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Emerging Talent 2010: Looking at the creative hands and faces of Wilmington’s arts scene Cover art: “Boy and a Girl” by Gabriel Lehman (p. 4)

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hodge podge pgs. 4 - 10 Wilmington, NC, bursts at the seams with talented, creative, unique artists from all walks of life. We at encore have the privilege of meeting so many people with so many talents,

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What’s inside this week

it’s hard to give everyone the recognition they deserve. But we continue trying, week in, week out. Only once a year do we dedicate a section of hot new players on our scene who seem to be on the rise thanks to their tenacious visions and collective moxie. This week, we introduce our readers to ILM Emerging Talent 2010—a look asome of the hottest people in art, music, film, theatre, culinary arts and fashion.

creative writer and ‘toonist to showcase their talents in encore for a year—with pay! 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 ‘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. 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 check! The story can be no more than 1,000 words, please. encore will print the series every other week in the paper. For each category we will choose winning and non-winning entries to feature in our first edition of the 2011 year, so many folks will be published! Send your entries to shea@encorepub. We accept entries via e-mail only through October 1st. Winners will be notified by the first


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new writers, new blogs

Be on the lookout for new writings and blogging each and every day, as encore cafe welcomes a host of new writers, including Carly Yansak, Justin Lacy and Claire LaSure! Yansak will cover just about everything each week in her “Anything. Everything. The World.” blog, while Lacy will be getting the inside sounds from some of the Port City’s best singer/songwriters in “ILMusic.” Lasure will great all of the style news on “The Fashion Beat.” Maro Raye has started “Smorgasbord,” a blog dedicated to all-things culinary. Log onto to read all about it!

late-night funnies

“I do miss George Bush. Compared to these teabaggers and the people who are pandering to them, he looks like a professor.”—Bill Maher “Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell says she admires the female warriors from ‘Lord of the Rings’ but she’s against women being in the military. So women can’t fight the Taliban, but they can fight the cave trolls of Mordor.”—Craig Ferguson “In Delaware, Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell won in a big upset in the primaries. She has an interesting background. Back in the 1990s, she mounted a campaign to stop masturbation. It didn’t work.”—Jimmy Kimmel “In Delaware, Christine O’Donnell won a huge upset in the primaries, but she has some problems. Karl Rove has accused her of lying. When the guy that told 300 million Americans there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq says you’re lying, he knows what he’s talking about.”—Jay Leno

news & views........... 12-13 12 live local: Gwenyfar Rohler interviews Deborah Butler as part of a political Live Local feature, in preparation for an election year. 13 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd reports on news of the strange and odd.

artsy smartsy........... 14-31 14-16 theater: Gwenyfar Rohler reviews Anthony Lawson’s latest play, “The Title of the Play”; Shea Carver reviews UNCW’s Department of Theatre’s season-opener,‘The Book of Liz’ and previews Thalian Association’s upcoming premiere of “The Buddy Holly Story.” 18 art: Shea Carver interviews waiter and artists Jay Edge about his upcoming show “Work and Work” at Caprice Bistro. 19 gallery guide: Find out what exhibitions are hanging at local galleries. 21 film: Anghus says 3D won’t save the dreck that is “Resident Evil: Afterlife.” 23-25 music: Adrian Varnam interviews Susan Savia about the upcoming Concert at 128 South and Jeremy Aggers’ manager about the Southern Trail Tour blazing through Wilmington this week. 26-29 soundboard: See what bands and performers are playing in venues all over town. 30-31 photo log: Carly Yansak takes readers behind her lens in “Why Yankees Fall in Love with the South.”

grub & guzzle........... 32-36 32 dining feature: Marco Raye interviews restaurateur Shawn Underwood about his Carolina Beach bistro, Treehouse. 34-36 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!............. 38-44 38 eco-life: Claire LaSure takes readers on a preview of the 6th annual Solar Tour, hosted by the CFGBA. 40 book review: The challenge continues: Tiffanie Gabrielse has yet to find a Nicholas Sparks read worthy of her time. Read her review of ‘Nights in Rodanthe.” 42 fact or fiction: Claude Limoges continues the next chapter of “An Involuntary Intimate.” 44 crossword: Let Stan Newman test your mind with our weekly crossword! 46-55 calendar/’toons/horoscopes/ corkboard: Find out where to go and what to do about town with encore’s calendar; check out Tom Tomorrow and encore’s annual ‘toons winner, Jay Schiller; read your horoscope and the latest saucy corkboard ads.

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The Flight Side:

Painter Gabriel Lehman emerges on the art scene


rom a neurologist’s standpoint, Gabriel Lehman remains a fascinating case. Though battling dyslexia since childhood, Lehman not only is ambidextrious, he stores his creative process in the right side of his brain. As a painter, this means when he takes color to canvas, the paintings “just happen.” For Wilmington’s latest emerging talent, these cranial quirks provide greater artistic tools for him to use with his brushes and plaster. Yet, real inspiration comes from his heart. “I love all that I see and all that I hear,” Lehman says. “When I paint my paintings, it’s like the story of my heart. Sure, I’m a bit eccentric, but the world I see and hear is a little different from the one I exist in.” In fact, this romantic’s journey as an artist began with a love story—or rather the end of one. Also a musician, he fell in love with a Wilmington girl in Nashville, Tennessee, at a singing competition. They moved in together soon after. When a chance came for her to relocate to the Port City, she took it; Lehman followed.

by: Lauren Hodges “She was my world, my muse for writing songs,” he says. However, like all stories, Lehman’s also had an ending. Thus, he found himself in need of a new outlet to consume his heartbreak. “When we broke up, I turned to painting and focused all my energy in it,” he says. “It was mainly to get my mind off of her.” Lehman had no artistic training, but that didn’t stop him from experimenting. At first, he had no idea that his chosen technique was actually a time-honored tradition among many artists. “I started doing fresco before I knew what it was,” Lehman says. “I just thought, What if I put plaster on my stretched canvas? I did it for about a year before another artist told me what I was doing.” Working with fresco, Lehman often has several projects going at once—carefully crafting each one simultaneously and allowing them to draw from each other. The inspiration emitting from within the studio becomes

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HEART OF GLASS: Gabriel Lehman’s art work helps him express emotions and capture moments of whimsy. Art work provided by artist.

a necessary component to his work. “I use my imagination and create detail using rules of light and texture,” he explains. “It’s mostly based on what I see, but I don’t usually get to look at my subject. I close my eyes and it’s there.” Lehman’s intellectual side also plays a part in his innovation, as the rules of human motor skills work to his advantage. “The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, so many times I paint with my left hand,” he says. “It’s just easier that way, for me at least. I often find myself with a paintbrush in each hand, just singing and slinging!” Whether focusing on clouds and sunset, light and dark, living beings or inanimate objects, his subject takes on an ethereal vibe. “Beauty is all around us, we just have to see it,” he says, exacting the sentiments of Lester Burnham in “American Beauty.” Like a lot of artists, composition is key for

Lehman to communicate his vision. “Photographers capture special, intimate moments in others’ lives. I try to create just that by using plaster, paint and a big imagination. I never stop asking myself ‘what if?’” The subjects, though conceptual, are all based on reality. “Heart of Glass” came out of his break-up, inspired by a song that Old School Freight Train rewrote. “That is probably my darkest piece,” he admits. Though, he also paints optimistically. “A Boy and A Girl” is about his never-ending search for a muse, reminding his viewers that heartbreak wasn’t enough to make him give up on love. “I feel so fortunate to have this gift, to be able to show people my thoughts and dreams,” he says, “to brighten someone’s day, to help someone through a tough time. Paintings say something different to each individual. I would hope that my paintings take people to a place of peace and wonder and help them see the world like a child.” Lehman’s works can now be seen in Deluze and The Eat Spot, both located downtown Wilmington.

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D&D Sluggers Vs the World


s soon as I take a seat on the balcony of Java Dog with Dustin Overcash and Soultron Tim White, a guy walks up the stairs and says, “Hey, D&D Sluggers! What’s up, guys?” And they’re like, “Hey…” The guy takes off his bookbag and grabs a table. He’s got his back to us. White turns to Overcash: “Have you seen that guy at any of our shows before?” “No,” Overcash replies. “I’ve never seen him.” White points toward the ground. “He’s got a Triforce on his bag.” They grin. Overcash says, “We have made a friend.” They note that the Legend of Zelda iconography must be included in their lyrics sometime, maybe a chorus that goes: “Triforce, Triforce, Triforce, Triforce, Triforce.”  It will be a hit. For Overcash and White, music and video games are intertwined. Video games account for their personas, their tone colors, their lyrics and rhythm section. On stage, it

by: Justin Lacy would appear they are a two-piece: Overcash on vocals and keys, and White on vocals and guitar. However, sitting on a table between them are the sources of the beeps and blips and clicks that define their sound: a Nintendo Game Boy and a Nintendo DS. All of their beats are synthesized from the sound chips of their game consoles; it’s chip-infused nerd rock. “I was just trying to find an alternative means of using percussion,” White says. “It seemed like we were gonna have to find a drummer, and I was even gonna play bass ‘cause we hadn’t really sussed it out. I went on YouTube at one point and watched this guy using the Nintendo DS to do a Daft Punk song with just him and a microKORG. And I was like, ‘Dustin, this is awesome! I’m going to find this thing. We are going to use it.’ And three days later I was like, ‘I found it—here it is.’” While the band has garnered recent notice from their sitcom staged at the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre, they continue pushing the edge on original sound-and-pop songwriting, too. In part, due to an extensive self-promotional campaign—MySpace, Facebook, Bandcamp, ReverbNaton, an entire page of YouTube—they’re emerging as the “band to see” on the Wilmington scene. “It’s amazing how quickly it’s caught on,” Overcash says. “People in Wilmington just don’t know chiptune music—never heard of chiptune music.”   D&D couldn’t have picked a better time to deliver Kojo-Kondo-esque dance grooves. Their emergence coincides with the crest of the nerd-pride wave, which Michael Cera’s entire career can attest to, especially from his latest film, “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World” (2010). “There’s a really big resurgence of the early video game scene,” White says. “It’s a nostalgia thing. It’s happening faster than it’s happened in any other band I’ve ever been in and people are way more into it. It feels cool, but it’s still kind of weird. People don’t know my real name, but they know what I do.” Later at Java Dog, the Triforce-bearing fan gets up and says, “Bye, guys, and keep your receipts.” D&D fans recite corny lyrical puns to them often. Triforce-bearer was referring to “Receipts,” the final track off of D&D’s debut album “Fun is the Funnest!”, released digitally in May. One of the catchiest local songs I’ve ever heard (after one listen, it popped up in my head two weeks later and refused to leave), the chorus advises listeners to “keep all your receipts,”

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NINTENDO NERDS: D&D Sluggers have a new approach to sound: playing chiptone music thanks to their love for video games. Photo by Carly Yansak

so you know who paid for this and that, and what to take and what to leave. It’s a traumatic song, too, dealing with separation and the hold of consumerism on personal lives. Although the lesson is valuable, it’s a moral that only a nerd of-sorts could tell—”Keep all your receipts, so you know who things belong to.” It’s not so abnormal that a fan would quote an up-and-coming Wilmington band’s lyrics, but D&D has achieved its devoted fandom in only about six months. The two had collaborated on other projects in the past, but they didn’t really connect until a Haiti benefit in February. An act didn’t show. Overcash and White were asked to vamp some time. “We got up there, and Dustin played guitar and I sang,” White says, “and at some point we did ‘Say it Ain’t So’ by Weezer. It got to the solo part, and since he was the only guitar, we both, without thought, started doing the guitar solo making mouth noises. We even traded off when it does the harmony. Right after we finished that song, right in front of all these people that were watching, I turned to him and was like, ‘We should do a band together.’” Initially, they were to become either a Weezer-style Daft Punk cover band or a

Daft Punk-style Weezer cover band. The acquisition of the microKORG and the modified Game Boy, its cartridge loaded with a program called “Little Sound DJ,” led them in another direction. “Chiptune itself as a genre is pretty closed off,” Overcash notes. “Purist chiptune people don’t like having any lyrics, having any other instrumentation other than just pure chip stuff. So even the KORG program that Tim uses on the DS, by purist standers, isn’t really chip, because it’s not pulling from the chip; it’s oscillation instead of actual just chip stuff. My buddy Tyler, who lives in Asheville—or space, I don’t remember—is a chiptune musician, and I always wanted to get into it. Tyler saw the early-on [D&D] videos and was like, ‘I really like the stuff you do. I’ll sell you my Game Boy with the thing for like $20.” So, D&D got a new toy. “We keeping getting more we can tack on,” Overcash says, “and that’s what I love. It’s just about a band having a lot of toys to play with.” I asked them how they would describe D&D given only five words and complete syntactical freedom. Overcash says, “The kids grew up weird.” White uses three: “Deal with it.” D&D Slugger’s entire album can be streamed for free at http://ddsluggers.

