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hodgepodge| PG. 18: COMMunIty InvEstMEnt Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine need help to make debut album

Working in a friend’s studio, tracking the varied instruments of nine members, Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine sweat sonic innovation. Their vibrant take on traditional folk and soul is complete with a hauntingly dissonant trifecta of songbirds, including Justin Lacy, Sophie Amelkin and Adam Powell. Frontman Lacy says the band is ready to record a radio-quality debut album, but it requires community support. Thus, they’re launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000, and the kickoff party gets it started on Friday, December 2nd, at Satellite. Bethany Turner finds out why a high quality record is so important to Lacy; check out the interview on page 18. Courtesy photo

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“A Black Friday Antidote” A curious article appeared in the leftie blog The Huffington Post, claiming that when the Occupy Wall Street protesters set up their own anti-shopping effort on Black Friday, they revealed themselves to be a bunch of snobs out of touch with the American people. The author

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stated that the OWS cry against consumerism showed that they really don’t represent “the 99%” at all. Not true. It’s about time someone takes on this beast called consumerism. Most of the people I work with are middleclass, two-income parents who are away from their children 11 hours out of every day except weekends. They commute at least an hour per

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day to well-paying jobs that provide an income large enough to keep the kids happy and the neighbors from smirking at their car. Their children are being raised by nannies, grandmas, public school teachers and after-school caregivers. These coworkers of mine bemoan that they never get to see their children. They accuse themselves of poor parenting, but see no other way to provide the gadgets expected of them: the laptops, big-screen TVs and everything invented by Steve Jobs beginning with the letter “i.” Their children grow up as strangers, and to make this a little easier to deal with, my friends will pull extra shifts, not so much to pay property tax and mortgage, but to keep the gadgets coming, always newer, faster, bigger and MORE. Family hiking trips and trips to other outdoor locations are out. Shopping vacations are in. This is how a huge number of American families pass their time together, the conversations they share while driving to mega-malls and mega-churches: They share stories about their purchases. So somebody does need to raise a strong voice against consumerism, even if it is a bunch of kids wandering lower Manhattan who haven’t had a bath in a while. Somebody needs to ask why is it so hard for American families to sit in a room together without being attached to separate electronic devices? You certainly won’t be encouraged to rethink these priorities by the media, with every news outlet providing up-tothe-minute Black Friday results as if our lives depended on them. Is it possible for families to unplug everything and just go to a park? Even if you don’t want to Occupy it, just go there. Sincerely, Pat Reed

story of Freaker USA vs. Urban Outfitters.

7 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd shares the latest odd stories.

artsy smartsy ............. 8-23 8-11 theatre: Shea Carver speaks with local playwright John Grudzien as Big Dawg Productions runs a double bill of his work; Brown Coat produces interactive murder mystery theatre with ‘Murder Boat’; Gwenyfar indulges in the holiday offerings of City Stage’s ‘Santaland Diaries.’

12-13 art: Sarah Richter bids adieu to Walls Fine Art Gallery as they close the doors and relocate to West Virginia on Dec. 11th; Bethany Turner shares two local arts-and-crafts sales taking place on Saturday, December 3rd.

14 gallery listings: Check out what’s hanging in area art galleries.

16-17 film: Alex Pompliano goes behind the scenes of ‘Come Hell or High Water,’ screening at Brooklyn Arts Center on Thursday the 1st; Anghus dishes on the ‘Twilight’ saga.

18 music: Bethany chats with frontman Justin Lacy about his band the Swimming Machine a few days before their Kickstarter campaign and party kicks off at Satellite.

20-23 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues from Wilmington to Jacksonville.

grub & guzzle............... 26-29 24-29 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through our dining guide!

30 guzzle: Christina Dore meets Randall the Enamel Animal, a machine that can infuse new flavors into brews, at Cape Fear Wine and Beer.

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gratitude and reflection, several people have asked if I could put together a set of ways to start living local. Making the commitment sometimes starts on a modicum scale: say, purchasing 20 percent from local sources. Right now, a good way to inaugurate yourself into the Live Local pledge is to commit to purchase a chunk of your holiday gifts from small, local businesses. Besides giving loved ones something that says, “Hi, I’m thinking about you, and value you in my life,” you might also be saving the job of the person waiting on you behind the counter. Ways to live local are vast and varied. They come mainly from the point that as we talk about the need for supporting our local economy, we stand a great chance of creating market demand. 1. Ask for locally produced goods and food, and buy made in the USA products! Ask for them by name. If we do not ask for and follow through with our actions, then there is no market demand for local. Why should we buy locally? To keep our money here, to spend it over and over again in this community, rather than letting it leave in these troubled times. 2. Say “thank you” to businesses that support Live Local. It’s as important to let them know the reasons they have your repeat business. 3. Spread the news of your newfound com-

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mitment. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, outlining why you have chosen to support local. It takes 10 minutes and can have a lasting impact on your neighbors. The job you save might live next door to you. More so, tell friends, family and acquaintances, and start the dialogue to keep its momentum going. 4. Ask your congregation, place of employment or organizations for which you volunteer to pass a local purchasing preference. Religious congregations especially wrestle with issues of ethical import regularly. The choice to spend money and how it has lasting implications in our current society is of value. We can have a really vibrant community contributing to fund-raisers if we pool from our resources. For example, chances are, if you have a contractor in your congregation, you aren’t going to hire one that does not worship with you and give the business away. Ask people to share these values and make a commitment to support the community that supports you. 5. Visit a farmers’ market when they’re in season. We have them all over our counties, from Pender to Brunswick, and encore lists them in the calendar in season. It’s a great way to spend the morning: see and meet friends, get fresh flowers and vegetables, find out who is growing your food, purchase handmade cheese and hear great music. What could be simpler and more fun?

11. Joi The powe consume started: P Tidal Cree 6. Avoid mega stores and chains. The next time if they fo you want to buy clothes, a lamp or kitchen appli- stronger ance, children’s toys, a burger or music, research take this your local options carefully. Check for resale shops, local coop mom-and-pop businesses or thumb through local classified options. Find out about the diner around 12. Mo the corner and who owns it. Put a face to the name bank or c of the business. Choose to support independents fort. You over chains and mega-stores. Make careful deci- move any sions when shopping online. Are monies going to a have set conglomerate or to the artisan clothing store down credit unio the street? talked ab and the e 7. Hold your political representatives account- of useful i able for the communities they represent and how they interact with them financially. During election 13. Rid years, ask the candidates to invest in your econo- cheaper— my by questioning them about their platforms on going to t sales taxes, local jobs and purchasing preferences. health and You are hiring them to manage and spend your money. The election is your opportunity to tell them 14. Ga what you want. Do you like giving Lanier Parking is local by nearly a million dollars a year? Couldn’t that be bet- not spent ter spent here instead of going to Atlanta, where If you don they’re based? Do you want more job outsourcing? nials and Do you want more jobs here? If we do not ask our elected officials to invest in our economy, they have 15. Edu no incentive to do it. Your vote is your voice. about the on your li 8. Start a time bank or barter network. Do you out the f have skills that could be valued by others? Why not pendent b trade them with someone who knows how to do shelves, t something you need? Swap childcare, appliances, Swindle”

or time spent sitting with elderly relatives. 9. Join a chapter of Slow Money. One has recently set up shop in Wilmington (more to come on this story soon in encore). Slow Money uses community investment to make micro loans that strengthen our local food system. If that is where your values lie, think about putting your money where your mouth is (literally). 10. Pay off your debt and live debt-free, ethically and happily. When you’re not paying interest rates or instituting fees on merchants who run credit cards, more money stays in local borders. The more I think about the questions raised by the Occupy movements, the more I realize that getting my credit cards paid off and not sending money to the corporate giants that outsource jobs and funnel money to offshore bank accounts is the only way Ican really make a difference. Thanks to “Your Money or Your Life” (see #15), I have a strategy and a plan in place. Though it might not come through on the timeline I aim for, it does give me a good rubric to work with. Every time I pay cash instead of swiping plastic and charge the merchant processing fees, I keep more money here, where I want to see it over and over again. 11. Join or start a buying cooperative. The power of bulk buying allows for greater consumer power. This is how Tidal Creek started: People here wanted the options Tidal Creek could provide and realized that if they formed a cooperative, they had a stronger market voice. The easy way to take this step is to become a member of a local cooperative. 12. Move your money to a community bank or credit union. This takes some effort. You have to close your bank account, move any automatic drafts or payments you have set up, and find a community bank or credit union that meets your needs. We have talked about this topic a lot in this column and the encore archives online contain a lot of useful information. 13. Ride your bike or walk. Seriously, it’s cheaper—the money stays here instead of going to the Middle East. It’s better for your health and the environment. 14. Garden. Any food you grow yourself is local by definition. It’s also food you have not spent money on but rather sweat equity. If you don’t feel up to vegetables, try perennials and herbs. 15. Educate yourself. Want to learn more about the impact of your spending choices on your life and the lives of others? Check out the following books (available at independent bookstores; if they’re not on the shelves, the folks can order them). “Big-Box Swindle” by Stacy Mitchell; “Small is Beau-

tiful” by E F Schumacher; “Your Money or Your Life” by Viki Robin and Joe Dominguez. For info on your food choices try “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barabra Kingsolver; “Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal” by Joel Salatin; or “The Holy Earth” by Liberty Hyde Bailey. Please, pick one or two of these this season and try them. See how they feel, and may you all have a prosperous and joyous holiday and new year!

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front line report: Local Freakers take on corporate giant Urban Outfitters


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parlance, “been ripped off”—and by a giant conglomerate nonetheless who macks on the appeal of hipsters, selling “cool” clothes and tchotchke items worldwide. Perhaps a better name for today’s Urban Outfitters (UO) is “ripster,” seeing as their design aesthetics and products are merely fraudulant. This is apparently business practices as usual over at URBN Inc., which also runs Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN and Terrain. A quick Google search of “Urban Outfitters Infringement” or “Urban Outfitter rip-offs” turns up hundreds of results—my favorite being the cease and desist order by the Navajo Tribe, who surprisingly own the copyright to the term “Navajo.” They felt Urban Outfitters did not have the right to brand a clothing line with their name attached to it. “The Village Voice” ran a piece in 2010, exposing Urban Outfitter’s repeated thievery, showcasing invariable designs they lifted from artists at the Brooklyn Flea Market. Several of the people profiled were never even approached by Urban Outfitters—they just found their work pirated with no please or thank you. It just sticks in the craw, doesn’t it? Here in one corner, we have honest, hardworking, creative types trying to keep a roof over their heads. In the other corner, we have a soul-less international company that would rather fund shoddy factory work in China than pay a fair price to the creator. Which one would you rather support? A Wilmington-based company and success story, the Freaker—an ultimate knitted bottle koozie—is now the victim of the UO racket. Developed locally by Zac Crain, who is really Zonker Harris from

hler by Gwenyfar Ro nist Live Local colum Doonesbury come to life, Crain started making bottle koozies out of old sweaters (presumably the remnants from the sweaters he was tailoring for his dog, Pete) at a local Stitch ‘n’ Bitch meeting years ago. After finding initial success with the product at the Castle Street Mission, he began working with Robinwood, a small hosiery mill in Troy, NC, to make larger orders created from local demand. Made only three hours away from Wilmington, the koozie became the Bottle Freaker and in 2011 evolved into simply Freaker. Their tagline, “Made in the Freaking USA,” isn’t only boasted with pride but fundamental in their belief system and business model. The bottom of each Freaker needs to be sewn as a finishing detail, and it’s done not only in our country but state. “A technician at the mill [said] his wife needed a job,” Crain says. “So she started sewing the bottoms for us—which means he is so much more interested in helping us and making sure we do well.” After a successful Kickstarter fundraiser ended in the spring, which paid out over $60k, the local business was able to turn larger orders and expand. Since, the Freakers have gained momentum, as they held a grassroots campaign across the entire U.S., going from state to state in their Freaker box car, throwing grilled

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cheese parties and spreading their love and product. They single-handedly have built a brand out of exciting, guerrilla-style marketing, meeting face-to-face with customers and followers. Crain was smart enough at the beginning of his Freaker journey to apply for a patent on the knit koozie. He also began exclusively selling them at local artisan boutique Edge of Urge. In July of 2010, Crain sent a package to Urban Outfitters to see if they might be interested in carrying Freakers as well. “And they called,” he says with his signature grin and shrug. “They called! But they wanted it for dirt cheap.” Crain decided to offer them an introductory rate which was less than what a normal wholesale price would be, “just so they could test it,” he clarifies. By November of 2010, Freakers were in Urban Outfitters across the nation. Yet, they ended up not doing so well in the stores; however, the Internet was a different story.

“They started to sell really well online because it was demonstrated,” Crain explains. “It had a picture with a bottle and showed how it worked.” Urban Outfitters called to order more for their online catalog. After the re-order, Crain made it clear that if they were going to continue to do business, the introductory rate would need to be replaced by the regular wholesale pricing. That’s when things started getting strange. Urban Outfitters didn’t want to pay the wholesale price for the Freaker. “They wanted us to develop this ‘new product’ that was basically a Freaker but just made for a wine bottle,” Crain discloses. Yet, the beauty of the Freaker is that it fits on anything: cans, water bottles, wine bottles and even jugs! By February 2011 Zac had pinned down the buyer from Urban Outfitters. “It was more yarn, more everything and at a cheaper price than she had gotten the Freaker for.” He sighs. “I knew I wasn’t going to do it, but I wanted to keep e-mailing to have a better idea of what they wanted. The last e-mail I sent said I wasn’t going to do it, but that the product they were developing would most definitely be infringing upon the patent I had filed for.” The Freaker crew has not heard from Urban Outfitters since, but the direct steal is a wine bottle koozie made in various designs, just as Freakers have created, pandas and owls included. Once word hit the street the Wednesday before Thanksgiving that UO had ripped off Freaker, the corporation’s Facebook page blew up with Freaker supporters responding in dismay. The love spread across America seems to be catching up with the Freaker crew. Thankfully, Crain has documented all of the unfoldings carefully and has a cease and deisist order in the works with their lawyer. Right now, they need help from us: Get the word out about Urban Outfitters, but more importantly keep spreading the word about Freaker USA! Will our hometown David hold their own against the mighty mega corporatio, Goliath? I know where I’m putting my money— how about you?

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LEAD STORY Enterprising reporters get stories by earning the trust of their sources, which Simon ell reallyEroro of the Post-Courier (Port Moresby, was dem-Papua New Guinea) obviously did. At a banlains. “Itquet in November, the News Limited (Rupert ottle andMurdoch’s empire) awarded Eroro its “Scoop ” of the Year” honor for reporting on militant ed to or-tribal fighters of the Free West Papua movee catalog.ment a scoop he had to earn by agreeing ain madeto undergo a ritual circumcision, with bamboo ere goingsticks, to prove his sincerity. (Some of the ness, therebels still wear penis gourds whose size varuld needies with the status of the wearer.) e regular at’s whenThe Litigious Society strange. An Illinois appeals court finally threw out t want toa lawsuit in August, but not before the twoe for theyear-long battle had created a foot-high pile of legal filings on whether two “children” develop(now ages 23 and 20) could sue their mother was basi-for bad parenting while they were growing made forup. Among the claims were mom’s failure send birthday cards or “care” packages e Freakerduring the kids’ college years and calling her ng: cans,daughter at midnight to ask that she return ttles andhome from a party (and once failing to take the girl to a car show). Zac had Todd Remis, an unemployed stock-maryer fromket research analyst, filed a lawsuit in 2009 was moreagainst the photographer of his 2003 wedand at ading, citing breach of contract because the had got-400 shots taken during the ceremony failed He cover several key moments, such as the to do it,“last dance.” A November 2011 New York mailing toTimes report pointed out that Remis is dewanted.manding not just the return of his $4,100, t going tobut for the photographer to pay for re-creere devel-ating the missing scenes by covering travel infringingexpenses for all 40 guests to reconvene. (Remis and his wife have divorced; she has eard fromreturned to her native Latvia, and Remis rect stealdoes not even know how to contact her.) n various Consumer Rights: Jonathan Rothstein created,of Encino, Calif., filed a lawsuit in Septemword hitber against Procter & Gamble for selling its e Thanks-Crest toothpaste in “Neat Squeeze” packeaker, theages, which Rothstein said make it impossiw up withble to access the last 20 percent of the conn dismay.tents, thus forcing consumers to buy more a seemstoothpaste prematurely. (He wants Procter & ker crew.Gamble to return 90 cents to everyone who ed all ofbought Neat Squeeze packages.) Sarah a ceaseDeming of Keego Harbor, Mich., filed a lawwith theirsuit in September against the distributor of p from us:the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) Outfitters,because its trailers promised fast-driving ading thescenes (like those in the “Fast and Furious” series), but delivered mostly just drama. their ownFine Points of the Law atio, Goli- A recent vicious, unprovoked attack in Tomoney—ronto by Sammy the cat on Molly the black Labrador (bloodying Molly’s ear, paws and eye)

left Molly’s owner without recourse to Ontario’s or Toronto’s “dangerous pet” laws. The owner told the Toronto Star in November that, apparently, only dangerous dogs are covered. Maya the cat was central to a recent contentious British immigration case when a judge seemed to favor residence for a Bolivian national because of Maya. The judge had concluded that the Bolivian man and his British partner had established a close-knit “family” relationship because of the need to care for Maya. Ironies Unclear on the Concept: Licensed Texas physician Akili Graham, 34, who gives paid motivational speeches on healthy living (“How to Deal With Stress”), was arrested in October in Houston and accused as the front man for four “pain clinics” that allegedly dispense prescription drugs illegally. A chief child-abuse investigator for the Catholic Church in Britain, Christopher Jarvis, 49, was sentenced in October following his guilty plea to possession of over 4,000 child-sex images on his computer. Jarvis had been hired in 2002 to protect against pedophiles’ access to church groups. Why People Love Washington: U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in August that he and a partner had “settled” the lawsuit brought by the Bartow County Bank for failing to repay a $2.2 million loan they had taken out in 2007. Graves has been a staunch advocate for governmental fiscal austerity and voted against raising the federal debt-ceiling in August. However, he had balked at repaying the $2.2 million (though he had signed a personal guarantee) because, he said, the bank should have known when it made the loan that Graves would be unable to pay it back. Violinist Martin Stoner, 60, who lost his job after 25 years and who is suing the New York City Ballet for age discrimination, petitioned federal judge Robert Patterson to disqualify himself from the case because he is too old (88) and, according to Stoner, has vision and hearing problems.

