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DONNA THE BUFFALO p. 20 They’ve become folk troubadours, traversing the world, bringing their mountain music to audiences everywhere. They’ll be coming to the Soapbox—the show currently moved from Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre— this weekend to play their eclectic and often socially conscious music. Check out Adrian Varnam’s interview on page 20 with Tara Nevins.

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“They say there are about 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. But if you ask a Native American, that number is more like 300 million.” —David Letterman “This is the worst thing to happen to beaches since the Speedo.” —Bill Maher, on the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico “The top executive of Goldman Sachs testified before Congress today, which proves crooks always return to the scene of the crime.” —Jay Leno “During a Goldman Sachs hearing yesterday, Sen. Carl Levin used the S-word 11 times on live television when quoting

EDITORIAL: Editor-in-ChiEf: Shea Carver ChiEf Contributors: Adrian Varnam, Gwenyfar Rohler, Anghus Houvouras, Carolyna Shelton, MJ Pendleton, Claude Limoges, Jay Schiller, Lauren Hodges, Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd, Chirstina Dore, The Cranky Foreigner and Lisa Hunyh

an e-mail. Which begs the question — if a guy swears on C-SPAN and there’s no one watching to hear it, does he really make a sound?” —Jimmy Fallon “Is it really a good thing for President Bush to remind us of the decisions he made? I would have just let people forget.” —Jimmy Kimmel “Arizona is the meth lab of democracy.” —Jon Stewart on Arizona’s new immigration law

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news & views................. 4-9 4 live local campaign: Gwenyfar finds the Chatterbox, a.k.a. Folk’s Cafe, a true connection to her neighborhood.

6 see black box. 8 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reports on news of the strange and odd.

artsy smartsy ................. 10-25 10-11 theater: MJ Pendleton gives a five-star review to Opera House Theatre Company’s “Five Guys Named Moe” and previews Big Dawg’s upcoming production, “Goodbye, Charlie.” 13 film: Anghus is not a fan of a poorly directed and acted The Losers. 14 art: Lauren Hodges talks to Dixon Stetler about her latest key project and the opening of the juried show at Wabi Sabi Warehouse this Friday. 15 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging in our local art galleries. 16-17 music: Adrian Varnam previews the upcoming CCM Foundation concert and gets the scoop on Donna the Buffalo’s upcoming show, which moved to the Soapbox from Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre. 18-21 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town.

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grub & guzzle ................. 22-25 22 feast on the southeast: Shea Carver talks with Jane Steigerwalk about the Southeastern North Carolina Food System’s latest foray into the restaurant industry, by encouraging local farmer/chef relationships. 24-25 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide, and read about our featured restaurant of the week.

extra! extra! ................... 27-35 27 books: Tiffanie Gabrielse reviews encore’s first book club read, Push.

28 fact or fiction: Follow Claude Limoges latest installment of ‘An Involuntary Intimate.’ 29 mother’s day entries: Readers share stories about their mom’s in honor of May 9th. 30-35 calendar/’toons/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read the latest saucy corkboard ads.

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Live Local. Live Small. The neighborhood ‘Chatterbox’ keeps everyone connected

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eady to head out to the Chatterbox Café, m’dear?” Jock asks me with a grin. “You know,” he continues, “In a world where a lot of people talk nostalgically about the Chatterbox Café in Lake Woebegone, we visit there everyday, and that’s really what Folks is.” Folks Café is on the corner of 12th and Princess streets, and Jock is right. There, the Chatterbox Café is not a nice memory, but alive and well. A little over a block from our house, it is the center of our neighborhood. Last year, the Swarts sold it to a wonderful family from South America, the Puccinis. Juan Puccini left Argentina for Ecuador, where he met and fell in love with the beautiful Tammy. Five lovely daughters later, they moved to California. Two years ago the eldest

by: Gwenyfar Rohler daughter, Paula, and her husband, Robbie, moved here to open The Olive Tree Co. on Front Steet. The family followed, discovered Folks Café was for sale, and the rest, as they say, was history. Everyday for us begins with Edith Wharton, our 9-month-old spaniel, informing us that it is: Time! To! Go! To the coffee shop. She knew “coffee shop” before she knew “sit,” “stay” or “come.” During the week,when they open at 6:45am, this is not a problem; but on the weekends, when she has to wait until 8:30am—wow! That is a horrendous hour with her. Edith loves the coffee shop in the morning. She sits on the bench outside, and greets all her

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friends, both quad- and bi-ped alike, while Jock and I get caught up on the news of the neighborhood. For us, we are not spending money on Fair Trade Coffee everyday; it’s our admission to sit down and see our neighborhood. It’s having five minutes to chat with the kids before they catch the bus for school. It’s walking in the door to be greeted by name and have our usual orders waiting—not that we even need the usual order, but it’s a nice touch. Folks offers the community those moments of shock, when we realize the gorgeous young woman we didn’t recognize in the corner was seemingly just an awkward 12-year-old last week. It’s knowing our neighbors will be there when we are. It’s providing a forum to discuss the concerns of our micro community. Best of all, it’s real communication, not text-messaging and e-mail. It’s birthday cake and new babies coming into the world. It’s much more than a cup of coffee or a bagel. “In a world where you e-mail your likeminded friends your favorite political head-

lines and jokes, Folks Café provides a forum where every morning our neighborhood Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians, Independents and Greens face-off and debate that morning’s paper,” Jock points out. “That’s important, and it’s dying.” The fourth Thursday and Friday mornings of the month are always crazy at Folks Café, as the ACME crowd starts counting down the hours to Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. Anyone who walks in will find people holding strategy sessions or picking up emergency coffee rations. It’s official: The local art scene is alive and caffeinated. Folks is the mid-point between our house and The Full Belly Project shop, so whenever I can’t find Jock, I drop by and if he’s not there, he has just left or is just coming in the door. For more than five years it is where Jock has met the Saturday morning Full Belly volunteers. For us, it doesn’t get much more local than this: The investment in our neighborhood is incredible, and we reap the benefits everyday.

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Theatrical Reveal: Thalian Hall showcases its renovations during May’s ‘madness’

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halian Hall is a beacon of Wilmington arts, standing for over 150 years and continuously expanding the local cultural landscape. She houses artists, singers, thespians and politicos alike, as its main stage brings in shows, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and the connecting offices house our city officials. “In many ways Thalian Hall defines Wilmington—its past and its present,” Tony Rivenbark, Thalian’s executive director, who has led the helm at the historic site for 30-plus years, told encore. “It is one of the things that makes the city unique. It is something that the entire community can take pride in.” And we have—through many shows. Over the years, Rivenbark, too, has seen hundreds of performers come from behind the red curtain. They have played instruments across the board, acted in some of the most well-known plays, and have danced and sung their hearts out, all to entertain and enlighten our community. “Barbara Cook was a very special artist who generally does not play a hall this size,” Rivenbark remembered, from a few of his favorite Thalian performances. “The Shanghai Opera was one of the most colorful and culturally diverse performances. The New Vic Theatre from London presented ‘Canterbury Tales,’ which was a delight. Chet Atkins was one of the most gracious artists to appear on this stage. Tommy Smothers, [who I] met many years ago, was great fun to have here. The thing that I find so interesting is how these touring artists respond to performing here. It is an intimate space, which is very welcoming to anyone on the stage, and they always comment on that.” Making the theater cozier, as well as more spacious, renovations have been underway since last summer. The only surviving theatre designed by John Montague Trimble, one of America’s foremost 19th-century theater architects, will have received a $3.6 million redo, one of the largest since its first cornerstone was laid in December 1855, “There was some work done in every decade,” Rivenbark noted, “but significant changes in the interior or improvements were made in 1871, 1888, 1904, 1909, 1940, 1954, 1975 and 1990. The remoldeling of the theatre in 1909, the restoration after the fire in 1973, and the expansion and renovation of the stage house in 1990 were the most extensive.” This month visitors will be introduced to Thalian’s new digs. Some updates include: new seats, replastering and repainting of all of the docorative surfaces, hydraulic orches-

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Thalian Hall’s Grand Re-Opening May 14th-15th: Invitation-only black-tie affair Public Dedication: May 18th “Madness of May”: May 16th, 20th-23rd Fuill details: www.thalianhall.com tra pit lift, new sound system, new lighting system, a new box office, a new concession and the installation of a $75,000 period chandelier. “Patrons will also enjoy more leg room, better air flow and major life safety improvements,” Rivenbark explained. Funded from the City of Wilmington and from private contributions, the new Thalian Hall gets unveiled at a black-tie affair on the

BEAUTIFULLY HISTORIC, INSIDE AND OUT: Thalian Hall will reveal its current renovations on May 14th and 15th at its private gala re-grand opening. The public will be able to experience it at the dedication on the 18th, and its many upcoming events throughout May.

14th and 15th (admission by invitation only), featuring Wilmington playwright R.V. Fulk’s original musical, “Madness of May,” based on John Galsworthy’s short story The Apple Tree. Then, on May 16th, 20th-22nd, and 23rd, the show will open to the public for $25 a ticket. “With a brilliant cast, gorgeous costumes, a beautiful set, and an 18-piece orchestra, who would not want to come and experience it in the stunning theatre?” Rivenbark asked, rhetorically.

A public dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 18th, wherein the public is welcome to attend. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and the City Council formally dedicate the grand reopening of Thalian Hall Center For The Performing Arts, and tour the beautiful, newly renovated and restored space. The month continues with events that will engage the community further. “I am really looking forward to Helen Mirren in The Last Station,” Rivenbark said, a biography about Leo Tolstoy, also starring Christopher Plummer. In fact, the May 24th showing of WHQR’s Cinematique will include a 6:30pm reception before the 7:30pm screening begins. May 28th welcomes the variety show, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and the children’s classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will be shown on the 29th, featuring the astounding use of shadow masks, puppets and full-body actors.

Playing the MC in “Cabaret” and Mozart in “Amadeus,” as well as reprising his famed role as Ebenizer Scrooge for many years in the Theatre Exchange’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” Rivenbark is no stranger to the stage. Nor is he a stranger to continuously working to make sure Thalian Hall brings some of the best entertainment in our historically rich town. “The Thalian Hall Main Attractions have been booked, and the season will open with John Tesh on October 9th,” he said. Also on the bill are The Red Clay Ramblers, Susan Werner, In the Mood: The Big Band salute to the 1940’s, Natalie MacMaster’s “Christmas on Cape Breton,” and comedians Etta Mae and Jon Reep. “Everyone is so proud of this theatre,” Rivenbark reveled. “It is the crown jewel of Wilmington. I had a young actress walk into the theatre after the 1990 renovation, and she looked up and said. ‘I want to have this theatre’s baby!’ Quite a tribute!” Check out more of Thalian Hall’s renovation photos, as well as their schedule of events on www.thalianhall.com.


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the Reuters stringer, “while avoiding any flatulence humor.” “If we soldiers see beans, we become happy,” said the man, leading both hosts to laugh. According to Reuters, “The two talk about how bean-fed North Korean soldiers were able to fight off U.S. imperialist troops during the Korean war.” Latest Religious Messages John Ridgeway, 45, filed a federal falseimprisonment lawsuit in March based on his 2005 trial over a traffic charge. According to a report in Michigan’s Bay City Times, just before the jury returned with a verdict, Ridgeway opened a vial of oil, rubbed some on his fingers and then around the defense table, and he later shook hands with court personnel. Ridgeway was arrested when the prosecutor, a bailiff and the ticketing police officer became ill. Ridgeway explained that the virgin olive oil had been blessed by a Colorado pastor, specifically to “cast evil” from government facilities. In March, leaders of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wis., voted to fire the principal of its elementary and middle school because of his “question(ing) the church’s teachings.” The church had held a contentious meeting of members on March 21, but few spoke out for the principal, largely because female members were banned from speaking at all. (According to the Baraboo News Republic, women cannot vote on the church’s business but generally are allowed to talk at meetings until now.) Questionable Judgments Under Britain’s Department of Health guidelines, prisoners about to be released, and who had previously taken drugs but cured their addiction while incarcerated, are being purposely re-addicted by wardens, using methadone. According to researchers, the former addicts will then be less likely to overdose when they get back on the street. Reportedly, more than 460 prisoners have thus been “retoxified” in the last five years. In March, the European Union’s Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office granted a trademark to two German entrepreneurs to market a beer called Fucking Hell. Under the office’s reasoning, “hell” is simply German slang for “light ale,” and the other word is the official name of a town in neighboring Austria. However, according to a March report in Der Spiegel, the applicants for the trademark have no connection to the town, and there is no brewery there, or even plans for a brewery. Judge Robert Benjamin of the Hobart branch of Australia’s Family Courts ruled in a March custody case that sisters, aged 10 and 8, must spend weekends with their father, even though he is a convicted sex offender with a child-porn habit. The judge attached some re-

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strictions that Dad must install a lock on the girls’ bedroom door that he cannot control and, if the girls stay overnight, the father must have “an adult friend” spend the night, too, so that Dad will be less likely to offend. In March, an employment tribunal in Sydney, Australia, awarded pilot Bryan Griffin damages of $160,000 (Aus.) (U.S. equivalent, $208,000) because Qantas, for which he worked from 1966 to 1982, had allowed him to continue flying from 1979 to 1982 with depression and anxiety attacks that caused him nearly to deliberately crash his aircraft. As a result of continuing to work, he had several more episodes which exacerbated his condition (and, obviously, placed his passengers in jeopardy). News That Sounds Like a Joke In January, the principal of D. Roy Kennedy Public School in Ottawa, Ontario, banned “ball-playing” anywhere on school grounds, declaring that it is too dangerous. Ricardo West, 22, who performs as a Michael Jackson impersonator, was arrested in April in Allen Park, Mich., on 12 counts of sexual misconduct with an 11-year-old boy. We Require Hundreds of Hours of Training for Barbers, But None for Parents Delmer Doss, 19, and his girlfriend, Amber Burgess, 19, were arrested in Stanley, N.C., in February on child abuse charges after police found a video made by the couple of their 11-month-old son. The toddler was blindfolded, and the parents were shown laughing at him, over and over, as he bumped into walls and fell down. In March in Dallas, Krystal Gardner, 28, confronting a repo man driving off with her SUV, tossed her 1-yearold baby through an open window to stop the moving vehicle. (At that point, the repo man stopped and got out, but moments later, a teenager emerged from Gardner’s house and began firing a 12-gauge shotgun. Fetishes on Parade A 27-year-old man reported to Oklahoma City police in April that he was sexually assaulted by a man who had perhaps misunderstood the first man’s intentions. According to a story in The Oklahoman, the first man had fully disclosed his “fetish for flatulence,” but when the two met, the hijinks were interrupted by the second man’s tying up and sexually assaulting the first man. The first man said he wanted only for the second man to “fart for me.” The first man’s name was not disclosed because he claimed to be the victim of a sex crime. Read News of the Weird daily at www.WeirdUniverse.net. Send your Weird News to WeirdNews@earthlink.net or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.


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Look Out, Sister! Opera House Theatre Company presents ‘Five Guys Names Moe’

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ive Guys Named Moe” is simply spectaculaR! Director Ray Kennedy conducted the orchestra, played the piano, and choreographed the production assisted by Tracy Byrd—and he did it all with astonishing brilliance. This show is so professional it might as well be on Broadway. Kennedy cast the show perfectly; the five Moes are incredibly adorable. Not only are they beautiful, sexy and sensational, they are drop-dead talented. The women in the audience were literally begging to be brought onstage, which, by the way, is part of the production. Since there are no females in the cast, they have to be recruited from the audience, and songs like “Push Ka Pi Shi Pie” and “Look Out, Sister” entirely depend

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Five Guys Named Moe

HHHHH Scottish Rite Temple May 7th-9th, 8pm Sunday matinees, 3pm Tickets: $18-$20 • (910) 343-3664 on audience participation. On Friday night the audience was game—those Moes are difficult to resist! They are so damn cute. These five guys blast off the stage—they can act, sing, dance—they are really all that. When they put on tap shoes to dance

and sing “Reet, Petite” and “Gone,” it was practically overwhelming. Terrill Williams (Big Moe) was hilarious in drag and as a chicken, but Keith Welborn (Little Moe) was the Moe who stole the show. He simply had the Louis Jordan touch of telling a story in song, and when he sang “Saturday Night Fish Fry,” there was a collective enthusiastic response from the audience. In Act One, he was so darling, singing “Fat Like That”—the audience positively fell in love. The Moes’ flamboyant exuberance was exhilarating and totally entertaining. Though beautifully performed, the slower songs were not as exciting. When Tre Cotten (Eat Moe) sang “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” it was achingly lovely, but the razzle-dazzle jive was simply more fun. Poor Jeff Phillips (Nomax), who is a fine actor and singer, was eclipsed by the Moes’ antics to “hip this cat,” but he wasn’t entirely overwhelmed. The orchestra was also fantastic. At the beginning of Act Two, each of the horn section—saxophone, trumpet and trombone—played a solo rift, followed by the bass and drums. These musicians were

so very engaging that they rivaled the five Moes—and that’s saying a lot. The incomparable Ray Kennedy played the piano and conducted Tim McCoy (drums), Will Chacon (percussion), Luke Perkins (bass), Katie Marriner (saxophone), Michael Ellison (trumpet), and Ben Lorek (trombone). When Marriner played the sax, it was as if Louis Jordan had come to life. The performance Friday night was simply a party! The audience was jiggling and jiving, swinging and swaying to the fabulous music. The cast and a few band members formed a congo line, collecting audience participants to dance in the aisles. The lyrics to “Push Ka Pi Shi Pie” were tossed like confetti, and the audience eagerly joined the singing. When the performance ended with a standing ovation, everyone was disappointed that the party was over. This is a sizzling production—a celebratory way to kick off the heat of the upcoming summer. Tickets are on sale now for this weekend’s final performance—be sure to grab a pair and a friend who likes to boogie.

