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What’s inside this week news & views......... 4-8
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.
Want to see the best in music at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues? Or UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium? Visit, www.encorepub.com, to enter one of our many concert contests, and try for a chance to score tickets to area shows! Currently online: Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Sounds, Chevelle and many more!
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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 www.WilmingtonRestaurantWeek.com 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.
“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.
grub & guzzle.......... 26-28 26-28 dining guide: Need a few
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.
October 21st-28th, 2009 3-and 4-course prix fixe meals at Wilmington’s best restaurants: The Melting Pot Siena Trattoria Henry’s Eddie Romanelli’s East inside Blockade Runner South Beach Grill Wrightsville Grille Buoy 32 Bistro Islands Fresh Mex Grille
The Oceanic Bluewater Grill Caprice Bistro Yo Sake Little Dipper Aubriana’s Fat Tony’s Italian Pub Ruth’s Chris Steak House Hell’s Kitchen
Caffe Phoenix Riverboat Landing Restaurant Deluxe Cafe Hieronymus Seafood Nikki’s Fresh Gourmet & Sushi Bar Nikki’s Hibachi Steak House Sticky Fingers Priddy Boys Cape Fear Seafood Company
Here’s how it works:
Each individual pass—required during the visit unless otherwise noted—allows diners to take advantage of Log on to www.WilmingtonRestaurantWeek.com and lunch and/or dinner options from participating restauperuse all restaurants listed. Then choose and print out rants. Reservations may be required for some restauall of the passes you would like to redeem (or cut out rants, which will be noted online (and left up to you to one below)—for free. (Passes are good for one week make). Otherwise, simply show up and ... viola! only, October 21-28 and may exclude Friday and/or Saturday.)
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below City Council Candidate Profile 6 Citizen Journalist 8 News of the Weird
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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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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The Reader’s Forum: Facebook discussion revolves around ... Facebook
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.
NEXT WEEK’S QUESTION: Tell us what you think Teddy Kennedy’s greatest legacy was and how it will carry on into our country’s future generations. Answer on encore’s Facebook fan page, under discussion tab, or blog about it at encore café, www.encorepub.com.
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