails. “One of the many appealing qualities was their focus on offering multiple craft-beer options,” she explains, clearly alluding to the setup she now embraces at Cape Fear Wine and Beer. “It opened my eyes to an inspiring subculture which continues to surprise and expand,” she notes. Some of the lady’s favorite brews at this moment are not well known, but they do pack a punch. She gives cheers to Belhaven’s Scottish Stout, Victory’s Hop Wallop, Ballast Points’ Dorado Double IPA and Trappistes Rochefort 10. “La Guillotine [from Brouwerij Huyghe in Belgium] is a new product that’s taken some permanent shelf space in our coolers,” Loux beams. “It’s a delicate, Belgian strong pale ale with a very clean palate. With a great fluffy carbonation level and a hint of lemony zest. It makes my mouth feel like a spaceship.” Loux says she owes as much of her success to Cape Fear Wine and Beer as she does her own skill. “This honor is a true testament to what Cape Fear Wine and Beer is and has been offering to Wilmington and beyond,” she concedes. “While it’s a great privilege and a source of pride to be recognized amongst our bar/nightlife menagerie and Wilmington’s bounty of bartenders, the saying that you’re only as good as the drinks you’re serving is applicable and one to keep in mind! We spend a great deal of time and energy in getting to know our customers and their taste preferences, so that we can point out drinks they haven’t discovered yet, or a new style that may build off of what they define as their favorites. Seeing someone enjoy a beer that is exactly what they were looking for—it’s completely gratifying.” Other tenders tickling our taste buds are Scott Wagner of Goat and Compass and Benjamin Boron of Jack Mackerel’s.
Pizza and Late-Night Eatery
The man behind the mozzarella (and Parmesan, ricotta—oh, pepperoni!) at Slice of Life began his industry career as a bartender on Friday and Saturday nights at Slice. Though he proposed buying it out to original owner Ian Moseley many times, it wasn’t accepted immediately. “I just basically saw the potential that it had to grow,” now owner Ray Worrell tells. “I took the ball and ran with it— improved on what started.”
Now with three locations—downtown, one Military Cutoff Road and Pine Valley area at the junction at 17th and College—Worrell continues putting his stamp on the eatery. “When I first took over, we spent a good amount of time perfecting our dough recipe,” he reveals. “We changed from using just regular vegetable oil to olive oil. Rather than using table salt, we use kosher salt. Rather than just using regular tap water, we purify our water. We kind of took it up a notch.” Today, he continues using higher quality ingredients and making the dough at every location. “We have people that, that’s all they do,” he admits. “It’s important to have consistency in our dough. I try to teach these guys: It’s a science not an art.” Consistency is key, especially since Worrell considers 80 to 90 percent of what makes a pizza is its crust. “The sauce and the cheese are definitely the other components, but if you have a good crust, that’s what I think sets you apart,” he says. All three locations are open until 3 a.m., and have been for many years. “Pizza is very easy to do and put out quickly,” Worrell, who attends the International Pizza Expo each year in Las Vegas, explains. “People don’t really realize that our late-night business is from 1:45 a.m. to around 2:30 or 2:45 a.m. It’s like an hour window that you have to feed a lot people all at once.” The attention to detail doesn’t stop there, either. Virtually everything Slice serves is made in-house. Chicken comes from a solely chicken provider and is prepared on-site—not in a factory—helping to make Slice’s chicken wings some of the most popular items at the two newest locations (there isn’t space in the small downtown kitchen for a fryer, so wings are a no-go there). There is a specific Slice recipe for almost everything. “The only thing that’s not in our recipe book is soup,” he admits. “It’s the one thing I allow the kitchen managers to use their creative knowledge on. They do a great job with it, and they’re really proud of it.” Wilmingtonians also delight in Pizzetta’s Pizzeria and Incredible Pizza, while they venture to Jimbo’s and Nick’s Diner for late-night dining.
Thai, Atmosphere and Restaurant Overall
I am not the best resident of Wilmington— and if we had a Best Of award for that category, I certainly wouldn’t be in the running. I’ve lived here since I was 7, yet I hadn’t dined at a certain iconic restaurant until my 24th birthday. Though, I can’t be all bad—at least when asked where I’d like to go this year, I knew to respond: “Indochine.” Of course, I’d seen the restaurant on my millions of trips up and down Market Street. Unassuming, the long ranch-style building sits far back on a parking lot (which is usually mostly filled—even on Monday nights). When I walked in, however, I was immediately immersed in eclectic Asian beauty, and I could not look away. There were small and large Buddhas and ornamental decorations galore, amongst so much more. I kept remarking: “I feel as though the
hot dog (sans the bun) for their pooch! Also, follow the Trolly Stop hot-dog cart for extra chances to snag a delicious dog. Currently they appear at the New Hanover County Government Center (230 Government Center Dr. off of Racine Dr.) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Other top dog spots include Paul’s Place and P.T.’s Old-Fashioned Grille.
waitresses all think I need something—or that I’m a very strange person—because I can’t stop looking around. There’s so much to see in here.” Despite creeping out the attentive staff, I spent the entire evening trying to take in all of the wondrous surroundings—even through lovely conversation, a tantalizing ginger martini, and my Happy Asian Melody (a must-try entree) served on a silver platter. That is, until the night grew late and the restaurant began to clear. Then I realized from our table that through the bar was a wide open doorway. After noting the beautiful painted glass bowls in the bathroom and amazing atmosphere from within a normally overlooked part of a restaurant—I knew I had to see what was beyond the parted doors. Many readers will already know the answer, but for those who don’t: a grand, beautiful garden housing a winding pathway, multiple water features, and a village of Asian huts (for ignorance of the proper term) in which folks can dine. Though it was pitch dark outside—and December, so no one else was out there—my jaw remained agape at all there was to enjoy. I decided then to my guest: “We will be back for lunch.” Other tasty Thai spots include Big Thai II and Thai Spice. Second in Best Atmosphere goes to Circa 1922 and third to Little Dipper. Circa 1922 takes second for Best Restaurant Overall, while third-place honors go to Manna.
Eastern versus western—it’s a big debate in North Carolina barbecue. But, since we live in the east, why not celebrate the tangy flavors which make our ‘cue so delicious to our coastal and Piedmont tastebuds. At Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue, it’s not only a suggestion, it’s a rule. The pork is slowly roasted, and then it is hickory-smoked overnight–ready to be flavored with a scrumptious blend of mild seasonings and a traditional Eastern North Carolina vinegar base.
PEACE, LOVE AND THAI: Marie Bartsch of Indochine, winner of Best Thai, Restaurant Overall and Atmosphere, poses with Cullen Moss (Best Thespian), who hosted the awards show. Photo by Jim Booth
Then, all there’s left to do is serve the BBQ up with some heaping helpings of slaw, baked beans, potato salad, fried okra—the list of quintessentially Southern comfort sides goes on and on. If dining in the restaurant isn’t enough, Jackson’s offers full-service catering from set-up to clean-up. Or, to do one’s own ‘cue at home with the same Jackson’s flavor, just order a bottle of their signature vinegar-based sauce and call it a meal! Second in BBQ goes to Smithfield’s Chicken and BBQ; third goes to Casey’s Buffet.
Year in and year out, Chef Keith Rhodes rises to the top of our reader’s poll. Of course, it’s easy to do when he was a candidate on season nine of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” His James Beard nomination for Best Chef Southeast doesn’t hurt, either. Before he got his start at Catch, Wilmington’s revered restaurant for upscale Lowc-ountry cuisine, Rhodes polished his culinary chops as executive chef at the now-defunct Deluxe. His work boasts global influences—particularly Asian, as noted in his downtown eatery Phun Seafood Bar—and unique plating presentations. And Rhodes always works with local seafood and organic produce—lots of it even grown inhouse in his hydroponic system. His latest endeavor takes him out of the brick-and-mortar kitchen and onto the streets, as he takes modern seafood around town in “Catch. The Food Truck.” Of course, what makes Rhodes a great chef is also that he is a stand-up citizen. He participates in outreach programs and mentors young chefs. Recently he spoke to a group of Belville
Elementary students for Career Day, and he took part in the UNCW Entrepreneur Summit. Folks can even catch Rhodes judging some nights for this season’s Fire on the Dock chef competition, taking place at Bluewater through April 3rd. Chopping into second place is James Doss of Rx Restaurant, and serving up third is Josh Woo of YoSake.—Bethany Turner
//Environmental & Humanitarian Environmental Group
Founded in 1987, Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity —one of 76 affiliates in NC—continues impacting lives, having built 145 homes with 1,880 individual volunteers since its inception. They do more than merely build the homes, however, they also offer credit counseling, mentoring and education programs to families in need. The nonprofit just hired a new executive director in January, Steve Spain, and completed its first subdivision in 2012, The Cottages at Cornerstone. “We built 32 homes purchased by low-income families,” Rachel LaCoe, developmental coordinator, says. “An adjacent project, Gideon Pointe, will feature eight sites, and is a partnership with the Cape Fear Housing Land Trust.” The project will allow qualifiers to purchase affordable housing using the land-trust model, which will be completed in June.
When a restaurant offers five varying kinds of hot dogs—how could they not be the best in this category? With the Sabrett (all beef), the Original Trolly (beef and pork), Carolina smoked sausage, vegetarian, and 98 percent fat-free turkey dogs, The Trolly Stop is the go-to hot-dog joint for locals. Not to mention, they offer 13 fresh toppings, from delicately chopped tomatoes to the slaw and chili which are made in-house. While we’re at it, the baked beans are made in the restaurant, too. Since its inception in 1976, that’s been The Trolly Stop’s M.O.: serving good, fresh ingredients in a friendly atmosphere. The Trolly Stop also offers hamburgers and nachos, grilled cheese and grilled pimento— even ham and cheese—for those not in the mood for a hot dog. Those especially in the mood for dogs... er, canines, that is... can visit the dog-friendly locales of Wrightsville Beach (94 S. Lumina Ave.) and downtown Wilmington (121 N. Front St.). There, if folks who stop by these locations with their pup will receive a free
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“In August 2012, we opened our second ReStore location on Market Street in Ogden,” LaCoe explains. The first Re-Store continues growing off Third Street, as well, accepting donations on the regular. Having continuous donations help the nonprofit means more completed projects for families in need. In 2012 the local chapter built 12 homes in New Hanover and Pender counties. “The best way to find out when we are building is by signing up for our e-mails and checking our Facebook page (facebook.com/capefearhabitat),” La Coe notes. “We invite the public to our groundbreakings and dedications on our blog and Facebook.” Most impressive are the materials which Cape Fear Habitat strives to use. Their American Build Project—which has a goal of $45,000—will give them the opportunity to build a house with made in the USA products only. They’re currently around $7,000 away from meeting it. With three major fund-raisers continuing to support their mission, folks can be of help to Cape Fear Habitat by participating in the The Golden Hammer Pledge Breakfast (April 18th), their annual fashion show (held on Administrative Professional’s Day, April 24th), and the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving morning). For volunteer opportunities, LaCoe instructs all inquiries to Cape Fear Habitat’s volunteer coordinator, Melanie Kriksciun. “Or visit our website and fill out an online application,” she reminds. Other nonprofits gathering votes include Love is Bald and Full Belly Project.
