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Live Local Live Small

or me the Live Local journey started as a result of my own observations and thoughtful concerns as a business owner looking at our local economy and what was going on around us. I never harbored any illusions that the message of creating local abundance by investing locally would become a clarion call to the powers that be. I did hope that maybe enough people might be intrigued for it to contribute to the cultural conversation and possibly even become a talking point during election time. There have been some truly wonderful gains for the Live Local movement: Our state’s local purchasing preference enacted by Governor Perdue is a particular high point. The Wilmington Cash Mob is clearly another. On a national scale, the creation of Small Business Saturday, and bringing that moniker into our national vocabulary, has been incredible. Some respected economists, like Joseph Steiglitz, have spoken directly to the importance of investing in small, local business rather

New documentary coincides with the Live Local message By: Gwenyfar Rohler

it is a fascinating film. As we walked out of Thalian Hall Jock turned to me and asked, “So what did you think?” “Hmmmm,” I answered. “Did the filmmaker make his case?” This is our standard post-documentary conversation. Jock spent most of his adult life

Above: U.S former Secretary of State Robert Reich in ‘Inequality for All.’ Courtesy photo

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than off-shoring our entire economy. Right now, a documentary film screens in local cinemas and speaks to several issues we have talked about in the column: job loss, “Made in America,” unions, Citizens United and the downward shift in middle-class jobs in the U.S. Former secretary of labor, Robert Reich, made “Inequality for All.” Curious to see it for quite some time, I wanted to know the perspective of one of the policymakers. Part biopic of Reich, part argument for an adjustment of the economic course we are on,



wants people to relate to it on a very personal level. I do, too. This is real life. Reich and his team have put together a website to accompany the film, at www. It contains six talking points each, with a button under it labeled “Show Me How.” Most of the actions reflect the sort of political organizing that typifies election campaigns: encouraging letters to elected representatives, letters to the editor, signing petitions etc. By all means, I urge readers to explore the website and utilize the tools he and his team have assembled. In the same vain, I want to iterate my action points for Live Local: • Small Business Saturday is coming up, November 30th. Please, patronize a small business and enjoy the shopping experience rather than taking someone away from their family on Thanksgiving to play “door busters specials.” • Write a letter to the editor detailing why you are shopping local this holiday season and ask your neighbors to do the same. (encore’s own editor, Shea Carver, highly encourages the feedback.) • Ask your family to have a “Made in the USA” holiday. • Give locally grown food stuff or spirits for the holidays. • Most importantly, keep the conversation going: talk with your friends, neighbors and family about why you are choosing to support local this year. Those conversations are the personal endorsements, key to keeping the message alive and maybe people employed.

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in the film industry and the best years were making documentaries for the Canadian Film Board. Consequently, we tend to take documentaries very seriously in our household. The above exchange is the beginning of several hours of dissection and discussion. Reich seems to have several points he’s trying to address: income inequality, tax reform, financial markets out of control, and the intrusion of corporate money into politics, to name a few. His main message is that the key to a healthy economy is a strong middle class— something which we have gotten so far off course from that the middle class has no hope of success currently. For me, though, the excitement was to see and hear a member of three presidential staffs (Ford, Carter and Clinton) argue for a change in our economic system and the philosophy that drives it. Rather than espousing the apologist double-speak that I personally have come to expect from people at that level of power, Reich is pretty straight-forward and specific. Reich is very quick to point out that consumer spending is a major drive of our national economy. More so, he makes a very valid point that the rich do not necessarily spend more than the poor. As one of the interviewees points out, a person can only get so many haircuts in a year and buy so many pairs of pants. After that, money is just sitting there not recirculating. To hear one of the early investors in Internet retailer Amazon admit, on film, that though the website offers a model of efficiency—which has made it profitable—it really has destroyed jobs. Even more, it has not been a boon to the American economy. That admission made my jaw drop (and my heart utter a small prayer of thanks). Reich has been teaching at Berkeley for the past few years, and he uses the syllabus from one of his classes as the structure for the film. Thus, like a college level course, the film focuses on trying to present a multitude of information—and additional sources should viewers be interested to learn more. Though certain cause-and-effect arguments are made, it is not so much geared toward one specific viewpoint. Reich is trying to present the audience with information that relates to their own lives. This isn’t a s theoretical debate for him or for us, and he , d s

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Winging it in Wilmington: Intern details life adjustments from Ireland to southeast America By: Fiona Ní Súilleabháin


he last six months have gone by so fast. It’s crazy we’re halfway through fall; although, I am glad it’s not as cold as it is at home. I have decided, now that summer is over, I want to get back into the routine I had at home—or at least aim for something close to it. While living in Ireland, usually most of my time was taken up by working in retail. But I also managed to fit in other things, like doing Zumba and playing music. I decided to do something completely different while perusing my options online. Hip-hop dancing stood out—especially since it’s never seen at home unless one’s under 12 years old. Nerves kicked in while I signed up and paid for a month’s worth of classes. I worried about the inevitability of mirroring “Twilight’s” Bella Swan, clumsily tripping up or eating concrete.

When I arrived, at the end of a large hall, couples danced the tango; I moved through quickly to avoid getting kicked or run over. As I entered my class, I realized quickly I was the only girl there. I have never seen guys in any of the dance classes back in Ireland. I stood contemplating whether to run and get a refund, but the door shut and the dance instructor officially welcomed my presence. When we started, was easy enough; we went over the steps bit by bit. Nothing too difficult—at least that’s what I thought until we put the moves to music. By the time I was on the second step, it seemed the others already finished. To everyone’s amusement this occurred many times throughout the class. I was probably missing most of the moves but happy enough I nailed the last few—so it kind of looked like I was able to keep up. At the end, I thought, That wasn’t so bad—until we were ushered out to the larg-

er dance hall to perform in front of another class. Luckily, only four people attended, but it didn’t stop the anxiety from kicking in while I tried to keep up with the routine. Even though the class was fun, I think I’m better off sticking with Zumba because it stays at the same pace the whole time. So, back to the drawing board I went to find more fun. Wine and Design caught my eye. I remember seeing a place like this during my recent visit to Washington—a place to go have a few drinks and paint whatever you want. Wine and Design is more like an art class combined with drinking—nothing I’ve ever heard of before. As most who read my column know, transportation has not been my friend here. I get lost just trying to find my own house. For once, I found this place purely by chance while out shopping one day. Seeing as it was so close to where I live, I really found no excuse not to go. When I got

there, the class almost was full. The people were chill, so it was nice for once not to have to worry about keeping up so much. Unfortunately, I confused times on the end of the class, so my taxi was outside waiting a half an hour before it was over. Only halfway through my painting, and not wanting to leave without finishing it, I tried to rush to get it done as quickly as possible to avoid being charged for “waiting time.” As my mom always says, rushing leads to mistakes. My whole canvas fell over, knocking over someone else’s painting and drink (again, sorry). I had to resort to asking the teacher to help me finish my painting before rushing out like a mad woman. One of the good things about living here is trying out classes and enjoying events we don’t have back in Ireland. Wine and Design is definitely something worth going back to! Up next: batting cages, snorkeling and theme parks!

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News of the Weird with Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY A Piece of the Action “Fantasy sports” are hugely popular, but when fans “draft” players for their teams, they “own” only the players’ statistics. Recently, Wall Street and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs created Fantex Holdings, which will allow investors to buy actual pieces of real players namely, rights to 20 percent of the player’s lifetime earnings (including licensing and product endorsement deals). The firm told The New York Times in October that it will soon stage an “IPO” for budding NFL star Arian Foster and hopes to sign up many more athletes, plus singers and actors similarly early in their careers. (On the other hand, Fantex’s lawyers drew up a 37page list of potential investment risks, such as injuries, slumps and scandals and the fact that the stock will trade only on Fantex’s private exchange.)

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Cultural Diversity “For Japanese boys, the train driver sits alongside footballer, doctor and policeman as a dream job,” according to a September Agence France-Presse dispatch, and consequently, the system for the Tokyo metro area (covering 35 million people) runs with the “precision of a finely crafted Swiss watch,” where delays, even for as long as a minute, seldom occur. (When they do occur, operators repeatedly apologize and hand out “notes from home” to commuters to present to their bosses to excuse the tardiness.) Among the system’s drawbacks is the still-irksome groping of females on packed rush-hour trains, when operators routinely shove as many as 300 riders into cars designed for 150. Among the surprising legacies of the oppressions of communist East Germany is modern-day Germany’s commonplace “clothing-optional” lifestyle (FKK, or “Freikoerperkultur” free body culture). A September Global Post dispatch counted “hundreds” of FKK beaches across the country and referenced a turned-up snapshot (not yet authenticated) of a young Angela Merkel frolicking nude in the 1960s or 1970s. Foreigners occasionally undergo culture shock at German hotels’ saunas and swimming pools, at which swimsuits are discouraged (as “unhygienic”). In December China joined only a handful of countries (and 29 U.S. states) by strengthening the rights of elderly parents to demand support from their adult children not only financially (which has been the law for more than a decade) but now allowing lawsuits by parents who feel emotionally ignored, as well. An October Associated Press feature on one rural extended family dramatized China’s cultural shift away from its proverbial “first virtue” of family honor. Zhang Zefang, 94, said she did not even understand the concept of “lawsuit” when a local official explained it, but only that she deserved better from the children she had raised and who now allegedly resent her neediness. (A village court promptly ordered several family members to contribute support for Zhang.)

Latest Religious Messages Recent separate testings in 21 springs in Austria and 18 fonts in Vienna yielded a conclusion that 86 percent of the holy water in the country’s churches was not safe to drink most commonly infected with diarrhea-causing E.coli and Campylobacter. University of Vienna researchers found samples with up to 62 million bacteria per milliliter of water, and the busier the church, the higher the count. Various studies show “churchgoers” to be happier, more optimistic and healthier than other people, leading some atheists and agnostics to wonder whether the church experience could be fruitfully replicated but minus the belief in God. Hence, the “Sunday Assembly” was created in London, and has now spread to New York City and Melbourne, Australia, with 18 other hoped-for openings by year’s end, according to a September report in The Week. Founders seek such benefits as “a sense of community,” “a thought-provoking (secular) sermon,” “group singing” and an “ethos of self-improvement,” exemplified by the motto “live better, help often, wonder more,” and they hope that eventually Sunday Assembly will organize Sunday school, weddings, funerals and “non-religious baptisms.” First Things First: An alleged drug ring in the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay was busted in September after police cracked a stream of Internet messages offering heroin (called “DOB”) and cocaine (“white girl”). Among the messages was one sent at 6:45 one Friday evening advising customers that they had “45 minutes” to get their orders in for the weekend because the sellers would obediently shut down at 7:30 (i.e., sundown) for the Jewish sabbath.

Questionable Judgments Los Angeles Animal Services has proposed that the city be established as a Sanctuary City of Feral Cats and that cats should be an exception to property owners’ right to evict animals causing damage. Under the L.A. City Feral Cat Program, reported OpposingViews. com, felines “will gain an inherent right” to be on residential or commercial property. Animal Services believes that an enhanced spaying program will eliminate most feral-cat problems, including somehow their toileting excesses and their killing of neighborhood songbirds. “You hired a convicted prostitute and thief to handle state money?” asked an incredulous Connecticut state legislator in September when he learned that Suki Handly had been employed from 2008 to 2012 passing out welfare benefits in the state’s Manchester distribution center and that $44,000 was missing. Furthermore, Handly and two others had been found guilty of theft in Connecticut in 2010, yet word of her prostitution and 2010 convictions were not known to state investigators until a chance audit in 2012. (State hiring offices of course promised to strengthen background checks.)


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ach November our little, charming town begins to crawl with creative types just biting at the bit to talk all things film. Filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, musicians, the general public and all the animals in the land descend on Wilmington for a dose of magical cinema. Thanks to the Cucalorus Film Festival, going strong for 19 years, Wilmington solidifies itself not just an industry great for the big blockbusters to utilize during filming, but a noted place where creativity in all its forms gets celebrated in the underground, indie industry. Cucalorus coddles the artist’s vein of life: to celebrate and interact on innovation, creation and productivity. A festival which foregoes the traditional awards ceremony, executive director Dan Brawley always boasts Cucalorus a hotbed of camaraderie. “What our organization does is take all that incredible creative energy spilling out of [Screen Gems] studio and focuses on bringing people together to celebrate the artistic side of things,”

Brawley tells encore. “That celebration brings travelers from all over the world—many who discover Wilmington for the first time and then return, either for a vacation or to work in the industry.” We asked Brawley to dish on the numbers of Cucalorus and give us a little insight into how it affects our community mathematically speaking.

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encore (e): How many people do you expect in attendance? Dan Brawley (DB): Last year’s accumulated (like snowfall but with humans) attendance was 11,654. e: How many passes sold? DB: Pass sales are strong so far this year—just a li’l bit ahead of last year. It looks like Digasorus passes will sell out soon. Pegasorus passes are on sale throughout the festival.

e: How much money does it take to put on Cucalorus? DB: Our total cash budget is under $300,000, with an additional $280,000 in donated goods and services. e: How much money does Cucalorus bring to Wilmington? DB: The estimated economic impact is 5.5 million bucks. e: How many films get screened? DB: 227 total films. Gulp! e: How many filmmakers will be in attendance? DB: I think, right now, we’re anticipating more than 200 filmmakers—and then you also have another 100 or so artists: dancers in Dance-alorus and emcees (poets, musicians, comedians, lovers, etc), so a total of more than 300 artists will be sharing new work. e: How many people work full time for Cucalorus? DB: Starting in late January of this year, we had four full-time staffers. We’ll all take a break over the holidays and, then, depending on how the money shakes out this year, we’ll gear back up sometime in 2014. So it varies. If things go well this year, we’ll hit the ground running in January with four full-time staff, but it might be fewer people or a later start—a lot of this depends on the success of our year-end fund-raising campaign. Right now, I think we’ll have to raise about $12,000 before the end of the year to sustain current cruising speeds. e: How many volunteers do you employ? DB: We have about 200 volunteers each year. They donate somewhere around $180,000 worth of time, love and sweat. The volunteers make it happen. Without them, we’d be a clown without shoes. e: How many hangovers are expected? DB: The hangover count has been estimated by Minister of Libations Jason Sargis, using the Swedish covalent bonding method. Right now, it looks like 3,300 total hangovers. e: How many ideas will be exchanged? DB: The Idea Exchange Market looks good for this year. The Federal Reserve Bank for ideas and crazy notions has given us a green light to share 78.6 percent of the ideas that we have stuffed in Blash’s sock drawer. So we’ve got that going for us. e: How many people fall in love during Cucalorus? DB: I fall in love four times a day. When you add moonshine (one of Cucalorus’ sponsors is Piedmont Distillers Moonshine) and movies, you get a love escalation factor of 4.5 percent. If you don’t fall in love at Cucalorus, you’re not doing it right.

e: How many artists quit their day jobs after attending Cucalorus? DB: Most of the artists have never had a job. They’re so smart and good looking that people just give them money. And a couple of them will probably get hitched up to serve as superloobers for next season’s Port City Sexcapade cohort. This information has been provided by Saint 43 and team Cucalorus. Information is for informational purposes only and cannot be used to diagnose joy. Disengagement of the chaos throttle port could cause personal growth. Use with caution!

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A few must-sees of the indie film festival By: Christian Podgaysky and Anghus Houvouras

STRANGER BY THE LAKE Saturday, November 16th, 10 p.m. City Stage Theater • 21 N. Front St., #501

★★★★★ French film “Stranger by the Lake” compels through its minimalistic approach. A thriller that revolves around a murder at a lake known for gay cruising sounds about as sensationalistic as a film can get. But what happens when the film offers no thrills? The distinct feeling of seeing something refreshing occurs. With the abundance of larger-than-life-productions, which are churned out of Hollywood each year, one finds himself numb to shock of any kind. Consequently, a film that subverts any and all of its provocation becomes a pleasant work of innovation. “Stranger by the Lake” proves itself a not-to-be-missed selection for audience members hoping to experience something new. The film takes place entirely at a lake and the surrounding woods where men go to seek out other men. Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) finds himself infatuated with the elusive Michel (Christophe Paou). When Michel’s former partner, Pascal Ramiere (Franscious-Renaud Labarthe), is found dead and speculation regarding the circumstances of his death ensues. Deladonchamps, Paou and d’Assumcao all convey their characters convincingly. Paou, in particular, manages to capture the hardened, unfeeling aspects of his character. The subtleties in their mannerisms and delivery underscore the elements of realism that characterize “Stranger by the Lake.” Writer and director Alan Guiraudie employs natural lighting and subdued performances that culminate to obtain a minimalistic miseen-scene that perfectly juxtaposes the film’s exploitative content. “Stranger by the Lake” also features long takes that rival the fastpaced cuts to which audiences have become accustomed. By effect, the film’s more sexually explicit scenes feel sedated and thus desexualized by their blunt portrayal. Guiraudie expertly thwarts any chance of eliciting surprise throughout its entirety. Even the climactic moments of the film feel intentionally unsatisfying, which isn’t a critique—the lack of pay-off perfectly mirrors the emptiness found in the film’s characters. As well, the low-key production style leaves one with the impression they are

watching a documentary rather than a work of fiction. The added sense of realism aids the film in making its voyeuristic nature even more unsettling. Tonally a heartbreaking tale of damaged characters, falling victim to their own humanity, “Stranger by the Lake” feels reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy. The men frequenting the spot act out of desperation, looking to fill some void that presumably exists in their outside lives. Their jaded nature becomes apparent through several scenes in the film that find the patrons of the cruising spot wandering aimlessly around the woods, looking for a sexual encounter. By using the woods as a backdrop for the film and refraining from providing any insight into the characters’ lives beyond this locale, Guiraude generates an air of dehumanization, which in effect makes them more vulnerable. They are stripped down to their animalistic qualities, and as the story progresses, viewers find Franck acting on these impulses and making all the wrong decisions. It propels the story into its final act. Interestingly, “Stranger by the Lake” situates Franck between a friendship with Patrick d’Assumcao, which represents a genuine encounter, and an explicit love affair with the dangerous and mysterious Michel. The dichotomy facilitated by the two opposing forces parallels the desire humans have to be loved. It examines the disconnect found between logic and lust, and frames it with the basic human need to feel wanted.

THE OXBOW CURE Saturday, November 16th, 7:15 p.m. Thalian Black Box • 310 Chestnut St.

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Situating itself in the same vein as Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” and films of the Cinema du Corps (cinema of the body) variety—a subject written extensively about by UNCW’s own Dr. Tim Palmer—“The Oxbow Cure” finds its niche in manifesting a psychological exploration through a de-familiarization of the ordinary. Lena (Claudia Day), a woman battling an internal demon after receiving a debilitating diagnosis, seeks refuge at an isolated cabin. As she attempts to cope with her emotional turmoil, she begins to see a figure in the woods. At times the film’s adherence to the standards set forth by films like “Antichrist” leaves it feeling tired and a little “been-there, seen-that.” From scenes that show Lena tapping her nails, to clutching and contorting her body, to eerie images shining on the forest, it lacks real nuance to distinguish itself. 12 encore | november 13-19, 2013|

LAKE OF DREAMS: “Stranger by the Lake” compels in its minimalistic approach, directed by: Alain Guiraudie. Courtesy photo

However, the sound and production design elevate the film as a worthy installment, nonetheless. Gorgeously executed cinematography offers visceral pleasure. Every frame feels immaculate and deliberate. The images range from wide shots of the landscape to intimate close-ups of spiders or the contorted body of Lena. It’s almost as though one were looking at a romantic painting. The film takes place during the winter and boasts a subtle color palette, which flows together beautifully. Camera movements are sinuous and understated, which adds to the portraiture vibe imparted by “The Oxbow Cure.” The sound department thrives in their attempts to bring the film to life. “The Oxbow Cure” offers a haunting score and some expertly implemented foley sounds that send chills down the spine and foster an unsettling atmosphere. It perfectly captures a tone of isolation. “The Oxbow Cure” works through metaphor. The mysterious alien-like figure in the woods presumably represents Lena’s disease, and the interactions that follow mirror Lena coming to terms with her diagnosis. The creature’s disfigurement embodies alienation and monstrosity often associated with psychological implications of a debilitating illness. Though maybe a little cliché, the execution of this metaphor gets across the film’s point. Claudia Day emotes as Lena. She takes on the challenge of essentially being a onewoman show, as she’s the primary character featured. She manages to succeed in fleshing out Lena even with few interactions. Still, “The Oxbow Cure” could contextualize her

character a little more; there’s a lack of emotional depth which leaves the viewer feeling distant from Lena. This greatly hinders the film, as the audience is essentially in Lena’s inner psyche. While the film often misses opportunities to fully immerse the audience in the story, the sonic and visceral execution more than make up for any shortcomings. Though the film is nothing new, it’s certainly worth a watch.— Christian Podgaysky

REVENGE OF THE MEKONS (pictured) Saturday, November 16th, 7:30 p.m. City Stage Theater • 21 N. Front St., #501

★★★★★ There’s something beautiful about the artists that forge on in the face of adversity— the ones who exist in the periphery, getting lots of ink but never moving a lot of units. The Mekons were a band that were never a household name but were well known by the über hip. A product of both the punkrock and art-rock scene of the late ‘70s, for years members of the band referred to themselves as “The Mekon Project,” as if the whole thing was a multi-decade live-action instillation. “Revenge of the Mekons” does an admirable job of telling the story of these wayward souls. A lot of the film reminded me of the arthouse hit documentary “Anvil: The Story of Anvil,” which seemed to have the same artistic pursuit: telling the story of a band who continued to play and continued to tour in spite of the world sending them a thousand cosmic signs to stop. There’s a beautiful sense of melancholy that exists with these bands who press on after so many setbacks. To see them persevere on the precipice of extinction is admirable. The passion they still

ous route to explore a fractured father-andson relationship. The entire experiment is as much a father attempting to understand and open up to his son as it is an exercise for his acting class. Writer and director Ingrid Veninger makes a very accessible and very human film. While some of the plot threads feel a little conveniently wrapped up, the overall message gets delivered with both style and substance. “The Animal Project” is an engaging drama well worth lining up for.

