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or almost seven million people in the Jewish community, 2013 marks a very unusual collision of two holidays: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah,” it is the first time the two holidays have coincided since 1918, or will again until 2070. Often characterized as the Jewish companion to Christmas, with gifts, big meals and family time as major themes, Hanukkah colliding with Thanksgiving may surprise many. Abraham Lincoln created Thanksgiving as a holiday—something which has always surprised me, because I think of him as being rather busy with the war between the States happening during his presidency and all. FDR moved it back a week during his presidency, in what became an incredibly controversial topic for years to come. In the newspaper world, it is considered suicide to mess with the comics page; apparently, presidents messing with the dates of holidays is just as bad an idea. We associate Thanksgiving in America with big
turkey dinners and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. Hanukkah, or The Miracle of Light, seems to have potential to be an allegory for the Live Local movement. As the story goes: Antiochus, then king of the Greek empire, ordered a statue of Zeus to be erected in the temple and for sacrifices to be made to the god. A small but determined group of Jewish people refused to play ball and revolted against the Greek empire. Eventually, the Maccabees (the rebels—think Han Solo and Luke Skywalker of Judaism) triumphed, reclaimed the temple and rededicated it. When they went to re-kindle the everlasting light in the sanctuary, they only had enough oil for one night, Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days until more could be made. In remembrance, modern Jews light menorahs, have big family dinners and give gifts over those eight days. My dear, fellow Jews, this is exactly what we have the opportunity to do this year: celebrate Judah Maccabee not as a distant mythical figure but re-enact his refusal to sacrifice
2013’s promise for a made-in-the-USA Thanksgivukkah season By: Gwenyfar Rohler
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abuses the pickers in online fulfilment warehouses in the U.S. Does the mattress feel that comfortable to sleep on, then? It is not a decision that can be put off until we have more time, more money, more flexibility and more luxury. The Talmud tells us Hillel studied the Torah in spite of incredible odds to go on to become one of our most respected thinkers. He didn’t wait until he had plenty of time or money, but because he committed to do so when he knew it was right and necessary. Anything you have achieved in your life has certainly come through hard work—but even more so from the help and investment of people who believed in you. That is something you can pay back everyday by the choices you make. Now you are given a tailor-made holiday mash-up to teach your children about not only the importance of thankfulness and that obligations we owe each other but about the people who have made your comfortable lives possible. Let us make a commitment to Tikkun olam, the healing of the world, this Thanksgivukkah and teach our children what genuine gratitude and keeping the light alive is really about. Invest in their future with a made-in-the-USA holiday season.
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to the false gods forced upon him. We do not have to bend to the corporate giants or the online retailers who give nothing to our communities. Let’s really celebrate the spirit of rebellion by choosing to make this Hanukkah a made-in-the-USA holiday; it is after all coinciding with that purely American holiday, Thanksgiving. Hanukkah November 27th through December 5th, while Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 28th. What sort of difference could it make if one of the seven million American Jews ordered local foods for Thanksgivukkah dinner and gave made-in-the-USA gifts? Let’s assume a family of four gives 16 gifts at an average expenditure of $50 per gift. That would be an average of $800 per family spent on madein-the-USA and locally made gifts, equally approximately $800 million cycling through our manufacturing and retail industries. Now assuming the cost is $200 for Thanksgivukkah dinner of local foods—with less pollution for transporting food products—it could put $200 million recirculating into the agricultural and food retail sectors of our economy. Thus it creates food security for our country and protects farm land, which really is why we celebrate Thanksgiving is about—a harvest festival giving thanks for sustaining the new world. Has that mega-online retailer done anything for the temple or synagogue? No, but the smaller business owned by congregation members have coughed up for the various campaigns. They continue to contribute to charities throughout the community. So, why would we not support the business that support our very values and beliefs? As Rabbi Hillel asked in the first century BC: “If I am not for myself—who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” We must choose to support those who support us, not those who exploit us or others. Taking the short view of “it’s fast and easy this way,” or “it’s a dollar cheaper here” is just that: a short view that shortchanges us and our children of greater opportunities in the future. It’s a choice that can exploit others through cheap goods made in China and under near slave-like conditions. Or as Mother Jones Magazine reports, it
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Winging It: Talking with artist Paul Nixon on emigrating to America By: Fiona Ní Súilleabháin
ack in September of 2012, when I enrolled in this visa program that allows me to work in the States for a year, the Dublin office always was packed with young people, like myself signing up to work abroad. While I came over here solo, it was a little comforting to know so many others were in the same boat. Since the recession started, there has been a huge increase in Irish people leaving the country after college to live abroad. As of now, I’m one along with seven others in my group of friends at home who have left the country to live overseas. With a population of 4.5 million, the total number of Irish people emigrating between 2006 and 2008 clocked in at 42,000. Between 2009 and 2011, it was 86,000, and it’s still on the rise. These figures surpassed the highest emigration stats from 1995 and the last recession during the ‘80s. I’ve been here six months now. I can definitely say it’s been a life-changing experience in more ways than one. I’m not alone in that feeling either. During the recession in the ‘80s, Paul Nixon, an Irish native, left Dublin and came to America to look for work. He arrived in New York in 1985 to live with his great aunt, whom he had never met. “A cousin of mine was disappointed when she met me—her instant reaction was, ‘He looks like anyone else!’” Nixon laughs. “It seemed that she had an idea in her mind— from stories her aunt had told her before she emigrated here in the 1920s—that the Irish were so poor after the famine that I would show up with bare feet, knotted hair and holes in my clothes.” Interested in seeing the world and learning from the experience it had to offer, Nixon wanted to acclimate under his own terms. “I felt the need to become independent, selfsustaining and find my true worth,” he says. Like many who emigrate here, including myself, Nixon struggled with housing and transport—something which can take months to adjust to when living in alien surroundings. Even the way people dressed here seemed different. He was surprised by how many people wore baseball caps and drove pick-ups. Even the sound of crickets at night remained a foreign concept. Coming from a small town in Dublin, the Big Apple shocked his system. “Every day was a challenge as I adjusted to the landscape,” he says. “Also, the
sense of humor was different. While I might be witty at home, it was lost here. I had to speak slowly, for much of what I was saying was lost through my accent.” While Skype helps with today’s emigrants, during the late ‘80s, communication proved a different story. “It was very lonely at times because I wasn’t able to go home to Ireland,” Nixon says. “When my sister got married, I couldn’t be there for her wedding. Christmas was difficult because I was by myself, and for my first year in New York, I spent Christmas in a diner.” Still within his first few weeks, divine intervention had stepped in and brought along a familiar face. One night he went to a local bar and quickly discovered an Irishman who had a roommate from Nixon’s hometown. “Suddenly I hear a voice from behind me, ‘Jaysus where the hell did you come from?’ It was my friend Mick Spillane from home, whom had come over weeks before for the summer,” Nixon recalls. “What were the odds of meeting like this?” For the remainder of his friends time in the states made it easy for Nixon to socialize. He found a job in a gas station through pure luck, as a new buyer had purchased the business with no knowledge of the automotive world. The new buyer’s wife, a nurse, was taking care of the original owner’s dying wife, whom also felt that after 40 years in business it was time to retire. “He was showing the new owner the operation of the business when I walked in,” Nixon tells. “Three months later we formed a partnership and together began a new business.” Providence stepped in again when an old Jewish man and long-time customer adopted Nixon into his family. They provided him with a car, home and food. “God Bless America,” Nixon exclaims. He then took the opportunity to travel the world, taking part in a 1992 tall ships race from Boston to Liverpool, England. “I also traveled to the Australian outback by tall ship sailing in the South Pacific,” Nixon relays. “All these old Jewish customers would tell me, ‘Paul, if you can do it now, do it now. Don’t wait ‘til you’re our age to enjoy life.’ I never forgot that.” In the end, Nixon’s move altered his life and led him to discover hidden talents he didn’t even know he had. Almost 30 years later, after having lived in New York and working as a mechanic, he settled in Greensboro with a family. He leapt from mechanic to artist, after honing his skills in woodworking. Born into a family with a long tradition in cabinet-making and carpentry, Nixon be-
STANDING PROUD: Paul Nixon’s firefighter sculpture at Greensboro fire department, circa 2005. Courtesy photo
came interested in woodworking at a young age. His artistic abilities developed even more during his extensive travel experience. “Travelling allowed me to learn about different cultural influences,” Nixon explains. “I was always very observant. [It] allowed me to use what I saw in my work, when something inspired me I used this library in my mind to enhance what I was creating.” “[Art] was a huge contrast to the automotive world, which was treated with a skeptical view,” Nixon explains. “Much of the work I have created has brought tears to its viewers. To be able to have that kind of impact on strangers gave me a new purpose.” His talent led him to teach for three years at Guilford Technical Community College, a local community college where he passed on his skills. Nixon also displays work at local galleries and has since won many awards at woodcarving shows throughout the state. He even evolved beyond wood and now does painting, glass work, and dabbles in sculpture through cement and steel. Four years ago he started writing a book of his life in Ireland, and he illustrated his own art work. Over time his work captured the interest of local media, which resulted in increased exposure. Thus he garnered multiple commissions. In October 2005, Nixon created his first bronze sculpture, a 6-foot statue of a fully equipped firefighter with two children. The statue was dedicated to men and women of the Greensboro Fire Department who served the community so bravely in the past and for those who will serve in the future.
The statue stands tall at Fire Station #1 on Church Street in Greensboro. “Then, more commissions came my way,” Nixon says, “and I was invited to partner in a new art gallery here in Greensboro.” Upon visiting their family home, one will see throughout their garden various whimsical faces carved into the trees. Fairy lights wrap around the deck with an arch way covered in ivy, and which looks out to more wood carvings in the trees, alongside tall French-style birdhouses and various wooden mushrooms planted in and around the grass. Other pieces consist of a “Lord of the Rings”-style chess set and a homemade Irish life size bar, among many more. Currently, Nixon is designing a new lifesized bronze sculpture of a canine handler in Iraq as part of one of the largest veteran memorials in the state and perhaps the East Coast. “I’m also involved in doing liturgical commissions for various churches, a life-size wood carving of Mary, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Highpoint,” he lists. In addition, Nixon is working on a donor tree for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Greensboro and recently installed a 12foot donor tree in the lobby for the North Carolina Board of Certified Counselors. This week he will be in discussions with a church in Pawley’s Island for another project. “Never in my wildest dreams when leaving Ireland did I think that this is the work that I would be doing today,” he states. To view Paul Nixon’s work, visit his website at www.paulnixonart.com.
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News of the Weird with Chuck Shepherd Worth the Commute Downtown London residences are known to be staggeringly expensive, but media blogger Sam Cookney calculated in October just how much. Cookney said he can live in an upscale apartment in Barcelona, Spain, and commute almost every workday to London (700 miles away) for less money than a modest central London rental. (Sixteen commuter days over four weeks a month would run, in pound-dollar equivalents: $2,420 for a West Hampstead rental, $121 council tax, and $188 transit travel card, totaling $2,730. Barcelona, in euro-dollar equivalents: $938 for a three-bedroom flat with three balconies near transit, no tax, $47 daily round-trip on Ryanair, $32 a day in airport transportation, totaling $2,202—a savings of $528 a month.) Plus, he said, sunny Barcelona is on the Mediterranean. (On the other hand, Cookney luckily can work on the plane, for each flight is two hours long.)
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Can’t Possibly Be True Lawyers for Radu Dogaru, who is on trial in Romania for stealing masterpieces last year from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, said the heist was also the museum’s fault—for having such unimaginably lax security—and that if the museum did not admit that, Dogaru would sue. Officials said they had tracked some of the works to Dogaru’s mother, who is claiming ignorance, and the son’s lawyers hope to discount any insurance-company judgments against her by spreading the blame. Online retailer Amazon.com maintains a side business of operating massive Internetcapacity “cloud” farms and contracts in space to some of the world’s largest entities, like U.S. government agencies. In a case brought to light in October by a U.S. Court of Claims ruling, Amazon won its bid against IBM for a cloud contract with the CIA, but went a step further by actually improving the CIA’s system and implementing a better plan. In the bizarre world of government contracts, that created a “fairness” problem, as IBM argued its rights were violated because the specified contract work was no longer exactly what was being done (i.e., the client’s work was being done better). IBM lodged a time-consuming protest but later dropped the suit. Update: Perhaps thousands of Baghdad residents have been killed by bomb couriers who had passed through supposedly secure checkpoints that were “equipped” with useless ADE651 bomb “detectors,” but the devices were surely to be history following the April fraud conviction of the British scam artist who made $75 million selling them. (American officials had warned Iraqis for years that the ADE-651 was basically a novelty golf-ball finder.) However, despite the debunking evidence brought out at trial, Iraqi police continue to use them, according to an October dispatch in London’s
The Independent, with the September death toll at nearly 1,000 from bombers who passed through checkpoints, past silent ADE-651s. Even Prime Minister al-Maliki vouches that the ADE works “up to 60 percent” of the time. People With Issues Matched Pair: Prominent Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon David Matlock is himself a finely chiseled specimen of muscle and zero body fat, but he said that when patient “Veronica” came to him in 2007 for “vaginal rejuvenation” surgery, he instantly fell in love despite her somewhat-pudgy figure. He proposed marriage, she accepted, and with her consent, Dr. Matlock set out not only on the requested procedure but on what he called the “Wonder Woman Makeover”—diet, exercise, surgeries, suctions and injections. By Aug. 2013, reported Huffington Post, the sculpted couple were competing in matching bodybuilding contests. (Veronica’s daughter Isabella, 9, is not on board, remarking, “Healthy food doesn’t taste good.”) Least Competent Criminals Recurring Theme: Joshua Goverman, 29, was arrested in Glendale, Ariz., in October for allegedly stealing copper wiring from the back of an air-conditioner truck in a driveway. The thief apparently had trouble pulling on the wires, and police found a human finger at the scene. Despite Goverman’s excuse (that he cut his finger during a “car repair”), the crime-scene finger’s print matched Goverman’s other fingers’ prints. Strange Old World In July several foreign news sites publicized the current Guinness Book record held by Jemal Tkeshelashvili of the Republic of Georgia, who blew up ordinary drugstore hot water bottles to the point where they would explode—using only air from his nose. His record was three within one minute. Perhaps equally impressive: He subsequently dazzled Discovery Channel viewers by reportedly partially nose-inflating a hot water bottle being held down by a small car.) Readers’ Choice (1) Researchers from Georgia Tech, working at the Atlanta Zoo recording various mammals’ urination habits (rats, dogs, goats, cows and elephants), have concluded that, regardless of size, each takes about 21 seconds to empty a full bladder. (Technically, reported New Scientist, the evacuation time is proportional to the animal’s mass, raised to the power of onesixth.) (2) The family wanted U.S. Army Sgt. Kimberly Walker (killed in a suspected domestic violence incident in Feb.) to have a burial reflecting her delight at SpongeBob SquarePants and installed a 4-foot-high marker on her grave in the character’s likeness (at a cost of $13,000). However, the Spring Grove Cemetery in the family’s hometown of Cincinnati ordered it removed in October as inappropriate, and despite family and community pressure, is unyielding.
