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PAGE 10: COVER STORY A little comedy never hurt anyone! This weekend Street Theatre Company is bringing a hilarious bout of live theater to Brown Coat’s stage in ‘Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show,” an Obie Award-winning production that originally starred Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. Find out how its been updated with its new two-woman cast, Cathy Street and Holly Allen. Lisa Hunyh gets the interview in our Artsy Smartsy theater section, starting on page 10. Cover pictures provided by Street Theatre Company.

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It’s here: Our third annual creative writing and ‘toons contest is now underway, giving readers a chance to work for encore for one year as a freelancer. Yep, those who have always wanted a chance to see their work in print can enter. Comics entries: ‘Toonists must submit several installments of their black-and-white comics, which can be single-paneled or multi-paneled strips (color acceptable). The winner will receive a one-year weekly run as part of encore’s comic line-up, with pay.

The ‘toon must have a name and clear concept—the edgier, the better. We prefer ones that are current with the times, especially when delving into local topics. ‘Toonists will also be required to draw a piece bi-weekly to print alongside the Creative Writing winner’s ongoing series. Creative Writing entries: Choose your subject, fiction or nonfiction, that would interest you most as a continual story in encore. Make sure your voice is clear and creative, and grammar is in chcek! The story can be no more than 1000 words, please. The winner will be our fact-or-fiction writer for a year, with pay, wherein encore will print the series every other week in the paper. We will choose winning and non-winning entries to feature in our first edition of the 2010 year, so many folks will be published! Send us your entries: shea@encorepub. We accept entries via e-mail only through October 1st. Winners will be notified by the first of November and will begin working for us in January, 2010.


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So, every major city has a restaurant week, where a host of eateries come together and offer one super deal for one week only to diners. Now Wilmington has one, too, as encore is hosting the debut event October 21st-28th, sponsored by DineWilmingtonOnline, Country Vintner and Carolina Craft Distributors. Our goal: to drive traffic to local restaurants and give diners a chance to taste the best of Wilmington at a super price. Check out to print out passes from over 25 restaurants to use during one week only! All of their special menus are listed on the site, too. Eat. Drink. Indulge.

late-night funnies

“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been a victim of identity theft. His credit card company became suspicious when they noticed repeated purchases of large, failing American car companies.”—Conan O’Brien “Pardon me if I slur a little tonight. I have been at the White House, doing beer bongs with the President.”—Jimmy Kimmel “McCain at one point had to have a crazy woman removed by security at one of these town hall meetings. And I’m sthinking, jeez, he should have done that a year ago.”—David Letterman “That’s what American democracy has come down to at these [health-care reform] town hall meetings: old people and gun nuts, which is a terrible combination. I heard somebody yell ‘AK-47!’ and a lady yelled, ‘Bingo!’”—Bill Maher Dick Cheney’s talking about his memoirs. He said that George Bush stopped taking his advice during the second term of their administration. In Bush’s defense, I think it’s pretty natural to lose trust in a guy who shoots his friends in the face.”—Jimmy Fallon

4 city council profile: Tess

Malijenovsy interviews Justin LaNasa, one of Wilmington’s city-council candidates. 6 citizen journalist: Readers discuss Facebook etiquette. 8 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd finds the oddities of crime.

artsy smartsy.......... 10-23 10-12 theater: Lisa Hunyh interviews

Cindy Street about Nashville’s ‘Parallel Lives’; MJ Pendleton gets the preview on Opera House Theater Company’s ‘Grey Gardens’; Anghus Houvouras finds out about the latest production showing this weekend only at Kenan Auditorium, ‘When the Lights Go Out.’ 13 movies: Anghus praises Quentin Tarantino’s latest classic, Inglourious Basterds. 14 art preview: Lauren Hodges gets the lowdown on Lois DeWitt’s latest collage class. 15 gallery guide: See what local galleries are hanging. 16-19 music previews: Bethany Turner interviews lead member of Last November; Jill Watson gets the 4-1-1 on Outformation; Adrian Varnam rambles on with Woody & the Stragglers. 20-23 soundboard: See what bands and solo musicians are playing in venues all over town.

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suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide, and read about our featured restaurant of the week.

extra! extra!............ 30-43 30 book review: Tiffanie Gabrielse

and book-club members review Anghus Houvouras’ The Fence Mender. 32-43 calendar/’toons/corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tommorow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, R. Blanton; read the latest saucy corkboard ads.

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A Guppy with a Tank: Justin LaNasa takes on city-council seat


owntown on 116 North Front Street is a tattoo parlor with a special story inside. Those who have pushed past its neon-lit doorway covered in graffiti stencil have most likely already met the 2009 city-council candidate and owner of Hardwire Tattoo & Body Piercing, Justin LaNasa. Or, for those who haven’t braved the inside, they may remember LaNasa from his 2007 campaign for mayor. Needless to say, LaNasa is not the conventional citycouncil contender: “I’m not a politician. I don’t ever want to be a politician,” LaNasa told me last week, as we talked behind the scenes of Hardwire’s noisy honeycomb of tattoo closets. Instead, he describes himself as an “average, everyday person.” So what’s ink-drilling professional LaNasa’s incentive for running in November’s election? To return the decision-making of Wilmington policy back to its citizens, just as democracy would have it. LaNasa bases his entire platform on bringing the people’s voice to council. He plans to have current city issues printed on the backs of water bills, from which people can vote and decide for themselves how they want their tax dollars spent. Every month, these votes can be tallied and presented to the council members so that tax dollars aren’t misappropriated. Like many citizens, LaNasa doesn’t want to be told what city council is doing but rather asked what city council should do.

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by: Tess Malijenovsky

UNORTHODOX CANDIDATE: Justin LaNasa, owner of Hardwire Tattoo & Body Piercing, is making a bold move by running for city council, a move he hopes will give more voice to the people.

LaNasa believes Wilmington’s biggest crisis is “its leaders” and their “good-oldboy system,” where politicians favor their business interests. While LaNasa avoided elaborating on other, perhaps more imminent problems facing the city, he had quite a few things to say about issues he thinks should be better handled. “The convention center is a bad idea,” he said, claiming that its motives were just to make money for the “buddies tied in with the mayor and the city council.” However, since the convention center will be built regardless, LaNasa would like to have it sponsored by the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach as part of his plan to expand the arts and music in the Wilmington community. Currently, bands touring with House of Blues aren’t permitted to play within a certain radius of Wilmington, as stated on band contracts with a House-of-Blues venue. He sees the con-

vention center as an excellent opportunity to have many more bands come perform rather than bypass our city. Also, where the city council accentuates annexation as being in the best interest of Wilmington, LaNasa is against annexation and wishes to consolidate Wilmington and New Hanover county. “Everyone hates annexation,” LaNasa challenged. Consolidation would mean blending the city and the county into one so that there aren’t “double services, double police, double tax.” While the first-year consolidation would cost the city more money, the subsequent years would drop costs rapidly. Since consolidation would also mean that city council and city commissioner positions would merge, LaNasa believes the real reason council members do not support consolidation is because they’re afraid of losing their jobs. LaNasa defies the council again when it comes to the millions of dollars being spent to refurbish downtown. “Downtown works just fine right now,” he said. “They don’t need to spend the money on that.” He is against downtown parking meters and prefers signs with two-hour time limits monitored by meter-maids. “I believe the city shouldn’t sub-out to this parking-meter person who makes thousands of dollars a day off our city and hurting our downtown merchants by giving them tickets and charging for parking,” he continued. Just the same, he wants the city to stop giving million-dollar incentives to larger businesses to move downtown, labeling this “another good-old boy tactic.” After all, smaller, independent businesses, like his tattoo shop, receive zero incentives to move downtown. “I could maybe understand if they made a

super efficient PPD building that was solar and all—I wouldn’t bitch about the $2 million-dollar incentive. But to give it to them just to move downtown—that’s not fair,” he quipped. “Green incentives” on the other hand, should always be encouraged, in his opinion. LaNasa supports the use of more environmentally conscious choices in the construction of Wilmington’s infrastructure. One of his green ideas to harness efficient energy and generate money back into the city’s budget is to get permission from the state to run solar paneling along I-40’s median. Justin LaNasa also believes he can help bloat the budget by hosting more festivals and “using the convention center the right way.” He strongly mistrusts the accountants and consultants budgeting the city’s wealth, and would like to have these positions more closely monitored in the future. He wants to show people where and how the city budget is spent by posting the details online quarterly, feeling that such information shouldn’t be hidden if there’s nothing to hide. LaNasa wrapped up our conversation by expressing his hopes that more people will vote in this year’s election, particularly the younger generation comprising a city filled with students from Cape Fear Community College and UNCW. “They don’t think their votes count, but 1,000 people in a local election can make or break the system,” he insisted. In the end, it’s the people of Wilmington who can change the system. There is at least one non-politician running for city council who wants to represent the voice of the citizens, even if he’s an outcast amongst the political circle of business owners. “I feel if I made city council that I’d be a guppy swimming in a shark pond,” LaNasa joked. Although he’s not too worried about holding his own in the council. “This guppy drives a tank.” So perhaps the question at hand is which do we fear most, Wilmington: a politically well-versed council member keeping us in the dark or a council member sleeved in tattoos, eager to give the people a real voice?

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What is the biggest faux pas in Facebook etiquette? —encore’s Facebook Fan Page

Sonya Henry wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 3:43pm Do I even have to answer this???? ;-) (Ed note: Sonya’s referring to editor Shea Carver’s number-one rule of Facebook: “Never talk about Facebook.”) Tom Walksak wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 3:48pm Facebook faux pas #1: When someone says, “Do I even have to answer this???? ;-)” Wade Wilson wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 4:05pm When people like Mary Lynn give too many boring details. Mary Lynn Ganey Dean wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 4:10pm When people like Wade Wilson offer free cookies to sell more houses—lame-o! Geoff Nicholson wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 4:14pm POUNDING OUT IN ALL CAPS! I THOUGHT WE LEARNED THAT WAS A NO-NO A LONG, LONG TIME AGO! Shelia Whitmeyer wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 4:43pm Someone writing bad things about a person who will eventually see the information—a very stupid move. I cringe knowing the other person will read it sooner or later! Pat Nowak Hairston wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 4:56pm Too much detail; I’m showering now. Who cares? Caleb Filomena wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 5pm Your mom’s friend request. Jen Poe wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 5:07pm Not returning Facebook messages! I’m not crazy, not a stalker, so even just a one-word answer is acceptable! It’s like when you give someone a gift, and you don’t get a “thank you” or a thankyou note. Annoying, annoying, annoying. Lisa Hill wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 6:03pm The newbies writing on walls and not realizing that all their “friends” see it.

Christy Smith Crist wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 6:28pm Not knowing when to use “me” or “I.” ... My fingers itch to correct some posts. Ed Curtis wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 7:42pm Incessant status updates every minute on the minute. If you’re going to do that, just use Twitterr—actually, don’t do it at all because NO ONE CARES! Judy Carver wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 7:56pm To tell everyone each detail of your day and then say, “not enough time in the day”—DUH, then what are you doing on Facebook? Lindsay Eisnor wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 8pm When people join in on a conversation you’ve had back and forth on someone’s wall—creepers. Christopher Simmons wrote on Aug 25, 2009, at 10:34pm Airing dirty laundry regarding husband/wife. Andy Brame wrote on Aug 26, 2009, at 11:14am Forgetting that someone’s “Wall” is a public area and should be kept for general comments, not those of a more private matter, which should be sent via message or email. For example, “Hey, hope you and your boyfriend will kiss and make up after your argument last night. If you don’t, I think you should start to go out with John Doe—he’s so cute!” Or, “I heard you are going to my same doctor to have a colonoscopy on Thursday—good luck!” Katie Lucas wrote on Aug 27, 2009, at 11:40pm Telling everyone how drunk you are/were/are going to get—at least if you’re over age 23.

