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ELEVATING DIGITAL ART — PG. 16 Innovative digital art is engaging folks of all ages at Cameron Art Museum’s latest interactive exhibition, ‘A Time When Art is Everywhere,’ now on display through September 9, 2019. Cover and above photos courtesy of CAM


MUSIC>> Wilmington-based Rocket 77’s politically charged modern-punk EP ‘Black Flag’ will be released this weekend at Juggling Gypsy. Each entry includes a digital copy of the record. Courtesy photo



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Gwenyfar muses on pride and gratitude for all who helped inch her B&B near completion pre-dates the actual house (and currently serves as my parents’ mausoleum). He remodeled the servants’ bathroom downstairs to be handicapped accessible so I could bring Daddy home from the hospital. And when Daddy had to move into the living room, Jeremy and his dad rehung the French doors to it, which had been stored in the attic for over 60 years.



id I do that?” Jeremy pointed at the balustrade above the porch. “I did, didn’t I?”

“Yes, and then we painted it together.”

I watched his face drinking in the house. His critical eyes roamed his work, finding flaws only he could see, but in the end assessing it to be good, solid work. Which it is.

I hung some curtains on them and, under a quick timeline, we were able to provide Daddy with a sense of privacy and personal space while he grappled with no longer being able to walk upstairs.

“Your work is everywhere in this house; it fills so much of it,” I breathed.

In the intervening years, Jeremy decided, though he has an amazing gift for design and geometry, he really wanted to be a physical therapist. He went back to school and got a graduate degree. Periodically, I would send him an email asking if he had two days free to work on a specific project. Along the way, he finished framing the walls in the loft above the bookstore, installed its 10 stained-glass windows, installed three more stained-glass windows at the B&B (I have a thing for stained glass), and here we were again: on the front porch together. He replaced the crown molding all the way around the porch (it was rotting through from years of water damage and assorted leak-related problems). I was trying to put together my plan of action for caulking, priming and painting it the coming week.

It would be absurd to say I am beginning to feel nostalgic about my house as I near completion of the bed-and-breakfast project. I think I have been nostalgic about it since the ripe age of 17. But now that I am at a point when the renovation is starting to look pretty with its finishing touches, it feels like such a relief. In spring of 2015 Jeremy began repairing rotten soffits and rebuilt the aforementioned balustrade above the front porch. I still had to rebuild the back corner of the house, replace the slate roof and I didn’t realize I was going to have to update five bathrooms and replace the downstairs air conditioner. I knew big expenses were ahead; I had no idea how to pay for them. But getting the soffit bits to stop falling to the ground seemed like a necessary place to start—and one I could afford that day.

This is the last big piece of the renovation puzzle to settle before we open the B&B, which I have been planning for about 10 years now. So I am feeling a bit emotional about the whole project.

“How much do you think it is all going to cost?” my then neighbor David asked. He had been engaged in a losing battle with home renovation, trying to expand his house to accommodate his growing family.

I cried when Jeremy packed up his tools and went home that day. It seemed like so much was drawing to a close— yet, I have so far to go still. And I am so proud of Jeremy for deciding what he wanted—and making it happen. His graduation from grad school is the best news I’ve had all month.

He whistled at the estimated price tag for renovating the house to become a B&B. “You can afford that?” “Nope,” I shook my head. “Today I can afford a can of paint. So that’s what I am doing today.” That has been my mantra all along—I have paid as I have moved through the project and when the money ran out, everything stopped. Usually, the week property tax notices got mailed out, things ground to a halt. But this wasn’t Jeremy’s first rodeo at my house. He restored my playhouse, which

LIT FROM THE INSIDE AND OUT: Stained glass windows throughout Gwenyfar’s literary B&B showcase an adoration for reading and art. Photo by Gwenyfar Rohler

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But the truth is: I am just in a highly strung, slightly overwrought state about all things related to the house. Part of it is obviously financial. Now is the time that several big bills come in and become part of the equation: changes in insurance, up-front costs of food to serve at the B&B. I have to restock the kitchen, as many items have disappeared in the last few years (including at least two sets of

silverware, pots, pans, dishes, serving implements). Plus, there are still a lot of weird expenses—like I just bought 12 fire extinguishers (of course from my favorite hardware store, Stevens), which is only marginally less weird than the day I bought four toilets two years ago. They are all startup expenses, and I am not surprised or shocked by them—just trying to navigate them.

Hooper (the matriarch of the original family who built it) had “at homes,” wherein she would have lots of friends and neighbors drop by to visit and catch up most evenings. The dining room and porches are so wide and inviting, it’s easy to imagine countless parties and big dinners hosted there. The rooms upstairs were added on as the Hooper family grew, so the house

And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. —T.S. Eliot The solace is, for the most part, the big money has been spent with people I know and circulated in our community, which means improving the lives of my loved ones. In essence, it is what I want to happen and it’s the gift of this home. The house was built to entertain: Mrs.

cries out for children and visitors. Then Dr. Hooper’s office and surgery room were downstairs—with a constant flow of patients coming and going. The hustle and bustle of a big active family and lots of friends seeps out of the walls. When we have parties or people have stayed

there in the last few years, the house seems to settle into a state of comfort, as if saying, “Ah, this is right.” It’s hard to explain but it’s palpable to me. Filling the house with the work and craft of my friends has been an unending source of additional pride. Jon Stafford’s tile work is everywhere. I can’t walk into the kitchen without smiling and thinking of him. Bart Duarte’s patience with the plumbing saga of the last three years is another piece: I feel like he left enough blood, sweat and tears in the house that they will forever be linked. Nancy has reupholstered furniture, made drapes, pillows and cushions, and each bedroom carries her work. I marvel daily at the transformation she is capable of making for a chair. My friends John Wolfe and Elise Seifert got us through so many house projects. But Elise, well, Elise has gone to California in pursuit of her dreams. There is not a single room of the house she and I have not worked on together at some point—from the attic to the basement. When I miss her (which is frequently) I look around me, lean a cheek against a wall and breathe. Because so much was shared; I know she can feel it.


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RUDE AWAKENING Former English soccer star Gary Mabbutt, 57, traveled to South Africa in July to visit his daughter, who works at Kruger National Park, but it wasn’t the exotic big game that left the most lasting impression on him. While he was sleeping, he later told the BBC, “... a rat has come into the bedroom, climbed into the bed and has decided to chew on my foot,” which Mabbutt couldn’t feel because he suffers from Type 1 diabetes and has little feeling in his foot. The rat “made quite a big hole in my toe, going down to the bone, and ate underneath my foot.” Mabbutt was finally alerted to the rodent’s presence when it bit his thumb and he saw his bloody foot. He flew back to the United Kingdom, where he underwent surgery and spent a week in the hospital. “All the opponents that I’ve played against,” he said, “and I finally get taken out by a rat.”

Along with a nail salon, a massage parlor and a dry cleaner, a mall in Toronto, Canada, is now the site of North America’s first sex doll brothel. Aura Dolls offers “an exciting new way” for patrons to achieve their desires “without the many restrictions and limitations that a real partner may come with,” says the company’s website. Marketing director Claire Lee told City News on Aug. 27 that customers “come in, they have their own room ... a TV monitor that plays adult entertainment and a doll ... will be ready and waiting for you.” Lee also assures potential BRIGHT IDEAS customers that the dolls will be cleaned after The animal rights group People for the each customer using a three-step process. Ethical Treatment of Animals in Maine is The company says it has had requests from seeking state permission to construct a women for male dolls and is considering permanent memorial to the 4,500 or so lob- adding them. sters that perished on Aug. 22 when a truck carrying them crashed in Brunswick. The HARSH monument, a 5-foot-tall granite tombstone, Lifelong New York Knicks fan Evan Perlwould “remind everyone that the best way mutter, 33, finally hit the wall with his team. to prevent such tragedies is to go vegan,” Fed up that the Knicks had been promising said Danielle Katz, director of PETA. The a better future for a decade, he told Bleacher proposed wording for the stone is: “In mem- Report, Perlmutter posted a listing on eBay ory of the lobsters who suffered and died at to sell his fandom. In the description, he this spot August 2018, Try Vegan, PETA” promised to root for the team of the auction and would include a graphic of a lobster. winner’s choosing and “burn no less than Of course, Maine residents are possibly the three articles of Knicks memorabilia.” Sure least sympathetic about their crustacean enough, he got a bite: James Riedel, 23, of Orange County, California, paid $3,500 for counterparts: The Portland Press Herald Perlmutter’s fandom on Aug. 24, convertreports that in 2017, 110 million pounds of ing Perlmutter into a Los Angeles Lakers lobster were harvested in the state. fan. Perlmutter plans to attend a few Lakers games with Riedel and record his destruction of his Knicks gear for Riedel’s YouTube channel.

AWWWWWWW! A first date spent surfing in Santa Cruz, California, last October ended in an unconventional first kiss when 56-year-old Max Montgomery collapsed from a heart attack on the beach. His date, Andi Traynor, a 45-year-old anesthesiologist, leaped into action, performing CPR until paramedics arrived. Montgomery underwent bypass surgery the next day, and he assured Traynor that she was under no obligation to keep seeing him. “Who wants to date someone who just had a heart attack? But she told me she was not going anywhere,” he told The Daily Mail on Aug. 29, and in fact, the two are still together, having sealed their relationship with a “real” kiss.


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Colorado Springs resident Klete Keller engaged the services of a female dog-sitter through an app called Wag! for his pet, Jimbo. But Keller’s tail was not wagging when he returned home early the morning of Aug. 27 to find two shirtless men sitting on his couch and “an open bottle of personal lubricant and a camcorder on the end table,” Keller told Fox 21 News, “so it’s pretty self-explanatory what was going on.” When reached for comment, the unnamed dog-sitter said her keys

were stuck in her car and she “didn’t have WD-40 ... so I ended up grabbing what I had in my car, for things, that you know, I do on my personal time.” But Keller also noticed what he suspected was “bodily fluids” on the couch and said Jimbo was locked in a bedroom, sitting in his own urine and acting terrified. “It was just, just a total mess and I can only imagine what poor Jimbo saw in there,” Keller said. The sitter did admit that she shouldn’t have invited guests over, but it’s a good bet her former 4.96 out of 5 rating on Wag! is going to take a hit.


This summer, a few of Ryk Edelstein’s friends in Montreal, Canada, had their requests for vanity license plates turned down for being “offensive.” “I found it mind-boggling that innocent-sounding family names or place names were being rejected,” Edelstein told the Montreal Gazette. So he decided to order his own vanity plate, requesting the word SMEGMA, which he was certain the Societe de l’assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ), which issues the plates, would check, “and in a million years it would never be approved.” But it took SAAQ less than 24 hours to approve the request and issue its congratulations to Edelstein, who now sports the plate on his car. He reports that his wife thought it was funny at first, but now she is “none too pleased about this plate.”


William Parrish Jr., 32, and McKenzee Dobbs, 20, of Ocala, Florida, were just trying to better accommodate their customers when they turned the kitchen window of their mobile home into a drive-thru for heroin addicts. They also installed helpful directional signs and even had a “Closed, Please Call Again” sign alerting buyers when they’d next be open. Ocala police officers who raided the trailer on Aug. 23 were tipped off by a number of overdoses happening nearby: “We were able to determine that the product was laced with fentanyl,” police Capt. Steven Cuppy told WFTV. Parrish and Dobbs told Ocala police they thought a drive-thru would be less noticeable than people regularly going in and out of the home.


Toms River, New Jersey, police are hoping the public can lend them a hand in finding a lost item. Ronald Vanarsdale, 36, of Toms River was drag racing on his motorcycle just after midnight on Aug. 30 when he crashed, sending the bike more than 760 feet from the crash site and hurling Vanarsdale 300 feet through the air, severing his right arm just below the bicep. reported police Sgt. Ed Mooney applied a tourniquet to Vanarsdale’s arm at the scene, and he later underwent surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Toms River police, though, could not locate the severed limb and asked the public’s help in locating it.




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All the Locals head to ILM with latest tunes, shows at Yellow Dog Discs and Satellite BY: SHANNON RAE GENTRY


ven though Hurricane Florence is knocking on our door, we’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, especially since we have a great lineup of music scheduled for ILM this week and weekend. Atlantabased rock-soul-blues band All the Locals will play Satellite Bar and Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 15. They’re returning with their 2017 EP, “Something She Poured,” as well as new tracks lined for a forthcoming record. “You will also get a mix of old and new from our catalog,” lead singer John Schmarkey notes. “We are excited to be back; it has been a while. The quirky town on the water fits our personalities well and makes for a creative vibe. Hopefully, we will get to the beach and catch the last of the sun before it throws us out of season.” If the weather holds out, folks can catch All the Locals at Yellow Dog Discs on September 15 at 3 p.m. for a special in-store review. encore sat down with John Schmarkey to talk about the band’s latest music. encore (e): Since “Something She Poured” was released in 2017, how do the songs continue to evolve on stage? John Schmarkey (JS): We love to involve the crowd as much as possible. If we can all sing along together or extend a part in the song for dancing purposes, then we don’t hesitate. That is the glory of having a tight-knit group that can feed off each other in the moment. All our songs sound different from one another, so we are able to use a wide range of instruments on stage. We try and stick to an essence of the records’ sound, but a surprise for the audience

keeps us fresh. e: There are some fun metaphors on your EP, like “you can turn our memory into wine anytime” in “Long Lost Best Friend.” JS: The line refers to the idea we all hope love grows better over time, and we must not forget where we came from. Some memories don’t envelope better over time, but you can always turn a bad page into a better chapter. Sometimes I’d like to bottle up a sad memory and christen it over a ship’s bow. Our songs are usually giant metaphors with smaller ones intermixed. I love writers that make you use your brain, and I typically stay away from ones that make you lose chromosomes. How can you relate to average or naïve ears and still remain clever? is often a thought [I question]. “Long Lost Best Friend” is a true story about stumbling upon lust that was worth maturing into love. It’s a hard task to accomplish as a human. e: Tell us about the latest songs you’re playing on tour. JS: We have been working on several songs for our newest EP, “Another Way to Breathe,” coming out in January 2019. . . . The title got its name from an idea you have to adapt to life’s changes, find a better way to cope. The band has faced many positive and negative obstacles, but our true family nature keeps us rolling faster and stronger with every tide. ATL is closer and more creative than we have ever been. Good music, persistence and biz savvy will definitely help in the music world. We go a little “modern electronic” in some of the tunes, and we have stayed organic in all the rest, never straying from the art of good songwriting. We have roots in many genres, hence our amalgamated style, but [listeners] will find a

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anthropologist sometimes, underlining human behavior with metaphors. Although life revolves around the little things, I like to talk about the bigger picture … hence why “Nat Geo” is a bit of Southern soul, R&B and modern alt-rock favorite. We like to write about science, art and lust. in our newest tunes. BACK FROM ATLANTA: All The Locals’ Johnny Schmarkey sits down with encore magazine before two ILM shows. Courtesy photo

We have a lot of original songs now, so making our tour sets is always a leisurely puzzle. We often revamp older tunes and add on obscure covers to test the crowd. It is also common for us to make up a song or test one out that’s not quite finished. It doesn’t seem like a smart choice on stage, but we like to be unpredictable.

On the other end, some of the bands’ favorite songs have spun off inside jokes amongst us. Generally, the group will arrange music together, and Johnny will solidify lyrics; he’s been freestyling with the groove during production. Sometimes lyrics just come before the music has even manifested—often in inspirational car rides.

e: On the last EP, you had a guest player e: Are they a continuation of sorts of the last EP or do they stand apart in sound, (organ on “Long Lost Best Friend”); would you like to bring new instrumentals in some style, etc.? shape or form onto the next project? JS: We are never focused on how many JS: All of our past records have featured a songs we’re doing. If we make five or 20 it doesn’t matter. We just want them to translate good friend from the Atlanta music scene in a well for everyone on and off the stage. In this or song or two. We love letting fresh minds into day and age, most folks are focused on the our project. It is also cool to feature them in a single, which is why we like to do smaller EP’s show, if they had been a part of the process. that have their own themes. Sticking to ATL’s In the past, we have featured folks on organ, sound and roots is what we will always do, but violin, sax and other horns. As much as Mike to stay alive with societies ADD, you often find [Fiorello (aux keys, guitar, backing vox)], and yourself learning new trends to add on to your I like to play keyboard parts to emulate other instruments, the real deal is always more revibe. warding. e: Are there songs in the works you haven’t shared on stage yet? JS: Most definitely; however, we will test them if you find us on the road. Hell, there are even old songs we haven’t ever performed that you will finally get to [hear].


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Rocket 77 set to ‘Black Flag’ EP, digital copies included with admission at Friday’s release party final version is far better than the original idea,” Mike G says.



lack Flag’ is all about resisting the current ruling political party and everything that they stand for,” guitarist and singer Mike G bluntly says about punk band Rocket 77’s upcoming EP of the same name. “The lies, the disappointment, the failures and the thinly veiled racism. It also highlights the divide of the 1 percent versus the other 99 percent.” Despite where he firmly stands in his music and views today, Mike G has sat on both sides of the political aisle. In fact, he was once a self-proclaimed “conservative punk.” Nevertheless, he’s tired of the current state of affairs in our country. Of all the songs off of “Black Flag,” what resonates most with him are the lyrics: “Rise up, Rise up America / (We) let you know that we stand for you / We raise a flag and paint it black / Goddamn system won’t get off our back.” In other words, the way everything is being run politically is unacceptable. “‘Black Flag’ is an anthem for all those who see the divide in our country now,” Mike G says. “The wage gap, the economic gap of the haves and have-nots ... the feeling that government is no longer ‘for the people.’” He writes most of Rocket 77’s songs. Instrumental arrangement and dynamics also are culled from bandmates Erik Topping (bass, vocals) and Alexa Decatur (drums). “Both [Erik and Alexa] have a style that add so much to the song the

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our president. Other topics are inspired by life and relationships.”

