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LOUD AND CLEAR p. 10 ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ opens Thursday For many families, sitting down to enjoy Frank Capra’s 1947 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a time-honored Christmas tradition. The heartwarming tale and ever-charming characters, especially George Bailey, serve as clear reminders that we all have a purpose in life and impact those around us more than we could ever imagine. On Thursday, November 29th, Big Dawg Productions will present the classic story in a new way: a stage performance in the form of a live radio reading on Christmas Eve, 1946. Five local actors will become radio DJs, script-reading “It’s a Wonderful Life” and performing about 35 characters. The ears of the live radio-studio audience will be delighted, too, as actors will create sound effects right on the stage. Bethany Turner speaks with director Melissa Stanley about Big Dawg Productions’ holiday show on page 10. Courtesy photos, Big Dawg Productions


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Post ran a story which happened to answer a question I posed in the Live Local column recently “What difference can one individual make?” Reading the Post’s piece with Jock over breakfast, I realized not many knew about the famed romance author Nora Roberts, a heroine to many independent book sellers but also to the Live Local and local revitalization movements. In the independent bookstore world, Roberts is legendary. She is the flagship author of a small, independent bookstore, Turn the Page, which she owns and operates with her husband, Bruce Wilder. Several times a year Roberts and her crimewriting alter ego, J.D. Robb, host signings at the store and invite several additional authors to join. In a town with a population of less than 3,500, she has become a virtual industry unto herself. Visitors to the author’s website will see all the purchase information takes folks through her Turn the Page bookstore rather than through megacheckout giant Amazon. She also bought and renovated a boutique hotel near the bookstore called Inn BoonsBoro. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that a New York Times best-selling writer has the money to indulge these projects. But what is surprising is that, with the money and ability to live anywhere in the world (literally anywhere; she also owns real estate in Ireland), Roberts chose to remain a part of the community where she has spent most of her adult life. Between her star power drawing fans from all corners of the earth, the bookstore signing events, the inn, a gym and the restaurants owned by her son, Roberts’ business interests in Boonsboro, Maryland, are reported to employ around 100 people. In a town of less than 3,500, that’s a significant portion of the working population. More so, the businesses around their businesses see the economic impact of the spillover. 6 encore | november 28 - december 4, 2012 |

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Women start lining up hours before the bookstore opens to get tickets to her signings. Once there is a ticket in hand, many find it’s time for a cup of coffee. Everyone who comes from out of town needs at least a sandwich for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and if staying over night, a place to rest their heads. By the way, that “100 people directly employed” statistic does not include the tradesmen employed during the massive renovation to the Inn BoonsBoro. In fact, the inn’s progress got interrupted by a fire, which extended the renovation and job time. (Anyone who has ever been through the renovation of an historic building knows a fire sounds more like horror than a romance novel.) My point: She could be living in a penthouse apartment in New York City or in a mansion in L. A. Instead, she still resides in small-town Maryland, spending her money there and investing it with her neighbors. Her husband commented to The Post: “In our position, monetarily, you can invest whatever with your financial adviser, and you really never see it. That’s all good. But we want to see stuff.” More power to them! Let’s see people employed! Hallelujah! We seem to live in a culture that derides success. The more people succeed, the more we like to tear them down. No, Nora Roberts’ books are not high literature; no one would ever accuse her of being Jane Austen. But, when over 25 books debut on the New York Times Bestseller list in slot number one, whether one is Jane Austen or not ceases to matter. Wilmington has been home over the years to many “notable residents.” Certainly, no one individual among them has had quite the specific economic impact that the Roberts’ interest have had in Boonsboro, but without question our area continues to benefit from such success. We seem to

have a blasé attitude toward celebrities around here. It’s partly cultivated. We tell ourselves that it is why celebrities like to visit and live here: We leave them alone. But it is also something we may take for granted. We have been the home to Michael Jordan and Trot Nixon, Linda Lavin and Dennis Hopper. One must at least ask how different the dialysis experience would be in New Hanover County were it not for the Willie Stargell Foundation! Recently we lost Lavin to NY and her reinvigortaed Broadway career. She and husband Steve Bakunas closed their wonderfully intimate theater, Red Barn Studio. I think many locals were oblivious to the influx of people who would drive great distances to see Lavin’s shows. For many, it was huge to garner a less-than $40 a ticket to watch the Tony-winning actress in such close quarters. Not to mention the shows put on at Red Barn always remained Pulitzer Prize or Drama Desk winners, which packed the house frequently with theatre-goers looking for quality art. Plus, Lavin and Bakunas renovated a large chunk of a long-forgotten Third Street and helped be a part of gentrifying an area that’s becoming sought after. Now it inhabits the new Front Street Apartments, Satellite Bar and Lounge and The Harp Irish Restaurant and Pub. Do not mistake what I say; I don’t think one must be famous and rich to make a difference. But it’s nice to see when the star power is used for a community’s benefit. All over America small towns are struggling. But not Boonsboro, because someone loved it enough to invest in the small businesses there. It is beyond refreshing to hear someone say they would rather put their money where they can see it flourish, where their neighbors get employed. Because, frankly, Wall Street and the credit-card companies don’t need our investments, but our neighbors do.

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when Mr. Romney looked so presidential? Me neither. That night Mr. Romney threatened Big Bird, lost the election, and sealed the fate of the GOP’s old guard. A smaller, simpler, smarter GOP can now give thanks the Constitution prevents Obama from running again. Like many Americans, I hope they take advantage of this opportunity to transform themselves from a pale, misogynistic, slightly less vicious form of feudalism into a viable conservative voice in a democracy.  Whatever they choose, I’m thankful I helped register voters rather than repress the vote, and grateful to have worked with Wilmington’s young people during both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. Some egotistical youthful reformers are always trying to change the world. It seems to me many of this generation’s bright, young activists realize the best way to change the world is to “be the change you want to see.” Remember Bedford Falls, the town from Capra’s Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life?” Well, I’m grateful most states (not ours) voted to build communities in Bedford Falls rather than resign themselves to the grim ghettos of Pottersville. I was more nervous during this election than 2008. In ‘08 we had Dubya, two wars, near Depression and Sarah Palin. Since, we’ve had birthers, death threats, the Tea Party, and a “NObama” GOP mission statement. In a truly post-racial democracy, not held hostage by corporate money, I wouldn’t have worried. Call me crazy, but if Barack Hussein Obama was a rich white guy named Joe Smith and saved the auto industry, averted a Depression, earned a Nobel Peace Prize, passed the Affordable Health Care Act and eliminated Bin Laden, his re-election campaign would have been a prelude to a petition campaign for a spot on Mt. Rushmore. Thankfully, Obamaphobia (fear of hope and change often masked by intense irrational hatred) has nothing to do with race. Now that the election is over, we can all move forward as economic patriots, shop local and solve some real problems: energy and environment, opportunity inequality, and reducing the empathy deficit. Well, at least I’m thankful I’m not that naïve. I listened to a talk-show caller opine about Spielberg’s “Lincoln”: “I always thought Lincoln was a megalomaniac that

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abused the Constitution and superseded state’s rights for no good reason. And I’m from Connecticut.” I’m sure we’ll continue to vigorously disagree now, and hold diverse opinions on this administration’s legacy 147 years after this president’s term ends. Diverse opinions don’t bother me. What troubles me is that after elections many conservatives get louder, more paranoid and self-righteous, and many liberals get more arrogant, cynical and complacent. “Compromise” becomes a dirty word that disappears in the constant campaigns, 24/7 news cycles and Twitterverse. We can’t even talk compromise if we think our guys will lose if we listen to the other guys. Not that I’m likely to flip-flop, but I’m going to try to see the world as a Republican, or at least Independent through the holidays—at least on Tuesdays. A highly recommended way to reduce the “empathy deficit” is to make an effort to see the world through someone else’s eyes, rather than double down on our own delusions. Republicans may see that most liberals pay their bills, and I’ll get to bust on Obama. Today he seems like Jackie Robinson to me, a skilled player and a lightning rod for a movement of folks clearly not born on third base. Maybe I’ll see that those fair and balanced conservatives I met campaigning are correct and the Kenyan-born, commie-socialist-Muslim hates America. Maybe he is simultaneously an evil genius and an illiterate, teleprompterreading, affirmative-action appointee of the Democratic powers that be that can’t fart without asking one of his advisors. Look at the evidence! Every day since his re-election, we’ve gotten one day closer to the end of time! Iran, too! That’s definitely food for thought. Speaking of food for thought, it’s time to pick up some Christmas reading: “Team of Rivals,” Sandburg’s “Lincoln” or maybe “Big Bird: The Definitive Biography.” As Christmas approaches, I’m troubled by the violence in the Holy Land, but grateful Big Bird has four more presidential pardons and will spend this Christmas in Bedford Falls!

NewsoftheWeird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY Did I Say That Out Loud? No Do-Overs: By 2009, James Washington believed he had gotten away with a 1995 murder, but then he had a heart attack, and on his deathbed, in a fit of remorse, he confessed to a confidant. (“I have to get something off my conscience,” he told a guard in the jailhouse where he was serving time for a lesser, unrelated offense.) However, Washington miraculously recovered from the heart attack and tried to take back his confession, but prosecutors in Nashville, Tenn., were unfazed. They used it to augment the sparse evidence from 1995, and in October 2012 the now-healthier Washington was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 51 more years in prison. Government in Action Among the federally funded projects highlighted in the “2012 Waste Book” of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn were a $325,000 grant to develop a “robosquirrel” (to help study the somehowconfusing interaction between squirrels and rattlesnakes) and a $700,000 grant by the National Science Foundation for a New York theater company to create a musical about climate change and biodiversity (which actually opened this year, in Kansas City, and included among its concepts, according to one critic, “flying monkey poop”). Abuses of the food stamp program were also detailed, such as by one exotic dancer who, while earning $85,000, drew food stamps in an amount roughly equivalent to the sum she spent on “cosmetic enhancements.” While the Department of Veterans Affairs remains under criticism for inadequate funding for personnel disabled in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it spent in 2010 more than $5 million on training conferences just to teach bureaucrats how to administer parts of its latest collectivebargaining contract, according to an October report in the Washington Examiner. In fact, reported the Examiner, $34 million in payroll goes to department officials who work mainly on unionrelated activities. Great Art! “I wanted to create a self-portrait that was completely stripped of ... visual prejudice,” said Polish-born New York artist Martynka Wawrzyniak, who thus chose the medium of “smell” for her gallery showing in New York City (running through mid-November). For starters, she “scientifically extracted” her hair oils, armpit perspiration and tears (to protest humans’ cloaking themselves in deodorant soaps and laundry powders), and blasted visitors with whiffs of it as they entered the gallery. Because We Can: The Tate Liverpool museum in England was host on Oct. 19 to artist Kerry Morrison’s Bird Sheet music project in which she laid down a giant blank musical score sheet under a tree and waited for birds to make “deposits” on it, which she took to represent “notes” that

composer Jon Hering plans to play straight, as the “sound” of the blackbirds. Democracy in Action Getting Out the Vote: Just before a primary election in June, Albuquerque, N.M., TV station KOB apparently caught, on camera, a poll worker for two county government candidates offering potential voters miniature bottles of whiskey to sip during free rides to early voting centers. Los Angeles’ KCBS-TV reported in October that leaflets sponsored by the Progress and Collaboration Slate for its local candidates in Eagle Rock, Calif., also mentioned an offer of $40 worth of “medical-grade marijuana” as incentive for voting. Carme Cristina Lima, 32, running for town councillor in Itacoatiara, Brazil, was arrested in October for allegedly passing out cocaine packets attached to her campaign leaflets. Colleen Lachowicz won her contest for a Maine state senate seat in November despite ridicule by opponents for her admitted devotion to the online game World of Warcraft. “Certainly,” said an opposing-party official, “the fact that she spends so much time on a video game says something about her work ethic and ... immaturity.” Her WoW character is Santiaga, an “orc (Level 85) assassination rogue” with green skin, fangs, a Mohawk and pointy ears. In several high-profile races across the country in November, voters rejected candidates who had been accused of wrongdoing and corruption, but Brian Banks survived. He was elected as a Michigan state representative from Detroit, with 68 percent of the vote, even though his rap sheet includes eight felony convictions for bad checks and credit card fraud. (Campaign slogan: “You Can Bank on Banks.”) Also, Michigan’s 11th Congressional District elected reindeer farmer Kerry Bentivolio, whose brother had described him as “mentally unbalanced.” Police Report Michael Carrier, 45, was arrested for soliciting prostitution in New Milford, Conn., in August not resulting from a police sting, which is usually how arrests for that crime are made. In Carrier’s case, he was disturbing other customers at a Friendly’s restaurant because, being hard of hearing, he was shouting to the prostitute the terms of their prospective business arrangement. Perspective Neurosurgeon Denise Crute left Colorado in 2005 after admitting to four serious mistakes (including wrong-side surgeries on patients’ brain and spine) and left Illinois several years after that, when the state medical board concluded that she made three more serious mistakes (including another wrong-side spine surgery). Nonetheless, she was not formally “disciplined” by either state in that she was permitted merely to “surrender”

her licenses, which the profession does not regard as “discipline.” In November, Denver’s KMGH-TV reported that Dr. Crute had landed a job at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where she treats post-surgery patients (and she informed Illinois officials recently that she is fully licensed in New York to resume performing neurosurgery). People Different From Us Among the contestants so far on this year’s The Learning Channel cable TV series “Extreme Cheapskates”: “Roy” of Huntington, Vt., who reuses dental floss; Jeff Yeager of Accokeek, Md., who combs butcher shops for odd animal parts about to be discarded; and “Victoria” of Columbus, Ohio, who specializes in Dumpster-diving and infrequent toilet flushes that involve, according to one report, personalized urine jars. The season’s star is expected to be “Kay,” from New York, who is shown on camera demonstrating the nonessential nature of toilet paper by wiping herself with soap and water while seated on the throne. Least Competent Criminals Rookie Mistakes: Arthur Bundrage, 28, was arrested in Syracuse, N.Y., in October after he returned to the Alliance Bank which he had just robbed minutes earlier because he discovered that the employee had given him less than the $20,000 his demand note ordered. Officers arrived to find Bundrage standing by the front doors, trying to get back in. A September theft from a sofa superstore in Northampton, England,

ended badly for two men, who had just loaded a pair of couches (worth the equivalent of about $650 each) into their truck and were about to drive off. However, the store manager rushed out and, noticing the truck’s unfastened back door, reached in and pulled the sofas out, leaving the men to drive away empty-handed. The sequence was captured on surveillance video, leading store owner Mark Kypta to liken it to “something out of a Benny Hill film.” Readers’ Choice In October, a 2-foot-long shark fell from the sky and landed near the 12th tee at the San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. A security guard saw the incident, and an attendant placed the shark in a bucket of water (with some salt) and drove it four miles to the Pacific Ocean. (Best guess among observers: An osprey or peregrine falcon had snatched it from the ocean but eventually lost its grip.) In October, a major fire mysteriously started inside Red Lion Liquors (in, coincidentally, Burnsville, Minn.). Since nothing spark-producing was found, fire officials guessed that sunlight, magnified through vodka bottles, had ignited surrounding paper signs, and the heat eventually pressured the vodka bottles’ tops to burst, exacerbating the flames. Firefighters, even, appeared amazed, with one quoted as saying, “This is so cool!” Thanks This Week to Gerald Thomason, John Votel, Hal Dunham, and Thomas Sullivan, and to the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors.