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(Nudity, by itself, is not “lewd” under constitutional law.) Other Rhode Island laws bar under18s from, for example, serving drinks, working with power tools or buying pornography. (The city of Providence is also now trying to fix its own ordinance in which prostitution appears to be illegal only for streetwalkers, thus legalizing the trade for those working indoors.) The August issue of Gourmet magazine highlighted the apparently high quality of sushi prepared and sold at a BP gas station near the intersection of Ridgeway and Poplar in Memphis, Tenn. A sushi chef works on-site and reportedly sells 300 orders a day. Uganda’s independent national newspaper, The Daily Monitor, reported in May the arrest of hunter Nathan Awoloi, who was accused of forcing his wife to breastfeed his five puppies after their mothers, who were essential to his occupation, were killed. When Awoloi was released on bond, Caroline Odoi, Ugandan coordinator for the ActionAid International antipoverty agency, led protests demanding his rearrest because of evidence that one of Mrs. Awoloi’s own babies, who was nursing at the same time as the puppies, died of symptoms that resembled rabies. Police said the investigation was continuing. Unclear on the Concept Admitted gang member Alex Fowler, 26, of Jasper, Texas, was arrested in July and charged with an attempted home-invasion robbery that went bad. Tough-guy Fowler, who has the words “Crip for Life” tattooed on his neck, was chased from the house by the 87-year-old female “victim” pointing a can of Raid insect repellant at him, threatening to spray. Hong Kong’s largest political party, the Democratic Alliance for Betterment and Progress, said it was only trying to alert vulnerable women in August when it publicized a list of shopping mall locations in which females ascending stairs or escalators are particularly susceptible to having “upskirt” photographs taken surreptitiously by cell phone cameras. A spokesman said that perverts probably already knew about the locations. Benumbed by Taxes In April 2008, Jeanette Jamieson of Toccoa, Ga., finally paid off her state income tax lien (covering 1998 through 2005) of $45,000, but a year later was indicted for failing to file state tax returns for 2006 and 2007, when her income was at least $188,000. In Jamieson’s day job, she runs a tax preparation service. Also, for the past 24 years, until defeated in 2008, she was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. According to the Detroit Free Press, City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson is a fierce advocate for getting more money to the impoverished city from state and federal grants, but

was herself shorting the city treasury. Municipal records revealed that somehow she managed to be billed only $68 a year in property tax for a well-kept home in a neighborhood where her neighbors’ property tax ranges from $2,000 to $6,500 annually. She told the newspaper she never realized she was paying too little and assumed the low amount was because of “tornado damage,” even though Detroit’s last tornado was in 1997. Good to Know (1) Cussing Is Good for You: A study by psychology researchers at Britain’s Keele University in July showed that people who swear in response to a danger are better able to endure pain than those who use milder language. (2) Urinate in the Shower to Save the Forests: The Brazilian environmental group SOS Mata Atlantica this summer began encouraging people to urinate in the shower to save the Atlantic Rainforest (one avoided flush per day saving 1,100 gallons of water a year). People Different From Us Theresa Winters, 36, who lives in Luton, England, with her unemployed boyfriend, Toney Housden, is pregnant (and chain-smoking) with her 14th child (his 12th) and remains totally dependent on public assistance, which officials estimate has totaled “millions” of pounds. Social workers recently removed the kids still living with her (five were born with disabilities), and Winters defiantly told The Sun in July that, if they also take away her 14th in November, she and Housden will just keep making more until she gets one to keep. Housden said he would “love” to go to work, but only for “the right reasons” (specifically, not, he said, to earn money for family counseling because that is the government’s responsibility). Recurring Themes The most recent examples of men who decided to steal money only after they had already identified themselves: (1) Jarell Arnold, 34, in line at the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Anchorage in August, showed his ID in order to check his balance, took the account slip from the teller, wrote his holdup note on it, gave it back and escaped with $600 (but only briefly). (2) A long-time customer of Penny Lane Records in Sydenham, New Zealand, picked out a CD in August, asked the clerk to reserve it, and even wrote his name and address on it to make sure they held it. Moments later, he saw an opportunity, grabbed cash from the cash drawer and fled (but only briefly). Read News of the Weird daily at Send your Weird News to or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.

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Double Take:

Nashville’s ‘Parallel Lives’ arrives for one weekend only


nvision two eternal beings, conversing with one another about the creation of man and woman. Being One asks Being Two if the male or the female should actually have the baby. They bicker for a few seconds and then finally make the decision alphabetically. F wins. So begins “Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show,” an Obie Award-winning, offBroadway performance originally written and performed by stand-up comedians, Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Peggy in “King of the Hill”) and Mo Gaffney (“That 70’s Show,” “Mad About You”). To think that the reason women today were designated the responsibility of human birth by the simple fact that the letter “F” comes before “M” is ironic yet amusing. This kind of spontaneous humor is spread throughout the production, which is separated into a total of almost 20 scenes and incorporates nearly 30 different characters between the two women. Written, acted and produced on DVD in the early ‘90s, “Parallel Lives” is now being relinquished by the Street Theatre Company in Nashville, Tennessee. A nonprofit arts association, The Street Theatre Company released “Parallel Lives” for a grand span of five weeks in Nashville, only to come back by popular demand—and to the locals’ delight. Actress Cathy Sanborn Street, who had done the show 12 years ago, happened to nail one of the lead roles by a brush with fate. Substituting for the former actress who fell ill a week and a half before the opening performance, Street joined with Holly Allen. Once together it was “love

by: Lisa Huynh

Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show

Cover story Brown Coat Pub and Theatre 111 Grace Street September 4-5, 8pm Tickets: $10 (910) 341-0001 at first sight,” more or less; the two clicked immediately and became the successful sister act they are now. “It was intangible; Holly is such a superb actress, and her timing is great,” Street proclaims of her counterpart. Performing their own version of the show, originally starring Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, what ensues is a kneeslapping good time, featuring a humorous couple who rock the stage for almost two hours. Allen and Street perform an array of characters, from college students to farm workers, Jersey girls to prostitutes, even feminist poets—and that’s only before intermission! When asked who her favorite characters are, Street, also the artistic director, shares, “It would have to be the two older women from New York, Madeline and Sylvia—they are just hilarious!” This roughly one-hour-and-45-minute show

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SISTER ACT: Cathy Street and Holly Allen take on many roles in their-two woman show, ‘Parallel Lives,’ a hilarious romp, playing at Brown Coat Pub and Theatre this weekend only!

is coming exclusively to the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre in Wilmington for a two-night performance. Audience members will be able to enjoy real-life entertainment of oldfashioned theater with the appeal of a laidback comedy club. While most plays are a complex blend of cast, set, music and lights, “Parallel Lives” is unique in that it solely focuses on the characters and dialogue alone. The emphasis on language is key to the

show, which is run 90 percent of the time on the game of word-toss between Allen and Street; the other 10 percent are accounted for their monologues. Devoid of many costume changes or an intricate set, audience members are able to be less distracted with their eyes but rather concentrate on the humor of the words. Each scene is divided by musical interlude, each geared toward representing the major themes of life that everyone experiences, such as dealing with relationships, death and the insecurities of one’s health. This is one reason out of many that draws in so many demographics within an audience. Although it is a strictly woman-only act, the actresses do play men as well as women, and the male population has found it to be equally as gut-wrenching as the female. “We weren’t quite sure how men would take it,” Street exlaims, “but the response was great. There is this one scene, where a drunk cowboy is interacting with these women, and men love it! It is a very relatable show.”

Aristocratic Crazy: Opera House presents ‘Grey Gardens’


he musical “Grey Gardens” is based on a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. It depicts the lives of a mother and daughter, Big Edie and Little Edie, who live in an East-Hampton mansion, which, in Act II, is scandalously unsanitary, with 52 cats, raccoons, fleas and no running water. Even more fascinating is that the Edies were the aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The documentary is a shocking cinema verite of two crazy women who spend most of their time secluded in one bedroom with twin beds and a refrigerator. Even more astonishing is that the two women seem totally unaware of how bizarre their lifestyle is until that “mean, nasty Republican town” of East Hampton tells them to clean up or get out. The musical is not quite as sordid as the

documentary because the first act takes place in 1941 when Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter still had enough money to live in style. Since both Edies were performers, though not professional, the story was smoothly adapted into a musical, with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, which premiered on Broadway in 2006 and won several Tony Awards. Like the Broadway production, one actress plays Big Edie in Act I, which takes place in 1941, and Little Edie in Act II. Heather Dahlberg, who moved to Minnesota a year ago, returned to Wilmington for this role. Albert Maysles believed that the two women had a “love relationship,” but Dahlberg suggests that it was more of a “dysfunctional

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Grey Gardens

Preview Opera House Theater Company City Stage/Level 5, 21 N. Front St. September 2-6, 11-13, 18-20; 8pm Saturday matineés, 3pm Tickets: (910) 343-3664 love/hate relationship.” According to director Ray Kennedy, Little Edie tells her mother in Act II, “‘I’m not a person, I am your shadow.’ You just want to scream at her, ‘Please leave!’” “In Act I you see the extreme selfishness of Big Edie—that’s a mother, and she did that

“She had her own sense of style,” said Kennedy, “and wore shawls and turbans after she lost her hair, but always with a brooch.” “She turned skirts that no longer fit upside down,” Dahlberg added. Big Edie was a singer who had her very own pianist (Robin Dale Robertson), and Little Edie considered herself a dancer. Their biggest complaint about the documentary was that there was not enough singing and dancing. “There are a lot of uplifting, fun songs in Act I,” Dahlberg said, “and the music has a Sondheim feel to it.” There is a certain fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and famous and also a secret glee when they fall from glory. This production has both: a glimpse of the privileged life, which collapses into madness when the money runs out. The house in East Hampton was named Grey Gardens because of the sand dunes, the five-acre garden walls and the mist from the ocean. The color gray also symbolically represents a lifestyle that lost color and a mother/daughter relationship that was neither black nor white; it was somewhere, rather, in that murky area that resides between good and evil.

Also this week: • “Phantom”: Thalian Association presents the musical “Phantom,” based on the novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gerard Gaston with book by Arthur Kopit, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. 9/24-27, Thurs/Fri/Sat, 8pm and Sun, 3pm. Directed and choreographed by Debra Gillingham, music direction by Jonathan Barber, starring Jamey Graves and Alecia Vanderhaar. Presented at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of UNCW. $25 VIP seating available; all others $20 with senior, student and group discounts. 910-962-3500. • Cold Reading and Audition Techniques: Actors Economy Buster Training from Big Dawg Productions. 9/12; 12pm-2pm: Cold Reading & Audition Techniques. Info for camera work and stage. Learn skills for quickly breaking down a scipt, fast development of character, hitting marks, finding eye lines, slating for cameras, use of body language, tips on how to be remembered, questions you should/not ask. Suggested donation $10/person. More or less donation welcome. The Cape Fear Playhouse; 615 Castle St. (910)352-7678.