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Gritty, Fuzzy, Deadly Lo-Fi
eadly Lo-Fi is the kind of band that does things for the helluvit. For instance, when Travis Burdick—or Good Reverend T, as he goes by onstage— moved to Wilmington three years ago, he simply responded to a Craigslist ad posted by Kellie Everett—or Crunch Mama K. “The ad was titled ‘“Crappy guitar player seeks crappy drummer,’ and I had just bought a drum set so I emailed her,” Burdick says. Burdick had been sitting on the band’s name for some time, and thought it fit his outlook for the style of music he wished to play. Everett agreed, thus giving way to their initial formation. Coming out of Super Cobra, a surf band Burdick played in for a bit in Greenville, he was strongly influenced by the garage sounds from Flat Duo Jets, Billy Childish and Sin Alley Comps, combined with artists he had long been fascinated by, such as Tom Waits, The Cramps, Hasil Adkins, The Monsters, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Burdick’s vocals
and work on the drums and guitar ring true of these influences, consisting of bizarre lyricism and unmistakable elements of fuzzy garage-rock riffs. The integration of Everett’s hand, and not only vocals and guitar, but the unexpected baritone sax and organ, make Deadly Lo-Fi stand out from other garage bands. That was the summer of 2010 for the duo. Since, Kellie has moved to St. Louis to live with her boyfriend and work as a professional musician. Fast forward three years, and Deadly Lo-Fi now consists of new member Seth Moody, who plays guitar, saxophone and organ. Moody produced their first namesake album and even lent some help with guitar after meeting the band at their first official show at ZombieFest 2010. According to Burdick, all of them “became great friends” from the get-go. The transition from one member to the next was that much easier. They all focused on honing
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Above: Deadly Lo-Fi consists of Travis Burdick and Seth Moody, who will play Ziggy’s this Saturday night. Courtesy photo
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a passion to create something absent from the music world. “I simply wanted to create music that I wanted to play and listen to,” says Burdick, “Luckily, Kellie was the same way, and so is Seth.” Because the “lo-fi” concept can be integrated in various forms of genres, Deadly Lo-Fi has taken on influences from soul and surf, to psychobilly and rocksteady. “I love music that takes you away to a strange bizarre world,” Burdick quips. “The kind of music that tells you a story and encourages your imagination to picture the movie it could be the soundtrack to—the type of energy that causes you to tap your toes or bounce your knee so much you don’t even realize your doing it until you start spilling beer on yourself.” Deadly Lo-Fi also takes this concept to their performances. They often incorporate eerie visuals inspired by Halloween—from donning scary masks, decorating their instruments with frightening scenes, and displaying haunting visuals on their band posters and album covers. Burdick wants to conjure paranormal sideshows, lonely roadside diners, abandoned houses, and just about anything with a sense of mystery in it. “So why not incorporate those themes with the music?” he asks rhetorically. Right now Burdick is experimenting with old techniques that are new to him, such as an old tube reel-to-reel that local tech Mark Moore got in working order for Burdick. Lately, he’s been meshing the sound with recent recordings that he plans to enter into the Mix Grotto releases, which come out once a month. Deadly Lo-Fi rediscovered an old tubepowered air organ to use in a new song.
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The reconfiguration of old instruments generates their lo-fi sound. As artists, they embrace the DIY approach to add even more soul, sweat and love to their songwriting and playing. What the future holds for Deadly-Lo Fi is indefinite because Burdick chooses not to limit opportunities. “We will be playing somewhere in some form and still make music, for either a handful of people at a house party or thousands of people at a festival,” he says. “I plan on having fun and giving it all I got wherever I am—sounds cliché, but life is too damn short.” Folks can enjoy a digital download of their 13-track self-titled album on their Bandcamp website. The download costs a mere $5. Or they’ll be playing live at Ziggy’s this weekend as part of The Coney Island Rock n’ Roll Roadshow, featuring the rootsy Americana of The Urban Pioneers, rockabillies The Jesse Ray Carter Trio. Aside from music, audiences can expect a full circus experience, from sideshow stunts to a Burlesque show.
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WEDNESDAY, november 20 Karaoke (9pm) —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050 DJ —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 Homegrown Radio Show hosted by Mary Byrne (7pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Jammin’ with Jax: George Gardos, Leroy Harper Jr., Terry Nash, Larry Tull, Steve King, Gerard Torchio (7-10pm) —Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House, 5046 New Centre Dr.; 859-7374 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Open Mic hosted by Thomas and Oglesby (7pm; drums, amps, full PA provided) —Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland; 859-7188 Rob Ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832
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Karaoke —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373
td macdonald (rockin blues, 6:30 - 9:30pm) —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773
Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939
thursDAY, november 21
Open Mic Night w/ Host Sean Thomas Gerard —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091
Open Mic —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373
Plan B duo —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133
Open Mic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737
DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499
Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001
Karaoke w/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044
Discotheque Thurs. with DJ’s DST and Matt Evans —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington
DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ Lord Walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 Karaoke with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115
DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Thirsty Thursday Team Trivia with Sherri “So Very” (7-9pm) —Whiskey Trail at the Creek, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 399-3266 Karaoke (7pm-12am) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach DJ KeyBo
Jake Shimabukuro —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939
BROOKLYN RHYMES: Talib Kweli plays the Brooklyn Arts Center Wednesday, November 20th. Courtesy photo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 Beaujolais Nouveau 6pm —Fermental; 7250-B Market St., 910-821-0362 Jazz night with Marc Siegel 6pm-8pm —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 Open Mic/Songwriters Night 7-10pm —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 Open Mic Night with Dennis Brinson (8pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621
Piano —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251
friday, November 22
Jeremy Norris —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050
DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872
Wes Hunter & Shawnette Baity 7pm —Fermental; 7250-B Market St., 910-821-0362
DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401
DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872
Raphael Name’ 7pm —Fermental; 7250-B Market St., 910-821-0362
Piano —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922
Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204
Irish Music Jam 2pm —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road
Karaoke —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988
Spider Mike & Friends (2-5pm) —Fire & Spice Gourmet, 312 Nutt St.; 762-3050
DJ Milk and Matt Evans —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St.
Shaggin Saturdays with DJ Lee Pearson/Big Bopper Bernie B —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595
DJ DST and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 DJ Turtle —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC Karaoke w/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Tonk —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796
Sean Gregory (Reggae) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040
Southern Trouble —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach
TD MacDonald (rockin blues, 9:30pm12:30am) —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866
Give Thanks —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050
206 Old Eastwood Rd.
DJ DST and Matt Evans —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St.
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DJ Milk and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington
DJ Turtle —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Carvers surf & stomp 9pm —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 Whiskey Honey —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach Benjy Templeton —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666
Tom Noonan & Jane Houseal —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Ben & Heather —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115
Brent Stimmel —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115
Pigeons Playing Pingpong, Nautilus —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088
The Highlands, Queen City Dub, The Able —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091
Justin Lacy, Mike Wall, Jules —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091
Overtyme (7-10pm) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231
Machine Funk (A tribute to Widespread Panic) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088
Fried Lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115
DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499
Zoso —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000
Griz, Pegboard Nerds, The Floozies —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000
House/Techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301
DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499
Top 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301
Dangers of Stereo —The Dive, 6 N. Lake Park Blvd.; 458-8282
Trivia with Steve (8:30pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607
Justin Fox (9pm) —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400
MARK LYNCH (JAZZ GUITAR, 10:30AM-1:30PM); DjBe Extreme Karaoke (9pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607
DJ Shaft —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219
Me & Mr. B —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133
Rockin’ Trivia with Party Gras DJ (9 p.m.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 5090805
CC Mullins and Rude Mood (blues) —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091
Karaoke —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 2562269
Saturday, November 23
Megan Jean and the KFB 9pm Juggling Gypsy; 1612 Castle St., (910) 763-2223 CJ Poythress —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666
DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499
DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044
LIVE TEAM & PINT NIGHT TRIVIA ALL PINTS 8PM-10PM $2.75
DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401
Rob Ronner Duo (7-10pm) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231
Treehouse —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088
LIVE TEAM TRIVIA 8PM
PINT NIGHT ALL PINTS $2.75
WORLD TAVERN POKER PLAY FOR FREE 7PM & 9:30PM
Monkey Junction 910.392.7224
DJ Sir Nick Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 House/Techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 L Shape Lot Duo —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Mark Lynch —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Dylan Wilkenson —Riverfront Farmers’ Market; Water St. Wilmington
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Blackboard Specials 100 S. FRONT ST. 910-251-1832
Wrightsville Beach, NC
LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10 pm FRI.
overtyme Eclectic Mix
ROB RONNER DUO
THE OTHER GUYS Acoustic Mix
RANDY MCQUAY Pop & Classic
NOV 22 NOV 23 NOV 29 NOV 30
LIVE MUSIC in the courtyard 7 days a week
MONDAY S.I.N NIGHT $2 Domestics • $3 All Draft Selections $4 Flavored Bombs • 50% off Apps 6pm til close NEW BELGIUM TUESDAY $3 New Belgium selections (Shift Pale Lager, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Rampant IPA) $5 Jameson • Half Off Wings! WEDNESDAY $2.75 Miller Lite, $4 Wells, 50% off All Bottles of wine THIRSTY THURSDAY $2.50 PBR 16oz cans $3.50 Sam Adams Seasonal & Harpoon IPA Pints $5 Redbull & Vodka, 50¢ Steamed Oysters and Shrimp FRIDAY $2.75 Bud Light, $3.25 Stella, $4 Fireballs SATURDAY $2.75 Coors Light, $3.25 Bud Light Lime, $5 Jager SUNDAY $3 Coronas/Corona Lite, $10 Domestic Buckets (5) $4 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary’s
1706 North Lumina Ave. • (910) 256-2231
L I V E M ULISNIECUP
1610 Pavilion Place 910-256-0102 Monday
$1 Tacos • $3 Wells $10 Domestic Buckets Free Pool
MAC AND JUICE
$2 Draft Specials
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT $2 Bud Light & Miller Light
WEDNESDAY INTERNATIONAL NIGHT $1 cans • $3 wells
THURSDAY College Night $5 Cover & 1¢ Domestic Drafts
11.23 SATURDAY NIGHT
Karaoke with Carson
BIBIS ELLISON BAND
saturDAY Comedy show www.deadcrowcomedy.com $2 bombs • $3 beer $4 wells
ALL DAY, EVERYDAY
SUNDAY ILM’s Famous Sunday Funday with DJ Battle 1/2 Price Wine Bottles Karaoke with Carson
FEATURE YOUR LIVE MUSIC FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS (as little as $29 a week!)
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11.22 FRIDAY NIGHT
$4 FIREBALL 1331 MILITARY CUTOFF RD I 910-256-3838
Visit VISITwww.ruckerjohns.com WWW.RUCKERJOHNS.COM FOR $ 50 DAILY SPECIALS, MUSIC 2 & EVENTS Fat Tire Bottles Monday $ 2 22oz $ MONDAY Domestic Draft 2 22 oz. Domestic Draft Friday 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $8 Moo and Brew -a specialty burger and$5 Pizzas$4 Cosmopolitan 22oz. Domestic beer $ 50 TUESDAY$ 3 OO7 Guinness Tuesday LIVE JAzz IN THE3 BAR
Wine Live Music inHalf thePrice Bar Bottles ofSaturday $ 50 2 Absolut 1/2 Price Bottles of Dream Wine $5 • Pacifico $ 4 Baybreeze $ 5 Absolut Dreams $ 4 Seabreeze WEDNESDAY $ 50 2 Pacifico Bottles $ 50 Blue Moon Draft Miller Light Pints$ $3122oz Coronoa/ 2 Select$Domestic Bottles Wednesday 250 Corona Lite Bottles $ $ Margaritas/Peach Margaritas 4 Sunday 4 Margaritas 4 Peach Margaritas $ THURSDAY 4 Bloody Marys $ 50 1 Miller Lite Pints$ $ 50 $ 1 Domestic Appletinis 5 Pints $ 50 2 Corona and 4, RJ’s Painkiller $ 50 2us on Twitter Stripe Bottles Find Corona Light Red Bottles $ 50 2 Fat Tire Bottles @RuckerJohns Thursday $
All Red Wine GlassesCosmos 1/2 Price $4, 007 Beach $ 50 Road 3 $ 5 Skinny Girl Margaritas $ (910)-452-1212
Guinness Cans 3 Island Sunsets $5 SATURDAY Baybreeze/Seabreeze $4
Sunday, November 24
Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204
Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044
James Haff (piano) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621
L Shape Lot (3pm); Clay Crotts (8pm) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Open Electric Jam hosted by randy o (6pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Ben Morrow —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 DJ Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 Cape Fear Chorale —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584 Conspirator, Wick It —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000 Karaoke with Damon —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 3993056 Satellite Bluegrass Band (6-10pm) —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 Reggae —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 Jazz Jam with Benny Hill (8pm) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 Nautilus —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 James Jarvis (Acoustic Jazz Piano) — Old Books on Front St., 249 N. Front St.; 762-6657
MONDAY, November 25 Water Shed —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Pengo with Beau Gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 Josh Solomon Duo —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Electric Mondays w/ Pruitt & Screwloopz —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Lara Oshon —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666
tuesday, november 26 James Jarvis (acoustic jazz piano, 7pm) —The Art Factory, 721 Surry St. Mighty Quinn —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DRUMMING with Ron & Eric (6:30-8:30pm) —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001
College Night Karaoke —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 920 Town Center Dr., Mayfaire Town Center 910-509-0805 www.foxandhound.com
Open Mic w/ John Ingram —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 DJ Keybo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ Marwhoa —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088
wednesday, november 27 Karaoke (9pm) —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050 DJ —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Homegrown Radio Show hosted by Mary Byrne (7pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621
TRIVIA WITH STEVE
8:30 p.m. • PRIZES! • $250 yuengling drafts
9:00 A.m. - 1:00 P.M. • $4 BLOODY MARY’S AND MIMOSA’S 1423 S. 3rd St. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON 763-1607
CALLING ALL SINGERS Fox Icon is back!
Singing competition with $500 grand prize. Every Wednesday at 9pm Finals in December
Open Mic hosted by Thomas and Oglesby (7pm; drums, amps, full PA provided) —Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland; 859-7188 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 Jammin’ with Jax: George Gardos, Leroy Harper Jr., Terry Nash, Larry Tull, Steve King, Gerard Torchio (7-10pm) —Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House, 5046 New Centre Dr.; 859-7374 Rob Ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Dylan Linehan —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 Clay Whittington —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Open Mic Night w/ Host Sean Thomas Gerard —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Mark Lynch —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Karaoke with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Karaoke —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 Karaoke w/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401
DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044
DJ Lord Walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776
World Tavern Trivia hosted by Mud —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224
Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115
Karaoke with DJ Party Gras (9pm) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805
LIVE TEAM & PINT NIGHT TRIVIA ALL PINTS 8PM-10PM $2.75 206 Old Eastwood Rd.
(by Home Depot)
FEATURE YOUR LIVE MUSIC FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS (as little as $29 a week!)
Deadline every Thurs., noon!
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Fresh from the Farm
arts > theatre
‘Private Fears’ falls short on connectivity By: Gwenyfar Rohler
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NCW’s Theatre Department continues its season with Alan Ayckbourn’s “Private Fears in Public Places.” Ayckbourn is probably most well-known for “Absurd Person Singluar” and the “Norman Conquests.” A prolific playwright and working director, he holds a special place in the hearts of those who follow theatre and love the craft of the play script. Though he doesn’t have the household cache that Sartre or Beckett have, he is incredibly important to the modern cannon. UNCW’s decision to produce one of his plays seems completely in line with their mission to educate and had me excited for weeks to get to see the show. “Private Fears in Public Places” opens with a young woman shopping for a flat to move into with her fiancé, who has not arrived to see their potential new home. Nicloa (Lily Nicole) and Dan (Wilson Meridith) are having relationship trouble. Their poor estate agent, Stewart (Nick Reed), knows he isn’t going to make a sale to them, but he keeps going through the motions. That scene almost encapsulates the whole show: Failing to connect to the people you are responsible to, and going through the motions of life even when you know it is futile. Back at the office Stewart is loaned a homemade video recording of a religious musical program by his co-worker, Charlotte (Kristina Auten). The show had been taped over a preexisting program that surprises Stewart and changes the way he sees Charlotte. Meanwhile Dan is drinking himself into a stupor and quickly becoming the major financial support of his favorite bartender, Ambrose (Josh Browner). He spends considerably more time with Ambrose than he does with his fiancée, ultimately bringing him to online dating and Stewart’s sister, Imogene (Dottie Davis). Set in the recent past in London, the UNCW faculty focuses on performers’ development British accents. Several did well and managed to carry them through the whole show. This is part of the mission of educational theatre: to nurture tools and apply them, seeing what works and how to strengthen each tool in an actor’s arsenal. UNCW’s new addition to the theatre faculty, Christopher Marino, worked closely with the students to help them develop accents that were not all of one cut. Stewart and his sister Imogene come from an upper middle-class home, with educational advantages that have allowed them to become professionals; they sound like Londoners for that world. Ambrose the bartender is just this side of Cockney, boasting an East London working-class accent that drops “h’s” and
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STUDENT ACTORS: UNCW’s Kristina Auten and Nick Reedplay Charlotte and Stewart in UNCW’s premiere of ‘Private Fears in Public Places.’ Courtesy photo
changes “th” sounds to “f’s.” Nicloa manages something in between, giving us a young woman who has worked her way up to the advantages she has found and understands the image she must project. This production is about moving scenery. The incredibly complicated set, designed by Robert Alpers, is pretty dynamic and adds depth and texture. It is composed of several layers of screens that fly in and out to form different shapes and create different venues. The scenery adjustment happens after every scene—all 54 of them. By intermission, motion sickness set in for me. I love that UNCW has great production values and that they provide their students with opportunities to learn and develop their stagecraft. However, the scenery should enhance the performance, and give the actors something to play off of to enrich the audience’s experience. Thus scene changes should not be the dominant motif for the show. A simple stage, with six or seven pools of light, and plain furniture to suggest an office, home, bar, etc., would have done far more for the audience and the performers than this elaborate game of Tetris. “Private Fears” is supposed to be a show about people struggling for connection in an increasingly disconnected world. It feels like a missed opportunity to work with students on the struggles of performing a scene with two characters who both share and fear their prime objectives. Not all characters fail to connect in the script; there are countless small moments of relation, both superficial and deep, that each
character feels, desires and sabotages. Yet, the staging here loses connectivity. The first genuine human kinship comes in Stewart and Charlotte’s second scene, when he returns her homemade pornography. They’re both so nervous and antsy, the audience naturally leans in, titillated by the dramatic irony of knowing Stewart’s insight and if Charlotte did hand over the Christian video-turned-porn with intention. Reed and Auten dance around each other verbally and physically, drawing in and carefully not touching the main question in the audience’s minds. Reed actually blushes at one point. Browner’s scenes in talking about his deceased lover bring about the only believability from the performers onstage. Though I appreciate director Paul Castagno’s approach to bringing a different and larger vision to the Ayckbourn show, this scripts needs to be staged with more intimacy. More so, the performances need to be the focus. I wish I would have left impressed by a group of young people tackling a difficult piece of work. Instead, I left wanting Dramamine and a cool cloth to the head; the scene changes really take away from the performers.
