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news & views ................ 18-21 18-20 live local: Gwenyfar interviews the ladies behind the Ruby Assata brand about Kickstarter
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We would like to note two mistakes in the guide, so please mark them as a reminder upon pickup: Eddie Romanelli’s address is 503 Olde Waterford Way in Leland. Also, Henry’s menu says “Choose two” rather than “Course two,” and “Choose Three” rather than “Course Three.” We regret the copy-and-paste error.
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It’s our final week of announcements, as we reveal the 2011 Best Of winners. Our cover photo indicates the end of the evening at the annual 2011 Best Of Awards Party, hosted by Changing Channels (above) and held at City Stage/Level 5 on February 15th. Check out more party pics on page 7, and if you need a recap of previous announcements, turn to page 17.
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21 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reveals the latest odd stories.
artsy smartsy ................22-39 22-25 theatre: Rachael Carscaddon previews City Stage’s production ‘The Little Dog Laughed,’ opening this week; Sarah Crandall previews the upcoming production from Galumpha; Shea Carver gets the inside scoop from director Stephen Raeburn on Guerilla Theatre’s 51st production, ‘Son of Redhead,’ opening this week.
26-27 art: Lauren Hodges previews the upcoming show at Wicked Gallery and Bellamy Mansion’s annual fund-raiser, Art of the Table.
28 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging at local galleries.
31 film: Anghus unfavorably reviews ‘The Adjustment Bureau.’
32-34 music: Bambi Weavil previews Out Impact Showcase, featuring Jamez Terry and Modern Day Pinnochio; Patti Wilson gets electric with the Dialelectrics.
36-39 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.
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47 a taste of cultures: The annual fund-raiser for the Azalea Festival of Cultures takes place on the 12th at UNCW’s Warwick Center.
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“Charlie Sheen joined Twitter, and within two days he had 1.4 million people following him. To be fair, most of those people work for the Center for Disease Control.”—Conan O’Brien “The president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, visited the White House. He asked to meet with our country’s biggest importer of Mexican goods: Charlie Sheen.”—Jimmy Fallon “I love tax season. My accountant says that I can save a lot of money if I declare my show a church.”—David Letterman “Happy Independence Day to Texas. For 9 years, Texas was its own country. I think Texans still consider themselves another country.”—Craig Ferguson “Charlie Sheen created a Twitter account to fill the gap between saying crazy things on television with saying crazy things online.”—Jimmy Kimmel “The latest rumor is that Moammar Gadhafi is calling other countries to find a place to live in exile. So far, only Chile has offered to rent out an empty mine.” —Jay Leno “Sarah Palin was so accomplished as Governor she graduated early.” —Jon Stewart
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not just to encore or its winners, but to readers who love to indulge their favorites. It leads to conversations about what it means to be recognized among the community as top-notch. These talks are great to have; they keep us aware of what we expect among the ever-evolving business-scape of Wilmington. They also indulge our acknowledgement toward support of local businesses, which puts money directly back into our local economy. The most important aspect to encore’s Best Of is the camaraderie it brings out of us all. The gratitude for reaching success wears well on everyone’s faces. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of Wilmington on all fronts: arts, business, media, humanities and everything in between. Moreover, we love that our readers don’t mind expressing their love for it either. We often get calls asking for information on the innerworkings of Best Of. To clarify, allow us to map out our ground rules:
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over 130 categories and weekly deadlines, we do not divulge numbers—not because we have something to hide but because five people run this paper and, well, time is of the essence to produce it weekly. • Only one ballot per e-mail address is allowed to vote. • Voters must fill out at least 25 categories to have their vote counted. • We do not use voter’s e-mail addresses for solicitation of encore or Wilmington Media products, nor do we share the addresses. • We accept that businesses campaign (though, we discourage any bribery or misrepresentation of voters); we are not the NC Board of Elections. Now, on with the show! Welcome to the final week of revealing the 2011 class of encore’s annual Best Of Reader’s Poll. To everyone who voted: Thank you, from encore and from every business mentioned in all 130 categories.
//Goods & services// DENTIST Dr. Skip Tyson is one half of Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry. Graduating from the school of dentistry at UNC Chapel Hill in 1995, he went on to complete his
post-doctoral residency training in pediatric dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1997. Today he, along with Dr. Stephanie Heaney, has two offices in southeastern North Carolina to treat Wilmington and Southport patients. A member of several dental societies, including The American Dental Association, Dr. Tyson has all the certifications to provide great care for young ones’ teeth. Moms and dads can feel comfortable taking their children to Dr. Tyson, and the kids will feel comfortable, too. “As pediatric dentists, [Dr. Heaney and I] try to create an atmosphere that is more like a small amusement park than a dentist’s office,” Dr. Tyson says. “From the child-sized entry door and boat in the waiting room, to the ‘surfboard’ chairs and playroom in the treatment area, we try to create an atmosphere of play. We also make sure we all have smiles on our faces every day.” Dr. Tyson provides his patients and their parents with plenty of educational tools on the practice’s website, www.catchasmile.net. Here, clients can take a virtual tour of the office and prepare themselves with important treatment information. The offices of Treman & Treman and Alford & Alford help keep Wilmington’s teeth white and healthy, rounding out this Best Of category.
Some of the Port Cityâ€™s ďŹ nest restaurants will offer awe-inspiring prix-ďŹ xe meals, prepared especially for this week. Where to eat: Temptations Everyday Gourmet Deck House Casual Dining Caffe Phoenix Treehouse Bistro Halliganâ€™s Riverboat Landing East at the Blockade Runner Marcâ€™s on Market Henryâ€™s Eddie Romanelliâ€™s Islandâ€™s Fresh Mex Grill Caprice Bistro Crow Hill
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HOTEL Whether on business or a vacation getaway, having a place to rest our sleepy heads is important when planning a trip out of town. And if the trip happens to land in Wilmington, North Carolina, downtown’s Hilton Wilmington Riverside knows just how to make a stay the most comfortable possible. No matter the reason for visiting, a wide range of amenities are available for business meetings, family vacations or just personal conveniences. There is sufficient space for conferences, as well as a 24-hour Business Center to keep on top of deadlines, with options such as a business phone service, express mail and fax. For the family, Hilton offers a children’s menu and cribs; for the individual, they make the stay hassle-free with room service, an ATM, an onsite convenience store and a multi-lingual staff. And if staying in shape fits into the busy schedule during time spent here, a fitness room and pool are also available. Located at 301 N. Water Street, Hilton hopes to make anyone’s stay a pleasant one. Second place goes to Holiday Inn SunSpreee Resort, while Hampton Inn takes third.
GOLF COURSE The Country Club of Landfall does not limit its members to one golf course. Instead, they offer two courses with a total of 45 holes. Both were designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and one by golf-course
designer Pete Dye. The Nicklaus course contains 27 holes and annually hosts the Willie Stargell Celebrity Golf Tournament. Dye’s course is 18 holes and was the site of the NCAA Women’s Collegiate Championship in 2010. The upkeep of both courses at Landfall is constant. The team is made up of graduates from turf management programs from around the nation, and they work year-round to maintain the grounds. In the past 25 years, Landfall has rebuilt greens, bunkers, fairways, practice areas and added a new irrigation system. Cape Fear Country Club’s course received second place and Echo Farms Golf and Country Club takes third.
DOG GROOMER Alison Krieger really knows how to treat her puppy pals! From the basic bath-and-brush service all the way to a full groom, Ali’s K9 Clips provides a comfortable experience for all breeds of dogs. What sets Ali’s K9 Clips apart from any other groomer in town is that Krieger runs her salon out of a van, making her services accessible and convenient. “I will come to wherever is convenient for the client, whether it be at home or at work,” Krieger says. “And for the folks that are out of my area, I will meet them at any location and groom while the owner shops or eats lunch!” Her state-of-the-art van was built specifically for the mobile grooming industry. It is equipped FINAL BOW: Sandy Vaughan takes one final bow as Jef Pollock strips down at the end of the Best Of 2011 Awards Party. Photo by Courtney Bridgers
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with air conditioning, 50 gallons of fresh, warm water, and an on-board electrical system so Krieger never uses the customer’s utilities. “I interact with my customers and their furry friends, whether it be special requests or just how much happier the dogs is after being groomed in a calm and one-on-one setting,” Krieger adds. “Being able to groom and handle any type of situation helps too. I offer a much shorter and less stressful way of grooming, and of course you can’t forget the complementary blueberry facial! Everyone’s favorite!”
Port City pups also get squeaky clean at PetSmart and K & K’s Pet Grooming Inc. — Bethany Turner
//Arts & EntErtAinmEnt// wEbSiTE Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We thought we had a pretty badass website ourselves over at encorepub.com. That we garner close to a million page views a month is no joke! And we’re constantly evolving our website to serve our readers better. From an extremely detailed music calendar and cultural calendar of events, as well as videos of the week and trailers for movies, including detailed movie listings, and every single article from print posted online, encorepub.com has something for everyone to read. The website also offers tons of blogs updated weekly, because, face it: Way too much happens in our town to cover in a weekly publication. Catch up with us at the “encore cafe,” and find out more about the cultural diversity and enlightenment that southeastern NC has to offer. We have your seat waiting. Other websites readers log onto reguarly include starnewsonline.com and capefeartours. com—Shea Carver
TOUR OF wiLMiNGTON As someone who’s lived in Wilmington for 15 years, I can confirm that the Ghost Walk
Best Of Awards Party held at City Stage/Level 5, February 15th TONIGHT’S GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT! And it was! For everyone who attended the 2011 Best Of Awards Party Tuesday night, February 15th. (clockwise, right): Changing Channel, our wonderful hosts, took Best Comedy Troupe in 2011. • Courtney Bridgers gets in front of the lens, taking a break from her photography duties during the party. • Joseph Hou happily accepts the award for Best Chinese Restaurant, awarded to Szechuan 132. • Sandy and Zack strike a pose backstage, in between presentations. • Jonathan Guggenheim awards the restaurateurs of Crow Hill their inaugural win for Best New Restaurant 2011. All photos by Justin Mitchener, Courtney Bridgers and Chad Keith
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is by far the best in the area. Last Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I took the eerily romantic tour and were told stories of the town we thought we knew. All were spooky, and some were heart-wrenching, but they revealed to us a history we’d never learned in school. The guides of the Ghost Tour paint images of Wilmington from centuries past. Their knowledge is astounding, but it’s more than a lesson. “We actually love the entertainment side more than anything,” owner John Hirchak explains. “The art of storytelling is often overlooked until someone experiences it and then realizes what a great form of entertainment it is. Our main emphasis has always been to entertain people, whether they believe in ghosts or not.” In 1978, Hirchak’s wife, Kim, began researching the Port City’s paranormal activity. The idea for a tour was brewing and came to life in 1999. “Between my wife and I, and all our guides, we spend countless hours interviewing, researching and experiencing the haunted history at each of the 30 possible stops on our Ghost Walk,” Hirchak says. “The families that live in many of these homes, and the people who work in the public/private locations are always feeding us the latest occurrences.” Today, the tour boasts Wilmington on all sides, where people can “learn a little bit of the weird and unusual history” along with realizing the beauty of an historic downtown. Tickets can be ordered online at www.hauntedwilmington.com. The Hirchaks’ Haunted Pub Crawl claims
Playing across all genres of sound, including folk, rock, bluegrass, country, jam—“which really just means Americana,” Miller shares—L Shape Lot has become a staple on Wilmington’s scene. “We have three CDs of original music available, but we also do covers,” Miller says, “such as traditional bluegrass tunes, classic country and some jam band stuff. We try not to limit ourselves to anything particular.” Miller is joined by Alex Lanier (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), Rick Williams (sixstring electric bass, upright bass, vocals) and John Kovalski (drums, vocals). “We have excellent string work in our music, as well as three- [and] four-part harmonies,” Miller adds. The foursome tours to South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia these days, but loyal fans from the Port City can still catch them playing live. Their next show is at Soapbox Laundro Lounge on Saturday, April 9th. Other sonic enjoyment can be found in the tunes of musician Bibis Ellison and the band D&D Sluggers. second place and Springbrook Farms’ Horsedrawn Tour receives third.
local band L Shape Lot fits in with the laid-back nature of the Carolina coast. Comprising four members, they sometimes break into an acoustic duo to perform in smaller, more intimate venues. They play a blend of originals and covers.