Culinary Chops:


Meet Chef Jacob Hilbert, restaurateur and chef of Manna


any may recognize Chef Jacob Hilbert from one of the two previous restaurants he once worked in Wilmington: a sous chef at Caprice Bistro and executive chef for Tango du Chat. After leaving in 2006 to go to New Mexico, where Hilbert continued working in the culinary field, he returned to the Port City this year—back to “tango” in his own concept, Manna. Born of the Biblical story of “Manna from Heaven,” Hilbert maintains that his American eatery will be an unexpected pleasure—a savior from the norm, even. “When the Israelites were traveling through the desert, without food or water, to escape persecution,” he explains, “they were followed by the Manna descending down and providing salvation for them.” Hilbert expects his food to be of the same caliber to the senses and palates across Wilmington. Located in the old Tango du Chat building at 123 Princess Street, he originally left the area to explore new territory—or as he says, “get some new blood and learn a little bit more about myself.” Though he loved his work and loved being involved in all things food, he says culinary-wise he realized the amount of growing he needed to do. “I loved what we did at Tango, but I wasn’t ready to do that cuisine,” he says, “and the area wasn’t ready for that type of cuisine.” Every chef, with the vision of operating his or her own establishment, embarks on a personal journey. Hilbert’s time spent behind the stove has cultivated him into a premier wizard of multiple platforms of cuisine.  “I’m really French at core,” he says of his cooking preference. “From there, I have spent time in cooking genres from the Mediterranean—primarily Moroccan cuisine.”  Yet, Hilbert’s newest venture comes in the form of “a very vague notion of American cuisine,” according to the chef. Though definitions of American cuisine often include the subtexts of eclectic and international, he has other ideas in mind, too. “I really want the parameters to be narrowed,” he says. “I want to create, what I believe, is American cuisine.” Hilbert aims to capture comfortable, beautiful, free food with splashes of the American landscapes and oceanic elements in Manna. Due to being regionally based, he will include a lot of seafood. What really matters, though, comes from his desire for diners to appreciate genuine American cuisine. His cosmopolitan outlook and experiences will make his dishes more impacting. “In New Mexico, I was cooking at a restaurant called ‘A La Mesa,’ and I learned a lot about how to connect to the diner,” he

by: Marco Raye

BACK TO ILM: Chef Jacob Hilbert returns to Wilmington from New Mexico to open his latest resaurant, Manna. Photo courtesy of chef.

explains. “I was a very introverted chef prior to that. It was all about how I wanted to express myself. People don’t go to a restaurant to connect primarily with the chef; they go to eat. So, I developed ways of connecting myself to diners through the restaurant’s message that ‘the customer is the king.’ I really want to make food that is interesting, dynamic, different for the area and approachable.” Though he coyly keeps much of Manna’s menu selections a secret, he did offer a mouth-watering sneak peak at a signature pork dish he has made for years. It includes pan-roasted pork that has been encrusted in a bright green fried-herb crust, served with raised pork-belly pancetta, which then gets rolled—as opposed to cooked and pressed—with crispy Virginia ham, local fresh figs, American blue cheese and a cilantro pesto. When discussing ingredients, conversation travels to what’s local and in-season, something Hilbert makes a point to support. “I think you have to support local farmers,” he says. “The reality is, however, there are produce you can source out of North

Carolina that are phenomenal, but there are others that are not. You need a local ethic, as well as a culinarian ethic. The fact is: There are certain things that you will find locally produced that are not very good.” Regardless, Hilbert stresses that he will stay away from anything “un-American.” It is evident through nearly two decades in the industry, and multiple travels, that Hilbert’s outlook makes up a whole picture of successful dining: the establishment, message, presentation and deliverance of flavors. He wants to escalate to a whole new level. The 35-year-old centers his culinary integrity on truly providing people with what they believe they are eating. Comparing the difference of fresh produce to older, processed foods, and restaurants’ abilities to jade the general public, Hilbert makes sure to point out that his establishment will not fit that mold. “A savvy diner may recognize that this tomato tastes like a wet ball of cotton, but a lot of times restaurants can get away with these stunts because most people do not know otherwise” Hilbert explains. “For me, when it says ‘local,’ it’s local.” Though he’s been in the industry for 18 years, Chef Jacob Hilbert now sits on the brink of fulfilling his own dreams. Thankfully, for Wilmington’s dining public, he’s going big, providing unique, authentic and adventurous dishes in only four weeks, when Manna’s grand opening takes place. Hilbert’s culinary chops remain on encore’s radar as one of Wilmington’s finest emerging talents. Soon enough, we’ll all taste why.

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From Student to Filmmaker: Troy Carlton releases first film on DVD, prepares for next venture


ilmmakers in Wilmington are not born; they are forged. Equal parts innovation and hard work, this describes Troy Carlton to a “T.” He is among a handful of emerging artists who are successfully transitioning from film student to film crew member to filmmaker. And, in the wake of the film industry abandoning the state, he has helped carry on the legacy of a film community in Wilmington. Carlton and I discussed his background and the local film scene last week, including his education, his first film and the desire to stay true to his own creative visions. encore: How did you get your start in film? Troy Carlton: I started out in film at UNCW with a few better-than-average professors, like Rich Leder and Lou Buttino, who taught me how to craft stories and films. More importantly, they taught how important passion is in filmmaking. My senior year I made my first short, “Once the Fiddler Paid,” which was in [the local] Cucalorus Film Festival in 2005. After I got a degree, I washed dishes at the Mellow Mushroom and hoped for some type of break into film.

by: Anghus I heard some friends talk about a movie they were going to work on called “Dead Heist” [ed. note: Full disclosure—Anghus Houvouras wrote the film]. After some research, I found out that one of my teachers, Bo Webb, would be directing. It seemed like the way in, and it actually did end up being that. They allowed me to intern on the set, which means you work for free in hopes that you get some kind of paying job on some other movie in the future. Luckily, I did, thanks to the grips, Scott Frye and Jay Coyle, who saw that I worked hard and had working limbs and fingers. A month or two after “Dead Heist,” Scott put in some good words for me and helped me get hired on the set of “Surface,” so my career began as a grip. Long story longer, I’ve continued working (and learning) with them and a bunch of equally great people in the film industry, while using a lot of that money to shoot my indies on the side. Thanks guys! e: What’s the most surreal moment you’ve

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BURGEONING FILMMAKER: Troy Carlton (in hoddie) worked on the Lena Baker Story in Georgia, starting his filmmaking career as a student, intern and grip before making his first independent film, Half Empty. Photo courtesy of Troy Carlton

had since entering the film business? TC: I have a couple now! I will tell them chronologically: Number One: When I held my first printed feature-length screenplay like a proud dad. That felt good, but the story sucked bad. “Number” B: Our first day on “Half Empty,” a feature comedy I wrote and directed with Marcus Mizelle, which we made with the money in my bank account. Everyone worked for free, and I was so happy they were on board with us (we had a bunch of friends on both sides of the camera and even a few “interns”). It was one of the best experiences of my life just because we were constantly surrounded by friends in our own creative environment. Number Tré: The most recent was working with Robert Redford (and by “working with” I mean I could see him from a distance while I carried heavy shit) on “Conspirator,” which he directed last fall in Savannah. e: What are you currently working on? TC: “Half Empty” just became available on DVD online at Also, my friends and partners Brandon Luck, Matt McHug and me are working to release a DVD full of “Golf Jokes,” which are short viral Web videos that we’ve shot over the past year to promote a TV show we want to make, “Birdies” (videos@TightLies.TV).

Combined, these jokes have over 1.2 million views on YouTube. Next, I’m in pre-production for short film of certifiable insanity, “The After Party,” which we will shoot in two weeks. It involves many members from “The Buck Johnson Story,” a short I edited and helped produce with Blake McCray, which we are now seeking funds to shoot as a feature film ( Even farther down the road, we may develop a feature around an action/comedy character named “McDuffy,” a rogue detective, up to no good. Matt McHugh and I made him up for a Golf Joke, “The Murder,” based on our love for comedy, ‘80’s action, and sweet catch phrases like, “You’re a disease—and I’m the cure.” e: Why get your start Wilmington? TC: I live in Wilmington because it provides a very nice place to work with good people in an industry that isn’t available everywhere. There are also many others here that want to do more than just work on big movies. Our shared desire to shoot films is the reason we can make stuff for little-to-no money, get it out there to be noticed by our peers and beyond all of us to a worldwide audience. e: What’s the greatest challenge facing filmmakers in Wilmington. TC: Getting the funds to get what you need to shoot. There aren’t a bunch of movie investors readily available to filmmakers in the southeast, which brings me to the next greatest challenge: motivating yourself and others to shoot what you want with no money at all.

A Man Born to Perform: TechMoja’s Kevin Lee-y Green finds passion onstage


ot being predictable.” The words echo through the dance studio as I sit across from local choreographer Kevin Lee-y Green. They’re bouncing from mirror to wall, describing one of the reasons his choreography is successful, throwing out an unintended descriptor of himself. When I think choreographer, my mind wanders to the over-dramatized and outspoken, the cocky and snobby. What I find in Green is nothing of the sort. He sits before me shy, quiet, and reserved; his twinge of nervous laughter giving away his excitement, casting a contagious smile. He’s just like anyone else— just equipped with a mind for music, feet for flow and eye for the abstract. Leader of the local dance and theatre group TechMoja for three years, Green has overseen many theatrical productions and dance sequences. With each, he brings new flavor to old classics or concocts plots of his own. His imaginative moves started their journey during childhood in Bolivia, North Carolina, in a moment that can be traced back to kindergarten. He was cast as Little Boy Blue in the school production. “I got so caught up in the performance aspect of it that I just wanted to do it!” he says. His drive to direct became apparent at a young age as well, when a 7-year-old Green scribbled scripts onto notebook paper to hand out to the neighborhood kids. After everyone knew their lines, he would hold complete productions, with milk-and-cookie concessions as part of the 35¢ ticket fee. Green’s passion throughout middle and high school led him to extracurricular programs in step team and show choir. In fact, the show choir he founded still exists at South Brunswick High School. He also remained the go-to choreographer for the drama club. He reflects: “I had no idea what dance was, but I was still able to choreograph full shows. I thought if I could do it without the training, then once I got the training, imagine what I could do!” Imagination steered him to the North Carolina School of the Arts where he majored in contemporary dance, wherein he constantly pushed away from his comfort zone. Tweaking the traditional made him unafraid to take risks. “If it feels right, I’ll just do it,” he laughs. The academy was also the birthplace of TechMoja. After he put together a group to perform for a black history program in his junior year, he upstarted the project as a fulltime company and wanted to provide opportunities to those who aren’t usually a part of the theatre scene. Also on his agenda: Find new, fresh pieces and shows that would chal-

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If TechMoja ever needs dancers, NORAK will have their back, and vice versa. Wilmington will always be home base for Kevin and TechMoja, but the young choreographer holds the ultimate goal of turning his company into a traveling one. “This is a great place to test out work,” he says, and attributes this to the positive reception he’s received from audiences. “[But,] it takes a lot to put on a show and more to take it on the road.” Sharing the hard work and talent of the company regionally, nationally, even internationally remains his main aspiration. With the amount of invitations he gets from other towns, his dream to travel already has its feet soaking in possible reality. But, currently, Green focuses on getting squared away financially with TechMoja before embarking on one of several different projects in the works. Whatever he executes, audiences are sure to see his passion, honesty and burgeoning skill burst through every performance. Kevin Lee-y Green won’t be Wilmington’s emerging talent for long; the rest of the world awaits his next dream.

MAN OF THE HOUR: Kevin Lee-y Green founded TechMoja and choreographs with new dance company NORAK. Photo by Carly Yansak

lenge the performers and the audience. “I mean, how many times can you see ‘Annie’?” Green jokes. All of Green’s past culminates in TechMoja’s versatility. Today, he incorporates movement and ideas from all aspects of his life, including track, step, cheerleading, show choir and contemporary dance. He takes conventional elements and morphs them conceptually so they’ll fit the music. “When people ask me to describe my style of movement, I don’t know what to say, ‘cause it’s a little bit of everything,” he states. Even the name of the company came from collaborated collection: ‘tech’ for technique, ‘mo’ for modern and ‘ja’ for jazz. Though Green’s outlook remains inventive and forward-thinking, his business acumen keeps him running his company with a sharp eye and stern hand. “It’s almost old school,” he says of his teaching style, “like a ballet teacher with their staff in dance class, beating the rhythms on the floor and tapping your leg when it’s not high enough.” If indicative of his diverse past, Green continues to evolve. His next trick includes taking his professional talents and style over to new dance company NORAK (encore Vol. 26, Pub. 10, page 11), signing on as one of their seven choreographers. Though this extra responsibility comes with extra resources, too.


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Honey ... Do!

Leslie Tamaev brings recycled frill to local fashion design


or Leslie Tamaev designing a dress is as simple as finding fabric and creating her vision. There are no rules, and conventions get tossed aside as her quirky style reigns. But, it certainly hasn’t been simple for this fashionista to make her way in the industry as a solo-designer. Tamaev uses vintage and recycled materials for her line, Just like Honey—something that began after accidently buying a house while on vacation in Wilmington. The style reflects her resourceful attitude, and she hopes the message will catch on with her buyers. “It is a business,” Tamaev said last week, answering encore’s questions while on a trip to New York. “But I can say most people who do have an appreciation for the process of design find the fabric and create.” Tamaev has been a Wilmington local for almost three years; she’s native to Belfast, North Ireland, and went to school for clothing design and technology at the University of Manchester. She founded her small clothing company in 2008 and continues to

by: Claire LaSure make all of her designs on her own. If Just like Honey could be summed up in one word, it would be “dresses.” Tamaev has devoted most of her skill to create 2-fer dresses, which are made as one but look like mismatched separates. She makes A-line skirts and strapless dresses, featuring large, classic floral prints and geometric patterns. Her palette contains both bright and earthy tones, depending on the season. Therein lies a consistent theme of carefree styling and fair femininity throughout the line. When asked about key characteristics of Just Like Honey—a name inspired by rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Jesus and Mary Chain— Tamaev responded simply: “What is old is new, young and fun!” Admittedly, she frequents Goodwill for inspiration and for most of her fabric supplies. Just like Honey select designs can be found in stores around North Carolina, as well as in Texas and Florida. In Wilmington, downtown designer haven Edge of Urge

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(18 Market Street) carries the brand. “As soon as she brings in an order, sometimes we will sell out over a weekend,” Jessica Young, store manager, said. The boutique began carrying Tamaev’s line in May 2009. Since, it has become a customer favorite. “It’s super feminine but very flattering for different body types,” Young explained. Instore customers can shop skirts and tops, as well as many of Tamaev’s dresses. Prices range from $45-$75. Colorful, vintage hats, headbands and tunics offer a unique twist to anyone’s wardrobe. All of Tamaev’s dresses are made oneof-a-kind, but shoppers with their own knack for trendsetting can also custom-order items on the Just like Honey Facebook page. A one-woman powerhouse of clothing innovation, Tamaev molds her clothing to both beauty and fun. She plans on staying in Wilmington, and hopes that her company will continue to “grow organically as we have done in the last couple of years.” Be sure to check out Leslie Tamaev for recycled designs for the young at heart.