DETAILS: Private Fears in Public Places ★★★★★ Nov. 21st – 24th 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. UNCW Cultural Arts Building Mainstage Theatre Tickets: $5- $12 www.uncw.edu/theatre
arts > theatre
Original script gets stage time over next two weekends By: Shea Carver
n 2002 Mark Basquill’s son, Patrick, dared his father to audition for a role in “Damn Yankees” at Thalian Hall. Ever the one to take on a challenge, his father did— and landed it. Making it a family affair, Patrick got cast as Bat Boy. Since, local community theatre has ruled the Basquill household on some level. Mark took the stage in last year’s “It’s a Wonderful Life (A Radio Play),” and Patrick has taken on quite a few scantily clad characters over the past few months alone (“The Rocky Horror Show,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”). Turning things around in November, his father is putting him in a suit and casting him as a priest in “A Waltz With Flowers.” Originally written by Mark, the show appropriately centers on familial absolution. “The story is set in 2009 in Margate, NJ,” Mark says. “It bridges generations and cultures, and raises questions about families, forgiveness and our tightly held beliefs. Like many families, the Bridges are touched by tragedies, struggle to weather social, political and economic storms of our times, and to find the next steps in their healing dance. Sometimes they get wet and trip over their own feet.” Having written the show in October 2012, after seeing Neil Young at the Hollywood Bowl, Mark originally hoped this to become an edit of his second script, “Christmas Vigil: A Divine Irish Comedy.” “Prior to submitting it for publication, it turned into a brand new work,” he says. “I credit Neil Young for that. The past year has been spent revising, workshopping, putting the meat on the bones and stripping the fat.” Five years ago, local thespian and director Melissa Stanley worked on Mark’s original iteration of “Waltz.” Though she acted in it the first go round, in its redux she sits in the director’s chair. She’s quite excited to be directing her second “world premiere,” following last year’s posthumous Leonard Melfi original, “Raggedy Ann Says Hello,” at Browncoat Pub and Theatre. “Once you’re part of something new and original, I think you always feel attached to it,” Stanley says. “It is intimidating, especially with a living, contributing playwright! As a director, I think you take a play and interpret it and translate it for your actors, so that they are presenting the director’s vision of the piece. . . . In this case, I’ve got the playwright to consult. I am at an advantage, having been a part of the earlier version of this story.” Awed by the characters in Mark’s production, Stanley enlists the help of a host of
talent. Clare Kiley plays a Woodstock-era character who marries a Philadelphian soldier, played by Norm Ivanoviv. “Kiley brings energy and precision to the challenging role of a nearly proper Southern belle raising her two boys in Philadelphia with her blue-collar husband,” Mark says. “Norm brings boatloads of talent, an understanding of historical elements, and an ability to cut to the heart of the matter with a gesture. Playwrights do not generally script gestures, so it is immensely gratifying to watch talented artists bring words to life with a tilt of the head or a sad shrug.” Filling out the cast is Patrick as Father Francis and LaReisha Burnette as Rose. “She shows the family that being on the ground is the best way to learn how to dance,” Mark says. Jacob Keohane plays Paul, and Brendan Carter plays Joe. Their interpretations of their characters have stunned the playwright. “I did not know there was so much to work with in the words,” Mark says. Keeping rehearsals open and appropriately lenient on feedback, Stanley has ensured the entire direction becomes a collaborative effort. Mark sits in on rehearsals to consult on his vision—something of extreme help when it comes to a script that sheds light on adult themes. Sexual abuse and war arise. “The actors can directly address the playwright with questions,” Stanley notes. “It’s pretty unique; you just can’t do that in most productions: ‘Hey, Shakespeare? What were you thinking when you wrote this ending?’” Aside from working on the production previously, Mark and Stanley have acted with Shakespeare on the Green together, plus Stanley directed Mark in last year’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Their camaraderie ensures a better outcome on the whole vision. “I trust Melissa,” Mark states. “She makes me laugh. . . . Her theater expertise and feminine perspective see things I— through no fault of my own—may be blind to. Her natural lightness and comic gifts are invaluable given some of the story’s heavier themes.” With Audrey McCrummen on set and lighting design, as well as Mark handling music, and Stanley and the cast taking on props and costuming, it’s become an all-inclusive affair. Mark finds the entire process fun. “I love the artistic collaboration of theater,” he says. “Live theater is visceral, risky and potentially more rewarding than other story platforms. It’s intimate. As a performer, you can’t airbrush your blemishes. As a writer, after the curtain rises, you can’t leave your flawed flat characters on the cutting-room floor. As an audience member, even leaving
in the middle of a bad performance carries the risk of embarrassment that many people won’t bear. But when something is really good, the privilege of being there, being a part of it in real-time, is unrivaled.”
DETAILS: A Waltz With Flowers Nov. 21st - 24th, and Nov. 29th Dec. 1st, 8 p.m.; additional matinee, 3 p.m. on 1st Cape Fear Playhouse 613 Castle St. • (910) 367-5237 Tickets: $15 (pay what you can on opening night w/$5 minimum) www.bigdawgproductions.org [Ed. note: Mark Basquill is an op-ed columnist for encore magazine.]
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Acting for Charity: Thespians take to the stage karaoke style By: Trent Williams
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very actor has a role he’s always wanted to play. Not every actor gets the chance. Maybe the show never came, or maybe they just never got the part. For Wilmingtonians who have a flair for the drama, “Actor-aoke” will offer an opportunity for thespians to take on the role of a lifetime. Nick Smith, along with the people at Bad Trip Productions and the Browncoat Pub and Theatre, will showcase the two-night event on the 22nd and 23rd. “This is a really new thing for us,” Smith says. “I always thought it was a neat idea, and I was trying to think of something fun that could also double as a benefit.” The night’s event doesn’t only covet the numerous roles people can play, but it raises funds that will go toward the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. “It just made sense to me,” Smith continues. “It’ll bring a bunch of theater people together, raise money, and have fun acting out our favorite scenes.” For Smith, cancer research hits very close to home. After watching his father undergo weeks of chemotherapy and radiation, the Smith family received a letter from Duke University. “One of my first childhood memories was being dressed up in a Devil’s costume and paraded around at my older brothers little league basketball games,” Smith says. “We’ve been Duke fans our entire lives, always calling each other talking about the games. When we got the letter we thought, ‘Where and why is this here?’ Inside was a signed picture of Mike Krzyewski that read ‘To Doug, stay positive.’” A good friend of Smith’s dad, who happened to be a fan of Duke’s rival team, Carolina, e-mailed Duke to see if anything could be sent. He contacted them on a Monday and by Wednesday, the letter had been received. “It was exactly what we needed in a bad time,” Smith says. “I tell my Carolina friends: Talk smack all you want about Duke, but don’t say a bad thing about that man in my presence.” In August, Smith lost his father to cancer. “That’s a big reason for choosing the Jimmy V. Foundation [for this event,]” he says. The Jimmy V. Foundation is set up with an endowment guaranteeing 100 percent of donations go to research with no administration costs. Smith’s dad remains a local legend of sorts at Browncoat Pub and Theatre. One night when Smith asked his dad to fill in for a minor role while in town, he accepted. “I told my dad, the lead is going to come over and shake your hand in the scene, and congratulate you on your marriage,” Smith explained. “You just say, ‘I’m already married.’ When he asks you
your name, just say your real name. That’s it.” When the curtain lifted and his dad’s role came up, the lead asked his name. Without skipping a beat, he said, “Fred Fudpucker.” “That’s what my dad claims he said, but ask anyone in the audience that night and they’ll tell you there was no ‘p’ in that word,” Smith quips. “It was so great. Our lead actor didn’t hesitate either, and just said, ‘Well, Mr. Fudpucker, pleasure to meet you.’ Everyone talks about the night Fred Fudpucker came to town now.” Smith wanted to encourage the prolific set of talent in our city to join in on the fun just as they do often at Browncoat’s weekly karaoke gigs. That’s when it occurred to him to host the same style of interaction, yet focused on scriptreading and acting. Actoraoke has slots for about 48 performances, each about 5 minutes long. Smith says they will take submissions up to midnight on Wednesday, November 20th (send to firstname.lastname@example.org). If slots aren’t full, they’ll take people the regular ol’ karaoke way and invite actors for an open-mic type of session. Submissions so far have been all over the place, from very serious scenes in texts like “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf,” to humorous ones, like the “I’m mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore!” from the 1976 flick “Network.” There’s even been a scene from a comic book submitted. “I hope people are thinking beyond stage work and into other things,” Smith urges. “From movies, television, whatever ... I don’t care if someone wants to come and do an interpretive dance onstage. I encourage any kind of radical take on it, too, switching genders—whatever people want to do.” Ranging from monologues to group scenes, it’s a grab bag of entertainment. “There’s entirely too many people that have to go through entirely too much because of cancer,” Smith concludes. “The research is out there, they’re getting closer [to a cure,] but they need this help. I’d like to see us be able to turn into a good source of that help.”
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Textural Naturalism: Two artists showcase the ‘Mark of Our Hands’ By: Sarah Richter
opper started her artistic career as a painter who developed an affinity for printmaking while teaching at UNC Pembroke. Recently, she began to work with sumi ink, used in East Asian painting. This artistic tradition utilizes specialty forms of paper, particularly rice paper, which led Hopper to begin investigating different methods of printmaking. Combining the two, she used ghosts of her printmaking endeavors as backgrounds and framing devices for her sumi-ink drawings. “I didn’t want to present them in an Asian way,” Hopper says. “That isn’t my heritage, and I did not want to disrespect the rules and techniques that have been perfected for centuries.” Hopper’s sources come from North Carolina nature: the shapes of long-leaf pines, the ebb and flow of marshes, and wind-swept beaches. She highlights the textures of bark and wood touched by fire. They look as if they could just peel off the paper on their own accord. Hopper says, “Each print is a one-of-a-kind work. By the process of sorting, arranging and rearranging, these disparate pieces come together into a greater whole, driven by the memories in my mind’s eye. I am mimicking some of nature’s tricks. As a child, I found beauty and wonder in the fields, trout streams and mountains. Through my work, I hope you too can feel the wonder of nature.” Hopper’s innovative collages, initially, seem to stand in contrast with the metal sculptures of semi-retired trial lawyer Karen Paden Crouch. Her bronze sculptures organically form a sense of whimsy. Not trying to hide the materials or even the evidence of an artistic presence, Crouch’s sculptures mesmerize particularly in the way their surfaces reflect light. “As a child, I didn’t always have a lot of other children to play with,” she says. “Most of the time it was just me and my fairy tales.” The books she had access to weren’t the Technicolor, happy Disney versions but much more sinister illustrations associated with the Brothers Grimm. Her latest exhibit, “Conclave,” will showcase a new direction in her art, inspired by childhood memories. The change has come at the right time, as she was beginning to feel a little stale with her work. “A friend suggested start collaging,” she says. “So I started playing around, creating whimsical animal, figures that drew their inspiration from Celtic mythology, Native American lore and fairy tales of my childhood. I began to translate these figures from collaged figures to bronze, and so my new series was born!” Though she led a professional life as a lawyer, Crouch’s family always created with their hands; thus inspiring her to get back to her roots. One summer, she decided to audit a welding class at CFCC, but found it wasn’t easy to tell a judge she
had to run to go to class. So, she bought herself a welder and got to work. “I learn best by doing,” Crouch says. “I would read the instructions but I really just prefer to create.” From aspiring writer to successful lawyer to welder, her career has been less than conventional. A woman who obviously challenges and follows her instincts, she reflects on her transition. “Nothing I have done has been so frightening because this is about something directly from me,” she says. Having searched as a student for an outlet for inner creative expression, and then working as a lawyer to advocate for someone else, Crouch’s artistic career takes her to a different place. “Whether it is good or bad, understood or misunderstood, trite or significant, it has come from within me,” she proudly notes. “It is put out there for any passerby to embrace, ignore or dismiss.” Hopper invited friend Don Baker, owner of 8 gallery in Southport, to her studio. He instantly knew he wanted to show her work. “Their art is intriguingly sparse yet very emotional,” Baker notes. “He used to have a studio at ACME and has been very active with the local theater community,” Crouch states. Also working at ACME was Crouch, with whom Hopper had never met. “But I’d always been interested in Karen’s work,” she admits. “Hopper’s work provided a stark and simple contrast to Crouch’s whimsical bronzes and colors,” Baker says. Using a subdued color palette, Hopper’s prints derive their inspiration directly from nature and provide a grounded background to Crouch’s more imaginative sculptures. Her bronze creations reflect light in the most mesmerizing way, all of which gives her sculptures otherworldly illumination. Crouch produces textures on surfaces, with files, various abrasives and chemical patinas to mimic the coarseness of the natural world. Their shared interest in natural imprints unites the work of both Hopper and Crouch, while their use of colors, as well as subject matter, create divergence. “I only print once,” Hopper says. “I don’t make multiple prints of the same image, and Karen doesn’t cast in bronze.” They both construct hand-wrought, aesthetically pleasing and contemplatively beautiful textures. Grounding her work in movement and structure of living things, Crouch says: “My joy comes from bringing it to life. Although I begin with a vision, the sculpture takes its own direction; if I will listen it will be a better piece. The found metal pieces grow from collected shapes Sometimes I have an idea; sometimes I just start juxtaposing parts until an image emerges. If I am patient and listen, the sculpture will tell me where to go.” Reflecting Hopper’s interest in allowing the work to take its own shape, Crouch plays around with the assemblage of her collages. “By the process of sorting, arranging and rearranging, these disparate
ORAGNIC HANDS: Karen Crouch and Janette Hopper have work showing at 8 in Southport. Courtesy photo.
pieces come together into a greater whole,” she says, “driven by the memories in my mind’s eye. I am mimicking some of nature’s tricks.” The artists’ shared artistic kinship comes to life in “Mark of Our Hands,” now showing at 8 in Southport. The show will be on display until January 2014.