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gathered around an old-timey radio, encased in a wooden box, in the 1930s and ‘40. In those days, Professor Quiz, Sherlock Holmes and the Metropolitan Opera came through loud and clear when no other form of home entertainment could compare. In today’s media, when movies and television depict the same portrait—breaking news and bedtime stories told through aged speakers—it adds a layer of nostalgia to each scene. It’s a simple but striking way to automatically place an audience in the early- to mid-20th century. The effect will be the same come Thursday, November 29th when Big Dawg Productions opens “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” Set on Christmas Eve, 1946, it recalls the beloved holiday classic of Bedford Falls, in which George Bailey must face his fears and collect his strengths to bring hope to his hometown. Despite the strain of Mr. Potter, an old curmudgeon who seeks to liquidate the Bailey’s family savings and loan business, George is able to overcome it all in the nick of time thanks to one good angel. The Depression-era narrative proves even the little guys can make a big difference, too. “It’s a universal and timeless piece,” Melissa Stanley, director, details. “I think perhaps we’ve all faced moments in life when we think maybe it would’ve been better if we were never born or if we’d never tried. This story gives a man 10 encore | november 28 - december 4, 2012 |

a chance to see how he [impacted] people’s lives. Actions he may have forgotten or taken for granted made all the difference for someone else.” The radio play, featuring five local actors, is a fun spin on the traditional anecdote—and the first of its kind to show in Wilmington. Rather than playing the usual characters, such as the famed Jimmy Stewart character or his wife, Mary, the actors take on personas of radio personalities for WBFR in Manhattan, New York. The DJs will read the script inside the studio, sharing the story over the airwaves, during the Golden Age of Radio. Better yet, the live audience will watch. “This script is essentially identical to the original film script,” Stanley explains. “There is an additional announcer character and a couple of jingles to give it holiday and radio-feel charm. The actors [will be] playing over 35 parts, and all will be creating live sound effects for the play onstage.” The concept was conceived by playwright Joe Landry (“Reefer Madness,” “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play”) who specializes in these kind of re-worked pieces to add a dash of new appeal to time-honored stories. Landry, who honed his skills at Playwrights Horizons and New York University, founded the Second Guess Theatre Company in Connecticut and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He first un-

veiled “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” in December 1996 in Stamford, Connecticut. The set and costumes will reflect the atmosphere of the ‘40s, Stanley says, and the audience will play the part of a live studio audience. Reading in their best announcer voices will be Sally Applewhite (played by Amanda Young), Jake Laurents (Kevin Wilson), Lana Sherwood (Katie Sawhill), Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood (Mark Basquill) and Freddie Filmore (Charles Auten). Though this classic Frank Capra film has been given a little polish by Landry and a lot of personality with Big Dawg, the moral of the story remains the same. George Bailey’s lessons will ring true for all. “Life is worth living, and working for, and caring about others gives the greatest rewards,” Stanley shares. “We often make choices that feel like sacrifices for the good of others, and frequently those sacrifices turn out to be what’s best for us as well.” “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” will run Thursdays through Sundays, November 29th through December 16th at Cape Fear Playhouse. All shows are at 8 p.m., except for Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets for Thursdaynight shows are $15, while Fridays through Sundays are $18 for students, seniors and military, and $20 for the general public. All are available at or at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

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cade of snarky, Scrooge-y-ness with David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries.” Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, the one-man show follows Sedaris’ first winter living in Manhattan and only finding work as an elf during the holidays in Macy’s Santa Land. Originally written as an essay, which aired on National Public Radio in 1992, it led to Sedaris’ big break into a wildly successful writing career. “Twenty-two thousand people came to see Santa today,” Sedaris writes, “and not all of them were well-behaved. Today, I witnessed fistfights and vomiting and magnificent tantrums.” Sedaris hits the perfect

note of the holidays in a “I never thought it could be this bad; I’m sure somehow it could be worse” kind of way. I, for one, loathe the holidays, as they are filled with completely unreasonable expectations I could never live up to. The only tradition I embrace this time of year is City Stage’s annual rendition of “Santaland Diaries.” In the past, it has been set in a candy cane forest, oversized Santa throne, an alley and even in a crummy apartment. This year, the set is a neighborhood bar, which looks like the product of a clandestine mating of Lula’s and Coat of Arms. Part of the fun of the show is that each performer who takes the lead of Crumpet the elf, Crumpet, really brings different elements to the script. The text and its odd every man quality shines, as does the performer’s talents and interpretation. It is quite an honor to be asked to play Crumpet, and the roster of actors who have taken on the mantle read as a Hall of Fame around Wilmington: Michael Granberry, Steve Vernon, Cullen Moss, Sam Robison, Jason Hatfield, Justin Smith, Jon Staf-

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POOLE AS CRUMPET: Adam Poole plays Crumpet calm and collected in the 2012 holiday tradition of City Stage’s ‘Santaland Diaries.’

ford, Michael Brady and Zach Hanner. Each has brought to life a varied level of personality—from the darkside in a trashed break room (Jason Hatfield), to a best friend-type who likes swapping stories about the worst job ever (Michael Brady), to sheer comedy like that of Jack Benny, wherein laughter ensues by Crumpet’s simple silence and embarrassment (Steve Vernon). For people who really love the craft of acting, as well as the under-appreciated genre of play-writing, this is the annual event that shines a light on both aspects. This year’s Crumpet comes courtesy of Adam Poole. Frankly, anyone following in Zach Hanner’s footsteps from last year has big, pointy shoes to fill. Poole is an interesting choice for Crumpet, and he fills them as the most understated elf I have seen to date. It’s almost like he has come in for a job interview at a bar before the holidays and has been asked, “Can you do this?” The show is his reply: “Are you kidding?” If bars have weirdos, they are nothing compared to coworkers who glue human hair on clock radios in a place called “Santa Land.” Baby-faced and so sweet, it is hard to believe Poole is unable to get a decent job at 33. Maybe the whole story is just a wonderful put-on so he can become a bartender— like a Holden Caulfield-meets-the-recession moment. He might be going for quiet desperation, but I’m more inclined to believe

he’s an extraordinarily good liar. As someone who has suffered great personal disappointment, it’s hard to believe Poole’s scraping the bottom of the barrel judging by his innate optimism and charm. The challenge of “Santaland” is holding the stage for a 90-minute monologue. Ask any of the previous Crumpets, and most will say it’s terrifying. Besides trying to hold the attention of what can be a sometimes rowdy audience, remembering every, single, solitary line with no one to play off of or help with a save can be quite an obstacle to overcome. Poole introduces us to each of the characters Sedaris wrote about, but rather than making them walk onstage and interact, he gives them enough individuality and affectation that we get a sense of them. Still, they are secondary to the story itself. The only stage time shared with Crumpet comes from the Ho Ho Ho’s, a trio of saucy ladies. At rise, we find them having an afterhours drink in the empty bar. Katherine Vernon, Katherine Rudeseal and Chiaki Ito are the back-up singers from hell and have developed their own following from “Santaland” fans over the last few years. Besides providing Crumpet time for a costume change and a few moments to rest his voice, the Ho’s do their best to keep him on track. Responding to Poole’s low-key attitude, this might be the Ho’s calmest and coolest year yet, a juxtaposition from the past wherein each performance seemed to get more over the top. Aside from their antics and eye-popping costumes, each of the beautiful ladies can sing in harmony wonderfully. They are the contrast to Poole who still has considerably more holiday spirit than one would expect of Crumpet. The Ho Ho Ho’s are so-so-so over the holidays that one would fear for Santa’s life if he showed up at the bar. In years past—especially with Hanner and Robinson—the Ho’s have been extraordinarily proactive. Dialing it back this year, they show they’ve had better gigs and are probably at the low points in their lives. For every ounce of upbeat, youthful optimism that Poole gives Crumpet, they double down on anger. They are his foil or possibly the blinking sign ahead that reads: “This is where you are headed!” For a less sappy way to celebrate the holiday season, “Santaland Diaries” injects much-needed cynicism into an overly commercialized part of the year. I really would love to see a reunion show with all or some of the Crumpets breaking up the script and performing it together—what a great way to continue a holiday tradition and celebrate milestone performances from some of Wilmington’s great talents.

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and embraced by others, text in art is by no means a new controversial concept. It inspired Surrealist René Magritte, many Cubist painters, along with Andy Warhol’s and Roy Lichtenstein’s brightly hued pop-art. Old-school artists and high-art connoisseurs may consider the use of text against the fundamentals of expression through imagery. Still, in today’s highly communicable world, words and letters are becoming an art form in themselves thanks to shortened, abbreviated text messages and its impact on how we process our surroundings. UNCW student Erin Tetterton, along with fellow studio art majors Anna Kennedy and Rebecca Haggist, worked together to create UNCW’s latest exhibition surrounding such ideas, “conTEXT.” “The concept stemmed from a personal experience as I transitioned from Cape Fear Community College, where I had often used text integrated into my work, to UNCW, where for

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PRECARIOUS: Laura Parson’s interpretation of conTEXT, a combination of art and text opening at the Cultural Arts Building, Room 2033 on UNCW’s campus on Thursday. Courtesy photo.

“This is the first time any of us have curated an art show,” Tetterton, 30, says. “And to my knowledge it’s the first time the Mezzanine Gallery in the Cultural Arts Building has been opened to students to submit prospectuses for student-lead shows.” Having reached out to other students from Cape Fear Community College as well as Coastal Carolina Community College to promote UNCW’s art program, they received 20 submissions. Yet, room in the gallery only allowed 10 to hang. The submissions could interpret words and typographic symbols in any way they chose, as long as they were

primarily 2D (limited 3D works were allowed). The dismissal process proved a pivotal learning experience for Tetterton. “I grew the most from writing letters of declination for the show,” she says. “As an artist, my work has been declined from shows before, which can be an emotional experience; yet I gained a new perspective having now written such letters to friends and colleagues of my own.” They received a host of impressive entries, including a diptych by Brooke Nelson which showcases a geometric design of a colon. Another contained Kari Gehrke’s “Repent,” which used script from the Bible’s book of Revelations as its foundation for imagery. “I took a humorous approach to this project,” Kennedy, 40, says, referencing the world of texting. “I have two painting selected for the show: ‘LOL’ and ‘YO!‘“ The ladies chose UNCW’S Dr. Brian Victor, a proclaimed student-art advocate, to jury the show. “We are steeped in a more ‘academic’ approach to art,” Tetterton admits. “Dr. Victor [could help us] gain perspective into the mind of the lay art connoisseur.” An artist reception takes place Thursday, November 29th at 5 p.m. at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building, room 2033. Milk and cookies will be served; the latter will take on an interactive part of the exhibit as the three curators will make them text-shaped. “We plan to announce the winners on the 29th at the reception,” Tetteron says. “Curating this show has been one of the greatest experiences of our time at university.”

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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. Celebrating one year at their new location, Artfuel Inc. host Vol. 32, featuring Luke Worley, Eddie Oakes, Sam Guin, Matt Hoyme and Sarah Peacock. New exhibition opens Dec. 8th, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., featuring Todd Carignan, Scott Ehrhart, Sabrina Buchanan, and Cyndi Buell. Live music will be by L Shape Lot., with food provided by San Juan Cafe, Incredible Pizza and A Taste of Italy.

NEW ELEMENTS GALLERY 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.) New Elements Gallery will be sponsoring a fundraiser for artist Nancy Carter of Arlington, Virginia during the opening of the 28th Annual Holiday Show. An artist with the gallery since 2008, Nancy and her family lost their home after Hurricane Sandy passed through their area last month. On October 29th a 110 foot tulip poplar weighing 36,000 lbs came crashing through Nancy’s kitchen ceiling as she was standing in the room! When the tree was removed it left a hole 60 feet in diameter; the house was declared uninhabitable. We will be donating a percentage of all sales for Nancy’s relief efforts.

ARTEXPOSURE! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.) Look for the big red barn and visit a unique space in the Hampstead area just 4 miles from beautiful Topsail Island. We represent over 40 local and regional fine artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop. ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to seven working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and small art supply store. Check out our website to see the latest in new classes as well as our regular art classes and studio time. Yoga classes meet Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins welcome! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6 p.m. In November, The Sneads Ferry Patchwork Quilters are featured and their beautiful quilt work will be on display for the rest of the month. In December, we will actually have a 1st Friday Opening on December 7th. This will be an open show for our artists and every piece in the main area will be under 300.00. We also have some beautiful handcrafted gifts in our gift shop. We will close on December 23rd and reopen on January 15th.

CAPE FEAR NATIVE 114 Princess St. • (910) 465-8811 Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cape Fear Native features the works of local artists and craftspeople inspired by nature. Here you’ll find original paintings on canvas and reclaimed river wood, handmade jewelry, local photography, sail bags, pottery, wood products, tiles, note cards, historic maps, books and our exclusive Wilmington city map tees/totes/prints. Our featured artist this month is Samantha Evans,


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FIGMENTS GALLERY 1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste. II • 910-509-4289 Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Figments Gallery represents fantastic local and international artists. We feature an eclectic mix of work in a salon style gallery. From funky outsider art to soothing traditional pieces, it’s truly a feast for your eyes! The second Friday of each month features a new exhibit and open house. Now showing: “A Point of View: Non-Objective Paintings by Peggy Vineyard.” Call to artists for new exhibit, February 8th, 2013, “Go Figure!” We’re looking for 2D or 3D art with the artist’s interpretation of the human figure. Submit images to for review.

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225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (Free parking) • (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm; Sun. 1-4pm. River to Sea Gallery showcases the work of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show is sure to enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pottery and jewelry. Our current exhibit “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s

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10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, NC, features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee with the Author series are also offered onsite.


120. S. Second St. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Check out the Holiday Fine Art and Crafts Show near Belks at Independence Mall, Friday, Nov. 30, Sat. Dec. 1, and Sun. Dec. 3rd. The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announced the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic Hannah Block USO building at 120 S. 2nd Street, downtown Wilmington in August. The art work changes monthly so drop by and see what’s new, the gallery has great north light! Sign up for three-day workshop in January with Joanne Anderson—a nationally known figurative artist. Featured in Watercolor Magazine, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and still quite proficient in teaching in all media, Joanne has extensive teaching and workshop experience. Open to all members is the poster contest for the WAA Annual Spring Show at the Azalea Festival. Again, see website for details.

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music”—that’s how songwriter and musical talent Catesby Jones describes his CD. With almost 50 years of music under his belt, Jones puts a vibrant spin on some old tunes, including “Country Club” (co-written with Dennis Lord), a multi-platinum hit recorded by Travis Tritt. “Three Chords & 90 Proof” kicks off with the romping “You Know I Will” and moves on to the poignant “The Older I Get, the Better I Was.” From honky-tonk swing (“Water in the Well”) to my favorite, the soulful “Weeping Willow Blues,” Jones writes lyrics steeped in romanti-

cism: “My sweet lover, why can’t you be still/Maybe it’s your empty heart that’s just too deep to fill...” Close friend Jeff Reid of Reid Recording Studio says Jones can play “just about anything,” and agrees that his songs about ordinary life, such as “I Am a Tree,” have a deeply moving effect on the listener. “On this CD, we’re presenting a traditional classic style of country music,” Reid says, “unlike Catesby’s usual contemporary pop or folk rock.” “Three Chords” features Perry Hewlett on the dobro, Alex Hall on the banjo, Susan Savia on harmonica and jaw harp (and the sweetest backup vocals you’ve ever heard), John Fonvielle on electric bass and guitar, Reid on backup vocals, and a host of other well-known local musicians. Reid has made four CDs with Jones since 1993, but met him in the ‘80s before he went to Nashville to make his mark. “My parents retired to Wrightsville Beach, and I worked at Johnny Mercer’s Pier,” Jones says, “before my sister persuaded

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me to move to Kingsville, Texas, where I fronted a honky-tonk house band.” Next Jones won a songwriting contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival, which is called the bees’ knees of Texas. In 1986, he married his wife, Mimi, who worked on her master’s degree in nursing while he wrote 300 songs in Nashville with some success. Soon after, he wearied of the conflict within the country music industry. On the “Three Chords & 90 Proof” dust jacket, Jones writes: “It is fiercely resistant to change and yet the first to jump on the bandwagon when some new artist miraculously breaks the mold. It tends to eat its young and unceremoniously puts its veterans out to pasture. Although riddled with formulated songs, cookie cutter artists and embroiled in a constant battle between pop, rock and traditional influences, it remains an avenue for individuals to make their mark. And how can we ever forget those rare recordings that rise above it all and leave you weeping at the wheel on your way home from work?”