Sister Mary Isaac Koenig came to St. Mary Catholic Church in 1982, and within three years she and fellow parishioners began St. Mary’s Social Outreach Program. It is an organization which today distributes about 3,500 bags of groceries, as well as clothing, hygiene products and household items, to families in need. In 1991, as encouraged by doctors within the parish, Sister Isaac began the Tileston Clinic to serve the working poor of our area. “I enjoy meeting our guests who come for assistance,” Sister Isaac shares. “Often times they arrive as early as 4 a.m. as they are in such desperate need, yet they are always respectful and courteous to our volunteers and to one another. Their stories touch our hearts very much. They appreciate our speaking with them and showing concern for their concerns. We strive to give a ‘hand-up’ rather than a ‘hand-out,’ and I feel we do lift their spirits, which is probably the most important thing we can do for one another.” Sister Issac was also a large part of the team which developed and constructed the Hadden Hall Apartments, which is housing for low-income senior citizens sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She began Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, the facility and organization which distributes food supplies to individuals and families, and she has served on the Board of the Good Shepherd in past years. “If their spirits are lifted, so are ours,” Sister Isaac says of she and her volunteers helping others. “It is a mutual experience for our
guests and us. How can one not be touched by a brother or sister who works hard to survive in these challenging economic times?” The St. Mary’s-Tileston Outreach (as the two organizations are joined and known as today), located at 412 Ann St., will host a big yard sale on April 13th. Proceeds will support the ministry by fueling the truck that picks up and delivers furniture to those in need. It will also pay the men hired to run pick-ups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Why not drop in and see where you might lend a helping hand?” Sister Isaac asks. “Volunteers are truly a special breed of people. Generally they are highly motivated toward service of their fellow men and women. My advice to them is to always remember a wonderful American Indian quote that goes something like this, “Do not judge another until you walk a full moon’s time in their moccasins.” Other folks making a difference in our area include Jock Brandis of Full Belly Project and Kelli Russell of Love is Bald.—Bethany Turner
The Cape Fear River Watch advocates to keep the main artery through our Cape Fear region clean and healthy, not to mention beautifully kept thanks to the endless amount of wildlife, foliage and marine life which adds to its appeal. Founded in 1993 by Bouty Baldridge and Bruce Watkins, the nonprofit, today led by its river keeper Kemp Burdette, strives to protect and improve the water quality of the Lower Cape Fear River Basin through education, advocacy and action. Its ecological diversity, from the salt marsh
at its mouth to the blackwater swamps and cypress trees leaves it a magical place of exploration. Their board of members, memberships and an active community all serve to make this happen. Thanks to its active calendar of events, there is always a way for folks to play their part in helping the Cape Fear River Watch’s goals become reality. This Saturday they will hold their monthly cleanup at Empie Park at 9 a.m. Folks can join to help beautify the community every second Saturday of every month, as the organization changes locations. They also hold a paddle series, which will return March 16 along the black River, where folks can lauch at Hunt’s Bluff and paddle out for a peek at the surroudnings. The paddle will last 4 or 5 miles and end at Point Caswell on Estate Road, followed by a cookout lunch. It’s only $15 and includes boat rental. Register at capefearriverwatch.org. Be sure not to miss their upcoming celevration, too! LakeFest 2013 will take place at Greenfield Lake on May 4th, as the River Watch crew welcomes the community to celebrate. There will be face-painting, casting clinics, fish identification opportunities, enviroscape presentations, boat displays, games, live animals, water-quality testing demos and so much more! The team will also offer walking nature tours for $3 a person or $5 a family. Other environmental groups cleaning up our polls include Stop Titan and Surfrider Foundation. —Shea Carver
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best of winners list 2013 FOOD & DRINK
BEST APPETIZERS Front Street Brewery BEST ATMOSPHERE Indochine BEST BAKERY Apple Annie’s Bake Shop BEST BARBECUE Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue BEST BAR (OVERALL) Satellite Bar and Lounge BEST BARTENDER Megan Loux - Cape Fear Wine & Beer BEST BREAKFAST Sweet N Savory Bake Shop & Cafe BEST BUFFET Casey’s Buffet BEST BURRITO Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn BEST BURGER P.T.’s Old Fashioned Grille BEST CATERING SERVICE Middle of the Island BEST CHAIN RESTAURANT Bonefish Grill BEST CHEF Keith Rhodes - Catch BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT Szechuan 132 BEST COFFEE SHOP Port City Java BEST DELICATESSEN Chop’s Deli BEST DESSERTS Apple Annie’s BEST DINER Dixie Grill BEST FAST FOOD P.T.’s Old Fashioned Grille BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT Circa 1922 BEST FOOD TRUCK Flaming Amy’s Sacred Burrito Bus BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Caprice Bistro BEST FRIES P.T.’s Old Fashioned Grille BEST HOMEMADE BREAD Sweet N Savory Bake Shop & Cafe BEST HOMEMADE SOUP Chop’s Deli BEST HOT DOG The Trolly Stop BEST ICE CREAM The Fuzzy Peach
BEST INDIAN FOOD Tandoori Bites BEST ITALIAN Osteria Cicchetti BEST LATE NIGHT EATERY Slice of Life BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet & Sushi BEST LUNCH Chop’s Deli BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD Olympia BEST MEXICAN FOOD K-38 Baja Grill BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR Satellite Bar and Lounge BEST NEW RESTAURANT Hops Supply Co. BEST OUTSIDE DINING Bluewater Grill BEST OYSTERS Dock Street Oyster Bar BEST PANINI Panera Bread BEST PIZZA Slice of Life BEST RESTAURANT (OVERALL) Indochine BEST SALADS Brasserie Du Soleil BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Michael’s Seafood Restaurant & Catering BEST SOUL FOOD Casey’s Buffet Barbecue & Home Cookin’ BEST SPORTS BAR Carolina Ale House BEST STEAK Port City Chop House BEST SUB/SANDWICH SHOP Chop’s Deli BEST SUSHI Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet and Sushi BEST TAKE OUT Hibachi Bistro BEST THAI RESTAURANT Indochine BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT Lovey’s Market BEST WAITSTAFF Copper Penny BEST WINGS The Copper Penny BEST WINE LIST Circa 1922
GOODS & SERVICES BEST ADULT STORE Adam & Eve
BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE McKay Healing Arts BEST ANTIQUE STORE The Ivy Cottage BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX The Reserve at Mayfaire BEST ARCADE/GAME ROOM Jungle Rapids BEST AUTO MECHANIC Black’s Tire & Auto Service BEST BOWLING ALLEY Ten Pin Alley BEST BOOK STORE Old Books on Front Street BEST CAR WASH Cruisers Car Wash BEST CHIROPRACTOR Back In Motion Chiropractic & Massage BEST CONSIGNMENT/RESALE-DECOR The Ivy Cottage BEST CONSIGNMENT/RESALE CLOTHES The Fairy Circle BEST DENTIST Bozart Family Dentistry BEST DOG GROOMER Port City Animal Hospital BEST FLORIST Julia’s Florist BEST GIFT SHOP Blue Moon Gift Shops BEST GOURMET STORE Whole Foods Market BEST GYM Planet Fitness BEST HEALTH FOOD STORE Tidal Creek BEST HAIR SALON Bangz Hair Salon BEST HOTEL Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach BEST JEWELER Reeds Jewelers BEST KIDS CLOTHING Once Upon A Child BEST LOCAL GARDEN STORE The Plant Place BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST Mike Lodato - Massage Envy Spa BEST MENS CLOTHING Belk BEST MORTGAGE COMPANY Alpha Mortgage BEST MOTORCYCLE SHOP Carolina Coast Harley Davidson BEST MOVING COMPANY Two Men and a Truck
BEST PERSONAL TRAINER LaMaine Williams BEST PET FRIENDLY BUSINESS Java Dog BEST PLACE TO BOARD A PET Paw Beach Pet Resort BEST PLACE TO BRING VISITORS OR OUT-OF-TOWNERS Battleship NC BEST PLACE TO BUY A USED CAR Stevenson Honda BEST PLACE TO BUY A NEW CAR Toyota of Wilmington BEST PLACE TO BUY GAS Gogas BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE The Little Dipper BEST POOL HALL Blue Post Billiards BEST PRINT SHOP Dock Street Printing BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY Intracoastal Realty BEST SHOE STORE Rack Room Shoes BEST SHOPPING PLAZA Mayfaire Town Center BEST SPA Head to Toe Day Spa & Salon BEST SURF SHOP Sweetwater Surf Shop BEST TANNING SALON Tropical Tans BEST TATTOO PARLOR Artfuel BEST VETERINARIAN Port City Animal Hospital BEST WINE/BEER SHOP Lighthouse Beer & Wine BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING Island Passage
BEST LOCAL DJ DJ Battle
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BEST WRITER Celia Rivenbark
BEST ART GALLERY Bottega Art & Wine BEST BLOG Port City Foodies BEST COMEDY TROUPE Nutt House Improv Troupe BEST DANCE CLUB Pravda/Sputnik BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE Greenfield Lake Amphitheater BEST LOCAL ARTIST Ivey Hayes
BEST LOCAL INDEPENDENT FILM It’s A Girl Thing BEST LOCAL FILMMAKER Derek Pons and Nate Daniel BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY Foz BEST LOCAL RADIO STATION The Penguin 98.3 FM BEST LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTION North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher BEST MORNING RADIO SHOW Foz and Jocelyn - Z107.5 BEST MUSEUM Cameron Art Museum BEST PLACE TO BUY MUSIC Gravity Records BEST BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Finkelstein Music BEST PLACE FOR KARAOKE Katy’s Grill & Bar BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION Little Shop of Horrors BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION COMPANY Level 5 at City Stage BEST THEATRE VENUE Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts BEST WEBSITE www.encorepub.com BEST THESPIAN Cullen Moss BEST TOUR OF WILMINGTON Springbrook Farms BEST NEWSCASTER Frances Weller BEST NEWSCAST WECT
WRITE IN CATEGORY Best New Store - Wilmington Homebrew Supply
HUMANITARIAN BEST ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP Cape Fear River Watch BEST LOCAL HUMANITARIAN Sister Mary Isaac Koening - St. Mary’s Tileston Social Outreach BEST NONPROFIT Habitat for Humanity BEST VOLUNTEER Amanda Young
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last week. It’s the first I have had since my dedication to the movement began almost four years ago—when I had to buy a printer. As a self-described luddite who frequently struggles with e-mail, the magnitude of my printer dilemma overwhelmed me, leading to near paralysis for almost a month. My former printer had decided it no longer wanted to use paper, which was becoming a bit of a sticking point for me. Usually when I have to make a major purchase (hell, most minor purchases, too), I research for weeks if not months. Questions I search to answer include: What are the options to purchase an item new? Used? Locations in town? Where was it made? What materials were involved in the manufacturing of it? How durable is it? How can I live with the assorted moral and ethical questions surrounding the product and the purchase? Given the nature of the problem, there was no real hope for finding a solution on this one that didn’t ruin my day, let alone my entire sense of self. Though there are many small business, computer-repair places in town, no one seems to work on printers. (Please, if you know of someone who does printer-repair work, will you let me know? Add them to the Live Local Resource page at encorepub.com.) I love my old printer. We have been through a tremendous amount together: multiple drafts of two books, six years of Christmas card printing and hundreds of signs for the bookstore only tip the iceberg. I don’t want to live life as if every belonging is disposable. Besides the landfill build-up, the waste of resources and human effort is appalling to me. I knew I wasn’t going to purchase something online to not only have to wait for delivery (and pay shipping) but to especially send all of my hard-earned money out of this community. So I sucked in my gut and decided that if I was going to a chain store, I was at least going to have the solace of knowing I was trying to spend money toward a job here and pay sales tax to contribute to our infrastructure. Office Depot was selected more out of default by location closest to my home. I realized walking in that the young lady behind the coun-
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ter was in the same spot she had occupied several years ago, on the day I got “religion” for the Live Local movement. For those of you who weren’t there, this is what happened: Rhe week before Thanksgiving, we ran out of receipts books at our small, family-owned, independent bookstore. We are one of the last places where to give out a hand written receipt with a purchase. I dashed across town for blank receipts at Office Depot so we could continue conducting basic business, until I could get more printed. While there, feeling intensely dirty and guilty, because as a small business owner I was giving money to one of the large corporate chain stores I railed against every day, one of my neighbors came in and returned several reams of paper. “Tell your manager, he has lost a good customer!” he instructed the girl behind the cash register. She nodded and continued processing his return. “Don’t you want to know why?!” “Is there anything I can do about it?” she asked after a pause. “With 11 percent unemployment in NC, you guys import paper from Vietnam!” he sputtered. “You should be selling NC paper! We have International Paper Mill right across the river!” She nodded and handed him his receipt. “You are traitors!” he shouted at her, and then turned on the rest of the line “You are all traitors!” he stormed out. There she stood at the same counter in 2013, placidly ringing up other people’s purchases. It was like time had stood still and everything I’ve thought about and written about for the last few years hadn’t happened and didn’t matter. Part of why I worked myself into being so upset about this purchase is that it’s virtually impossible to find a “made in the USA” printer. If anyone can find one, again, please let me know. But the real problem that was nagging: the coltan. One of the first Live Local columns of 2013 explored the questions raised by Slavery Footprint through the NY Times reporting on the “How Many Slaves Work For You?” survey. It got a tremendous response.
I am still getting stopped by people on the street to talk about it. One of the topics addressed related to coltan mining. Coltan is a mineral primarily used in the manufacturing of electronics (cell Phones, computers, e-readers, etc.)—and, yes, all-in-one printers, too. “Coltan?” Jock asked when we were looking at the survey. “Is that on the Periodic Table of Elements? I don’t remember it.” No, coltan is not an element; it is comprised of tantalum and niobium. Coltan has been a key player in the war zone of the Congo. The environmental and human devastation caused by the mining of coltan—people literally are forced to stand in pits and mine so that our modern electronic world functions. They are rarely paid and the high prices the coltan commands lines the pockets of their exploiters. For those who are trying to finance a war in Africa, it has great potential. I feel such complicity and guilt about participating in this ruthless sexploitation of people and planet that I am moved to tears. It’s part of why I ignored the printer problem as long as possible when forced to confront it. No matter what decision I made about the purchase (where, when, how, etc.), it would still have coltan in it. The all-in-one printer/fax/scanner that was over $800 six years ago is down to $120 now. Is that good news? For the disposable economy, yes. But it also tells me quite clearly that this is not a product made to last; the printer is now cheaper than the cost of the ink to use it. Now that printers are designed to be wireless, it actually took me a trip across town to Your Computer Friends to figure out where the heck the USB port had been hidden. If I had to buy a special cord I was going to get it from them, and have at least some support of small business in this project. Nothing about this purchase made me feel good— not the least of which is probably less than $50 of my purchase price will actually get spent here. But at least some of it will, which is better than nothing. Really, I think we, as people, can do better. We can manufacture at home and if we really put our heads together find a better solution to the present destruction that coltan causes. I know we can, I have faith in our intelligence and our humanity.
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light to “go live” on March 1st. It’s birthmarked the death of 1963’s Community Mental Health Act (CMHA). Mr. Peabody and his Wayback machine pointed out that every time a serviceman commits suicide or a spree-shooter unloads, we scream about mental health care. Yet, every time we get a chance, we cut research, reimbursements and prevention programs proven to work. According to Mr. Peabody, Benjamin Rush started America’s first psychiatric hospital in Philadelphia. I spent six years there (as employee and trainee, thank you). Dr. Rush and his real Tea Party pals Ben Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond thought it was their civic duty to care for the “sick-poor and insane” (colonial term, not mine). But they had yet to read Ayn Rand. Fast forward to the 1950s: In 1954 Pilgrim State in New York warehoused 14,000 people. A small island of insanity adrift in a sea of madness. Because of a combination of abuses, miracle drugs and lawsuits, Congress passed the Community Mental Health Act, birthing locally run treatment centers. Part of my training is community and clinical psychology. Unfortunately, decades of cost-cutting has crushed the “community” part to death. It’s sad because North Carolina has a progressive history of community mental health care, dating back to Dorothea Dix herself. Michigan Law School touted 1979’s Willie M. settlement as resulting in a “state-of-the-art system for serving emotionally disturbed children with aggressive behaviors, which became a model for other states.” Despite its flaws, Southeastern Center competently served the community and even included a 24-hour crisis center. Today’s substance-abuse crisis plan could be a guy with a cell phone. (Like the guy that sold you the junk in the first place.) We’ve all participated in the murder of the CMHA (not merely “rugged individualists” out to kill anything “community”). We love drugs, cost-cutting and quick fixes. We’ve permitted mental-health professionals to be transformed into assembly-line workers in a drug-crazed mental-illness industry. We expect psychotherapy to fix us in one session or less (cost-cutters do, too!) and psychiatry to give us almost any drug our craving brain chemistry desires. (Except pot. Our non-intrusive state says pot’s still bad, even if you have cancer. It gives you the munchies.) We’ve created a system in which psychiatrists can be no more psychiatrists than the dude dropping fries into the oil at McDonald’s can be a chef. They earn less than other specialties, even though your viagra or boob guy will
squill by Mark Ba ibutor encore contr rarely steer a potential spree shooter or suicide to safer shores. Psychiatry is relegated mostly to “med management” (a deeply personal term), even though they know that pills may get you through the darkness, but without somehow learning new skills, you’re unlikely to see the light. Worse, every mental health profession is governed at least as much by insurance companies as professional practice standards. Bob Dylan sang for all the healing arts, “20 years of schooling and they put you on the day shift.” I’d take handfuls of Prozac or start smoking pot if it meant staying out of Dorothea Dix, but it bothers me that our drugs, de-institutionalization, and the death of the CMHA aren’t designed to foster individual healing or build compassionate communities; they’re designed to cut costs. I don’t mean to harsh on my colleagues at Coastal Care (I may need a job one day), but the MCO itself was born to cut costs, not because Southeastern Center lacked compassion or clinical competence. Coastal Care is an insurance company designed primarily to keep our Medicaid dollars from being wasted on the “sick-poor and insane.” Our state has “reformed” (privatized) most mental-health services to, in theory, restore fiscal sanity, shrink government and grow local businesses. In practice, privatization is strangling small Medicaid providers to death with ropes of regulations and rate-cuts. Coastal Care is not even the place where anyone in need with little means can go for help. It merely manages a maze of increasingly large practices and regional providers (it’s called a “network,” but to the consumer it’s a maze). The provider of last resort is back to being the prisons or the woods behind marketplace, like it was in the colonies. That’s madness. “This is not madness, this is Sparta!” Nationally, we’re close to, “Trillions to kill; pennies to care.” Locally, let’s fuggedaboutit the homeless with mental illness, the spree-shootings, suicides or kids we kill with our cost-cutting, and focus on how warm our hearts will feel when North Carolina’s books are balanced. Freedom isn’t free, but clear-headed compassion comes at a cost, too. Despite the well-intentioned folks there, it’s unlikely to come through Coastal Care. It would be better for us if I’m wrong, and the cost-cutters are right. But that’s an improbable history. It’s more likely that Mr. Peabody will be teaching about the cases the Southern Poverty Law Center filed to restore our sanity. It would be madness for them not to.