GRAY AREA: The cast of “Grey Gardens” works to display the love-hate relationship between Big and Little Edie, one that was not quite black or white but rather gray, as their surrounding environment.

to her daughter? Then it’s exacerbated in the second act,” Dahlberg explained. “There is a creepy quality and a sense of madness, but it’s about real people with real joys and real sorrows,” Kennedy added. In the documentary Little Edie seems extremely narcissistic and oblivious to the squalor of her surroundings. She revels in the attention of the filmmakers and describes her “costume” of the day as if it is haute couture.

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Lighting Up the Stage: Alvin Moore and Swirl Films bring hit stage play to Kenan for one night only!


lvin Moore Jr. is an award-winning playwright from Moss Point, Missouri. Taking inspiration from the likes of Tyler Perry, David E. Talbert and JD Lawrence, Moore has been touring his stage plays throughout the South. Last year he signed his first national distribution deal that would take his plays from stage to screen. His first effort, “A Mother’s Prayer,” brought in a packed house in Wilmington. The cast included such greats as Robin Givens, Johnny Gill, Shirley Murdock and Jermaine Crawford. Alvin also starred in the production as his wise yet hilarious, self-created signature character, Gramps. Alvin’s stage plays have been toured and performed in various cities across the U.S., and have been brought to Wilmington primarily to be filmed. Moore’s second major stage event, “When the Lights Go Out” returns to Kenan Auditorium on UNCW’s campus this weekend, trying to capture lightning in a bottle once again. Filmed for DVD release early in

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When the Lights Go Out Kenan Auditorium UNCW campus September 3rd, 7:30pm Tickets: $15-$20 (910) 962-3500 2010, the play tells the story of Gary, a faithful husband and struggling musician (is there any other kind?). His marriage is deteriorating, and his wife Shelia shows him no respect. The stress of the situation makes Gary pine for simpler times and brings back memories of his first wife, Alice. Gary spends so much time daydreaming that his reality begins to suffer. An already strained relationship with his daughter becomes so damaged it may be beyond repair. Like “A Mother’s Prayer,” there is a spiritual core to “When the Lights Go

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Out,” as well as a little music to help mix things up. While talking to Moore about the play, I asked if there was anything of himself in Gary. “I dream of something different,” he told me. “I want to inspire people by telling them my story onstage. Hopefully, it will inspire someone to trust God and know that all things are possible.” It’s that kind of energy which appears obvious in his work. The cast of the show brings some familiar faces back to the Port City. Most notably Clifton Powell (Ray), who has recently starred in and directed a number of plays in the Port City. Powell is joined by actor/musician Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls) and recording artist Lloyd.

The play is also the second venture between Moore and Swirl Films. Swirl CEO Eric Tomosunas has produced a half-dozen stage shows in the last year, adding to his growing résumé of indpendent films. I asked Tomosunas about the appeal of stage production in the DVD market. “There’s a built-in audience for these shows,” he responded. “People who enjoy the energy of a live stage show featuring top talent.” As for Tomosunas’ appeal for Producing the plays: “I’ve always loved the theater.” “When the Lights Go Out” plays one night only, Thursday, September 3rd, at 7:30pm, at Kenan Audotorium on the campus of UNCW. Student discounts are available with ID.

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•Sept. 2-6, 2009 (3pm, Sunday) Woodstock: 40th anniversary edition, 184 min.

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cert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers. Negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to courtesy of Universal Pictures

uentin Tarantino is the kind of director capable of eliciting extreme reactions. When he’s on point, he makes damn-fine surface cinema. He creates memorable scenes and possesses an innate ability to cram each with nuance and texture. He’s a pop-art filmmaker. He constructs works of art by amassing his inspirations and painting them all on the same canvas. There are few cinematic experiences more exhilarating than a good Tarantino film. Even good artists have momentary missteps—periods when they try to paint the canvas with so many colors that they bleed into an incomprehensible mess. Tarantino’s period was a stinker called Death Proof, as part of the wretched Grindhouse doublefeature released in 2007. I’ve often referred to Tarantino as a “Pop Culture Cuisinart,” a guy who takes decades of influence, then slices and dices them into something completely different. But Death Proof was too loose and too literal. It was a squawky, talky mess—a far cry from the days when he was cranking out great films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Inglourious Basterds is a project Tarantino has been teasing film fans with for years: a mad, wild romp through World War II exploitation films with a heavy does of Peckinpahinspired violence. It’s the first Tarantino film in over 10 years that shows growth as an artist. He’s still cramming each scene with a variety of influences, but the work feels completely original. It’s far more complex than the trailers and commercials would lead us to believe. There are multiple narratives. Most will be surprised to find out that a majority of the film isn’t spent with Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) and his team of Jewish Nazi hunters but with a young Jewish girl named Shoshanna (Mélanie Laurent). We meet Shoshanna in the film’s opening scene, easily the best narrative Tarantino has ever constructed. It’s a masterpiece of character, providing dialogue that tells us everything we need to know about the villain of this particular piece: Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). In a performance as award-worthy as any I’ve seen, Landa details his assignment from the Fuhrer to a French dairy farmer over a nice glass of

cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering con-

the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000. Rated R for language, nudity and drug use.

BASTERDS: The cast of Inglourious Basterds pull off stunning performances, thanks to director Quentin Tarantino’s vision.

milk. He’s malevolent, heartless and takes great pleasure in his detective skills. A Jewish family in hiding is gunned down, and Shoshanna barely escapes. Once we know the villain, we meet the “heroes” of this particular piece, The Basterds: eight Jewish-American soldiers led by Lieutenant Aldo Raines, sent into occupied France to brutalize the Nazis. Pitt is wonderfully dim as Raines. Like Colonel Landa, he revels in the brutality he inflicts on the Nazis, particularly carving swastikas into the forehead of a lone survivor allowed to live only to spread the tales of the Basterds’ cruelty. There isn’t a whole lot to the Basterds. We get almost no backstory to any of them with the exception of an extended flashback for a German soldier-turned-Basterd, Sargeant Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweger). Tarantino gives us hints and glimpses into their campaign, but they exist only as part of a greater story. The various narratives are woven together in Paris. Joseph Gobbles (Sylvester Groth), the Nazi “Minister of Propaganda,” is premiering his new film. By a twist of fate, Shoshanna owns the theater where the movie is to be premiered. Finally, four years later, she has the opportunity to get revenge on the Nazi high command for the death of her family. The Basterds are also keen to get


to the premiere. With a few explosives, they could wipe out the entire Nazi high command, including none other than Hitler himself. Inglourious Basterds is such a fascinating piece of modern filmmaking. Shoshanna’s story is a cruel journey. The Basterds’ scenes are played for morbid laughs. There aren’t many directors that could combine such diverse styles into a cohesive—much less entertaining—story. So many of the scenes in Inglourious Basterds are long, drawn out, slow burns. Every shot is deliberate, every line of dialogue precise. Even in moments where the film strains historical credibility, it still makes sense for the world that he has created. The “rules” are all but forgotten, but he abandons them so fearlessly that I doubt many will even care. Brad Pitt squints through every scene, scrunching his face into an uncomfortable gait, channeling the chiseled leading men of the Golden Age of cinema. In any other film, it could have been a laughable mess. As well, seeing Mike Myers playing a British general in an expository scene doesn’t seem to make sense, but somehow it works. For me, the true cinematic value of Inglourious Basterds is Shoshanna’s tragic story. It blends a traditional tale of revenge with Tarantino’s love of classic film. Without it, the movie would be just another violent cartoon. That being said, if encore readers only see one movie this year, go see Inglourious Basterds. It’s an irreverent masterpiece.


Lumina Theater UNCW Campus 910-962-2900 Showtimes and costs vary •Sept. 4th, 7pm & 10pm; $2/student; $4/public The Proposal, Rated PG-13 Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is a powerful Manhattan book editor who is about to get deported, which would mean losing her job. To save her career, she makes a deal with her belittled assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to get married in order to stay in the country. However, a weekend with the future in-laws might be more than they can handle. Also stars Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, and Betty White. Directed by Anne Fletcher. 35mm. Runtime 108 min. •Sept. 5th, 8pm; free/students, $4/public

Fanboys, Rated PG-13 Join the five biggest Star Wars fans of 1998 on their mission to steal a print of Star Wars Episode I from George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch before its theatrical release. Starring Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride. Featuring special appearances by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Directed by Kyle Newman. Runtime 90 min.

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henever a person is exposed as an artist, one of the first questions they are asked is: “What do you do?” This, of course, is meant to inquire about the artist’s medium of choice. The possible answers are infinite: painter, sculptor, designer, photographer—the list goes on and on. For Lois DeWitt the world of art has so much to offer, she has trouble settling on just one medium. “Artists like me that are interested in a broad range of skills can profit by learning about many mediums, skills and techniques,” DeWitt told encore last week. “Interest is everything because it helps develop creative skills more rapidly, and keeps the learning experience alive and passionate.” DeWitt has settled here in Wilmington after a long career up North. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute on a full-tuition grant. She went on to teach at the Orange County Community College in upstate New York before travelling back to the city to teach at the Brooklyn Friends School. Then she headed further north to add more pieces to her collage of a resumé. “Moving to Boston, I worked as secre-

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Collage Magic with Lois DeWitt Art Center Development Group, Pleasure Island (910) 547-8116 or tary to the director of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art,” she said. “During that time, [I] launched two enterprises: Kidquilts and Capability, creating colorful hand-painted quilts for children and handsewn woolen capes. They were sold in several Boston boutiques.” Her next stop was Connecticut, where she worked with the Sharon Teen Center to produce the Sharon on the Green Arts and Crafts Fair, an annual event featuring over 150 juried artists and artisans. “Through my 34 years of art teaching experience,” she said. “I have learned that each creative person has different learning needs.” Today, DeWitt encourages those needs in local art students at the Art Center Development Group in Pleasure Island. “We are trying to establish an arts center,” she revealed. For now, she has her plate full with an array of different art classes. The class most geared toward DeWitt’s love of variety is her “Collage Magic” class. “I find teaching collage very rewarding,” she noted. “Student work is beautiful and inspiring, and they are often amazed at how common objects and papers become rich, artful, imaginative compositions. Basically, students use common visual media for collage: magazines, junk mail, newspapers and things like that. Collage requires them to see beyond the everyday images and use these found papers in a different, creative and imaginative way.”

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Her class features activities such as comprising all shades of blue papers from magazines and using those papers to express a certain feeling. “Collage is passion with me!” she exclaimed. “My art training is in multi media, which requires assembling all kinds of materials into one art work. I have worked with and combined many materials, including wood, clay, fabric, stones, grass, moss, paper, wire and plexiglass. Collage techniques can be expanded into areas of sculpture by using dimensional materials such as these. The art forms of assemblage and construction were developed in the 1950s and ‘60s from collage techniques created by artists like Picasso, Braque and Dubuffet in the 1920s.” Though she always pays respect to the pioneers of collage, DeWitt cannot help being excited about the new developments in modern mixing. “The art form of collage has taken on a whole new meaning today as materials we routinely throw away are being recycled into art forms that become exhibited in galleries, art museums and public sculpture,” she informed. “That, to me, is a sign of the times.” As the teacher DeWitt is able to transfer her own passion for collage onto her students, making the class an immersive of an experience for students that yearn to connect to their creations. “Each student is different with his or her own learning curve and level,” she said. “I guide each student towards attaining the skills and techniques they need for the lessons. Then, as the student becomes proficient in the technical area, I guide them towards their own area of interest and personal style. I do this in all of the classes I teach.”