Now, his only goal is to write songs, make CDs and share them with his family, friends and fans. “Creation of the songs is what I love,” Jones says. “It’s what drives me and feeds my soul. I love it when the song comes through, and I catch it and write it down before it’s gone. Words jump on the page. I write as much as I can, as fast as I can in the first hour. That is the sea of the song, but I don’t mind rewriting.” In the year 2000, Jones severely damaged a finger and thought his playing days were over. He felt stymied by a deep depression, but finally rose above it to set a good example for his children. “I wanted them to know what it was like to have a dream and pursue it,” Jones says. “I started writing songs again, sometimes two a week. When my daughter went off to college she called and said, ‘I can’t tell you how much I miss hearing you play guitar in the morning as we’re waking up.’” This coming Saturday, December 1st, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Catesby Jones’ fans will hear him play at Ted’s Fun on the River for the release of his eighth CD, “Three Chords & 90 Proof.”

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carrying on:

Bluegrass continues gaining speed, popularity, thanks to trifecta of talent coming to Wilmington


t’s rare to see an entire mu-

sical genre’s lineage tied back to just one person. Such happens to be the case with bluegrass. In the mid-’40s, Bill Monroe, better known by fans of the music as the father of bluegrass, invented the style, name, and most importantly, introduced the art form that would carry on for generations. When Monroe added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional string band, the Kentucky-based Bluegrass Boys in 1945, the group forged new ground creating a unique genre of American music. They shook up the world of American rock ‘n’ roll with one of their most famous songs, “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” which eventually would become an early hit for Elvis Presley. While Monroe passed in 1996, his music lives on as a new breed of legendary bluegrass players, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and The Travelin’ McCourys, have been touring all year, paying homage to the undisputed father of bluegrass. The musicians are stopping by UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium on November 29th as part of the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts Masters Series

no by Alex Pomplia ny Rice Peter Rowan, To ’ McCourys in and The Travel 11/29, 8 p.m. ditorium UNCW Kenan Au Road 601 S. College 5 Tickets: $25-$3 /arts which annually features artists and works of cultural and historic significance. “As the bluegrass world gets bigger, it kind of gets smaller,” Rowan told a crowd on tour in Maryland earlier this year. “We’re here to keep it going,” Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning five decades. During those years, he’s played in bands with Monroe as well as Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), and has successful careers as a solo performer and band leader through a continuous stream of original recordings, col-

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laborative projects and touring. Rowan was invited to join Monroe’s band after the bluegrass patriarch had heard Rowan performing in New England in the early 1960s. In 1965, he hired Rowan to be the guitarist and lead vocalist of Monroe’s band. “I went to Nashville, and started hanging out and started the long process of being assimilated into the band,” Rowan told NPR last month. “People began writing in the week after I sang my first solo on the Grand Ole Opry. Bill took me aside and said, ‘You know, Pete, we’ve had a lot of phone calls and a lot of letters. And people, they like the way you sing. And that’s a good thing. And then he said, ‘And they say you sound like me. And that’s not a good thing.’” Opening acts for the night are Tony Rice and The Travelin’ McCourys. Another former bandmate of Jerry Garcia and a veteran of Bluegrass Alliance, Rice has gained a reputation as one of bluegrass’ top instrumentalists and singers and one of the finest flatpickin’ guitarists of all time. Known for his original tones, break-neck speed and imaginative lyrics, Rice’s experimental and versatile acoustic bluegrass lends itself to its common foray into other genres, such as blues,

SONS OF A LEGEND: The Travelin’ McCourys will take on Kenan Auditorium with two other bluegrass kings on Thursday, Nov. 29th. Courtesy photo.

classical, jazz, folk and swing. As sons of music legend Del McCoury, it was great news to the bluegrass scene that Ronnie and Rob McCoury chose to continue in the footsteps of their father. Along with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, The Travelin’ McCourys have gained respect of veteran bluegrass fans while also gaining followers from other genres. Their knack for successful and exciting collaborations has lead to performances with a range of musicians, including Warren Haynes, Phish, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Lee Boys. Most recently, the group collaborated with one-man-jam band favorite Keller Williams for “Pick,” an album released earlier this year, which Bluegrass Today called “one of the best marriages since peanut butter and chocolate.” Tickets for the UNCW concert, taking place November 29th, 8 p.m., are $25 to $35 and free for UNCW students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office and online at

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genre is increasingly squeezing its way onto mainstream airwaves. Boston-based quartet Passion Pit burst onto the alternative scene in 2009 with their debut “Manners,” a record laden with bubbling, fizzy-synth beats. Since, they’ve put out their second release and gathered quite a bit of attention. It’s not uncommon to hear an underground indie favorite (especially one you thought no one else knew—hipster, cough) played in an exceedingly mass-market venue. “Take a Walk,” the first single from Passion Pit’s new record “Gossamer,” was featured as background music in Taco Bell’s commercial for the new Doritos Locos product. What does Passion Pit have to do with Taco Bell? Not a clue, but “Take a Walk” has an upbeat and triumphant sound (though the lyrics are a little depressing if you pay attention)— probably how Taco Bell wants you to think you’ll feel after you eat that taco. Though folks shouldn’t read too much into the appearance; Passion Pit did not sell out in any way. In an interview with a Baltimore radio station, lead singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos noted the Taco Bell commercial an amazing opportunity to get their music heard. There’s nothing like a national ad campaign to step up a band’s profile. While Passion Pit may have a poppy curb appeal, the electronic backdrop— combined with Angelakos’ unique vocals— give their sound an edge. Electronics rule the palate on “Manners” (Frenchkiss Records and Columbia Records). Tracks like “Little Secrets” and “Sleepyhead” have catchier and easier synth beats. “Sleepyhead” starts with an ethereal, breezily sing-song in another language over a light electronic track before erupting with Angelakos’ unique pitch. It feels much like the soundtrack to a caterpillar awakening as a butterfly; it starts as one thing, then transforms. Angelakos is a major part of what makes Passion Pit stand out from other bands in both the indie and mainstream markets. Though his singing on “Manners” is in an incredibly high register, it’s not quite a falsetto. Instead, he uses super-head (squeezing

vocal chords together rather than apart) to create his signature sound. Along with band members Nate Donmoyer (drums, programming), Ian Hultquist (guitar, vocal engineer), Xander Singh (synthesizers, samplers), Jeff Apruzzese (bass, synthebass), there’s much less of this style heard on “Gossamer.” Angelakos’ approach sounds more natural and organic: softer and smoothed-out around the edges. Though maybe not what fans expect, it certainly succeeds. The first time I heard “Take A Walk” I wasn’t sure who it was until the DJ announced the band. It’s interesting that Passion Pit chose “Take a Walk” as the introductory track on “Gossamer.” It has a certain shock value for those who expect the same vibe as “Manners.” As “Gossamer” nears its end, a 34-second a capella song comes across as a divider for each side of the record. The first section rises and falls, mixing both songs that sound noticeably estranged from the first release, and songs that mirror other tracks from “Manners.” “Carried Away” sounds a lot like “Little Secrets.” It revels in danceworthy grooves and group vocals. Like “Little Secrets,” it has a chorus just begging to be sung along to. Conversely, “Constant Conversation” knocks the pace way down. If there were ever an electric track that could be considered a slow-jam, this is it. An emerging pattern on “Gossamer” is an increased focus on lyrical real estate. While “Manners” had catchy hooks and choruses, the focus remained on the music as it stood alone. The dance-y electronics were the best part about the first record, but it’s refreshing to get a new album that has more of a verbal story. As a whole, “Gossamer” shows the versatility of Passion Pit. Though it may

THROW SOME PASSION YOUR WAY! Electro-pop-rockers Passion Pit, who just played “SNL” a month ago, will perform at Battleship Park on November 30th. Courtesy photo.

Celebrating 25 years of sublime sounds, Cherish the Ladies is a much sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music, blending virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and irrepressible step-dancing. With 14 albums, their Christmas CD was chosen as one of the top albums of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice and more.

not reflect where the band began, there’s a maturity to the way it has been composed which demonstrates how far the once simple trio has come. Modern Rock 98.7 and Progressive Music Group is hosting Modern Rockfest 2012 this Friday, November 30th. Passion Pit will be headlining, fresh from a European Jay D. Clark tour [ed. note: they declined the interview Soapbox Laundro-Lounge before press]. The show will be held under 255 N. Front St. a tent at USS North Carolina Battleship 12/5, 9 p.m. • $5-10 Park in downtown Wilmington. Regional acts Matrimony and I Was Totally Destroying It will open. Onsite food trucks—Poor Piggy’s BBQ, Catch, Tidal Creek Food Truck, and Patty Wagon—will be providing eats, while Sweetwater beer will be available for $5, with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit Cape Fear Literacy Council. Two Men and a Truck will be accepting canned goods or non-perishable foods for donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Though the show Jay D. Clark, hailing from Philadelphia, sold out a few weeks ago, as of press, ModPennsylvania, channels a bit more exotic ern Rock 98.7 released a limited quantity of roots with his reggae/jam-rock funk. The tickets for $20. Modern Rock recommends musicians in his back-up band vary, but they purchasing a parking ticket prior to the 6 often play unrehearsed to allow each show p.m. start time; otherwise park somewhere its on unique take—no two shows are ever downtown and take the shuttle from Nick’s alike. Other bands rounding out the bill include Diner (where the official afterparty for ModTreehouse!, Of Good Nature, Sun-Dried Vibes ern Rockfest is taking place). The afterparty and Redemption. will feature giveaways, such as items signed by Passion Pit, as well as Modern Rockfest All weekly music is listed on the soundboard pages. 2012 T-shirts. encore | november 28 - december 4, 2012 | 19




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a preview of tunes all over town this week

NOV. 30


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265 North Front St. (910) 763-0141 BIG ROCK ON CAMPUS: Big Gigantic, composed of Dominic Lalli (saxophone/producer) and Jeremy Salken (drums) from Boulder, Colorado, will perform at Brooklyn Arts Center on Wednesday, November 28th. Courtesy photo


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New Outdoor Patio Seating! TUE: djBe KARAOKE 8:30 p.m. 1/2 off Wine Botles & $4 Magner’s Irish Cider WEDNESDAY $ 4 20 oz. Guinness Pints THUR: TRIVIA w/Steve 8:30 p.m. • PRIZES! $ 2.50 Yuengling Drafts FRI: LIVE IRISH MUSIC Inquire for details SAT: JAMES JARVIS Acoustic Jazz Piano 7 p.m. SAT: djBe KARAOKE 9 p.m. $ 2 PBR Longnecks SUN: IRISH BRUNCH 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $ 4 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s

MONDAY $ 2.50 Budweiser Draft $ 4 Wells 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. TUESDAY Sweetwater $3.00 $ 4.50 Absolute lemonade 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. WEDNESDAY 2.50 Yuengling Draft $ 2.50 Domestic Bottles 65¢ wings, 4-7 p. m. $

THURSDAY 3.00 Sweet Josie $ 4.00 Margaritas


FRIDAY $ 3 Pint of the Day SATURDAY $ 5 Sangria & Mimosa’s SUNDAY $ 5 Bloody Mary’s & Mimosa’s *Drink specials run all day N. Water Street & Walnut Street Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354

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KARAOKE —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 TRIVIA —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 MODE: A NEW OPEN MIC WITH BENJAMIN BAKER —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 OPEN MIC (COZMEDY) —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 BAR PONG WITH SHANNON PARK —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 CHERISH THE LADIES : CELTIC CHRISTMAS —Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 632-2241 BILL MONROE, PETER ROWAN, TONY RICE, THE TRAVELING MCCOURYS —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 3132584 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

COSMIC GROOVE LIZARDS —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

THE CASSEROLE DUO —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

BIG GIGANTIC —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939

BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

DYLAN LINEHAN —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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

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

ANA SIA —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939

KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 LIVE TEAM TRIVIA —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 RANDY MCQUAY —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 LIVE MUSIC —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236 COLLEGE NIGHT W/ DJ PRUITT & DJ SBZ —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington KARAOKE —Reggie’s, 1415 S. 42nd St. BINGO

—High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 LIVE —Halligan’s Public House, 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 791-1019 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 KARAOKE —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 TOP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JUDAH —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington,

762-2091 KARAOKE WITH DJ DAMON —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

GROOVE FETISH —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 THE PHANTOM PLAYBOYS —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 SONGWRITER OPEN MIC WITH JEFF ECKER (10PM-2AM) —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414

DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH TOMMY HUTCHINSON (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

AMERICAN AQUARIUM, A BOTTLE VOLCANIC, ANDREW KANE —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

GUITARIST MARK LYNCH (10:30AM1:30PM) —Saltworks II, 4001 Wrightsville Ave.; 392-1241

FRIED LOT —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

BO BICE —Hooligans Pub & Music Hall; 2620 Onslow Dr., Jacksonville, (910) 346-2086

DJ SWEAT —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

MIKE O’DONNELL —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

MACHINE GUN —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

DJ TIME —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

COLLEGE NIGHT WITH DJ BATTLE —Brikhouse, 208 Market St.; 523-5833 DJ SWEAT —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 LIVE ACOUSTIC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 AL DI MARCO’S SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 DJ DANE BRITT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DJ MILK —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington DJ SHANNON —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

GENE GREGORY —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 THE OTHER GUYS —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 JOJO HAMMOND 7PM —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. BIG DADDY LOVE —Farmers’ Market, downtown DUMPSTAFUNK —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 538-2939 THE HATCH BROTHERS —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 DJ DR. JONES —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

DJ DANE BRITT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

PIANO —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251 OPEN ELECTRIC JAM (AMPS AND DRUMS PROVIDED)@4:00PM —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 PIANO —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DARK WATER RISING —Playhouse 211, 4320 Southport Supply Rd. Ste 1, St. James; 200-7785 ASG, THUNDERLIP, S.O.L., THE NOSERIDERS, CHILDREN OF THE REPTILE —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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

THE FUSTICS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

KARAOKE W/ MIKE —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

ROOT SOUL PROJECT —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

DAVID DIXON TRIO —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040

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

BAG OF TOYS —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866

KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

GENE GREGORY 10PM - 1 AM —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141

STONE CHIEFS W/ SOMETHING CRIMINAL —Orton’s Underground, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878

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

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

VELVET JANE —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400

ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

UNCW BIG BAND, WITH LITTLE BIG BAND (7:30PM) —Beckwith Recital Hall, Cultural Arts Building, Randall Dr., UNCW Campus; 962-3415


ROLLING TRIVIA —Five Star Tavern, 106 N. 2nd St.; 762-1533

FREE CLINIC, ALLIGATOR INDIAN, ORCA ORCA —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500

DJ SHAFT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219


CATESBY JONES’ CD RELEASE PARTY —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. CHASING EDISON —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 BULLFROG —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 BLARNEY STONES IRISH BAND

