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What is your favorite Thanksgiving food and why?

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Ann Goza: Pineapple casserole and pinto bean pie—both very old, very traditional Southern recipes.

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Amy Lynn Holcomb: Homemade cornbread, apple, sage, pine-nut stuffing, homemade cranberry-apple cookie cobbler. It has become a tradition and they make the house smell sooooo good.

Holiday events abound pgs. 38-39 ‘Tis the season and fa-la-la-la-la! Need to plan ahead on your holiday enjoyment? Allow us to walk you through a slew of seasonal events, from the NC Holiday Flotilla, to Pleasure Island’s Island of Lights, to holiday concerts, as seen from Chatham County Line (above).

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Buck Wild BBQ and Saloon serves a few tasty treats between babes bar-dancing.

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Wednesday’s pre-holiday celebration w/Matt’s secret Apple Pie shot, $3.50


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Local Allister Snyder founds Brooklyn Library, a community book swap free of charge.

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Lorraine Corso: Turkey prepared Italian style.

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Read about New Elements’ latest Holiday Show, an annual tradition going strong for 29 years!

The Pilgrim: turkey, dressing and cranberry, with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Mandy Houvouras: The Next Day Thanksgiving Sandwich! My husband turned me onto this mismash of tasty leftovers. Take slices of turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce...whatever you got...and sandwich lovingly between two big ol’ slices of bread. Life-changing!


Chief Contributors: Gwenyfar Rohler, Anghus Houvouras, Jay Schiller, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd, Mark Basquill, Rosa Bianca, Rob Brezsny, Sarah Richter SALES> General Manager: John Hitt // Advertising: John Hitt // Downtown // Kris Beasley // Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington // Rose Thompson // Wrightsville Beach, N. Wilmington // Shea Carver // Midtown, Monkey Junction // Office Manager: Susie Riddle // Distribution Manager: Boykin Wright Published weekly, on Wednesday, by HP Media. Opinions of contributing writers are not necessarily the opinions of encore.

Inside This Week: Live Local, pgs. 4-5 • Op-Ed, pgs. 6-7 • News of the Weird, p. 8 • Music, pgs. 10-15 • Theatre, pgs. 16-17 • Art, pgs. 18-21 • Film,

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Live Local Live Small


he Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) is a grassroots effort organized to discuss and inspire sustainable, holistic economic development in the Cape Fear Region. Since 2010 they have hosted forums to discuss various aspects of economic development that normally might not be on the public’s radar. One such topic was “Tunes in the Town: The Business of Music in the Cape Fear,” held earlier in the fall. Last week, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season, the CFEDC presented a forum on local manufacturing. More so, they were kind enough to ask me, the Live Local columnist, to moderate. Having a very extreme personality (as evidenced by my out-of-control book collection), the idea of moderation seemed surprising, but I decided to give it a try anyway. For those of you who missed the event, I thought I’d offer a small recap of some highlights.

The panel selected a great cross section of people from the local manufacturing world. Jimmy Peirce of Kids Making It discussed small-scale manufacturing from a nonprofit standpoint. Kristin Beckmeyer of Coastal Cupcakes developed a frosting line, “Topsy Tulip,” currently carried at Lowe’s Foods and Whole Foods. Two jewelry designers, Miriam Oerhelin and Half United, joined with Backslider Wallets and Dry Case, a company that makes waterproof cases for electronics. They discussed the design and manufacturing side of the equation. Part of what made the makeup of the panel so interesting to me was the range of experiences and success represented. Alan Swart of Backslider Wallets, for example, is still at the beginning of his manufacturing process. He has a mill in Monroe, NC, he is working with to produce the products, but he is also trying to raise capital with a Kickstarter campaign. “It’s to do point-of-sale materials,” he emphasized.

Local manufacturing and the importance of keeping it local this holiday season By: Gwenyfar Rohler

Above: The Cape Fear Economic Development Council’s forum on local manufacturing, held Nov. 19th at The Calico Room. Courtesy photo

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Customers kept reporting to him that their friends would ask where they got that slim wallet. “I need some cards that they can hand out so others know where to get them.” Swart, like Zach Crain of Freaker, has found an existing textile factory within the NC borders to produce his product, thereby keeping all the money spent here. It also preserves quality: the small batches and easy communication ensure a smoother experience. For Swart, who lived and worked in Latin America during his time in Peace Corps, he found domestic factory an important part of his business plan. “People kept saying to me, ‘Well, we can send it off to Honduras to have it made.’ No, I’ve seen that, I know what that is; I don’t want that.’” Much further along in the process is Dry Case, a company that manufactures waterproofing materials for iPhones and tablets. Founded by “Dr. Arch,” they started as a dry-case medical-supply company that made waterproof sleeves for arm and leg casts. “We’re right here on Military Cutoff, and we assemble everything here,” Dr. Arch confirmed. Though some parts are made elsewhere—Indiana for example—everything is put together in Wilmington, and from here distributed all over the world. The two jewelry designers had such different experiences it really fascinated the audience. Miriam Oerhelin won “Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase” and as a result Belk licensed several of her designs to be manufactured by them and distributed in their stores. “It’s still just me,” Oerhelin explained. “So I can’t produce all of that. They, with my input, are doing the production.” On the other side of the spectrum Half United, a design firm dedicated to giving away half of their profits to fight world hunger, are starting to have their jewelry manufactured in Rhode Island. They had reached a point of demand that they needed a greater scale of production. Rather than turn to China or Latin America, the company made a trip to Rhode Island to work with a costume jewelry producer there. “What’s incredible is that I had this welder completely focused on me and my designs,” co-owner Carmin Black said. “But what’s sad

is that there were not 30 other accounts that he needed to be working on.” Black hopes to see enough support behind made-in-the-USA to turn around the trend. Topsy Tulip was the lone food product represented on the panel. Beckmeyer reported on the challenges of creating a perishable product. “I have to work in small batches,” she pointed out. Because her frosting is not filled with preservatives, but actually made with butter and cream cheese, it has a much shorter shelf life than any other frosting on the market. “It’s challenging,” she confirmed. But with the addition of distribution from both Lowe’s Foods and Whole Foods, she is starting to scale up. Her existing business, Coastal Cupcakes, provides considerable support to Topsy Tulip, in the form of licensed kitchen facility and an established presence in the marketplace. One of the most interesting parts of the evening came from Jimmy Pierce of Kids Making It (KMI). The organization fills the void of shop class the public school system abandoned. But KMI take it one step further: The kids sell their creations and keep the money themselves. Now, Kids Making It has gotten an order for bud vases from Germany. The young apprentices are going international and discovering the intricacies of customs and doing business overseas. Besides teaching entrepreneurship skills to his young charges, Peirce’s primary goal is to get each one to graduate high school and find a steady job. The biggest investment they make is in human capital, as opposed to wood and hardware. With the holiday shopping season upon us, this is just a small insight into the various forms of local manufacturing in the area. Please, patronize one or all of these businesses and make an investment in creating jobs here in this region. With Corning announcing an impending layoff, the preservation of employment here is more important than ever. Gwenyfar Rohler is the author or ‘Promise of Peanuts,’ which can be bought at Old Books on Front Street, with all monies donated to local nonprofit Full Belly Project.


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The Light Saber of Gratitude: Weapon or meditation?

Real Art │ Real Artists By: Mark Basquill

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told a friend I start most mornings with a brief gratitude meditation. One of my favorites is real easy: “Thank” on the in breath, “you” on the out—to no one in particular. If you’ve got a higher power going on, it might be directed there. It’s up to you. My friend raised his eyebrows. “Whoa boss! Are you sure you’re ready for that?” I said, “C’mon. Meditation is not really new-agey weird, or some Yoda-like Jedi thing. It’s centuries old. The healing arts have been integrating meditations into practice for 50 years. Mindfulness-based meditations are mainstream not fringe. Developing meditation/relaxation skills are fundamental to cultivating patience in a point-and-click world.” “That know I,” smirked my friend. “Meditate, yes. Remember. Powerful weapon: Gratitude is.” He finished mocking Yoda and his coffee and went on his way. Gratitude? A weapon? How? I quashed an urge to Google it. (Search“Gratitude weaponry” or “2013 fatalities caused by gratitude.”) Instead I did what most folks from Plato to Winnie the Pooh did—went to my thinking spot, sat down and had myself a think. Maybe my friend, the Jedi master, is onto something. Maybe gratitude is like a Star Wars light saber. Green for Jedi. Red for Sith. Same sword. On the one hand “thank you” sets us up to appreciate the moment, appreciate our opportunities, our friendships and horrors—even our blessed selves. And, not that there are really only two hands to this issue, but on the other hand maybe gratitude can be a force for “evildoers.” First, I thought of “thank you sir, may I have another?” That phrase is probably in a half-dozen war movies. The brash recruit refuses to get in line, to cut his hair, to follow some order he finds unjust. His caring instructor beats some sense into him. With every lash of the whip or military push-up, the recruit must say, “Thank you sir, may I have another.” Attention is paid to harshness of the Read the review of Mark Basquill’s “A Waltz With “discipline” and the abuse of true gratitude. Flowers” by Gwenyfar Rohler on page 16. But the way many of the stories play out is

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that the brash recruit is “broken,” remade in the drill instructor’s image, and forever truly grateful for the “discipline” that saves his life in the last scene. Then I thought of Dubya (but not too much or too long). I thought of that press conference where the single mom, who worked three jobs to make ends meet, asked a question. My paraphrase may do injustice to Mr. Bush’s actual compassion and eloquence, but his response went something like: “Isn’t America a great country where you have the freedom to work three jobs?” And Dubya got me thinking about the deconstruction of unions and the cultural shift— from viewing the educational and economic health of the great mass of us, the middle class, as essential to the health of society—to the current “right to work” idea and the ongoing assault on teachers. “Be glad you have any job in these hard times.” (I checked the latest stock-market record closing. These ain’t hard times for the hoarders.) The insidiousness of it! Yes! The abuse of our natural inclination to want to feel gratitude can be used to protect power and prevent opposition. By cultivating guilt (even the implication that we may be ungrateful makes many defensively guilty), the activist becomes the petulant ingrate. Ghandhi and MLK, today’s teachers and progressive middle-class, socialjustice activists. All ingrates. Really? Time to breathe: “Thank” on the in, “you” on the out. Time to shift to the way I prefer to use the light saber of gratitude. I’ll reflect on my family, friends and opportunities. And, I’ll offer a special thank you to Shea Carver and encore for providing me this forum—and for the Wilmington theater arts community, including our wonderful audiences, for helping bring my play “A Waltz with Flowers” to the stage. We play again on Thanksgiving weekend, except for Turkey Day itself. And, no, we’re not off Thursday so we can get half-off some plastic junk from China. It’s because we choose to use the weapon of gratitude like the Jedi artists we all can be.


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Winging It: When an Irish intern catches Hanson stateside By: Fiona Ní Súilleabháin


uring my years at school, my parents often complained I spent more time planning out which concerts I wanted to go to than I did preparing for exams. I’ve seen many musicians—from Katy Perry to Smashing Pumpkins to The Chemical Brothers, Foo Fighters and Fat Boy Slim. Don’t ask me how, but, every time I’ve ever gone to a show, I’ve always somehow been lucky enough to get either front row or into VIP, without ever waiting in the queues. And as much of a fan as I’ve been of the performers, I’ve never been one to stand in line and wait to get in. I’m the girl who shows up 30 minutes before the doors open. Last year while in San Diego, I went to the Del Mar concert with a friend to see The Offspring; I didn’t even know they were still together. It was the first time I saw a band play in America, so I was intrigued by how different it would be. The venue was huge. We have big festivals at home for top names but nothing compared to the size and the amount of people at this one. Somehow we made it to the front, at the foot of the stage, and while my

friend joined in on the mosh pit, I squeezed in between people to avoid getting a body thrown into me. While it was a mad show, I think the Irish raise the bar a bit higher for their energy at concerts. I’ve been to a couple of concerts where bands go offstage just before their encore; the Irish usually start chanting “one more tune” before the whole crowd starts singing football anthems—like “olé olé!” It’s been hilarious to see bands coming back onstage completely confused about what we’re all singing—almost insulted by the fact it’s not one of their songs. Before I came to North Carolina, I made sure to check out if one band in particular would be playing in NC during my visit. Hanson was set to play Charlotte November 20th and there was no way I was going to miss it. However, when I started planning to go to the concert, I forgot to take into account how long travel actually takes here; I didn’t realize at the time I booked the tickets that Charlotte was so far away. To add to the complication, a friend who originally planned on going with me, was no longer able to afford it. As I don’t know too many people here, it turned into a major struggle to try and find a replacement last minute. It wasn’t

until the Monday, two days before the show, through some miracle, a friend offered to take me—hallelujah! We turned the corner; we were finally there. Having travelled three hours in the car, we had finally reached Amos’ Southend. Their tour bus parked outside as people gathered around it. After getting our wristbands and hands stamped, I was shocked that the entrance to the theatre was right beside the stage—maybe I wouldn’t have to push my way through the audience. Though a full house, I managed to squeeze through the crowd to find a good spot. The background music stopped, and the lights turned down. The noise from the audience got louder and louder before it erupted into an ear-piercing roar. In the dim light, silhouettes of three guys appeared on the stage, picking up their guitar, drum sticks and sitting behind the piano. The banner illuminated their new album title, “Anthem.” The lights blazed and the music blared, as Hanson led the crowd into one of their new songs, before playing old tracks from their first album. I was blinded by the insane number of iPhones being held up to take pictures. One thing I like about smaller venues is I can actually see the band. I started to put my camera into overdrive, too. Throughout their two-hour set (maybe even longer), they kept the energy pumping. I have to say, I love seeing them perform because they sound amazing live, and unlike most artists I’ve

seen, they sound exactly like their records. My friend who kindly came with me—and drove all the way to Charlotte (thanks again)—admitted he was surprised at how great they were (I’m converting people to become Hanson fans, one person at a time). After the encore, we dashed around the tour bus to hopefully get a chance to meet them. Like all the fans queuing up around the yellow tape, I kept my eyes glued to the backstage door, only to be disappointed a number of times. I started getting worried every time I checked the time on my phone, bearing in mind we still had a three-hour drive back home ... at midnight. While in line I struck up a conversation with a couple of other fans about how I had come from Ireland. All of a sudden cheers erupted from the other side of the bus. Isaac appeared from the tour bus to take pictures of those waiting. As he edged his way toward me, I became one of those annoying fans I never thought I’d be: “Oh my god, oh my god! I have to get a picture!” He approached, and a bunch of girls kindly pointed out, “She’s from Ireland so make sure you get a picture with her” (thanks again guys, appreciate it). There’s nothing like meeting one’s favorite band; I’ve been a fan of Hanson since I can remember; I even traveled to Amsterdam to catch a show. Yet, Charlotte topped it for sure, especially because of the generous fans.