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ith the holidays approaching, what a better way to kick off the holiday shopping than to purchase art in town and support local artists. The annual Art for the Masses (AFTM) event returns to UNCW all day on Saturday, November 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Burney and Warwick centers. All pieces will tag $250 or less. Having started 11 years ago, initially from Creative Wilmington, 2012 marked AFTM first year UNCW took over the event. Over 8,000 people attended to purchase artwork, with 175 artists participating. UNCW students help coordinate the event and are given the opportunity to participate as well. Alongside helping the students is faculty member Shane Fernando, director of Campus Life Arts and Programs. “It becomes a way for them to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world experiences—large-scale event planning, effective communication, risk management, etc.,”
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Fernando says. “Overall, it was a great success for our students and community artists.” This year they are completely sold out in artist spaces and have a waiting list. Many artists returned from last year after seeing increased success primarily from moving it to UNCW. Originally, AFTM had no specific home. Creative Wilmington coordinated it at various spaces around town—parking decks, warehouses, and unfinished buildings to name but a few. While it gave the event a certain rustic and artistic feel, too many negative side effects came with it. “Many were not heated, had no restrooms, were not handicapped accessible, and had insufficient lighting for viewing artwork,” Fernando says. After Creative Wilmington folded a few years back, the UNCW Department of Art and Art History, along with UNCW Presents, teamed up to continue the community tradition only with added benefits. Now a fully accessible, climatecontrolled facility provides food and bathrooms for artists and viewers alike. UNCW wanted to make sure it continued its original purpose. “We have continued the most important aspects of the program: a juried, competitive process for artist acceptance to ensure that quality, original, fine art is in the sale, artists keep 100 percent of their proceeds from the sale of their work, and admission is free to the public,” Fernando says. “We do ask for a door donation to support public art programs at UNCW.” Joining AFTM for the second time is an organization called the Venus Flytrap Potters. They formed a mere 14 months ago, after the town of Leland purchased a building and renovated it to develop a cultural arts center for the town. A group of experienced potters got together to encourage the town council to include a pottery studio in the center. Pat Goodman, the Venus Flytrap Potters’ president, has
flourished in the organization since it began. They host many prize-winning artists such as Joyce Grazetti, Connie Petrone, Sharon Vinciguerra and Jane Floyd, who also serve on their board. They have assisted in advising the town on what the studio layout should be, needed equipment, classes offered, and how the studio could become self-sustaining. The non-profit organization accepts donations for their cause, with the goal to continue educational offerings in Leland’s pottery studio in their cultural arts center, as well as to fundraiser for equipment purchases and visiting artists. The Town of Leland is committing to purchase most of the needed equipment, so their goals are in a state of flux. Currently, classes are offered off site, since the actual site won’t be available until the building is complete, with profits going directly to support the studio once it opens. Members of the organization also participate in selling their work in order to give back to the studio. “Commissions from Venus Flytrap Potters’ work sold at Arts for the Masses will go toward supporting the studio at the Leland Cultural Arts Center,” Goodman says. “We participated last year as well, and found it to be a really wonderful opportunity, not only to sell our widely varied works of pottery but to enjoy the work of other artists in the community and region. It’s a wonderful place to see the variety of talent in our area, and the public support last year was great!” Some other noteworthy featured arts will include oils, encaustics, and acrylics with mixed media by Liz Hosier; printmaking by Topher Alexander; clay pottery, face jugs, folk art and jewelry by Brian Peterson; painting, water color, and acrylics by Ronald Williams; handblown glass by Jane Greer; and more. The event will also feature art from DREAMS of Wilmington, Cameron Art Museum School, No Boundaries International Art Colony, UNCW and Cape Fear Community College students. Admission is free. Come out and support local artists for the day!
Art for the Masses Saturday, November 23rd 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission; door donation accepted for UNCW arts programs All original artwork $250 and less www.uncw.edu/presents
phy, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures.
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The November show will feature a Harvest theme. The December show opens December 13th, simply themed “White.” Go to Artexposure50.com and check out Classes for Adults and Teens as well as Classes for Children. “Paint by Wine” will be offered on selected Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with Karen Crenshaw. ArtExposure will be closed December 22nd through January 13th and will reopen to regular hours on January 14th.
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Come out for Fourth Friday this week, 6-9 p.m., for the opening reception for our featured artist, Ryan Stokes. Stokes’ unique art captures motion and energy in abstract form on reclaimed wood. His collection will hang until Dec. 26th. Cape Fear Native features art, jewelry, pottery, photography and more, all original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers and jewelry by Half United. Stop in and support your local creative community.
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‘tis the season: New Elements opens its 29th Annual Holiday Show on November 22nd, featuring over 40 artists. Courtesy photo. area’s natural beauty inspires her abstract naturescapes. Many pieces express the essence of sky, sea, and a dense lushness of trees. A wideranging palette with generous paint produces an energetic textured feel. These renditions are interpretations, moments in time, impressions of seasons and locations. Many over-sized paintings are suited to large airy spaces where light and distance combine to emphasize a sense of freedom in the work.
In the historic fishing village of Calabash, North Carolina, over 10,000-plus square feet of fine arts and crafts showcases artists from the two Carolinas. Clay art and pottery; oil paintings, watercolors, mixed media, pastels and acrylics; plus award-winning metalworks, wood pieces, hand-blown glass, fiber art, artisan-made jewelry and more. Since 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become a popular destination for visitors, a gathering place for artists and a center of the community, thanks to its onsite pottery studio, complete with two kilns; a custom master framing department; and art classrooms for workshops and ongoing instruction.
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Get your holidays off to a festive start with our fantastic 29th Annual Holiday Show. Featuring over 40 artists, the exhibition will include a variety of original paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber and more. An opening night reception will be held on Nov. 22nd, in conjunction with Fourth Friday Gallery Night, in downtown Wilmington. The gallery is sponsoring a fundraiser for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. All purchases over $25 between Nov. 22nd and Dec. 14th qualify for a complimentary raffle ticket, with the winner receiving a gift certificate for $250 t othe gallery. Raffle tickets may also be purchased for $5 each. The exhibit will remain on display through January 4th, 2014.
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very year artistic endeavors find their footing through crowd-sourcing. This often entails an Indigogo or a Kickstarter campaign, which allow projects to gather monetary donations. Among the masses hoping to receive funds, some artists simply seek out creativity. “And the World Stopped,” a 12-minute film that will explore the increasing presence of technology and cyberspace through a creation story, recently released its call for input. Project director Andre Silva aims to attract the interest of local and global artists of any medium to contribute to the film’s realization. “And the World Stopped” asks artists to create components of the film based off of the numerous prompts found on the project’s website. Those interested can explore the site and pick a segment that best suits them. The submissions will eventually be edited together by Silva to generate the final product. By using this methodology, the film will compel through
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its cohesion of different perspectives and ultimately mirror the way cyberspace provides a voice for the masses. A professor at UNC Wilmington, Silva has previously taught a “6 x 1” class at the university, which educates students on microcinema. Students produce six one-minute films, the last being a crowd-sourcing project in which they invite others to manipulate the frames captured. “There’s a lot that goes into creating the structure, and being able entice people to want to contribute,” Silva says of the taxing process. “And then there’s marketing , and being able to get the word out there.” Despite some of the difficulties, Silvia’s previous efforts in the nearly unprecedented medium propelled him to design a curriculum that fully immerses students in the process. “I wanted to create something with an overall arching story that was as skeletal as possible, and then have people create these micro-dramas that plug into the larger project,” Silva elaborates. “There is a central director [in a crowd-sourced project], but it’s more of a confederacy where there are all of these micro-directors. Because of that, it seemed like the concept had to match it in that way.” The idea for the project came when Silva examined the recent trend in big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. All of the action films seem to embody an apocalyptic, every-manfor-himself notion of the future. “I don’t remember that 15 years ago, and I think that’s what got me thinking why are they giving this message that the future’s going to get really bleak,” Silva edifies. Reasoning that people had already seen what studios thought about the world’s tra-
jectory, he decided to see what people think collectively. He wants the film to effectively weigh the pros and cons on man’s relationship with technology. Silva took his idea to his students and allowed them, after being divided into groups, to write the script for the film. He compiled the different drafts, and in true crowd-sourcing fashion, merged them into one. He then had the students begin searching the Internet and combing through connections in order to produce an array of artists interested in submitting work. “We just started really ramping up on the call for the more skilled work,” Silva enthuses. Those wishing to impart their unique skill set to the project still have plenty of time. Project coordinators tentatively plan to cut off all submissions on January 31st. “We also try to appeal to all skill levels, so it’s not just for [experienced] artists,” Silva explains. “On our Facebook page we’ve just been putting up these easy tasks, like ‘call in and talk about how your parents met,’ or ‘finish the sentence: In the beginning…’” These statements will culminate in a collage of voices playing behind the cyber-consciousness’ narration at one key point of the film. Once the components are combined, participants can expect to see the fruit of their labor on exhibition throughout the festival circuit. Given that contributors will be from all over the country—hopefully the world—they also want to create a private Vimeo screening that will run the course of a day. “[The submitting artists] will know that they are watching this with hundreds of other people who also contributed,” Silva decrees. “It [will be] sort of a shared experience of having created this film.” Local visionaries who want to pay their artistry forward can head over to the film’s website and follow their muse. Once a person commits to completing one of the tasks, they have 30 days to submit their chosen segment. “There are a lot of people out there who want to be creative, but just don’t have the time,” Silva pitches. “So, this is really good in the sense that people can create like 5 seconds, and they get to be a part of this larger creative voice.”
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‘Thor: The Dark World’ compels through cast and spectacle
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atching the Marvel catalog of characters and stories become billion dollar franchises means that 30 years of comic-book reading wasn’t just me being a nerd. It prepared me for an era when superhero movies would become the successful status quo. I like the Marvel movies for several reasons. First, they adapt stories I’ve been eagerly devouring since I was 7 years old. Second, they validate my geek lifestyle. Third—and most importantly—they allow movies like “Thor: The Dark World” to exist and provide flicks that throw all sorts of crazy, entertaining nonsense on the big screen. I mean, seriously: I’m watching a movie about a Norse god superhero who travels between dimensional realms via a rainbow bridge, and in one scene he’s beating a rock giant to a pulp with a hammer. In the next scene, he pilots a futuristic spacecraft through Asgard like something right out of “Star Wars.” The Marvel universe is a wonderful, weird piece of real estate, and nowhere is that more true than in Thor’s neighborhood. The first Thor remained an earnest, compact story that felt exceptionally functional—like a necessary prequel to set up what was going to happen in “Avengers.” We had Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the cocky warrior, and his trickster brother, Loki (the excellent Tom Hiddleston), both vying to assume the throne of Asgard from their uptight father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). It was a little Shakespeare and a little science fiction that resulted in an inoffensive, entertaining movie. By contrast, “Thor: The Dark World” sheds earnestness in favor of a completely whackadoo story about a would-be universe conqueror named “Maleketh,” the dark elf who’s been holding quite the grudge. He looks to take revenge on the Asgardians, who exiled him millennia’s before. Consequently, Earth might be collateral damage in the crossfire. A lot of the themes from the first film are recycled into the second “Thor.” Fortunately, they’re pretty compelling themes that remain fresh even through a sequel. Thor wants to be a good son, but his father has a limited world view and seems ambivalent to the threat that Maleketh poses to other worlds. Turns out, Odin is an elitist snob and has no love for earthlings. In order to stop the rising evil, Thor enlists the aid of the imprisoned Loki. Since he’s tried to kill Thor a whole slew of times, and just engineered an alien invasion of Earth, this might not exactly qualify “the best laid plan.” When they first announced the Thor movies, part of me believed the series would be a cross
force to be reckoned with: Chris Hemsworth aptly portrays Thor in the Marvel Comics inspired sequel “Thor: The Dark World.” Courtesy photo
between Flash Gordon and Dolph Lundgren’s “Masters of the Universe.” And not in a good way. However, an enthusiastic cast and a competent director generated a pleasant surprise. Director Alan Taylor (“Game of Thrones”) does a great job navigating the many moving parts of a movie like “Thor,” which constantly straddles the line between fantasy, science fiction and epic adventure. The biggest issue I have with the first Thor comes from the massive dynamic shift between the mystical world of Asgard and the earthbound scenes. In “Thor: The Dark World,” Taylor manages to find just the right balance, which in turn keeps the movie somewhat grounded in spite of its grand design. Normally, the problem with movies like this is their tendency to try to be too many things to too many people all at once. Ultimately, this pitfall often results in a film failing to fulfill any of its intended goals. While I can’t accuse “Thor: The Dark World” of achieving everything, it does a pretty good job of delivering a fun, epic, big movie without slighting details—i.e. character development. The film nurtures the characters into fruition and even offers a romantic storyline that manages to hold its own, which says a lot for a film that boasts a lot of plot content. Much of the film’s success must be credited to a cast so wonderfully game to play in this sandbox. Hemsworth and Hiddleston manage to bring weight and gravitas to their roles— something that could easily have descended into camp. Rounding out the very spry cast are Natalie Portman and Stellan Sarsgard, who help make the whole enterprise feel legitimate. Yes,
they’re picking up a paycheck, but the authenticity that permeates their performances suggest they have a deeper connection with their roles and the story. “Thor: The Dark World” is, if nothing else, a lot of fun. It’s not afraid to be a loud and occasionally garish spectacle. Sure, no one is putting together a “For Your Consideration” campaign for the work being done here, but we never get the feeling that anyone is phoning it in either. For a big-budget film, that’s an accomplishment.
DETAILS: Thor: The Dark World ★ ★ ★ 1/2 ★ ★ Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tom Hiddleston Directed by Alan Taylor Rated PG-13
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“Racial Taboo” is an informative and entertaining film that enables people to have a meaningful conversation about race. Joe DiLiberto, the chef and owner of Cousins Italian Deli saw Racial Taboo at New Beginnings Church he said, “I want to help.” So he is hosting a benefit with an Italian dinner and a showing of Racial Taboo that will be followed by a conversation about race in Wilmington. Held in a space behind Cousins Italian Deli. Dinner, movie, conversations. Dress warmly!
NC Black Film Festival March 13 - 16, 2014 Now accepting submissions! The North Carolina Black Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Black Arts Alliance (BAA) will present the festival 3/13-16. The BAA is a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-Americans in arts and culture; it serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The NCBFF is known for its southern hospitality, bringing filmmakers of color to one of the east coast’s largest film capitals, giving exposure to their work and an opportunity to display their art. In its 13th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, documentary films and music videos. Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category, provided there is a minimum of three entries to be screened in any given category. Submissions accepted through 12/31, $25 entry fee. www.blackartsalliance.org. Also, if you would like to be a designer for Fashion in Film 2014 or want more information, please contact Ms. Ashika Payne at 910-409-4172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each designer will be responsible for creating unique fashions inspired by a classic Black film chosen by Sewfli, Inc.
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Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the
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The Dixie Grill has undergone numerous transformations over the years. It has been a white linen establishment, a no-frills diner and pool hall, a country café and now a classic American diner. The menu hearkens back to an aesthetic that equated good food with freshness, flavor and a full stomach. This combination has earned The Dixie Grill the Encore Reader’s Choice award for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Diner” several times. Call the Dixie an homage to the simplicity of southern cuisine, call it a granola greasy spoon, call it whatever you like. Just sit back, relax and enjoy!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER:
Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street Oyster Bar.
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE: www.bluewaterdining.com
Blue Surf Café
Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including waffles, skillet hashes and sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi and signature meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our house favorites Braised Beef Brisket and Jerk Chicken Empanada’s. All of our entrees are as delicious as they are inventive. We also have a full beer and wine list. Come try the “hidden gem” of Wilmington today. 250 Racine Drive, Wilmington 910-523-5362. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, In-
fused Lemonade, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and kids menu ■ WEBSITE: www.bluesurfcafe.com
Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a
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OPEN 7 days a week. Serving Breakfast and Lunch 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Serving dinner Thursday, Fri, and Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington
Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:3010:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington Kids menu available
HALLIGAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE
“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drinks lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches (Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s....you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. Enjoy two locatons: 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd., and 1900 Eastwood Rd. in Lumina Station. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Masonboro Loop & Lumina Station ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE: www.halligansnc.com
A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.