Compelling Explanations Management consultant Graham Gibbons, 42, was on trial in Cardiff, Wales, at press time, charged with making a clandestine video of himself and his then-girlfriend in bed. Gibbons denied being a pervert, insisting that he made the video to analyze, for “efficiency,” the “time and motion” of his “performance,” as he might do for corporate clients. (Despite his alleged improved lovemaking, the girlfriend broke up with him.) West Virginia roadkill-cooking activist David Cain told Bloomberg News in October that he generally supported Volvo’s new driver-safety technology that warns of objects ahead in the road. Cain pointed out that it was just a warning, that the driver “could still choose to run over something that’s good for eating.” People With Issues In November, Tommy Joe Kelly, unsuccessfully acting as his own lawyer, was convicted of slashing a stranger’s tire by an Austin, Texas, jury, despite his explanation. “OK, I’m going to tell you the truth on this one,” he said from the witness stand. “It doesn’t sound right, but it is. I ... had hemorrhoids at that time, super duper bad.” (There have been 391 tire slashings in Kelly’s neighborhood over the last four years, but he was charged with only one count, and sentenced to 10 years in jail.)

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son, local playwright John Grudzien decided to showcase his latest stories at the home of Big Dawg Productions’ Cape Fear Playhouse, with all proceeds benefitting the local company. Coming off a season of hits, including “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Moonlight and Magnolias,” as well as “Rumors,” Big Dawg’s artistic director, Ken Cressman, and company continue pushing their talents and performance value within the community. “They have had a terrific 2011 season,” Grudzien says, “and I would like to show my support in helping them bring new and classic works to the stage here in the years ahead.” In the vein of continuing to produce fresh, enlivened plays, Grudzien has cullled a double bill to kick off December 2nd. He will feature “Still Learning” and “Looeyville,” each an hour long, in hopes of giving the audience a memorable show. “I wanted to try something different—a comedy and drama back to back,” Grudzien says. It isn’t the first time he’s approached his work in such a manner either. Much like a book of short stories, he wrote “Six By Twenty” as six 20-minute plays ranging from historical drama to contemporary comedy. Though TWO will have feature-length plays, the outcome will be the same to the audience: a spectrum of work to gauge the writer’s talents. “When you go to a concert or an art gallery showing, you hear and see different works from the same artist,” Grudzien explains. “That’s what I am trying

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here, a range of work in one evening.” “Still Learning” revolves around two characters, young and old, and the growing pains they’re constantly experimenting and learning from in life. It also contains familial ties and transgressions, as a grandson searches for and finds his eccentric actress of a grandmother, who provides insight into his life. Grudzien’s writing process usually starts with one question: “What if?” He works around it with story line, dialogue and setting, all to help flesh out the characters’ voices and personalities. In “Still Learning,” the show features local actress Suzanne Nystrom playing Mona, the grandmother. “Suzanne has just finished filming the movie [‘Arthur Newman, Golf Pro’] with Colin Firth and Emily Blunt,” Grudzien says. “She is a wonderful actress.” Her grandson will be played by UNCW student and young actor Caleb Andrew Ward. “Looeyville” is more light-hearted, a character comedy involving a sports writer suffering from a bout of writer’s block. He goes to group therapy and, upon meeting other patients, somehow becomes involved in solving a Kentucky Derby mystery (sounds very Wood Allen-esque, no?). The cast list is a bit longer and more involved in “Looeyville.” There is Martha (Terrie Batson), who seemingly fears everything in life, and Nora (Sarah Chambers), a burn-out from corporate America. Matt Warzel—also starring in “Arthur Newman, Golf Pro”—plays Jake, a zany detective. The main character, sports writer Clay, will be filled out by Kilby O’Rourk.

With his hands full, Grudzien maintains creative control throughout much of his writing. “I’ve written and directed all of my own work to date,” he says. “Ideas spring from so many places—traveling, seeing a piece of art, hearing people and just my imagination.” Like many writers who indulge in the craft out of daunting need, to create and pen worlds of fantasy and fiction or non-fiction and reality, Grudzien works with one end result. “My only goal and fulfillment is to connect with an audience,” he says. He’s done so quite well, too. Last year he premiered “Writing Letters” and “Monk’s Brew” at the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre. According to Grudzien, it is “a great venue for new and wellknown work.” He’s also shown previous works there, including “Namaste Indiana,” “Rock and Roll Gods” and “Portfolio Work.” It’s only befitting he share his talent across downtown. Grudzien will debut at Cape Fear Playhouse whose continuing involvement on Wilmington’s arts scene makes our city more vibrant. With the help of his assistant director, Hilary Morgan Snow, and wonderful input from the Big Dawg tech and set crew, TWO, featuring “Looeyville” and “Still Learning” will open December 2nd and run for two weekends only. Grudzien’s pen isn’t running out of ink any time soon either. He’s already planning work for the new year. “I am writing a theatre piece as well as a film script—plus a musical for the stage, which will be here spring 2012.” Stay tuned to encore for all the details.

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captivated audiences for years. Whether played through childhood board games like Clue, or read in the pages of young adult mystery novels, society is obsessed with a good story involving thrills and maybe a few shrills along the way. For Stuart Anderson, his fascination came from “Choose Your Own Adventure” books and a family member who found them, oh, say, “elementary, Watson!” “My grandpa has a deep love for mysteries,” Anderson says, “including Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.” Anderson fell as hard after putting himself in the protagonist’s shoes to determine the outcome for every character involved. Once he saw movies like “Clue” and “Murder by Death,” he fell harder, screaming for characters to stay away from a door or run for their lives. It was then he began processing interactive scripts more fully. “I’ve lost interest and sympathy for a character in a film when they make a choice I’d never do,” Anderson explains. “I thought,

by Shea Carver Murder Boat and Theatre Brown Coat Pub et 111 Grace Stre or 16-18, 8 p.m. 12/2-4, 9-11 & matinees 5 p.m. Sunday .com • guerillatheatre 15 -$ $8 s: et ck Ti What if the character asked for advice from the audience? Of course in cinema it’s not possible, so in this case live theater has the one-up on movies.” A writer who has produced three plays already, his foray into murder mystery is new. He sought redemption for reading the adventure books of youth and hopes to attract the ADD crowd, who, like him, have their own opinions of how a show should end. “Murder Boat” takes place on the open waters to detract from easy escape routes that landlocked characters can seek for ref-

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uge. Though Anderson originally had set the show in the English countryside, on a large estate, nonetheless, he switched directions after finding the scenario too cliché. “The setting on a boat gives way to a clausterphobic environment with the limitations that come along with being on a yacht,” he says. With 12 characters vying for lead attention (or not), the audience will have their work cut out for them in discovering the killer. Anderson, too, had a hard time keeping them all under control during the play’s inception. “I could have gone in any direction with so many characters,” he says. “In fact, I realized about half-way through the script I’d have to make them less multi-faceted and more two-dimensional. Otherwise, the play would go from an an hour-and-a-half to a five-hour saga.” He cheated a bit to do so. He merged personalities, combining some quirks with other attitudes, “augmenting the things that stand out most. The end result is a great fusion,” he says. Auditions were held to cast the roles with the exception of the lead, who he had pre-cast with an actress in mind. Unfortunately, she had to quit three-weeks in, leaving Anderson with a major gaping hole. “Two other actresses left for different reasons,” he adds, “and finding all the male actors was like pulling teeth. Every inch of locating them was so hard. The lesson through it all: Unless you have hundreds of people auditioning for your production never—ever!— write a play with 12 characters!” Alas, it’s all under control despite his numerous ups and downs. The show is set to open this weekend at Brown Coat Pub and Theatre—no stranger to the murder mystery phenomenon that has swept over our city among other theatre companies during the

past couple of years. “I’d like to think we were among the group that got the murder mystery bandwagon rolling in Wilmington,” Richard Davis, artistic director at Brown Coat, says. “‘Not Another Murder Mystery’ by Steve Caverno was the first play ever produced in the Brown Coat back in January of 2008.” Though others have staged more “commercially viable scripts,” according to Davis, Brown Coat “likes to gamble on fresher, riskier works by local playwrights. It is far less about producing a specific genre than helping a promising, passionate, young playwright like Stuart realize his dream.” While many murder mysteries often come off campy or even cheesy, Anderson hopes to convey work that is comedically timed, well-written and acted, and especially engaging for audiences. “Murder mysteries are unique animals,” Davis says. “They’re over-the-top, broadly drawn caricatures of specific stereotyped people with ridiculously expositional dialogue, all woven into a ludicrously compelling style.” That the show is driven by the audience means it must succeed in relaying crucial points of information on who is guilty or not. That’s the actor’s primal concern. “Stuart adds an entirely new wrinkle into his script,” Davis says, “which is probably the main reason I chose to produce it. Many of the things the actors do in this play are determined in real time by the audience. It’s risky, it’s unpredictable, and it’s exactly the kind of theatre I want to produce at the Brown Coat.” The show opens Friday and runs through Sunday for the next three weekends; tickets are $8 to $15.





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holiday tradition, whether it involves eating certain foods, caroling or ongoing gag-gift exchanges to guide them through the holiday season. As a person who loathes the holidays, about the only part that gets me through the madness is knowing that at some point my fellow curmudgeon David Sedaris will remind me I could have it worse: I could be a dressed like an elf and work in Macy’s Santaland. City Stage’s annual production of “Santaland Diaries” is really the only thing I look forward to this time of year. I await the announcement of each year’s Crumpet (the Scrooge-like elf) with curiosity and fascination. This year it is none other than veteran thespian, musician and playwright Zach Hanner. Admittedly, I have loved Hanner onstage since he played a 16-year-old girl in a bikini in Five and Dime Theatre Company’s “Psycho Beach Party” over 15 years ago. So, when I heard he was playing Crumpet in 2011, I audibly cheered! We all have had crappy jobs, which is why “Santaland Diaries” is a show that continues to hold up over time. Sedaris is known for his self-deprecating humor that strikes a universal chord. Based off of his first winter living in NYC, when he worked at Macy’s Santaland, it’s all relatable. From the line “I’m a 33-year-old man who might not be able to get a job as an elf,” to the last frightening exchange with his manager, the realities of the working world are humorously portrayed. Though on the surface it chronicles the seasonal job from hell, it is, like most of Sedaris’ writing, about peeling back our own layers and learning more about what it really means to be human. Part of why I look forward to this show is because even though the script stays the same, each different actor interprets it to his own liking, which makes its shine invariably. Hanner has paid homage to Michael Granberry’s inaugural performance, which was mostly as a stand-up routine in comparison to other years of high production values. This production is the return to one set; there is no “big reveal” of Santaland, as shown over the last couple years. It’s just Hanner in his elf costume. Likewise, annually, the costume plays up the physicality of that year’s performer. Hanner is tall and thin, so on him the costume is ridiculously baggy. He even managed to get out of wearing the pointy shoes (“My Macy’s issue elfin’ Nikes!”). Hanner plays Crumpet as gay, such as the script mandates, but I really like that his choices avoid

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easy sterotypes that pander to the lowest common denominator: no limp wrists, discernable lisp or mincing walk. Hanner still manages to communicate to us volumes about Crumpet’s shyness, insecurity, values and basic confusion about humanity. While watching him onstage, I was reminded that Hanner has spent a lot of time in the last few years both writing scripts for children’s theatre and performing in theatre for children. There is a very specific sort of animation that he brings to the storytelling and creation of the characters that Crumpet presents to the viewers. It has the attitude of someone used to working with audiences that have very short attention spans: He goes big and keeps them focused. Also, when he acts out any of the interaction with the kids described in the show, there is a very natural and genuine attitude. These conversations with people half his height know they are his superior—as every child knows about the adults around them. It is completely second nature for him. As always, the Ho, Ho, Ho’s are lots of fun. Chiaki Ito, Katherine Vernon and Katherine Rudeseal are the carolers from hell— or maybe just the strip-club down the street. It seems each year the costumes get more outrageous; this year they have fake eyelashes a jet plane could land on. But it is

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not just the costumes, the props or the suggestive choreography which make them a holiday favorite: They can sing! A capella! In harmony! They are great! The surprise encore following the curtain call is a real treat and a nice icing on this now familiar cake. An accomplished musician, his long-time membership with local band Da Howlies makes his curtain call a harmonic ending, kids’ plastic kazoo and ukulele included. Hanner serenades the audience with “Mele Kalikimaka” and puts Bing Crosby to shame. City Stage has put on another wonderful holiday tradition. “Santaland Diaries” will play for two more weekend, Friday through Sundays.

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last call: Walls Gallery moves to West Virginia






owners David Leadman and Nancy Marshall are leaving Wilmington after 26 years of service to the area. Their gallery has done a lot to stimulate the artistic activity of the city. Opening in 1984, there have been exhibitions of work by local, national and international artists. Moving to West Virginia, David’s hometown, was a timely, bittersweet decision. Forging relationships is the hardest to part with notes Nancy Marshall. “Leaving the beach, leaving Wilmington is not that big of a deal,” she says. “Leaving the people you care deeply about is always hard.” Their decision to close the gallery and relocate to West Virginia has been coming since June but was finally made on November 3rd. Despite the popular misconceptions about the state, “the trailers and teeth and satellite dishes and family reunions,” Marshall and Leadman revere its beauty. “[It’s] mostly rugged with people who are so nice that, even though they stuck with the Union, they exemplify Southern hospitality,” she

r by Sarah Richte llery Closing Ga t Ar Walls Fine Last day: 12/11 . , 11 a.m. - 7 p.m Open Mon. - Sat. p.m. Sun., 1 p.m. - 4 lle Avenue 2173 Wrighstvi www.wallsgalle says. Moving west has been something Leadman has wanted to do for a long time, and the Greenbrier is instrumental in facilitating the goal. An award-winning resort, Greenbrier is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. In operation for more than 230 years, the resort has prided itself on maintaining a level of luxury and elegance that has made it an institution since its doors opened in 1778. Having been the site of presidential vacations, a landmark on the routes of the railroad in the 19th century, and a potential bomb shel-






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amount of finagling time, but it’s something they’re used to doing from handling the ins and outs of their own business for more than two decades. “I [have to] ask David to stop talking, because I can only take in so many ideas at one time without mentally imploding and needing to knit socks!” Marshall jokes. The innovation and passion these two share for art undoubtedly will be beneficial to the Greenbriers’ clientele and the people of the “wild and wonderful” state. “David and I both love art as a conduit from the heart and mind of the painter to the mind of the viewer,” Marshall says. “We are opinionated and passionate, and we both talk a lot. We know that art enriches life. Every day offered a chance to show someone new the value of art, the FINAL BRUSH STROKE: Walls Gallery will close wonder of beauty, which has always gone far its doors and relocate to West Virginia on December beyond dollars.” 11th. Photo by Sarah Richter Wilmington still has them for a few more weeks. Open until December 11th at 7 p.m., ter for Congress in the 1950s, the resort’s Walls Fine Art Gallery will have a sale; after colorful history adds to its elements of con- calling various artists who have made Walls temporary charm. an institution in the port city, everyone inWorking for the Greenbrier is opening volved has been extremely positive about doors and allowing Marshall and Leadman the way the gallery is making its grand exit. to bust through the glass ceiling of the art The execution of the event did not come world. They will be “doing art events for to fruition as Marshall had planned. Leadthe Greenbrier and the state of West Vi- man being “the king of short notice,” what riginia, taking care of the Greenbrier art normally would have taken two months to collection, consulting with guests on their put together was shortened to two weeks! personal collections and much more,” ac- Thanks to a lot of deep breaths, Buddhist cording to Marshall. philosophies and team work, the end results Their job will entail an overwhelming have produced their final bow—at least in Wilmington. The couple will relocate Walls Gallery to West Virginia. Secondary to their work at the Greenbrier, they will still hold high priority to new clientele for their painters. The close proximity to Washington, D.C. opens a new avenue of sales and collectors for their artists, too—particularly one Wilmington artist, Cameron Smith. “He’s been knocking paintings out of the park,” Marshall says, “doing commissions for some pretty big guns nationally. We look forward to Greenbrier guests taking a distinct liking to him.” The Greenbrier offers a new avenue for Marshall and Leadman to infiltrate and influence the art world and community in a positive, unforgettable way. Our loss will be West Viriginia’s gain. Folks can say their goodbyes to Wall’s Fine Art Gallery at 2173 Wrightsville Avenue.