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Downtown Business Alliance PRESENTS

Season of Celebration Friday, November 29th, 2013 • 5:45pm


City of Wilmington in conjunction with the Downtown Business Alliance presents the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. This event hosts free live Christmas themed entertainment, vendors, and the “Countdown” for the tree lighting. Also a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus can be expected. Be sure to bring the whole family for this free photo opportunity! Free hot coffee will be provide by Port City Java, and for the children, hot chocolate will be provided by Bring It! Downtown. Due to the construction on Water St., the tree lighting event will be relocated to the old Wachovia parking lot located at N. Water and Princess Streets.

Fri, Nov 29 & Sat, Nov 30 A Christmas Carol - 7:00pm TheatreNOW in Wilmington, NC, presents A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens’s classic adapted for dinner theater. Doors open at 6pm. TheatreNOW 19, South 10th Street home.html Sat,Nov 30 & Sun, Dec 1 Wilmington Craft Show The Wilmington Art & Craft Show at the Convention Center in historic downtown Wilmington features a juried fine art and craft show comprised of top artists and craftsmen from the Port City. Wilmington Convention Center Thur, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 8 Wilmington Craft Show The Wilmington Art & Craft Show at the Convention Center in historic downtown Wilmington features a juried fine art and craft show comprised of top artists and craftsmen from the Port City. Wilmington Convention Center Thur, Dec 5 - Sun, Dec 8 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Written by Barbara Robinson, this comic Christmas tale is about a couple struggling to produce a Christmas pageant. Admission: $12.00. Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd Street Fri, Dec 6 - Sun, Dec 8 Old Wilmington by Candlelight The Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear once again sponsors this traditional holiday event. For tickets or other information visit or call 910-762-0492

Sun, Dec 8 11th Annual City of Wilmington Holiday Parade The parade will begin at N. Front and Walnut streets at 5:40 p.m. and travel south on Front Street to Orange Street, then back north on Water Street. The reviewing stand will be in Riverfront Park in the 00 block of N. Water Street. Sun, Dec 8 Candlelight Concert - 6:30pm Chamber Music Wilmington presents a Candlelight Concert at St. Paul’s in Wilmington, NC, featuring the Carolina Brass Quintet. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th Street. More Info: www. or (910) 343-1079 Fri, Dec 13 The 12 Drinks of Christmas FUNDRAISER - 7:00pm The 12 Drinks of Christmas at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, NC, invites 12 bartenders from downtown restaurants and bars to compete for the best seasonal cocktail, with a winner being crowned at the end of the night. Net proceeds benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council. Admission: $25.00 to $30.00. More Info: or (910) 399-2745 Sat, Dec 14 A Christmas Stroll Through the Past - 5:00pm The Burgwin-Wright House and Bellamy Mansion Museum host a evening filled with music, dancing, costumes, refreshments and more. Enjoy a trolley ride or a candlelit stroll between the two historic houses. Tickets available at the Burgwin-Wright House,

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Bellamy Mansion Museum, local Harris Teeter stores, and online. Sat, Dec 14 Santa Claus Cruise Cape Fear Riverboats presents the 25th annual cruise to benefit the Wilmington Salvation Army’s Food Pantry. Admission to this event is 6 non-perishable food items that go directly to local families in need during the holidays. For ticket reservation and more information call 910-343-1611 or 800-676-0162, or visit Fri, Dec 20 - Tues, Dec 24 Christmas Caroling with Santa & Reindeer Come and sing Christmas carols with Santa and his special “reindeer”. Snuggle under warm lap blankets while enjoying the beautiful Christmas lights. December 20 – 24,  6:00PM - 10:00PM.  Market & Water Streets, downtown Wilmington.  $12.00 per adult, $5.00 per child under 12.  Free candy canes for children! Sun, Dec 22 Christmas Cantata: Journey of Promises The Grace UMC Chancel Choir presents Journey of Promises, a Christmas Cantata by Joseph M. Martin featuring music director Jerry S. Cribbs, and organist Judith Siebold. Grace Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street. More Info: graceumc@gracedowntown. net or (910) 763-5197

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News of the Weird with Chuck Shepherd Everybody Needs a Hug After its launch was delayed for a month by the Madison, Wis., city attorney, the Snuggle House was cleared and scheduled to open on Nov. 15 to provide in-bed, pajama-clad “intimate, non-sexual touch(ing)” for $60 an hour. “So many people,” said assistant manager Emily Noon, “don’t have a significant other in their lives” and “just need to be held” (including, she said, the elderly and hospice patients, who are part of the target clientele). The city’s delay was, a spokesman said, to assure that Snuggle House had protocols for dealing with “risky” situations in which a customer refuses to take “no sex” for an answer. (Snuggle House has prominent surveillance cameras and panic buttons for the staff.) Oh, Dear! Among the underreported catastrophes caused by Hurricane Sandy in the New York-New Jersey area in October 2012 was the tragedy that befell the 27,000-case WineCare storage cellar in Manhattan. Though it claimed to have lost only about 5 percent of its inventory when waters from the Hudson River flooded its supposedly secure warehouse, that number apparently did not count the many preserved bottles whose labels washed off, dramatically reducing the value of customers’ toweringly priced grape and forcing WineCare into bankruptcy court, according to a New York Times report in July. The California genetic testing company 23andMe was recently awarded a patent for a computer program that lets parents, by running probabilities through the known relevant cell and DNA variables (of over 240 conditions and traits), predict their “perfect” baby. Of course, the program can provide only the percentage likelihoods, and a company spokeswoman, anticipating a backlash against the concept of “designer babies,” rejected the idea that 23andMe would work with fertility clinics. In July, just days after the one-year anniversary of the spree killing of 12 people at the Century 16 Theaters in Aurora, Colo., Cassidy Delavergne was arrested after he entered the NCG Trillium theaters in Grand Blanc Township, Mich., wearing full body armor and carrying a loaded gun and a fake CIA badge (and alarming some but not all bystanders). Delavergne explained that he wore the equipment only because he did not want to leave it in his car while he watched the movie -- and thought the badge might alleviate other patrons’ fears. Update: Person-to-person fecal transplants have been mentioned here several times for the bizarre but therapeutic idea that gastrointestinal illness results from an imbalance between healthy and unhealthy gut bacteria -- and that a transplant of healthier antigens may relieve the sickness. But what happens if no “compatible” donor is available? Emma Allen-Vercoe and her team at Canada’s University of Guelph are thus creating artificial gut bacteria (“robogut”) under demanding control conditions, for implantation. (Allen-Vercoe grum-

bled to Popular Science in August that the most disagreeable part of the job is disposing of excess sludge -- the process for which causes “the whole building” to “smell like poop.”) Weird SportsCenter: (1) A Brazilian minorleague soccer match in September ended in a 2-2 tie only because, with minutes left, the trainer for one team stepped to the goal and cleared two quick tie-breaking shots that his players could not have reached in time. “It was our only chance,” he said later. (The referee allowed play to continue.) (2) She Got Game: Bringing her basketball skills to an October five-on-five contest in Thimphu, the queen of Bhutan, 23, scored 34 points with 3 rebounds and 4 assists, and talked up basketball’s imminent rise in the Asian kingdom to a New York Times reporter. The queen said she, and the king, play almost every day.

Super Protests (1) Artist David Cerny, fed up with the collapse of the governing parties in the Czech Republic, launched a barge on the River Vitava in Prague in October, holding a gigantic purple hand with middle finger extended, aimed at Prague Castle (the office of President Milos Zeman). (2) In a November protest against Russia’s “police state,” artist Pyotr Pavlensky, in front of horrified tourists at Moscow’s Red Square, nailed the skin of his scrotum into cobblestones near Lenin’s Mausoleum. Pavlensky, who was arrested, earlier called his stunt “a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.”

Oops! Awkward: (1) A teenage girl somehow managed to get stuck in a child’s swing on a playground in London in September, and soon three trucks carrying 12 firefighters were on the scene and managed to remove the swing from its frame to free her. (2) New York University student Asher Vongtau, 19, somehow managed to fall into a 2-foot-wide shaft between a dorm and a garage in November and remain stuck for 36 hours until campus security officers spotted him and called firefighters. (He was hospitalized in serious condition.)

Perspective American Psychiatric Association members have been engaged in well-publicized academic brawls over the last 10 years about the contents of APA’s signature publication, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, whose fifth edition (DSM-V) was released in May. However, despite the thorough airing of contentious viewpoints as to what is and is not a mental illness, its final “consensus” nevertheless labeled “pedophilia” as a sexual “orientation” rather than a “disorder.” Falling under outside criticism almost immediately, APA in October reopened the debate, calling the labeling a “mistake.” (A “sexual orientation” in many state and local jurisdictions affords antidiscrimination rights.)



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A Mix of Metal

hat’s better than seeing all of your favorite bands come together for one awesome, classic metal-shredding night? Nothing. What’s the next best thing? Lexx Luthor. It would be a dishonor to label them a cover band, being that the title seems to have a negative connotation. Seeing as they tackle some of the greatest classic metal songs with ease and style, Lexx sounds like something better. Lexx has a killer lineup, including Tony Rock (lead-vocals), Danny O’Rourke (guitar), Todd Jackson (guitar and part-time lead vocals), Scott Davis (bass and part-time lead-vocals) and Greg Evans (drums). Together they play extremely well-executed, heavymetal covers—songs from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Motorhead, Metal Church and Megadeth. It’s like the perfect playlist on shuffle. Like the groups they cover, Lexx has a heavy stage presence. Danny O’Rourke’s animated antics only make his guitar solos all the more captivating. Pair it with the talent of Todd Jackson, and the duo build off each other in songs like “2 Minutes To Midnight,.”

The rhythm pulsates to new heights with Scott Davis and Greg Evans. encore talked with Todd Jackson and Tony Rock about the origins of Lexx and where they’ve come since then.

encore (e): How did the band get started? Todd Jackson (TJ): The band was formed in Kingston in 1984. We started playing in 85 in clubs and bars all around the East Coast. We were in South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina back then. We got turned down a lot back then because we were too heavy—because of our set list. Now it’s more accepted as the ‘80’s metal but back then it was the heaviest stuff out. A lot of bars didn’t want that kind of show, but the ones that did loved us.

Lexx Luther and Boneyard bring back class 1980’s metal for all By: Trent Williams

e: What’s your take on comparing music today to classic ‘80’s metal? TJ: Energy in musicianship is different; modern rock doesn’t do it for me. Not that there aren’t good bands, but the musicianship isn’t like it was during the ‘80s. The

Above: Lexx Luther and Boneyard will play Ziggy’s this Friday night. Courtesy photo

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things that people remember about the ‘80s are the big hair and the metal bands, but it was so much more than that. We play what we like to play, and this is the music we listen to. Eighties’ metal is known for its showmanship. The artists put on a show. e: Who are your favorite artists? Who can we expect to hear at the show? Tony Rock (TR): My two biggest influences were AC/DC and Kiss. TJ: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica ... we consider ourselves a B-side band. If you bought a Judas Priest record, we’d be playing the songs that were less popular. We try to be a little different and on the heavier side. e: What’s your favorite part about performing live? TJ: When the crowd is singing the song you’re playing—that’s awesome. A good crowd reaction is the best part of it all. If I can play what I love, and there’s 10 people out there singing along and appreciating what we do, I’d rather do that than play in front of 10,000 people who are just there to get drunk or something. e: How has the lineup changed over the years? TR: Danny isn’t the original drummer, but he’s been with the band at least 13 years, when they were doing sporadic shows in the ‘90s. Soley Urna from Godsmack

was the second drummer. Neil Dennis was the original drummer. I’ve been with the band for the past three or so years. TJ: We also had Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five on bass for a while. e: Thirty years is a big chunk of time. Was there ever a point you were doing this for a living? TJ: We started playing and writing our own stuff; we had the dream, too, man. We don’t make a ton of money or anything now, but I started to think that was the best. If we did start playing all the time, it would turn into job. It would be like work and not something we have fun doing. For me, it’s a great break from the real world. Now, we pretty much stay inside North Carolina, and play a few weekends a month when we can. We get to go out and have fun and play what we love.

DETAILS: Lexx Luther with Boneyard Ziggy’s by the Sea 208 Market Street Friday, Nov. 29th 9 p.m $7 •



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ESSENCE OF FOLK: Musical storytellers John Craigie and Leigh Jones play Ziggy’s by the Sea this Friday, November 29th. Courtesy photo

WEDNESDAY, november 27

Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

Karaoke (9pm) —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050

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

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

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—Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Talon acoustic —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Dylan Linehan —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

Rob Ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

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

Big Al Bluegrass Band —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

Clay Whittington —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

DJ Lord Walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776

Open Mic Night w/ Host Sean Thomas Gerard

Karaoke with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341


The Cut —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

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Jenny Pearson —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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Liz Uhlman —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 the other guys —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 House/Techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 We Love 2 Funk —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050

COUNTRY PUNK: Local group No Dollar $hoes bring their rockabilly flair to The Whiskey this Thanksgiving. Courtesy photo

thursDAY, november 28

—Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 5090805

DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

Open Mic —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373

Open Mic Night with Dennis Brinson (8pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

Open Mic —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Open Mic/Songwriters Night 7-10pm —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 Karaoke (7pm-12am) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

DJ Shaft —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 Trivia with Steve (8:30pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 Kim Disco —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

friday, November 29

Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

Karaoke —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988

Thirsty Thursday Team Trivia with Sherri “So Very” (7-9pm) —Whiskey Trail at the Creek, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 399-3266

DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872

Jazz night with Marc Siegel 6pm-8pm —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 Discotheque Thurs. with DJ’s DST and Matt Evans —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington Top 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 Chris Bellamy & Paradots (7-10pm) —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 No Dollar $hoes —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Sean Gregory (Reggae) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 Karaoke —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 2562269 Rockin’ Trivia with Party Gras DJ (9 p.m.)

DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 Karaoke w/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 DJ Milk and Matt Evans —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977

Paint with Fumes w/ The Trash Hats, Deadly Lo fi —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 Me & Mr. B —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

Saturday, November 30


Irish Music Jam 2pm —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044


Piano —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251


DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872


DJ Turtle —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC


Spider Mike & Friends (2-5pm) —Fire & Spice Gourmet, 312 Nutt St.; 762-3050

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Shaggin Saturdays with DJ Lee Pearson/Big Bopper Bernie B —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 Piano —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922

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DJ DST and Matt Evans —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. DJ Milk and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

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DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 Phil Bevilacqua —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

DJ Turtle —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC

Stoney Creek, Gene Gregory, Kristielynn —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866

DJ DST and SBz —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

Jerry Powell (6-9pm) —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

Lexx Luther Boneyard —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

Jaythebiggest, Hype Operative Operation —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

Jacob Stockton —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

TNT Machine Gun Unplugged —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina Beach

John Craigie and Leigh Jones (Lounge) —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000

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

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DRUMMING with Ron & Eric (6:30-8:30pm) —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

Open Mic w/ John Ingram —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977

DJ Sir Nick Bland —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 Wrightsville Beach, NC

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DJ Battle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109

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Randy McQuay (pop, classic, 7-10pm) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

Mighty Quinn —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJ Keybo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

House/Techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

Karaoke with DJ Party Gras (9pm) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 5090805

El Jaye Johnson —Riverfront Farmers’ Market; Water St. Wilmington

World Tavern Trivia hosted by Mud —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224

Sunday, December 01 Open Electric Jam hosted by randy o (6pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

James Haff (piano) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 College Night Karaoke —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 Karaoke with Mike Norris —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

L Shape Lot (3pm); Clay Crotts (8pm) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

wednesday, december 04

Ben Morrow —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448

Karaoke (9pm) —Bourbon Street, 35 N Front St.; 762-4050

Reggae —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414


DJ Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 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 Jazz Jam with Benny Hill (8pm) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 The Dirk Quinn Band —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, december 02 Karaoke w/ DJ Double Down —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Water Shed —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Electric Mondays w/ Pruitt & Screwloopz —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Susan Savia —Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 703-7253

—Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 Homegrown Radio Show hosted by Mary Byrne (7pm) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 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 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 Open Music Jam Hosted by Shannon Gilmore & Tommy Kaiser 7pm —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977 Rob Ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 Karaoke with DJ Brewtal —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJ Lord Walrus —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776 DJ KeyBo —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

Pengo with Beau Gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

Karaoke —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373

Josh Solomon Duo —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

Karaoke w/ DJ A.M.P. —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

Laura McClane —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Benny Hill —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

tuesday, december 03 DJKahuna —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 Karaoke —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001


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12/1: White Gold/ Bloo Medicine 12/4: David B Dollar GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W. LEE ST., GREENSBORO, NC (336) 373-7474 11/29: Ronnie Raitt CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 11/29: Post Turkey Day Jam Benefit 11/30: NC Music Love Army HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 Hwy. 17 sOUTH, myrtle beach, sc (843) 272-3000 11/30: On the Boarder (Eagles Tribute) 11/30: TD Macdonald NORTH CHARLESTON PAC/COLISEUM 5001 Coliseum dr., n. charleston, sc (843) 529-5000 12/2: Ronnie Dunn, Craig Morgan 12/3: Cheap trick THE ORANGE PEEL 101 bILTMORE AVE., ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 398-1837 11/27: Trivium & DevilDriver 11/29: Acoustic Syndicate 11/30: Chvrches 12/3: August Burns Red 12/4: Bro Safrai



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Spirit Awakening:

TheatreNOW’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ brings merriment this holiday By: Christian Podgaysky


heatreNOW’s dinner-theater production of the classic Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol” serves as a perfect night out to reawaken the spirit of the season. The mindless drone of commercials and the anticipation of Black Friday leave many burnt out on the time of year before it even begins. However, the enthusiastic cast of the local rendition will certainly remedy the pre-holiday exhaustion. The intimate venue comes alive with the performances of local thespians who often take on multiple roles in the production. Ron Hasson’s Scrooge accomplishes believability and exudes what audiences have come to expect from the “bah humbug”-grumbling character. He crafts a worthy imagining of the icon. Holli Saperstein takes on the ensemble roles of Mrs. Fred, a beggar, the ghost of Christmas present and Belle. Her Cockney accent is on point and distinguishes her between other characters. She brings energy to her performance that radiates throughout the evening. A bright smile remains prominent on her face as she moves about the stage. Her standout enactment spotlights the merriment associated with the play. Alex Marden also captures the audience’s attention as the sympathetic Bob Cratchit. His acting chops withstand the test as the gentility and good-hearted nature of the character permeates his portrayal. He succeeds in delivering an authentic accent—something appreciated as the kitsch associated with dinner theater often features overacting and amateurish attempts at tackling British dialect. The dynamic actors of TheatreNOW’s rendering prevent this from being the case. Despite the fact the thespians must embody many personas throughout the evening, “A Christmas Carol” never becomes confusing. The play’s costuming lends its hand to thwarting any jarring moments that may come from the routine changes. Though minimal, they effectively keep everyone in the know of who’s who. The various capes and festive robes also foster the spirited atmosphere of the seasonal fixture. As well, the production successfully integrates a tasty meal served in the context of the show. The available dinners are all hearty foods that have come to be expected this time of year. One can choose from a multitude of hot, savory roasts: cornish hen, swordfish, ham, or a vegetarian alternative. Having indulged in the vegetarian option, it melts in the mouth and combats the bitter

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cold of a November night. The food harkens a sensation of cozying up next to a fire. Given the nature of dinner theater, one can often feel removed from the happenings onstage, instead focused on their plates and tabletalk—something easily evaded in a darkened theater, with seats that orient viewers toward the stage. “A Christmas Carol” manages to immerse the audience in the play enough so as to not detract from the experience. The evening is framed as though one were a guest at Fred’s Christmas gathering, which allows characters onstage to announce an upcoming course. The time devoted to eating allows for costuming changes and set alterations. It’s furthered by the incorporation of an interactive component. Before the play begins, a few audience members are chosen to ask questions during a key scene. Craig Kittner, who plays Fred, projects charisma and charms during this fraction of the performance. With a limited stage space and a number of set changes, TheatreNOW’s rendition achieves a mostly seamless execution that doesn’t distract. The production expertly employs simple set dressings, which capture the essence of the play’s well-known scenery. A few visible stage-hands could be blatantly seen throughout, which easily could have been fixed had they been costumed.

The play’s use of video projection minimized the disruption that would’ve resulted from a few more elaborate setups. It particularly comes in handy during Scrooge’s visit by the three ghosts. As a result, the sequence of the Cratchit-family Christmas plays out fluidly. Though the play fell victim to a media glitch, the quick thinking of Saperstein and Hasson masked the minor setback. Those hoping to see a somehow refreshing version of the exhausted play will be met with disappointment. TheatreNOW’s version relies heavily on audience members’ familiarity with the classic Dickens tale. It both helps and hinders the play. The nature of the beast that is dinner theater anticipates the fact that the medium is multi-elemental. The retreaded qualities of TheatreNOW’s “A Christmas Carol” effectively ensures diners are eased in and out of the play’s segmented structure. Yet, this feat doesn’t come without a price. The play at times feels hasty. Though most are well-versed in the tinseled tale, one can’t help but feel a little slighted by the brash execution. This particularly becomes noticeable toward the play’s conclusion. Scrooge’s transformation is summarized and feels glossed-over despite being such a significant part of the show. For the most part, this has little effect on one’s enjoyment of the evening, and the limitations of dinner theater excuse a lot of the shortcomings. Regardless, TheatreNOW’s “A Christmas Carol” brings to life emotive talents of passionate local thespians. Accompanied by a delicious meal, it will entice viewers and ignite their flame for the holidays.

DETAILS: A Christmas Carol ★★★★★ Nov. 22nd – 31st, 6:30 p.m. TheatreNOW 19 S. 10th Street (corner of Dock and 10th streets) Tickets: $30-$48

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Heavy Revelations:

Premiere of ‘A Waltz With Flowers’ showcases hidden secrets and family dynamic By: Gwenyfar Rohler


ne of the best parts of working as a theatre reviewer in Wilmington is getting to see premieres of new work. I average 13 original shows a year out of the approximately 60 that I see. Why do I look forward to them so much? Because at a world premiere anything can happen. When I walk into yet another production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the question on my mind is: “Does this production bring anything new and interesting to the story?” The same can be said for “Oklahoma!” or “The Rocky Horror Show.” These are all established narrative brands in the land of theatrical storytelling. Yet, at a world premiere of an original script, the audience is literally watching the flower unfurl from the bud for the first time. It’s magic, even when the script or the performers are still trying to find their footing—it is still magic. Mark Basquill has penned “A Waltz With Flowers,” currently premiering at Big Dawg’s Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street. I admit: I have looked forward to the show for quite some time. As a writer Basquill intrigues me with his blend of a strong scientific mind, with a poet’s heart and an athlete’s body. “Waltz” is a two-hour exploration of how a family does or does not approach forgiveness. Set on the Jersey Shore over Independence Day weekend, the Bridges are gathering for their first reunion in years. Joe, the prodigal son, played by Brendan Carter, introduces his girlfriend, Rose (LaRaisha Burnette), to his some-what estranged family. Joe and his brother Paul (Jacob Keohane), have been called back to the family bosom due to their father’s recent hospitalization. It’s a plan hatched by their mother (Claire Kiley) and cousin, Father Francis (Patrick Basquill). It’s a setup used before: Family reunions yielding old secrets that still haunt every interaction. What sets this script apart is Basquill’s day job as a psychologist. Whereas many scripts with this structure use dialogue to move the audience inexorably toward the revelation of what the big secret is, Basquill writes dialogue that isn’t so much geared toward moving the plot forward as it reflects the way real people do and do not talk about trauma. They talk around trauma or avoid and excuse the trauma that happened. That his role as a playwright is much like his role as a psychologist, he helps his characters find a way to put words to the horrific. More

so, he helps them move beyond it. Where many scripts like this fail is how they only move the audience to “the big reveal.” They neglect any resolution or future life for the characters beyond acknowledgement of “the secret.” With a lifetime spent helping people find coping skills to address pain and tragedy, Basquill makes the journey past the secret the more interesting topic, which in turn makes for a more interesting script. The journey of a playwright to see his work onstage is a powerful one. I imagine the moment of seeing the set—that visual confirmation of the life blood flowing onto the stage must be a euphoria beyond description. And if Audrey McCrummen is building the set, it assuredly will be. For “A Waltz With Flowers” she manages to combine pieces of the previous show with a lovely screen porch, and lights everything like “I Love Lucy.” It’s really a perfect blend. No matter how incredible the visual moment is for a playwright, seeing the characters fleshed out and as living beings must be beyond description. What a gift for director Melissa Stanley to cast real-life husbandand-wife acting team Norm Aronovic and Clare Kiley to portray the parents in this fable. They do bring a blend of loving disregard that comes from a lifetime together. It’s relaxed, it’s comfortable, it’s clear they take each other for granted. They also provide a nice foil for the high-octane relationship of their two sons, Joe and Paul. Carter and Keohane are really well cast as the sons. They favor each other enough physically to be related. More so, they have a very antagonistic relationship that must be built on love to have this much hate bubble forth. Keohane’s anger at every turn, and refusal to cooperate with anyone under any circumstance, ratchets up all the interactions in his family ‘til he and Carter inevitably take a swing at each other. It’s a good choice to cast Carter as the passiveaggressive brother who would rather run from conflict than face it. He has an inherent gentleness that comes through even when he is agitated. One of Carter’s strongest assets is his eyes, which spill emotion at all his fellow performers: confusion and pain when he looks at his brother, love and tender respect when he gazes at Rose, and a complex confusion of distrust and longing with his parents. Rounding out the cast are the two outliers in the script: Rose and Father Francis. Rose clearly is from another world than these people can fathom, but she determines to find a way into their hearts. Burnette has been a real joy for Wilmington audiences this year,

especially thanks to her vocal prowess in “Brooklyn: The Musical” and “The Rocky Horror Show.” Her acting chops soar, too, as seen in Big Dawg’s early fall production of “Tartuffe” and now “Waltz.” She commits to her objective in every scene and then bounces her needs off other performers. It’s a joy to watch the interaction. Patrick Basquill has had an interesting year onstage, too, and rounds it out by playing a priest. From trailer trash to hate crimes and aliens, he has run the gamut in role play. His Father Francis is so controlled it seems almost too sweet at first. However, when the real deviousness of him is revealed, he will make the audience’s skin crawl. If there is one thing I would have liked to have seen more of onstage in “Waltz,” it comes in moments of silence. The script calls for very heavy revelations which would require a fair amount of shocked silence. People need time to absorb and even attempt to formulate how to proceed upon hearing bad news. It can be frightening to be in silence onstage, but it is a tremendously powerful tool as well.

Mark Basquill has turned in an interesting and challenging new script. Supporting new work is something we are privileged to do here in Wilmington and should jump at the chance to delight in as much as possible.

DETAILS: A Waltz With Flowers ★ ★ ★ 1/2 ★ ★ 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) [Ed. note: Mark Basquill is an op-ed columnist for encore magazine.]