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Gender Ambiguity: Big Dawg Productions presents ‘Goodbye Charlie’

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laywright George Axelrod was the father of the sex-farce genre and, in the moralistic ‘50s, this was not a simple accomplishment. In an interview shortly before his death he said, “The bulk of my sex-comedy career was done with this enormous handicap: not being allowed to have any sex. I was trying to write these so-called sex comedies in the ‘50s when we had to deal with the Breen Office. The premise of ‘Seven Year Itch’ is that a guy has an affair with a girl, while his wife is away, and feels guilty about it. In the movie, he couldn’t have the affair, but he felt guilty anyway; so the goddamn premise didn’t make any sense.� Following the “Seven Year Itch,� Axelrod wrote “Goodbye, Charlie� and was essentially censored again when Hollywood replaced sultry Lauren Bacall with bubblegum Debbie Reynolds, which effectively altered the psychological tone of the play. Though Axelrod referred to the genre as “boobs and boobs—dumb guys and sexy girls,� many of his female characters are in-depth character-studies of independent women. Big Dawg director Ken Cressman has set the production of “Goodbye, Charlie� in the present day, with very few editorial changes. “I liked what it had to say about the role of women in modern society—it was ahead of its time,� he said. The story is about Charlie, a player who uses women for his own pleasure, then cavalierly discards them. When he is killed by an irate husband, he is reincarnated as a woman. “Charlie is a womanizer; women are his playthings,� Cressman explained. “There are still men who think of women as secondclass citizens—not as important, not as intelligent. When Charlie becomes a woman, he realizes that women are real people. He comes to realize that as a woman he has

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Goodbye, Charlie Cape Fear Playhouse • 613 Castle St. May 6th-9th, 13th-16th, 20th-23rd, 8pm Sunday matinees, 3pm Tickets: (910) 341-7228 more to offer then he thought women ever did.â€? The conflict arises when Charlie-as-awoman, falls in love with “hisâ€? best friend George. “Charlie discovers that ‘she’ can love, which is the greatest irony of the entire situation,â€? Melissa Stanley, who plays Charlie, said. “’She’ falls in love with someone who couldn’t possibly love ‘her’ back. George can’t love me because I’m always going to be that guy, Charlie.â€? “George starts realizing that he has feelings for Charlie, but it’s complicated,â€? Tony Moore, who plays George, added. “If Charlie were anyone else, he’d marry ‘her,’ but he can’t get past it.â€? George, though, does reflect, “Who wouldn’t want to be married to a woman who has been a man, because she knows what a man wants.â€? This is the type of comedy that Big Dawg does very well in their intimate, neighborhood theater on Castle Street. “A Thousand Clownsâ€? sold out every night, and “Goodbye, Charlieâ€? is similarly appealing. “It’s very funny, very well-written, and the attitude in the story is timeless,â€? Cressman said. Gender disparity is also a timeless issue—something, perhaps, that will never be resolved; but it always makes good comedy. Make reservations, come early, windowshop the antiques, sip a glass of wine at the tiny bar next to the theater, and have a lovely evening of laughter.

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Anemic Filmmaking: Originality loses its way with Hollywood’s new filmmakers by: Anghus

The Losers Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans

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I’M A LOSER, BABY: The Losers isn’t an action thriller as much as a group of stereotypes making a really dumb movie.

ance out his “Damn!” with “Well, that’s just great!” Maybe I’m being too hard on the guy who plays Turk from “Scrubs.” I’d have rather Othello starring Turk from “Scrubs” than The Losers. Man. This movie just pisses me off! The more I think about it, the angrier I’m getting. Movies can be dumb, but do they have to be insulting? The Losers is the kind of film that falls apart while watching it. It doesn’t even require taking the time to leave the theater before audiences are incredulously crying, “Are you fucking kidding me?” (This is a spoiler alert, indicating that I’m about to reveal key plot points to the movie. To be fair, the goal of this piece is to try and dissuade you from seeing the movie, so ruining key story points feels arbitrary.) One of the key plots in the movie revolves around the identity of Iesha (Zoe Saldana), a super sexy mercenary who hires Clay’s team of wayward soldiers to take on Max (Jason Patric), the CIA spook who framed them in the first place. We learn in the film’s

final act that Iesha is the daughter of a man Clay killed. Once the Losers learn this, they become enraged and try to gun her down. But 10 minutes earlier, she was riding Clay like a mechanical bull on crack cocaine. I’ve heard of cloudy motivations, but this one is downright nutty. There’s so much about this movie to be frustrated by: a semi-decent cast of actors

given nothing to do, dialogue so stilted and dry, it felt like a 10 foot long piece of driftwood being drilled into my ears. Zoe Saldana is easy on the eyes, but hot damn the girl could use a burger from PT‘s. Seeing her with most of her clothes off was a little unappetizing. She was so emaciated. I saw so many bones poking out from her skin, it was like watching one of those commercials where Sally Struthers begs us to feed the hungry. This is not the thing I should be thinking about while watching a light-hearted action film.

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here are no new ideas. Seriously. Someone stated that years ago, and there are days where I would argue such a premise. But, this is not one of those days—at least, not after seeing The Losers. I just paid $8 and spent 98 minutes of a day off watching the product of the new filmmaking generation, and brother and sisters let me say this: The new generation of filmmakers are stillborn. I’ve spent the better part of 10 years writing about film, and one of my biggest hang ups is their lack of original concepts. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy. There was a time where I would compare a good filmmaker to a chef: someone who carefully prepares the ingredients and slowly blends them together to perfection. Not every dish is perfect. The sauce might be bland. Perhaps the protein was overcooked. But there was craftsmanship. The new generation of filmmakers are microwave ovens. An attention-deficit addled child who bludgeons audiences with quick cuts and speed manipulation. It’s maddening. And so is The Losers. This project was flawed from day one. The whole idea of The Losers is lifted—oh, wait, I’m sorry, “inspired”—by the “A-Team.” Remember “The A-Team”—the TV show from the 1980s, starring George Peppard and Mr. T? The one about the former military special forces soldiers, who were betrayed by their own government and became mercenaries for hire? I’m sure whoever created The Losers knew about it. Taking the story and interpreting just a hair differently, he came up with a comic series that was loved by critics who were also fond of “The A-Team”-like story. Then, after becoming critically successful, the book got picked up and made into a movie. So, here we have it: a movie about a comic book that was inspired by a television show. And here’s the kicker: The ATeam movie comes out in June. There are some subtle differences in The Losers. Clay (Howard Dean Morgan) has darker hair than George Peppard. And they split B.A. Barracus in two, leaving us with Stringer Bell from the “Wire” and Turk from “Scrubs.” (Yes, I realize the guy playing Pooch is not the same guy who played Turk on “Scrubs.” But, he might as well have been.) It’s the same kind of wisecracking stereotype that I thought was long dead in Hollywood. During every moment of seriousness, the director cuts to the black guy, who then exclaims “Damn!” In order to make it less offensive, he made it a white guy who is always there to bal-

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(pictured) The famed comic returns to the big screen for a special 9pm showing on Thursday, May 6th! After confessing his identity as Iron Man to the world, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) comes under fire from the US government, who demand he hand over the powerful weapon that is the Iron Man suit. The government attempts to create a duplicate suit with the assistance of Stark’s rival, as Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), Tony’s long time friend Jim Rhodes (Don Cheadle), is put center stage in the conflict. Meanwhile, a mysterious and dangerous foe emerges in Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who creates an alternate and powerful persona in order to exact revenge on the Stark family. It isn’t long before he unites with Hammer in an effort to destroy Iron Man. With the arrival of his shady new assistant (Scarlett Johansson), and persistent recruitment attempts from S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Stark needs all the help he can get in order to overcome the obstacles. PG-13; 124 min.

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111 Cinema Drive • (910) 815-0266 Call for times • $6 - $9 A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: They are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another, but when they sleep, there is no escape. The remake stars Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner and Rooney Mara. R; 95 min. All AreA movie listings And pArAgrAph synopses cAn be found At encorepub.com.

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Keys to the City: Dixon Stetler unlocks new exhibit at Wabi Sabi

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nyone who has crossed over Princess at Front Street has probably noticed the fence full of keys, jangling in the wind and gleaming against the sunlight. The sight is hard to miss: Thousands upon thousands of little metal objects that once unlocked something precious—a house, a diary, a hope chest, even a car—now serve a new purpose in livening up downtown. The project was started by the Wabi-Sabi woman herself, Dixon Stetler, as an activity for DREAMS Center for Art Education students. “I wanted to do a project that directly involved the community in the art-making process, created an open dialogue among participants and made contemporary art accessible,” she says. It wasn’t too long before the whole city was involved. Stetler received hundreds of keys from friends, while others opted to just hang their entries on the fence themselves. A print-making class made their own keys from cut linoleum and added them to the collection. Another class made some from wire and copper, while a pottery class used clay for their versions. Students and patrons

by: Lauren Hodges

Keys Opening: May 7th, 7-9pm Hangs through June 12th 19 N. 9th Street • Wabi Sabi Warehouse dixonstetler@gmail.com

from Cameron Art Museum, Kids Making It and the Cape Fear River Watch contributed. Even the mayor made an appearance to hang the “Key to the City.” The fence had served it’s purpose: bringing the community together in the name of creation. “Art engages and empowers when created by the people who bring the raw materials to the table,” Stetler says. So, what made her think of keys? Stetler says it was because they are one of those rare objects that all people share in common. “Everyone has them and knows how to use them. It’s terrible when you lose them, and awesome when you find them again,” she emphasized. Yet, the symbolism of the key is somehow more powerful than its common use. The key has found a following in art within recent years as the perfect metaphor for secrets, solutions and, of course, unlocking someone’s heart. Stetler says our connection with keys comes from what they represent as a whole, even in different situations. “They symbolize different things at different times in your life,” she notes. “To a latch key kid, a key means security. To a sixteenyear-old, a car key means freedom. A first job key means responsibility.” However, the very idea that an object so precious could make its way to a public art forum in droves hints at something we have all noticed: the metal key is becoming a relic. “New cars start with the push of a button,” Stetler says. “Hotel keys have become plastic cards. It won’t be long before you can just point your iPhone at something to gain access.” Despite the significance of every key on her fence, Stetler found some entries to be just too precious to hang in public. It started with a blacksmith friend from Manteo, who sent in a collection of ironwork keys. Stetler decided that these, too, would have their own time in the spotlight. She decided to plan an exhibit for them at the Wabi Sabi Warehouse and put out a call for key art from the community. “The key theme was wide open to interpretation, and artists really went for it,” she says. She received submissions ranging from typewriter keys to piano keys, and in

KEY RELIEF: Michael Van Hout’s interpretation of a key is one of 30 artist representations, shown at Wabi Sabi this Friday evening, from 7-9pm.

several different mediums. Some of the 30 artists selected for exhibition haven’t even shown before, which is something that really excites Stetler. The Keys Show will include several mediums as well, including the spoken word, live music and a key-themed cake, opening this Friday to the public from 7-9pm.


OPEN NOW! Fresh from the Farm 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. Currently, Artfuel, Inc. will showcase We’re Up & Running Again. Artists Include: Nicolle Nicolle, Michelle Connolly and Eli Thompson. The show will hang for eight weeks!

Crescent Moon 332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm www.crescentmoonnc.com Crescent Moon is introducing new stained glass artist, Gerri Insinga, from West Hempstead, New York. Gerri was a frequent visitor to Crescent Moon while visiting their second home in Wilmington, NC. During one of those visits we learned of her stained glass and painted glass art that she has been hand-crafting for thirty years. When she brought us some samples, we immediately knew that she would be a welcome addition to our glass gallery. Her picture frames are perfectly soldered and then with delicate brush strokes she paints floral and other themed designs to embellish them just right. Look for other one of a kind kaleidoscopes and accessory boxes to be showcased soon by Gerri. Just In Time for Mother’s Day! Henrietta Glass Mom’s Little Vase is back on display and ready for Mom to put those cherished hand-picked flowers in. Hand blown, measuring 3 inches tall they will fit perfectly on your desk or kitchen counter and they are colorful! Crescent Moon is located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is free while shopping or dining. Follow us on twitter as CrescentMoonNC or become a fan on our Facebook page!

Hampstead Art Gallery 14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Lo-

cal 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 “Across Time,” featuring the works of Wilmington artists Fritzi Huber and Dina WildeRamsing, combines clay and fiber to give us contemporary interpretations of the past. The archeological/anthropological nature of WildeRamsing’s sculptures are juxtaposed with Huber’s handmade paper, the deckled edges a reminder of ancient remnants, such as a shard or piece of fresco wall. Acknowledged as one of Wilmington’s premier art and craft galleries, New Elements offers a wide variety of work by regional and nationally recognized artists. Located in historic downtown Wilmington since 1985, New Elements Gallery features original paintings and prints, as well as sculpture, contemporary craft, jewelry, and custom framing. New Elements Gallery is proud to represent those artists that consistently produce high quality work, and takes pride in the solid relationships that are established between artist and gallery. We exhibit work by various gallery artists on a rotational basis March through November, often gaining much attention from area press. Visitors worldwide make a point of returning to enjoy this distinctive collection of fine art and craft, and are frequently impressed by the sheer volume of work available at New Elements, much of which is featured on the gallery’s website. New Elements Gallery also offers art consultation services and is committed to helping you find the unique piece of art that represents your style best.

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strong sense of depth and maturity to many of her pieces. The gallery also carries works by Bob Bryden, Virginia Wright-Frierson, Rachel Kastner, Pam Toll, and Katherine Webb, as well as a large selection of works on paper in numerous media.

Sunset River Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues- Sat. 10am-5pm Closed Mon. in winter sunsetrivermarketplace.com myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.

Wilmington Art Association Gallery 616B Castle St. (910) 343-4370 www.wilmington-art.org Stop by the Wilmington Art Gallery, 616B Castle Street to admire Barbara Tuzzeo’s colorful paintings on the “Featued Artist” wall. She is also selling unframed bin work. You may also purchase affordable “Wearable Art” this month, such as hand-made jewelry, scarves, purses and much more.

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511 1/2 Castle Street • (910) 251-8886 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm (Winter: closed Monday) www.pattersonbehn.com pattersonbehn will be featuring the work of Michelle Connolly. Michelle is a remarkably, prolific artist who has managed to stay connected to her inner child by channeling it through her artwork. Though so much of her work comes from her personal memories and her very active imagination- there is also a

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Benefit Concert: Craig C. Marshall Foundation honors its namesake and students with strong morals

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n October 16th, 2009, Topsail High School was rocked with the news that one of their own, 15-year-old Craig Marshall, had drowned in a tragic accident while on a surf trip with friends on Hatteras Island. Within hours of his death, word spread throughout the close-knit surf communities of Southeastern North Carolina, as friends and family began the unthinkable task of grieving the loss of someone so young and full of life. Only months later, as the spring has returned, and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean have started to slowly warm again, Craig’s family and friends have begun the process of turning their unimaginable loss into a legacy. “After my brother passed away, we wanted to do something in his memory to commemorate him,” Rachel Marshall, one of three older sisters, says. “We decided to put together a surf contest because he was always out surfing at 6am, and he was really into that culture at Wrightsville and Topsail beaches. We thought about what we would do with the money, and we said, well, we can certainly put it into a scholarship fund for kids like him.”

by: Adrian Varnam

CCM Foundation Concert Featuring No Dollar Shoes, Oysterboy, Owl Laws, My Wonderful Machine, James Ethan Clark and Rachel Ruth Marshall Thursday, May 6th, 8pm • $10 Soapbox • 255 N. Front Street www.ccmfoundation.com Last January, his family founded the Craig C. Marshall Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to offer an annual scholarship to a senior at Topsail High who best exemplifies and demonstrates the characteristics of someone like Craig: a good kid that lives his or her life with strong morals, character and integrity. While most scholarships measure athletic ability or scholastic achievement, the Marshall Scholarship goes much deeper in honoring a student for following their moral compass and setting an example among their peers. As a Boy Scout and an active participant in church youth groups, intangibles like this have become the backbone for which most

will remember of Craig Marshall. “My brother wasn’t like a stellar student,” Rachel, now president and scholarship committee chairman of the foundation, says. “I mean he had good grades, but they weren’t perfect. And he wasn’t the best at sports, but he was really into surfing and skateboarding, and I feel like those kids don’t really get recognition. So, to give a scholarship to someone who is a really good kid, with strong morals and a leadership role in the community, would be something really important to us—and it was very important for us to give back to the community because they just rallied around our family after [his death].” While a surf contest is something perhaps most apropos to honor the memory of a dedicated surfer, Rachel thought the scope of Craig’s life could also be measured by expanding into another area: the family’s love of music. With the help of extended family and friends, the Marshall Foundation decided to sponsor a benefit concert at the

Soapbox in downtown Wilmington, to add to the scholarship fund. What began as almost an afterthought to the surf contest at Topsail Beach, Rachel says the concert has now become an entity in and of itself, thanks to the help of many area musicians. “My cousins are Jesse and Carson Jewell who play in No Dollar Shoes,” Rachel says, “and through them, I’ve met Benji [Smith] and Ryan [Eversole], who are in Oysterboy. My family really likes bluegrass, so we thought it’d be fun to get everyone together for that. Everyone playing are friends of my family, and they know what the cause is for, and they really believe in what we’re doing.” Perhaps no one knows more than one special performer on the bill: Rachel, herself. She saus being a part of this concert is more than raising money for the foundation. It’s an opportunity to intimately connect with her brother through music, something they often shared together, with love, enthusiasm and encouragement. “I started playing guitar a few years ago, and I was always really nervous to sing or play in front of anyone,” she reveals. “But [Craig] played guitar, too, and I’d come home from college, and we would play for each other and he would always say, ‘You should play in front of people.’ After he died I thought, Well, maybe I’ll eventually be able to do this.” With the help of family and friends, she will, honoring the life of Craig through song and surf, and rewarding some deserving high-school senior with a scholarship this May. For more information on the Craig C. The Craig Marshall Memorial Surf contest will be held May 8th and 9th at the North Side of Surf City Pier, Topsail Island, NC. Beach start at 8am. To find out more about the Marshall Scholarship Foundation, visit www.ccmfoundation.com