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day, with “no effect” on his performance. According to the Skanskan newspaper, that must have impressed the judge, who was so awed that he tossed out the charge. Ironies A longtime high school teacher of French and Spanish is suing the Mariemont, Ohio, school district for having pressured her to resign in the face of what she calls her phobia, a “fear of kids” disorder, which she says should be protected by disability-discrimination law. Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, had been reassigned to teach some junior high students, but doctors said she suffered hypertension, nightmares, chest pains and vomiting when around the younger-age children. Lisa Biron’s recent biography shows her to be a licensed lawyer in two states, practicing in Manchester, N.H., and also affiliated with a group of volunteer lawyers that advocates “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family,” and issues warnings about the “homosexual agenda.” (She recently represented a church in Concord, N.H., and served on the board of directors of a Christian school in Manchester.) In January, Biron was convicted in federal court in Concord on nine counts involving taking her teenage daughter to Canada and creating child pornography.
Keith Brown and four other inmates at Idaho’s Kuna prison filed a lawsuit in December against eight major beer and liquor manufacturers for having sold them alcohol at an early age without warning of its addictiveness and are thus responsible for the men’s subsequent lives of crime. Brown, 52, said he personally has been locked up a total of 30 years and is now serving time for manslaughter. (The Oglala Sioux tribe has sued beer distributors and the state of Nebraska for enabling easy access to nearby beer even though it was banned on the reservation. The lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional issues, but the tribe may refile soon.) Jason Starn, formerly a law student at the Laurence Drivon School of Law in Stockton, Calif., filed a lawsuit recently against three Stockton-Modesto-area “head shops” that had sold him Whip-It nitrous oxide, which led him to overindulge and eventually suffer spinalcord degeneration. Starn’s attorney told the Sacramento Bee, “At first, he felt a little embarrassed about” filing the lawsuit (but managed to overcome the shame in order to warn all the other nitrous-oxide abusers). Suspicions Confirmed A 53-year-old Rosenheim, Germany, postal worker was relieved of criminal charges in January when a judge ruled him innocent of discarding mail (as jealous “whistle-blowers” had charged) after concluding that the carrier finished routes early simply because he worked faster. Although the charge was
dropped, he was reprimanded for taking unauthorized (i.e., simpler) routes. After a 400-pound woman broke both arms accidentally falling through a sidewalk in New York City in January, doctors told her that a thinner woman might have died from the same fall. “Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me.” Faith healer Ariel Ben Sherman, 78, died in November in a South Carolina hospital after suffering respiratory arrest while being treated for small-cell cancer. He had been found guilty in May 2012 of neglect in the cancer death of a 15-year-old girl (of whom he had accepted the title of “spiritual father”) for his insistence that the girl’s mother reject medical care and treat the girl only with prayer. People With Issues Australian researchers recently uncovered a minor prison phenomenon in that country that might shed light on isolated cases reported in southwest U.S. prisons (mentioned in News of the Weird in 2012): inmates inserting objects underneath the skin of their penises, somehow under the impression that (a) it doesn’t hurt and (b) it provides sexual pleasure and virility. Among the items discovered in Australia: buttons, dice, deodorant roller balls. The apparent favorite among the several Hispanic men discovered in the U.S. Southwest: shaved dominoes. In many cases, infections resulted and sometimes required major surgery.
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It’s fiery, distinct and has all of the makings of a great rock opera. Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff debuted their musical in the early ‘90s, based on The Who’s classic album, “Tommy.” The outcome was quite sensational as the show won many Tonys and Drama Desk Awards. Coming back to Wilmington, City Stage will showcase its rock ‘n’ roll glory starting this weekend on March 7th. Directed and choreographed by David T. Loudermilk, and musically led by City Stage’s rock goddess Chiaki Ito, “Tommy” unfolds unlike another. After losing her husband in war, Tommy’s mother inevitably moves on with her life and takes in another man to their home. Upon seeing his dad return one night, surprisingly alive, Tommy witnesses his murder. Shocked and disturbed by the sight, the incident leaves Tommy deaf, dumb and blind; he grows up only with complete help from his mother and new stepfather. After discovering a pinball machine, Tommy somehow becomes a world champion, and later regains his vision, hearing and ability to speak. Undoubtedly one of the best told stories of the ‘70s, “Tommy” brings a mix of wild rock ‘n’ roll, crazy plot twists and a psychedelic feel indicative of the era. Loudermilk has been hard at work adapting this story into his own vision. Keeping in touch with the pace of the album itself, and with less access to transitions and visuals than the 1975 film version, Loudermilk says he will rely on a carefully thoughtout floor plan to move from scene to scene. “I hope to achieve this flow from different scenes by allowing one to transition right into the next without blackouts of lights or very distinct endings,” Loudermilk notes. “When I put the actors onstage, I decided the chairs would be what creates most of the set. Also, since the story line is pretty iconic to most people, I wanted to allow them to create whatever it is in their mind they see as ‘The Walker’s House’ or the alleyway where the Acid Queen is, etc.” Projections will be incorporated, which will not only
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allow for additonal imagery but give viewers a sense of time, considering the production spans nearly 20 years. Despite the majority of the story surrounding Tommy’s success as a pinball wizard, Loudermilk says there won’t be any real pinball machines in the production. Instead, he directed the show with a more voyeuristic and representational concept the game. “I thought that having an actual pinball machine on stage might look weird,” Loudermilk says, “therefore the scenic crew and designers created a frame of machine that we can see through.” One of the most memorable scenes, when the Acid Queen takes Tommy in for a night, will excite in its “mixture of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” The queen herself will come to life thanks to the prowess of local performer Bibis Ellison (who also won encore’s Best Band for 2013). “It has some very juxtaposed, somewhat angular choreography,” Loudermilk reveals. Its 12-person ensemble also remains onstage the entire duration of the show. Playing the role of Tommy while also narrating will be Jon Berry, who in the past has won the Daytony Award of Excellence for acting in a leading role in both “Evil Dead: The Musical” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The younger versions of Tommy will be brought to life by Bradley Barefoot and Abel Zukerman. Other veterans in the show include Anthony Lawson as Uncle Ernie, Anna Gamel as Sally Simpson, among an ensemble of youth and adult actors. “The Who is quite psychedelic,” Loudermilk exacts. “Add Ken Russell [the film director who was known for his flamboyant and controversial style] and you got something that was way out there. I have taken a much different approach to the production I directed.” Its music began the inspiration for Loudermilk. The most well-known lyrics from the album, “see me, feel me, touch me, heal me,” from “See Me, Feel Me” led the way, along with Chiaki Ito. Ito will be playing piano, as well as directing the rest of the musicians. Her leadership maintains every person
understands the heart of the show: the music. From teaching songs to the actors, conducting the band and playing simultaneously, Ito really does it all when it comes to the production. “I conduct with my head and play with my body,” Ito says. “I have to be there for every performance.” Ito and the band have been rehearsing since the beginning of January. Consisting of Michael Buckley and James Price on guitars, Rob Murphrey on drums, Luke Perkins on bass and Jonathan Barber on the keyboard, guitarist David Easton admits he hasn’t always been an avid listener of The Who. “I do remember learning a few of their songs when I was in middle school, like ‘Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’” he iterates, “and I had seen the movie version of ‘Tommy’ at around the same time. But at that age it confused me more than anything.” Today, he obsesses over the classic-rock outfit at any given opportunity. “I’ve had the privilege of being able to immerse myself in the music for much longer than normal,” Easton continues. “I’ve been able to really work the part out, learn about the story, and I’ve started listening to the rest of The Who’s music as well.” The record, the play, and the film are three distinct entities, which have various combinations of similarities and differences. Musically, the play follows the original record closer than the film. The film itself has added songs, interludes, and changes in arrangement and instrumentation. The biggest difference with the play are the changes in tempo and the feel of a few songs. Likewise, there are modified lyrics in the ending’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” The band will be playing more or less continuously according to Easton, apart from short dialogue and an intermission. They’ll also be sharing the stage with the actors, positioned on a second-level riser— partly visible. The Who’s “Tommy” will be open March 7th at City Stage and continue every weekend through March 31st, 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.citystagenc.com.
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atre company Signdance Collective (SC) has been called the “last great avantgarde” art movement—and it’s easy to see why. Led by deaf and physically disabled artists, SC merges experimentation, performance and education into a new, pioneering art form, which they have dubbed “signdance theatre.” Artistic director David Bower—also known for his role in Four Weddings and a Funeral—guides the company, comprised of two musicians and four actors/dancers from southeast England. The collective is set to launch their spring U.S. East Coast tour, where they are stopping by the Juggling Gypsy on March 8th to perform their new work, “Half a Penny” and “The Other Side of the Coin.” encore spoke with Bower about his ties with Wilmington, the collective’s formation, and their upcoming performance. encore (e): Is this your first visit to Wilmington? David Bower (DB): Personally, I have been coming out to North Carolina for over 10 years to visit family and friends. This will be our second visit to the Juggling Gypsy; the first time [was] in the early 2000s. We met the owner, Sebastian, at a street theatre festival in Slovenia in Eastern Europe. He and a friend were performing at the festival; they did a fire-eating act, and we just hooked up and became really good friends. We are looking forward to coming back to Wilmington not only to perform but it will also be a reunion. e: How and when did the Signdance Collective form? DB: The Signdance Collective is “chapter two” in a 28-year history of development. We started it in 2001, out of a need to
do it. I went to study Theatre of the Deaf at Reading University in the UK, and whilst there met a lot of professionals who came to watch the work and talent scout. Isolte Avila, who I work with now in the Signdance Collective, came over and I was invited to join the company. I was in a controversial choice, apparently, as I was a pain the ass, but then I beg to differ—that’s another story! While I worked at the Signdance Collective, I also took on freelance work in film, radio and TV. And that continues to be the case today.
no by Alex Pomplia l ctive Internationa Signdance Colle h, 8 p.m. Friday, March 8t . • 1612 Castle St Juggling Gypsy k .u co collective. www.signdance reinvent ourselves and consolidate our artistic intent. We lived in the wilderness out in Scotland, and the company was founded in a Tibetan Yurt. We then moved to Amsterdam, and that’s when we really started to travel internationally. As Amsterdam is a huge melting pot of people from all over the world, we met a lot of artists who made things happen for us; from there the west and east opened up. We have worked in over 250 cities, and counting in a span of 12 years. e: What can audiences can expect from Signdance Collective performance? DB: Signdance Collective is starting to come of age now. Twenty-eight years ago, there were a lot of new companies springing up who were looking at how deaf, hearing, disabled [and] abled people could work together in a logical and cohesive way to create art. Our remit or intent is to investigate how to create work by fusing sign language, dance and theatre together. We wanted to pro-actively discover the creative possibilities we could mine from our experiences. You have to remember: Back then it was a pretty new thing; there was a great leveling as more opportunities opened for people like ourselves who were traditionally marginalized and excluded. We have created nearly 30 full-length shows and
OUT OF THE BOX: The Signdance Collective performs theater and comedy in avant-garde realms, which showcase the talents of deaf, hearing-disabled and abled performers. Courtesy photo
each of them unique, ranging from Shakespeare, to sci-fi, Goya to jazz, comedy ... well, just about everything really. e: When did you become involved with the Signdance Collective? DB: Well you know how it is: I wanted to make something out of my life and felt I could
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e: What was the inspiration for “Half a Penny” and “The Other Side of the Coin?” DB: “Half a Penny” is a comedy and northern European in feeling. Two rogue sign-language interpreters and an important speaker reluctantly battle it out in a comedy of errors. We will be accompanied by one of the hottest rock ‘n’ roll bands in London, Dead Days Beyond Help. “The Other Side of the Coin” is southern European in feeling, and we are looking at the unpublished poetry of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s last poems. The whole show examines how much freedom an artist has; it’s about the courage and bravery of the artist to speak about the things that need to be articulated. It’s also about the times we live in and how we can make the world a better place for all of us. e: In the UK, Signdance Collective has been called the “last great avant-garde” art movement. Would you consider your work “avant-garde”? DB: I can see why we might have this label attached to our work. The expression was coined a number of years ago in London; I quite like it as it sounds catchy. “The last great avant-garde” just rolls off the tongue. I think it comes of our disability and its status as taboo; a lot of artists are turning the taboo on its head and I suppose we have been guilty of participating in this sport to some extent, which can’t be a bad thing! I like to think of the avant-garde as a place where people haven’t been before, the cuttingedge; a place where angels fear to tread. So it sounds quite heroic. As to whether it’s true, we will have to leave that to the benefit of hindsight that history affords.
2165 Wrightsville Ave. (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. www.artfuelinc.com Artfuel.inc is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Celebrating one year at their new location, Artfuel Inc. host Vol. 33, featuring Todd Carignan, Scott Ehrhart, Sabrina Buchanan, and Cyndi Buell. Live music will be by L Shape Lot., with food provided by San Juan Cafe, Incredible Pizza and A Taste of Italy.
22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) artexposure50.com Look for the big red barn and visit a unique space in the Hampstead area just 4 miles from beautiful Topsail Island. A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6PM. Over one hundred masks designed by artists, volunteers and teens will be on display through the month of February and will be auctioned off at Infant of Prague in March to benefit the Hospice. March 8th from 6:00- 8:00PM will feature an evening of “Art in Action” with several artists working at their craft. We will continue our “Art in Action” on Saturday, March 9th from Noon to 5:00PM. Come either or both days to watch our artists at work! Check out our website to see the latest in new classes as well as our regular art classes and studio time. Yoga classes meet Saturday at 9AM in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.
CAPE FEAR NATIVE
114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.capefearnative.com Our featured artist this month is jewelry designer Claudia Bustamante. Bustamante is the founder of Lativa Accents and Art, offering unique eco-friendly jewelry and now expanding to offer locally-roasted coffee from beans of her home country of Colombia. Come by and see the jewelry and taste the coffee! Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists inspired by nature, including art, jewelry, photography, pottery and wood crafts. Come by and support your local creative community.