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arts > visual

A Holiday Full of Art:

New Elements celebrates 29th annual holiday exhibit By: Sarah Richter


or 29 years Merrimon Kennedy, owner of New Elements Gallery, has been hosting a holiday show. Usually opening the night after Thanksgiving, she puts at least one piece of work on display from every gallery artist. From paintings to photography, jewelry to ceramics, Kennedy does not hold back when it comes to this show. “This year’s show is one of the first ones in a long time that won’t be taking place the night after Thanksgiving,” Kennedy states. In conjunction with Fourth Friday Gallery Night, this years opening reception took place on Friday, November 22nd, but the visual feast doesn’t start and end there. “The opening functions as the beginnings of the holiday season, both for shopping and celebration,” Kennedy says. On display until January 4th, Kennedy’s extended hours (Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) provides shop-

pers and art appreciators ample time to see work by some of Wilmington’s finest artists. They will have access to a range of handmade, local and regional gifts. Providing a sampling of artists’ works isn’t as easy as one might think. “It’s like putting puzzle pieces together,” Kennedy says. “You have to see what pieces look good together, if the colors work and if the subject matter makes sense.” With artists like Fritzi Huber creating abstract works on handmade paper, and J. Michael Kennedy’s realistic images of the South, this task can be quite daunting. “I want this to be a representative sampling of everyone’s work in the gallery,” Kennedy notes, “so I have to achieve a delicate balance where one person’s work doesn’t dominate a wall or particular space.” More than just showing off work, Kennedy hopes the eclectic nature of the exhibition will inspire people as well. She continues, “I want people to be able to see that they can integrate a lot of artists in their own homes by mixing abstract works with more realistic ones. It creates a much more dynamic space when you have different styles.”

a taste of PARIS: Catherine Martin’s “La Tour de Eiffel.” Courtesy photo.

Although a holiday show, there isn’t one piece of work that looks like a Christmas explosion. Virginia-based Rebecca Humphrey creates with paper as her medium. She enriches her pieces texturally by building up layers of collages and often includes found objects. Attracted to the almost sculptural qualities of paper, she began making it herself from a mixture of ground cotton, plant fibers, water and a lot of color. “I love the way handmade paper accepts colors in both its wet and dry states,” she says. “My palette is pails of colored pulp, ranging from earthy greens to sunburst yellows. The tactile quality of handmade paper and collage nudge me into a playful interaction with my materials, emotions, memories and experiences.” Her playful works are colorful and visually delightful. One piece featured in this year’s holiday show is entitled “School.” Humphrey created an underwater scene focusing on a school of fish, and manipulated the paper while wet by placing it against a variety of different forms. From stone to textured metals, it evokes fossil-like impressions. Her inclusion of fabrics give the work a sense of movement as if viewers are privileged with a momentary glimpse into this underwater

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world. In addition to works on paper, painter Catherine Martin’s colorful art features recognizable images but renders abstraction. A resident of Raleigh, Martin moves her brush very quickly along the canvas. “My style is known as alla prima,” she explains, “meaning a painting finished in one setting. [It’s] a very personal experience that comes from the soul and reflects both sorrow and joy in life.” Her quick brushstrokes and vibrant colors convey both emotions and artistic spontaneity. Categorized as expressionist paintings, she accentuates vibrant colors with a variety of values. Featured in the holiday show, La Tour de Eiffel, is a painting of none other than the Eiffel Tower. Painted from a practically hidden spot near the Parisian icon, Martin provides a private, secluded view. The use of somewhat unrealistic colors, pinks and greens, gives the landmark an ethereal glow but also a sense of romanticism. The way that Martin has framed the Eiffel Tower, between the bushes and trees, allows us to view the monument in a new way that focuses on it’s uniqueness and absolute splendor. Over 40 artists are on display, including gallery newcomers from Atlanta, like ceramicist Eileen Braun, painters Catherine Lea of Wilmington and Vicki Gates of Charleston, Beaufort-based photographer Kenneth Field, and ceramic/glass artist Carrie Brooks. New Element’s 29th annual Holiday Show will be on display through January 4th.


29th Annual Holiday Show New Elements Gallery 201 Princess Street • (910) 343-8997 Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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artists. The current show will enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, 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. 2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Volume 36, features Shannon Lange, Bill Medley, Chip Orr and two special guest artists.

SUNSET RIVER Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The November show will feature a Harvest theme. The December show opens December 13th, simply themed “White.” Go to 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.

CAPE FEAR NATIVE 114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This month our featured artist is Ryan Stokes. Stokes’ unique art captures motion and energy in abstract form on wood, some of which he reclaimed from the old Oceanic Pier. His collection will hang until December 26. 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.

FIGMENTS GALLERY 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; • Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Figments Gallery offers a fresh mix of eclectic work from local and international artists of all genres. Come by for an Open House Exhibit featuring new artists on the Second Friday of every month from 6-8 p.m. It’s a great event to connect with the arts community!

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Cape Fear Community College is pleased to present “High Energy: A Celebration,” the works of Ann Parks McCray. Ann Parks McCray lives and works in Wilmington, where the area’s natural beauty inspires her abstract naturescapes. Many pieces express the essence of

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LEAKY BOAT Ryan Stokes’ painting on reclaimed wood from the Oceanic Pier, “Leaky Boat,” now hanging at Cape Fear Native. Courtesy photo

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New Elements Gallery 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.)

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. The gallery is sponsoring a fundraiser for Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. All purchases over $25 through Dec. 14th qualify for a complimentary raffle ticket, with the winner receiving a gift certificate for $250 to the gallery. Raffle tickets may also be purchased for $5 each. The exhibit will remain on display through January 4th, 2014.

River to Sea Gallery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5p; Sun. 1-4pm.

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NOV. 29: LIGHTING AT THE LAKE, 7 P.M. Carolina Beach Lake Park at North Lake Park Boulevard and Atlanta Ave. This kicks off the annual Island of Lights Celebration, including: DEC. 6, CHRISTMAS PARADE, 7:30 P.M. It proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. DEC. 7, CHRISTMAS FLOTILLA, 6 P.M. Lighted, decorated boats cruise along the canal from Snow’s Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. DEC. 14, TOUR OF HOMES, 4-9 P.M. Take a self-guided tour through some of the island’s most beautiful residences as they are decorated for the holidays. DEC. 31, NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION, 9 P.M. at the Gazebo on the Boardwalk


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arts > film

films this week

‘12 Years a Slave’ will top Oscar nominations easily

All is Lost, Kill Your Darlings

By: Anghus


ood movies are often the product of hard work. A certain kind of friction exists when trying to build something worth watching. Laborious artistic endeavors often get built brick by brick by a hundred different craftsman, all working in unison to erect something monumental. A good film offers exposed foundation and visible seams. A great film is something completely different. There is a fluidity to it—a kind of effortlessness that makes it seem less like a labor and more like a piece of symphonic music, composed to perfection by an artist who masterfully works from the wings, never in full view of the audience. “12 Years of Slave” is a difficult, dark, and heartbreaking movie that might be as close to a great movie as I’ve seen this year. With remarkably bleak subject matter, as the title suggests, the movie follows a free man from the north who winds up being sold into slavery. He spends 12 years being brutalized under horrific conditions, stripped of his dignity and nearly his humanity. It’s an ugly story of an ugly time in our history—and it didn’t happen nearly as long ago as we’d like to believe. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has a wife and children who enjoy the freedom so many others do not. After a rather nasty bout of trickery, Solomon ends up shackled and sold, taken into the Deep South and forced into servitude. There’s a kind of stark simplicity to director Steve McQueen’s portrayal of this grim reality. He never feels the need to force emotion or manipulate audiences by pushing buttons. And it serves the story so well. The awfulness of how Solomon and the other slaves are treated doesn’t need amplification. The simple acts of violence and indignities perpetrated against them, both physical and psychological, are so bleakly personified. It would take someone with a heart of stone to not ache for their plight. What I found fascinating about “12 Years a Slave” is how effectively it put the audience into the mindset of someone in Solomon’s situation: the immediate shock of losing his freedom; the bargaining he endures as he tries to find some kind of livable scenario during his incarceration; the agony of losing all hope; and the emptiness of this horrid existence. His well-intentioned but morally ambivalent owner Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) shows the rumblings of being a decent human being willing to let horrible things happen to his slaves. Ford is unable to rise above the trappings of his time. This film deserves an infinite slew of awards. It showcases a master class in direction, writ-

reel to reel

SEEK IT OUT: Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor pull off outstanding perfromances in ‘12 Years a Slave.’ Courtesy photo

ing and performance. Christ, I could talk about the performances all day. Period pieces are often a litmus test of both actors and directors. Sometimes all the cylinders fire and we wind up with something special like Daniel Day Lewis in “Lincoln.” Other times, we end up with something less impressive like every other performance in “Lincoln.” Or it could be even worse, like Lee Daniels in “The Butler,” wherein filmmakers slather well-known actors in make-up and watch them poorly pretend to be presidents. There are so many actors in “12 Years a Slave” that deserve recognition. It’s the kind of movie the SAG awards are meant to honor. Chewitel Ejiofor gives the year’s most compelling performance. It’s so far and above everything else I’ve seen all year, and it almost feels pointless nominating anyone else in this category. Michael Fassbender hypnotizes as a terrifying plantation owner, with a particularly nasty streak. Even the smallest parts feel substantial. Quality actors like Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti are in the movie for all of 8 minutes, but man do they get a reaction with their truly horrible characters. Simply put, “12 Years A Slave” is great. Steve McQueen exudes almost limitless potential. He’s delivered a movie about slavery that feels like it offers new insights into both story and character. I see a lot of movies every year, and so many of them cover no new ground. Or so many tackle subject matter that has been welldocumented. What separates “12 Years a

12 Years a Slave

WHQR’s Cinematique, 7:30 p.m. • $8 Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street Dec. 1st-3rd, “All is Lost”: Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a man (Academy Award-winner Robert Redford) wakes to find his yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, he sails blindly into the path of a violent storm. With strength that belies his age, and using traditional nautical instruments, he struggles to find a shipping route. But with sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor finds himself staring mortality in the face. Don’t miss this film that has critics talking about Oscars. (Rated PG-13, 1hr, 46min). Dec. 16th-18th, “Kill Your Darlings”: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) gives a fearless performance as young Allen Ginsberg in this mesmerizing true story of friendship, the early days of the Beat generation and a passion that ends in murder. This biopic, set during the famed beat poet’s years at Columbia University, centers on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). The year is 1944. Alongside Carr, Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), Ginsberg casts conformity to the wind, forming the foundation of the Beat movement. When someone dies mysteriously, police arrest Kerouac, Burroughs, and Carr as suspects. (Rated R, 1hr, 40min)


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Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender

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,

Slave” from other movies of the same content comes in its artistry and effortlessness. It feels difficult to describe a movie like this as beautiful, but it really is. It’s a perfectly told story that pulls no punches in its portrayal, and manages to find the heart and soul of one man who gets dragged to hell and back. “12 Years” is a powerful, gut punch of a movie, and something every self-respecting film fan should seek out.


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dining > review

Kitsch with Substance


ome things are exactly what they appear to be. Other things are not what they appear to be. Somehow, Buck Wild manages to be both at the same time. Buck Wild is Wilmington’s newest entry into the “breastaurant” craze. Made most famous by Hooters, they are eateries where the food typically plays second fiddle to the spectacle of attractive, scantily clad women. Buck Wild has more than its share of attractive, scantily clad women. But the food does deserve some notice. The menu is more innovative than just mindless pub fare. For the most part, it tastes pretty good. The onion rings come battered to crispy perfection, with just the right touch of pepper. Fried ‘til the sweetness of the onion comes through, the pepper strikes a fantastic balance. There aren’t many better fried onions in Wilmington. The bacon-wrapped BBQ meatballs taste a bit over-processed, giving them a mealy texture. The sweet barbecue sauce, with hints of Jack Daniels’ smokiness, makes the potent flavor forgive the mushiness. Add to it bacon, and everything improves, making it an appetizer worth another bite. Really, if they just put the meatballs through the grinder one or two fewer times, they would have a winner. The fried gator might be trying a bit too hard. For anyone who hasn’t had alligator tail, you’ve almost certainly heard the old canard: “tastes like chicken.” While true, in that it is a rather bland white meat, gator actually is greasier and tougher than chicken, so it has a less pleasant mouthfeel. This is too bad

because, much like with the onion rings, the batter is fantastic. The kitchen could probably save itself a couple of bucks by going with chicken instead of gator and put out a more likeable dish. Additionally, the sweet chili dipping sauce is a bit too sweet, but still worth trying. The burger, while not necessarily worthy of a lot of column inches, comes perfectly tasting with all the standard trimmings. The menu offers a couple of variations, but nothing stands out memorably; I have had better and I have had worse. Then there’s the sirloin steak. Listed as “Topless Sirloin” to keep in line with the breastaurant theme, the steak tastes quite remarkable. Tender and juicy, seasoned heavily but not unnecessarily so, it is really an excellent entrée. I still can’t believe I’m writing these words even as I type them, but it may have been the best steak I’ve ever had for under $15. Let’s be clear: Buck Wild won’t be rivaling Peter Luger’s anytime soon. Still, for a good steak at a low price, I’m hard pressed to name a better one. Buck Wild also offers an ample display of side dishes. The macaroni and cheese, stuffed with brisket, is a meal in and of itself. Though a touch bland, it could sustain sharper cheeses; however, the shredded beef is a nice touch. The baked potatoes are monstrosities, loaded with the fixings of any choosing. What’s really on the menu at Buck Wild is spectacle. The waitresses will periodically jump on the

Buck Wild spectacle manages good grub, too By: Rosa Bianca

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a Santa hat, is just the sort of tastefully tasteless décor one would hope to find in a local breastaurant. Buck Wild is a remarkable place to catch a game. While at the bar, every angle in which one turns will showcase a TV. (I lost count around 30 of them.) It’s fair to call Buck Wild what it is: a titty bar sans nipples. It’s tacky and ugly girls need not apply, but I can’t call it exploitative. Every one of the women dancing onstage looked as though she were having fun at work. The staff is pleasant and cheerful and, to the best of my knowledge, if they’re not happy, they can quit at any time. Not everyone is going to like Buck Wild. I certainly won’t be taking my mom there. But the

bar for a well choreographed Texas Two-Step. While sitting at the bar, looking up at these girls and their daisy dukes, I couldn’t help but feel a little creepy—like I should be making it rain or something. But moving back a step or two, I have to say it’s a pretty good dance number. And, yes, their boots are on the bar, right where the plates go, so germophobes beware. By the way, here’s a fun fact about the Texas Two Step: It comes from Fire Island, New York. It was designed by gay men in the 1920s to get around a local ordinance banning men from danc-

food is worth a try. Plus they have “Lucky 7” lunches, offering seven items for $7. As for the dancing girls—let’s just call that a matter of taste.

DETAILS: Buck Wild BBQ and Saloon 29 Van Campen Blvd. (910) 769-4592 Hours: Mon. - Sun., 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

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




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. 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:

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:



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


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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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


“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’’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:

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 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:

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:

K’s Cafe

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 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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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. ■ 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:


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


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:


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.