The politically charged trio will celebrate their release party at Juggling Gypsy on Friday (pending Hurricane Flo doesn’t postpone things). The $5 cover includes a digital copy of Rocket 77’s new EP and they’ll be giving out other merch throughout their set. Mike G, Erik Topping and their original drummer Cris Scarborough first connected through a Craigslist ad and started Rocket 77 in 2015. When Scarborough left the group a little over a year ago for a move to Charleston, they came upon Decatur by chance. “One morning while coaching my daughter’s soccer team, I got to talking to Alexa’s dad about the band,” Topping recalls. “I told him we were on the hunt for a drummer and he said his daughter was an amazing drummer and he would see if she was interested. She came to practice one night and listened to each song once. She then hopped behind the kit and proceeded to blow us away. After five minutes of her playing we knew she was the one.” Everything from the album’s moniker to the cover art carries some political commentary. It’s a dark take on George Washington crossing the Potomac River by Ernesto Hermosillo, whom Mike G met through Instagram (@ernie_wan_kenobi). Hermosillo’s illustration of a skeleton captain looking ahead as his dead crew row on. It evokes a sense of bleakness, war and death amid a blurred backdrop and a darker side of the stars and stripes.

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There are some songs brought over from the band’s 2017 EP “Basement Tapes.” “Thick N Thin” was recorded with Scarborough while Decatur learned the songs. “It’s happy bouncy vibe is a counterpoint to the dark and heavy songs on the EP,” Mike G adds. “Sappy Love Song” was written years ago from the perspective of an eighthgrade boy about a girl in class who likely doesn’t know he exists. It practically screams RELEASE PARTY: Rocket 77’s politically “painful puberty” with lines like “when I go charged trio is releasing another EP this Friday to call you, I almost pee.” at Juggling Gypsy. Courtesy photo

“[Ernesto Hermosillo is] an incredibly talented and prolific artist and a local,” he tells. “A while back I just kinda tossed the concept of Washington crossing the Potomac River and incorporating a black flag. The end result is his twist on the iconic image in his dark style and way better than I could have hoped for.” Rocket 77’s sound of modern punk takes all the punk elements from the last four decades to make them new—not “retro” or “trendy.” While listeners will hear notes of inspirations from bands they love, they aren’t trying to be the “next Bad Religion.” “I was raised on punk rock and skateboards,” Topping says. “Listening to bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Anti Flag, and Pennywise opened my eyes to how a song can be used to get a message across to a large audience.” Rocket 77’s more political songs came in wake of 2016’s election and their response with the “Insane Clown President” EP. “We, like many others, were baffled and frustrated with the results of the election and decided we needed to vent that frustration through our music,” Topping continues. “Baffled? I was dumbfounded,” Mike G inserts. “How does a guy who brags about sexually assaulting women get elected? Our political songs are definitely driven by current events and a dislike of

“It’s autobiographical for sure,” he quips. “Let’s just say eighth grade was an awkward time for me.” “A song that really resonates with me would be ‘Back Off,’” Topping notes of the ska-influenced tune detailing drama which tends to arise now and then with every band: long road trips + egos + lack of sleep equals “Back Off.” “It’s not easy coordinating three people’s schedules to make time for practice, shows and recording,” he continues. “This can create a lot of tension in the band. I usually end up playing mediator but I don’t mind because Mike and Alexa are family and my best friends. There is no one else I’d rather share the stage with—even if I want to kill them sometimes.” “I think what drives us most is a love for the music first and foremost,” Mike G adds. “No matter if it’s practice or a show, the three of us kinda fall into this zone when we play. Life can be chaotic, so music is my relief valve.” Rocket 77’s release party at Juggling Gypsy will feature sets from their “extended family” from Bastard Brigade, Nonchalant Shotgun and Found in the Trash.


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 MYKEL BARBEE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 CHRIS BELLAMY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 OVERTYME 7324 Market Street • 910-821-8185 OPEN 7 DAYS AWEEK VISIT WWW.RUCKERJOHNS.COM FOR FRIDAY MONDAY DAILY SPECIALS, MUSIC & EVENTS Cosmopolitan $4 Select Appetizers 1/2 Off after MONDAY 5pm in bar and patio areas Watermelon Martini $6.50 DAYSeasonal Big Domestic22oz. Draft Domestic Beers $2 Draft SamALL Adams Blue Pool Martini $6$5 Pizzas Bottles $3 TUESDAY TUESDAYSATURDAY 1/2 Off SelectLIVE Bottles of Wine IN THE Peach BAR Tea Shiner $6 JAzz Absolut Dream $5 22oz Deschutes Half Price Bottles of Wine Black Butte $ 50$5 Porter NC CraftAbsolut Bottles $3 2 Dream $5 • Pacifico 22oz Weeping Willow Wit WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY Beer $5 1/2 Off Nachos after 5pm in bar andMiller patio Light areas Pints $150 Coronoa/ SUNDAY $ 50 Domestic Pints $1.50Lite All 2 $6 after 5pm Corona Bottles Flat Breads $ in bar and patio Corona/Corona Lt. $2.50 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas 4 areas Bloddy Mary $4 16oz Hi WireAmerican Lager Draft $4 THURSDAY Domestic Pints $1.50 Margaritas on the Rocks $4.50 $ Appletinis $4, RJ’s Painkiller 5 $5 White Russians THURSDAY

Red Stripe Bottles $250

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LIVE MUSIC Sept 13th: Randy McQuay, 8-11pm Sept 14th: Jared Michael Cline, 9pm-12am Sept 15th: CC Martin, 9pm-12am

Offering a variety of craft beer, ciders and wine

TURTLE TUNES: Trampled by Turtles are heading to Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Amphitheater next Wednesday, September 19, with their latest release ‘Life Is Good On The Open Road.’ Photo by David McClister

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Open Mic (6pm; Free)

—Tidal Creek Co-op, 5329 Oleander Dr.

Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

The Annex Songwriter Session #16 (7pm; $5) —Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.; 910-538-2939

Primetime Variety Show & Open Mic (7pm; $5) —The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.; 910-762-2091


Jazz Piano with James Jarvis (7pm; Free)

—The Blind Elephant, 21 N. Front St. Unit F

Karaoke Wednesdays (8pm; Free)

—Ibiza Nightclub Wilmington, 118 Market St.

Sean Thomas Gerard, Ackerman and Kevin Earl (7pm; Free) —Modern Legend, 301 N. Front St.


Live On The Loop: Signal Fire Acoustic Duo (6pm; Free) —The Sailfish, 2570 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.

Sunset Cruise with Acoustic Music (6:30pm; $27)

—Wilmington Water Tours LLC, 212 S. Water St.

Jazz (6:30pm; $10-$18)

—Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St.

Open Mic Comedy (7pm; $0-$3)

—Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Randy McQuay (7:30pm; Free; Blues) —Pour Taproom, 201 North Front St.

Trivia from Hell’s (7:30pm; Free)

—Hell’s Kitchen-Wilmington, NC, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133

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FireDrums & Tarot Thursdays (8pm; Free)


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$2.50 PBR 16oz cans $3.50 Sam Seasonal and Hoppyum IPA draft $5 Redbull and Vodka 1/2 price wings Live music from Josh Solomon

Live Music: Randy McQuay (8pm; Free) —Pour Taproom, 201 North Front St.

$2.75 Michelob Ultra $3.25 Stella $4.50 Lunazul Tequila All Floors open SATURDAY

$3 Fat Tire & Voo Doo $5 Jameson • $2 Tacos Pub Trivia on Tuesday Live music from Rebekah Todd $2.75 Miller Lite • $4 Wells, 1/2 price bottles of wine $2 off a dozen oysters Live music from Jeremy Norris

$3 Corona/ Corona lt • $4 Mimosa $4 Bloody Mary Live music from L-Shape Lot duo 3pm and Clay Crotts 8pm


—Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.; 910-399-2796

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$3.75 Red Oak Draft $4 Wells 65 Wings, 4-7pm

$3.50 Pint of the Day $4 Fire Ball

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Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection (7:30pm; $20; Dance)

—Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 910-632-2241

Tumbleweed (8pm; Free; Folk) —Palate, 1007 N. 4th St.

Beehive Blondes Retro Dance Party (9pm; Free) All The Locals (8:30pm; Free; Rock, Pop, Soul)


$3 Miller Lite $4 Deep Eddy Lemon Drop shots $5 Deep Eddy Grapefruit and Soda All floors open


—Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 910-7632223


w/DJ Damo, 9PM


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Micheal Blaustein (7pm, 9:30pm; $15; Comedy) —Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Johanna Winkel Music & Poor Piggy’s BBQ Food Truck (6pm; Free) —The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

Sunset Cruise with Acoustic Music (6:30pm; $27)

—Wilmington Water Tours LLC, 212 S. Water St.

The Austin Piazzolla Quintet (7pm; $12-$15)

—Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.

Travis Shallow & The Deep End (10pm; Admission TBD; Americana) —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 910-5093040

Alternative Vision (10pm; Free; Alternative Rock) —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.


Amani Smith and The Give Thanks Band (3pm; Free; Reggae)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr.

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Tallis Chamber Orchestra (5pm; Donations)

Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection (7:30pm; $20; Dance)

Benefit Concert (5pm; Food or cash donations)

—Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St.; 910-632-2241

Jared Michael Cline (9pm; Free; Soul, Rock) —Pour Taproom, 201 N. Front St.

Hustle Souls (9:30pm; Admission TBA; Rock, Soul)

—Satellite Bar and Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.

—St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St. —St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St.

Open Mic Night (7pm; $3)

—Ted’s Fun on the River, 2 Castle St.; 910-231-3379

Sunday School Underground (8pm; Free)

—Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 910-7632223

Joe Martin and Chase Johanson (9:30pm; Free) Singer/Songwriter Showcase (10pm; Free)

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133 —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.

Rocket77 (7pm; Free; Punk Rock; $5)

—Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 910-7632223


DareDevil Improv Comedy Classes (7pm; $100)


L Shape Lot Duo (9pm; Free; Americana) —Goat & Compass, 710 N 4th St.

—Hannah Block Community Center, 120 S. 2nd St.



—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.; 910-763-4133

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DareDevil Improv Comedy Classes (11am; $100)

—Hannah Block Community Center, 120 S. 2nd St.

The Beau Rikkis, Surf n Twang in the Beer Garden (3pm; Free)

—Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr.


Birthday Celebration (6pm; $10-$20)

Trivia (7:30pm; Free)

Open Mic hosted by James Jones (8pm; Free) —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 910-7632223


Super Awesome Tuesday Night Trivia (6:30pm; Free) —The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

—Babs Mcdance Social Dance Club and Ballroom, 6782 Market St.

War on Women (7pm; Free; Punk; $10-$12)

The Jared Show (10pm; Free;)

Open Mic (7:30pm; Free)

—Goat & Compass, 710 N 4th St.

Micheal Blaustein (7pm, 9:30pm; $15; Comedy) —Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.

Ian Hollingsworth (6pm; Free; Singer-Songwriter) —The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

—Reggie’s on 42nd Street, 1415 S. 42nd St. —Broomtail Craft Brewery, 6404 Amsterdam Way

Hourglass Studios Open Mic (7pm; Free) —Goat & Compass, 710 N 4th St.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Open Mic (6pm; Free)

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Sunset Cruise with Acoustic Music (6:30pm; $27)

Deadline every Thurs., noon!

—Wilmington Water Tours LLC, 212 S. Water St.

Trampled by Turtles (6:30pm; $30-$35)

Eric Gales Band, Marvelous Funkshun, Medicated Sunfish (7pm; $20-$25; Funk)

Improv Comedy (7pm; $3)

—Greenfield Lake, 1941 Amphitheater Dr.

—Greenfield Lake Amph. 1941 Amphitheater Dr. —Dead Crow Comedy Room, 265 N. Front St.;

L Shaped Lot (7pm; $5; Americana)

Jazz Piano with James Jarvis (7pm; Free)

CC Martin (7:30pm; Free; Country)

Karaoke Wednesdays (8pm; Free)

—Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 910-251-1832 —Pour Taproom, 201 N. Front St.

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—Tidal Creek Co-op, 5329 Oleander Dr.

—The Blind Elephant, 21 N. Front St. Unit F —Ibiza Nightclub Wilmington, 118 Market St.



WAY DOWN WE GO: Kaleo will play The Fillmore in Charlotte on September 21 before playing here in Wilmington later this month. Photo by Alexandra Valenti NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE N DAVIDSON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 9/14: Eric Gales and Marvelous Funkshun 9/15: The Decades of Rock 9/20 Jump, Little Children 9/21: Rebirth Brass Band and Azrec Sun THE FILLMORE 820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 9/13: Lil Baby 9/14: Trail by Fire 9/15: Cherub 9/20: Borns 9/21: Kaleo 9/25: All Time Low with Gnash THE FILLMORE UNDERGROUND 820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 9/14: Alina Baraz 9/15: Day 26 9/18: Nonpoint 9/22: Old 97’s KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE 8003 REGENCY PKWY., CARY, NC (919) 462-2052 9/12: Garrett Newton Band and Carolina Lightnin’ 9/19: Diamond Creek DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 123 VIVIAN ST. DURHAM, NC (919) 688-3722 9/16: Russell Peters 9/23: Bill Maher 9/25: Sarah McLachlan 9/28: Brian Regan

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 SOUTH MCDOWELL ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 996-8800 9/13: 4U - A Symphonic Celebration of Prince 9/28-29: Wide Open Bluegrass LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 821-4111 9/14: Cherub w/ Maddy O’neal 9/15: Twiddle and Threesound 9/21: The Breakfast Club and Love Bucket CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053 9/13: A Different Thread and more (Back) 9/14: Eleanor Friedberger and PILL 9/14: Runaway Gin – A Tribute to Phish (Back) 9/15: Dead Sara and Welles 9/15: Mark Hosler of Negativland, AV Geeks (Back) 9/16: Gabe Dixon and Scott Mulvahill (Back) 9/17: War On Women, The HIRS Collective (Back) 9/18: LVL UP, Yowler, Indigo De Souza (Back) 9/19: Fidlar, Dilly Dally and Nobro 9/19: Wild Rivers (Back) MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE., DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 9/12: Hot Snakes and more 9/14: Frankie Cosmoes, Lomelda and Stef Chura 9/15: Oktoberfest with Little German Band 9/19:Rebirth Brass Band THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BILTMORE AVE., ASHEVILLE, NC (828) 398-1837 9/15: Joe Lasher, Jr. 9/16: Waltz Night 9/20: Mayer Kirby Mayer Acoustic Group

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North Carolina debut of teamLab has audiences experiencing art first hand at Cameron Art Museum


the dimly lit space to the other.


tep through the dark tinted doors of the Cameron Art Museum’s newest exhibition, “A Time When Art Is Everywhere,” and prepare to be transported to an innovative new world. The world is filled with technicolor turtles, watercolor elephants and digital dragons, just to name a few. The new, interactive digital experience is challenging the ways we experience art. It asks us to consider the interconnectedness between humans and nature. The thought-provoking artistic collaborations have been brought to North Carolina for the first-time courtesy of teamLab. The Tokyo-based collaborative consists of over 500 artists, programmers, engineers, animators, architects and mathematicians. Through digital technology, the collective aims to explore relationships between man and nature, and man and art, while simultaneously transcending physicality of traditional forms of artwork. “A Time When Art Is Everywhere,” consists of three interactive installments: “Sketch Aquarium,” “Story of the Time when Gods were Everywhere” and “Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12.” Each provides visitors with a new way to explore art and interact with technology. “It is unlike anything CAM has had before,” says Scott Relan, the museum’s head of communications and strategic planning. “Digital art has a way of sucking people in.” Take, for instance, the innovative “Sketch Aquarium.” At first, the vibrant display may appear to be nothing more than digital fish projected on screens. It may not seem overly artistic ... until viewers take a closer look. They will see a cartoon creature they just colored suddenly moving around on multiple panels. Projected on the walls is the illusion of an underwater seascape, complete with digital coral reefs, bubbles and stingrays, wrapping from one corner of