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Live Local. Live Small: Getting to know our local ballot of officials


e are moving closer and closer to Election Day on November 2nd! As part of encore’s election coverage—and to help our valued reader learn more about our potential elected officials’ commitment to our local economy—Live Local sent a survey to the candidates for County Commission, NC State Representative and NC State Senate to learn about their Live Local habits and attitudes. Last week we talked with Rick Catlin, Candidate for County Commission. This week we speak with his opponent, Deborah Butler ( encore: Are you familiar with either the Buy Local ILM movement or the National Buy Local movement? Deborah Butler: Yes, in fact my vehicle sports the bumper sticker. e: In our current economic climate, do you feel the Buy Local movement is important to the Cape Fear region? DB: Certainly. Keeping as many dollars as possible in our local economy is good business. Furthermore, we must realize that the appeal of our downtown is in its “authenticity.” The ambiance and feel of our historic district would be lost if we had chain or big-box businesses in lieu of owner-occupied business. e: How does your platform support small business, entrepreneurs and Buy Local? DB: Among my plans to encourage new business would be a public/private venture, whereby we adaptively re-use existing county-owned real estate that is presently underused and not contributing to the tax base. We already do this for nonprofit organizations, such as The Opera House Theater Company, but I think it is time to encourage for-profit start-ups by providing them space for a temporary period during which they can grow their businesses. The program would allow the qualified start-ups the opportunity to use the space, provided they maintain and improve the property and hire a pre-determined number of employees within a specified time. The long term goal being to offer the space for sale to the successful enterprise, thereby returning the asset to the tax base. e: Do you feel it is important for our government and educational systems to source goods from our local area?

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form has withstood many legal challenges— specifically, the Monkey Junction annexation plan was just upheld in the courts. We will see whether or not an appeal will be filed, but as of this writing, forced or involuntary annexation is legal under certain circumstances. The legislation that is pending in the NC State Senate (but which has currently been sent back into committee) would create a process by which any registered voter in either the annexing area or the to-be annexed area could request a petition. If 15 percent of the registered voters sign the petition, then the matter goes to referendum for a vote of those concerned. The Senate adjourned without a final vote on this measure.

DB: Yes, I have been supportive of these sorts of initiatives. I am aware of one in particular, promulgated by the governor’s office, which is an Executive Order 50, directing that all things being equal, our educational and governmental spending should be directed toward NCowned companies. e: What percentage of your consumer spending do you dedicate toward locally owned businesses? Chain stores and restaurants? Shopping on the Internet? DB: Wherever and whenever possible, I buy locally. I always choose a locally owned restaurant over a chain. I purchase seasonal vegetables and such from local vendors. My other expenditures—for clothing, electronics—are all made in local stores although they may be chains, and it is a rare occasion that I buy something over the Internet. Percentagewise, I’m saying 80 or more. e: Do you support Main Street Fairness Tax? DB: As a County Commission candidate, I have not researched this issue at length. My thoughts are that at first it would seem to be a mechanism for leveling the playing field between bricks-and-mortar businesses and emerchants, and it would fill budgetary gaps that are ever-widening at this time. However, I personally know of several local small businesses that would be adversely affected were they burdened with an additional tax. I rarely equivocate, but I have been consumed with research about the local budget, economic development, room occupancy tax, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority merger and tax incentives, so I would not render an opinion on this without fully evaluating any unintended consequences. e: What is your position on Titan? DB: I have been opposed to the Titan Cement facility since I first heard of it, which by the way was well after the county had signed an incentive package deal with them. That $4.2 million incentive package that has been offered to Titan Americas to induce them to build the country’s fourth largest cement manufacturing facility in this region is the result of antiquated thinking, regressive policies and a complete insensitivity to the fragility of our local ecosystem. It is one of the issues that propelled me into this race.

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DEMOCRAT FOR COUNTY COMMISSION: Deborah Butler supports film industry incentives and stands firm against Titan’s plans to make Castle Hayne a new home. Photo courtesy of candidate.

e: What is your position on film incentives? DB: North Carolina—Wilmington in particular—has a long-standing and profitable relationship with the film industry, which has seriously begun to erode. While I am not a big fan of incentives in general, we must not lose our film industry to Georgia, South Carolina and Canada. I support incentives to the film industry, and, in order to be competitive, we must remove the talent caps. The film industry brings big revenues, does not cost the community in terms of infrastructure expense, and it is a clean industry. I will support the film industry in every way possible and I am proud to have received the IATSE 491 endorsement. e: How do you feel about annexation? DB: Annexation reform is pending in the NC State Senate, and I support this reform as a means to give the electorate more of a voice in the process. However, annexation in its current

e: Why should encore readers vote for you, and what should they know about you? DB: Well, may I humbly say: because I am the most qualified person for the job. I have the requisite education and experience as it relates to contracts, finance, planning, zoning and budgeting. Further, I am a practical and sensible, no-nonsense problem solver. Over the years, as an attorney, I have learned to approach problems and find solutions by thinking in the alternative, and I have been a successful negotiator and consensus builder. I am a listener and a compromiser when appropriate but not afraid to stand my ground as necessary. I am still very much a student, too. I try to thoughtfully analyze things from all points of view before making a decision, but I don’t belabor a decision. Once I am convinced that I have sufficient information, I am decisive. I am a doer, and I like to see benchmarks and progress. I plan to include more citizens in county government. I will not stand for anything short of complete and full transparency in all governmental matters, and I am anxious to be an advocate for this community in terms of job growth, emerging technologies and fiscal responsibility. I will bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to the County Commission that has been lacking. e: Why are you affiliated with the party that you are representing as a candidate? DB: My earliest political memories are of the Watergate hearings with NC Senator Sam Ervin at the helm. Senator Sam was from Morganton, NC, and was a colleague of my grandfather. I have identified as a Democrat since that time.







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d r i e w e h t f o s w e n LEAD STORY Civilization in Decline: “Tom Tom,” a 2year-old Yorkshire terrier, was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Ark., in March, even though he was in good health. His owner, Donald Ellis, had just passed away but had left explicit instructions that he wanted Tom Tom buried along with him, and not later on, because he felt that no one could love Tom Tom as much as he did. Ellis’ reluctant family finally took Tom Tom to a veterinarian, who tried to change their minds but ultimately acquiesced and euthanized the dog out of fear that they would put him down anyway, less humanely.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit! Unlikely Successes: In July, the world’s largest four-day rodeo, the Pendleton RoundUp, released a signature-brand men’s cologne, Let’er Buck, to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. A spokesman claimed that the $69-abottle product has the fragrance of “sensuous musk and warm sandalwood.” Thai Airways announced in June that it would begin selling seven curry sauces directly from its airline food menu in take-out shops in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Shaking Up the Condom Market: The Swiss government announced in March that it would help bring to market “extra”-small condoms for boys as young as 12. (The decrease in circumference from a “standard” condom would be about 5/16th of an inch.) The Washington Post reported in May that high school and collegeage adults had complained that condoms given away by the District of Columbia’s HIV-prevention program were of too-low quality and that the city should spring for deluxe Trojan Magnums (in gold-colored packaging, giving them, said a city official, “a little bit of the bling quality”). In July, the prominent BrewDog brewery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, began producing the world’s strongest (and most expensive) beer, called The End of History, which is 55 percent

alcohol and sells for 500 pounds ($780) a bottle. As if to enrage both anti-alcohol and animal-welfare activists, BrewDog released the first 12 bottles taxidermally inserted inside the carcasses of roadkill (seven ermines, four squirrels and a rabbit). Said company founder James Watt, BrewDog aims to “elevate the status of beer in our culture.” At least two employees at the Olive ViewUCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, Calif., were accused in May of carrying on a makeshift “beauty salon” inside the facility’s Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Allegedly, eyebrow waxes and manicures were given near sensitive equipment used to combat infant infections and respiratory disorders. An investigation is continuing, but a hospital official said the notion of a “salon” was overblown and that perhaps a few nail treatments were involved. (Simultaneously, the facility is being investigated for taking kickbacks from nursing homes for placing discharged Medicare or Medicaid patients into those homes.)

Weird Science On an August ABC-TV “Nightline,” professor Matt Frerking of Oregon Health and Science University allowed cameras to record his narcolepsy-like “cataplexy,” which causes temporary muscle paralysis each time he contemplates romantic love (hugging or holding hands with his wife, viewing wedding pictures, witnessing affectionate couples). He noted that he can often fend off an impending attack by concentrating on his own lab work in neuroscience. Breakthroughs: When Ron Sveden’s left lung collapsed in May, doctors initially diagnosed a tumor, but on closer inspection learned that Sveden, of Brewster, Mass., had ingested a plant seed that had somehow migrated to his lung and sprouted open. He is recovering. A Pomeranian puppy recently found wandering in San Bernardino, Calif., was diagnosed with reproductive-organ complications that destined him to be

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To most, the toilet is a functional appliance, but to thoughtful people, it can be an instrument upon which creativity blossoms. Thus, the price tags were high this summer when commodes belonging to two literary giants of the 20th century went on sale. In August, a gaudily designed toilet from John Lennon’s 1969-71 residence in Berkshire, England, fetched 9,500 pounds (about $14,740) at a Liverpool auction, and a North Carolina collectibles dealer opened bids on the toilet that long served reclusive author J.D. Salinger at his home in Cornish, N.H. The dealer’s initial price was $1 million because, “Who knows how many of Salinger’s stories were thought up and written while (he) sat on this throne!” Blairsville, Ga., advertising agency owner Mike Patterson introduced the “first ever patriotic home-based business opportunity” recently, and, though it resembles a traditional “pyramid” scheme, Patterson termed it “network marketing” and an important way to fight government “tyranny.” For joining up at $12, $24 or $50 a year and enlisting others, Patterson promises recruiters “up to $50,000” (actually, up to $283,000 by securing $50 memberships). On spelling- and grammar-challenged Web pages, Patterson laid out salesmanship “levels” and “matrix” patterns that promise a member 60 cents per $24 recruit leaving $12 for patriotic programs and $11.40 for Patterson. (For some reason, after rounding up 29,523 members Level 9 the recruiter payout drops to 15 cents each.) In September, the Romanian Senate rejected a proposal by two legislators to regulate, and tax, fortune-tellers and “witches,” even though the government is otherwise desperately seeking new sources of revenue. A prominent witch had complained about potential record-keeping burdens on the “profession,” but one of the

bill’s sponsors told the Associated Press he thinks opposition came from lawmakers who were frightened of having spells and curses placed on them.


Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood continues in the thrall of what forensic experts everywhere discredit as pseudo-science (everywhere except Mississippi, that is). Hence, death-row inmate Eddie Lee Howard’s date with destiny approaches. Although only scant physical evidence was presented at his murder trial, the jury famously heard from local dentist Michael West, who, using fancy equipment, somehow identified scratches on the victim’s body as “bite marks” unique to Howard’s teeth. (In 2008, News of the Weird mentioned the DNA-inspired release of two accused Mississippi rapists who had served 12 years in prison having also been positively identified by West on the basis of bite marks. Between then and now, West’s theories have been nationally, resoundingly rebuked, but the attorney general has chosen to defend Howard’s original, West-based conviction rather than look anew at the case, and Howard remains marked for execution.)

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Perception of the Sexes: Anthony Lawson sucessfully pens, directs and stars in ‘The Title of the Play’


laywrights are frustrated actors,” Arthur Miller once said, as he began his acceptance speech for his lifetime-achievement Tony Award. I have frequently thought the opposite is true, too. A great number of actors have written vehicles for their performance careers: Eric Begosian, Anna Devere Smith, Holly Hughes and Spaulding Gray, to name but a few. Unlike these writers who have largely focused on oneperson shows, local actor Anthony Lawson has written an ensemble piece, “The Title of the Play,” currently showing at the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre. Usually, when I encounter either of the following two pieces of information, I groan inwardly: 1) “I wrote it, produced it, directed it and I am starring in it!”; or 2) “It’s about my life as a writer.” Taken together is something I’d rather avoid. But I have been watching Lawson on stage for years and have read quite a bit of his works-in-progress and decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. Both I and my companion were amazed. Dialogue is essential to good playwriting. The concept of dialogue in a play script changed dramatically in the 1940s and ‘50s when Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams moved its use from delivering information to advancing the plot to actually sounding like normal human conversation, filled with obsessions, lies, obfuscations and pleas unspoken. It was revolutionary and has upped the ante for playwrights since. Lawson has a carefully tuned ear for dialogue. He hits that perfect note of how people actually talk, so it doesn’t sound forced or contrived. Though, credit must be given to the cast for making it come alive—all the great writing in the world can be sabotaged by terrible acting. Morgana Bridgers and Molly Lankford really make the script vibrate. It is obvious the script was written as a vehicle for Lawson’s many talents: not only to showcase his work as a writer and actor but also as a director. It is hard to di-

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The Title of the Play

HHHHH Produced by Guerilla Theatre Brown Coat Pub and Theatre 111 Grace St. • (910) 341-0001 Thurs.-Sun., 9/24-26, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. tTickets: $10 rect a show and perform in it (though, this is not the first time Lawson has done so). There are a lot of common mistakes that neophyte directors make. One of the most common is to play a love scene or a fight scene with the actors close to each other, instead of across the stage form each other. Though the stage at the Brown Coat is small, Lawson has the cast use all of it as much as possible. The intensity created has the audience on the edge of their seats and so engrossed that intermission comes as a shock. The cast is incredible for such a complicated script—one that not so much unfolds as reveals. It requires a cast to really sell it. I am most familiar with Morganna Bridgers’ work from local musicals. Thus, a nice change to see her other talents. She struck me most during Lawson’s monologues, as she convinced me she was really listening, reacting in subtle unconscious ways—not waiting for cues. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. It would be easy for a cast to let this script sink into an almost sitcom-like reaction. “Oh, look! There are two girls, and what is Anthony going to do?” It requires a lot of strength and skill to keep it on track. Of the two women, Bridgers is the stronger and more experienced actress. She sets the tone and keeps them both on track. A newcomer to the Wilmington stage,

LOVE TRIANGLE: Writer, director and star of ‘The Title of the Play,’ Anthony Lawson deals with differences of the sexes and the heart with his costars Morganna Bridgers and Molly Lankford in Guerilla Theatre’s latest production. Photo courtesy of Anthony Lawson.