1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-5094289 http://figmentsgallery.com Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Figments Gallery offers a fresh mix of eclectic work from local and international artists of all genres. Come by for an Open House Exhibit featuring new artists on the Second Friday of every month from 6-8. It’s a great event to connect with the arts community! Join us March 8th for “The Gilded Wild” open house exhibit featuring charcoal, ink, acrylic, and gold leaf paintings on canvas by Sullivan Anlyan Dunn.
THE WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY
200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Tues. and Thurs., 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wed., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. CFCC will be hosting a sculptural exhibit by Gracelee Lawrence entitled, “Sculptress” during the month of February. For more information on the artist, please visit her website: www.graceleelawrence.com. For more information, contact bguthrie@ cfcc.edu or 362-7431.
New Elements Gallery
201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) newelementsgallery.com “Close to Home” showcases new works by the gallery’s artists. Enjoy this collection of original paintings, prints and photographs with a decidedly regional flair! With our focus on artists from NC, SC and Virginia, the theme incorporates work that is both diverse in style and content, but all pertaining to the southeastern states. Artists included in the show are Eric Lawing, Catherine Lea, Laura Mostaghel, Owen Wexler, Priscilla Whitlock, and many more. Close to Home will remain on display through March 16th.
successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.
WiLMINGTON ART ASSOCiation 120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. www.wilmington-art.org We have a very special large Art Exhibit this month, with the work of lots of new artists in the USO Museum Lobby area. Check out our new gallery space at the Historic Hannah Block USO Building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington. We will have our Fourth Friday Receptions there every month from 6 to 9 pm. The 31st WAA Annual Spring Show at AT CAPE FEAR NATIVE: Our featured artist the Azalea Festival is coming soon! It will this month is jewelry designer Claudia Bustamante. also be held at the Hannah Block Building this year. The show runs from Friday, April see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to 12th thru Sunday, April 14th 10am to 5pm reveal local marsh creeks and structures. (4 on Sunday). This is a terrific Show every Experience Wilmington through the eyes of year, but this year we have even more new a local! artists from around the state and local area, with a terrific variety of original work art for Sunset River you to enjoy. Marketplace Don’t miss our three day workshop in 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) Painting People with Todd Carignan. The (910) 575-5999 dates are Wed. April 24 to Friday, April 26. Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Space is limited so go to the website to sunsetrivermarketplace.com This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in get the details and find out how to registhe historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, ter. $250 for members and $275. for nonfeatures fine arts and crafts by some of members. North and South Carolina’s most creative,
River to Sea Gallery
225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-4pm. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come encore | march 6-12, 2013 | www.encorepub.com 29
One Night Only
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Scrapple 7 pm “A nearly letter-perfect re-creation of a late 60’s-early 70’s stoner comedy” — The New York Times
“A Ski Bum’s Easy Rider.” — Men’s Journal
First 50 attendees receive a SCRAPPLE DVD and a Panic T-shirt
Last 35mm movie shown before Thalian goes digital!
WidESpREAd pAnic starring in
The Earth Will Swallow You “One of my top 10 favorite Rock n’ roll movies of all time” — Hollywood Video
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low aspirations: ‘Beautiful Creatures’ is smelly garbage
this week in film
by Anghus res Beautiful Creatu
Rust and Bone, 56 Up
Thompson Starring Emma Davis Irons and Viola
Cinematique Mon.-Wed. (unless otherwise noted) • 7:30 p.m. Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. • $8 March 6th, “Rust and Bone”—Academy Award
winner Marion Cotillard plays Stéphanie, a free-spirited whale trainer at a marineland on the French Riviera, who
ho has gone to the movies
and been unaware exactly what you were going to see? Back in the day, it wasn’t such a strange concept. In a time before the Internet or even Moviefone, there was a day and age when people just went to the movies and, based on a whim, decided what they would watch upon arrival. In the midst of a thousand other things going on, I was blissfully unaware of what had recently opened, so I decided to make a random choice when I arrived at the theater. For some reason, I picked the supernatural romance film “Beautiful Creatures.” I’m not exactly sure why. There were perfectly adequate looking action films featuring Dwayne Johnson, and some awful looking horror film with Felicity from “Felicity.” Yet, I chose a teen romance with witches, set in the deep South. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, sometimes misery is self-induced. “Beautiful Creatures” is the first real attempt at recapturing the “magic” of “Twilight.” You may have noticed the quotes around the word “magic,” because by “magic,” I mean getting people to spend their hard-earned money on 90 minutes of absolute garbage. Rubbish that features terrible acting, god-awful dialogue, and enough mediocrity to rival the entire roster of the Washington Generals. Set in South Carolina, the movie tells the story of some magical dandies who prance through the Low Country with supernatural powers. They’re called “casters,” as in spell casters. Think “Bewitched” or “I Dream of Jeannie” with really bad Southern accents. Speaking of… For some reason they decided to cast two great British actors as Southern-fried witches. It’s painfully funny to watch classically trained talent like Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson murder the accent with such flourish. To be fair, it would probably be equally funny to see Wilford Brimley put on a Cockney accent while saying “diabetes.” Still, I found myself laughing frequently at the British interpretation of a Southerner. I realize the British produce some fine actors, but when crammed into a syrupy supernatural soap opera, it not only feels like a waste, but I could almost
suffers a devastating injury. Macho Ali, sullen, impulsive and broke, has just been given custody of his five-yearold son and is struggling to care for him. He finds work as a bouncer and extreme fighter, and meets Stéphanie when he protects her in a fight at the club where he
NOTHING BEAUTIFUL ABOUT IT: Jeremy Irons, Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich star in the awful ‘Beautiful Creatures.’ Courtesy photo
see the more recognizable and respected talent thinking about what they’re going to spend their paycheck on. The entire film seems like it was made by people who have neither been to nor have any basic understanding of the South. Sure, “Safe Haven” was a complete piece of garbage, but at least they did a good job of making Southport seem authentic. The fictional Southern world of “Beautiful Creatures” feels manufactured and steeped in clichéd history. The fact that they managed to work a Civil War reenactment subplot into the film felt so terribly campy. I mean, come on—it’s the South. How can you make a movie about the South that doesn’t heavily feature a Civil War re-enactment? So much of “Beautiful Creatures” feels like a Harlequin romance novel: paper-thin platitudes about love and hackneyed plots about breaking age-old curses. It’s the kind of stuff designed to push the button of the middle-aged in the hopes they will swoon and be forgiving of all the terrible filmmaking going on. Our love-struck teenagers are played by a couple of relative newcomers who end up making Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart seem almost charismatic by comparison. I was amazed at how poorly cast the movie was. Whether it was the grating presence of the perpetually horny teenagers, or the veteran actors painfully chewing scenery while spewing out the same
old tired twists found in every supernatural themed story, there’s nothing in “Beautiful Creatures” to get behind. Even the villains are joyless clichés without any kind of real motivation. Even things that should have been inherently and unintentionally funny, like the characters constantly referencing the phrase “going dark,” didn’t amount to much. This should have been an accidental comedic homerun. It’s a euphemism waiting to happen. Yet, in this joyless production, I couldn’t even muster half a chuckle. Bad movies are a universal truth; the salvageable ones are the ones you can laugh through. Plainly put, “Beautiful Creatures” is trash. And not good trash, like the old end table you found on the curb and moved into your studio apartment. There’s nothing redeeming about this trash. Waste. Tired, smelly garbage. It’s what happens when studios make movies and aspire to be so little.
works. Later, after her accident, she calls him for help, and they begin an unlikely romance. Both are struggling to overcome injuries and rebuild their lives, and their relationship reaches the extremes of physical and emotional intensity. Rated R March 11-13, “56 UP”—Starting in 1964 with “Seven Up,” The Up Series has explored this Jesuit
maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking
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21 and Over Regal Cinemas • Mayfaire Town Center 900 Town Center Drive Call for times: (910) 256-1857 Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, Jeff Chang decides to do everything he wants to do for a change, despite an important medical school interview is early the next morning. R All area movie listings and paragraph synopses can be found at encorepub.com.
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Bombadil tells how they make an unusual set-up work er by Bethany Turn l Bombadi ldiers with Onward, So ors: 9 p.m. Do Sat., March 9 • S. Front St. The Whiskey • 1 dilmusic.com $8 • www.bomba
songs, I think it’d be really hard to bring in a new player to replace one of us. Also, we have to spend so much time together and know each other’s quirks, so bringing a stranger into the fold seems a bit frightening. e: Since you all write, do you notice any musical differences between the four of you? JP: We all certainly have major musical differences and rarely agree on music that we all like. I think that stems from our musical backgrounds and interests. Stuart is a classically trained pianist; Bryan grew up learning traditional folk guitar; Daniel grew up on prog rock; and I listen mostly to electronic dance music and soul. We try to bring those elements together to make Bombadil songs. I’d like to think we’re all pretty open minded in that regard, but it certainly takes a lot of effort in the writing and recording.
his will be their first full-on
tour in three years. The educated men of Bomabdil (three graduates of Duke University and one of UNC Chapel Hill) have stepped in and out of the limelight at various times since the band’s inception in 2005— mostly to pursue further academic endeavors. Or, in bassist Daniel Michalak’s case, a leave of absence can be attributed to nerve damage in the hand. Somehow, though, the ever-present pauses haven’t hurt their grasp on North Carolina’s folk scene. Accolades include opening for the The Avett Brothers and four upcoming shows with Carolina Chocolate Drops. This is probably because even without a member of their quartet, the rest of the players continue on. In fact, even before guitarist Bryan Rahija set off for graduate school in August 2012, he helped with the making of their fourth full-length album— “Metrics of Affection,” set to debut on July 23rd—despite the fact Bombadil will lose him come tour time. Rounded out by James Phillips (drums) and Stuart Robinson (piano, ukelele), Bombadil brings to the stage a sometimes brooding, sometimes effervescent blend of folk and indie-pop. The beats of bass and drums are inviting and intoxicating, while the guitar, piano and other instruments unfold a catchy infusion with harmonic vocals. All four men contribute to songwriting, providing Bombadil a multitude of layers within all of their projects, as influences and inclinations meld. From sounding like the Beatles in their “Revolver” days to entrancing folk fans in the simplistic way of The Avett Brothers, Bombadil continues to be a fine addition to the NC music scene—whether as a whole or in parts. encore chatted with Phillips in anticipation of their March 9th performance at The Whiskey with local darlings Onward, Soldiers. We learned it can be kisses or text messages which convey love (who knows, these days), and which song from “Metrics” the drummer is most amped to reveal.
encore (e): Tell me how you each got involved with your musical instruments. James Phillips (JP): Stuart and Daniel both grew up taking piano lessons. I, on the other hand, grew up just wanting to be loud, so
TRIPLE PLAY: Three-quarters of Bombadil will
head out on tour this spring to promote their latest album, ‘Metrics of Affection.’ Courtesy photo
I bugged my parents to get my a drum kit. Finally, in seventh grade, they relented and endured years of cacophony (which I am greatly thankful for). In my 20s, I’ve taken piano lessons and prefer playing piano, and Stuart and Daniel both would rather play drums. The bass feels left out most of the time, but we try to be nice to it. e: Something I find interesting about you guys is that throughout most members’ other endeavors, no one is replaced. You didn’t just go find another Stuart or Daniel, or now, Bryan. Lots of bands have an ever-changing line-up full of replacements. Why do you stick to a core group of guys even through lengthy academic pursuits (or nerve damage, as the case may be)? JP: I replaced the original drummer of Bombadil (John Michalak, Daniel’s brother) in 2007. Since then, we’ve gone through a lot together and view Bombadil as a collaboration between the four of us. Although Bryan doesn’t tour, he’s still very involved in many aspects of the band and will likely be on the records moving forward. Since we’re all so involved in the writing and production of the
e: What sets “Metrics of Affection” apart from your previous albums? And while we’re at it—what was the basis for the title? JP: We worked on “Metrics” for some time (we made “All That the Rain Promises” in 10 days) and used some new production strategies on this one. We’re moving a bit away from folk instrumentation into other realms, which is exciting. I think the songs are much more personal this time. As for the title, “Metrics of Affection” refers to the difficult part of any new relationship where one attempts to gauge the other’s affection and commitment. How can you tell if someone cares—is it the amount of eye contact, number of texts, Facebook photo tags, postcards, or kisses? It seemed like a lot of the songs on this record where addressing that issue, so we choose it as a title.
sound bites show of the week That 1 Guy
Soapbox Laundro-Lounge 255 N. Front St. 3/10, 9 p.m. • $10-15
Bringing along his magic pipe—a unique take on an upright bass, Mike Silverman (That 1 Guy) will purvey homemade progressive rock with instruments he’s crafted from scratch. His music has been featured on the TV show “Weeds,” and That 1 Guy plays a slew of festivals each year. All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages.
ations, we’ve had to go through this stage on each song where we have to figure out— and practice—performing the song live. It’s always fun to see how the song grows and changes in that process. I think now that we’re back at it full time, we’d like to write and arrange the songs, play them live, and then record them, just to see what kind of record that makes. e: In this same interview, it was mentioned that “Metrics” is kind of you guys figuring out your lives. What direction do you think you’re going—both emotionally and as a band? JP: I think emotionally we’re all settling back into being a full-time band and being in Durham and traveling frequently. It’s definitely an adjustment. We just did our first 10-day tour, which was rewarding but a bit exhausting. We have a lot of goals we’d like to meet. We have about five albums of songs written that haven’t been released (not that they all will see the light of day, either, but it’s nice to have a lot to pick and choose from). We have some exciting collaborations coming up over the next year. It’s great to be able to work on each other’s songs and be in close proximity to each other. Basically, we want to work as hard as we can on the band and see where that hard work can take us.