THE KILL TEAM (pictured) Thursday, November 14th, 1:45 p.m. TheatreNOW • 19 S. 10th Street

★★★★★ IN IT TO WIN IT: The documentary ‘The Kill Team’ suit of inspiration. They say “living well is the by Dan Krauss brings to light the chilling and often best revenge”; The Mekons seem to have ugly realities of war and its effects on young men achieved that in the most untraditional way. who serve the U.S. military. Courtesy photo.

exhibit for what they do, after so many others have come and gone, is at the heart of what makes the Mekons something to celebrate. Formed in the late 1970s, The Mekons populated artists who weren’t necessarily great musicians—which could describe a lot of the punk bands of the era. Along with The Gang of Four, they became local favorites in Leeds, England, more so for their energy and unbridled enthusiasm than for their musical chops. They got some press for their single “Never Been in Riot,” a thematic retort to the Clash’s “White Riot.” It was an early indicator of the kind of reductive artistic reasoning the Mekons would come to represent. Calling them anti-establishment seems too easy. At the time, The Clash were the patron saints of the anti-establishment and the icons of the punk-rock scene. What do you call the guys who call The Clash a bunch of posers? I suppose you call them The Mekons. They carried on this mentality throughout their careers, as they ventured into unexplored areas of punk rock, weaving in folk and country music to their work. They flirted with occasional success—critical darlings who were ushered in and out of the major record labels with remarkable speed. Yet, even constant daunting failures wouldn’t stop them from trying to find new inspiration for music. “Revenge of the Mekons” is an entertaining documentary and really does an excellent job of introducing viewers to a band with a restless spirit. My only criticism comes from the structure, which feels like a boilerplate “Behind the Music” experience. I was hoping for something a little more out there and befitting of a band that has spent over 30 years skirting convention. Maybe that’s the beauty of “Revenge of the Mekons”: Underneath all the artistry and left-of-center leanings is a very blue-collar group of artists, many of whom work day jobs to get by. The Mekons started off as an art project, and ended up as a lifetime pur-

THE ANIMAL PROJECT Friday, November 15th, 7 p.m. City Stage Theater • 21 N. Front St., #501

★ ★ ★ 1/2 ★ ★ Actors are a melodramatic lot. “The Animal Project” is a quirky tale of a group of performers looking to expand their horizons. Their weekly acting class get-together has become stagnant. This is where they come to find fulfillment and inspiration. When the group begins to lose its luster, their erratic instructor comes up with a unique exercise: Have everybody dress up like animals, and venture into the cold and unforgiving world around them. The idea comes from the instructor’s son who did the same thing in his youth. He put on a bunny costume and paraded around the city to inspire people with his innocence and positive outlook—the kind that seems cute when it’s a kid. It’s less cute when it’s a bunch of narcissistic actors desperate for validation. Behind a mask, without inhibitions, they discover a certain kind of freedom. However, the group begins to learn that masking problems only hides them. It’s a temporary respite on a road to self-discovery. “The Animal Project” has a very simple message but layers of complexity thanks to a talented cast of performers who, for the most part, manage to give these stereotypical roles some dimension. It’s the kind of film that feels tailor made for a festival audience. It takes a basic character drama and adds a heaping helping of quirk. There’s some added depth to the film as it progresses, which is good. I was half-convinced when it started that it was going to devolve into furry porn. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your kink level), it finds a much less obvi-

“Fucking heartbreaking!” Those words kept echoing through my head as I watched the documentary “The Kill Team.” It’s an utterly tragic look into a group of soldiers who participated in the murder of an innocent civilian; it touches on so many ugly realities of war. That we take young men, strip them of their identities, teach them how to kill and put them on a field of battle remains a sadistic groupthink that permeates some corners of the armed forces. This dark, unfortunate side of humanity reared its ugly head when kids barely out of high school decided that, in the field of battle, the idea of innocence or guilt was less important than ratcheting up their kill count. The film is directed by Dan Kraus—not the Dan Krauss most are familiar with. Funny story. When I saw the name “Dan Krauss,” I immediately requested a screener. Former Wilmingtonian and encore film critic Daniel Kraus (one “s”) happens to be a noted documentarion, author and filmmaker. As it turns out, “The Kill Team” is orchestrated by a different Dan Krauss. I don’t know if I would have picked up “The Kill Team” had I realized it, but I’m glad for the error. It gave me an opportunity to discover this brutal, gutwrenching documentary. There’s a line toward the end that sums up the whole cinematic experience. The soldier who eventually came forward reminisced about his decision, ultimately admitting if he had another chance, he would not have turned in his fellow soldiers. He looks to the

camera and says, “Your job is to kill everything that gets in your way, so why are you pissed off when we do it?” It brings to the surface the sad truth that young men trained to kill may not always be perfect. More so, the military sometimes attracts those not only looking to help end conflict but are eager to start one. This story came and quickly sank beneath the surface of the constant media onslaught during our collective indignation with the infinite and endless War on Terror. The thought that American soldiers would prey on innocent civilians during a time of war is hardly something new, but it’s a topic we’re uncomfortable with. We’re supposed to be the good guys. No one wants to consider the idea these young men and women cause more problems than they’re solving, but in the case of “The Kill Team,” they were very much the enemy indulging in violence, hazing, rampant drug abuse, and carrying out the murder of innocents. This went on until an almost comical chain of events brought the murders to light. The most disturbing element is just how human these murderers are. One day they are little more than kids being sent off to war. Within a frighteningly short period, they become capable of such horrors. The line that separates a young man from soldier to murderer seems regrettably thin. Krauss does a fantastic job of never overselling the tragedy. It’s all there in the faces of these young men who, even after the events, seem depressingly detached from their actions. The most emotional moments come from Adam Winfield who seems to have been bullied into doing some terrible things. The real impact of his actions are worn on the faces of his family who try to remain strong in the face of an uncertain future. An excellent documentary, the film will challenge every assumption you have about war. Having seen a lot of Iraq and Afghanistan documentaries over the years, I was surprised at how much impact “The Kill Team” had. It’s a modern parable about the dangers of turning young men into killing machines, and the consequences of a generation weaned on a war they truly don’t understand. —Anghus Houvouras

ARTHOUSE ROCK: “Revenge of the Mekons” follows a punk band who didn’t quite “make it” in the grander scope of the music industry yet who developed a cult following nonetheless. Courtesy photo.

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cucalorus > works in progress

From Delayed to Dazzling:

Works-in-Progress offers an up close look at the innerworkings of filmmaking


By: Maddie Deming


hat happens to a dream deferred? The Cucalorus Film Festival wanted to make sure filmmakers’ goals and aspirations didn’t lose sparkle, so they started their Work-in-Progress program in 2008. During a few conversations between festival director Dan Brawley and his friends Jeff Pettus, of the NC Arts Council, and the recently deceased Robert West, from Working Films, they talked about the core audience at Cucalorus. More so, they discussed how it developed an intense sharing atmosphere, wherein filmmakers and folks in the industry exchanged stories and their art. To Brawley, it felt natural to showcase projects in the process of completion, especially when developing themes about social justice. Over the past couple of years, Worksin-Progress has expanded to include more films and they’ve added a series of outreach events to get the filmmakers out into the real world. “The program really forces filmmakers to stop and think about the audience,” Brawley says. “This can be tough—you’re trying to make a film and it takes so much energy. The program gives filmmakers a forum for evaluating their audience before they finish the film, so they can incorporate some of the feedback into the rest of the project.” Works-in-Progress really offers momentum to professional development in the form of oneon-one consultations. There are two kinds of feedback: the first being technical. Some filmmakers only have 5 or 10 minutes of footage to share, so their screening gives them a unique chance to talk about what is interesting about the story and what viewers want to see more of. As well, it gives them the ability to talk about their general style. The second kind of feedback comes from community. Cucualorus has arranged for several of the Works-in-Progress films to have free community screenings with a very specific audience, relevant to each film. For example, Jameka Autry will showcase “The Real Black Swans” for an opportunity to screen her film at The Dance Cooperative for a mixed group of teens and adults. Autry expressed a desire to get feedback specifically from dancers about her material, as it pertains strongly to her work. “It gives audiences a chance to be part of the process,” Brawley says, “in many cases, people who are affected by the issue being tackled in the film. So in a sense, we’re encouraging and cultivating a community-based approach to filmmaking. At least that’s where it feels like we’re headed. In the end, we just like to get people together to watch movies.” In addition to the technical and community

Works in Progress Tickets: $10 each “A Quiet Inquisition” Friday, November 15, 10:45 a.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Bipolar Girl Rules the World and Other Stories” Sunday, November 17, 1:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse SOCIAL ISSUES REVEALED: “Wilmington on Fire” follows the events of the 1898 Race Riots in Wilmington and its after-effects on the community. Courtesy photo.

feedback, Works-in-Progress filmmakers will receive technical support and professional development consultations from industry professionals from Working Films, Southern Documentary Fund, Rob Hill and Alternate ROOTS. The infrastructure during the festival is about giving filmmakers an opportunity to go deeper into their process and engage with consultants normally not easiily accessible. Ashley Sparks, Cucalorus community engagement coordinator, recommends numerous Works-in-Porgress during Cucalorus’ run, November 13th through the 17th. She especially suggests “Tenants of the Earth” and “Wilmington on Fire.” “Tenants of the Earth,” directed by Martha Daniel, and accepted by the Southern Documentary Fund, is a three-part documentary about things in the earth rather temporarily. The first part follows a man from Rocky Mount, a former undertaker, who encompasses all credentials necessary for the unusual job of digging up and relocating the dead from gravesites to more proper resting places. Viewers will see two families relocating their relatives. The second part will tell the story of the 1961 B-52 aircraft accident near Seymour Johnson Airforce Base in Goldsboro, NC, which dropped two hydrogen bombs as it crashed. Daniel remembers the event distinctly from when she was in high school. There are still parts of a nuclear bomb buried in the Earth there. She will be showing clips from this part of the documentary as well. The third part, which is still undergoing changes, will surround the idea of pets buried in pet cemeteries. However, the cemeteries are no longer kept up, or the property on which

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the pets were buried sold to developers, without regard to the pet owners. “Wilmington on Fire,” directed by Wilmington native Chris Everett, is a feature-length documentary that will give a historical and present-day look at the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898, and how descendents of the victims of the event are seeking legal action in regards to reparations. The film discusses topics, such as black progress after slavery, the local community in Wilmington, NC, prior to 1898, the 1898 massacre, the aftermath and its reparations. Funding remains Everett’s biggest challenge with the film, but he plans on launching a Kickstarter campaign to help with post-production after Cucalorus, so the whole film may be completed by spring 2014. “Freedom Fighters,” directed by Jamie Meltzer, explores a real-life scenario about a new detective agency upstarted by exonerees in Dallas, Texas. With a love for film noir, Metzler translates the style into his documentary. The detectives are currently working on four active cases, and although Meltzer’s not sure how it’s going to turn out, he’s starting to see some exciting developments. He approaches the issue of wrongful conviction from a completely fresh vantage point. The Works-in-Progress films include a wide range of topics. “Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me,” directed by Rodrigo Dorfman, follows a 60-year-old autistic man who’s biggest dream is to sing with a Big Band, and so he embarks on a journey to do so. “The Real Black Swans,” directed by Jameka Autry, will explore the nameless African-American ballerinas from the 1950s, at a time when the world only applauded white dancers first and foremost. The film will raise awareness of the lack of diversity within classical ballet and hopefilly will open doors to more minority dancers in years to come.

“Freedom Fighters” Saturday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Irene” Sunday, November 17, 11 a.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Living Off the Line: Stories from the Clothesline Muse” Friday, November 15th, 4:45 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Rodents of Unusual Size” Saturday, November 16, 4:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Tenants of the Earth” Thursday, November 14, 1:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “The Bill” Friday, November 15, 10:45 a.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “The Real Black Swans” Saturday, November 16, 10:45 a.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me” Friday, November 15, 1:45 p.m. Thalian Black “Trapped” Thursday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. TheatreNOW “Untitled” Friday, November 15, 10:45 a.m. Jengo’s Playhouse “Wilmington on Fire” Thursday, November 14, 4:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse

cucalorus > shorts block

Swamp Tales:

A slew of shorts are lined up for Cucalorus By: Christian Podgaysky


very year around this time Jengo’s Playhouse comes alive with the efforts of Wilmington’s most unique and creative individuals, as they diligently work day and night to ensure the success of the Cucalorus Film Festival. A staple of the Port City’s artistic scene, the event ushers in talent from across the globe and serves as an enriching experience for all in attendance. Aside from bringing a vast pool of gifted individuals to our humble little city by the sea, Cucalorus notably programs an abundance of short films to whet the appetites of local film lovers. The inclusion of shorts helps solidify the festival’s ongoing mission to maximize the number of filmmakers and perspectives spotlighted. From the event’s inception, festival director Dan Brawley has made it a priority to nurture the often neglected medium. Cucalorus provides shorts filmmakers with the same travel compensation and event passes given to filmmakers who screen feature-length films at the festival—something which doesn’t often happen at other film festivals. “We’ve heard from a lot of filmmakers that [other] festivals treat the artists who made shorts like they’re second-class citizens,” Brawley laments. “So, we really try to elevate the status of the short film and try to put shorts filmmakers on the same standing.” Another advantage to programming a seemingly endless supply of shorts comes from the amount of filmmakers Cucalorus can put on display each year. All of the screening blocks yield a Q&A portion which allow audience members to engage in dialogue with at least a few artists behind the works shown. The 19th installment of Cucalorus entices the masses with 15 shorts blocks that drastically differ in atmosphere and tone. Each block receives its namesake from a swamp or a swamp plant—just another little quirk devised by the mad scientists behind Cucalorus. “You haven’t really been to Cucalorus unless you’ve been to a shorts block or two,” Brawley enthuses. “The energy in the room is completely different [than that of] watching a feature film. There’s a little bit more of an opportunity that you’re going to be taken to some different extremes within the same program.” Ranging from the comedic Achtafalaya shorts, to the eccentricities of the Candaba shorts, to the socially conscious Bog Bean shorts, there’s something to be indulged in by all. The shorts programmed this year can

be attributed to the tasteful eye of shorts coordinator Blair Nidds (featured artist in last week’s Emerging Talent 2013 edition of encore). While the festival staff maintains there’s no true method to their madness when it comes to selecting films, instead relying on their instinctive knack for spotting innovation to guide their decisions, they are always pleased with the outcome. “It’s actually really surprising what programs well together,” Nidds reports. This year proves no different. “Root,” a film that previously played at the Seattle International Film Festival finds a home in the Candaba shorts. The short tells the unsettling story of a woman caught between her husband and her lover. She finds herself with a mark on her body that she becomes increasingly desperate to remove. Being one of the first films enthusiastically chosen to screen this year, festival-goers will quench their thirst for the strange. Those wanting to test their limits for the unusual can catch the Candaba shorts Thursday, November 14th at 1:15 p.m. at Thalian Black Box theater. The block can also be enjoyed at Jengo’s Playhouse on Friday, November 15th at 10:45 p.m. “Win or Lose,” a student-made film hailing from Elon University, will play as part of the socially conscious Bog Bean shorts. The documentary explores the fight for equality that surrounded the recently passed Amendment One, which banned gay marriage in the state. Heartfelt and deeply personal to many, this film promises to give viewers something to think about. As well, the Bog Bean line-up features UNCW graduate Maryosha Eggleston’s documentary “Another Man’s Treasure.” The intimate portrait features North Carolina resident Dale Varnam, whose junkyard-turnedartistic endeavor serves as a catharsis for his past. Viewers can enjoy these selections at TheaterNOW on Sunday, November 17th, at 1:30 p.m. Cucalorus also will exhibit the Reelfoot shorts block, which gives prominence to films revolving around dance (their kick-off celebration marries dance and film with Dance-a-lorus, see page16). An exciting new addition to the film festival, they screen at TheaterNOW on Saturday, November 16th, at 4:45 p.m. The annual Global Perspectives screening, which exposes high school students to works that will broaden their horizons, will be open to the public this year. It’s one of the first events to take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. “[It’s] always a great program,” Brawley describes. “The filmmakers really love a

unique audience. It’s like what an opportunity to show your work before a room full of teenagers.” As well Cucalorus spectators should be sure to look out for the shorts that screen before feature films. “The shorter shorts go before features,” Brawley expands. “A lot of times it’s like three- and four-minute films that the staff falls in love with, and wants to watch over and over again.” As with every year, the Cucalorus Film Festival aims to program an eclectic assortment of flicks that will hopefully enhance the lives of audience members. The dedicated minds behind Cucalorus find momentum in their passion for celebrating cinematic artistry, in whatever length it may come. “It’s a pretty cool job to be the orchestrator of all of these little pieces,” Brawley concedes. “You never quite know what’s going to happen.”

Saturday, November 16th, 1:45 p.m.


Sunday, November 17th, 10:15 p.m.

Tickets: $10 each

Okefenokee Shorts (say what?)

Shorts Blocks

Atchafalaya Shorts (comedy) Saturday, November 16th, 10 p.m. Thalian Black Bangweulu Shorts (drama) Thursday, November 14th, 10:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Bartaria Shorts (global) Sunday, November 17th, 4:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Bog Bean Shorts (social) Sunday, November 17th, 1:30 p.m. TheatreNOW Boneset Shorts (tough) Friday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. Thalian Black Saturday, November 16th, 7:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Button Bush Shorts (animated)

TheatreNOW Candaba Shorts (weird) Thursday, November 14th, 1:15 p.m. Thalian Black Friday, November 15th, 10:45 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Honey Island Shorts (twisted) Friday, November 15th, 10:15 p.m. Thalian Black Okavango Shorts (docs) Thursday, November 14th, 10:15 a.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Jengo’s Playhouse

Friday, November 15th, 7:30 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Pennywort Shorts (youth) Saturday, November 16th, 10:30 a.m. City Stage Theater Reelfoot Shorts (dance) Saturday, November 16th, 4:45 p.m. TheatreNOW Speckled Alder Shorts (deep) Sunday, November 17th, 7:15 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse Sundarbans Shorts (excellent) Thursday, November 14th, 10 a.m. Thalian Main Friday, November 15th, 1:30 p.m. TheatreNOW Vasyugan Shorts (experimental) Thursday, November 14th, 7:15 p.m. Jengo’s Playhouse

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All the Extras of Cucalorus:

cucalorus > events

Dance, classes and education abound in year 19 By: Mary Childers


ucalorus is well-known for bringing a splash of color to the Wilmington area. This year, those colors are becoming even more vivid. With a wide variety of events taking place, individuals should feel encouraged to check out Cucalorus beyond the films and screenings. Lots of artistic happenings will be taking place, combining the magic of film with dance, bacon and educational offerings.

DANCE-A-LORUS Wednesday, November 13th, 7 p.m. Thalian Hall Mainstage • $15 Dance-a-lorus remains one of the most popular traditions of Cucalorus, as filmmaker’s pair up with both choreographers and dancers to create an event unlike any other. Taking place Wednesday evening, Dance-alorus kicks off the festival with a live performance at the Thalian Hall’s Mainstage. A festival favorite since 2006, Dance-a-lorus comes as the result of the Cucalorus Film Festival and The Dance Cooperative forming a unique partnership. They bring forth guest artists, a master class series, and a dance shorts block. Julia Pleasants, the Dance-a-lorus coordinator, anticipates a full house at this year’s event. “I really love working with all of the artists involved with this event,” Pleasants says. “Over 50 performing artists, choreographers and filmmakers are involved. It’s a privilege to work with such delightful and talented people. That and, of course, the fabulous crew we have helping to make the magic happen.” An exceptional line-up promises engagement. For choreographers, planning begins as early as spring. Choreographer Nancy Carson and filmmaker Bradford Brown have collaborated in their piece “Bezruch Taniec,” by projecting images right onto the dancers. Choreographer Marlowe Moore and filmmaker Rick Cruz will present “Mother,” which is the dance of life emerging from the wet earth. Choreographer Anne Firmender and filmmaker Dylan Patterson will present “Fire and Water.” The solo dance piece explores topics such as religion, mental illness, race, and ignorance. Choreographer Kate Muhlstein and filmmaker Harris Muhlstein will bring “Work-in-Progress,” which is a work about the creation of a dance where unorthodox choreographic techniques are used. Pleasants says, “Rachel Goolsby’s piece tackles film in addition to choreography for her ‘Snake Charmer’ piece this year. Exploring the intersection between the two disciplines is really

what Dance-a-lorus is all about, and it’s fun to see the visual feast that happens when artists really reach to bridge that gap.” MASTER CLASSES Thursday through Saturday, varied times Various locations, $10 “Spatial Sophistication” is a Master Class that will take place Thursday at 1 p.m. by Southport native Ashley Suttlar Martin at Blueberry Creative (20 Wrights Alley). She is the director of her own company “4thrightdance” and will guest teach as a part of Dance-a-lorus. Martin is an independent artist who performs and teaches throughout the country, known for her fluid movement that balances both power and grace. Spatial Sophistication encouragess participants to consider new ways of utilizing choreographic tools to create captivating moments in varying performance environments. She also hopes to motivate and expand their boundaries to form a meaningful exchange with other artists. “I find creative experiences, rooted in the process of art-making, unique and inspiring,” Martin says. “I believe that other artists of any discipline can benefit from a learning experience that will afford an opportunity for the individual to experiment with elements like perspective, dimension and shape, while composing new material and working with fellow artists who are passionate about their craft.” Individuals who attend the master class led by Martin will be able to engage in a physical practice that will challenge the performer’s orientation and awareness. They’ll also become artistically acquainted through reflective dialogue. “The ‘stars aligned’ this year and I’m delighted to participate as a performer, choreographer and educator—three areas I’m very much dedicated to as a dance artist,” Martin says. On Friday at 10 a.m. at TheatreNOW (10th and Dock streets), Moving Eye master class will be held by director Pioneer Winter from Miami, Florida. Winter will perform a piece with opera singer Santo Martin Cordero as a part of Dancea-lorus. This class will show that in screen dance, both the choreographer and director have the capabilities to control where the audience’s eyes

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DANCE-A-LORUS: Returning again in 2013, Cucalorus and The Dance Cooperative will feature a conglomeration of dance and film as choreographers and filmmakers join forces on Wednesday night. Courtesy photo.

look and what they observe. The point is to create a “guiding dynamic” that will further allow for an overall shared experience. The main focus will be to create awareness for the dancer. Improvisation and eye-contact exercises will take place as a way to examine how an individual will dance without issuing choreography ahead of time. A light warm-up will take place beforehand. How Close Can You Get? will be led by director Brighid Greene from Dance Films in New York City on Friday at 4 p.m. at TheatreNOW. This will be an examination of how performance quality shifts as dance moves from the stage to the cinema. The master class will observe how camera aids magnify and shrink performance to “dissolve known boundaries of space.” By the end of class, attendees may realize the importance of full immersion, and what impacts can be made when the viewer is put closer in touch with the performer. “Her ‘Exquisite Corpse’ workshop last year was really popular, and I loved seeing filmmakers and dancers alike participating and collaborating,” Pleasants says. “I’m really hoping to see a mixed crowd of filmmakers and dancers again! The creative energy that comes from having different artists in the room together is great.” A Digital Mesh Workshop will happen Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at TheatreNOW and will be led by director Jacob Niedzwiecki from Toronto, Canada. Last February, “Who By Fire” premiered as part of the 2013 Dance On Camera Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In this master class, participants will explore new ideas involving coordination, group dynamics and harmonics. Individuals of all levels of both technical and physical experience are encouraged to participate. STATE OF THE STATE Thursday, November 14th, 4 p.m.

Thalian Hall Ballroom, Free! Guy Gaster with the North Carolina Film Commisssion stated that during 2012 over $377 million was brought in as a result of direct spending by production in our state. Annually, Cucalorus welcomes industry leaders and politicians to speak on the industry’s impact on NC. Presented by Entertainment Partners, the 19th year will highlight the film and TV production incentives tax structure and production resources which have kept NC at the top of the list for location scouters. The panel will be moderated by Joe Chianese, executive VP of EP Financial Solutions. Other panelists include Aaron Syrett, NC Film Commission director, Bill Vassar, VP of Screen Gems, Dale Williams, producer on “Under the Dome,” IATSE Local 491 business manager Jason Rosi and the dean of UNCSA School of Film, Susan Ruskin. The event is free and open to the public, and anyone who cannot attend will be able to watch it online for free on Tuesday, November 19th at 2 p.m.; register to watch at MIDNITE BRUNCH Saturday, November 16th, 11:30 p.m. Ziggy’s By the Sea • $35 One of the popular mixing-and-mingling events to take place at Cucalorus comes with the “Midnite Brunch,” taking place on Saturday at Ziggy’s. It will be open to all who wish to meet filmmakers, discuss the cinematic arts and hear live music, all the while enjoying ... bacon! The Mekons are slated to perform as well, and executive director Dan Brawley says attendees can expect some “Mekons magic” (read about their film, page 13). “We’ll be whipping up some grits, bacon, eggs, and maybe a few other tricky items—all covered in cheese,” Brawley says. “Oh yeah, I think there is a secret bacon lounge. Not sure what this means, but bacon tastes good, so I’m gonna check it out.” KARAOKE CLOSING PARTY Wednesday, November 13th, 7 p.m. Thalian Hall Mainstage • $1 Anybody who can muster courage for a li’l karaoke can say farewell to the festival on Sunday night at their closing party. It costs nothing, except sharing your vocal talents. Film critic Aaron Hillis will be hosting. What will end up happening at the various events is unknown, but according to Brawley, that’s the best part. “There’s a little multiverse magnet that brings people to town for Cucalorus, and when they all get together in the same architecture some pretty special things happen,” Brawley says.