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give ‘em ‘l’: L Shape Lot took Best Band 2011 and played some of their Americana tunes at the Best Of Awards Party. Photo by Justin Mitchener
Vocalist and acoustic guitarist Eric Miller really pinpoints the band’s subconscious mantra: “If it’s fun and feels good, we will give it a shot.”
local artist William Hubbard’s paintings feature a surreal, whimsical beauty. There are no limits to the subjects in his artwork, as his collection contains landscapes, people, animals and even abstract combinations of objects. “The subject matter is diverse, but I always try to allow some of the medium to appear in its natural state,” Hubbard says. “My work is
kind of a loose, freestyle expressionism. I like to create visual movement and energy in my [art].” Painting mostly with acrylics, Hubbard has learned to work with a variety of materials through his studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the University of Akron. Although he claims painting is both fun and frustrating, he encourages others to give it a try. “Painting is about self-discovery,” he shares. “You will find out who you are, and you will have to decide how much of yourself you want to expose to the rest of us.” The exposure of self is precisely what attracts him to his craft. “It is a way for me to understand what I see in my world and how I feel about it,” Hubbard explains. “Making art is like creating a stream of consciousness for myself. It reflects how I feel, it demonstrates my ability to solve problems, and it connects me to something deeper.” Ivey Hayes and Michael Connolly top the reader’s poll in 2011.
local thespian Wilmingtonians may have caught a glimpse of Joe Gallison in one of his more than 2,500 live and filmed performances, covering a plethora of roles. He is recognized most as Dr. Neil Curtis on “Days of Our Lives,” in which the local thespian received an Emmy nomination. “I got to play it for 17 years, and together with a bevy of writers, I believe I explored every facet of his persona,” he says.
Today, he is thrilled to be a part of our area’s thriving theatre community. “What I enjoy most about Wilmington’s rich theatre and film scene is the fabulously talented and generous people that energize it,” Gallison shares. “I believe that theatre is vital to the culture of the community, and I am proud to be part of the effort to keep it alive. Nothing has the impact of live theatre!” Although Gallison has no specific plans for the future, he is hoping to work more with local theatre companies and in the many amazing venues around town. “I’m drawn to acting by the challenge of creating a character and being a part of the common effort to bring a great play to life,” he says. Also delighting audiences are Zack Simcoe (an encore award presenter at the 2011 Best Of Awards Party) and Linda Lavin.
theatre company Opera House Theatre Company spent 2010 celebrating their 25th anniversary, continuing to provide Wilmington with wonderful theatre. Their shows for the year ranged from the musical revue “Five Guys Named Moe” to “The Secret Garden,” based on the beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. When Opera House opened in 1985, the season included classics like “Fiddler on the Roof” and “A Christmas Carol,” which they’ve reprised over the years to much applause. Having just finished “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” the folks at Opera House are
continuing their 26th year with “Amadeus.” The fictional story, combining the history of Mozart, will run April 27th through May 8th on weekends. Actors who wish to pursue he show can audition on Saturday, March 12th at 11 a.m in the Lucille Shuffler Center at 2011 Carolina Beach Road. Women and men in a variety of ages are needed, and the audition consists of cold readings from the script. Other shows to look out for from Opera House in 2011 are June’s “The King and I,” July’s “Annie,” along with “Hairspray” in August and “Man of La Mancha” in September. Thalian Association takes second place for Theatre Company and City Stage gets third.
theatre venue As a building that hosts a rich and beautiful history as a political and cultural center for Wilmington since the late 1850s, it is a natural choice for Thalian Hall to yet again take the Best Theatre Venue crown in 2011’s Best Of. In the 19th century, it was originally a place for the town government, library and opera house. Flash forward several decades later to the present day, and Thalian Hall now brings worldrenowned talent to its stages. Recently, it hosted folk songwriter Susan Werner as a part of the Rainbow Room series. Boasting a more intimate setting than the main stage, audience members enjoy their own candlelit tables and an offering of fine wines. Selftaught ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger is the next act in the lineup, and she’ll grace the stage on
April 29th through May 1st. Thalian Hall routinely features great films as part of their Cinematique series, like the foodlovers’ dream documentary, “Kings of Pastry,” appearing on March 14th through the 18th. The astounding architectural details of the Main Stage, where most of the great theatrical and musical performances occur, always prove breathtaking and engaging. Private tours of Thalian Hall are offered Tuesday through Friday by appointment, and can be arranged by calling 632-2241. To see the venue’s full schedule, check out thalianhall. com. Other venues deserving a standing ovation are City Stage and Brown Coat Pub.
inDepenDent Film Recent UNCW graduate Devin DiMattia is the driving force behind this year’s best local independent film, “Firewall of Sound.” Originally, DiMattia produced it as a short for the UNCW Honors Department. “It is about how the Internet has completely changed the way the indie music business operates,” DiMattia tells encore. The Worldwide Web is a blessing for up-and-coming musicians, because they have the opportunity to spread their art like never before. However, with the increased ease in leaking new music and the ongoing battles of illegal downloading, it’s becoming hard for the industry to make any profit. “Firewall of Sound” dives in to discover the innerworkings of this fight.
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BEST FILM: Devin DiMattia gets quite a bear hug from Jonathan Guggenheim for winning Best Independent Film 2011 with his flick, ‘Firewall of Sound.’ Photo by Courtney Bridgers
With the help of Neil Blackman and Daniel Rogers, also recent UNCW graduates, DiMattia raised over $1,200 on Kickstarter.com to convert “Firewall of Sound” into a featurelength film. The team visited Georgia, Boston, New York City and Chicago and talked to lots of industry experts, including Bertis Downs,
the manager of R.E.M. “We also filmed a lot at Gravity Records, and we were there to document CD Alley’s last day of business,” DiMattia says. Trailers and other information about “Firewall of Sound” is available at www.firewallofsound.com. DiMattia is working on a screening in Wilmington, and that information will be on the website as soon as it is finalized. “Pieces of Talent” from director Joseph Stauffer receives second place honors, while “The Last Gift,” directed by Marcus Mizelle, gets third.—Bethany Turner
With a selection including dozens of handcrafted sandwiches and burgers, tantalizing soups, and delectable salads, Sweet and Savory Bake Shop and Cafe deserves best lunch! The restaurant features an in-house bakery, and all of their wonderful creations are served on breads made from scratch each morning by a professional bakery staff. From French baguettes to three-cheese semolina, they make breaking bread a serious privilege. As far as sandwiches go, Sweet and Savory has it all. Their outrageously popular Cucumber River is a toasted pita piled high with premium turkey, cheddar cheese, diced cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, and drizzled with a cucumber dill sauce—superb! But turkey isn’t the only option. No, diners can also choose from beef, chicken, ham, seafood and lamb. Vegetarians have great choices too, from the Portobello and Roasted Red Pepper sandwich to house-made hummus. To catch their lunchtime treats, visit Sweet and Savory from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the weekends from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pine Valley Market takes second in best lunch, and Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen receives third.
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JAPANESE Hiro Japanese Steak and Seafood House has long been the place to celebrate anniversaries, retirements, graduations and “just because it’s half-priced sushi.” The chefs slice and dice hibachi style on a grill right in front of the guests, entertaining with monstrous fires and friendly gags. The hibachi menu includes choices like teriyaki chicken or a combination dinner of filet mignon and lobster, although the preparation of any entree is sure to delight. The sushi menu boasts diverse and unusual ingredients, like that of the Squid Salad: squid, of course, along with octopus, bamboo shoots and woodears marinated in sesame vinaigrette. After a salad like that, it’s only natural that it be followed by a tempting assortment of sushi and sashimi. End any meal with a Cherry Chocolate martini in which the bartender will mix Finlandia vodka, cherry liqueur and dark creme de cacao - delicious! With a night that’s guaranteed to be a great experience at Hiro, it surely won’t be the last. Wilmingtonians also get their sushi fix at Nikki’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar and YoSake Downtown Sushi Lounge.
bArtENdEr This mixologist and knowledgeable beer enthusiast spent two and a half years bartending at Cape Fear Wine and Beer. These days, his fans—er, customers—find him slinging drinks at Satellite Bar and Lounge. His name is Roger Harris, and he knows how to connect with his guests. Talking to people, he says, sets him apart from other bartenders who merely fix beverages and do no more than acknowledge the clientele. “I get to know my customers,” Harris explains. “People come to see me instead of just getting a drink.” At Cape Fear Wine and Beer, a specialty store for brews and a constantly rotating wine selection, Harris always knew what to suggest for an indecisive customer. Today, he’s making friends out of guests at Satellite, encore’s 2011 Best Neighborhood Bar. Despite his claims that winning this award was “completely unexpected,” Harris agrees that it truly shows the loyalty within his customers. Other great bartenders in Wilmington include Roger Bennett of Cape Fear Wine and Beer and Isaac Jones.
OYStErS For over 10 years, area residents have been voting Dock Street Oyster Bar the best place to go for great, fresh oysters. Opened in June 1999 by Louise Forbes and Steve Mallard, the team vowed to serve great tasting seafood that is steamed and grilled but never fried. “A chef from Food Network came in for dinner six days straight - and said it was the best on the Eastern Seaboard,” Forbes says. That said, the best way to enjoy Dock Street’s oysters may be on their steamer plat-
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HEALTHY FOR LIFE: The folks at Tidal Creek Co-op happily accept the award from Val Watkins for Best Health Food Store at the 2011 Awards Party at City Stage/Level 5. Photo by Chad Keith
ter with heaping servings of snow crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, crawfish, corn and potatoes. But if the appetite for ocean dwellers isn’t so strong, Dock Street offers their oysters as aptly-named “Appeteazers” as well. The Oyster Rockefeller is a dish of six select oysters topped with bacon, spinach and hollandaise, or opt for the Oyster Imperial which features a topping of bacon and creamy backfin crab mix. Can’t decide? Dock Street put together a plate of three Rockefeller and three Imperial in their oyster sampler. Diners can also order a half-dozen or dozen of raw and shucked or steamed oysters. Whatever the route, all the mollusks are brought in fresh daily. Really, there’s no going wrong at Dock Street. Tantalizing shellfish are also available at Hieronymus Seafood and Dockside.
PANINI “Handmade and perfectly pressed!” That’s how the menu describes Press 102’s paninis, and Wilmington agrees! Unlike other restaurants in town, these flat sandwiches are even served for breakfast, starting with the Early Riser, which features thickly cut smoked bacon, melted Swiss cheese, scrambled eggs and sliced tomato on a French baguette. At lunch, the paninis are served with pommes frites, garden-rotini pasta salad or a cup of soup. The Gaucho ventures away from plain deli meat and cheese, featuring hearty braised short ribs from Painted Hills Farm, wilted spinach, roasted mushrooms and havarti cheese on handcut sourdough bread. Aside from great paninis, Press 102 is environmentally conscious. “We utilize the freshest ingredients from neighboring purveyors to help sustain the local econ-
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omy,” according to their menu. “In order to help reduce the human footprint, Press 102 uses both recycled and compostable materials where possible.” Other sandwiches pressed for votes include Panera Bread and Atlanta Bread Company, both in Mayfaire.
CHAIN RESTAURANT “Our commitment to excellent service and quality food makes us stand out,” Bryan Abel, managing partner of Bonefish Grill, explains. “The menu is quite diverse and has something for everyone’s budget.” Bonefish Grill features everything from fish tacos to American-style kobe beef burgers, filet mignon to Chilean sea bass. And who can forget their most popular menu item? The Bang-Bang Shrimp! This appetizer is a must-have of fried shrimp tossed in a creamy and spicy sauce, featured for only $5 every Wednesday, all day long. Speaking of $5 specials, Bonefish Grill offers specials on hand-crafted cocktails each day of the week. Try the Ocean Trust Mango Martini, which is a shaken combination of Absolut citron vodka and freshly muddled mango and orange. Choosing this martini means Bonefish Grill will donate $1 to Ocean Trust, an ocean conservation foundation. Take the workday edge off and do a little bit of good at the same time! Second place for Best Chain Restaurant goes to Olive Garden, and folks also enjoy the eats at Outback Steakhouse.
HEALTH FOOD STORE Thanks to a huge increase in environmental awareness in the 1970s, the world took a greater interest in organic farming. Thus, local farmers markets and natural food co-ops sprung up across the nation. Tidal Creek Co-op was one of many birthed from the movement. Today, the mission of Tidal Creek is to provide the area with an affordable way to
attain organic foods, along with a knowledgeable arena to gain education on living healthier lifestyles. Even non-members are able to shop the co-op, Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tidal Creek often offers classes, like how to buy in bulk and save, and features artwork such as this month’s exhibit from Trace Ramsey of Circle Acres Farm, showcasing photography of farm life. Tidal Creek essentially has everything one would need: groceries, a deli, salad bar, bakery, local produce, health and wellness department—even beer and wine. The co-op is a wonderful way to support small, local vendors while developing a healthier and more sustainable life. Lovey’s Market and Paula’s Health Hut make the list, too.—Bethany Turner
BREAKFAST AND DINER And why wouldn’t the two categories, Best Breakfast and Diner, consist of the same winner without question? I’d expect some of the yummiest pancakes and coffee to come from any good old-fashioned diner. In Wilmington, that place is downtown’s very own Dixie Grill. The Dixie’s been hashing out breakfast and lunch for, like, ever, taking encore’s breakfast category by storm for seven years straight. They have eggs and bacon, homemade sausage and biscuits, Louisiana hash that will make your tongue slap your brains out, and sweet potato pancakes worth many a return. Server Laura McPherson says its culmination of “country comfort food and Southern gourmet makes [Dixie’s] menu unique.” Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the packed restaurant allows diners insight into its popularity. Whether going for breakfast or lunch, the quality never stales. Their handpattied burgers and sweet-potato fries are as lovely as the huevos rancheros. The portion sizes are exceptional, and everything is made fresh to order. “Owner Brian Mayberry loves to cook,” McPherson says. “But he is not merely an excellent chef; he is a man with big ideas, and owning a restaurant allows his ideas to come into being.”