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Here’s how it works: Children and adults select a template of a turtle, fish, shark, jellyfish, seahorse, etc., and fill it in however they please with crayons. There are no limits. Once finished, they scan the image and watch as their ocean critter comes to life before their eyes. Kanji symbols in the corners of each printable make it happen; it tells the computer which animal shape to generate in the aquarium. Then visitors can physically interact with their sea creatures by touching the screen. Tapping a digital sack allows a fish in the nearby vicinity to be “fed” by participants—or it may scuttle away. The second installment, “Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere,” features various Kanji symbols—or Japanese language—floating from the top of the projection downward. When touched, the language comes to life. So if someone touches the translation of “tree,” they will see a watercolor bird delicately gliding to perch on a branch. A fire might burn down a forest, but the selection of the symbol for “water” can alter the outcome. Through audience interaction, a visual story is formed gradually and altered depending on symbols participants select. It’s similar to a “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The thrilling and addictive experience means rich colors and dreamlike images dance from screen to screen because of the audience, not necessarily one artist—as traditional art exhibitions go. More so, it’s a testament to the advancement of technology and its enhancement of art. “I did a lot of digital work in my prior life,” Relan tells, “and we couldn’t do things like this 15 years ago. It’s mesmerizing to watch.” Along with presenting storytelling in a new way, “Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere” reinforces the notion that no action goes without consequences. In a way, visitors make interactions possible by playing “God,” so to speak. They experience first-hand the delicate balance of creation and destruction between man and the natural world. The third and final installment is “Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12.” While not interactive in the same way the other two segments are, the digital reimagining of a traditional Japanese print is powerful and moving. Twelve vertical vignettes spread from left to right down a long wall. Each synchronized panel tells an individual chapter in Japanese epic—about a city plagued

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INTERACTIVE CREATION: Kids and adults alike can color their own creature to add to the digital art aquarium, now featured at Cameron Art Museum, wherein their drawing comes to life. Courtesy photo: Cameron Art Museum

by disease and ultimately engaged in war. In the end, it’s really showing viewers a behind-the-scenes look in how the digital art is created. In the midst of the story, an animated vignette dissipates and reveals mesh diagrams used to create the imagery. “Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12,” dares us to contemplate the symbiosis critical to the coexistence of nature and culture. Some panels depict nature as beautiful and harmonious, with soothing natural earth tones, as well as cascading flower buds that bloom with electrifying reds and brilliant yellows. In contrast, other panels render the volatility of nature, with heavy flooding and rampant fires. The artwork poses critical questions about the extent to which consumers should consider their effects on the environment—or if humankind has the capacity to exert control over the cyclical forces of nature in the first place. According to Relan, the Cameron Art Museum is bringing back an exhibit from the museum’s permanent collection to compliment teamLab’s “Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12,” a traditional print version of a Japanese fable.

ence experiences you could never do with flat works.” Whereas crowds could briefly scan an entire two-dimensional print, teamLab has them experiencing the story through 12 animated panels within minutes. “A Time When Art is Everywhere” provides great insight into how the digital domain and advancement of science and technology will alter our perceptions of art in the years to come. Photographs and videos do not do the exhibition justice. In a time when we are so connected to the digital world around us, it is almost surreal to experience teamLab’s stimulating presentation. “I think 20 years ago people didn’t appreciate digital work because it seemed shallow and cliché and flat,” Relan comments, “but there’s a depth to it now that [allows] older art enthusiasts to appreciate it in a way they wouldn’t have a few years ago.”


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until September 4. “Unearthed: Landscape Paintings by Topher Alexander and Kirah Van Sickle” continues at Pinpoint Restaurant,114 Market Street until September 10.


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African art: Museum quality African Art from West and Central Africa. Traditional African art for the discerning collector. Current Exhibition: Yoruba beadwork and Northern Nigerian sculpture. Appraisal services, curatorial services and educational exhibitions also available. Art in Bloom Gallery is in a renovated Over 30 years experience in Tribal Arts. 19th-century horse stable and presents Our clients include many major museums. an eclectic mix of original art by emerging and established artists. View our featured NEW ELEMENTS GALLERY exhibit “Last Song of Summer: Ceramics 271 N. Front St. (919) 343-8997 by Traudi Thornton and Paintings by Pam Tues. - Sat.: 11am - 6pm Toll” through September 29. In addition, (or by appt.) view the new sculpture, “Without Prejudice” by Paul Hill. The sculpture is in our Now exhibiting “Neo+stalgia” featuring courtyard and part of the Pedestrian Art Program organized by the Arts Council of the work of local artist Marlowe. Figurative Wilmington and New Hanover County in images from pulp fiction are put into beaucollaboration with the City of Wilmington. tiful multilayered compositions that spark Art in Bloom Gallery is open until 9 pm the imagination.. on Fourth Friday Gallery Nights including WILMA W. DANIELS GALLERY September 28.

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Now featuring the work of Mike Brining through September 28. The gallery will host a a closing reception September 28, 6 - 9 p.m. Brining’s exhibit will use paintings and sculptures to demonstrate the transitional states that a visual image or icon may occupy in our perception— from the beginning state of a black and white conception through to the finalization of the image presented in full color. Brining will hold an artist at the gallery on Wednesday, September 5 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

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CLEVERLY CONTRIVED FARCE: ‘Shakespeare Inc.’ is a funny exploration of a debatable idea



heatreNOW, Wilmington’s premier dinner theatre, offers up local playwright Don Fried’s “Shakespeare Inc.” For their autumn show. During his curtain speech, Fried explained his inspiration for the show: While reading a biography on Shakespeare, which featured arguments for and against the possibility that the Bard did not write works attributed to him (commonly known as “The Authorship Question” by scholars and “sour grapes” by mere mortals), Fried found himself contriving scenarios about the obstacles faced in others writing Shakespeare’s work. By the end of the chapter, Fried realized he had the makings of a farce on his hands. Hence, “Shakespeare Inc.” I am going to get this out of the way up front: I accept theatre is a collaborative art. I accept scripts change, evolve and grow during rehearsal and performance. However, I was heartbroken the day Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance unveiled the “Dec-

laration of Reasonable Doubt” regarding the Authorship Question. So, let’s just say I am biased on the topic. In Fried’s defense, he is writing a light-hearted comedy that includes big names of the usual suspects to make for a very fun and funny evening, which isn’t really aimed at seriously debating authorship. Indeed, “Shakespeare Inc.” is entertaining and cleverly contrived. Christopher Marlowe (Braxton Lathan Williams) has run out of money and credit at his favorite watering hole. Even the aging, addled barmaid (Carol Pendergrast) can’t be flirted with or flattered enough to extend credit to him. In the corner, spending expansively, is a young aspiring actor and writer, with enough cash in his pocket to keep the ale flowing: William Shaksper (Joshua Drew). Williams plays Marlowe like Stephen Fry playing Oscar Wilde: He has found the perfect target for his erudite wit in Drew’s Shaksper, who is none too bright about most things except money matters. Marlowe attempts to teach Shaksper to write in exchange for drink when two of his “Pa-

trons” appear: Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (Hal Cosec) and William Stanley (Rich Deike). In real life, DeVere is probably the most popular contender for the authorship prize. In this show, he becomes one piece of a larger machine. Like many people who have strong opinions about political or religious figures, it is hard for me to let go of my resentment toward the deceased DeVere. But I should; it is not his fault people wrongly have accused him thus. However, Cosec does his level best to remind me DeVere was human, with human wants, needs, failings, and concerns. It might be Cosec who is responsible for whatever thaw I have in my heart toward the Earl. (It certainly isn’t Derek Jacobi whose love of this theory has caused a deep strain in our personal relationship.) Deike’s Stanley is “The Fixer” in this charade: He makes the deals, buries the bodies, and tries to keep the peace. His calm demeanor is essential to balance the passions of Marlowe and DeVere. Freid’s premise for the farce is Marlowe’s death was faked by Marlowe, DeVere and Stanley. For the next several decades he lived in seclusion at the house of Mary Sydney (Lupin Byers) and collectively the four of them churned out plays under the Bard’s name. It is actually a very clever and funny premise and is sort of the inverse of the film “The Front,” about the blacklisted writers in the ‘50s. Yet, these setups don’t work without some sort of nemesis to struggle against. Here, it is Francis Bacon (Quentin M. Proulx) and Ben Jonson (Jeremy Weir), who, along with the others, have been credited with the authorship of the Bard’s work. Bacon has wangled his way into a position of authority at Queen Elizabeth’s Court and brings her (Carol Pendergrast) to visit Shaksper at Mary Sydney’s house. Pendergrast is really in her element as the queen. She manages to be gracious yet in control of the room and believably needles Bacon.

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“Well, at least you will get a good meal while you are simmering in anger,” Jock postulated as I walked out the door on my way to TheatreNOW. I’m telling you: the “Authorship Question” is not one I take lightly. Nor frankly, is Denise Gordon’s cooking. I arrived hungry. I have learned over time never to eat lunch before attending an evening at TheatreNOW. The festivities began with cauliflower, carrot and parsnip soup. A slight tang from the carrots I have to confess was what kept it from being just another cup of soup. I would have been happy with that for dinner and an entertaining evening of Bard jokes and one-liners from all his plays. But then the fish and chips arrived, along with a lentil and roast vegetable pie. I ate every bit of the lentils; don’t get me wrong. They were great! But I have been dreaming about Chef Gordon’s caper-dill tartar sauce for the fish and chips. Seriously. When I was little, my mother went through a range of attempts to get me to eat food I didn’t like— from cajoling to threats to the flat-out power play of refusing to let me leave the table ‘til my meal was gone. Eventually, she came around to the idea of hiding the offenders in cheese sauce. If she had had this caperdill sauce then, all her problems would have been solved. At the risk of offending Gordon, I finally just put it on everything on the plate. No point in pretending here. So, order the fish and chips and ask for extra sauce. Trust me. Fried surprises with a very erudite and funny script that can please devotees of Shakespeare—and those who haven’t seen a Shakespeare play since freshman year’s mandatory read of “Romeo and Juliet.” It is a great evening. Even if the claim Marlowe was behind it all is absurd (I mean, really, aside from “Faustus,” have you seen anything of his produced in the last 50 years?). Go see it and laugh, and even surprise yourself with how many references you catch.

Bacon and his sidekick/protégé, Ben Jonson, are the bad guys the audience will love to hate; it is hard to remember the people we are rooting for also are up to nefarious activities. Weir plays Jonson like a ‘90s grunge rocker: a smirk filled with angst and self-righteousness. Fried also threw in a little Easter Egg for Shakespeare fans with a reference to Jonson’s “The Isle of Dogs”— a play so scandalous and seditious, it got Jonson and coauthor Thomas Nashe jailed. Through Oct. 6, No known copies of it exist; it was the scandal of 1597. Fried sets it two years earlier Fri.-Sat. only, 6 p.m. as the title card tells us 1596, making the Tickets: $18-$42 production in 1595 for dramatic purposes. I am one of a handful of people in town who TheatreNOW • 19 S. 10th St. would notice or care about the dates, but even that tickled and pleased me.


Shakespeare Inc.

I admit I walked in the door with a bit of a

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chip on my shoulder. Yet, Fried and the cast brought me around once I realized the show wasn’t going to be like the film “Anonymous,” on authorship, but rather something so absurd it couldn’t possibly be taken as anything other than entertainment.


UNFATHOMABLE TRUTHS: ‘Agnes of God’ will haunt and impress simultaneously



e live in cynical times, where the magic of the world is lost earlier with each passing generation. That sense of wonder is replaced with a need for answers—though, usually and sadly, gets bogged down with opinions taken as facts. It seems with time and trust, faith is a hard thing to come back by nowadays, wherein actions and outcomes are put in a higher power of some omnipotent being. On the other side of the coin are those who put their faith in science. Through tested and proven facts, answers can be found for everything, and there is no divine reason—only beautiful, calculated chaos of the world and how it turns. It’s this ongoing and sadly never-ending battle that finds itself center stage of Big Dawg Production’s latest hit “Agnes of God” by John Pielmeier, which will be staged for the next two weeks at the Cape Fear Playhouse (pending Hurricane Flo’s effect on our southeastern coast). Right off the bat, it’s obvious the play is a hard one to watch; the subject matter will unsettle some audience members. Yet, the reward is a magnificent theater experience. “Agnes of God” is not a story of answers; it doesn’t end in a happily wrapped bow but only puts forth my questions upon exit. It leaves the audience pondering miracles, faith, mental illness, innocence, guilt and sometimes the very value of humanity itself. It’s a play that, in lesser hands, would be thrown to the wolves of melodrama; yet, here it’s shaped with pinpoint accuracy by Kat Vernon’s direction. It sent chills up and down my spine, from lights up to lights down. The plot follows a court-appointed psychiatrist who’s trying to see if a novice nun is capable of standing trial for the murder of her newborn child. The novice nun, the Agnes of whom the title speaks, was found passed out, covered in blood, and with her dead infant in a waste basket. The brunt of the action is an ideological chess match between Mother Superior of the convent and the self-proclaimed atheist, Dr. Livingstone. The two unraveling the mysteries and mind of the damaged Agnes, one trying to save her soul and the other, her mind. Grace Carlyle (Sister Agnes), Jemila Ericson (Mother Superior Miriam Ruth), and Eleanor Stanford (Dr. Martha Livingstone)

OH, HOLY NIGHT: Jemilia Ericson, Grace Carlyle and Eleanor Stanford give knock-out performances. Photo by Jim Bowling

form one of the smallest yet best ensembles I’ve seen on stage in 2018. With each member locking arms in solidarity, never fighting for the spotlight or to be the “lead,” they each allowed the others to shine and own the stage. It’s top-notch work, delivered from every point of their triangle. Though the play is well-balanced between its three roles, it’s Stanford who runs the real marathon within the production. Never leaving the stage, she delivers deep monologues, as if she were recording events for court records. It covers subjects from her patient’s history, the situation Agnes has found herself in, and what has led Livingstone to her own lack of “faith” and trust in the world, only to have her private confessions encroached on by either her sessions with Agnes or confrontations with Mother Superior. Kicking off the play, Stanford sets the pace. Her disgust toward the case and church for what she believes is a cover-up to save face. It’s palpable and rings true of any atheist who is sick of the holy hypocrisy the church flaunts and hides behind. Her cold demeanor gives way to a kind heart that truly wants what’s best for a naïve Agnes. It shows true hope—how in helping her, she could very well help save some lost part of herself. Though it’s not all gloom and doom, a chronic chain-smoking Dr. Livingstone and the recovering addict Mother Superior—who had given up her own smoking habit years earlier—have a delightful back and forth on whether saints of The Bible

Agnes as a true innocent to the world—not accustomed to any aspect of it, and having been kept hidden from it by her monstrous mother (a character who is never seen but whose presents is always felt). Agnes only knows a life of abuse and has a strong streak of Catholic guilt that runs for miles. As a nun, she struggles to find her sense of worth and it is painful to witness. Carlyle slings herself around the stage like a wild animal when darker repressed parts of her psyche manifest during numerous hypnosis sessions. She seemingly creates an entirely new character in front of the audience’s eyes in a flash. A sweet woman becomes replaced with a foul effigy of her ever-haunting mother. It brought to mind Edward Norton’s performance in “Primal Fear.” “Agnes of God” may be Carlyle’s would have smoked. If so, what brand third play on Wilmington stages, but I see would they imbibe? her dominating them in time, as she shows “St. Ignatius would smoke cigars and in her role of Agnes. then stub them out on the soles of his The play is controlled, as are tech asbare feet,” Mother Superior bellows out in pects. Some plays need more razzle-dazlaughter. zle then others; “Agnes of God” is bare exIt’s a great moment and shows, no mat- cept for two simple chairs. It’s rudimentary ter how far on extremes we find ourselves, in design, and at times caused confusion similarities relate us to the world, regardless as to where the scenes were taking place. how small or inconsequential they seem. It is the scenic painting that will leave jaws Dr. Livingstone fights a hell of a tug-a-war on the floor. Donna Troy has painted an exwith Mother Superior in show, yet it can only quisite stained glass window on the stage’s be done when matched with a perfect coun- back wall. And, for those who pay attention, terbalance. Jemila Ericson is the match. the floor of the stage holds droplets of eviShe brings a warm heart to the role but dence from the horrid night in question. with a stern brow to remind the audience she is hiding an unfathomable truth. As a bride of Christ, her calm demeanor has built up over years of having lived a lessthan godly life. She understands with acceptance of past mistakes comes forgives, which ultimately leads to inner peace. Ericson carries it with her every step; though, when she does break, it becomes quite a scary sight to behold.

Big Dawg Productions have had a hell of a year so far—having brought August Wilson’s “Fences” to the Port City back in March and just closed the Steve Martin comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” both of which were fondly reviewed. With “Agnes of God,” they continue their grand-slam season by presenting a play that proves why theatre is done, what theatre can do, and why important theatre companies like She lashes out like solar flares erupting this need to exist in our city. from the sun and burns the good doctor with her long overdue, pent-up rage. Never have the words “Goddamn you” sliced through me as it did coming from Ericson— and dressed as a nun nonetheless. She presents fantastic work and no write up can Sept. 13-16, 20-23, 8 p.m.; Sun. truly capture it. She’s a force to be seen, matinees, 3 p.m. experienced and felt.


Agnes of God

The Lamb of God is at the heart of the play; she is the volatile element that brings the two conflicting points of view together. Grace Carlyle’s performance anchors the play and wows at every turn. She presents

Tickets: $18-$22 Cape Fear Playhouse 613 Castle St.