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downtown boutique, has proven itself to be a pioneer in propelling local fashion design, both by motivating artists to create and encouraging shoppers to support them. Creating an event to tout our area’s artists is second-nature to Edge of Urge owner Jessie Williams. “Showcasing local talent is what Edge of Urge is all about,” she claims. “We love the creativity, the individuality, the passion behind the creations of local artists, and want to do whatever we can to help others get exposure, while offering them with an opportunity to join forces to give back to the community that supports them.” With that goal in mind, Edge of Urge will pair up with the downtown locavore restaurant, Crow Hill, on Saturday, December 3rd, for the first ever Handmade Holiday Market. Williams says the eatery shares the same passion as her boutique. “Edge of Urge supports local designers whereas Crow Hill supports local farmers,” she notes. “They, too, believe that local talent is amazing and should be showcased... Plus, have you tried their brunch?” The restaurant will open its doors on Saturday as not only an eco-friendly dining establishment but a place for people to find some of the best hand-crafted clothing and accessories all in one setting. The market will welcome guests from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Williams will feature a make-your-own-earrings “feather bar,” in which shoppers can create copycat pieces of her swank, popular jewelry which was featured on the June/July cover of Seventeen magazine this year. Other vendors include Jess Young of Remnant by Mimic who will offer crocheted bracelets, necklaces and other accessories, and Jess Yeager of I Like It Here Club, whose ear cuffs made from re-purposed metal have been sported by celebrities Vanessa Hudgens, Emily Blunt and Jaime King. As well, Yeager, Young and Williams will offer goods from their joint accessory line, Triangle. Carol Taylor of Saltwater Salvage Designs will bring her hand-crafted picture frames and home decor items; Justin Tinkler of ACEO will have an assortment of wallets, cards and art available; and Richie Spencer of Groovy Garbage makes handbags from recycled ma-

TuidrnayerMarket y ol eH adan Beth andm Hby Front St. Crow Hill • 9 S. . 11 a.m. - 6 p.m canned goods ve fi : Admission Ar t Show The Last Minute . 1108 Princess St 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. $2-3, kids free ber 3rd Saturday, Decem terials. Locally famous line Ruby Assata, comprised of Alisha Payne and Courtney Bridgers, offers supple leather bags and wallets with bold, colorful fabrics lining the insides. Lesley Tamaev will have her Just Like Honey clothing line, Lea Williams will feature hand-knit items, and Taylor Parsons brings to the market Jawbreaker, a line of T-shirt designs. Another pair of exciting vendors is miKA T-shirts, a humorous and edgy endeavor by Mike Boscaljon, and Freaker USA featuring one-size-fits-all knit bottle koozies. Designer Zach Crain and his team of freaks were selected as part of encore’s Hot List 2011 in our August 3rd issue. DJ Brane will only add to the already upbeat atmosphere. “He will feature everything from old-school hip-hop to electronic beats to classic songs everyone knows,” Williams shares, “[and] possibly a few holiday jams sprinkled throughout.” With the Christmas spirit at hand, the Handmade Holiday Market will also serve as a canned food drive for county schools. Admission to the event is five cans per person. “[They] will go to New Hanover County Schools and be distributed to families and students in need over the holiday season,” Williams explains.

CREATIVE COOPERATIVE: Triangle, by local designers Jessie Williams, Jess Young and Jess Yeager, offers handcrafted pieces made of metal, crochet and feathers. Triangle will be at the Handmade Holiday Market on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Jessie Williams

one of the show’s three organizers, explains, “as well as regional artists all the way from Asheville and Durham.” Every piece featured in The Last Minute Art Show will be priced under $300. From

THE ARTIST’S PRICE IS RIGHT In the vein of supporting local talent, The Last Minute Art Show will also open on Saturday, December 3rd. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a warehouse at 1108 Princess Street downtown, will offer works from over 60 painters, potters and craftspeople. “We have several well-known Wilmington artists joining us,” Kat Fowler,

works in clay, metal, paint, wax, fabric, jewels and more, there will be something for every budget. “We want to make sure our community has access to owning and promoting local art,” Fowler says. “There’s nothing better than experiencing the thrill of treasuring a piece of artwork that was made by a neighbor.” The Last Minute Art Show also will cater to hungry shoppers. The Wilmington Food Truck Alliance will launch their organization at the show, including Ms. Cheesy’s gourmet grilled cheese and wings, and Umami which offers savory grilled fare. Plus, the art show will benefit a slew of local nonprofit organizations, such as The Full Belly Project, DREAMS of Wilmington, Kids Making It and Carolina Canines for Service. Admission to the show is $3, but those who ride their bike will receive $1 off, with free bike parking. Kids are admitted at no charge. “There are so many artists and [so much] talent in our community,” Fowler says. “Artists come in all shapes and sizes, create in all types of media, and thrive on different motivations. When you support a local artist by purchasing their work and hanging or using it in your home, you not only give them the incentive to create more beauty, you enrich your life as well.”




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crescent Moon

2165 Wrightsville Ave • (910) 343 5233 Monday-Saturday, 12-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Our 29th art show features the folk art of Candy Pegram, photography by Tammy Haraga and Realyn Oliver, and graffitti art by Switch. Find some early Christmas gifts!

332 Nutt Street In the Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday noon – 4 p.m.


22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302/ 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment From Wilmington, drive north on Highway 17 and you will encounter an art center unique to our area. Look for the big red barn! A large open space hosts 2nd Friday Opening Receptions each month at 6p.m. We represent over 40 local and regional artists in our member’s gallery and offer local arts and crafts in our gift shop ArtExposure presently has studio space rented to four working artists. In addition, there is a frame shop and art supply store. ArtExposure is available for receptions, weddings, meetings and the like. Along with its large open space downstairs, there is a loft area upstairs suitable for smaller gatherings. Our show in November and December, “Small Treasures”, will feature smaller works under 300.00 and will run through December 24th. Our annual “Art of the Car” is an invitational to all NC artists. Information about this show and registration can be found on the website. Click on the “Opportunities for Artists” page. The deadline to register is February 29th and the show opens on March 9th, 2012. This is a juried show and awards will be presented. Along with our regular art classes and studio time, yoga classes meet Mondays and

DRINKING DOG LYING DOWN: One of many Yardbird’s junkyard dogs, cats and critters now showing at Cresent Moon.

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. in the loft. Walk-ins are welcome to this gentle yoga class.

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Currently showing paintings by local belly-dancer Samra (Kelly Hawes) and Mio Reynolds. Join them for an opening reception Wednesday November 30 from 7-10 pm for complimentary light fare and generous wine specials. Live music by Perry Smith and Transtrum. The show will close with a second reception Wednesday January 11th from 6-9. For more information, visit or www. Special thanks to Roy Clifton and Joel Finsel.

Weekly SpecialS: Moxology Sunday and Monday: $5 Specialty Cocktails 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) Tuesday: Choice $5 Wines by the Glass 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) Wednesday: Ladies Day and Night! $5 Specialty Ladies’ Cocktails • 16 Choices of Wine at $5 1/2 Price Apps with entree purchase (excludes carpaccio and mussels) 35 N. Front St. • (910) 343-1395 Thursday: $30.00 4-Course Prix Fixe! Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm • Fri & Sat 11:30am - 11pm Selections vary weekly. Enjoy a dining adventure! Sunday 11:30am - 4pm Friday and Saturday: All Desserts are $5! Having a special event? Open Until Midnight with Full Service until 11. Inquire about our beautiful Riverview Room!

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Crescent Moon – want the unique gift for him? Or her? Come see the Drinking Dog Lying Down enjoying a Bud Light, one of many Yardbird’s junkyard dogs, cats and critters here. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah too! Wonderful hand-crafted ornaments are arriving daily from artists throughout the USA. Trees, Santas, Holly, Angels and more! Menorahs, Mezuzahs and Dreidels add to our holiday ideas. Remember Gift Wrapping is always FREE. 332 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 Phone: 910-762-4207 Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Located in The Cotton Exchange where parking is FREE while shopping or dining. Follow us on twitter or become a fan on Facebook by searching Crescentmoonnc!

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The 27th Annual Holiday Show opens Friday, November 25th at New Elements Gallery featuring recent works by over forty of our talented gallery artists. Join us from 6 to 9 pm and discover an eclectic mix of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber work, wood and sculpture just in time for the holiday season! Artists featured include Bruce Bowman, Betty Brown, Ann Conner, Jeffrey N. Davies, Warren Dennis, Donald Furst, Vicki Gates, David Goldhagen, Kyle Highsmith, Fritzi Huber, Rebecca Humphrey, Catherine Lea, Susan

Mauney, Ann Parks McCray, Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Sally Sutton, Janet Triplett, Michael Van Hout, Owen Wexler, Dina WildeRamsing and Kee Wilde-Ramsing. This is a great opportunity to find one-of –a kind gifts and original artwork created by artists from within our local community and region. The opening night reception will be held in conjunction with Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, and the 27th Annual Holiday Show will remain on display through January 7th, 2012.

sunset river MArketplAce 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) • (910) 575-5999 Tues.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon. in winter

This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisancrafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.

river to seA GAllery 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (FREE parking) (910)-763-3380 Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1p.m. - 4 p.m.

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 bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!


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surf’s up! Film showcase turns into fund-raiser


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invites audiences to head into the swelling waves, no boards attached, to surf “the natural way.” His documentary “Come Hell or High Water” will screen on December 1st at the Brooklyn Arts Center off 4th Street downtown. Presented by Patagonia and NIXON, Malloy’s directorial debut is a poignant exploration of the history and progression of the serene—and sometimes deadly—sport of bodysurfing. Featuring short segments primarily from Hawaii, California and Tahiti, Malloy’s 40-minute documentary combines original cinematography with archival footage and interviews. At its core, Malloy’s documentary is less about the extremities and ego sometimes associated with surfing, and more about the human relationship with nature by capturing the simple and pure essence of man and ocean. Aside from its subject matter, what separates Malloy’s film from the slew of surfing documentaries (most of them pale echoes of its 1966 prototype, “The Endless Summer”) is that Malloy gets underneath the surface— literally. Stunningly shot in 16mm, the majority of the film’s cinematography is captured underwater, helping relay the simplicity and beauty of the sport. Malloy also makes a conscious effort in differentiating his film by trading in archetypal surf-rock sounds for an acoustic folk soundtrack. While Malloy, 37, is most widely known for his time in the water as a competitive surfer in the professional circuit, his discovery of the world of bodysurfing began more than a decade ago when he felt the need “to reconnect with the ocean” and found the means through bodysurfing. The California-native moved to Hawaii with his brothers after graduating high school and became immersed in the bodysurfing lifestyle.

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During this time, Malloy met Mark Cunningham, former lifeguard and winner of the 2007 Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic and began riding waves alongside him. According to Malloy, the project initially took off when he filmed Cunningham at Tahiti’s infamous Teahupoo. (Located on the southwest tip of Tahiti—the main island of the French Polynesian archipelago—Teahupoo has been dubbed “the heaviest wave in the world” and translates to English as “to sever the head.”) In “Come Hell or High Water,” Cunningham describes the experience as: “Simple . . . real . . . and as tight with nature as I could possibly get.” Currently, Malloy is a self-proclaimed “ambassador” of the über-famous outdoor clothing company Patagonia, where he retains his reputation as the world’s most ambitious and experimental wave-rider today. Malloy premiered the film at the New York Film Festival in September and will bring it to England, after stopping in Wilmington. The screening at Brooklyn Arts Center will include a raffle, refreshments, cash bar and live bluegrass provided by End of the Line. Proceeds benefit local non-profit programs Surfers Healing Wrightsville Beach and Stronger Together; a portion of proceeds will benefit the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance aimed at working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts.

reel junk: ‘Twilight’ suffers from its soap-opera melodrama


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I thinking? What could possess a sane, rational man in his 30s to go to a theater, and see a movie designed to entertain teen. th St agers and women who enjoy soap-opera level melodrama? If someone would have told me 10 years ago that the biggest phenomenon in literature and film would involve a vampire and a werewolf fighting over a blank-faced waif who lacks the ability to emote, I would have laughed hard enough to puncture internal organs. But my choices this week were the new “Twilight” movie or “Happy Feet Two” (“J. Edgar” wasn’t an option since my wife wants to see it, too, and our schedules didn’t mesh). As much as I loathe glistening vampires and bad acting, I can’t take another idiotic cartoon. I feel like going to Hollywood with the intention of punching a movie-studio executive in the face. It doesn’t matter which one. And for the record, no, I’m not going to spend this entire review bashing the series or its legion of fans. Fandom is depressing on many levels. There’s no difference between “Twilight,” “Harry Potter” or “Star Wars” fans. They’re all obsessed over a series of fairly mediocre films (and books) that hold up poorly to repeat viewings. They all take this shit way too seriously. I find it funny when I read all these online film critnningham, ics tearing into “Twilight” and its obsessed 07 Pipeline“Twi-Hards”—this coming from the same ng waves people who dress up like Darth Vader to he projectsee “Star Wars” films and participate in ningham atdebates over which “Star Trek” captain ed on the was the best. (For the record, it was Patrick and of theStewart’s Jean Luc Picard.) hupoo has The point is, these movies are loved and the world”cherished by a lot of people. I’m not one of he head.”) them, but to blindly dismiss them and the ngham de-fans as idiots is a little hypocritical. The prob. . real . . .lem for me is this: I’ve seen the movie which sibly get.”means I’m no longer dismissing them “blind.” oclaimed At this point, I have seen all “Twilight” films. s outdoorMany people claim “Breaking Dawn” the he retainsbest, but choosing the best “Twilight “movie ambitiousis like picking a preferred method of execuay. Malloytion. They vary between “quick” and “painFilm Fes-ful,” but all of them go to the same place, and o England,none can be described as “enjoyable.” screening “Breaking Dawn Part One” continues e a raffle,the story of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her bluegrass love affair with the shiniest vampire of them eeds ben-all, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). They rs Healingintend to wed, which pisses off a whole lot ogether; aof people. For Jacob (Taylor Lautner), the he Plasticworld’s most physically fit teenager/weree aimed atwolf, it’s spurned feelings. Then there are the c pollutionvillainous vampires, the Volturi, who seek to destroy the entire Cullen clan. Then, some-

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read with Fabio on the cover. There’s lots of talk about eternal love and passion, but none of the actors are capable of conveying those emotions. Kristen Stewart is the most frustrating actress I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching. Like Derrick Zoolander, she has one look, and she works it to death. I have a hard time believing she is capable

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12/4: “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop”—An excellent documentary on Conan O’Brien’s comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at “The Tonight Show” and severing his relationship with NBC. Filmmaker Rodman Flender catches Conan and his crew as they cross the country performing a comedic vaudeville-like show, complete with music (and lots of celebrity guest appearances), jokes, skits and more. O’Brien even takes on Bonnaroo and 80,000 hippies.

Take Shelter

FANTASY LOVE: Human (Kristen Stewart) and vampire (Robert Pattinson) finally do it in ‘Breaking Dawn Part 1.’ Courtesy photo.

thing extraordinary happens: Bella becomes impregnated with Edward’s demon seed. Actually, something happens before that: The most awkward sex scene ever put to film. (The previous title-holder was Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” which featured a sweatdrenched Eric Bana banging his wife intercut with scenes of the Israeli Olympic team being gunned down by terrorists.) The sex scene in “Breaking Dawn” is mind blowing. The entire series of movies has been building up to the consummation of these two moon-crossed lovers. After three and a half movies, we are given a crazy, stupid scene that almost guarantees they’re not getting the security deposit back on the room. The sex scene is kind of an apt metaphor for “Twilight” films: It’s awkward, expressionless, occasionally violent and makes little sense. There’s a lot of movies I really enjoy that don’t really hold up to scrutiny, but “Breaking Dawn Part One” is just pretty damn bad. The acting is on par with an average daytime soap, as is the writing. This is the kind of empty romantic fiction I would expect to

of driving men to passion or madness. She spends most of the second half of the film at the mercy of her unborn child looking sickly, but I was hard-pressed to tell the difference. When an actress has the same expression for orgasmic sex, unimaginable pain and pensive thought, a filmmaker should consider re-casting. This is one of those two-part finales (thanks Harry Potter!), so we’re saddled with another “Twilight” next year, which will finally wrap up this seemingly endless story. I still have a hard time dealing with the fact that they’ve turned the creatures of our nightmares into a daytime melodrama. Try as I might to take these movies seriously, the material just doesn’t lend itself to anything other than cringe-worthy scenes and unintentionally funny moments. Like all obsessive fans, the Twi-Hards are as oblivious to its gaping failures so that criticizing them almost feels like wasted words. I refuse to be one of those critical apologists who relent because the series has devoted fans—and I refuse to be the kind of guy who bags on people for liking this junk. But that’s what it is: junk. And the stench from “Breaking Dawn” is pretty foul.

Cinematique Thalian Hall Studio Theatre 310 Chestnut Street 7:30pm, $7

Coming 12/12-14: Take Shelter—Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Money is tight and navigating Hannah’s healthcare and special needs education is a constant struggle. Despite that, Curtis and Samantha are very much in love and their family is a happy one. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. Plagued by these visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm—or from himself. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Rated R. 120 minutes. In English.