By sticking to the motto, “imagine, innovate, evolve,” the Dixie keeps customers coming back for more morning and noon thanks to consistency, quality and value. Other diners leading the category include Happy Days Diner and College Diner, while other breakfast stops include Causeway Cafe and Sweet and Savory Bake Shop and Cafe.
STEAK Ruth Fertel, the original owner of the famed Ruth’s Chris Steak House, once said, “Do what you love and love what you do!” From that motto came the best broiled, USDA Prime beef, especially voted on by encore readers in our Best Steak category. Ruth’s Chris general manager in Wilmington, Amy MacMahon, says their deliciousness is simple: “seasoned with salt and pepper, a touch of butter and broiled at 1800 degrees to lock in natural juice.” Whether ordering the most tender filet mignon or incredibly rich cowboy ribeye, no cut of meat comes less than top quality here. The same can be said for the service, too. “We have a dedicated team that has been with us since June 2008,” MacMahon notes. “We all work toward one goal: providing an excellent dining experience.” For 45 years strong, the restaurant has been churning out meals that provide primo product. They’re celebrating their decadeslong dedication by sharing some of their recipes on their website, www.ruthschris. com, including their delectable bread pudding, creamed spinach, barbecued shrimp and sweet potato casserole. Located in the Hilton Riverside restaurant, Ruth’s Chris upscale lounge also offers a fabulous martini list. Trust me when I say: The chocolate-espresso martini will become a quick addiction and must-have pick-me-up for any unwinding work week. Other steak houses making the cut on our poll include Port City Chophouse and Outback.
RIBS “I want my baby back, baby, b-b-b-baby back ribs/ “Chili’s baby back ribs/
RIBS-A-LICIOUS: Chili’s general manager, Rob Russell, accepts the award for Best Ribs from Sandy Vaughan. Photo by Courtney Bridgers.
“... barbecue sauce.” OK—that’s so 1995, but it’s a jingle from the famed Tex Mex restaurant that still has customers singing its glory today. Chili’s Bar and Grill makes its first appearance on encore’s poll for Best Ribs. With a warm, finger-smackin’ welcome, we imagine it’s because Chili’s smokes their baby backs in house. In fact, they’ve upped the ante as of late, slow-smoking them over pecan wood. The end result: fall-off-thebone tender with a gusto of flavor forever ingrained in the tastebuds. “We are passionate about using the highest quality ribs, smoking them with aged wood chips for hours and hours,” culinary manager Leigh Saunders says. “We individually triple-baste every single rib with the guest’s choice of one of our many delicious signature barbeque sauces. We are really grateful that the love and hard work that goes into making our baby back ribs is appreciated.” Chili’s ribs come in original flavor, honey-chipotle sauce or Shiner Bock BBQ
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sauce, as well as Memphis dry rub. Ordered as a full rack, it’s a perfect pairing with their homestyle fries and cinammon apples. But folks who have a hard time choosing between the flavors can mix and match, ordering a half rack of two flavors. In fact, it’s not out of the ordinary to see customers doused in sauce—every which way way but the corners of their mouths, too. “I was working one Sunday and was speaking to a couple just in from church,” Saunders says. “These folks appeared to be at the age of retirement, so I know they know great ribs when they have them. The gentleman was eating his ribs and had a napkin around his neck to keep sauce off his Sunday clothes. I asked how the ribs were and he just laughed and said, ‘Look at me. You know these are the best ribs I have ever had.’ I saw his wife glare at him and thought it best to just walk away. Obviously, he thought our ribs were better than hers. I didn’t want to cause a domestic disturbance, but it really made me proud of our culinary team!” Voters also like the bone-suckin’ ribs at Texas Roadhouse and ones from the now-defunct Sticky Fingers.
SALADS Spinach. Iceberg. Romaine. Mesclun greens. Tomatoes. Ham. Cheese. Edamame. Peas. Beets. Onions. Green Peppers. Pasta salad. Potato salad. Cottage cheese. Fruit. Bacon bits. Homemade croutons. Think of anything in the world that could possibly go on a salad. Olives? Check. Pickles? Check. Turkey? Check. Name it, and more than likely Ruby Tuesday’s monstrous Fresh Garden Bar has it. The chain is known for not just touting the most impressive salad bar among
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LOVE THE VINO: The ladies of downtownâ€™s hippest, most tasteful wine bar, Fortunate Glass, accept the award for Best Wine List. Photo by Courtney Bridgers
Wilmingtonâ€™s intensely varied restaurant scene, but offering a never-ending scope of toppings in one place. To make a meal out of their garden bar is easy-peasy. Top-
ping it off with one of a gazilion dressing choices only poses one question: Can we come back for seconds? And, yes, without a doubt, encore readers do. The chain is making the phrase â€œeat your veggiesâ€? a joy to do, after all. Other salads topping the encore poll include Brasserie du Soleil and Elizabethâ€™s Pizza.
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Pinotage. Sauvignon Blanc. Bubbles. RosĂŠ. Name any style of wine, and I would bet all of my money that Fortunate Glass serves it. With an inventory topping over 300 bottles and 30 flavors by the glass, wine-lovers are in vino paradise when heading to the 29 S. Front Street location downtown. Charmingly cozy, thanks to dark wood and nooks welcoming private little hideaways for couples or groups of minglers, The Fortunate Glass appeals to all palates. Their wine list rivals any in town because the owners are not just knowledgeable about wine, itâ€™s their passion. That means: Every style has been custom-picked for its decadent flavor and appeal. Prices range from $15 to $300 for the very high-end bottles, like a 2005 and 2006 Harlan Estate Meritage. If folks would like to enjoy sips with bites, their tapas menu pairs wonderfully. They serve a charcuterie and cheese plate, as well as offer daily specials, like empanadas, paninis or bruschetta. And for the other drinkers not privy to wine, well, rest assured by their beer selectionâ€”18 to be exact. Open Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to midnight, or Fridays and Sundays, from noon to 2:00 a.m., Fortunate Glass is closed Mondays. Other wine lists that encore readers like sipping on come from Circa 1922 and Bottega Art and Wine.
APPETIZERS, DESSERTS AND FINE DINING They seemingly sweep the Best Ofs annually, taking a host of categories. 2011 has proven no different as Circa 1922 tops our list for Best Appetizers, Best Desserts and Best Fine Dining. Located downtown Wilmington in a building that once housed a bank, the exposed brick walls and extremely high ceilings bring a regal tone to the restaurant, only topped by its carefully crafted menu from the hands of Chef Kyle McKnight. Boasting a tapas-style theme, where small portions make for the perfect and filling meal, the menu at Circa remains varied. From Southern classics, like shrimp and Guilford Mills grits, made with andouille sausage and roasted tomatoes over gorgonzola grits, to traditional Spanish fare like their paella, to hearty favorites like braised lamb shank or beef short ribs, the chef and his crew go the extra mile to bring a culinary high to all diners. Paired with specials, like their daily $5 bar menu, served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or their prix-fixe menu, served Sunday through Thursday for only $19.95, offering the perfect three-course meal, something for every palate can be found, drooled over and indulged upon repeat times. Just save room for their â€œColossal Confections,â€? like their bananas foster with Myers rum or their chocolate-coconut sushi. They also serve mini desserts for
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only $3, including New York cheesecake and crĂ¨me brĂťlĂŠe, among others. Runners up in the appetizer category include Bonefish Grill and Front Street Brewery; dessert nods also go to Sweet and Savory Bake Shop and Cafe and Apple Annieâ€™s Bake Shop; and other fine dining establishments recognized by our readers are Port Land Grille and Deluxe.â€”Shea Carver
//Humanitarian, Etc.// VOLUNTEER As an active member of the Wilmington Rotary Club, Hansen Matthews takes the honors as this yearâ€™s Best Volunteer. The Rotary Club is an organization of business and professional leaders who seek to provide humanitarian service and encourage a high standard of ethics in all vocations. Matthews works as a commercial real estate and investment specialist with Maus, Warwick, Matthews & Co. The firm holds membership in the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Industrial Development, Inc., and Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors (WRAR). He served as a board member in the past for Chamber of Commerce and WRAR. â€œThe real heroes of volunteerism are everywhere in this city,â€? Matthews explains. â€œItâ€™s not just the committee chairs or the
club presidents, but itâ€™s the moms who put in countless hours in the schools, [and] the folks who volunteer at their church or drive a car for the Meals on Wheels program. Now that the government has to cut services and employees due to budget shortfalls, volunteers are going to be indispensable to keep things running at an acceptable level. â€œThe folks who impress me are the ones that choose to move here as opposed to any other place in the world and, upon arriving, roll up their sleeves and make it a better place because of their involvement,â€? Matthews adds. Other volunteer names topping our list are Ashley Miller and Bo Dean.