In Every Seeable Direction:

cucalorus > v/s/w

Visual/Sound/Walls hails the music video and comedy By: Chelsea Blahut


hen John Gray envisioned Visual/ Sound/Walls (V/S/W), he imagined creating an environment that would surround people with reflected visions in every seeable direction. The final product projects a compilation of music videos that transition into one another with multimedia components, perfected by Aaron Cavazos and Matt Hedt, who are dubbed as “technical wizards” by Gray. “The idea is to feel immersed in what is happening in the music video than just merely watching it,” says Gray, both the coordinator for V/S/W and creative director for Parallelogram, the production studio that curates the Cucalorus event. His idea culminated four years ago, and in 2013’s Cucalorus, V/S/W will take place three nights straight, from Thursday, November 14th, through Saturday, November 16th, at Ziggy’s. Each night will showcase the projection show, as well as a comedy show, a collaborative event between DJs and VJs, and a Q&A for featured directors of the music videos from the first night. The kickoff event is Thursday, with “The Party,” featuring a collection of music videos Gray handpicked by searching through some of his favorite music blogs, such as Pitchfork and After contacting the video filmmakers to submit (everything featured at Cucalorus must be submitted with permission from the filmmakers), he sent them Cucalorus’ “sweet ass promo video,” hoping to persuade them to be a part of the festival. While the majority of the music videos are either animation or stop-motion, their varied themes run the gamut, from sexy to violent. “We brainstorm together, we try to come up with the most outrageous set-up,” says Matt Hedt, who works as a grip in the film industry but took on analog video projection as a hobby about a decade ago in Chapel Hill. Originally having started it for live rock shows, Hedt used projectors and sheets behind the band. Now, he amps it up with the use of multiple projectors, sheets and angles that are then amplified by cameras and band interaction—and lasers! “The weirder the better,” Hedt says. This event will end with a performance by Dead Leaf Echo, a shoe-gazey, ambient indiepop group from Brooklyn known to incorporate their own visual component during performances. The portion of the show will be similar to how a DJ would mix songs from music videos. Friday night will feature two different events. The first: a comedy show, hosted by

Cliff Cash. Comedians will present a Powerpoint as the visual element complimenting their shtick. “It’s supposed to be like a TedTalk,” Gray admits, “but way funnier and less serious.” Some of the comedians featured will include locals from Nutt House Improv, along with outof-towners, including Raf Taylor. Gray will do a bit, as well, and a piece entitled “The Brian Berger Story,” written by John Jeremiah Sullivan, will be presented. “I’ll be discussing one of the most dividing issues of our time: Kanye West,” Gray says. “These comedians won’t be working alone,” Gray continues. “It will be a collaboration of comedic timing with the media man behind the curtain, Aaron Cavazos.” The latter portion of Friday night will be DJs & VJs BF’s 4 EVs, which stands for disc jockeys and video jockeys, best friends forever. DJs and VJs were paired to accomplish the best combination of a visual video artist and live performance. “Each musical act gets thrown into a visual component that will compliment their work already, so it’s going along with the theme of being a part of the visual rather than just watching it,” Gray says. To take the shared experience even further, there will be professional VJs on hand to show off tricks of the trade. On Saturday night, “The Director’s Cut” offers event-goers the opportunity to talk to the minds behind the music videos shown. “I know quite often when I’m watching, I think, What the hell! How did they do that,” Gray states. “And I think it would be nice to be able to ask.”

When Gray looks for a fitting music video, a few components stand out most: a good song, a good video and “that other thing”— the je ne sais quoi, if you will. As part of Director’s Cut, musician Dan Deacon’s “Konono Ripoff N°1,” directed by Meredith Moore, will allow the viewer to be interactive with the video. The director developed a phone app that syncs with the music video while it is played, and flashes various images from the video that are slightly different from the original cut. Instructions for the app are placed at the beginning of the music video but can also be downloaded off iTunes. “There’s a lot that can be done with social media [and music videos,]” Gray says, “and I think it’s really cool that people are exploring it from an artistic point of view. Gray is excited about another Dan Deacon video showing at the festival, “True Thrush,” directed by Ben O’Brien and Deacon. The guys filmed a scene, showed it to another team of actors, wherein those actors then had an hour to recreate what they saw. It passed from team to team, and what followed

was a cinematic version of telephone: people’s reinterpretations of what came before, making the end product nothing like the first. Directors who have worked with local musicians, such as The Love Language, Onward, Soldiers and Toddlers, will be there. In fact, it’s the aim of Cucalorus: to make sure at least 25 percent of the moviemakers who attend are local.

DETAILS: Visual/Sound/Walls Thurs., Nov. 14: The Party, 10 p.m., $10 Fri., Nov. 15, Comedy Hour, 8 p.m., $10 Fri., Nov. 15, DJs & VJs BFs 4 EVs, 10:30 p.m., $10 Sat., Nov. 16, Director’s Cut, 7:45 p.m., $10 Ziggys By the Sea • 208 Market St. (910) 769-4096

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t’s a strange world isn’t it?” Kyle MacLachlan’s character, Jeffrey Beaumont, states in David Lynch’s cult classic “Blue Velvet.” Filmed in Wilmington in the mid-‘80s, “Blue Velvet” not only started the Port City’s rise as Hollywood East, but it re-established the career of Dennis Hopper and earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Initial receptions for the film were not positive, but since its 1986 release date, the film % has created a cult following, inspired an enCompost Tea tirely new genre of postmodern cinema and in a Bucket established the idea of “Lynchian” film. The WITH THIS AD!! Brew Living latter combines elements of surrealism, dream (EXP. 11/26) Solutions!! imagery and meticulous sound design. Great people growing great gardens Using symbolism, various levels of interpretation and an initial appearance of mystery, PROGRESSIVE M-F: 10am-6pm Sat: 11am-5pm “Blue Velvet” begins with almost a sense of Sun: 11am-3pm Grow the BEST Garden of Your Life!! awe at American culture. Then, it spirals into a dark, engimatic and violent place. Using three 6005 Oleander Drive • 910.395.1156 main characters, the femme fatale Dorothy Buy online at: Vallens, the unstoppable villain Frank Booth, and the questionable moral outlook of the hero, Jeffrey Beaumont, Lynch creates complexities, which manage to baffle and enamor. Beaumont’s “strange world” question aptly represents the Lynchian world of “Blue Velvet” and thus subsequent artistic interpretations. In conjunction with the 19th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, the film’s local and artistic legacy is continually celebrated thanks to artist-in-residence and former Wilmingtonian Joel Fernando. After earning his degree in communication and film studies from UNCW, Fernando continued forward for his master’s in new-media entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago. Then, he moved to New York, citing the plethora of opportunities he found there.  “After living in Chicago, I was looking for a change of scenery and opportunities to pursue my interest in film,” Fernando says. “A lot of my friends were living in New York and told me about all of the available opportunities for aspiring artists and filmmakers. So, I decided to move there in 2011 and have been creating art, and working as a film editor for different websites and companies.” Fernando works for Logo TV and, an online news site. He is quite familiar with Cucalorus, as he’s screened music videos, and hosted and programmed for the film festival in year’s past. On Saturday, November 16th only, in a building next to Goodfella’s, on the corner of Front and Market, Fernando’s artistic interpretation of “Blue Velvet” will come to light in “The Bus to Lumberton.” 18 encore | november 13-19, 2013|

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TANGLED UP IN BLUE: David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’ continues to be celebrated as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival with Joel Fernando’s ‘Bus to Lumberton’ installation featured Saturday. Courtesy photo.

“Since being asked to work as the resident artist, I’ve been conceptualizing how I would create the themes and elements of the film into a sensory experience,” Fernando states. Using every inch of the space, Fernando’s installation will be multi-layered. As visitors enter, they will be confronted first with a store with objects for sale. Next, visitors encounter friendly receptionists at the information desk who sell raffle tickets to encounter a spiritual medium. Folks also can purchase tickets to the secretive VIP lounge, which will consist of many surprises and details that Fernando did not want to disclose. “I want visitors to be as surprised as possible,” Fernando says. Traveling from the reception area through the space, visitors will encounter a variety of actors mingling amongst the crowd but also in a range of environments that test the limits of human interaction. Elements of control, manipulation and the psychological experience, both for the actors and the viewers, will rise. One part of the installation will allow viewers to spy on one of the actors, and peep through small holes in a curtain. It parallels the same voyeurism explored in “Blue Velvet” with Isabella Rossellini character, Dorothy Vallens. “There are so many complexities and layers to the film that we wanted to create in the space,” Fernando notes. “As visitors move through the space, upstairs to various levels and encounter different characters, they will physically travel through the themes present in Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’ world.”’ The installation will signify voyeurism, privacy and information. Fernando has translated these ideas into a total physical experience for visitors, including sound. Each zone in

the installation features a different sonic element—its own soundtrack, if you will. In one of the first rooms, visitors will encounter TVs screening subliminal messages, such as stop smoking videos. On one of the upper levels, the room will be filled with nature sounds. A hidden speakeasy situates the installation as an entire sensory experience, to challenge human behavior and interaction, and confront a variety of societal abnormalities. “The installation is orchestrated to completely facilitate human interaction,” Fernando states, “and these interactions are a form of social and psychological experimentation to see how people interact and respond to various stimuli.” Wanting to create a sense of intrigue, Fernando notes there will be surveillance cameras installed, as well as people walking throughout the installation filming. Upon arriving at the space, viewers will be asked to sign filmrelease waivers. By doing this, visitors will become active participants. Unsure of what exactly he will do with the footage, Fernando may use it for another film, but with most installation pieces, it will serve as the only physical remnant of the work. Up for one day only, then dismantled, there will be almost no evidence that Fernando’s “The Bus to Lumberton” existed on Market Street. The only documentation will be the experiences of the visitors and the various films created. The art installation opens from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 16th.

DETAILS: The Bus to Lumberton Sat., Nov. 16th, noon - 11 p.m. • Free Corner of Market and Front, beside of Goodfella’s

Gallery Guide

What’s hanging around the Port City


tery and jewelry. “Morning Has Broken” features works by Janet Parker. Come see Janet’s bold use of color and texture to reveal local marsh creeks and structures. Experience Wilmington through the eyes of a local!

2165 Wrightsville Ave. • (910) 343 5233 Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. is a multimedia studio and art gallery, now located at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Dawson Street. Volume 36, features Shannon Lange, Bill Medley, Chip Orr and two special guest artists.

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

ARTEXPOSURE! 22527 Highway 17N, Hampstead, NC 910-803-0302 • 910-330-4077 Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or by appt.)

The November show will open on November 8th and will feature a Harvest theme. The December show opening on December 13th, will be simply themed “White”. Go to and check out Classes for Adults and Teens as well as Classes for Children. “Paint by Wine” will be offered on selected Thursdays from 5:307:30 p.m., with Karen Crenshaw. ArtExposure will be closed December 22nd through January 13th and will reopen to regular hours on January 14th.

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

This month Cape Fear Native is raising money for the Cape Fear Rescue League. This no-walls, all volunteer organization works tirelessly to provide medical care and foster/adoptive homes to unwanted and endangered animals, all through donations. They place 200+ pets in loving homes every year. Now through November 20, we will donate 10% of sales to the Cape Fear Rescue League. So come buy your holiday gifts from local artists and help us raise money for this worthy group! Cape Fear Native features art, jewelry, pottery, photography and more, all original designs by local artists in the Cape Fear area. We also have sail bags by Ella Vickers and jewelry by Half United. Stop in and support your local creative community.

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

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

Figments Gallery hosts an eclectic array of artwork from local and international artists of all genes. Visit the story the second Friday of every month for their open house exhibit.

WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY 200 Hanover St., CFCC parking deck, first level 910-362-7431 Mon, Wed, Fri: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tues.: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m or by appt.

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to present “High Energy: A Celebration,” the works of Ann Parks McCray. Ann Parks McCray lives and works in Wilmington, where the area’s natural beauty inspires her abstract naturescapes. Many pieces express the essence of sky, sea, and a dense lushness of trees. A wide-ranging palette with generous paint produces an energetic textured feel. These renditions are interpretations, moments in time, impressions of seasons and locations. Many over-sized paintings are suited to large airy spaces where light and distance combine to emphasize a sense of freedom in the work.

NEW ELEMENTS GALLERY 201 Princess St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-6p.m. (or by appt.)

“Clay Matters” features the recent works of Georgia artist Eileen Braun and Hiroshi Sueyoshi of Wilmington, NC. Work will include both functional and non-functional pieces; the two artists’ differing styles creating an interesting juxtaposition of elegance and whimsy. The exhibition will remain on display through November 16th.

RIVER TO SEA GALLERY 225 S. Water St., Chandler’s Wharf (free parking) (910)-763-3380 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5p; Sun. 1-4pm.

River to Sea Gallery showcases the work

of husband and wife Tim and Rebecca Duffy Bush. In addition, the gallery represents several local artists. The current show will enthrall visitors with its eclectic collection of original paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, pot-

In the historic fishing village of Calabash, North Carolina, over 10,000-plus square feet of fine arts and crafts showcases artists from the two Carolinas. Clay art and pottery; oil paintings, watercolors, mixed media, pastels and acrylics; plus award-winning metalworks, wood pieces, hand-blown glass, fiber art, artisan-made jewelry and more. Since 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become a popular destination for visitors, a gathering place for artists and a center of the community, thanks to its onsite pottery studio, complete with two kilns; a custom master framing department; and art classrooms for workshops and ongoing instruction.


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Modern Oldies: Shannon and the Clams mix up ‘50s doo-wop with ‘60s garage rock

memories, the outcome remains authentic and captivating. If the music doesn’t blossom from a jam, Shaw will make demos played on the “E” string of her guitar, with vocals and thigh-slaps fleshing it out. She sends it to Blanchard to fill in the pieces. “On the second and third album, I got more involved in the recording process and got us doing more percussion and back-up vocals,” Shaw says. “We already have some cool new ideas for the next album and can’t wait to have some time to work on it.”

By: Shea Carver


hannon and the Clams keep on trekking all over the world to spread their nostalgic and dreamy brand of doo-wop garage-rock, burrowing through the soundscapes of the ‘50s and poking into the surf-rock of the ‘60s. From the midwest and East Coast to France and other parts of Europe to Canada, they’re packing houses with a multitude of fans dancing without second thought. “Actually dancing!” front woman Shannon Shaw exclaims. “Even if it’s light or totally nuts, they dance—[and] crowd-surf and stage-dive and sing along. It’s a pleasant rock ‘n’ roll party. I really couldn’t ask for anything more out of our typical shows, other than more themes and costume contests.” Shaw’s upbringing in Napa County California on a farm always beckoned sounds of the oldies in her household. Her parents endlessly listened to the classics from Dion and the Belmonts to Connie Francis and Roy Orbison. “[My mom and dad] both had songs they obsessed over, and made me sit and listen to all the facets that make them special,” Shaw reminisces. “My mom would be in love with a song and play it over and over again and make me memorize it with her.” “End of the World” by Skeeter Davis, as well as “Teenager in Love” and “Where the Boys Are” excited in their simplistic yet moving melodies. “[Mom] passed on her passion for minor chords, emotional communication and harmony to me,” Shaw says. When “Crying” would come on the radio, Shaw’s father would mandate silence in order to hear and feel Orbison’s wailing voice emote through the ether. I remember having my mind blown,” Shaw says. “I couldn’t wait to grow up and have teen problems.” As a child Shaw wrote her first song based on the Halloween Garfield special and sang it a cappella in a school talent show. “I made my little brother wear a suit and dance, and my older brother lived to humiliate me [for it]!” she quips. Somehow not encouraged to follow her talent, she considered being a musician “boys stuff.” Her family members, including brothers, uncles and her grandfather, played instruments. “One of my uncles was in Captain Beefheart!” she states. At 25 Shaw did open-mics and started playing music at the encouragement of her friends. Depressed, she churned out a slew of songs with grief-stricken titles, including “Heartbreak” and “Blood.” “They are kind of cheesy to me now,” she admits, “but it was a very cathartic experience, and I’m glad I stuck with it. I was all the way down in the dumps; I was under the dumps,

DETAILS: Shannon and the Clams Opening: Summer Set and Teeth of England Mon., 11/18, doors, 7 p.m.; music, 8 p.m. The Calico Room • 107 S Front St.

ORGANIC FAIRY TALES: Cody Blanchard, Shannon Shaw and Ian Amberson of Shannon and the Clams play at The Calico Room on Monday night. Courtesy photo

I was so low.” Dan Graham, who performs as Magnanimous (“an amazing and true-blue beautiful freak god”), remained inspirational to her calling. Once asked to perform at a party at the house of Cody Clam and Kaliis Conlon (“a most excellent artist magical gem, guru goddess”), Shaw started forming a band with Cody Blanchard (vocals, guitar) and Ian Amberson (drums, vocals). They met in art school—something indicative of many greats and Clam inspirations like B-52s, Sonic Youth and Talking Heads. Since, Shannon and the Clams have released numerous LP’s, “I Wanna Go Home” and “Sleep Talk.” In May, “Dreams in the Rat House” came out on Hardly Art. “We recorded it several times, in several places over a year,” Shaw says. “The first bout was spent in my uncle’s cabin. We thought we would get really creative up there in the woods, but instead got cabin fever and did a poor job recording it.” They ended up moving between studio, Blanchard’s house and their practice space to hash out “Dreams in the Rat House,” an amalgamation of rockabilly, ‘60s pyschedelia and a honed-in Motown sound. “It’s made me a better person and musician to be corrected and learn from my mistakes,” Shaw says of traipsing between recording spaces. “When I finally got some real honest and harsh constructive criticism, I sat down and wrote ‘Rip Van Winkle,’ ‘Into a Dream’ and ‘Heads or Tails’ in two days. I like pressure and constructive criticism; it does

a lot for my creativity.” $7 • Edge of Urge, Gravity Records or Today, the band allows their music to evolve from an organic place. Whether written in https://shannonandtheclams.eventbrite. Blanchard’s chosen brand of fairy tales or com/?ref=estw Shaw’s real-life goings-on, dreams or childhood

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A preview of tunes all over town this week

STRUMMING A TUNE: The North Carolina Quartet plays the Cameron Art Museum, Thursday, November 14th. Courtesy photo

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 DJ —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341 OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 3996977

HOMEGROWN RADIO SHOW HOSTED BY MARY BYRNE (7PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 OPEN MIC NIGHT W/ HOST SEAN THOMAS GERARD —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

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

PHIL BEVILACQUA —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

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

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD W/ SERENA RYDER —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Dr.

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

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD W/ SERENA RYDER —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, 1941 Amphitheater Dr.

OPEN MIC HOSTED BY THOMAS AND OGLESBY (7PM; DRUMS, AMPS, FULL PA PROVIDED) —Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, 1107 New Pointe Blvd, Leland; 859-7188 JAMMIN’ WITH JAX: GEORGE GARDOS, LEROY HARPER JR., TERRY NASH, LARRY TULL, STEVE KING, GERARD TORCHIO (7-10PM) —Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House, 5046 New Centre Dr.; 859-7374

DYLAN LINEHAN —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133 METEOR IV —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 KARAOKE WITH DJ BREWTAL —Liquid Room, 23 Market St.;910-343-3341

BLACK UHURU, MIKE PINTO —Ziggy’s by the Sea, 208 Market St.; (336) 722-5000 MARK LYNCH —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 BENNY HILL —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 OPEN MIC —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 OPEN MIC —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 KARAOKE —Browncoat Pub and Theatre, 111 Grace St.; 341-0001 DISCOTHEQUE THURS. WITH DJ’S DST AND MATT EVANS —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington DJKAHUNA —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044

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

DJ LORD WALRUS —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 2562776

THIRSTY THURSDAY TEAM TRIVIA WITH SHERRI “SO VERY” (7-9PM) —Whiskey Trail at the Creek, 4039 Masonboro Loop Rd.; 399-3266

ROB RONNER —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

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

KARAOKE (7PM-12AM) —SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Ave. N., Carolina

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 PIANO —Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2251

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DJ KAHUNA —Billy Goats, 6324 Market St., 392-3044 DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 BUDDHIST PRODIGIES —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088



IRISH MUSIC JAM 2PM —The Dubliner, 1756 Carolina Beach Road PIANO —Circa 1922, 8 N. Front St.; 762-1922

STRUMMING A TUNE: The North Carolina Quartet plays the Cameron Art Museum, Thursday, November 14th. Courtesy photo

DJ DST AND MATT EVANS —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St.



DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 JAZZ NIGHT WITH MARC SIEGEL 6PM-8PM —Atlanta Bread Company, 6886 Main St. (Mayfaire), Wilmington, NC. (910) 509-2844 OPEN MIC/SONGWRITERS NIGHT 7-10PM —Grinder’s Cafe, 5032 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28403, (910) 859-8266 OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH DENNIS BRINSON (8PM) —Locals Tavern, 6213 -D Market Street; 523-5621 SEAN GREGORY (REGGAE) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 JIM NELSON —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 HUDSON K —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 CHRISSIE MCCRAE —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 NORTH CAROLINA QUARTET —Cameron Art Museum; 3201 South 17th St., 395-5999 NATHAN STOREY, MIKE BLACK —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 UNDERHILL ROSE —Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 399-2796 ASHLEY PAUL —Squidco, 928 North 4th St., 910-399-4847 TRIVIA WITH STEVE (8:30PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ SHAFT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 ROCKIN’ TRIVIA WITH PARTY GRAS DJ (9 P.M.) —Fox and Hound Pub & Grille, 920 Town Center Dr.; 5090805

DJ KEYBO —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 KARAOKE WITH MIKE NORRIS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KARAOKE —Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 DJ MILK AND MATT EVANS —Sputnik, 23 N. Front St. DJ DST AND SBZ —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington OPEN MUSIC JAM HOSTED BY SHANNON GILMORE & TOMMY KAISER 7PM —Wired on Wrightsville, 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 DJ TURTLE —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC


DJ BATTLE —Dirty Martini, 1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 109 DJ MILK AND SBZ —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington DJ TURTLE —Station 21, 21 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC MARK LYNCH (JAZZ GUITAR, 10:30AM-1:30PM); DJBE EXTREME KARAOKE (9PM) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 STUART CUMIN & FRIENDS —Fermental, 7250-B Market St.; 821-0362 DANGERS OF STEREO —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

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

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

GABE CALKIN —Fermental, 7250-B Market St.; 821-0362

BILL POWELL (DANCE & CLASSIC) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231

LOOSE CANNONS, KENTUCKY GENTLEMEN —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 DYLAN LINEHAN —Brass Pelican; 2112 N. New River Dr., Surf City, NC 328-4373 L SHAPE LOT (DUO) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 SO AND SO (COVER BAND) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040

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SPIDER MIKE & FRIENDS (2-5PM) —Fire & Spice Gourmet, 312 Nutt St.; 762-3050

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

OF UNSOUND MIND —Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 763-4133

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halian Association re-opened the Red Barn Studio Theatre on Third and Marstellar streets for their inaugural production, “Other Desert Cities.” Jon Robin Baitz’s Pulitzer Prize finalist play starred Linda Lavin, who, with her husband Steve Bakunas, renovated Red Barn and donated the space to Thalian Association. Director Tom Briggs assembled a dream team for this show, including several local stars we rarely get to see onstage. It’s not just that he found talented actors, he perfectly cast each role with performers that inhabit their parts so much, I can’t imagine anyone else attempting to perform them. Set very specifically in 2004, Brooke Wyeth (Rachel Lewis Hilburn) is back to visit her parents for the holidays at their Palm Springs home. After a successful first novel six years ago, she has been crippled as a writer for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is her ongoing attempt to come to terms with her older brother’s suicide 30 years earlier. Her younger brother, Trip (Kevin Ray Wilson), follows in his parents’ footsteps in the entertainment world and is producing a weekly TV show that seems to be a cross between “Judge Judy” and “Hollywood Squares.” Highbrow it is not, but it pays the bills, and as he tells his sister, it provides distraction and relief for people. With just three years to separate themselves from the World Trade Center attacks and the escalating War in Iraq swirling about, the two liberal, educated adult children are back in the home of their very conservative parents, Polly (Elizabeth Becka) and Lyman (Joe Gallison). The Wyeths were part of the Reagan’s inner circle in Hollywood: a special breed of old-guard Republicans. Rounding out the holiday is Polly’s sister, and former writing partner, Aunt Silda (Suellen Yates), just home from rehab after her most recent relapse. Becka channels Nancy Reagan to the stage bullying, pushing and controlling everyone, allowing her husband to have much the same image within his family that Regaan did: differing to his wife, but affably loving his children and avoiding the unpleasant parts. If LewisHillburn weren’t such an empathetic character, it would be like watching the Nancy/ Patti show play out again. When Lewis-Hilburn turns those large, beautiful, pulsing eyes on the audience, there is no way to see her as the errant wayward child that her mother keeps trying to push into line. Her palpable pain at the loss of her brother and her parents’ almost blanket refusal to talk about him not only be-

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wilders her but is a festering wound that cannot heal. It colors everything. Enter Aunt Silda—comic relief extordinaire. It’s her best defense against a sister who continues to show up and pick up the pieces but bullies her the whole time. Silda’s dynamic with the family is pitch perfect. It must be in this complicated geometric relationship for the reveal of Silda’s secret to work in Act II— which it does with painful poignancy. Kevin Ray Wilson is a wonderfully talented actor that seems to get cast as the comedic relief a lot. Though he does have a truly fabulously funny monologue in Act II—which provides a much-needed release valve at that stage of the show—make no mistake. He truly fleshes out this dramatic role beautifully. Trip is, at his core, a kind and devoted brother who is largely ignored by his older sister, until she wants something. While she dwells in the impact of their oldest brother’s suicide, making it her mantle, Trip grapples with being the surviving son of an event that happened when he was 5. He and his sister had two different childhoods, their experience of their parents and the lens they see them with is so different. Wilson and Lewis-Hilburn have the perfect push/pull chemistry of siblings. He is ready to jump in and make peace, defending his more vulnerable older sister form their parents. She remains happy to ask that of him, and seems oblivious to him being anything but an extension of herself. It is a very rare treat to see Beth Becka onstage here. To pair her opposite Joe Gallison is an inspired opportunity not to be missed. These two accomplished performers bring so much honesty to the stage—the conceit of watching a family move beyond voyeurism to obsession. The script very carefully and skillfully moves the characters and the audience to a point of no return. When Gallison informs Becka he would rather live the rest of his life alone than live with secrets anymore, he and Becka manage a gaze that simultaneously feels like hours and an instant for the audience. When she wrenches her eyes away and they begin to reveal darker truths than any two people should have to live with; it would take a man made of iron not to be moved to tears. They recount an experience the last night of their son’s life—very different from what Brooke remembers. When Gallison turns his sweet painful eyes on Lewis-Hilburn to tell her that her brother’s last question was about her—“What will you tell Brooke?”— his voice cracks and Becka’s face falls at that moment. They have the synchronicity that long-time companions and conspirators have: an invisible bond that links them across time and space.

It’s not a bully that tells her daughter there will be real consequences to the family if she publishes her memoir but an incredibly vulnerable, hurt and wronged mother who has loved all her children much more fiercely than they knew. Becka avoids schmaltz, stereotypes and expectations to find a moment of truth that is so beautiful and so real, I knew without a doubt she would have done the same things for own daughter Caitlin (currently appearing across town at Thalian Hall in “Rocky Horror”). To be honest, when she finished her big monologue, it was Caitlin I was seeing in my mind’s eye, because the truly deep mothering that Becka manifests onstage is physically palpable. “Other Desert Cities” might sound like another play about a dysfunctional family or the long-term effects of suicide, but it is far from just any old show. At its core, the show is about loving someone more than imaginable and sacrificing for them. The show is selling out to full houses, and deservedly so. It has been 10 years since I went home to Jock after seeing a show without him to narrate the entire script, tears streaming down my face. That last show was “I Am My Own Wife” on Broadway with Jefferson Mays. Both scripts surprise and defy convention, and both productions are defined by performers who bring more to the stage than the script imagines. Also, both have one set that enhances the action and unfolding story as an extension of the performers. Lee Lowrimore has designed and created a living room that could only be Palm Springs, but with wavy, indistinct lines throughout to accentuate the blurry nature of memory and family. If you see one show before the end of the year, choose “Other Desert Cities.” It is one of the best productions, from conception to execution, I have seen in Wilmington in a very long time. My deepest admiration to Briggs, the cast and the production team. If this is any indication of what is come at the Red Barn, we are a very lucky community.

DETAILS: Other Desert Cities ★★★★★ Red Barn Studio Theater 1122 S. Third St. Through Nov. 24th, Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets: $25 • 910-251-1788

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A Studious Affair: Fulbright Scholar directs premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Private Fears’ By: Shea Carver


ccording to Dr. Paul Castagno, founding chair of the UNCW Department of Theatre, the decision to produce Alan Ayckbourn’s “Private Fears in Public Places” was a nobrainer for the 2013 fall season. Being the first faculty member from UNCW to win a Fulbright Scholar award, Dr. Castagno will go on an eightmonth journey to York to further study the prolific works of Ayckbourn in coming months. A Tony and Olivier award winner, British playwright Ayckbourn may be one of the few left to rival Shakespeare with the amount of work produced for the stage. He has had over 80 shows in production, and “Private Lives” will be the first to premiere in Wilmington. “This should be of interest to theatregoers and lovers of British comedy who want to see something new,” Dr. Castagno says. “Since the Fulbright is based upon researching [Ayckbourn’s] work and materials at the Borthwick Archives at the University of York, [I thought] directing one of his plays would be the best way to really understand his depth.” Dr. Castagno contacted the Fulbright archivist about which script may be best suited for university students, especially considering much of Ayckbourn’s work mandates older actors. “‘Private Fears’ focuses on relationships and in many ways presents a style consistent with actor-training methods in [UNCW’s] department,” Dr. Castagno relays. Involving the connectivity between human relationships, students will portray a set of characters all going through their own turmoils in life. Yet, somehow they cross paths. Barfly Dan (Wilson Meredith) continues his failing relationship with Nicola (Lily Nicole), yet manages much consolation at his local watering hole thanks to bartender Ambrose (Josh Browner). Meanwhile, Nicola’s realestate agent, Stewart (Nick Reed), who’s helping the couple find a flat, remains smitten with Charlotte (Kristina Auten), who is a Christian zealot and hides a dark secret in videos she gives Stew. Charlotte moonlights as a caregiver for Ambrose’s rambunctious and off-color, humorous father, Arthur (Cabot Basden), who the audience hears throughout the production but never sees. Rounding out the cast is Stewart’s sister Imogen (Dottie Davis), who happens to get a date with Dan via the Internet.

Kristina Auten and Nick Reed, their characters are Charlotte and Stewart in UNCW’s premiere of ‘Private Fears in Public Places.’ Courtesy photo

“‘Private Fears’ has many funny moments while also focusing a lot of depth into the characterizations,” Dr. Castagno notes. “Everyone intersects and that’s a great deal of the fun, but it also adds a source of pathos an existential feel to the ending. Delaney Gilliss and Kaleb Eldey play a variety of parts in the production.” Castagno, clearly studying the show with Fulbright glasses, remains faithful to the traditional script. In keeping with the university’s promise to enlist professionals to teach and mentor students first-hand, he utilized the help of Dr. Paul Elsam of Teeside University in England. Dr. Castagno met Elsam in 2008 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where he was introduced to Sir Alan Ayckbourn. “Paul, a personal friend of Alan’s, brought great understanding to the cultural and textual implications of the script, and, during his residency [at UNCW] in September, we worked extensively with the actors to get a deeper understanding of the play and the references,” Dr. Castagno says. “Paul is also a professional actor, and very knowledgeable about British acting techniques.” Also helping is assistant professor Chris Marino, who worked in the UK for years. Marino has helped with dialect and vocal coaching. “After each scene or at rehearsal’s end, he troubleshoots the accents and references,” Dr. Castagno details. “The students are getting an incredibly in-depth experience in this process, by these two outstanding collaborators.” Designers Bob Alpers (ECU, head of scene design) and Bruce Auerbach (professor, UNCCharlotte) have lent their aesthetic to one of the most complex and fascinating set designs

seen in the university’s department. Because the play endures 54 scenes, they have to minimize the movement and maximize effect. The designers have used transparencies and surface treatments, with swift-moving, changing panels that fly in and out, and furniture jackknifing on- and offstage. “It will be a playground of light and texture,” Castagno promises. “Some of these scenes are very brief, and the production is not long by any means. The challenge is seeing how this structure benefits the storytelling in the play—it’s as though scenes are fragmented like a puzzle. Then we put them together, and like a puzzle, placement is key. Take one out, and the puzzle is incomplete. “But the production moves at a good pace. The key will be in executing the scene

shifts seamlessly, without blackouts. To facilitate you will see no stagehands, everything flies, tracks or swivels into position. Some of it will be underscored by music.” Costuming is done by Mark Sorensen, while students Natalie Smith and Latora are overseeing props and sound design. Most well-known from the screen as “Les Couers,” a French film by by Alan Resnais, “Private Fears in Public Places” debuts this week, November 14th through 17th and 21st through 24th, at the mainstage theatre in the Cultural Arts Building on UNCW’s campus.

DETAILS: Private Fears in Public Places Nov. 14th - 17th, 21st - 24th 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. UNCW Cultural Arts Building Mainstage Theatre Tickets: $5- $12

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Long Island Down South:

he Long Island Eatery on Kerr Avenue draws its inspiration from the Long Island Expressway, or L-I-E, the iconic route to Long Island from the Queens-Midtown Tunnel in New York City. Designated as Auxiliary Highway 495, the roadway inspired the local deli to list any number of dishes at $4.95. It’s a likeable gimmick, but it may not be enough. The Long Island Eatery is pleasant enough but hardly remarkable. It’s a perfectly good deli, and anyone nearby and looking for a sandwich can find no reason not to stop on by. Still, there’s nothing extraordinary about it to recommend either. Long Island boasts its thriving Italian community, so sampling three dishes of Italian derivation seemed an obvious choice. The chicken parmesan sandwich, offered on round or sub rolls, fills the gullet. The bread offers a decent combination of dough and crust. The tomato sauce nicely balances sweetness with acidity. Yet, the chicken itself tastes bland, with no discernible characteristics to the breading. The cheese comes parceled out as though it were a rare commodity, leaving the sandwich out of balance. Even with higher hopes set for the meatball parm, it suffers largely the same fate. The bread and the sauce hold up their ends of the bargain nicely, but the meatballs prove

underseasoned. Once again, a rather chintzy application of provolone doesn’t add to its betterment. Apparently, the only cheese they’re willing to part with at the Long Island Eatery is ricotta. An overly generous helping mixed into the sauce turns the baked ziti pale orange. Ricotta’s gritty texture, especially in large doses, gives the food an unpleasant, sandy feel in the mouth. After two forkfuls, I couldn’t eat another bite. The Gobbler, one of ten specialty sandwiches, is an old deli standard: turkey and bacon with lettuce and tomato. Some things become standard for a reason; this sandwich inevitably should be the highlight of any trip to L-I-E. Thinly shaved turkey, a New York specialty that one doesn’t always find in the South, coupled with freshly grilled bacon makes for textural and tasteful delight—a classic lunchtime pairing, up there with grilled cheese and tomato soup, or peanut butter and jelly. The turkey meat at L-I-E is generously piled onto the sandwich with a few strips of bacon to accent the flavor, without overpowering it. The shredded lettuce may have been in better shape the day before, but otherwise the excellent execution makes it a deli favorite.

Long Island Eatery serves a good sandwich and knishes By: Rosa Bianca

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The deli case at LIE offers everything from fresh salads to the Jewish delicacy, knishes. Photo by Trent Williams

In the interest of full disclosure, though L-I-E has a lot of sandwiches, the Gobbler remains one which doesn’t come doused in Russian dressing. I find Russian dressing loathsome, and couldn’t let that undeniable bias creep into a review. Anyone who doesn’t share my disdain for it will find much to like on L-I-E’s list of sandwiches. I should note the Long Island Eatery’s offerings are all over the map. They have a coffee bar, bakery and deli. Catering is available for parties large and small, plus they serve breakfast all day long. I didn’t partake for the purposes of this review, as I generally think eggs are eggs no matter where one goes. But for those who enjoy breakfast foods at all hours of the day, the L-I-E has your back. Plus, they offer New Jersey’s favorite Taylor ham. And they have the most expansive collection of canned and bottled drinks I think I’ve ever seen. Dozens of offerings from Arizona, Monster, Yoohoo, Gatorade—I even saw Sunkist Pineapple soda. (I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Sunkist Pineapple soda.) Ending lunch with a brownie and a muffin placates, too. The brownie is sufficiently gooey and has four M&Ms baked into the top. It’s rich and chocolatey—everything one wants of the dessert. The blueberry muffin, while just a touch dry, infuses the natural acid of the fruit’s

juice. It gives the inside a pleasant blue tint and a permeation of blueberry flavor throughout every bite. Much to my chagrin, I failed to notice that they offer knishes—an Eastern European Jewish snack food brought to New York City in the early 1900s. It’s typically sqaures of fried mashed potatoes, which can be held in one hand and eaten like a sandwich. There are variations of the knish which involve meat or sauerkraut, but mashed potatoes remain the standard. Because I didn’t see the knish ‘til after I already stuffed myself silly, I didn’t order one. But they’re not easily found in Wilmington, so those looking for a vaguely obscure Jewish delicacy should try the L-I-E Though a good but not great effort, diners won’t leave disappointed, but they won’t be enthralled either. In the end, however, there’s always more room in the world for a pretty good sandwich.

DETAILS: Long Island Eatery 839 S Kerr Ave. (910) 399-3637 Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.







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Paying it Forward: Local restaurant opens doors to 26 Marines on Thanksgiving By: Linda Grattafiori


n Thanksgiving Day, a bus from Camp Lejeune will pull up to the curb of 4th and Chestnut. Twentysix Marines will file into the Flying Pi Kitchen for a happy bird dinner, laced with all the trimmings, generous service and great cheer. Owner Carolyn Atkinson, her sisters Kathy and Lisa McLeod, staff and volunteers will serve the traditional turkeys and ham, stuffing, green beans and all the usual sides, plus the Pi’s signature homemade desserts—sweet potato pie, pumpkin cranberry walnut bread pudding, French silk pie, coconut custard pie, banana pudding, honey sea salt pie (sooo good!) and a heaping tray of piping hot cinnamon buns. Each soldier will receive a gift bag that contains “thank you for your service” notes from the Pi’s customers, plus sweets and oral-care remedies from a local dentist. There will be football on the flat screen TV and a corn hole tournament outside. Whatever food is not taken back to

base in bio-degradable to-go boxes will be given to local shelters. “When my son was a Marine, he had no place to go for Thanksgiving,” Atkinson laments. “Blessed are those in the community who host military personnel stationed away from home. I swore when I opened a restaurant that I would feed young Marines at Thanksgiving, out of my own pocket if necessary. Our customers have been kind enough to donate the money to cover the food. And my husband, Mitch, my sisters and staff donate their time and their holiday.” Tradition aside, astute customers of the Flying Pi note its cosmopolitan feel, “like walking into a NYC or LA surprise!” Menu choices may include Vietnamese pho soup, butternut squash enchiladas, Greek lemon and chicken soup, Korean BBQ stuffed in a bao (a steamed oriental bun) and Thai peanut soup. Gluten free bread is kept on hand for people who want a gluten free sandwich. All salads, soups, pastries and savory pies are made from scratch. Their small-batch cook-

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ing uses local and organic ingredients when possible. Red Beard Farms is one supplier, and other local farmers call when their crops are harvested. Breakfast at the Flying Pi doesn’t disappoint. Aside from fresh and delicious coffee, they serve hearty eaters—bacon and egg sandwich on sourdough bread with a side of cheesy grits—and those who awake to a lighter craving—green apple, sweet potato and cream cheese on raisin bread with a side of blackberries, raspberries, kiwi. Carolyn makes the rounds, talking to customers. “I have a bit of the gypsy in me and travelled on the World Campus Afloat (now Semester at Sea) when I was young,” Atkinson tells me and my breakfast companion, George. “We went around the world, and I loved trying different ethnic foods, adding them to my library of tastes.” Known as a business with a conscience, the Flying Pi staff treats everyone who comes through the door with courtesy and respect. It is not unusual for someone to come in with no money, whether it be a person of means or not, and get a “suspended” coffee. When the paying customer returns, he pays not only for his last free coffee, but perhaps a coffee for someone less fortunate. “People need compassion and a chance,” Atkinson says. “A lot of people from shelters have simply had a string of bad luck that left them with no place else to go. One of my best employees, who lived in a shelter for a short time, now lives in his own apartment. Many of our former employees were let go because they did not understand the importance of mutual respect between customers and themselves.”

HELPING HANDS: (l. to r.) Kathleen McLeod, Carolyn Atkinson (chef ), Christopher Redman, Carrie Vangorder work at The Flying Pi, which will serve 26 Marines on Thanksgiving day. Photo by Trent Williams

Atkinson’s empathetic experience in the work place came from her own family three years ago, when her partner pulled out of the business. She was left with no working capital. Her sisters pitched in for free, continued to donate their time, and have helped keep the Flying Pi soaring. Although Kathy is an accomplished painter and Lisa teaches aerobics, the three sisters have found they actually enjoy working together and “paying it forward.” When WHQR had its last pledge drive, Atkinson baked a large tray of fresh cinnamon buns early in the morning and delivered them to the phone volunteers. “The Flying Pi is a historic building,” she says. “We should be supporting historic Wilmington. Nonprofits ask us for free lunches to raffle off. If a business can’t do that, it’s not supporting the community.”

DETAILS: The Flying Pi Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 402 Chestnut Street • 910-399-4591


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11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT:

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-7989464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224) ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday and Saturday in the




The Oceanic is well-known for serving some of the freshest seafood in southeastern NC, from shrimp to oysters, scallops to mahi-mahi, grilled or fried. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551


Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:


Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including waffles, skillet hashes and sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi and signature meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our house favorites Braised Beef Brisket and Jerk Chicken Empanada’s. All of our entrees are as delicious as they are inventive. We also have a full beer and wine list. Come try the “hidden gem” of Wilmington today. 250 Racine Drive, Wilmington 910-523-5362. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, In-

fused Lemonade, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and kids menu ■ WEBSITE:



Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch - WednesdayFri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner, Mon.-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List


If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from

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The Dixie Grill has undergone numerous transformations over the years. It has been a white linen establishment, a no-frills diner and pool hall, a country café and now a classic American diner. The menu hearkens back to an aesthetic that equated good food with freshness, flavor and a full stomach. This combination has earned The Dixie Grill the Encore Reader’s Choice award for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Diner” several times. Call the Dixie an homage to the simplicity of southern cuisine, call it a granola greasy spoon, call it whatever you like. Just sit back, relax and enjoy!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER:

OPEN 7 days a week. Serving Breakfast and Lunch 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Serving dinner Thursday, Fri, and Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington


Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:3010:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington Kids menu available


“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drinks lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches (Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink. Enjoy two locatons: 3317 Masonboro Loop Rd., and 1900 Eastwood Rd. in Lumina Station. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week

Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Masonboro Loop & Lumina Station ■ FEATURING: The Best Reuben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio ■ WEBSITE:


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


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


Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine - 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington.They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Monday - Friday. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. And Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Serving several pita options, as well as new lighter selections! ■ WEBSITE:


Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; seasonal hours, Memorial Day-Labor Day open 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: “Date Night” menu every Tues.; La-

dies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Mon., Fri. & Sat. in summer from 5-7 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


We invite you to experience dining in Wrightsville Beach’s—Shell Island Restaurant located inside the Shell Island Resort. The breathtaking panoramic ocean views are complemented with menu items that will invigorate your appetite. Whether you are in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, our specialized menus feature the freshest ingredients prepared and presented by our dedicated service staff. Here is a reason to visit everyday—Weekday drink specials are offered both at the inside lounge or the poolside bar. If a refreshing beverage is what you desire, the only question is: Inside or out? So try Shell Island Restaurant for fun in the sun and a view second to none. You can observe the true island scene and absorb the true island dining experience. 2700 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Bch, NC 28480. (910) 256-8696 ■ BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront Dining ■ MUSIC: Live music Friday & Saturday 7 – 10 p.m. ■ WEBSITE:


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

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


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday & Tuesday 11am-9pm; Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat 11am3am; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Sunday - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. MondaySunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 until 3, Sat. 11 until 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City ■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations

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



From the minute you walk through the door to the wonderful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II offers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere - perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588 ■ SERVING LUNCH: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBOORHOOD: Mayfaire ■ FEATURING: Authentic Thai Cuisine ■ Website:


Blue Asia serves a wide range of Asian and Pacific Rim cuisines, in Chinese, Japanese and Thai, prepared by experienced chefs. By offering only the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables, chefs prepare classic sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as hibachi tempura dishes, and favorites like Pad Thai or chicken and broccoli. A large selection of appetizers, such as dumplings and spring rolls, along with homemade soups and salads, make Blue Asia a fusion experience, sating all palates. Folks dine in an upscale ambiance, transporting them to far-away metropolises. We always serve a full menu, and we specialize in the original all-you-caneat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). With specialty cocktails and full ABC permits, we welcome families, students, young professionals and seasoned diners alike. 341 S. College Rd., Ste 52. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Wed, 11am10pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, noon-10pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: All-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). ■ WEBSITE:


Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials


What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly

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


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

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


Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 12pm-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials: 3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily.


From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun.: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South



At Bourbon St., the food, style and atmosphere are New Orleans-bred but Carolina-refined. It features the unique decoration of a typical New Orleans bar, as it seems to have been extracted from the heart of the French Quarter. The classic French style and the laidback American culture come together to offer us a unique place where joy can be inhaled at every breath. The authentic Southern decorations in Bourbon St. were carefully selected at antique houses, garage sales and thrift shops found in the streets of the Big Easy. It enables us to offer you the true experience of being in the heart of the French Quarter: Bourbon St. It’s the best place to enjoy with friends, with the rhythm of live music, the classic taste of typical Cajun food, and the best beers available in our market. 35 N. Front St.; (910) 762-4050. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Authentic Creole Cajun cuisine, live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday with no cover. Try our famous charbroiled oysters.