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1701 Wrightsville Ave #910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th st. Housed in an old gas station, we offer resident artists working in studios alongside a gallery space used to exhibit other artists work. We hope to connect artists with each other and offer many styles of work to fuel the public’s interest. Currently, Artfuel, Inc. showcases Volume 21, featuring Eli Thompson, Todd Carignan, Jake Shelton, Kelly Neville and El Ralphy.

Crescent Moon

FastFrame Gallery features more than twenty local artists, whose artwork includes a wide variety of media such as oils, watercolors, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry. Summer Art at Fast Frame features photogrpaher Conrad Pope, creator of media pastiche originals M. Matteson Smith, realist perfectionist painter Terry Rosenfelder, multicultural painter Harry Davis, watercolor painter Deborah Cavenaugh, creator of Slobot’s Robots, sculptures and paintings Mike Slobot, jewelry designer Sara Westermark, and Majolica and textural pottery and Raku by Caroline Aweeky and Carla Edstrom.

Hampstead Art Gallery

332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm Come see why we were awarded a Top Retailer for 2009 by NICHE magazine. We support the North American craft community. We specialize in hand-crafted glass and metal art with over 70 artists on display at any one time. It’s a sight to behold in a 465 square foot space. Brilliance, sparkle and whimsy. Find a fan pull or splurge on a wall platter, buy a gift or treat yourself. We gift wrap for free and offer free gift delivery in Wilmington. Create your own art registry and start collecting what you want today. We are here to help. Crescent Moon is located in the Cotton Exchange where parking is free, while shopping or dining. Follow us on Twitter as CrescentMoonNC or become a fan on our Facebook page!

14712 Hwy. 17 N. • (910) 270-5180 Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm, or by appt. Hampstead, NC “Beautiful; lots of variety.” “Love the place.” “Beautiful art work.” “Very nice.” “Art rocks your socks, and you know that.” These are just what a few customers had to say about Hampstead Art Gallery. Come and tell us what you think. Affordable prices on prints and originals. Local artists with various styles and taste are just excited about having the opportunity to share their work with all art lovers. Our artists offer different sizes from what we have on display and low rates on commissioned work. Christmas is very close, and a family portrait would be a great gift. Owner Charles Turner invites all artists and art lovers to just hang out in our new Artist Lounge any time. Look for our upcoming Expos and Open House. Hampstead Art Gallery is located in Hampstead on the corner of Factory Road next to CVS Pharmacy.

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Montage Art & Design

1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Landfall Center (910) 256-1105 Mon.-Fri.., 10am-6pm • Sat., 10am-4pm FastFrame Local Artists Gallery, one of the few exclusively Local Artists Galleries in Wilmington, is located at Landfall Center within minutes of Wrightsville Beach and Mayfaire.

310 N. Front Street, Suite 3 • (910) 7638011 T-F, 12-6pm; Sat, 12-4pm Montage Art & Design features fine original art and exquisite prints from over 50 talented artists. You can also find unique art wear, pottery and metalwork created by artisans from

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around the region. Montage is highlighted during each and every Fourth Friday Gallery Night in 2009! Derick Crenshaw is our featured artist. In addition, Montage Fine Art Publishing has established an online presence as a highquality printing company, and provides our artists with unique licensing and publishing opportunities to a variety of U.S. & international commercial clients. All photographic, proofing, printing and shipping services are provided by Mark & Ian Akin of Wilmington NC. Montage also provides design & consulting services to discerning businesses and individuals, no matter the size, scope or style of the project.

New Elements Gallery

216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment Transitions features the works of Robert Irwin and Margie Worthington and remains on display through September 19th. A resident of Beaufort, NC, Irwin is noted for his straightforward yet powerful imagery of the coast. He has revisited some of his earlier paintings and used these “reinterpretations” as a basis for his new series. Irwin has introduced a freshness and vitality in these newer works which seems only enhanced by the passage of time. Wilmington artist Margie Worthington creates intimate and very personal vignettes with her mixed media pieces using imagery of architectural details, photographs and painting. “I work in collage and seek to create visual poetry which references the role of memory, a sense of family, the power of place and the passage of time. Throughout my work, it is the process of trying to establish visual relationships among unrelated elements which I find so intriguing.” In her larger scale works, Worthington creates actual three-dimensional space with boxes and compartments which become part of the composition in her “collage constructions.” Among NC’s premier art destinations for 24 years, New Elements Gallery features both regional and nationally acclaimed artists. Collectors will enjoy a variety of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wood, with changing exhibitions each month. The gallery also offers custom framing and art consultation services.

works by Bob Bryden, Michelle Connolly, Karen Paden Crouch, Virginia Wright-Frierson and Pam Toll. The gallery offers a large selection of works on paper in numerous media. In addition there are many different gift ideas, such as hand-gilded table-top frames and oneof-a-kind keepsake boxes. The gallery offers something for everybody.

Sunset River Marketplace

10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179). (910) 575-5999 • Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm (Winter hours: closed Monday) myspace.comsunsetrivermarketplace This eclectic, spacious gallery, located in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C., features fine arts and crafts by some of North and South Carolina’s most creative, successful artists. Almost every genre is represented here—oil, pastel and watercolor, clay and glass art, fiber art, turned wood, metal works, artisan-crafted jewelry and more. Classes, workshops, pottery studio, custom framing, Creative Exchange lecture series and Coffee With the Author series are also offered on-site.

Wilmington Art Association Gallery

616B Castle St. • (910) 343-4370 Don’t miss the workshop with Miriam Pinkerton in October! Miriam is a nationally known collage artist and watercolorist, who will teach a collage workshop October 2nd. In this class, you will learn to dye your own papers, make coffee papers, use newspapers to make intriguing designer papers, how to preserve these papers, several transfer methods, what glues to use, how to use and dye Japanese rice papers, etc. and basic design. Tuition for the class is $50 per student. Call the gallery for information and to register. Terry Rosenfelder is our Featured Artist from through Sept 24. The theme of his show is “Coastal Towns and Harbors.” Terry has been winning awards at state-wide shows right and left for the past several years and has been a lifelong art educator and painter. His work is photorealist, amazing and thoughtfully composed. Each painting creates a compelling story. Our Special Event is Ben Billingsley’s show “Urban and Rural Landscapes” Ben pares down the landscape to reveal and explore our relationship to the world around us. He limits details and prefers to emphasize the essential elements of shape and color which leave the viewer with pattersonbehn art gallery the energy and color impact of having been 511 1/2 Castle Street physically in the landscape. Ben is a painter (910) 251-8886 • Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm and art educator and teaches at Cape Fear (Winter hours: closed Monday) Community College. Look for the 2009 Calendar of the Wilmpattersonbehn picture framing & design has added an art gallery to their space, featuring ington Art Association coming out in Sepseveral local artists. Currently on display are tember! encore | september 2-8, 2009 | 15

Warning! Last November’s new album may create insomniacs


y grandpa says he can relate to the songs, and he’s 72,” Luke Pilgrim, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the three-man show Last November, told encore last week during an interview. “That’s pretty cool to me because I do want to write songs people can relate to. To me, that’s why [‘Seventeen at Three in the Morning’] was picked as a single, and that’s my ultimate goal.” In fact, at only 17 years old, Pilgrim wrote most songs for Last November’s album All the Gory Details (Southern Trades, 2006). “I grew a lot since that album,” he noted. “Hopefully, I’ll continue to grow as an artist, and the band will continue to grow, and hopefully the fans grow with us.” The band of which Pilgram speaks is rounded out by Taylor Woodruff (percussion/vocals) and Tyler Ayers (bass/guitar/ mandolin), both of whom add to the musical magic of being a Jack-of-all-trades. Each master more than what they are known for contributing to the band. Pilgrim received his first guitar from his parents at age 11, and his cousin taught him most of what he

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JACK OF ALL TRADES: Last November’s threepiece rock outfit make music and videos, and handle much of their own tour requirements, too. Don’t miss ‘em this weekend!

knows about playing. As if having a voice that melts the hearts of teenage girls and the patience to learn the ways of one instrument were not enough, he also plays the drums, piano, bass and banjo. Of course, he couldn’t stop there—nor could Woodruff and Ayers. Last November shot their own music video for “Seventeen at Three in the Morning,” too, wherein Pilgrim began the storyboards, then directed the video, and edited it to create the final project. Their tour also takes the DIY approach, as they each handle all of their own lighting, makeup and catering. Upon listening to the band’s latest single from its sophomore album, Over the Top or Under the Weather (Southern Tracks 2008), the ability to identify with the lyrics is the first facet to capture attention. The pop-rock ballad involves a boy and a girl being young and in love, ignoring time and responsibility. With Pilgrim’s catchy chorus, singing along is inevitable, and the strong, driving beat of the kick drum makes fighting the urge to nod along futile. “Seventeen at Three in the

Morning” elicits nostalgia for those of us no longer in high school and is quixotic for teenagers who have yet to reach the wise age of 17. According to the guitarist, Over the Top or Under the Weather, is a “party album” of sorts. “I wanted to make a solid pop-rock record. To quote Mick Jagger, ‘It’s only rock and roll, but I like it,’” he joked. “I’m not trying to change the world, but I want the audience to have fun.” Seemingly, it’s not a concern for most fans who attend their interactive shows. “It’s pretty involved— there’s a lot of crowd [participation]. I want people to enjoy the show, whether it’s through anecdotes, our stories about childhood, or rocking the songs,” he said. Performing live is a “kind of surreal” experience for Pilgrim, especially upon seeing the audience sing along to something he’s written, whether it’s “Hot and Cold”—”a pretty cool ‘60s-pop tune”—or “Uppers, Downers and All-Arounders.” The fun (and Pilgrim’s favorite) can’t be contained to only a few. Although, “Hot and Cold” may be the best portrayal of the young overachiever’s voice. The slower tempo and straightforward melody work together to present his impressive vocals. Hearing him sing is like having a good laugh—something triggers the endorphins, and everything seems just, well, better. A natural euphoria automatically ensues from listening to the acoustic version. The harmony created from the backup vocals of Woodruff and Ayers could relieve anyone’s pain. Of course, after becoming hooked on “Hot and Cold,” it is easy to find the same pain relief in any of their songs from Over the Top or Under the Weather. Last November has managed to create an album with the sole purpose of making their fans feel good. “All these songs we work on in private, [and] when [we] get the chance to play them in front of people, that’s what’s most rewarding.

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Outformation Coming In: Southern-rock outfit sweeps into Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre


encore: The Fastburn album has a folky, Southern-rock sound to it. Is this the sound all your albums have had, or has your sound changed and reformed since your first? Sam Holt: We’re the same people, but we’ve evolved as musicians. So there is a sameness, but there is growing as well. So I would leave that up to the listener. e: Is your songwriting a group effort or a one-man job? SH: They come in all kinds of ways. I’ll wake up and write something down, I’ll hear a good line on TV or in a movie, a personal experience. Usually the person who is singing the song wrote most of the words, but not always. e: Since you are sometimes considered a jam band, do you find it hard to stick to your songs the way they were recorded while playing live? SH: Some tunes we play the same as the record because we really like the way they work. Some we have places specifically to improvise. And some we leave really open to see what will happen.

by: Jill Watson

Outformation Featuring Bloodkin and DJ Logic September 5th, 7pm Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre $18-$20 at Gravity Records and

computers. Sales have been better than the last one. We wanted to get the songs out there to as many people as possible, thinking that in the long run, people will be familiar with the tunes. e: Now that you are focused solely on Outformation, do you feel things are taking off for the band? SH: Well, I try not to think about stuff like

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ucceeding in an already established band is always good for the ego, but venturing out and creating a new rock outfit, and making the group successful, is an entirely different undertaking. That is what Sam Holt—best known for his ecstatic riffs as guitarist for Widespread Panic—has done, as he’s jumped from the Panic tree to climb the limbs of Outformation. Having started the group with high-school buddy Grady Upchurch (bass/vocals), Holt is a one-band kind of man now, sharing the stage with his mates Jeff “Birddog” Lane (percussion/vocals), Lee Scwartz (drums/ vocals) and Benji Shanks (guitar). In the throes of promoting their third album, Fastburn, the Atlanta, Georgia-based Outformation is a slick jam band that leans on influences of Southern rock as well as the psychedelic sounds of its counterculture. With inspiration arising from Frank Zappa to Minutemen to My Morning Jacket, their music crosses boundless platforms. And they’ll be showing Wilmington how they rock when they arrive at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre on September 5th, at 7pm (also featuring Bloodkin and DJ Logic). Sam Holt made some time while on the road to answer a few questions for encore about Outformation and life outside of Widespread-Panic fame.