THING TO HAPPEN TO ILM IN 2010 Designed to attract more businesses to the region, voters believe the Wilmington Convention Center is the best thing to happen to our city in 2010. After breaking ground in December 2007, the center is now hosting events of up to 1,500 people. The facility includes a 30,000 square foot Exhibit Hall with 30-foot ceilings and drive-in floor access for tractor trailers, and of course full audio and video capabilities. Almost 6,000 square feet in additional meeting space can be used together or broken into eight smaller rooms, plus a 12,000 square foot grand ballroom emits southern charm in an otherwise all-tech building. In addition to all these, the convention center offers a large event lawn,
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Motorcycle Shop Britt’s Motosports
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Pool Hall, Arcade and Bar Overall
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Radio Personality and Morning Show
Live Music Venue and Laundromat
Caterer, Chef and Gourmet Store
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Tattoo Parlor Jade Monkey
Porter’s Neck Veterinary Hospital McKay Healing Arts
New Car Dealership and Used Car Dealership Stevenson Honda
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Place to Buy Gas GOGAS
Adam and Eve
Vintage Consignment (clothes) Fairy Circle
Personal Trainer LaMaine Williams
Place to Buy Musical Instruments Finkelsteins
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Car Wash Cruisers
Radio Station Penguin 98.3
Tourist Attraction Battleship NC
Changing Channels Bo Dean’s bowilmington.blogspot.com
Z107.5’s Foz in the Mornin’ Trolly Stop Apple Annie’s
Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn
Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Carolina Ale House
Buffet and Soul Food/Country Cookin’ Casey’s Buffet
Burgers and Fries
PT’s Old-Fashioned Grille
Pizza and late-Night Eatery Slice of Life
Port City Java
Women’s Clothing Edge of Urge
Men’s Wear Bloke
Place to Board a Pet Dog Club of Wilmington
Intracoastal Realty Monkee’s Ki Spa
Mayfaire Town Center The Reserve at Mayfaire Bangz Hair Salon and Spa Bottega Gallery and Art Bar Katy’s Bar and Grill
Newscast and Newscaster Francine Weller and WECT
Dance Club Pravda
Tanning Salon Tropical Tans
Blue Post DJ Battle
Cameron Art Museum Rocky Horror Show
Soapbox Laundro Lounge
Pine Valley Market and Smokey Masters Caprice Bistro
Mexican Restaurant El Cerro Grande
Family Restaurant Red Robin
Ice Cream Kilwin’s
Lighthouse Beer and Wine
Thai/Vietnamese, Restaurant Overall and Atmosphere
Sushi and Vegetarian
Indochine Crow Hill
Jackson’s Big Oak BBQ Nikki’s Restaurant and Sushi Bar Chick-fil-A
The Dirty Martini Chopstix Stop Titan Action Network The Full Belly Project Jock Brandis
Neighborhood Bar Satellite Bar
Wild Wing Cafe
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Alisha Payne works on her latest collection of leather handbags. as part of her designer brand Ruby Assata. Courtesy photos t’s tIme to talk about a very Important
topic: shoes and bags. Let’s be blunt, a good pair of shoes is hard to find these days. Birkenstocks and Doc Martens check out in the quality department. Though they’re pricey, they’re worth it. I just won’t pay $100 for a pair of shoes that last one month. I started searching for good “made in the USA” shoes several months ago, hoping that if I supported domestic production, domestic production would support my arches. My search resulted in stumbling upon the Vere Sandal Company. Their slogan—“made here. made better.”—caught my attention. What I found: They make sandals after my own heart—err, feet. And then came the catch (there is always a catch, isn’t there?): This company wasn’t manufacturing yet. I found them on Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter has received a lot of attention lately as a mechanism for supporting worthy artistic and business ventures in need of funding. encore ran a piece on it last fall when Meg Lansaw launched her film project and Logan Mock-Bunting looked to fund a book inspired to help families deal with the grief of losing a loved one. Just last week, encore’s own film reviewer, Anghus Houvouras, was featured in the StarNews about his Kickstarter project to fund his graphic novel. This new wave of crowdfunding—which, essentially, allows the public to back projects they believe in—offers a host of great ideas to support people working in their own communities. Though located in New York, Vere Sandal Company needed to presell enough shoes to cover their business expenses up front. This caught my attention; I couldn’t help but compare it to community supported agriculture,
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only involving manufacturing instead of produce. Thus, I jumped at the chance to bring manufacturing home—maybe not in my own backyard but at least away from China. And I stand behind the old supply-and-demand standard: If we show the dollars, more “made in USA” products will follow. Our dollars can flow even closer to home, thanks to one Wilmington designer who also is using Kickstarter to help fund her line for spring. Ruby Assata was founded by the creative hands of Alisha Payne. With her business partner, Courtney Bridgers, leading the marketing helm, the two hope to purchase an industrial sewing machine to ramp up production of their leather handbags, wallets and other specialty products. The ladies were kind enough to take time to answer a few questions I had about their Kickstarter experience, as well as share their thoughts on the future of manufacturing and made-in-the-USA products. encore (e): How did you decide to seek funding through Kickstarter? Ruby Assata (RA): Seeing film friends, like Meg Lansaw, sparked our interest in the website. After her success, we really dove in and checked out Kickstarter. Subsequently, we found so many other amazing creative projects we wanted to back. Then, we thought, before maxing out our credit cards, why don’t we try to get funding this way? It can’t hurt us. e: How successful has it been? RA: It’s hard to tell. Kickstarter doesn’t have a way to track page views yet. Therefore, we can’t see the number of potential backers. Our goal is $5,237, and right now we are at $1,404 with 40 days to go. If we don’t reach our goal, we get noth-
ing! But, most of the projects we followed have received funding, which is promising. e: You have a pretty small and reasonable goal; do you see Kickstarter as a way to help you grow incrementally? RA: If you are asking if we would use Kickstarter again and again to help our business grow, the answer is no. We see Kickstarter only as a way to get start-up capital for a single project versus something you dip back into. You have to push your Kickstarter campaign pretty hard, blast e-mails and beg. We wouldn’t want to do that to our friends and family again. Kickstarter should only be a launch pad for ideas and projects. e: Where do you see American clothing manufacturing in 10 years? Is it coming home to the USA? RA: We definitely think consumers are more conscious of where their clothing is being produced, which is a step in the right direction. For the most part, we will not buy clothing made overseas. And we aren’t alone! Hopefully, more and more smallscale American, grassroots clothing operations will pop up in the future. If the demand for Americanmade clothing and accessories increases, then it will have to come back to America. e; Will Ruby Assata always be made in the USA? RA: Always. Always. Always. e: When you grow to the point that you, Alisha, can no longer cut and sew every piece, what is the plan? RA: Our plan would be to get a space locally where (“Ruby” cont. page 20)
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we could hire other local artisans to cut and sew every piece. The idea is that our bags would always be made in the USA by a real person, even if that person isnâ€™t Alisha. We have seen several small-scale clothing/accessory companies succeed with this small-factory model. When textile and clothing companies were moved over seas, factories with their equipment were left in America, which resorted to liquidations of sewing machines and equipment, which is handy if you are in our position. e: Will something like Kickstarter be implemented then? RA: We donâ€™t plan on using Kickstarter
again to create another collection of Ruby Assata bags. Maybe for a different jumping off point, something collaborativeâ€”a show? A book? e: Have you gotten support from people on Kickstarter that were not part of your target market for Ruby Assata goods? RA: Yes and maybe. We have had support from friends and family that arenâ€™t necessarily our target market but want to support us. People have also anonymously backed our project. The video aspect makes it so personal, itâ€™s more like youâ€™re funding the person. You see a labor of love in Kickstarter projects which really allows you to connect with people and therefore contribute to their cause.
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newsoftheweird LEAD STORY New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had his camera surgically removed in February the one that was implanted in the back of his skull in November to record, at 60-second intervals, the places he had left behind (beamed to and archived by a museum in Qatar). The camera had been mounted under his skin, braced by three titanium posts, but his body very painfully rejected one of the posts, and his temporary solution is to merely tie the camera to the back of his neck (even though that work-around is unsatisfactory to him because it represents a less-personal “commitment” to the art). In the future, he said, communication devices like his will routinely be part of our bodies. The Entrepreneurial Spirit Till Krautkraemer’s New York City beverage company MeatWater creates dozens of flavors of water for the upscale market of hearty gourmets who would like their daily salads, or shellfish, or goulash from a bottle instead of from a plate. Among his new flavors introduced in January, according to an AOL News report, were poached salmon salad water and a Caribbean shrimp salad water that can double as a vodka mixer. Old standbys include Peking duck water, tandoori chicken water, bangers ‘n’ mash water, and Krautkraemer’s favorite, German sauerbraten water. Sell What You Know: In December, a company in eastern Ukraine (a country known for hard drinking) announced a “drinking buddy” service in which, for the equivalent of about $18, it would supply a barroom companion for the evening, “qualified” to discuss politics, sports, women, etc., and even to offer psychological counseling if appropriate. Not Your Father’s Scotch: The Panamanian company Scottish Spirits recently introduced a straight Scotch whisky in 12-ounce cans, for a market of mobile drinkers who prefer not to invest in a whole bottle. The international Scotch whisky trade association expressed alarm. At Clive’s, of Victoria, British Columbia, Glenfiddich Scotch whisky is only one ingredient in the sig-
nature cocktail “Cold Night In,” which, according to a January New York Times review, combines “molecular mixology” and comfort food. An especially buttery grilled-cheese sandwich is soaked overnight in the Scotch, along with Mt. Gay rum and Lillet Blanc wine. Following a brief freeze to congeal any remaining fat, and double-straining, it is ready to serve with a celery stick and other garnishments. “Vulva Original,” from a German company, VivaEros, is the “scent of a beautiful woman,” reported in Harper’s magazine in August 2010, and selling as a fragrance concentrate for the equivalent of about $35 for a small roll-on container. (Its promotional video is of a lavishly photographed gym scene, with a handsome male, observing a beautiful female working out on a stationary bike, followed afterward by the male’s gently sniffing the seat.) “The female smell of intimacy,” promised VivaEros, “triggers sexual attraction and desire,” which men can address “more intensely during self-stimulation.” Science on the Cutting Edge “You’re not going to like this,” warned NPR’s Robert Krulwich, about to deliver a February story about visionary robotics developers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, who created a carnivorous clock, supposedly able to power itself for 12 days merely on the carcasses of 12 dead houseflies (which the clock traps with fly paper and then mechanically razors in two). The pair also showed a prototype of a coffee table that catches mice by luring them up the table legs with cheese into a hole in the center, where they are guillotined. Auger and Loizeau said their creations are just extensions of TV nature programs showing animals hunting in the wild, but Krulwich fretted about the dangers inherent in “giving robots a taste for (meat).” Scientists have long observed male capuchin monkeys urinating on their hands and then rubbing down their bodies, but researchers were unclear about the purpose (whether for identification, or threat-prevention, or mating) until a recent issue of the American Journal of Prima-
tology. Dr. Kimberly Phillips and colleagues found that the practice helps clarify mating priorities, in that, first, males rub down promptly after being solicited by females in heat, and second, based on MRI scans of capuchins’ brains, female mating activity is triggered only by adults’ urine. The Continuing Crisis In May 2008, classroom disrupter Alex Barton, 5, was finally made by his teacher at Morningside Elementary kindergarten in St. Lucie County, Fla., to sit down and listen to the accumulated complaints of his classmates, who then were asked to vote on asking Alex to leave the class. (He lost, 14-2.) Shortly afterward, Alex was diagnosed with a form of autism, and his mother filed a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, citing Alex’s “humiliation” by the voting incident. A settlement was reached in February 2011 when the school district agreed to pay Alex $350,000 (which included legal expenses). Said Ms. Barton, “Money can’t take care of what (the school district) did to my family.” Fine Points of the Law Lawyer Terry Watkins admitted to a judge in Faribault, Minn., in February that his client William Melchert-Dinkel did things that
were “abhorrent,” “sick” and “creepy,” but that doesn’t make him a criminal. MelchertDinkel has been charged with two felonies for counseling depressed people online on the techniques and virtues of suicide (for example, recommending positioning for a noose to a Briton who hanged himself three days later). (A judge’s decision was pending at press time.) People With Issues Mental health practitioners, writing in the January issue of the journal Substance Abuse, described two patients who had recently arrived at a clinic in Ranchi, India, after allowing themselves to be bitten by cobras for recreational highs. Both men had decades-long substance-abuse issues, especially involving opiates, and decided to try what they had heard about on the street. One, age 44, bitten on the foot, experienced “a blackout associated with a sense of well-being, lethargy and sleepiness.” The other, 52, reported “dizziness and blurred vision followed by a heightened arousal and a sense of well-being,” and apparently was so impressed that he returned to the snake charmer two weeks later for a second bite.
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‘The Little Dog Laughed’ opens at City Stage
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Adam Poole as Mitchell and Henry Phillip Blanton as Alex in City Stage’s ‘The Little Dog Laughed,’ opening Thursday. Courtesy photo
ey diddle diddle/tHe cat and tHe fiddle/The cow jumped over the
moon/The little dog laughed to see such sport/And the dish ran away with the spoon!” The absurdity of this rhyme leaves children in smiles, but for playwright Douglas Carter Beane, it left him pondering a deeper question: What is the price worth paying for happiness? Originally produced off Broadway in 2006, Beane’s “Little Dog” is a satire on Hollywood’s unchanging hypocrisy about sex. For those who never noticed, openly gay leading men are scarce in Tinseltown. It was nominated in 2007 for the Tony Award for Best Play, and also won a Tony for best actress, compliments to the role of Diane (played by Julie White in the 2006 production). The plot revolves around making dreams come true and falling in love, and what each person is willing to risk for it. The main characters in the play are a rising film star, his agent, a rent boy and the rent boy’s girlfriend; all of whom are vital to the outcome of the play. Set in New York, the show reveals life-changing situations and the decisions made to get through them. Though inspired by a nursery rhyme, this is not children’s theatre—quite the opposite, as the show contains adult language/situations and nudity. Directed by Mike O’Neil at City Stage, the show opens March 10th and runs through the 27th. O’Neil gratefully took time out from preparing the play to answer some questions about the upcoming production.
MO: It actually started a year ago when City Stage had an open slot. They wanted to know if I had anything to fill it and they needed something right away. So a couple friends gave me [“The Little Dog Laughed”] to read; I loved it, they loved it. We sat on it a while and thought that maybe we would do it, and then [City Stage’s artistic director] Justin Smith came late summer, and said he wanted to do it and make it part of the season. The thing that attracted me from the beginning was the writing. It was very witty and stylish. The writer, Douglas Carter Beane, is inspired by the 1930s and ‘40s-style comedy, and that really comes through. [All the characters] are sharp, everyone has a quick wit. They seem to be able to come up with that one line the rest of us only think of on the way home. The play just grabbed us right from the beginning.
e: The cast for this production is really small—only four people, in fact. Tell me about the characters and how the actors are fulfilling the roles. MO: When we read the play, we had a short list of people we thought should do it, even without ever seeing them play this kind of role—maybe people we’ve only really seen in a musical. But, by how they looked and what they gave off when they were on stage, we knew they were well-suited. The basic premise of the story is that one of Diane’s (Barbara Weetman) top clients is a rising film star. Mitchell (Adam Poole) just won an award, something like a Golden Globe, and he and Diane are in New York for the ceremony. Diane becomes aware of a e: What made you decide to direct this play? Did play that she thinks has a great role for Mitchell. But if they buy this property, Diane suggests that it’s best to anything in particular catch your attention?
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keep Mitchell’s sexuality in the closet in order to get all the accolades she feels would launch him. While there to get the property, Mitchell gets drunk and calls Alex, the rent boy (Henry Phillip Blanton). Though they don’t consummate their relationship, Alex leaves with Mitchell’s heart. This is the first time Mitchell has been able to talk openly about his sexuality with someone. However, Diane finds out about it and is at first angry, and Alex gets his girlfriend Ellen (Morganna Bridgers) pregnant. Eventually, Diane is the one who tries to find a solution to make everyone happy. e: Tell me about the title. How does a children’s nursery rhyme relate to the overall play? MO: We’ve tried to figure out how this relates other than near the end of the play when Diane references it. We think it has something to do with the desire for a happy ending no matter how absurd that ending may be. I think we’re close to what [the relation] is. I haven’t read anything from the playwright as to what it means, but I think we are kind of close. e: What do you expect to get from this play? MO: Well, we don’t know what to expect from the play. Sometimes you’re asked to do something, and you discover that you really like it. Sometimes you long to do something, and this is one of those things we longed to do. It’s not so much the message that spoke to us, but the writing and the really wonderful characters. What we want is to work with a group of wonderful actors on a wonderfully written script. Of course, the main thing is, we hope to entertain people who come to see it. We want people to love it.