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


Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for djBe Open Mic & Karaoke - Irish songs available! - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and half-price wine bottles all day Tuesdays; Harp University Trivia with Professor Steve Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; djBe karaoke and dancing 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturdays and live music Wednesday and Fridays - call ahead for schedule 910-7631607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER:

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Open at 5 a.m. every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/Downtown South ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ MUSIC Live music Wednesdays and Fridays call 910-763-1607 for schedule; djBe open mic and karaoke Tuesdays 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m, and djBe karaoke and dancing Saturdays 9 p.m - 1:30 a.m. ■ WEBSITE


We believe fresh ingredients and good conversation are what makes a meal. You will discover that pleasure and happiness does not stop with the food we prepare, but will spill over into the warm, casual atmosphere we provide. Every guest is a welcome part of our family from the moment they walk through the doors. Whether you are looking for a fresh salad from the garden, a hot sub from the oven, a dish of pasta, or a pizza straight from your own creation; you will find it here! From calzones, strombolis and meatballs, every dish is made fresh to order. Our homemade dough and sauce is made daily, as we strive for the best, using the highest quality ingredients. Complete your meal with our decadent desserts, such as the popular Vesuvius cake or our Chocolate Thunder cake. We serve cheesecake, cream puffs, and made-to-order cannolis and Zeppoli. We offer cozy outdoor seating, big-screen TVs—and ice cold beer served with a frosted glass, as well as wine. Please call for daily specials, such as homemade lasagna and brisket. 2535 Castle Hayne Rd.; (910) 762-1904. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Thurs: 11am to 9pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-7pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington near the airport ■ FEATURING:$4.99 lunch special: 2 slices and a drink, from 11 am-3pm; $4.99 10in. pizza after 3pm; $4.99 for 6 wings all day


The authentic Italian cuisine served at Taste of Italy has scored them Best Deli in the Port City for years running now. The Guarino family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation to brothers Tommy and Chris, who serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. They also cater all events, from holiday parties to corporate lunches, including hot meals, cold trays, handmade desserts and an array of platters, from antipasto to cold cuts. In addition, Taste of Italy sells Scalfani products, Sabrett hot dogs and Polly-O cheeses in their market, all the while serving top-notch hot and cold items from their delicatessen. Located at 1101 South College Rd., P. 910-392-7529, F. 910-392-9745 Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Ponatone, Pandora, Torrone and gift baskets of all sizes! ■ WEBSITE:


is a family-friendly, casual Italian American restaurant that’s been a favorite of Wilmington locals for over 16 years. Its diverse menu includes Italian favorites such as Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Baked Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, made-from-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A.

Salad and a 16 oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.- Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials ■ WEBSITE:

■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER: ILM location: Mon.Sat., 11 a.m., and Sun., noon. • Leland location: Mon.Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun., noon - 9:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington and coming soon, Brunswick Forest in Leland ■ FEATURING: Homemade pizzas, pastas, soups and desserts, all made from family recipes! ■ WEBSITE:


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

A Wilmington favorite since 1987! At Elizabeth’s you’ll find authentic Italian cuisine, as well as some of your American favorites. Offering delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, beer, and wine. Elizabeth’s is known for their fresh ingredients, where even the bread is baked fresh daily. A great place for lunch, dinner, a late night meal, or take out. Elizabeth’s can also cater your event and now has a party room available. Visit us 4304 ½ Market St or call 910-251-1005 for take out. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 10am-Midnight every day ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown (Corner of Market St and Kerr Avenue). ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily specials, kids menu and online coupons.


Fat Tony’s has the right combination of Italian and American influences to mold it into a unique family-friendly restaurant with a “gastropub” feel. Boasting such menu items as Penne alla Vodka, Beef Lasagna, and mix-andmatch pasta dishes (including a gluten-free penne), Fat Tony’s is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add in homemade, hand-tossed, New York style pizzas, 8oz Angus burgers, and deliciously plump chicken wings, and you’ve got a game day in heaven. Proudly supporting the craft beer movement, they have an ever-changing selection of small-brewery beers included in their 25-tap lineup – 12 of which are from NC. They have over forty bottled beers, great wines, and an arsenal of expertly mixed cocktails that are sure to wet any whistle. Fat Tony’s has two pet-friendly patios – one looking out onto Front Street and one with a beautiful view of the Cape Fear River. With friendly, efficient service and a fun, inviting atmosphere, expect to have your expectations exceeded at Fat Tony’s. It’s all good. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 11 am-Midnight; Sunday Noon-10 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials until 3pm and late night menu from 11pm until closing.


Family-owned and operated by Sicilian cousins Sal and Vito, Pizzetta’s Pizzeria has become Wilmington’s favorite place for homey, authentic Italian fare served with precision and flavor like none other. Made daily from family recipes, folks will enjoy hand-tossed pizzas——gourmet to traditional——specialty heroes and pastas, homemade soups and desserts, and even daily blackboard specials. Something remains tempting for every palate, whether craving one of their many pies or a heaping of eggplant parm, strombolis and calzones, or the famed Casa Mia (penne with sautéed mushrooms, ham, peas in a famous meat sauce with cream). Just save room for their buttery, melt-in-your-mouth garlic knots! Ending the meal with their pastry chef’s carefully crafted cannolis, Tiramisu or gourmet cheesecake, alongside a cup of freshly made espresso or cappuccino, literally makes a perfect end to one unforgett able and desirable meal. Located in Anderson Square at 4107 Oleander Dr., Unit F, Wilmington (910-799-4300) or Pizzetta’s II, Leland, 1144 E. Cutler Crossing, St., Ste 105, in Brunswick Forest.

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“Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 122 Market Street, (910) 2519444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and our newest location in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: The largest tequila selection in Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:


Tucked in the corner of University Landing, a block from UNCW is the hidden gem of Wilmington’s international cuisine scene - Jamaica’s Comfort Zone. This family owned restaurant provides a relaxing blend of Caribbean delights – along with reggae music – served up with irrepressible smiles for miles. From traditional Jamaican breakfast to mouth-watering classic dishes such as curry goat, oxtail, jerk and curry chicken, to our specialty 4-course meals ($12.00) and $5.99 Student meal. Catering options are available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday 11:45am - 9:00pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 8:00pm Sunday. Monday - Closed ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown – University Landing 417 S. College Road, Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Weekly Specials updated daily on Facebook ■ WEBSITE:


Offering the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon Sat. 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. and from 5-10 p.m. Closed Sunday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown

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Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for Organic and Natural groceries and supplements, or a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious and totally fresh meal or snack. Whether you are in the mood for a Veggie Burger, Hamburger or a Chicken Caesar Wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte Lovey’s Cafe’ menu. The Food Bar-which has cold salads and hot selections can be eaten in the newly expanded Lovey’s Cafe’ or boxed for take-out. The Juice Bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with Organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices. Lovey’s has a great selection of Local produce and receives several weekly deliveries to ensure freshness. Lovey’s also carries Organic Grass-Fed and Free-Range meats and poultry. Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free products are in stock regularly, as are Vegan and Vegetarian groceries. Lovey’s also carries Wholesome Pet Foods. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 am to 6 p.m.. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Rd in the Landfall Shopping Center; (910) 509-0331. “You’ll Love it at Lovey’s!” ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Café open: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(salad bar open all the time). Market hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: Organic Salad Bar/Hot Bar, New Bakery with fresh, organic pies and cakes. Newly expanded. ■ WEBSITE:


Come dine-in or take-out from the newly renovated Coop Kitchen at Tidal Creek Cooperative Food Market. You can fill your plate or box with hot bar and salad bar items that are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Made-to-order sandwiches, like the Tempeh Reuben, are served hot off the Panini grill. The Co-op Café offers organic smoothies and fresh juices; local wheatgrass shots; fair trade organic coffee, lattes, and chai tea; and our newest addition of Lenny Boy kombucha tea on tap. Don’t forget our baked-from-scratch baked goods! The Co-op Kitchen provides menu items that appeal to everyone, regardless of dietary demands. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ WEEKEND BRUNCH: Sat & Sun, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ■ SALAD BAR: Mon. - Sun, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ SANDWICHES: Mon. - Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ■ BAKERY & CAFE: Mon. - Sun, 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi ■ WEBSITE:


Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Fri. evening plus a spectacular Sun. brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. Our lounge is ecofriendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ SUNDAY BRUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach. ■ FEATURING: Lobster menu on Fri. ■ MUSIC: Live music on Sat. evening and Sun.brunch. ■ WEBSITE:


Hieronymus Seafood is the midtown stop for seafood lovers. In business for over 30 years, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by constantly providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in local seafood. It’s the place to be if you are seeking top quality attributes in atmosphere, presentations, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysteronymus and daily fresh catch specials. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering services. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2011. 5035 Market Street; 910-392-6313; ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Fireside oyster bar. ■ WEBSITE:


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


The Pilot house Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday

cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in a check out Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd.; (910) 458-7380. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Sat 11am-2am; Sun noon-2am ■ NEIGHBORHOODS: Carolina Beach and Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials, join the mailing list online ■ WEBSITE:


In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indigenous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesdays. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings.


Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 South College Road. (910) 791.9393. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & ■ LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD pro-

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Fox and Hound is an English-style sports tavern that offers a warm, inviting ambiance and friendly, entertaining staff. Relax in the spacious bar area while watching your favorite team on one of 25 large, high-definition TVs. Or, choose to enjoy lunch or dinner in the mellow dining


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


Having opened in early spring 2013, Sealevel Gourmet is the new baby of Chef Nikki Spears. Spears wanted a place to cook what she eats: well-executed, simple, snacky, and sandwichy, seasonally changing meals. From a nearly guilt-free American veggie cheeseburger, to fresh sushi, fish and shrimp “burgers,” falafel, fish tacos and avocado melt pitas, Spears caters to the needs of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and lactose-intolerant diets, including cookies and seasonal pies. Sealevel invites diners to refresh their palates with wholesome, handmade food and drink. With a focus on NC seafood, Spears’ cuisine is drawn from all corners of the earth. Whether desiring Mediterranean, Mexican or Southern cuisine, every palate will be sated, especially with Sealevel’s “lunchbox” specials of the day, inspired by Japanese bento boxes. Beer, wine and sake served! Drop by daily for lunch, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., or for dinner, Thurs. - Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 1015 S. Kerr Ave. 910-833-7196. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., daily; Thurs-Sat., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW ■ FEATURING: Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant and seafood-friendly fare! ■ WEBSITE:


An epicurean emporium devoted to taste, The Olive Cafe and Wine Bar features delicious one-of-a-kind winds and foods from around the world. Transport your senses through flavor by relaxing in our restaurant’s contemporary Parisian decor, and taste an upscale experience without the uptight attitude. We serve appetizers, small plates, and entree’s in a creative and comforting way, using artisanal products. We offer over 75 boutique wines to choose from and 20+ craft beers, as well as food and wine classes to enhance your food

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Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is thrilled to now serve customers in its new location at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). It’s the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab

room or on the enclosed patio. Play pool on our premium tables (brand new felt!), challenge your buddy to a game of darts, or stop by before seeing a movie at the neighboring Mayfaire Cinema. Fox offers dishes for every palate and appetite—from hand-crafted Angus beef burgers to grilled salmon or sirloin. Finish the meal with our Great Cookie Blitz, a 6-inch chocolate chip cookie baked fresh to order and served warm with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. We offer 42 taps and over 100 craft beers, plus a wide array of liquor and wine to choose from—so Fox is sure to enliven any night out! Join us for guys’ night, girls’ night, or date night. We’re open daily and serve a full menu ‘til 2 a.m., so look to Fox and Hound for the best party in town! 920 Town Center Drive, (910) 509-0805. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am– 2am, daily ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: $6.99 lunch specials and free pool until 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $2.50 drafts on Tuesdays with 42 options. ■ MUSIC: Trivia with Party Gras Entertainment DJ every Thursday at 9pm ■ WEBSITE:

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A Writer’s State of Mind


ou know Wilmington is starting to get a reputation for writers,” a tall, debonair man informed me a few months ago. “I mean people talk about this place and the writers who live here.”  “Really?” I asked. “Oh, yeah! John Jeremiah Sullivan lives here, Clyde Edgerton, that Celia Rivenbark … a bunch of writers.” “Do you live here?” I asked. “No, I’m from Detroit, actually.” “So what brought you here?” “I’m here to see John Jerimiah Sullivan.” The answer was emphatic. Sullivan gave a reading locally, and this

young man had traveled just to see him speak. Anecdotally, at least, Wilmington seems to be exponentially growing its literary scene. Adding to it, this coming weekend, the North Carolina Writer’s Network Fall Conference will be held once again at the Wrightsville Beach Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort.  Founded in 1985, the North Carolina Writers Network (NCNW) connects, promotes and educates writers at all stages of development across the state of North Carolina. It is a broad and difficult mission, but someone has to do it. Actually, the NCWN is one of the larger and more successful writers’ advocacy groups currently operating. They hold a spring

North Carolina Writers Network holds their 2013 conference at Wrightsville Beach By: Gwenyfar Rohler

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conference, a summer workshop and a fall conference every year. “The first one was in 1985, at Wrightsville Beach,” executive director Ed Southern notes. “The conferences are the best way of achieving the central purpose of The NC Writer’s Network: to bring writers together and create a community of and for writers in this state.”  The 2013 conference is bursting at the seams with workshops, panels and opportunities to network with other writers, editors and agents. In addition, master classes feature heavily in the schedule. “A master class is for more experienced writers who have narrowed down their focus and often times are trying to finish one particularly large project: a novel, memoir— or collection of poems,” Southern explains. The quality of the leaders in the master classes can’t be beat either. “Two years ago the instructor who had led the previous year’s masters class in poetry signed up to take the next year’s master class in poetry,” he adds.  It says a lot when the people who have taught want to become pupils.  Among this year’s offerings are opportunities to work with Phillip Gerard, Peter Makuck and Rebecca Lee.  Lee will be directing the fiction master class. She sees it as a time and place for writers to get feedback on when and how their work is making it across “that tricky, ephemeral bridge between writer and reader.” Besides asking students to bring “pen, paper, heart, mind, curiosity about the work of others and ways it might relate to one’s own,” Lee has been meditating on what exactly this particular experience could or should be.  “I was just thinking this morning, while trying to work on a thorny story of my own, that it just always feels like the beginning, like you don’t know what you’re doing, like the whole enterprise is just about to go under at every moment,” she explains. “So, to the extent that every writer feels like a beginner all the time, then the class is appropriate for beginners. But, also, it’s for more experienced writers in the sense that we are going to talk about the work in some critical ways, and really think about ways it could be more effective.”  Lee will be teaching the class off the heels of her book tour to promote a highly successful new collection of short stories, “Bobcat”—the follow-up to her novel “The City is a Rising Tide.” Of course, writers are always curious to learn more about how to break into the fortress of publishing. On that front, two key holders are agents and editors. Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management, Paul

Lucas of Janklow and Nesbit Associates, Christine Norris of Press 53 and Emily Louise Smith of Lookout Books will be representing the publishing side of the literary world. They will sit on the breakfast panel at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 17th. Additional opportunities to talk with them will be offered in individual sessions at “Manuscript Mart.” “I don’t’ want people to think it’s about getting an agent and a publishing deal,” Southern forewarns. “The more important benefit you get from the Manuscript Mart is the chance to learn what agents and publishers are really looking for.” “I’ve been thinking a lot about my first writer’s conference, when I was 22.” Lee muses. “It was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and I remember I knitted through every session, just enthralled by it all. I couldn’t think of anything I liked better than sitting in a room and talking about writing. Now that I do it as a profession, I’m a little less dreamy about it, but not too much…” Southern’s first writers conference came in 1995 at the NC Writer’s Network Conference in Charlotte. “It was the slap in the face that I needed as a very young writer, full of arrogance,” he remembers. “Just seeing the quality of the work that was out there—how much work I would need to do to rise to that level.” Some additional workshops not to miss at this year’s event include: “Getting Started: The Short Personal Essay” with Virginia Holman “Legal Issues for Writers” with Mitch Tuchman “How Not to Win the ‘Bad Sex Award’” with Emily Colin “From Book to Buzz” with Bridgette Lacy “Creating Compelling Characters” (playwriting) with Susan Steadman “Writing a Life—Including Your Own” with Jim Dodson “What’s In Your Attic? Recovering Your Old Poems” with Mark Cox “Cooperative Book Promotion” with Sheila Boneham For full details, visit


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Breakfast at the Beach: Kids Making It! fund-raiser takes to the sand By: Fiona Ní Súilleabháin

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et up in 1994, Kids Making It (KMI) is known nationally as a youth entrepreneurship and vocational program. They provide woodworking and art skills outside of school hours to at-risk youths between the ages of 8 and 18, and focus on strengthening empowerment and life skills through a craft. The unique nonprofit organization has won many awards over the years for their community service, from a Human Services Award by the Carolina Council HRCO (2003) to UNCW’s Albert Schweitzer (2010). More so, they have served 2,000 youths since their inception. Predominantly funded by private donations, grants and fund-raisers, their volunteer group will host the 4th annual Breakfast at the Beach on November 14th at Shell Island Resort. A free public event with a breakfast buffet, guests will convene between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. to enjoy a raffle, speakers and video footage showing the work KMI does within the community. “This event is a power breakfast,” Bonnie Gaynor, social worker for KMI, states. “This way, participants can support KMI and get on with their day by 9 a.m.” According to Gaynor, while Shell Island’s breakfast buffet will be filling, so will the education learned from the event. “My favorite part is watching the audience reaction to the video of our kids sharing why KMI is important to them,” Gaynor states. The number of guests attending this event has increased significantly compared to when it first started four years ago. Gaynor points out that tables and chairs are added every year due to the growing interest. It is estimated that their first event had a little over 100 attendees. Since last year, although exact numbers are unknown, the hall has been filled with so


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KIDS AT WORK: Kids Making It helps kids create and innovate in woodworking. A fund-raiser will be held for the nonprofit this week. Courtesy photo.

many tables the buffet had to be set up in a different room. This year they anticipate between 175 and 200 guests. Likewise, the feedback has been positive. “Our goal is to raise $20,000, which we’ve never made before but that has always been our goal,” Jimmy Pierce, program director of KMI states. “In previous years, [it] has always been somewhere in the teens.” “[The breakfast] appeals to a different donor base than [our annual] Hippie Ball,” Gaynor adds. KMI strives to find the perfect guest speaker annually for the breakfast. For 2013, they chose Bob McCall, general manager of Fleet Services at Duke Energy Corporation. McCall will base his speech on community— something he understands first hand from having been a long-time supporter of KMI. “Anytime he’s had to buy awards, he would purchase items here,” Gaynor tells. McCall studied at Wharton School of Business, Duke Fuqua School of Business,

Tuskegee University and LNC class XII. He was the Vice President of the Eastern region at Progress Energy, Planner/HP management at Alliant Energy a.b.a IES Industries before becoming the GM of Fleet Services at Duke Energy Corporation. In 2013 alone, KMI has worked with 300 kids, who design and create products in the work shop, such as go-carts, bird houses, plant boxes and shelves. The students sell their wares to the public and earn 100 percent of the income from them. Selling their products gives them the chance to hone in on their social skills through working in the retail shop. Throughout the designing and building process, students at KMI learn perseverance, patience, teamwork and self-esteem. The workshops teach them about actions and consequences, too, so that KMI instills the value of doing “good” for others. They also work within their own city to help other area nonprofits and organizations. The students have helped build trellises for the Ability Garden at New Hanover County Arboretum and bench seating for the New Hanover County Juvenile Day Treatment Center. It all centers on the most important of KMI goals: Keep kids in schools and out of trouble. “We track our data, and we are proud to say that, although over one-third of all local 9th graders do not go on to graduate with their class (and over half of minority 9th graders do not), we have had no dropouts among our active KMI youth in over two years!” Gaynor details. “Although juvenile crime continues to be a problem in our community (a 340 percent increase in the past three years in gang activity among those 12 and under in the system), our ‘getting in trouble’ rate at KMI is less than 4 percent!” For KMI participants who go on to college, the organization has special one-on-one admissions and financial aid assistance from special programs within Cape Fear Community College and UNCW. In addition, they offer vocational assistance for older youths through their relationships with local businesses for entry level jobs for KMI graduates.

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Contract Killer: Chapter 14: The Séance By: Gwenyfar Rohler


ll Hallow’s Eve, when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest…” You dropped your voice low to sound, like an old-school horror film narrator. With a drink in one hand, you waved the cigarette in the other in front of your face, leaving a trail of mystical looking smoke. “We should have a séance!” you concluded. “You mean like ‘Light as a Feather Stiff as a Board?’” Frank asked. “Do you have a Ouija Board?” Candy squealed. You sipped your drink, then nodded. “Sort of like ‘Light as a feather…’ I do have a Ouija Board, but I was thinking like a real séance. Like we actually invoke someone to come talk to us.” “You mean someone dead?” Candy asked. “From the spirit plane.” You nodded, shaking your beautiful auburn curls. Your eyes sparkled in the candle light, I couldn’t

help but notice that Frank couldn’t wrench his gaze from you. He took a slow sip of beer and asked, “Do you have someone specific in mind that you want to invoke?” You turned that stunning smile on him and replied, “No, I just thought it would be cool to see if we could do it.” “How would we do this exactly?” he asked. He leaned forward and propped his elbows on his knees. “What would the procedure be?” “We all sit in a circle, hold hands and invoke the spirit world to send someone to talk to us.” You replied calmly, lit a white candle and moved it to the center of the living-room floor. A smile played at the corner of Frank’s lips. “Where did you get that method? Have you tried this before?” You shrugged. “It just seems to be the way it works. I think I read it in a book somewhere…” You sat cross-legged on the floor and held out your hands to us. “Come on. It will be fun!” Candy wiggled off the sofa on to the floor with a squeal and grabbed your left hand.


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You tipped your head down, giving Frank the ultimate come hither look and a sexy smile while shaking your right hand at him. “Oh, why not?” he asked. He tipped up his beer to finish it off. In one swift and elegant movement, he was crosslegged and holding your hand. Then, you all turned as one to look at me. Frank and Candy both held their hands out, expectation on each face. “I think I’ll watch,” I tried. My stomach was doing somersaults. I did not want to talk to the dead. “Oh, come on—it will be fun!” Candy cajoled. “You’ll love it!” “No, I don’t think this is such a good idea,” I mumbled and gulped down the rest of my beer. “Come on! What’s the worst that can happen? Are you afraid?” you half taunted. Actually, I was. I nodded. “You’ll be perfectly safe. I promise.” You tried re-assurance this time. Then Frank followed up. “It probably won’t work anyway; it’s just for fun.” My head felt light. Before I knew what had happened, I was settled between Candy and Frank. “Ow! Don’t grab so hard!” Candy wrenched her hand away from mine. Frank glanced at Candy then leaned into me. “It’s OK. There is no need to be nervous.” I nodded. “Your hands are clammy,” Candy complained. “Are we ready?” you asked. They nodded. I tried not to vomit. “OK, close your eyes and concentrate...” “On what?” Candy interrupted. “Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and listen to the sound of my voice,” you directed. “OK, now everyone visualize a gate.” “What does the gate look like?” Candy interrupted again. “Golden, like the gates of Heaven!” You snapped at her. Then, taking a deep breath, you resumed your calm tone of voice. “The gates are opening. I ask: ‘Is there anyone we could talk with? Does anyone have a message for us?’” We sat quietly for a few moments, my heart pounding in my throat and ears. Candy burst out with: “What happens now?” “Shush!” You hushed her. “We wait.” After what seemed like an eternity to me, a shade appeared in my mind’s eye and I heard you ask, “Do you have a name?” “Sam.” It flashed through my head. Apparently, you heard the same name. “OK, Sam,” you said. “Do you have a message for someone here?” “The killer.” My heartbeat was so loud I couldn’t get a deep breath. “Would you like to say hello to your victims?”