MONDAY $3 Sweetwater, $10 Domestic Buckets, $4 Captain, Jack, and Evan Williams, Trivia from Hell @ 7:30 TUESDAY $3 Dos XX Amber, $3.50 Mexican Bottles, $4 Cuervo, 1800, Lunazul, Jim Beam, Jack, and Bacardi $1 Tacos (4pm-close) WEDNESDAY $3 Drafts, 1/2 Price Wine, $5 Martinis, $4 Bombs THURSDAY $2 Bud Lt and Yuengling Draft, $4 Jim, Jack, Jager, and Jameson $5 Bombs, $3.50 Micro Bottles, 1/2 Price Wings (7pm-close) FRIDAY & SATURDAY LIVE MUSIC NO Cover & 1/2 Price Wings Midnight-1:30am SUNDAY $2.50 Bud Lt and Yuengling Drafts, $4 Crown, Jager, Jack, Jameson, Lunazul, Bloody Mary’s, $5 Mimosas 1/2 Price Select Apps M-TH 4pm-7pm & Sun 9pm-close LIVE MUSIC 10/26 TBA 10/27 JEREMY NORRIS


MONDAY 22oz. Domestic Draft ALL DAY $5 Pizzas TUESDAY LIVE JAzz IN THE BAR Half Price Bottles of Wine Absolut Dream $5 • Pacifico $250 WEDNESDAY Miller Light Pints $150 Coronoa/ Corona Lite Bottles $250 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas $4 THURSDAY Appletinis $4, RJ’s Painkiller $5 Red Stripe Bottles $250 Fat Tire Bottles $250 FRIDAY Cosmos $4, 007 $350 Guinness Cans $3 Island Sunsets $5 SATURDAY Baybreeze/Seabreeze $4 22oz. Blue Moon Draft $3 Select Domestic Bottles $2 SUNDAY Bloody Marys $4, Domestic Pints $150 Hurricanes $5 5564 Carolina Beach Road, (910) 452-1212


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Wrightsville Beach


$3 Imports ∙ $4 Guinness $1.50 High Life ∙ $3 Bouron


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Thursdays KARAOKE

$2 Red Stripe ∙ $4 Margaritas $4 Dude Bombs ∙ $4 Captain


$2 Coors Light • $2 Mich Ultras $5 Martinis • $4 Flavored Bombs


Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Miller Lite • $2 Budweiser $4 Rum & Coke • $4 Bellinis


Breakfast 10am-3pm $2 Yuenglings • $2 Bud Lights $4 Bloody Marys • $3 Mimosas Free Pool & Shuffleboard after 9 pm 1/2 Off Late Night Menu @ 10 pm


Wrightsville Beach, NC


Every Thursday from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC Oceanfront Terrace 7-10pm

Friday, November 30

Every Tuesday


36 Drafts

Saturday, December 1

ALL $250


All day long



Friday, December 7


Saturday, December 8 920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805


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Monday 2 Miller Lite • $3 Fat Tire

$ 50

$ 3 Harpoon IPA Pints 4 Rum & Coke • Wings on Special


Tuesday 2 Yuengling • $3 Bells Two Hearted $ 3 Natty Greene’s Red Nose $ 5 Jameson • $7 Burgers

$ 50

Wednesday “South of the Border Hump Day” $ 3 Dos Equis • $4 Margaritas $ 4 shots of Jose • $7 Nachos $ 7 Chicken Quesadilla Thirsty Thursday  $ 50 2 PBR 16oz cans • $350 All Drafts $ 5 Red Bull & Vodka 50¢ Steamed Oysters & Shrimp

Friday 2 Miller Lite • $325 Stella • $4 Fireball

$ 75

Saturday 2 Coors Lite • $325 Sierra Nevada $ 5 Baby Guinness

$ 75

Sunday $ 3 Corona/Corona Light $ 10 Domestic Buckets (5 bottles) $ 4 Mimosas • $4 Bloody Marys Steamed Platters $18/$35 Friday and Saturday Live music in the courtyard Rooftop opens at 6 p.m.

Every Wednesday Bottomless Cheese and Chocolate


per person

NFL SUNDAY TICKET $3 Domestic Schooners $2 Domestic Drafts $9.99 All You Can Eat Wings at the Bar 1/2 Priced Select Appetizers at the Bar

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas TUESDAY-KIDS EAT FREE NIGHT $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts WEDNESDAY $3 Domestic Schooners $3.50 Margaritas THURSDAY $3.50 LIT’s • $2.00 Domestic Drafts FRIDAY-TGIF $3.50 Cosmos $2.00 Domestic Drafts SATURDAY-COLLEGE FOOTBALL $3 Domestic Schooners MONDAY- FRIDAY 1/2 Priced Appetizers from 4-7 pm & 9 pm -close at the bar Free Appetizer of the Day with purchase of a non-refillable beverage from 5-7 at the bar. 4126 Oleander Dr. (910) 792-9700


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OF THE DELTA: Sam Doores and the Tumbleweeds will bring its brand of country/soul/blues (think Alabama Shakes or Shovels and Rope) from New Orleans to Soapbox Laundro-Lounge on Monday, December 3rd. Courtesy photo

—Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DONNA MERRITT —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 ACOUSTIC JAZZ PIANO WITH JAMES JARVIS (7-9PM); DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE (9PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607


HOUSE/TECHNO DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 HONEYMOON PAJAMAS (9:30PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 TRAVIS SHALLOW —Holiday Inn Resort (Oceanfront Terrace), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584 DAVID DIXON TRIO —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040

MARK LYNCH (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, 11AM2PM) —Deluxe, 114 Market St., 251-0333

DJ TIMBO —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

IMPROV/ TRIVIA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

SATELLITE BLUEGRASS BAND —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796

BEHIND THE GARAGE MUSIC 10PM —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

KARAOKE KONG —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056

BEN MORROW —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448

TRAVIS SHALLOW —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

CHRIS LUTHER (JAZZ) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 L-SHAPE LOT (3PM); CLAY CROTTS (8PM) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 PERRY SMITH (BRUNCH 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 DJ BATTLE —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584


KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

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

DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

PHIL KELLY, MANDOLIN ORANGE, DAVIS CANADY —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 TRIVIA —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 RAMBLEJACKS —Tamashii, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 703-7253 B-DUB’S BINGO DURING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224 B-DUB’S BINGO DURING MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 PENGO WITH BEAU GUNN

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—Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 DJ RICHTERMEISTER —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 LAURA MCLANE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 JOSH SOLOMON AND FRIENDS —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 KARAOKE WITH DJ @-HOLE —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KARAOKE —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 SAM DOORES & THE TUMBLEWEEDS, ANDREW COMBS —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 2518500

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 SUPER JAM —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JAZZ 6-9PM —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212 JESSE STOCKTON AND TOM SHAW —Lagerheads, 35 North Lumina Avenue Wrightsville Bch; 256-0171 OPEN MIC W/ JOHN INGRAM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001

LIVE ACOUSTIC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401

KARAOKE —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 TRIVIA —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 OPEN MIC (COMEDY) —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 RANDY MCQUAY —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 LIVE TEAM TRIVIA —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 THE ALAN GLASER PROJECT —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 SEAN GREGORY —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJ SIR NICK BLAND —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 DJ JAY —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

TRIVIA WITH DUTCH FROM 94.5 THE HAWK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

KARAOKE WITH HELLZ BELLE —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

KARAOKE WITH DJ PARTY GRAS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

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

WORLD TAVERN TRIVIA HOSTED BY MUD —Buffalo Wild Wings, 5533 Carolina Beach Rd., Monkey Junction; 392-7224


COLLEGE NIGHT KARAOKE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 TEAM TRIVIA —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

BAR PONG WITH SHANNON PARK —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621

KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

COMEDY OPEN MIC WITH SEAN WEBB (9PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621


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ORANGE YOU GLAD?: Triangle-based Mandolin Orange will play Motorco Music Hall in Durham on Friday, November 30th, along with Magnolia Collective and The Dogwoods. Courtesy photo

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SOUTH TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 377-6874 11/29: Shadows of Deceit, Culprit Strain, Searching for Sinea 11/30: Sunset Strip, Rock Star, Sucker Punch 12/1: Beyond the Fade, The Jupiter Tide, Medrone, Blu Avenue 12/5: I Fight Dragons, MC Lars, Skyfox, D+D Sluggers THE FILLMORE 1000 SEABOARD STREET, CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 549-5555 11/29: Silversun Pickups 11/30: Anthony Hamilton 12/1: 2 Chainz 12/2: Sum 41, IAMDYNAMITE 12/5: Willie Nelson CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN STREET, CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 11/29: Anoop Desai, Phive, Will Wildfire 11/30: Steep Canyon Rangers, John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff 12/1: Pentatonix, Alexander Cardinale 12/3: All Time Low, Divided by Friday GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W. LEE ST., GREENSBORO, NC (336) 373-7400 12/2: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

ZIGGY’S 170 W. 9TH ST., WINSTON-SALEM, NC (336) 722-5000 11/30: Finding Atlantis, The N.O.R.M. 12/1: Donna the Buffalo 12/2: Young Fletcher 12/4: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA 333 E. TRADE ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 688-9000 11/28: Eric Church 11/29: Trans-Siberian Orchestra HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWY. 17 SOUTH, MYRTLE BEACH, SC (843) 272-3000 11/30: Two Chainz with Cap 1 12/1: Legree DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 VIVIAN ST., DURHAM, NC (919) 680-2727 11/29: Clay Aiken 11/30: Mannheim Steamroller 12/4-5: Million Dollar Quartet LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS STREET, RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 11/29: Toubab Krewe, John Browns Body 11/30: Bombadil, Phil Cook and his Feat 12/1: Yarn, Corduroy Road

THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVENUE, ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 225-5851 11/29: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Broadcast 11/30: Blackberry Smoke, Drake White 12/1: Sum 41, IAMDYNAMITE 12/2: The Faint, Icky Blossoms, TRUST 12/4: Eric Hutchinson, Jessie Payo MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 11/30: Mandolin Orange, Magnolia Collective, The Dogwoods 12/4: I Fight Dragons, MC Lars, Skyfox NORTH CHARLESTON COLISEUM 5001 COLISEUM DR., N. CHARLESTON, SC (843) 529-5000 11/28: Wiz Khalifa 12/1: Mannheim Steamroller NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE NORTH DAVIDSON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 11/29: Big Gigantic 12/1: Carolina Chocolate Drops PNC ARENA 1400 EDWARDS MILL RD., RALEIGH, NC (919) 861-2323 12/1: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Receive admission to Eight (8) CAA home games during the 2012-13 UNCW Men’s Basketball Season Games include: 1/2 vs Towson 1/12 vs. George Mason, 1/16 vs. ODU, 1/28 vs. James Madison 2/6 vs. Georgia St. 2/9 vs. Hofstra, 2/23 vs. Delaware, and 2/27 vs. William & Mary

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Black Arts Alliance The Black Arts Alliance will present NC Black Film Festival, 3/14-17, in its 12th year. The juried invitational of indie films by African-American filmmakers welcomes submissions through December 31st in features, shorts, animations, documentaries and more. Prizes of $500 awarded in ea. category. Submission requirements:


he lights went down, and sud-

denly there was a loud crack that split the heavens. Angels appeared, but something was horribly wrong. They turned into demons, and lightning bolts shot out melting the faces of the poor fools who couldn’t look away. “Whatever you do, don’t watch!” I screamed as the people around me were reduced to soot and ash. Then, the credits rolled. “Breaking Dawn Part Two” was over. I’ve seen every “Twilight” movie—mainly because part of my job as a film writer is to get out and review whatever is popular, keeping my finger close to the pulse of popular culture. Every time I’ve reviewed a “Twilight” film, there has been a slew of angry fan responses. Most of them make some sort of half-baked argument that I “just don’t get it,” or that the series is aimed at a demographic from which my man-parts disqualify me to enjoy. To me, the “Twilight” films are just terrible from the ground up: bad writing, wooden acting and ridiculous staging. For some people they are an epic soap opera; for me they are fascinating pieces of unintentional comedy. I laughed through the vast majority of “Breaking Dawn Part Two.” I wasn’t the only one; I heard a lot of laughter emanating from the theater. I spoke to a few “Twilight” fans who told me the movies were never supposed to be taken with the deadly sincerity most fervent fans seem to have embraced. There are so many ludicrous moments in the movie that laughter often seemed like the only reaction. When Bella (Kristen Stewart) is running at super speed through a Pacific Northwestern forest, it looks funny. When she tackles a cougar in mid-air and wrestles with it, a lá Ricky Bobby in “Talladega Nights,” it’s funny. When she screams, “You named my daughter after the Loch Ness Monster?” Again, funny. Lines like “I was born to be a vampire…” can only be funny. If the goal of the filmmakers were to keep me laughing: mission accomplished. “Breaking Dawn Part Two” wraps up this seemingly endless series and doesn’t stray far from the course it has charted since the first film. There’s lots of soft-core porn-style acting delivered by thespians with a range as limited as a sawed-off shotgun. There are terrible special effects and poorly constructed set pieces. Action that should be exciting lacks any real teeth. After five “Twilight” films,

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the fundamental failings are still the same. It hinges around three lead actors who never come across as likable. There is so little personality in them that it makes the entire endeavor seem pointless. On paper I like schlock, and I’m fine with soap opera-style vampires and werewolves. I can watch stuff like “True Blood” and appreciate the camp. I think that’s what “Twilight” lacks: self-awareness. If the series had even the faintest notion of how to walk the tenuous line between seriousness and self-satire, it might have been tolerable, throwaway pulp. They kind-of try. There’s a scene where Taylor Lautner’s werewolf Jacob reveals his secret to Bella’s father and starts stripping off his clothes in front of him. In the hands of a filmmaker with skill, it could have been a very funny, very awkward scene. But the whole thing feels embarrassing because everything here is staged as humorless drama. The major problem with “Twilight”? There are no rules. Bella becomes a vampire, and immediately becomes the most badass awesome vampire. She’s immediately super powerful and better than every other vampire—like the main character in a piece of fiction written by a 12-year-old girl where every boy likes her and magically has every amazing power needed to win the day. There’s no learning curve, other than some trouble adapting to human mannerisms. There’s a scene where she has to take lessons in acting human. Kristen Stewart could benefit from more of these. She’s painful to watch. Her awkward, blunt force delivery is the antithesis of acting. Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson are poorly animated Abercrombie models: easy on the eyes but murder

on every other sense. To be fair, I’ve never smelled either of them. Thankfully, these films are over. The fan base will no doubt move onto something else. I don’t really have an issue with young-adult fiction. There was merit to Harry Potter, and even stuff like “The Hunger Games” has a philosophical and sociological subtext. “Twilight” is nothing but empty calories championed by a demographic that has never helped produce anything of value. This is the same demographic that made New Kids on the Block, ‘Nsync and One Direction multi-millionaires. The same one that made “High School: The Musical” a cultural phenomenon. I give credit to the producers behind “Twilight”; they found the secret formula for getting hormonally flushed teeny boppers into theaters. But let’s not for a minute celebrate its success. It’s overproduced garbage like “Avatar,” “Transformers” or the “Star Wars” prequels. In five minutes, after this review is completed, this fickle fan base will move onto the next phenomenon. One day they’ll develop taste, and look back fondly at “Twilight” and wonder what they ever saw in it. Some of us are already there.

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12/10-12: Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, “The Sessions” tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined at age 38, to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting! (Rated R, 1 hr. 38 min.