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unthinkably limber: Galumpha create mind-blowing body sculpture
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the stage performing unimaginable acrobatics, and they make audiences crack up all in one stunning, off-the-wall performance. They are Galumpha, a critically-acclaimed trio of experimental performers, taking over Thalian Hall on Friday, March 11th. The troupe has been around since 2002, and stemmed from creator and performer Andy Horowitz’s Second Hand Dance Company. “What began as a casual collaboration among three Binghamton University Theatre majors blossomed into a working ensemble when Marc Russell, then director of lower Manhattan’s P.S. 122 [a New York City-based not-for-profit arts center], booked us into his venue,” Horowitz says. “Our collaborative choreographic approach resulted in quirky, unpredictable movement sequences that characterize the work to this day.” The troupe received a rave review in The New York Times, which landed them an agency contract. Before they knew it,
all by Sarah Crand Galumpha n Stage Thalian Hall Mai 3/11, 8 p.m. 5 Tickets: $14-$2 5 (910) 632-228 .com www.galumpha they were performing across the U.S. and worldwide. With a name derived from the verb “galumph,” first coined by Lewis Carroll in “Through the Looking Glass,” meaning to bumble about or move clumsily, the quirkiness of the troupe is nothing short of physical and emotional brilliance. Balancing strength, agility and grace with a heavy dose of creativity, Galumpha members Horowitz, Kate Parlato and William Matos rely solely on their bodies to create visual masterpieces that are physically demanding. Running, leaping, hoisting and spin-
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TIMELY CHOREOGRAPHY: Galumpha performers syncopate carefully crafted body movements and positions that defy gravity and master strength. Courtesy photo.
ning, for example, onto the feet and backs of other members are not uncommon elements of a show. “We play like children,” Horowitz says of the trio’s extensive teamwork. “We welcome all artistic ideas—however bizarre— and will work them to exhaustion. Often our efforts fail, but we see failure as an important rehearsal tool. Isn’t all creation, after all, the result of trial and error? A new idea might be nothing more than an inspiring work of music, or a new lift, or an undeveloped theme. We attempt to add to it; to flesh it out.” When choreographing new material under a deadline, rehearsals tend to be much longer than usual. The performers often go weeks without a day off. An aspect not regularly found among other dance troupes is the integration of humor. Unlike comedians who are able to rely on their voices to guarantee funnies, Galumpha acknowledges that manipulating body language is especially key to keeping audiences engaged. “In our case, I think humor is largely the result of choreography that sabotages expectations,” Horowitz notes. “We don’t set out to create funny numbers, but our col-
laborative approach consistently produces surprising, ergo funny, material.” One amusing performance, as seen on “The Late Show with David Letterman” features the troupe entering the stage striking unusual, sharp poses with their arms, while donning Velcro hats with detachable Velcro balls. They proceed to do the unthinkable: Climbing steadily on the backs of one another, it looks as though they’re attached by their hats as they try to break free. Their exaggerated facial expressions and timely choreography make it all the more clever. The triumphs onstage are a reflection of Galumpha’s real-life cohesiveness; maintaining strong relationships with one another offstage largely contributes to the trio’s success and entirely syncopated appearance. Practicing and traveling together in close quarters has allowed special bonds to grow between them. “Our choreography demands physical intimacy beyond the comfort zones of most people,” Horowitz says. “We have great affection for each other.” Former Galumpha member and NC native Marlon Torres will perform his last show, taking the place of Matos on March 11th. The show will be presented at Thalian’s main stage at 8 p.m. Prime seating tickets are $25, choice seating are $20, and gallery are $14. For more information visit www.thalianhall.com.
leonard melfi world premiere: Guerilla Theatre debuts â€˜Son of Redheadâ€™
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for its 51st production, opening this week, a lot of positives radiate the celebration: a Kickstarter campaign that succeeded in raising $5,000 for the company; another world-premiere show to help spread the originality of firsts in local theatre; and the backing from a theatre great himself, one Mr. Leonard Melfi. Though the New York playwright died in 2001, Melfiâ€™s family and estate have blessed Guerilla with the privilege of producing an unpublished script, â€œThe Son of Redhead.â€? â€œIt stands true to our mission of producing first-time works,â€? director Stephen Raeburn says. â€œHaving received the news of â€˜The Son of Redheadâ€™ being published by Samuel French Company reflects just what a truly magnificent story this is.â€? The play revolves around human relationships and takes place in a hair salon, where Redhead (Melissa Stanley) works as a stylist. Issues arise between she and her son, Garnet (Dillon Maurer), allowing the play to delve into the connection and secrets of its characters. Known for his foray into experimental theatre, Leonard Melfiâ€™s rise in the â€˜60s and â€˜70s may best be recognized for â€œBirdbath.â€? Today, a grave new interest is being paid to his free-form style. and it allows actors to venture even further into their craft. â€œDuring a contemporary show, characters and stories are relatively cut and dry, sticking true to the original intent,â€? Raeburn explains. â€œWith experimental theatre, you have the freedom to expand creatively beyond the expected. â€˜The Son of Redheadâ€™ is a prime example in that it rouses unexpected emotions from the audience, as well as introducing special effects, intense fight choreography and thick, beautiful dialogue.â€? Its players consist of a hodgepodge of new and veteran talentâ€”a cast with whom the director coins â€œthe best of the best.â€? The characteristics derived from each personality offers a spirited enactment. According to Raeburn, Maurer â€œbrings an innocence and naivetĂŠ to Garnet that is just a pleasure to watch,â€? and Stanley brings Redhead to life with a â€œmore dark and subtle side of crazy.â€? â€œAmber Sheets plays Redheadâ€™s first
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script into something even more staggering, Raeburn also directed the construction of the most elaborate set seen yet in Browncoat Pub and Theatre history. Though itâ€™s set in the â€˜70s in a basement beauty salon, the nuance of detail makes it an additional character to an already colorful cast. â€œIâ€™ve always felt to under-develop [a set] is a crime,â€? Raeburn notes. â€œIâ€™m not saying that sets need to be elaborate and beautiful, but once you see the detail and energy put into every aspect, the set has to reflect that love and dedication.â€? From â€œThe Son of Redheadâ€? a new professionalism will shine on Guerilla Theatreâ€”not just in its groundbreaking acting and set design but in its continual promise to bring firsts to Wilmingtonâ€™s theatre scene. Raeburn doesnâ€™t buckle under the weight of cold feet, either, having already directed two premieres (â€œWriting Letters,â€? â€œMonkâ€™s Brewâ€?) written by local playwright John Grudzien at the end of 2010.
â€œI enjoy watching first-time shows come to life,â€? he says, â€œand seeing those characters being embraced by the audienceâ€”and more importantly by the actors. There have been moments in every rehearsal when I feel that these are real people, not just someone being pulled from a page.â€? Themes of love and loyalty run strong in the â€œThe Son of Redhead,â€? which opens on the 10th with a special opening-night gala. â€œThe most anticipating thing for me, as an artist and director on a project like this, is the basic curtain speech,â€? Raeburn jokes. Hosting a show of the unexpected, where the boundaries of family and community get explored under a microscopic human lens, the showâ€™s emotional backbone may not be so easy to break. â€œThe Son of Redheadâ€? will run weekends through March 26th at 8 p.m. or Sunday matinees at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.
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CHARACTER STUDY: (l. to r.) Amber Sheets plays Rose Lynch, a hair client of Redhead, played by Melissa Stanley in â€˜The Son of Redhead.â€™ Courtesy photo.
hair-client of the day, Rose Lynch, and like Melissa, she has made some strong and beautiful choices with her character, giving her much more dimension than I ever imagined,â€? Raeburn continues. Charles Auten as Edgar Beats makes up the playâ€™s villain. â€œI knew this guy was a badass, but I never knew exactly how terrifying he was until Charles breathed life into him,â€? Raeburn concludes. While gelling with the cast and allowing them freedom to explore and mold the
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death at an art show:
Artists pay tribute to Edgar Allen Poe
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story has a message for the masses. Upton Sinclair warned readers about the dangers of mass production and the dehumanizing industry in “The Jungle.” Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” exposed the Victorian social games behind marrying wealthy. Most recently, Edgar Allen Poe’s class-and-mortality tale, “The Red Masque of Death,” inspired artists to re-create the masquerade ball within the story’s setting. “It follows Prince Prospero, who is trying to avoid the plague, called the ‘Red Death,’ that has taken over his land,” Christina Cole, owner of Wicked Gallery, says. “He hides away in his abbey, barricading himself in with the wealthy and noble.” The masquerade in the story serves as a sudden distraction to the confined upperclass citizens of the prince’s land. The idea for the party develops as the group decides that their elevated statuses put them above the tragedy occurring in the outside world, and just to prove it, they will celebrate lavishly in a time of terror. Prospero decorates seven rooms for the party, each in a different color.
s by Lauren Hodge Masquerade” “The Red Death m. - 10 p.m. March 12th, 7 p. lery One Wicked Gal et 511 Castle Stre dgallery.com www.onewicke “The inevitability of death befalls them from room to room as they encounter a mysterious cloaked stranger,” Cole says. “Prospero eventually falls himself, famously stating that no one, no matter the standing or measures taken, can escape death.” With the masked story of glamor and denial in mind, Cole’s Feral Art Collective got to work on a new show. Yet, the idea wasn’t new to her. In fact, she takes the theme all the way back to Winston Salem, when she lived near a gigantic, 3,400-square-foot space called the Millenium Center. It was in this building that she used to throw massive themed raves legendary to the area.
HAT’S OFF! Theresa Nemec Fawver makes Victorian steampunk-inspired hats, which will be a part of ‘The Red Death Masquerade’ at One Wicked Gallery this weekend. Courtesy photo.
“It was a beautiful, classical building with marble floors, columns and the most incredible interconnection rooms,” she remembers. “I always imagined those rooms would make a great play on the Red Death party.” Her spooky idea was never developed in the space that inspired it. “It was mostly due to ongoing battles with the rave acts and eventually business owners not willing to risk their venue with all the crazy attention going on.” Fast forward to 2004, when Cole found romance. She met a man named Sam who shared her fascination with the macabre classics, and she says they would spend hours watching Vincent Price films and reading Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.” As she
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developed the idea for Wicked Gallery here in Wilmington, the masquerade party was immediately put on the to-do list. “It only seemed natural that we would do a Poethemed show and more specifically, a Red Death masquerade.” The call to artists went out last month, and Cole was delighted with the response. She says the range of interpretations, more than anything, will make this show one of their best. “Sam Guin is doing a bone mask, made from different animal parts,” she says. “So far, I’ve noticed deer ribs, raccoon jaws and a seagull pelvis. Ronnie Hocutt did a very dark rendition on oil. Theresa Nemec Fawver made Victorian steampunk-inspired hats. I’ve heard rumors of paper mache heads.” Belinda Paige Cook is doing one of the exhibit’s installations, which Cole says will be a stand-out of the show. “Let’s just say it will be bleeding out of the wall. It will be alongside a piece where people can reach out and take a piece with them. It’s just a little gift—and, no, it’s not the plague!” The gallery is planning a handful of spectacles in honor of Poe’s disturbing celebration; entertainment that will represent the dark side of several cultures, ranging from Mediterranean with gypsy belly-dancers, to Victorian Gothic with a courtyard projection of Broken Wing Production’s latest film. “The food in itself should be art!” claims Cole, speaking of the table designed by Quick & the Bread. “It will be a visual onslaught of presentation!” Naturally, the gallery staff insists that guests of the show come dressed for a masquerade ball. “Or not,” says Cole. “But where’s the fun in that?”
out on the table:
Bellamy Mansion celebrates 150 years with an art smorgasbord
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kitchen, napkins are neatly folded, and the silverware is laid out in careful detail. The staff at 5th and Market streets’ historic white palace is getting ready for a big event. The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts hosts weddings, banquets, and fund-raisers by the dozen every month, but for this particular party, things are getting a bit more creative in the form of their annual setting soiree, Art of the Table. Every year, area businesses sign up to decorate a surface and show off their table-top talents. Isabel Becker, a staff member at the mansion, says this year is special and for two reasons. “This is the Bellamy Mansion’s 150th anniversary, and The Art of the Table is our kick-off celebration,” Becker says. “Plus, we are excited to have celebrity designer Raymond Waites as our special guest.” Waites’ designs can be found everywhere from his alma mater, Pratt School of Design, to the aisles of Bed Bath & Beyond. This week, he’ll be making the rounds at Bellamy’s schedule of anniversary events. Fellow designer and local business owner Debby Gomulka is this year’s chairperson and holds the list for the venues that will unveil their table designs. “We are so grateful to have some of the area’s top designers, boutiques, florists and event planners,” Gomulka says. “Protocol, The Three Divas, Bella Rose Photography, The Fisherman’s Wife, Salt Harbor Designs and Island Florals by Rox-
s by Lauren Hodge Art of the Table et 503 Market Stre th • $10-$75 March 10th - 13 n.org bellamymansio anne, just to name a few.” Other designing vendors will be Julia’s Florist, McKenzie Baker, Big Sky Design, The Sterling House, Rock ‘n’ Bloom, Cape Fear Community College Design Students, Blockade Runner, Larry’s Florist, Aunt Cake’s Cookies, aMuse Artisanal Finery, Temple of Israel, Creations by Justine, and Culinary Adventures with Liz Biro. “We wanted to highlight the area’s most talented artists and have them tell a story of the historic character of the Bellamy Mansion for our anniversary celebration,” Gomulka says. Other items on the calendar include a Thursday-night gala dinner and preview party, which takes guests on a tour of historic downtown homes and ends in a nearby restaurant. “Then, we return for champagne and dessert and a preview of the Art of the Table exhibit,” Becker says. “Raymond Waites will make an appearance and guests will have a chance to meet our other designers as well.” A Friday afternoon tea will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with sweets by the Three Divas preceding a book signing with designer Randy Trull. Finally, a list of inter-
active classes will be available on Saturday for the public. “We are fortunate to have some of our local talent lined up to present design-related workshops,” Becker says. “Guests can learn about today’s design trends from McKenzie Baker Interiors, learn about flower arranging from Flowers by June and the Cape Fear Garden Club, or learn how to arrange artwork, prints and photos by Walls Gallery.” General admission to the exhibit is $15, with workshops costing $10 a person. Tickets to the preview night gala go for $75 and Friday afternoon tea is $25. Visit www.bellamymansion.org for more details.