The shade waved a billowy arm toward the gate. “Many are here if you would like to speak with them. They are waiting and wondering…” The entrance glowed brighter and brighter. I could feel the red hot heat on my face and hear voices, lots of voices, coming through in a cacophony of noise. Distinctly enough, too I could hear Erica’s voice and my mother’s ... and was that Tom’s? The light pulsated and beat with the voices that wouldn’t stop —and screams! The screams! The heat, the pulsing heart beats of heat and screams! My throat was completely dry. The heat from the Gate was overwhelming. “She’s coming ‘round.” I heard Frank’s voice. “There she is.” I tried to sit up but my head ached so much when I tried to lift it. “Give her this.” I head your voice from far off. “You have a mild concussion,” Frank explained, handing me a glass of water with a bendy straw. “You need to take it easy for a while.” “Where…” I trialed off, the pain shooting from the back of my head through my eyes. “You gave us quite a scare. You started screaming and then passed out and threw yourself backward with such force you cracked your noggin pretty hard,” Frank explained patiently, mopping my face with a cool cloth. “We were having a séance.” You sounded apologetic. “I didn’t think that would happen like that—it was just supposed to be fun.” “What happened?” “Well,” Candy began, “the spirit started talking about a killer and then all sorts of voices started, and you screamed and knocked your head, and then your foot knocked over the candle and spilled wax everywhere and then...” “And then we ended it.” You interrupted Candy. “Oh, Jude, I’m sorry about the candle…. Is your rug?’ “It’s fine. I can get it up with an iron. The question is, “Are you OK? And what’s this shit about anyway? Who’s the killer? That was pretty fucked up.” I looked pleadingly at Frank, trying to decide if I could tell you two about my moonlighting gig as a contract killer—not in front of Candy, I decided. Frank’s worried expression deepened, and he changed the cool compress on my forehead. “Yeah,” he agreed, looking at you. “That was pretty fucked up.”

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Magazine Makeover: UNCW’s Atlantis launches fall 2013 edition

porters alike are welcome to attend the fall release party of the magazine’s 66th issue. Guests attending the release party will enjoy music performed by local bands Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine, Jules Britt and Routine Man. There will be stations set up for body art and face-painting, as well as a photo booth, where the magazine editors will post guest photos on Atlantis’ Facebook page. The PTs food truck will be present during the duration of the event, so folks can grab a bite to eat. Of course, the fall 2013 issue will be revealed and released for free to the public.

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tlantis, the collegiate magazine of UNCW, is more than just an awardwinning publication of literature and art. Founded in 1971, Atlantis is a creative force for sponsoring the catalogue of student work, including art exhibits, readings, multimedia events, musical performances and literary contests. Summer 2009 marked the publication of Atlantis’ first summer issue; since the magazine’s annual output has reached three editions. Next Thursday, the fall issue will be showcased and released at The Calico Room on November 21st. The release party is one of many Atlantis events that occur in the Wilmington community. Senior Ally Favory, the magazine’s 2013 editor in chief, studies art and will graduate in December. She was awarded the Ann Flack Boseman Scholarship, selected annually by the faculty of the Department of Art and Art History at UNCW. Currently, she has her own solo exhibition at the Boseman Gallery, featuring sculptures created from wood, steel and handmade paper. Originally starting off as the photography editor her freshman year, Favory’s passion for art spilled over into the magazine. She has ignited big changes to come for the student publication. Alongside Dan Dawson, layout editor, they hope to thwart the label of “student magazine.” They want the community to view Atlantis professionally. “This year’s layout is somewhat of a redesign,” Dawson says. “I knew I had to ease our existing staff and readers into a more transitional change. The fall issue is clean; Ally and I decided on simple geometric line drawings and ample white space as the basis of our layout design. It’s kind of like a new beginning.” The student publication has suffered due to constant pulling and tugging in different directions, a consequential result of the magazine’s quick turnover of student staffs. Even though each issue reflects a unique and quirky individual staff, Dawson believes the magazine could establish more consistency. “My goals this year are to develop a working style manual—something Atlantis is lacking despite our considerable history since 1971,” he notes, “to set the bar for our design, while allowing room for each staff and layout editor to impose his or her own artistic flair. Atlantis is moving upward and will definitely be recognized as a creative voice in the UNCW and Wilmington community in a few years’ time.”

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prose—for their spring 2014 issue through Featuring music by Justin Lacy and November 15th at http://www.atlantismaga- the Swimming Machine, Jules Britt and Submitters, contributors, and sup- Routine Man

The student publication brings together hundreds of submissions of prose, poetry, photography and art across the state. The magazine accepts all student submissions, undergraduate or graduate, as long as they are attending a North Carolina university or community college. The thriving creative culture in not only the university but locally, is what makes the magazine flip-worthy. Without creative contributors, the publication would cease to exist. The local community and students active in the arts shape the next issue. It may be unpredictable and bold, and although minor changes will be made to establish simplicity, Favory ensures readers will not be disappointed. “We want every issue to still have its own unique character, from the individual staffs and contributors, but now readers will be familiar with our product and more thought can be put into a constant improvement of the publication,” she says. “I am so thrilled with our final product. The entire staff put in a bunch of extra effort this semester and it certainly shows.” Atlantis holds events locally, including “Atlantis with Love,” the last Tuesday of every month at various locations around town. Recently, the magazine held their second annual poetry slam, an even bigger hit than the first year. Three lucky winners walked away with Pomegranate Books gift cards. The magazine is currently accepting all creative submissions—art, photography, poetry,

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to-docalendar events HOLIDAY SPLENDOR FASHION SHOW Wed., 11/13, 11am-2pm, Cape Fear Country Club, 1518 Country Club Rd., $45/person (includes luncheon). It is never too early to holiday shop and you can do so at your leisure while enjoying an afternoon of fashion, boutique shopping, and raffles. For reservations, make checks payable to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington and mail to ALGW, 1319-CC Military Cutoff Rd., PMB 155, Wilmington, NC 28405 or call Pam Fuller, 681-0162 or Nancy Tillett, 686-3902. Funds from this event support Operation School Bell and other Assistance League philanthropic programs in the Greater Wilmington area. Space is limited! HANUKAH AND JUDAIC GIFT SALE 11/13, 20, 4-8pm; 11/17, 24, 9am-1pm:Get all of your Hanukah and Judaic gift items at the LCS Temple of Israel Gift Shop sale. Menorahs, dreidles, candles, giftwrap, jewlery, toys and more. 902 Market Street. THE BIG READ

11/13, 14, 20: UNCW to Host Big Read, greater Wilmington events. Mission to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. This year’s book choice is “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. • A panel discussion: Traveling Through Open and Closed Doors: Americans’ Perspectives on Living Abroad, 6-8pm, 11/13 at Randall Library. • A film screening of Broken Brotherhood: Vietnam and the Boys from Colgate will be held 7-9pm, 11/14, Lumina Theater. • A book discussion of The Things They Carried, 11am-noon, 11/20 at Randall Library.    NC FOREIGN TRADE PROMO CONFERENCE North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion Conference, 11/14-15. CFCC Union Station. Cape Fear Community College Union Station Building, historic downtown Wilmington to connect your business to the world and learn about available resources. Wed., 11/13, 3pm, tour of our State Port in Wilmington and reception on the balcony of Union Station with Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker, Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira, local legislators and other elected officials • 11/14, 8:30am-4:15pm, lunch w/keynote speaker Brazilian ambassador Mauro Vieira. Conference Registration fee is $75 and includes Wednesday

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evening Reception and Thursday Conference. Mim Hall at (910) 452-5861 CAPE FEAR ACADEMY HOLIDAY MARKET Cape Fear Academy Holiday Market will be held November 14-16 on the school’s campus at 3900 South College Rd. The market will feature approximately 80 vendors whose merchandise is jewelry, home décor, gift items, clothing, accessories, children’s items, and/or food.  A small market of fine art will also be offered. Open to the public and more than 2,000 shoppers are anticipated. Vendor applications: news. ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS MARKET Grace United Methodist Church will host an alternative gift market and craft fair, 11/15, 5-7pm; 11/16, 10am-1pm; 11/17, 9:30am-1pm. Gym of the church’s activity center, corner of 4th and Walnut, in downtown Wilmington. Public welcome. Shoppers at the market will find gifts of project support for both local and international non-profits. They may then give this support as a Christmas or holiday gift for the person of their choice. Cards and descriptive inserts give the greeting to the recipient and tellabout the gift given in their honor. Local groups supported include WIHN, Interfaith Refugee Ministry, Early Bread, Mercy House, Dance Cooperative, Dreams of Wilmington, Kids Making It, WARM, Centre for Redemption, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Carolina Canines, Full Belly Project, Food Bank of Wilmington, First Fruit Ministries, St Mary- Tileston Outreach and Cape Fear Clinic. Hand-made, one of a kind crafts from the US and abroad available, and bought at fair market value from the craftsperson and are sold at very reasonable prices. www. . Jane: 910392-1551. VETERAN JOB FAIR EXPO Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Associationalong with New Hanover Employment Service Career Center will be presentingA job fair & expo for all veterans, Fri, 11/15, 9am-1pm, CFCC Schwartz Center; 411 N Front St. Employers looking to hire and offer resources to our heroes. RSVP:  NC WRITER’S CONFERENCE The 2013 North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference will be November 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The NCWN Fall Conference offers workshops and master classes in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, as well as panels, lectures, and workshops on indie publishing, publishers and agents, marketing for writers, and more. The faculty includes Philip Gerard and Virginia Holman (creative non-

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fiction); Rebecca Lee and Clyde Edgerton (fiction); and Peter Makuck and Malena Mörling (poetry). Visit information and to register. OLD WILMINGTON CANDLELIGHT TOURS Dec. 7 from 4-8pm, and Dec. 8 from 2-6pm: Come join the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society at their annual Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. This year’s tour features 13 sites around downtown Wilmington that showcase places of the past with holiday cheer. Tickets are $25 till 11/15 and $30 till the end of the event. 910-762-0492 ETHAN ALLEN DESIGN CENTER Please include all pertinent information including date and time of your event: Join us on Sat., 11/16, 10:30am to learn great holiday decorating tips from our design pros! This fun, informative session will show you how to use everyday accents to make the most of your holiday. our workshops are free and full of fabulous design tips. RSVP Today! Ethan Allen Design Center, 818 S. College Rd. 910-799-5533. 2013 HEALTHCARE HEROES Thirty members of the Wilmington-area health care community will be honored at the inaugural Health Care Heroes, 11/16, the new Union Station building at Cape Fear Community College. Annual celebration to bring togetherthe Wilmington-area medical community and its supporters. In addition to honoring all the winners, announcing the overall category winners and awarding student scholarships, most of the evening will include a party on Union Station’s fifth floor with music from Stardust, a dance floor, numerous food stations, bars, great river views from the terrace and more! Reservations are $60 per person and includes food, drinks and fun! Attendees can save 25% by pulling together a group of co-workers, colleagues and friends! A group of 10 costs $450 or $45 per person. A portion of all ticket sales will go toward scholarships to local students pursuing health care careers. Deadline: 11/8. FBC ARTISAN CRAFT BAZAAR   11/16, 9am-3pm, Freedom Baptist Church, 802 N. College Rd. Admission is free! 30 vendors all handcrafted items for holiday gifts.  Children&#39;s gifts, jewelry, candies, art, home decor, clothing, bath and beauty products, pet products, planters, bird houses, paper crafts, even a local  micro- roastery will be present with delicous coffees. Shop for Christmas and more for unique one of a kind gifts and support local artists and crafters at the same time. cindy@ HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE 3rd annual Holiday Marketplace Tues., 11/19, 5-9pm, Country Club of Landfall. Shopping extravaganza guaranteed to meet all of your holiday shopping needs. This event is open to all Landfall residents, CCL members, and their guests. Jewelry, home and holiday decor, children’s toys, men’s gifts, gift baskets, clothing, and much more! Vendors have been asked to bring gift items starting as low as $10! Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar or drinks by signature will be provided. CCL members may charge their

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ticket to their member account by calling the club. Non-members can pay via PayPal (credit card) or $20/person Proceeds benefit greater Wilmington area non-profit organizations through the Landfall Foundation. THE BIG READ Book discussions, free and open to the public. 11/19, 2pm, Northeast Regional Library • 11/19, 4:30pm, Cape Fear Literacy Council • 11/20, 11am. UNCW Randall Library • 1/6, 6:30pm, Myrtle Grove Library • 1/7, 6pm. Northeast Regional Library • 1/22, 11am, UNCW Randall Library. • Through 12/17, Veteran’s Holiday Card Project, Battleship NC. • Mail Call Exhibit, 12/91/20, Cape Fear Museum, w/opening 11/9, 9am. • “The Things They Carried” Student Veterans exhibit, 11/11-1/24, Cape Fear Community College Library. • “The Things We Carried” Veterans Exhibit 11/11-2/20, w/opening reception 11/11, 11:15am, UNCW Randall Library • Remembrances of Wars Past, 11/12, 6:30pm, Northeast Regional Library • Panel Discussion: Traveling Through Open and Closed Doors: Americans’ Perspectives on Living Abroad, 11/13, 6pm, UNCW Randall Library • Lecture by Kevin Maurer, 11/14, 6:30pm. Northeast Regional Library • Film Screening: Broken Brotherhood, 11/14, 7pm. UNCW Lumina Theater • Adult Night Out: Artifacts of War, 11/16, 7:30pm, Cape Fear Museum • World War II USO Dance and USO Show, 11/22 , 6:30pm, Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center • 12/7, 8am5pm: Battleship Alive, Mail Call Reenactment, 2pm. Battleship NC • Learning Center: V-mail to Vlogs, 12/7, 14, 21, 28 1-4pm, Cape Fear Museum • 1/13, 7pm: WHQR & StarNews Present Prologue, WHQR. 254 N. Front St. • Welcome Reception for Tim O’Brien, 1/14, 6pm, North-

east Regional Library • 1/15, noon: Tim O’Brien on Midday Interview , WHQR 91.3 • 1/15, 7pm: Tim O’Brien Keynote Presentation & Book Signing, UNCW Kenan Auditorium • 1/29, 4pm, film screening: Vietnam Nurses, UNCW Randall Library • 2/8-9: 9th Annual Battle of Forks Road Commemoration, Cameron Art Museum. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. www. #ilmbigread/ CHARLES DICKENS CHRISTMAS FEST Charles Dickens Christmas Festival, Southport NC, 11/22, 6:30-8:30pm; 11/23, 10am-6pm. Franklin Square Park, free. Performing Arts & Exhibits visit events. http://brunswickartscouncil. org/dickens-2013-program KURE BEACH HOLIDAY MARKET Kure Beach Hosts Holiday Market,11/23 and 11/30. Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while supporting local artisans at the Kure Beach Holiday Market. You can enjoy the beautiful ocean view as you browse through items handcrafted by 30 talented artists and crafters. Market hours of operation are 9am-3pm on two Sat., 11/23 and 30, at the Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave, next to the fishing pier. HAIR AND HEEL FASHION SHOW Hair and Heel Fashion Show, 11/23, 6-8pm. Tickets: $15. Going from natural to relaxed, old school to new school. Hair and heels fashion of all styles! Bernandine Fulton: 910-264-8818. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Grace St. . LAOH CRAFT FAIR The 14th Annual LAOH Craft Fair, 11/23, 10am4pm, St. Mark Catholic Church 1011 Eastwood

Rd. Features more than 40 vendors and artisans showcasing their unique creations. The event includes crafts, homemade gifts, handcrafted jewelry, doll clothing, artwork, Irish gifts/jewelry, holiday items and more. Proceeds benefit Dreams of Wilmington and Step Up for Soldiers. Free DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Lighting of downtown Wilmington’s Christmas tree, w/festitivites at 5:30pm, live holiday music, followed by the countdown to the tree lighting at approximately 6:25. Visit by Santa, so bring the kids and cameras for this free opportunity! Foot of Princess and N. Water St. (old Wachovia parking lot). HOLIDAY FLEA AT BAC The Brooklyn Arts Center’s “The Holiday Flea at BAC,” 516 North 4th St., Fri., 11/22, 3-9pm; Sat., 11/23, 10am-5pm; Sun., 11/24, noon-5pm. Renowned as the “ultimate vintage flea” and attended by more than 1,000 shoppers and dozens of vintage vendors from around the region, the three-day event will again be the go-to shopping experience of the season. Food trucks, Grinder’s Caffé coffee shop in the courtyard, and the BAC cash bar serving liquid refreshments. $5, good for all three days. Raffle ticket w/admission. Kids 12 and under are free. ISLAND OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL The light up ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival. The 2013 ceremony is on Friday, November 29th starting at 7pm. The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of The Island of Lights committee, Pleasure Island elected officials, and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the Flag for the singing of the National Anthem. Families can walk one mile around the lake to view the beautiful lighted displays. Santa will visit the celebration and free cocoa and cookies will be served prior to Light up. NC HOLIDAY FLOTILLA North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, Wrightsville Beach, 11/29-30. Thanksgiving in Wrightsville Beach where illuminated ships glimmer on the Intracoastal Waterway and fireworks light up the sky! Festivities begin on Friday at 5:45 p.m. during the Town’s tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, followed by the Atlantic Marine Launch Party with music and dancing (admission charge for gala) at the Blockade Runner Resort. Saturday events include a free Festival in the Park at Wrightsville Beach Park (10am-4pm), feat. arts and crafts, holiday shopping, children’s activities and entertainment. On Sat., the N.C. Holiday Flotilla features an illuminated boat parade of elaborately decorated sailing vessels, followed by a stunning fireworks display. A record number of boats are expected to participate to celebrate

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charity/fund-raisers BREAKFAST AT THE BEACH See page 40. BRIGADE SCHOOL AND BOYS CLUB The Brigade Boys & Girls Club is a national finalist for the Lincoln Legacy Award. The Brigade is one of 10 national finalists as well as the only non-profit in North Carolina and the only Boys & Girls Club in the finals. The next phase is a voting contest which runs from November 4th through December 4th with the winner receiving a $50,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Services to support their project. The Brigade’s project is to support Project Learn, their after-school homework program. Voting instructions can be found on the Club website at, with one vote per email address. Brigade Boys & Girls Club: 910-791-4282. WORK ON WILMINGTON APPLICATIONS Leadership Wilmington is now accepting submissions from non-profit organizations for service project proposals for Work on Wilmington day: 5/3/14. more than 2,000 community supporters will volunteer throughout the area to make the city a better place to live. The service initiative helps many different types of projects to better Wilmington. Applications for service projects are being accepted through 11/15. www.workonwilmington. org CARD PARTY WITH A PURPOSE LINC’s 2nd annual Card Party with a Purpose to benefit residents at the MER transitional living facility will be held on Fri., 11/15, 6-9pm, at the Dirty Martini, 2130 Bay Colony Lane, Lumina Station (next to Portland Grill, off Eastwood Road). Admission is a store or bank gift card to assist residents with purchasing needed clothing and other personal items. Cash donations accepted as well. 910-762-4635. COASTAL FEDERATION Help get the Coastal Federation’s new education center ready to open. Volunteers are needed to help prep and paint the new porch and exterior portions of the new center in Wrightsville Beach, located at 303 W. Salisbury St. Staff will join volunteers on Friday, 11/15, 9am-4pm. Volunteers can help for a few hours or all day. Paint and all the project materials will be provided. To register: or Education Coordinator Ted Wilgis at or (910) 509-2838. BEARD AND MOUSTACHE COMPETITION 11/16: Get ready for some AMAZING facial fuzz and bodacious beardery! 12 Catergories of Beards and Moustaches  (including two female

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categories) will be judged by board members from the Official Beard and Moustache Club of North Carolina in The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery. Reg closes at 6:30pm. Judging begins at 8pm. $10 entry/category. Tickets are $10 at the bar for spectators. Registration forms will also be available for $10 (includes one drink ticket for the event) All net proceeds benefit Prostate Cancer Awareness through the American Cancer Society, with special help from our friends at Love is Bald. Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.

merchandise. Cost: $10/person, which includes live music, light hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket and a cash bar. There will also be a raffle featuring a range of high-end products and services. Admission to the Sale on Saturday is included in the Friday night price. Proceeds go directly to Junior League’s community projects, including the organization’s partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission and New Hanover County Schools. FOOD BANK OF NC 11/23, 12/28, 1/4. Books A Million, BAM, New Hanover Center, 3737 Oleander Dr. Come out to Books A Million (BAM) on Saturday Noon4:00PM. Volunteers will be there to answer your questions about the Food Bank of CENC programs in your community. Mention the Food Bank as you check out! 10% of All Purchases

NOT WEDDING BRIDAL SHOW 11/22, 6pm: A bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. Allows brides-to-be to see wedding vendors in action. Attendees aka “wedding guests” get to enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty meal, cocktails, and a dance party reception while experiencing a rad crop of wedding vendors in action. Each couple will receive a complImentary raffle tickets, but additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the NICU at New HaVolunteers are needed for the Stop Hunger Now event nover Regional Medical Center. 18 South Water Street . Make sure to RSVP at planned November 16th at UNCW’s Hanover Gym. The https://theriverroomnotwedding.eventbrite. event is held with UNCW’s Office of Student Leadership com/ Space is only available for the first 50 and Engagement, with a goal to pack 285,000 meals couples. “ 


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JR. LEAGUE OF ILM BARGAIN SALE realize a world without hunger. As well the Food Bank of 11/23, 7:30am-1:30pm: Former Badcock & Central and Eastern NC will be collecting canned goods More Home Furniture building in the Univerjust in time for the holiday season. The event takes place sity Centre shopping plaza at the intersecfrom 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit or www.stoption of S. College Rd. and New Centre Dr., next to Sam’s Club. Open to the public for for more information. $3 per person. Mega indoor yard sale: adult and children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture, household items and much more. There will also go directly to benefit the Food Bank of Central be a “Sip & Shop” pre-sale the evening of 11/22, & Eastern NC at Wilmington, working to feed 6:30-8pm, which offers shoppers first dibs on all

70,000 individuals affected by hunger in the Cape Fear Region. For every $1 donated=5 meals go to neighbors in need. • Benefit concert, 11/23, 10am-2pm, 1709-4 Queen Anne St. Sunset Beach, NC, feat. C.C. Martin. 5K TURKEY TROT 5K Turkey Trot to benefit Girls on the Run and STRIDE, 11/23, 7am signup. Run at 8am. Packet pickup at Planet Fun, 11/22, 4-6pm, too. Planet Fun, Shallotte, NC. $5 breakfasct and $5 unlimited play after race! Entry: $25-$35; awards for top make and feamle in age groups. Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County. CAPE FEAR FESTIVAL OF TREES 11/23-12/8, 10am-8pm. Party in the Pines Grand Opening, 11/22, 6-9pm. Teddy Bear Picnic Brunch with Santa 11/30, 8:30-10:30am. The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns for two weeks presented by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and Cameron Art Museum. CAM visitors will experience a winter wonderland featuring holiday trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations, enjoy musical and theatrical performances, and CAM Café will offer seasonal tasty treats for purchase. Cameron Art Museum, 17th St. and Independence Blvd. http:// STOP HUNGER NOW 11/16: Volunteers plan to “Stop Hunger Now” at UNCW. The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement is recruiting campus and community volunteers to pack 285,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization. On the same day, the office is also collecting canned goods for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Activities will be underway 9am-9pm in Hanover Gym. TEA FOR TWO Sun. before Thanksgiving, 11/24, 1-3pm, the first annual “Tea for Two” event is set to provide more than the average tea party. Hosted at the Historic Hannah Block Community Arts Center, the fundraiser—founded by Faye Brock of Century 21 Brock & Associates—will include a silent auction, a fashion show and live entertainment in addition to the expected tea and treats. All proceeds will benefit the localized programs and services of Easter Seals UCP, serving North Carolina and Virgini children and adults managing disabilities and mental health challenges. The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is located at 120 South 2nd Street. Tickets: $15 individually or $25 for two. Century 21 Brock & Associates at (910) 395-8266 or online at http://c21teafortwo. FOOD BANK 11/27, 7am-5pm, Street Turkeys at The Landing, 530 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach—a project designed to re-stock the shelves., and provide food and supplies to nearly 100 area food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after school programs and senior feeding programs. Come Wednesday before Thanksgiving and drop off food or monetary donations. STREET TURKEYS Street Turkeys & Food Bank CENC-Replenish for Holidays! Wed., 11/27, 4-5pm; The Landing, 530 Causeway Dr. www.streetturkeyswilmington. org. Help support our local Food Bank. Come out on Wed. before Thanksgiving to drop off food or monetary donations. For every $1 received The

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In addition to providing entertainment during the luncheon, the Santas help collect donations and spare change from the guests. Parking in the Wilmington Convention Center parking deck will be free for all attendees. Funds provide financial assistance to social service organizations or individuals when other resources have been exhausted. The recipients are identified through the local Department of Social Services. Annual luncheon is a modest meal, making it possible for every dollar raised to go to the families in need.

theatre/auditions BROWNCOAT PUB AND THEATER Thursday Night Live Improv with the Fruity Oaty Bars this and every Thursday. Free show where you find out what the actors are going to do at the same time as the actors! Doors, 7:30; hilarity, 8pm. Reimagining of “Dracula,” by Richard Davis. 11/14-17. $10-$15. 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001

Food Bank can distribute 5 meals. Ou Food Bank provides food and supplies to nearly 100 area food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after school programs and senior feeding programs. GOOD FRIENDS OF WILMINGTON Good Friends of Wilmington will hold their 17th annual fundraising luncheon on Tues., 12/3, at the Wilmington Convention Center. This festive event, that celebrates the spirit of giving and promotes

holiday cheer, will begin at 11:30 AM with a social, holiday music, and a luncheon with program noon. Last year, the luncheon hosted just over 700 women and raised over $50,000 to serve individuals and families in need in our community. The Good Friends Santa’s will be on hand to help raise funds as well. The Santas are the only men invited to this event and each serves as a community leader, business leader or elected official.