Holiday Inn Resort
Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE: www.holidayinn.com
Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington.They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try...you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! ■ WEBSITE: www.ks-cafe.net
THE LITTLE DIPPER
Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com
SHELL ISLAND RESTAURANT
We invite you to experience dining in Wrightsville Beach’s—Shell Island Restaurant located inside the Shell Island Resort. The breathtaking panoramic ocean views are complemented with menu items that will invigorate your appetite. Whether you are in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, our specialized menus feature the freshest ingredients prepared and presented by our dedicated service staff. Here is a reason to visit everyday—Weekday drink specials are offered both at the inside lounge or the poolside bar. If a refreshing beverage is what you desire, the only question is: Inside or out? So try Shell Island Restaurant for fun in the sun and a view second to none. You can observe the true island scene and absorb the true island dining experience. 2700 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Bch, NC 28480. (910) 256-8696 ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront Dining ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday & Saturday 7 – 10 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.shellisland.com
PINE VALLEY MARKET
Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday & Tuesday 11am-9pm; Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11am3am; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. MondaySunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations
at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com
ASIAN BIG THAI II
From the minute you walk through the door to the won-
derful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II offers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere - perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588 ■ Serving Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m. ■ Serving Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m. ■ Neighboorhood: Mayfaire ■ Featuring: Authentic Thai Cuisine ■ Website: www.bigthainc.com
Blue Asia serves a wide range of Asian and Pacific Rim cuisines, in Chinese, Japanese and Thai, prepared by experienced chefs. By offering only the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables, chefs prepare classic sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as hibachi tempura dishes, and favorites like Pad Thai or chicken and broccoli. A large selection of appetizers, such as dumplings and spring rolls, along with homemade soups and salads, make Blue Asia a fusion experience, sating all palates. Folks dine in an upscale ambiance, transporting them to far-away metropolises. We always serve a full menu, and we specialize in the original all-you-caneat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). With specialty cocktails and full ABC permits, we welcome families, students, young professionals and seasoned diners alike. 341 S. College Rd., Ste 52. 910-799-0002.www.blueasiabistro.info ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Wed, 11am10pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, noon-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: All-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). ■ WEBSITE: www.blueasia.info
Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials
HIRO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE
What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6 p.m., where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570.
■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE: hirojapanesesteakhouse.com/hibachi
INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:
Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com
SUNNY SUSHI & LOUNGE
Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 12pm-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials: 3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily.
From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE: www.ThaiSpiceWilmington.com
CAJUN BOURBON ST
At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are
New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laidback American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.
INDIAN TANDOORI BITES
Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine. ■ WEBSITE: www.tandooribites.net.
IRISH THE HARP
Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays - call ahead for schedule 910-7631607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER:
Open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South
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Family owned, locally operated, LM Restaurants feeds every craving, from fresh, never frozen burgers, to local seafood & produce. Come check out our culinary creations & relax with our hospitable staff in Leland, Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach.
Crave fresh. Crave LM Restaurants.
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■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ MUSIC Live music Wednesdays and Fridays call 910-763-1607 for schedule; djBe open mic and karaoke Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, and djBe karaoke and dancing Saturdays 9 p.m - 1:30 a.m. ■ WEBSITE www.harpwilmington.com
ITALIAN AMORE PIZZA AND PASTA
We believe fresh ingredients and good conversation are what makes a meal. You will discover that pleasure and happiness does not stop with the food we prepare, but will spill over into the warm, casual atmosphere we provide. Every guest is a welcome part of our family from the moment they walk through the doors. Whether you are looking for a fresh salad from the garden, a hot sub from the oven, a dish of pasta, or a pizza straight from your own creation; you will find it here! From calzones, strombolis and meatballs, every dish is made fresh to order. Our homemade dough and sauce is made daily, as we strive for the best, using the highest quality ingredients. Complete your meal with our decadent desserts, such as the popular Vesuvius cake or our Chocolate Thunder cake. We serve cheesecake, cream puffs, and made-to-order cannolis and Zeppoli. We offer cozy outdoor seating, big-screen TVs—and ice cold beer served with a frosted glass, as well as wine. Please call for daily specials, such as homemade lasagna and brisket. 2535 Castle Hayne Rd.; (910) 762-1904. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Thurs: 11am to 9pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-7pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington near the airport ■ FEATURING:$4.99 lunch special: 2 slices and a drink, from 11 am-3pm; $4.99 10in. pizza after 3pm; $4.99 for 6 wings all day
A TASTE OF ITALY
The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 www.ncatasteofitaly.com Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE: www.ncatasteofitaly.com
is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m.
– 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE: www.RomanellisRestaurant.com.
■ FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and
Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. ■ SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 ■ FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays ■ WEBSITE: www.sienawilmington.com
A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: www.epwilmington.com ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.
Fat Tony’s Italian Pub
Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-andmatch pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 11 am-Midnight; Sunday Noon-10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: www.fatpub.com ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.
desserts, all made from family recipes! ■ WEBSITE: www.pizzettas.net
JAMAICAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE
SLICE OF LIFE
■ WEBSITE: www.grabslice.com
“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington
Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00) and $5.99 Student meal. Catering options are available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE: www.jamaicascomfortzone.net
LATIN AMERICAN SAN JUAN CAFE
Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ WEBSITE: www.sanjuancafenc.com
Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland
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ORGANIC LOVEY’S MARKET
Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE: www.loveysmarket.com.
TIDAL CREEK CO-OP KITCHEN
Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Coop Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE: www.tidalcreek.coop
SEAFOOD DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR
Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE: www.dockstreetoysterbar.net
The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on
Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. ■ WEBSITE: www.blockade-runner.com
Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; hieronymusseafood.com ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE: www.hieronymusseafood.net
Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE: www.OceanicRestaurant.com
The Pilot house Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster BaR
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and
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more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online ■ WEBSITE: www.pleasureislandoysterbar.com
SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET
In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.
SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE
Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD pro-
jector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE: www.CarolinaAleHouse.com
FOX & HOUND SPORTS TAVERN
Fox and Hound is an English-style sports tavern that offers a warm, inviting ambiance and friendly, entertaining staff. Relax in the spacious bar area while watching your favorite team on one of 25 large, high-definition TVs. Or, choose to enjoy lunch or dinner in the mellow dining room or on the enclosed patio. Play pool on our premium tables (brand new felt!), challenge your buddy to a game of darts, or stop by before seeing a movie at the neighboring Mayfaire Cinema. Fox offers dishes for every palate and appetite—from hand-crafted Angus beef burgers to grilled salmon or sirloin. Finish the meal with our Great Cookie Blitz, a 6-inch chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. We offer 42 taps and over 100 craft beers, plus a wide array of liquor and wine to choose from—so Fox is sure to enliven any night out! Join us for guys’ night, girls’ night, or date night. We’re open daily and serve a full menu ‘til 2 a.m., so look to Fox and Hound for the best party in town! 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: $6.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $2.50 drafts on Tuesdays with 42 options. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ ev-
ery Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE: www.foxandhound.com
This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers Monday -
Thursday 4-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE: www.hellskitchenbar.com
TAPAS The Olive Cafe and Wine Bar
An epicurean emporium devoted to taste, The Olive Cafe and Wine Bar features delicious one-of-a-kind winds and foods from around the world. Transport your senses through flavor by relaxing in our restaurant’s contemporary Parisian decor, and taste an upscale experience without the uptight attitude. We serve appetizers, small plates, and entree’s in a creative and comforting way, using artisanal products. We offer over 75 boutique wines to choose from and 20+ craft beers, as well as food and wine classes to enhance your food experience. We have espresso, specialty cheeses, meats, chocolates and pastries for your at-home enjoyment of our products, as well. Hours: Mon - Tue: 11am6pm (lunch ‘til 3pm only); Wed - Thu: 11am-10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: 11:am-3pm. 1125-E Military Cutoff Rd. (The Forum) (910) 679-4772 • www.olivecafenc.com ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch 11am – 3pm ■ WEBSITE: www.http://olivecafenc.com
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN sealevel gourmet
Having opened in early spring 2013, Sealevel Gourmet is the new baby of Chef Nikki Spears. Spears wanted a place to cook what she eats: well-executed, simple, snacky, and sandwichy, seasonally changing meals. From a nearly guilt-free American veggie cheeseburger, to fresh sushi, fish and shrimp “burgers,” falafel, fish tacos and avocado melt pitas, Spears caters to the needs of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose-intolerant diets, including cookies and seasonal pies. Sealevel invites diners to refresh their palates with wholesome, handmade food and drink. With a focus on NC seafood, Spears’ cuisine is drawn from all corners of the earth. Whether desiring Mediterranean, Mexican or Southern cuisine, every palate will be sated, especially with Sealevel’s “lunchbox” specials of the day, inspired by Japanese bento boxes. Beer, wine and sake served! Drop by daily for lunch, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., or for dinner, Thurs. - Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 1015 S. Kerr Ave. 910-833-7196. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., daily; Thurs-Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant and seafood-friendly fare! ■ WEBSITE: www.sealevelcitygourmet.com
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Lightly dusted and fried with Cajun garlic remoulade, through the garden on French.
LOW COUNTRY GRILLED CHEESE O Tap Pimento Cheese, fried green
BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICH
With gorgonzola bleu cheese $8
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40 BEERS ON TAP
BUILD YOUR OWN BURGER DAY
8oz fresh ground & hand pattied with your choice of cheese & fixins. $8
BEER BATTERED FISH AND CHIPS
WEEKLY Drink Specials Monday - MYSTERY MONDAY Special Managers Choice Tuesday - TAPS TUESDAY All draft beers are $3 Wednesday - 1/2 Price Wine Glass or Bottle Thursday - Select Flights $6 Friday - SIMPLE MAN FRIDAYS Miller Light, Bud Light, PBR Saturday - College Football Package Sunday - NFL SUNDAY TICKET $5 Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosa’s
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rt can be portrayed through an extremely broad spectrum. How one observes it will vary tremendously from another’s perspective. While the Cameron Art Museum serves every art appreciator’s needs, from permanent and traveling exhibits, to art classes and workshops, to events in film, dance, theatre and music, one tradition that brings a new sparkle to the museum is the Cape Fear Festival of Trees. Communications Manager Kim Kelly and CAM Museum Shop Manager Nan Pope work closely alongside Josie Butler, development manager at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, which is the beneficiary for the festival of trees. The event has been in effect for over 25 years, off and on, but for the second year in a row CAM will act as the venue host. “This is sort of almost a comeback of the festival,” Kelly enthuses. There will be 30 trees on display from November 22nd to December 8th. Each will be decorated specifically by sponsors ($1,000 to sponsor a tree), with all proceeds going di-
Cape Fear Festival of Trees supports hospice, showcases the beauty of the Christmas tree
rectly to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter. Some of the trees may appear to be traditional with twinkle lights, while others pay tribute to a specific theme. “There are a lot of collaborative efforts involved with decorating,” Pope explains. “Some of the trees will be decorated by the people sponsoring it, and sometimes the person sponsoring the tree is unable and asks for another decorat-
ing team.” Last year a tree with a nautical theme came from two women who wanted to pay tribute to their father who was a fisherman. “It was a story within the tree about him,” Pope divulges. “You’ll see some trees that are elaborate and some that have a bit more of a homespun flavor to them. A lot of the trees tell a story, [and] a lot of people do them in memory of loved ones; that’s the hospice connection coming through. There are some sentimental stories to these trees and to the ornaments. Some of the ornaments are even handmade.” So far tree sponsors include: Cape Fear Garden Club, Bangz Hair Salon and Spa, Hometown Wilmington Media, Moms of First Baptist Preschool Pre-K Class, among others. Any-
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one can be a sponsor of a tree as a group or individual, and information is available on the website. Tree decorators include American Heritage Girls, Cameron Art Museum Contemporaries, The Fisherman’s Wife, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter staff and volunteers, and others. Towering over the other trees is the “Memory Tree,” where “Memory Doves” nest. Here, guests are allowed to write an inscription on a dove to represent a loved one. After the festival ends, the trees get packed up and go to the sponsor’s location of choice, whether it’s a business or a pediatrician’s office. They stand to spread cheer throughout Wilmington until January. “Trees on the move,” Kelly quips. Not only have people or businesses joined forces to create a memorable evening, but the Wilmington community as a whole has come together to celebrate. The opening night, Party in the Pines, happens on November 22nd at 6 p.m. ($45). Guests can come in work attire or a cocktail dress. Musicians such as Grenoldo Frazier and Benny Hill will perform, while cocktails and holiday-themed desserts are shared. Dancers from the Wilmington School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be attending the event, too. “We are going to have a lot of performances ranging from individual soloists to a hand-bell choir to a ukulele choir,” Pope says. “That’s the other part of the community aspect.” The courtyard will be transformed and a heated tent will host live performances from the Justin Lacy Trio on November 23rd and 26th at 6 p.m. Harpists Julie Rehder and Carole Green will be performing December 1st at 1 p.m., and the TheatreNOW cast for “A Christmas Carol” will perform on December 3rd and 5th at 7 p.m. New for 2013 will be a Teddy Bear Picnic and Brunch with Santa ($10-$15) taking place November 30th. Children will have a chance to talk to Santa, while spending the morning in their pajamas with their teddy in hand. Characters from the Wilmington
School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will also be in attendance. “This is a brand new event,” Pope elaborates. “We have seen this existing somewhere else and we wanted to try it ourselves. It is truly a family time. This is an event for the kids and their bears.” “All of us at the museum also want to come,” Kelly entices. “I don’t have a teddy bear, but I will get one.” CAM’s brand new exhibit from American impressionists, “Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art,” will be on view from November 23rd through February 16th. Folks who attend the festival will be able to mosey through the galleries. “Art Among Friends” will feature paintings and drawings from four private collections in North Carolina. They showcase 1880s and 1920s paintings in America, and include works by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, John Sloan and Milton Avery. “These are some pieces that you’re not going to see anywhere in any museum,” Kelly says. “It is quite exquisite.” Work by Diana Landry also is on display at the museum. Landry is a Canadian artist who focuses on performance and installation art. She uses sound, light, shadow, and objects from your everyday objects, such as water bottles and umbrellas, to create a sensory explosion. Tickets may be purchased online or at CAM. Hours at the museum have been extended in order to ensure that everyone who wants to come can.
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Camp to Shelter: hink about a rugged camping trip experience. Maybe it was in the mountains, fending off raccoons from eating the Cheezits while you slept. Or maybe it was the time you camped on a beach and couldn’t keep sand and mosquitoes out of your tent. Once you got tired of “roughing it,” you and your friends or family loaded up and headed home. Yet the woods of Wilmington’s busy streets and neighborhoods are dotted with campouts that go on for years. Since October 1st, urban mission Vigilant Hope has been visiting homeless camp sites since the weather worsened with chilly temperatures. They bring packs of toiletries, facial tissue, lip balm, soap and the much-coveted clean, dry socks. Vigilant Hope founder Daniel Walters and urban missionary Jeremy Hardy visit “to check on [the people] and see if there’s any way we can share some hope. This is kind of exciting and a rare opportunity,” Walters said in a video the two shot before their first visit. Vigilant Hope will hold a toiletry drive through Decemeber for the homeless men living around Wilmington. Tubs of toiletries can be dropped off at The Lord’s Church on the corner of Greenfield Street and Fifth Avenue. After three visits, Hardy says he’s now being accepted and making progress. When he and his wife had their second child recently, he said the men in the camps said prayers for the new baby and even gave her a street name: C.G. A camper named Lee has become the mission’s ad hoc guide. “The first time, Lee invited us for dinner in the camp,” Hardy said. “He made sandwiches, using his own food-stamp money, for everyone in the camp,” Hardy said. “We had coffee once a week with him, and he started volunteering with The Lord’s Church and their weekly feedings of the homeless.” Their aim is to build enough trust and relationships with the homeless men living in five downtown Wilmington camps, so Vigilant Hope ministers can persuade them to leave the camps, get into a shelter and then into transitional housing. “They don’t call it camping,” Hardy says. “They say, ‘This is my home.’ They have a frustration and even a hatred for some of the shelters. How do you overcome that? We need to help them realize they need to humble themselves and get into a shelter.” Hardy admits it might be an uphill battle. Some of their life choices break the rules of
shelters. “Many of them drink alcohol from 10 a.m. until they go to bed each day,” Hardy says. “It’s a lifestyle they have chosen. Some aren’t addicted to beer, but if they’re sitting around doing nothing, they drink out of boredom. They know where to go every night of the week for food.” Hardy said the homeless men in the camps go to different church suppers except Saturdays and, ironically, Sundays. In the last six months, Lee told Hardy he has seen five of his friends come out of the woods and get into shelters. Lee wants that for himself eventually. Vigilant Hope wants to finish a documentary about Wilmington’s homeless camps by the end of 2013. The aim is to “raise awareness, because it’s going to take the City of Wilmington, churches and the government to help them,” according to Hardy. “We’re going in there just to show them some love in Christ.” For more details about the film, e-mail Jeremy@vigilanthope.com CLICKS FOR KIDS RETURNS In early January, the group of photographers created Wilmington Photographers Give Back and the fund-raiser Wilmington Clicks for Kids to raise money for Newtown, Connecticut, charities such as the Newtown Memorial Fund. The funds help families recover from the school shootings which happened almost a year ago. Wilmington Clicks for Kids offered studio sessions for families in exchange for a donation. Parents picked which charity received their donations, and the photographers cut and mailed to the parents CDs of photos from the sessions. In all, the first Clicks for Kids event raised $6,000 for Newtown organizations, according to organizer and wedding photographer Ray Baca. The group will hold its second Wilmington Clicks for Kids to donate money to Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina and the Brigade Boys and Girls Club. Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 23rd, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 3rd, at Baca Photography Studios, 27 N. Front Street. Any donations will be accepted. Folks can register or volunteer by contacting Baca at (910) 297-6526 or via e-mail: email@example.com.. Amanda Greene is the editor of Wilmington Faith & Values at WilmingtonFAVS.com. Do you have a volunteer opportunity to highlight? Email her at Amanda. Greene@ReligionNews.com or call 910-520-3958.