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films this week CINEMATIQUE

Spike Lee’s latest would be great if not for blunt grandstanding


Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. 7 p.m. • $7


September 12 (additional 4 p.m. screening on Sept. 12): “Leave No Trace” is based on the book “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock and inspired by true events. Will (Ben Foster) is an Iraq War veteran with PTSD living off the grid with his 13-year-old daughter in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon. They rarely make contact with the world but when someone tips off social services, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place for each to call their own. (PG, 119 min.)

relationship with a filmmaker can be similar to a relationship with a significant other. There are the early stages of wild, mad-interest shared in everything they’re doing. There’s a cooling off period and realization that everything they do isn’t going to rock your world. They transition from being the embodiment of everything good in the world to a flawed person you’re still fond of. As time passes, you might encounter a period where once passionate feelings feel wasted, as they make mistakes or find themselves in a rut. You become nostalgic and wonder if they’re ever going to replicate the feelings when you first met. Spike Lee is a filmmaker I greatly admire. I’ve been a fan since 1989’s masterpiece “Do the Right Thing.” It’s a perfect movie that manages to encapsulate the complicated racial relationships between white and black America, while telling a compelling story with memorable characters. It is easily one of the 10 best American movies ever made.

THE RACK PACK CARD CARRYING WHITE NATIONALIST: ‘Adam Driver and John David Washington in Spike Lee’s latest semi-good movie. Photo courtesy of 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks

ad in the newspaper about joining the Ku Klux Klan. He’s making some phone calls and strikes up a relationship with a local racSince his debut onto the art-house cin- ist. After setting up a meeting, he sends a ema scene with 1986’s “She’s Gotta Have fellow undercover officer, Flip Zimmerman It,” Spike Lee has continued to make movies (Adam Driver), to go in his place. while becoming an outspoken pop-culture The story follows the investigation into the icon. He’s been the face of black cinema for Ku Klux Klan and a potential attack being decades—at least he was until Tyler Perry planned against local college students proshowed up and started making billions of moting the black-power movement against dollars dressing up like an old lady. all odds. Lee gives us a look inside a wide Fans like myself have a habit of waiting spectrum of personalities and their beliefs, around for a film that’s going to recapture the including racists wanting to make America lightning of earlier efforts. I can name a doz- great again and African-Americans who feel en filmmakers I loved so much in their earlier like their plea for equality needs to be reyears, only to having a falling-out as their ca- placed by demands. While I found the charreer progressed; Kevin Smith, Robert Rodri- acters interesting, the politics are painfully guez and Steven Soderbergh come to mind. blunt and about as subtle as taking a threeThey’ve continued to make movies, but they wood to the taint. are only the tiniest slivers of the greatness With the acidic political climate right now, once capable of creating. Spike Lee has the exploration of racism in America feels lived in that space for almost two decades. like a real opportunity for artists to address I was hoping his new film “BlacKkKlansman” the topic in interesting and insightful ways. would be a return to form. It’s far more inOr do what Spike Lee does throughout the spired than much of his recent output, but it’s movie and present cringe-inducing parallels not exactly great either. to the current quagmire known as the Trump The film tells the story of Ron Stallworth presidency. I understand the urge to point out (John David Washington), the first black what David Duke created, and the attempts police officer in Colorado Springs, Colo- to apply a layer of political polish to white rado. It’s the 1970s, and there are a lot of supremacy feels eerily similar to the rise of simmering social issues at play. The black- white nationalists. But the way the message power movement continues stoking fires of is delivered is like a hammer hitting nails with outrage that fueled a movement through the methodical precision. turbulent 1960s. Meanwhile, rural America There’s some good material here and a is seeking out ways to express themselves few powerful moments peppered in. I liked in a time where being outwardly racist was the story and how Lee develops the characfrowned upon. One day Stallworth spots an

ters through this stifling period of uncertainty. I enjoyed John David Washington and Adam Driver in lead roles. I especially enjoyed more unconventional choices Lee made to make the movie feel different. However, there is a really interesting story here that is often knocked off track by blunt grandstanding. I wish they could have found a way to tell it without looking at the camera and shouting “message!” It’s not perfect, but somewhere in this mess are a series of entertaining and powerful scenes.


BlacKkKlansman Rated R Directed by Spike Lee Starring Adam Driver, John David Washington, Laura Harrier

Carolina Beach Park Atlanta Ave. 8:45 p.m. • Free

September 15—The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the world premiere of locally filmed and produced “The Rack Pack” at Carolina Beach Lake Park. A children’s storybook author reminisces about his childhood adventures with his brothers and friends. In a time before kids spent hours watching television, on the computer, playing video games and texting, they went to the park to play with their friends. Things take a serious turn when the kids are discovered. The thieves up their status and become kidnappers as they take one of the children’s fathers hostage. Meet executive producer David Schiffer and other cast members to discuss the making of this unique familyoriented film. Concessions available on site, as well as raffle. Chairs or blankets welcome; no alcohol or glass allowed.


Friday showtimes: 10:30 p.m. & midnight (doors at 9 p.m.; first hr. free!)

wine-down wednesday y 2 a.m.; wine specials Karaoke, 8 p.m. -

saturday dance party Select drink specials 9 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

MODERN DANCE CLUB • DJS SPINNING HOUSE, HIP-HOP & TOP 40 Nightly drink specials! • Open Wed., Fri. and Sat. every week! 118 Market St. • (910) 251-1301 •

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BLUEWATER WATERFRONT GRILL 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 Sunday April - October. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256-8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE: BLUE SURF CAFÉ Sophisticated Food…Casual Style. We offer a

menu that has a heavy California surf culture influence while still retaining our Carolina roots. We provide a delicate balance of flavors and freshness in a comfortable and inviting setting. We offer a unique breakfast menu until noon daily, including specialty waffles, skillet hashes and unique breakfast sandwiches. Our lunch menu is packed with a wide variety of options, from house roasted pulled pork, to our mahi sandwich and customer favorite, meatloaf sandwich. Our dinner features a special each night along with our favorite house entrees: Braised Beef Brisket, Mojo Pork and Mahi. 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 Ste. 1, Wilmington 910-523-5362. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakfast served until noon each day! ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials, Gluten Free Menu, Gourmet Hot Chocolates, Outdoor Patio, New Artist event first Friday of every month and Kids Menu.

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■ WEBSITE: CAM CAFÉ CAM Café, located within the CAM delivers delightful surprises using fresh, local ingredients. The café serves lunch with seasonal options Tuesday through Saturday, inspired “small plates” on Thursday nights, an elegant yet approachable dinner on Thursday and brunch every Sunday. Look for a combination of fresh, regular menu items along with daily specials. As part of dining in an inspiring setting, the galleries are open during CAM Café hours which makes it the perfect destination to enjoy art of the plate along with the art of the museum. 3201 S 17th St. (910) 777-2363. ■ SERVING LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER: Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 2 pm; Thursday evening, 5pm-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ELIJAH’S 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 11:30-10:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington; kids menu available HENRY’S 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 it’s going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. 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.:

PORT CITY FOOD LOVERS, REJOICE! Courtesy photo from Henry's Restaurant and Bar

Join us for the most delicious week of FALL

participating restaurants DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON Anne Bonny's Bar and Grill Circa 1922 Dram + Morsel Elijah’s The George The Little Dipper Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet & Sushi On A Roll Pilot House Pour Taproom Rollz Ruth's Chris Steak House Steam Restaurant and Bar YoSake


Antonio's Pizza & Pasta Bonefish Grill Carolina Ale House Casey’s Buffet Hops Supply Co. J. Michael's Philly Deli

La Costa Mexican Restaurant Might As Well Bar & Grill Okami Japanese Steakhouse Olympia Restaurant Round Bagels and Donuts Yoshi Sushi Your Pie

SOUTH WILMINGTON Antonio's Pizza & Pasta The Greeks Henry's Restaurant and Bar Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries J. Michael's Philly Deli Niche Kitchen & Bar Pizzeria IL Forno Slainte Irish Pub

NORTH WILMINGTON The Italian Bistro J. Michael's Philly Deli La Costa Mexican Restaurant The Melting Pot Osteria Cicchetti

Roko Italian Cuisine Si! Señor Modern Mex Symposium Restaurant & Bar True Blue Butcher & Table

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH Antonio's Pizza & Pasta Bluewater Waterfront Grill Boca Bay Oceanic Restaurant Watermans Brewing Topsail Steamer


Michael's Seafood Restaurant


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10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ WEBSITE:

■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:

HOPS SUPPLY CO. The combination of chef-inspired food and our craft bar makes Hops Supply Co. a comfortable and inviting gastropub that attracts guests of all types – especially a local crowd who can feel right at home whether ordering a classic favorite or trying a new culinary delight! At HopsCo, we are dedicated to the craft of excellent cuisine and delivering hops in its most perfect form, exemplified by our selection of craft beers. As hops are the heart of flavor for beer, our local seasonal ingredients are the soul of our culinary inspired American fare. 5400 Oleander Dr. (910) 833-8867. ■ OPEN: Mon-Thurs 10:57 am - 10 pm; Fri-Sat 10:57 am - 11 pm {Serving Brunch 10:57am – 3pm & bar open until midnight}; Brunch ALL DAY Sunday 9:57am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

PINE VALLEY MARKET Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri.10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:

NICHE Niche Kitchen and Bar features an eclectic menu, a large wine list, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Close to Carolina Beach, Niche has a great selection of dishes from land to sea. All dishes are cooked to order, and Sundays features a great brunch menu! Niche’s heated covered patio is perfect for anytime of the year and great for large parties. And their bar has a great assortment of wines, even offered half off by the glass on TuesdaysThursdays. Open Tues. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 910-399-4701.

ROADHOUSE OF WILMINGTON Roadhouse is an American-style restaurant and focuses on homemade, classic dishes, cooked to order, using fresh ingredients. They are located at in the old Saltworks building on Wrightsville Avenue and open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and

lunch, and 5:00 p.m. for dinner. Breakfast is served 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Look for daily specials and other important information online at www.facebook. com/roadhousewilmington, or call (910) 7651103. Please, no reservations. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER: 8 a.m. breakfast and lunch; 5 p.m. dinner ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: THE TROLLY STOP Trolly Stop Grill and Catering is a four store franchise in North Carolina. Trolly Stop Hotdogs opened in Wrightsville Beach in 1976. That store name has never changed. Since the Wrightsville Beach store, the newer stores sell hotdogs, hamburgers, beef and chicken cheese steaks, fries, hand dipped ice cream, milk shakes, floats and more. Our types of dogs are: Southern (Trolly Dog, beef and pork), Northern (all beef), Smoke Sausage (pork), Fat Free (turkey), Veggie (soy). Voted Best Hot Dog in Wilmington for decades. Check our website for hours of operations, specific store offerings and telephone numbers, or contact Rick Coombs, 910-297-8416, We offer catering serving 25-1000 people. Franchises available ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ LOCATIONS: Wilmington, Fountain Dr. (910) 452-3952 Wrightsville Beach (910) 256-3921 Southport (910) 457-7017 Boone, NC (828) 265-2658 Chapel Hill, NC (919) 240-4206



HIBACHI TO GO Hibachi To Go is a locally owned, family business serving only the freshest ingredients with three locations. We invite you to try our menu items at either our Hampstead drive-thru location, where you can walk-up, take-out, or call in and pick up your meal or our Ogden location with dine-in or take-out options. Our new Wilmington location (894 South Kerr Avenue) offers dine-in, take-out or drive-thru service. We’re convenient for lunch and dinner. Open 7 days 11 am - 9 pm. Our popular Daily Lunch Specials are featured MondaySaturday for $4.99 with selections from our most popular menu items! We always have fresh seafood selections at Hibachi To Go, like delicious hand peeled shrimp, fresh local flounder and always a fresh catch fillet in-house. We scratch make every item on our menu daily. We offer your favorite hibachi meals and some of our originals like our pineapple won tons. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the most up to date information on Hibachi To Go. Always fresh, great food at a super good price. Hampstead Phone: 910.270.9200. • Ogden Phone: 910.791.7800 Wilmington Phone: 910-833-8841 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open 7 days 11am-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, N. Wilmington, Hampstead ■ WEBSITE: INDOCHINE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient



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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: NIKKI’S FRESH GOURMET For more than a decade, Nikki’s downtown has served diners the best in sushi. With freshly crafted ingredients making up their rolls, sushi and sashimi, a taste of innovation comes with every order. Daily they offer specialty rolls specific to the Front Street location, such as the My Yoshi, K-Town and Crunchy Eel rolls. But for less adventurous diners looking for options beyond sushi, Nikki’s serves an array of sandwiches, wraps and gyros, too. They also make it a point to host all dietary needs, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores alike. They have burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as falafal pitas and veggie wraps, as well as an extensive Japanese fare menu, such as bento boxes and tempura platters. Daily dessert and drink special are also on order. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 16 S. Front St. (910) 771-9151. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 12pm10pm. Last call on food 15 minutes before closing. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: OKAMI JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAK HOUSE We have reinvented “Hibachi cuisine.” Okami Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse is like no other. Our highly skilled chefs cook an incredible dinner while entertaining you on the way. Our portions are large, our drinks are less expensive, and our staff is loads of fun. We are committed to using quality ingredients and seasoning with guaranteed freshness. Our goal is to utilize all resources, domestically and internationally, to ensure we serve only the finest food products. We believe good, healthy food aids vital functions for well-being, both physically and mentally. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken for the specially designed “Teppan Grill.” We also serve tastebud-tingling Japanese sushi, hand rolls, sashimi, tempura dishes, and noodle entrees. This offers our guests a complete Japanese dining experience. Our all-you-can-eat sushie menu and daily specials can be found at! 614 S College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am-2:30pm / 4-10pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm / 4pm-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: SZECHUAN 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restau-

rant 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 ■ WEBSITE: YOSAKE DOWNTOWN SUSHI LOUNGE Lively atmosphere in a modern setting, Yosake is the delicious Downtown spot for date night, socializing with friends, or any large dinner party. Home to the never-disappointing Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp! In addition to sushi, we offer a full Pan Asian menu including curries, noodle dishes, and the ever-popular Crispy Salmon or mouth-watering Kobe Burger. Inspired features change weekly showcasing our commitment to local farms. Full bar including a comprehensive sake list, signature cocktails, and Asian Import Bottles. 33 S. Front St., 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172. ■ SERVING DINNER: 7 nights a week @ 5PM; Sun-Wed until 10pm, Thurs until 11pm, Fri & Sat until Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 Price Sushi/Appetizer Menu nightly from 5-7, until 8 on Mondays, and also 10-Midnight on Fri/Sat. Tuesday LOCALS NIGHT - 20% Dinner Entrees. Wednesday 80S NIGHT 80s music and menu prices. Sundays are the best deal downtown - Specialty Sushi and Entrees are Buy One, Get One $10 Off and 1/2 price Wine Bottles. Nightly Drink Specials. Gluten-Free Menu upon request. Complimentary Birthday Dessert. ■ WEBSITE: @yosakeilm on Twitter & Instagram. Like us on Facebook.

Boar’s Head Chicken Breast, Ham, Swiss, Pickles, Lettuce, Mayo, and Yellow Mustard. You can also make your own! Not in the mood for a bagel? Don’t worry, we have ciabatta bread, croissants, Kaiser rolls, biscuits, wraps, salads, bowls, omelettes, and more! Make your lunch a combo for $1.50 more, and get a small drink, potato salad or chips, and a pickle spear. Visit us at 5906 Oleander Drive or 7220 Wrightsville Avenue right before the drawbridge to Wrightsville Beach. Look out for our third location, coming to Monkey Junction soon!. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, biscuits, croissants, sandwiches, and more! ■ WEBSITE: ROUND BAGELS AND DONUT Round Bagels and Donuts features 17 varieties of New York-style bagels, baked fresh daily on site in a steam bagel oven. Round offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches, grilled and fresh to order. Round also offers fresh-made donuts daily! Stop by Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ■ SERVING BREAKFAST & LUNCH ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Homemade bagels, cream cheeses, donuts, sandwiches, coffee and more ■ WEBSITE:


TheatreNOW is a performing arts complex that features weekend dinner theater, an award-winning weekly kids variety show, monthly Sunday Jazz Brunches, movie, comedy and live music events. Award-winning chef, Denise Gordon, and a fabulous service staff pair scrumptious multi-course themed meals and cocktails with our dinner shows in a theatre-themed venue. Dinner theater at its best! Reservations highly suggested. 19 S. 10th Street (910) 399.3NOW (3669). Hours vary. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Dinner shows, jazz brunches, and more ■ WEBSITE:


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

YOSHI Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine offers something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before. We are seeking to bring true New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! 260 Racine Dr, Wilmington 28403 (910)799-6799 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. 12pm11pm, Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:


BEACH BAGELS Beach Bagels is the best spot for breakfast and lunch in Wilmington. Serving traditional New York Style Bagels is our speciality. We boil our bagels before baking them, which effectively sets the crust and produces a perfect bagel made with love. Don’t forget about our selection of custom sandwiches that are always made to order. Try out our breakfast options like The Heart Attack filled with Egg, Country Ham, Bacon, Sausage, and American Cheese, or the Egg-White Dun-Rite with Egg Whites, Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese, Spinach, and Tomato. Our Boar’s Head meats & cheeses are the perfect accoutrements for assembling the perfect sandwich, every time! Check out our Cuban Chicken Lunch Sandwich, complete with

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small plates from $1-$4; Ladies Night every Wed; $27 4-course prix fixe menu on Thurs.; “Date night menu,” $65/couple with beer and wine tasting every Fri. and half-price bottles of wine on Sun. ■ MUSIC: Tuesdays on the deck, 7 – 9p.m., MayOct ■ WEBSITE:

■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER ■ 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. ■ WEBSITE:


SLAINTE IRISH PUB Slainte Irish Pub in Monkey Junction has traditional pub fare with an Irish flair. We have a large selection of Irish whiskey, and over 23 different beers on draft, and 40 different craft beers in bottles. They have a large well lit outdoor patio with a full bar also. Come have some fun! They currently do not take reservations, but promise to take care of you when you get here! 5607 Carolina Beach Rd. #100, (910) 399-3980 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington, Monkey Junction ■ FEATURING: Irish grub, whiskeys, beer, wine, and fun. ■ WEBSITE:

SYMPOSIUM RESTAURANT AND BAR After moving to Wilmington Chef George Papanikolaou and his family opened up The Greeks in 2012 and with the support of the community was able to venture out and try something different with Symposium. Symposium is an elegant experience consisting of recipes that Chef George has collected his whole life. Many of the recipes are family recipes that have been handed down through the years, one is as old as 400 years old. With a blend of fresh local ingredients, delicious longstanding family recipes, and Authentic Greek cuisine Symposium is a restaurant that is unique in its cooking and unforgettable in the experience it offers. Everything on the menu is a mouthwatering experience from the charred octopus, to the lamb shank with papardelle pasta, to the homemade baklava and galaktoboureko! Happy Eating OPA!! Located in Mayfaire Town Center at 890 Town Center Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405 (910) 239-9051. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily Specials ■ WEBSITE:


THE HARP Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open 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 trivia at 8:30 on Thursdays and live music on 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.