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community investment:


Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine will need help to make debut album


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Machine has no rivals in this town. Not in the sense that the members are musically competitive with anyone, but in the sense that there’s not another band quite like them locally. Who else has nine members, all contributing their own intricate part to develop such fantastically flamboyant folk? The sound of JLATSM is vibrant and experimental. Traditional folk and soul instruments merge with xylophone, spoons, tin cans, tambourines, buckets, shakers and floor toms, all to fulfill a layered recipe of sonic innovation. We’ve watched the band grow, its mix of members ever fluctuating but landing at this point in time to Lacy (vocals, guitar), local actress Sophie Amelkin (vocals), David Easton (guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, mandolin), Jacob Hurley (upright bass), Aaron Lane (trumpet, keys), AJ Reynolds (saxophone), Keith Butler Jr. (drums), Adam Powell (vocals, whistling) and Hank Blanton (mandolin, violin, bass, percussion). Some of the instrumentalists are graduates of UNCW’s music program, like Lacy, while others are just avid musicians.

Regardless, the blend is pleasantly harmonious—or dissonant, at the right times—and downright fun. With a handful of demos and a slew of live shows in tow, Lacy says the band is ready to record its full-length debut album. Unfortunately, high quality CDs cost high dollar—something budding musicians just don’t have. After discovering Kickstarter, a fund-raising site for entrepreneurs and artists, Lacy knew it would be the route to a record. The group will host a kickoff party for their campaign at The Satellite on Friday, December 2nd at 9 p.m. Along with a performance by JLATSM, guests will hear from acoustic indie pop musi-



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of this specific ensemble, in case it disappears. Each member of this nine-piece group is vital in creating our sound, and I’m afraid that if one person moves away, I’ll never be able to attain this specific sound again. I need to preserve all we’ve accomplished.

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FUND-RAISING FOLK: Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine, in hopes of recording a debut album, is beginning its Kickstarter campaign on December 2nd. Courtesy photo

cian Emperor X from Jacksonville, Florida, as well as screen the group’s Kickstarter video filmed by Adam Gilbert of local photo/film team Blueberry Fusion. Fifty limited-edition screen prints by graphic artist Brian Reed and posters designed by Brittny Roller will be released at the party, such as the flier on our cover featuring a drawing from Kate Winchell. All proceeds from sales will be directly applied to the band’s Kickstarter account, in which they seek to raise $5,000. The majority of the money, Lacy says, will go to mixing, mastering and printing the album. Prizes will be awarded to those who donate to the musical cause, including signed copies of the album once it’s printed and, possibly, oneon-one music lessons with members of the band. Lacy caught up with encore to spill the details about the campaign. encore: What’s the importance of recording a quality album rather than sticking to demos? Justin Lacy: The actual act of creating a cohesive, large-scale work is important to me. I’ve wanted to make a full-length album since I first built up a repertoire of original songs in high school. I don’t intend for this to be a collection of songs I’ve written up to this point of working with this ensemble. My strong suit isn’t writing singles anyway. I intend for this to be a singular work, strung together by a series of related narrative motives. Then there are the more pragmatic reasons for making this album, like PR. We need recordings that justly represent us and help us grow, which may not happen if we [stick] to the demos we have now. I [also] feel the need to capture the sound

e: Will you be pushing any radio stations (the Penguin, for instance) to play your music? JL: I aim to make an album that is good enough to be played on the radio both because I intend to push it to local radio stations like the Penguin and WHQR, and simply because we need to have a high-quality representation of our sound for the future. When my other band, Charlie the Horse, tried to get the Penguin to play some of our recordings to help promote the release of our EP, they said they couldn’t do it because the quality was too low for radio. That was a hard hit for us. Our album was recorded at home with no budget in a do-it-yourself manner, but we had good equipment and software. We knew the recordings would be lo-fi, but we had no idea they would be rejected from radio play. We worked just as hard as any band to make that EP—we fought, we celebrated, we argued, we danced, we studied up, and we slept very little. I don’t want to make the same mistake twice. e: Why is the campaign so vital to creating an album? JL: [It will let] us realize the full potential of this album and this band. The campaign itself is a launch pad to give us momentum. If we succeed, we’ll have the encouragement and the resources to tackle this project, and with any luck, we’ll move forward to bigger things. e: Why should people support your efforts? JL: Being relatively active in Wilmington music for a couple of years, I’ve seen the sense of community among musicians rise and fall. If we reach our goal, I’m going to work hard to make sure this album projects its own sense of community. There’s very little I can do on my own; this is going to have to be a collaborative effort by many community artists—musicians, sound engineers, filmmakers, visual artists and writers. If we can get people behind us, supporting us, this will be an album that invests in the community and, hopefully, the community can invest in it.



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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Steven Compton —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 ACouStiC JAzz piAno with JAmeS JArviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 open miC night —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440 KArAoKe with hellz Belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 DJ JAy —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677 JoSh Solomon & CAry BenJAmin —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 the get Down JAm with miKe FruShA AnD FrienDS —Port City Theatre, 127 Princess St.; 772-2424 roB ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 gAry Allen’S ACouStiC open miC —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 live JAzz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 DJBe eXtreme KArAoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 SAi CollinS —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,2560115 Jeremy norriS —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464 live ACouStiC —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 KArAoKe with DJ BrewtAl —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 DJ

MONSTER INSTRUMENTS: Pianos Become the Teeth, a five-piece screamo outfit claiming influences like The Black Dahlia Murder and Thursday, plays Soapbox on Wed., Dec. 7th. Courtesy photo

—J. Michael’s Philly Deli, Monkey Junction, 609 Piner Rd.; 332-5555

top 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Dueling piAnoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

thursDAY, DECEMBEr 1

KArAoKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269

DJ lorD wAlruS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

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

triviA with DJ —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

open miC with Jeremy norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

triviA with pArty grAS DJ —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805

FireDAnCe & DrumS @ DArK, DJ mit pSytrAnCe (11pm) —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

—Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 open miC night with SeAn gerArD —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

miKe o’Donnell —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 DJBe eXtreme KArAoKe —Lazy Pirate Sports Bar and Grill, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach; 458-5414 DJ Chomp —The Loft, 121 Grace St.; 467-7417 tom ShArpe

KArAoKe with DJ DAmon —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 zeDS DeAD, minDeliXir, DAviD ADueSi, noiSy DuBS, CrewleSS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 CelliSt lynn hArrell —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584

DJ BAttle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 live JAzz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026 SuSAn SAviA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

friDAY, DECEMBEr 2 DJ BAttle —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 Dueling piAnoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 DJ Dr. JoneS

—Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

DJ Sir nicK BlanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677

KaraoKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910328-4090

KaraoKe With hellz Belle —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002

acouStic Jazz Piano With JameS JarviS —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Dueling PianoS —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

clay crottS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

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

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

DJ Battle —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551

DJ chomP —The Loft, 121 Grace St.; 467-7417

Perry Smith (Brunch 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773

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

Benny hill anD FrienDS —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

DJ Willie Stylez —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 KaraoKe With aShley —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204

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

PianiSt JameS JarviS —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.

DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026

houSe/techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

DJBe extreme KaraoKe —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607

live muSic —Projekte, 523 South 3rd St., 352-0236

DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 3420872

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

Wilmington SymPhony orcheStra —Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus; 313-2584

Dance Party With DJ P FunK anD cheDr SeleKt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

Damona WaitS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 FirSt FriDayS hiP-hoP ShoWcaSe: Don Digiorgio, mallz, h2oK —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 BacK to BacK —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 no Dollar ShoeS —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 7721400 Kin gator —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 l-ShaPeD lot —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 KaraoKe —Gilligan’s; N.C. Hwy. 50, Surf City 910328-4090 DJ P FunK —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 3420872 Jazz With Benny hill —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DJ Dane Britt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

Saturday, dECEMBEr 3 DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499

miKe o’Donnell —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Bag oF toyS —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 Bootleg DynaSty —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

Steven comPton —Barbary Coast; 116 S. Front St., 762-8996

oPen mic night —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704 KaraoKe With DJ @-hole —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 3420872 DJ richtermeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

40 eaSt —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

Pengo With Beau gunn —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773

houSe/techno DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

Brett JohnSon’S Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888

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

oPen mic With JoSh Solomon —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

lee venterS anD vermillion SanDS —Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., 395-5999

Sunday, dECEMBEr 4 oPen mic night With Jeremy norriS anD JaSon JacKSon —Port City Theatre, 127 Princess St.; 7722424 JameS JarviS —Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St. SuSan Savia —Elijah’s, 2 Ann St.; 343-1448 DJ Jay —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd.,

MONDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 Budweiser • $225 Heineken $3 Gin & Tonic TUESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm $2 White Wolf $250 Redstripe $350 Wells 35¢ Wings at 8pm WEDNESDAY 1/2 PRICE APPS. 4-6pm, 1/2 Priced Wine Bottle $250 Blue Moons $250 Corona/Corona Light LIVE MUSIC: ROB RONNER THURSDAY $250 Domestic Bottles, $3 Import Bottles, $3 Rum and Coke LIVE MUSIC: MIKE O’DONNELL 50¢ Steamed oysters and shrimp after 6pm FRIDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles 2nd floor $3 Landshark • $3 Kamikaze $5 Bombs SATURDAY ROOFTOP OPEN! DJ Sir Charles on 2nd floor 10pm $2 Coors Light • $3 Fruit Punch shots SUNDAY $250 Corona Clay Crotts at 8pm

Monday, dECEMBEr 5

yeSterDay’S gravy —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

reDemPtion —Sand Bar, 417 S. College Rd.; 392-6800

100 S. Front St. Downtown 251-1832

PhilaDelPhia BraSS —St. James Parish, 25 S. 3rd St.; 763-1623

artiSt SymPoSium —Drifters Bar & Grill, 108 Walnut St.; 762-1704

DJ —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910509-2026


multimeDia oPen mic —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223

tuESday, dECEMBEr 6 caPe Fear BlueS Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe With DJ Party graS —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 509-0805 the DeaD PhiSh Panic —Port City Theatre, 127 Princess St.; 7722424 KaraoKe With miKe norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 inDie muSic night —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223


karaoke night with dj be!


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LIVE TEAM TRIVIA 8PM - 10PM 206 Old Eastwood Rd. (by Home Depot)


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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Live Acoustic —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 coLLege Night KArAoKe —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 triviA with Dutch from 94.5 the hAwK —The Coastal Roaster, 5954 Carolina Beach Rd.; 399-4701

NFL SuNday TickeT

(with entree purchase excludes carpaccio and mussels)

(with entree purchase excludes carpaccio and mussels)

WedneSday Ladies Day and Night! $5 Specialty Ladies’ Cocktail 16 Choices of Wine at $5 1/2 Price Apps (with entree purchase excludes carpaccio and mussels)

ThurSday $30.00 4-Course Prix Fixe! Selections vary weekly. Enjoy a dining adventure! Friday & SaTurday All Desserts are $5! Open Until Midnight with Full Service until 11. 35 n. FronT ST. doWnToWn WilMingTon

(910) 343-1395

WedNeSdAY Nutt House Improv 9pm

ThurSdAY Open Mic Stand-up 9pm

Fri. & SAT. NATIONAL HEADLINERS December 9-10 cLeAn GetAwAY comeDY December 16-17 chArLes wALDen (BET, MarTin LawrEncE)

December 30-31 JArroD hArrIs (cOMEDY cEnTraL)

January 6-7 KYLe Grooms (HBO, cHaPELLE SHOw) (910) 520-5520 22 encore | november 30 - december 6, 2011 |

Wednesday, deCeMBeR 7

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

TueSday Choice $5 Wines by the Glass 1/2 Price Apps

Bar & Comedy Room

DixieLAND ALLstArs —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

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

Moxology Sun. & Mon. $5 Specialty Cocktails 1/2 Price Apps

touche Amore, PiANos Become the teeth, seAhAveN, iseLiA, LeADerLess —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 steveN comPtoN —The River Rat, 1 S. Front St.; 763-1680 Acoustic JAzz PiANo with JAmes JArvis —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 KArAoKe with heLLz BeLLe —Marina Cafe, 110 S. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 938-2002 the get DowN JAm with miKe frushA AND frieNDs —Port City Theatre, 127 Princess St.; 772-2424 Josh soLomoN & cAry BeNJAmiN —Black Sheep Tavern, 21 N. Front St. (basement); 399-3056 oPeN mic Night —Genee’s, inside America’s Best Value Inn, 4903 Market St.; 799-1440 DJ JAy —Sharp Shooters, 2109 N. Marine Blvd., Jacksonville; (910) 346-2677


Military Appreciation WEDNESDAY Military Nutt retired House Improv TUESDAY 9pm Ladies Night Out: THURSDAY $25 person four-course Open Mic Stand-up WEDNESDAY 9pm wines by glass FRI. &theSAT.


SUNDAY AUG. NUTT HOUSE 19 Menu: Lunch 12pm-3pm IMPROV KIDS EAT FREEwith adult AUG. THE PENGUIN purchase of our Big Night 20Out for SHOWCASE twoALL DAY! AUG. RICK SHAPIRO 26-27 MILITARY (HBO’s Lucky Louie) EXPLICIT

JOIN US ON TUESDAY Karaoke @ 9pm All 36 drafts only $2.50 All day long! Including Guinness, Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Southern Tier 2X IPA $5 Monster Bombs

$3 Bombs $3 SocoLimes $3 Whips N Kicks $3 PinkParty Cocktails $2 Bud Light

Jeremy Norris —Buffalo Wild Wings, 206 Old Eastwood Rd.; 798-9464


Live Acoustic —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

$5 RedBull/Vodka $2 Miller Lt.


$6 Buckets(PillowTalk) $2 Kamikazes


SEPT. JOE DEROSA SUNDAY! 2-3 (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central) DOGS WELCOME SEPT. JOE ZIMMERMAN ON(Rooftop THEComedy PATIO 9-10 CD recording) 885 Town Center Drive MAYFAIRE TOWN CENTER (910) 520-5520 (910) 256-1187


920 Town Center Dr. Mayfaire Town Center (910) 509-0805

roB roNNer —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

121 Grace St.

Live JAzz —Cameo 1900; 1900 Eastwood Rd.,910-509-2026 DJBe extreme KArAoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

DJ —Charley Brownz, 21 S Front St.; 254-9499 gAry ALLeN’s Acoustic oPeN mic —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KArAoKe with DJ BrewtAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 All entertainment must be sent to by Wednesday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.

ShowStoppers: Concerts outside of Southeastern NC

BURNING BUSH: Led by Gavin Rossdale (far right), Bush takes on Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues on Friday, December 2nd. Courtesy photo

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. Cabarrus strEEt, ralEigh, nC (919) 821-4111 12/2: Delta Rae, Jeanne Jolly 12/3: Borgore 12/7: Jars of Clay, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 south tryon strEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 377-6874 12/1: The Joy Formidable, Middle Class Rut, The Constellations, Last Year’s Men 12/2: Cake 12/4: Blessthefall; The Word Alive; Motionless in White; Tonight Alive; Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! 12/7: The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, For Today THE FILLMORE 1000 sEaboard strEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 549-5555 11/30: Anthony Hamilton 12/6: Eddie Money, Lou Gramm, Mickey Thomas GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W. lEE st., grEEnsboro, nC (336) 373-7400 12/7: Trans-Siberian Orchestra NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE 511 E. 36th strEEt, CharlottE, nC (704) 358-9298 12/2: Eyes of the Elders 12/3: Carolina Chocolate Drops TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA 333 E. tradE st., CharlottE, nC (704) 688-9000 12/1: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 hWy. 17 south, n. myrtlE bEaCh, sC (843) 272-3000 12/2: Bush 12/3: Anthony Hamilton CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. main strEEt, Carrboro, nC (919) 967-9053 12/1: Bibis Ellison, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Animal Alphabet, Stranger Day 12/2: Steep Canyon Rangers, Greg Humphreys 12/3: WXYC THE ORANGE PEEL 101 biltmorE avEnuE, ashEvillE, nC (828) 225-5851 12/1: The Buchanan Boys, The Sharkadelics, Crocodile Smile, BlackJack (concert benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation) 12/2: Mountain Xpress 2011: Mad Tea Party, Sirius B., and more 12/3: Jars of Clay, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors 12/4: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Frazey Ford (The Be Good Tanyas) 12/5: Beirut, Perfume Genius 12/7: Digitalism, Data Romance DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 vivian st., durham, nC (919) 680-2727 12/1: Paul Simon 12/7: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Mutlu encore | november 30 - december 6, 2011 | 23



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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their awardwinning 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 11am - 11pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. 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 & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan

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roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


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: Mon-Sat 11am-2am and Sun 11am-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music every Friday and Saturday in the Sum-




For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings.

■ NEIGHB ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am– 5pm. Sat. at the ■ FEATUR farmers market. Thurs.- Sat. nights on Market St. between ■ MUSIC: ■ WEBSIT Front and 2nd St. from 10pm – 3:00am.Fibbers on Sun.

nights Until 3am.