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 TANDOORI BITES pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at afford(beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. able prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped ■ WEBSITE: with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegeSUNNY SUSHI & LOUNGE tarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and mod- servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes ern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as College Road, (910) 794-4540. the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday-Thursday 11 Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selec- 2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. tions feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octo- ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. pus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing Indian cuisine. flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) ■ WEBSITE: 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.- THE HARP Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes 11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials: proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced 3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily. whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring THAI SPICE From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indul- Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing gence, your visit will make you look forward to your 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesreturn. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina day and Fridays - call ahead for schedule 910-7631607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044. the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South Open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and ■ WEBSITE: Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. BOURBON ST ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are South




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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


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


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 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:


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:

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Enjoy authentic Italian food in a beautiful, warm, casual setting. Whether dining indoors or in our courtyard, Siena is the perfect neighborhood trattoria for the entire family to enjoy. From our delicious brick oven pizza to elegantly prepared meat, seafood, and pasta specials, you will find a level of cuisine that will please the most demanding palate, prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients. ■ SERVING DINNER: at 4 p.m. Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. 3315 Masonboro Loop Road, 910-794-3002 ■ FEATURING: Family style dinners on Sundays ■ WEBSITE:

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: ■ 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: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.

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“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 ■ WEBSITE:

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:


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:

Pizzetta’s Pizzeria

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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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:


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:


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:


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:


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; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


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:

Pilot house

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:


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.


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-

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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-

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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 -

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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 • ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch 11am – 3pm ■ WEBSITE: www.

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:




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here are a few libraries scattered throughout Wilmington where you don’t need a library card to check out a read. Allister Snyder—a native from Wyoming—settled in Wilmington after traveling around Central and South America for a couple of years. Over the summer, he set up individual boxes throughout town which offer books on the honor system. Folks can grab a book or two or three and return it after they’ve completed them. They can also drop off their own books for donation to the community bookshelf. The idea is to keep literacy ever-evolving, all the while building a stronger community. “In my youth, reading exposed me to new ideas and the world outside my experience,” Snyder says, “and I continue to feel that it is an excellent way to help exorcise and develop the mind. I think it is important to have access to books.” All of the books Snyder included in the libraries came from a store he owned off Red

Cross Street, where he offered a free book swap. When Snyder decided to close the store, he realized he was left with an abundance of books. Snyder thought it would be beneficial for individuals in the community to have access to libraries in the Brooklyn-Northside neighborhood, where he purchased his home. He went through old articles to find information on where the libraries should go. “When I was doing some research on our community, I found an old StarNews article that defined the Wilmington Brooklyn neighborhood as being from N. 4th to MacRae streets, and Red Cross to Nixon,” Snyder says. “I also found people who would argue that description, but thought it better to be more inclusive. So, I decided to name the free libraries Brooklyn Library.” Snyder’s process was relatively simple, as materials for the boxes were constructed from used items, as well as old newspaper boxes. Sizes vary for each box; some hold a few books and others a couple dozen.

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“The idea is to give people in our community access to books,” Snyder says. “Also, it’s a possible way to get to know neighbors and the neighborhood better. If you walk from one free library station to another, you will see the great neighborhood we live in and our potential to be better still.” Book stations currently can be found at 708, 721 and 928 North 4th Street, 708. N. 5th Avenue, 710 Red Cross Street and 606 Nixon Street. Snyder contacted the residents he knew to find out if they’d have objections to starting the libraries. No one minded; in fact, the response has been great. Folks are respectful of the process. “I haven’t had any real vandalism or large scale book loss,” Snyder says. “One box did have more books going out then coming in, but that was due to some young kids using it without understanding the concept. With young children, it’s best to have an adult present to observe and explain.” Snyder runs the operative on his own. “Every morning when I walk my dog, I check on the stations and if a book is needed, I insert a new one,” he says. He stocks a range of reads, from Dostoyevsky to Stephen King. “The free libraries haven’t been up long enough to discern a trend,” he informs. “Children’s books have been a request, though.” Like the national nonprofit Little Free Library—started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009, as a tribute to his mother who loved to read—the collective now has over 10,000 individual boxes set up to help promote literacy. Though not associated, Brooklyn Library has up to eight stations available locally. “I was aware of other people starting free libraries, but did not know of anyone specifically,” Snyder says. “The idea is pretty simple, so I initiated it without modelling it on what someone else had done. I had to confine the libraries to a limited area, not having the time or resources to do it everywhere.” For Snyder the creation was more than his love and appreciation for books, it is a positive give-back which can reap great rewards. “I wanted to concentrate on our

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community and get the word out about the unique community we have,” he notes. “If you have some extra books, you can always put them to good use by trading them or just leaving them for another reader to enjoy,” he explains. As the Brooklyn Library continues to grow, Snyder has more plans in his immediate future. Currently he is planning on opening Detour Deli and Café at 510 ½ Red Cross Street. He is wading through the Special Use Permit process before opening the doors, which he expects to take around four months. Until then, Snyder continues to involve himself in projects around the community in his spare time. He has his eyes on the 924 N. 6th Street property owned by the city. He would like to see a dog park or just a park in general housed there. “We need green space in our community and it would take very little to transform this vacant lot into a benefit for everyone,” Snyder explains. He is also dreaming up an Arts Fair on N. 4th Street with contributors coming from his neighbors: Brooklyn Arts Center, Goat and Compass, Half United, Fuzzy Peach and others. “We have a growing arts community and a market or fair one day a week or every other week would go a long way to cement our area as the arts district,” Snyder says.

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Chapter 21: Never Used it for My Own Gain By: Gwenyfar Rohler


ou know, Jude, I have ruminated a lot on the fact that in spite of this strange curse—for spending New Year’s Eve with people, which in turn causes them to somehow die in the next year—I never really used it for my own gain. I guess maybe that didn’t come out right, because, of course, hiring myself out at $50,000 a pop is definitely using it for my own gain. What I mean is, I never got mad at someone and invited them over for a quiet New Year’s Eve as revenge. Maybe I should have; I don’t know. Maybe that would have made me feel better about all of this—or feel more powerful, more empowered. That isn’t to say in my daily scanning of the police blotter, I don’t have quiet moments of hope when I see headlines, like “Two Killed in Fatal Accident on Middle-

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sound Loop.” It’s odd that I have these sparks of sudden prayer for it to be someone I have fallen out with, or dislike, or worse. In spite of it all, I haven’t turned my curse upon them. Does that expiate me somehow? For me, I think so. Face it, we all have enemies. We all have people whose mere existence make us see red. Most of us wouldn’t ever actually act on those feelings, but if we are honest with ourselves, we have them. Think about it Jude: Is it a professional colleague who needles you? Is it a former friend who stole a lover? Is it a tradesman whose work was fraudulent? Someone who owes you money? I often marveled that, in a fit of anger, I had been tempted, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I know that sounds strange, doesn’t it? I take money every year to ensure people’s deaths that other people want, but I can’t seem to bring about deaths that I would want? I guess maybe it is because I don’t wish anyone that much harm. Maybe like in “Gross Pointe Blank”—like, if something brought me to your door, you must have done something pretty bad. Maybe I recognize that all my petty upsets in life are just that. In theory I could rise and float away from them, or retract and hide from them— whichever way you want to look at it. It doesn’t mean that, like everyone, I don’t have a very short, private list of people I will not mourn the death of; maybe I’ll even breathe a sigh of relief. The thing about death is that it’s like the Nixon funeral: Suddenly, when someone dies, it doesn’t matter what an awful, terrible person they were in life. They could have maimed small children and psychologically tormented their closest loved ones daily for decades. They could have falsely accused others of crimes and slandered their good characters, falsified evidence and led us into a dishonest business deal or war (same thing, really when you think about it). But now that they have passed, we have nothing but praise for them.

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There might or might not be an actual heaven, but death is the ultimate salvation for most people. If only for a little while, people will speak of them as saints. The other part of that is few people who actually mourn the awful when they pass are finally surrounded by people who always have loved them and wanted to help. Now that the impediment is removed, they can actually be loved, adored and cared for as much as this strange fucked-up thing called human psychology will allow. Rallying around the person who remains is such a desirable thing for people. The jackass you couldn’t stand in life transforms through death into the angel that brought you back to your brother or friend from whom you were strained. It is a miracle, really. You know, I think about death a lot. If you didn’t know it before you started reading this letter, you obviously have figured it out by now, Jude. It has consumed my life, to be blunt. Sort of an oxymoron, yes? But it is true. I’ve thought about my own death a lot, often wondering why I haven’t died yet, especially since I spend every New Year’s Eve with myself. I also think about the afterlife. I seem to sort of be in the business of connecting people to it, I guess. On the flip side of heaven and hell, as seen in the case of Sara, the idea of eternal torment and damnation certainly sweetens the deal for me. But I think it must be reincarnation. This curse must have come from somewhere— a penance for something. I truly hope that in the next life I am free of it. Is it karma? What could I have done that was so horrible to bring this upon my head? Did I kill and torment in a past life? Did I wish something I shouldn’t have? If only I knew and could undo it. Or is it a test? Perhaps it is, and I failed by taking money for it. Ms. Gwenyfar Rohler is the author of “The Contract Killer,” which runs every other week in encore throughout 2013. To catch up on previous chapters, read

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Finding the Holiday Spirit:

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Happenings abound just in time for the sparkliest time of year By: Fiona Ní Súilleabháin


t’s that time of year when the halls are decked, Christmas music is on constant replay, and the world is lit up with twinkling lights. While kids are waiting for Santa’s arriva,l and the doors of the advent calendars are opening up to roll down the days to the 25th, encore has some events taking place around Wilmington to get families and friends in the Christmas spirit.

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla

This year rings in the 30th anniversary of the NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach. The flotilla, which annually attracts around 50,000 guests, kicks off the festivities with the town’s tree-lighting ceremony on Friday 29th of November. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus will also take place, followed by the Atlantic Marine Launch Party with music and dancing. Called “Anchors Away,” the launch party will be Friday night at the Blockade Runner and is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner, live music by the Craig Woolard Band, and a cash bar. Thirty boats will parade, according to Preston Davenport, as part of the annual Thanksgiving flotilla on the 30th, competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a 17-footCarolina Skiff (motor and trailer). Captain Skip Wilson, 2012 Best in Show winner, will demonstrate “How to Decorate Your Boat.” After the flotilla, a fireworks display will get underway. To find out the best views, check out their interactive map at This year they have expanded their textto-vote program, wherein flotilla viewers can choose winners with their smartphones. “By voting you are automatically entered to win one of 30 prizes,” Davenport points out. “Some [boats] are focused on movies filmed in the area (Pirates of the Caribbean). Some have been really creative, like last year’s People’s Choice winner ‘Rudolph the Red-Tailed Stingray.’ One of my favorites was a school bus with wheels that spun as the boat drove forward.” A free festival, complete with over 100 vendors for arts, crafts, holiday shopping, children’s activities and entertainment with bluegrass by Gregg Phillips (noon-2 p.m.), will take place held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park at Wrightsville Beach.

CCL: Electric Holiday Tour

It’s their fourth Electric Holiday Tour show in Wilmington and the second one held at the Brooklyn Arts Center. Chatham County Line and friends, Johnny Irion, Jay Brown and

SHINY BOATS: The NC Holiday Flotilla kicks off the holiday season in southeastern NC Thanksgiving weekend in Wrightsville Beach. Photo:

Zeke Hutchins, will take to the stage for an acoustic set first. After everyone joins in for an electric set. “We call this a ‘holiday tour’ because it lets the band reconnect with its roots, as well as some musicians who they shared stages with along the way,” Dave Wilson, of Chantham County Line, states. “We all know the holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends; we just choose to do it on the stage.” Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m., with tickets at $17 in advance or $25 for balcony (, and $19 at the door.

HSLCF Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour

Back for its 40th year, the Old Wilmington by Candlelight tour annually takes place during the first weekend in December. Sponsored by the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear, the Candlelight Tour starts off Wilmington’s Christmas season with a glow. “The tour takes guests on a visit of nine private homes, including the Latimer House and Servants Quarters, and two churches,” Carolee Morris of Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear (HSLCF),says. “All homes on the tour are privately owned. Homes have a var-

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ied history. Each reflects the owners’ individual style and taste in terms of restoration, furnishings, and holiday decorations.” The society purchased the Latimer House in 1963 to be a living museum of Wilmington’s Victorian era. The house is furnished and tours are given on a regular basis. “The Latimer House is always featured on the tour, decorated with a different theme each year,” Morris details. “Dedicated co-chair decorators begin early each year, planning the next year’s theme.” The tour takes place December 7th through 8th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $30 and available Ivy Cottage, House of Wine and Cheese, Southport Visitor’s Center, Barnes and Noble, Mayfaire, Candles Etc., Two Sisters Bookery, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and The Latimer House. More information can be found at

Plantation Christmas

Having been open to the public for the holiday season since the ‘80s, Poplar Grove Plantation organizes numerous fun festivities for families, including their Plantation Christmas taking pace December 8th at the Manor House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The house will be decorated in the late Victorian period, after Christmas trees have made their commercial arrival to the United States,” Caroline Lewis, executive director of Poplar Grove, informs. ”Descendants from the

Foy family will be present to share stories and some history of Poplar Grove.” Light refreshments will be served in the gift shop. In the tenant house, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes and read Christmas stories for families. The Topsail High School Chorus will sing traditional Christmas favorites at the gazebo at 2 p.m. “A large outdoor Christmas will be a lovely photo opportunity for family and friends,” Lewis offers. “We will also be featuring wagon rides through the Abbey Nature Trail for $5 a person.” In addition, over 75 arts and crafts vendors will be onsite outside, in the barn and in the agricultural building, for visitors seeking handmade items, artisan gifts, locally-made baked goods, and homemade chocolates. The Cape Fear Woodcarvers will be among others demonstrating their craft. This year the plantation has partnered with Carolina Farmin’, who will be selling a fine selection of Christmas trees brought in from western North Carolina. “Along with Carolina Farmin’, we will be raising funds and accepting donations for the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc.,” Lewis informs. “We will be matching dollar-for-dollar each Christmas tree sold [and] also accepting items from the DVSS Wish List.” Admission is free but donations are welcome to help support Poplar Grove. For more information visit