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n November 1621, the Wampanoag Indians and the Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest feast known as the “first Thanksgiving” celebration. Celebrated for two centuries by colonies and states before President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday in 1863, amid the Civil War. Today, Thanksgiving centers on cooking up a feast with various filling foods including the most important food item—turkey. For most people it’s a time to share a bountiful meal with family and friends, but it is also a time where food banks appeal for extra help as food supplies deplete greatly during the holidays. Within Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties—all served by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina—there is an alarming number of people at the risk of hunger. Out of 67,419 people living under the poverty line, 20,600 are children and 5,431 are aged 65 or over. Spearheaded by Jai Issear, the Street Turkeys of Wilmington started six years ago by the men’s Bible study group and the outreach committee at Wrightsville United Methodist Church. They’re aim is to restock the food banks for the holidays. The Wilmington branch supplies food to just under 100 area food pantries, group homes, shelters and soup kitchens. They hope to find support from people around the community, who can help by making donations to feed the hungry. “The face of hunger has changed,” Jeff Rose, Wilmington branch director of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, explains. “A life event, like divorce, a layoff or a major illness, can change a person’s financial status overnight. It could be me or even you who has an emergency and needs a little help to get through a rough spot. [Food] is a daily need in our community, not a seasonal one.” While the work the food bank does proves challenging, it does have its rewards. “Knowing this event, like many others, supports our mission—No One Goes Hungry in Central and Eastern North Carolina—is humbling,” Rose states. Between the soup kitchens, pantries, shelters and group homes, the food bank has seen an 11 percent increase in people needing emergency food assistance compared to last year’s figures. “The need typically increases in the summer, as nearly 31,000 children in the Wilmington service area who receive free or reduced school meals are out of school,” Rose explains. In previous years Street Turkeys collected around 8,000 to 9,000 pounds of food and several thousand dollars. During the fiscal 2012 and 2013 year,10,000 volunteer hours got recorded by the Wilmington branch. The men’s Bible study
group from Wrightsville United Methodist does their best to encourage members of the church to volunteer during the event. Getting the message out to educate the community on the issue of hunger is almost as essential as getting people to make donations. Most samaritans who get involved with the food bank through volunteering or food drives help spread the word on hunger and the impact around the community. Their championing of the cause is evidenced by the increase in assistance with the Street Turkeys event. “The community has always been very supportive of the food bank, but still donations go out the door as fast as they come in,” Rose notes. “Distribution at the Wilmington branch has experienced a 39 percent growth over the last four years.” The Wilmington branch distributed a record 6.6 million pounds and provided approximately 5.5 million meals to those in need in 2013. Street Turkeys is just one of many beneficiary events the food bank organizes garner support. Another is their annual Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving race taking place November 28th and hosted by the Cape Fear Center of Inquiry. The 5K and 1-mile fun run takes place at Wrightsville Beach Park with an awards ceremony afterward. Also in November, they will hold a benefit concert on November 23rd at 1790 Queen Anne Street at Sunset Beach. “These events are crucially important,” Rose informs, “as they help educate the public that there are real issues right here in our backyards that are too often out of sight and out of mind.” Folks can donate a slew of items, including: drinks (water, juices, sports drinks); canned stews; frozen turkeys and hams; soups; tuna; ravioli; peanut butter; cereal; canned fruit and vegetables; rice; pasta; dried beans; infant formula; diapers and wipes and cleaning products. No glass please. Monetary contributions are also welcome; $1 provides up to five meals. There are a number of people whom are one event away from needing emergency food assistance. “These are folks who are choosing between putting food on the table, or paying a light bill,” Rose laments. Aside from The Landing in Wrightsville Beach, drop off points will be available at Harris Teeter locations, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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to-docalendar events HANUKKAH AND JUDAIC GIFT SALE 11/20, 4-8pm; 11/17, 24, 9am-1pm:Get all of your Hanukkah and Judaic gift items at LCS Temple of Israel Gift Shop sale. Menorahs, dreidels, candles, giftwrap, jewelry, toys and more. 902 Market St. THE BIG READ 11/20, 11am. UNCW Randall Library • 1/6, 6:30pm, Myrtle Grove Library • 1/7, 6pm. Northeast Regional Library • 1/22, 11am, UNCW Randall Library. • Through 12/17, Veteran’s Holiday Card Project, Battleship NC. • Mail Call Exhibit, 12/9-1/20, Cape Fear Museum, w/opening 11/9, 9am. • “The Things They Carried” Student Veterans exhibit, through 1/24, Cape Fear Community College Library. • “The Things We Carried” Veterans Exhibit Through 2/20. UNCW Randall Library • Remembrances of Wars Past, 11/12, 6:30pm, Northeast Regional Library • World War II USO Dance and USO Show, 11/22 , 6:30pm, Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center • 12/7, 8am-5pm: Battleship Alive, Mail Call Reenactment, 2pm. Battleship NC • Learning Center: Vmail to Vlogs, 12/7, 14, 21, 28 1-4pm, Cape Fear
Museum • 1/13, 7pm: WHQR & StarNews Present Prologue, WHQR. 254 N. Front St. • Welcome Reception for Tim O’Brien, 1/14, 6pm, Northeast Regional Library • 1/15, noon: Tim O’Brien on Midday Interview , WHQR 91.3 • 1/15, 7pm: Tim O’Brien Keynote Presentation & Book Signing, UNCW Kenan Auditorium • 1/29, 4pm, film screening: Vietnam Nurses, UNCW Randall Library • 2/8-9: 9th Annual Battle of Forks Road Commemoration, Cameron Art Museum. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. www.thebigreadwilmington.com/www.twitter.com/BigReadILM CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS FEST Charles Dickens Christmas Festival, Southport NC, 11/22, 6:30-8:30pm; 11/23, 10am-6pm. Franklin Square Park, free. Performing Arts & Exhibits visit events. http://brunswickartscouncil. org/dickens-2013-program THE KNOT WEDDING The Knot Wedding at The River Room, 11/22, 6-9pm. Brides-to-be will meet vendors, like DJs, caterers, tranpsortation services and more. 50/50 raffles, benefitting NICU at New Hanover Regional Med. Center. theriverroomknotwedding.eventbrite.
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com. 18 S. Water St., 910-251-9802. KURE BEACH HOLIDAY MARKET Kure Beach Hosts Holiday Market,11/23 and 11/30. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while supporting local artisans at the Kure Beach Holiday Market. You can enjoy the beautiful ocean view as you browse through items handcrafted by 30 talented artists and crafters. Market hours of operation are 9am-3pm on two Sat., 11/23 and 30, at the Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave, next to the fishing pier. HAIR AND HEEL FASHION SHOW Hair and Heel Fashion Show, 11/23, 6-8pm. Tickets: $15. Going from natural to relaxed, old school to new school. Hair and heels fashion of all styles! Bernandine Fulton: 910-264-8818. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Grace St. . LAOH CRAFT FAIR The 14th Annual LAOH Craft Fair, 11/23, 10am4pm, St. Mark Catholic Church 1011 Eastwood Rd. Features more than 40 vendors and artisans showcasing their unique creations. The event includes crafts, homemade gifts, handcrafted jewelry, doll clothing, artwork, Irish gifts/jewelry, holiday items and more. Proceeds benefit Dreams of Wilmington and Step Up for Soldiers. Free DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Lighting of downtown Wilmington’s Christmas tree, w/festitivites at 5:30pm, live holiday music, followed by the countdown to the tree lighting at approximately 6:25. Visit by Santa, so bring the kids and cameras for this free opportunity! Foot of Princess and N. Water St. (old Wachovia parking lot). HOLIDAY FLEA AT BAC The Brooklyn Arts Center’s “The Holiday Flea at BAC,” 516 North 4th St., Fri., 11/22, 3-9pm; Sat., 11/23, 10am-5pm; Sun., 11/24, noon-5pm. Renowned as the “ultimate vintage flea” and attended by more than 1,000 shoppers and dozens of vintage vendors from around the region, the three-day event will again be the go-to shopping experience of the season. Food trucks, Grinder’s Caffé coffee shop in the courtyard, and the BAC cash bar serving liquid refreshments. $5, good for all three days. Raffle ticket w/admission. Kids 12 and under are free. www. brooklynartsnc.com ISLAND OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL The light up ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival. The 2013 ceremony is on Friday, 11/29, 7pm. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of The Island of Lights committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide
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the Honor Guard and display the Flag for the singing of the National Anthem. Families can walk one mile around the lake to view the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free cocoa and cookies will be served prior to Light up. www.islandoflights.org NC HOLIDAY FLOTILLA North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, Wrightsville Beach, 11/29-30. Thanksgiving in Wrightsville Beach where illuminated ships glimmer on the Intracoastal Waterway and fireworks light up the sky! Festivities begin on Fri., 5:45 p.m., during the Town’s tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, followed by the Atlantic Marine Launch Party with music and dancing (admission charge for gala) at the Blockade Runner Resort. Saturday events include a free Festival in the Park at Wrightsville Beach Park (10am-4pm), feat. arts and crafts, holiday shopping, children’s activities and entertainment. On Sat., the N.C. Holiday Flotilla features an illuminated boat parade of elaborately decorated sailing vessels, followed by a stunning fireworks display. A record number of boats are expected to participate to celebrate the flotilla’s 30th anniversary! 910-256-2120. www.ncholidayflotilla.org. CHRISTMAS TRAIN/LIGHT SPECTACULAR Starts after Thanksgiving. Continuous shows with 20,000 twinkling lights, musical animations, visits with Santa, special decorations, and cider and cookies. 11/29-30, 12/6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 26-28 all 6:30-8 pm. General admission only $5 each, free for kids under age 2. JOB FAIR A free job fair for all ages, 11/30, 9:30am-2pm, Watson School of Education, 601 S. College Rd. Fear. recruiters from Wilmington area businesses, food, music, free parking. Raffle w/$20 Walmart gift card. Local businesses, info on volunteering, refreshments and other resources. Robyn Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org. 910-232-7961. www.robynsmithibec.wix.com/eventpage.
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raffle tickets, but additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 18 South Water St. Make sure to RSVP at https:// theriverroomnotwedding.eventbrite.com/ Space is only available for the first 50 couples. “ ILM INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY 11/22: Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network will hold its 8th annual fundraising dinner, auction and dancing, “Safari Nights” at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington. Tickets are $125. Auction items: beach house at Wrightsville BeachBeach house at Carolina Beach, cake baked by Author Celia Rivernbark, boat cruise and picnic aboard the Catamaran Eyra, boat cruise and dinner aboard the Suture Self , Napa Valley Trip including a tour on the Wine Train and gifts for the entire family, jewelry, home décor, getaways and much more. Funds raised from this event through tickets, sponsorships, and the live and silent auction are essential to sustain WIHN’s programs. www. wihn.net or 910-769-4730. WIHN office, 4938 Oleander Drive. JR. LEAGUE OF ILM BARGAIN SALE 11/23, 7:30am-1:30pm: Former Badcock & More Home Furniture building in the University Centre shopping plaza at the intersection of S. College Rd. and New Centre Dr., next to Sam’s Club. Open to the public for $3 per person. Mega indoor yard sale: adult and children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture, household items and much more. There will also be a “Sip & Shop” pre-sale the evening of 11/22, 6:30-8pm, which offers shoppers first dibs on all merchandise. Cost: $10/person, which includes live music, light hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket and a cash bar. There will also be a raffle featuring a range of high-end products and services. Admission to the Sale on Saturday is in-
cluded in the Friday night price. Proceeds go directly to Junior League’s community projects, including the organization’s partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission and New Hanover County Schools. FOOD BANK OF NC 11/23, 12/28, 1/4. Books A Million, BAM, New Hanover Center, 3737 Oleander Dr. Come out to Books A Million (BAM) on Saturday Noon-4:00PM. Volunteers will be there to answer your questions about the Food Bank of CENC programs in your community. Mention the Food Bank as you check out! 10% of All Purchases go directly to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC at Wilmington, working to feed 70,000 individuals affected by hunger in the Cape Fear Region. For every $1 donated=5 meals go to neighbors in need. • Benefit concert, 11/23, 10am-2pm, 1709-4 Queen Anne St. , Sunset Beach, NC, feat. C.C. Martin. 5K TURKEY TROT 5K Turkey Trot to benefit Girls on the Run and STRIDE, 11/23, 7am signup. Run at 8am. Packet pickup at Planet Fun, 11/22, 4-6pm, too. Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC. $5 breakfasct and $5 unlimited play after race! Entry: $25-$35; awards for top make and feamle in age groups. Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County. www.sportoften.com. CAPE FEAR FESTIVAL OF TREES See cover story, pgs 32-33. MIRACLE LEAGUE’S HOMERUN DERBY The Miracle League’s Homerun Derby, 11/23, 8-100 yrs old, male or female. Prizes given to each age group winner: 8-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-up or by choice of conetstant. 8am-10:30am and10:3012pm. Reg. day of: $20. MiracleLeagueBombSquad@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit The Miracle League.
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TEA FOR TWO Sun. before Thanksgiving, 11/24, 1-3pm, the first annual “Tea for Two” event is set to provide more than the average tea party. Hosted at the Historic Hannah Block Community Arts Center, the fundraiser—founded by Faye Brock of Century 21 Brock & Associates—will include a silent auction, a fashion show and live entertainment in addition to the expected tea and treats. All proceeds will benefit the localized programs and services of Easter Seals UCP, serving North Carolina and Virgini children and adults managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The Hannah Block Historic USO / Community Arts Center is located at 120 South 2nd Street. Tickets: $15 individually or $25 for two. Century 21 Brock & Associates at (910) 395-8266 or online at http://c21teafortwo.eventbrite.com/. FOOD BANK 11/27, 7am-5pm, Street Turkeys at The Landing, 530 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach—a project designed to re-stock the shelves., and provide food and supplies to nearly 100 area food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after school programs and senior feeding programs. Come Wednesday before Thanksgiving and drop off food or monetary donations. www.streetturkeyswilmington.org STREET TURKEYS See p. 36. GOOD FRIENDS OF WILMINGTON Good Friends of Wilmington will hold their 17th annual fundraising luncheon on Tues., 12/3, at the Wilmington Convention Center. Celebrates the spirit of giving and promotes holiday cheer, 11:30am with a social, holiday music, and a luncheon with program, noon. Last year, luncheon raised over $50,000 to serve individuals and families in need in our community. The Santas are the only men invited to this event and each serves as a community leader, business leader or elected official. In addition to providing entertainment during the luncheon, the Santas help collect donations and spare change from the guests. Parking in the Wilmington Convention Center parking deck will be free for all attendees. Funds provide financial assistance to social service organizations or individuals when other resources have been exhausted. The recipients are identified through the local Department of Social Services. Annual luncheon is a modest meal, making it possible for every dollar raised to go to the families in need. BRIGADE SCHOOL AND BOYS CLUB The Brigade Boys & Girls Club is a national finalist for the Lincoln Legacy Award. The Brigade is one of 10 national finalists as well as the only non-profit in North Carolina and the only Boys & Girls Club in the finals. The next phase is a voting contest which runs through 12/4 with the winner receiving a $50,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Services
to support their project. To support Project Learn, their after-school homework program. Voting instructions can be found on the Club website at www.brigadebgc.org, with one vote per email address. Brigade Boys & Girls Club: 910-791-4282. TRULIE DOGS In honor of the holiday season, Trulie Dogs is hosting pet pictures with Santa, 12/7, 11am-3pm. Dick Parrot Photography to provide customers beautiful pictures while raising money for our area’s shelters, $25, which includes one picture in a pewter Christmas ornament and a disk of all photos taken with copyright release. Call to RSVP. 8258 Market St. Ste 107; Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. Treesie, 910-6810510.