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galleryguide| Artfuel.inc 1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm www.artfuelinc.com www.myspace.com/artfuel_inc Artfuel.inc is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th street. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Vol. 26: Works by Zack Duff, Gabriel Lehman and Miranda Welborn. Show hangs for eight weeks.
Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front Street (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 10pm Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm Currently exhibiting oil painting by Sarah Rushing which feature colorful local landmarks and area observations. The show will run through April 3rd.
Hampstead Art Gallery 14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you thank. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.
New Elements Gallery 216 N. Front St.
(919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment www.newelementsgallery.com “A Patch of Blue” will be on display through March 19th, showcasing the works of our gallery artists, including Jane Baldridge, Nancy Carter, Richard Garrison, J. Michael Kennedy and Catherine Lea. Enjoy imagery of sunny skies, balmy days and places you’d love to visit as we all anxiously await the arrival of Spring. It can’t be long now, and a dose of inspiring artwork is the perfect answer to winter doldrums!
Sunset River Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues- Sat. 10am-5pm Closed Mon. in winter sunsetrivermarketplace.com myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and
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Wilmington Art Association Gallery 616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org Juried art by students from Laney High School will be on display through March 24. Entries include painting, photography and pottery. Don’t miss the 29th Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale of the Wilmington Art Association to be held April 8-10 in Perry Hall, St. James Episcopal Church at 313 Dock St. in Wilmington. Hundreds of new works will be on display by artists and photographers from across Eastern No. and So. Carolina. This is the region’s largest and most prestigious juried art show. Prizes total $4,000 in cash and merchandise. The show runs concurrently with the NC Azalea Festival.
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that high.” That was the sentence that perpetually looped through my mind as I watched the high-concept thriller “The Adjustment Bureau.” The phrase is used often to describe a story where consequences are like afterthoughts, when the choices and actions have so little consequence that the effort seems almost wasted. “The Adjustment Bureau” is one of those movies with a concept so ridiculous that it would require almost flawless execution to avoid descending into semi-parody. I’ll save readers some time: It ain’t flawless. Phillip K. Dick is a sci-fi author whose works have been pillaged over the past few decades to try and create a smarter sciencefiction film. Sometimes it works. “Blade Runner” is a fine example. So is the first 90 minutes of “Minority Report,” before Spielberg lost his nerve and killed the third act. The kernels of ideas encased in his stories are clever. However, translating his fiction to film has presented some very talented people with some very glaring challenges. The films made based off Dick’s work end up being loud misfires that end up being crushed under the weight of the idea. Movies like “Paycheck” and “The Imposter” come to mind, films that sell a cool idea and never quite deliver upon the setup. “The Adjustment Bureau” is exactly that kind of film. The setup is intriguing enough: A successful man meets a beautiful woman by chance. There is immediate chemistry. He can’t get her out of his head. They meet again some time later and he gets her phone number. But then he encounters a group of mystery men who inform him that he can never see her again. Their identity is a mystery to David Norris (Matt Damon), a promising politician with charisma and an impulse control problem. They kidnap him and take him to a room to explain that everyone has a plan. And as agents of the Adjustment Bureau, they have to keep that plan in motion. The beautiful woman he met, Elise (Emily Blunt), is not part of the equation. David is shown behind the curtain where they reveal his plans involve leading the free world, not falling in love and throwing it all away. It’s a great premise. Do you choose a life of success or a life of love? However, that premise is not nearly as foreboding and thrilling as the film would have you believe. There’s no life or death here. Just two different paths to choose from: career or love. Like all existential films, the theme here is “choice” and “lack of choice.” But in films that ask similar questions, there’s usually some kind of dire consequence for making that choice. “The Adjustment Bureau” has
and all that nonsense that sends the story spiraling into silliness. I would love to see these two in another film that doesn’t require them to utter nonsensical drivel. Every problem with this film can be traced back to execution. The script is corny, the dialogue is at times laughable, and the direction is haphazard. Even the production design
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no stakes—and therefore no tension. Without tension it quickly devolves into a movie that expends way too much energy trying to make audiences think that choices matter. It’s a shame because Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have fantastic chemistry. The opening 15 minutes featuring Damon and Blunt’s chance encounter are engaging and fun to watch. The movie is pretty damn watchable until the guys in fedoras show up, and start waxing philosophical about plans and destiny,
and wardrobe felt awkward. All the choices felt wrong. There’s nothing ominous about the shadowy group of hat-wearing agents that follow our characters around trying to act menacing. The attempts at explaining the existence of the bureau and the rules which they work by make little sense. By the film’s end, I found myself chuckling. This is one of those movies that folks have to buy into early, because if they don’t, they’ll end up like me: laughing more than one would hope. “The Adjustment Bureau” is kind of a mess. Good actors saddled with bad material and a concept that is never developed to its full potential. It feels almost ironic that a movie about plans and structure feels so lost.
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“Network” is a satirical view of the news media as morally debased and opportunistic and has proven prophetic since its 1976 release. The winner of four Academy Awards, the film’s social relevance was recognized by inclusion in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch. (2 hours)
Kings of Pastry
Cinematique Thalian Hall Studio Theater 310 Chestnut Street Wed, 3/14-18, 7:30pm, $7 “Kings of Pastry” features 16 contenders seeking the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (“MOF”), France’s highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie. The movie employs vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs to create gorgeous, fantastical, delicious creations. D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus follow chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, as he journeys to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the contest. 84 Minutes. Unrated.
A Jihad for Love
Lumina Theater, UNCW Thurs., 3/10, 7pm, free Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims. “A Jihad for Love” was filmed in 12 countries and in nine languages and comes from the heart of Islam. ALL AREA MOVIE LISTINGS AND PARAGRAPH SYNOPSES CAN BE FOUND AT ENCOREPUB.COM.
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celebrate the ‘trans’:
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T’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR INDEPENDENT
performance artists to have a multitude of talents, but Jamez Terry, co-founder of Tranny Roadshow, may be raising the standard. Terry will be playing a rare Out Impact Showcase with Modern Day Pinocchio for a donations-only early show at The Soapbox on March 15th at 8 p.m. Modern Day Pinocchio, a.k.a. A.J. Bryce, is a musician and the founder of Trans Genre, which is mostly an online-based community for trans-performance artists of all kinds. Bryce distributes CD compilations of trans artists and tours to promote them. Having worked with the national and international trans-performance community, his stop at the Soapbox will bring with it an alternative excitement in live entertainment, including a co-performer whose “zine-writing, fiddle-playing, story-telling and circusloving performances” also includes the smarts of an historian and radical organizer. Receiving critical acclaim, Jamez Terry, a.k.a. Vermicious Knid, co-founded the the Denver Zine Library, which quickly became one of pre-eminence in America and even was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition. “I started reading zines when I was in high school, maybe 14 or 15,” Terry says, “and, pretty quickly after that, I started contributing to others, writing little articles. By the time I was 16, I started writing my own zines—really, I just never stopped. I have published probably 50 or 60 of them over the years.” Even though Terry writes less nowadays, it doesn’t keep him any less busy. In fact, he relates his first zine-reading to his introduction to stage performance. “I started going to zine conferences all over the country, presenting at them,” he says. “I had the opportunity to be in some really great zine shows. I had pieces in the
l by Bambi Weavi case w Out Impact Sho y and Feat. Jamez Terr occhio Modern Day Pin Soapbox . 255 N. Front St at 7:30 p.m. rs o o Fri., 3/15, d ons only or Tickets: Donati der $5 for 21 and un Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Center for Book Arts show and for different juried collections, which made me recognize that I had something more to offer than just on the page.” By working in multiple queer activist settings, Terry has provided trans-education at conferences, schools, churches and nonprofits around the country. In addition to Trans 101, he has conducted workshops on HIV prevention for trans youth; zines and the trans community; working with trans survivors of sexual assault; and addressing trans issues within radical communities. Terry believes there are a lot of misunderstood aspects of trans culture and transgender portrayal in the media. “Trans people get murdered, fired from their jobs, can’t find housing,” he says. “There’s all this narrative out there about how tragic our lives are. Certainly, there’s truth in that—all of those things happen, but it’s not the only piece of our lives, not the only way our lives can go. For many of us, being trans is something we are excited about or proud of, or comfortable with at the very least.” By focusing on it as a celebration of trans life, it strips the topic of negativity.
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It becomes inspirational for all to face its challenges together. “What do we have that we want to show off and celebrate, share with the world about what gives us joy and inspiration, what talents we have, that we’re a vibrant community?” Terry asks rhetorically. “I think those messages are not being stated in the show, but they come through.” Once a resident of DC, Terry’s politically charged activism has shifted. No longer is
he protesting the streets of the capital and marching for community and art activism. Instead, he’s going national. “I see the work that I do with the Roadshow, and with the fan community in general as a form of activism,” he says. “I’m much more inclined to activism through art, or encounter really locally based community activism than I was 10 years ago. I certainly always thought of myself as an activist. I think that when we believe in things, or want things out of the world, we have to work to create them.” Terry will be introducing a new performance at the Soapbox this weekend for a special Out Impact Showcase, featuring Modern Day Pinocchio. “Normally, I tour with the Tranny Roadshow in this group context where I’m doing these 12- or 15-minutes spots,” he says. “Here, I only have one touring partner and we’re each doing full sets. So, I get to explore the kind of things I haven’t had the opportunity to do on stage, and integrate multiple aspects of my performance interests.” With humor and storytelling at the forefront of his performance, it will be a vivacious evening of entertainment. “I am more interested in the context and the build-up,” he says, referring to his show as having “a Garrison Keillor or a Mark Twain sense of humor.” With the help of music, poetry and a community of support, multiple elements will complete the night. Hear the extended interview with Jamez Terry on “Executing The Vision” on Out Impact Radio (OutImpactRadio.com). For more information on Jamez Terry and Tranny Roadshow, visit www.trannyroadshow.com.