Lankford’s character offers a striking contrast to her counterpart. (In the program the characters are not given names.) Where as Bridgers plays the ultimate supportive girlfriend, to the point of totally submerging her personality and desires in favor of her boyfriend’s, Lankford appears more human, flawed and dynamic. She clearly depicts the common, young, single

woman, bowed with her defenses up, yet deflating them as she quickly falls for a charismatic man. She quivers with desire and confusion. I only wish I could have heard her more clearly. When she plays an intimate scene, she drops her voice, like most of us do in real life. When I asked my date what he thought of the show he said, “Anthony is a smart man. He wrote a show where he gets to kiss pretty girls a lot!” Ultimately, though, “The Title of the Play” highlights the differences between the sexes and focuses on personal perception. The message rings loud and clear: Life is what we make of it and how we choose to see it.

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Holy Cheese Balls!


The Sedaris’ pen great play, but UNCW students pull off fantastic performance


an’t we look up at one thing without looking down on another?” It’s the blood line pumping through “The Book of Liz,” written by The Talent Family, also known as the hilariously raw Amy and David Sedaris. Produced from the UNCW Department of Theatre, “...Liz” comprises a cast whose energetic syncopation not only clicks on every synapse but puts forth comedic timing far from amateurish ways. It’s one element surrounding university theater that I love to see: complete overzealousness to be on stage, get experience and have fun without worry of failure. The play’s notion of facing stereotypes and how we interact as a society—judging, finger-pointing, pigeon-holing—comes through brilliantly with the help of much laughter. If the Sedaris’ know anything, it’s how to captivate an audience with engaging dialogue; their Southern roots (born and raised in Raleigh, NC) may very well help connect on a local basis, too, when the absurd becomes the norm, as seen between the relation of religion and recovering alcoholics in “...Liz.” Really, couldn’t they all be one in the same? Finding support, whether through a Bible or Alcholics Anonymous’ 12-Step Service Manual, to cope with the hurdles and temptations of life? Sister Elizabeth Donderstock makes one mean cheese ball—in smoky or regular flavor, nonetheless. She devised the recipe as a young lass, born into the Squeamish community of Cluster Haven. Here, meager material goods are made of their Amish-like hands; their food sources grown and raised on their own land; and their covenant to God the center of it all. Sister Donderstock’s cheese balls help keep the community fiscally afloat, as they sell and distribute them to the public. Naturally, when a shift happens in the production of her recipe, the overly sweaty sister finds herself questioning her meaning in life and decides the only way to find out is to escape into the “real world.”

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The Book of Liz

HHHHH UNCW Department of Theatre Cultural Arts Building SRO Theatre Sept. 23rd-26th, 8 p.m.; Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. Tickets: $10-$12 (910) 962-2061 Erica Lane as Sister Elizabeth Donderstock remains nothing shy of adorable. She plays her character with such naïveté that her questioning of everything from breakfast burritos to a fish aquarium becomes a believable foray into a sheltered existence. Lane brings an air of innocence and reserve like that of a child who sees life with rose-colored glasses, not yet tainted by the darker hues of its seedy corners. This leads to many lovable one-liners, such as “drinking kills feelings” and “I had a llama once, but I know nothing about dogs.” My only qualm: Lane needed to slow down her delivery. While her zeal completely requires fast talk during some scenes, in others she loses the nuance to which the Sedaris’ sometimes use in their humor. Of the most impressive onstage pizzaz comes from Lane’s connection to Charles Johnston’s “Duncan Trask,” the gay manager of the restaurant Plymouth Crock, which is ran by AA members. The restaurant’s Pilgrimthemed shtick allows Liz a flawless transition into waitress, where her sweat-covered smock needs no update. “I had a problem with the sweating myself, especially during the first few months,” Duncan informs, referring to the 12-Step Program. Johnston’s lisp, matched with his lanky disposition, gives his character equally lovable endearment as that of Liz. Together, they’re two peas shining brightly in a pod, especially apparent dur-

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LAST WEEKEND RUN: “The Book of Liz,” featuring Erica Lane as Liz herself, runs one last weekend, from the 23rd-26th. Get tickets now before it sells out again! Photo courtesy of UNCW.

ing a doctor’s office scene when they match face-to-face intense dialogue without breaking character. The cockney-accented Ukranians, played by Maria Katsadouros and Adam Powell, offer a light-hearted romp into the world of foreigners making their way on American soil—plastic couches and trailer-park housing included. While Katsadouros’ and Powell’s accent leave something to be desired, my theatre companion noted, “They pulled off foreigners attempting English wonderfully!” Point taken. Nonetheless, they provide a madhouse of erratic action, yelling, fighting and welcoming Liz with open arms—oh, and a peanut costume that in and of itself is worth seeing. The Squeamish, including Rylan Morsbach as Reverend Tollhouse, Kate MacCallum as Sister Constance Butterworth and Zach Pappas as Brother Nathaniel Brightbee, do in fact make one squeamish with their uptight dispositions. Likewise, all are transparent thanks to their own faults in judgement. Morsbach makes the term “haughty” a light adjective in comparison to his attitude, while Pappas fumbles and stumbles along with utter disarray, almost so much it becomes unnerving to watch—a good sign of solid performing. MacCallum gives a dead-on performance of a small community’s gossip maven. At any moment I expected her to break into a Joan Cusak impersonation, as

she shares similar expressions and awkward grace to the quirky actress. The show itself deserves a mention to all of its actors, including Lindsay Wright, Sarah Burke and especially Eddie Ledford. Ledford makes an impressive stage debut as the gay server “Donny Polk,” even delivering my favorite line of the show when referring to AA —or maybe it was the Bible—as “a manual on how to slowly suck the life out of everyone in the room.” The tech staff gravely deserve praise on exceptional lighting, which really succeeds when showing lapses of time. The multi-media additions, including a projection screen that offered location, shares a nice dichotomy of underlying issues within the play itself: pairing olden lifestyles with newer ones. The music makes scene changes less floundering, thanks to the sounds of Beck, Vampire Weekend and other electronically charged beeps and tweets. Yet, it can’t go without mention: It flows better and makes a larger impact when the scene changes move realtime and within the audience’s full view, a la from the doctor’s office to the Ukranian’s house in the last half of the play. Nonetheless, UNCW Department of Theater, especially producer Frank Trimble and director Ed Wagenseller, should be thrilled with the outcome of “The Book of Liz.” They’ve allowed student actors perfect material to shine, and judging by last Friday’s sold-out show, they’ve proven university theatre a match for any other production house in town. Only one weekend remains to see Wilmington’s debut of “The Boof of Liz.” Tickets are worth every penny.

The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer:

Buddy Holly comes alive at Thalian Hall


ock ‘n’ roll has defined decades of youth and culture, history and society, rebellion and revolt. Having gone through movements and evolutions of sound, somewhere in the early ‘50s, the guitar mastermind of Chuck Berry, piano virtuosity of Little Richard and the hip gyrations of Elvis captivated audiences unlike any had done before. On that list of pioneers to transform radio airplay into passionate grit and soul was Charles Hardin Holly, otherwise known as “Buddy.” His story began in Lubbock, Texas, where Buddy learned the ins and outs of playing the guitar, four-string banjo and lap-steel guitar at a very young age. By 13, he had already used a wire recorder to capture his version of Hank Snow’s “My Two Timin’ Woman.” In junior high school, Holly started a bluegrass band with pal Bob Montgomery and received local air time on AM radio station KDAV. It wasn’t until 1955, after seeing Elvis Presley perform live, that Holly gave his sound rockabillly swagger, featuring strong rhythms and slap bass cadences, as he played with the Crickets and eventually opened for Presley himself. The rest, as some say, is history. The short time span of Buddy Holly’s rise to fame—before his tragic death in 1959 in a plane crash also carrying the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens—finds celebration and homage in Thalian Association’s premiere production, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.” encore interviewed director Tom Briggs about the upcoming buzzed-about show, which will feature amazing musical talent, as well as first-time thespians to Thaliah Hall’s grand stage. encore: Why did you decide to bring Buddy to Wilmington? What compelled you to the show? Tom Briggs: I wanted to do an entire season of Wilmington premieres because it’s always exhilarating to introduce a show that our audience hasn’t had the opportunity to enjoy before, and that our local artists haven’t had the opportunity to work on. “Buddy” tells the quintessential American story of a young artist who refuses to compromise his vision in exchange for a quick buck and changes the trajectory of popular music in the process. It’s good to be reminded of that kind of integrity in this day and age. e: The show follows Holly through two years of his short life and his rise to fame, correct? TB: Exactly. Buddy’s career only lasted eighteen months and the show begins in his hometown of Lubbock, TX, when he’s on the brink of getting his first record deal and takes us through the Winter Dance Party in Clear Lake, Ohio—his last concert on the night of the fatal plane crash that claimed not only his life but those of Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the pilot, Roger Peterson.

by: Shea Carver

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Thalian Association Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St. Sept. 23rd-26th and 30th-Oct. 3rd, 8 p.m. or Sun. matinees, 3 p.m. Tickets: $22 -- $25 (910) 632-2285 e: Who will be playing the iconic rock ‘n’ roller, and how is his transformation coming along? TB: Justin Fox is a renowned local musician—a fierce guitar player and a great singer. Justin hasn’t really done theater before, but has jumped in with both feet and is going to be absolutely terrific. He has the same sort of drive and sly sense of humor that Buddy had and he’s just a natural actor—no bad habits. The transformation will be complete later in the week when he goes in for the Buddy haircut. e: Who else makes up the cast, and what are you witnessing during rehearsal that you find most impressive? TB: The three guys who play Buddy’s band, the Crickets, are also wonderful local musicians—Benjamin Baldwin, Benji Smith and Gary Steele, all of whom play with various bands in the region. They hadn’t done theater before either so it has really been a leap of faith for them to take this on. This is a lot different than playing a couple sets on a Friday night at the beach. But they’ve really thrown themselves into the rehearsal process and are incredibly dedicated and professional. It’s an absolute joy to work with them and to bring them into the exacting world of live theater. They’ve been working like Clydesdales. e: Obviously, music plays a very big role in the production. Tell me about the music direction, and how you went about your search to find the musicians? What have they added to the show that you didn’t expect? TB: Music director Jonathan Barber and I began looking for Buddy and The Crickets about six weeks before the formal auditions for the show. I put out calls for musicians on Craig’s list, went to various venues to check out different bands, talked with a lot of people who are involved in the local music scene. The show is really all about the music and this particular band so the production’s success really hung on finding the right guys. They play two dozen songs in the show. That’s a lot of music and lyrics to memorize, to say nothing of the dialogue and staging. What’s really been fun is having the band

THAT’LL BE THE DAY: (clockwise from center) Justin Fox, Benji Smith, Gary Steele and Benjamin Baldwin star as Buddy Holly and the Crickets in ‘Buddy,’ opening this Thursday night. Photo by Chris Ochs.

at rehearsals. Usually we don’t get the band in until three nights before we open. But these four guys have really bonded and sound like they’ve been playing together for years. I told them at the first rehearsal that they’d come out of this experience with a great Buddy Holly cover band. e: What about rock ‘n’ roll and Buddy Holly’s story do you find makes for good theatre? TB: Good theater relies on a central character who is in hot pursuit of something, in this case Buddy’s determination to get the music

he hears in his head out there to people, despite the overwhelming obstacles in his way. The kind of music Buddy wanted to play was largely considered “colored music” in the late ‘50s, and in fact he was inadvertently booked into the Apollo Theater because the manager thought it was a black act. His story is extremely compelling and the visceral energy of rock ‘n’ roll is innately theatrical—it goes straight to the soul. e: What can audiences expect of this show that they may be surprised to learn? TB: Buddy only knew his wife, Maria Elena, for five hours before he proposed to her. They were both quoted as saying that it was truly love at first sight, and so it was. ... We have a killer finale that wraps everything up, and that’s as much as I’m saying!

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Weighted and Postured By Mood: J. Edge discusses new art work to hang at Caprice Bistro by: Shea Carver

Work and Work Art by Jay Edge and Darren Mulvenna Opening reception, Sept. 23rd, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Caprice Bistro 10 Market Street


hen dining around town, how often do we think that the servers delivering our delightful fresh martinis and special du jours have alternate lives? Though not necessarily seedy or rubbing on the underbelly of the macabre (or maybe so), the chances are high that they are students working toward a degree, professionals moonlighting for extra cash or even artists “making a living.” What defines them isn’t always assuring we receive a top-notch culinary experience; they have purposes that may affect our lives in more direct ways. Take Jay Edge, for example: local artist, father, husband, runner, blogger (http:// and waiter at Caprice Bistro. The beauty of Edge’s life, aside from rearing a 19-month-old son, comes from the convergence of his job, serving homey, French food at Caprice, and his love of creating art. It’s a perfect match, too, considering Caprice supports artists in Wilmington, often hosting shows upstairs in their sofa lounge where works hang against the backdrop of exposed brick. Coming up this week, Caprice will showcase the works from two of their employees, Jay Edge and bartender Darren Mulvenna, in a show appropriately titled “Work and Work.” “[Restaurateurs] Chef and Patricia [Moity] proposed [we do a] show,” Edge informs, “and the basis was very simple: Two artists who work in the same restaurant, sharing a gallery.”

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Red Doppelgänger by J. Edge.