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Roots Music to Be Reckoned with: Donna the Buffalo play Soapbox Laundro Lounge on Saturday

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or over two decades, Donna the Buffalo has performed all over the country as one of the industry’s most diverse rootsmusic bands. With a traditional mountain-music core, infused with elements of zydeco, folk, rock, country and even reggae, the band has earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today. With a rabid fanbase (they call themselves “The Herd”), and a schedule that has them performing 10 months out of every year, Donna the Buffalo continues to grow their reach in an ever-assorted musical landscape. Recently, encore caught up with founding member and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins via phone as she drove to meet up with her band at Merlefest, a traditional roots-music festival held every year in Wilkesboro, Nc. encore: What’s Merlefest like as a performer? Tara Nevins: It’s exciting, and it’s great exposure. . . . It’s as equally exciting playing there as it is just being there. You sort of run into all these musicians that you know that you have camaraderie with, and there’s lots of mixing and matching—a lot of bands sit in with each other. It’s really fun playing with different musicians in an untraditional way. It’s a good vibe, and we’ve always had a really good time. e: Donna the Buffalo seems to be a perfect poster child for Merlefest—a conglomerate of different styles that form one cohesive unit. How do you go about incorporating various genres into your signature sound? TN: We don’t try to play different styles of music on purpose. In general, the types of instruments we play lend themselves to that. In the band I play a Louisiana-style of accordion, fiddle, washboard and guitar. So, if I decide to play accordion on a song, it gives it that flavor, or if I play fiddle, there’s another flavor. [Guitarist] Jeb [Puryear] and I both bring songs to

Certain people bring different things to the band, of course, but it all comes together in our signature sound, which is breakthroughoriented, very groove-oriented, very adaptable, very dance-able. . . . Our songs have evolved some over the years, too. We started out a little more universally socio-political —not heavily political, just more like social commentary. We’ve gone through a few changes the past couple of years; some songs have gotten a little more personal. We’ve definitely grown and evolved.

by: Adrian Varnam

Donna the Buffalo With The Barnraisers Saturday, May 8th, • $18-$25 Soapbox Laundro Lounge • 7pm the band, and the band just plays the song, and whatever comes out, comes out. It’s nothing like, “Let’s make this one ‘zydeco-ish’ or this one ‘country-ish.’” We never think that way. It’s more like, “Here’s a new song,” and however we play it, we play it. It’s nothing premeditated. e: Is there a certain style of music that especially resonates with you personally? TN: Not really. I like traditional fiddle music. I think the core of what Jeb and I do, and what brought us together in what we do in Donna the Buffalo, is old-time fiddle music. But I love Creole music, too. I like what’s good, I think. Jeb and I both have a traditional-music backgrounds, but it mixed with whatever we experienced growing up in the world, whether it be the Beatles or Sheryl Crow or George Jones. e: How did you become exposed to traditional music like fiddle or zydeco? TN: I heard traditional fiddle music when I was 18—in school. . . . I got into it on my own and started traveling south, to the mountain areas of North Carolina, Virginia, to the fiddle festivals, and it just grew from there. One year I traveled to Lafayette, Louisiana, to a traditional Mardi Gras festival, and fell in love with the music. e: Donna the Buffalo has been a band now for over 20 years. How have you all evolved and grown during that time? TN: As far as the band is concerned, we’ve had many personnel changes—different drummers, different bass players. Jeb and I are the only two original members of the band. Considering

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e: What’s the impetus for the change in themes? TN: Art always changes—It shapes and flows in different directions. It’s nothing on purpose, it’s whatever your life is bringing you that you write about. I mean, the socio-political may filter back in. It’s art, you know? You paint one painting one day, and then another painting another day, and it’s just whatever you’re feeling or going through at the time. It’s hard to really comment exactly on the timeline, it’s just that different subject matter comes and goes. It’s dynamic and it’s life.

CUT LIKE A BUFFALO: The band that brings roots music fans to their feet for more than 20 years makes its way to Wilmington this weekend.

that we’ve had so many changes, I think we’ve been pretty good at maintaining a certain thread in our sound and in our music. I just think we keep getting better and better at what we do.

Downtown's Only All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet

Blues Brunch Buffet Every Sunday 11:00 am til 2:30 pm Live Music with Rick Tobey Don’t forget Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9th

5.99 Lunches 7.99 Dinners

Full Menu Served til Midnight Every Night Free Beer Tasting & Tours Wed 6-8 1/2 Price Apps 4-7 & After 9 pm

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soundboard

a preview of tunes all over town this week

DJ P. Funk —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Jim Ashley’s OPen mic —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607 Jeremy nOrris —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 OPen mic w/ seAn GerArD (9Pm) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 cOuntry DJ/ kArAOke —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 BiBis ellisOn AnD tim BlAck —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 JAmes JArvis & FrienDs (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607 kArAOke with BOB clAytOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 michAel FrushA —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Act ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647

DJBe kArAOke —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 Perry smith —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 rOBBie Berry —Mexican Viejo Bar and Grill, 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland; 371-1731 sceArce & kettner —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 OPen JAm w/ steve tODD —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 kArAOke w/ DJ Biker rOB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 OPen mic niGht with GAry Allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 OPen mic niGht —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

Coconut Jacks (formerly the Yellow Rose Saloon) Wednesday Country DJ/ Karaoke/Open Mic Good Tymes Karaoke & DJ Celebrating our

Fabulous 5th Birthday! thurs 5.6

team trivia with

Thursday Country Line Dancing Lessons Followed by Dj Big Daddy

Friday

DJ Richtermeister

The Most Wanted Band Live Country

fri 5.7

Saturday

Mighty McFly birthday bash saturday 5.8 live music with

Ten Toes Up Thank You Wilmington for 5 WILD Years! ,ANDFALL#ENTERs1331 Military Cutoff Rd

910-256-3838 wildwingcafe.com

Line Dancing & Country Music DJ

Sunday Family Day Enjoy conutry music with the family. Covered dishes welcomed

DAILY DRINK SPECIALS Located behind Old Chicago Pizza 5027 Market St.

202-8288

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nutt hOuse imPrOv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 kArAOke —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 PiAnO shOw —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 eric AnD cArey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 OnwArD sOlDiers —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

THURSDAY, MAY 6

cOurtesy OF Artist

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

DJ DOn’t stOP —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 AcOustic DuO (7-10), Brett JOhnsOn’s JAm (10-?) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 live music —Romanelli’s, Leland; 383-1885

OYSTER BOY will be playing this Friday at The Duck & Dive Pub.

GRAND UNION PUB 117 Grace St. Downtown 910-763-3456 Downtown Wilmington’s Authentic Hookah Spot

LIVE BELLY DANCING Every Friday and Saturday 10pm - 12am

All-natural homemade fruit tobacco TRY ONE OF OUR SIGNATURE MIXES www.arabiannightshookahcafe.com

1125 Military Cutoff Road (910) 256-9133

46/%": Reggae ON SUNDaY @ 7:30 $5.55 Fish Tacos, $3 Caribbean Beers, $3 Well Rum Drinks .0/%": $7.77 Fish & Chips, $3 English Beers 56&4%": 50¢ Wings, $2 Domestic Bottles, $2.50 Well Vodka Drinks 8&%/&4%": $3 Guinness, $4 Irish Car Bombs $6 Corned Beer or Turkey Reubens 5)634%": $3 pints '3*%": $2.50 Mexican Beers, $3 Margaritas $5 Nachos and Quesadillas 4"563%": $3.50 Well Drinks, $4 Bombs, $15 Domestic 6-pack, $3 Select Draft -*7&.64*$'3*4"5 05/07 Key Lime Pie 05/08 Big Dog & Catfish Willie 05/09 Timi Irie 05/14 Bibis

LIVE MUSIC

FRI. MAY. 7

mykel barbee

SAT. MAY. 8

dave meyer

FRIDAY & SAT acoustic live music on the outdoor back deck SUNDAY 1/2 price wine list TUESDAY Twosome Tuesday - 10% off entrees for two $5 Wine Feature WEDNESDAY Ladies Night - cheese and chocolate, $8/lady THURSDAY $25 four-course menu, $2.50 drafts and $6 martinis FRIDAY 70’s night - good vibes and great prices 138 South Front Street Downtown Wilmington

910.251.0433


DJ Stretch â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Trebenzioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 top 40 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ compoSe â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 GuitariSt perry Smith â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 JameS JarviS & FrienDS (7pm-8pm) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607 country DJ â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 KaraoKe KonG â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

Daniel pariSh â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 Jo henley â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Beach House Bar â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 the tim clarK BanD â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 no Dollar ShoeS, oySter Boy, owl lawS, BeautiFul machine, JameS ethan clarK, rachel ruth marShall â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 live muSic

DJ icon

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.;

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mansion on Market; 6317 Market St.,

763-3737

395-5028

the FuSticS

caSSerole For two

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Harbor Masters, 315 Canal Dr., Carolina

Sea panS

Beach; 458-28200

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Holiday Inn Resort (Gabbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge), 1706 N.

open mic w/ Gary allen

Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf

Kim DiSco

City, NC 328-4373

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Flat Eddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; 5400 Oleander Dr., 799-7000

tom rhoDeS

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.;

Scottie Flippen

251-1935

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

traviS Shallow & FrienDS

Fortch

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Resort, 4700 HWY 17 S.; (843) 272-7794

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FREE FOOD at the bar during Happy Hour 5-7pm MONDAY Sloppy Joes and Salad $2 Domestic Drafts, $3.50 Margaritas, $3.75 Select Imports TUESDAY Hot Dogs & Chili w/ Tortilla Chips $2 Domestic Drafts, $3.50 LITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, $3.75 Select Imports WEDNESDAY Chicken Fajitas & Salad $2 Domestic Drafts, $3.50 Margaritas, $3.75 Select Imports

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

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DJ ceD â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KaraoKe â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 nutt Street open mic â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJ richtermeiSter â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 Family KaraoKe â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Alfieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707 live acouStic â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Beach House Bar â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 claSSy KaraoKe with manDy clayton â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 KaraoKe with BoB clayton â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;mr leeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 FireDance & DrumS @ DarK â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 KaraoKe w/ DJ Steve â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 Benny hill

Restrictions apply, see store for details

4126 Oleander Dr. (910) 792-9700

MONDAY All Pizzas $5 in the bar after 5pm 22oz Domestic Draft $200 TUESDAY Live Jazz in the Bar Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 â&#x20AC;˘ PaciďŹ co $2.50 22oz Yendgling Draft $2 WEDNESDAY Corona\Corona Light $250 Margarita\Peach Margaritas $4 10 oz domestic draft $1 THURSDAY Gran Martinis $7 â&#x20AC;˘ Red Stripe $250 FRIDAY Cosmos $4 â&#x20AC;˘ 007 $350 Harps bottles $250 SATURDAY Baybreeze\Seabreeze $4 22oz Blue Moon Draft $3 Select domestic bottles $150

friDAY, mAY 7

traviS Shallow & FrienDS

overtyme â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Holiday Inn Resort (Gabbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 oySter Boy (pictureD) â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 the KaDetS â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 BiG DoG catFiSh â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Surfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 talon Stamper â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 maSonBoro SounD â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc., 910-256-0115 myKel BarBee

live muSic

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 piano Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385 (at the

Guitar Jam SeSSion

Mad Boar Restaurant), 285-8888

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Smudged Pot, 5032 Wrightsville Ave.;

DJ

452-2920

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

KaraoKe with BoB clayton

DJ

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.;

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

792-6880

DJ (hip-hop/Dance)

DJ

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue

Beach; 256-2776

N.; 458-5255

live muSic

Dane Britt

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Beach House Bar â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grill, 7219 Market St.;

JameS JarviS & FrienDS (7pm-8pm)

689-7219

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607

open mic niGht

BenJy templeton

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Costelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street;

Ave., 399-6977

362-9666

DJ

KaraoKe KonG

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.;

DJ Scooter FreSh

798-5355

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402

live muSic

melvin anD Sayer

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.;

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.;

763-2223

DJ

458-5255

Soul power poSSe (6-9)

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.;

no Dollar ShoeS

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mayfaire Music on the Town, Mayfaire

763-3172

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

Town Center

DJ icon â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 Scott carter â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 BlinD lemon pleDGe â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Buffalo Wild Wings, Monkey Junction; 392-7224 comparative anatomy

100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832 1/2 priced select apppetizers m-f 4-7pm MONDAY $10 Bud/Light Buckets $4 Jack Daniels â&#x20AC;˘ $3 Capt. Morgan TUESDAY $1 Tacos 4-7pm â&#x20AC;˘ $3 sauza $15 margarita pitchers $3 Mexican Beers $5 Top Shelf Tequila â&#x20AC;˘ $7 Patron WEDNESDAY $3 Pints (10 Drafts) $5 Jager Bombs â&#x20AC;˘ $2 wells THURSDAY Mug Night $2 Domestic Drafts w/HK MUG $5 Bombers â&#x20AC;˘ $4 Jim Beam $3 pinnacle flavored vodkas $3.50 MicroBrews FRIDAY $3 Select Draft $4 Fire Fly Shooters $5 Red Bull Vodka SATURDAY $2.50 Miller Lt or Yuengling Draft $8 Pitcher â&#x20AC;˘ $3 Kamikaze $4 Well Drinks SUNDAY $2.50 Bud/Light Draft $8 Pitcher â&#x20AC;˘ $5 Crown Royal $4 Bloody Mary

SUNDAY Domestic Draft Pints $150 Bloody Marys $4 White Russians $4

CATCH ALL THE ACTION WITH MLB EXTRA INNINGS ON 10 HDTVS and HD big screen Your Team - Every Game, Every DAY

5564 Carolina Beach Rd 452-1212

118 Princess St â&#x20AC;˘ (910)763-4133

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1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6PM

2 Budweiser â&#x20AC;˘ $225 Heineken $ 3 Gin & Tonic

$

56&4%":

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2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe 3 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm

$

$ 50

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$

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$

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LIVE MUSIC IN THE COURTYARD Rooftop open by 6pm Dance floor open by 10pm

WEEKLY SPECIALS

.0/%": $2.50 Budweiser Draft $4.00 Well Liquor FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $.50 Wings Buffalo, BBQ, or Teriyaki 56&4%": $2.50 Miller Lite Draft, $4.00 Hurricanes FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $6 Buffalo Shrimp or Chicken Tenders 8&%/&4%": $2.50 Yuengling Draft, $2.50 Domestic Bottles FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $2 Sliders 5)634%": $3.00 Coronas, $4.00 Margaritas FROM 4 UNTIL CLOSE $5 Cajun Shrimp or Fish Tacos '3*%": $3.00 Select Pint 4"563%": $5.50 Cosmos, Dirty Martinis or Apple Martinis 46/%": $5 Bloody Marys Half Priced Appetizers After 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Root Soul PRoject —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 Beach Billy BRoS. —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 RoBBie BeRRy —Southpaw Sports Bar, 123 Princess St.;338-1886 latino night with Dj —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 Dj ceD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 live MuSic —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 live Belly Dancing —Arabian Nights, 117 Grace St.; 763-3456 Dj StRetch —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Dj tiMe —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 lethal injection —Big D’s American Saloon; 6745-B Market St. BiBiS anD Black —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 key liMe Pie —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff; 910-256-9133 Ron etheRiDge —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000

kaRaoke w/ Dj val —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 the DooRS of MoRRiSon hotel —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558

Saturday, May 8 Dj icon —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Dj —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 live MuSic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Dj —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Piano Show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 live Belly Dancing —Arabian Nights, 117 Grace St.; 763-3456 live MuSic —Murphy’s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385 (at the Mad Boar Restaurant), 285-8888 live MuSic —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 kaRaoke —Griff’s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 Dj ScooteR fReSh —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 kaRaoke with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.;

leigh ann’S Beach PaRty —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 iaMhuMan —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 Dane BRitt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 Dj P. Money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 guitaRiSt PeRRy SMith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 Ron etheRiDge —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 nectaR —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 aRlene SPaRaca —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Mykel BaRBee —Surf’s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 PoSSuM cReek —Riverfront Farmers’ Market kaRaoke —Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 Machine gun —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839

5001 Market Street (attached to the Ramada Inn)

910-791-7595

EvEryday spEcials 2 Miller Lite Bottles $150 PBR Pints $ 3 Cherry & Blueberry Bombs $ 2 Bud Light Draft $ 3 Drifter Shots $ 50

Monday - Service Industry Night

(Special and Draft of choice for $6.99 TuEsday - $2 Wells WEdnEsday- 100 oz. PBR or Bud Light ONLY $10 Thursday - Margaritas $3 Friday - $3 Wells saTurday - $5 L.I.T. sunday - Bucket of Beer Specials

WEEKly EvEnTs WEdnEsday – KaRaOKe Thursday – LIve MuSIC Fri. & saT. – LIve MuSIC saTurday

CORN HOLe TOuRNaMeNT: 1pm sign up; 2pm start - $10/team. 2nd place gets $10, 1st gets the rest!!

sunday

BeeR PONg TOuRNaMeNT: 1PM sign up; 2PM start - $10/team. 2nd place gets $10, 1st gets the rest!! 108 Walnut Street Phone (910) 762-1704