e: I read in a January interview with Shuffle Magazine that you’ve been playing “What Does it Mean?”, “Have Me,” and “Learning to Let Go.” Now that the official “Metrics” tour has kicked off, what else are you playing? Which song are you most excited to unveil and why? JP: We’ve also been playing a song called “Boring Country Song” for some time now. We’re working on bringing up some of the other tunes, namely “Angeline” and “Isn’t It Funny,” but I’m not sure when they’ll be ready. I’m most excited about unveiling “Isn’t It Funny” because Daniel has a really awesome rap part in that tune. As the last two records have been very much studio creencore | march 6-12, 2013 | www.encorepub.com 33
a preview of tunes all over town this week
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—Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 Tom Noonan and Jane Houseal
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IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s
—Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 Potatoe Heads 7-10pm
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—Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Stephen Gossin
$4 Select Shooters
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Dutch’s Thursday Night Trivia 7-9pm
Open Mic with Sean Thomas Gerard
—Frank’s Classic American Grill, 6309 Market St., 910-228-5952 Jazz night with Marc Siegel 6pm-8pm
—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 Piano 7pm - 10pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm
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—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Ron Wilson, Raphael Name 8pm 10:30pm
—Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 Goat Unplugged —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Open Mic 7-10pm —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 Open Mic Night (8pm)
—Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Apathy Wizards, Madd Hatters
—Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Cindercat, Nautilus
—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 TD McDonald 9-12
—Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Arliss Nancy, Dirty Fences
—Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 Benny Hill
—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 Jenny Pearson
—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115
—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Roger Davis, Nina Repeta, Madafo 6:30pm - 8pm (Jazz)
thursDAY, MARCH 7 Fried Lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Open Mic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737
—Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., 395-5999 Nikki Talley —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 Daylight Circus 11pm
—Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 TD MACDONALD 10 -1am —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front Street, Wilmington, NC Karaoke with DJ Damon —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 Trivia with Steve (8:30pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Rockin’ Trivia with Party Gras DJ (9 p.m.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 Karaoke —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269
—Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Legacy Gala - Broadway’s Craig Schulman 8:30pm —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 Snack Cracker —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Port City Trio —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. Signdance International —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
Saturday, march 9 Guitarist Mark Lynch (10:30am1:30pm) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241 Songwriter Open Mic with Jeff Ecker (10pm-2am) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 Piano
Karaoke with Mike Norris
—Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251 Irish Music Jam 2pm
—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ Milk
—The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road DJ Turtle
—Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm
—Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC DJKahuna
friday, march 8
—Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Traditional Irish Music 9pm —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 justin Lacy and the Swimming Ma-
—Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Traditional Irish Music Jam Session —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road Karaoke w/ Jeremy Norris —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109
No Dollar Shoes
Gospel Fest 4pm - 6pm
Karaoke with DJ Party Gras (9pm)
—Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Justin Jones, Rachel Kate Gillon
—Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 DJ Battle
—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 World Tavern Trivia hosted by Mud
—Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 Chilling Dixie —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Gene Gregory —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 On My Honor —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 Tim Black & Jenny Pearson
1—Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Full Dish —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 Jeremy Kittle Band 8pm - 10pm —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 DjBe Extreme Karaoke (9pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Nikki Talley —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. 40 East —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Rob Ronner 7-10pm —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231
Sunday, march 10 Chris Luther (jazz) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 Satellite Bluegrass Band —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 Open Electric Jam (amps and drums provided)@4:00pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Ben Morrow —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 Karaoke Kong —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 Travis Shallow —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Dirk Quinn Band, Catalyst —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Magazines, Always Ten Feet Tall —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500 That 1 Guy, Wolff and Tuba —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500
—Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Perry Smith (Brunch 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 Jesse Stockton —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866
MONDAY, march 11 Open Mic and Comics Jam —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Electric Mondays w/ Pruitt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Trivia —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Karaoke —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 Josh Solomon & Open Mic —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Karaoke with DJ @-Hole —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Pengo with Beau Gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773
tuesday, march 12 Jesse Stockton and Tom Shaw —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 Super Jam Open Mic w/ Jonny Reinerth —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Indie Music Night —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Open Mic w/ John Ingram —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Open Mic/Karaoke —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 The Dixieland Allstars —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212
—Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 College Night Karaoke —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 James Haff (piano) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621
wednesday, march 13 Open Mic with Sean Thomas Gerard —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Piano 7pm - 10pm —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 Ron Wilson, Raphael Name 8pm 10:30pm —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Live Team Trivia
Visit www.ruckerjohns.com VISIT WWW.RUCKERJOHNS.COM FOR DAILY SPECIALS, MUSIC & EVENTS Monday
2 22MONDAY oz. Domestic Draft $ 5 Pizzas 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $5 Pizzas Tuesday Live Music in the Bar TUESDAY 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine $ LIVE JAzz INDreams THE BAR 5 Absolut 50 Half$2Price BottlesBottles of Wine Pacifico Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $250 Wednesday $ WEDNESDAY 4 Margaritas $ $ 50 4 Peach Miller Light PintsMargaritas 1 Coronoa/ $ 50 $ 50 1 Miller Lite Pints 2 Corona Lite Bottles $ 50 $ 2 Corona and Margaritas/Peach Margaritas 4 Corona Light Bottles THURSDAY Thursday $ $ Appletinis 4, RJ’s Painkiller All Red Wine Glasses 1/2 Price5 $ 50 $Red Stripe Bottles 2 5 Skinny Girl Margaritas $ 50 $ 50 2 Fat 2 Tire FatBottles Tire Bottles $ 2 22oz Domestic FRIDAY Draft $ Cosmos 4, 007 $350 Friday $ 4 Cosmopolitan Guinness Cans $3 $ 50 $ 3Island OO7Sunsets • $3 Guinness 5 Saturday SATURDAY $ 4 Baybreeze $4 Baybreeze/Seabreeze $ 4 Seabreeze 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 $ 3 22oz Blue Moon Draft$ Select Domestic Bottles $ 2 Select Domestic Bottles2 SUNDAY Sunday $ Bloody$4Marys Domestic Bloody4,Marys $ 50 Pints $150 1 Domestic Pints $ Hurricanes 5 Find us on Twitter $
MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30 TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close) WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close) FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC • NO Cover 1/2 Price Wings Midnight-1:30am SUNDAY $2.50 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4pm-7pm & Sun 9pm-close
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—Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 Your 33 Black Angels, The Veldt —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 Alan Glaser Project —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Karaoke with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJ Sir Nick Bland
Monday 3 NC Pints $ 5 House Margaritas. $
2 Pint of the Day $ 4 House Wine by the Glass 1/2 price Manager Select Wine by the Bottle $ 50
—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 Karaoke with Hellz Belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 All entertainment must be sent to email@example.com by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.
2 Select Domestic Bottles, $5 Slice & Pint Combo $ 5.00 LITs
3 Select American Pints $ 3 Well Liquors
3 Import Pints $ 5 Select Martinis $
CRAFT BEER TASTINGS 6-9PM
Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm
Friday, March 8th
potato heads acoustic MIX
Saturday, March 9th
rob ronner eclectic mix
OVERTYME ECLECTIC MIX
Saturday, March 16th
131 N Front St. • (910) 343-8881 www.fatpub.com
Friday, March 15th
2 /Pint, $10/Pitcher Haunted Pub Brew $ 5 Bombs
$ 3 Select Import Bottles 4 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, $ 2295 Large Cheese Pizza and any Pitcher Combo
Wrightsville Beach, NC
920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805
KATE LO CLASSIC 1706 North Lumina Ave. (910) 256-2231
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$1,000 GRAND PRIZE! Every Wednesday Night Judged Singing Contest Starts at 9 p.m. Prizes & winner every week Thru April 17 Fox & Hound Mayfaire Town Center 920 Town Center Dr. (910) 509-0805
Fox N Hound Wilmington
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Join us for Restaurant Week 2-COURSE LUNCH: $9.95 PER PERSON
3-COURSE DINNER: $45 PER COUPLE
COURSE ONE—CHOOSE ONE: Choice of soup or side salad – Mixed greens with red onions,
COURSE ONE: CHOOSE ONE Choice of Soup or Salad (salad avail. downtown only)
(only available at the downtown location) Comes with one non-alcoholic beverage
Add a bottle of wine for $15 or a bucket of beer for $10
tomato, and cucumber topped with cheese and croutons, with your choice of mahi, shrimp, oysters, or crab cake.
COURSE TWO: CHOOSE ONE
COURSE TWO—CHOOSE ONE:
Calamari, Crab Dip, or 6 chargrilled oysters
cheese. Topped with fresh Mahi Mahi, served with chips, salsa, and sour cream. Po-Boy Sandwich – Fresh, lightly fried oysters or shrimp on hoagie roll, topped with tomato, lettuce, and spicy remoulade. Served with French fries, and cole slaw. Crab Cake Sliders – 2 fresh crab cakes lightly breaded and fried with a spicy horseradish mayonnaise. Served with French fries and cole slaw.
6 Raw Oysters or Shrimp Cocktail (avail. at both locations)
Fish Tacos – 2 tortillas filled with fresh greens, pico de gallo and
109 Market St. • 910-833-8622 6 N. Lake Park Blvd. • 910-458-7380
*Split your choice of appetizer (only available downtown)
COURSE THREE—CHOOSE ONE (available at both locations)
Steampot – Oysters, Clams, Crab legs, Shrimp, Cole Slaw, & Corn Lobster Pot – Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Lobster, Cole slaw, & Corn Crab Pot – Snow Crab, Dungeness crab, Oysters, Shrimp, Cole slaw, & Corn Look for us on Facebook
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ShowStoppers: Concerts outside of Southeastern NC
BLACKBOARD SPECIALS 100 S. Front St. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON 251-1832 Wednesday $2.50 Miller Lite $4 Wells ½-price house bottle of wine Thirsty Thursday $2.50 PBR 16oz cans $3.50 All Draft $5 Redbull Vodka 50¢ Steamed Oysters and Shrimp Friday $2.75 Bud Light $3.25 Stella $4 Fireballs Saturday $2.75 Coors Light $3.25 Sierra Nevada $5 Baby Guinness Sunday $3 Coronas/Corona Light $10 Domestic Buckets (5)
IN THE FAMILY: Holly Williams—Hank Williams’ granddaughter—will perform at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre on Wednesday, March 6th. Photo by Kristin Barlowe
AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 South Tryon STREET, Charlotte, NC (704) 377-6874 3/8: LA Guns, Sunset Strip 3/9: Kashmir, Pariah Mountain 3/12: Hinder, The Last Vegas, Acidic 3/13: The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., durham, NC (919) 901-0875 3/7: Bad Rabbits, George Tisdale Band; Virgins, New Sweden, Bevel Summers 3/8: Miracles of Modern Science, Ruffin Street Ruffians 3/9: Effingham, Melissa Swingle and the Swinglers 3/11: Daria, Helios Choir 3/13: The Fair and the Foul, Rebekah Todd THE FILLMORE 1000 Seaboard stREET, charlotte, nc (704) 549-5555 3/8: The Gaslight Anthem 3/10: Coheed and Cambria HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 Hwy. 17 sOUTH, myrtle beach, sc (843) 272-3000 3/9: Tenacious D ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9th st., winston-salem, nc (336) 722-5000 3/7: The Bluez Junkiez 3/9: LA Guns
THE ORANGE PEEL 101 Biltmore Avenue, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 3/7: Daedelus, Salva, Ryan Hemsworth, Samo Sound Boy 3/12: Starfucker, Blackbird Blackbird CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 3/8: The Backsliders, John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff 3/9: Tristan Prettyman, Anya Marina 3/12: Citizen Cope THE ARTS CENTER 300-G E. Main st., carrboro, nc (919) 969-8574 3/8: Rebirth Brass Band 3/9: Cowboy Junkies DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 vivian ST., DURHAM, NC (919) 680-2727 3/13: Daryl Hall, John Oates LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. Cabarrus stREET, raleigh, nc (919) 821-4111 3/6: Holly Williams 3/7: Randy Rogers Band, Craig Thompson Band 3/8: Israel Vibrations, Roots Radics, Reezons Band 3/10: Badfish, Scotty Don’t, Treehouse!
$4 Mimosas $4 Bloody Mary’s Steamed Platters $18/$35 Friday and Saturday Live music in the courtyard Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.
Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate
W h at e cou ld br ? bett e 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 256-1187
FEATURE YOUR LIVE MUSIC FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS call 791-0688
PINT NIGHT ALL PINTS $
where great food rocks. 3.7 THURSDAY
TRIVIA NIGHT 3.8 FRIDAY
SNACK CRACKER 3.9 SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC WITH
Landfall Center • 1331 Military Cutoff Rd
PORT CITY POKER 7pm & 9:30pm Play for FREE TUESDAYS
PINT NIGHT ALL PINTS $
206 Old Eastwood Rd. (by Home Depot)
Monkey Junction 910.392.7224
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what’s for dinner? Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port CIty AMERICAN BLUEWATER
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer WEBSITE: www.bluewaterdining.com
Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from DeLovely Desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List
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BUFFALO WILD WINGS
If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: MondaySaturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the Summer WEBSITE: www.buffalowildwings.com
HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE
“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s....you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week MondayWednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com
A SIENA TRATTORI Loop Rd, ro bo on 3315 Mas (910) 794-3003
A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.
Holiday Inn Resort
Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Waterfront dining WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com
Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays
they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try...you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! WEBSITE: www.ks-cafe.net
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 fourcourse meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com
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 and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their takehome frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 4577017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City FEATURING: Dog friendly locations
at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com
ASIAN 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), (910) 799-1426. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Lunch Specials
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 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. WEBSITE: hirojapanesesteakhouse.com/hibachi
INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & 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. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com
Tamashii Sushi and Spoons
The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladies night.
$5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. WEBSITE: www.sushiandspoons.com
From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South WEBSITE: www.ThaiSpiceWilmington.com
CAJUN BOURBON ST
Inspired by the unmistakable shade of colors of the Southern American tradition, Bourbon St. gives life to the magical experience of enjoying life in Cali, Colombia (the original Bourbon St. location), the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laid-back American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.
INDIAN TANDOORI BITES
Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.
The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER TuesThurs- day 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Breakfast at 5 a.m. daily. NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. WEBSITE www.harpwilmington.com
ITALIAN A TASTE OF ITALY
The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly. com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! WEBSITE: www.ncatasteofitaly.com
is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. FEATURING: Weekly Specials WEBSITE: www.RomanellisRestaurant.com.
A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-2511005 for take out. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Open 10am-Midnight every day NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). WEBSITE: www.epwilmington.com FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.
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Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique familyfriendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-and-match pasta dishes (including a glutenfree penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Thurs. 11:00 am - Midnight Fri. & Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am. Sun. 12:00pm - Midnight NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown WEBSITE: www.fatpub.com FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.
Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! WEBSITE: www.pizzettas.net
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Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays WEBSITE: www.sienawilmington.com
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. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30
a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington WEBSITE: www.grabslice.com
JAMAICAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE
Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net
LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE
Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Nightly specials WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com
MEXICAN LOS PRIMOS
Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145 SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/Restaurantprimos
ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET
Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliv-
eries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. WheatFree and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.
TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN
Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Coop Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-toorder sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi WEBSITE: www.tidalcreek.coop
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 comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 7622827. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. WEBSITE: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net
The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. WEBSITE: www.blockade-runner.com
Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street;
910-392-6313; hieronymusseafood.com SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. WEBSITE: www.hieronymusseafood.net
Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. WEBSITE: www.OceanicRestaurant.com
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online WEBSITE: www.pleasureislandoysterbar.com
fish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.