ANTONIO’S Serving fresh, homemade Italian fare in midtown and south Wilmington, Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta is a family-owned restaurant which serves New York style pizza and pasta. From daily specials during lunch and dinner to a friendly waitstaff ensuring a top-notch experience, whether dining in, taking out or getting delivery, to generous portions, the Antonio’s experience is an unforgettable one. Serving subs, salads, pizza by the slice or pie, pasta, and more, dine-in, take-out and delivery! 3501 Oleander Dr., #2, and 5120 S. College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sun., open at 11:30 a.m.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD DELIVERY OFFERED: Monkey Junction and near Independence Mall ■ WEBSITE: THE ITALIAN BISTRO The Italian Bistro is a family-owned, full-service Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in Porters Neck. They offer a wide variety of N.Y. style thincrust pizza and homemade Italian dishes seven days a week! The Italian Bistro strives to bring customers a variety of homemade items made with the freshest, local ingredients. Every pizza and entrée is made to order and served with a smile from our amazing staff.

Their warm, inviting, atmosphere is perfect for “date night” or “family night.” Let them show you why “fresh, homemade and local” is part of everything they do. 8211 Market St. (910) 6867774 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. brunch, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck ■ WEBSITE: SLICE OF LIFE “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 125 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and 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/week, 365 days/year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Largest tequila selection in town! ■ WEBSITE: A TASTE OF ITALY Looking for authentic Italian cuisine in the Port City? Look no further than A Taste of Italy Deli. Brothers, Tommy and Chris Guarino, and partner Craig Berner, have been serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to local and visiting diners for twenty years. The recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, and after one bite you feel like you’re in your mamas’ kitchen. Along with the hot and cold lunch menu, they also carry a large variety of deli sides and made-from-scratch desserts. Or, if you’re looking to get creative in your own kitchen, A Taste of Italy carries a wide selection of imported groceries, from pasta to olive oils, and everything in between. And last but certainly not least, allow them to help you make any occasion become a delicious Italian experience with their catering or call ahead ordering. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE: ■ FEATURING: Sclafani goods, Polly-O cheese, Ferrara Torrone and much, much more!


LA COSTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT With three locations to serve Wilmingtonians, La Costa is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m with lunch specials. Their full dinner menu (from 3 p.m. on) offers the best in Mexican cuisine across the city. From top-sellers, like fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, to chef’s specialty items, like molcajete or borrego, a taste of familiar and exotic can be enjoyed. All of La Costa’s pico de gallo, guacamole, salsas, chile-chipotle, enchilada and burrito sauces are made in house daily. Add to it a 16-ounce margarita, which is only $4.95 on Mondays and Tuesdays at all locations, and every meal is complete. Serving the Port City since1996, folks can dine indoors at the Oleander and both Market Street locations, or dine alfresco at both Market Street locations. 3617 Market St.; 8024 Unit 1 Market St.; 5622 Oleander Dr. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs until 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. until 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown and Ogden ■ WEBSITE:


HWY 55 BURGERS, SHAKES AND FRIES Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Wilmington—on Carolina Beach Rd.—is bringing a fresh All-American diner experience with never-frozen burgers, sliced cheesesteaks piled high on steamed hoagies, and frozen custard made inhouse every day. Founded in Eastern North Carolina in 1991, Hwy 55 reflects founder Kenney Moore’s commitment to authentic hospitality and fresh food. Lunch and dinner is grilled in an open-air kitchen, and they serve you at your table—with a smile. 6331 Carolina Beach Rd., (910) 793-6350 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Monday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. . ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Delicious burgers and homemade shakes! ■ WEBSITE: J. MICHAEL’S PHILLY DELI The Philly Deli celebrated their 38th anniversary in August 2017. Thier first store was located in Hanover Center—the oldest shopping center in Wilmington. Since, two more Philly Delis have been added: one at Porters Neck and one at Monkey Junction. The Philly Deli started out by importing all of

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their steak meat and hoagie rolls straight from Amoroso Baking Company, located on 55th Street in downtown Philadelphia! It’s a practice they maintain to this day. We also have a great collection of salads to choose from, including the classic chef’s salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad, all made fresh every day in our three Wilmington, NC restaurants. 8232 Market St., 3501 Oleander Dr., 609 Piner Rd. ■ OPEN: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday Saturday. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Porters Neck, North and South Wilmington, ■ WEBSITE: ON A ROLL Roll on into OAR—a fusion of AmericanJewish-Italian deli fare, interspersed in seasonal specialties with a Southern accent. Every customer will receive freshly made-toorder sandwiches, wraps and salads, with the freshest of ingredients, all to ensure top quality. And when the place is hopping, it is well worth the wait. Whether choosing to dine in or take out—we deliver—On a Roll is the downtown deli to enjoy homemade grub. Come make us your favorite! 125 Grace St., (910) 622-2700 ■ SERVING LUNCH: Open Mon-Sun., 11 a.m. 4 p.m. 24-hour catering available. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE: Check us out on Facebook!


CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD COMPANY Founded in 2008 by Evans and Nikki Trawick, Cape Fear Seafood Company has become a local hotspot for the freshest, tastiest seafood in the area. With it’s growing popularity, the restaurant has expanded from its flagship eatery in Monkey Junction to locations in Porters Neck and Waterford in Leland. “We are a dedicated group of individuals working together as a team to serve spectacular food, wine and spirits in a relaxed and casual setting,” restaurateur Evans Trawick says. “At CFSC every dish is prepared with attention to detail, quality ingredients and excellent flavors. Our staff strives to accommodate guests with a sense of urgency and an abundance of southern hospitality.” Cape Fear Seafood Company has been recognized by encore magazine for best seafood in 2015, as well as by Wilmington Magazine in 2015 and 2016, and Star News from 2013 through 2016. Monkey Junction: 5226 S. College Road Suite 5, 910-799-7077. Porter’s Neck: 140 Hays Lane #140, 910-681-1140. Waterford: 143 Poole Rd., Leland, NC 28451 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: 11:30am4pm daily; Mon.-Thurs.., 4pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 4pm-10pm; Sun., 4pm-8:30pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, north Wilmington and Leland ■ WESBITE: www.capefearseafoodcompany. com CATCH 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 of-

fer. 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) Handcrafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-7993847. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List ■ WEBSITE: DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 762-2827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters.

■ WEBSITE: MICHAEL’S SEAFOOD’S RESTAURANT Established in 1998, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant is locally owned and operated by Shelly McGowan and managed by her team of culinary professionals. Michael’s aspires to bring you the highest quality and freshest fin fish, shell fish, mollusks, beef, pork, poultry and produce. Our menu consists of mainly locally grown and made from scratch items. We count on our local fishermen and farmers to supply us with seasonal, North Carolina favorites on a daily basis. Adorned walls include awards such as 3 time gold medalist at the International Seafood Chowder Cook-Off, Entrepreneur of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Encores readers’ choice in Best Seafood to name a few. 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. (910) 458-7761 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days 11 am – 9 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach ■ FEATURING: Award-winning chowder, local seafood and more! ■ WEBSITE: OCEANIC 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 events, such as wedding ceremonies & receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue,

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Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH: Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dine on renovated Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE: THE PILOT HOUSE The Pilot House Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers 7 days a week and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday ■ WEBSITE: SHUCKIN’ SHACK Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has two locations in the Port City area. The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd. (910458-7380) and our second location is at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). The Shack is the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in and check out the Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Carolina Beach Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon-2am, Historic Wilmington: Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach/Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials. Like us on Facebook! ■ WEBSITE: STEAM RESTAURANT AND BAR Steam is bringing American cuisine to Wilmington using locally sourced goods and ingredients. With an extensive wine and beer selection, plenty of cocktails, indoor/outdoor seating, and beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, Steam is the area’s new go-to restaurant. Reservations recommended. Open seven days a week!, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 9 Estell Lee Pl, (910) 726-9226 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Bar: 11 a.m.-Until. Menu Bar: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:


CASEY’S BUFFET In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buf-

fet, 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. ■ WEBSITE: RX RESTAURANT & BAR Located in downtown Wilmington, Rx Restaurant and Bar is here to feed your soul, serving up Southern cuisine made with ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. The Rx chef is committed to bringing fresh food to your table, so the menu changes daily based on what he finds locally. Rx drinks are as unique as the food—and just what the doctor ordered. Join us for a dining experience you will never forget! 421 Castle St.; 910 399-3080. ■ SERVING BRUNCH & DINNER: Tues-Thurs, 5-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5-10:30pm; Sun., 10am-3pm and 5-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:

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


THE FORTUNATE GLASS WINE BAR An intimate venue showcasing globally sourced wines, plus creative small plates and craft beers. The serene ambiance is created by the beautiful wall mural, elegant glass tile bar, castle rocked walls and intimate booths. There are wines from all regions, with 60 wines by the glass and 350 wines available by the bottle. Food consists of numerous small plates, fine cheeses, cured meats and decadent desserts that will compliment any wine selection. ■ SERVING DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Tues. Thur., 4 p.m. - midnight; Fri., 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. - midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown, 29 S Front St. ■ FEATURING: Weekly free wine tasting Tues., 6 - 8 p.m. Small plates, and wine and beer specials. ■ WEBSITE:

sushI SPECIALs Voted Best Sushi

Two specialty rolls for $19.95

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TASTING THE IMPOSSIBLE: Tasting through the newest non-meat trend


meat showcase coconut oil mirroring the grease of a regular hamburger.


All in all, my short but sweet “impossible” journey can be summed up like this: The first bite always resulted in “Wow!” Halfway through the meal, I was more inclined to say “meh” and reach for another onion ring. I was impressed with the overall edible experience and found it similar to that of a beef burger, just with a crumblier, less-salty product. As for our local establishments who have taken on the challenge, major kudos. It’s refreshing to see Wilmington’s chefs take a bold step in the direction of digging into their creative toolboxes for the often-overlooked vegetarian and vegan crowd.

f it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, and tastes like a duck, it’s probably ... a plant-based burger?

The Impossible Burger tastes too damn good to be true, and veg heads (and meat eaters alike) can’t believe their tongues. So who’s responsible for making the meatless patty the mouthwatering talk of the town? All ketchup-covered fingers point to heme. Leghemoglobin protein, of course. Here’s the deal: Thanks to an engineered yeast that’s been crafted to carry genes for the soy leghemoglobin protein (typically found in the roots of soy plants), the Impossible Burger comprises a vegetarian variety of heme. Heme is an essential part of all living organisms, and can be found in blood and muscle that gives meat its distinctive MEATLESS WONDER : Winnie’s Impossible Burger “meat” flavor. Once the scientists at Imposcomes topped with all ooey-gooey toppings, for vegans, sible Foods discovered a way to ferment gevegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Photo by Tom Dorgan netically modified yeast and produce large quantities of heme with no animals in sight, What does this tell us? Even meat-lovers they pulled out their buns to celebrate. have come to accept (and apparently love) Enter: the vegetarian burger that bleeds. the IB. According to Winnie’s menu, dinAlso making a special appearance in ers can get it any “style” (vegetarian burger the patty: wheat and potato protein (which loaded with beef chili, anyone?), built to ordeliver nutrition and mimic a meaty chew), der (vegan cheese and mayo?), or for an coconut oil and soy (for a fatty mouthfeel upcharge of two dollars, enjoy it a la “Trailer and succulent sizzle), and a few common Park” or “Station Wagon” (mushrooms, binders. Alongside a mission to preserve Swiss, onions). animal agriculture, Impossible Foods has in My server convinced me to step into the fact done the impossible: make meat using trailer—and who am I to argue with Cajun plants. Garnish it with a brilliant marketing fried green tomatoes, jalapeño pimento strategy where all-vegan medleys are put cheese, hickory smoked bacon, pickles into the pans of professional chefs (including and chipotle mayo? Let’s be real. She highly visible celebs like David Chang), as could have swapped in a sock for the Imopposed to consumers, and it’s something possible Burger and I would have still deeveryone can really sink their teeth into. molished the masterpiece. And, thank goodness for ILM, the tasty That being said, the overload of zesty toptrend has made its way into local eateries. pings masked the patty so much on the first The feedback has been wild. “We’re never bite that I never would have known I wasn’t taking it off the menu,” said my lunchtime eating real beef. About halfway into my meal, server at Winnie’s Tavern. “We don’t want it looked like an ooey-gooey pimento cheese to lose the customers that have come bomb had exploded in my presence (yum), along with it!” but as the assertive condiments slipped out The longtime, no-frills, hidden dive has of my handheld, I dug into the truth of IB’s become ILM’s flat-top haven—celebrated flavor and texture more clearly. While the for putting out gloriously greasy drive-in nonmeat mixture did get crumbly toward classics guaranteed to cure any hangover the end, if I swiped a morsel of it through known to man. The Impossible Burger has the spicy sauce and dotted it with a sweet become a Winnie’s staple. An adjacent bread-and-butter pickle, it was still game customer picked up a to-go order for the on. The best part? I’ve never left Winnie’s feeling so satisfied yet, at the same time, so plant-based patty. light. Survey says: #winning. “With bacon,” he smirked. “It’s so good!”

The next stop on my IB mission was another well-loved eatery known for rocking the Wilmington (and Food Network) scene, Fork n Cork. As I cuddled up to a corner bar spot, owner James Smith stopped over to share his personal insight. The consensus? The protein-packed concoction is frozen—making it tremendously easy to keep in stock and available to customers (who BTW, are totally on board). He also reminded me the delicious science experiment comes with a higher price tag. Fork n Cork is flipping no profit here—just patties. It’s more important to Smith to have the item available for vegans and vegetarians, who otherwise might not have stepped foot inside his artisan burger joint, than it is to make money from the meatless wonder. Even as a self-proclaimed beef enthusiast, he was impressed with IB’s magic and ability to potentially be a game changer for the future of plant-based food. When I learned Smith was forming the patties on the thick side to avoid them getting lost inside FnC’s brioche buns, I wanted to take a step back on the extensive garnishes this time around. I set my sights on the Lamb Burger (sub IB, of course) with feta, cucumbers, red onions, tomato, and housemade tzatziki. The garlicky white sauce and briny cheese were responsible for the prominent bursts of flavor; yet, suddenly, the wellcrusted veg burger had a whole new attitude. The less complex combination of flavors and textures was light and refreshing, and I was able to witness the all-plant compound did, in fact, “bleed” pink. Though opting for less to dress it up does give diners more of a trueto-taste, plainer versions of the nonmeat

My biggest takeaway? Surround the Impossible Burger with a fresh, fluffy bun and stellar toppings and likely never know the difference (other than the fact you don’t have to be wheelbarrowed back to your car).


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Time travel back to NC’s Black Mountain College, circa 1933-1957 Black Mountain College Anne Chesky Smith and ilmington’s literary community Heather South keeps gaining accolades (two Arcadia Publishing, 2014, pgs. 126



“It’s like Montessori for adults; that’s the easiest way to explain it,” I said.

Welcome to Carpe Librum, encore’s biweekly book column, wherein I will dissect a current title or an old book—because literature does not exist in a vacuum but emerges to participate in a larger, cultural conversation. I will feature many NC writers; however, the hope is to place the discussion in a larger context and therefore examine works around the world.

I was trying to explain the theory behind “Black Mountain College” to Jock; I knew I had spun into one of those cycles where the more I said, the less coherent the idea became. Like many couples, we have a variety of short-hand explanations for conversation. Neither of us need to explain who Dr. Montessori was or the Montessori method of education. I spent nine years at a Montessori school and both of Jock’s children attended Montessori, so we understand the ideas and practices. Much of Montessori focuses on interdisciplinary, experiential, hands-on education. There is more to it than that, but for this conversation, that will suffice.

National Book Awards nominees in 2015) and attention in the press. With multiple established publishers in the state (Algonquin, Blair) and new smaller presses gaining traction (Eno, Bull City), it is timely to shine a light on discussions around literature, publishing and the importance of communicating a truthful story in our present world.