Tuesday

Shag Night

Free Shag Lessons w/ Brad White Beginner 7:30 Intermediate 8:00 Dancing till 11:00 $5 cover $2 Domestics $3 Imports Thursday

Ladies Night

Free Line Dance Lessons with Barbara Braak @ 7:30 APRIL 29 @ 9pm JIM QuIck And the coAStLIne BAnd $2 Coors Light $5 Martini List $5 cover Friday

Salsa Night

Begins with Argentine Tango Lessons @ 7:30 $5 cover Salsa Lessons @ 9:30 & DJ Lalo Open till 2:30 $2 Tequila Shots $3 Corona saTurday Beach & Shag DJ 7:30 Salsa @ 11:00 till Close $2 Coors Light $3 Dos XX PrivaTe ParTy Booking 910 791-7595

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LIVE MUSIC

Verandah Cafe Terrace Thursdays - 7-10pm

SEA PANS STEEL DRuMS Gabby’s Lounge Fri., May 7

OVERTYME 7-10PM

Sat., May 8

FORTCH 7-10PM

Fri., May, 14

BIG FISH 7-10PM

Sat., May 15

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thiS yeaR’S noBoDyS —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 Dave MeyeR —Little Dipper, 138 S. Front St.; 251-0433 heaDway —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 aSyluM —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 MeDuSSa Stone unPluggeD —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 foRtch —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 ten toeS uP —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 jah cReation —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 Beach & Shag night —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 RoBBie BeRRy —Smileys Tavern, 723 N. 4th Street; 399-1669 Dj StRetch, live jaM with Benny hill —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Dj —Ronnie’s Place, 6745-B Market St.; 228-8056 claSSy kaRaoke with ManDy clayton —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 kaRaoke w/ Dj val —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 huckleBeRRy w/ Steve toDD —Tangerine’s Caribbean Grill, 300 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 707-0202 a full DiSh —Brixx Pizza; Mayfaire Towne Center, 6801 Main St. 256-9677 white wizaRD —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 who Shot jR? —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 Big Dog & catfiSh willie —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff; 910-256-9133 Donna MeRRitt —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Donna the Buffalo, BaRnRaiSeRS —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Sunday, May 9 countRy Dj/ oPen Mic/ kaRaoke —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 SuSan Savia (10aM-2PM) —Havana’s; 1 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, 458-2822 kaRaoke —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 SunDay night feveR

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oPen Mic night —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 oPen Mic w/ Beau —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 oPen Mic with viva —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 Dj tiMe —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Dj RichteRMeiSteR —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 oPen Mic night —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 Dj icon —Mansion on Market; 6317 Market St., 395-5028 act ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 woRlD MuSic MonDayS —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 jaMeS jaRviS & fRienDS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607

kaRaoke —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 Dane BRitt kaRaoke —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 live MuSic —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 oPen Mic night —Surf’s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 Reggae tueSDayS —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement kaRaoke w/ Dj Be —Ultra Classics Pool and Bar, North Hampstead kaRaoke kong —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 Dj “MR lee” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 caPe feaR BlueS jaM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 toP 40 w/ Dj val —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 the Bil kRauSS Show —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 tRaviS Shallow & fRienDS —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 Dj icon —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 RaDio hayeS anD echoPoint21 —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 BiBiS elliSon anD the SPaRe change BanD —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 live MuSic —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 jeReMy noRRiS —Griff’s Tavern @ George St.; 6320 Market St., 793-2628 kaRaoke with BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 jaMeS jaRviS & fRienDS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607 nutt houSe iMPRov —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 live acouStic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 Root Soul PRoject —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866

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WedneSday, May 12

—Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Soul PoweR PoSSe —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 tiMi iRie —Grand Union Pub, 1125 Military Cutoff; 910-256-9133 Dj ceD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 flutiSt nikki wiSnioSki —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 Dale “fully autoMatic SounD Machine” DjS —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 kaRaoke w/ Dj Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Dj Big kahuna —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 ‘BehinD the gaRage’ MuSic —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DjBe kaRaoke —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 jah cReation —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500

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—Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

—Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

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oPen Mic w/ Sean geRaRD (9PM) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 jeReMy noRRiS —Sunset Cafe, 5500 Market St.; 791-1900 BiBiS elliSon anD tiM Black —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773


root Soul ProJect —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Piano SHoW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 eric anD carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255

JaMeS JarviS & frienDS (7PM-8PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607 oPen Mic nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807

nutt HouSe iMProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KaraoKe WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880

DJ Juice —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KaraoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Mac anD Juice —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040

Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-3000 5/5: Five Finger Death Punch, Drowning Pool , Lacuna Coil 5/7: Colt Ford 5/9: Gospel Brunch 5/12: Zoso (Led Zeppelin Tribute)

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5/5: Honor Society, Just Kait, AshlynHuff 5/7: Abbey Road LIVE! , “Sgt. Pepper’s Mystery Tour” (Beatles Tribute) 5/11: OK Go, Earl Greyhound, Robert Francis

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country DJ/ KaraoKe —Coconut Jacks; 5027 Market St., 202-8288 DJ P. funK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 oPen Mic W/ gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 JiM aSHley’S oPen Mic —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,910-763-1607 Jive turKey —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 DJBe KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-3838 KaraoKe W/ DJ BiKer roB —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Kenny ZiMlingHauS (coMeDian @ 8PM) —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 tH’ legenDary SHacK*SHaKeS, Pine Hill HaintS, tHe SPeeD KingS (9PM) —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Blivet —Black Horn Bar, 15 Carolina Beach Avenue N.; 458-5255 geaorge DaviS BanD (1PM), goggleZ PiZano (7PM) —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647

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From Farmer to Chef to Diners: The Southeastern NC Food Systems Program advocates stronger ties to local food

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ith all of the economic woes facing our communities, along with rising pressures to guide future generations away from increased obesity statistics, how we think about eating locally should become the forefront of our concern. Yes, we can shop farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; markets for the freshest ingredients grown around our regionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and at very reasonable prices, nonetheless. We can even grow our own food or participate in community-supported agriculture programs. But what about when we venture out into the world of dining? Are we truly considering what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting into our mouths? Or are we focusing on the bottom line: A dollar menu saves the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so much so that we overlook some of the foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makeup, which oftentimes consists of items from the periodic table, rather than simple terms like â&#x20AC;&#x153;ground beefâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;whole-grain bread.â&#x20AC;? Nutritional value goes to the wayside a lot in the current culinary landscape of America, as raw ingredients of many a dish and their full flavor become masked by preservatives. According to the National Restaurant Association, Americans spend $1.6 billion a day dining out. Just the same, 40 percent of adults agree that dining out, whether in a restaurant, or partaking in take-out or delivery, makes their lives more productive daily. Among them, growing numbers are trying to stay focused on eating healthier than they did two years agoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to the tune of 73 percent, to be exact. Such numbers should beckon us to consider how our roles as healthy models of society affect our children and our own happiness.

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by: Shea Carver The Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Program (SENCFS) is one organization working tirelessly to help change our food-buying paradigm. The program was co-founded in 2006 by Leslie Hossfeld, SENCFS director, as well as director of the Public Sociology Department at UNCW (as it turns out, the university funds the SENCFS program with grants), and Mac Legerton, director of the Center for Community Action in Lumberton, NC. It started as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an economic- and community-development initiative in response to the massive job loss and high poverty in Southeastern North Carolina,â&#x20AC;? as noted at feastsoutheastnc.org. Today, their focus has evolved into a public and private-sector partnership, focusing on: helping small farmers find new markets for their goods; strengthening the local economy by keeping monies from food purchases local; and educating consumers on the paramountcy to buy local food. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a grassroots organization, comprised mostly of volunteers,â&#x20AC;? Jane Steigerwald, assistant program director, told encore last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work with cooperative extension, elected officials, city and county governments, students, researchers, nutritionists and public institutions.â&#x20AC;? Also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feast on the Southeast,â&#x20AC;? the outfit has been honing in on local restaurants as of late, hoping to build and bind relationships with local farmers and chefs, so the public not only receives better quality food when dining out, but

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farmers receive more resources to build their business, and chefs work with only the finest ingredients grown on local land. Back in January Feast on the Southeast held a farmer-chef dinner, inviting many restaurateurs to meet local and regional farmers, as well as cook with their food to taste the difference in quality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have heard from several of the farmers and chefs that have made new contacts, which is great,â&#x20AC;? Steigerwald said. The organization is in the midst of formulating a survey in order to document the information on the number and types of business relationships that were born of the dinner. Of the attendants many say they have already began cultivating relationships. Christi Ferretti of Pine Valley Market is one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have started working with Shelton Herb Farms as a result of that dinner,â&#x20AC;? she informed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are hoping to do more together in the future.â&#x20AC;? Ferretti isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t immune to working directly with farmers, as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been building close ties to one in Sampson Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not associated with SENCFSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which attends the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm Fresh Saturdays, where they sell local produce from 8am-noon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been approached by the other farmers,â&#x20AC;? Ferretti continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have reached out to folks, who now have products to retail here, and I am hoping to get them involved in the Farm Fresh Saturdays, too.â&#x20AC;? The farmer-chef meetings will be growing in coming months, as more events are seeded. For example, the next farmer-chef dinner will be in June, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the structure of [it] will be

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more of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;working session,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Steigerwald explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;consisting of group meetings, and one-on-one discussions of the logistics involved in developing a local farm-to-chef business relationship.â&#x20AC;? The idea is that an â&#x20AC;&#x153;efficient procurement systemâ&#x20AC;? will be built to satisfy the needs of everyone involved with the initiative. While the association works mostly with farmers and chefs, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the public canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get involved. In fact, Steigerwald encourages all diners to suggest to their favorite restaurants the importance of going local and buying food from our farmers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are not only helping support your local farm families, you are helping to strengthen the local economy. You are [also] helping the environment by reducing the carbon footprint generated by the transportation of food from far distances, and you will be consuming food that is healthier for you.â&#x20AC;? The most appetizing part of supporting SENCFS comes from the end-product: Fresher food means tastier food, usually containing little-to-no pesticides, offering better nutrition and healthier bodies. True, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a franken-burger at some fastfood joint, but just maybe it will awaken the publicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; taste buds once again to the phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;fresh and local.â&#x20AC;? For restaurants to learn more about SENCFS, or to volunteer to help on one of their committees, visit online at feastsoutheastnc.org. Holding quarterly meetings, the organization plans to get together again on June 8th, 11am-3pm, at New Hanover County Government Offices.

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A short drive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. Brixx is also a late-night destination, serving 2-for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10 p.m. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. 910-256-9677. www.brixxpizza.com.

Are you ready to eddie? FLAT eddie’s upbeat, modern dining room & bar makes eddie’s the new “it” place to dine in Wilmington for New American Cuisine. Why FLAT eddie’s? Their signature flatbreads! These flavorful creations start with scratch-made dough, stretched thin and piled high with ingredients like roma tomatoes, succulent shrimp and luxurious cheeses. All sandwiches and burgers are under $8 and their entrees are unique and bold. FLAT eddie’s bar serves up $2 and $3 beer and cocktail specials daily. Private dining area available. Large groups welcome. Family-style meals to go available. FlatEddiesRestaurant.com. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington . 910.799.7000.

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . 910.256.8500.

cHriS’ coSmic KiTcHen cosmicKitchenonline.com Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. Closed Monday. Open Tues-Sat. from 8am-4pm with Sun. Brunch from 9am-2pm. Takeout calls welcome, 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen.

c.G. daWGS For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. You may find them daily at their new location on the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!

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This former Dawson’s Creek stage set has been turned into a lively pub in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Their extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger or NY style reuben to lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with a pool table, darts, weekly trivia, and live music on the weekends. Offers limited lunchtime delivery during the week and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, opens Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133.

HenrY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest and offers daily blackboard specials that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. 910.793.2929.

HoLidaY inn reSorT The Verandah Café Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach.

KeFi Kefi, founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. There is even a “work-

ing man’s lunch,” served Monday through Friday, all for under $6. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www.kefilive.com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, 910-256-3558.

THe LiTTLe diPPer Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Open TuesdaySunday, serving dinner at 5pm. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street • (910) 251-0433

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

meLLoW mUSHroom 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. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, 452-3773.

TroLLY SToP Trolly Stop Hot Dogs are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smighfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoked sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, 458-5778. Catering cart available all year from $300. 910-2978416.

aSian doUBLe HaPPineSS Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. Now under new management, the restaurant will serve flavorful dishes, prepared by the cultural richness of authentic China. Serving items like traditional dim sum and gourmet home-style cooking, Double Happiness is still dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of their cooking. Their friendly staff will always go the extra mile to help diners enjoy their experience. Beer and wine is served for lunch and dinner, and Double Happiness is open Monday through Saturday, from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm; closed Sundays. 4403 Wrighstville Avenue; 910-313-1088.

SzecHUan 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), 799-1426.

Hiro jaPaneSe STeaKHoUSe What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday 11am-10pm. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at hirojapanesesteakhouse.com.

indocHine reSTaUranT and LoUnGe If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far


East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden, or be entertained every Friday night with a Balinese dancer. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), 251-9229. Indochinewilmington.com.

caribbean JaMaica’S cOMFOrT ZOne Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at www. jamaicascomfortzone.com or call us 910-3992867.

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, 815-0810.

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Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. RomanellisRestaurant.com. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. 910.383.1885.

GiOrGiO’S iTalian reSTauranT Giorgio’s is a locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurant. Offering age-old traditions and timeless recipes, perfection is accomplished by combining the perfect cuisine and atmosphere for a dining experience that is not soon forgotten. With over 50 years of cooking experience under one roof, the smells of old-fashioned home cooking float through the air creating that comforting feeling of home-away-from-home! From old world style dishes to modern day creations, the menu showcases multiple flavors that will tempt the palate of the most discriminating connoisseurs. A Monkey Junction landmark for over 12 years! www.giorgios-restaurant.com. 5226 S College Rd.,Wilmington 910-790-9954.

Slice OF liFe “Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a late-night treat, open from 11:30am until 3am, seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd location at 1437 Military Cutoff Rd., next to PT’s! 256-2229 www.grabslice.com.

JaMaican JaMaica’S cOMFOrT ZOne Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections including our daily offering of a four-course meal for $12.00. Operating hours: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Monday - Closed; open Tuesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm. Live Music every 3rd Friday. Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at HYPERLINK “http://www.jamaicascomfortzone.com” www.jamaicascomfortzone.com or call us at 910-399-2867.

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Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they

are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. Café hours: Monday-Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; 910-5090331. Online at www.loveysmarket.com.

Tidal creeK cO-OP Tidal Creek Deli offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world; each item is prepared by hand using only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community.

SeaFOOd dOcK STreeT OYSTer bar Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfortable in flip flops as you would in a business suit. ! Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. 762-2827 www.dockstreetoysterbar.net.

eaST aT The blOcKade runner hOTel The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-2251.

hierOnYMuS Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilming-

ton seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. Complete with a full-service bar and a fireside oyster bar, it’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; 392-6313.

Oceanic Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. OceanicRestaurant.com. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910.256.5551

SOuThern hall’S TrOPicana reSTauranT Hall’s is a Wilmington tradition! Originally opened in 1901 as a drug store, Hall’s has been serving the Downtown community for over 100 years. We serve traditional Southern fare, including a classic breakfast with the accompaniments you’ve grown to love. Lunch includes a Southern buffet Monday-Friday with pork, chicken, all the fixin’s, and a special addition every day! Don’t forget our unique menu, which includes everything from specialty sandwiches to fried seafood. Most importantly, at Hall’s everything is fresh! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm (buffet 11-2), and Saturday from 7am-12:30pm with breakfast and menu items only. 421 Castle St. 910-762-2210.

SPOrTS bar carOlina ale hOuSe Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively sports-themed restaurant is home to over 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. Carolina Ale House serves its full menu from 11a – 2a daily. CarolinaAleHouse.com. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. 910.791.9393.

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‘Push’ing Boundaries: Saphhire’s Push challenges, inspire encore book club readers

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eaders who felt shell-shocked after withstanding the first few bomb-like sentences of Push, yet compelled to literally push onward to the end, weren’t alone while flipping the pages of encore’s first bookclub read of the season. Push, written by the astoundingly creative poet and outstandingly motivated activist Sapphire, brought to the forefront the painfully powerful, graphic and not uncommon story of a battered inner-city pre-teen named “Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones.” Most importantly, Sapphire did it without remorse, hesitation, regret and without missing a realistic beat. I must admit: At the beginning of last month, I felt fearful and concerned that Sapphire’s work would fail to deliver a sense of empowerment, delve too far into touchy and tragic subject matter and leave club members disenfranchised. I was conflicted and overwhelmed with excitement to travel into a world full of taboo. But I also wondered if readers would survive the trip and digest the same feelings I absorbed. What’s popular isn’t always what’s necessary, so I wondered if the opposite would occur. Thankfully, and I can say nearly all club readers found Push to be an unflinching rediscovery of the ignorance and deprivation that still exists in America. Not a single club member wrote in feeling wearied and battered by the works’ increasingly thick and intense doses of reality. Instead, numerous readers chimed in, stating that, it was a true awakening with its simplistically, yet complex, mawkish emotion. Push, without a doubt, woke us from our winter slumber and prepared us for the oncoming summer’s hellish heat. And it did so whether our minds were ready or not. “I read the novel and watched the movie,” frequent club member Jessica Staruck, explained in her lengthy and perceptive critique. “I don’t feel like I can give my opinion without discussing both, because they both impacted my life in such dramatic ways. My only issue—if

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encore Book Club Review Vintage $13 you can call it that—is I felt the movie was ultimately stronger, because it forcefed us Precious’ illiteracy, along with her destroyed childhood. It showed us that Precious was unable to have any innocence. Where, if you didn’t understand her stunted dialect in the novel, you could move on or turn the page. Onscreen, [Gabourey] Sidibe was way too commanding to allow our eyes [to wander] off her. In the book readers could soften the really hard aspects of Precious’ story. “Most importantly, on the page, we can adapt Precious’ physical features; we can make her more pleasant to look at, skinnier than Sapphire intended her to be, and we make her more fit our own desires. We could make her into that girl we wouldn’t want to ignore or judge if by chance she passed us on the street. Onscreen Sidibe gives us a girl we can’t turn away. And that‘s the point, don‘t you think?” Very insightful, Jessica. Though I have not seen the movie, I can certainly understand such an interesting perspective. Insofar as her stunted prose, I found its use throughout the work to be painfully realistic. I didn’t want to soften it or move past it. In some way it aided Sapphire’s impact on my mind. Its consistency in accuracy gained my respect as a reader rather than compounding my pity, frustration or need to pass over it. I found that Precious’ original depiction of voice delivered dignity and victory, much like Mark Twain’s unique dialect shaped his legendary expression. New contributor Natasha Bomrito points

out that, though dark in structure, the language behind the story also helped her respect its authenticity. “I know this book was incredibly difficult to read, but this same graphic detail makes the book that much more powerful,” she said. “The book is not so much a ‘seehow-far-she-can-go-despite-her-circumstance’ story as it is an uncovering of what, horrifically, many must endure to survive and live. Sapphire does a great job of gradually pulling us in to get to know Precious and really persuades us to love her. “It’s also very important for those who haven’t read the work yet to study the poem printed at the beginning. Take a long look at it before and after you take the journey. Watch how your understanding of that poem and of life changes before your eyes.”