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 award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sportsthemed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD pro-
jector TVs in Wilmington. WEBSITE: www.CarolinaAleHouse.com
FOX & HOUND PUB & GRILLE
Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-battered
HELL’S KITCHEN This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday -
Thursday 4-7 p.m. WEBSITE: www.hellskitchenbar.com
The Fortunate Glass
The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-2.a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.12 a.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Bubble and wine specials: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. WEBSITE www.fortunateglasswinebar.com
Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm WEBSITE: www.foxandhound.com
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SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET
In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, cat-
All ABC Permits • Dine in or Take Out Pine ValleY Corner of 17th Ext. & S. College Rd. 910-799-1399
NORTH WILMINGTON 1437 Military Cuttoff Rd. 910-256-2229
Downtown WilmingtoN 122 Market St. 910-251-9444
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“You may even see some acrobatics, like backwards skating or jumping skaters.” On Saturday, March 9th the i. am y Names Tsun . Photo by A Bo Roller Girls will be ing m jam ” let ar a “Snuff Film St competing against Ashlie Row ak the Low Country High Rollers. A he’s a stay-at-home mom, a dentist portion of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olymoffice manager, postal service carrier, a pics of New Hanover County (SONHC). The team is Zumba instructor, interior design student. a nonprofit organization with heavy expenses. Last Oh, she’s also a fierce woman whose a shark on year, their costs reached $63,000. However, the girls wheels. All of these women mean business when it keep roller derby alive by raising money and having comes to play time. sponsors; their biggest source of income is from the The Cape Fear Roller Girls (CFRG), which Wilmingtonians who attend every bout. started in 2005, has become Wilmington’s premier Ingraham, the team’s PR and sponsorship repflat-track derby team with now over 30 members. resentative, quips, “People may not be aware that CFRG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to com- we actually donate 10 percent of our door proceeds munity development and improving Wilmington’s from every bout to a different local charity, [as will] beloved areas, all while roughing up one another our first bout of the season, Crash of the Titans.” on the rink. It is CFRG’s first year working with SONHC. In adRoller derby, which is said to be pure entertain- dition to donating proceeds, the roller girls also volment, encompasses the ultimate blend of speed unteer for the beneficiary’s fund-raising events. Even and agility, skill and strategy. Women are able to a few of the league members participated in SONmake hard hits and take them just as well. It’s not HC’s Polar Plunge on February 23rd. quite rugby on wheels, but it does take strong comIngraham adds, “We try to focus on local charities petitive spirit to the next level. This is truly a sport that have a direct impact in our community across all not meant for the light-hearted. areas of interest. As a nonprofit group, it is important One of the fastest growing sports in the world, to give back to the community who supports us.” even securing their own World Cup, roller derby With stage names like “Iona Trailer,” “Ann T. Gravcontinues to grab Wilmington’s attention and regu- ity,” “Violet Outlaw” and “Toe Up” it is clear intimilarly fills the Schwartz Center of Cape Fear Com- dation is not used lightly. But in reality, derby girls munity College with eager fans. The reason the are known for being a group of strong, independent massive crowds—averaging 400 to 500 per bout— women who welcome anyone to join their ranks. keep coming back is because they love the action. Ingraham says, “Each player is extremely dedi“Even if you are unfamiliar with the rules, roller cated, independent and strong in her own way, but derby is always engaging,” Michelle Ingraham, who above all, we are a team. We support each other works the skating persona of “Fiona Fatale,” says. as a league.”
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Though the sport is known for its rough demeanor, it does follow strict rules, which if not obeyed, result in immediate expulsion from the bout. Punching or elbowing people in the face is not allowed; bumps and bruises are common in any contact sport, but the league follows safety guidelines to ensure major injuries are prevented. “We always have two EMTs on site at any bout in case of emergency,” Ingraham informs, “but, generally, they just enjoy the bout with everyone else.” There are 12-week training programs that run consistently throughout the year for interested players, either as a skater or a referee. The physicality of the sport can be demanding, which makes the referee appealing to some. “The greatest aspect of derby is that it is playable by anyone of any shape, size, or age,” Ingraham assures. “If you are willing to put the time in to training, anyone can be a derby girl. I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made.” The Cape Fear Roller Girls, though they look and act tough, have soft hearts that continuously reach out to Wilmington. By attending their events, purchasing sponsorship packages or donating to the organization at www.capefearrollergirls.com, supporters are doing more than watching a sport; they’re becoming directly active in our nonprofit community. The girls are always looking for volunteers at the matches, from participating as a non-skating official, taking tickets, helping with security, doing concessions or breaking down their rink. Tickets for the March 9th bout cost $10 and can be purchased at etix.com; the door price is $12. Kids ages 6 to 10 cost $5 and children under six are free. Season passes are $60, also at etix.com. Military and student discounts are available.
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keeping up with the trends:
Style Girl hosts Spring Fashion Preview 2013 Thursday night
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1990’s throwbacks. It’s all part of the must-have looks for spring 2013. Folks will get a first-handed peek thanks to local fashionista and Style Girl Jess James as she hosts her bi-annual fashion soiree at Blue Hand Home this Thursday. There, she and a ton of participants will reveal some of the best trends of the season. Though we shouldn’t start expecting a “Beverly Hills 90210” return (oh, wait...) or an Oasis reunion (one can hope, no?), we can expect to see updated looks inspired from the era. “Cropped tops, pastel-hued accessories, harnesses, jeweled embellishments and more, oh my!” James says. One of the most exciting looks will be Mslit skirts. “Double the pleasure!” James excites. “This is a great look for girls who are a tall glass of water with legs for days.” The slits expose skin and make the most of the bottom half of a woman’s assets. “I have an affinity for staying covered on top and spotlighting the legs!” James reveals. While most folks plan their closets and
by Shea Carver Preview 2013 Spring Fashion Blue Hand Home ff Rd. 25 Military Cuto The Forum • 11 5 . • Tickets: $2 March 7th, 7 p.m ssjames.com www.stylegirlje update the wardrobe, shopping on a budget will remain easy by keeping resale shops at one’s perusal, according to James (see pages 46-47 for a host of shops around town). In fact, she suggests the “thrill of the hunt” to be a great way for retail therapy on a dime. And when considering a splurge on a higher-end piece, think in the realm of accessories. “With an investment piece, keep in mind the cost per wear,” James explains. “Can you think of at least five looks from your own closet that will work well with the piece in question? Can you see yourself wearing it two years from now and still loving it as
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STYLIZED EVENING OF FASHION: Jess Savannah-based designer Emily Bargeron of James hosts her bi-annual fashion preview event at Mamie Ruth and Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Blue Hand Home just in time for spring’s hottest looks Vintage in Charleston to host the event. “This is your chance to find out exactly for 2013. Photo courtesy of Jess James
much as you do now? In general, shoes, handbags and jackets are the safest bets for investment purchases.” No matter the age, fashion is a hot topic for many women. James makes sure to appeal to all ladies who want to attend the Fashion Preview Spring 2013 event. She suggest ladies in their 20s to “have fun and try anything once!” While the ladies in their 30s can add more polish by perhaps experimenting with modern, timeless pieces and those in their 40s should consider experimenting with a signature look. “If you’ve still got dynamite legs, who says you can’t still rock a mini in your 50s?” she asks. “Just wear one in the evening with sheer black stockings or opaque tights.” Whether having a closet clean-out party in your 60s to swap looks or going monochromatic in your 70s with a pantsuit and statement piece of jewelry, every shopper’s needs will be met during the event. “When you come out to the Spring Fashion Preview, you’ll see our gorgeous 80-plus-year-old model Paula Farraday,” James promises. “She is one of the most beautiful, captivating woman, and I’m certain she gets more fabulous with age!” The event will feature numerous boutiques offering one-night discounts, plus local designers will be on hand. Cherylnina of aLuxe, Jan Wutkowski of aMuse, as well as Casey Crespo and Merewif Jewelry will be attending. Likewise, James has invited
what you need in your wardrobe for spring and you have the opportunity to take it home the same night,” she says. Style tips and trends will be given, including ones from local celebrity hair stylist Steve Ward and Dr. Rosalyn George of Wilmington Dermatology Center. “They will share all the latest beauty services and treatments available to each model at every age range,” James explains. And the models, too, will run the gamut of ages from 20 to 80, including Lamar Gouty, Katie Harden formerly of WWAY, personal trainer Dee Whittington, Vanessa Lacer, Legare Teynor, Anne Shepherd, Barbara Bishop, Anderson Moya, Bridgett Rowley, Betsy von Biberstein, Jean Hardyman, Kelli Derengowski and Paula Farraday. As well, Ward will transform a model’s hairstyle on-site; rumor has it Dee Whittington will be revealing quite the new look! Mini-makeovers, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Las Olas and The Three Divas, and wine and bubbles courtesy of 128 South all will be available for indulging. The event takes place March 7th at 7 p.m. at Blue Hand Home in the Forum. Participating boutiques include, Aqua Fedora, Beanie + Cecil, Hallelu, Island Passage, Oliver, Torri/Bell, Ziabird and more. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.stylegirljessjames.com. The first 25 guests to purchase tickets online will be entered to win a grand prize and exclusive discounts, including a free membership to downtown’s exclusive City Club of Wilmington.
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events CAPE FEAR GREEN PARTY 3/7, 317 Castle St ., 6pm: The Cape Fear chapter of the North Carolina Green Party is a new chapter and still forming. Please join with us in making the Green Party here in North Carolina a powerful change for good. If you have any questions, please call Roxanne at 910-515-9697 CAPE FEAR MATERNITY AND BABY EXPO 3/9: Join us this year at the 15th annual Cape Fear Maternity and Baby Expo. There will be displays and information from the area’s top providers of everything from clothing, toys, and furniture to educational opportunities, medical safety information and much more. There will also be a food corner—come browse and have lunch with Slice of Life Pizza, Coastal Cupcakes and other local favorites. Local experts will be at the demonstration center showing great how-to’s ranging from home-made baby food to child-proofing your home. COASTAL CONSUMER SHOWCASE 3rd Coastal Consumer Showcase: “Highlighting the Best in Local Products & Services.” Thurs, 3/7, 4-7:30pm in the St. James Community Center. This exciting event gives residents of the Southport-Oak Island area and Brunswick County a chance to become acquainted with a sample of the variety of products and services our area business community offer. Free food and wine samples and a Chinese Raffle. Admission is free. There will be over $2,000 worth of prizes given away. One ticket to the Chinese raffle will be given to all those who attend and
3/9: CF MATERNITY AND BABY EXPO The annual Cape Fear Maternity and Baby Expo returns in its 15th year. Families who are expecting will find the Coastline Conference and Event Center packed out with vendors to help welcome the little one into the world with more ease. There will be displays and info on area businesses and artists, showcasing baby clothes, toys, furniture, educational opportunities, medical safety info and so much more! Slice of Life and Coastal Cupcakes will be serving food, too, and demo how-tos will take place throughout the day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $5, with kids 12 and under free! register with additional tickets for sale. SouthportOak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Rd, Southport, NC 28461; firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-457-6964. ART FOR ALL 3 The Brooklyn Arts Center is excited to announce Art for All 3, Wilmington’s cutting-edge art show, at the BAC (516 North 4th St, corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) on Friday, Mar. 8, 3-9 p.m., and Sat, Mar. 9, 11am-7pm. Come celebrate Wilmington’s community of local, original artists at Brooklyn Arts Center when 50-plus of the region’s finest present their work in the magnificent BAC. Expect fabulous pottery, paintings, illustrations, sculpture, photography, watercolors, glass, metal, and woodwork, and more, priced perfectly at $25-$250. That’s right,
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every piece of original fine art for $250 or less! Wilmington’s fabulous food trucks will provide nourishment, the BACcash bar will serve liquid refreshments, and a coffee shop in the courtyard will caffeinate the crowd. Admission is $5 at the door. Admission is good for both days and includes a raffle ticket. Kids 12 and under are free. ATM onsite. www.brooklynartsnc.com LAKE SHORE COMMONS Lake Shore Commons, an independent retirement community, will host special events and educational seminars, 3/8-10. 1402 Hospital Plaza Dr.Free and open to the public: www.lakeshorecommons.com. Schedule: Friday, 3/8, 2:15pm: Let’s Talk Seniors, Fraud Prevention; Saturday, 3/9, 11:15am: Let’s Talk Seniors, Financial Planning Ideas and light refreshments provided; Sunday, 3/10, 12:30pm, Irish Feast. 910-251-0067.
CAPE FEAR WILDLIFE AND EXPO 5th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, 3/15-17, Fri.Sat., 9am-7pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. 2013 family event that features wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides and outfitters. The expo’s mission is to encourage youth to enjoy the great outdoors through hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and to heighten public awareness of our natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. Kids will enjoy interactive activities such as Sensory Safari, Aquatic Trailer, Mallard Madness Laser Shoot, and Kids Gone Wild academic workshops. Celebrity guest Randy Edwards from the History Channel’s “Swamp People” will be on-hand each day for autographs. Admission charge. Wilmington Convention Center and Coast Line Event & Conference Center, 910-795-0292; www.capefearwildlifeexpo.com. DRESS FOR SUCCESS FASHION SHOW 3/15, 12:15pm: Hosted by the UNCW Communication Studies Society, the 11th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show encourages students to find their voice to stand out against their competition in the professional world. Communication Studies majors hit the runway for the event, modeling styles in business casual and business professional attire from the Men’s Wearhouse, White House | Black Market, and Belk at Independence Mall. The show teaches students how to dress professionally and helps prepare them by offering tips and advice for interviewing. The event is free and open to the public, and includes door prizes and entertainment. UNCW Warwick Center, 601 South College Rd. EQUESTRIAN FUN SHOW AND EXPO 3/16: The United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) Southeast Coast Region (SECR) is hosting a Fun Show and Expo to benefit local rescue horses in rehabilitation from abuse and neglect. The Fun Show and Expo will be held at Cross Roads Farm, 1157 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. Free! Allvolunteer run local chapter of USERL has assisted to rehabilitate and find forever homes for over 30 horses since it’s inception in the summer of 2010. Includes a Fun Show with English, Western and Game classes for a fee of $5/class. Vendorsselling everything from horse supplies and equipment to jewelry and food. USERL will also have a vet on hand to complete shots and coggins for your cats, dogs and
horses. Please keep cats in a carrier and dogs on a leash. Volunteers Terri Pierce at 910-612-8904 or email@example.com. Competiton: Ali Buckley at304685-9462 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain Date: March 17th, 2013 GUINNESS ST. PATTY’S DAY FEST Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade, on Sat., 3/16, downtown Wilmington. Festivities start at 11am with the 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted by the Friends of Hibernian’s. Begins at N. Front St. traveling south to Dock St., then circling back north on Water St. Spectators can view the parade all along the streets that the parade will be marching through. Announcements presented from the festival area Main Stage on Water St, in front of the Federal Building. Festival begins after with live music and traditional Irish dancing. Live entertainment with The Malones, The Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing, and the UNCW Slainte Irish Dance Club. Food and beverages for sale, as well as crafts vendors. CoolWilmington.com. WILMINGTON BIZ CONFERENCE AND EXPO 3/21, 11:30am. NC Governor Pat McCrory will keynote the 2013 WilmingtonBiz Conference & Expo at the Wilmington Convention Center. ilmington region’s largest business event, attracted more than 2,500 attendees last year. In addition to the Keynote Lunch, the event includes an Expo with more than 100 exhibitors, 16 free seminars on a range of timely business topics and the region’s largest annual networking event.Keynote lunch, where McCrory will talk about his first few weeks in office and his vision for North Carolina’s economy. WilmingtonBiz Expo Hall will open immediately after the lunch and be open from 1:30pm-7pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with exhibitors in areas of Business, Technology, Hospitality and Health & Wellness and enter to win a year of free CloudWyze Internet service, iPads, Kindles and many more great prizes. Seminars available throughout the afternoon. Food and drinks available at WilmingtonBiz AfterHours from 5:30-7p, inside the Expo Hall. Registration and more information is at www.WilmingtonBizExpo. com.Lunch: $40/person and $400/table of 10. Prereg rqd. Admission to the Expo Hall is $5 if you preregister online or $10 at the door. Suesan Sullivan: (910) 343-8600 x213. email@example.com HERB AND GARDEN FAIR Start off the spring season with a fabulous garden show and sale. Sprawled across Poplar Grove Plantation will be an abundance of live plants, herbal products, garden items, arts and crafts and local foods for your shopping. Gardening, nature-related classes and activities are on-going. Sunday morning the Peanut 5K Fun Run takes off down beautiful Abbey Nature Preserve. Sat., 3/23, 9-4; 3/24, 10 -4. Peanut Run: Sunday, 8am. Poplar Grove Plantation, 910-686-9518. firstname.lastname@example.org. www. poplargrove.com
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Boardwalk, w/$15 racer tickets or $20/adv and $25 day of for GA. Kids under 12 free. Kids’ Zone, face-painting, corn hold, live entertainment w/Lynne and the Wave, Groove Fetish and Sucker Punch; volleyball, food and beverages sold onsite or bring your own! www.lotiderun.org or Scott Betz, betz@ lotiderun.org/(910) 368-9523.