A Christmas Stroll Through the Past

Take a step back in time while visiting The Christmas Stroll through the Past. The tour is back for its second year and goes between the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens and the Bellamy Mansion. This tour gives guests the opportunity to take a candlelit stroll or trolley ride through downtown Wilmington and witness an old-fashioned Christmas. Visitors can enjoy an evening filled with music, dancing and costumes. “Both houses will be decorated for Christmas and illuminated with luminaries,” Christine E. Lamberton, museum manager, offers. “Guests will be able to walk through both houses, interact with costume interpreters, enjoy refreshments, and listen to local choirs and musicians.” The two blocks between the houses will be aligned with luminaries. St. James’ will have a series of choirs singing on the front steps. A petting zoo will be stationed at the BurgwinWright House from 5 Star Farm, and a llama will be onsite from Horsetails Farm. Admission is $5 for children, free for children

under the age of 5, and $20 for adults until November 30th. From December 1st through the 14th, adult tickets go up to $25. Tickets can be purchased at both houses and at all local Wilmington Harris Teeters, where guests receive a dollar off adult tickets if they show their VIC card. Tickets will also be available the day of the event, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit: or www.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT) presents one of the most fun children’s productions of the season: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” A cast of 79 kids, from ages 6 to 17, will be on hand to act their hearts out and bring to life the story of the unruly Herdman children. “The play is a comedy based on a bestselling young-adult book written by Barbara Robinson,” Penny Kohut, show director, explains. “It’s about a church that has an annual Christmas nativity play (pageant), and a family of disruptive, badly behaved children decide to join the cast. It has become a holiday staple for theatre across the United States and features plenty of great roles for children, some Christmas carols and a lot of laughs!” TACT puts on between four and five children’s shows each year, which are performed at the Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center on the corner of Second and Orange streets. The show runs from Thursday, December 5th, through Sunday, December 8th, at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center at 120 South Second Street. Thursday through Saturday performances take place at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered by calling (910) 341-7860.

tivities as part of their annual Island of Lights, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Starting Friday, November 29th, 7 p.m., a tree-lighting ceremony will take place with musical entertainment. The local Cub Scouts will provide the Honor Guard and display the flag for the singing of the National Anthem before families meander around the one-mile lake to view lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free cocoa and cookies will be served. On December 6th at 7:30 p.m., the annual Christmas parade will take place from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard. Floats, bands and Santa will be throwing candy and enjoying the merriment. The annual holiday flotilla continues on the 7th at 6 p.m., featuring a slew of decorated boats competing for prizes. The boat parade takes place from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. To see the beauty of island living during the holidays, take an Island of Lights Tour of Homes, Saturday, December 14th, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The home tour showcases privately owned residents. The 2013 Island of Lights wraps up on Tuesday, December 31st near the gazebo at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. Their lit beach ball will drop at midnight, followed by fireworks and lots fo family-friendly events, including DJ, dancing and refreshments served. Visit for individually priced events.

Handmade Wilmington

For folks looking to have a special gift-giving season, head over to Wilmington’s Artisan Market at The ArtWorks, 200 Willard Street, on Saturday, December 14th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10a.m. to 4 p.m. The market includes handmade items such as fine art, metal and beaded jewelry, crocheted scarves and dolls, pet products, doll clothes, unique fashion accessories, home décor and Enchanted Airlie glass items and many more for sale. Handmade What started in 2005 has since evolved into Wilmington supports the local community. This a tradition that attracts guests worldwide from year they have chosen Feast Down East and Thanksgiving through Christmas in Wilmington. the Food Bank of Eastern NC as beneficiaries At our historical Airlie Gardens, Christmastime of this market. Folks who bring a food donation means sparkling lights draped on every branch receive a raffle ticket to win items donated by and tree across the 0.5 mile self-guided tour. the vendors. Admission is free. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite serving tasty treats, from hot chocolate, to American Big Band: cookies, popcorn and more. Santa often welcomes kids to tell him their Christmas wishes, Home for the Holidays Established in 2004, the well-known tourand a Lego display featuring 250,000 bricks is ing show American Big Band is returning to built in holiday splendor. Enchanted Airlie runs every Thursday, Friday perform an all-new Christmas production, and Saturday from November 29th through “Home for the Holidays!” Accompanied with a Decemeber 21st, and Wednesday December 12-piece band, eight singers and dancers take 18th and Sunday 22nd. Tours run twice in the center stage to perform Christmas classics. This show has thrilled audiences with holiday evening from 5 p.m. to 7p.m and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets range from $10 individual to $22 flair, celebrating hits from Bing to Bublé. The for carload pass, and are available online at American Big Band: Home for the Holidays scheduled two shows at Thalian Hall: Wednes or 910-798-7700. day, Decembe 4th, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $35, and can be purchased online at Island of Lights Pleasure Island will be full off Christmas fes-

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Lending a Helping Hand: Annual Good Friends of Wilmington luncheon


By: Maddie Deming

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hat do you do when you have no one else to turn to? The Good Friends of Wilmington are there to provide a last hope for individuals and families in need by raising funds in the community for locals. The Good Friends of Wilmington will hold their 17th annual fund-raising luncheon on Tuesday, December 3rd, at the Wilmington Convention Center. Contributions from these luncheons provide funds for emergency housing, medical needs, summer camps for at-risk children, mothers and children leaving abusive homes, car repairs so fathers can work, counseling young parents with medically challenged babies, heating-bill assistance for the elderly, and more. The funds raised go directly to the individuals and families, and not to any organizations. Good Friends of Wilmington started in 1997 and is patterned after an organization of the same name in Charlotte, NC. The nonprofit organization of women commits to raising monies in order to provide financial assistance to individuals and families in New Hanover County who are in critical need and cannot find assistance through regular channels. Since its inception, 100 percent of all contributions have been given back to the community and are distributed according to guidelines with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. Jenna Curry, secretary of the Good Friends of Wilmington executive committee board, says it’s important for their organization to raise awareness in the community. “The Good Friends’ board of directors hosts a table luncheon every December to raise funds that are distributed throughout the year,” Curry says. “It is our responsibility as a board to make sure area schools, non-profits, DSS and other government agencies are informed about Good Friends so that they can contact us when an individual or family has a need when all other options have been exhausted.” The first-ever luncheon was hosted the year Good Friends began in December of 1997. They were able to raise over $37,000 in funds for the families in New Hanover County. Over 200 women attended the brown-bag lunch event, and 16 years later, the event has grown significantly. Last year, the luncheon hosted just over 700 women and raised over $50,000. This

of Wilmington Luncheon Tuesday, December 3rd, 11:30 a.m. Wilmington Convention Center 515 Nutt Street Donations: P.O. Box 4222 Wilmington, NC 28406

ONLY MEN STANDING: At the annual Good Friends Luncheon, Santas—made up of community leaders and politicians—are on hand collecting donations. Courtesy photo.

year, Good Friends of Wilmington has helped families with heating bills, water bills, deposits for renters, car and home repairs, medical treatment, and doctor bills. The event celebrates the spirit of giving and features a social, holiday music, and a luncheon program at noon with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. The Good Friends’ Santas will be on hand providing entertainment and collecting donations and spare change from guests. They are the only men attending the event, and include Ken Beasley, Bill Blair, Bo Dean, Cedric Dickerson, Mark Edwards, David Honeycutt, Walter Kusek, Mitch Lamm, Hugh McManus, Ed McMahon, Bill Saffo, Spencer Temple, Ellis Tinsley, Jason Thompson, and Jon Vincent. Community and business leaders, as well as elected officials volunteer. A simple box lunch with a turkey sandwich, bag of chips, fresh fruit, and fresh baked cookies will be served. Leftover lunches are delivered to the Good Shepherd House. This simple lunch tradition as been kept since the first luncheon, as the money is coming directly out of the board members’ pockets, ensuring all donations go directly to the individuals and families. Parking in the Wilmington Convention Center parking deck, with the entrance on Nutt Street, will be free for all attendees. Tables consist of one host and 10 guests and can be arranged on the Good Friends of Wilmington website at http://good- As far as differences go from the previous luncheons, Curry says, “We always have a few surprises up our sleeves.”

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to-docalendar events LITTLE RED STOCKING CAMPAIGN For 85 years, the Little Red Stocking Campaign has provided hope and support for North Carolina families. Children’s Home Society of NC is pleased to launch this year’s annual fundraising effort with all proceeds going to provide permanent, safe, and loving families for children in need. Proceeds from last year’s Little Red Stocking Campaign helped CHS serve 17,352 children and families, including finding a safe haven for 503 children in foster homes, giving 143 children a permanent family to call their own, assisting 1,009 families with post adoption services, counseling 84 birth parents, and providing educational services to 12,517 teens, professionals, and parents. ISLAND OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL

Happenings and events across Wilmington

The light up ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival. The 2013 ceremony is on Friday, November 29th starting at 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 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

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.    

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 Friday at 5:45 p.m. during the Town’s tree lighting

CF MODEL RR HOLIDAY TRAIN EXPO Villages, parks, landscapes, and a holiday spectacular. Opens 11/29, ontinues Sat-Sun every weekend through 12/22. Raffle tickets $1 ea. or 6 for $5, to win model train sets. GA $3 ea.; ages 3-12, $3; kids under age 3, free. 705 S. Kerr Ave. capefearmodel- 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: 910-232-7961. HWF POST-THANKSGIVING TOUR Historic Wilmington Foundation’s19th Annual PostThanksgiving Tour, Sun, 12/1, 2-4pm to walk off that turkey and dressing by attending a tour at the lovely Neil M. McEachern House, 214 North 6th St., home of Linda and Richard Mechling. Free members; $10 guests. Lecture and tour presented by Ed Turberg, Architectural Historian. RSVP Required: 910-762-2511. trivett@historicwilmington. org. 12/7, 5pm TACT TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Members of Thalian Association Children’s Theater Leadership Program are hosting a Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Community Arts Center, Thurs., 12/5, 5:45pm, in honor of Josh Proutey, Community Arts Center night manager who was tragically shot and killed on Thurs., 12/13/2012. Event will include lighting a special memorial tree with refreshments and music in the lobby. Free and open to public. Following the ceremony, participants acan stay for the opening of Thalian Association’s Children’s Theater Holiday Show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, at 7pm. Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage in the HBHUSO/CAC, 12/5-8, Thurs-Sat, 7pm; Sat-Sun, 3pm. $12.75: 910-341-7860 or at the door. www. ISLAND OF LIGHTS CHRISTMAS PARADE 2013 Island of Lights Christmas Parade will be on Friday, December 6th, starting at 7:30pm. It proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the Season and provide a night of entertainment for families. To enter a float: Francis Massey, at (910) 458-5507. LINDA PEARCE ROASTING Linda Pearce, long-standing CEO of Elderhaus Inc. will be roasted by the community as a fundraising event at Fri., 12/6, 6pm, Burney Center (UNCW Campus). The evening will no doubt be full of laughter as business people and community leaders take to the podium to affectionately flex their comedic muscles while poking a little fun as they say their good-byes to Pearce. Free to the public, seating is limited. Donations welcomed, and sponsorship opportunities are available. 251-0660. ISLAND OF LIGHTS FLOTILLA Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. This year’s Christmas flotilla will be on Sat., 12/7, starting at 6pm. A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach. Application to enter a boat in the Flotilla:

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Festival of Trees at CAMERON ART MUSEUM

Nov. 22-Dec. 8

Benefiting Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and Cameron Art Museum


Travel to the museum and meander through the forest of more than 30 beautifully decorated trees on display, enjoy musical and theatrical performances scheduled throughout the festival, and treat yourself to seasonal fare and holiday goodies in CAM Café. Check website for updates. Childrens Storytime weekdays at 10:30 am.

6 pm Tuesday, Nov 26: Justin Lacy Duo 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: Julie Rehder and Carole Green, harpists 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: Winter Park Presbyterian Ukelele Choir 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: Pine Valley United Methodist Handbell Choir 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1: St. Paul’s Instrumental Ensemble 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: Melanie Walter, pine needle demonstration 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3: Theatre Now cast, “A Christmas Carol” excerpt 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4: 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Chorus 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4: David Key, Therapeutic Sound Artist

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OLD WILMINGTON CANDLELIGHT TOURS 12/7 from 4-8pm, and 12/8 from 2-6pm: Come join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society at their annual Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. This year’s tour features 13 sites around downtown Wilmington that showcase places of the past with holiday cheer. Tickets are $25 till 11/15 and $30 till the end of the event. 910-762-0492 POPLAR GROVE A Plantation Christmas, 12/8, 11am-4pm. 1850 Manor House & Gift Shop openSanta and Mrs. Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and reading Christmas stories. The arts, craft and gift show will feature vendors selling handmade and other specialty gift items, baked goods and local foods. Located in 2 buildings and on the plantation grounds. • Special tours of Poplar Grove also offered throughout the year, covering topics like Blockade of Wilmington, Food—Crops and Recipes and more! • Seasonal Fresh Floral Arrangement, 12/10, 10am-noon: Professional Florist Doris Davis will help you create a special arrangement using fresh flowers, herbs and greenery.  Made in a floral cage, using flower foam to keep it fresh, the arrangement may be used as a door or wall hanging, or as a centerpiece or mantel piece.  $40, due with registration by 12/5. or 910-6869518 ext. 102. Poplar Grove Plantation10200 US Hwy 17. 910-686-9518. 10200 US Highway 17 N. HOMEMADE HOLIDAY SHORTS Sun., 12/15, marks WHQR’s wintertime tradition, Homemade Holiday Shorts. This year’s program features guest appearances by Annie Gray Johnston, Gwenyfar Rohler, Shane Fernando, Whisky Creek and Rachel Lewis Hilburn reading a contest-winning story from Mebane Boyd. The event takes place before a live audience and is broadcast live on WHQR 91.3fm at 6pm. Doors open at 5:20pm. A full reception, including drinks and lavish hors d’oeuvres, will follow the live performance, 6-7pm. $30 and (910) 343-1640, whqr@ or in person at the station.  All proceeds benefit WHQR. ISLAND OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY HOME TOUR Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into