FORMED AND READY: Atlanta-based jam band Outformation is poised to play at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre this Saturday, September 5th, with Bloodkin and DJ Logic.

e: How did offering your new CD for free for two weeks affect your fan base and sales for that album? SH: It got the record on a lot of peoples’

that. We are playing shows and making records; if we improve and evolve organically, that’s all I can ask. e: What do you plan to do after the tour is finished? SH: We’ll continue writing and gathering material for the next record.

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Still a Ramblin’ Man: Woody Mitchell brings his latest rock outfit to his daughter’s music venue, The Whiskey


here’s little evidence to suggest that when Dickey Betts wrote the Allman Brothers hit “Ramblin’ Man” in 1973, he knew he was writing a song that would define a generation. But for all of the Southern rockers of the ‘70s, and really for all the working musicians decades before that, such a song could not have described their plight better had they spoken—or sang—the words themselves. Trying to make a living and doing the best that they could was a mantra understood by all who played every roadhouse, juke joint and dive bar across this country. For Woody Mitchell, it was his life. “It was a lot tougher on the kids and their mom than it was on me,” Mitchell says about his constant days of touring, despite his young family at home. “Of course, my conscience ached, but that was how I made my living. That was sort of my only life back then. I had gotten out of Vietnam, and music was what sort of saved me from going down the dark trail a lot of my brothers did. It was really the only thing that I could do. It was tough on them, and I’ve paid a price for that in my soul. “But, you know, at this point in life it seems like maybe things are coming back around, and [my family and I, especially my daughter] are mutually appreciative of each other. And the fact that she owns one of the coolest bars in town, and I have a cool band, well, hey—perfect! [laughing] May the circle be unbroken.” The bar he’s referring to is The Whiskey in downtown Wilmington. And the “she” is Alecia Mitchell: co-owner, photographer, writer and ardent music lover. While she says it was a rocky time for her and her sister during adolescence, she beams with pride when she talks about her dad’s music today. And that mutual appreciation can be seen perhaps most in her excitement and joy in having her father play at her venue this Friday for the very first time. While Alecia is her own woman, one can’t but help wonder if that seed, although nurtured by life, wasn’t first planted by her dad all those many years ago. “I used to take [my kids] to sound check and stuff like that, you know, and they’d sit up at the bar, and have soft drinks and eat snacks from the bartender while I set up and stuff,” Woody laughingly admits during our phone conversation. “They were definitely around it a lot back then. We lived in the mountains for quite a while when they were young,

by: Adrian Varnam

Woody & the Stragglers The Whiskey September 4th, 9pm; $5

and we would have these barn dances up there, literally. We built a stage, and people’d come from all over the county ‘cause there wasn’t anything going on up there. They’d charge five bucks a car like it was a drive-in movie and cram as many people as they could [in the space]. We’d just jam all night, and then you’d just roll out your sleeping bag with the kids or conk out on bales of hay in the barn or whatever.” But the moments with his two girls in tow were few and far between in those days. Living in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1970s didn’t provide much of an opportunity to stay close to the family. Instead, Woody and his band, Loafer’s Glory, had to hit the road constantly in search of opportunities to keep mouths fed and bellies full. It wasn’t an easy task for a bunch of long-haired rabble-rousers. “After joining up with Loafer’s Glory we had a little homestead up there, but we had no local base—we had nowhere to play. Even in Asheville, man . . . It was lounges and stuff like that, but there wasn’t any place a bunch of rowdy ol’ boys from the mountains could come in there and raise hell.” So, they rambled. “We’d stay booked most weekends then,” he says. “But if we had two weekends far away with nothing in between them, and it wasn’t cost effective to come home and go back out, we’d just go through these towns and walk into these bars and say, ‘Hey, you wanna free band tonight for tips and food and beer?’ And we’d earn enough for a motel room so everybody’d get a shower. It was like the gypsies, man—just make it up as you go along. And, you know, I made enough to keep the family going.” So the band did the best they could. But it wasn’t easy with a style of music that was either a little before its time or a little off the beaten path. “We were all old rock ‘n’ rollers back then,” he says. “There really wasn’t a niche then for what we did. But then Willie and Waylon came out, and then Merle Haggard made that record with the Bob Wills band, and everybody was going,

ROCKIN’ AND RAMBLIN’: Woody Mitchell is still makin’ music and raisin’ hell; don’t miss him at The Whiskey on Friday the 4th!

‘Wow, this country stuff isn’t so corny after all.’ This was the ‘outlaw era,’ and what we were playing really was rock, but it was a lot closer to roots music. We’d just rock it, and it drew a little bit of a rowdier crowd than the bluegrass and Appalachian music and everything else up there in the mountains. And that’s what we liked. We liked an audience that was sweatin’ and hollerin’ and drinkin’ and raisin’ hell.” Now, decades later and long after the demise of Loafer’s Glory, Woody Mitchell continues to carry the spirit of a ramblin’ outlaw with his current band, Woody & the Stragglers, along with several other side projects. For a man who’s done it for as long as he has, he could easily call it a career at this point and reflect on his life as a success, professionally. But, for him, he needs to keep nurturing the experi-

ence of music that he’s sustained for all these years. It seems a fitting tribute for the muse that he says saved his life and longs to share wherever he goes. “What you’re really doing when you play is magic, you know,” he says. “And that’s always been my sole motivation for doing music. Because, if you get things going right, you can make magic. You’re giving people something to take with them through the next week while they gotta go to work and pick up the kids and mow the lawn and all that. That’s what I see; it’s providing fuel for people’s souls to get ‘em through until the next time they get to experience some magic, whether it’s music or art or anything. And soul is just a totally undervalued quantity these days in this culture. It’s about those short moments that give you some kind of faith that life was good, and helps you keep going through the slings and arrows of everyday life.” Wisdom from a man who’s lived his to the fullest.

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soundboard Piano Show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 DJ Big Kahuna —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 KaraoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 KaraoKe with DJ BiKer roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 KaraoKe with Dr. Luv —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 ‘80S LaDieS night —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 eric anD carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 DJ JePh cauLter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.

DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 DJBe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 KaraoKe with BoB cLayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 oPen Mic night —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 ‘80S, carter Lee —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 Live JaM featuring MeMBerS of the wooLwine coMPLeX, coon Phat gravy, anD wiLLie anD Me —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 oPen Mic night with gary aLLen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 JereMy norriS anD toMMy BrotherS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Bone trivia —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 256-3558 the LoveLL SiSterS, no DoLLar

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a preview of tunes all over town this week

SWINGIN’ IN: Don’t miss the Americana indie-rock of Josh Roberts and the Hinges, playing The Whiskey on Thursday, September 3rd.

ShoeS —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

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faMiLy KaraoKe —Alfie’s, 2528 Castle Hayne Rd.; 251-5707

toM rhoDeS —Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St.; 251-1935 DJ tiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 DJ LaLo —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 oPen Mic with JereMy norriS —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 Live acouStic —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DJ coMPoSe —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 Shag LeSSonS —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 DJBe eXtreMe KaraoKe —Café Basil, 6309 Market Street; 791-9335 DJ Don’t StoP —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355

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KaraoKe with BoB Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 KaraoKe with Jason JaCKson —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 Classy KaraoKe with Mandy Clayton —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 dJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 Josh roBerts and the hinges —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 fire and druM JaM; PsytranCe —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Big dog and Catfish willie —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 lloyd doBBler effeCt —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 soMething siMPle —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 last noveMBer, sequoyah, PreP sChool, sirens for sleePing —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 MiKe o’donnell —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832

sea Pans —Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 guitarist Perry sMith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 dJ sCooter fresh —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 KaraoKe Kong —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 hiP-hoP night —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 galen KiPar ProJeCt —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 256-3558

friDAY, september 4 roB ronner —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 dJ riCo —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 Piano show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 dJ sCooter fresh —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 roBBie Berry —Mexican Viejo Bar and Grill, 2013 Olde Regent Way, Leland; 371-1731

dJ —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 dJ —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 KaraoKe Kong —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 tara niCole —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 dJ tiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 latino night with dJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. sCott sMith on Piano (rat PaCK triBute) —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Band night —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 dJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 KaraoKe with BoB Clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 Melvin and sayer —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255

Classy KaraoKe with Mandy Clayton —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 dJ MitCh —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 dJ will Clayton —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 drew sMith Band —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 fred flynn and the stones —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 root soul ProJeCt —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 farewell, Between the trees, PunChline, aCtion iteM, a Clerestory —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 will hoge, alternative routes —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 stevie ray vaughn triBute feat. Justin fox —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 256-3558 MoBile death CaMP, teMPle destroyer, wrathlord —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812

Big dog and Catfish willie —Mayfaire Music on the Town, Mayfaire Town Center woody and the stragglers —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 wedloCK —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 Chris BellaMy —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 overtyMe —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Kennedy ParK —Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 first friday guitar JaM session —The Smudged Pot, 5032 Wrightsville Ave.; 452-2920 BenJy teMPleton —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 dead Man’s hand, side swiPe —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 l shaPe lot —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 red eye JaCK —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

dJ; sea Cruz —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366

sAturDAY, september 5 dJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 dJ shaw —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 dJ lalo —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 dJ foxxy —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 KaraoKe —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 sCott sMith on Piano (rat PaCK triBute) —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 guitarist Perry sMith —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 Piano show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 dJ tiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206


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DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 DJBe eXTReMe KARAOKe —Café Basil, 6309 Market Street; 791-9335 JAsOn MARKs —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 live Music —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 Be YR Own HeRO FesT —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJ eDie —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 KARAOKe wiTH BOB clAYTOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ will clAYTOn —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 DJ MilTOn wHiTe (BeAcH/sHAg) —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 DAMOnA wAiTs, cHAMpiOn OF THe sun, wHAT’s gOOD, OceAns OveR MOnuMenTs —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 sOunD DOg —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

siX DAY BenDeR —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 FiRsT sATuRDAY Blues JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 HAMBOne willie —Lucky’s, 2505 S. College Rd.; 792-1812 ORgAniX —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 256-3558 will RevO —Francesco’s, 839 S. Kerr Ave.; 793-5656 sTeve MARTinez AnD THe give THAnKs BAnD —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 DJ lOgic —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 THOM cRuMpTOn —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 MiKe O’DOnnell —Holiday Inn Sunspree, 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 DJ —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 DOnnA MeRRiTT —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 sTuDiO 1515 —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