“I like that art can document its own process of creation. ... An artist’s history is in every piece he does, a continuum.” —Jay Edge Edge’s and Mulvenna’s difference in aesthetics can be seen in figurative pieces and landscapes, both paintings and drawings, and even through their backgrounds. While Edge studied art at Appalachian, dictated by classical studies with live models, as well as interests in Rauschenberg, de Kooning, Rembrandt, Schnabel, Freud and a spec-

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trum of musicians, Mulvenna showcases a self-taught hand. “He has such a sound technique,” Edge remarks. “He never had to unlearn artschool trend-talk, and his aesthetic process nearly contradicts my own. I lean more toward folk/expressionism because I don’t have the patience to paint technically, un-

less I can do it quickly.” Edge’s current work centers around the theme “doppelgängers,” where figures mirror one another in splashes of red, cascading with fluidity of movement. Brush strokes curve and sway, some erratic, others connecting to the outline of the female body’s prowess. “My life is rushed and fast and my paintings are as well,” Edge says. “I want them to hit you swiftly, in a moment, with depth, interest and eye-vibrating intensity.” In fact, they do. They elicit demure power through provocative sensuality. “[The work] opens up so much creative play,” Egde confirms. “These figures are ultimately poetic forms, weighted and postured according to my moods. I like to push the musical, frenetic, expressive and painterly elements all at the same time.” He starts with life-drawing sessions that evolve into bigger ideas before inverting them into other forms and images. Edge uses a plethora of tools to help in each creation: figure prints, smudges, eraser burns, tears and charcoal drips, which he chooses over traditional painting. “I draw all the time, and I dig the raw elements in the act ... but drawings are not as represented—or not as formally regarded— as painting,” he expresses. “You are seemingly required to include wet color in a piece for it to be a ‘work of art.’” Edge’s end result may have onlookers disagreeing, as each piece has a voice all its own—a point of view easily defined but open enough for audience interpretation. That, in essence, often makes the best art. Thanks to long runs and the help of good music—Fugazi, Shostakovich, Modest Mouse or the Skatellites—he pushes the imagery. “An image will find her mark, [as] brushes start grabbing lines, defining contours on the canvas,” he explains, “eventually creating an interesting area. Then, I work as long as [my son] Kyote lets me.” Caprice Bistro features the art work of Jay Edge and Darren Mulvenna on Thursday, September 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The work will hang through the end of October, and it will provide an inside look behind the helping hands who so often focus on making our restaurant visits worth while. The least we could do—of course besides tip them—is support their passionate endeavors toward creating a more artistically engaging town. “As a local, people should know that I have probably waited on them before, and if they tipped, then they have supported the local arts. For that, thank you.” 1701 Wrightsville Ave 910 343 5233 Mon-Sat, 12-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm is located at the corner of Wrightsville Ave and 17th street. 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 Volume 24 fetaures artwork by Michael Blaylock, Megan Brezinsky, Jeremy Lea, Scott Ehrhart, Katharine Blackwell & Shannon Geigerich. Show hangs for eight weeks

Caffe Phoenix 35 N. Front Street (910) 343-1395 Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 10pm Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 4pm Currently exhibiting raw works on paper by 82 year-old abstract expressionist Edward Meneeley, including one which hung earlier this year in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Meneeley is represented by the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate Modern, London, among others. This show is a fund-raiser for the biography project of the artist’s life with work sold for Art For the Masses prices. For more info, call 910-797-3501.

Crescent Moon 332 Nutt St, The Cotton Exchange (910) 762-4207 Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm; Sun., 12-4pm Crescent Moon has launched our comprehensive Web site, www.crescentmoonnc. com, featuring art from all of our artists. We purposefully designed the site to reflect the vast art glass and metal sculpture that you find everyday at the shop at The Cotton Exchange. Our goal is to make it easy for our customers to go online to check on the availability of an item for themselves or for gifts. The new site allows our customers to place their orders online, but wait…no putting your credit card out into cyberspace; we call you upon order notification to finalize your order and thank you personally. Remember gift-wrapping is free – always!

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!

Hampstead Art Gallery 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. 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.

New Elements Gallery 216 N. Front St. • (919) 343-8997 Tues-Sat: 11am-5:30pm or by appointment Acknowledged as one of Wilmington’s premier art and craft venues, New Elements offers a wide variety of work by regional and nationally recognized artists. The gallery features original paintings and prints, as well as sculpture, craft, jewelry, and custom framing. Visitors worldwide make a point of returning to enjoy the distinctive collection of fine art and craft and are frequently impressed by the sheer volume of work available at New Elements, much of which is featured on the gallery’s Web site. The gallery offers art consultation services and is committed to finding unique pieces of art.

pattersonbehn art gallery 511 1/2 Castle Street (910) 251-8886 Tues.-Sat. 11am-5pm pattersonbehn picture framing & design has

added an art gallery to their space, featuring several local artists. Currently on display are works by Bob Bryden, Michelle Connolly, Karen Paden Crouch, Virginia Wright Frierson, Rachel Kastner, Pam Toll and Katherine Wolf Webb. We offer 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 one of a kind keepsake boxes. The gallery offers something for everybody.

Sunset River Marketplace 10283 Beach Dr., SW (NC 179) (910) 575-5999 Tues- Sat. 10am-5pm Closed Mon. in winter 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, artisancrafted 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 Fourth Friday at the Wilmington Art Gallery, 616-B Castle Street, has a double treat for you, so please stop by from 6 - 8 p.m., for wine and “goodies.” Mary Ann Dixon Hogue is the “Featured Artist” with her oil paintings entitled, “Water, Land, Sky.” Also, The NoName Artists, comprised of 8 Wilmington Art Assoc. artists: Alouise Fenstermacher, Ruth Brune, Barbara Bear Jamison, Carol Hovey, Diane McCord, Lynn Graham, Anne Lanier and Karan Crumley, who paint together once a week, are the Special Event. Both shows run until Oct. 20th, so please stop by.

Wanna be on the gallery page? Call Shea Carver by Thursday, noon, at (910) 791-0688, ext 1004, to inquire about being included.

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3D Can’t Save Dreck!

reel to reel

‘Resident Evil’ only shows how bad an actress Milla Jovovich really is


D” or “not 3D,” that is still the question. “Resident Evil: Afterlife” makes a strong argument for the medium being a worthless, overpriced mess. A mess I got to watch unfold at Regal Cinemas as an unruly patron cried bloody murder over being charged an additional $3 for the price of a 3D ticket. “But I brought my glasses from the last 3D movie,” he griped and waved them in front of her as if evidence from a murder trial. “You’re telling me I still have to pay $10?” “I guess so,” the ticket-taker repied. “It’s theater number one.” He grumbled his way past the concession stand. I was disappointed. I was hoping for another long rant about having to take out a second mortgage to afford a large popcorn and a box of Goobers. A cranky old bastard to be sure, but he has a point. Do we really gain anything in the theatrical experience with 3D? “Resident Evil: Afterlife” perfectly exemplifies how a gimmick can make us pay $10 for a movie that isn’t worth a dime, much less a damn. Pain. Sticky, sticky pain. That’s what I felt watching this movie. It was like someone gave a roomful of 12-years-olds $75 million, a two-ton truck filled with Pixie Sticks and Mr. Pibb, and a contract from a major motion picture studio to release a film into theaters no matter how awful it is. I believe M. Night Shyamalan gets a similar deal. “Resident Evil: Afterlife” is ridiculously idiotic, practically obscene on a cerebral level. Nothing in this film makes any sense. I feel less like reviewing this film and more like analyzing holes so large that I could be King Kong’s proctologist. It may seem strange that the biggest flaw I find in a 3D movie is the writing. Yet, here I am wondering what two-bit hack shat out this moronic afterbirth. The story itself is typical “Resident Evil” (i.e. PG13 zombie dreck). Alice (Milla Jovavich) tries to exist in a post-apocalyptic world run by the evil Umbrella Corporation, which have somehow managed to thrive in a zombie-infested world of its own creation. Even though this is the fourth film in the series, there’s no sense of plot advancement at all. The movie still maintains itself a survival film with way too much polish. And it’s populated by the dumbest people ever to appear in a movie. I can’t begin to fathom how anyone could create characters this stupid. The protagonists make the zombies look like Rhodes scholars. The best way to explain it would be to examine “the automatic opening door situation.” We take automated doors for granted—use them every single day, and

by: Anghus

Resident Evil: Afterlife Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter and Kim Coates

eryone turns around in surprise! Wait. What? They saw the doors open; one even audibly indicated that it was a trap. But, they continue on, knowing there will be peril again; yet, still they react when an automatic door shuts behind them! Is it really that surprising? On another note, I was insulted by how

this week in film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Cinematique Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut Street September 20th - 24th, 7:30pm, $7

(pictured) “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” takes the audience on a year-long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the business. Winner at Sundance Film Festival.

The Decline of Western Civilization WORTHLESS THROUGH AND THROUGH: Jovovich stinks up ‘Resident Evil,’ along with writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson.

not once do we marvel at the technological efficiency of the door opening itself for us. At the grocery store, the doctor’s office, a convenience store. The door just opens, and we don’t give it a second thought. Not the characters of “Resident Evil.” Any time they are walking around a futuristic high-tech compound, doors open, and they stop and take a moment to indicate what happened. Then, they walk through and the door closes—and, once again, they stop and turn around as if to say, “The door just closed behind me.” I think the director thought it would be creepy. Since every damn door in the modern world can be automated these days, it’s hardly something at which to marvel. And it gets better. At one point, Alice and her two compadres stand in front of a large set of automatically opening doors. “It’s a trap,” Claire (Ali Larter) says. Yet, they walk through the doors into the mysterious room, and when the doors close behind them, ev-

poorly the deaths were done in “Resident Evil.” In any horror movie, no matter how awful, the ghastly deaths of the “too stupid to live” cast should be chuckle worthy. Not here. They are all telegraphed with marked regularity. The secondary cast is laughably assembled. Most of the film is set in the remnants of Hollywood. So, the other survivors are made up of an aspiring actress, a basketball star and a dickhead movie producer. Seriously? Did these assholes write this at a Starbucks while watching too much “Entertainment Tonight”? Did they think we wouldn’t believe the characters were in Hollywood if the characters weren’t the kind of vapid stereotypes we see on TV? All of it is so worthless. A lot has been made of the fact that this is the first movie using the same 3D cameras James Cameron developed for “Avatar.” For the record: This does not make the movie worth seeing. With such depth and clarity, audiences will find out how bad an actress Milla Jovavich really is. It was like attending Resident Evil: The Theme Park ride. It’s joyless, a waste of technology and another prime example of why 3D has already worn out its welcome.

Subversive Film Series Juggling Gypsy •1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223 Sundays, 8pm • Free An American documentary film filmed through 1979 and 1980, “The Decline of Western Civilization,” directed by Penelope Spheeris, takes on the Los Angeles punkrock scene. It features concert footage of legendary punk bands and interviews, both with band members, the publishers of Slash, and with the punks who made up the audience.

Which Way Home

Lumina Theater, Fisher Student Center UNCW Campus • 601 S. College Road Thursday, 7pm • Free The movie follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “ The Beast.”

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Culturally Enriching: The sounds and history of Judaism come to light with klezmer music different groups feel like they’re represented and can enjoy the performances. The interfaith, inter-cultural part of me wants to bring something in for everybody. It may not be every concert, but maybe once a year someone will find something that they can say, ‘Yea, I really like that.’” As the Jewish community celebrates its high holiday season this month, The Alexandria Kleztet concert may offer a perfect opportunity to not only triumph in rich musical traditions of Judaism, but it gives the community a deeper enlightenment to the world around us. “I think it’s important for us to have art and culture that can mix together that will not only represent the community here, but also give others a chance to learn about that culture and music,” she says. “I think it helps us come together and learn about each other—it just makes us richer as a whole.”

by: Adrian Varnam

The Alexandria Kleztet Thursday, September 23rd, 7:30 p.m. Concerts at 128 South Front Street Tickets: $15


t isn’t unusual to experience diverse musical programming in the Wilmington community. With the university bringing quality entertainment to campus concert halls each year, and community organizations often sponsoring award-winning performances at venues like historic Thalian Hall, unique and worldly performers often visit Wilmington. What is rare, however, is hearing such talent, not on a big stage like Thalian or Kenan Auditorium, but just steps away in a setting akin to a Southern parlor. On Thursday, September 23rd, this becomes possible as The Alexandria Kleztet brings klezmer music to downtown, as part of the popular Concert at 128 South series. Based in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area, the award-winning Alexandria Kleztet has performed their own interpretation of klezmer music throughout the mid-Atlantic, including annual appearances at the Kennedy Center. Known for their arrangements of traditional tunes, as well as incorporating original music that transcends genres, the group has garnered a following in all circles of music, continuing to impress audiences around the East Coast and beyond. “I saw them back in 2007 in a guitar shop in Maryland and they blew me away,” Susan Savia, organizer of Concert at 128 South, says. “They played this incredible music that wasn’t just klezmer, but they also incorporated other sounds to change things up. They’d add a jazz beat to some songs, or maybe a classical or world beat, making it really unique. I’ve followed their career and saw, when I was starting this concert series, that they were traveling up and down the East Coast. I thought, Wow, what a great opportunity it would be to have them here! [I] figured klezmer music is probably not something that’s performed here that often.” Derived from the folk traditions of Eastern-European Jews, klezmer makes up an amalgamation of European, Yiddish and even secular dance melodies. Today the music has evolved to incorporate other influences but

REPRESENTING THE SOUL: The classically skilled and culturally engaging sounds of The Alexandria Kleztet should not be missed at 128 South this Thursday. Photo courtesy of artist.

still maintains its distinct sound and rhythm. The Alexandria Kleztet push the boundaries of the tradition even farther, embracing many aspects of western music in their interpretation and presentation. “I love their music,” Savia says. “It’s very evocative. It’s lively and delightful, but there are other songs that are deeper. To me klezmer music tells the story of the Jewish people of Eastern Europe—it’s filled with the sounds and history just reminiscent of coming from that place, physically and spiritually.” While this isn’t Savia’s first foray into bringing unique music to 128 South, it is perhaps her biggest challenge yet. Thankfully, the shows have received positive feedback from the community. Thus, Wilmington has shown Savia they will support a casual concert, staged in a listening-room environment. It furthers her philosophy in helping to create more culture and understanding. “I’ve wanted to bring music that will raise the bar in the community all along—it’s got to be good music,” she says. “And, certainly, that’s subjective from my perspective, but I’ve had some confirmation ... I want to have different music so that