IN THE NEXT ROOM (THE VIBRATOR PLAY) “In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play,” written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Nichole Farmer. Show runs 11/14-17, feat. Rachel Moser, Alex Warff, Kara Lashley, Susen Auten, Kenneth Rosander, Carla Clarke, David Bollinger. Set in the 1880’s in an affluent town outside of New York City, at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat “hysterical” women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire  household. In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women (and occasionally men). Tickets: $18-$20, $15 on Thursdays, www. 613 Castle St. PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES See page 27.

MURDER ON THE CAPE FEAR 11/15, 7pm wine tasting; 8pm presentation and Q&A. Now you can enjoy the intriguing journey of how three real-life Cape Fear murder cases were actually solved. Expertly presented by local District Attorneys Jon and Ben David, you get the full stories straight from the men who personally led the investigations and prosecuted the cases! charitable, one-of-a-kind evening gives you an insider’s insight into the anatomy of a murder case, the reality of the investigative process, the good and bad of our legal system AND the minds of those who commit such heinous crimes. Ben & Jon share 911 calls, crime scene maps, investigation techniques, trial descriptions and much more.  And you might even find some surprises waiting for St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road SE. SHAKESPEARE ON TRIAL 11/20, 8pm: A Mr. Bill Shakespeare takes the stand for a grilling by Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet—who are up-close, personal, ticked-off and tired of being misunderstood. This brilliant two-man comedy explores the bard’s relevance in the world today as the four iconic characters argue that no one really gets them anymore. Be a part of the jury that decides if Shakespeare’s works are as you like it or a comedy of errors. $14-$28, THEATRENOW 11/6, 13, 20 and 27: ComedyNOW Wed., various artists, 8pm. • 11/8-9, Blue Velvet Musical Concert Dinner Fundraiser. $45. 7pm • 11/10-Jazz Brunch with Grenaldo Frazier • 11/13-17-Cucalorus Film Festival • 11/22-A Christmas Carol Dinner Show opens. Now with British Taxi Cab service add-on. 7pm $48/$30. • 11/22-PSL-Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Special. Sketch comedy. • 11/22-12/22-A Christmas Carol Dinner Show. Weekends. 7pm $48/$30 ($30 British Taxi service add-on) • 12/4, 11, 18: ComedyNOW Wed. Various artists. • 12/7, 14, 21: Super Saturday Fun Time. 3pm. $8 • 12/15Jazz Brunch with Nina Repeta Jazz Trio. 12-2pm. $20/$15 • NYE: Night @ the Moulin Rouge II. Cabaret dinner show, champagne toast, party favors. $80/$150 couple.TheatreNOW, 10th and Dock streets. OTHER DESERT CITIES See page 26. THE GLASS MENAGERIE

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ACTOR-AOKE 11/22-23, 8pm: Bad Trip Productions and the Browncoat Theatre are giving locals actors an opportunity to take on their dream role as they present “Actor-aoke,” a special two-night event raising money for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research! Every actor has the role or scene that they’ve always wanted to play—but no one ever did the show in the area, or someone else won the part. Actor-aoke lets actors, or anyone, take the stage to perform their favorite scenes from plays, musicals, movies, or TV. Performers will be allowed to submit their scenes ahead of time to get on the schedule, through 11/15. Scenes limited to a maximum of 5 minutes, but can come from any source and can be performed in any interpretation the actor prefers! Tickets to the event will

be $15, with all proceeds donated to the Jimmy V Foundation. In addition to the entry donation, additional donations will be accepted at the event. The goal is to raise $2000 for the charity. The Browncoat Theatre is located at 111 Grace St. 910-341-0001 or

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visers in an improv jam! No experience necessary! The Glass Menagerie, Thurs-Sun, 11/21-24, 8pm. Old Books on Front St., 249 N. Front St. 8pm or 3pm, Sunday. Bodenhamer Auditorium, Coastal Carolina Community College, Fine Arts Building. New River Players will present a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. An American masterpiece announced the presence of one of the greatest dramatists of NC GUITAR QUARTET the 20th century; Williams’ semi-autobiographical 11/14, 7pm: North Carolina Guitar Quartet. Memheartbreaking yet often humorous memory play bers and students, $5; non-members, $10. Weyabout a young struggling poet and his tenuous erhaeuser Reception Hall. Cameron Art Museum relationships with his overbearing mother and his presents Pro Musica, a concert series celebrating fragile sister is an emotionally charged portrait of the works of living composers. Carolina Guitar hope in 1930s St. Louis that is timeless in its abilQuartet is newly reformed with members Justin ity to capture the imagination and hearts of audiHoke and Chris Wear along with founders Ed Steences. GA $5, $2 students, seniors, and military phenson and Robert Nathanson. Innovative combiadmission. Coastal’s Box Office, (910) 938-6234  nation will play some of the great standards of the guitar quartet repertoire. Works by Leo Brouwer, Andrew York and Gerardo Tamez.



JOKES ‘N’ SMOKE Every first Mon. of month will feature a stand-up comedy showcase Hosted by Brian Granger, performances by Reid Clark, Colton Demonte and many more of Nutt Street Comedy Club’s finest. 3021 Market St. Arabian Nights Hookah Bar. 9pm; $4. DEAD CROW COMEDY Wed. Nutt House Improv, 9pm ($2), Reel Cafe. • Thursday Open Mic Night, 9pm (no cover) • Friday/Saturday National touring comedians 8pm & 10pm. City Stage/Level 5 and Fibber McGees. Timmy Sherrill: deadcrowcomedy@aol. com or 910-520-5520 LITPROV Tuesday LitProv: Troupes perform a 20-25 minute ‘Harold’ long-form improv. After the show, folks can come onstage and join the other impro-

CF MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION 11/16, 10am: The Cape Fear Music Teachers Association will present a recital of piano students at Piano and Organ Distributors on Market Street. Students ranging from beginners to advanced levels will perform in the store’s recital hall. Open to the public and free of charge. Joanne Riesz: 910-262-6224. LIBRARY SYMPHONY DAY 11/16, 3:30pm: Symphony Day at Main Library, 201Chestnut St. Kids will meet NC Symphony musician Mary Boone and her instrument, the flute, in a 20-minute performance geared to pre-school age children. After Ms. Boone reads and plays through the children’s book Little Bea by Daniel Roode, kids may explore musical instruments and the sounds they produce at an instrument zoo. This Grow Up Great event is made possible by an educational outreach grant to the NC Symphony from

PNC bank. International Games Day will also be celebrated at Main Library on 11/16, 1-4pm, with lots of games for all ages . Both the games and symphony event are free and open to the public, with no advance registration required. WILMINGTON SYMPHONY YOUTH 11/17, 4pm: Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Fall Matinee. Wilmington Introduce the kids to the joy and excitement of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, conducted by Steven Errante and Jane Tierney. • 3/16, 4pm: Spring Matinee. Introduce the kids to the joy and excitement of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, conducted by Steven Errante and Jane Tierney. • 4/27, 4pm: Free Family Concert. Introduce the kids to the joy and excitement of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings, conducted by Steven Errante and Jane Tierney. Tickets are $5 for adults, free for youth under 17, and are available one hour prior to concert. youthconcerts.html CAPE FEAR CHORALE Cape Fear Chorale celebrates it 15th anniversary concert 11/24, 4pm, in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. An audience sing-along for selected choruses of Handel’s “Messiah.” Bring your scores and join in, or just listen. A few scores will be available at the door for $15. A premiere of a new piece commissioned by the Chorale for this concert, composed by Carl Nygard, Jr. Additional seasonal music. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully; or ILM SACRED HARP SINGERS Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers, 2-4pm: Nov. TBA and 12/29. Songbooks provided, beginners

welcome! Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers presents a traditional, dynamic form of a cappella social-singing, dating back to Colonial America, using a modern reprint of an 1844 songbook called The Sacred Harp. The music is loud, vigorous and intense. It is meant to be sung, not just observed. No previous experience is necessary. Held in collaboration with WHQR. Weyerhaeuser Reception Hall, CAM. www.cameronartmuseum. com. Corner of 17th St. and Independence Blvd. EMMYLOU HARRIS Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium Sat., 2/1. The performance is part of the office’s celebrated Masters Series, which features artists and works of cultural and historic significance. Tickets on sale: $55 (reserved seating). 910-962-3500 (Mon-Fri, noon6pm). Susan warner 11/23, 8pm: One of our most requested and beloved repeat performers, this brilliantly creative singer songwriter likely holds the world speed record for building rapport with an entranced audience. Performing new songs from her upcoming album The Hayseed Project this will be a night to remember at the Hall. $18-$35,

dance WORKS-IN-PROGRESS SHOWCASE Works-in-Progress Showcase, 11/17, 12/15, 2-3pm. Free and open to the public, donations appreciated. The Dance Cooperative, in association with Cameron Art Museum, provides monthly informal showings to afford working artists a place to present works in progress to be reviewed and

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critiqued in a nurturing environment. The events are open to working choreographers, dancers, and the general public who are working on movement and wishes to have others provide feedback on the work as well as anyone who wish to witness the creative process through its many stages and provide assistance in that process. Want to present work? Contact WW II BIG BAND USO DANCE The region’s premier World War II attraction and venue, Wilmington’s Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center, will swing again on Fri., 11/22, to the nostalgic sounds, jive, and entertainment of a big-band USO dance and USO show, from 6:30-9:30pm. 120 South Second Street. Free and open to the public, but suggested donation of $10requested. Beverages and snacks available, w/Duke Ladd’s orchestra, held in part of The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, has scheduled other local events during November-February, 2014. WWII Coalition vice chairman Doris Ayers: 910-796-3292, or  IRISH STEP DANCE Traditional Irish Step Dancing Beginners to Championship level ages 5-adult! Mondays nights. The studio is located at 1211 South 44th St. www.


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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 WILMINGTON Tango classes and social dancing, Fridays, Carolina Lounge of Ramada Inn. 5001 Market Street (between College and Kerr). 8-9:45pm. $5 lounge entrance includes beginners’ lesson, 7:30.  

art NO BOUNDARIES Through 11/15: No Boundaries International Art Colony 2013: A two week colony on Bald Head Island to welcome eight visiting artists China, Rwanda, Australia, Seattle, Houston, San Francisco, Raleigh and Philadelphia, and seven artists from Wilmington’s art community. Artists: Terrell James, Weihong, Nkurunziza Innocent, Jumaadi, Oliver Mellan, Karl Mullen, Sarah Jones, Shaun Richards, Kristin Gibson, Fritzi Huber, Jonathan Summit, Brandon Guthrie, Gayle Tustin, Harry Taylor, Michelle Connolly, With its salt marsh, ancient maritime forests, winding creeks and expansive coastline, Bald Head provides a site full of natural beauty to inspire individual and collaborative work. • Art appreciators and those who just want to peek in on the artistic process are invited to visit the Art Colony on Wed., 11/13, 10am-4pm, for open studio day. • On Sat., 11/16, 6-9pm, Acme Art Studios, 711 N 5th Ave., opening reception for the Gala Exhibition of the artworks created during the 2013 International Art Colony.  • Sun., 11/17, 2pm, TheatreNOW, 19 South 10th St, No Boundaries is excited to be partnering with Cucalorus Film Festival through artist, Oliver Mellan, as he shows a short film that will be created during the Art Colony. NOVEMBER ART CLASSES Held at the home of professional artist Lois DeWitt, Four weeks, $80. • Collage Magic, Mon., 10amnoon or 2-4pm. • Basic Pencil Drawing, Tues., 10am-noon or 2-4pm. • Acrylic Painting, Wed., 11am-1pm or 2-4pm. • Vibrant Color with Oil Pastels, Sat., 10am-2pm. or call 910 547-8115. FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION Fall Senior Exhibition will be on view in the Art Gallery at the Cultural Arts Building Nov. 14 through 12/14. The Senior Exhibition is the culmination of study in studio art. Juried by the studio art faculty and mounted by graduating seniors. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 5:30-7pm, and a graduation reception will be held on Sat., 12/14. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public. LIVELY ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW Friends School of Wilmington Lively Arts & Crafts Show, 11/16, 9am-3pm, 350 Peiffer Ave. Over 30 local artists & craftsmen with painting, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, pottery and more.

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CAPE FEAR CAMERA CLUB Meets on 11/19, 7-9pm, Cape Fear Community College, Building S, Room 002. Our speaker will be Rebecca Taylor from the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society (FPHPS). Ms. Taylor will show and talk about some of the photos fromthe

FPHPS archives and the upcoming photo-documentation project withthe Cape Fear Camera Club. FOURTH FRIDAY GALLERY NIGHT “Fourth Friday Gallery Night” is now coordinated by The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, feat. 16 local art galleries and studios that will open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture, from 6-9pm, every fourth Friday of the month through 2013. Dates: 11/22, and 12/27. Rhonda Bellamy at 910-343-0998, 221 N. Front St. Suite 101. ARTY PARTY 11/23. 7-10pm: The Arty Party, the inaugural grand fundraising reception of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Inc., will be an art filled evening celebrating and supporting the richness and depth of the local arts community. The reception and silent auction will be held in the Union Station Building, Cape Fear Room, at Cape Fear Community College, 502 N. Front Street. Silent auction donations and performances by local artists, heavy hors d’oeuvres. $75/person. 910-343-0998 or 621N4TH GALLERY At 621 N 4th Gallery in Wilmington an exhibition of paintings “A Small World Circle” featuring international artists Sergej Andreevski from Macedonia, Gerlinde Pistner from Germany, and Dick Roberts from the USA. The exhibition is of paintings made at the 2nd annual “Le Petit Atelier du Monde” (The Small Studio of the World) a residency hosted by Dick Roberts in his Acme Art studio for two

weeks. Dick Roberts: CLYDE AT CAM 4th Annual Clyde at CAM, Sat., 11/23, 10am2pm. Members: $3/child, non-members, $5/child, adults free. Internationally renowned artist Clyde

11/15: 8: A FINE ART GALLERY A new art gallery in Southport will open featuring the artwork of Karen Crouch and Janette Hopper. 8: A Fine Art Gallery will featured the exhibit, “The Mark of Our Hands,” featuring works in bronze and on paper, on the 15th of November from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show, curated by gallery director Don Baker, hangs through January. Crouch is inspired from Celtic mythology, Native American lore and fairy tales, while Hopper finds a muse in NC nature. Live Oak Village Plaza, 4961 Long Beach Road, SE. Ste. 8., Oak Island, NC Jones spends the day with you and your family! Help create critters for our ever-growing collaborative crèche! Your critters will remain on display at the corner of 17th and Independence through the holiday season! Do not miss this fantastic day of art-making, collaborating and FUN! No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required at all times. Cameron Art Museum. COLOR INTERPLAY Clay Matters features Georgia artist Eileen Braun and Hiroshi Sueyoshi of Wilmington. Work will include both functional and non-functional pieces; the two artists’ differing styles creating an inter-

esting juxtaposition of elegance and whimsy. 201 Princess St. PLEIN AIR WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is excited to announce the MC Erny Gallery, Coastal Carolina en Plein Air, featuring work by twelve area plein air painters. Celebrating the tradition of painting en plein air, or outside, and the stunning beauty of our coastal region. Guests are invited to meet the artists and the WHQR staff and on-air personalities, while enjoying great food and wine. The show will remain on display until 12/6. Portion of the proceeds benefits WHQR. Feat. Barbara Bear Jamison, Ann Hair, Paul G. Krauss, Ann Lees and others. Additional reception on Fri., 11/22, as part of the Fourth Friday Gallery Nights in downtown Wilmington. 254 N. Front St.,#300; 910-34-1640 KAREN CROUCH AND JANETTE HOPPER The joint Karen Crouch and Janette Hopper exhibit, “The Mark of Our Hands,” opens on Fri., 11/15, 6-9pm. A Fine Art Gallery in Southport and is on exhibit into January of 2014. Gallery director Don Baker has brought these two artists together because their art seems to speak the same language, if with a different dialect. 8: A Fine Art Gallery is on the way to Oak Island, at Live Oak Village Plaza, 4961 Long Beach Road SE, Suite 8 KEVIN CHARLES HOOVER Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, will feature Photographer Kevin Charles Hoover in their art gallery. Born in North Carolina, Kevin hustled his way through the NC State’s undergrad program before moving back and froth from east to west coast. Winery tours and tastings available January and February, Wed.-Sun., noon-

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5pm, Fri. ‘til 6pm, Mar.-Dec., Mon-Sat., 11am6pm; Fri, ‘til 7pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. or 910-287-2800.  A FRAME OF MIND GALLERY A Frame of Mind Gallery is honored to show some of the many works of local artist,author and world traveler David D. Hume, delightful original watercolors by Eunice Andrews and Karen Q. Hunsberger’s handcrafted baskets thru Dec. Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm ;and Sat., 10am-3pm. 1903 Princess St. 910-251-8854. Located in historic 100 year old house in Carolina Heights Garden tours often given, specializing in unique citrus.

museums 1ST NC COMPANY E 11/16, 10am-2pm: 1st North Carolina Company E. Re-enactors with 1st North Carolina Co. E are doing drills and working on the Museum’s historic site where the Battle of Forks Road skirmish took place in February 1865. Come meet and speak with the re-enactors and hear why they’re passionate about the Civil War. Cameron Art Museum, corner of 17th and Independence Blvd. Free and open to the public. THE OLD SWING BRIDGE The Old Swing Bridge’s presentation of 80 year old artifact to the Federal Point Historical Preservation Society. Mon., 11/18, 7:30pm, at the Federal Point History Center, Carolina Beach. Speakers include Elaine Henson and Frankie Jones. Call 910-458-0502 for more information. CAPE FEAR MUSEUM Exhibits: Through 1/19/04—Letters, news, and

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packages from home unite families, boost morale, and in wartime, elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. The traveling version of the National Postal Museum’s permanent exhibition, Mail Call explores the history of America’s military postal system, and examines how even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home— from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Active duty military and their families will be admitted free of charge, with valid identification through 1/19/2014. • 11/213/2014: Imagine and discover a world you can’t see! Nano is a mini, interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on interactives present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real-world applications, and explore the societal and ethical implications of this new technology. Tues-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Day. $4-$7. Free for museum members and children under 3. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sun. ea. mo. 814 Market St., historic downtown Wilmington. MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum features the rich history and artifacts of this area from prehistoric to present time. Exhibits: Operation Bumblebee, missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II; Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island; WASPS,   group of young, daring women who were the first female pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII; Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of 10 pirates in the Carolinas including the infamous

Blackbeard; Shell Exhibits, and intricate seashells from all over the world as well as Topsail; and more! 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Mon-Fri, 2-5pm; after Memorial Day through Sat, 2-5pm. 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488. LATIMER HOUSE Victorian Italiante style home built in 1852, the restored home features period furnishings, artwork and family portraits. Tours offered Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat, 12-5pm. Walking tours are Wed and Sat. at 10am. $4-$12. • Creator of the Azalea Belle dresses, Kay Godwin, shares her designs and insight at tea with the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. She explains the historical research that goes into creating the most iconic figures of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. This special event also includes a brunch. Tickets are $25 and benefit the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. This event takes place on 11/18, 10:30am. RSVP: 910-762-0492 The Latimer House of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is not handicapped accessible 126 S. Third St. 762-0492.     CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Mon, Little Sprouts Storytime, 10am, and Go Green Engineer Team, 3:30pm. • Tues., Kids Cooking Club, 3:30pm  • Wed., Preschool Science, 10am; Discover Science, 3:30pm; and Mini Math, 4pm. • Thurs. StoryCOOKS,  10am; and StART with a Story, 3:30pm • Fri., Toddler Time, 10am; and Adventures in Art, 3:30pm • Drop off gently used books at our Museum to be used for a good cause. Ooksbay Books uses book collection locations to help promote literacy, find a good use for used books, and benefit nonprofits. • Thanksgiving at The Children’s Museum of Wilmington on 11/23. We will have turkey-themed art activities and story times. Bring in a Thanksgiving-

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themed shelf stable food item and your child will get in for free! All items brought to the museum will be donated to a local homeless shelter. • Candyland Christmas, Sun., 12/8, 1-5pm. Members, $15; non, $20. Parent, guardians and grandparents, free. 1116 Orange St. Register online. 2543534.        WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 year history of Wrightsville Beach. 256-2569. 303 West Salisbury St. WILMINGTON RAILROAD MUSEUM Explore railroad history and heritage, especially of the Atlantic Coast Line, headquartered in Wilmington for 125 years.  Interests and activities for all ages, including historical exhibits, full-size steam engine and rolling stock, lively Children’s Hall, and spectacular model layouts.  House in an authentic 1883 freight warehouse, facilities are fully accessible and on one level.  By reservation, discounted group tours, caboose birthday parties, and afterhours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mondays at 10:30am, only $4 per family and access to entire Museum.  Admission only $8.50 adult, $7.50 senior/military, $4.50 child age 2-12, and free under age 2.  North end of downtown at 505 Nutt St.  Phone 910-763-2634, website www. CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM World’s most fascinating and dangerous reptiles in beautiful natural habitats, feat. a 12-foot saltwater crocodile, “Bubble Boy.” and “Sheena”, a 23ft long Reticulated Python that can swallow a human being whole! Giant Anaconda weighs 300 lbs, w/15 ft long King Cobras hood up and amaze you. See the Black Mamba, Spitting Cobras, Inland Taipans, Gaboon Vipers, Puff Adders, and more! Over 100 species, some so rare they are not exhibited anywhere else. One of the most famous reptile collections on earth. Open everyday in summer, 11am-5pm (Sat. till 6 pm); winter schedule, Wed-Sun. 20 Orange St, across from the Historic Downtown Riverwalk, intersecting Front and Water Street. (910) 762-1669 or www. BELLAMY MANSION One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John