12/17-19, “A Late Quartet”: On the eve of a world-renowned string quartet’s 25th anniversary season, their beloved cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. When Peter announces he wishes to make the upcoming season his last, his three colleagues find themselves at a crossroad. Competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. Starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots. (Rated R, 1 hr. 45 min.

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Maggy’s Antiques

Located in a beautiful historic church. We are always full of treasures—movie props, stained glass, trunks, folk art, primitive and decorative furnishings. Featuring Time at Last Clock Repair and Elaine’s Antiques. 507 Castle Street (910) 343-5200

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Peter Rowan, Tony Rice & The Travelin’ McCourys The Music of Bill Monroe featuring

Castle Corner Antiques

Two businesses under one roof. Antique furniture, elegant glass, silver, pottery, framed art, vintage jewelry 555 & 553 Castle Street (910) 815-6788

Brunch specialties, benedicts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches: served 8 a.m. ‘til 11:30 a.m. Mon. through Fri.; all day Sat. and Sun. Enjoy lunch until 3 p.m.! 607 Castle Street

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University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of Cultural Arts presents

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be announced at the Farmers Market, located on Water and Market St.. Awards and prizes to be presented at 12:00 p.m.


Saturday 12/15

with the Wilmington trolley moving people between the two houses. The tickets are $20.00 for both and $25.00 at the door...I will send you a press release when Bellamy finishes the work.

Cruise will begin boarding at 12:30 p.m. and sailing from

DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS CONTEST CHRISTMAS CAROLING WITH SANTA Judging will be by guest judges. & HIS SPECIAL “REINDEER” Come and sing Christmas carols with Santa and his special “reindeer”. SANTA CRUISE presented by The Henrietta Snuggle under warm lap blankets while enjoying the beauti-

Saturday 12/8

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Sunday 12/2

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Featuring 16 houses in Wilmington’s Historic Downtown and Carolina Heights Districts, spanning from the early to midnineteenth centuries to the mid-twentieth century. Buildings on the 2012 tour include: homes that belonged to well-known Wilmington artist Elizabeth Chant, and historian Louis T. Moore; three historic churches; and two businesses dating to the early 1900s. For more information, contact the Historical Society at 910-762-0492.


Saturday 12/1

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Starts at N. Front and Walnut at 6:10 pm traveling south on Front to Orange and back north on Water Street

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Sunday December 2, 2012 Downtown Wilmington - 6:10 pm

Wilmington Holiday Parade

10th Annual

Luminaries are set up between the Burgwin and the Bellamy, along with the fountain that will be lit also with wassail punch served. Both houses will have dancers in costumes, live music, demonstrations of a Llama in our front lawn with a spinning wheel. Christmas decorations at both houses

THE CHRISTMAS STROLL begins at 5:00-8:00.

Sunday 12/9

Children’s Museum of Wilmington - 1:00 p.m.


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Wilmington Railroad Museum - 4:30 & 6:30


Saturday 12/22

sing Christmas carols with Santa and his special “reindeer”. Snuggle under warm lap blankets while enjoying the beautiful Christmas lights. December 14 & 15 and 21 - 24, 2012. 6:00PM - 10:00PM. Market & Water Streets, downtown Wilmington. $12.00 per adult, $5.00 per child under 12. Free candy canes for children.


Friday 12/21-24

Wilmington Railroad Museum - 4:30 & 6:30


Sunday 12/16

ful Christmas lights. December 14 & 15 and 21 - 24, 2012. 6:00PM - 10:00PM. Market & Water Streets, downtown Wilmington. $12.00 per adult, $5.00 per child under 12. Free At The candy canes for children.

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421 Castle Street (910) 399-3080

Maggy’s Antiques

Located in a beautiful historic church. We are always full of treasures—movie props, stained glass, trunks, folk art, primitive and decorative furnishings. Featuring Time at Last Clock Repair and Elaine’s Antiques. 507 Castle Street (910) 343-5200

Wilmington Wine

Small boutique wine shop spe cializing in hand-picked wines from around the world. Always find an eclectic mix of both people and wine in our cozy neighborhood setting.

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Brunch specialties, benedicts, bagels, breakfast sandwiches: served 8 a.m. ‘til 11:30 a.m. Mon. through Fri.; all day Sat. and Sun. Enjoy lunch until 3 p.m.! 607 Castle Street (910) 763-6555

Jesters Cafe

Two businesses under one roof. Antique furniture, elegant glass, silver, pottery, framed art, vintage jewelry 555 & 553 Castle Street (910) 815-6788

Castle Corner Antiques

Wilmington’s new antique shopping district. Sterling, furniture, glassware, collectibles, toys, hand made rugs, lamps and light fixtures. Lamps, lighting parts, and shades. Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 1-6. 539 Castle Street (910) 763-0300

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what’s for dinner?

Find it in the premier dining guide for the Port City Carne Asada with rice, beans and home made corn tortillas from Los Primos Authentic Mexican Restaurant. Courtesy photo


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:


Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from DeLovely Desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.

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■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

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 Summer ■ WEBSITE:


“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halli-

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W gan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s.... L you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat e screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enf joy your favorite drink. T ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week p Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. a ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop d ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, j $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio t ■ WEBSITE: a



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 S going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal c for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to b live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. ■ Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant. ■ com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. P ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 P p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. v s ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown g ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. a ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30 p.m. i ■ WEBSITE: t HOLIDAY INN RESORT c Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resorte is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoyj a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outsidea overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invitesf you to experience his daily specials in this magnifi-i cent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave,s Wrightsville Beach. h ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Sat.. t ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach t ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining t p ■ WEBSITE:


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. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95). 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, crabcake sandwich, 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 which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 7916995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch ■ 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: Open every day at 5 p.m. Memorial Day - Labor Day. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70’s menu every Tues.; Special 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: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ 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 thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. CLOSED MON. AND TUES. (910) 2561421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 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:


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 Thurs-

day 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: hibachi


If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


The area’s first sustainably-sourced Sushi and Asian Fusion restaurant features sushi and tasting spoons which offer portions of poke, tartare, and ceviche styles from around the world. Our chef uses locally sourced and line-caught offerings of only the highest quality to create a fresh flavor like no other. Come sample his traditional sushi, as well as signature fusion rolls like the Aloha Roll, made with tempura shrimp, toasted coconut, crispy bacon, charred pineapple and macadamia nut brittle. Our contemporary atmosphere also showcases dishes from our full kitchen such as Miso-Mustard Sterling Silver Pork and small plate offerings. Try a Wasabi or Thai Basil martini or a wine, craft beer, or sake from our unique full-bar list. Tuesdays you can get a half-carafe for the price of a glass! We are located at 4039 Masonboro Loop Road, suite 1A at the junction of Navajo Road in Masonboro Commons. Open from 4:30 to 10:00 Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 on Friday and Saturday. Just drop in or call 910-703-SAKE for a reservation. Every Tuesday, all night, ladie’s night. $5 Appetizer Specials, $7 Drink Specials, $2 Spoons. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Th.: 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat: 4:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: “Green Fish” sustainable menu plus a $5 bar menu Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai

Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 7910044 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s finest French cuisine can be found at Caprice Bistro, a small informal neighborhood restaurant, serving hearty food in generous portions at affordable prices. Simple is the atmosphere in the bistro, as plain white plates and tables dressed in white paper make up the decor. However, the food is far from simple, as a combination of fresh ingredients and innovative preparation delight the taste buds with a plethora of unique appetizers, entrées and desserts. The service is fast, efficient and non-intrusive, and the ambience is friendly and unpretentious. After dinner, be sure to venture upstairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an after-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always on display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire frequently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant”seven years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 815-0810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5 p.m. – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE:


Located on College Road, just opposite Hugh MacRae Park, Tandoori Bites offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices. Try one of 74 dishes on their lengthy menu, featuring a large range of side dishes and breads. They have specialties, such as lamb korma with nuts, spices and herbs in a mild creamy sauce, as well as seafood, like shrimp biryani with saffron-flavored rice, topped with the shellfish and nuts. They also have many vegetarian dishes, including mutter paneer, with garden peas and homemade paneer, or baingan bharta with baked eggplant, flamed and sautéed with onions, garlic and ginger. Join their cozy eatery, where a far east escape awaits all diners, among a staff of friendly and helpful servers, as well as chefs who bring full-flavored tastes straight from their homeland. Located at 1620 South College Road, (910) 794-4540. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: TuesdayThursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown.

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■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves

South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ WEBSITE:


The Harp offers the finest in traditional Irish family recipes served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. We are proud to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to bring you and yours the best of traditional Irish fare! We also offer a fully stocked bar featuring your favorite Irish beer and spirits. Located just beside Greenfield Lake Park in downtown Wilmington is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish food and music to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Greenfield Park ■ FEATURING Home-made desserts, ½ priced bottles of wine on Tuesday and the best pint of Guinness in town. ■ MUSIC Live music every Fri.; Live Irish music 1st Fri. of each month. ■ WEBSITE


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:


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:

Open 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE:


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 (910799-4300) or coming soon Pizzetta’s II, 1144 Cutler’s Crossing, Leland (in Brunswick Forest next to Lowe’s). ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland ■ FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! ■ WEBSITE:


“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a

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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). Cook Dana Keels, from Clarendon prepares flavors to please every palate. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE:


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:


Considered Wilmington’s first Authentic Mexican restaurant, Los Primos is quickly gaining a large following among the community. It’s entirely home cooked menu features local favorites such as tacos dorados de pollo, coctel de camarones, pozole and a selection of the best tacos a la parrilla north of Mexico. This restaurant is an absolute must for anyone who wants to taste the true favors of Mexico. Located at 3530 Carolina Beach Rd., between the two intersections of Independence Blvd. and Shipyard Blvd. (910) 859-8145 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs.: 10:30am-8pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10:30am-9pm; Sun.: 10:30am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Chiles Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Enchilado, Mole con Pollo, Azado de Res ■ WEBSITE:



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 Co-op 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 eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.




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; 910-3926313; ■ 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:


The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar is the perfect place to explore the beauty of wine while tasting a variety of tapas in an intimate environment. The wine menu focuses on wines from all regions, with 50 wines by the glass and approximately 350 wines available by the bottle, including some of the best boutique and cult wines, to everyday values that work with any budget. There are over 30 beers available featuring some of the best craft selections. The serene ambiance of The Fortunate Glass, created by the beautiful wall murals, the elegant copper and glass tile bar, castle-rocked walls and intimate booths enhances the experience of any selection you choose. The Fortunate Glass Wine Bar also presents a small menu of creative tapas, global cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts to accompany and compliment any wine selection. ■ SERVING EVENINGS: Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-2.a.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.-12 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Free Wine Tasting: Tues. 6-8pm. Bubble and wine specials: Wed. & Thurs. Monthly food & wine pairing events. ■ WEBSITE


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

projector TVs in Wilmington. ■ WEBSITE:


Serving up the best bar food for any local sports fan, Fox & Hound has appetites covered. Located next to Mayfaire Cinema 16, it’s no question that Fox is a great place to go on date night, or to watch the big game on one of the restaurant’s six large projection screens and 19 plasma televisions. Guests can also play pool, darts or video games in this casual-theme restaurant. For starters, Fox offers delicious appetizers like ultimate nachos, giant Bavarian pretzels and spinach artichoke dip. In the mood for something more? Try the hand-

battered Newcastle fish ‘n’ chips or chicken tenders. From cheeseburgers and sirloins to salads and wood oven-inspired pizzas, Fox has plenty to choose from for lunch or dinner. Finish the meal with a 6-inch Great Cookie Blitz, a chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup. 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: $5.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2p.m. Monday through Friday ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:


This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style Reuben, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, pool, and did we mention sports? Free downtown lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 priced select appetizers

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mystery to me. But mysteries are worth solving; and so, on a rather dreary evening, I sought out Kabuki on Oleander Drive to expand my epicurean horizons. I’d only been told two things about the place: their noodle bowls were excellent and they had a way with spicy sauces. Navigating my way there, however, put some obstacles in my path. I almost gave up my search. Oleander Drive doesn’t necessarily mean Oleander Drive as I came to learn. I found Kabuki tucked behind a gas station on what can only be described as a madman’s impression of what a side street should look like. Nearly invisible from the road listed as its street address, one must not drive over 30 miles per hour for fear of missing the rectangle building tucked behind Han-Dee Hugo. Turn by 41st Street to find it. I dined early and avoided crowds, sharing the restaurant with only a party of three seated to my left. A helpful woman offered a menu, and I immediately selected chicken bulgogi. One of the few things I do know about Korean barbecue is that CNN listed bulgogi as #23 on its list of the world’s 50 most delicious foods. That’s not scientific proof, but it seemed like a good place to begin. I started with a bowl of rather generic miso soup. Other than noticing the tofu cubes were smaller and more numerous than I’m accustomed to seeing, the soup had no remarkable flavor qualities. Yet, on a chilly evening, I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Each entrée at Kabuki is served with four side dishes. They’re the accoutrements known well at Korean barbecue joints. The shredded daikon/carrot blend and bean sprouts in light vinegar are meant to soothe the tongue after some of the spicier offerings. The spicy pickled cucumbers and kimchi are used to amplify the heat. As the carrots and radish were otherwise unseasoned,

by Rosa Bianca Restaurant Kabuki Japanese & Sushi Bar Drive 4102 Oleander (910) 350-3332 id the tricky Bottom line: Am is absolutely search, Kabuki wor th finding. I found them somewhat unremarkable. However, the bean sprouts, crisp and juicy, accented by the vinegar, tasted delightful. Flecked red with shredded peppers, the pickled cucumbers blended the tangy vinegar with spicy heat in a way I’d not experienced before—and I just couldn’t get enough of them. Kimchi, the classic Korean dish of spicy pickled cabbage, proved only slightly less entrancing. I enjoyed it, but the cucumber stole the show. My chicken bulgogi arrived still crackling on its skillet, the scent of caramelizing onions wafting through the dining room. I smirked, thinking only a few miles away some family must be sitting down to fajitas at On The Border—served on this very same skillet. The poor unsuspecting fools wouldn’t be getting nearly the treat I prepared to enjoy. I must admit I expected a spicier dish, but after a second glance at the menu, I was reminded bulgogi could be served spicy or not. Alas, I’d neglected to specify. Once over my initial sadness, I began to appreciate the sweeter style I’d been served. Candied like caramel, with a smokiness reminiscent of bourbon, the generous cuts of chicken retained a perfect juiciness. (One day some kind chef will take pity on me and teach me how to keep chicken from drying as it cooks, but ‘til then, I’ll simply treat it like magic when I encounter it.)