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Saturday, October 2, 2010 6:00pm - 10:30pm

In the Riverside Garden • 510 Surry Street Historic Downtown Wilmington

Invasion of the Pirates Lighted Boat Parade

and Fireworks over the Battleship North Carolina Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres Complimentary Beer and Wine Live and Silent Auctions $60 - Admit one person

For tickets, visit or call the Seahawk Club at 910-962-7737


Friday, September 24 – Women’s Soccer vs Delaware, 7:00pm (sponsored by Wilmington International Airport and Hughes Bros. Tires)

Saturday, September. 25 – Volleyball vs Georgia State, 2:00pm (sponsored by McDonald’s and Hughes Bros. Tires)

Saturday, September 25 – Men’s Soccer vs Hofstra, 7:00pm ( sponsored by BB&T and Linprint)

Sunday, Sept. 26 – Women’s Soccer vs Drexel, 1:00pm (sponsored by Coca-Cola and Buffalo Wild Wings)

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Acoustic Vaudeville: Southern Trai Tour features a host of musicians playing on one bill, one night


e’re seeing a growing trend in the Port City, one that supports concerts in listening-room environments—smaller, more intimate spaces solely focusing on musicians and the fullattention span of an audience. No, these aren’t venues where moshers crowd surf, and barflies throw back shots of Patron while making out in a back corner with Mr. Right Now. Nor is it a free-dancing outdoor arena, featuring hacky sack and corn hole tournaments at every turn. The listening room puts the musician at center stage, where he or she should be, showcasing raw, unadulterated talent. What surfaces: connectivity and passion for song between artists and audience. And people like it. Level 5/City Stage—traditionally a local theater venue—can be added to a favorite among Wilmington’s listening-room list. As of late, responsive crowds have flocked to see Wilmington Unplugged artists perform. On Friday, September 24th, another show brings in four traveling singer/songwriters from all over the southeast, including Jeremy Aggers, a favorite in the area. Last month I spoke with artist manager and organizer Robert Evans, who, along with Wilmington Unplugged’s Billy Mellon, will be presenting a unique singer/songwriter event, also known as “Southern Trail Tour.” Here is how our conversation unfolded: encore: You and Jeremy Aggers have recently changed touring strategy, from solo performer to sharing the stage with other artists. What was the reason for the transition? Robert Evans: I’ve been managing Jeremy for about two years now, and I’ve been slowly getting him out on the road in the southeast. We’ve been having success in a lot of places, not a lot of success in other places, and outright failure to get him booked in other places, which reflects poorly on both of us. He’s just like anyone else—we all have to have day jobs in this business. He got really burnt out on being on the road days at a time, eating up money with travel costs, and trying to work as much in between as he could. So, he said, “Hey, I will work my ass off for two and a half months, if you can put me out on the road for two weeks every three months.” I said, “Let’s do it.” I was looking for that challenge, and, honestly, I was a little tired of working around various constraints. Because he carried every tour by himself previously, we just thought it would be a good change to take those two-week spurts and give him support musically so he’s not doing all the heavy lifting by himself all the time.

by: Adrian Varnam

Southern Trail Tour Featuring Jeremy Aggers, Chelsea Lunn La Bate, Channing & Quinn, Sean Thomas Gerard and James Ethan Clark Friday, September 24th • 7 p.m., doors; 7:30 p.m., show Level 5/City Stage Tickets: $8 e: So why not just put him out on the road with a backing band instead? RE: A few years ago, I had an artist play on the very first Hotel Café tour—it was a really cool idea with artists like Cary Brothers, Jim Bianco, Imogen Heap, Butch Waller. They went out on the road and played a sort of vaudeville-style show where they didn’t play full sets. They played three songs, and then someone else would come out and play four songs, and they’d play on each other’s songs and so on. That, to me, seemed like the path to take with Jeremy. Although, he does play with a band back in Atlanta, taking him on tour with peers instead gave us an opportunity to replicate something like that here in the southeast. So, I’m taking a few singer/songwriters that I’m really digging in the southeast, and I‘m renting a van and putting these artists out on the road with Jeremy. The idea is that these artists have a support group with each other, and we’re filling up time at the venue for the whole evening—which is less work for them—and we’re giving people a reason to stay the entire duration. For only $8, you’re getting four to six musicians giving you some of their best material each and every night. I really see it as a winwin for everyone. e: How did you go about choosing the artists on the tour? RE: Every artist I’ve got on this tour I’ve seen play the Eddie’s Attic Shootout. Eddie’s Attic is a singer/songwriter venue in Decatur, Georgia, and it’s helped launch the careers of the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, John Mayer and many others. If you were a singer/songwriter in the late-’90s, that was where you played. Although it’s gone under the radar a bit lately, it still has these singer/songwriters who come in, and the shootout brings in anywhere from 25 to 30 performers from all over the country in a bracket-style, head-tohead competition, with a panel of judges that decide who’s the best out of that round. Each of these artists on the tour made an impact at Eddie’s and in my opinion are some of the best in the region. I’m really excited to

LISTENING-ROOM CLASSIC: Jeremy Aggers will keep audiences engaged during his performance on the Southern Trail Tour—a vaudeville take on a host of musicians playing all in one night. Photo by Cheryl Clifford.

not only showcase them all on the same stage, but to take the show around the southeast. e: I understand you’ll also have two local performers, Sean Thomas Gerard and James Ethan Clark, on stage as well. Is that something you’re doing throughout the tour: adding local talent? RE: Absolutely. I think it’s always good to endear yourself to the local crowd and local scene by inviting one or two artists onboard. We like to make the offer of playing the city before and the city after, in exchange for helping us out in their hometowns. And we routed the tour around the other artists’ homebases as well—Jeremy’s originally from Salisbury, NC; Chelsea Lynn La Bate is from Asheville; Channing and Quinn are from

Nashville; and Tyler has strong connections in the Knoxville area. In doing this, you try to get as many people involved as possible and, hopefully, build something for the future.

e: How did Wilmington get added to the calendar of dates with only a few select cities being played? RE: I booked Jeremy on a nine-day tour in January of last year through North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. We came through Wilmington because he had some friends there, and [we] met some great people. Wilmington just seems like a very creative city and is very supportive of the arts in various ways. I think we would be remiss if we didn’t pick it as one of our stops. Some would say that it’s out of the way and difficult to route a tour through there, but I think that’s a short-sidedness that needs to be corrected. I think Wilmington can really prove itself as a place for artists outside of their hometown to develop a following.


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WeDNeSDAY, SepTembeR 22 BiBis ellison anD tim BlaCK —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 oPen miC w/ sean gerarD (9Pm) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 DJ P. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 oPen miC w/ gary allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KaraoKe —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 ron ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Bangarang w/ lorD walrus & sir niCK BlanD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 marK HerBert & gaBrielle —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement DJ time —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington

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James Jarvis & FrienDs (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 DJ HooD —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 moonsHine Jazz Jam —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 aCt ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 ron wilson & roger Davis (7Pm), Jim seem (10Pm) —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 Jive turKey —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 lionHeart, DonnyBrooK!, Call to Preserve, stanD uniteD, overlooKeD —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KaraoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838

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KaraoKe Kong —Orton Pool Room, 133 North Front St.; 343-8878 DJ s t r e t C H —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 KaraoKe w/ DJ steve —The Toolbox, 2325 Burnette Blvd.; 343-6988 miKe o’Donnell —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 ron Dallas (7Pm-10Pm) —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DJ Don’t stoP —Slick and Reds, 2501 S. College Rd.; 798-5355 aCoustiC Duo (7-10) —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 DJ Be extreme KaraoKe —Banks Channel Bar & Grille, 530 Causeway Drive; 256-2269 KaraoKe —Rumors, 5712 East Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC DJ Battle —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814

DJ greg —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement toP 40 DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 live musiC —Carolina Ale House; 317-c College Rd., 791-9393 DJ Dane Britt —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 oPen miC nigHt —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 James Jarvis & FrienDs (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 st. JuDe BeneFit: enemy oF mine, vanetta, weaPon oF CHoiCe, Hello sugar —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 tHe staBle Boys —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 DJ striCK, wHisPaz, mon sKii, anD a. J’s BanD —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616

oPen miC —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 live musiC —Romanelli’s, Leland; 383-1885 selaH DuBB —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 tHe alexanDria Kleztet (7:30Pm) —128 South: 128 S. Front St., 919-8866889 sea Pans (on tHe veranDaH terraCe) —Holiday Inn Resort (Gabby’s Lounge), 1706 N. Lumina Ave.; 256-2231 eleCtriC eCo Fusion —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 gogglez Pizano —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 FrieD lot —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 DJ CeD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206

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Jack Jack 180 —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJ Time —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 mark evans —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 Live music —Murphy’s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385 (at the Mad Boar Restaurant), 285-8888 The muLLeTs —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 cary BenJamin —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 Live music —Henry’s, 2806 Independence Blvd.; 793-2929 BLue Dogs —Kefi, 2012 Eastwood Road; 256-3558 Tom noonan —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Saturday, September 25 DJ P. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 iamhuman —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172

DJ —Level 5/City Stage, 21 N. Front St.; 342-0872 cLassy karaoke wiTh manDy cLayTon —Remedies, Market Street; 392-8001 karaoke wiTh BoB cLayTon —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 DJ scooTer Fresh —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 Piano show —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 Dance DJ —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 Beach & shag w/ DJ rock, DJ eric (10Pm-2am) —Rumors, 5712 East Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC DJ eDie —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington DJ —Odessa, 23 N. Front St.; 251-8814 DJ —Ronnie’s Place, 6745-B Market St.; 228-8056 DJ s T r e T c h —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 Live music —Oceanic, Oceanfront Wrightsville Beach; 256-5551 karaoke —Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977

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FeLL The Trees —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737 roaring 20’s Live Jazz —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 roger Davis & oThers —ACME Art Studio, 711 N. 5th Ave., Wilmington, 232-0027 mark evans (comeDian) —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 siLver JuDas, sPring Break 1931 —Soapbox Upstairs, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 norTh eLemenTary, The ouTLaws anD schooner —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 souL Power Posse —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 Live music —Murphy’s Irish Pub; off I-40 @ exit 385 (at the Mad Boar Restaurant), 285-8888 karaoke —Java Junkies Coffee Bar; 3901 B Wrightsville Ave., 399-6977 BaLD Fury, DJ Dane BriTT —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219

The necessary BanD —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 Live music —Firebelly Lounge, 265 N. Front St.; 763-0141 oysTerBoy —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 BenJi TemPLeTon —Costello’s Piano Bar, 211 Princess Street; 362-9666

Sunday, September 26 roger Davis (Brunch) —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 DJ P. money —Rox, 208 Market St.; 343-0402 L shaPe LoT (3-7), sTeve ToDD & sam meLvin (8-12) —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 Jam wiTh Benny hiLL —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 Perry smiTh (Brunch 12-2) —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 karaoke —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement ron eThriDge —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

“BehinD The garage” music —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 overTyme —Bluewater Grill, 4 Marina St.; 256-8500 LynDsey BenneTT —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115 gaLen on guiTar (Brunch) —Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach; (800) 321-2211 DJ ceD —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 susan savia (12Pm-2Pm) —Havana’s; 1 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, 458-2822 karaoke w/ DJ BaTTLe —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 DJBe karaoke ugLy —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 Travis shaLLow —Shell Island Resort, 2700 N. Lumina Ave., 256-8696

monday, September 27 BreTT Johnson’s Jam —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 oPen mic nighT —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

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DJ DAne Britt —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 JAmeS JArviS & FrienDS (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 oPen miC w/ BeAu —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 live muSiC —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ riCHtermeiSter —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DJ time —Trebenzio’s, 141 N. Front St.; 815-3301 oPen miC nigHt —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 oPen miC nigHt —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866 grove SounD —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091

TUESDAy, SEPTEMBER 28 oPen miC nigHt —Surf’s Bar & Grill; 5500 Market St., 791-9021 DAne Britt KArAoKe —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 KArAoKe —Yosake Sushi Lounge, 31 S. Front St.; 763-3172 ron DAllAS (7Pm-10Pm) —Caffe Phoenix, 9 S Front St.; 343-1395 JoHnny ACouStiC —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KArAoKe —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 KArAoKe w/ DJ DAne Britt —Beach House Bar ‘n’ Grill, 7219 Market St.; 689-7219 oPen miC nigHt —Mellow Mushroom, 4311 Oleander Drive; 452-3773 Benny Hill —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 BiBiS elliSon AnD tHe SPAre CHAnge BAnD —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 KArAoKe —Rumors, 5712 East Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC live ACouStiC —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 tHe Bil KrAuSS SHow —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 oPen miC w/ SeAn tHomAS gerArD —Calico Room, 107 S. Front St. Wilmington, 762-2091 tHe wAHl ProJeCt —Rucker John’s, 5564 Carolina Beach Rd.; 452-1212

inDy muSiC nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 CAPe FeAr BlueS JAm —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 KArAoKe Kong —16 Taps, 127 Princess St.; 251-1616 JAmeS JArviS & FrienDS (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 KArAoKe witH BoB ClAyton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 nutt HouSe imProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 rADio HAyeS AnD eCHoPoint21 —Goat and Compass, 710 N. 4th St.; 772-1400 DJ “mr lee” —Carolina Lounge, 5001A Market St.; 791-7595 DJ eyeCon —SideBar; 18 S. Front St., 763-1401 root Soul ProJeCt —Duck & Dive, 114 Dock Street, 399-2866