Oceans Re sort is a wo enjoy a fres THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK outside ove Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, yourinvites you destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch themagnificent historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you en-mina Ave, W joy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu com-■ SERVING bines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak,Sun.-Sat.. pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp■ NEIGHB n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive out-■ FEATUR door deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind■ WEBSIT at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant. ■ WEBSITE: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD Downtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch time delivery downtown


“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 Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s.... you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am - 2:00 am Thurs-Sun 11:30 am - 2:00 am ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop ■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:


A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. – Mon.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm ■ WEBSITE:

HolidaY iNN RESoRt

Oceans Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. (910) 256-2231. 1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER:


■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ WEBSITE:

K’S CafE

Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95), and dinner. 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, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Open for dinner Wed. thru Sat. evenings ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch

tHE littlE diPPER

Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a fourcourse meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: Tues.- Sun. 5pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Friday ■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer ■ WEBSITE:


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 inhouse, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich

varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER:

Mon.-Fri.10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:


Temptations Everyday Gourmet draws diners in by droves thanks to their creative menu selections, an extraordinary inventory of fine wines (over 300 varieties all without restaurant markups) and trained staff that go beyond culinary excellence. Recognized as Best Lunch Spot by WWAY in 2011, as well as having its chef, Michael Comer, touted among the top three best chefs in Wilmington, according to StarNews’ Taste of Wilmington 2010, Temptations offers two locations to serve Wilmingtonians. Located in Hanover Center for 25 years, signature items include their Homemade Chicken Salad and Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich, as well as their Porter’s Neck location’s Pimiento Cheeseburger. The Porter’s Neck location also serves an expanded dinner menu, which changes weekly. Their daily features, including specialty soups, salads, quiche and paninis, keeps patrons busy choosing healthy, fast foods whether dining onsite or back at the office. in fact, ask Temptations about their Office Party Menu for your next gathering. Their gourmet retail shop provides unique gourmet gift items featuring many locally made specialty foods, chocolates and goodies. ■ SERVING LUNCH: Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr., Ste 13. Mon.-Sat., 11am – 6pm (Closed Sundays) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Porter’s Neck Center, 8207 Market St., Ste F. Mon. Wed., 10am-8:30pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Dinner features begin at 5pm. (Closed Sundays) ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Midtown & North Wilmington ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: An expanded dinner menu, at the Porter’s Neck location, which changes weekly.

tRollY StoP

Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise

with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, 98% Turkey, and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open seven days from 11am-4pm, late night hours are Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm3am; (910) 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm Sun-Wed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. (910) 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. 11am-7pm Mon-Sun; South Howe St. in Southport, (910) 457-7017 (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON UNTIL EASTER WEEKEND); 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, (910) 458-5778; 1250 Western Blvd., Unit L-4 Jacksonville, (910) 228-0952, opened Mon-Sun 11am-9pm. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.) ■ WEBSITE:

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Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sun.. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588) ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open for Lunch M-F 11-2:30; Dinner M-Th 5-9; F-Sa 5-10; Sun. 5-9. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown and North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian/vegan options.


Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan


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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 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. ■ SERVING DINNER: Open Mon. thru Thurs. 4pm-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 4pm-10:30pm and Sun. 11am-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Hibachi style dining. ■ WEBSITE:


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

Tues.- Fri. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm – 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm – 10pm for dinner. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night. ■ WEBSITE:


quently about their artist show receptions. Voted “Best French Restaurant” three years in a row! 10 Market Street, downtown Wilmington, (910) 8150810. ■ SERVING DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 5:00 – 10pm.; Fri. and Sat., 5pm – Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Upstairs sofa bar serving cocktails and lighter fare. ■ WEBSITE:


The Crêperie of Wilmington! Our Crêpes & More a family owned and operated French Crêperie, is serving authentic, homemade French cuisine to dine in or to go. Everything on their menu is under $10, and is a healthy alternative, while eating a savory meal or sweet treat. Open at 7 am Tuesday through Friday, Our Crêpes & More offers a delicious variety of breakfast combos, quickly served or to go. On the Savory side, the Uzès, Quebec, Forestiere Royale or Tahiti are among the most popular. Their homemade Ratatouille, South France type Sub like the Pain Bagnat are worth the detour too! On the sweet side, The Versailles, St- Tropez or Crazy Nutella (with homemade Nutella ice cream) will make you come back for more! They also serve Fresh Salads or Soups depending on the seasons, amazing all natural Homemade Sorbet & Ice Cream, Croissants & Chocolate Croissants. Open all day with free WiFi and live French radio, Our Crepes & More is a pleasant yet casual place to unwind. Our Crepes & More can accommodate large parties! ■ OPEN: TUESDAY – FRIDAY 7AM – 3 PM SATURDAY & SUNDAYS 8AM – 3PM! (Monday Closed.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Free Wi-Fi.. ■ 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: Mon-Thu 11am2pm, 5pm-10pm; Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown. ■ FEATURING: Lunch buffet, which now serves South Indian cuisine ($7.95 daily) ■ 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 up- EDDIE ROMANELLI’S stairs into their cozy and relaxing sofa bar for an is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restauafter-dinner martini, or enjoy your meal there, as a rant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals light-fare and full menus are served. Art is always for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italon display in the sofa bar, so be sure to inquire fre- ian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, 26 encore | november 30 - december 6, 2011 |


Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11am – 10pm.; Fri. & Sat. 11am – 11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:


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:


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

Mon.- Thurs. 11am. – 9:30am; Fri. 11am-10:30pm; Sat. 12pm-10:30pm Sun. 11:30am – 9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons. ■ WEBSITE:


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

11:30am-3am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington



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. 11am2:30pm and from 5-10pm. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Nightly specials ■ 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 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. 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., 11am–6pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-6pm(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am7pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 10am-6pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ 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:

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The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ 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 attibutes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Sugnature 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; 910392-6313; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one

of the most visited restaurants on the beach. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable wedding receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. Family-style to go menu available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dining on the Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:


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 11am to 9pm and on Sundays from 11am to 8pm.Closed Mon. and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING:For adventurous palates, 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 UNCW, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD

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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, or the grilled Mahi-Mahi served atop a bed of spicy rice. 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. and $5 cheese pizzas after 10 p.m., both Mon.-Fri. ■ 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 reubens, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, darts, and did we mention sports? Free lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. (910) 763-4133. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am – late. Sun. at noon. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Dueling pianos Thurs., Fri., and

Sat. nights. and 1/2 priced select appetizers M-TH 4-7pm ■ WEBSITE:

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meet randall: Beer just became more fun—and flavorful!


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glass of water. A petite slice of lime attached to edge of a Cape Cod. The fat orange slice at the bottom of a pint of hefeweizen. As a bartender, I see a wide demographic of drinkers who like to enhance their beverages with a little bit of fruit juice. I get a lot of requests for oranges in a Lonerider Shotgun Betty or occasionally a lime to sweeten up a Red Stripe. Of course, there are the naysayers and mockers who think it’s silly or daresay, even “girly,” to add fruit to a beer. I understand both sides of the spectrum. Personally, I don’t use fruit for my beer, but it’s not because I reject the idea. I just normally like my beer as it is. Still, when I try a new brew or indulge in a favorite craft beer, I will at times find myself wondering: While this is good, is there anyway it could be better? This general attitude may have been the outcome of my adolescent life, the majority of it spent in Delaware (go ahead, cue the “Wayne’s World” references). While I don’t go around bragging about it, I do, especially while working, point out that Delaware has one of the finest beer breweries (and a damn good microdistillery!) in the country: Dogfish Head.

e by Christina Dor and Beer Cape Fear Wine p.m. ursday Night, 9 Th t en sm fu In Beer t Street 139 Nor th Fron www.capefearw Dogfish fans can rave on and on about their Indian Brown Ale, 90 Minute IPA, Festina Peche, Midas Touch, Bitches Brew, mighty World Wide Stout or 120 Minute IPA (both unavailable in North Carolina due to their ridiculously high alcohol content!). Still, Dogfish has a reputation for doing more than brewing creative, “off-centered” beers. Those who have seen the film “Beer Wars,” a documentary covering the growth of craft beers and the diminishing power of the corporate companies, got acquainted with Dogfish owner Sam Calagione and his brewing principles. The film also features a Dogfish invention that goes beyond the simple fruit-slice enhancement: Randall the Enamel Animal 3.0. According to Dogfish Head’s website, the first Randall was developed in 2002 for a beer TECHNICALLY TASTEFUL: Hop-infused beer, courtesy of Dogfish Head’s Randall, which imparts the flavor of added ingredients to beer. Courtesy photo.

competition called the Lupulin Slam. Since, the brewery has created and engineered over 260 Randalls until the final design—Randall 3.0, which debuted on a national beer tour in September 2010. The Randall is technically an “organoleptic hop transducer module.” Engineering jargon aside, the Randall 3.0 is, according to Calagione, “a sophisticated filter system that allows the user to run draft beer through a chamber of whole leaf hops, spices, herbs, fruit, etc., so the alcohol in the beer strips the flavor from whatever you add and puts it in the beer.” As displayed in “Beer Wars,” Calagione stored fresh hops in one chamber and a golden beer in to the other, infusing them together. The result was a delectable and extra hoppy brew of enjoyment. While the idea of using a Randall is not necessarily new outside the United States, Dogfish Head has spread the beauty of Randall 3.0 in bars nationwide. Here in Wilmington, our very own Cape Fear Wine and Beer (CFW&B) was able to score a Randall last year, after collaborating on an event with Dogfish Head. “For the event, a Dogfish Head representative brought in the Randall for us to try out for the night,” CFW&B owner Maaike Brender À Brandis says. “Afterward, we knew we had to have our own, so we got in touch with Tryon Distributing and they helped us procure one. It

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was a strange process because Dogfish Head only manufactures a certain amount of Randalls, and it has to be ordered at the right time and day. Jackie from Tryon was a big help, and we were able to get one for about $375, plus shipping and handling.” After Brandis and co-owner Lector Bennett acquired and installed the Randall 3.0, Thursday nights at Cape Fear Wine and Beer became Beer Infusement Night. At 9 p.m., the Randall is up and ready to serve the latest fusion Brandis and Bennett come up with, whether it be with hops, cocoa or fruit. “Lector and I come up with most of the recipes and sometimes it is based on what we have in stock for beer,” Brandis explains, “or it’s us just sitting there and asking ‘What we can do with this?’ Sometimes we’ll feel the need to stuff it with sage, or next week we may decide to use the cinnamon sticks I’ve been hoarding to create a cinnamon porter.” Brandis admits to the enjoyment of running their “test lab,” so to speak. Flavors are boundless and feedback from customers can make the night even more communial. “We especially like to experiment with fruit and IPA beers,” Brandis says. “We also like to use herbs, spices, coffee beans, fresh mint, oak chips . . . One night we soaked oak chips in bourbon and stuck it in Randall! Ska Brewery gave us the idea of taking their Steel Toe Milk Stout and infusing it with oranges, which tasted like an orange cream stout.” Nearly every Thursday night, Bennett is behind the bar, serving the Randall’s fusion for those who wish to “ex-beer-ment.” According to Brandis, the Randall draws a huge crowd and makes Thursdays one of the best nights at Cape Fear. Any problems that arise are minute. “Overall, we’ve had no problems with it, except with having to replace a couple of little parts, like valves and such,” she says. “In the beginning, we were trying to figure out why the beer was coming out so heady. Luckily, Lector is very mechanically sound and has been able to figure out a lot of the stuff. We even recorded our Randall in action and sent it to Dogfish Head engineer Greg Christmas. He complimented on how ours looks and works a lot better than his design! Any issues with the Randall, we email Dogfish back and forth, but, generally, Lector’s got a hold of it.” For more information on Randall the Enamel Animal, visit For all local and visiting beer adventurers who want to go beyond the singular fruit slice in a beer, be sure to check out the latest Randall infusion every Thursday night at Cape Fear Wine and Beer, 139 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington. Have interesting beer news, e-mail


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have a curling club in town?” I asked Jock over dinner one night almost three weeks ago. He looked at me in shock, as our dinner guest asked what I was talking about. Over the next two weeks I discovered that was not an uncommon response to this 500-year-old sport. The easiest answer to that question: “Remember the Beatles’ movie ‘Help!’? When they are sliding rocks on the ice with brooms? That’s curling.” The Coastal Carolina Curling Club rents ice time at the Wilmington Ice House. So, yes, in spite of our mild, warm climate, there is curling in Wilmington. Jock and I attended a “Learn to Curl” session that included curlers from Raleigh who had come to visit. The club has leagues, but also in an effort to spread the love of their under-recognized sport in the American South, they host classes to introduce people to the basic skills of curling. We were not the only neophytes present. Though, between Jock’s cold-triggered asthma and my general total lack of hand-eye coordination, we were not the most promising recruits. While we assembled on the ice, the members assembled the equipment and began attaching hacks to the ice with a little bit of water. To deliver (or release) a stone, the curler puts one foot on the hack and the other on Teflon (real curlers have special shoes with sliders built into the soles). They then crouch low, slide backward and propel themselves forward, inches from the ice before letting go of the stone and watching it travel down the lane. When someone with skill does this, it is incredibly beautiful to watch. 32 encore | november 30 - december 6, 2011 |

Two teammates with brushes (or brooms) will be ahead of the stone, walking and sweeping its path in an effort to direct it. We discovered sweeping is incredibly difficult! One has to move quickly, ahead of the stone, while watching where its going and bending down to sweep perpendicular to it. For me, it was far too complex; Jock, on the other hand, loved it. “You know, I started wanting only survival with this,” he observed to me, “but very quickly developed a really competitive attitude.” I found delivery of the stone to be much easier, the action of collapsing on ice seemed like something I could accomplish and relate to. Doing it willingly and intentionally took a little adjustment. “I remember when I was little, you could buy the molds to make your own curling stones with concrete at Canadian Tire,” Jock mentioned to the couple standing next to us. “Well, when you think about it, it makes sense—this would be expensive to buy, but you could make one for a few dollars to see if you like the sport first.” They nodded, knowingly, and I nudged him. “Is that true or just more of you trying to find ways to save the world with concrete?” He laughed and shook his head. “Who me?” “Honey, this was a good idea you had,” one of the couples in our leaner’s group commented to his wife. “I’m glad you dragged me out.” He flashed a playful smile at her. He was right; it is a great couples’ sport. Teams are small, and the emphasis put on supporting everyone’s efforts makes for a really great vibe. Unlike many team sports, there is no referee or umpire; the

players are expected to call their own fouls (like if one’s brush hits a stone). A team confers on how to decide upon the final score. “You know, it’s tradition for the winners to buy the losers the first drink at the bar,” Rick Crowell, founding member of the local club, said. “That’s a great sport.” Everywhere I looked, I saw people grinning, especially the few who had fallen on the ice—they were usually laughing. I asked the club secretary, Kym Crowell, how she and her husband got involved with curling.” We went to the Winter Games in Vancouver,” she replied, “and sat next to someone who really knew about curling. He explained so much to us. It was completely different than being home seeing it on the couch! When we got back, we just started looking to find a way to do this.” The club began organizing here in the spring, and by July they had raised enough money to buy a set of curling stones. The first game and formation of the leagues quickly followed, and the group was hooked. “Really, come out and try it!” Kym encouraged. “You don’t know until you try.” I thought about some of the amazing contortions I had gotten into and fallen out of on the ice that evening. She was right—I would never had known, let alone imagined, I could do that! “It’s fun! It’s cold! It’s great!” “Shep” Sheppard, an enthusiastic curler relegated to photography due to an injury, proclaimed. “Are you coming back?” I looked around at the group ranging in age from mid-20s to seniors, everyone beaming and exuding bonhomie. I looked at Jock, “It’s tempting,” he said with a grin. “We’ll see.”