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BIG RIVER Thalian Association will hold auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on Mon/Tues, 12/2-3, 7pm. Auditions will take place at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington.Traditional Broadway song to sing a cappella and be prepared to dance (no sandals or flip flops). Production, directed by Laurene Perry with music direction by Michael Lauricella, runs at Thalian Hall January 30-February 10. Complete character breakdown: www.thalian.org. TACT SHOWS Thalian Association Children’s Theater presents great shows for the whole family! All shows presented at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center at 120 South Second St. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 12/5-8. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history. firstname.lastname@example.org
comedy her antiwar-activist brother. PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES See page 16. THE GLASS MENAGERIE The Glass Menagerie, Thurs-Sun, 11/21-24, 8pm or 3pm, Sunday. Bodenhamer Auditorium, Coastal Carolina Community College, Fine Arts Building. New River Players will present a production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”
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LAUGH SEAN’S CANCER AWAY Wilmington, NC, comedy scene is coming together to help stand-up comic, Sean Webb, in his time of need. Sean is a husband, father of two boys, friend, actor, and a staple in the local Wilmington, NC comedy scene. In August Sean was diagnosed with melanoma. After a surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes in his neck and radiation treatment, another test indicated cancer was still present and may have spread to other parts of his body. So Sean is preparing for radiation and chemotherapy. To help with his expenses during his time of
need, members of the local comedy community have scheduled a benefit show on 11/22, Orton’s Pool Room, 133 N. Front St, 7:30pm. Minimum donation of $5, with 50/50 drawing throughout the night. JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE Every first Mon. of month will feature a standup comedy showcase Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Colton Demonte and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar. 9pm; $4. DEAD CROW COMEDY Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2), Reel Cafe. • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm. City Stage/Level 5 and Fibber McGees. Timmy Sherrill: email@example.com or 910-520-5520 LITPROV Tuesday LitProv: Troupes perform a 20-25 minute ‘Harold’ long-form improv. After the show, folks can come onstage and join the other improvisers in an improv jam! No experience necessary! 8pm. Old Books on Front St., 249 N. Front St.
music/concerts SUSAN WERNER 11/23, 8pm: One of our most requested and beloved repeat performers, this brilliantly creative singer songwriter likely holds the world speed record for building rapport with an entranced audience. Performing new songs from her upcoming album The Hayseed Project this will be a night to remember at the Hall. $18-$35, susanwerner. com. www.thalianhall.org
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CAPE FEAR CHORALE Cape Fear Chorale celebrates it 15th anniversary concert 11/24, 4pm, in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. An audience sing-along for selected choruses of Handel’s “Messiah.” Bring your scores and join in, or just listen. A few scores will be available at the door for $15. A premiere of a new piece commissioned by the Chorale for this concert, composed by Carl Nygard, Jr. Add. seasonal music. Free; donations gratefully accepted. • Cape Fear Chorale announces auditions for Spring 2014. The Chorale will be performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Sun., 4/6, in Minnie Evans Arts Center. All voice parts (SATB) are invited to audition on Mon., 12/2, throughout the day by scheduling in advance at 910-233-2423. Please complete and submit the form under membership on website. Appts. for auditions for other days and times may be arranged. email@example.com or 910233-2423. Auditions for the 2014 spring semester will end Friday, 12/20. capefearchorale.org EMMYLOU HARRIS Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium Sat., 2/1. The performance is part of the office’s celebrated Masters Series, which features artists and works of cultural and historic significance. Tickets on sale: $55 (reserved seating). 910-962-3500 (Mon-Fri, noon6pm). www.uncw.edu/arts. AMERICAN BIG BAND: HOME FOR the HOLIDAYS 12/4, 8pm: Two amazing shows celebrating all of your holiday favorites with big band flair and pageantry. Established in 2004, the American Big Band has thrilled audiences with their showstopping pizzazz. Featuring a 12 piece band and 8 amazing dancers this show promises to be a holiday classic. $18-$35, www.thalianhall.org WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 12/7, 4pm: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s masterful holiday classic. A warm and compassionate story that captures the essential spirit of Christmas, it was also the first opera written expressly for television! 962-3500 or www.wilmingtonsymphony. org/tickets.html
dance WwII BIG BAND USO DANCE Premier World War II attraction and venue, Wilmington’s Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, will swing again on Fri., 11/22, to the nostalgic sounds, jive, and entertainment of a big-band USO dance and USO show, from 6:309:30pm. 120 South Second St. Free and open to the public, but suggested donation of $10 re-
quested. Beverages and snacks available, w/Duke Ladd’s orchestra, held in part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, has scheduled other local events during November-February, 2014. www.thebigreadwilmington.com. WWII Coalition vice chairman Doris Ayers: 910-796-3292, or Dayers91@aol.com. SNOW WHITE BALLET 12/5: Enjoy the dynamic talents of New York’s Ballet for Young Audiences in two iconic shows, Snow White (Thursday) and The Nutcracker (Friday & Saturday). Perfect for the whole family, both shows are narrated sixty minute versions that keep little ones spell bound. $14-$20. thalianhall.org NUTCRACKER 12/6-7, 8pm: Enjoy the dynamic talents of New York’s Ballet for Young Audiences in two iconic shows, Snow White (Thursday) and The Nutcracker (Friday & Saturday). Perfect for the whole family, both shows are narrated sixty minute versions that keep little ones spell bound. $14-$20. www. thalianhall.org. IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. www. walshkelleyschool.com. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639 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 CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711.
extremism.” Also showcasing works of George Poscheptsov and Billy Cone, Rich Anderson and M. E. Bones and more. 3500 Oleander Dr. (910) 836-1072 for Art; (910) 329-1408 for M.E. Bones. Find us on FB. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 11/22, and 12/27. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101. www. artscouncilofwilmington.org KEVIN EUGENE DUNN Caprice Bistro presents selected works by local artist Kevin Eugene Dunn, feat. still life, figurative, landscape and abstract works. Opening reception and talk with the artist, 11/20, 6pm. 10 Market St. (910) 815-0810 ARTY PARTY 11/23, 7-10pm: The Arty Party, the inaugural grand fundraising reception of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Inc., will be an art filled evening celebrating and supporting the richness and depth of the local arts community. The reception and silent auction will be held in the Union Station Building, Cape Fear Room, at Cape Fear Community College, 502 N. Front Street. Silent auction donations and performances by local artists, heavy hors d’oeuvres. $75/person. 910-3430998 or firstname.lastname@example.org. artscouncilofwilmington.org. 621N4TH GALLERY At 621 N 4th Gallery in Wilmington an exhibition of paintings “A Small World Circle” featuring international artists Sergej Andreevski from Macedonia,
Gerlinde Pistner from Germany, and Dick Roberts from the USA. The exhibition is of paintings made at the 2nd annual “Le Petit Atelier du Monde” (The Small Studio of the World) a residency hosted by Dick Roberts in his Acme Art studio for two weeks. Dick Roberts: email@example.com CLYDE AT CAM 4th Annual Clyde at CAM, Sat., 11/23, 10am2pm. Members: $3/child, non-members, $5/ child, adults free. Internationally renowned artist Clyde Jones spends the day with you and your family! Help create critters for our ever-growing collaborative crèche! Your critters will remain on display at the corner of 17th and Independence through the holiday season! Do not miss this fantastic day of art-making, collaborating and FUN! No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required at all times. Georgia@cameronartmuseum.com. Cameron Art Museum. ART FOR THE MASSES See page 21. COLOR INTERPLAY Clay Matters features Georgia artist Eileen Braun and Hiroshi Sueyoshi of Wilmington. Work will include both functional and non-functional pieces; the two artists’ differing styles creating an interesting juxtaposition of elegance and whimsy. 201 Princess St. www.newelementsgallery.com PLEIN AIR WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is excited to announce the MC Erny Gallery, Coastal Carolina en Plein Air, featuring work by 12 area plein air painters. Celebrating the tradition of painting en plein air, or outside, and the stunning beauty of our coastal region. Guests are invited to meet the artists and the WHQR staff and on-air personalities, while enjoying great food and wine. The
TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.
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show will remain on display until 12/6. Portion of the proceeds benefits WHQR. Feat. Barbara Bear Jamison, Ann Hair, Paul G. Krauss, Ann Lees and others. Additional reception on Fri., 11/22, as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in downtown Wilmington. 254 N. Front St.,#300; 910-34-1640 NOVEMBER ART CLASSES Held at home of pro artist Lois DeWitt, www.freeonline-art-classes.com. Four weeks, $80. • Collage Magic, Mon., 10am-noon or 2-4pm. • Basic Pencil Drawing, Tues., 10am-noon or 2-4pm. • Acrylic Painting, Wed., 11am-1pm or 2-4pm. • Vibrant Color with Oil Pastels, Sat., 10am-2pm. lois. firstname.lastname@example.org. 910 547-8115. FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION Fall Senior Exhibition will be on view in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building through 12/14, 2013. The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art. Juried by the studio art faculty and mounted by graduating seniors. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7pm, and a graduation reception will be held on Sat., 12/14. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public. KEVIN CHARLES HOOVER Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, will feature Photographer Kevin Charles Hoover in their art gallery. Born in North Carolina, Kevin hustled his way through the NC State’s undergrad program before moving back and froth from east to west coast. Winery tours and tastings available January and February, Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm, Fri. ‘til 6pm, Mar.-Dec., Mon-Sat., 11am-6pm; Fri, ‘til 7pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. www.silvercoastwinery. com or 910-287-2800. A FRAME OF MIND GALLERY A Frame of Mind Gallery is honored to show some of the many works of local artist,author and world traveler David D. Hume, delightful original watercolors by Eunice Andrews and Karen Q. Hunsberger’s handcrafted baskets thru Dec. Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-3pm. 1903 Princess St. 910-251-8854. Located in historic 100 year old house in Carolina Heights Garden tours often given, specializing in unique citrus. KAREN CROUCH AND JANETTE HOPPER See page 22. ART FOR ALL Wilmington’s cutting-edge art show, at the BAC (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets) on Fri., 2/21, 3-9pm and Sat., 2/22, 11am-7pm. Community of local, original artists at the Brooklyn Arts Center when 50plus of the region’s finest present their work in the magnificent BAC. Paintings, illustrations, sculpture, photography, watercolors, glass, metal, and
woodwork, and more, $25-$250. $5 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Free parking. Heather Thomson at 910-616-9882 or at email@example.com.
museums CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Exhibits: Through 1/19/04—Letters, news, and packages from home unite families, boost morale, and in wartime, elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. The traveling version of the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition, Mail Call explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Active duty military and their families will be admitted free of charge, with valid identification through 1/19. • 11/21-3/2014: Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Nano is a mini, interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on interactives present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day. $4-$7. Free for museum members and children under 3. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sun. ea. month. 814 Market Street , historic downtown Wilmington. www.capefearmuseum.com. MOORE’S BATTLEFIELD Moores Creek National Battlefield: Loyalists were unaware of what they would encounter as they charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776. Just beyond the bridge nearly 1,000 North Carolina patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. This dramatic victory ended British rule in the colony forever. Visitor Center, 9am-4pm, through 3/31; 4/1, 9am-5pm, for spring and summer season. Center will be closed every Mon/Tues throughout the year while staying open Wed-Sun to provide educational programs and guided tours on the weekend. Moores Creek National Battlefield will be completely closed on all Federal Holidays with no access to any part of the park being permitted. www.nps.gov/mocr MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum features the rich history and artifacts of this area from prehistoric to present time. Exhibits: Operation Bumblebee, missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II; Camp Da-
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vis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island; WASPS, group of young, daring women who were the first female pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII; Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of 10 pirates in the Carolinas including the infamous Blackbeard; Shell Exhibits, and intricate seashells from all over the world as well as Topsail; and more! 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; after Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488. topsailmissilesmuseum.org. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. • Thanksgiving at The Children’s Museum of Wilmington on 11/23. We will have turkey-themed art activities and story times. Bring in a Thanksgiving-themed shelf stable food item and your child will get in for free! All items brought to the museum will be donated to a local homeless shelter. • Candyland Christmas, Sun., 12/8, 1-5pm. Members, $15; non, $20. Parent, guardians and grandparents, free. 1116 Orange St. Register online. 254-3534. playwilmington.org WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The 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. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. wbmuseum.com. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12,
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Wednesday November 20th at 8 pm Shakespeare On Trial See the Bard taken to task by his own fed up characters.
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and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. Phone 910-763-2634, website www. wrrm.org. LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4-$12. 126 S. Third St. 762-0492. www.latimerhouse.org CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy.” and “Sheena”, a 23ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St, across from the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Front and Water Street. (910) 762-1669 or www.capefearserpentarium.com. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 910-251-3700. www.bellamymansion.org. 503 Market St. CAMERON ART MUSEUM Exhibits: Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things. Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada’s foremost installation artists, whose work employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. • Pancoe Art Education Center (ongoing) Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the exhibition cases, inclu. the works of resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Ben Owen III and Jugtown Pottery among other works. • CAM Public Tours, Thurs., 7:30pm, w/admission. Explore what’s new and on view. Open late on Thurs. until 9pm.• Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am-9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. www. cameronartmuseum.com or 910-395-5999. 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 St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. burgwinwrighthouse.com.
sports/recreation TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONS Bryan Brothers, #1 in the World Tennis Doubles Champions, Double YourFun Tennis Exhibition Match, Sun., 11/23, 2pm, Trask Coliseum, UNCW, 9:30am-noon, youth clinic, ages 7 to 18. Go to www.bryanbros-onelove.org for full details and ticket purchase. Proceeds to benefit One Love
Tennis, UNC Wilmington Athletics, Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. YOGA WITH A TOUCH OF THAI Yoga with a Touch of Thai, Tues, through 12/3. Four sessions, 2-3pm. $60 (membership $30/semester and $50/year). Combine the best of two stress-relieving worlds. This series leads participants through a guided yoga practice of breathing and stretching exercises and ends each session with a few Thai massage techniques. http://uncw. edu/olli YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS LESSONS Once a week classes for youth and adults on Mon/ Wed, including the addition of Wed morning classes for adults! Tennis lessons are open for registration for youth and adults at Wrightsville Beach Park. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins, an LTA registered coach since 1977, instructs these classes that meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Coach Jenkins has turned a vast number of participants into tennis players through her lessons and clinics given at Wrightsville Beach Park! Pre-registration is required. 2567925. www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com
film RACIAL TABOO 11/21, 7-10pm Racial Taboo is an informative and entertaining film that enables people to have a meaningful conversation about race. Joe DiLiberto, the chef and owner of Cousins Italian Deli saw Racial Taboo at New Beginnings Church he said, “I want to help.” So he is hosting a benefit with an Italian dinner and a showing of Racial Taboo that will be followed by a conversation about race in Wilmington. Held in a space behind Cousins Italian Deli. Dinner, movie, conversations. Dress warmly! 910-343-3354. $17.50 adv or $19.50 at door. RacialTaboo.com DIRECTOR JACK HILL 11/22: Film studies welcomes world-famous director Jack Hill to campus for a presentation, 6:3011pm, King Hall Auditorium. Two of Hill’s bestknown films, “Coffy” (1973) and “Spider Baby” (1964) will be screened during the presentation. Free and open to the public. NC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL NC Black Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Black Arts Alliance (BAA) will present the festival 3/13-16. The BAA is a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-Americans in arts and culture; it serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The NCBFF is known for its southern hospitality, bringing filmmakers of color to one of the east coast’s largest film capitals, giving exposure to their work and an opportunity to display their art. In its 13th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, documentary films and music videos. Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category, provided there is a minimum of three entries to be screened in any given category. Submissions accepted through 12/31, $25 entry fee. www.blackartsalliance.org. Also, if you would like to be a designer for Fashion in Film 2014 or want more information, please contact Ms. Ashika Payne at 910-409-4172; firstname.lastname@example.org. Ea. designer responsible for creating unique fashions inspired by a classic Black film chosen by Sewfli, Inc.