“You know I had heard of it, but I never knew very much about it,” Jock mused. I agreed. I can tell you the first moment I remember hearing about Black Mountain College. I was at the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) in the late ‘90s. Michael Malone pointed to where we were standing and noted Buckminster Fuller built his first geodesic dome on the ground of Black Mountain College, which was here, before it became a summer camp. I was living at K&K Organic Farm then and we had geodesic structures, so Buckminster Fuller’s designs were an easy touchstone for me. In the intervening years, I have maintained a passing interest in the educational experiment known as Black Mountain College. I must confess: I failed to grasp the enormity of what they tried and when they put it into practice. So when Anne Chesky Smith and Heather South’s book came into my hands, I was primed. Black Mountain College was started in 1933 and survived until 1957. It was an experiment in higher education that put the arts and design at the core of study. Students lived in a community that included working on the campus farm—which was essential to actually feed everybody. This was The Great Depression after all. In the beginning the faculty insisted just as much learning took place through discussion over coffee as from classroom experience—and it was actively encouraged. Considering the focus on lectures in high education then (and today), it was an unusual position to take. The list of faculty include the aforementioned Buckminster Fuller, choreographer Merce Cunningham and John Cage, among other artists and thinkers who passed through the gates. Alumni include filmmaker Arthur Penn and author Francine du Plessix Gray. Perhaps, more importantly, they integrated their events and assemblies as early as 1933, and in 1944 became the first all white college in the American South to integrate their student body. Considering a number of their faculty and students had fled Europe in the 1930s and ‘40s, one has to imagine thoughtful and provocative discussions such brilliant people had about the parallels of Naziism and the Jim Crow South. They put their words into action—and that’s the most no-

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table part. The book is primarily a photographic essay but accompanied by much more text than one usually expects. The introduction is fascinating and gives a strong causeand-effect timeline to understand 24 tumultuous years. What were they trying to achieve? How were they setting about it? What unexpected successes and failures did they find? Each photograph is very well-identified in a solid paragraph of text. The authors move things forward into the present era, with photos from college reunions and a brief discussion of the college’s museum and arts center, which “preserves and continues the legacy of educational and artistic innovation.” The photographs are a fascinating range, from posed portraits to candid shots from private collections. Clearly, in the first year they were trying to document the inception: pictures of the grounds, faculty, students etc. As the years wear on, and programs evolve, the photos become more dynamic and exciting. In all though, the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Swannanoa Valley remind of the inspiration of place; to seek something higher, more enlightening. Though the endeavor itself only lasted less than 30 years, the impact is much farther reaching than most could have imagined. Many interdisciplinary college programs today, like Warren Wilson or Hampshire College, continue to implement concepts pioneered at Black Mountain. Though Fuller’s design work continues to be a beacon, it is really the daily living, working, and exchange that resonates down the years. The college was a space to explore, to create, and to try and possibly fail—and through that failure achieve something greater than ever expected. Smith and South’s book really made me feel like I could step into any of the pictures and strike up a conversation with the people there. It’s like I know so much about each one, enough to feel connected to them as individuals and also as part of a larger community they’re welcoming me into. For a look at a very special time and place in North Carolina’s history— time when it felt like the intelligentsia of the world came to the Blue Ridge Mountains—pick up this book. It truly is a time machine.

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Join us every Sunday until Oct. 28 along the scenic, historic Wilmington riverfront for a weekly artisan market featuring some of Wilmington’s finest artists and crafts people. You’ll find everything from fine art to functional with a diverse assortment of painters, illustrators, woodworkers, metal workers, upscale crafts and more! Located at Riverfront Park on N. Water Street between Market and Princess from 10am-3:30pm every Sun., weather permitting. This is a City of Wilmington event. Riverfront Park, 5 N. Water St.


Free for members and non-members. A networking event often feat. free beer, wine, food, and live music. Business casual; no membership required. All ages and professions welcome. Photography by Chris Brehmer Photography with raffles given out. Upcoming: Sept. 19, Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington.


Sept. 14, 5pm: Friday night Pop-up Market, hosted by Winnie’s Tavern. Kids are back in school, need a nice break? Drop by the one place that has the best burgers in town. We are a very Kid Friendly Establishment. Wilmington’s best local vendors. We will have

some awesome home made local items to purchase, from wonderful people. Support small local businesses. My Porch Dawg, Laura Gayles Popcorn, Ginger Lily Shoppe, Sound and Soy Candle Co., Mallow Doos, Out of Chaos, Aribracat Designs, It’s all about Peanuts, and more! Winnie’s Tavern, 1895 Burnett Blvd. Sept. 16, 11am: Tidal Creek Coop, 5329 Oleander Dr.


Sept. 15, 9am: Join us at Poplar Grove to mark the beginning of Fall with the Summer Harvest Festival, a 2 day, family fun event! Winter plantings, local artisans and crafters, concessions, food and loads of activities for the kids! Our vintage inspired carnival games

will be back along with Mr. Twister, Mr. Mark from The Broccoli Brothers, Barnyard fun and games as well as the bouncy house! Saturday, September 15th from 9-5 and Sunday, September 16th from 10-4. www. for details! Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy 17 N NATIVE PLANT FESTIVAL

The Native Plant Alliance will host its 4th Annual Native Plant Festival on Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly festival celebrates plants native to the Cape Fear area and helps attendees learn how to incorporate them into their own garden plans. There will be activities for adults and children, native plant vendors, a seed swap, displays and hourly presentations by local experts. Susan Savia will provide live music from 11 to 3, and three food trucks will be on site. Free. New Hanover County Arboetum, 6206 Oleander Dr.


Sept. 15, 9am: Free family-friendly piratethemed fest, including a stage combat pirate group combining comedy and hi-jinks with rousing sword fights and educational information. The Crew of the Scarlett Dragon fantasy pirates that provide photo ops and children’s entertainment, with games, face painting, and a lot of fun. Live cannon action and more! Food truck refreshments and vendors too: By The Boardwalk, Cape Fear Fencing Association , Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, Pirates Lost Treasure, Practical Pooch, rockipaperscissors, Turtle the landlocked Pirate, Top Toad—Cotton Exchange, Poor Piggy’s BBQ & Catering, Calebs Dragonfly Dreams, Dottera Essential Oils with Fran Young, Southern Dezires, Coastal Ice Cream, Freedom Boat Club of Southport. Presented by Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust non profit. Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville NC, 580 River Rd.


Sept. 16, 8am: International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day takes place on the third Saturday in September every year and is the largest one-day volunteer event in the world. Meet us on our beachfront promenade for an informational session, beach sweep, and friendly competition. The data gathered from the trash we pick up on this day is submitted to the official data on the statistics for types of trash found on beaches around the world. Wrightsville Beach

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Sept. 15, 10am: Red Knights MC - NC Chapter 6 13th Annual 343 Memorial Ride to Honor The Fallen of 9/11 will be held on September 15th at Carolina Coast Harley Davidson in Wilmington NC. This year’s

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beneficiary is The Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Registration is now open. You may mail completed form and check made out to Red Knights NC to the address shown on form or you may stop in at Carolina Coast Harley Davidson in Wilmington NC with cash or check; The Wingate Inn, 5126 Market St. (910) 395-7011. Friday night meet and greet is currently scheduled for 7pm-9m with music provided by DJ Sugar Bear, The Ale House, 317-C S College Rd.


Live music along the Cape Fear River aboard Wilmington Water Tours at the sunset; various musicians and cruises weekly. or call us at (910) 338-3134. 212 S. Water St.


Sun.: 5-7 p.m. (1st/3rd Sun., May through Oct.). Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy free, live music by the sea! Free and open to the public! Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Blvd.


Comedians, singers, songwriters, poets, yodelers! Come out the co-op on Wednesday night & show us what you got! Free coffee & tea for all performers! Mic is yours from 6 pm until about 8:45! Hosted by the always entertaining Bob Sarnataro, this open mic is a laid back, no pressure opportunity for performers of all kinds to stretch those creative muscles. All ages welcome. Tidal Creek Coop, 5329 Oleander Dr.


Every week Sunday School Underground welcomes a collective of like minded DJs with interest in growing the underground electronic music scene. We commune at the Juggling Gypsy Cafe to preach beats and vibes that will fill your soul. The Juggling Gypsy has the right atmosphere to cater a chill underground community of DJs. Located on the corner of 16 St. and Castle St. Come smoke a hookah, try one of the many craft beers, bounce around the patio, or just lounge with the beats. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.


2018-19 Season 9: 1st Thurs. Sept-Apr (except Jan.—2nd Thurs.), 6:30-8pm. Eightconcert series has individual seat sales are available for purchase: 910.395.5999. Enjoy dinner and drinks at the CAM Café (910.777.2363) before or after the concert. Café reservations are always suggested and appreciated. Line-up: Oct. 4, Lynn Grissett Quartet; Nov. 1, The FROG Project; Dec. 6, Lenore Raphael Quartet; Jan. 10, 2019, La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet; Feb. 7, Jon Hill Quartet; Mar. 7, Ernest Turner Trio; Apr. 4, Brian Miller Admission: CAM/CFJS Members: $12, Non-members: $20., Students with valid college ID: $10. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St.


Sept. 13, Concert on the lawn of the Bellamy Mansion Museum. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, coolers and chill to the sounds of the Ariel Pocock Group. Beer and wine available. Admission: $10-$18. Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market St., Wilmington. (910) 251-

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Written & directed by Don Fried, Sept 7-Oct 6 2018 at TheatreNOW. Fri & Sat nights at 7pm, Tickets $18-$42. Complimentary valet. Who really did write all those works of art? Did Shakespeare act alone or were there others pulling the strings? Find out in this inspired comedy with a delicious British-inspired themed dinner. 19 S. 10th St. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


Throug Sept. 16, Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr,” Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm; and Sunday, 3pm. Book adapted and additional lyrics by David Simpatico; music adapted & arranged with additional music & lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. Based on the 1951 Disney film, based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless story of the same name, Alice in Wonderland is a whimsical musical journey down the fabled rabbit hole and into the off-kilter world of Wonderland. Inquisitive young Alice, formerly of Victorian England, encounters the eccentric inhabitants of this fantastical land, including mock turtles, punctual rabbits, and dancing flora. Our young heroine struggles to make sense of her surroundings and—most of all— to figure out a way to get home.2nd Street Stage at the Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd St.



Meet working artists, and see their works in progress. Everything from sculptures to fine jewelry in this unique location. Free parking, fun for everyone. Over 45 artist’s works to enjoy. Free, and we participate in the 4th Friday Art Walks, 6-9pm, 4th Fri. ea. mo. theArtWorks, 200 Willard St.


A solo exhibit, Plastic Ocean, by local artist Alexandra Morse is on display at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for three months through September 2018. Come any day of the week during Aquarium hours, 9am-5pm, Monday-Sunday. Twenty percent of all proceeds will be donated to Plastic Ocean Project to help clean up our oceans and spread awareness of plastic pollution. All paintings are for sale and will be on display near the stingray tank in the Spadefish Gallery. Ticket cost is for entry into the Aquarium. Viewing the artwork in the gallery is free once inside. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Rd.


Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, Wilmington’s premier after-hours celebration of art and culture, 6-9pm, fourth Friday of ea. month. Features art openings, artist demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments. Administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County, numerous venues participate. Full list:



All ages on Saturday at sunset. Join us in the park and watch a family movie under the night sky. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic and your family, but please no pets or alcohol. Smoking is also prohibited on Town Property. Concessions will be available for purchase. Free, no registration required. Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Dr.



Sept. 13, 7pm: The documentary “HEAL” features Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani, Anthony William the Medical Medium, and more discussing how our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions impact our health and healing. Love offering. Unity of Wilmington, 717 Orchard Ave.

Journey through this mirror-lined chamber housing an array of LED lights. The viewer walks toward a light but at the last minute is diverted to the main room. Lethe, chance art by Leslie Milanese, depicts the first recorded NDE (Plato, 381 BC). Expo 216 gallerium, 216 N. Front St. Wed-Sun, noon-6pm, 910769-3899,


Come on out for two hours of energetic, contemporary American country dancing with live music by Box of Chocolates band—fiddle, percussion, guitar, dulcimer, bass, mandolin and more! Dress cool & comfortable, soft-soled shoes. All ages. 2nd/4th Tues, 7:30pm. United Methodist, 409 S. 5th Ave.

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81 Film with steeds and saloons 83 Start of MGM’s motto 84 E-file preparer 85 Outpouring 87 Ecuadorean export 88 Fails to be 90 Nestling’s noise 92 Boring tool 93 Noisy tool 97 Piano technician 98 Collector’s completions 99 Loses for a time 100 “Amscray!” 102 Where spokes meet 104 Lobe locale 105 Garage descriptor 109 Sprite alternative 113 Purchase for the present 119 Extreme acquisitiveness 120 Part of USSR 121 City on the Rio Grande 122 Hear clearly 123 Dancing-shoe attachment 124 Collector’s list 125 Finishes with DOWN 1 Captain’s journal 2 Actress Kendrick 3 Unpaid TV spots 4 Tools with teeth 5 Make a foe of 6 Verb forms 7 Campsite residue 8 Alphabetic trio 9 __ Luis Obispo, CA 10 Protein source 11 Harry Potter’s Quidditch position 12 Lithium-__ battery 13 Dagwood’s wife

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Complete Schedule:


Saturday, September 15th 10am • Only $17 for 2 hours

Come on board and experience the forever changing NE Cape Fear River as she moves forward into the the Fall season


Sunday, September 16th 9am • 3 hours • $50

Dr. Fonvielle is back and with a bigger fact finding cruise.


Sunday, September 23rd 10am • 2 hours • $25

The Cape Fear coast has its own swashbuckler stories to tell. Join us to hear some from our local historian & author, Jack Fryar on this 2 hour cruise. He will introduce you to some of the infamous pirates that traveled this waterway. Fact or fiction?


Sunday, September 30th 9am • 1 1/2 hours

Join us for a 1.5 hour birding excursion while enjoying a continental breakfast on board.

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Adults in the Wilmington NC area are invited to join Ashley Cates’ “Twerk & Tone” method of having fun and getting in shape. “DropIn” to enjoy this fun opportunity at your convenience, and only pay for the classes you attend. No adv. enrollment and no previous experience necessary. $12 for 1 class; $50 for 5; $80 for 10. $80. www.thedanceelement. com. 7211 Ogden Business Ln. #205


Dsantos Dancers features three hours of bachata. Classes offered: Level 2, 7-8pm; level 1, 8-9pm; social dancing 9-10pm. Classes are $12-$15; social dancing, free. Packages, $50. 4569 Technology Dr., 2


Join Shea-Ra Nichi first Sat. through August from 10:30-noon for a community multigenerational African dance class. Class is open to anyone in the community and offered to encourage those who may not be able to afford African dance class regularly. No pre-reg. rqd. Sliding scale $5-$15 per person (by honor system). Shea-Ra Nichi at shearanichi@ or 910-474-1134. This class was meant to embrace the entire Port City community


Monday nights, 7pm: Are you interested in learning the Waltz, but are not sure where to start with the dance? Or have you learned the basics and are needing to jog your memory by going over the basic steps again? Well, our level 1 class every Monday night in September is just the class for you, 7-8pm. Level 2 and 3 classes offered 8-9pm; $5 for military and students with ID, $10 per person, $15 per couple. Babs McDance, 6782 Market St.


Tues., 7pm: Are you interested in learning the East Coast Swing but are not sure where to start with the dance? Or have you learned the basics and are needing to jog your memory by going over the basic steps again? Well, our level 1 every Tues. night in September, 7-8pm; 2 & 3, 8-9pm. East Coast Swing the night away with us! $5 for military and students with ID, $10 per person, $15 per couple. 6782 Market St.


Sept. 13, Beehive Blondes are headed back to Satellite for their signature Retro Dance Party: 1950’s rock n roll, 1960’s girl groups, Soul, Motown, Disco and non-stop dancing! Vintage shopping with Jess James + Co. and don’t worry, we’ll bring the hula hoops! Free! Beehivesare optional but we love when folks dress retro! Best dressed contest! Satellite Bar & Lounge, 120 Greenfield St.


Sept. 14-15, 7:30pm: Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Eclectic Collection connects dancers, choreographers, musical and visual artists and more to bring the art form of dance together for a varied and collaborative dance event from Forward Motion Dance Company. Annual performance showcases the talents of choreographer Tracey Varga with new dance works presented along with recreations of works from the past. Showcasing dances from Wilmington School of Ballet, The Dance Element, The Dance Cooperative, South East Dance Academy and DREAMS Featured guest choreographer Judy Green-

hut revives “Steam Heat,” a dance number from the original Broadway production of “The Pajama Game” using the show’s original choreography. Tickets: $17.50 (seniors, students, military) or $20 GA. 910-632-2285. Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. BIRTHDAY DANCE

Sept. 15, 6pm: Lets keep the party going and continue to celebrate the birthday of Babs and Pam! For years Babs and Pam have celebrated their Birthday’s together. On September 15th, from 6-10 PM we wish to continue this Birthday Celebration. Please bring a dish to contribute to the Potluck dinner and no gifts please! Your presence is gift enough! We hope you will come out to help us carry on this birthday tradition. Babs Mcdance Social Dance Club and Ballroom, 6782 Market St.

comedy OPEN MIC

The wildest open mic in town ... anything goes. (except cover songs). Stand-up comedy, slam poetry, video, live music, odd talents—performances of all kinds. Hosted by 6-beer Steve. Sign up, 8pm, and runs all night. Juggling Gypsy 1612 Castle St. ILM, (910) 763-2223 daily after 3pm for details.