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than just a fun and festive way to begin the Christmas season. They offer a gathering place for family and friends to appreciate the beauty of the coast and its offerings. For the Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary Club, the 24th annual Rotary Christmas Flotilla serves to accomplish much more. When it comes to drawing attention to a community passionate and determined to revive its downtown, this year’s Christmas flotilla obliges two purposes: to unify all into the joyful upcoming holiday and put the troubled past of downtown Jacksonville to rest, all while exemplifying the Rotary Club’s core value of service before self. Gathering in Wilson Bay before navigating the waterfront, the flotilla takes place December 3rd, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park, and will benefit local charities ranging from The Boys and Girls Club, the USO, the Eastern North Carolina Boy Scouts and county wide scholarship programs which benefit all of Onslow County high-school seniors. Hopefully supporting

ielse by Tiffanie Gabr ristmas Flotilla Annual Rotary Ch r on the New Rive p.m. • Free 30 7: 12/3, 5:30 nville downtown Jackso , rk Pa t on fr er Wat 500 to 1,000 people, event chairman and chief for the city of Jacksonville Fire Department, Rick McIntyre hopes to see even more boats and families by the waterfront this year. Thus far his expectations appear to be coming to fruition. “Though one of four in our county, our flotilla is the only flotilla that cruises down the New River,” McIntyre explains. “We’ll have an MC, concessions, and any monies from them will go straight to local charities.” Of course, all’s well as long as the weather holds out. Assuming it does, McIntyre hopes for big crowds who are looking to simply bask in the glow of the season. “This program is a program that’s loose, casual, flexible and informal,” he says. “It’s not

one where everyone must sit in certain row and keep to themselves. That defeats the point. We want people to come and enjoy the family atmosphere for a couple hours. Being downtown is a great opportunity to meet new people. Being a Rotarian is about service above self—and that is one of the reasons we’re involved.” Chief McIntyre is undergoing his sixth flotilla, and he assures every boat will illustrate enjoyment for every age group and demographic. The boats will be decorated and lit beautifully to a multitude of themes which support the upcoming holiday—be it reindeers, peace-inspired or simply enthused with joy. Of course the underlying cause is to disprove the theory burdened upon Jacksonville’s downtown: that its streets lurk with danger. The flotilla will perpetuate the growth of downtown in a positive (dare I say it?) light. For Pam Thomas, former president of the Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary Club and current chair member of the Onslow Board of Education, events like this are excellent in drawing people to our own waterfront to expose them to local happenings and what our town really has. “If they walk around during the flotilla, they’ll see the Pelletier House and the USO,” she says, “and [learn about] other programs our city offers [which] go unnoticed. Maybe it’s because of where it’s located—the heart of Jacksonville. Or maybe it’s because of the construction, no one pays much attention to the waterfront at all. But it’s absolutely beautiful down there.” Thomas, who has lived in Jacksonville for almost her entire life thanks to her father’s stationing at Camp Lejeune, trusts when the old bridge is dismantled and the new one is completely constructed (a project expected


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holiday events WORSHIP/SPECIAL EVENTS 11/30, 7pm: World’s Aids Day Candlelight Vigil, St. Jude’s MCC. • 12/1, 7pm: Special worship service sponsored by CARE at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on 5th Street. • 12/9-10, 7pm: Christmas Cantata, combined St. Jude’s MCC and Pearsall Memorial Church Choirs. Friday & Saturday, December 9-10 @ 7:00pm Christmas Cantata, combined St. Jude’s MCC and Pearsall Memorial Church choirs WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM 12/2-23—Christmas Train & Light Spectacular. Fri. & Sat. eves. Fri. 6-9pm & Sat. 7:309:30pm. Train displays, lights, cider and Santa. Admission charge. • 12/3-4, 11, 17-18—Polar Express Program. 4:30pm & 6:30pm. Story time, visits with Santa, cocoa, and more. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Admission charge. Advance tickets. 910-763-2634; ISLAND OF LIGHTS CHRISTMAS PARADE 12/2, 7:30pm: Area residents both young and old look forward to this annualChristmas Parade. It proceeds from Atlanta Avenue down Lake Park Boulevard to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the Season and provide a night of entertainment for families. To enter Francis Massey, (910) 458-5507 or famassey@charter. net. THALIAN HALL MAIN ATTRACTIONS SERIES Thalian Hall Main Attractions Series. Schedule:


The holiday season just got a little more bright thanks to the Wilmington Railroad Museum! They’ll be having a Christmas Train and Light Spectacular starting December 2nd every Friady and Saturday evening. Train displays, tons of sparkling lights and hot cider will be served. Plus, Santa will be on hand to take Christmas wishes. Also taking place at the museum for the holidays is the Polar Express Program on December 3-4, 11 and 17-18 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 pm. There will be story time with Santa, hot chocolate and more! Advance tickets available! • 12/1-2, 7pm: Ballet for Young Audiences: The Nutcracker. A different take on a holiday classic, feat. ballet’s favorite characters and highlights in a condensed, narrated 60-min. version perfect for the whole family. One-hour treatments of classical ballets, narrated by company founder Harriett Kinter. Box Office 910-632-2285; 800-523-2820. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. Events subject to change. All tickets subject to $1 historic restoration fee added at time of purchase. ENCHANTED AIRLIE Through 12/21: Enchanted Airlie will present its spectacular LEGO display, featuring more than 250,000 LEGO bricks. The gardens look to place an exclamation point on the entire experience by rolling out LEGO trains constructed by Airlie LEGO

campers. Also showcases a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants; an elaborate setting of more than 300,000 festive lights; live musical entertainment; three massive model train exhibits and a meet and greet with Santa. Complimentary coffee by Port City Java and concessions including hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies from the folks at David’s Deli and delicious wine from Noni Bacca Winery. Dates: 12/1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 19-21 in two time slots: 5-7pm and 7-9pm. Tickets: (910) 7987700, MORAVIAN CANDLE TEA 12/2-3—Moravian Candle Tea. Fri 6-9pm; Sat 10am-3pm. Covenant Moravian, Wilmington. Free. 910-799-9256. ISLAND OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY FLOTILLA 12/3, 9pm: Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach. Kathie Winseck at the Checkered Church: (910) 458-0211 or

CANDLELIGHT TOURS 12/3, 4pm: This prestigious historic two-day event ushers in the holiday seasonwith a festive tour of the finest private homes, churches and historical sites in the dowtown Wilmington area. or 910-762-0492 SANTA AT COTTON EXCHANGE Santa at the Cotton Exchange for photo ops, weekends through holiday: 12/3-4, 12/10-11 and 12/24. HANDMADE HOLIDAY MARKET See page 13. POPLAR GROVE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE Poplar Grove’sChristmas Open House andHoliday Craft Fair, 12/4, noon-5pm.Self-guided tours and hot cocoa and cookies in the Cultural Arts Center—free. Santa at the tenant house and Mrs. Claus reads stories by the fireplace. Christmas music and live craft demonstrations. Holiday Craft Fair in the Cultural Arts Center for eautiful, locally, handmade jewelry, ornaments and pottery, as well as books, foods, and presents for those hard-toshop-for loved ones. Hayride with Christmas music, $5/person. Historic Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Highway 17 North. (910) 686-9518 ext. 27. WILMINGTON HOLIDAY PARADE 12/4—Wilmington Holiday Parade. 6:15pm. Downtown Wilmington. Free. 910-341-4602, CANDYLAND CHRISTMAS 12/4—Candy Land Christmas Celebration. 1pm5pm. Visit with Santa, make gingerbread houses, crafts, caroling at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Admission charge. 910-254-3534; www. FORT FISHER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 12/6—Fort Fisher Holiday Open House. 10am-

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5pm. Wassail, decorations and music from Civil War era. Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach. Seasonal refreshments, decorations, and entertainment from Leland Christian Academy at 11 a.m., songs and stories of Civil War blockade running by noted historical entertainer John Golden (aka Captain Roberts) and actor/interpreter at noon and storyteller Joyce Grear (aka Harriet “Moses” Tubman), telling stories of the African-American experience and cultural traditions in the Cape Fear area associated with the Christmas season. Murray Middle School Jazz Band will cap off the festivities at 1:30 pm. by performing selections from their holiday repertoire. Free. 910-458-5538; www. KURE BEACH CHRISTMAS FANTASY SHOW 12/9-11—Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show. 6:30pm. Music & more. Kure Beach Fire Dept. Free. 910-279-0459. ISLAND OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY HOME TOUR 12/10, 4pm: Self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s mostbeautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into the privacy of their homes for this special holiday treat. Tickets will be available at businesses on Pleasure Island. James Allen at 910-458-5006. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF HOMES 12/10-11, 2-5PM: Welcome Home Angel’s 3rd Annual Christmas Festival of Homes Tour at Landfall. $25/person. Tickets available: 910-392-2700, or at NoFo Market and Cafe, Realty World Cape Fear, Landfall Realty, La Bella Forma, and Schaeffer BMW. Groups of 10 or more may purchase groupdiscounted tickets ($20 each) by calling 910-3922700 (group tickets must be purchased together and in advance of the event.) Welcome Home Angel, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization that brings joy and comfort to children in the Southeastern North Carolina area suffering from devastating illness or injury. SANTA CLAUS FOOD DRIVE CAUSE 12/10—Santa Claus Food Drive Cruise. Boards at 9:30am; departs 10am. Admission: 6 cans nonperishable food/per person. Henrietta III Riverboat, Dock & Water sts.-Downtown. 910-343-1611, HOMEMADE HOLIDAY SHORTS Homemade Holiday Shorts on Sun., 12/11, 6pm. WHQR’s wintertime tradition, Homemade Holiday Shorts, features guest appearances by Ann Ipock, Jemila Ericson, Rabbi James Apple and Joyce Grear. Takes place before a live audience and broadcast live on WHQR 91.3fm at 6pm. Doors 5:20pm; full reception, including drinks and lavish hors d’oeuvre will follow the live performance, 6-7pm. Tickets: $30 each (includes the performance and reception) at (910) 343-1640, whqr@ or at station. All proceeds benefit the station. Includes musical accompaniment and a special emcee. 254 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington. Mary: MAYFAIRE’S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Mayfaire’s Polar Express Outdoor Train rides for just $3 per person. Every day is a different route, so there are many chances to experience all the

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holiday joy Mayfaire has to offer. Pick-up/drop-off location in front of the Santa Village on Inspiration Drive (beside Belk). Hours: Through 12/11: Fri., 2:30-7pm; Sat., noon-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. 12/12-12/23: Mon-Fri, 2:30-7:30pm; Sat., 11am8pm; Sun., noon-6pm. 12/24: Sat., 10am-2pm. • Visit Santa’s Village at Mayfaire for kids to have their photos taken by Mayfaire’s professional photographer. Located beside Belk and Reeds Jewelers on Inspiration Drive. Hours: Through 12/11: Fri., 2:30-7pm; Sat., noon-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. 12/12-16, Mon-Fri., 2:30pm-7pm. 11/17-23: Mon-Fri., 11am-7:30pm; Sat., 11am-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm.12/24: Sat., 10am-2pm.

Weekly Farmers’ Markets feat. plant, food and crafts vendors;: Riverfront Farmer’s Market Sat., Downtown Wilmington, Water St., 8am-1pm. AprilDec. • Poplar Grove Plantation Farmer’s Market Wed., 10200 US 17 N., Wilmington, through 12/14. Live music w/ Cindy Rhodes; Pender County Master Gardeners clinic 2nd Wed/ea. mo. FREE HIV/AIDS TESTING Free HIV/Aids testing takes place 12/1 at Student Health Center UNCW Campus, 10am-3pm, and on 12/2, at Health Department/UNCW CARE Students and the General Public Outside UNCW Warwick Center, 9am-3pm.

TROLLEY TOUR OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS Dec. 15-23—Trolley Tour of Holiday Lights. 6pm & 7:30pm. Tours of Wilmington’s decorated neighborhoods. Departs Downtown at Dock & Water sts. Admission charge. 910-763-4483;

WINTER FLEA AT BAC 12/2, 3-9pm: The Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, “The Winter Flea at BAC”—Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews (516 North 4th Street—the corner of Campbell and North 4th streets). Twice the amount of vendors, twice the array of vintage treasures—from antique furniture and chic clothing, to one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, and tableware—and twice the fun, include the awesome Long Island Eatery serving fantastic gourmet food, and the BAC cash bar keeping everybody happy. To sign up as a vendor: Sarah Murphy at sarah@ or 919-818-6406.

REINDEER-DRAWN TROLLEY Dec. 16-24—Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Trolley/Carriage. 6-10pm. Horse-drawn carriage tour & caroling Downtown. Departs at Market & Water sts. Admission charge. 910-251-8889, ISLAND OF LIGHTS NEW YEAR’S PARTY 12/31, 9pm: The New Year’s Celebration will be held on New Year’s Eve, Sat., 12/31, at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk near the Gazebo. Don’t miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. Free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. Raffle, with thewinner taking home the original artwork for the 2011 official Christmas card and ornament. Bring the family to Carolina Beach at 9 pm to join the festivities. NEW YEAR’S NOON DOWNTOWN 12/31—New Year’s Noon Downtown! 11am. Ring in the New Year at Noon with noisemakers, confetti and more. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Admission charge. 910-254-3534, www. NEW YEAR’S EVE CRUISE 12/31—New Year’s Eve Cruise w/music, danc-

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vention Center in the grand ballroom and west concourse. Nonprofit event that demonstrates and promotes Japanese culture with an emphasis on animation, film and art. Concerts, contest, prizes, demonstrations, meet and greet with voice-over actors, screenings, artists, merchandise vendors, door prizes and more. $8 all-acces entry fee; childrem 8 and younger, free with registered adult. PEARL HARBOR DAY 12/7: Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club will honor Pearl Harbor Day, by making Morse code, and voice contact with Pearl Harbor. All this will occur on board the Battleship North Carolina, in Wilmington. Attempts will be made to use the WWII style radio equipment that is onboard the battleship North Carolina and is maintained by the members of the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, and has been for several years. Both the old style radios and newest style radios will bein use during this time. Glenn M. Cox KE4BMY: 910-431-3875


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WILMINGTON FUR BALL The 6th annual Wilmington Fur Ball will take place on 12/3, 7-11pm, at Cape Fear Country Club. Admission is $85, with proceeds benefitting the Pender County Humane Society and Adopt-AnAngel. Black-tie, red-carpet gala, with heavy hors d’oevre, wine, beer, champange, live music and silent and live auctions. Artwork donated by George Popcheptsov. 910279-5530. WHQR ONE-DAY PLEDGE DRIVE WHQR 91.3fm will have a one-day on-air fundraiser on Thurs, 12/8. This one-day campaign is part of the non-profit’s on-air fundraising efforts. For this

end-of year campaign, WHQR is supporting the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The mission of Cape Fear Habitat is to provide affordable housing to those in need. WHQR is proud to support this mission. For every pledge made to WHQR by phone or online of any amount during this pledge drive, a local supplier will donate a 2x4 piece of lumber to Habitat for Humanity. VOTE FOR A CAUSE Vote for a Cause! Children draw a fall picture and we will display it at Teacher’s Aid through the end of November! You can either bring one in or create one at the store! Adults vote for your favorite picture, $2 vote. All entries due by 12/17. The funds that are raised will go to Oasis, an autism support and intervention service. You can learn more by visiting www.oasisnc. org. 831 South Kerr Avenue ACUPUNCTURE HAPPY HOUR Wed., 5-6:30pm, Center for Spiritual Living, 5725 Oleander Dr., F1-1, in Oleander Oaks. 100 percent of proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Battalion at Camp Lejeune. (910) 392-0870.

theater/auditions CITY STAGE See page 11. TWO See page 10.

with senior, student and group discounts. 910-6322285 or • Join Maria and the von Trapp Children for “Tea with Jam and Bread,” a pre-matinee reception on Sunday, 12/11 at 1:30pm in the ballroom at Thalian , featuring refreshments, finger foods and deserts. $10 toward supporting Thalian Association programming. RSVP at 910-341-3939. PORCH THEATRE CO. The beautiful Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews is thrilled to announce its presentation of Porch Theatre Company’s all new, interactive, dinner theater comedy extravanganza, The Office Holiday Party, on Thurs., 12/15. Break out your best holiday sweater and join the wackiest holiday party in town. The Office Holiday Party is loads of fun for


Pineapple-Shaped Lamps and Browncoat Pub present the season finale of “Thursday Night Live” in “A Very TNL Wedding.” The show follows bridesmaids who are dress shopping when a hurricane descends on the store! Also included will be a skit based on a sex-ed class led by a middle-school student. Comedians and actors include Rachel Boydston, Wesley Brown, Chelsea Deaner and more. Tickets are only $5 at the door at 111 Grace Street.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 12/2-3, 9-10, 7pm, with 2pm Sat. matinees. Legacy Theater Company, Onslow County’s new community theater, presents “A Christmas Carol” at Kingdom Life Fellowship 111 Kinston Highway, Richlands, NC. Tickets $15 for adults and $12 for students 17 and under and seniors over 60. Adapted from Charles’ Dickens timeless tale, “A Christmas Carol” features 30 actors from our community with something special for the whole family. It is a show that your entire family can enjoy as we celebrate the Christmas Season. 910-545-2296 or BIG DAWG AUDITIONS Big Dawg Productions will hold auditions for “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a comedy by Bill Manhoff, on Mon/Tues., 12/5-6, 7pm, Hannah Block USO Community Arts Center, corner of Second and Orange, downtown Wilmington. Roles available for one man and one woman, late 20s to 30s. When aspiring author Felix notices a neighboring a prostitute plying her trade, he complains to the landlord, who has her evicted. He soon has Doris, not a prostitute but an aspiring “model and actress, thank you very much,” pounding on his door. She figures he owes her a bed for the night, an arrangement that leads to hilarity and complications. Auditions begin mid-December, break for the holidays and resume in January. Show dates are 2/2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 2012. Tamica Katzmann is directing. THE SOUND OF MUSIC Thalian Association presents the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. The production, directed and choreographed by Debra Gillingham with music direction by Jonathan Barber, runs 12/8-18 at historic Thalian Hall. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed, Austrian naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. “My Favorite Things,” Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and more.; Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8pm, and Sun at 3pm. $25

every- one and includes sing- ing, dancing—how about an office dance contest— some most unusual office party games, the cast kicking out Karaoke, and an audience sing-a-long! Catering by Middle of the Island and Brooklyn Arts Center cash bar. Tickets are $50 at brooklynartsnc. com or 888-512-SHOW. Doors open at 6pm; show at 7om. Seating is limited. 520 North 4th Street. (910)232-6611. OPERA HOUSE THEATRE COMPANY 12/17, 11am: Opera House Theatre Company announces auditions for the first show of the 2012 Season, “The Producers.” Roles are available for women and men in a wide range of ages; no roles for children. Everyone should bring a prepared song and sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Also, come prepared for a dance audition. Auditions will be held at the Lucile Shuffler Center, 2011 Carolina Beach Rd. Rehearsals begin Sat., 1/14. (910)762-4234. Production dates: 2/24-26. RED BARN STUDIO AUDITIONS Imaginary Theater Company and Red Barn Studio Theater announce auditions for Boston Marriage by David Mamet, Mon/Tues, 12/5-6, at the Red Barn Studio at 1122 S. Third Street, 7-9pm. Production will run February/March 2012. One role is available for a woman 18-29. Scottish accent needed. Mike O’Neil: 232-6132. FRAKTURED FAERY TALES “Fraktured Faery Tales for a Mid-Winter’s Eve: Part Deux,” written by Zach Hanner; directed by Cherri McKay. Auditions: Sat., 12/10, 11am1pm and Mon., 12/14, 5-7pm. HBHUSO Community Arts Center. Casting before the Holiday * Rehearsals begin in Jan. Run dates: February 2/16-26. 910-399-2878 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park at Playhouse 211, 4-6pm, Sun., 12/11, 7-9pm, 12/12. Playhouse 211 is on Hwy 211 across from BEMC. Small cast play with five characters. Parts open for audition. Corie Bratter; early 20s and newly married

to Paul, is young, vivacious, a free spirit, loves life, and wants the whole world to come along with her. Paul Bratter; also in his early 20s and husband to Corie, is a rather straight-laced, practical, up and coming lawyer, who loves Corie dearly and tries to go along with her wild schemes. Ethel Banks; in her 40s, is Corie’s mother. She is a well-off, widowed suburbanite, belongs to the right clubs, and tries to understand her daughter’s wild behavior. Victor Velasco, also in his 40s, loves the ladies, refuses to grow old and act his age, and, like Corie, likes life and lives it fully. Harry Pepper; a minor role, is a good-hearted telephone repairman who likes to give advice to “help out.” Cold reading; we will supply the scripts and give you some time to read over the scenes before auditioning. Paul Bertelsen at TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Thalian Association will hold auditions for the adult roles in the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” on 12/1213, 7-9:30pm, Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. No prepared material required; you will be asked to read from the script. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee and directed by Tom Briggs, the production runs 2/2-5 at Thalian Hall. Full character breakdown visit

comedy THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE 12/1, 9pm: Pineapple-Shaped Lamps and the Browncoat Pub’s theatrical event of the year: A Very TNL Wedding. The nuptials will serve as the season finale to Pineapple-Shaped