Spread out with merciless force, Push achieves a notable speaking ability that makes it far more than a well-meaning melodrama of great histrionic behavior. So, too, does Push avoid all the overwrought advice of morality that often makes readers howl and stammer. Instead, it makes us press forward with determination to do justice to Claireece’s inner life, as well as to her conditions. Sure, readers must muddle through ugliness encompassing our heroin, but, ultimately, readers are able to find beauty surrounding her—and ourselves—too.

The book club’s next read is All Will Be Revealed, by Robert Anthony Siegel. Questions for the author are due to Tiffanie by the 25th of the month, to appear in the review. E-mail tiffanie107@hotmail.com.

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An Involuntary Intimate, Part 10: To escape the women

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uring the hurricane, Jack Fincannon hides in a large room behind the detached garage. It is a defense mechanism he has always had, the ability to dive deep and only resurface hours, even days later. In the house Marilyn’s mother, Lila, stands at the kitchen sink and turns a potato over in her left hand, a knife in her right. She looks carefully for blemishes but leaves most of the peeling. With another peeler, Marilyn gouges at the eyes of the potato in her hand. “You have to get the eyes out,” she says, as if her mother knew nothing. “They’re poisonous.” Lila frowns and duly sloughs chunks of skin off hers, which begins to look more like a french fry. The house creaks. On the roof thuds sound—a piece of the neighbor’s gutter. Then a gust snaps the wild bay in the yard. Branches crash to the ground. The peeling has stopped, the women’s mouths are open; they back up toward the hallway. “It

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by: Claude Limoges seems safer over here,” Lila tells the ceiling. After a minute, she creeps back to the sink, finds a deep blemish and cuts slowly so that potato milk trickles down her swollen knuckles, which ache as if someone were hollowing out her bones. “This one looks old,” Marilyn says, as she coms to a stand beside her, digging at another potato. Out the window over the sink, they watch a mimosa thrash against a pine. On the radio a man’s voice rattles off the storm’s details: winds between 150 and 155 mph, a diameter of 400 hundred miles, over a foot of water expected to be dumped on the region. Lila says, “I’ll salt and pepper them, maybe put some onions between the slices, and then we’ll wrap them in tin foil.” The radio announces a pier getting sheared off its pilings and slamming into a

nearby motel. To clear her mind of the image, Lila says, “And some butter.” Marilyn shushes her. They listen for a while, and then not wanting to hear any more, Marilyn begins to talk, and then Lila shushes her. The lights flicker. Lila says, “Well, there they go.” And the lights go off. A dull steel gray floods in from outside, taking over the space in the house. By this light, the women continue to peel potatoes. Lila says quietly to Marilyn, “Reckon we’ll eat them raw.” In his room, head resting on his hands, George gazes out the window at the trees kowtowing to the wind. Outside is hardly recognizable—all horizontal gray, as if eyes had been traded for a steel grate. He tries to think of a pier his grandfather fished off of that remains. Instead, ladies’ names come to mind. Diana popped transformers like popcorn. Bertha snapped trees. Fran pounded the beach. They were like MacBeth’s witches, stirring the ocean and wreaking havoc. George prays hard that certain walls in the Cape Fear region hold, specifically those containing snakes with a picture of five skulls beside their names, uranium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, munitions, lions, tigers, bears, lionfish, stonefish, sea snakes, sewage and sick swine. Next door his brother Chad hums and taps out some happy tune, still on a high from three days of righteous surf. Out in the water, every Sunday, at the crack of dawn, Chad and his best friend, Sal, called it “church.” Sal—in looks “Baywatch,” in style Bjork, in bearing Bruce Willis—followed Chad in after those three days, as water-logged and sea-legged as he, and called the waves “eight-foot overhead barrels, breaking sweet and glassy perfect, then cranking up, George—no shit, to bitching twelves!” The only woman ever to rival the Baroness in George’s dreams was Sal Mastropietro, who had recently become, thanks to Chad, their father’s secretary. Madness. Half the house is peeling potatoes, the other is cheerily riffing on his desk. George hears his father’s generator start up in the garage. He steps out of his room, slips past his mother and grandmother in the kitchen, and exits the house, let-

ting in a gust that makes the women shriek. The wind nearly knocks him off his feet. He crouches, pulls with all his might on the door, slams it, and scurries, tacking toward the garage, in search of sense in this disaster or at least some words to take away his fear. He walks through the garage, passing on the left side a riding mower, weed eater, power washer, blower and stump grinder. On the right sits his father’s blue Ducati, stainless-steel grill, rocket launcher, turkey fryer, Blue Devils golf bag, spud gun with hair spray and potatoes, coolers, life preservers, and saltwater fishing gear. In another corner sit George’s kneeboard and Chad’s soccer ball, wetsuit and surfboard. On the top corner of the back door’s jamb, a cockeyed, hastily-scrawled sticky note spells, in Chad’s hand, “Dad’s Doghouse.” George enters. Hopper-esque, the room is richly furnished: Duke blue carpeting, leather couch, ceiling fan, recliners, full bar, game table, hanging lamps, refrigerator, popcorn machine, microwave, side table, Victoria’s Secret calendar, dartboard and a newspaper article: “Spotted On Campus: The Cannon —Jack’s Back.” Shelves hold insulators lit from inside, each with a label: “Hemingray Blue, generous dome, pinhole through middle”; “Hemingray Amber, single groove with rare drip points”; “Whitall Tatum Purple, single petticoat, fizzy dome glass & milk.” The descriptions weirdly stir the base of George’s spine. Against the opposite wall sits a large desk with a computer, ashtray, eight-byten of Rebecca De Mornay in a red-striped shirt, and a DVD tower with a place of honor for Debbie Does Dallas. Among strata of smoke and beside a nearly empty tumbler, Jack sits back in front of the computer monitor, which creates a relief of his face, intent as an egg candler. On the monitor, Sal Mastropietro enters a restroom stall, locks the door, hangs her purse, unfastens her pants and backs to the toilet. Read from the beginning at: www.facebook. com/pages/An-Involuntary-Intimate. Claude Limoges has a book out and new poems published. Learn more at http://claudelimoges.blogspot.com

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Dear Mom... Stories from our readers in honor of Mother’s Day encore’s pick: In My Mother’s Kitchen... By Kathryn Fincher In my mother’s kitchen, there were smiles and tears. Equal portions. Mom taking the smallest piece of pie. Breakfast of grits, eggs, sausage, toast browned, buttered and slathered with homemade jelly from blackberries we picked last summer. We three kids grew up in a typical 1960’s kitchen with ruffled curtains and blue walls, my mother’s favorite color. She was a tall, slender, modest woman (Marjorie Grace) who rarely raised her voice, always waited on my father, put her family first above all. Hers was not a forceful personality, but we knew her kitchen was her command. It was there at the round kitchen table that we held hands and blessed the food after my A Wonderful Memory of Mother By: Trish Crogan As my son once said: “This pretty much sums up my mother in a nutshell”: My mother was getting up in years, and her memory was starting to fade, but she could remember stories from the past. One day my sisters and I were all visiting, and she started talking about our only brother and how surprised she was that he was able to have children (he has three). She went on with her story and said she was surprised because he was born with only one testicle, and they said that he wouldn’t be able to reproduce. We were all quite surprised because we had never heard this story before and said, “Gee, Mom, we didn’t know that?” Then she said, “Oh no, wait that wasn’t your brother, that was the dog!” Happy Birthday, Mom By: Robby Strickland Mom turned 80 last year, and my 22-yearold-son was having trouble thinking of a present to get her. My mom smokes cigarettes, has since she was 14, and she drinks a couple of vodka tonics every night, while she cooks supper. So, I suggested to my son to give her a carton of cigarettes or some liquor. He could not bring himself to buy the cigarettes, but he did go out and buy her a fifth of Grey Goose. Mom always buys the cheapest she can find: $8 a half-gallon stuff. So, when she opened that fifth of Grey Goose on her birthday, from my son, her face lit up, and you could tell he had decided on a good gift. This made me step back to take a look at my family, and to put it in terms of comedian Jeff Foxworthy: “If you have ever given your 80-year-old grandmother a fifth of vodka, for

father’s daily devotional reading. He sat at the head; my mother at his left side. I resided across from my mother, to my father’s right, where he would routinely steal little pieces of my food, probably just to get her reaction. A gentle scolding, “Oh Ben…” Ben called my mother “Chum.” She was his partner in every sense of the word, but in her kitchen she was boss. She would reach in the flour bin and dump copious amounts on the counter, making biscuits and pie crusts from scratch almost every day. She told me once, “every man needs his biscuits,” so I dutifully learned to make them so I could someday be a good wife too. Can’t say I ever measured up in either capacity. It was in her kitchen that my mother tackled the hot summer ritual of preserving the immense quantities of garden vegetables my father would raise each year. She dutifully

canned and froze everything, sweltering over the stove in those days before the window airconditioner unit was (praise the Lord!) added. In preparing food in her kitchen, my mother was confident and strong. But it was also there that I witnessed times of fear and sorrow. I remember her leaning over the sink one day, crying quietly to herself when she thought no one was around, after an apparent fight with my dad. I was small then, unclear on what was happening. But it was the only time I remember them fighting. I remember her crying at our kitchen table more than once, when we three teenagers were engaged in a stupid argument. We would upset her; she would cry and ask us to stop. Her plea usually worked, though one of us might slip a sibling-kick under the table. I remember her weeping to me on the day my sister was to be induced for her third child after her husband left. I arrived at the house,

ready to take my sister to the hospital. My mother was ironing a shirt in her kitchen, with a sense of anger and emotion I had never before witnessed. She set her iron down heavily and spoke the unspoken obvious – to me or perhaps to no one – “Today my daughter is delivering her baby alone. How can that be?” I held her in my arms and told her we would manage; things would be okay. It was one of the few times she allowed me to comfort her, but it felt good. In her final days, dealing with multiple invasive treatments for breast cancer, she resolved to continue the fight, but perhaps that was just for us. And when Hospice was called in – no surprise – she was the most accepting of us all. No doubt we wanted her to go on forever, welcoming us home in her kitchen, hugging us tight, offering us the last piece of pie. We miss you, Chum.

her birthday, and it was the ‘best’ present she got ... you might be a redneck.

more then the clear blue sky, more then the bright yellow sun, more then the flowers that cover the world. You are my mother, and I’m happy that I can count on you to stay my mother forever. To me, forever is nothing without you by my side.

heart and soul of her home. She nurtures her children, supports all of our endeavors and dreams with vigor. Her rule as a mother is a high calling for her. She has shaped and molded my brother and me for greatness, and prays each day we will find a calling that will one day define us for who we truly are for our community and children. She is a patient navigator of ongoing confidence. In her work she is a disciplined and an industrious counselor at Coastal Horizons, a place people come to start a new life or live again for the first time. Many people have jobs that save lives every day: doctors, law enforcement and emergency medical technicians. But Wanda Brown creates an environment in her career that tirelessly resuscitates the very soul of lost individuals. She contributes to her community with much more than wisdom of the disease of addiction and supports a great deal of individuals by rebuilding the human spirit. She mentors and supports all who walk through her door. She extends her hands, heart, and whole soul to those in a great deal of pain, confusion and crippling addictions. I know factions and teams of individuals who are alive because of her calling. She promotes healing to their lives and makes her community safer by providing to those in crisis an intervention. By far, she is even more supportive of those with AIDS/HIV and other illnesses, and women who have been raped, abused and otherwise forgotten by society. I am simply in awe of my mother—my lifesaving mother. Above all this she is someone with a great deal of strength and loves her children in an even greater way. She carries hope to her home and suspends all stress from her job to love, nurture, and she carries on what she does from the moment she awakes each day.

My Mother... By: Sophia A businesswoman, a success and most of all a mother. She taught me everything I ever would need to know to survive in any economic situation. She taught me how to find great deals and always get the most for my money! Sometimes times are tough between us, but we make it through the day because in the end we love each other with our entire hearts. Not even her family had much faith in her, but they are now blown away with all of her accomplishments. At the age of 22, she set out to travel. She decided it was time to leave her hometown in Italy. She spent a few years in London, then she was off to Key West, where she met one of her best friends of all time. Together, they moved to Cape Cod, where she met my father. A year after they got married, she was pregnant. After a divorce she and I moved to Wilmington. Here, she opened up a business and made quick success. You may have been in there before: Planet! Now I’m 13, living with her, and definitely proud to say she is my mother. I wouldn’t want it any different. So I’m writing this because sometimes my gratitude isn’t always that clear. I want to show my mom that I truly love her, even if it doesn’t always seem so. No one could have done a better job of raising me. She is gorgeous! Her laugh is strong! And her taste is sweet! Together we are one! We shall always be one! Together we hold eternal power—power stronger then any light. Power that can control the entire world. Hand in hand we are truly unstoppable. So, once again, Mom: I love you! I love you

Mother By: Laura Susan Soles “My Momma don’t like dirty feet.” I should write a song. It would have something in it about daffodils that she calls “buttercups,” nothing fancy about rhymin’. We make up words to tunes we love, like Handel’s Alleluia Chorus. We ain’t got no sense. Momma is the epitome of Southern charm. She reminds me of delicate, lavender petit fours served on heirloom silver trays. Inside, she’s as tough as the birds high in treetops, defending their habitat. Momma doesn’t like it when my draw strings aren’t drawn, and when I hide my hair under caps her boyfriend gives me. But, with her, I can be childlike, just enough to ease the pain of my middle age. My momma loves me. We make music together at the piano. If no instrument is around, laughter becomes our music. My momma is Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, St. Valentine and St. Patrick, all rolled into one. She wants to get her eyelashes dyed, but her granddaughter’s prom dress comes first My momma’s real generous that way. If there were enough roses, I’d scatter them all around my momma’s very being. My Mother, Wanda Todd-Brown By Raquel Moore My mother, Wanda Todd-Brown, reveres God and pursues an ongoing relationship that’s personal and sacred. She is the very

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Events MOTHER’S DAY RIVERBOAT LUNCHEON 5/9: Mother’s Day Riverboat Luncheon Cruise. noon-1:30pm. Board an authentic riverboat and treat Mom to a memorable deli buffet lunch and narrated scenic tour of the Cape Fear River. Pre-paid advance reservations required ($25 adults; $12 children ages 2-12). Boarding begins at 11:30am. Henrietta III, riverfront at S. Water & Dock Streets. 910-3431611; 800-676-0162; www.cfrboats.com MOTHER’S DAY CRUISE OF HARBOR ISLAND 5/9: Mother’s Day Cruise of Harbor Island. Moms cruise free on Mother’s Day (with at least one paid passenger in her party). 1-hour historic harbor cruises depart at 12pm; 1:30pm & 3:30pm. Sunset cruise (1hr.) at 6:30pm. Reservations recommended. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Cruises, Waynick Ave. (across from Blockade Runner Resort). 910-200-4002; www.capefearnaturalist.com. NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK 27th National Travel and Tourism Week, bringing attention to the importance of travel in the country and more importantly, Pender County. North Carolina ranked sixth (up from 7th last year) in visitation in 2009 with those visitors spending $15.6 billion dollars,

generating $2.5 billion in federal, state & local tax receipts. Open House at the York House Thurs, 5/13, 10am-2pm, located across the street from the Burgaw Library at 108 S. Cowan St. Refreshments and fun

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The Henrietta III hosts mothers of the Port City and beyond to come aboard for a luncheon on the 9th. There will be a deli buffet lunch and narrated scenic cruise along the Cape Fear River. Pre-paid reservations must be made: $25 for adults and $12 for children. Boarding at 11:30am from South Water and Dock streets, (910) 343-1611. www.cfrboats.com will be supplied to celebrate travel and how it benefits our communities, county and state. Monique Baker: mbaker@pendercountync.gov

HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR Wilmington’s 2nd annual holistic health fair will be held at the Natural Therapies Institute on 5/15, 10am-5pm. Event hosts an eclectic group of local health experts with a single goal of broadening health awareness: acupuncture, Oriental medicine, biofeedback, nutrition counseling, massage, life coaching, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, intuitive arts, and crystal healing are just a few of the dynamic participants. Live music, free lectures, demonstrations, and delicious food will round out the event. Free and open to all ages. It is a great opportunity to meet the practitioners directly and have questions answered about services provided. The Natural Therapies Institute: 219 Racine Dr. 910-392-5404, or Peggy@ NaturalTherapiesInstitute.com TASTE OF WILMINGTON 5/16, 5-9pm. Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. in Wilmington, N.C. The Taste of Wilmington Food & Wine Festival allows attentands to sample offerings from participating restaurants, wine shops and wineries, then vote on their favorites in set categories: best local red wine, best dessert and best hot soup, to name a few. Leading up to the event, members of the public choose their favorite local chefs then vote to narrow the list to three culinary masters. (TopChefs.StarNewsOnline.com.) Finalists will compete in a cook-off for the title of Top Chef. Last year’s Top Chef was Matt Kahrs of Port City Chop House. $40/person.