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Learning Center: Cape Fear Indians, Sat., 11/23, 30, 1-4pm. Free for members or with admission. Who were the first inhabitants of the Lower Cape Fear region? Examine local Native American pot shards and sculpt your own clay pot. Learn about Cape Fear Indians’ early hunting and fishing. Make bead jewelry and play a Native American game. Parental participation required. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. $4-$7.(910) 798-4367. MS. SUSAN’S ROOM Ms. Susan’s Room: Happy Little Singers, sing dance and play while learning! Music and movement for children ages 6 mo.-6 yrs. Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat at 9:45am. • Happy Bigger Singers, music and movement for ages 4 1/2-8, Wed., 4pm. Drop-ins welcome, call ahead 910-777-8889. $10/ family with one child, $5/add.child. Art and Craft Fridays, every Fri, $10/child. RSVP by Thurs noon. Ms. Susan’s Room, The Art Works, 200 Willard St. ms-susans-room.com 910-777-8889. BOY SCOUTS MEETING Silver Lake Baptist Church, 4715 Carolina Beach Rd. (910)791-9171. Boy Scout Troop 277 will meet every Monday, 7pm. THEATRE NOW Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Membership. Drop off service available.Tickets: www.theatrewilmington.com or 910-399-3NOW
readings/lectures VETERANS SPEAK 11/15, 7-9pm: Local veterans and staff from the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, N.C. will speak about what
soldiers carry to war. Facilitated by Museum Curator Barbara Rowe, Vietnam veterans Mike Haas and Roger Lowery and Curator Nicole Suarez and Director Jim Bartlinski with the Airborne & Special Operations Museum will talk about what kinds of objects are important to those serving our country and the memories they carry with them. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. capefearmuseum.com. BELLAMY MANSION READINGS 11/21, 6:30pm: John Haley on the Emancipation Proclamation. 910-251-3700. www.bellamymansion.org POMEGRANATE BOOKS Celia Rivenbark reading and signing, “Rude Bitches Make Me Tired,” Thurs., 11/21, 7pm. This is sure to be a fun evening as Celia Rivenbark reads from her latest humor collection focusing on etiquette for the 21st century. A great book for that holiday gift swap. • 11/30: Small Business Saturday. Customers invited to a more relaxing shopping experience with the opportunity to “shop local.” Refreshments and a variety of sales and incentives enhance the experience. Author Sherman Alexie has challenged fellow writers to join in supporting local bookstores by playing “bookseller for a day,” sharing their recommendations and assisting shoppers in making book selections. Welcome to our staff: Wiley Cash (author of A Land More Kind than Home, a New York Times Notable Book, and the forthcoming This Dark Road to Mercy) and Sheila Boneham (author of the Animals in Focus mystery series, including Drop Dead on Recall and The Money Bird as well as 17 nonfiction guides on dogs and cats.) www.pombooks.net. 4418 Park Ave. 910-452-1107. EUROPE BEFORE THE GREAT WAR Europe Before the Great War w/ Mark Spaulding Ph.D., Wed., 12/4-11. Two sessions, 6-7:30pm,
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$30. (Membership $30/semester and $50/year). Register online by Dec 2. http://uncw.edu/olli/ . We are approaching the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War, which is widely regarded as the “primal catastrophe” of the 20th century. Before focusing on the outbreak of the war, which was by no means inevitable, take a longer look at Europe in the final decade before 1914. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW, 601 S. College Rd.
classes/workshops CAM CLASSES Museum School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024), at CAM. Yoga: Thursday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm, Friday, 5:30-6:30pm • T’ai Chi: Wednesday-Midday, noon-1pm. Join in a soothing retreat sure to charge you up while you relax in a beautiful, comfortable setting. These sessions are ongoing and are open to beginner and experienced participants. www.cameronartmuseum.com FOCUS FOCUS, a regional planning initiative for the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county areas, will be holding a series of public outreach meetings. Each meeting will focus on one of four livability principles, including opportunity, health, the environment and housing. • 11/21: Two separate meetings will be held at the New Hanover Senior Center, located at 222 South College Road, where the entrance is the same as the main entrance to Hoggard High School off of Shipyard Boulevard. One meeting discussion will focus on the livability principle, opportunity, while the other meeting will focus on health. www.FOCUSsenc.org
clubs/notices/tours CF HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA) is accepting submissions for the 2014 Parade of Homes Art Competition. The winning artwork will be exclusively featured on the cover of our Plan Book (with a distribution of 5,000), on posters, media, and print advertising. Entries should use the 2014 theme “Still Living the American Dream” and should include at least one residential structure in the painting. Deadline: 1/31. Naomi Wright at (910) 799-2611 or email Naomi@ wilmhba.com. WWII REMEMBRANCE GROUP World War II Remembered Group will hear presentations about five WWII U.S. fighter aircraft aces during its 11/20 meeting at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 South College Rd. Refreshments/fellowship, 9:30am; program, 10am. Free and open to the public. To qualify as a U.S. fighter ace in WWII, a pilot had to destroy at least five enemy aircraft. The presenters are all local pilots and members of the Experimental Aviation Association which flies and maintains classic WWII warbird aircraft. One, retired Col. Bob Newman, flew in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. John Nelson at email@example.com or 399-7020. UNCW ALUMNI AFTER WORK UNCW Alumni After Work on 11/21, 5:30-7:30pm, Front Street Brewery, downtown Wilmington! The Cape Fear Alumni Chapter invites you to join alumni and friends for a relaxing evening in downtown Wilmington. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and Seahawk-style door prizes! Come out to network or just catch up with old friends. Register online at
www.uncw.edu/alumnitix before November 18th. TIDEWATER CAMELLIA CLUB SHOW & SALE Sat., 11/23: New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC. Free and open to the public, noon-4pm. Local camellia exhibitors will display hundreds of award winning blooms. There will be education displays and camellia care demonstrations to help answer any camellia growing questions you may have. Be sure to stop by our sale of award winning camellias! www.tidewatercamelliaclub.org HUMANISTS AND FREETHINKERS Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear will enjoy a chili cook-off at the Bridge Center at 6pm, 11/24. All variations are welcome, from super spicy to vegan. A pre-holiday raffle will add to the fun. Newcomers are welcome. Test your culinary skills and enjoy thoughtful conversation. RSVP and let us know if you’re bringing chili or a complementary dish to the pot luck. www.humanism. meetup.com/182. YWCA Bridge Center, 127-40 S. College Rd. WILMINGTON WATER TOURS 11/23, 9am-12pm: Departing at 9am we will cruise up the Northeast Cape Fear River to Turkey Creek. This is approx. 15 miles above Wilmington. Join us for a comfortable, exhilerating and gorgeous morning narrated cruise. Light snacks included, $40. Wilmington Water Tours, 910-3383134. www.wilmingtonwatertours.net BIRDING TOURS Birding tours - Learn about your local environment. Mon-Fri., 10am-3pm. $25/person for an hour. WB Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd. .910-200-4002. www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com
culinary FERMENTAL Every Friday: Free wine/beer tasting, 6pm. • 11/21, 6-10pm, free, Beaujolais Nouveau 2013. Worldwide wine celebration set on the third Thurs. ea. Nov., Beaujolais Nouveau began as a phenomenon in French bars, cafes, and bistros as each fall the new Beaujolais arrived with much anticipation and fanfare. • 11/22, 6pm: Enjoy an evening sampling a bounty of wines from around the world. Featuring a wide variety of styles and price ranges; enjoy a glass, buy a bottle or purchase a few as gifts. Taste everything before you buy. • 11/23, 6pm: Jelebrate one of North Carolina’s most unique small breweries: Mystery Brewing. Meet brewery staff including head brewer, Erik Myers; enjoy live music, free samples, giveaways, an outdoor bar, food truck and more. Free event. All ages. 21 and over for tasting. 910-821-0362. Fermental. 7250 Market St., www.fermental.net.
3:30-7:30pm: Down Home Country Christmas, with music and comedy, feat. classic holiday music and contemporary songs; resident jokesters, “Roadkill Rufus” and “Junior Jackson” and those wild and crazy “Dixie Hicks.” $50/person + $2 tour and tasting. Duplin Winery, 505 N. Sycamore St. Rose Hill, NC. 800-774-9634 SWEET N SAVORY Sweet n Savory Pub: Free beer tasting every Wednesday night from 5-6:30pm, through 2/26/14. 1611 Pavillion Pl., (910) 256-0115 HOLIDAY WINE TASTING Wine Tasting: Special Holiday Tasting. OLLI Wine Society, Wed., 12/18, 6-8pm. $40 (membership $30/semester and $50/year). http://uncw.edu/olli. Have you ever wanted to take a wine tasting cruise? Here’s your chance to jump “on board” with the OLLI Wine Society to enjoy great wines and good company with none of the motion sickness or long buffet lines. Join us for our annual holiday event. This one is a virtual wine tasting cruise through the wines of he countries bordering the Mediterranean an Adriatic seas. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW, 601 S. College Rd. FEAST DOWN EAST BUYING CLUB Enjoy the quality, value and convenience of the Feast Down East Buying Club. It costs nothing to join. The benefits are immeasurable. It is a great way to eat healthier, while knowing you support your local farm families and community. Log on at www.FeastDownEast.org and start buying fresh local food, sourced from Southeastern NC farms. Choose a pick-up spot, and check out at the online cashier and you are done! Orders must be placed by 11am Monday for Thursday delivery. Consumer pickup is Thursday 3:30-6pm at: the Cameron Art Museum, THE POD (located next to Dunkin Donuts on UNCW campus) or the Burgaw Historic Train Depot. FOOD NOT BOMBS To provide free Vegan and Vegetarian meals to the hungry. By sharing food we start a revolution. Food is a right, not a privilege. All our food is grown in the Food Not Bombs garden, and donated by local businesses, restaurants, farms, and people. Anyone can donate, and if you are unable to donate food, then donating your time is enough. Monthly meetups. www.foodnotbombs.net WILMINGTON WINE SHOP Join us to sample five new delicious wines we’ve brought in just for our customers during Free Friday Wine Tasting, 5-8pm. Have a bottle or glass of your favorite with friends afterwards in our cozy shop or on the back deck. And beer lovers don’t fret, we’ve got a fridge full of craft and micro-brews. • Thurs., 9/26, 6-8, reception for Michele Wuensch, who does most smaller stylized oil and acrylic paintings of everyday scenes from life. 605 Castle St. 910202-4749. www.wilmingtonwine.net.
ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) The poet Charles Baudelaire prayed for help but not to God; he prayed to writer Edgar Allan Poe. Novelist Malcolm Lowry sometimes pleaded with God to give him insight, but he also prayed to the writer Franz Kafka. I really like this approach to seeking guidance and recommend it to you in the coming days. Which hero, dead or alive, could you call on to uplift you? What amazing character might bring you the inspiration you need? Be brazen and imaginative. The spirits could be of more help than you can imagine. Magic is afoot. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) U.S. Confederate General Richard S. Ewell (1817-1872) sometimes experienced episodes in which he truly thought he was a bird. Princess Alexandria of Bavaria (1826-1875) believed when she was young, she had eaten a glass piano. The Prussian military officer Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher (1742-1819) imagined he was pregnant with an elephant. Sad, funny and crazy, right? Yet it’s my understanding that all of us have fixed delusions. They are less bizarre than those I cited, but they can still be debilitating. What are yours, Taurus? Do you secretly believe a certain turning point in your past scarred you forever? Are you incorrectly wracked with anger or guilt because of some event that may not have actually happened the way you remember it? Here’s the good news: Now is an excellent time to shed your fixed delusions. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Philosopher Eckhart Tolle suggests “there may be one person who reflects your love back to you more clearly and more intensely than others.” For some of us, this numinous reflection comes from a special animal. Whatever is the case for you, Gemini, I urge you to devote extra time to your relationship with this creature in the next 14 days. Meditate on how you could provide more nurturing and inspiration. Brainstorm about the possibility of deepening your connection. What practical actions could you take to boost your loved one’s fortunes? CANCER (June 21-July 22) The Cancerian soprano Kirsten Flagstad was regarded as one of the great operatic singers of the 20th century. Critic Desmond Shawe-Taylor said, “No one within living memory surpassed her in sheer beauty and consistency of line and tone.” She specialized in the operas of German composer Richard Wagner, whose master work, “The Ring of the Nibelung,” takes 15 hours to perform. Flagstad was asked to name the single most important thing she needed in order to perform Wagner’s music with the excellence it demanded. Her answer: comfortable shoes. Regard that as good advice for your own life and work, Cancerian—both literally and metaphorically. It’s time to get really well-grounded.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’re smarter than you think you are, and soon you will be even smarter. Previously inaccessible wisdom is seeping up from the depths of your subconscious mind, making its way to your conscious awareness. Your eyes are noticing more than they usually do. Your memory is working at peak levels. Your enhanced ability to entertain paradoxical ideas is giving you special insight into the nature of reality. What will you do with this influx of higher intelligence? I suggest you focus its full force on one of your knottiest problems. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “The Paris Review” interviewed Mexican poet Octavio Paz. “Just how much revising do you do?” the interviewer asked. “I revise incessantly,” Paz replied. “Some critics say too much, and they may be right. If there’s a danger in revising, there is much more danger in not revising. I believe in inspiration, but I also believe we’ve got to help inspiration, restrain it and even contradict it.” I bring this up, Scorpio, because I believe you are ripe for a phase of intense revision. Inspiration has visited you a lot lately, but now it will subside for a while so you can wrangle all your raw material into graceful, resilient enduring shapes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Costa Rica will be closing its zoos in 2014. What will happen to the 400 or so animals housed there? They will have to be rehabilitated at animal rescue centers and released into the wild. I suspect there will be a metaphorically similar process going on for you in the coming months, Sagittarius. Parts of your instinctual nature will, in a sense, be freed from captivity. You will need to find ways to retrain your animal intelligence how to function outside of the tame conditions it got used to. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Will fate kick your sweet ass sometime soon? Quite possibly. You may be compelled to face up to the consequences of your unloving actions or unconscious decisions. I’m pleased to tell you, however, that you might be able to dramatically minimize or even neutralize the butt-thumping. How? Go over the events of the last 11 months; identify times when you weren’t your very best self or didn’t live up to your highest ideals. Then perform rituals of atonement. Express your desire to correct wrong turns. Give gifts that will heal damaged dynamics.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Have you ever been in a social situation where you really didn’t care what anyone thought of you and therefore felt absolutely free to act on your inner promptings? When was the last time you lost all your inhibitions and self-consciousness while making love? Can you truly say that sometime recently you have been totally responsive to your festive impulses? If you have experienced any blockages in expressing this type of energy, now is a perfect moment to fix that. You have a date with robust, innocent self-expression.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bill Withers became a big star in the 1970s with hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me.” He hasn’t recorded a new album since 1985, nor has he toured. What happened? In “Still Bill,” the documentary film about his life, Withers says, “I watch other people show off and I say, Man, I used to want to show off. If I could just get, you know, moved to. I need a little injection in my showin’ off gland.” I wish you could get an injection like that, too, Aquarius. I’d like to see you show off more—not in a contrived, over-the-top, Lady Gaga-esque way. Rather, the purpose would be to get more aggressive in showing people who you are and what you can do. I want your talents and assets to be better known.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Norwegian public television is experimenting with a phenomenon called Slow TV. In one reality show, the main character built a fire with logs and kept it burning for 12 hours. In another program, patient viewers watched for five days as a cruise ship made its way along the Norwegian coast. A third show featured a woman knitting a sweater from start to finish. I wish you would get hooked on slow-motion activities, Virgo. Maybe it would help you lower your thoughts-per-minute rate and influence you to take longer, deeper breaths; to remember that relaxation is an art you can cultivate. Then you would be
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) I have a feeling your value will be rising in the coming weeks. An attractive person you thought was out of your league may express curiosity about you. You could get an offer to do an interesting job or task you had previously considered unavailable. I bet your reputation will be growing, mostly for the better. Who knows? If you put a half-eaten piece of your toast for sale on eBay, it might sell for as much as if it were Justin Timberlake’s toast. Here’s the upshot: You should have confidence in your power to attract bigger rewards and more appreciation.
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