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“dialectric” is a common technical idiom used in one’s vocabulary. As a fan of electric, rowdy and over-the-top garage/ punk performances, the term might become a more frequent turn on the tongue and not as a reference to a roadie who wrangles equipment wiring. Nostalgic admirers of immortal bands like AC/DC and the Ramones will be in for a retro thrill with Port City’s own radiant rockers, The Dielectrics. Like their idols, they play fast-paced with stand-out riffs and hammering beats like it’s still the punk rock movement of the 1970s. This quartet of raucous musicians, formally members from an array of different musical ventures, joined together in 2007 to form the effervescent band The Dielectrics. Starting as the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist Andrew and fellow guitarist Jason, they juggled the idea of forming a band that embodied straight rock ‘n’ roll. Brad became an addition on drums and Jason suggested Brandon to fill the bass player void. Each member brought their unique approach to the project, collaborating and blending the live shows into a sound that’s “loud with the fury of a knock-down drag-out brawl, leaving ears ringing and rafters loosened,” (Bootleg Magazine). The release of their EP “Turn it Up!” created buzz and fans delighted in the 2010 follow-up album “All Night Radio” available on iTunes. They have been featured at events such as the Heavy Rebel Weekend and The Port City Rumble. Already being aired on FATCATradio. com and local stations, The Dielectrics are broadcasting their music to larger audiences. They’ll be shaking the rafters loose this Saturday at the Soapbox, as part of their trek along the East Coast in their trusty van. Andrew, co-founder of The Dielectrics tells encore Magazine what makes their band more than an electric insulator. e: In your opinion, how have The Dielectrics evolved over time? AC: Over the past few years, I’d say we’ve evolved a little bit in our tunes that we’ve written. Seems like our first EP “Turn it Up!” was a little less structured and less thought-driven. In other words, we just wrote some riffs and recorded them, which isn’t a bad thing at all! But now, it seems like we take our time writing and we’re not so “rushed” to put out new material. When we went to record our last record ‘All Night Radio,’ we tried to step out of our simplicity, a little bit, and made sure while we were in the studio, we played it how we wanted and what we thought would sound good. e: What are the major influences when writ-
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talented bands - more talented than half the shit that comes through the airwaves sometimes (haha). [There] have been some favorite bands we’ve played with from time to time, but we all enjoy different styles of music, so we usually enjoy at least ONE band on the same bill as us. For me personally, we played a slew of shows with our pals the Koffin Kats (from Detroit), and they put on a hell of a show- very energetic and talented musicians,
ELECTRIC MEN: Don’t miss the raucous sounds
ing the music The Dielectrics play? of The Dialectrics at the Soapbox on Friday evening. AC: You know it’s really hard to focus on Courtesy photo. maintaining “your own style” and staying to that style of music. In other words, it’s hard to draw from influences sometimes without just purposely ripping them off. Personally, those guys are. Both pals of ours American I’m a huge Ramones fan, and a fan of punk Speedway (from PA), and Crank County rock, but I also love AC/DC, Elvis, and garage Daredevils (from Ashville, NC) are always fun rock. You can probably hear all of those in- to play with. Scotty, the singer from Crank fluences in some of our tunes, at least that’d County Daredevils, does a spot-on impresbe really cool if you did. As far as local acts sion of Brian Johnson from AC/DC. that I enjoy and admire, I do enjoy ASG and The Needles— both of which have great musi- e: Where do you see the band going? cians that we know. AC: Hopefully we can continue in the direction that we originally planned to go: forward, e: What are your rehearsals generally like? haha! Sometimes we hit snags due to famiAC: Our rehearsal space is kind of messy lies, jobs, other hobbies, etc, but we all have —with tons of broken drum sticks, tons of the same goal at the end of the day, and broken strings, ash trays full of butts, and a that’s to have fun and to try to play music that lot of gear that we’ve collected and stashed people can dig and get into. Sometimes it’s in that small room. We also keep our travel hard considering that we all have blue collar cases and merch boxes in there, too. We’ve jobs and other lives outside of our rehearsal practiced twice a week for years, and stick to space, but we just trek on through. the same rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals are different. If we have a slew of shows coming e: Is there anything your fans or future fans up, then we put together a set list and run should know about The Dielectrics? through it a few times, and how we’re going AC: Come out to shows and support local to structure the set. If we have a little bit of music! Even if it’s not The Dielectrics you time before we have some shows, we try to want to support, just try and support local write and work on new material. music and venues. When people complain about not having “any good shows in town” e: Are there any bands or musicians you en- or our “scene sucks,” it’s us and other joy sharing the stage with? equally hard-working bands that try to get AC: Honestly, we’ve played with a lot of really people to come out and enjoy going shows.
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763-3737 ROOTSOUL PROJECT —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996 COLOUR CULTURE WITH FINE ARTZ, BIG HOP, POE MACK —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 ONWARD SOLDIERS, CALEB JUSTICE AND THE BAYONETS —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 OPEN MIC WITH JEREMY NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 FIREDANCE & DRUMS @ DARK, DJ MIT PSYTRANCE (11PM) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ “MR LEE” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 KARAOKE —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 RICK TOBEY —Live on Grace, 121 N. Front St; 399-4390
FRIDAY, MARCH 11 DJ P FUNK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 JAZZ WITH BENNY HILL —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DJ S T R E T C H
—Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 AKOOSTIC THING —Live on Grace, 121 N. Front St; 399-4390 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 LATINO NIGHT WITH DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DANCE DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ SCOOTER FRESH —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DUELING PIANOS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 KARAOKE WITH DJ VALERIE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 PETER BRADLEY ADAMS —Porters Neck Yoga Spa, 8044 Market St.; 686-6440 DJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 THE FUSTICS —Harbor Masters, 315 Canal Dr., Carolina Beach; 458-28200 ROOTSOUL PROJECT —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231
Danú 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 Kenan Auditorium $24 Discounts for UNCW employees, students and senior citizens
to our wonderful customers For voting us
“BEST THAI/VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT” “BEST ATMOSPHERE” and “BEST RESTAURANT (OVERALL)”
Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Danú takes audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland with a heady mix of emotive singing, searing fiddling and incandescent bodhrán and pipe playing. No matter the tune, you’ll catch the contagious Irish exuberance sweeping through the theater!
“When you enter our restaurant, something magical happens, this is our wish. It is a tribute to our family, my mother’s extraordinary childhood and journey in French Colonial Vietnam and a time that celebrated the beauty of women, food and fine wine... when dining was part of a lifestyle.” —Solange Thompson, owner
Arts in Action Performance Series
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Tues. - Sat.: Lunch 11am - 2pm NOW OPEN MONDAY EVENINGS! Mon. - Sun.: Dinner 5pm - 10pm
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100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832 .0/%":
1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $ 2 Budweiser â€¢ $225 Heineken $ 3 Gin & Tonic Add Personal Pizza and a Beer $5
Monday $2.50 Budweiser Draft â€¢$4 Wells Â½ Priced Select Appetizers from 4- 7 Tuesday $2.50 All Drafts $4.50 Absolut Lemonade Â½ Priced Select Appetizers from 4 until 7 Wednesday $2.50 Yuengling Draft $2.50 Domestic Bottles Â½ Priced Select Appetizers from 4 until 7 Thursday $3 Coronas â€¢ $4 Margaritas Â½ Priced Select Appetizers from 4 until 7 Friday $3 Pint of The Day Saturday $5 Sangria
1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $ 2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $ 50 3 Wells 35Â¢ Wings at 8pm 8&%/&4%":
1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $ 50 2 Blue Moons â€¢ $250 Corona/Corona Light 1/2 Priced Wine Bottles Date Night 1 app, 2 entrees, 1 desert, and a bottle of wine for $45 5)634%":
2 Domestic Bottles, â€¢ $275 Import Bottles, $ 3 Rum and Coke
Sunday $5 Bloody Marys *Drink Specials Run All Day, But Food Specials Shown Are From 4 Until 7 Only.
LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $ 3 Landshark â€¢ $3 Kamikaze $ 5 Bombs
Certain Appetizers are Excluded from Special.
DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor floor open by 10pm $ 2 Coors Light â€¢ $3 Fruit Punch shots 46/%":
2 Corona $350 Bloody Maryâ€™s â€¢ $3 Mimosas
visit our website www.ruckerJohns.com for daily specials, music & upcoming events
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
monday 5 pizzas, and half price Nachos and Wings ( in the Bar starting at 6:00) 22oz Domestic Draft all Day
tuesday live Jazz in the Bar â€¢ Half Price Bottles of Wine absolut Dream $5 â€¢ Pacifico $2.50 wednesday Corona\Corona light $250 Margarita\Peach Margaritas $4 Miller light Bottles $150
with dj be! thurs 3.10
trivia night fri 3.11
thursday Gran Martinis $7 â€¢ Red Stripe $250 friday Cosmos $4 â€¢ 007 $350 Harps bottles $250 â€¢ Island Sunsets $5
radio cult sat 3.12
live music with
saturday Baybreeze\Seabreeze $4 22oz Blue Moon Draft $3 Select domestic bottles $150 sunday Domestic Draft Pints $150 Bloody Marys $4 â€¢ White Russians $4 1:00 - Moo and Brew Special $7 5564 CaRolINa BeaCH RD 452-1212
ED SOMECH (STEEL DRUMS) â€”Jamaicaâ€™s Comfort Zone, 417 S. College Rd.; 399-2867 COLESLAW AND THE CHILI DOGS â€”Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 THE OTHER GUYS â€”Buffalo Wild Wings, Monkey Junction; 392-7224 SINGLEFIN â€”Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 DYLAN GILBERT â€”Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 JAY KENNEDY â€”Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 VELVET JANE â€”Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 GREAT ZEUSâ€™ BEARD â€”The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 RADIO CULT â€”Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 SELAH DUBB â€”The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282 FULL DISH â€”Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 D&D SLUGGERS, THE NIGHTMARE RIVER BAND, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF DAVID REED â€”Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 GIBSON BROTHERS (7PM), SENSUAL HARASSMENT, LIBRARIES (10PM) â€”Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 THE CASSEROLE â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616
DANCE DJ â€”Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ P MONEY â€”Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 KARAOKE WITH FREDDIE â€”Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 SALSA W/ DJ LALO â€”Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 THE DESIGN â€”Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 QUILTED SKY â€”Live on Grace, 121 N. Front St; 399-4390 DJ KEVIN
,ANDFALL #ENTER s 1331 Military Cutoff Rd
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THE MIGHT COULD â€”Reggieâ€™s, 1415 S. 42nd St. YO SOYBEAN â€”Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 THE MOOD DUO â€”Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 ASYLUM GOTHIC NIGHT â€”Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
SUNDAY, MARCH 13 DJ P MONEY â€”Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) â€”Aubrianaâ€™s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 FREE METAL SUNDAYS â€”The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ BATTLE â€”Fibber McGeeâ€™s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 MICAH PHELPS KENNEDY â€”The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 THE PUBCRAWLERS â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 FIKUS (8PM) â€”Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 SLEEP BELLUM SONNO, FRACTAL FARM, YOUTH PICTURES OF FLORENCE HENDERSON â€”Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 GALEN ON GUITAR â€”The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 FIKUS (10PM) â€”Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223
MONDAY, MARCH 14 OPEN MIC NIGHT â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN â€”Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 KERSTEN CAPRA â€”Costelloâ€™s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 DJ TIME â€”Trebenzioâ€™s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 THE SELEKT â€”The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ RICHTERMEISTER â€”Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 OPEN MIC WITH JOSH SOLOMON â€”Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341
Encore Restaurant Week Guide TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Look for it at local KARAOKE businesses around town â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 and to be distributed in encore ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS magazine March 23.
MARCH 23-30, 2011
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â€”The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282 KARAOKE WITH DJ MICK â€”The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DUELING PIANOS â€”Hellâ€™s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ â€”Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ S T R E T C H â€”Trebenzioâ€™s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 DJ â€”Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 PHANTOM PLAYBOYS â€”The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 ZUKIMOON â€”The Spot (above The Eat Spot), 34 N. Front St.; 763-5366 L SHAPE LOT â€”Crow Hill, 9 S. Front St.; 228-5332 MADONNA NASH â€”Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 MEDUSA STONE â€”Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff;2569133 NATHAN K â€”Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 DJ BREWTAL â€”Beach House Bar â€˜nâ€™ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 LAURA MCLEAN AND CALAMITY â€”Airlie Gardens; 300 Airlie Rd., 798-7700 MASON SMITH BAND â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 DANIEL PARISH DUO â€”Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 KIM DICSO â€”Holiday Inn Resort (Gabbyâ€™s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 JUSTIN LACY AND THE SWIMMING MACHINE, RIO BRAVO, LAST YEARS MEN, CHAUNCEY AND THE FREE SPIRITS â€”Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BENNY HILL â€”Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJ BATTLE â€”Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 THE DIELECTRICS, ANDREW KANE AND THE ALIBIS, BIGGY STARDUST AND THE WRETCHED HIVE, THE HELLCAT VIXENS â€”Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500
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Week Guide - Spring
â€”Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 KARAOKE WITH JULIAN
â€”Katyâ€™s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 INDIE MUSIC NIGHT â€”Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK â€”The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701 DJ EYECON â€”SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 COLLEGE NIGHT KARAOKE â€”Costelloâ€™s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 GYPSY FIRE â€”The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 THE GET DOWN JAM WITH THE CASSEROLE â€”16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 KERSTEN CAPRA â€”Costelloâ€™s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 LIVE ACOUSTIC â€”Hellâ€™s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ â€”Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 WILMINGTON ICON (SINGING CONTEST) â€”Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Centre Dr.; 509-0805 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS â€”Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 OPEN MIC WITH SEAN GERARD (9PM) â€”Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BANGARANG W/ LORD WALRUS & SIR NICK BLAND â€”Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KARAOKE WITH MIKE â€”Katyâ€™s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 LIVE JAZZ â€”Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE â€”Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 PATO BANTON AND THE NEW GENERATION, SELAH DUBB â€”Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 JEREMY NORRIS â€”Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 KARAOKE â€”Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 JIM ASHLEY OPEN MIC NIGHT â€”The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 OPEN MIC NIGHT â€”Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DYLAN HOLTON â€”Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737
Concerts around the region
MEDUSA STONE awesome rock’n roll covers
SATURDAY 3.12 @10PM
MACHINE GUN great rock’n roll covers
DAILY DRINK SPECIALS FULL MENU ‘TIL MIDNIGHT POOL TABLES & GAMES wOPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK q
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CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC • (919) 967-9053 3/11: John Mark McMillan 3/12: Rocky Votolato, Matt Pond 3/15: Katharine Whalen and Her Fascinators, Fuse Band, Mixed Greenz, Mr. Coffe and the Creamers, Cole Park THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC • (828) 225-5851 3/9: Cradle of Filth, Nachmystium, Turiasas, Daniel Lioneye 3/11: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Larkin Poe 3/12: Menomena 3/13: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Reigning Sound 3/16: Lucinda Williams, Dylan Leblanc LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS ST., RALEIGH, NC • (919) 821-4111 3/9: Rebelution, Junior Reed, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 3/11: The Design, Delta Rae, A Tin Djinn 3/12: Gridlok, DJ Benz, Genki, KOROstyle
NORTH CHARLESTON COLISEUM & PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 5001 COLISEUM DR., NORTH CHARLESTON, SC • (843) 529-5000 3/10: Winterjam Tour 3/11: Sugarland, Little Big Town 3/13: KEM, Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi 3/15-16: Spring Awakening (a musical)
AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON ST. , CHARLOTTE, NC • (704) 377-6874 3/9: Zach Myers of Shinedown, Prosevere, State Your Cause 3/11: Rebelution, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Green 3/12: Rehab
Tues. - Thurs.