Tickets on sale at StarNews, 1003 S. 17th St., and at participating restaurants and wine retailers. 343-2024. StarNewsOnline.com/TasteOfWilmington. FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS Wilmington Plastic Surgery is offering free skin cancer screenings by appointment, 5/18-20, in their Laser and Skin Care Clinic at 1404 Commonwealth Drive, near Landfall. 910-509-SKIN for appointment. FAMILY FEST 2010 Family Fest 2010 is presented by The Frank Harr Foundation, which continues its mission to educate the public on matters concerning the LGBTQIA community. Schedule: Fri, 5/1, 7pm-’til: An evening of stand-up and improv, known as “Queer on their Feet,” with Diana Yanez, Jennie McNulty and Daniel Leary. 8pm, $15/adv. and $20/door. Community Arts Center at Hannah Block USO, 120 S. 3rd St., (910) 251-6964. Cash bar, raffle, drag show, musicians and more! Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com. • Henrietta III Dinner Cruise: Sat., 5/22, 6-9pm. Tickets $50 and serving a Southern buffet. DJ, dancing, and hanging with the community. • Sweet Tea Dance, 5/23, 3-6pm. Level 5/City Stage, downtown, with DJ Jay Tatum, raffles and more! $10. 251-6964. www. frankharrfoundation.org. TEEN SUMMIT V Sat. 5/22: Community Boys & Girls Club, 9am2pm. “Make Your Contribution to Be Part of the Solution.” Urban Promotions is a service run by Brandon Hickman (CEO) and Sandra McClammy (president) of Wilmington, who both have a sincere interest in improving the quality of life for the community’s youth. Notably “challenged families,” who are raising our youth are affected by this trend, and the cases for adequacy in both the academic and social avenues continue to lack substance. In an effort to address the social inadequacy of our community’s youth, Teen Summit will display our sincere effort to continue to be a major part of the equation needed to solve many of the community’s efforts to promote change in our youth. The Urban Promotions youth street team, “The Realists,” will assist in running the event under our guidance. We have planned a day by which both the youth and adults will walk away with a renewed sense of hope and new possibilities. www. urbanpromotions.com. 910-228-7381. CAROLINA BEACH FIREWORKS Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce announces this year’s schedule for the “Fireworks by the Sea” series. Once again, Chamber has joined forces with the Boardwalk Makeover for an evening of family-fun entertainment: live music at the Boardwalk Gazebo at 6:30pm, leading up to the fireworks at 9pm, over a span of 18 evenings, including our fabulous Independence Day show. Mark your calendars, and grab your blankets and chairs and head to Pleasure Island: Thurs. 5/27, Fri. 5/28, Thurs. 6/3, Thurs. 6/10, Thurs. 6/17, Thurs. 6/24, Thurs. 7/1, Sat. 7/3 Independence Day Show, Thurs. 7/8, Thurs. 7/15, Thurs. 7/22, Thurs. 7/29, Thurs. 8/5, Thurs. 8/12, Thurs. 8/19, Thurs. 8/26, Thurs. 9/2, Fri. 9/3 Labor Day Weekend. DOG DAYS DOWNTOWN Dog owners looking for something out of the ordinary will enjoy Dog Days Downtown, presented by Dog Living Magazine, as a benefit for 2 Feet for Paw, Sat. 5/29, at Riverfront Park. Dogs and their humans are invited to take part in a scavenger hunt for fun and prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are available for interested businesses, and organizers are also looking for prize donations and volunteers at this time. Suzanne Jalot: 910-452-3775 or Amy Rowlett at 910-262-0425. FARMERS’ MARKETS Riverfront Farmers’ Market on Sat., 8am-1pm. Remains open every Saturday (except October 2 Riverfest) through 12/18, 8am-1pm, downtown. Features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products offered include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood,

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honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts, and more. N. Water St. (between Market & Princess streets). • Pine Valley Market’s Farm Fresh Saturdays: 5/22, and every Sat., from JuneAugust. A local farmer from Clinton will have a variety of local and regional produce. Castle Hayne farm flowers, too. www.pinevalleymarket.com, 3520 S College Rd. • Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market on Wed., 8am-1pm. Everything is locally grown or made: in-season fruits and vegetables, plants, cut flowers, eggs, cheese and mroe! Family Fun Day on 6/16, w/activities from 10am-1pm. Cooking demos with Chef Skip, including a Father’s Day Feast: $30, includes lunch. RSVP: 910-352-5326. Farm. Mkt. through 12/15, rain or shine. 10200 U.S. 17, Poplar Grove isonly a milefrom the I-40 bypass.(910) 686-9518ext.

Charity/Fund-raisers GIRLS INC. LUNCHEON Girls Inc. is pleased to welcome local author Georgia Mullen as the guest speaker for the annual Girls Inc. Wilmington luncheon. Ms. Mullen will talk about her experiences in writing and publishing. The girls will share some of the many skills they have learned by being involved in the Girls, Inc., program. Open to the public, noon-1:30pm. 1502 Castle St. $30/person and the proceeds will all go to support the important mission of Girls, Inc. 910-763-6674 or www.girlsincofwilmington. com. TOUCH OF CLASS AUCTION Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will hold their highly anticipated Touch of Class Charity Auction, Fri. 5/7, at Courtyard by Marriott, Carolina Beach. Feat. butlered hors d’oeuvre, full dinner, a live and silent auction, and a champagne toast for a chance to win a 1-carat diamond. Auction items: Discover Scuba package, golf packages, weekend getaways, jewelry, original artwork plus an autographed guitar from 2009 Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival headliner Delbert McClinton and featured item, Pecky Cypress wall sculpture, donated by local artist Shaw Lakey—a mermaid, entitled “Flight of Fancy,” is 5’ by 3’ and features bronze and copper accents. $35 includes two tickets for beer or wine, hors d’oeuvre, dinner and a bidding paddle. Reserved tables of 10 are also available. Music by Chris Bellamy of Island Fever. Registration at 5pm. Beneficiary will be Step Up For Soldiers, support organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of wounded combat veterans. 458-8434 or aimee@ pleasureislandnc.org. REACH THE BEACH 5/8: Our current campaign (www.stoptitan.org) is focused on stopping the proposed Titan Cement plant from being built along the Northeast Cape Fear river. All funds raised at Reach the Beach go directly towards educational and legal efforts to stop the Titan project.Schedule/details: 5k Run/1 mile Walk (Walkers immediately follow runners), 9am • Music, food, auction and family festival, Wrightsville Beach Town Park, 10am. • If an individual/family is sponsored there is no registration fee. If you don’t do the sponsorship, registration is $25, whether you’re a family or an individual, doing the run or the walk (you get one tshirt per $25 registration, but additional t-shirts can be purchased!) • Pre-race registration opens at 7:30am and closes at 8:45am on race day.Free parking at Town Hall and Wrightsville Beach Park. • Race Course Info: Certified course, tag timing system. Runners/walkers are responsible for knowing the course. We will also have race markers. Please, no bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, headphones or dogs.Registration. Eentrance fee is $5/person. Sponsor forms and sign up sheets: reachthebeach2010.com. WALK MS Eastern NC Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites community members to join Wilmington Walk MS’s elite Gold Club. To become a Gold Club member, participants must raise $500 or more for the Wilmington Walk MS event on 5/15 at Greenfield Lake Park. The Society’s goal is to recruit more than 500 Gold Club members by 5/31, the end of the 2010 Walk fundraising season. Participants can accept the Gold Club Challenge while registering for Walk MS at http://walknct.nationalmssociety.org. In addition to the four-mile walk, the event will feature entertainment, kids’ activities and lunch. walknct.nationalmssociety. org, 1-800 FIGHT MS.

SADD YARD SALE 5/15 (rain day 5/22): You can shop and do a good deed at the same time at Lowes Food at Monkey Junction, 5309 Carolina Beach Rd. from 8am-3pm. Funds raised provide relief for suffering animals during natural/manmade disasters. Saving Animals During Disasters urges you to enjoy this opportunity to assist them in helping our “best friends.” If you would like to donate items for the sale, drop them off by 5/13 at Coastal K-9 Bakery at 5905 Carolina Beach Rd. Call 7944014. or at Jeannie Mintz’s at 205 Georgia Ave., Carolina Beach, Call 520-6810. Please, no exercise equipment, computers, or adult clothing. AMATEUR RADIO 5/15: Amateur Radio community will support the MS Walk-a -Thon with radio communications for the MS Walk-A-Thon at Greenfield Lake. Race starts at 9am, and we will have a command table setup with our radios. Glenn M. Cox Ke4BMY: 910-431-3875 or ke4bmy@hotmail.com K-9 COTILLION GARDEN PARTY 5/15, 4pm (rain date, 5/23): A benefit for the Ability Garden, providing gardening opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged members of the community at New Hanover County Arboretum. at the NHC Arboretum on Oleander Drive. Tickets are $30 for one, $50 for a pair. Live music, pooch portraits and quick sketches by local artists, a raffle, and hors d’oeuvre with a cash wine & beer.Tickets available at the NHC Arboretum. DOWNTOWN AMBASSADOR VOLUNTEERS Wilmington’s Downtown Economic Development Organization is accepting applications for allnew Downtown Ambassador Program. Goal provides a dedicated resource to help everyone learn the many activities and assets available in

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The popular sing-a-long gospel of St. Matthew comes to life this weekend with the help of Thalian Association Children’s Theater. Songs like “Day By Day” and “All Good Gifts” will be brought to life alongside pantomime, acrobatics and a vaudeville-style show. “Godspell” presents a unique look at the life of Jesus. Tickets are $10; show goes on at the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. downtown. Ambassadors act as official downtown greeters and offer directions, helpful information and recommendations on things to see, places to visit, stores to shop in, places to eat and local events, to begin 5/21. Success relies heavily on the commitment of Wilmington’s generous contribution of time and energy. Ideally, Ambassadors volunteer for two hours once a week, or at least once a month. J ohn Hinnant: (910) 763-7349 or john@wilmingtondowntown.com. http://downtownambassador.com. RED CROSS SATURDAYS American Red Cross, Cape fear Chapter, presents CPR Saturday, a low-cost chance for you to receive training in CPR from a skilled, professional Red Cross instructor. At the end of the course you will be qualify for a certification in Adult CPR. Course will be offered 5/12, three times: 8am-noon, 9am -1pm, and 1-5:pm. First Baptist Church Activities Center at 411 Market St. $15 RSVP. www.arccapefear.org or (910)-762-2683.

Theatre/Auditions CLUE DINNER THEATRE Interactive portable dinner theatre! Secrets! Lies! Blackmail! Murder! What’s a body to do? Join in the farce whodunit-cocktail-party-turned-homicide that will leave you guessing! An adaptation of the cult movie classic, Clue, written by Jonathan Lynn, which is the film adaptation of the popular Parker Bros board game. Thurs. at 6:30pm, performed at Front Street Brewery.9 N. Front St. www.porchtheatre.com; 232-6611 GOODBYE CHARLIE

Big Dawg Productions presents the comedy Goodbye Charlie, 5/6-9, 13-16 and 20-23 at the Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. Charlie Sorel was a cad and a womanizer and a despicable human being. After he’s killed by a jealous husband, he comes back to life as a woman—and now he’s even worse! This hilarious play by George Axelrod (writer of “The Seven Year Itch”) stars Melissa Stanley and Tony Moore, directed by Ken Cressman. Thurs.-Sat. shows 8pm, Sun. matinee, 3pm. Tickets: $18; $15 for students and seniors, available at the Newcastle Antique Center, 606 Castle St. or 341-7228 or www.bigdawgproductions. org. Opening night Thurs. 5/6 is pay-what-you-can ($5 minimum please). OPERA HOUSE SEASON 25th Anniversary Season. The first two shows will be performed at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1415 South 17th St. The rest of the season will be performed on the Main Stage of Thalian Hall. Five Guys Named Moe: Book by Clarke Peters. Music and Lyrics by Louis Jordan. 5/7-9. His woman left him, he’s broke, and it’s almost 5 o’clock in the morning; Nomax slumps in his chair, drowning his misery. Suddenly, five hipsters appear to deliver the lessons Nomax needs, lessons in the mysteries of life and love. Feat. 20 of his greatest up-tempo, sing-along musical sensations, including “Saturday Night Fish Fry,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and more! Passenger list includes disguised gangsters, tapdancing sailors, high-kicking chorus girls, mismatched lovers, and women who could have slunk straight off the pages of Vogue in the 30s.Performances at 8pm, except Sun. matinees, 3pm. GODSPELL Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) presents the musical “Godspell.” Based on the gospel according to St. Matthew, “Godspell” features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), including “Day by Day” as well as “Turn Back, O Man,” “All Good Gifts” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” and “All For the Best. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, it’s a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. Directed by Kendra Goerring Garrett with music direction by Linda Carlise Markas. 5/7-8, 7pm, and 5/9, 3pm, at the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage, 120 South 2nd St. Tickets are $10, general admission at the door. Suzanne Smith, 910-232-6611. PORT CITY SICK SLAM 5/8: Finest poets in the Port City will be at Soapbox for the Port City Sick Slam. Sign up is at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm. Solow of Solow Entertainment will be the host. $3 cover for over 21, $5 cover for under 21, after 8:30pm, free for everyone before those hours. Come and see and the best poets in town. Brought to you by micswideopen. DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 5/7-9. City Stage at Level 5, 21 N. Front St. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, directed by Rob Mann. Lawrence and Freddie are con-men; big-time and small time respectively. They unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this town (on the French Mediterranean coast) ain’t big enough for the two of them. They agree to a “loser leaves” bet. The bet brings out the best/worse in the two. Interesting twist at the end. Tickets: $18-$22. Students/Seniors, $2 off. All shows, 8pm. 910-342-0272. OLIVER Thalian Association presents the classic musical “Oliver!” A nusical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage, and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. 5/13-16, Kenan Auditorium, campus of UNCW; Thurs., Fri. and Sat. @ 8pm, and Sat. and Sun. @ 3pm. $20-$25 with senior, student and group discounts. 910-962-3500. GUERILLA THEATRE Guerilla Theatre presents Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog!” 5/13-15, 20-22 & 27-29 at 8 & 9:30pm and 5/16, 23, 30 at 3 & 5pm. Fully authorized original stage adaptation of the Emmy Award Winning musical. Shy and awkward Billy is in love with his laundry buddy, the innocent and altruistic Penny who, quite by accident, falls for the handsome hero Captain Hammer. But Billy’s got a secret. Underneath all the nerdiness, he’s Captain Hammer’s arch nemesis Dr. Horrible! No, how will he ever find time to take over the world? More importantly, how’s he going to get

the girl? Tickets: $10-$20 dinner and a show Brown Coat Pub and Theatre 111 Grace St. • VOICE-OVER AUDITION Voice-over actors for a 5-minute animated dog story pilot for young children. Pay is in the low range. To audition for one of these voice-over parts, please send a work sample sound file, or a link to a work sample sound file, and your resume to LCWarden@Yahoo. com. www.lcwproductions.com/maggietales.html.