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NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA 12/31: Co-presented with City Stage; event begins at 7pm curtain at 8:30pm. Evening includes dinner, dessert, drinks champagne toast and a sensational live performance of a Broadway musical by City Stage, one of Wilmington’s most respected community theatre ensembles. $125; show to be announced. SAVE THE NIGHT The second annual “Save the Night”, a New Year’s Eve masqueradeball on 12/31 at The Upper Room, located at 412 Ann St., downtown Wilmington. Black-tie event will feature live music,dancing, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, as well as a photo andvideo booth and silent auction. All proceeds from the event benefit The Centre of Redemption, a Wilmington-based nonprofit organization that operates a safe house for domestic minor survivors of sex trafficking who are pregnant or have children. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

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2583 or CCL ELECTRIC HOLIDAY TOUR 12/20, 1am: Chatham County Line: Electric Holiday Tour, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $17 adv/ $25 balcony/$19 day of. The time has come again for North Carolina’s Acoustic Ambassadors to take their Annual Electric Holiday Tour on the road. The holidays are a special time of year and to mark this occasion, Chatham County Line brings a few friends on the road to liven up the stage with them. As in years past, there will be a full acoustic set performed by the band in their tried and true one-mic fashion. Following a short intermission, the band will be joined by Jay Brown [Bass], Zeke Hutchins [Drums], and Johnny Irion [Guitar,Piano] for a rocking take on some of their own songs as well as a few choice numbers that have influenced them through the years. ILM SACRED HARP SINGERS Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers, 2-4pm: 12/29. Songbooks provided, beginners welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional, dynamic form of a cappella social-singing, dating back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Held in collaboration with WHQR. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall, CAM. Corner of 17th St. and Independence Blvd. JAZZ AT CAM A concert series by the Cameron Art Museum and the Cape Fear Jazz Society, 6:30-8pm, first Thurs. ea. mo. Cameron Art Museum, Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall. Series: CAM/CFJS Members, $45; non, $68. Students, $30, w/ID. Indv. tickets: Mem-

bers, $8; non, $12; students, $5 w/ID. Musicians performing a range of jazz genres for your listening pleasure. • 1/9 Gregg Gelb Jazzet • 2/13: Stardust • 3/6: Lee Venters and Vermillion Sands • 4/3: Jerald Shynett & Friends. TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The Tallis Chamber Orchestra will present the 4th annual Baroque Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St., Mon., 12/23, 7:30pm. To benefit the Good Shepherd Center; concert will feature soprano, Sara Westermark and music by Arcangelo Corelli, Guiseppe Valentini, Christoph Bernhard , Henry Purcell along with traditional carols.Free with donations accepted for the Good Shepherd Center. Philip Singleton 910-6207207.

dance BABS MCDANCE Practice party on Friday night Nov. 29th, fun lesson, more food and non-stop dancing! 8pm-11pm. • 12/21, 6pm: Christmas Celebration. Bring your favorite hliday dish to share; turkey and the ham supplied. 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. 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

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lies, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 incl. beginners’ lesson, 7:30.  

art BIG ART BigArt at Independence Mall, owned by Artur “Art” Ansonov, best known for his musically inspired paintings sometimes referred to as “psychedelic 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. KEVIN EUGENE DUNN Caprice Bistro presents selected works by local artist Kevin Eugene Dunn, feat. still life, figurative, landscape and abstract works. 10 Market St. (910) 815-0810 A SMALL WORLD A special showing of artworks by Dick Roberts, Gerlinde Pistner, and Sergej Andreevski, 621N4TH Gallery. The 2nd Annual International Art Residency, La Petit Atelie du Monde, ongoing

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 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. 254 N. Front St.,#300; 910-34-1640 NOVEMBER ART CLASSES Held at the home of professional artist Lois DeWitt, 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. or call 910 547-8115. WILMINGTON ART SHOW Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 10am-5pm, both days. $6 admission (good both days with hand stamp). Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Wilmington Convention Center – 515 Nutt Street in Downtown Wilmington. Parking is available in the Convention parking deck. CLAIR HARTMAN 12/6, 5-8pm: Featuring new coastal-inspired paintings by Clair Hartmann and photographs by Guy Pushée. Also featuring art and stuff by Jody Belo, Jillian Boivin, Claudia Bustamonte, Chucklefish, Linda Hartman, Melissa Manley & Sara Westermark. Music by harpist Carole Bowman Green, coffee by Lativa Coffee Company and yummies by Apple Annie’s. Sun Gallery and Gifts, 4414 Wrightsville Ave. 910-443-6022.


Holiday markets abound during the season, so finding one-of-a-kind gifts shouldn’t be too time-consuming with the help of creative locals. On the 6th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sun Gallery will feature new coastal paintings by Clair Hartmann and photographs by Guy Pushée. Plus, art works from Jody Belo, Sara Westermark, Jillian Boivin and others will be on display. Coffee will be served from Lativa and sweets from Apple Annie’s, with live music played by harpist Carole Bowman Brown. 4414 Wrighstville Avenue. in Dick Roberts’ studio at ACME, include Dick Roberts, USA, Gerlinde Pistner, Germany, and Sergej Andreevski, Macedonia. A Small World Circle exhibition, 621 North 4th St. PLEIN AIR WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is excited to announce the MC Erny Gallery, Coastal Carolina en


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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 afterhours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 12/27. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101. www.artscouncilofwilmington.




FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION Fall Senior Exhibition will be on view in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building through Dec. 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.


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org 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. 910287-2800.  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., 10am6pm ;and Sat., 10am-3pm. 1903 Princess St. 910251-8854. Located in historic 100 year old house in Carolina Heights Garden tours often given, specializing in unique citrus. KAREN CROUCH AND JANETTE HOPPER The joint Karen Crouch and Janette Hopper exhibit, “The Mark of Our Hands.” A Fine Art Gallery in Southport and is on exhibit into January of 2014. Gallery director Don Baker has brought these two artists together because their art seems to speak the same language, if with a different dialect. 8: A Fine Art Gallery is on the way to Oak Island, at Live Oak Village Plaza, 4961 Long Beach Rd SE, Ste 8

museums/attractions 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 ID. • Through 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, 9am5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day. $4-$7. Free for

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museum members and children under 3. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sun. ea. month. 814 Market Street , historic downtown Wilmington. 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. BATTLESHIP ALIVE Battleship Alive, 12/7, 8am-5pm. Included w/paid admission. “Living History” brings historical events, places and persons “alive” for the public by demonstrating various aspects of the past and allowing interaction with the interpreters.The Living History Crew (LHC) gives insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the ship, showcasing sailor’s duties specific to their ratings (jobs). The HomeFront division will also demonstrate a 1940’s Christmas in the Battleship Auditorium. Beach music w/Battleship Barbershop Quartet in Residence, 2-4pm—in conjunction with The Big Read, at 2pm, mail call will sound. #1 Battleship Road. 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 Davis, 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. MonFri, 2-5pm; after  Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488. 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. Sto-



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ryCOOKS, 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. • Candyland Christmas, Sun., 12/8, 1-5pm. Members, $15; non, $20. Parent, guardians and grandparents, free. 116 Orange St. Register online. 254-3534.     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. • Creator of the Azalea Belle dresses, Kay Godwin, shares her designs and insight at tea with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. She explains the historical research that goes into creating the most iconic figures of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. This special event

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 The Cape Fear Museum will host a day of Native and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which American education in their learning center thanks have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsto their Cape Fear Indians program, shown from ville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 814 Market Street. Visitors St.


will learn about the first inhabitants of the Cape

WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Fear region, and how they hunted and fished for Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in survival. Folks will learn about pot shards, while Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and acsculpting their own pottery and making bead jewtivities for all ages, including historical exhibits, elry, too. Admission: $4-$7. full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts.  House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, also includes a brunch. Tickets are $25 and benefit facilities are fully accessible and on one level.  By the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. This event reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthtakes place on 11/18, 10:30am. RSVP: 910-762day parties, and after-hours meetings or mixers. 0492 The Latimer House of the Lower Cape Fear Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only Historical Society is not handicapped accessible $4 per family and access to entire Museum.  Admis126 S. Third St. 762-0492. sion only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2.  North end CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634, www. 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, 11am5pm (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

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. 503 Market St. CAMERON ART MUSEUM Exhibits: Art Among Friends: Four Collections of American Art features paintings and drawings from four private collections in North Carolina showing the evolution during 1880s-1940s of painting in America. • 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

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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. 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 kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. TuesSat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570.

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CAPE FEAR INDIANS Learning Center: Cape Fear Indians, Sat., 11/30, 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.

GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP 12/11, 3:30pm, NHC Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 S. College Rd, or 12/12, 3:45pm, NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. Kids ages 6-11 can build their own gingerbread houses at this free workshop. The Friends of New Hanover County Public Library are providing the building materials: graham crackers, icing, and colorful candies. Bring an apron or wear clothes you don&#39;t mind getting a little messy. Space is limited so you must register in advance on the calendar at

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 is located in The Art Works, 200 Willard St. 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: or 910-399-3NOW


POMEGRANATE BOOKS 11/30: Small Business Saturday has become, in recent years, the independent business response to Black Friday. Customers are invited to a more relaxing shopping experience with the opportunity to “shop local.” Delicious refreshments and a variety of sales and incentives enhance the experience.

EUROPE BEFORE THE GREAT WAR Europe Before the Great War w/ Mark Spaulding Ph.D., Wed., 12/4-11. Two sessions, 6-7:30pm, $30. (Membership $30/semester and $50/year). Register online by Dec 2. 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. BELLAMY MANSION READINGS 12/5: 6:30pm, “Wilmington Uncovered” w/Beverly Tetterton—encore presentation! Local historian presents an entirely new view of historic Wilmington, w/well over a 100 new images over the years. Free lecture open to the public. 910-251-3700. WILD BIRD AND GARDEN 12/14, 9:15am: Dr. James Parnell discusses the great variety of birds that can be found in Southeastern North Carolina during the winter, with special emphasis on those species that are not found here in other seasons. Wild Bird & Garden, 3501 Oleander Dr.

classes/workshops COLLEGE FOUNDATION OF NC 12/3, 6:30pm: College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC representative April Morey will explain what the organization has to offer parents of young children. She’ll share information about North Carolina’s 529 College Savings Program, demonstrate CFNC’s career exploration tool for kids, Paws inJobland, and guide parents as they plan ahead for their children’s academic future. Free and advance registration is not required. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.

MEDITATION CLASS Meditation clarifies the mind, opens the heart and encourages a spiritual path. Free guided classes are offered weekly, Sun., 3:30pm, and Tues, 5:30pm. Basic principles and practices of meditation. Focus your attention, gain self-awareness, find inner stillness, and experience the benefits of meditation. Open Studio 1055 Military Cutoff Rd #102; free. or (910) 665 YOGA FOCUS A regional planning initiative for the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county areas will hold a series of public outreach meetings on one of four livability principles, including opportunity, health, the environment and housing. 12/12: Two meetings will be held at the Town of Leland Recreation Ctr, 102 Town Hall Dr. One meeting discussion will focus on the livability principle, housing, while the other meeting will focus on the environment. Reg. 5pm and ea. meeting will begin at 5:30pm. Ea. meeting will last 100 minutes and conclude at 7:10pm. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend to share their voices. Childcare will be offered at the meetings, and Spanish as second language, as well as hearing impaired interpreters will be available on site. www. FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION 12/17, April Morey from College Foundation of North Carolina will help teens and parents understand how to file the FAFSA form to apply for federal financial aid for college. She’ll point out helpful resources available at, a free service from the state of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. Free and advance registration is not required. NHC Myrtle Grove Li-

day-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.   MCKAY HEALING ARTS WORKSHOPS 12/7, 10am-noon: Powerful 2-hour workshop explores mindful eating as a practice for eating well during the holidays. Many people give in to impulse eating and overeat during the holidays and then beat themselves up for not eating well. Mindful Eating is a practice that helps you to bring awareness to eating so that you have the freedom to choose when, what, and how to eat in a way that is aligned with your best intentions. McKay Healing Arts 4916 Wrightsville Ave, or 910-208-0518 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@   TOPSAIL BUSINESS EVENTS Business After Hours: Business After Hours: 12/5, Access Realty (Surf City). Event for members and staff of member businesses of the Topsail Chamber.

12/3: COLLEGE FOUNDATION OF NC The College Foundation of NC offers free services to students who need help planning, applying and paying for college. At the New Hanover County Northeast Library off Military Cutoff Road, April Morey will be on hand on the 3rd at 6:30 p.m. to explain to parents how they can prepare their young children for college. She will focus on a college savings program, demonstrate career exploration tolls and help parents plan for their children’s academic future. Free! brary, 5155 S. College Rd, Wilmington 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: Wednes-

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sports/recreation YOGA AND WINE NIGHT Wine” down your Thursdays with a relaxing yoga class by Amy at Fitness Motivation (709 N 4th St.), then hop across the street and raise a glass to you new-found zen with wine specials at the Goat & Compass. Yoga begins at 6:30pm (every Thursday except for Thanksgiving), $5 donation, all levels welcome.  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.