Selected Wine Specials
SATURDAY 3.26 @10PM
happy when they perform at North Charleston Coliseum on Friday,
$5 Specialty Cocktails
SATURDAY 3.19 @10PM party rock covers
ALL SMILES: Sugarland will make country music fans just as
THE FORUM 1125 MILITARY CUTOFF RD. ~Across from Mayfaire~ 910.256.9133 www.grandunionpub.com BE “IN-THE-KNOW” & FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK or at WWW.GRANDUNIONPUB.COM
TV Sports Beer Specials and free bar snacks! 35 North Front Street Downtown Wilmington (910) 343-1395
DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 VIVIAN ST., DURHAM, NC • (919) 680-2787 3/11: Diana Ross 3/15-16: Blue Man Group TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM 1703 TAYLOR ST., COLUMBIA, SC • (803) 576-2356 3/12: KEM, Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi 3/13: Columbia Blues Festival THE CAROLINA THEATRE 309 W. MORGAN ST., DURHAM, NC • (919) 560-3030 3/11: Ladysmith Black Mambazo THE HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWY 17 S., N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC • (843) 272-3000 3/11: Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime, Scotty Don’t 3/12: Billy Currington, Brantley Gilbert GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W. LEE ST., GREENSBORO, NC • (336) 373-7400 3/15: Gordon Lightfoot 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.
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■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer ■ WEBSITE: bluewaterdining.com.
BRIXX WOOD FIRED PIZZA
A shortdrive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. 6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. (910) 256-9677. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 11am–1am; Sun. 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 2-for-1 pizzas and apps after 10pm ■ WEBSITE: www.brixxpizza.com
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 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining 40 encore | march 9-15, 2011 | www.encorepub.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 & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List
CHRIS’ COSMIC KITCHEN
Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Om-
elet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. (910) 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 8am-4pm Tues-Sat.; Sun. Brunch 9am-2pm. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Take out, call (910) 792-6720 ■ WEBSITE: www.CosmicKitchenOnline.com.
For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your midday or late night cravings. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am - 5pm. Sat. at the farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm - 3:00am. Fibbers on Sun. nights until 3am. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown
THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK
Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and
fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the RiverWalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. - Sat. 11am - 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am - 3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE: www.thegeorgerestaurant.com
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.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am - 11pm; Sat.: 10am - 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.
HOLIDAY INN RESORT
The Verandah Café Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com.
founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried
pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner and drink specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Full ABC permits. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, (910) 256-3558. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 6am-2am, seven days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Working Man’s Lunch for under $6 Mon.-Fri.. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. ■ MUSIC: Fri., Sat. and Sun. nights. ■ WEBSITE: www.kefilive.com
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: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ 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 take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and takehome frozen meals ■ WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com
Mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their hand-tossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!!
With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. 4311 Oleander Drive, (910) 452-3773. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: MonSat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: lunch specials, a variety of sandwiches and vegetarian items. ■ MUSIC: Live jazz on Wednesdays. ■ WEBSITE: www.mellowmushroom.com
TEMPTATIONS EVERYDAY GOURMET
Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies. ■ SERVING LUNCH Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am - 6pm (Closed Sundays) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER Porter’s Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon.-Wed., 10am-8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays) ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Midtown and North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: www.temptationseverydaygourmet.com ■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu, at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly.
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent - a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrights-
ville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 2561421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com
asian BIG THAI AND BIG THAI TWO
Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.
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 4encore | march 9-15, 2011 | www.encorepub.com 41
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7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at hirojapanesesteakhouse.com. ■ SERVING: DINNER. Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm10:30pm; and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE: www.hirojapanese.net
INDOCHINE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11AM- 2PM; Sat. 12PM - 3PM for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5PM - 10PM for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com
JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE
Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Call us 910-399-2867. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun., 3PM.– 8PM; Tues. - Sat. 11:45AM – 9PM. Closed Mon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Breakfast served all day. ■ MUSIC: Live Music every First Fri. ■WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net
EURO FUSION PRESS 102
Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new Euro-American eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. (910) 399-4438. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. - Sat. 7AM – close and Sun. brunch from 10AM til 2PM. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Takeout ■ WEBSITE: www.Press102.com
FRENCH CAPRICE BISTRO
Wilmington’s finest French cuisine can be found at Caprice Bistro, a small informal neighborhood restaurant, serving hearty food in generous portions at affordable prices. Simple is the atmosphere in the bistro, as plain white plates and tables dressed in white paper make up the decor. However, the food is far from simple, as a combination of fresh ingredients and innovative preparation delight the taste buds with a plethora of unique appetizers, entrées and desserts. The service is fast, efficient and non-intrusive, and the ambience is friendly and unpretentious. After dinner, be sure to venture upstairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an after-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always on display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire frequently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant” three years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 815-0810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 - 10PM.; Fri. and Sat., 5PM - Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE: www.capricebistro.com
ITALIAN EDDIE ROMANELLI’S
is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s La-
sagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11AM - 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11AM - 11PM ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE: RomanellisRestaurant.com.
GIORGIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-away-fromhome! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington (910) 790-9954. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.Thurs. 11AM. - 9:30AM; Fri. 11AM-10:30PM; Sat. 12PM-10:30PM Sun. 11:30AM - 9:30PM ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE: www.giorgios-restaurant.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: 11:30AM-3AM, 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
bia, 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! www.sanjuancafenc.com ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat. 11AM-2:30PM and from 5-10PM. Open Sun from 5PM-10PM. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com
ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET
Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Mon. through Fri., 9AM to 7PM; Sat., 9AM to 6PM; and on Sun., 10AM to 6PM. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; (910) 509-0331. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11AM–6PM; Sat. & Sun., 10am-6PM. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Food bar featuring hot and cold selections. ■ WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.
TIDAL CREEK CO-OP
Tidal Creek Co-op Kitchen offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world. Each item is prepared by hand, using fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes, with many vegan and gluten-free selections available. Choose from made-to-order smoothies with ingredients like almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens, and special event cakes made from scratch to your specifications. Dining in is always welcomed, but you will also find freshly prepared entrees, salads, and sandwiches in the grab and go case. Whatever your tastes, The Co-op Kitchen is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body, while SAN JUAN CAFE Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes organic community. Located at 5329 Oleanfrom countries such as Puerto Rico, Colom- der across from Jungle Rapids, (910)799encore | march 9-15, 2011 | www.encorepub.com 43
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2667, indoor and outdoor seating is available. Like Tidal Creek on Facebook for a daily post of â€œWhatâ€™s for Lunch!â€? â– SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 8AM-8PM, SUN 9AM-8PM â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown â– FEATURING: Hot Bar 11am-3pm, Salad Bar & Smoothie/Juice/Coffee Bar all day â– WEBSITE: www.tidalcreek.coop.
eronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted â€œBest Seafoodâ€? in 2007. 5035 Market Street; (910) 392-6313. â– SERVING LUNCH & DINNER â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown â– FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. â– WEBSITE: www.hieronymusseafood.com
Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.555. â– SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach â– FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. â– WEBSITE: OceanicRestaurant.com
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, thereâ€™s something for everyone at Dock Street. Youâ€™ll have a great time eating in our â€œBohemian-Chicâ€? atmosphere, where youâ€™ll feel just as comfortable in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. â– SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown â– FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. â– WEBSITE: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net
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The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. â– SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. â– FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. â– MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun. brunch. â– WEBSITE: www.blockade-runner.com
Proving that excellent seafood isnâ€™t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. Itâ€™s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters HiMARCH 23-30, 2011
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SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE
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Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393. â– SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11AM-2AM daily. â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown â– FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. â– WEBSITE: CarolinaAleHouse.com
This is downtown Wilmingtonâ€™s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style reubens, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, darts, and did we mention sports? Free lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. â– SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11AM - late. Sun. at noon. â– NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown â– FEATURING: Dueling pianos every Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers m-th 4-7pm â– WEBSITE: www.hellskitchenbar.com
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Tastes of fund-raising for the Azalea Festival of Cultures
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bloom for the preparations of Azalea Fest. The kickoff will start Saturday, March 12th when the Multicultural Committee will be hosting A Taste of Cultures at UNCW’s Warwick Center. The fund-raising event comes together to attract the community with flavors of international cuisine prepared by local chefs, and live entertainment, such as global performances from worldwide artists and a fashion show of ethnic proportions. The occasion will exhibit national groups from Chinese, Middle Eastern and Hawaiian backgrounds. Hors d’oeuvres galore will be served in the manner of savory samplings from Wilmington’s finest. encore’s winner of the 2011 Best Of in Thai/Vietnamese cuisine, Indochine will be sharing their authentic Asian fare. Their unique style and subtle flavorings have been perfected over years into distillations of favorite Thai dishes. Indocine serves bites from Goi Cuon, Vietnamese summer rolls, to Chicken Satay, a Thailand meal. Their true essences are unmatched. Roping in flavors of the Mediterranean will be Olympia and Taste of Italy. Nothing says genuine Greek Yaya’s (Grandmother) cooking like layers of flaky filo dough, spinach and feta chesse. Olympia’s food speaks volumes much like their over-the-top Greek mannerism. Maybe Taste of Italy will share the secret family recipe for their delicious Italian bread that is only bettered by its fantastic saucy counterpart. Their food is made from scratch, the way an Italian family would have it. Putting zing to the taste buds, hot tamales like La Costa Mexican Restaurant, El Fogon, San Juan Café and Mexican Viejo Grill will be representing Mexican and Cuban zest. San Juan Café provides gourmet Latin
by Patti Wilson es A Taste of Cultur Center k UNCW’s Warwic m. March 12th, 5 p. Tickets: $25 0 (910) 794-465 American cooking that celebrates countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Chef Danny Keegan passes down the Puerto Rican legacy through the food he learned to cook from his mother, putting those delicacies on display. Blending herbs and spices, an arrangement of Indian food will be provided by Tandoori Bites. Experience the inspiration they will be bringing that influences meals like the chicken tikka masala, which can only be complemented by delectable mint chutney. Another featured dish Tandoori Bites attributes to their Indian fanfare is lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in mild creamy sauce, one of their many specialty dishes. Not to be forgotten, Hot Pink Cake Stand will be satisfying the sweet tooth with vibrant, designer desserts. Other restaurants are waiting confirmation to join the cultural celebration. Hips will be moving as live performances take the stage. Grass skirts worn by the members of Leilani’s Halau will shake as the dancers imitate the motions of the waves in a genuine hula. A Middle Eastern Dance, bringing to life the strong techniques of the Raqs Sharqi or “Dance of the East,” is sure to entrance the audience with an expression of the subtleties of the traditional
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EAT, DANCE, LOVE: The Festival of Cultures welcomes folks from all walks of life, sharing their food and even some of their finest moves as part of the entertainment for the day. Courtesy photo.
music. The Chinese American Cultural Association, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of the Chinese heritage, will be present. Dancers Susan and Peili Mykalcio, Nadine Boltz and Kelly Hawes are part of the dance groups that will entertain the audience. Keith McKenzie Jazz Traditions band will provide the live music for the evening. The fashion show will feature models from different racial communities. Members of the performing groups will double as models walking in the show. They will
be wearing authentic costumes and fashions that represent each ethnic group’s customs, music and dance. The fashion show will be a blend of color and silhouette as if “Project Runway” collided with “The Amazing Race.” As a benefactor, the Festival of Cultures will be held Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th, at Bailey Theater Park on Front Street, between Market and Princess, as part of the actual spring event. The street fair will be a two-day exciting journey into 15 different cultures. Many of the acts that will be a part of the fund-raising event will be featured again. It will be an experience designed to enrich the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the ornate cultural diversity that makes the Greater Cape Fear region a delightful place to live.
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