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I amply spiced up the bulgogi with slices of kimchi added to forkfuls of chicken and onion. The result mixed sweet and savory in a way unmatched by most any food pairing (the natural exception being the chocolatecovered pretzel—man’s most perfect invention). The half cup of steamed rice ensured I wouldn’t leave much of the caramel brown sauce for the dishwasher. Though fully sated after such a repast, my duties as a reviewer meant that dinner wasn’t over. I ordered one of Kabuki’s famous noodle bowls, only to find that half of the eight on the menu were unavailable. I considered seeking more information, but immediately got the impression none would be forthcoming. And so I decided to try one of their spicy entrées: a chicken and shrimp dish covered in a tear-inducing red sauce. I had to push the numerous sliced peppers aside; they proved a bit too much for my palate. The sauce itself, however, captured just the right touch of capsaicin. The dish warmed the gullet without overpowering the tongue, and the chicken, being the white canvas on which chefs paint, absorbed the flavor elegantly. The mid-sized shrimp added a briny flair to the dish, though I must warn diners that the tails remained attached. That first bite can be unpleasant when not taking notice of

the shell. Of course, it’s a mistake one only makes once. Adorned with small Japanese lanterns and worn-out booths, Kabuki may feel like its best years are in the rearview mirror. Yet, after a while, the tattered décor developed some appeal. Ambiance is great and all, but good food tastes good anywhere—and bad food isn’t helped by good lighting. I skipped the sushi bar in favor of Korean cuisine, but Kabuki does deserve credit for having a fairly extensive offering in that department. It does not, however, deserve any credit for its wine list, which read like a top 10 list of my least favorite grocery store wines. The Wine Sampler is directly across the street; someone from Kabuki should spend a few hours during the shop’s tastings to see what they’re missing. Yet, with its selection of Asian beers and sake, much can be forgiven. Desserts also seem a promising change of pace at Kabuki. Though I had no room to taste them, I’ll leave room next time for an Asian bon bon, served in mango, chocolate, green tea or red bean. Apparently they consist of gummy rice candy embracing little balls of flavored ice cream. It seems like an interesting twist to the normal chocolatecovered bon bons we Americans often pop. At $35 for two entrees and a soda, I highly recommend Kabuki. The quality of the meal far surpassed the prices paid. And if you have too much trouble finding it, then that’s just too bad. It’ll be my little secret.

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on the shady banks of Bradley Creek, Airlie Gardens are one of North Carolina’s historical coastal treasures. Trails span the garden’s 67 acres, and visitors can view azaleas, camellias and other flowers, shrubs, natural life and their ancient Oak tree, which dates back to when Willem of Nassau was the Prince of Orange (look it up). It’s a marvelous place to sit on a bench, take an afternoon stroll, or watch the clouds pass by; the peace it exudes truly is magnificent. Yet, during the holidays when tinsel and garland gets strung on every bow, Airlie becomes another attraction entirely. And one that is in its seventh year of making family traditions and memories last forever. Enchanted Airlie becomes a slew of sparkle and shine every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through December 22nd. The century-old gardens—having changed owners several times—was originally deeded to the Wright family (of Wrightsville Beach fame) by King George. Yet, it sold to Pembroke Jones’ wife Sarah in the late 1800s, and again to the Corbett family in the late 1940s after World War II. Home of renowned African-American artist Minnie Evans, who worked as a gatekeeper at the gardens from 1948 until 1974, Airlie was privately owned until 1999. New Hanover County purchased the property and converted it into a park before adding the to the gardens’ appeal in 2005 as a holiday spectacular. “I think they were looking for another way to

showcase the gardens,” Janine Powell, director of donor relations, says. “It’s nice to be able to add the lights. The park is not normally open at night, so this is a way to celebrate the holidays and start a Wilmington tradition.” This year the gardens will luminate with over 300,000 lights. There will also be a tent filled with over 400 winter-flowering poinsettias, as well as an outdoor train. Vendors will sell hot chocolate for the kids and wine for the adults. Additionally, folks will be able to walk around and view several vignettes scattered throughout the garden’s grounds. “This year, one of the new things we’re adding is coordinated areas with lights and sound,” reveals Powell. The lights will cue to the music being played, presenting a dazzling display that will be an all-encompassing sensory thrill for all ages. Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects about the event gets showcased in the annual LEGO display, made possible by volunteers from the North Carolina LEGO User’s Group (NC LUG). The versatile blocks will be present for their third year, and the display will feature trains, a monorail and numerous tableaus built by the volunteers. The display consists of an astounding 250,000 bricks. “We have a street scene, a little alpine scene and also a special Wilmington attraction that we’re not revealing yet,” Powell says. Of course, a visit to Airlie during Christmas is not complete without the guest of honor sitting front and center. Traveling from the North Pole,

Santa will be taking Christmas wishes throughout the event. “The kids can meet him and tell him what’s on their list,” Powell says. “It’s a great way for people to come out, be outside, and enjoy the holidays.” Tickets must be pre-purchased at the gardens’ website, Individual tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children aged 4 to 12, but require the purchase of a $5 parking pass. Alternatively, folks can buy the “carload pass” for $22, which grants access to the event to as many people as can legally fit inside the vehicle and does not require the purchase of a parking pass. There are two show times each evening, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A walking experience, guests to the gardens should dress accordingly: bundled up and in comfortable shoes. Holding three signature fund-raising events throughout the year—such as their summer concert series and annual oyster roast—Airlie is able to sustain itself with community sponsored functions which welcomes all ages to its luscious, natural surroundings. The ticket funds for all events go directly back into the garden. “[The monies raised] support operations at the garden, and particularly our environmental education program,” Powell confirms. All in all, it helps ensure future generations will have a shady place to stroll around, delight in and carol through for many more years to come.

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holiday events CHARLES DICKENS FESTIVAL Fri., 11/30, and Sat., 12/1, 1-9pm: The Charles Dickens Christmas Festival in historic downtown Southport is being sponsored by the Brunswick Arts Council and the city of Southport in partnership with Brunswick County schools. Streets and at least 20 indoor venues will transport us to London in the mid 1800s. Over 100 carolers, dancers, plays, puppeteers, storytellers, musicals and instrumentalists will regale festival-goers in this culturally rich, family-friendly celebration of Dickens’ 200th birthday. Enjoy boutique Christmas shopping and holiday treats as well. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 7-12, freefor children 6 and under. Tickets cover all events on both days. FESTIVAL OF TREES/NUTCRACKER BALLET Wilmingtn Ballet Co. and Cameron Art Museum present the Festival of Trees, Through 12/2, at CAM and Nutcracker Ballet at Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center, 12/2-2, to benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Feat. 25 sponsored trees for viewing starting,11/28, 10am-6pm, 11/29-12/1, 10am-8pm, and 12/2, 10am-6pm. Festival of Trees and the museum are closed on Monday, 11/26. Wilmington Ballet Company’s Nutcracker feat. five professional dancers and a cast of 60+ local dancers to create a spectacular full-length grand-scale traditional production. Shows 12/1-2 at 3pm at the Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center. Tickets: www.capefear-

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The end-all, be-all of holiday tradition rests with the one and only Charles Dickens. What would Christmas be without Scrooge and his pesky ghosts haunting our dreams and realities of what it means to be naughty or nice? Southport is celebrating all things Dickens on Friday and Saturday as they undergo their first Dickens Christmas Festival along their streets, with at least 20 indoor venues decorating to the nines. Over 100 carolers, dancers, puppeteers, storytellers and more take over and celebrate the 200-year-old writer’s birthday. Admission is only $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-12 and free for under 6. ENCHANTED AIRLIE See page 39. ISLAND OF LIGHTS Christmas Parade, 11/30, 7:30pm: Area residents both young and old look forward to this annual Christmas Parade proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Claus and more! Grand MarshallL Tony Silvagni, local longboard champion. • Holiday Flotilla, 12/1, 6pm: Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. • Holiday Tour of Homes,

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12/8, 4-9pm: Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Tickets will be available at businesses on Pleasure Island. • New Year’s Celebration, 12/31, 9pm, near the Pier in Kure Beach. Beach Ball Drop at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. Free family-friendly, w/ DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.

WILMA EXPO 11/30-12/1, Wilmington Convention Center. The Wilma Expo is the Wilmington region’s largest annual gathering for women. Over 200 vendorswill brighten the holidays with booths for moms & kids, health &wellness, business & careers, home accessories & décor and of courseholiday shopping! Raffle giveaways include a $500 Belk giftcertificate, gym memberships, jewelry, spa treatments and more.Attendees can pre-register online for free using the code wilmarocksor pay $5 at the door. The Wilma Expo will be held from 11am-5pm at the Wilmington Convention Center. Volunteers are needed for registration and the loading dock. Registration shifts: Sat, 12/1, 10:30am1:30pm; 1:30pm-4:30pm. Dock shifts: Fri., 11/30, 11:30am-6:00pm or Sat., 12/1, 7:30am-11:00am. 910-251-0911 or

HOLIDAY SHOPPING BAZAAR 12/1, 10am: The annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar held at the NHC Senior Resource Center is a free event that offers unique, one-of-a-kind hand craftedholiday gifts. This event is put on by VOCAL (Volunteer Older CitizenAction League), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to serving our local seniors and the NHC Senior Resource Center. Local arts and crafts vendors are invited to sell their handmade items. Debbie Randall: 910-617-9845 or . OLD WILMINGTON BY CANDLELIGHT The Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear presents its 39th Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. 12/1, 4-8 pm; 12/2, 2-6pm, downtown Wilmington, 16 decorated historic sites, including three churches, can be toured. Available in area businesses, tickets are $25.00 each, 11/1-16.$30 each thereafter. For on line purchase and details, visit or call 910 762-0492. CHRISTMAS PARADE On Sunday, December 2nd, the Wilmington Christmas Parade will take over the streets of Downtown Wilmington at 6:10pm. The Parade will begin on Walnut and Front Street and go South toward Orange Street and then turn down to Water Street. CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Christmas Open House, Poplar Grove Plantation, Sun., 12/2, noon-5pm. The annual Christmas Open House at Poplar Grove Plantation is a charming getaway to old fashioned holiday spirit. Take a self-guided tour of the beautifully decorated manor house, shop the Holiday Craft Fair, visit with Santa or take a musical Christmas hayride. Afterwards, warn up with hot cocoa and cookies. THE HOLIDAY FLEA The Brooklyn Arts Center is excited to announce “The Holiday Flea at BAC,” Brooklyn Arts Center,

516 North 4th St. 12/7, 8, and 9, from 3-9pm Fri., 10am-5pm Sat., and noon to 5pm, Sun. Renowned as the “ultimate vintage flea” and attended by hundreds and hundreds of shoppers and dozens of vintage vendors from around the region, The Holiday Flea will be a weekend-long event that promises to be bigger and better, with a wide array of vintage, retro and upcycled treasures- and even more fun, with Wilmington’s finest food trucks feeding the holiday crowds and the BAC cash bar serving liquid refreshments. $3 for three days! Heather Thomson: or 910-616-9882. BURGAW CHRISTMAS PARADE Burgaw Christmas Parade, historic downtown, Burgaw, NC. 12/8, 6:30-10pm. The Town of Burgaw celebrates its annual Christmas parade and goes all out to put you in the holiday spirit. The parade begins on S. Dickerson St., then to Freemont St. and circles the courthouse and ending on Wright St. The parade features colorful floats, marching bands, Santa Claus, elected officials and fire and emergency vehicles from the downtown area. Bring the family out for what will be a joyful beginning to the Christmas holiday. (910) 259-9817. CHRISTMAS STROLL THROUGH THE PAST 12/9, 5-8pm: Burgwin-Wright House and the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts present A Christmas Stroll Through the Past. Celebrate the season with an evening filled with holiday decorations, music, dancing, period costumes, refreshments, and more! Take a complimentary trolley ride, provided by Wilmington Trolley Company, between the two houses, or stroll through hundreds of luminaries lining Market Street and the Kenan Fountain. Admission is $25 ($20 if purchased before 12/1), $5 for ages 5-12, and free for kids under 5. On sale now at the Burgwin-Wright House, Bellamy Mansion Museum, The Transplanted Garden, A Proper Garden, area Harris Tetter stores (10 locations), and online at Burgwin-Wright House is located at 224 Market Street, and the Bellamy Mansion Museum is located at 503 Market Street. HOMEMADE HOLIDAY SHORTS Sunday, 12/9, 6pm: WHQR’s wintertime classic live radio broadcast and party returns. Join storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, WHQR’s own Nan Graham, author Karen Bender, and emcee Rob Zapple as they share touching and hilarious stories of the holidays. Big Al Hall’s Holiday Trio will provide the festive tunes. Local music legend Alex Hall will sing and play banjo, joined by WHQR’s own John Fonvielle on guitar, and Wilmington music scene veteran Mike Adams on bass. We’ll also be treated to a song from WHQR’s resident tenor Bob Workmon. Tickets: $30 and include the performance and reception. (910) 343-1640. Doors open at 5:20 and we ask that everyone is seated by 5:45pm. The performance which begins promptly at 6pm; reception follows the program at 7pm.

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ect proposals for Work on Wilmington day. The event, to be held Saturday, 4/20/13, will deploy more than 2,000 community supporters to volunteer throughout the area. The event brings together individuals from a broad spectrum of Wilmington to join together to make the city a better place to live. The service initiative helps many different types of projects to better Wilmington. Applications for service projects are being accepted from now until November 30th. Please visit www. to find out more on submitting a proposal or volunteering for the event.

MASSAGES FOR $1 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Miller Motte College will feat. massages for $1 at Cape Fear Literacy Council needs volunteers for Wilma Expo, 12/1, 11am-5pm,Wilmington Confollowing events: 11/30: Rockfest featuring Pasvention Center. Offering information about our sion Pit at NC Battleship parking lot, 4-11pm, need programs and our on-campus clinics (Cosmetol14 volunteers. Must be 21 or older. You will be ogy, Esthetics, Dental, Massage Therapy). We checking IDs, distributing wristbands, pouring beer. will offer chair massages for $1! Please contact Includes mandatory ABC training re: serving beer. Shannon Carlson (Employer Relations Director) You’ll get free admission to the concert and fre parking. Chance to hear Passion Pit during sold-out show. • 11/30-12/1: Wilma Expo at Wilm. Convention Center, needs 18 volunteers. Fri., 11am-6pm; Sat., 7:30-11am The Battleship NC encourages folks to help out with or 10:30am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-4:30pm. You’ll get expo t-shirt. Free admission. and their annual Veteran Holiday Cards drive. Participants parking at CFCC parking deck across the can make festive cards through December 14th, decostreet. Chance to attend the region’s largrated and with a written note of thanks for their serest women’s event.• 12/14-15: Barnes and Noble giftwrapping at Mayfaire. 40 volunvice. Whether done individually, through church, orgateers needed; two per shift for 20 shifts. nizations or businesses, all are welcome to participate. Wrap presents for B&N Shoppers all supCompleted cards will be brought to the Battleship NC by plies provided by B&N. 911am each day. the 14th for delivery. They will be dispersed through Two-hour shifts; may do multiple shifts.


Veterans Affaris Hospitals in NC and neighboring states. HOLIDAY GREENHOUSE Holiday Greenhouse Sale to benefit the Ability Garden at the Lewis Greenhouse, New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr, if you have any questions at: Shannon.Carlson@ Fri., 11/30; Sat., 12/1, 10am-4pm. Poinsettias, houseplants and herbs available, as well as specialty planters for unique gifts. All proceeds support PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA the Ability Garden, a non-profit horticultural therapy Proceeds to benefit the non- profit Furever Friends program that serves those in our community with Animal Rescue presents Pet Photos with Santa, special needs. 910-798-7682, hkelejian@nhcgov. $25 and includes 4x6 print with 6 thumbnail proofs com. on a high resolution CD. Splish Splash Dog Wash, 2013 Olde Regent Way #180. Waterford, Leland, MILLER MOTTE FOOD DRIVE NC. Miller Motte College will be doing a food drive for the “Good Shepard Center” for the month of November. This is open to the public and guests can drop off non-perishable food items on the left side of the building where it says “Administration”. Please contact Shannon Carlson (Employer Relations Director) if you have any questions at:

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MILITARY HOLIDAY CARDS While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many of our nation’s heroes away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross is collecting and distributing cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer. Through 12/7, Americans can give something that means something by sending a card of thanks and support to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Mail cards to : Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 207915456. Pitney Bowes Inc. screens cards for hazardous materials and Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. Nine chapters throughout the Eastern NC Region will be holding a number of card signing events throughout October, November and the first week in December. The chapters are also recruiting volunteers to help distribute cards to military members and veterans in the community around the holidays.www.redcross. org/holidaymail

VETERAN HOLIDAY CARDS The Battleship NC is asking for help in making the holidays brighter for veterans. In the past 7 years, the community has come together to send over 11,000 cards to veterans staying in over twentyeight VA hospitals in 9 states. To continue the tradition, the Ship is reaching out in efforts to build on the foundation and reach more veterans than in years past. To participate, an individual, organization or company can create holiday cards wishing our veterans a Happy Holiday and a Thank You for serving our country. Decorate the front of the card and on the inside or back side, please include your first name only and what school, church, or group you are affiliated with. Completed cards should be brought or mailed to the Battleship NC by 12/14. Cards will not be accepted after this date, as to allow for shipping time to the hospitals. Veterans Affairs Hospitals located in North Carolina and several neighboring states will receive based on the quantity created.