HALYBURTON PROGRAMS Holly Shelter Kayak, 12/6, 8am-3pm, $45 • Back-

yard Birding, 12/7, 9-10am, $10 • Bird Hike, Brunswick Town, 12/19, 8am-1pm, $10. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St., 910-341-0075.    www. WB FITNESS WB Parks and Rec offers Extreme Cross Training, Boot Camp, Get Fit, Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Pilates, Zumba®, Low Impact Aerobics, and Tone, Strengthen, & Stretch classes. Added evening and Saturday classes. 1 Bob Sawyer Drive. (910) 2567925. WALK IN THE WOODS A Walk in the Woods : A Guided Trail Tour through the Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove. The Abbey Nature Preserve is a 62-acre tract of land located next to Poplar Grove Plantation. Home to both common and unique species of plants and animals that thrive in the varied environments, the Preserve includes wetlands, established hardwood groves, a pine thicket and pond, all accessed by approximately 2 miles of trails. Take a wagon ride into the woods to the Mill Pond, which originally operated as a grist mill for Poplar Grove Plantation. Guide will talk about different land and aquatic habitats, layers of forest, and the animals that make the Preserve their home. 50 minute walk: $3/student, $5/ adult; 2 hour walk: $5/student and $8/adult. Two complimentary adult tickets issued/class. Groups of 15 or more recommended to have at least two adults with them. Poplar Grove: 10200 US Hwy 17. 910-686-9518. 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. 256-7925.

films SECOND SUNDAY FILMS Second Sunday is adults’ afternoon out at Northeast Library. 12/8: Free movie starring Keira Knightley, based on a book by Jane Austen, 2pm • 1/12: Free movie starring Ben Affleck, based on a book by Antonio J. Mendez, 2pm. The performance license doesn’t allow the library to advertise movie titles. Adults only, please. BYOP = Bring Your Own Popcorn and other snacks. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. NC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

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This year, acclaimed 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. Pomegranate books is pleased to welcome two of our favorite authors 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.) 4418 Park Ave. 910-452-1107. |november 27-december 3, 2013||encore 59

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 AfricanAmericans 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. 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 sewfli@ Each designer will be responsible for creating unique fashions inspired by a classic Black film chosen by Sewfli, Inc.

clubs/notices ENDING SEXUAL ABUSE Wed., 12/11, 4:30-6:30pm, First Christian Church, 2035 Oleander Dr. Conversation on ending child sexual abuse and caring for children, with The Carousel Center. Dinner served; RSVP by 12/8, 910791-1057. UNCW PASSPORT SERVICES UNCW Passport Services will open one Saturday each month this fall to assist regional residents who cannot visit the office during business hours Monday-Friday. The office will be open 10:30am2pm, 12/14; no appointment is necessary. Offering an on-site passport photo service, completion of application, assist w/qyestions and more. Fisher University Union, UNCW campus. THE REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and

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improving the collective lives of all. Markets often vary in character, but they generally offer both goods and services. Participants bring unneeded items, food, skills and talents such as entertainment or haircuts. A RRFM usually takes place in an open community space such as a public park or community commons. Located at Greenfield Lake, near the playground and skatepark. Usually under one of the picnic shelters. Monthly meetings; see FB page for updates. FOCUS ON YOU SUPPORT GROUP Aims to provide an emotionally safe space where women with cancer and their families can connect with others in the same situation. Women of Hope uses education to empower women through early detection and continuing support throughout their treatment. Survivorship Support Group is for female cancer patient who is in any stage of treatment. Caregiver Support Group is for anyone affected by a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Meets same time, twice a month throughout the year. Friendly Community Baptist Church, 1730 US Hwy. 117, Burgaw. Meets 2nd/4th Thurs, 6:308pm. GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS MEETING Gambler’s Anonymous Meeting of Wilmington. Meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Ogden Baptist Church: 7121 Market St. 12-step meeting for people that have or think they may have a compulsive gambling problem. Contact: Casey 910-599-1407 OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET LitProv every Tues. 8pm; Stich n’ Bitch every Wed. 7pm; Open Mic Nite every Sat 7pm. 249 N. Front St. (910) 76- BOOKS (26657) CAPE FEAR KNITTERS Cape Fear Knitters, the Wilmington chapter of The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA) meets the third Sat. ea. month, 10am-noon. Gerri: 371-3556. Judy: 383-0374. AD/HD SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Support Group:  Wilmington Area CHADD meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Building B.  This FREE support group is open to anyone affected by ADHD.  For more information, go to  PSORIASIS SUPPORT GROUP Meets the 2nd Sat. of month at Port City Java in Harris Teeter on College and Wilshire, 5pm. Christopher: (910) 232-6744 or Free; meet others with psoriasis and get educated on resources and program assistance. COUPON CLUB Wilmington Coupon Club meets monthly, second Monday, at 6pm Come exchange coupons and learn how to save money. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Club meets third Tues. each month, Sept thru June, 7pm at Cape Fear Community College, McCloud Bldg, room S002. WILMINGTON NEWCOMERS CLUB The Wilmington Newcomers Club meets monthly at 9:30am on the 2nd Thurs ea. month at the Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. Sign up for our satellite groups, where members can follow their particular interest and make new friends along the way—bridge clubs, dinner groups, business networking groups, etc. 910-632-8315. www. WILMINGTON MS SELF HELP GROUP MEET Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st floor conference room, behind the Betty Cameron

Women’s Hospital on 17th Street. Open to all with Multiple Sclerosis, family and friends. Handicapped accessible parking and meeting room. Affiliated with the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society. Contact: Burt Masters, (910) 383-1368.


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.

HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! 910-392-6753 or email rltriver@ $3/children or $8/adults.    

HOLLYWOOD LOCATION WALK Tour one of America’s largest living film sets; historic downtown Wilmington. This fun-filled 90 minute walking tour will lead gue sts to actual movie & TV locations. Tours will depart Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. afternoons at 2pm. Reservations are required, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students or military and children 6 or under are free. 910-7947177,

HENRIETTA III CRUISES Three-tiered boat offering sight-seeing, lunch and dinner cruises, site seeing tours and a Sunset Dinner Cruise June-Aug. On the riverfront. AprilOct: Narrated sightseeing cruises 2:30pm 1-1/2 hours Tuesday-Sunday, Narrated lunch cruises 12:00 noon 1-1/2 hours Tuesday-Saturday. MayOct: Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises, Tuesday & Thursday evening 2 hours 6:30 pm; Apr-Dec: Friday evening dinner cruises 2-1/2 hours 7:30 pm, Saturday evening dinner cruises 3 hours 6:30 pm. 343-1611.

TOURS OF WWII SITES Wilmington author and military historian Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., now leads customized, personalized guided tours of World War II sites in southeastern NC. 910-793-6393.

WILMINGTON TROLLEY Eight mile, 45 minute narrated tour aboard a nostalgic, motorized trolley. Downtown. 763-4483.

GHOST WALK 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910-794-1866; www.   

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOURS Narrated horse drawn carriage and trolley tours of historic Wilmington feature a costumed driver who narrates a unique adventure along the riverfront and past stately mansions.Market and Water streets. $12 for adults, $5 per child. (910) 2518889 or


FERMENTAL Every Friday: Free wine/beer tasting, 6pm. • 12/7, 3pm: An Afternoon w/Beer Army Brewery. NC’s newest craft brewery from the depths of Jones County. Owner and active-duty Marine, Major Dustin Canestorp began the project from a love of home brewing, a dedication to the art of beer making and a commitment to the local area. Free. All ages. 21 and over for tasting. 910-821-0362.

Fermental. 7250 Market St., DUPLIN WINERY 12/7, 9am-2pm: Ann’s Art, $35/person (include bistro breakfast hors d’oeuvres and class). • 12/14 and 21, 8-10am: Breakfast with Santa. Adults, $15 ; children $8 (ages 4-12); free for kids 4 and under. • 12/6, 7(Club), 13, 14, 20, 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. 800774-9634 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). 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 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. HOMEBREW SUPPLY COMPANY Free craft beer tasting every Friday 4pm-7pm • Free all-grain brewing demonstration Every Saturday starting at 1:30pm at Wilmington Homebrew Supply, 4405-A Wrightsville Ave.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) Thinking inside the box will be a crime against your nature in the coming weeks. The last place you want to be is in a pigeonhole. I advise you to stay far away from tight squeezes, claustrophobic “sanctuaries” and “convenient” confinements. If you’re in a one-size-fits-all situation, you simply won’t be able to access your highest intelligence. So then where should you be? I am rooting for you to wander into the wild frontiers where unsanctioned wonders and marvels await you. I’d love for you to find virgin terrain and uncharted territories where the boring old rules don’t apply. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Mike Finnigan is a veteran keyboardist and blues vocalist who has toured with more than 20 major acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Leonard Cohen and Los Lonely Boys. There’s a primal quality to his singing. It’s gritty, fluid and tempestuous, almost feral at times. I understand perfectly why Bonnie Raitt has called him a “tall drink of bacon.” The sound he makes with his voice is that lush and tasty. Can you guess his astrological sign? It’s Taurus, of course. I’m naming him your patron saint this week because you are as close as you have ever come to being a tall drink of bacon. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): French painter Henri Matisse thought highly of his own work. He tended to ignore critics because he didn’t think they understood his art well enough to produce intelligent critiques. There was one person whose opinion he was willing to heed, though; a single colleague who he said had earned a right to evaluate and assess his art: Pablo Picasso. I encourage you, Gemini, to come up with your own short list of people whose judgment you totally trust and respect. It’s a good time to seek out their feedback on how you’re doing. CANCER (June 21-July 22): How is it possible that you have come so far and worked so diligently only to be resigned now to hanging out in limbo, waiting around for the lucky break that may or may not ever arrive? I’m here today to escort you out of this infernal place. If you resist, my assignment is to drag you out. Why am I so adamant? Because I am sure it’s a mistake for you to be passive and hope for the best. You need to resume working diligently, focused for now on what’s right in front of you without worrying too much about the big picture. In my opinion, that approach will lead you to unforeseen help—and a clarification of the big picture.

tors syndiCate TASTING HISTORY TOURS Tasting History Tours of Pleasure Island; guided walking tours. $25, Afternoon of delicious food and education. 910622-6046.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your levels of personal magic are high. The radiance beaming out of your eyes is extra sparkly. There’s an artistry to the way you are expressing yourself. Without even trying, you’re exuding natural charisma and animal magnetism. In light of all these advantages, I suspect you will have an elevated capacity for both giving and receiving pleasure. In fact, I predict that your ability to feel really good and make other people feel really good will be at a peak. I hereby designate this the “Week of Supreme Bliss.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The BBC reported on an expert who combs Switzerland’s Risoud Forest to find the spruce trees whose wood can be made into the highest quality violins. After years of experience, Lorenzo Pellegrini knows which few trees will produce instruments with the most resonant tones. They grow slowly and have few knots. They need to have had enough water to grow strong, but not so much water that they’re mushy. Your task in the coming weeks, Virgo, has a certain resemblance to the master tree-picker’s work. It’s time for you to start selecting and gathering the raw materials you will use to craft your own lyrical story in 2014. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Here’s the bad news: For all of us, including you, there is a gap between our intentions and our actual effects. Here’s the good news: Now is your special time to narrow that gap. More bad news: All of us, you

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included, are periodically guilty of sending out mixed messages. We confuse people with our ambivalence. What we say is sometimes different from what we feel. More good news: Now is your special time to reduce your mixed messages to as close to zero as possible. One more taste of bad news: Like all of us, you are a bit hypocritical. You engage in behavior that you criticize in others. You don’t practice what you preach. One last piece of good news: Now is your special time to work on being forthright, genuine and consistent. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “I am very fond of strawberries and cream,” author Dale Carnegie said, “but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn’t bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish.” That’s a good teaching story for you, Scorpio. In order to get your desires fulfilled by the people who have the power to do that, you should give them what they actually long for—not what you long for, nor what you wish they would long for. This is always true, of course, but it’s especially applicable to what’s going on in your life right now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Touted as a prime source of “kickass spirituality,” author Danielle LaPorte has advice that’s good for you to hear. “You will always be too much of something for someone,” she says, “too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy.” But that’s exactly as it should be, she adds. It would be a mistake to “round out your edges,” because then you would “lose your edge.” I’m here to tell you that you need all of your edge right now, Sagittarius. It’s time to ignore people’s mediocre expectations and push past their limits. To be true to yourself, you will probably have to be too much of something for several someones. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Going into my spiritual mentoring session with the priestess, I had the intention of discovering truths about myself I didn’t know before. That meant stirring up revelations about my ignorance, as well as my potentials. I wanted assistance in facing my flaws, as well as in tapping into my dormant powers. It worked. Her guidance was a potent catalyst. I was able to shed the debilitating nonsense stories I’d been telling myself about who I am. I awakened strengths that had been asleep. What I wish for you, Capricorn—indeed, what I ”predict” for you—is a comparable experience. To expedite matters, go out in search of a person, adventure or breakthrough that can help provide you with the kind of prod I received. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I bet people will be gossiping about you more than usual. Is there anything you can do to ensure that it’s mostly benevolent gossip? Yes, there is. First, make sure that when you gossip about others, you are unfailingly positive in your comments. If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, don’t say it. Second, be on your best behavior. Communicate clearly, and don’t even think about taking unethical shortcuts. Finally, contribute more inspirational energy than usual to every group you’re part of. Be an effervescent team player. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Maybe your ego isn’t big enough. I’m serious. Is it possible that you could benefit from being more proud of yourself? Would it be healthy for you to give yourself more credit for the struggles you have weathered, and the skills you have mastered and the beauty you have managed to forge out of the chaotic raw materials that life has given you? I’ve got a good feeling about this, Pisces. I can imagine you summoning the playful courage you will need to express more confidence. I can even picture you beginning to fantasize about embarking on certain stirring adventures you’ve never believed you were strong enough to try before now |november 27-december 3, 2013||encore 61

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The war magnified the best and the worst of the human spirit. Join Philip Gerard, author and historian as he explores the nuance of the Civil War and its affect on life in North Carolina.

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Carolina Bisque, Butternut Squash, or Country Ham & Collard Salads Mixed Greens with Apple, Roquefort, Seasoned Croutons, & Sherry Vinaigrette Caesar Salad, Homemade Croutons, with Imported Reggiano Cheese Entrées Oven Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy Spiced Smoked Ham with Maple Glaze Accompaniments Candied Yams Collard Greens Mashed Potatoes French Green Beans Sausage & Cornbread Stuffing Desserts Caribbean Fudge Pie, Pecan Pie, or Pumpkin Pie Adults - $26.95

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Children (under 12) - $12.95

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Join us on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voted Best


CLOSED: Monday & Tuesday. OPEN: Wednesday thru Saturday. HOURS: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

5559 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC 28403

910-798-2913 Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey • Ham • Roast Beef • BBQ Chicken • Dressing • Ovenbaked Cornbread • Homemade Biscuits • Deviled Eggs BBQ Pork • Fried Chicken • Baked Chicken • Chicken & Pastry • Catfish • Whiting • Clam Strips Fat Back • Crinkle Fries • Chitlins Rutabagas • Green Beans • Mac-N-Cheese • Sweet Potato Souffle • Cabbage • Boiled Potatoes • Corn • Field Peas • Turnips Collards • Baked Beans • Green Peas • Lima Beans • Rice • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy • Chicken Salad • Coleslaw Potato Salad • Pan Fried Okra • Rolls • Hushpuppies • Appke, Blueberry & Peach Cobbler Cherry Cheese • Deviled Eggs • Pumpkin Pie • Cake • Banana Pudding • Ice Cream 64 encore | nov 27 - dec 3, 2013|

November 27, 2013  
November 27, 2013  

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