OuTFORMATiOn, DJ lOgic, BlOODKin —Greenfield Lake Amphitheater ReD cApRicORn —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 DJ; BeAcH Music —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776

sunday, september 6

DJBe eXTReMe KARAOKe —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 JessicA BlAiR —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 JAM wiTH BennY Hill —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 clAssY KARAOKe wiTH MAnDY clAYTOn —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 Be YR Own HeRO FesT —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 JAsOn MARKs —Wrightsville Grille, 6766 Wrightsville Ave.; 509-9839 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 FluTisT niKKi wisniOwsKi —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395

ReggAeTOn sunDAYs —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 sTeve MARTinez AnD THe give THAnKs BAnD, TOnY DReAD —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 MAsOn sMiTH BAnD —Ocean Grill, 1211 S. Lake Blvd; 458-2000 MigHTY McFlY —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Big FisH —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500 TOM nOOnAn, JAne HOuseAl —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666 gAlen On guiTAR (BRuncH) —Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 DJ Big KAHunA —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 l sHApe lOT, MeDusA sTOne —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 THe lOve lAnguAge, HOuse OF FOOls, RYAn gusTAFsOn AnD JOsH MOORe —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

monday, september 7

DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366

Open Mic nigHT —Port City Pub, 121 Grace St.; 251-3791 KARAOKe —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 DJ RicHTeRMeisTeR —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Open Mic wiTH vivA —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 JeReMY nORRis AnD FRienDs —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Open Mic nigHT —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 DJ Big KAHunA —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 DJ TiMe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 Open Mic nigHT —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

tuesday, september 8 ROn eTHRiDge —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DJ TiMe, DJ BATTle —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 live Music —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551

KARAOKe KOng —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 DJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 KARAOKe wiTH BOB clAYTOn —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 clAssY KARAOKe wiTH MAnDY clAYTOn —Ultra Classics Pool and Bar, North Hampstead DJ Big KAHunA —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 live AcOusTic —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 inDie Music nigHT —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 BiBis ellisOn AnD THe spARe cHAnge BAnD —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 gReen sHAcK —Palm Room, 11 East Salisbury St.; 503-3040 ROB ROnneR —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 cApe FeAR Blues JAM —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 sHAg DJ —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.


121 Grace Street



Big Domestic Beers, 2 Newcastle Bottles, $250 Kona Longboard Island lager, $250 10oz Domestic Draft Beers, $1 Winter Warmer Coffee Drink, $495 $


1/2 Price Bottles of Wine Pacifico, $250 • Absolut Dream, $395 ***LIVE JAZZ***


Corona/Corona Lt., $250 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas, $4


Gran Martinis, $7 • Red Stripe, $250


Wednesday TRIVIA







Cosmos, $4 • 007, $350 Baybreeze/Seabreeze $4 Blue Moon, $250 LIVE MUSIC IN THE PATIO


Well Drinks $3 Domestic Bottles $2 Domestic 16oz Draft $150 Mojitos & Appletinis $300 5564 Carolina Beach Rd 452-1212

W DJ COMPOSE 8/29 JAHMAN BRAHMAN 9/4 DEAD MANS HAND/ SIDE SWIPE Open Mon.-Fri., 2pm-2am Sat. 12pm-2am • Sun. 12pm2am

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Sea Pans Steel Drum every Thursday Night on the terrace Friday, Sept. 4


Saturday, Sept. 5


Friday, Sept. 11


Saturday, Sept. 12

JOHN Mielcarski 7-10PM





lyndsey bennett


dave meyer


acoustic live music on the outdoor back deck SUNDAY 1/2 price wine list TUESDAY Twosome Tuesday - 10% off entrees for two WEDNESDAY Ladies Night - cheese and chocolate, $8/lady THURSDAY $6 martinis 138 South Front Street Downtown Wilmington

Open Tuesday - Sunday

serving dinner at 5 910.251.0433 pm

415 South College Road MONDAY MADNESS: Domestic Pints: $225 Miller Light, Yuengling: $350 Well Vodka Drinks: $350 FREE POOL AFTER MIDNIGHT TASTY TUESDAYS: CALL NIGHT All call liquors: $400 WET WEDNESDAYS: Smirnoff Flavor Liquors $400 Drinks LATE NIGHT!!! Domestic Light Beer $225 (Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural, Coors Light)

THIRSTY THURSDAYS: Import Beers $300 (Red Stripe, Heineken, New Castle)

FINALLY FRIDAYS: Cream Drinks $450 Blue Moon Draft $325 SATURDAYS: Corona $250 Cuervo Silver Shots $300 POOL HAPPY HOURS 3pm-6pm $5 per player SUNDAYS: Service Employees Night Bloody Marys $300 Jager Shots $325 Jager Bombs $425 Coors Light Bottles $225 FREE POOL AFTER 10pm

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 karaoke WitH dr. luv —tHe underGround, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 dJ —Shanty’s Beach and Blues Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd.; 599-3366 karaoke WitH dJ Biker roB —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 eric and carey B. —El Zarrape Cantina, 103 Lake Park Blvd.; 458-5255 ‘80S ladieS niGHt —Boogies, 6745 Market St.; 367-3409 ‘80S, carter lee —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 oPen Mic niGHt —Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223


1 TACOS EVERY DAY! 5pm-Close 3 Entrees

$ 99

DAILY BAR SPECIALS: $3 Margaritas-All Day, Every Day $5 Double Frozen Daiquiris MONDAY: $2 Domestics, $2 Premium Drafts, $3 Shooters TUESDAY: $1.50 Domestic Bottles $2.50 Coronas and corona light WEDNESDAY: $2.50 Wells, $5 Absolute Martinis, $2.50 Premium Draft THURSDAY: $2 Domestic Bottles, $3 Wells, $6 Patrone Margaritas FRIDAY: $2 Domestic Drafts, $4 Bombs SATURDAY: $2 Domestics, $2.50 Premium Drafts, $3 Shooters SUNDAY: $2 All Drafts, $3 Bloody Mary’s, $6 Island Martinis

Piano SHoW —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 dJ BiG kaHuna —Club Vida, 105 Wetsig Rd.; 791-9955 Bone trivia —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Rd.; 256-3558

live JaM featurinG MeMBerS of tHe WoolWine coMPlex, coon PHat Gravy, and Willie and Me —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 karaoke WitH BoB clayton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880

JereMy norriS and toMMy BrotHerS —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 oPen Mic niGHt WitH Gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 karaoke —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301

dJ JePH caulter —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St. dJBe extreMe karaoke —Wild Wing, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 live MuSic —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088

of Art, Blood Line, Addict Sound 9/5: Slippery When Wet, Fearknot, Stripped 9/6: The Charlotte Music Festival 9/8: The Cult, The Living Things 9/9: D12, Potluck

9/4: Heart, Nantucket

Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 HWy 17 S., Myrtle BeacH, Sc 843-272-3000 9/4: Down with The Melvins, Evil Empire, Haarp 9/5: Sister Hazel, Golden 9/6: Gospel Brunch; Chairmen of the Board CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. Main St., carrBoro 919-967-9053 9/2: Enter The Haggis, The Smart Brothers 9/4: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Do It to Julia 9/5: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Greg Humphreys, John Dee

EVERYDAY $1.50 Fibbers Golden Lager $2 Bud Light Pints- $2 Miller Lite Pints $3 Guinness Pints MONDAY POOL TOURNAMENT- $1.50 Coors and Coors Lite Bottles - $3 Wells and Import Beers $4 Call Drinks $1 Tacos 35¢ wings. GIVEAWAYS: Panthers Tickets or a Round of Golf TUESDAY Poker Tournament / Free Pool $3 shots of Kilbeggan Irish wiskey $4.99 Chicken Club PitasC WEDNESDAY Fibbers 1¢ Wednesdays / $5 Cover Penny Fibbers Golden Lager pints, $3 Royal Flush Shots $3 SOCO and lime shots $4.99 all burgers, DJ P FUNK THURSDAY LIVE MUSIC $6 Domestic pitchers, $8 import pitchers, $3 Washington Apple shots ,$4.99 all pitas FRIDAY $5 martinis, $2 Mich Ultras 1/2 price apps SATURDAY $4 bombsB SUNDAY 1/2 price bottles of wine, 2 Coors Light, Karaoke in the pub, DJ BATTLE in the lounge MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 14 FLAT SCREENS AND A PROJECTOR SHOWING ALL NFL GAMES

Holeman 9/6: L In Japanese TWC PAVILION AT WALNUT CREEK 3801 rock Quarry rd., raleiGH • 919-831-640 9/4: Creed LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. caBarruS St., raleiGH 919-821-4111 9/2: Badfish, Scotty Don’t, Ballyhoo

VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE 707 Pavilion Blvd., cHarlotte 704-549-5555 9/4: Lil’ Wayne 9/5: Creed

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St., cHarlotte • 704-377-6874 9/4: Matthew Bart Lattimore, State

CARY’S BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE 8003 reGency ParkWay, cary 919-462-2052

All entertainment must be turned in to encore by noon every Thursday for consideration in the weekly entertainment calendar. Venues are responsible for notifying encore of any changes, removals or additions to their weekly schedules.

courteSy of SiSter Hazel

oPen Mic W/ kiM dicSo —The Underground, 103 Market St.; 763-9686 BadfiSH, Scotty don’t, BallyHoo —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500

THE ORANGE PEEL 101 BiltMore avenue, aSHeville 828-225-5851 9/5: Ozric Tentacles, The Discordian Society 9/9: Trinumeral Launch Party feat. The Egg, Lipp Service, Eskmo GREENSBORO COLISEUM COMPLEX 1921 WeSt lee Street, GreenSBoro 336-373-7400 9/5: Britney Spears

N. CHARLESTON COLESIUM 5001 coliSeuM dr., cHarleSton, Sc 843-529-5000 9/5: Boney James, Alex Bugnon, Matt Marshak TWC ARENA 333 eaSt trade Street, cHarlotte 704-522-6500 9/5: Taylor Swift

$2 Yuengling Bottles and $4 Infused shots everyday

Monday DJ Time


Bomb Specials:

4 Jagermeister, $5 Jager Bombs

Tuesday Drink Specials:

$ 2 Commiekazi shots $3 Draught Beer specials

Wednesday Drink Specials:

3 All House Infused Vodas $5 Stoli Vodka



ILM Electroclash Sessions with Predator and DJ Dustin Cook Drink Specials:

5 Martinis/$4 16oz. Russian Beers


Friday & Saturday

ILM Dance Sessions with DJ Dustin Cook Drink Specials:

$ 3 Lemon Drops 3 Draught Specials $ 4 Function Cocktails $

Sunday Wii Bowling

Drink Specials:

8 Pitchers of Magic Hat #9 $ 4 Bloody Marys


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u itodeateand drink in the port city d i n i n g gwhere Enjoy an extensive selection of gourmet soups, salads, sandwiches and specialty Americana in this rustic chic setting. From the dry-rubbed and slowroasted Better Buffalo Wings to the hardwood smoked Duck Quesadilla, Black Horn offers unique twists on traditional foods. Always family friendly with smoke-free dining, a large arcade gaming area, 23 Hi-Def TV’s and Nintendo Wii. Live music every weekend. 7 days a week, 11am–2am. 15 Carolina Beach Avenue North, “the boardwalk,” Carolina Beach. www.blackhornbarandkitchen. com. (910) 458-5255.

salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Lunch and Dinner Tues-Sunday. Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the RiverWalk at 128 South Water Street. 910-763-2052 or online at

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza


american Black Horn bar & kitchen

A short drive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brickoven pizzas around, Brixx also offers a fine selection of signature focaccia sandwiches, pastas, fresh salads and desserts. Stop in for a quick lunch, or kick back on the patio with one of 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. Brixx is also a late-night destination, serving 2-for-1 pizzas and appetizers after 10 p.m. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. 910-256-9677.