On the first Wed. ea. month, Gruff Goat Comedy features Three Guest Comics Under a Bridge. No Trolls. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Lane


Come see some of NC’s best stand-up comedians in a world class venue! This month’s talented performers: Brett Williams, Cordero Wilson, Grant Sheffield, Louis Bishop, and Tyler Wood. Hosted by: Wills Maxwell. N Front Theatre (formerly City Stage), 21 N Front St.


Wed. 9pm: Comedy King of the Carolina’s, Louis Bishop, will be bringing the Carolina Comedy Cup to the Lazy Pirate again this year. Louis started this well-anticipated Comedy Show here over 6 years ago and it is now the longest-running independent Comedy Competition in the Carolinas. More than 50 aspiring comics will be competing for beloved CCC Trophy and a grand prize of $500. For more details on the show and how to compete contact Louis Bishop. www.facebook. com/louisbishopcomedy. Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill, 701 N Lake Pk Blvd.


First Sat. ea. month is free show at Lucky Joe Craft Coffee on College Road presented by Regretful Villains. The show features a new style of stand-up called Speed Joking. Come enjoy a night of laughs and find your Comedic Soulmate! 1414 S College Rd.


Sept. 14-15, 7pm/9:30pm: Michael Blaustein is an internationally touring headlining comedian, accomplished actor, and award winning writer. He has performed at over 200 colleges worldwide and has been on the Comedy Central on Campus Tour, The College Humor Tour, and The Oddball Comedy Fest. Michael has preformed at prestigious festivals such as JFL 42 and The New York Comedy Festival. Michael can be seen on this season of

CBS’s Person of Interest and has a role in The Lucky Guy, a feature film produced by Spike Lee, out in late 2017. 265 N. Front St. LIVE RIFFING AND VINTAGE TV

Every Wed. you can join us at Dead Crow Comedy for Improv night. Join local comedians for a TV party at Dead Crow! An interactive improvised comedy show. 265 N. Front St.


Sept. 15, 11am: DareDevil Improv Classes teach you the fundamentals of the funny! Learn to be more spontaneous, trust your instincts, and create one-of-a-kind comedy with an ensemble! (And even if you’re not a “performer”, our classes are a great way to meet people and have a hella good time!) Details and sign-ups, www.daredevilimprov. com. Hannah Block Community Arts Center, 120 South 2nd St.


On exhibit: “A Time When Art Is Everywhere: teamLab,” an art collective and interdisciplinary group of programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians artists and architects, creates digital artworks that bridge art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Designs are immersive interpretations deeply rooted in Japanese art, aesthetic and history. Investigating what they term “ultra-subjective (non-hierarchical) space” and “co-creation (among other objectives)” teamLab proves their belief that the digital domain can expand art. Intearctive installations include Sketch Aquarium (color a drawing of a sea creature and watch the image project onto a giant virtual aquarium); Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere (touch symbols on the screen and see them evolve into the images they represent); and Flower and Corpse Glitch, an evolving story featuring the theme of “The clash, cycle, and symbiosis between nature and culture.” Through Sept. 8, 2019 • Like and Likeness, Throug Sept. 30: A visitor participatory experience and exploration of the human form.CAM visitors can draw using traditional and new media, working from paper on easels and ipads, copying figurative drawings and sculptural works in plaster, marble, and bronze from CAM’s permanent collection. • Feather by Feather, The Sculptures of Grainger McKoy, Sept. 29-Feb. 17, 2019: From the detailed beginnings of the single iconic feather, Grainger McKoy transforms his intricately carved birds into gravity-defying sculptures that play with form and space. • Along the Eastern Sea Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō, Sept. 29-Feb. 17, 2019: Master printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō is among the most celebrated works of Japanese art. This series depicts the spectacular landscapes and fascinating characters encountered on the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital of Kyoto. The Tōkaidō road was the most-traveled route between these two important cities, figuring heavily into popular Japanese art and culture in the mid-1800s. Cameron Art Museum presents the complete set of 55 prints from Hiroshige’s monumental oban series, known as the Upright Tōkaidō, creat-

ed in 1855. • Nearer to Nature, Sept. 29 - Feb. 17, 2019 Humans have always been inspired and influenced by the world that surrounds us. Featuring artwork from CAM’s permanent collection, Nearer to Nature highlights this fascination and contemplation of the natural world. Artists in the exhibition include Elliott Daingerfield, Minnie Evans, William Frerichs, Will Henry Stevens, along with contemporary artists such as Mark Flood, Guy Laramée and Hiroshi Sueyoshi. • Illumination, Dec. 1- Jan. 6, 2019: The highly popular Illumination returns for it’s 3rd year to CAM. Drawing inspiration from traditional lantern festivals, marking the transitional moment of season’s change and year’s end, reflecting on the past while garnering energy for the future. CAM recognizes the crucial role of artists and art in creating an exceptional quality of life for a community. Art, like a lantern, illuminates the mystery, empathy and wonder of human existence. On Sunday, December 9 from 4-7 p.m. will be the third annual Floating Lantern Ceremony: This event is an opportunity for Remembrance, Reflection and Gratitude. There’s no charge to attend, but participants are encouraged to purchase a $12 lantern sleeve they may personalize and then float on the CAM reflecting pond.• CAM Café open and serving delicious menu with full bar, 5pm-9pm. Tues.-Sun., 11am-2pm; Thurs. nights, 5pm-9pm 910-395-5999. 3201 S. 17th St. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM

WB 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 WB. (910) 256-2569. 303 W. Salisbury St. www.

physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (18211907) 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, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action. 910-251-3700. www. 503 Market St. BURGWIN WRIGHT HOUSE

18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th and 19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life is experienced through historical interpretations in kitchenbuilding and courtyard. 3rd/Market St. TuesSat, 10am-4pm. Last tour, 3pm. 910-7620570.


Hundreds of toys and games are on view in PlayTime!—classics, like Lincoln Logs, toy soldiers, an Erector set and a Mr. Potato Head, and even old faves like wooden tops, blocks and dolls. Remember those toys that, for whatever reason, we just had to have? Some of those fad favorites like the Rubik’s cube and 1960s Liddle Kiddle dolls are on exhibit along with toy figures from fast food kids’ meals. Explore toy history in custom label books. Play, create, and imagine in Cape Fear Museum’s newest exhibit, PlayTime! Engage with museum educators in these short, drop-in programs. Activities change weekly and may include puzzles, games, blocks, and more. Adult

participation is required. Fun for all ages! Free for members or with general admission • See NC through the eyes of Wilmingtonborn photographer Hugh MacRae Morton (1921-2006). His captivating images will be featured in the traveling exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” is now open at Cape Fear Museum. The exhibit is on loan from the UNC Library’s NC Collection Photographic Archives and will be on view through September 2018. • Camera Collections! With today’s smart phones and digital cameras, photography is everywhere. But until the invention of the camera in 1839, there was no way to instantly capture the environment around you. In less than 200 years, cameras have progressed from complicated contraptions only used by professionals, to simple boxes with a roll of film anyone could operate, to handheld computers that create digital images shared with the world. 86 cameras and 145 photographic accessories showcases changes in technology and styles, from late 1800s through early 2000s. $8/ adults, $7/seniors, college & military, $5/ youth. CF Museum, 814 Market St. EXPO 216

Exhibit feat. end-of-life issues. Enter Grandma’s House and address the elephant in the room. Pick up an advance directive. Review the History of Hospice . Contemplate individual responses of compassion in the arena. Expo 216 gallerium, 216 N. Front St. Wed.Sun., noon-6pm.


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 after-hours meetings or mixers. Story Time on 1st/3rd Mon. at 10:30am, only $5 per family and access to entire Museum. Admission only $9 adult, $8 senior/military, $5 child, ages 2-12, and free under age 2. 505 Nutt St. 910-763-2634.


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. Latimer House of Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is not handicapped accessible 126 S. Third St.


One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896)

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making, gold leafing, weaving with natural dyed fibers, and more! 8-week series on Thurs., 4-5:15pm, Sept. 6 - Oct. 25. All art supplies for the activities, including take-home crafts; ages 6-10. No yoga experience necessary. Register, $160: 910.769.3494 Longwave Yoga, 203 Racine Dr. #200

Sat., 2pm: Ignite your curiosity! Discover history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear through hands-on exploration and unique artifacts. Our activities are designed to stimulate curiosity and encourage families to have fun together. Themes vary. Ideal for ages 5 and up. Approximately 45 minutes each time slot. Adult participation is required. Free for members w/admission. Cape Fear WALK WITH A DOC Museum, 814 Market St. Join us the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9am for a fun and healthy walk—held at the PLANETARIUM ADVENTURES Midtown YMCA. Each walk beings with a brief Cool off and enjoy an exciting full-dome film physician-led discussion of a current health in Cape Fear Museum’s digital planetarium topic, then he/she spends time walking, anmost Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afterswering questions and talking with walkers. noons, 2pm. These family-friendly programs Choose your own pace and distance. Free are fun and appropriate for all ages. Space and open to anyone. YMCA Midtown, George is limited and adult participation is required. Anderson Dr. Free for members of with general admission.


Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.


Join the Cape Fear Naturalist as he guides you on an open water exploration of the InJoin the Wrightsville Beach Museum of Histracoastal Waterway, inlet passages, and tory and the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for sandy barrier islands of Wrightsville Beach a program on fish! Kids will play a game of and Masonboro Island. Topics will include a Fish or Not Fish and learn about different strong emphasis on shorebird identification types of fish such as sharks. Free kid’s events and ecology, as well as coastal salt marsh every Wednesday from June to August. function. $45 per passenger; RSVP. 910-200They are educational events with a different 4002. http://wrightsvillebeachscenictours. theme each week, all held at the museum at com. Metered street parking only. Wrights10:30am. See website for more info: http:// ville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd. TIDAL CREEK TUESDAYS Join Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours for an SNAKE AND TURTLE FEEDING hour and a half boat tour focused on the Enjoy a brief presentation about the live aniecology of local tidal creeks! We will discuss mals on display in the Events Center and then water quality, pollution sources, and the flora watch them feed. At least one snake and turtle and fauna of the area. While discussing the will be fed during the demonstration. Ages: 3 functions of our salt marshes, we will assist and up. Cost: $1. 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 4-4:30pm. you in identifying local plant and bird species. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St. $45 a person; must RSVP. 910-200-4002 to TENNIS CLINICS FOR KIDS book your trip. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Super Aces Clinic, ages: 8-12. Cost: $60/sesTours, 275 Waynick Blvd. sion. Mon. and Wed, Sept 12, 17,19, 24, 4:30PIER 2 PIER SWIM 5:30pm. Saturday, Sept 15, 22, 29 and Oct 6, Sept. 15, 9am: Are you up for the challenge? 13, 10:30-11:30am. Must pre-reg.Empie Park, For the thirteenth year in a row, the Pier-2-Pier 3405 Park Ave. Sept. 2018-Dec. 2018 Pre-K swimming competition in memory of Ryan Programs Alea Young will take place between Crystal LITTLE EXPLORERS Pier and Johnnie Mercer’s Pier in Wrightsville Age 2-5, cost $3/participant. 10-11am. DeadBeach, approximately 1.7 miles. As a sponline to register: Day before each program. sor, Blockade Runner Beach Resort serves as Bring your explorers out to the park and disa host hotel for participants with special room cover nature through stories, songs, hands-on rates available. Entry fee for competitors; free activities, hikes and crafts. Your children will for spectators. Blockade Runner Beach Redelight in the many nature themes we explore sort, 275 Waynick Blvd each month. Dress for the weather(including closed-toe shoes) to be ready for outdoor fun! Preregistration is required. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults attend free. Grow As We Go 9/20, 10-11am; 9/21, 10ART CLASSES W/LOIS DEWITT 11am; Who Lives in a Tree?, 10/4, 10-11am, Mon., 3pm, watercolor workshops, with and 10/5, 10-11am; Spider Web Wonders, coastal themes. • Wed., 9:30am, colored 10/25, 10-11am, and 10/26, 10-11am; Terrific pencil drawing, simply still life. • Thurs., 2pm, Turkeys, 11/8, 10-11am, and 11/9, 10-11am; acrylic painting workshops. Stamp and stenSigns of Fall, 11/29, 10-11am, and 11/30, 10cil. All materials included. Ages and learning 11am; Lunch for a Bea, 12/13, 10-11am, and levels welcome. 12/14, 10-11am. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. com/wilmingtonncartclasses.html. Sun Room 17th St. Studio, 6905 Southern Exposure KIDS CLUB

Phyllis is the founder of the first yoga studio in Charlotte. $30 per class. All four, $110. Friday night required for Sat. classes due to progressive nature. ADULT CRAFTERNOONS

A new monthly meet-up for adults who enjoy crafting. Drop in on the first Monday afternoon of every month at the Northeast Library. A different usable craft project will be featured each month. Free program, with all supplies provided by a Friends of NHC Library LEAD Award. Reserve spot on calendar at www. or 910-798-6371. Librarian Annice Sevett: or 910798-6371. 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Got a pile of old CDs stuffed in a drawer, binder, or garage shelf somewhere? Explore ways to turn those CD’s into works of art to decorate your home. Hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure you have a seat, register on the calendar at www. or by calling 910-798-6301. NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


Crafty teens are invited for snacks and miniature garden making at Northeast Library. Hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure there are enough seats and supplies, please register on the calendar at or 910-798-6371. NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Yoga: Thursdays, 5:30pm: Participants must bring their own yoga mat to class. Class dates: Sept. 6. Free! Children ages 12-17 can participate with adult. • Zumba: Thurs., 5:30pm: Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, & 18.

Free. Children ages 12-17 can participate with adult • Mother & Daughter Self Defense, Wed., 5:30pm. Girls ages 11-19 & Adult. Free. Session: Wed., Sept. 5 thru Oct. 10 (6 classes). Registration for the entire 6 weeks is required. Participants are asked to attend each class due to the program being progression based with new things taught at each class. Pre-reg. rqd. Maides Park, 1101 Manly Ave. HOMESCHOOL FENCING

Cape Fear Fencing Association 8 week beginning fencing class for homeschool students starts Sept. 5,1:30pm, basement of the Tileston gym. Class will meet for approximately 1 hour on Wednesdays. All fencing equipment provided, students should wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Class covers history, footwork, bladework, tactics, and rules, Olympic Fencing history, and finishes with an in class tournament Appropriate for ages 8 - 18. Cost is $40 plus a $10 membership through USA Fencing at good until July 31. Taught by Internationally accredited instructor whose students have won gold medals at world championships. Tileston Gym at St. Mary, 5th and Ann


Playful Pedagogy is part of the North Carolina Zoo’s Education Division and it functions as an umbrella for the Zoo’s play programs. Playwork is an integral part of Kidzone which is the NC Zoo’s outdoor space that connects children with nature. Children, who have a natural affinity for nature, are losing their connection with it. By connecting children with nature through play, we have a greater chance of affecting change in future adult



Rachael Kinse will offer a place for children’s unique gifts of creative expression to be seen, heard, felt, encouraged, and honored. Each Class blends art with yoga in a fun and creative environment. Modern craft projects found in nature with flower pressing, jewelry

YOGA 101

Phyllis Rollins is a certified intermediate Iyengar teacher and practitioner of yoga for 37 years. Her classes incorporate the philosophy of yoga and the role of the mind in practice. She enjoys working with students on their individual difficulties to find avenues for growth.

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consumers. 9/8/18, 9am-3pm: Fall Migratory Bird ID Workshop. Meet at the park at 8:45am; $10. • 11/16-17, 7am; $125. 16 and up: Pocosin Lakes/Lake Mattamuskeet NWR Waterfowl and Black Bear Adventure We will stay overnight at the Eastern 4-H center in Columbia, N.C. for an overview of Eastern N.C. wildlife with a focus on black bears. Registration deadline: 11/2 • Kayak trips: 9/12, Holly Shelter Creek, 8:30am-12:30pm. $45. Black River Three Sisters Swam, 10/17, 8:30am-3:30pm, $75. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St. CROCHET IT!

Saturday, September 22nd

Join us for a party celebrating the end of our summer long fundraiser! We’ll be announcing the winner of the SweetWater Kayak & other prizes!

A portion of the proceeds benefit the cape fear river watch




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Sept. 12, 4pm: Crocheters of all levels are invited to a casual workshop hour at Myrtle Grove Library. Experienced crocheters can bring their current projects to work on, and beginners can learn to make a basic granny square and get advice about projects that will build their next level of skills. Limited amount of supplies will be available. Hands-on workshop is free for adults and teens. Space limited,, 910-798-6391. Myrtle Grove Library Manager Patricia Dew at or 910-798-6391. NHC Myrtle Grove Library, 5155 South College Rd.


Sept. 13, 2:30pm: Legal Aid of North Carolina offers this free informational webinar for anyone who has questions about their legal rights in the workplace. www.NHCLibrary. org or 910-798-6301. Participants will watch a webinar that explains employment at will, right to work, employment discrimination, and unemployment benefits under North Carolina law. Natasha Francois at 910-798-6306 or NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


Sept. 15, 10am: Spiritual Medium Kim Griffen is offering a mediumship development class designed to help you achieve your highest potential and to build your mediumship skills. Mediumship exercises, study ideas and reading material will be provided. This class is for people that have recognized their mediumship abilites. Menagerie Design Studio, 805-A N 4th St.