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Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, itf ocuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. • 11/16, 10am-5pm; 11/17, 1-5pm, hosted by Indigo Silver Studio. Holiday mini portrait sessions for a $79 to the Bellamyfurniture restoration project and will be tax-deductible. Register for sesssion: bellamy. 910-251-3700. 503 Market St. CAMERON ART MUSEUM Exhibits: Diane Landry: The Cadence of All Things. Landry (Canadian, b. 1958) is one of Canada’s foremost installation artists, whose work employs everyday objects, sound, light and shadow in her evocative constructions. •   Pancoe Art Education Center (ongoing) Seagrove and Contemporary Pottery in the exhibition cases, inclu. the works of resident artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi, Ben Owen III and Jugtown Pottery among other works. • CAM Public Tours, Thurs., 7:30pm, w/admission. Explore what’s new and on view. Open late on Thurs. until 9pm.• Corner of South 17th St. and Independence Blvd. Tues-Sun,11am-5pm; Thurs: 11am9pm. Museum members free, $8 non-members, $5 students with valid ID, $3 children age 2 -12. or 910-395-5999. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE 18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen-building and courtyard. 3rd and Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. Admission rqd. (910) 762-0570.

sports/recreation HALYBURTON PARK New session of yoga and pilates classes begins 11/19. Space is limited so register early. • Snake & Turtle Feeding, 11/13, 4-4:30pm. Ages 3/up . Cost $1 • Birding Trail Hike, Greenfield Lake, 11/14, 8am-noon. Cost: $10 • Fossil Program, 11/15, 9:30am-6pm.Adult Program, $25. 4099 S. 17th St. 341-0075.  SURF TO SOUND CHALLENGE A growing watersports culture welcomes the NC Surf to Sound Challenge and East Coast Paddle Surf Championship to Wrightsville Beach, Fri-Sun, 11/15-17. A series event sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, attracts standup paddlers

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paddlers from Canada and the United States to one of the World’s Best Surf Towns according to National Geographic. 6.5-mile elite ocean course, an intermediate 4-mile harbor loop will start and finish in Banks Channel. Both races offer a prone division, and will offer free kid’s race for ages 12 and younger. Eoast Paddle Surf Championship will launch on Sun., 11/17, under the guidance of Covington and the WB Longboard Association. Surf to Sound cash prizes will be awarded for the top three Elite Men and Elite Women finishers. Surf to Sound Expo open to all Sat and Sun, noon-6pm. Vendor tents will showcase new boards, hand-shaped paddles, original artwork, and a variety of watersports gear. Clinics by leading SUP experts like Larry Cain and Dan Gavere are in the works for intermediate and elite racers CAPE FEAR ROLLER GIRLS 11/16, 4pm, Jellybeans, 5216 Oleander Dr. CFRG double header benefitting Caentre of Redemption. 5:30: CFRG All-stars -vsSavannah Derby Devils; 7:30:CFRG Black Harrts -vs- Savannah B-Team. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Centre of Redemption, which focuses on prevention, advocacy, and restoration to assist victims of human trafficking in recovering ownership of their lives. $10 in advance and $12 at the door; $5 kids 6-10 (5 & under free). www. BEACH SOCCER CLASSIC 11/16-17: The 2013 Beach Soccer Classic will take place at several soccer fields in New Hanover County, including: Cape Fear Regional SoccerPlex, Eaton Fields, Ogden Park, Veteran’s Park fields, and Hugh MacRae Athletic Complex. The Cape Fear Soccer Club also organizes the annual Seaside Soccer Classic, a spring tournament that brought 304 teams with more than 4,889 players, coaches and referees to the Wilmington region in May. Youth sports events, such as the NCYSAsanctioned soccer tournaments, provide a welcome boost to tourism in New Hanover County. 910-392-0306 or tournaments@capefearsoccer. com. TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONS Bryan Brothers, #1 in the World Tennis Doubles Champions, Double YourFun Tennis Exhibition Match, Sun., 11/23, 2pm, Trask Coliseum, UNCW, 9:30am-noon, youth clinic, ages 7 to 18. Go to for full details and ticket purchase. Proceeds to benefit One Love Tennis, UNC Wilmington Athletics, Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. YOGA WITH A TOUCH OF THAI Yoga with a Touch of Thai, Tues, through 12/3. Four sessions, 2 -3pm. $60 (membership $30/ semester and $50/year). Combine the best of

two stress-relieving worlds. This series leads participants through a guided yoga practice of breathing and stretching exercises and ends each session with a few Thai massage techniques. WALK IN THE WOODS A Walk in the Woods : A Guided Trail Tour through the Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove. The Abbey Nature Preserve is a 62-acre tract of land located next to Poplar Grove Plantation. Home to both common and unique species of plants and animals that thrive in the varied environments, the Preserve includes wetlands,

11/15: HUNGER GAMES The New Hanover County Public Library will be screening “The Hunger Games” on 11/15 in preparation for the newest installment, “Catching Fire,” to hit theaters this month. The library will host trivia, art, games and demos, with prizes and drawings. The grand prize is tickets to Carmike Cinema for the new flick. Folks can enter by donating canned goods to the local food band. The PG-13 “Hunger Games” will screen at 6pm; the festivities get underway at 3 p.m. 1241 Military Cutoff Road. established hardwood groves, a pine thicket and pond, all accessed by approximately 2 miles of trails. Take a wagon ride into the woods to the Mill Pond, which originally operated as a grist mill for Poplar Grove Plantation. Guide will talk about different land and aquatic habitats, layers of forest, and the animals that make the Preserve their home. 50 minute walk: $3/student, $5/adult; 2 hour walk: $5/student and $8/adult. Two complimentary adult tickets issued/class. Groups of 15 or more recommended to have at least two adults with them. Poplar Grove: 10200 US Hwy 17. 910-686-9518. N YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS LESSONS Once a week classes for youth and adults on Mon/Wed, including the addition of Wed morning classes for adults! Tennis lessons are open for registration for youth and adults at Wrightsville Beach Park. Tennis pro Jackie Jenkins, an LTA registered coach since 1977, instructs these classes that meet Mondays and Wednesdays. Coach Jenkins has turned a vast number of participants into tennis players through her lessons and clinics given at Wrightsville Beach Park! Preregistration is required. 256-7925. BEETHOVEN 15K/5K



HUNGER GAMES NE LIBRARY 11/15, 3-5:30pm: To celebrate the new movie Catching Fire, teens are invited to revisit the Hunger Games at Northeast Library! Trivia, art, games and demos, with prize drawings at 5:30 pm. Grand prize is tickets to Carmike Cinemas; participants may enter by bringing canned foods to donate to the Food Bank. The Hunger Games (the PG13 movie version of the first book in the popular series by Suzanne Collins) will be shown on the big screen from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. 1241 Military Cutoff Rd RACIAL TABOO 11/21, 7-10pm Racial Taboo is an informative and entertaining film that enables people to have a meaningful conversation about race. Joe DiLiberto, the chef and owner of Cousins Italian Deli saw Racial Taboo at New Beginnings Church he said, “I want to help.” So he is hosting a benefit with an Italian dinner and a showing of Racial Taboo that will be followed by a conversation about race in Wilmington. Held in a space behind Cousins Italian Deli. Dinner, movie, conversations. Dress warmly! 910-343-3354. $17.50 adv or $19.50 at door. NC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL The North Carolina Black Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Black Arts Alliance (BAA) will present the festival 3/13-16. The BAA is a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-Americans in arts and culture; it serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts. The NCBFF is known for its southern hospitality, bringing filmmakers of color to one of the east coast’s largest film capitals, giving exposure to their work and an opportunity to display their art. In its 13th year, the four day

KIDS TENNIS CLINICS Pre-registration required, Empie Park. Tiny Tots (3-4 year olds): 3:15 - 3:45pm, $30/session. • Little Aces (5-7 year olds): 3:45-4:30 pm $42/session. • Super Aces (8-10 year olds): 4:30-5:15 pm $42/session. Session 2: Mon/Wed.: 10/7, 9, 14, 1, 21, 23. Session 3: Mon/Wed, 11/13, 18, 20. 3405 Park Avenue, 341-4631. CAPE FEAR COTILLION Holiday Etiquette Party: Class will focus on ways to navigate this holiday season with style and grace. We will cover eye contact, introductions, guest/ host etiquette, gift giving/receiving and thank you notes as well as how to set a table, proper use of utensils, how to manage different types of foods, restaurant etiquette and table manners. Then we will put our knowledge to the test with a 3 course dinner! 11/6, 4-6:30pm. Ages 4 and up. Space for this special party is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. Pre-reg. Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Office: 256-7925 or CAPE FEAR INDIANS Learning Center: Cape Fear Indians, Sat., 11/16, 23, 30, 1-4pm. Free for members or with admission. Who were the first inhabitants of the Lower Cape Fear region? Examine local Native American pot shards and sculpt your own clay pot. Learn about Cape Fear Indians’ early hunting and fishing. Make bead jewelry and play a Native American game. Parental participation required. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. $4-$7.(910) 798-4367. MS. SUSAN’S ROOM Happy Little Singers,  sing dance and play while learning! Music and movement for children ages 6 months to 6 years. Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat at 9:45 am.  • Happy Bigger Singers, music and movement for ages 4 1/2 to 8, Wednesday at 4 pm.  Drop ins welcome, call ahead 910-7778889. $10/family with one child, $5/ea. add. child.



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Art and Craft Fridays, every Friday, $10 per child. RSVP by Thurs noon. Ms. Susan’s Room is located in The Art Works, 200 Willard Street.  www. 910-777-8889. BOY SCOUTS MEETING Silver Lake Baptist Church, 4715 Carolina Beach Rd. (910)791-9171. Boy Scout Troop 277 will meet every Monday, 7pm. THEATRE NOW Children’s Theater Super Saturday Fun Time. Kid’s live adventure and variety show. Saturdays. Doors open at 11am. $8/$1 off with Kid’s Club Membership. Drop off service available.Tickets: or 910-399-3NOW

readings/lectures POMEGRANATE BOOKS Our State Magazine’s Elizabeth Hudson comes to read and sign her latest collection of columns, 11/14, 7pm. Southern collection of columns titled “Wish You Were Here,’ with sweet little illustrations to go along with the stories, Hudson’s collection comes alive for her readers. • Tibetan Bowls Sound Healing with Laura Church, 11/10, 3:30pm. Tibetan bowls have been used in the Himalayas for inducing meditation and healing. The different bowls have different frequencies and the notes correspond to the chakras and human auric fields. Fee for healing $20. Group healing—bring pillows and blankets and anything else that would ensure your comfort. Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Ave. 910-452-1107 SOCIOLOGY: MYTH AND CULTURE Myth & Culture w/ David Fillingim, Ph.D, Thurs, through 11/14. Three sessions, 3-4:30pm. $45

(membership $30/semester and $50/year). Register by Oct. 29A myth might be defined as a traditional story that attempts to explain the natural world or human culture. But where do myths come from? What myths shape peoples’ lives today? Questions like these will be explored through consideration of creation myths, stories of gods and heroes, and myths in the modern world. http:// BELLAMY MANSION READINGS 11/21, 6:30pm: John Haley on the Emancipation Proclamation. 910-251-3700.

EUROPE BEFORE THE GREAT WAR Europe Before the Great War w/ Mark Spaulding Ph.D., Wed., 12/4-11. Two sessions, 6-7:30pm, $30. (Membership $30/semester and $50/year). Register online by Dec 2. . We are approaching the centenary ofthe outbreak of The Great War, which is widely regarded as the “primalcatastrophe” of the 20th century. Before focusing on the outbreak of Pomegranate Books will host Our State magazine edi- the war, which was by no means inevitable, tor Elizabeth Hudson for a book-signing and reading take a longer look at Europe in the final decade before 1914. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the 14th at 7 p.m. Hudson’s collection of columns, (OLLI) at UNCW, 601 S. College Rd.


“Wish You Were Here,” offers heartfelt reflections of Hudson’s past as captured in her Our State column. The stories are accompanied with illustrations by Suzanne and Edgar Cabrera. For more information about the signing, call Pomegranate Books at 910-452-1107, located at 4418 Park Ave. BRUNSWICK COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION Brunswick County Homeless Coalition “Moving from Advocacy to Action,” Sat., 11/16, 9:30am3pm. Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Rd., Rte 904, w/Resea Willis. Resources for children, families, senior citizens, veterans, and volunteer opportunities. Lunch of soup and water, raffles and more. Free and open to the publicPlease bring non-perishable items; donations are welcome. 1-888-519-5362 ext. 1 Reg.: www.

WILD BIRD AND GARDEN 12/14, 9:15am: Join Dr. James Parnell as he discusses the great variety of birds that can be found in Southeastern North Carolina during the winter, with special emphasis on those species that are not found here in other seasons. Wild Bird & Garden, 3501 Oleander Dr.

NEW HANOVER CTY LIBRARY 1/12, 6pm: Kristi Sullivan from BB&T will be at the NHCPL-Main Library, 201 Chestnut St. to discuss the differences between business and invidual bank accounts, how to establish a business bank account, employee payroll and insurance. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. • 2/10, 6pm: The NHCPL presents guest speaker Attorney Kevin May, from GravesMay, PLLC, will discuss the legal aspects of starting a small business such as: obtaining an EIN (employee identification number), bank accounts, business entity choices, tax information and more! This program is provided by NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Program), a public service project from the North Carolina Bar Association and The North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 910-798-6306 or Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd. VETERANS SPEAK 11/15, 7-9pm: Local veterans and staff from the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, N.C. will speak about what soldiers carry to war. Facilitated by Museum Curator Barbara Rowe, Vietnam veterans Mike Haas and Roger Lowery and Curator Nicole Suarez and Director Jim Bartlinski with the Airborne & Special Operations Museum will talk about what kinds of objects are important to those serving our country and the memories they carry with them. Cape Fear Museum, 814

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classes/workshops LOOKING AT SACRED SPACE Art History: Looking at Sacred Space, Wed., through 11/13. Three sessions: 3-4:30pm, $45 (membership $30/semester and $50/year). Register by Oct. 28Synagogues, mosques, churches and temples across the world are buildingsdesigned to inspire and evoke feelings of spirituality. Examine the traditionsand interconnectedness of Jewish, Christian and Muslim sacred spaces. This course compares the form and function of the spaces, with an emphasis on medieval Spain. FOCUS FOCUS, a regional planning initiative for the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county areas, will be holding a series of public outreach meetings. Each meeting will focus on one of four livability principles, including opportunity, health, the environment and housing. • 11/14: Two separate meetings will be held at the City of Wilmington MLK Center, 401 S. 8th St. One meeting discussion will focus on the livability principle, housing, while the other meeting will focus on the environment. • 11/21: Two separate meetings will be held at the New Hanover Senior Center, located at 222 South College Road, where the entrance is the same as the main entrance to Hoggard High School off of Shipyard Boulevard. One meeting discussion will focus on the livability principle, opportunity, while the other meeting will focus on health. ADULT NIGHT OUT 11/15, 7-9pm: Adult Night Out: Artifacts of War. What kinds of objects are important to those serving our country? Get a close-up look at possessions that are meaningful to men and women who have served in recent wars. Discover how and why the Museum collects and interprets soldiers’ items. Speak with veterans about what they carried to war. $5 for members; $7 for nonmembers. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St. (910) 798-4367. CAM CLASSES Museum School classes, 910-395-5999 (ext. 1008 or 1024), at CAM. Yoga: Thursday-Midday, noon to 1:00 pm, Friday, 5:30-6:30pm • T’ai Chi: Wednesday-Midday, noon-1pm. Join in a soothing retreat sure to charge you up while you relax in a beautiful, comfortable setting. These sessions are ongoing and are open to beginner and experienced participants. http://cameronartmuseum. com/healthyliving  

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know a lot about our favorite natural satellite. So join us for a 2 hour cruise with live music under the light of a full moon on the mysterious Cape Fear River. 2hr, $33. Wilmington Water Tours, www. 910-338-3134 HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Take a “Trip With Triplett” and learn the history of this wonderful city with a retired Cape Fear History teacher. Any time! 910-392-6753 or email $3/children or $8/adults.     DUPLIN WINERY 11/14, 5-8pm: Club Member Thanksgiving Dinner, featuring a classic feast with the founders of Duplin Winery. Acoustic music, wine and friends. $35/ person. • 11/16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 3:30-7:30pm: Down Home Country Christmas, with music and comedy, feat. classic holiday music and contemporary songs; resident jokesters, “Roadkill Rufus” and “Junior Jackson” and those wild and crazy “Dixie Hicks.” $50/person + $2 tour and tasting. Duplin Winery, 505 N. Sycamore St. Rose Hill, NC. 800-774-9634 JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE TURNS 6 Jamaica’s Comfort Zone celebrates year 6 of bringing the authentic taste of the Caribbean to Wilmington food lovers. During the first two weeks of November, guest will enjoy daily meal specials, tropical $6. drink specials in addition to a Dinner for four (soup, three entrées plus two side dishes) menu for$45. 417 South College Rd, in University Landing. 910-399-2867. FERMENTAL Friday: Free wine/beer tasting, 6pm. • 11/21, 6-10pm, free, Beaujolais Nouveau 2013. Worldwide wine celebration set on the third Thurs. ea. Nov., Beaujolais Nouveau began as a phenomenon in French bars, cafes, and bistros as each fall the new Beaujolais arrived with much anticipation and fanfare. • 11/22, 6pm: Enjoy an evening sampling a bounty of wines from around the world. Featuring a wide variety of styles and price ranges; enjoy a glass, buy a bottle or purchase a few as gifts. Taste everything before you buy. •  11/23, 6pm: NC’s Mystery Brewing. Meet brewery staff including head brewer, Erik Myers; enjoy live music, free samples, giveaways, an outdoor bar, food truck and more. Free event. All ages. 21 and over for tasting. 910-821-0362. Fermental. 7250 Market St., PORT CITY SWAPPERS Port City Swappers is a monthly food and beverage swap where members of a community share homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. No cash is exchanged, and no goods are sold. Diversify your pantry and go home happy and inspired while meeting your neighbors! 11/24, 12/29.

ARIES (21 Mar. – 20 April): There’s something resembling a big red snake slithering around in your mind these days. I don’t mean that literally, of course. I’m talking about a big red “imaginary” snake. But it’s still quite potent. While it’s not poisonous, neither is it a pure embodiment of sweetness and light. Whether it ends up having a disorienting or benevolent influence on your life all depends on how you handle your relationship with it. I suggest you treat it with respect but also let it know that you’re the boss. Give it guidelines and a clear mandate so that it serves your noble ambitions and not your chaotic desires. If you do that, your big red snake will heal and uplift you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In my astrological opinion, almost nothing can keep you from getting the love you need in the coming days. Here’s the only potential problem: You might have a mistaken or incomplete understanding about the love you need, and that could interfere with you recognizing and welcoming the real thing. So, here’s my prescription: Keep an open mind about the true nature of the love that you actually need most. Stay alert for the perhaps unexpected ways it might make itself available. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “People fall so in love with their pain, they can’t leave it behind,” asserts novelist Chuck Palahniuk. Your assignment, Gemini, is to work your ass off to fall out of love with your pain. As if you were talking to a child, explain to your subconscious mind that the suffering it has gotten so accustomed to has outlived its usefulness. Tell your deep self you no longer want the ancient ache to be a cornerstone of your identity. To aid the banishment, conduct a ritual of severing. Tie one side of a ribbon to a symbol of your pain and tie the other side around your waist. Then cut the ribbon in half and bury the symbol in the dirt. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again,” painter Joan Miró said. “You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.” The coming days are likely to bring you none of the former kind of experiences and several of the latter, Cancerian. It’s a numinous time in your long-term cycle: a phase when you’re likely to encounter beauty that enchants you and mysteries that titillate your sense of wonder for a long time. In other words, the eternal is coming to visit you in very concrete ways. How do you like your epiphanies? Hot and wild? Cool and soaring? Comical and lyrical? Hot and soaring and comical and wild and cool and lyrical? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a new genre of erotic literature: dinosaur porn. E-books like “In the Velociraptor’s Nest” and “Ravished by the Triceratops” tell tall tales about encounters between people and prehistoric reptiles. I don’t recommend you read this stuff, though. While I do believe now is a good time to add twists to your sexual repertoire and explore the frontiers of pleasure, I think you should remain rooted in the real world, even in your fantasy life. It’s important to be safe as you experiment. You really don’t want to explore the frontiers of pleasure with cold-blooded beasts. Either travel alone, or else round up a warm-blooded compassion specialist who has a few skills in the arts of intimacy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The saxifrage is a small plant with white flowers. It grows best in subarctic regions and cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The word “saxifrage” is derived from the Latin word “saxifraga,” whose literal meaning is “stone-breaker.” Indeed, the plant does often appear in the clefts of stones and boulders. In his poem “A Sort of a Song,” William Carlos Williams celebrates its strength: “Saxifrage is my flower that splits the rocks.” I nominate this darling little dynamo to be your metaphorical power object of the week, Virgo. May it inspire you to crack through blocks and barriers with subtle force.

along in a flood of meaningless distractions and irrelevant information and trivial wishes, right? I’m hoping you have a sixth sense about which few stimuli are useful and meaningful to you, and which thousands of stimuli are not. If you are experiencing a bit of trouble staying well-grounded in the midst of the frenzied babble, now would be a good time to take strenuous action. The universe will conspire to help you become extra stable and secure if you resolve to eliminate as much nonsense from your life as you can. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Sweetness is good. Sweetness is desirable. To be healthy, you need to give and receive sweetness on a regular basis. But you can’t flourish on sweetness alone. In fact, too much of it may be oppressive or numbing. I’m speaking both literally and metaphorically: To be balanced you need all of the other tastes, including saltiness, sourness, bitterness and savoriness. From what I understand, you are headed into a phase when you’ll thrive on more bitterness and savoriness than usual. To get an idea of what I mean, meditate on what the emotional equivalents might be for bitter tastes like coffee, beer and olives, and for savory tastes like mushrooms, cheese, spinach and green tea. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When you procrastinate, you avoid doing an important task. Instead, you goof off, doing something fun or simply puttering around and wasting time. But what if there were a higher form of procrastination? What if you could avoid an important task by doing other tasks that were somewhat less important but still quite valuable? Here’s what that might look like for you right now: You could postpone your search for the key to everything by throwing yourself into a project that will give you the key to one small part of everything. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In his utopian novel “Looking Backward,” American author Edward Bellamy wrote a passage that I suspect applies to you right now: “It is under what may be called unnatural, in the sense of extraordinary, circumstances that people behave most naturally, for the reason that such circumstances banish artificiality.” Think of the relief and release that await you, Capricorn: an end to pretending, a dissolution of deception, the fall of fakery. As you weave your way through extraordinary circumstances, you will be moved to act with brave authenticity. Take full advantage. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I have your back” is an American expression that could also be rendered as “I’m right behind you, ready to help and defend you,” or “I’m ready to support you whenever you’ve got a problem.” Is there anyone in the world who feels that way about you? If not, now would be an excellent time to work on getting such an ally. Cosmic conditions are ripe for bringing greater levels of assistance and collaboration into your life. And if you already do have confederates of that caliber, I suggest you take this opportunity to deepen your symbiotic connection even further. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Over a hundred countries around the world celebrate a holiday called Independence Day, memorializing a time when they broke away from another nation and formed a separate state. I encourage you to create your own personal version of this festival. It could commemorate a breakthrough moment in the past when you escaped an oppressive situation, a turning point when you achieved a higher level of autonomy, or a taboo-busting transition when you started expressing your own thoughts and making your own decisions with more authority. By the way, a fresh opportunity to take this kind of action is available to you. Any day now might be a good time to declare a new Independence Day.

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