A sprawling two-story restaurant located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Bluewater offers spectacular panoramic views. Watch all types of boats cruise past your table, and relax to the sound of sail masts lightly touching at the nearby marina, all while enjoying the casual American menu. Dinner mainstays include baby back ribs, char-grilled steaks, fresh fish, and delicious homemade desserts. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . 910.256.8500

C.G. Dawgs For great traditional New York style eats with Southern charm look no further than C.G. Dawgs. You will be drawn in by the aroma of fine beef franks served with witty banter and good natured delivery from the cleanest hot dog carts in Wilmington. Sabrett famous hot dogs and Italian sausages are the primary fare offered, with a myriad of condiments for all of your mid-day or late night cravings. You may find them daily at their new location on the boardwalk of Market and Water St. from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays at the farmers market. Thursday-Saturday nights they are on Market St. between Front and 2nd St. from 10pm to 3:00am. Then they finish the week off at Fibbers on Sunday nights until 3am. To busy to leave the office? Ask about their lunch time delivery service for downtown!!

THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta,

This former Dawson’s Creek stage set has been turned into a lively pub in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. Their extensive menu ranges from classics like a thick Angus burger or NY style reuben to lighter fare such as homemade soups, fresh salads, and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game on the big screen, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with a pool table, darts, weekly trivia, and live music on the weekends. Offers limited lunchtime delivery during the week and can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, opens Sundays at noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133

flare. From the fried pickles appetizer to their the shrimp or oyster Po’boy to their nightly dinner specials, there is something that will make your taste buds sing. Then stick around for live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; nightly drink specials are offered. Go online at www.kefilive. com for more info and full music schedule. Open 6am-2am, seven days a week, with full ABC permits. Lunch deliveries available in the Wrightsville Beach area. Located at 2012 Eastwood Road, 910-256-3558.


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. Open TuesdaySunday, serving dinner at 5pm. 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


A local favorite and must-see for visitors, Henry’s award-winning decor features beautifully hued stacked sandstone, a hand painted ceiling and a gorgeous 100-year-old Brunswick-style tiger oak bar. At dinner, modern American offerings include slow roasted prime rib, rotisserie chicken, signature crab cakes, and delectable seafood dishes. Lunch features include deli sandwiches made with fresh Boars Head cold-cuts, delicious salads, and fresh bread. Save room for the homemade strawberry shortcake! 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. 910.793.2929.

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. Mon.Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm; closed Sunday. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.

Holiday Inn Resort



The Verandah Café Restaurant located in this oceanfront resort is a wonderful find. This is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh Seafood & Steak dinner while dinning outside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Eric invites you to experience his daily specials in this magnificent setting. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach


Kefi, founded in 1981 by a group of friends, has a long-standing tradition as a favorite local watering hole. This Wrightsville-Beach eatery is open at 6am for breakfast, offering everything from omelets and pancakes, to shrimp and grits. Take a break from the beach and visit Kefi’s, where their menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. There is even a “working man’s lunch,” served Monday through Friday, all for under $6. At night Kefi comes alive by serving dinner with a Southern

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Now a smoke-free restaurant, mellow out and relax in the comfortable atmosphere that Mellow Mushroom offers. From the giant psychadelic ‘shroom located in the bar area to the Cadillac hanging on the wall, this restaurant is far from ordinary. The open kitchen brings live entertainment as pizza dough flies in the air. Their handtossed, spring-water dough brings new meaning to pizzas and calzones—healthy!! With 20 drafts and an array of microbrews, domestic and import bottles, Mellow Mushroom has an extensive beer list and full bar. Also, check out their lunch specials and variety of sandwiches. Their menu also caters to everyone and offers many vegetarian dishes. Live jazz on Wednesdays. Hours: Mon-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm. 4311 Oleander Drive, 452-3773.

STICKY FINGERS RIB HOUSE Sticky Fingers is known for the best authentic

Memphis-style ribs, wings and barbecue in town. It’s no secret that slow, low-temperature smoking produces mouth-watering, tender ribs, chicken and pork. Sticky Fingers smokes everything right here in the restaurant and has received national praise for award-winning ribs. The restaurant was recently featured in Bon Appetit, Southern Living and Food and Wine, and had fantastic television exposure on CNBC’s “The Today Show,” and the Food Network. Locals voted Sticky Fingers “Best Ribs” in Wilmington. Sticky Fingers Catering has become an obvious choice for company picnics, office meetings or social gatherings for parties of 15 to 5,000 people. They offer both full service and simple drop-off options to meet anyone’s catering needs. 5044 Market Street, (910) 452-7427.


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is family owned and operated with six locations throughout North Carolina. A family tradition for over 30 years specializing in homemade chili, slaw, burritos, tea and sauces. Smithfield all meat, Sabrett all beef, Oscar Mayer fat-free and Litelife veggie hot dogs. Try their unique “burger slab dog,” which is a burger in a unique shape. 94 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, 256-3421; Cape Fear Blvd. in Carolina Beach, 458-7557; 111A South Howe St., Southport, 457-7017; 121 N. Front St., downtown Wilmington, 343-2999; 784 King St., Boone, NC, 828-265-2658; 4502 Fountain Dr., 910-452-3952. Call individual stores for hours of operation.


Appropriately located “underground” on the corner of Market and Front streets in downtown Wilmington, this lively restaurant and bar serves a variety of choices that includes everything from a Southwestern Chicken Caesar Wrap or a Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla to a Reuben with Potato Salad. In addition to a full bar with an interesting martini and shooters menu, Underground also offers a selection of draft and bottled beers. The atmosphere is friendly and casual yet elegant, and it’s a great place to bring the family or join friends for a cocktail at night. Open Monday, 11am-5pm; Tuesday-Friday, 11am-2am; and Saturday, noon2am, with a full menu served till midnight. Live music every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and karaoke every Wednesday! Check our Web site for a current events list www.myspace. com/undergroundwilmington! 103 Market Street, Corner of Front and Market, downtown Wilmington, 763-9686.

asian Double Happiness

Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. We prepare flavorful dishes inspired by the cultural richness of Malaysia, Thailand and authentic China. We’re now serving traditional dim sum, and good health special vegetarian dishes, such as Soy Peking Ribs, homemade tofu and homemade Malaysian sponge cake. We are dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of our cooking techniques. Our friendly staff is always will-

ing to help customers, and we serve beer and wine for lunch and dinner. Banquet and tatami rooms are available for large parties. Open Monday through Saturday, 11am-10pm; and Sunday 3pm-10pm. 4403 Wrightsville Avenue; 910-313-1088. www.


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

Hiro japanese steakhouse What better way to celebrate a special occasion or liven up a dinner out than to dine in a place where every meal is an exciting presentation. Knowing that a meal should be more than just great food, Hiro adds a taste of theatre and a amazing atmosphere to everyone’s dinning experience. Also serving sushi, Hiro surprises its guests with a new special roll every week and nightly drink specials to complement it. From 47pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday 11am-10pm. Located at 222 Old Eastwood Road (910) 794-1570. Please visit the Web site at

Indochine restaurant and lounge

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

Yo sake

Located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, Yo Sake features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian menu served amid fabulous Tokyo vogue décor. Entrees include Sake Bombed Duck, Tea Rubbed Salmon and Grilled Beef Tenderloin. The bar boasts an extensive wine list including 16 sakes and fantastic specialty drinks like the Wilmington-famous Pomegranate Ginger Mojito. Don’t forget to try the Fresh Mango Cheesecake or the scrumptious Coconut

Banana Ice Cream, and, if you ask nicely, they just might drop a scoop of the Lychee Sorbet into a glass of champagne for you. Open everyday 5pm-2am. Dinner served 5-11pm. Ask about our late night menu. Live entertainment nightly Tuesday -Saturday beginning at 10:30pm. 33 South Front Street, downtown Wilmington. (910) 763-3172. Visit us at

caribbean JAMAICA’S



Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is Wilmington’s Authentic Caribbean Restaurant conveniently located at 417 S. College Road in University Landing. We offer exquisite Caribbean cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, whether they are for spicy Jamaican jerk chicken, mellow flavors of our curry chicken, curry goat or our ox tail skillfully flavored by our Jamaican chefs. Come in and enjoy our many menu selections, our warm décor, smoke-free atmosphere, excellent service and our smooth reggae music. Operating hours are: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm; Wednesday – Saturday 11:45am – 9:00pm (Closed Monday and Tuesday). Jamaica’s Comfort Zone is family owned and operated. Check us out at or call us 910-399-2867.


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


Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta, simply known as Antonio’s, is anything but simple. From scrumptious appetizers to signature pizza to some of the best traditional Italian pasta dishes in town, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cozy dinner for two or bring the whole family in for pizza and fun. Offering beer and wine at their Monkey Junction and Porter’s Neck location and live music Friday and Saturday nights with all ABC permits at their Leland location, Antonio’s has thought of everything for you to enjoy your dining experience with them. Monkey Junction across from Super Wal-Mart off South College Road (910) 792-0000, Porter’s Neck Shopping Center next to Kiva Grill off Market Street (910) 686-7774, Cross Creek Commons across from Magnolia Greens (910) 383-0033.


Cafe’ Basil Italian grill the only authentic New York style Italian cuisine in south east North Carolina. Owners Nick and Vincent DiNapoli are the real deal, two brothers from New York who brought all their family cooking secrets with them. The menu is filled with all your favorite traditional Italian entrees like home made Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, Veal and Chicken Marsala to raviolis, stuffed shells and the best bowl of pasta you ever had. Plus they have grilled entrees including steaks and chops. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with dark woods and red brick through out, right down to the newly opened full service bar. There are nightly drink specials and live music every weekend in the piano bar. They’re also able to cater your next party or business function in the private banquette room. With nightly blackboard specials, drink specials, scrumptious deserts and an early bird special every day from 4 to 6. Cafe Basil will soon become your second home. One mile north of the College road over pass 10 minutes from downtown and Porters Neck. Open Mon-Sat, 4 pm-closing. Closed Sunday. For information and reservations call 910-791-9335.

edDie romanelli’s

A marvel of architecture with an open display kitchen that adds to the stunning ambiance of the dining room. Eddie Romanelli’s offers lunch (Oleander Dr), dinner and late night menu (Oleaner Dr). The diverse menu is casual American with Italian influences, featuring favorites such as 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak, Stuffed Pork Chop, Mama Romanelli’s Lasagna, Shrimp and Crabmeat Cannelloni, unique California-style pizza and more. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. 910.799.7000 and 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. 910.383.1885

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. We have the largest tequila selection in Wilmington. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.” Stop by for lunch dinner, or a latenight treat, open from 11:30am until 3am, seven days a week, 365 days a year, all ABC permits. 122 Market Street between Second and Front, downtown Wilmington. 251-9444. Visit our 2nd location at 1437 Military Cutoff rd., next to PT’s! 256-2229


Nagila, The Moroccan Café, is a quaint, neighborhood dining place, located on Wrightsville Avenue, near Canady’s Sporting Goods. Internationally recognized Chef Shai Shalit brings the finest dining experience and superb eclectic tastes rarely experienced even in those larger metropolitan cities. Stop by for lunch and try his homemade pita bread, prepared fresh daily, stuffed with any filling of your choice. With lunch specials starting at just $5.95 and dinner specials starting at $9.95, Nagila is affordable and authentic, serving the most fantastic tahini and hummus, as well as chicken Moroccan soup that will warm your stomach. For the less adventurous guests, Shai can prepare an unbelievable steak or a pita hamburger—one not easily forgotten. Finish your dinner with a delicious piece of Baklava and a wonderful Turkish coffee or tea. Come on in and try out Wilmington’s newest, relaxing surroundings—that of a Moroccan oasis. Reservations: 233-1251 or 798-9940. Open Sunday-Thursday; Lunch 11am-4pm; Dinner 4pm-until. Open for lunch on Friday at 11am - call for closing time. Closed Friday evening to Saturday evening for shabbos. Open Saturday night - call for times.