WEDNESDAy, SEPTEMBER 29 oPen miC w/ gAry Allen —Rusty Nail, 1310 S. 5th Ave.; 251-1888 BiBiS elliSon AnD tim BlACK —Aubriana’s; 115 S. Front St., 763-7773 DJ time —Pravda; 23 N. Front St., Wilmington oPen miC w/ SeAn gerArD (9Pm) —Soapbox Lounge, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 KArAoKe —Katy’s, 1054 S. College Rd.; 395-6204 DJ P. FunK —Fibber McGee’s, 1610 Pavilion Pl; 509-1551 BAngArAng w/ lorD wAlruS & Sir niCK BlAnD —Red Dogs, 5 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach; 256-2776 mArK HerBert & gABrielle —Green Light Lounge; 21 N. Front St., Basement ron ronner —Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.; 251-1832 KArAoKe —Wild Wing Cafe, 1331 Military Cutoff; 256-3838 DuAling PiAnoS & lee HAuSer —Rum Runners, 21 N. Front St.; 815-3846 tHe SeleKt —The Whiskey, 1 S. Front St.; 763-3088 ACt ii —Dead Dog Saloon, 760 Coastal Grand, Myrtle Beach, SC; 843-839-3647 weDneSDAy BAnD —Bottega Gallery, 208 North Front St.; 763-3737

Show Stoppers: Concerts around the region THE ORANGE PEEL

101 Biltmore Avenue ASHeville, nC (828) 225-5851 9/22: Jimmy Eat World, Civil Twilight 9/23: Ghostland Observatory, DJ Acolyte 9/24: Aimee Mann, Blake Hazard 9/28: The Hold Steady, Wintersleep

ROAD RUNNER MOBILE AMPHITHEATRE 820 HAmilton Street CHArlotte, nC (704) 549-5555 9/25: Eric Church

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 e. CABArruS St. rAleigH, nC (919) 821-4111

9/22: Bassnectar, Eskmo, Filastine 9/24: Unknown Hinson, Johnny Hiland 9/25: Michael Landau, Johnny Hiland, Andy Wood 9/27: Revolution: Ana Sia, Eliot Lipp, Alex B

CAT’S CRADLE 300 e. mAin St. CArrBoro, nC (919) 967-9053 9/22: Pac Div, Kooley High, Actual

DJ JuiCe —The Rhino Club, 125 Market St.; 762-2206 KArAoKe —Ibiza, 118 Market St.; 251-1301 KArAoKe witH BoB ClAyton —Midtown Seafood, 4106 Oleander Dr.; 792-6880 JAmeS JArviS & FrienDS (7Pm-8Pm) —The Harp; 1423 South 3rd St.,763-1607 nutt HouSe imProv —Nutt Street Comedy Room, 255 N. Front St.; 251-8500 oPen miC nigHt —Juggling Gypsy Cafe, 1612 Castle St.; 763-2223 DJ —High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave., Carolina Bch; 458-0807 SAi CollinS —Sweet & Savory Cafe; 1611 Pavilion Plc.,256-0115

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.

Proof, King Mez, Dow Jones (with DJ Complete) 9/23: Jenny and Johnny, Eternal Summers 9/24: The Wailers, Duane Stephenson 9/25: Le Castle Vania, Tittsworth, Nick Catchdubs, Sonic Truth, Dow Jones 9/26: Carrboro Music Festival : Radio Silent Auction, Kitty Box & The Johnnys, Lazy Circle, The Stray Dogs, Archbishops of Blount Street, Milagro Saints, The Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band, New Town Drunks 9/27: David Bazan + Band, Mynabirds 9/28: Phantogram, Josiah Wolf 9/29: Electric Six, The Constellations, The Alcazar Hotel

GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 weSt lee St., greenSBoro 336-373-7400 9/23: Greensboro Symphony Masterworks Concert

HOUSE OF BLUES 4640 Hwy 17 S., myrtle BeACH, SC (843) 272-3000

9/25: ETop, D Money, WAVE, Profit, Lil Drama, CNC & Melody Gohard 9/26: Mike Posner, Far East Movement,

Stephen Jerzak, 2AM Club, Bad Habbits and XV

KOKA BOOTH AMPH. 8003 regenCy PArKwAy CAry, nC (919) 462-2052

9/22: Crosby, Stills & Nash 9/23: Lady Antebellum, David Nail 9/25: The Sill McBride Group (Triangle Uncorked)

THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE 820 HAmilton Street CHArlotte, nC (704) 549-5555

9/24: Bullet for My Valentine (Photo) 9/28: Mike Posner

AMOS’ SOUTHEND 1423 SoutH tryon St. CHArlotte, nC (704) 377-6874

Brave, At Last We Rise 9/24: S.o. Stereo, Lucky 7, Blood Drunk Shenanigans 9/25: Rockin The Cure : To Benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 9/26: The Original Justice League, Motor Oil , Waking The Fallen, Butterfly Corpse, Rock Trolley, Rush Tribute Band 9/28: Ed Kowalczyk Of Live, Thriving Ivory

ALABAMA THEATRE 4750 Hwy 17 SoutH n. myrtle BeACH, SC (843) 272-1111

9/25: Coasters, Drifters, Platters

9/23: Pandah, Necrobomb, Arm The

5001 Market Street (attached to the Ramada Inn)


Everyday specials

Tuesday - Shag Night Free Shag Lessons w/ Brad White Beginner 7:30 Intermediate 8:00 Dancing till 11:00 $5 cover $2 Domestics $3 Imports

Monday - Service Industry Night

Thursday - Line Dance Line Dance Barbara Braak teaching Beach Line Dances 7:30 Country Line Dances 9:30 $2 Coors light $4 House Wine

2 Miller Lite Bottles $150 PBR Pints $ 3 Cherry & Blueberry Bombs $ 2 Bud Light Draft $ 3 Drifter Shots $ 50

(Special and Draft of choice for $6.99 Tuesday - $2 Wells Wednesday- 100 oz. PBR or Bud Light ONLY $10 • $1 Tacos Thursday - Margaritas $3 Friday - $3 Wells Saturday - $5 L.I.T. Sunday - Bucket of Beer Specials

WEEKLY EVENTS Wednesday – Karaoke Thursday – Live music Fri. & Sat. – Live music Saturday

Corn Hole Tournament: 1pm sign up; 2pm start - $10/team. 2nd place gets $10, 1st gets the rest!!


Friday - Salsa Night Begins with Argentine Tango Lessons @ 7:30 $5 cover Salsa Lessons @ 9:30 & DJ Lalo Open till 2:30 $2 Tequila Shots $3 Corona Saturday Salsa @ 9:00 with DJ LaLo $2 Coors Light $3 Dos XX Thursday Nov, 4th

Beer Pong Tournament: 1PM sign up; 2PM start - $10/team. 2nd place gets $10, 1st gets the rest!!

The Band of Oz

108 Walnut Street Phone (910) 762-1704

Private Party Booking 910 791-7595


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A Photographic Perspective: Why Yankees fall in love with the South by: Carly Yansak


live over in Southport, and almost my whole neighborhood is from New Jersey,” a man behind a convenience counter tells me after I’ve reluctantly mumbled where I’m from. “Yeah, we’re all just trying to get the hell out,” I chuckle back. The notion is cliché and a joke that has been worn around the edges since carpet baggers, but us Yankees can’t seem to stay away from the South. There is an air of mystery to it that sits as deep as the sticky humidity on an August night. It pulls us below the Mason Dixon in a romantic quest for closure. Step into my shoes and behind my lens for some reasons behind our intrigue.

Front yards that look like this.

Southern oaks and spanish moss.

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Stark white steeples against clean blue skies.

You name your streets “Dixie”.

Signs that get straight to the point.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so nice, you give things away for free.

Southern liberals DO exist! Your beaches are better then ours.

We had never heard of a pig pickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n before now.

Rocking chairs on wrap around porches.

Hurricane-tattered, abandoned jazz clubs.

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Climbing Trees: Carolina Beach bistro offers fresh flavor


he doors to the Treehouse Bistro open, and I am greeted with the aroma of bread baking, an assortment of interesting looking wines staggered along the wall, and the sounds of silverware clanking against dishes. A backsplash of laughter from tables throughout the restaurant completes the scene. Though unsure of what the eatery has to offer, instantly both my eyes and stomach google and grumble with intrigue. Located at 308 S. Lake Park Boulevard in Carolina Beach, Treehouse Bistro’s dishes consist of a variety of vintage Italian meats, cheeses and fresh vegetables. Spreads, sauces and dressings punctuate most menu items, thanks to the culinary vision of its two owners, Shawn Underwood and Joel Macon. Underwood reveals that the majority of the produce the restaurant uses comes from right around the corner at the Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market. “When it comes to produce: the fresher, the better,” he says. “We really like to push support toward the farmers’ market.” Taking place every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., around Carolina Beach Lake, the market features over 80 vendors, all of whom Underwood strengthens ties to help the bistro keep down food costs, as well as up the flavor and health quality of each dish. Likewise, The Treehouse Bistro brings in fresh shrimp right off the North Carolina

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Treehouse Bistro 308 S. Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach 910-458-6033

FLAT-OUT YUMMY! Treehouse Bistro makes flatbread pizza dough from scratch! Photo by Marco Raye

coast. It’s simple: The shrimp are transported from the boat, to the restaurant, to the chef’s hands. Underwood maintains a true passion

for food, presentation and texture thanks to his extensive travels through Europe. He exhibits them in the bistro’s Smoked Salmon Tar-Tar, Crab Corn Chowder and especially the collection of flatbread dishes. The Smoked Salmon Tar-Tar consists of onions, capers, smoked salmon and made-from-scratch pesto from the basil

grown at the restaurant. The collection of ingredients intensify upon every bite, marrying crisp with salty and smoky with citrus-anise flavors. It’s a lovely dance, offering clean depth and layers. Homey and comforting takes over the senses when biting into the dough of the flatbread. ”I make it homemade,” Under-

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wood explains. “I roll it out thin, put it on a pizza stone and place hot bricks on top of it. The result leaves a puffy edge around the flatbread, while the center stays very thin and crunchy.” Investigation behind the restaurant’s influx of fresh food reveals interesting facts behind the creative process of some of the dishes. “Everything is subject to availability, and what is the most fresh and available from week to week,” Underwood says. “Like our eggplant Parmesan, for example. [Other then the sauce,] the eggplant, tomato and mozzarella cheese are the only components of the dish, [and all come] from the farmers’ market.” Even the mozzarella cheese gets made specifically for the Treehouse Bistro by a local veggie wagon. “The farmers’ market is great because they allow us to keep trying new things and really let our creative sides come through in our dishes,” Underwood continues. While presenting me with a beautifully prepared dish, one of the the head chefs, Teresa Sandeford, believes in offering vegetarian options to a the consciouseating public. “I’m vegetarian myself,” she explains. “If you want a dish made vegetarian, I can do it—no problem.” The bistro’s incredibly tasty desserts complete the menu, including an Espresso Dark Chocolate Mousse. Made up of espresso, dark chocolate and heavy whipping cream, the mouthful of creamy chocolate delight beckons too many bites. Treehouse offers live music, as well as complimentary wine tastings every Thursday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Though food and wine stay at the forefront of discovery, Treehouse ensures fun and relaxation also stays top-of-mind. “We are the only wine shop like this in Carolina Beach,” Underwood says. “Different wine vendors bring in what they think we would like. We sit, and we taste, and if we like it and think our customers will enjoy it, then we carry it.” Exiting the restaurant, my taste buds continued dancing from the explosions of flavor. Thanks to quality and care, Treehouse Bistro ranks high on a positive, fulfilling dining experience.

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e d i u g g n i din american Brixx Wood Fired Pizza A short drive from the beach, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Mayfaire Town Center is a fun, friendly neighborhood restaurant. Serving the best brick-oven 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 10pm Open until 1am Monday through Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.6801 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405. (910) 256-9677.

BLUEWATER Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC . (910) 256.8500.

CHRIS’ COSMIC KITCHEN Serving breakfast all day as well as lunch and handmade cheesecake, Chef and Owner Chris Lubben loves to make many of his menu items from scratch. Whether you’re in the mood for a fluffy 3-egg Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Prime Rib Sandwich or Andes Mint Cheesecake, Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is your “Out of this World” Breakfast/Lunch Destination. Evening restaurant rental is available, as well as a Personal Chef service. Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen is located at 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109, on the corner of Racine Dr. and Eastwood Rd. OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 7am4pm & 5pm-9pm. Sunday Brunch 9-2. Closed Monday. Take-out calls welcome, 792-6720. Follow us on Twitter @CosmicKitchen.

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!!

FLAT edDie’S Are you ready to eddie? FLAT eddie’s upbeat, modern dining room & bar makes eddie’s the new “it” place to dine in Wilmington for New American Cuisine. Why FLAT eddie’s? Their signature flatbreads! These flavorful creations start with scratch-made dough, stretched thin and piled high with ingredients like roma tomatoes, succulent shrimp and luxurious cheeses. All sandwiches and burgers are under $8 and their entrees are unique and bold. FLAT eddie’s bar serves up $2 and $3 beer and cocktail specials daily. Private dining area available. Large groups welcome. Familystyle meals to go available. 5400 Oleander Drive, Wilmington . (910) 799.7000.

HENRY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest and offers daily blackboard specials that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant. com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929.

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. (910) 256-2231 Wrightsville Beach.

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

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 sand-

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wiches. 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 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 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.

THE LITTLE DIPPER Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 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

PINE VALLEY MARKET Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop. 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.

MELLOW MUSHROOM 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 hand-tossed, 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, (910) 452-3773.


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs are family owned with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in homemade chili, slaw and sauces. Dogs include Smithfield (beef & pork), Southern Dog, Sabrett (all beef), Northern Dog, Carolina Packers Pork Dog (smoked sausage), Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Dogs (turkey) and Light Life Veggie Dog (soy). Locations are: 126 N. Front Street Open six days including Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night from 10pm-3am; 343-2999, 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach 11-5pm 7days a week, 6pm-9pm SunWed, and 6pm-3am Th-Sat. 256-1421; 4502 Fountain Dr., 452-3952. Open at 11am on Sat.; South Howe St. in Southport, 457-7017; 103A Cape Fear Blvd in Carolina Beach, 4585778. Catering cart available all year from $300. (910) 297-8416.

asian Big Thai and Big Thai Two

Now with two convenient locations to serve you, Big Thai features authentic Thai cuisine in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Their delectable menu includes items such as Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashews, Roasted Duck in Red Curry, and several options for vegetarians and vegans. And don’t forget to try their famous Coconut Cake, made fresh in-house. You won’t regret it. Big Thai One (1001 N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District; 763-3035): Lunch M-F, 11-2. Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 5-10, Closed Sunday. Big Thai Two (1319 Military Cutoff Rd. inside Landfall Center; 256-6588): Lunch M-F 11-2:30, Dinner M-Th 5-9, F-Sa 510, Sunday 5-9.