Lamp’s original sketch-comedy show TNL, now in its third season. A pair of bridesmaids try on their dresses as a hurricanes destroys the store. A middle-school sex-education class takes a turn for the worse when the teacher puts a student in charge. Stars Rachel Boydston, Wesley Brown, Chelsea Deaner, Holly Cole, Rachel Helms and more! Tickets: $5 at the door. NUTT ST. COMEDY ROOM Tickets; $8/$10. Schedule: 12/2-3: Marc Price from Family Ties (Skippy) will be returning to the Nutt St Comedy Room . Tickets are now on sale @ or www.wilmingtontickets. com. • Every Wed. Nutt House Improv Troupe, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover charge. • Every Thurs. Open Mic Stand Up, doors 8pm, showtime 9pm, no cover. • Stand Up Comedy workshops: Learn the art from the stage of Wilmington’s only full time comedy club. A beginners/ intermediate class formed every 6 wks, covering basics, incl. public speaking and a comedy showcase in a professional comedy club at end of 6-wk. classes. Ages 16 and up. 910-520-5520 for slots. $100/6-wk. commitment. Taught by Timmy Sherrill, club owner/working comedian. 255 N. Front St, basement of Soapbox. www. 910-520-5520

music/concerts CAPE FEAR CHORALE Auditions for the Cape Fear Chorale Spring Concert are currently open through December 15, 2011. Positions are available for alto, tenor, and

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bass voices. 910-233-2423 for appointment. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 12/3, 8pm; 12/4, 4pm: A Gospel Christmas! Wilmington Symphony accompanies the Girls’ Choir of Wilmington performing songs of Hanukkah and Christmas, and Marva Robinson and the Williston Alumni Choir as they exhilarate the audience with A Gospel Christmas! • 2/11, 8pm: Errante Anniversary! The Wilmington Symphony celebrates Steven Errante’s 25th Anniversary Season by performing some of his own works, including Symphony No. 2 and Cradle Songs. The concert also spotlights the winners of the 35th Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition. • 3/17, 8pm: Possibilities...An Evening with Linda Lavin guest artist With the Billy Stritch Trio. Award-winning star of film, television and the stage, Linda Lavin makes a return appearance for an unforgettable evening of great jazz and cabaret. Accompanying and collaborating with Linda is pianist Billy Stritch, himself a gifted and dazzling performer. Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. • 4/28, 8pm: Season Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth. The Wilmington Symphony concludes its ambitious, multi-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle with the grandest of them all - the spectacularly rousing Ninth Symphony, with its life-affirming “Ode to Joy.” All concerts at Kenan Auditorium. Kenan Auditorium: (910) 9623500. STONE SOUP CONCERTS PRESENTS Kyle Lindley at The Reel Café, Second Floor Ballroom, 12/8, 7:30pm. Also performing shorter sets: Kim Dicso, Fortch, Mike O’Donnell, Greg McDowell, Christopher DiBfijani, TBA. VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Susan Savia will perform a Victorian Christmas

Parlor Concert, Fri. 12/9, 9-6:30pm. Mulled cider and Christmas sweets. All proceeds benefit Bellamy Mansion. Limited seating! RSVP: (910) 2513700, ext 104.

Baptist Church--Community Center(new place this year). 4700 Wrightsville Ave (use Park Rd entrance). Tickets: $5-$7.50, w/proceeds going to local charities. Don: 910 799 5850

NC SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS 12/13, 8pm w/William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Honoring the season with familiar winter melodies: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Holy Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Silver Bells” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).” Tickets: $38-$53.

CHAMBER MUSIC ILM All tickets at Kenan Box Office, 910-962-3500. 12/4, 6:30pm at St. James Parish Episcopal Church, 25 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia Brass as the finale for the Candlelight Tour. From the majestic Baroque of Bach to the modern sophistication of Ellington, this program will delight many different musical tastes, and will conclude with innovative settings of your holiday favorites.

12/4: CHAMBER MUSIC The Chamber Music Wilmington will hold its annual Christmas serenade as part of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society’s Candlelight Tour finale on the 4th at 6:30 p.m. The Philadelphia Brass will play St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. 3rd Street, engaging a program of wonderful music from Baroque to Bach to Ellington. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Kenan Box Office by calling 910-962-3500. CAPE FEAR CHORDSMAN CHRISTMAS 12/17, 7pm: Cape Fear Chordsmen present their 16 th annual show, “What the Dickens,” a parody on Dicken’s Christmas Carol. This hilarious parody will be part of their traditional Holiday Chorus Show. Also featured will be the Harmony Belles and the Azalea Coast Sweet Adelines Held at Winter Park

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Season of Celebration

Holiday Events in Historic Downtown Wilmington Friday, December 2


Visit the holiday tree in Riverfront Park and while you are there, enjoy a warm drink and some downtown shopping. Saturday, December 3


Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear’s CANDLELIGHT TOUR Wilmington Railroad Museum’s POLAR EXPRESS HOLIDAY SHOW - 4:30 & 6:30

TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The Tallis Chamber Orchestra will present a “Baroque Christmas Concert”, 12/19, 7:30pm, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, to benefit the Good Shepherd Center of Wilmington. The concert will feature Wilmington soprano, Sara Westermark singing the Handel Gloria and some traditional carols. The TCO will also perform the Christmas Symphony by Gaetano Schiassi, Noels by Marc Antoine Charpentier and the Torelli Christmas Concerto. Free, with donations going to the Good Shepherd Center. Philip Singleton: 620-7207. 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

dance HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR 12/17, 2-7pm: The second annual Holiday Spectacular at The Dance Element of Wilmington will feature a show/sale of fine art from Wilmington artists as well as live music and a dance performance. Winter Open House, admission is free and the public is welcome. Additional Open House and Art Gallery viewing hours 12/14, 15, 16, 1-5pm. Ashley Barnes: CONTRA DANCE Tuesday night dances, 5th Ave United Methodist Church on South 5th Ave at Nun, 7:30-9:30pm. Social dance for all levels; singles and couples, families, college and high school students and folks of all dancing abilities are invited to come. $4. (910) 538-9711. TANGO Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 7:30-9:30pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30. SURFER TANGO Waterford Tango at the Clubhouse, Fri. at 7:30 • Magnolia Greens Tango, Thurs, 7:30pm, Aerobics Room • Cape Fear Country Club Tango, Sun., 5pm. All classes are $10 per couple per class fun, professional, positive instruction. 76’ERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB Modern Western Style Square Dance. Club meets Thurs. nights at 7pm at the Senior Center for a new workshop on square dancing. Info: 270-1639

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CAROLINA SHAG CLUB DJs play favorite beach music and shag tunes every Sat, 8pm to close. $4/members; $6/guests. Carolina Shag Club, 103 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 620-4025

art/exhibits FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHTS As we begin organizing the 2012 series of Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, we are searching for any and all galleries, studios and art spaces in the downtown Wilmington area that would like to be involved in this monthly event. Simply agree to open your doors to the public on the fourth Friday of every month, 6-9pm. If you have something else you’d need to take of on a certain month, simply close the door and post a sign. Participation includes a nominal, one time fee, of which has been consistently low each year. Business is added to all posters and 10,000 maps/brochures distributed throughout the year. Print and radio advertisements included. Fourth Fridays are free self-guided tours, taking place monthly, where local galleries and studios open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture. or RAWL COLOR Art Soup and Tidal Creek Coop present RawlColor: an art exhibition featuring Emily Rawl, December 2011-February 2012, with opening reception on 12/9, 6pm, atTidal Creek Coop Community Center. Emily Rawl focuses on color and motion, with work that seems to dance across the canvas with delight. Her unconventional use of surrealism and form, capture a unique perspective that pushes the viewer into the work. Also an accomplished saxophone player, Rawl’s talent is showcased throughout her work, both audibly and visually. 5329 Oleander Drive, Suite 204; 910-799-2667. MINIATURES 2011 12/3-4, 10-11, 17-18. Sat., 6-11pm; Sun., 1-7pm. Closing reception 12/18, w/food and drinks. An exhibition of pint-sized, accessible,affordable art from more than 18 talented local artists. Everything in the show is 12” x 12” x 12” or smaller, and everything is $50 or under. Items run the gamut from originals and prints, to stickers, photographs, postcards, gloves/scarves, and more. It is a great way for Wilmingtonians to do their holiday shopping without spending tons of money at a corporate megastore. Show hangs for 4 weeks. Free admission. 6622 Gordon Rd, Unit N. Gaeten Lowrie: 919-696-4345. PASSIONATE ILLUMINATIONS Passionate Illuminations (aka Hot Flashes!) takes place through 12/8 at Acme Art Studios, featuring the works of MJ Cunningham and K Wolf Webb. Opening reception. 711 N. 5th St. (910) 796-9633. JOHN GUNN COLLECTION Randall Library will debut an exhibit focused on sports history and memorabilia from, during and after World War II. The John Gunn Collection will be on display in Special Collections through 12/15. Acquired from former Wilmington residents John and Joan Gunn, the collection is primarily focused on college and professional football and basketball, but also includes publications related to professional baseball and military sports programs. It includes books, magazines, periodicals, game-day programs, rule books and statistics, clippings, newspapers, correspondence, photographs and other associated sports memorabilia. Mon.-Thurs.y, 9am5pm; Fri., 9am-noon. FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION Fall Senior Exhibition at the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building; on display through 12/17. Features artwork by 10 graduating UNCW studio art majors. Commencement reception will be held Sat., 12/17, 3:30-5pm. Receptions are free and open to the

12/2: HEAVY METAL Projekte Gallery, located at 523 S. 3rd Street, will open a new exhibition, featuring works in metal. Participants include Doug Campbell, Michelle Connolly, Carolyn Foland, Brandon Gurthie, Ashley Roderick, Veronica Plankers and Melissa Manley. Featured will a plethora of mediums, from wall art to jewelry, mixed-media painting to floor designs and more. The show hangs through January 15th, with an opening reception taking place on the 2nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Public welcome!

PROJEKTE Opening 12/2, 6-9pm: “Heavy Metal,” a group exhibit showcasing works in metal. Participating artists include Doug Campbell, Michelle Connolly, Carolyn Foland, Brandon Guthrie, Melissa Manley, Veronica Plankers and Ashley Roderick. Each artist uniquely shapes and forges metal into either jewelry, wall art, mixed media painting, floor sculpture, assemblage and decorative designs. Hangs through 1/15/2012 • Now open: Coffeehaus and Antiques, w/assortment of homemade sweets and specialty brewed java. Opens 1pm Tue-Sat. • EVENTS: Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun: Yoga, PWYC, 6.307.30pm. Wed: Figure Drawing, $10/class, 6-8pm. First Wed of each Month: DivaMade Collective, a meet n greet for creative women, 7.30-9.30pm. Every other Thur: UNCW Film Nite, sometimes political, always controversial, 7.30-11pm. Second Sat of each month: The Creative Exchange, local artists sale and swap, 2-5pm. • Every 3rd Friday: Live Bossanova w/Raphael Name, 7p-11p. • Every Fri/Sat: Live Music, 8-12am. Free unless noted otherwise. 910-763-1197,, 523 S 3rd St.

public. Culmination of study in studio art. The exhibition is juried by the studio art faculty and mounted by graduating seniors. It is the capstone event for studio art majors. IVEY HAYES UNCW is the first college in the state to host the artwork of native son Ivey Hayes, as the result of a campus effort headed by the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery. 16 pieces will hang in the Azalea Coast Room of the Fisher University Union. The work will be on permanent exhibition, with new pieces rotating in each academic semester through 6/30/2012. DAYDREAMS Sandra Burgman’s “Daydreams,” an Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship Show. Boseman Gallery (Fisher University Union, 2nd Floor). Student in Studio Art and Digital Art, the recipient of the 201112 Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship is endowed through the generosity of donors Mark Griffis and Dave Robertson in honor of Ann Boseman. Burgman is a Graphic Designer, Marketing and Social Media professional in the Wilmington. While practicing her profession and raising a family, Sandra decided to follow her dream of becoming a professional artist. Influenced primarily by contemporary artists like Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Angel Hurtado, Jesus Soto, Frank Gehry and Milton Glaser, Sandra combines different media in multiple layers to create unusual shapes, and textures. A selection of her paintings was also published in the spring edition of Atlantis Magazine. Sandra has also received the UNCW Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Choice Award in 2010 and 2011 for her paintings. 910-962-7972 or Exhibition hangs through 12/18. HERE TO THERE AND BACK AGAIN Here to There and Back Again: A Retrospect by Artist Diane Hause, a selection of paintings, drawings, woodcuts, collages and assemblages created

LAST-MINUTE ART SHOW See page 13. BOTTEGA ART AND WINE BAR Next art opening: Fri., 12/2, 6pm—photography exhibit with Jason Hudson, Keith Ketchum and Ross Rogers. • Mon: Closed through winter • Tues (4pm-midnight): Starving artist night • Wed (4pmmid.): Weekly wine tastings, 7pm • (Sat 1pm-2am; Sun., 1pm-mid.) • Closed Thanksgiving • 11/25: Fourth Friday Gallery Night: opening reception for new show, 6pm. • 11/27: Buy You a Drink Comedy Night • • 208 N. Front St. 910-763-3737,

museums CAPE FEAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Through 2/2012: B.W. Wells: Pioneer Ecologist: Explore the breathtaking nature photography of ecologist B.W. Wells and discover his passion for the flora and fauna of the Lower Cape Fear region. • Cape Fear Treasures: Rememberingthrough 1/15/2012: Glimpse a selection of


over 32 years. New works such as “As the CrowFlies” are included and consists of sixteen, 11 inch square recycledmetal ceiling tiles painted and collaged. 621N4TH Gallery. 621 North 4th St. Hangs through Dec.

souvenirs and mementos from Cape Fear Museum’s permanent collection. Discover some of the objects people have treasured to remind them of the past. • Down Home: Jewish Life in North CarolinaDiscover how Jews, through a process of struggle and negotiation, became integrated into Southern society and helped build a New South. • 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. • New Hanover County Resident’s Day: Residents admitted free first Sun. ea. mo. • Community Conversations: Listen to different viewpoints from panelists then engage in discussion about Civil War history. Mix and mingle before and after the 7pm. presentation. The Combatants: 12/13, 6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Joseph Glatthaar, author and professor at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Dr. Chris Fonvielle, author and professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, discuss how Southerners of both races made the choice to fight, and what their experiences were in the Confederate Army and in the U.S. Army. Tickets 910-798-4362. • Hours: 9am-5pm through Labor Day, 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. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 12/17-18: Colonial Christmas Celebration. Sat.10am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm. 18th Century music, dancers, hot wassail. Burgwin-Wright House, Wilmington. Admission charge • 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. TuesSat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570. NC AQUARIUM Exotic Aquatics Gallery has added white-spotted jellyfish (Phyllorhiza 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. • 12/17—Santa’s Seacret Supper. 6pm. Kid-friendly dinner with Santa, scavenger hunt, crafts, cookies.• 12/21-23—Holiday Elf



Camp. 9:30am-3:30pm. Holiday crafts/activities, aquarium tour for kids ages 5-12 while parents shop. 910-458-8257; 900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. 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. (910)256-2569 WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for more than 130 years. Interests and activities for all ages including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively children’s area, and spectacular scale models. Housed in an original 1882 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level. Groups receive special guided tours. Facilities can also be booked for meetings or mixers, accommodating groups of up to 150. • Story Times designed for younger visitors first and third Mon, 10:30am. $4 per family is charged to cover program costs and includes access to the rest of the Museum. Admission only $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $3 for children 2-12, and free under age 2. Located at the north end of downtown at 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634 or LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. 126 S. Third St. Adults $8, children $4. 762-0492. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM Cool down in front of “Anaconda Splash” exhibit in the indoor tropical jungle. See, photograph and even touch rare animals assembled from all over the planet in beautiful simulations of their natural environments. Meet colorful jungle birds, crocodiles, king cobras, black mambas and many more. Open from 11am-5pm, Sat. from 11am-6pm. 20 Orange Street at Front Street on historic downtown riverwalk. (910) 762-1669 or BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War