CHS HOLIDAY CARDS Support CHS’s work for children and families by purchasing custom-designed holiday greeting cards. CHS holiday card features the inside message: “May your holidays be decorated with love, joy and laughter.” Cards available in sets of 20 cards and envelopes for $25 (includes tax and shipping). Scott Harris, an aluminum artist and sculptor based in Greensboro, painted this year’s CHS holiday card art. The piece depicts shining ornaments, twinkling lights, and the iconic little red stocking nestled away in the bows



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THE CHAIRS “The Chairs,” a comic drama in the absurdist tradition by French Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco, opens Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm, in Cape Fear Community College’s (CFCC) Black Box Theatre. Set in a timeless land, maybe France, the play depicts an ancient man of little significance and his devoted wife who have gathered an assortment of government functionaries and other characters at their humble island home to hear a message they believe will save the world. “The play expresses the futility of communication and exposes the insignificance of human existence with comic force,” says Dr. George Shafer who directs the play for CFCC’s Drama Department. The Chairs runs Dec. 7-8, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9, 2:00 p.m. in the college’s Black Box Theatre (room 180), at the corner of North Front and Harnett Streets across from PPD. Admission is free and seats are limited, so come early. COMEDY WORKSHOP A Standup Comedy Workshop with comedian Manny Oliveira begins 1/5 at the Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach. Manny has been teaching standup comedy for many years and his workshops have been featured in USA Today, CNN, TBS and in articles and feature stories in many other publications and news services. Details about the workshop are included in the attached folder. Comedy Cabana: (843) 449-4242

Kicking off the holiday with a concert won’t get much better thanks to Chamber Music Wilmington. They’re welcoming Jennifer Lickos and Fire in the Kitchen for a Celtic Christmas celebration on the 1st of Decemeber at Kenan Auditorium. Joining Lickos will be Bobby O’Donovan from Cork City, Ireland, playing mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, whistle, bone and spoons, as well as Bob Noble from Leicester on keys. Be sure to get tickets now for $25 by calling 910-962-3500. Sunday 3 p.m.Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St. $18-$20. $15 on Thurs. Opening Night is PayWhat-You-Can Night with $5 minimum! (910) 3675237,, or through Etix THALIAN ASSOCIATION Thalian Association presents the Wilmington premiere of the musical “Miracle on 34th Street,” directed by Tom Briggs with music direction by Jonathan Barber, runs 12/6-16 at historic Thalian Hall; Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $25 w/senior, student and group discounts. 910-632.2285; When a nice old man claims to be Santa Claus, he is institutionalized as insane. • Thalian Association will hold auditions for the Wilmington premiere of the musical Xanadu, based upon the iconic cult film. Auditions are on Mon/Tues, Dec.10-11, 7pm, Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street in downtown Wilmington. Prepare a pop song to sing a cappella and be prepared to dance (no sandals or flip flops). Directed by Tom Briggs with music direction by Jonathan Barber, runs at Thalian Hall 1/312/10. Character breakdown: TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE... Journey Productions & Stageworkshave teamed up to bring an original holiday play, “Twas The Night Before…”A collaborative collection of holiday legends, stories, & classics with music, dance, & puppetry! Written by: Zach Hanner- Aimee SchooleyGina Gambony-Cherri McKay. Thalian Hall Studio Theater, 12/6, 7:30pm; Fri/Sat, 12/7-8, 14-15, 8pm. Sat/Sun, 3pm, 12/8, 15-16. GA $12. Family Night, 12/13, 7:30pm, $7. 910-632-2285 44 encore|november 28 - december 4, 2012| 44 encore | november 28 - december 4, 2012 |


CHAMBER MUSIC ILM Chamber Music Wilmington’s 18th season offers four classical subscription concerts and two classical house concerts. Subscribe and save to receive: program notes in advance, first priority to the salon concerts and special notifications to “Meet the Artist” opportunities and pre-concert conversations, Single tickets, $25. Student & Military discounts available. Kenan Box Office: 910-962-3500. • 12/1: Celtic Christmas Concert, with Jennifer Licko with her band, Fire in the Kitchen, doing Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas). Joined by Bobby O’Donovan from Cork City, Ireland, playing mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, whistle, bones and spoons and Bob Noble from Leicester on keyboards. Concert Sponsor: Hathia and Andy Hayes. 7:30pm, Community Arts Center. • 12/2: CWM and Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear close the annual holiday candlelight home tour with The Vivaldi Project. Comprising some of the country’s leading baroque music performers, it brings to life music as it would have been heard in the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments, feat. Handel, Pachelbel, Corelli, Torelli, and Vivaldi. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6:30pm

OLLI: THE MET The Met: Live in HD feat. by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNCW; all shows Sat., 12;55pm. Schedule: 12/1: La Clemenza di Tito w/ El’na Garan’a singing Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts. • 12/8: Un Ballo in Maschera w/director David Alden’s dreamlike setting for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, w/Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. • 12/16: Aida, an encore of The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama, w/Liudmyla Monastyrska, Roberto Alagna, Olga Borodina. Fabio Lu-

isi conducts. Indv. $30/ea; $20 for OLLI members. or 910-962-3195 VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12/7, 7pm: The Victorian Christmas Concert at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC, features a festive parlor concert with versatile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Susan Savia. Ms. Savia, voted a “Woman to Watch” by Wilma Magazine, will sing seasonal classics and period pieces that would not have been out of place 150 years ago at the mansion. The evening also includes Christmas favorites from across the years, plus holiday treats and mulled cider. NC SYMPHONY All Wilmington concerts at 8pm in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Schedule: 12/11: Holiday Pops, w/William Henry Curry, resident conductor. www. GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK WHQR 91.3fm is pleased present WHQR’s Great American Songbook Live: Holiday Edition at the Rainbow Room at Thalian Hall, Sat., 12/15 at 3pm and 8pm. Host Phil Furia and musicians Jack and Julie offer an evening of the most enduring holiday songs and songwriters of the 20th century. Tickets are $25 each and are on sale at Thalian Hall (910632-2285) and online at Classic popular songs will be performed by Julie Rehder (vocals), Jack Krupicka (piano and vocals), Cindy Hospedales (vocals), Mike Waddell (reeds), Jim McFayden (bass) and Jack Pindell (trombone and pocket trumpet), along with sories behind the classics by Phil Furia and illustrated by Laurie Patterson from archival images of songwriters, performers, shows, and movies. Expect: “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” “Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting . . .”)” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY 12/16, 4pm: The Wilmington Choral Society presents it’s Christmas concert titled”The Sounds of Christmas from Stage and Screen featuring holiday music from the movies. Join us at the Scottish Rite Temple at 4pm. Special guest appearance by the New Hanover High School Singers. Cost: $12 TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 12/17, 7:30pm: The Tallis Chamber Orchestra will present theThird Annual Baroque Christmas Concert to benefit the Good Shepherd Center of Wilmington. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St. The program will include the Manfredini Christmas Concerto, Christmas Pastorale by Gregor Werner, the Corelli Christmas Concerto and many other Baroque masterpieces. The concert will feature Sara Westermark singing Harmonia Caelestis by Pal Esterhazy and Chris Ackerman performing the Telemann trumpet concerto. Free/ donations accepted for the Good Shepherd Center. The members of the Tallis Chamber Orchestra are all from the Wilmington area. Philip Singleton: 910-620-7207. WILMINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY 1/22, 7pm: The Wilmington Choral Society is holding open rehearsals for its Spring Concert. We will be performing Mozart’s Requiem. Rehearsals are held at Cape Fear Christian Church. Everyone with an interest in singing is welcome; no audition required. Rehearsals held at Cape Fear Christian Church Jenn Beddoe: MUSIC INSTRUCTION Music instruction at Modern Music with Lucian Rowland, who has 20 years experience as a professional recording and performing musician. Private lessons available for guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. (910) 508-1111 or

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dance BABS MCDANCE November Schedule, Babs McDance: Mon— 6pm: Line Dancing $57pm: Ballroom (Bronze/ Silver); 7pm: Committed Couples. Tues.—7pm, Salsa (Bronze/Silver); 7pm, C/WS Two Step. Wed.—5pm, Tango; 7pm, Hip Hop; 7pm, West Coast Swing. Thurs.—7pm, Shag/ Cha Cha. Fri. Parties (free lesson and food): 1st Fri, Latin Party; 2nd, Tango Themed Party; 3rd, Swing, Shag and Country, 4th, Closed Thanksgiving; 5th, Ballroom. Saturdays: 2nd, Cape Fear Shag Club (open to Public); 3rd, Babs’ BBQ Ballroom Blitz (Bring A Dish to Share) $10/person. Dec: Fri., 12/7: Latin Party • Sat., 12/8: Cape Fear Shag Club Christmas Party; Fri., 12/14: Anything Goes Party w/ Christmas theme; Sat., 12/15: Babs McDance Christmas Party; 12/21: Swing, Shag and Country Party; 12/28: Ballroom Party; 12/30: New Year’s Eve Party. Babs McDance Social Dance Studio, 6782 Market St. (910) 395-5090 WILMINGTON SCHOOL OF BALLET Offering Zumba classes Mon. 9:15am, 5:30pm, 6:30pm; Tues 5:45pm, 6:45pm; Wed., 915am, 5:45pm, 6:30pm; Th., 10:30am, 5:45pm; Fri, 9:15am; Sat., 10:30am. • Yoga, Mon., 6:30am, 8:30am, 3:30pm, for kids 5:30pm; Tues, same as Mon. but w/kids at 7:15pm; Wed., 6:30am, 8:30am; Thurs., 6:30am, 6:30pm; Fri., 8am, 330pm, 5:45 pm; Sat., 9:30am. All classes are $3 drop-ins. • Also offering

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FRIENDS SCHOOL LIVELY ARTS/CRAFT SHOW Friends School of Wilmington Lively Arts & Crafts Show & Sale, 12/1, Friends School of Wilmington, Upper School Campus, 350 Peiffer Ave. Due to popular demand, the Friends School of Wilmington is hosting their 6th Lively Arts & Crafts Show & Sale including collage, clay, watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, glass, hand-made clothing, etc. Over 35 artists will be showing and selling their work. A benefit for Friends School of Wilmington, a non-profit, independent school POP-UP ART SHOW Pop-UP Art Show 12/7-8, 6-11pm, 200 N. Front Street. Feat. work from local Photographers, painters, stencil, graphic artists and more. Also accepting donations and dontaing portion of the art sales to ovarian cancer research and awarenes through Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Cockatil reception, Saturday. CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT 12/8-1/19: An exhibition of photographs, taken by members of the Cape Fear Camera Club, will be on display at the Northeast Branch Library during library hours. • On 12/18, 7-9pm, the club will have a Digital Slide ShowPresentation (with music) of all our members’ favorite images from Holidays past. Also, Frank Herzog will give a presentation on

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“Night Photography.” Cape Fear Community College, Building S Room 002. SILVER COAST WINERY Silver Coast Winery Art Gallery feat. the artistry of 4 artists, Karen Gore, Ricky Evans, Michael Green and David McCunemn through 12/15. Karen Gore has garnered 16 awards for her work during the past six years and has been commissioned by numerous patrons. David McCune’s mediums include, but are not limited to metal sculpture, metal wall art, watercolors, photography, acrylic, jewelry and custom furniture. Kokopelli sculptures, beach subject art, suns of various sizes, abstract wall art will all be available. Ricky Evans is a self-taught artist whose name has become synonymous with lighthouses along the eastern U.S. coastline. Michael S. Green works in several medias such as water color, wood carving, air brushing, acrylic and oil. 6680 Barbeque Road www.silvercoastwinery. com. 910 287 2800. NIKI HILDEBRAND: NEW GLASS Niki Hildebrand presents New Glass at 621N4TH Gallery. “Your Unspoken Words are like the Empty Spaces Within Your Hands” by Niki Hildebrand. Dissections of emotional spaces expressed through the representation of the human form, these works start as excavations of emotions and feelings, a way to communicate interactions with others and within ourselves without words. They are both a search for identity and a rejection of boundaries. It is a continuous balance within each piece, confronting the physical and psychological of being human. Engaged by the human condition the art work captures and highlights sensory parts of existence creating a play between solid visuals and defining the indefinable between communication and feelings. 621 N. 4th St.

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12/2: CANDYLAND CHRISTMAS The Children’s Museum of Wilmington will have a seasonal celebration on the 2nd of December with Candyland Christmas. From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., families will be able to visit with Santa and enjoy making candy cottages, handmade ornaments, enjoy story time and even mix reindeer food! Holiday performances will be offered, too. Donate five canned goods to Consider It and receive a free brass Wilmington Collector’s Ornaments. $15-$20.