Comedy PORT CITY’S TOP COMIC 2010 Nutt St. Comedy Room and Comedy by the Beach presents 3rd annual Port City’s Top Comic stand-up comedy contest and comedian networking event. Ea. comedian will be given between 5-7 minutes to perform on 5/14-15, 21-22 during preliminary rounds of Port City’s Top Comic. Ea. night 16 comics perform; only four will advance to semi-finals on 5/26 at City Stage/Level 5. Of the 16, 8 will advance to the finals on 5/27 at City Stage. Only one comic will emerge as Port City’s Top Comic, who will win a trophy for being the top comic along with other prizes that will be announced via e-mail in the coming weeks. supercatmatt@gmail.com. SIDES Every Mon., 9pm: Wilmington’s only live sitcom: Sides. $5 admission, all new episode each week. Brown Coat Pub & Theater at 111 Grace St. 910-471-5690. NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tues. and Wed. Improv with the “Nutt House” troupe ($5 cover and $1 Front St draft beer), • Thurs. Open Mic Stand-up • Fri. and Sat.: Nationally Touring Comedians. 5/12: NY comedian Kenny Zimlinghaus @ 8pm. Doors open @ 7pm. • 5/20th: All-female comedic troupe Ovary Action performs $8 Doors @ 8pm, show time @ 9pm. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www.nuttstreet.com • 910-520-5520

Music/Concerts NC BOYS CHOIR NC Boys Choir will be presented in concert on 5/15, 7:30pm at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 S. College Rd. (corner of Peachtree and College Road). One of the relatively few existing boy choirs in this country, the nearly 100 total members of the organization sing from Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Britten, and Bernstein, in several languages. The members of the boy choir range in ages, from 9-15 and are currently under the full time direction of William Graham. 919.-489-0291 or www.ncboyschoir.org. CAROLINA COURTYARD PARK Series of free outdoor concerts will be offered every Tues. in May at noon in the Carolina Courtyard Park, next to Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. Bring a lunch and a blanket or folding chair and enjoy the music! 5/4: Susan Savia, folk music • 5/11: Mark Siegel, jazz guitar • 5/18: Mark Herbert, original songs for kids • 5/25: Rick Courtney, country music. Free, courtesy of the artists and the Friends of the Library. More concerts planned for June. 798-6301. Free parking for use of main library available in deck next to library. MUSIC ON THE TOWN Mayfaire Music on the Town returns for its 2010 season. Bring coolers (beer/wine is welcome), picnic baskets, chairs, friends and family to start the weekend off right! Chick-Fil-A will be at the concerts every Friday for an easy pick-me up dinner. Plus, Jumpin Party Rentals will be out with three moon bounce castles, cotton candy and snow cones for the kids (for a small fee). Fee parking and dogs are welcome! Schedule: 5/7: Soul Power Posse (funk, R&B, rock) • 5/14: Blivet (eclectic rock) • 5/21: L-Shape Lot (Americana, roots rock) • 5/28: Jam Sandwich (Southern rock) CHRISTINE LAVIN Singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist/humorist in concert. 5/7, 8:30pm; 5/8, 7:30 & 9:30pm; 5/9, 2:30pm at Thalian Hall Rainbow Room. $25. 910-343-3664; www.thalianhall.org. RAD FEST Rad Fest brings close to 100 bands split between five venues. Rad Fest combines underground and independent music scene to celebrate hard-working artists. The lineup will include: New Mexican Disaster Squad, Leatherface, Ann Beretta, None More Black,

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Rehasher, Toys That Kill, The Sainte Catherines, Madison Bloodbath and Army of Ponch, among many, many more! Show dates: Fri and Sat, 5/14-15. Tickets: $25, two-day pass, available through Gravity Records or www.radfestnc.com. Venues hosting the bands: The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge (both floors), 16 Taps, The Whiskey and Charley Brownz. Chason Huggins: radfest@gmail.com

talent in several mediums including but not limited to Water Colors and Acrylics. Silver Coast Winery is a full wine-making facility housing an eclectic art gallery, unique gift shops, with beautiful picnic grounds. Private parties as well as corporate parties and weddings are welcome. Tours and Tastings on Mon.-Sat. from 11am–6pm and on Sun., 12-5pm. Visit www.silvercoastwinery.com or 910 287 2800.

CAROLINA VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble, directed by Stephen Field, will present its spring concert “A Night at the Opera,” on Sat. 5/22 at 8pm and Sun. 5/23 at 4pm. The concert will include great choruses from famous operas. The Ensemble will be assisted by guests Elisabeth MacKay Field, soprano and Wes Rickard, tenor. First Christian Church at 2035 Oleander Drive. Tickets will be required for admission but will be free to the public. Donations to support CVAE’s commitment to musical excellence for the community will be gratefully accepted. Call 910-960-SING (7464) or go to our website www.carolinavocalarts.org.

CALL TO AUTHORS Art Soup, a nonprofit arts organization in Wilmington, NC, is currently seeking published or self-published authors and poets to participate in an annual, large outdoor arts festival, Sat. 9/11. The Wilmington Art Walk is an artist market throughout the streets of the historic downtown area, featuring visual artists, crafts, music and more. Literary participants are welcome to sell and sign copies of current or previous work at individual booths in a special section of the festival dedicated to writers. Spaces available at a discounted rate of $35 per participant. 910-620-2047 or info@ art-soup.org.

WE FEST Five stages only $1! 101 bands from all over the country performing, on-site art, poetry, art exhibit, dance, film, open paint mural, book signing and more! Thurs., 5/27: 3p-3a; Fr., 5/28: 12p-3a; Sat., 5/29: 12p-3a; Sun., 5/30: 12p-3a; Mon, 5/31 3p-2a. Showcases brought to you by: Ninjatronics, Bootleg Magazine, Encore Magazine, Broken Wings Productions, The Artbox, Art Soup, Eskimo Kiss Records, The Beat Magazine, Carl Kruger, Me Can I Kill, Mz. Metal, Forward Motion Dance, Performer Magazine. wefestival.com orsoapboxlive.com WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY 5/29 at 7pm, the Wilmington Choral Society will perform John Rutter’s Magnificat, a tremendous large-scale work for both chorus and orchestra, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1403 Market St. Tickets are free and available at the door, or call 910-254-1044 for reservations. Sponsorship opportunities are available: a fully tax-deductible donation of $150 provides for one of 18 chamber musicians. 910-254-1044. CAPE FEAR CHORALE The Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, is currently accepting new members for Fall 2010. 910-791-2121 or www.capefearchorale.org.

Dance TANGO Learn the Argentinian dance that focuses on the connection between partners—fun, professional, positive instruction. Couples only. Cost is $15 per couple per class. Wilmington Athletic Club on Fridays, 6:15. • New intro series is starting at CAM in June! surfertango.com AZALEA COAST DANCERS Open ballroom dancing, Sat, 5/8, at New Hanover Country Center Ballroom, 2222 S. College Rd. corner of Shipyard Blvd. 6:45pm entry level ballroom dance lesson. 7:30pm complete spectrum of American and Latin Ballroom open dancing to our own recorded music. $10/person. Singles and couples welcome. Smoke and alcohol free environment. Presented by Azalea Coast NC USA Dance #6031 serving SE NC. 910-799-1694 or acusabda@att.net. azaleacoastNCUSADance.org WILMINGTON BALLET COMPANY TEA PARTY Join Wilmington Ballet Company at our Fairy Princess Tea Party and Ballet featuring Wilmington’s very own princess ballerinas, on Sat. 5/15 at 1pm and 3pm at the Scottish Rite Temple. Tickets are $30 each, all profits benefitting the Wilmington Ballet Company. www.wilmingtonballetcompany.org; 910-547-3032. THE CIRCLE Free form movement session every Friday, 6-7:30pm at Dance Cooperative 118 S. 17th St. Free or $5 Donation suggested. albanelved@albanelved.com. No experience needed. www.albanelved.com BABS MCDANCE NEW SCHEDULE West Coast Swing: Mon. 6-7pm • Rumba: Mon. 7-8pm • Basic Shag: Tues. 6-7pm • Night Club Two Step: Tues. 7-8pm • Basic Salsa: Tues. 7-8pm • Progressing Salsa: Tues. 8-9:30pm • Swing & Lindy: Wed. 6-7pm • Cha Cha: Wed. 7-8pm • Mambo: Wed. 8-9:30pm • Waltz: Thurs. 6-7pm • Progressing Shag: Thurs. 7-8pm • Foxtrot: Thurs. 7-8pm • Argentine Tango: Thurs. 89:30pm. Full schedule: babsmcdance.com. FIREHOUSE STUDIO BELLY DANCING

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ZIABIRD SPRING CALENDAR 5/8, 12-5pm, Trunk Show with Wilmington clothing designer Amanda DeLeon. New Spring looks. • 5/9, 12-5. Mother/Daughter Day at Ziabird and Lumina Station • 5/28-7/5. Ivey Hayes artwork at Ziabird. 1900 Eastwood Road • 910-208-9650.

Bellydance Classes at the Firehouse Pilates Studio, Mon. nights. Private and semi-private, $50 for an hour and a half instruction and $30 a piece for two people for same duration. divyawaters@yahoo.com or 910620-3566. CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 DANCE LESSONS AT CAROLINA LOUNGE Tues, 7:30pm, shag lessons with Brad and DJ Lee Pearson. • Fri., 7:30pm, Tango workshop with Paula. 9:30pm, salsa lessons with DJ Lalo. • Line Dancing lessons with DJ Lee and instructor Barbara Braak 7:30pm. Cover charge $5, lesson free. • Sat., Latin ryhthm. Doors open 9pm. 5001-a Market St, (910) 790-8598

Arts SUMMERARTS Pro. instruction with Lois DeWitt, MFA, over 30 years of teaching experience. Tutoring: $30/2-hour session. • Acrylic Painting Workshop, $20, Mon., 3-5pm: Color mixing, brushwork, gradations, light and shadow, drawing for painting. Learn basics or maximize your intermediate or advanced skills. Maximum 4 students. Enroll anytime, start at any skill level. • Collage Workshop, $20, Tues., 11am-1pm: Collect papers, found materials and create beautiful collage compositions. Learn basics or maximize your intermediate or advanced skills. Maximum 4 students. Enroll anytime, start at any skill level. • Oil Pastels Workshop, $20, Tues, 3-5pm: Explore the vibrant colors of oil pastels: shading, layering color, blending, light and shadow. Learn basics or maximize your intermediate or advanced skills. Maximum 4 students. Enroll anytime, start at any skill level. • Water Color Workshop, $20, Wed, 11am-1pm: Wet and dry brush, expressive brushstroke, light and shadow washes, spray and splash, basic drawing for water color painting. Learn basics or maximize your intermediate or advanced skills. Maximum 4 students. Enroll anytime, start at any skill level. • Drawing Workshop, $20, Wed., 3-5pm: Line, shading, composition and how to draw what you see. Learn basics or maximize your intermediate or advanced skills. Maximum, 4 students. Enroll anytime,

start at any skill level. • Drawing Workshop, $20, Sat., 11am-1pm: Line, shading, composition and how to draw what you see. Learn basics or maximize your intermediate or advanced skills. Maximum 4 students. Enroll anytime, start at any skill level. • Acrylic Painting Workshop, $20, Sat, 3-5pm: Learn basic acrylic painting skills and techniques: color mixing, brushwork, gradations, light and shadow and basic drawing. Maximum 4 students. Enroll anytime, start at any skill level. • www.free-online-art-classes.com or loislight@bellsouth.net THE KEY PROJECT See page 14. BIG PRINT BLOCK PARTY & ART FESTIVAL 5/22: 9am-4pm. Cape Fear Blvd. East Block, Carolina Beach. Free and open to the public. 14 artists will be bringing their 4x8 foot woodcuts and printing them onto fabric, live in the street with a 3 ton steamroller. Visiting artist Julia Morrisroe will be printing 2- 4x8 foot blocks as an 8x8 foot diptych. There will also be local artists and crafters exhibiting their work alongside this event. We will have some free art projects for the kids such as Gyotaku also known as Japanese fish printing. www.capefearpress.com 910-458-4647. 20/20 FILTERS OF LIGHT AND INSIGHT 20/20 Filters of Light and Insight: art work with a pulse. (With vibrational Effects thanks to complementary 3D glasses.) ACME Art Studios711 N. 5th St., 5/28, 6-9pm. Entertainment and performance art collaboration will be provided by Crystal Bright and The Silver Hands. Private viewing of work available by appt.: Grey Pascal. 336-327-4734 or volcanodweller@hotmail.com. THRIVE STUDIOS “Hello...Exhibition” currently on display, featuring Thrive Studio artists. • The Miniature Art Show ill be held Sat., 5/29, 7-11pm. 6622 Gordon Rd. Unit N • www.facebook.com/pages/WilmingtonNC/Thrive-Studios/272329281091. www.myspace. com/ThriveStudiosNC ARTISTS NEEDED Artists and craftsmen needed for 6th annual Artists Aid the Animals art show and sale, held 6/5-6, at the Elks Club at 5102 Oleander Drive. Art or craft does not have to be animal related. 80 participants welcom, first-come, first-served. normat@bellsouth.net with cc to liefrog@aol.com with “Art and Craft Show” in subject. Application: http://pchsdreams.org. Gloria: 799-5401. ART OPENING AT SILVER COAST WINERY The Silver Coast Winery is proud to display the works of Suzanne C. Hunady through 6/14. Sue’s work reflects

BOTTEGA EVENTS CALENDAR EXHIBIT: The Rad Fest Art Exhibit: Displaying all original pieces of six artists known for their artistic works and involvement in independent music and culture across the country, including Richard Minino of Horsebites Design, Jana Miller, Craig Horky, Joshua Mikel of Sharkguts Design, Lauren Denitzio of Black and Red Eye, Chason Huggins and Joelle Andres. Art will be on display through 6/6th, with opening reception on Thurs. May 13th from 6-9pm to correspond with the kick-off weekend of Wilmington’s first Rad Fest music festival • EVENTS: World Music Mon. and Open Paint and Create (bring art in progress). • Starving Artist Night and Stitch and Bitch, 6pm, Tues. • Wed. Weekly Wine Tastings • Call to artists: Currently taking submissions for summer’s exhibitions—New works created by our animal loving artists. Those who have been inspired by a pet or any animal that has been a companion, even if only for a moment, are encouraged to submit. Please note, we are not necessarily looking for images of these animals specifically (although that is fine too) but think of other ways to express these memories (a park, their toy, fire hydrant, etc…) All styles, medium & creative processes welcome.Submit by 5-10 jpeg images by 5/15. Proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to local shelters. • Looking for pieces for a watercolor exhibit. Anything goes. Please also submit 5-10 jpeg images by 7/15. 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737. bottegagallery.com

Museums BATTLESHIP Battleship Alive: Living history interpreters will participate in demonstrations, 8am-5pm, 5/8, showing the life of the Battleship crew during World War II. See Sailors and Marines demonstrate typical daily activities, drills, and inspections just as they would have back in WWII. Come and participate in shipboard activities. The demonstrations are included in the regular admission to the Ship. • The USS NC Battleship Assoc. is also holding their annual Reunion 5/5-5/8. Crewmembers and their families will gather together to reminisce about life aboard ship and the War years at this special reunion.• Fabulous Fantail Film Festival: 5/7, Raiders of the Lost Ark; King Kong (1933), 14; 21, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971); and 28, The Wizard of Oz. $2/person and shows begin at 8:30. with ticket sales starting at 7:30. Tickets will remain on sale to the start of the show or until sold out. Fresh popcorn and sodas available, $1. • Junction of HWYs 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River across from historic downtown Wilmington. 8am-5pm (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend) and 8am-8pm (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day). Ticket sales stop one hour before closing. www.battleshipnc.com NC AQUARIUM


Pre-register for all programs! EVENTS: Aquarist Apprentice: 5/8, 2pm. Find out what it is like to be responsible for the aquarium critters. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour, learn about our animals and their diets, and assist our staff in the preparation of food and feeding of some of our animals. Limited participants; wear close-toed shoes and be prepared to smell fishy. Ages 10 and up; ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $25/participant. Aquarium admission included. • Behind the Scenes Tour: 5/9, 2pm; 5/13, 11:30am. Accompany aquarium staff on a guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. Limited to 10 participants. Children under 8 not permitted; ages 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fee: $15/ participant. Admission included. • Mommy and Me: 5/8, 9am; 5/29, 9am. Moms and children interact and learn together about aquarium animals, and enjoy free playtime in our Freshwater Wonders Room, which will be reserved just for program participants. Kids ages 1-3. Fee: $13/adult and child ($1 ea. add. child). Admission included • Salt Marsh and Crabbing: 5/16, 3pm; 5/30, 3pm. Hands-on program that introduces participants to the challenge of catching blue crabs; lessons in biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. Equipment is provided. Ages 7 and up. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: $16/participant, $8 for members. Admission included. • Surf Fishing Workshop: 5/8, 9am. 3-hour workshop includes one hour of classroom discussion, then surf fishing on the beach nearby. All equipment provided; rain or shine, with extra activities added in event of bad weather (e.g., throwing a cast net). Ages 10 and up. Fee: $12/participant. Admission not included. 910-458-7468; 900 Loggerhead Rd. Kure Beach. www.ncaquariums.com CIVIL WAR LECTURE SERIES Explore the social, economic, and political aspects of the Civil War era in Wilmington: Civil War Wilmington: 5/8 @ 9am or 11:30am. Participate in a walking tour of historic downtown Wilmington to envision the city during the height of Civil War. Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St. • After the War: 5/11 @ 7pm. Discover how Wilmington fared under Union occupation in 1865. Cape Fear Museum, 814 MArket St. • All three events, $25. Individual events, $10 each. Aimee Jones: 762-2511 or aimee@historicwilmington.org for reservations. Space limited. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SELF-MADE IN AMERICA Abraham Lincoln traveling learning station exhibit will be at UNCW’s Randall Library through 5/20. “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” features reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. A national traveling exhibit featuring reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is open to the public free of charge. Exhibit covers Lincoln’s childhood, his self-education, his careers as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination, and other important periods and events in his life. Reproduction artifacts on display, all modeled from originals. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: NC Collects: The Real McCoy. Through 9/12 is the first in a series of exhibitions featuring private collections of NC collectors. Exhibition features cookie jars, vases and decanters from the ‘30s-’70s and will include rare, one-of-a-kind examples of McCoy pottery. • Kaleidoscope: Changing Views of the Permanent Collection, through 5/9. Feat. selected paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photographs, furniture, decorative arts and other objects drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Configuration will change throughout the year, as individual works are rotated. • Recollection: The Past Is Present, through 6/20. Visual and thematic referencing of the past while being rooted firmly in the present connects the art work of Amalia Amaki, Lillian Blades and Beverly Buchanan to the historical-tinged quilts by African American women in the exhibition.• EVENTS: 5/6, 7-8pm. Music in the courtyard w/Nectar (acoustic), a duo of vocalist Jackie DeConti and guitarist Brett Johnson. Members: $5/non: $8. • Movement Lab with Karola Luttringhaus, 5/9, 3pm. $15, cash and checks only, checks payable to Alban Elved Dance Company. Focus on physical freedom and creativity; learn movement from within, trusting yourself, identifying and following stimuli that inspires movement. www.dynamic-body.net. “Kid”cademy: Wed., 3:304:30pm, through 5/12. Ages 6 to 10. Limited enrollment,