RED CROSS OPEN HOUSE 3/7, 10am-3pm: It takes all kinds of people to make this organization work- different ages, backgrounds and skills. There is a variety of things to do, and you can navigate your own volunteer path. Become a Red Cross volunteer and help people who are facing an emergency. You may find your own life changed in the process. Open House for New Volunteers, 704 N. Thompson St., Whiteville WOMEN OF HOPE Women of Hope, a local supportive charitable hold a Volunteer Orientation Breakfast on Sat., 3/9, 9am. Event held in the Oak Room at the NE Library located on Military Cutoff Road. Women of Hope provides a variety of support and education programs as well as opportunities to women diagnosed with any type of cancer to include education, financial assistance, advocacy and support. Volunteers are encouraged to attend to the Orientation Breakfast to learn more about the mission of Women of Hope and how volunteers can assist in furthering the services and awareness about Women of Hope to the community. Breakfast is sponsored by Dunkin’ Doughnuts on Military Cutoff Rd. Orientation is open to anyone interested in volunteering in the areas of support services, fundraising, event planning and education opportunities for the cancer patient.
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POWER OF THE PURSE Power of the Purse is a designer purse auction and raffle to benefit Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT), a community based non-profit organization that provides primary care, mental health and health education services to teens in the lower Cape Fear Region. The object of this event is pure fun philanthropy – an evening that combines shopping, fellowship and coming together to make a difference in the lives of teens and their families. Power of the Purse will take place on Thursday, 3/14, 6-8pm, at the Landfall Country Club. Sposors needed! www. whatswhat.org or (910) 202-4605. SENIOR GAMES BY THE SEA Senior Games by the Sea registration deadline is 3/15. Event takes place 4/6-5/9, for athletes and artists 55 and up, competing in 40 sports and four art categories. 910-343-3682 or seniorsofwilmington.com. STEVE HAYDU ST. PARTICK’S LO TIDE RUN Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run is now in it’s 9th year with the 2013 event be held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Saturday, March 16th. 100% of race proceeds are donated to families fighting cancer who are in financial crisis. 5k, 8:45am, and 10k, 8:30am, w/$30 reg. fee. Raffles, prizes, and race-ends on the beach! Afterparty at CB
Fling Luncheon and Fashion Show, sponsored by Dillards, Saturday, 3/16, Pine Valley United Methodist Church and Activity Center. Silent Auction 11-12pm; Luncheon 12-1pm; Fashion Show 1pm. Tickets $20. All proceeds to Salvation Army Men’s and Women’s Shelter; 799-4766. FACES OF COMPASSION 3/16, 6:30pm, Infant of Prague Parish Hall, Jacksonville, NC: A red carpet gala event to benefit the Foundation for Hospice. The Faces of Compassion Gala & Auction is the area’s only mask event, with over 100 ceramic masks, decorated and painted by eastern NC’s artists, crafters, and other creative talents, will be auctioned. These unique masks have been exhibited at the Council for the Arts in Jacksonville and are currently on display at the Art Exposure in Hampstead and will be there until the first week in Mar. Music by Ocracoke Island’s Molasses Creek Band; special guests incl. Miss NC USA and Miss NC Teen USA; jazz saxophonist, Richard Lawton will entertain with smooth jazz. Heavy h’ordeuvres and lots of fun as attendees compete in a silent and a “live” auction for the masks of their choice. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets in Jacksonville, Kinston, Hampstead, and New Bern at the Continuum Home Care & Hospice office. Tickets will also be sold at the door; however, seating is limited. 888-814-8904. ISAAC BEAR GOLF CLASSIC 3/16: Isaac Bear Early College Golf Classic and silent auction, Echo Farms. 9am Shotgun start.
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breakfast and panel discussion from the CSB Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients in Madeline Suite on Wed., 3/20. Attendees will enjoy a buffet breakfast while networking with CSB alumni, and current and retired faculty. Outstanding Alumni of the Year: Robin Diehl ’90, CFO, N.C. Dept. of Administration and director, Office of Fiscal Management Jean English ’96, vice president of Software Marketing Demand Systems, IBM Bill Mayew ’97, ‘98M, associate professor of accounting, Duke University. Schedule: Networking Coffee, 7am; Buffet Breakfast, Award Presentation & Panel Discussion, 7:30am; Conclusion, 8:30am. Tickets $5/person and include breakfast and presentation. Reg: www.uncw.edu/csbtix by 3/17. MARTWEETY Skywatch has an upcoming event in March called Wednesday “Martweety,” a Martini night fundraiser at a restaurant called “Might as well Wilmington” on Oleander Dr, 7pm, 3/20. SkyWatch Bird Rescue, www.SkywatchbirdRescue.com WHQR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 3/20-26: Community partnerships and drawings for an iPad Mini and Kindle Fire HD will be highlights of WHQR Public Radio’s Spring Membership Drive— a 7-day campaign and on-air fundraising efforts that make up the largest single part of WHQR’s funding. Goal: to raise $160,000 to continue providing the thoughtful and award-winning news coverage and music and emergency broadcasting that is only found on WHQR. As a non-profit independent radio station, WHQR counts on the support of its members to provide the high quality radio listeners have come to expect. Interviews with on-air hosts, staff members and members of the Board of Directors are available upon request.
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JEREMY KITTEL BAND Sat., 3/9, 8pm: A full-time member of the Grammywinning Turtle Island String Quartet and leader of his namesake band, Kittel’s stylistically diverse, boundary-zapping performances produce a breathless fusion of musical styles—and an audience response that borders on Kittel-mania. Considered among the leading improvising violinists of his generation, Kitte has collaborated with musical giants including Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Paquito D’Rivera, Stefon Harris and Chris Thile. $14-$25, Thalian Hall. www.thalianhall.com. www.jeremykittel.com
OLLI: THE MET The Met: Live in HD feat. by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW; all shows Sat., 12;55pm. Schedule: 3/15: Francesca da Rimini, w/ soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts. www.uncw.edu/metopera or 910-9623195
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WILMINGTON SYMPHONY 3/16, 8pm. Spirit of the Americas at UNCW Kenan Auditorium, Student Concerto Competition Winners First stop in Mexico City for Aaron Copland’s dance-inspired El Salon Mexico followed by Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy ballet Fancy Free, affirming the engery and vitality of his beloved New York City. Also performing are the winners of the Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus. 910-962-3500. www.wilmingtonsymphony.org. ROAY WEYERHAUESER Roya Weyerhaeuser, world renowned composer and concert pianist, will be performing a benefit concert at Wilmington’s Thalian Hall on 3/16, 8pm. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Welcome Home Angel Inc., a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for children in Southeastern NC who suffer from debilitating illnesses or injuries. Aside from the support Welcome Home Angel provides for the families of these children, the organization also completely redesigns the children’s rooms, making each room more enjoyable and comfortable for every child. Tickets: $75 for concert and champagne reception or $30 for concert only. (910) 6322285. Michelle Clark at (910) 367-9767 or mclark@ intracoastalrealty.com.
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WSO YOUTH ORCHESTRA Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates 10th anniversary season. Spring Matinee on Sun., 3/17, 4pm; Free Family Concert, 4/28, 4pm. Both in Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are by general admission, and available at the Kenan Auditorium box office one hour before the concert. Prices are $5/ adults, and free/ages 17 & under. Spring Matinee includes both the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra (grades 9-12), directed by Steven Errante, and the Junior Strings (grades 6-8), under the direction of Jane Tierney. Feat. several Russian selections, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s energetic Dance of the Tumblers and Russian Eastern Overture, Tchaikovsky’s familiar Waltz from Eugen Onegin. NC SYMPHONY All Wilmington concerts at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Schedule: • 3/22: Elgar’s Enigma, w/ William Henry Curry, resident conductor. Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner,” Wagner: Music from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Elgar: Enigma Variations. www.ncsymphony.org COLT FORD Colt Ford and The LACS perform their hick hop and southern rock sound, Saturday, April 13, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College. Tickets: $25 or $50 VIP at www.ncazaleafestival.org . EPIC DAY 4/20: Epic Day, feat. Reel Big Fish, Mike Pinto, and Dubtown Cosmonauts with a beer tasting element
showcasing 12 of R.A. Jeffrey’s micro-breweries (two unique brews each; total of 24). Greenfield Lake Amphitheater,1941 Amphitheater Dr. Put on by Pipeline Event Management and Spotlight Events. Sponsored by Modern Rock 98.7 and R.A. Jeffrey’s this concert is featuring Reel Big Fish, Mike Pinto, and Dubtown Cosmonauts with a beer tasting element showcasing 12 of R.A. Jeffrey’s micro-breweries (2 unique brews each; total of 24). GA: $40; vip, $50. http://epicdayatgla.com
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art/exhibits MARK SCHNEIDER JEWELRY SHOW Mark Schneider Jewelry Show3/7-9. One-of-a-kind Spectrum Art Gallery award-winners that are not for sale but are here for you to dream over. Mark will be here 3/7-9 for an exclusive jewelry show at Spectrum. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet one of the most award winning jewelry designers of our time! 910-256-2323 for private appointment. Spectrum Art Gallery, The Forum. ART EXPOSURE Artists will be “In Action” demonstrating Fri. March 8th from 6-8pm and again on Saturday, March 9th from noon -4pm. ArtExposure: 22527 Highway 17, Hampstead, CA WILMINGTON WOODTURNERS ASSOC. The Wilmington Area Woodturners Association will hold its monthly meeting, 3/9, 10am-4pm, at St Mark’s Catholic Church on Eastwood Rd. Master turner Andi Wolfe who will demonstrate surface texturing with pyrography and carving techniques and a slide show on the 3D carving and coloring methods. The Public is welcome. $20 for WAWA ; $25 for nonmembers. DR. SEUSS’ NATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION Never-before-seen hats from Dr. Seuss’s Private Collection along with prints & sculpture from the Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. All artwork on exhibition and available for acquisition. 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, a special Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! exhibition has been mounted that combines these two secret collections. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, has generously opened up the Estate’s legendary “hat closet” to allow the public a peek at Dr. Seuss’s hat collection. These hats, along with the Secret Art, will travel the country and visit select venues throughout the next year. Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! is an incomparable exhibition as this is the first time any of these hats have traveled outside the Seuss Estate. Through 3/10. Gallery at Racine, 203 Racine Dr. 910-452-2073. www.galleryatracine.com
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CHRISTOPHER ALEXANDER Christopher Alexander presents “Lacquer Paintings Hue, Vietnam,” through 4/20. Prior to the establishment of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in the early 20th century, lacquer techniques were used exclusively as decorative handicraft for household items. French professors at the Hanoi school of art encouraged students to use the traditional lacquer medium in more contemporary western methods, creating a new visual language unique to Vietnam. Alexanders was inspired after visiting Vietnam in 2004 and eventually living there for three. His show tells stories about living in Hue, the food, the people, and his 50cc motorbike. Bottega Art and Wine Gallery: 208 N. Front St. Tues/Wed, 4pm1am; Thurs- Sat,2pm-1am.
CODICOLOGY Codicology: The Art & Study of the Book will be on view at the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building, through 4/5. “Study of the book as physical objects” or“archaeology of the book” features artwork which studies books through a variety of artistic media: sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and collage. Room 2033 of the Cultural Arts Building. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday through April 5.