Sept. 15, 2pm: Mom and Me Acrylic Pouring: Discover the most addicting, fascinatingly beautiful act of acrylic pouring. You choose the colors and control the movement of the paint to create truly delightful happy accidents. The playing field is even and the results are delicious! We will cover the priniples, materials, mediums and several basic tecniques of acrylic pouring. Registration is for one parent & one child. You will each complete a 12x12 canvas. • Beginner Acrylic Pouring: oin artist Carolyn Colby in the studio & discover the most addicting, beautiful act of acrylic pouring. You choose the colors and control the movement of the paint to create truly delightful happy accidents. Feel free to bring your favorite adult beverage (no hard liquor) Menagerie Design Studio, 805-A N 4th St.


Sept. 17, 10am: Informative program on Medicare is presented by Patricia Bush, the founder and CEO of Insurance with T. Patricia specializes in educating consumers so they can understand plan options and make informed choices. Free, and it is not necessary to register to attend. Health Librarian Mary Ellen Nolan at 910-798-6301 or NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


Sept. 18, 1pm: Fall offering is titled Inspired by Life. This generative, useful, and nurturing 8-session sequence for women writers is led by book author, magazine writer, and experienced teacher Virginia Holman. Series is offered at the beginning/intermediate level and is for both fiction and memoir/personal essay writers. Guided lessons, clear examples, and useful in and out of class exercises to help you write the stories you most want to tell. NBW offers an warm, fun, and supportive environment. Virginia will provide all course materials. Instructor bio, credentials, and endorsements can be found here: https://www. Carolina Beach Lake, S. Lake Park Blvd.


Sept. 18, 4pm: Third of four programs on “Living Longer and Living Smarter,” presented by AARP in cooperation with Northeast Library. This session will give you an idea of the cost of common longterm care options. You’ll learn what is and isn’t covered by the government and different types of insurance. Free but space is limited. at or 910-798-6371. Kelly Colacchio at (910) 798-6378/ NE Regional Library, NHC, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host free Begin the Conversation clinics from 10-11 a.m. the third Fri. of ea. mo., Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Ctr., 1414 Physicians Dr. Free, 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. Attendees will receive specific strategies for initiating conversations that can significantly reduce family stress and improve quality of care. Advance directives supplied so healthcare instructions can be legally documented. Jason: 910-796-7943.


Wed., 6pm: Discover women and femme identified writers! Come to our weekly book club and free write where no advance reading is necessary. Every week we will read excerpts from thought provoking essays, stories, and poems to expand our wheel house and continue our exploration of diversity. We will be selecting excerpts from books carried in-house and delving into discussions on themes and perspectives that we may have grasped from immersing ourselves in these texts. Don’t worry, no prior reading is needed! With titles changing weekly and free writing during our discussions, Discussion & Diversity is not something you’ll want to miss out on! Athenian Bookstore & Lounge, 2231 Wrightsville Ave.


Sept. 13, 6:30pm: Dr. O’Neal Walker, clinical psychologist with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, will give a one hour lecture on the impacts of posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as recommendations for support and recovery. Q&A and reception to follow lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Park in Visitor Parking Lot M. html. 910-962-3709.


Sept. 18, 6:30pm: This group meets monthly to discuss racial issues in American society. Everyone is welcome. Sept. 18 meeting, the group will discuss Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, by Zora Neale Hurston. Dorothy Hodder at or 910-798-6301.


Sept. 12, 8am: Email marketing is a powerful tool fornon-profit organizations, and it still considered the most profitable marketing channel. The right email marketing strategies can help you improve brand awareness, donations, and volunteerism.Hank Hoffmeier, a strategic insights manager at iContact, will elaborate on how to implement email marketing automation into your strategies as well as the impact marketing automation can have for a non-profit organization. NHC Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Dr.


Sept. 12, 3:30pm: Families are invited to the main library to meet Deputy Randy Johnson from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department. We will watch “Officer Buckle & Gloria,” based on the Caldecott Medalwinning book lots of safety tips, and make a fingerprint craft. Children who have parental permission may get official Child Identification Cards. No reg. is rqd. to attend this free event. Jamie Schrum: jschrum@nhcgov. com. 910-798-6303.NHC Main Library, 201 Chestnut St.


Sept. 14, 9:30am: First monthly meeting for the new year of the North Brunswick Newcomers Club. This social club is open to all adults living in Brunswick County. We meet on second Friday of each month with featured speakers seeking to familiarize members with area’s culture, history and lifestyle. Membership dues are $25 for the season. Website is Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way

ARIES (Mar. 21–April 20)

Author Anne Carson describes part of her creative process this way: “Sometimes I dream a sentence and write it down. It’s usually nonsense but sometimes it seems a key to another world.” I suspect you might be able to benefit from using a comparable trick in the coming days. That’s why you should monitor any odd dreams, seemingly irrational impulses, or weird fantasies that arise in you. Although, they may not be of any practical value in themselves, they could spur a train of thought that leads you to interesting breakthroughs.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“The idea of liberation through the suppression of desire is the greatest foolishness ever conceived by the human mind,” wrote philosopher E. M. Cioran. I agree trying to deny or stifle or ignore our desires can’t emancipate us. In fact, I’m inclined to believe that freedom is only possible if we celebrate and honor our desires, marvel at their enigmas, and respect their power. Only then can we hope to refine them. Only then can we craft them into beautiful, useful forces that serve us rather than confuse and undermine us. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to engage in this spiritual practice, Taurus.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck,” the Dalai Lama says. Ain’t that the truth! When I was 22 years old, there were two different women I desperately yearned for as if they were the Muse Queens of Heaven who would transform me into a great artist and quench my infinite passion. Fortunately, they both rejected me. They decisively set me free of my bondage to them. Later, when I was older and wiser, I realized blending my fortunes with either of them would have led me away from my true destiny. I got lucky! In a similar but less melodramatic way, Gemini, I suspect you will also get lucky sometime soon.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

“Don’ts for Boys or Errors of Conduct Corrected” was an advice book for boys published in 1902. Among many other strictures and warnings, it offered: “Don’t giggle. For the love of decency, never giggle.” There was additional counsel in the same vein: “Don’t be noisy. The guffaw evinces less enjoyment than the quiet smile.” Another exhortation: “Don’t tease. Be witty but impersonal.” In accordance with astrological omens, I hereby proclaim all those instructions are utterly wrong for you right now. To sweetly align yourself with cosmic rhythms, you should giggle and guffaw and tease freely. If you’re witty—and I hope you will be—it’ll serve you well to be affectionate and personable.


The new and improved Battle House Haunt! Sat., Sept. 15 and 22 at 6pm, Battle House Freakshow! Sat., October 6, 13, and 20, 6:00pm - Battle House Asylum! New games, new times, new lower prices, and new terror!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

InSimplicity is about subtracting obvious and adding the meaningful,” designer John Maeda writes. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak up,” artist Hans Hofmann says. “Simplicity strips away the superfluous to reveal the essence,” declares a blogger named Cheo. I hope these quotes provide you with helpful pointers, Leo. You now have the opportunity to cultivate a masterful version of simplicity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your keynote is the Japanese word “shizuka.” According to photographer Masao Yamamoto, it means “cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted.” One of his artistic practices is to wander around forests looking in the soil for “treasures” that emanate “shizuka.” So, in his definition, the term isn’t about being scrubbed or sanitized. Rather, he’s interested in pristine natural phenomena that are unspoiled by civilization. He regards them as food for his soul. I mention this, Virgo, because now is an excellent time for you to get big doses of people and places and things that are





cleansed, pure, clear, and untainted.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Libran blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle writes candidly about her relationship with herself. She keeps us up to date with the ever-shifting self-images that float through her awareness. Here’s one of her bulletins: “Stage 1. Me: I’m the cutest thing in the world. Stage 2. Me, two seconds later: no, I’m a freaking goblin. Stage 3. Me, two seconds after that: I’m the cutest goblin in the world.” I’m guessing many of you Libras have reached the end of your own personal version of Stage 2. You’ve either already slipped into Stage 3, or soon will. No later than October 1, you’ll be preparing to glide back into Stage 1 again.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“There’s no such thing as love,” Scorpio painter Pablo Picasso said, “there are only proofs of love.” I’m tempted to believe it’s true, especially as I contemplate the current chapter of your life story. The evidence seems clear: You will thrive by engaging in practical demonstrations of how much you care. You’ll be wise to tangibly help and support and encourage and inspire everyone and everything you love. To do so will make you eligible for blessings that are, as of this moment, still hidden or unavailable!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

According to a Pew Research Study, nearly 75 percent of Americans say they talk to God, but only 30 percent get a reply. I’m guessing the latter figure will rise dramatically for Sagittarian Americans in the next three weeks, however. Why? Because the astrological indicators suggest authorities of all kinds will be more responsive than usual to Sagittarians of all nationalities. Help from higher powers is likely to be both more palpable and more forthcoming. Any communications you initiate with honchos, directors, and leaders have a better-than-normal chance of being well-received.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

One day in October 1926, author Virginia Woolf inscribed in her diary, “I am the usual battlefield of emotions.” It was a complaint, but also a brag. In fact, she drew on this constant turmoil to fuel her substantial output of creative writing. But the fact is not all of us thrive on such ongoing uproar. As perversely glamorous and appealing as it might seem to certain people, many of us can do fine without it. According to my analysis, that will be true for you in the coming weeks. If you have a diary, you might justifiably write, “Hallelujah! I am not a battlefield of emotions right now!”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Anthropologist Margaret Mead had definite ideas about “the ways to get insight.” She named them as follows: “to study infants; to study animals; to study indigenous people; to be psychoanalyzed; to have a religious conversion and get over it; to have a psychotic episode and get over it.” I have a list of ways to spur insight and inspiration, which includes: walking meditations in the woods on a regular basis, no matter what the weather; engaging in long, slow sex with a person you love; spending a few hours reviewing in detail your entire life history; dancing to music you adore for as long as you can before you collapse from delighted exhaustion. What about you, Aquarius? What are your reliable ways to get insight? I suggest you engage in some and discover a new one. You’re in the Flood of Radical Fresh Insights Phase of your astrological cycle.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Stanley Kubrick made masterful films, but most of them bore me. I regard John Ashbery as a clever and innovative poet, but I’ve never been excited by his work. As for painter Mark Rothko, I recognize his talent and intelligence, but his art leaves me empty. The music of Nora Jones is pretty and technically impeccable, but it doesn’t move me. In the coming weeks, Pisces, I invite you to make the kinds of fine distinctions I’m describing here. It will be important for you to be faithful to your subjective responses to things, even as you maintain an objective perspective about them and treat them with respect.

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Free tasting every Friday, 6pm. Third Wed. of each month feat. musical and brewing talents alongside an open mic night, as well as the opportunity for homebrewers to share, sample, and trade their creations: an evening of beer and an open stage. PA and equipment provided. All genres and beer styles. • Sept. 13, 5pm: Homegrown Tomato Ale, Long Weekend IPA, Endless River Kolsch, Weeping Willow Wit, Park Day Pilsner, Moondance Sour IPA, Berliner Weisse, and more. Mother Earth Homegrown Beer Release is part of a continual series of brewery features at Fermental presenting an opportunity to meet brewery staff, ask questions, sample draft selections, purchase bottles, enjoy giveaways, food trucks, live music, and more. Libate and educate. Joe Loves Lobster Rolls, 6pm; Swing Shifters Jazz Trio, 7pm. • Sept. 15, 5pm: Welcome the winemaker from Botanist & Barrel of Cedar Grove, NC, for an evening of multiple drafts, bottles, tastings, live music, food trucks, and more. Arepa Street, 6pm. Cafe Nouveau Jazz Trio, 7pm www.fermental. net. 910-821-0362. 7250 Market St.


3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm everyday at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Learn how we brew our beer, meet brewers and get two free samples.


Tues., 5pm: Join us for a wonderful, exciting night of fun. Port City Farmer’s Market at Waterline Brewing Co. 100% local, 100% handmade. Shop among some incredible local vendors, artists and farmers. Support small businesses in your area. Fresh local produce, beef and pork products, sweets, pickled items, handcrafted jewelry and art. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Ln.


Wrightsville Beach Brewery, 6201 Oleander Dr, Thursdays 2-6pm, year-round, excluding major holidays. Support local farmers and artisans in the beer garden Thursday afternoons. Shop for veggies, meat, eggs, honey and hand-made crafts while enjoying one of the Brewery’s many delicious beers. Stay afterward for live music! wbbfarmersmarket@ • Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market, Mon, 8am-1pm • Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market, Wed., 8am-1pm • Riverfront Farmers, Sat., 8am: Market features all local produce, products and artisan works. A seasonal, open-air market located along the first block of North Water St. and in adjoining Riverfront Park in historic downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River. Locally grown and produced fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, plants, locally caught seafood, handmade artisan works, fresh-cut flower bouquets and more are available. 5 N. Water St.


Reserved seating. $5 of every ticket sold will go to a local Shakespeare Educational Outreach Program. Monthly Sunday Brunch featuring a greatly abridged reading of one of Shakespeare’s classic plays. Brunch and dessert with choice of entrée included in your ticket. Drinks and gratuity not included. Por-

tion of proceeds donated to Shakespearean educational outreach programs. Upcoming: 9/23: Much Ado About Nothing; 10/21: Richard III; 11/18: Merchant of Venice. TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


Cameron Art Museum allows participants to explore current exhibitions with Anne Brennan, CAM’s executive director, in a new series of public tours. Free for CAM members. Wed., 1:30pm. 3201 S. 17th St.


Explore the rich culture of our talented Southern town with a 90 minute walking tour of the literary history of downtown Wilmington, NC. Visit “The Two Libraries.” Walk the streets of your favorite novels, and stand where Oscar Wilde did when he lectured here. Saturdays, 1:30pm, Old Books on Front. 249 N. Front St.


Guided tours start on the hour; self-guided tours start at any time. Mon. is only self-guided tours. Follow curved oyster-shell paths through our lush Victorian garden shaded by 150-yr.-old magnolia trees. See the elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear stories of Bellamies, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Adults $12; senior and military discount, $10; students, $6; children under 5, free. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.


Sept. 15, 10am-noon: To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 1918 Flu Pandemic, The Friends of Oakdale will sponsor a historical walking tour through North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery. Tour be given by local historian David Rice and Oakdale Superintendent, Eric Kozen. Mr. Rice and Mr. Kozen will discuss the 1918 Flu Pandemic which killed more people than WWI and which began as The Great War was winding down. Tours are canceled in the event of inclement weather. Free for members of The Friends of Oakdale; $10 for non-members. Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N 15th St.


Sept. 15, 10am: Fall marks the transition from summer to winter, in September when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools down, embrace the season with this cruise. Travel up the Northeast Cape Fear River for a 2-hour narrated cruise with highlights of ecology and history. See the season changing flora and fauna, as we cruise past the bluffs and the Castle Hayne Aquifer. Keep an eye open for migrating birds. Adult $17, Child $10. Between Orange and Ann Street on the waterfront, the ticketing office is on the Wilmington Riverwalk. Look for the blue and white vessels. Wilmington Water Tours LLC, 212 S. Water St.


Sept. 16, 9am: Sit back, relax and embrace the wondrous scenery of the Cape Fear waterways as we embark on this special cruise. Don’t miss this spectacular, one-of-a-kind adventure. Relax and enjoy the comfortable seating, sipping on your drink of choice, the

afternoon breeze and all the relaxation that Cape Fear holds!There will be Discussion by our local Civil War expert who will bring the Civil War to life on the Cape Fear River. Seats are limited so we recommend reserving your seats. You can book your tickets on or give us a call at 910-338-3134 Tiket Pricing: Adults, $50; kids, $25. Wilmington Water Tours LLC, 212 S. Water St. TALLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Sept. 16, 5pm: Tallis Chamber Orchestra for an evening of movie music and more. The concert is free, but we’ll be collecting donations for our friends at NourishNC. Bring non-perishable food or cash donations and be part of the movement to stamp out hunger in New Hanover County. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St.


Grades 7-12: Wilmington Pride Youth Group is a safe space for youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their straight allies. An adult supervised, safe space for kids to talk about orientation, gender, racial equality, political consequences, religion, self care. Also a great opportunity to meet and socialize with peers from the greater Wilmington area. Meets Thurs., 7pm. Needed: youth facilitators, especially those who are trained to work with kids, and speakers to talk about important topics. Email:


Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd. Building B. Christopher Savard, Ph.D., with Cape Fear Psychological Services, gives a presentation the 1st Thursday of each month. 3rd Thursday meeting is member led. Everyone 18+ welcome. 910-763-8134


Those with MS, families and friends welcome. Meets 2nd Thursday each month, 7 p.m., 1st floor conference room, New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington (behind Betty Cameron Women’s Hospital). Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. Details: Anne, 910-232-2033 or Burt, 910383-1368. New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2131 S. 17th St.


Meets third Saturday each month. Free; drop-ins are welcome. Group provides participants an opportunity to receive introductory info about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Guest speakers, DVD presentations and open group discussion. info@ or 877-849-8271, x1. lupusnc. org. NE Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


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September 12, 2018  

Your weekly alternative voice in Wilmington, NC

September 12, 2018  

Your weekly alternative voice in Wilmington, NC