WILMINGTON ART ASSOCIATION The Wilmington Art Association (W.A.A.) proudly announces the opening of their new permanent exhibit gallery space at the historic USO building at 120 South Second Street in downtown Wilmington, showcasing WAA artists. The public is invited to come down and check out the new space and join in the celebration. The art will be changed out monthly so there will be new work for view and purchase at the desk in the USO museum on an ongoing basis A FRAME OF MIND GALLERY A Frame of Mind Galley is honored to show the work of local artists, author and world traveler David D. Hume and Italian-American artist Marina Baldo. Baldo’s miniature landscapes through Dec. 2012. Stop by during gallery hours to view these works as well as works by other local artists. 1903 Princess St. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-3pm. (910) 251-8854

Wilmington: In an era before mega-malls, online ordering and big-box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Museum will explore ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. EVENTS: Volunteer Open House held first Wed. of mo. Opportunities are available in museum store, working with the historic collection, and as an education docent. • Explore the Civil War, Sat., 12/1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 1-4pm. Free for members or w/admission. Investigate the contents of a Civil War soldier’s haversack and consider how the items compare to your own daily life needs. Try on reproduction Civil War clothing and play a Blockade Runner board game. • Earth, Moon, and Sun, Sun., 12/16, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm, free for members or w/admission. Explore how Earth, the moon, and the sun work together to create eclipses, moon phases, and more. • Grownup Game Night, 12/7, 7-10pm. $5 for members; $7 for non-members. Take a break from holiday

PROJEKTE Through 12/10: “FEAR,” feat. works by 17 local and international artists will exploreour fears and the role fears play in our lives and in our society. Are you plagued by fear, do you embrace it to help keep safe, is it a source of entertainment for you, or may10% OFF UNCW Students be fear is used to manipulate certain situations? • OFF UNCW Students 10% (with valid ID) Weekly events: 2nd and 4th Wed, open mic; 1st (with Excludes valid ID) surfboards and 3rd Wed, Projektion Theater Film Series, feat. Excludes surfboards subversive and foreign films and documentaries, 8-10pm; Thurs., “Just A Taste,” free weekly wIne tasting and live music; 1st & 3rd Fri., Kersten Capra 9:30pm; 4th Fri., Brazilian Bossa Nova with Rafael Name & guests, 9pm-12pm.. 523 South 3rd St. 910-508-8982.

shopping and get your game on! Try your hand at new and old favorites—from Battleship to Spades to brand new games. Admission includes access to great games (instructions if needed!), snacks and drinks, and a visit to the Museum’s galleries. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. •Hours: 9am-5pm through 9/10; Tues-Sat; 1-5pm, Sun. $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members admitted free. 814 Market St. 910-7984367. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (hyllorhiza punctata) to its collection.The Exotic Aquatics Gallery traditionally features nonnative marine species. Guests can learn more about the life cycle of a jellyfish while viewing these beautiful animals. Educates the public on the importance of well-balanced ecosystems. • Events: Aquarist Apprentice, Behind the Scenes Tour, Breakfast with the Fishes, Mommy and Me, Canoeing the Salt Marsh, Surf Fishing Workshop. Pre-reg. classes. 910-458-8257; 900 Loggerhead Rd. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS, 10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Sat, Discovery Fitness, 4pm; Sun., Young Writer’s Club 2pm • 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.• 12/2, 1-4:30pm: Candyland Christmas: Celebrate the magic of the season with your entire family and Santa. Children will make candy cottages, enjoy goodies, make handmade ornaments, story time, share wish list with Santa, mix reindeer food, enjoy special holiday performances, and more! Donate 5 canned goods to ConsiderIt (bring them with you to the event) and receive a free brass Wilmington Collector’s Ornament! Members: $15 per child; $20 per child otherwise. Parents and Grandparents free. 254-3534. • 12/31: New Year’s Noon, 11am-1pm. Celebrate with us on New Year’s Eve and day! Count down to the New Year with the Children’s Museum December 31st and January 1st 11-1pm! Confetti, noise makers, fun! “Midnight” celebration will occur at noon. Free with admission or membership! www. CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: “The Transformative Power of Friend-

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ship: 3 Collectors, 3 Friends, 3 Gifts—From Gatehouse to Winehouse: Inside the Artist’s Workplace: Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell” CLASSES: Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm, and Wed., 9:30am-12:30pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/7-wks. • Cape Fear Festival of Trees, see page ? • Holiday Kids @ CAM with Santa, 12/10, noon-3pm. A day of fun-filled holiday art activities; make gifts & decorations; visit with Santa and enjoy our Special guest musicians from the Wilmington School of Music who will perform holiday tunes! • Museum School classes: 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024). • Tai Chi and Yoga! Beginners are always welcome. 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. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years. Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts. Housed in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4/family and includes access to entire Museum. Admission for 2012 only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2. North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St.910-763-2634, on 10/13-14, 10am: Fun for all ages! Drive trains, learn how to build models, check out merchandise, free whistles for kids, entertainment, refreshments, and more! Great family event benefits the Wilmington Railroad Museum. Only $5 per person, kids under age 5 free! 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

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sports/recreation WILMINGTON WATER TOURS 2 hour Eco/History Cruise Tues-Sat, 10am. Eagle’s Island Cruises 50 minute narrated cruises on the hour at 12, 1, 2, 3 & 4 pm daily MonSat. • See the beauty of the Cape Fear River, Sunset Cruise on Tues & Wed w/light narration. Departs 6pm for 2 hours. • Acoustic Spotlight on our Sunset Cruise is on Thurs-Sat., 6-8pm, w/different local musician. • Starlight Cruise on Thurs-Sat, 8:30pm for an hour. See the unique

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kids stuff HAPPY LITTLE SINGERS New class added! Sing, dance and play instruments with your little one. Early Childhood Music and Movement for ages 6 months to 5 years. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. and NOW 4:00 p.m. classes available too Downtown at Community Arts Center. Drop ins welcome. $10 per family. 910-777-8889 www. KIDS ART AT CREATION STATION Kids Art at Wrightsville Creation Station, Arrow Art Supply, near Wrightsville/Kerr Intersection. Now hosting classes by Kristin Frey. Make Your Own Holiday 3D Ornaments: Tuesday 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18; 1:30-3:30 or 4-6; ages 7 and up. Make a different project each week! Clay, sculpey, recycled metal, beads and paint $100 includes 4 weeks of classes/art supply kit ($40). • Make your own fun themed Menorah, Wed/Thurs, 12/56, 4-6pm. Ages 7 and up. $69, incl. supplies. All classes require 50% deposit. Arrow Fine Art Supplies, 1045 S. Kerr Ave. Reg: 910-399-4248. Homeschool discount rates.

lectures/readings ROSIE THE RIVETER The role of “Rosie the Riveter” and Wilmington women in World War II is the second in the fallwinter regional history lecture series of the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear scheduled for 11/29. Nationally known, award-winning Wilmington native author and military historian Wilbur Jones, chairman of the WWII Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition, will present the PowerPoint program at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center, 120 South Second Street, at 7pm; free and open to the public. and 910-4700393. Wilbur Jones at 910-7936393; BATTLE OF THE BULGE On Sun., 12/2, 2pm, our founder, Mr. Daughtry, returns for a reading from his oral history of WWII. Mr. D. was part of the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Buchenwald. Please join us in honoring his contributions to our country. Old Books on Front St. 249 N. Front St.

CNA PROGRAM AT MILLER MOTTE Miller Motte College will offer a new program, CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) to start Dec. 3rd. Students will be in class for 130 hours to finish the program. Classes start every month. For more information, please contact the main number and ask for someone in Admissions: (910)392-4660. 5000 Market St Wilmington, NC 28405 (Right side of building-Cosmetology Clinic) WILD BIRD AND GARDEN Join Wilmington locally owned businesses Wild Bird & Garden and Mahanaim Adventures on a birding kayak winter tour to Florida’s bird watching paradise, 2/5-8, 2013. Visit some of Florida’s diverse habitats, its location on migration routes, and its wild lands. Tour destinations on the Great Florida Birding Trail as well as Florida State Parks. Wild Bird & Garden, 3501 Oleander Drive: 910 343 6001 or

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PANDA’S FIRST CHIRSTMAS Continue the adventures of Panda and Sophie with Panda’s First Christmas! Panda explores snow for the first time... and so much for! A 22 page, full color, hard cover children’s book to be released this December. Retailers: Old Books on Front; Two Sisters Bookery; Pomegranate Books; Doggie By Nature; Cape Fear Spay/Neuter Clinic; Florida Keys S.P.C.A -Key West; Spots 2nd Spot; www.meetpanda.netUpcoming reading of Panda’s First Christmas at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington

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Eat your way through Wilmington’s food history and delights! Culinary Adventures Tour with food writer/chef Liz Biro; under a mile, wear comfortable shoes. Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Heart of Downtown, Drinks Downtown, Downtown Brunch Stroll, Foodie Shopping Tour, Custom and Special Group Tours and more! $25 and up! 910-545-8055 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, WILMINGTON PRIDE YOUTH GROUP Wilmington Pride Youth Group and GLBTQIA Youth meets 3rd Fri/mo., 5:30-7:30pm, downtown ILM (call for specific location). A safe, discrete location for youth to discuss various topics that effect the gay youth population. After group, play video games and socialize with friends. Free for people 25 and under. TR Nunley: 910-538-0234 or Par-

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tours 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) 251-8889 or 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. 910-794-7177, HENRIETTA III CRUISES An elegant, 3 tiered boat offering sight-seeing, lunch and dinner cruises, site seeing tours and a Sunset Dinner Cruise June-Aug. On the riverfront. April-Oct: Narrated sightseeing cruises 2:30pm 1-1/2 hours Tuesday-Sunday, Narrated lunch cruises 12:00 noon 1-1/2 hours Tuesday-Saturday. May-Oct: 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 North Carolina. 793-6393. TOURS OF OLD WILMINGTON Walking tours start at the end of Market and Water streets on the Cape Fear River. Times: 9am, 11am and 1pm, Wed-Sat., or Sun/Mon/Tues by appt. $12 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Seniors are $10. Provide step-on tours for bus tours and group-walking tours. Due to weather, call to check on times etc: 910-409-4300. THALIAN HALL TOURS In addition to a full schedule of performances, selfguided tours of the theater are offered Mon-Fri, 126pm, Sat 2-6pm. Guided tours by appt. 343-3664. 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. RSVP required: 910-794-1866; HAUNTED COTTON EXCHANGE TOURS Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours: Open 7 days a week, year-round, w/multiple tour guides leading the way, 10am-10pm. Call for specific tour times: 910-409-4300 TOUR OLD WILMINGTON Tour Old Wilmington’s history walking tours. Open 7 days a week, year-round, with multiply tour guides leading the way, 10am-10pm. Call for specific tour times. 910-409-4300

culinary WEEKLY FARMERS’ MARKETS Riverfront Farmer’s Market Saturdays, Downtown Wilmington (Through Dec.;; Leland Town Farmers’ Market, w/addition of handmade local crafts to the lineup of fresh vegetables and locally-produced farm products. Held in conjunction with the Leland Friends of the Library Book Sale. Second Sat of month. Magnolia House Lawn, 102 Town Hall Dr. www.townofleland. com/parksandrec.html 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. GREATER ILM SPORTS CLUB LUNCHEON 12/6, 11:30: Be part of Wilmington’s group for those who love sports. Join the Greater Wilmington Sports Club for their next luncheon. Hear from New Hanover County High School Basketball Coaches. The Sports Club supports Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame scholarships for student athletes. To register or for more information go PLEASURE ISLAND FRESH MARKET

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ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April) “They are trying to make me into a fixed star,” complained religious leader Martin Luther a few centuries ago. “I am an irregular planet.” I invite you to use that declaration as your own in the coming weeks. You have every right to avoid being pinned down, pigeonholed and forced to be consistent. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need abundant freedom to mutate your identity. You deserve a poetic license that allows you to play a variety of different roles and explore the pleasures of unpredictable self-expression.

LEO (22 July – 22 Aug.) In our calendar, there is no special holiday devoted to honoring the joy and power of rebellion. This oversight confounds me. All my experience tells me that the urge to revolt is a fundamental human need. Every one of us has a sacred duty to regularly rise up and overthrow a stale status quo that is oppressing us, whether that’s an organized group effort we’re part of or our own deadening routine. I’m telling you this, Leo, because it’s an excellent time to celebrate your own Rebellion Jubilee. Your vitality will soar as you shed numbing habits and decaying tradition.

TAURUS (21 April – 20 May) “The StarSpangled Banner” is America’s national anthem. It features the lyrics of a patriotic poem written by Francis Scott Key. But the melody itself is entirely lifted from a bawdy old song that celebrates Bacchus, the ancient god of wine and ecstatic dancing. I love it when things are re-purposed as dramatically as that. Do you? The coming weeks will be prime time to r-purpose stuff with creative abandon. Make the past useful for the future, Taurus. Turn good old ideas into fantastic new ones. Don’t just recycle; transform.

VIRGO (23 Aug. – 22 Sept.) Recently you’ve had resemblances to an 8-year-old kid wearing the pajamas you loved when you were 5. Your bare arms are jutting out beyond where the sleeves end, and there’s a similar thing going on with your legs. The fabric is ripped here and there because it can’t accommodate how much you’ve grown. You’re feeling discomfort in places where the overly tight fit is squeezing your flesh. All of this is somewhat cute but mostly alarming. I wish you would wean yourself of the past and update your approach.

GEMINI (21 May – 20 June) I’m guessing that in the coming weeks you will be receiving a multitude of inquiries, invitations and temptations— probably more than you feel capable of responding to and certainly more than you “should” respond to. A few of these opportunities might be appealing and lead to interesting adventures. But some will be useless, diversionary or trivial. Will you be able to tell the difference? That’s your big challenge. If you’d like help dodging unwanted solicitations, give out this phone number as your own: 212-479-7990. It’s a free service provide by “The Rejection Line” at People calling that number will be politely told you aren’t available.

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CANCER (21 June – 21 July) For millennia, the plant known as the yellow avalanche lily has thrived on mountain slopes and meadows throughout western North America. It blooms early in the spring, just in time for broad-tailed hummingbirds that migrate from Central America to sip the flower’s nectar. Now there’s a problem with that ancient arrangement. Due to global warming, the lily blossoms 17 days earlier than it used to. But the hummingbirds haven’t made an adjustment in their schedule, so they’re barely showing up in time to get their full allotment of nectar. I suspect this is a metaphor for a shift you may be facing in your own life rhythm. Fortunately, you’ve been forewarned, and you can adjust better than the hummingbird?

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LIBRA (23 Sept. – 23 Oct.) A lot of leopard frogs live on Staten Island, one of New York City’s five boroughs. Most of them make a sound that resembles a long snore or a rapid chuckle. Over the years, biologists have also detected a third type of frogly expression: a clipped, repetitive croak. Just this year, they finally figured out that this belonged to an entirely distinct species of leopard frog that they had never before identified. It’s still so new it doesn’t have a name yet. I expect a metaphorically similar development in your life, Libra. You will become aware of a secret that has been hiding in plain sight. You will “find” something that actually revealed itself to you some time ago. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 Nov.) Tom Tolbert is a sports talk show host on San Francisco radio station KNBR. I am amazingly neutral about him. Nothing he says fascinates me or mirrors my own thoughts. On the other hand, he never makes me mad and he’s not boring. I neither like him nor dislike him. I simply see him for who he is, without any regard for what he can do for me. He has become a symbol of the possibility that I’m able to look at a human being with complete impartiality, having no wish for him to be different from what he is. In the coming week, I suggest you try to achieve this enlightened state of mind on a regular basis. It’s prime time, astrologically speaking, to ripen your mastery of the art of objectivity.

SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.) If you say “rabbit rabbit rabbit” as soon as you wake up on the first day of the month, you will have good luck for the next 30 to 31 days. At least that’s how reality works according to a British superstition. Judging from your astrological omens, I don’t think you will have to resort to magic tricks like that to stimulate your good fortune. In the next four weeks, I suspect you will be the beneficiary of a flood of cosmic mojo, as well as a surge of divine woowoo, a shower of astral juju and an upwelling of universal googoo gaga. If it would give you even more confidence to invoke your favorite superstitions, though, go right ahead. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.) According to Greek myth, Perseus cut off the head of Medusa. She was the creature whose hair was composed of snakes and whose gaze could turn a person into stone. The immortal winged horse Pegasus was instantaneously born from Medusa’s blood. He ultimately became an ally to the nine Muses, and Zeus relied on him to carry thunder and lightning. I predict that while you’re sleeping, Capricorn, you will have a dream that contains elements of this myth. Here’s a preliminary interpretation of that dream: You are undergoing a transition that could in a sense give you the power of flight and a more abundant access to a muse. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 Feb.) It’s time for you to be leader of the pack, Aquarius; to take your gang to the next level; to make sure the group mind isn’t suppressing innovation and enforcing peer pressure but is rather inspiring every member of the tribe to be as creative as they dare to be. And if it’s not realistic for you to wield that much power, then do whatever you can to synergize the alliances that hold your posse together. Build team morale. Gossip constructively. Conspire to animate an influx of fresh magic. PISCES (19 Feb. – 20 Mar.) If you’re a food company that wants to sell chicken in the shape of a chicken wing, it must have actual chicken wing meat in it. Otherwise, the law says you’ve got to call your product “wyngz.” I’ve always thought that there’s a lot of information the media presents as “news” that is really as fake as wyngz. That’s why I advocate calling the bogus stuff “newzak” (rhymes with “muzak”). Your assignment in the coming weeks, Pisces, is to make sure you’re not putting out any wyngz or newzak-like stuff in your own chosen field. The fates will help you rather dramatically if you put a high premium on authenticity.

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