ARROW ROSS “My Passage to India” at M. C. Erny Gallery at WHQR Radio 254 North Front Street, 3rd Floor. Exhibit open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, through March 22. Founded by Wilmington resident Paul Wilkes in 2006, Homes of Hope India provides safe, loving care to girls rescued from the streets of India. In cooperation with the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, Homes of Hope has built three orphanages, protecting 400 girls and supports 18 schools that educate 10,000 children, most of them poor. FSW ART SHOW Friends School of Wilmington (FSW) students have their artwork on display at Art Factory in downtown Wilmington through March 22nd. Every student from preschool through 8th grade has submitted one piece of original artwork created in art class during the current school year. Students complete multiple art projects throughout the year and each has selected a single piece of artwork that he or she feels best represents their artistic ability to display in the art show. Artwork on display includes: watercolor paintings based on sketches done at Bald Head Island, pottery, acrylic nature paintings, digital photography, linoleum printmaking and many others. Art Factory is located by the Cape Fear River at 721 Surry St. VICKY SMITH ARTWORK Vicky Smith collected clay across North Carolina with funding from the North Carolina Regional Art Project Grant for 2012. Smith started with the blue clayin New Hanover County and traveled westward to the mountainous areas collecting multi-colored clay. From dark orange, pink with mica, dark blue and bright yellow, samples of each clay type are displayed in bottles along with the multi-panel “North Carolina Landscape” piece. Fired clay pieces and grids have been incorporated into some of the wall pieces to represent our encroachment onto the environment. The three-dimensional pods in this exhibition were inspired by a walk in an ancient forest in
WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION Stop by our new permanent exhibit gallery space soon at the historic Hannah Block USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington. Art work changes monthly so drop by and see what’s new, the gallery has great north light! Receptions will be held on 4th Friday evenings from 6 to 9pm. Call for artists to enter the 31st Annual Spring Show during the Azalea Festival. See the details and prospectus on the WAA website. PROJEKTE “Dream a lil Dream”—creation of images, ideas, sensations and emotions that occur in our conscious and subconscious mind. They can be the manifestation of our aspirations, goals, and fears both realistic and fantastic. So what passes through your mind when you close your eyes? Opening reception, Sat., 3/9, 7pm. Live music and an informal meet and greet session with the artists. Hangs through 4/7. • Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910508-8982. www.theprojekte.com
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Fear Spirit Quilt exhibition and Yarn Bomb the CAM event, we will offer a quilt-inspired activity as a part of the festivities. Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions, fun for the whole family. No pre-registration necessary. Parental Supervision required at all times. • CF Spirit Quilt Exhibition, 3/16-17, 10am-5pm. A collaborative interdenominational quilt created by women from the CF region. Held in collaboration with Wilmington Faith & Values. • CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm, and Wed., 9:30am-12:30pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/7-wks. • Museum School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024). • Tai Chi, Wed/Thurs, and Yoga, Thurs-Sat. Beginners are always welcome; see schedule online. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. TuesSun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www.cameronartmuseum. com or 910-395-5999.
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CFFA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Cape Fear Fencing Assoc. will offer its next beginMon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and ners’ fencing class on 3/5, 6:30pm, for six weeks. Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Taught by Head Coach Greg Spahr, held Tues/ Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., PreEaster is right around the corner, and that can Thurs. from 6:30-7:30pm; $50. Meets in the lower school Science, 10am; Discover Science, level of Tileston Gym at St. Mary’s on the corner of 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. only mean one thing: activities abound across 5th and Ann streets in downtown Wilmington. All StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Wilmington for Easter egg hunts. Fit for Fun Cenequipment is supplied by the CFFA. Beginning fencStory, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; ter at 302 S. 10th Street is no exception. They’re ing classes include the basic elements of fencing, and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Disthe history of the sport, foundational techniques, covery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Young Writer’s now accepting registration for the holiday conditioning, refereeing, and tournament strategy. Club 2pm • Drop off gently used books at celebration, set to take place on the 15th from Graduates will have the option of continuing to fence our Museum to be used for a good cause. 9 a.m. to noon. The event fills up quickly so with the CFFA which offers fencing Tues/Wed/ Ooksbay Books uses book collection locaregister now for only $5 per child (adults free) Thurs, 7:30pm. www.capefearfencing.com. Greg tions to help promote literacy, find a good Spahr at: 910-799-8642. use for used books, and benefit nonprofto participate. (910) 341-7838. its.• Bugs and Butterflies Spring Event: EGG HUNT 3/29-30, 9am-noon: Egg decorating at SciEgg Hunt at the Fit For Fun Center, 3/15, ence Counter. 9am-noon, Make a favric bitty 9am-noon. Registration now being acceptbunny in art room. 9:30am: Egg hunt for kids 3 and ing exhibitions and an informative look at historic ed! Space is limited so register early. $5/child or under. 10:15am Egg hunt for ages 3-4. 10:15am preservation in action. • Free venue showing 3/8adults for free. 5 and under. Toddler-friendly event! Egg hunt for all ages. 11:15am Help plant butterfly 10 at the Bellamy Mansion! Explore the Southern Children are divided into groups by age for a fun garden. 11:15am Outdoor games. Free with admischarm of our lush gardens and antebellum architecand safe time. Games, crafts and a special snack sion. • Save the Date: March 25th FORE the Chilture while gaining ideas from our on-site event coare included. A special bunny will be here for phodren annual golf tournament at Cape Fear Country ordinators. Preview our newest wedding packages tos! Space is limited so register early! Fax comClub benefiting The Children’s Museum. 11am reg.; and enter to win a fabulous gift basket filled with pleted registration form to 341-7838. Payment is 12:30pm shotgun starts; 5:30pm awards and apps. bridal themed prizes. Come see how we can make required to register. Credit card payment can be $200/golder or $800/foursome. Incl. cart, practice your special day an event of historic proportions! taken over the phone or you can register at your range, gift bag, bev cart, lunch, apps and more! 910www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St. next visit to Fit For Fun, 302 S. 10th Street or www. 254-3534, 107. www.playwilmington.org fitforfuncenter.com WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM CAPE FEAR MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed ALTHEA GIBSON TENNIS COMPLEX EXHIBITS: Fragments of War , feat. scraps of fabin the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists Althea Gibson Tennis Complex, Empie Park, 3405 ric, torn paper, tattered flags, a uniform patch, which to preserve and to share the history of WrightsPark Ave. 910-341-4631. www.empiepark.com. tell us about people’s Civil War experiences. Closes ville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale 3/15. USTA Jamboree for 10/under kids. More info: 5/5 • Shopping Around Wilmington: In an era bemodel of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits Contact Rosanne Boswell at firstname.lastname@example.org • fore mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, featuring the early days of the beach including Lu3/16: Coaches Cardio Workshop (raquets needed shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. mina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information for kids program—donate your old tennis racquet Museum will explore ways in which increasing subabout the interaction between the people and our and drop them off at the Empie Tennis Clubhouse. urbanization changed people’s retail experiences. natural environment which have shaped the 100 The racquets may be strung or not strung. • TenEVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303
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named “the first American Flapper” by her husband, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948) longed to be known as something other than just the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. This exhibition explores the artwork of Zelda Fitzgerald with 32 framed artworks created from 1927 through the late 1940s, on loan from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Ms. Eleanor Lanahan, granddaughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, along with reproductions of historical photographs from the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers of Princeton University Library. • Through 4/14: From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell,” Pancoe Art Education Center’s Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the Exhibition Cases • Through 3/10: The Transformative Power of Friendship, feat. generous gifts of art from private collectors, including color etchings by Impressionist Mary Cassatt given by Thérèse Thorne McLane and Japanese woodblock prints by Edo period artists Hiroshige and Kunisada II given by Dr. Isabel Bittinger. • Jazz at the CAM Series w/ Cape Fear Jazz Society through 4/2013, 6:30-8pm, 1st Thurs. ea. mo. in Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Individual: CAM/CFJS Members: $7 or nonmembers: $10; students, $5. 3/7: Roger Davis, Nina Repeta and Madafo Lloyd Wilson. 4/4: Doug Irving Quartet. • Forward Motion Dance Company presents: “The Last Flapper,” and “Behind the Scenes” Preview: dance & readings by Rhonda Bellamy, see “events” listing. • NC Black Film Festival, 3/1417, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. In its 12th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, and documentary films. Schedule, admission and details, www.blackartsalliance.org. • 3/16: Kids @ CAM, noon-3pm. Members: $3/child; GA, $5/child, adults free. Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions, fun for the whole family! In conjunction with Wilmington’s Faith and Values ‘Cape Fear Spirit Quilt’ exhibition and Yarn Bomb the CAM, we will offer a quilt-inspired activity as a part of the festivities! No pre-registration necessary. • 3/16: Yarn Bomb the CAM! 10am-3pm. Join us on CAM’s balcony and grounds with your yarn and fibers to correct a fiber art event. Held in conjunction with Cape Fear Spirit Quilt Exhibition and in collaboration with Wilmington Faith & Values. • Civil War Activities: 1st North Carolina Company E, Sat. 3/16, 10am-2pm. Free and open to the public The 1st North Carolina Co. E returns and will be drilling or working on the historic Battle of Forks Road site on the grounds of Cameron Art Museum the third Saturday of each month. Bring your family and friends and talk with the re-enactors about their passion for living history. • 3/16, noon-3pm: Kids @ CAM. Members: $3/child; non, 5/child. Come enjoy an afternoon of creativity and imagination! In conjunction with Wilmington Faith and Values, (http://wilmingtonfavs.com) Cape
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film MISS REPRESENTATION Cape Fear Community College will host their 3rd annual Women’s History Month forum where the documentary “Miss Representation” will be shown. The film is about how men and women are represented in the mass media and the effects and disparities that result. A panel of experts from UNCW, Coastal Horizons, and the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services will be on hand to field questions. The event is on Wednesday, March 27th, at 2 PMCape Fear Community College’s downtown campus in Building L, room 107. THEATRE NOW MOVIE NIGHTS Movie Night, Sundays at 6:30pm (check website for weekly listings): Big screen movies, w/ kitchen open for some tasty treats, feat. fresh food options. Home to the non-profit organization, Theatre Network of Wilmington, Inc., whose mission includes theatre arts education to school aged children. Theatre NOW: 10th and Dock streets. Tickets: www. theatrewilmington.com.
kids’ stuff PLEASURE ISLAND YOUTH BASKETBALL Pleasure Island Youth Baseball league. Individual registrations are running through March 3 for kids ages 4-12; teeball, machine pitch, kid pitch leagues. Games will be played at fields in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Reg. forms can be dropped off at CB Rec Ctr during normal biz hours. Signups also available weekends, 10am-noon (field is at corner of Dow and Sumter Ave.). Brett M. Keeler: 910-470-2024 SPANISH CLASSES ¡Hablar e Ir! Spanish classes for all ages. Give yourselves and your children the gift of language. 8-wk sessions, 3/7. • Schedule: Thurs., 2:15-3pm ages 3-5 $7/class or $45/session (discounted for this age in lieu of existing childcare costs) • Thurs, 4-4:45, 3/7-5/2, ages 6-10. $10/class or $70/ession (siblings $7 or $50) • Thurs., 1-1:45pm, 3/75/2. Homeschoolers only. DREAMS of Wilmington; ages 5-10; $8/class or $55/session (siblings $5 per class) • Thurs., 5-6pm, 3/7-5/2, adults only. Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.; $10 per adult. Tutoring sessions available, 1-3 students, $30/hr. (270) 779-1551. email@example.com. SUMMER CAMP FAIR FOR PARENTS Sat., 3/9, 10am -4pm: Independence Mall, Centre Court. Wilmington Parent Magazine is hosting their 10th annual Summer Camp Fair. This summer camp fair is the perfect opportunity to help you decide which camp is right for your child. Cape Fear Museum will be there to provide details on all the camps going on at the Museum. WB YOUTH CAMPS Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation Department presents various summer 2013 Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. Campers will learn new drills and different aspects of the game. • Lacrosse Camp for boys and girls ages 11 - 14. Campers will learn the rules of the game, stick skills, as well as proper throwing and catching. • Learn the fundamental skills and advanced technical and tactical play to enhance each player’s game. Wrightsville Bch Pks/Rec Dpt. presents the Summer 2013 Wilmington Hammerheads Soccer Camp for boys and girls ages 5 - 12. Along with a skills competition and professional coaching, campers will also receive a Hammerheads t-shirt and drawstring backpack, as well as a ticket to a Hammerheads home game! Wrightsville Beach Parks/Rec, 1 Bob Sawyer Dr., M-F 8am-5pm. townofwrightsvillebeach.com.
prior service members. With the new VA hospital coming to Wilmington, it is the perfect time to become involved and see how the VA can assist you! Held at Coastline Convention Center. RSVP: Trudy. firstname.lastname@example.org or Shannon.carlson@ miller-motte.edu. MYTHS AND LEGENDS “Myths and Legends of the Civil War,” re-enactors and living history participants to educate visitors, and give old and new perspectives on this defining period of American history. Wander through the 1850 Manor House to visit with the Tarheel Civilians and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Learn about skills and customs common to women of the 19th century. Visit a Confederate Post Office, and view antique photographs. Discuss shortages and the plight of civilians with Blood and War at My Doorstep author, Brenda McKean, who will be signing her book, 9am-5pm. Admission is $15 per adult ages 18 and up; $10 for students from age 8-17; children 7 and under free. Admission includes access to the Manor House, grounds, and exhibits. Proceeds benefit historic Poplar Grove Plantation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to education, preservation and service to the community. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US 17. www.poplargrove.com. (910) 686-9518 ext. 26. DR. PETER SALE 3/13, 7pm: Invited Lecture at UNCW, free, but reservations required. Dr. Peter Sale will speak on “Global Change, Tipping Points, and the Urgent Need to Act: Solving Our Global Environmental Crisis.” Lumina Theater, UNCW Fisher Student Union. Book signing and dessert reception to follow lecture in the Clock Tower Room, 2nd floor of the Fisher Student Union. Books are for sale in the UNCW bookstore until 8:30pm on day of lecture. Tickets: Mrs. Debbie Cronin (910-962-3707) or CMS Staff (910-962-2301). www.petersalebooks.com
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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) Maybe you’re not literally in exile. You haven’t been forced to abandon your home and you haven’t been driven from your power spot against your will. But you may nevertheless be feeling banished or displaced. It could be due to one of the conditions that storyteller Michael Meade names: “We may experience exile as a lack of recognition, a period of transition, an identity crisis, a place of stuckness, or else having a gift and no place to give it.” Do any of those describe your current predicament, Aries? The good news, Meade says, is that exile can shock you awake to the truth about where you belong. It can rouse your irrepressible motivation to get back to your rightful place. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) Do you have a recurring nightmare that has plagued you? If so, I suspect it will recur again soon. Only this time, Taurus, you will beat it. You will trick or escape or defeat the monster that’s chasing you. Or else you will outrun the molten lava or disperse the tornado or fly up off the ground until the earth stops shaking. Congratulations on this epic shift, Taurus. Forever after you will have more power over the scary thing that has had so much power over you. GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) The following request for advice appeared on Reddit.com: “My identical twin is stuck in an alternate dimension, and she can only communicate with me by appearing as my own reflection in mirrors and windows. How can I tell her I don’t like what she’s done to her hair?” This question is a variant of a type of dilemma that many of you Geminis are experiencing right now, so I’ll respond to it here. I’m happy to say that you will soon get an unprecedented chance to commune directly with your alter egos. Your evil twin will be more available than usual to engage in meaningful dialog. So will your doppelganger, your shadow, your mirror self and your stuntperson.
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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) Usually I advise Cancerians to draw up precise borders and maintain clear boundaries. As a Crab myself, I know how important it is for our well-being that we neither leak our life force all over everything nor allow others to leak their life force all over us. We thrive on making definitive choices and strong commitments. We get into trouble when we’re wishy-washy about what we want. OK. Having said all that fatherly stuff, I now want to grant you a partial and temporary license to get a little wild and fuzzy. Don’t overdo it, of course, but explore the smart fun you can have by breaking some of your own rules and transgressing some of the usual limits. LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) In the course of for-
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