8 students per session. Members $60, Non-members: $90. Students explore galleries and make exhibitioninspired artwork. • Kids @ CAM, 5/15, noon-3pm. $3/child (family membership), $5/child (non-members), adults free. Afternoon of creativity and imagination! Make art you can take home, explore our exhibitions, fun for the whole family! Parental supervision required; no pre-reg. necessary.• CLASSES: Yoga, every Thurs., noon, $5 members, $8 non-members. • Tai Chi, every Wed., noon, $5 members, $8 non-members per class • Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri: 11am-2pm, Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid student ID card, $3 Children age 2 -12. cameronartmuseum.com or 910-395-5999. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or www. capefearserpentarium.com. LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings,

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first Sun. ea. month. 814 Market St. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 303 West Salisbury Street. wbmuseum.com. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market streets. Tues-Sat, 10am4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. www.burgwinwrighthouse.com

Sports/Recreation WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH PARKS AND REC Tennis Lessons: offered for Tots ages 6-8, Youth ages 912, as well as adults. Group lessons meet on Mon/Wed at the Wrightsville Beach Park tennis courts. Other days available for your group of 6 or more w/tennis pro Jackie Jenkins. Wrightsville Beach residents $55/Nonresidents $70. • Ladies’ Single Tennis Ladder and Men’s Single Tennis Ladder: 5/24-9/3. Wrightsville Beach residents $20 / Non-residents $25. • Surf, Sun, Sand: 30th annual Surf-Sun-Sand Celebration will be held on Sat, 6/5, beginning at 8:30am, on the beach strand near the Oceanic Pier. Activities include a 6-person and 4-person co-ed volleyball tourney and a 2-person bocce ball tourney. Registration opens 4/12. Tourney fee/team: $100 for New Hanover County residents and $125 for non. Fee to enter tournament: $40 for New Hanover County residents and $50 for non-residents. • Programs for Adults: co-ed softball, flag football, basketball, low impact aerobics, pilates, yoga, boot camp, bridge and shag lessons. (910) 256-7925 for further information. • Intro to Kayaking: 5/14, 7-9pm. Topics include kayak safety, PFD (personal flotation devices), equipment, water access, tours and maps. 256-7925 /www.towb. org/Departments/PlanningParks/ParksRecreation/ SummerPrograms/tabid/105/Default.aspx

Wrightsville Beach Park and Recreation offers tennis lessons for children ages 6-8, 9-12 and to adults. Group lessons meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at the tennis courts, while other days are available for groups of six or more with tennis pro Jackie Jenkins. Costs are $55 for Wrightsville Beach residents or $70 for nonresidents. Single tennis ladders for men and women also coming up at end of month. artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am - 4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. www.latimerhouse.org WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM 5/8: National Train Day: Special train/railroad activities include a “choo-choo cam” and free train whistles for kids. Admission charge. • Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. N. end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or www.wrrm.org. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Conservation Matters: Explore the art and science of artifact conservation. Discover what it is, who does it, and why it matters to museums. A selection of beautifully conserved furniture and other objects from the Museum’s permanent collection will be on display. • Going To The Movies: Experience the history of a century of movie-going in the Lower Cape Fear region. Explore where people went to the movies. Discover how the theater experience has changed over the years. Watch some of the first films local residents may have seen. • Cape Fear Treasures: Drink: Glimpse a selection of drinking vessels, as you explore treasures from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. From 18th-century bottles to fancy teapots to modern-day souvenir mugs, discover objects that help tell the stories of liquid consumption through time. • Hours: 9am-5pm Tues-Sat. and 1-5pm, Sun. Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for students w/ID and senior citizens; $5 special military rate w/military ID; $3 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members always free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the

HALYBURTON NATURE PROGRAMS Free, pre-reg rqd. 4099 S. 17th Street 910-341-0075 or www.halyburtonpark.com. Ages 16 and up!• Birding by Ear, 5/13, 9am -4pm. Join educator Mike Campbell of the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission and park naturalist Andy Fairbanks to learn the songs and calls of resident and migratory birds. Useful tips, tricks and mnemonics provided, starting in classroom and testing your skills in field at Greenfield Lake, Carolina Beach State Park and Ft. Fisher. Free; pre-reg. is rqd. • Fossil Hunt (ages 6-10), 5/13, 1:30-3pm. Get a closer look at remnants of the past to discover the remains of different animals that had been hidden beneath the sea for millions of years, until now. Ea. student will receive fossil dirt to sift through; all findings yours. $3/participant • Backyard Birding and Feeding, 5/22, 9:30-11am. Join park naturalist into the world of birds, and discover what tasty treats and feeders will attract these fantastic creatures each season. Discover how you could build your own backyard bird oasis. Age 10 and up. $3/participant. • Snake and Turtle Feeding: 5/12, 4-4:30pm. Brief presentation about live animals on display in Events Center and watch them feed. At least one snake and a turtle fed during demonstration. Age: 3 and up. $1/participant. (910)341-0075. SEASIDE SOCCER CLASSIC 5/22-23: 17th annual Seaside Soccer Classic, a youth soccer championship sanctioned by the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. Hosted by the Cape Fear Soccer Association, the classic provides a fun, safe and competitive opportunity for teams of all levels. Championship open to all club teams that regularly participate in challenge and classic league play, including up to 300 teams from NC, SC, Virginia and Georgia this year. Mandatory reg. takes place at Courtyard by Marriott on Van Campen Blvd., 5/21, 6-9pm. Reg. available: www.capefearsoccer.com. 910-392-0306 or tournaments@capefearsoccer.com. www.capefearsoccer.com.

Film SEX AND THE CITY PREMIERE PARTY Grab your girlfriends (and your Mr. Big) and get your fix at the official “Sex and the City” Premiere Party, hosted by Wilmington’s “Style Girl” Jess James, at Homewood Suites in Mayfaire. Dress a la Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte, and enjoy poolside “Carrie Cosmos,” Moroccan belly dancing by Samra, light bites, shopping with Bordeax Jewelry, Paradise Yoga and, of course, fabulous prizes for “Best Dressed” Sex and the City-style. 5/27: 5:30-10pm. Movie times: 7pm & 10:10pm. Party ticket: $5 in advance, http:// stylegirljessjames.com, or $10 at door. FREE MOVIES AT THE LAKE Every Sun. night at Carolina Beach Lake Park a movie will be shown, as families from all areas bring their lawn chairs and blankets. First one of the year: 5/30 Avatar. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other popular concessions are available for saleat reasonable prices. Movies are free.

Kids Stuff IMPROV FOR CHILDREN Steve Vernon will teach Improv for Children, Mon., 5-6pm, for 6 weeks, beginning 5/10; and Improv for Adults, Tues., 6-7:30pm, beginning 5/11. $80/6 weeks, at the Community Arts Center. Children’s class, ages 12-17, adults 18+. Focusing on improvisation, the spontaneous creation of material: songs, physical movement and spoken word; active participation a must. 910-612-2239 MONTESSORI MARINE SCIENCE AND ART CAMP Half-day program delights children with a hands on sea life experience in the safety of The Montessori classrooms and outside environment. Water safety issues are explored with a child friendly approach. Art projects, experiments and music go hand in hand with each “sea critter” or environmental topic that is introduced. Sea life offered by Hieronymus Fishing Charters. Ages 3-6 years. We will work with your vacation schedule. Lhieronymus@aol.com. UPPER ROOM THEATRE CO. SUMMER CAMP Upper Room Theatre Company has announced the summer camp schedule for its Kids’ Musical Theatre (KMT). The camp, intended for children and teens in first through eighth grade, will take place from 6/28-7/27, 9am-1pm, in the Lutheran Church of Reconciliation’s Ministry Center, 7500 Market St. Schedule: 6/28-7/2: Hannah Montana; 7/5-9, Peter Pan; 7/12-16, The Lion King; and 7/19-23, Annie. $15 one-time, non-refundable registration fee for individuals; $25 one-time, nonrefundable registration fee for siblings (one fee covers two siblings) plus $95 per week. A 10% discount is offered if sibling attends the same week of Camp KMT. Scholarships are available on as needed basis. Contact Kate Santhuff, KMT Camp Director, at info@ upperroomtheatre.org or call (910) 686-9203. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH CAMPS Soccer Camp: (Ages 3-12) Wrightsville Beach Parks and Rec. hosts Challenger Sports, British Soccer Camp. Two, five-day camps that meet Mon-Fri, 6/21-25 and 7/19-23 at Wrightsville Beach Park. Fee includes a soccer ball and a T-shirt. Fees and times vary depending on age. • Lacrosse Camp (Ages 11-14, rising 5th – 8th grades) Cape Fear Academy Head Coach Paul Gilbert leads this 5-day Summer Lacrosse Camp at Wrightsville Beach Park. His team of instructors includes local area middle school and high school coaches. Camp will consist of stick skills, and drills teaching proper catching and throwing. 6/28–7/2, 5-8pm. Wrightsville Beach residents $140 / Non-residents $175. • Tennis Camp: (Ages 8-11) 4-day camp for youth emphasizes sound fundamentals, from grips and proper footwork to stroke production and movement. 6/28–7/1, 9am-noon, at the Wrightsville Beach tennis courts. Wrightsville Beach residents $120 / Non-residents $150. • Performance Club: Directed by LJ Woodard. Session dates, times and fees vary depending on age. All supplies and a daily snack are included in the fee. • Art Camp taught by local artists, Susan Tharin & Julia Jensen, exploring a variety of crafting and art techniques including composition, design and color concepts. Students will get hands on experience in painting, bead making, mosaic glasswork, wirework and much more! Camps meet 9am-noon, in the Fran Russ Recreation Ctr, located in Wrightsville Beach Park. All supplies and a daily snack are included in the fee. SESSIONS: for ages 7 and up,

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6/21 – 25 or 7/12 – 16, Wrightsville Beach residents $130/ Non-residents $160. • Cotillion: (Ages 4*-8) Cape Fear Cotillion Manners Camp with Tracee Meyer. We will be making manners fun with games, crafts and activities, on the tennis/basketball courts practicing sportsmanship, learning ballroom & popular dances, and serving lunch to practice our table manners every day! You will come away from this camp with skills that will last a lifetime! (4 year olds who are entering kindergarten in the fall are eligible) 7/26-30, 9am-noon, at the Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. WB residents $140/non-res.$175.

Lectures/Readings POMEGRANATE BOOKS Wed.5/5:FirstWivesClub,7pm.The First Wives’ Club is both a book club and a supportive networking opportunity for women who have been divorced more than five years. This will be the last FWC meeting until October 2010. Christine Parker: (910) 686-6999, or parkerchris9@aol.com. • Thurs. 5/6: Christy English Reading & Booksigning: The Queen’s Pawn, 7pm. Debut novel centers upon the legendary Eleanor of Aquitaine and the one person she loved more than power—her rival for the throne. www.christyenglish. com • Sat. 5/8: Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), 2pm. David Kaczynski & Bill Babbit, “Voices of Experience: Race, Mental Illness, & the Death Penalty.” Speakers share experiences and to tell the rest of us their stories, offering unique insights into racial and economic factors that influence the death penalty, the problem of severe mental illness that goes untreated, and the personal cost of courageous decisions. www.mvfr.org. • Thurs. 5/13: Reading and booksigning w/Emily Herring Wilson: “Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener,” 7pm. Emily Wilson uses previously unpublished letters, from the 1930s and ‘40s, that Elizabeth wrote to her older friend and mentor, Ann Preston Bridgers. • Sat. 5/15: Reading and booksigning: Jessica Saint: Cloud & the Spyglass of the Caribbean, by T.E. Anstead, 3pm. A Nancy Drew-meets-Indiana Jones type character, Jessica Saint uncovers a mystery in Barbados. 4418 Park Ave. 910-452-1107. pomegranatenc@gmail.com, www. pombooks.net. AUTHOR LEE SMITH Two Sisters Bookery and the New Hanover County Library are pleased to host a reading and book signing for NC best-selling author Lee Smith, 1pm, at the main branch of the New Hanover County Library at 201 Chestnut St. on Tues., 5/11. Smith will read from her latest book, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger. Discussion and signing will follow. Books available at event. Free, open to the public. Refreshments served. 910-798-6300. 201 Chestnut. St.

Classes POPLAR GROVE Classes: Pilates, Mon. 4:30-5:30pm • Glass Bead Making, Sat. 5/8, 5/29, 11am-4:30pm. $175. 18 and up. • Wire Wrap Beading, third Wed. of each month 11am-12pm & Mon. 5/17, 6/21 6-7:30pm. $35 • Bracelet Making, first Wed. of ea. month 11am-12pm & Mon. 5/3, 6/7 6-7:30pm. $50. • Tae Kwon-Do, Tues. & Thurs. 6-7pm. $75/month. • Self -Defense for Adults, Wed. 1-2:15pm, 5:45-7pm. $40/4 classes. • 910-6869518 ext. 26, www.poplargrove.com BOATING COURSE Did you know effective 5/1 NC Senate Bill 43 will require all boat operators under the age of 26 to take an approved boating course to be able to operate their boat or PWC legally? The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron, an affiliate of the United States Power Squadrons, is offering America’s Boating Course, to the public on three consecutive Saturdays, 5/5, 15, and 22. Classes will be at CFCC, Room L-107 from 8am to 1pm. Cost of materials is $30. Information will be provided on recreational boating and will include lessons on boat handling and basic seamanship. Course meets NC state specific and National Association of State Law Administrators requirements. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. Peter Dahl: 681-1106. Alan Smith: 762-2906. www. capefearpowersquadron.org. KAYAKING WORKSHOP Free workshop at Wrightsville Beach Rec. Center, Fri. 5/15 from 7-9pm. Topics will include kayak safety, PFD

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(personal flotation devices), equipment, water access, tours and maps. Conducted by the professionals at Hook, Line, & Paddle. 910-256-7925. REJUICENATE One weekend, a whole new you! Cleanse your body into summer the weekend of 5/22-23. Enjoy yoga, meditation exercises, juicing, education and benefits from body cleansing, aromatherapy, and essential oils. Cost $85. Weekend cleanse will be held at Natural Therapies Institute from 10am-6pm Saturday & 10am4pm Sunday. Brought to you by Your Life In Balance & Soil to Soul. Call 910-264-8465 to register. ECKANKAR CENTER OF WILMINGTON Eckankar Center of Wilmington, 5040 Wrightsville Ave. Workshops free. All welcome. Info: 799-8356 or e-mail wilmington@eckankar-nc.org. • The Value of Chanting, 6:30-8pm: 6-Week series of free workshops, all teaching how to chant, focusing on peace and self-awareness: 5/27: Experience Divine Love; 6/3: Quiet the Mind & Ego; 6/10: Expand Your Awareness; 6/17: Contentment & Tranquility; 6/24: Have Your Own Spiritual Experiences. Drop-ins welcome. • 2 Hour Workshop: 6/26, 2pm-4pm, “Past Lives, Dreams, & Soul Travel” at the Northeast Branch Library, 1241 Military Cutoff, Wilmington. Free and open to the public. Based on the book, “Past Lives, Dreams, & Soul Travel” by Harold Klemp; & is available at any bookstore or online booksellers. Exercises to recall & resolve past lives. Exercises for dream interpretation. and exercises for soul travel, self-awareness and soul-awareness.

Clubs/Notices COMBAT CONVERSATION WITH WWII VETS World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition and UNCW Lifelong Learning presents “Combat Conversations withWorld War II Veterans,” 5/12. Four veterans of each of the armed forces will describe their World War II combat experiences from when they were in Europe and the Pacific at a luncheon panel sponsored by the UNC Wilmington Osher Lifelong Institute on Wed, 5/12, at 11:30am, in the Madeline Suite. Public is invited. Moderated by retired Navy captain and historian Wilbur Jones. Panelists, all area residents, include: Col. Bob Newman, USAF (Ret.), a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber pilot over Europe; Leo Bednarczyk, a Pacific LST sailor with numerous amphibious assault landings in the Pacific; Jim Flowers, a Marine Corps Pacific combat photographer; and Bob Bradicich, 28th Infantry Division, who fought in the Battles of Huertgen Forest and the Bulge. Captain Jones will sign copies of his WWII books. Panelists will exhibit wartime memorabilia. 962-3195 by 5/7. CALL FOR VENDORS Thalian Association seeks arts and crafts vendors for their 8th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival to be held 9/18 and 19at Battleship Park, USS NC. Funds generated from the festival help to continue Thalian Association’s 222 year tradition of quality live theater as well as children’s theater and arts training. Vendors can apply online: www.coastalbluegrassfestival.org, or contact Pam Duncan at 919-949-1667. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear hold annual meeting at Temptations, 3051 Oleander Dr., 5/20, beginning with a social hour at 6pm. Order from open menu; dinner served at 7pm. Guest speaker, Molly Beacham of Democracy North Carolina, will discuss Fair Elections Now Act, which has been introduced in both houses of Congress. Public invited; RSVP should be made prior to 5/17, by emaiing Diane Michel at M1cheldt@aol.com or Anne Cousineau at 392-2901. WILMINGTON PRIDE 2010 Celebration of the Wilmington LGBT community takes place 6/10-13. OutWilmington asks for the community’s help in making Pride weekend a success, by offering suggestions and or help. Pride helps encourage all LGBT groups and supportive businesses to get involved and celebrate. OutWilmington will be glad to advertise any planned event or activity and we will help promote it with you such as: a restaurant’s drink special or any other specials during Pride; a retail space’s open house, perhaps offering refreshments and/or entertainment; or any event that can draw out the public and raise awareness and support of Pride Weekend. Currently planned: 6/12: afternoon Street Fair (interested sponsors should join us and gain local support); 6/12 evening: Dinner and a show at St. Jude’s for $20/ person, more details coming soon. info@outwilmington.com


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