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by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itfocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 503 Market St

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CAMERON ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS: Murrinis Within a Crystal Matrix: The Poetic Glassworks of Richard Ritter,” “Mark Peiser: Reflections on the Palomar Mirror “and “Penland School of Crafts: Evolution and Imagination.” Both Richard Ritter and Mark Peiser are honored as 2011 North Carolina Living Treasures. Thematically tied, both Ritter and Peiser attended Penland School of Crafts. The school is an international leader in the evolution of craft education located in western NC. This exhibition explores Penland then and now, featuring examples of some of the finest work from the school. Hangs through 4/1/2012 • William McNeill: My Life as a Handheld Church Fan A Rhapsody on Sweat, Sweet Tea and Salvation, Brown Wing. Through 1/15/2012. Feat. hundreds of church fans with images religious and secular, collected over 40 years by musician and performative assemblage artist William McNeill. McNeill emphasizes their cultural importance, “This collection is really about a vanishing Americana and a way of life that we won’t ever have again.” • Through 1/15/2012: Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Brown Wing. 25 black and white photographs by Michael Cunningham featured in his book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (2000: Doubleday) are highlighted in this exhibition. • Hattitude: A Convergence of Fashion and Faith, Brown Wing; through 1/15/2012. Hats from public and private collections, hats of our own and our mothers’, hats by leading and unknown designers comprise this bountiful exhibition, including generous loans from Dr. Yvonne Watson, Rep. Alma Adams, Guilford County and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NC State University. • 12/3, 2pm: Discussion and Signing: Meet the Help — An Anthology of True Stories by Rhonda Bellamy and Bertha Boykin Todd; free and open to the public. Offers rare glimpses into the lives of domestic workers and their employers through the eyes of 40 different people from 10 states. Narratives compiled and written by veteran journalist Rhonda Bellamy and community leader Bertha Todd. • 12/4: Hattitude Holiday Tea, Fashion Show and Spoken Word, 12/4, 2-4pm. Dress up in holiday finery to celebrate CAM’s “Hattitude” exhibition. Victorian tea will include refreshments, rare hat fashion show and performance. Seating limited: $25-$35. • Wilmington Choral Society: “Christmas at CAM V,” Thurs., 12/8, 7:30-8:30pm; 12/11, 3-4pm. $5, members; $10, non. Holiday music with the Wilmington Choral Society; song selections include, Good King Wenceslas, The Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Carol of the Bells and more. • Kids at CAM, 12/10, noon-3pm; $3/child, members. $5/child, non; adults, free. Santa Claus visits from North Pole; special guest musicians from the Wilmington School of Music will perform holiday tunes, while you and your family create art gifts and decorations you can take home. Take a tour of our exhibitions or explore on your own. No pre-reg necessary. Parental supervision required. • 12/10, 3pm: Gallery conversations/demonstrations w/ Dr. Yvonne Watson and Jan Wutkowski in Brown Wing. CAM Members: Free, museum admission.

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Dr. Yvonne Watson, artists ofHattitude: A Convergence of Fashion and Faith, and Jan Wutkowski, milliner and owner of aMuse Artisanal Finery share stories of the beauty, history and pure fun of hat fashion. Also, enjoy a demonstration of blocking felt and straw hats on traditional wooden hat blocks. • 12/15, 8pm: Coast Poetry Jam, Cost: $5, $3/college students with valid ID. Produced by “Yo Girl” Sandra and hosted by Bigg B. Coast Studio Line: 910.763.0973. • CLASSES, ETC: Drawing and Painting from the Museum’s Permanent Collection w/Martha Burdette and Donna Moore Tuition: $180 Members/ $210 Non-members. Tuesdays: 12/6, 13, 20, 10am-noon. Location: Studio 1 (located just inside museum entrance. • Life Drawing every Tues., 6-9pm. Group meets in Reception Hall. Participants provide own dry drawing materials and watercolors. $70/6-wks. • Museum School: Fall classes going on now! More info online for adult education programs. • Tai Chi, 11/30, 12/14, 28, noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Yoga, Thurs., noon; $5, members; $10, non. • Zumba classes, Mon/Wed/Fri, members, $8; non, $10. Packages: $32/4; $52/8; $65/10. Energetic movement class, Latin-inspired dancing w/Wendy Joyner. Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. TuesSun,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.

sports/recreation JINGLE BELL RUN 12/17—5k Jingle Bell Run. 7:30am registration. Wrightsville Beach Museum. 910-256-2569, www. CAPE FEAR RIVER WATCH STRIPE FEST 1/13, 6pm: Cape Fear River Watch Stripe Fest. A two-day river restoration and education event along the beautiful Cape Fear River! Friday night we will host our exciting Banquet and Auction- we’ve sold out two years in a row, so get your tickets now! (Call 762-5606 for tickets). Be there Saturday morning to watch the electrifying start of our Tag and Release Striper Tournament or take a river tour to see the excitement firsthand! There are still a few spots left for anglers who would like to be a part of the fishing action! All day Saturday we will have fun, free and informative activities for children and adults, including talks by fishery experts and handson educational activities! WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH REC CLASSES Tennis lessons for youth & adults, cotillion for youth, kids’ night out, yoga, pilates, boot camp, tone & stretch, and low impact aerobic classes. For more information call 910-256-7925 or

film REEL AGING: REAL CHANGE Working Films announces Reel Aging: Real Change, an initiative that will tie compelling documentary films and transmedia projects that explore aging to ongoing policy work and grassroots campaigns supporting older populations globally. Applications by 1/6; four-day residency begins 3/23—eight to ten media teams will sharpen their strategies for audience and community engagement. 3/27: Teams will present their projects to regional, national and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers, with a goal to embed the film and media projects into on-the-ground efforts by the advocates in the room. Hosted in Washington, DC. Free applications due from media makers

for participation in Reel Aging: Real Change. Due upon acceptance into the residency—includes lodging, meals, and materials. Participants responsible for own travel; limited stipends available. COME HIGH OR HELL WATER 12/1, 6pm: Wilmington premiere for Keith Malloy’s new movie about body surfing called, “Come Hell or High Water.” Music will be provided by End Of The Line, we’ll have food as well, plus a raffle. All proceeds to benefit Surfers Healing and Stronger Together. The Brooklyn Arts Center. $25 at sale at SideArm Surf & Skate, 8258 Market St. or at BAC box office. 910.686.2969 SUBVERSIVE FILM SERIES See page 17 • 12/11: “The Most Hated Family in America” (Double Feature): BBC director Louis Theroux and a film crew travels to Topeka, Kansas to interview and cover the members of Westboro Baptist Church, a small religious organization that has sparked controversy by picketing American military funerals and creating signs and mottos like “God Hates Fags” and “God Hates America.” The double feature includes Theroux’s first trip and then his second visit four years later in his sequel, “America’s Most Hated Family In Crisis.” • 12/18: “A Christmas Carol”: Charles Dickens’ classic is brought to life in this made-for-television adaptation, starring legendary George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge and David Warner as Bob Cratchit. • 12/25: Closed. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 CINEMATIQUE See page 17. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 12/23—“It’s A Wonderful Life” 35mm screening. 7:30pm. Admission charge. Thalian Hall. www. FILMMAKER’S SOCIAL Filmmaker Social every 2nd Friday of the month, 7pm! Connect with other filmmakers, as well as discuss topics such as fundraising, production and trends in the industry. 16 Taps, 127 Princess St., downtown Wilmington. Sponsored by CFIFN.

kids stuff MARINE QUEST MarineQuest’s Saturday-morning scientific fun at the UNCW Center for Marine Science. Explore sea creatures, marine habitats and ocean phenomena through lab experiments, field activities, games and more. • 12/10:Christmas Island (Register by 12/8) Explore island formations and discover what makes places like Christmas Island so unique! Witness one of the wonders of the natural world as the Christmas Island Red Crab migrates from their forest canopy homes to the edge of the sea. KIDS TUNES ONLINE CD RELEASE PARTY 12/11, 1-4pm: Local recording artists KidsTunesOnline are hosting a CD Release Party. Games, fun activities, light refreshments, great music for kids 2-8. The Wilmington School of Ballet 3834 Oleander Drive near the mall. So come and meet the artists, make new friends, and enjoy the music!

readings/lectures POMEGRANATE BOOKS 12/1, 6-8pm: Pomegranate Writers Group: Amaryllis Holiday Anthology. Goup has recently published a beautiful, handcrafted volume of their work. • The Sound of Poets Cooking Back by Popular DemandReading, Workshop, and Food, Sat.,

12/3, noon. Poetry reading reading, poetry workshop, and poetry-inspired food. All free. Richard Krawiec’s “She Hands Me the Razor”; Kathryn Stripling Byer’s”Coming to Rest: Poems”; Debra Kaufman’s “The Next Moment.” • UNCW Latino Book Group discusses “Odyssey to the North (Odisea al Norte)” Sat., 12/3, 4pm. Award-winning novelist Mario Bencastro explores the psychological impact of emigration on one Central American man in search of a new life in the United States. Readings and discussion are in English. All are welcome. • National Novel Writing Month Reading Wed., 12/7, 5:30pm. Join us for a sampling from Dana Sachs’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) class. 4418 Park Ave. LUNCH WITH AN AUTHOR 12/8, 1130am: The only event of its kind in the area, Lunch with an Author celebrates local and statewide authors while providing scholarships to qualified students at Cape Fear Community College. 11:30am-1:30pm. McKeithan Center at the CFCC North Campus, appx 15 authors from across the Carolinas and a keynote speaker will be in attendance. Proceeds from this Lunch With an Author will establish $1,000 scholarships, which include the cost for books, to qualified students in the creative writing department at Cape Fear Community College. OLD BOOKS ON FRONT ST. You know that novel you keep thinking about and planning to write? We are going to be a hot spot for the National Novel Writing Month, including twice weekly support groups on Mon/ Thurs, 6:30pm. • 12/12, 2-5pm: One year anniversary in new location and 30 years serving the public! Old Books celebrates with music by the Cosmic Groove Lizards, a birthday cake and more! • In the New Year we will be launching a “Local Authors Book Club” the idea is that the book club would read a book by a local author every month and invite that author to come speak, sign autographs, etc. Our first honoree will be Clyde Edgerton and his book “The Night Train.” Reoccurring dates and times should be confirmed by the end of the week and will appear on our website along with a list of the first year’s titles. Clyde’s books should arrive this week. • 2/3-5: New Poetry Festival : Couplet a festival of verse in two days! Open call for submissions for the anthology to follow shortly! 249 N. Front St. (910) 76-BOOKS (26657). WOMEN IN BUSINESS SPEAKER SERIES The speaker series brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations to help them grow personally and professionally through leadership, education and networking. Press 102. 2nd St. $40/incl. lunch. Schedule: • 12/15: TBD. (910) 350-1211. GOING GREEN ENVIRO BOOK CLUB Cape Fear’s Going Green is sponsoring a new book club to encourage discussion of environmental topics, meeting the first Tues. ea. month at Old Books on Front Street. Future meeting dates: 12/1. Upcoming titles posted: www.goinggreenpublications. com/calendar.html PARENTING BOOK CLUB A new book club is forming with a focus on enhancing family life through an exploration of the science behind child development. Meetings held the first Thurs. ea. month, 6-7pm. Old Books on Front St. Objective is to engage the community in meaningful discussion about ways to foster healthy family living and to inspire personal growth and connection. Jessica: 336-4202887 or

classes/workshops NOVEMBER ART CLASSES Professional instruction with Lois DeWitt, MFA. Over 30 years of art teaching experience. Small classes, individual tutoring available. loislight@ Four weeks, $80. Watercolor: Mon, 11am-1pm; or Sat., 3-5pm: Learn color washes, expressive brushstrokes, creating light and shadow and more. For beginners or experienced painters that want to refresh their skills. • Collage: Mon, 3-5pm: Create beautiful collages from found papers in a series of fun collage lessons including textures, color gradation, paper dynamics, photo portrait and more. • Mixed Media, Tues., 3-5pm: Learn how to use found materials to create mixed media collages exploring textures, color dynamics, power of content, evocative images and more. • Acrylic Painting, Wed., 11am1pm. Learn acrylic painting basics: brushstrokes, mixing colors, painting light and shadow and how to choose and paint subject matter. For beginners or experienced painters that want to refresh their skills. • Oil Pastel, Wed, 3-5pm. Learn basic oil pastel skills including overlay, light and shadow, color dynamics and making subject matter vibrant

UPPER ROOM THEATRE Adult women are invited to attend this oncea-week fitnessopportunity, no matter your experience or ability. Local choreographer/dance instructor Mary Beth Henderson will teach you to tap to favorite tunes and prepare for participation in performances with Upper Room Theatre at community events. Classes meet from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Schedule—Month 3: 12/1-15. (continues after first of year). $15 reg. and $45/ mo. Upper Room Theatre:

ARIES (21 March – 20 April)

Impulsive actions could cause you to lose sleep later, so try to think before you leap. Not everyone that seems worthy of your time and money will be, so choose carefully. TAURUS (21 April – 20 May)


GEMINI (21 May – 20 June)

WILMINGTON PRIDE BOARD MEETINGS Wilmington Pride Board meetings, 3rd Tues/mo. at BuenaSpace, 7:30-8:45pm

CFCC will host lunch with a NC author on the 8th at the McKeithan Center on their north campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The author will be announced closer to the date, and attendants will be able to hear the author speak, as well as secure an autograph and receive a sounvir tote. There will also be a book sale after the event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by e-mailing Proceeds benefit scholarship funds.

FREE CHEERLEADING CLINICS 11/30-12/2, 6-7pm: The Cape Fear Community College cheerleaders will hold a series of free cheerleading clinics later this month at the Schwartz Center. Open to ages 3 - 13, the clinic will teach children how to cheer, dance and perform basic stunts. All participants will be eligible to perform at CFCC’s home basketball game on Sat., Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Schwartz Center. The clinics are free. T-shirts can be purchased for $10 each. The final day to register is Wed., Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Tameka Delmar at (202) 258-2677.

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as content. For beginners or those experienced in other media that want to learn about oil pastels. • Basic Drawing, Sat., 11-1pm: Learn line, shading, composition, how to draw what you see, and more. Fun exercises and individual guidance. For beginners or those that want to refresh their drawing skills.

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TRANSGENDER SUPPORT GROUP Transgender Support Group, 1st Thurs./ mo., 7-8pm. For more information please contact Therapist Nova Swanstrom: 910343-6890. You must talk with Nova first before coming to a support group meeting! CANINE 5K/ONE-MILE TURTLE CRAWL 12/3, 8am: Canine 5k & One-Mile Turtle Crawl. Runners are welcome to compete with or without their four-legged companions. Mayfaire Town Center TrySports Event Field. Register at: Portion of proceeds to benefit the Carolina Canines for Veterans and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION Annual Winter Solstice Celebration Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear, Sun, 12/11, 5:308pm. Bridge Center at the Market Place Mall 127-40 S. College Rd. We’ll look back to 2011 and look forward to all that is coming in 2012. Bring a dish, bring a bottle; we’ll also be having a raffle with some excellent prizes. Also holding annual board elections. All paid up members will have a chance to vote. Next year will bring us the Reason Rally, Rock Beyond Belief, some amazing new speakers, an ever expanding range of events, new educational opportunities and media campaigns and much more besides!

This is not the time for shaky investments, even if you are on the verge of panic over finances. Controlling your emotions is easier than usual—a good thing! Talk, talk, talk—you know no strangers! Be careful, though. Base the things you are saying on what you know rather than what you are thinking to avoid embarrassment CANCER (21 June – 21 July)

Out-of-the-ordinary experiences come your way, and bring with them new friends and ideas. You are ready to tackle problems and deal with family like normal. LEO (22 July – 22 August)

Good things are in store, with you going out of your way to make others feel as lucky as you. Disappointments in your career won’t even keep you down; your outlook is positive. VIRGO (23 August – 22 September)

Love ya! Mean it! It is your persona, and others are attracted to you to get a taste of the acceptance and love vibes you are giving out. Voicing your feelings is harder than just showing them. LIBRA (9/24 – 10/23)

Time is in short supply, which may be helpful in avoiding lots of one-on-one time at home. With conflict waiting for you there, it is not easy! Working hard now will really pay off later. SCORPIO (23 Oct. – 21 November) Fam-

ily may increase. Birth, marriage or just discovering a relative from long ago! Keep expectations realistic to avoid feeling let down unnecessarily.

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SAGITTARIUS (22 Nov. – 21 Dec.)

You discover that what is inside is what really counts for you, as superficial people come and go. Contentment and peace make you one easy person to be around. CAPRICORN (22 Dec. – 20 Jan.)

Friction at work makes it hard to focus on your job, but plodding through and just getting things done is the best course of action. AQUARIUS (21 Jan. – 19 February)

Team attitude both in your home and work life will make an incredible difference in how things are completed, not to mention how everyone feels afterward. PISCES (20 February – 20 March

Swaying others to your way of thinking has never been easier! Now is the time to make your case for the way you have wanted to change things.

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