Lovey’s Market is a true blessing for shoppers looking for natural and organic groceries, or just a great place to meet friends for a quick, delicious, and totally fresh snack. Whether they are in the mood for a veggie burger, a bean burrito or a chicken Caesar wrap, shoppers will find a large selection of nutritious meals on the a la carte café menu at Lovey’s. The food bar—which has cold salads and hot selections that can be eaten in the café seating or boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all day long, while the juice bar offers a wide variety of juices and smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables. Specializing in bulk sales of produce, grains, flours, beans and spices at affordable prices, Lovey‘s also carries grass-fed and free-range meats and poultry. Wheat-free, gluten-free, products are in stock regularly, as are vegan and vegetarian groceries and wholesome pet foods. For anything shoppers want that is not in stock, Lovey‘s will be happy to find it. Stop by Lovey’s Market Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 6pm; and on Sundays, 10am to 6pm. Café hours: Monday-Friday, 11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am-6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; 910-509-0331. Online at

Sweet & Savory Bake Shop & Cafe Honored with Community Service Award Bassam Safi of “Our Town”-The Welcoming Organization for our community congratulates Dayna Coon-Shapiro, owner of “Sweet & Savory Bake Shop & Cafe”- for community spirit and for demonstrating hospitality and warmth towards their new neighbors. Recipients of this award go the extra mile to make new members of New Hanover County feel welcome to Our Town. To learn more about how you can become a sponsor, email Bassam at

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Tidal Creek Deli offers a wide array of exceptional and unusual organic foods, all of which taste as good as they are for you. The salad bar and hot bar incorporate flavors from around the world; each item is prepared by hand using only fresh and local ingredients. The chefs are constantly experimenting to create new and exciting dishes. Choose from made to order smoothies with almond butter and hemp milk, salads with locally grown greens or, special order a wedding cake made from scratch to your specifications. Whatever your tastes, Tidal Creek Deli is a place to rejuvenate the mind and body while enjoying the company of a friendly and relaxed organic community.


The Blockade Runner offers an array of seasonal seafood specials, certified Angus beef, lobster menu on Friday evening plus a spectacular Sunday brunch. Romantic al fresco dining is available on our dinner deck located in the center of a lush garden overlooking the ocean far away from the traffic and noise. We offer live entertainment on Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. Our smoke free lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-2251.


Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hieronymus Seafood is the stop for midtown Wilmington seafood lovers. In business for 27 years strong, Hieronymus has made a name for itself by consistently providing excellent service and the freshest of the fresh in oceanic cuisine. Complete with a full-service bar and a fireside oyster bar, it’s the place to be if you are seeking top-quality attributes in atmosphere, presentation, flavor and ingenuity. Signature dishes include Oysters Hieronymus and the Scallops Fra Diavlo. Hieronymus has all ABC permits and also provides catering. Voted “Best Seafood” in 2007. 5035 Market Street; 392-6313.

Catch Modern Seafood

When Wilmingtonians think of fresh, flavorful seafood, they flock to Catch. Couples enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the bar, professionals meet for business meetings and locals come for their favorites. The understated décor and friendly service create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. In this quaint bistro, Catch serves New American seafood with Asian influences. Customers enjoy unique flavors and modern creations, matched with the best local seafood and organic produce in the Cape Fear. Some seasonal offerings include softshell crabs, grouper nuggets, summer flounder, N.C. shrimp and Carolina catfish. House specialties range from broiled miso-glazed wild salmon to crispy fried oyster platters. No reservations accepted. Open Mon-Fri., 11am – 2pm for lunch and now open for dinner Wed-Fri. only from 5:30pm – 9pm (BYOB). 215 Princess Street, downtown Wilmington. Catch is chef-owned and -operated. (910) 762-2841 or  

OCEAN grill

Located next to the Golden Sands hotel in Carolina Beach, the Ocean Grill offers three distinct dining experiences: a spacious dining room with wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, a patio bar in the covered patio area, and a open-air Tiki Bar on the pier. You will find a full menu inside, and appetizers,

sandwiches and a full selection of beverages on the Tiki Bar menu. Serving lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. Lunch 7 days a week beginning May 22nd. Live music calendar: Tiki Bar open at 11am 7 days a week. 1211 S. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach; (910) 458-2000.


Breathtaking panoramic views. Oceanic’s third floor private banquet room provides a spectacular lookout over the Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island. With its own restroom & bar facilities, it is perfect for wedding receptions, birthdays and corporate functions. Oceanic is a classic seafood house specializing in local seafood. Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try steaks, chicken or pasta. OceanicRestaurant. com. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. 910.256.5551


For eight years, the Reel Café has been Wilmington’s premier restaurant and nightlife location, because it has something for everyone. Enjoy dining in our restaurant, live music in our courtyard Oyster Bar, dancing in the second-floor danceclub or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar overlooking the Cape Fear River. We offer lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. Lunch has a variety of salads, sandwiches and steamers. Our dinner menu has a wonderful variety of burgers, sandwiches, pastas and steaks. We also have delicious seafood entrées and salads, or try the specials prepared daily by our chef. Whether it’s a delightful meal, live music or the downtown nightlife, The Reel Café is the place to be. Located at 100 S. Front Street, the Reel is also available for banquets and private parties. Call for details: 251-1832.

southern Hall’s Tropicana restauranT

Hall’s is a Wilmington tradition! Originally opened in 1901 as a drug store, Hall’s has been serving the Downtown community for over 100 years. We serve traditional Southern fare, including a classic breakfast with the accompaniments you’ve grown to love. Lunch includes a Southern buffet Monday-Friday with pork, chicken, all the fixin’s, and a special addition every day! Don’t forget our unique menu, which includes everything from specialty sandwiches to fried seafood. Most importantly, at Hall’s everything is fresh! Open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm (buffet 11-2), and Saturday from 7am12:30pm with breakfast and menu items only. 421 Castle St. 910-762-2210.


Downtown Wilmington’s newest dining option has arrived! Serving breakfast and lunch all day, the Pink Pig offers a full menu featuring good ol’ fashioned cookin’ along with a few of our own innovations. For breakfast, try one of our tasty country plates or a sandwich stacked high with your favorite items. For lunch, try our already-famous Redneck Reuben, and you can’t go wrong with our real pit-smoked barbecue sandwiches. C’mon in try for yourself! Open Tues-Sat, 8am-8pm, and Sun., 10am-6pm. 124 Princess St, Downtown. 910-3996096 other sporting events. We have plenty of seating and a fun atmosphere for the whole family. In Racine Commons, 910-409-9860.

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From Film Critic to Novelist: Anghus Houvouras gets critiqued by encore Book Club


othing terrifies me more than needles. And zombies. I place the blame on too many surgeries and Hollywood’s vivid imagination. So, when I finally agreed to accompany my husband into Jacksonville’s best tattoo shop and witnessed the sketch of a blood-stained, possessed little girl on a table, I gathered all the strength within me, controlled my breathing and resisted the urge to run away screaming. Luckily for me, Unique Ink understood and placed the sketch within a cabinet. “What’s so scary about zombies?” our artist asked. “Needles, alright. But zombies? They are slow and dumb as shit.” I had no concise way to articulate my phobia. All I could do was pull our latest book-club read, The Fence Mender, by encore’s film critic, Anghus Houvaras, out of my purse and plop it beside him. Plunged into an apocalyptic future, within The Fence Mender we joined the last remnants of humanity and hid among them behind a fenced city that protected us from a horrific plague on the outside. We journeyed with our main character, a young fence mender named Xander, who spent most of his time walking the line and mending holes from constant zombie attacks. We learned that his only connection to the outside was a young woman who lived in another city. And their only contact traveled over radio. Soon, her city is breached by parasitic husks. Though he has never met her, he refuses to let her die alone. To him, she is proof of life beyond his own isolated world. And so he risks his life, leaves his fenced city and

by: Tiffanie Gabrielse crosses deadly odds to save her. At its best, club members pointed out that The Fence Mender takes us on a fast-paced ride without braking. It delivers a unique approach to a tired genre with quick-moving, smart-thinking zombies that abide by a hierarchy similar to the military. Unlike many screenwriters, Houvouras had no issue revealing the feelings of our characters, and he validated my personal fear: Husks aren’t always dumb. “I think The Fence Mender has a lot of what I feel is lacking in the genre,” Houvouras explained. “I think apocalyptic fiction gets lost in the event rather than the characters—authors coming up with creative twists on ending the world. Instead, I wanted a different point to start from, a world clinging to the last remnants of a dead age. I wanted to write a story that was set after the fall, when the insanity is over. We lost.” However, in the end, The Fence Mender left too many unanswered questions. Where did the parasites come from? Where is our sensory perception? What drives our characters? Ultimately, the book demands that we make a choice: Fly with it fluidly or oppose the expedition entirely. Club member Christy Totten is the perfect example of what happens when a reader chooses to fight. “I couldn’t enjoy it. I feel more could have been done,” she said. “I wanted to dive deeper into the world. Time and place. I needed to know more about our main char-

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acter, Xander. I didn’t care who lived or died because I felt like I was just being dragged along for the ride. It bothered me.” Like a food critic who needs to be enthused about swallowing, delving deep into lush, intricate, poetic description about time, place and character helps us digest what’s on the page. It satisfies the kinky detective within us and motivates us to carry on. However, one must consider that The Fence Mender tells the story of flesh-eating zombies. How poetic can one get? Houvouras’ work is merely a simple and quick read meant to keep us away

from our television for three or four hours. It’s not meant to take the way we view the world and grind it into a fine powder. “I decided to address The Fence Mender like I address filmmaking,” Houvouras revealed. “I wanted to do my own thing, put it out to the world, and see how people react. I’m a self-loathing artist. I hate re-reading stories and scripts, and you’ll rarely find me watching anything I’ve filmed. It’s never as good as the moment I was writing/filming/creating it. Like my first film, The Fence Mender is probably uneven and self-indulgent. It probably has a lot of good ideas but lacks polish and strong execution. The next one will be better. At least I hope it will.” As Houvouras defends, he writes for the sheer enjoyment of creating. He knows he’s not perfect, that his work wasn’t perfect, and he understands that The Fence Mender’s concept was stronger than its construction. But he aims to master the transition into prose with each subsequent swing. In my opinion, this humility or self-deprecation, whichever we call it, is what makes Houvouras a true writer and guarantees our commitment to travel with him on a second journey. He is a novelist with tons of potential and can take criticism like a real artist. This is what separates his work from the average freaky flag-waving script writers. encore Book Club’s next read is local mixologist and writer Joel Finsel’s Cocktails and Conversations, available at Pomegranate Books and Two Sisters Bookery with a 15-percent discount when mentioning encore book club.

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