Double Happiness

Double Happiness offers the Port City fine Asian dining at reasonable prices. Now under new management, the restaurant will serve flavorful dishes, prepared by the cultural richness of authentic China. Serving items like traditional dim sum and gourmet home-style cooking, Double Happiness is still dedicated to branding the exotic flavors of fresh ingredients and a romantic spice in all of their cooking. Their friendly staff will always go the ex-

tra mile to help diners enjoy their experience. Beer and wine is served for lunch and dinner, and Double Happiness is open Monday through Saturday, from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm; closed Sundays. 4403 Wrighstville Avenue; (910) 313-1088.

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

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 4-7pm enjoy half-priced nigiri and half-priced regular makimono. Nigiri makimono combos are only $7.50, while early-bird specials last from 4-6pm, where diners can choose two: shrimp, chicken or steak. Open

Monday thru Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday 4pm-10:30pm; and Sunday 11am10pm. 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), (910) 251-9229.

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press 102 Espresso. Panini. Martini. Rome and Paris meet Manhattan and San Francisco in this new Euro-American eatery and martini bar in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington. Nestled inside the Hotel Tarrymore on the corner of Second and Dock streets, Press 102 offers the finest espresso and French press coffee made exclusively from locally roasted beans and more Panini creations this side of Tuscany. Boasting more than a hundred different wine labels and an endless variety of freshly pressed fruit and herb inspired martini cocktails foodies also enjoy a sophisticated evening menu that includes shrimp and grits made with red-eye gravy and a perfectly grilled New York strip bathed in a basil caramel and white balsamic reduction. Glass tile and eclectic mirrors make for a cozy bar and bistro seating at Press 102 and up to 60 guests can also enjoy outdoor patio seating surrounded by flowers and passersby. Large parties of up to 120 are welcome in the Veranda Room overlooking Dock Street. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday 7am – close and Sunday brunch from 10am til 2pm. Takeout calls welcome. 399-4438.

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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 lightfare 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, (910) 815-0810.

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Ziti, Rigatoni a la Vodka and, of course, madefrom-scratch pizzas. Its American influences include tasty burgers, the U.S.A. Salad and a 16oz. Marinated Rib Eye Steak. Romanelli’s offers patio dining and flat screen TVs in its bar area. Dine in or take out, Romanelli’s is always a crowd favorite. Large parties welcome. 503 Olde Waterford Way, Leland. (910) 383.1885.

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

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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 late-night 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! (910) 256-2229

JAMAICAN JAMAICA’S COMFORT ZONE 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, 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 www.jamaicascomfortzone. com or call us at (910) 399-2867.

latin american san juan cafe San Juan Café offers the most authentic, gourmet Latin American cuisine in Wilmington. With dishes from countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Cuba you’ll be able to savor a variety of flavors from all over Latin America. Nightly drink specials! Hours of Operation Mon-Sat from 11am-2:30pm, and from 5-10pm. Open Sun from 5-10pm. Located at 3314 Wrightsville Avenue. 910.790.8661 Follow us on Facebook/Twitter for live music updates!

organic LOVEY’S MARKET 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 seator boxed for take-out—can be enjoyed all ing day long, while the juice bar offers a wide vari36 encore | september 22-28, 2010 |

ety 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. Wheatfree, 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: MondayFriday, 11am–6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10am6pm. Located at 1319 Military Cutoff Road; (910) 509-0331;

tidal creek co-oP 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. Located at 5329 Oleander Drive, (910) 7992667;

seafood DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfortable in flip flops as you would in a business suit. ! Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 7622827.

EAST AT THE BLOCkaDE RUNNER HOTEL 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 lounge is eco-friendly and offers light fare nightly. 275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256-2251.

HIERONYMUS Proving that excellent seafood isn’t just for the eateries at Wrightsville Beach, Hierony-

mus 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; (910) 392-6313.


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

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Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNCW, this lively sports-themed restaurant is home to over 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. Carolina Ale House serves its full menu from 11a – 2a daily. 317 South College Road, Wilmington, NC. (910) 791.9393.


This is downtown Wilmington’s Sports Pub! With every major sporting package on ten HDTVs and our huge HD projection screen, there is no better place to catch every game in every sport. Our extensive menu ranges from classics, like thick Angus burgers or NY-style reubens, to lighter fare, such as homemade soups, fresh salads and vegetarian options. Whether meeting for a business lunch, lingering over dinner and drinks, or watching the game, the atmosphere and friendly service will turn you into a regular. Open late 7 days a week, with free WiFi, darts, weekly trivia and Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, and did we mention sports? Free lunchtime delivery on weekdays; we can accommodate large parties. M-Sat 11am until late, open Sundays, noon. 118 Princess St, (910) 763-4133. www.

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EcoLife: Cape Fear Green Building Alliance launches 6th annual Solar Tour


n September 25th the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance (CFGBA) will launch the 6th annual Solar and Green Building Tour—seven stops all pointing toward one cause. The valiant cause, zealous eco-readers may wonder, supports sustainability. Due to a posse of volunteers and a bevy of green-savvy builders and businessmen, this tour might just be the best yet. At each stop, there’s not just one green feature but numerous energy-saving, cost-efficient, eco-smart building technologies that have been added to enhance its unique function. Nicholas Lauretta, vice-chairman of the board of directors for CFGBA and head of the events committee, says if there is one goal to this whirlwind eco-building extravaganza, it’s to “inspire at least 25 percent [if not all attendees] to add something this year to their houses, their businesses, their churches—anything that is a sustainable building technique.” When the CFGBA was founded back in 2005, it was a humble grassroots organization moved by the steady buzz of determined volunteers. Today, there are 11 board members and one salaried employee, Joy Allen, who serves as executive director. “Volunteers still provide a great part of the energy and effort that goes into what we do,” Allen says. The CFGBA, aside from showcasing the best ecohomes in Wilmington, also works to educate the local community and drive market change through outreach, communication with government officials and training programs. The monthly meetings, which happen to be free and open to the public, include presentations about a variety of environmental issues. “[Our] mission is to promote building practices that are environmentally responsible, healthy and financially sound—sometimes known as green building practices or sus-

by: Claire LaSure tainable building practices,” Allen explains. She estimates that buildings use 70 percent of all energy used in the United States, making them responsible for a ghastly amount of CO2 emissions, at least more than the automobile, which is a common scapegoat these days. “Our resources are finite,” Allen stresses. “If we use them all up or ruin everything, then down the line there’s not going to be trees for people to build with or water for people to drink, and that’s why sustainability’s important.” The Solar and Green Building Tour will kick-off with a bang this year, as Mayor Bill Saffo arrives at the first stop to offer a few words on the importance of community involvement in sustainability and green efforts. The first location, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, stands alone as something of which the community

SOLAR TOUR: Visit 3404 Talon Court, a gut rehab that received a platinum certification on the LEED rating system and is the last stop on the tour. (left) Snipes Academy of Arts and Design has added many green features to improve both student learning environments and the natural environment of our community. Kick-off point of the tour. Photos courtesy of Joy Allen.

can be proud. The New Hanover County school system sets an example of “what can be done with large institutional buildings to make the students’ time at the school more enjoyable,” Lauretta claims. “They’re going to be very happy in a couple of years—or

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now—when they see their energy bills and see potential test scores going up.” To enhance the students’ learning environment and the local environment, rain gardens, a full recycling program, an interactive dashboard display measuring real-time energy usage and numerous other green technologies have been added to the building. Snipes Academy expects to save 30 percent on their energy bills. Also on the tour, eco-readers will see and sample delicious fare from Buffalo Wild Wings, the first Wilmington restaurant to incorporate solar hot-water heating and tank-

less hot-water heaters into their kitchen. But the jewel of the CFGBA rests on stop number seven: 3404 Talon Court. The project began as a total gut rehab but now dwells on the echelon of the greenest homes in the nation, having received a platinum certification and one of the highest scores ever awarded from the LEED rating system. A plethora of sustainable materials are in use at this residence, including ground-mounted photovoltaic panels, low-flow shower and sink fixtures, and a green roof. “Any type of technology that someone is interested in, they can see it in use at Talon Court,” Lauretta promises. Tickets for the tour can be found on the CFGBA’s Web site,, for only $12 for members and $15 for the general public. Tickets will also be sold on the day of the event. The CFGBA has provided two options for buyers: “go green” on the tour trolley, or do a self-guided tour through the seven locations. The trolley will leave Snipes Academy at 10:45 a.m. and continue forth to the other six locations on the tour. To keep tourists busy on the ride, Lauretta has taken on the role of tour guide. Because the full event will last until 4 p.m., the trolley will loop back around to Snipes Academy for a mid-afternoon drop-off at 1 p.m. The self-guided tour has its perks, too: For one, kids are free when traveling by car with others. At every stop of the tour, the CFGBA has volunteer docents to point out all of the important eco-features at which to marvel. Builders and installers will also be present at many stops, explaining the benefits and building techniques of the sustainable technologies used in design. Although green building may be costly at first juncture, “the payback is in your pocket,” Kyle Davies points out. The CFGBA believes that, if done correctly, sustainability spurs economic growth. Lauretta envisions an “economic renaissance through sustainability.” On the local scale, eco-readers can look to these seven innovative green buildings on the Solar and Green Building Tour as evidence that the market for energy is changing for a more cost-efficient and waste-efficient future.

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Another Sparks without a Spark: ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ doesn’t meet Tiff’s challenge


ast April I proposed the challenge: Should any reader find a piece of work written by Nicholas Sparks that I find myself enjoying, dinner will be my treat. Since this announcement, my inbox has become host to a slew of titles. Frankly, I love it. While working on my own memoirs, missing the warmth of my husband and meeting multiple deadlines, it’s heartwarming to see e-mails from encore readers—each one giving me courage to go forth into the squeaky clean land of Sparkdom. One of my favorite letters urges me to nestle in for the night in a small coastal town of Rodanthe, NC. “Dear Tiffanie, my wife Jen and I are a pair of your book worms,” Alex T. of Sneads Ferry writes. “I realize your husband is in the Marines, and please thank him for his service. I’m also familiar with your distaste and frustration toward Nicholas Sparks. Maybe you misunderstand him? [sic] I want to recommend a book by Sparks that is a tribute to love and its ability to be deeper than a physical relationship, in honor of your time away from your husband. ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ may be the trick to change your mind. If I’m right hopefully your challenge for dinner still stands? [sic]” Flattered, enthused and curious I ventured forward into another Nicholas Spark’s saga. “Nights in Rodanthe” centers around middle-aged love and lectures fans that love is not owned solely by the young. Our antagonists, Adrienne Willis, a reluctant divorcée in her mid-40s, meets Paul Flanner, a middle-aged doctor who also has “left” a marriage, as well as a prominent career in the small coastal town of Rodanthe. Adrienne eventually becomes a house-sitter for

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HHHHH By: Nicholas Sparks Mass Market Paperback—reprint $10.07 a friend who owns an inn, and Paul unsurprisingly becomes a guest. During the visit, a storm forces theses two perfect incredible people to hunker down until it passes. Needless to say, a romance ensues for the two lonely and longing individuals. In all fairness, you don’t have to be Madam Cleo to see this one coming. Shifting between flashbacks, Adrienne confesses the story of her days with Paul to her daughter, who is grieving the loss of her husband. Trying to shake her out of despair, Adrienne divulges more detail than mothers and daughters should ever, ever disclose. Of course, in the end Adrienne’s romantic antidote coaxes her daughter out from a well-deserved depression and gives her the oomph to turn her attention back to her children. Thus, everyone lives happily ever after. The point Sparks attempts to make: Most parents won’t hesitate to make sacrifices for their children over their own wants and needs. It’s really not groundbreaking material, but I suppose it’s a beautiful message. Speaking of beauty, my angst with this story is, once again, the flawlessness of Spark’s characters. They’re shiny, happy people from another dimension and impos-

sible to relate to. Even in the shadow of death they won’t allow themselves to unequivocally lose it. There’s too many moments of surreptitious glances and proclamations of admiration. Making matters worse, Sparks describes the most asinine things to back up their faultlessness. For example, paraphrasing the breakfast Paul cooked for Adrienne, Sparks babbles some-

thing like, “…the bacon was crispy, but not too burnt, and he had added just the perfect amount of grated cheese to the scrambled eggs.” Seriously? Sparks writes about characters going through a mid-life crisis, then gives us Mario Batali! It would be much more interesting and pertinent to the point if Paul burnt himself and Adrienne choked on a shard of eggshell erroneously whipped into her egg. Need more convincing? Let’s dissect our protagonist: Paul is a sensible farm-fed boy, who became an ivy-league surgeon—but not just any surgeon. Wait for it ... wait for it ... a plastic surgeon. His only issue in life: His wife is falling out of love with him. Um, Paul? You‘re batting down the hatches with another woman within an ocean-front home. I guess a booklearnin’ didn’t give you common sense? You’re lucky you’re not my husband, else you wouldn’t have legs to climb the stairs that surround the inn. Summed up in one word: infantile. I prefer love stories with a temperate amount of subtleties. I really dislike it when authors, like Sparks, spoon feed their readers the personality of our characters. It’s insulting. Mr. Sparks, readers are intelligent enough to figure things out, and we’d like the opportunity to do so. Characters are better appreciated when they manifest themselves through cause and effect. Even in the literary world, actions speak louder than words. My apologies, Alex and Jen. Looks like the challenge remains unmatched.


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An Involuntary Intimate, Part 20: The answer


he hurricane offshore threw light in all directions so that the trees along Dow Road were backlit; even the sugar-like sand along the roadside possessed some inner charge that made it seem like the earth was breathing. George pulled off and parked where a bay thrashed, the undersides of its leaves flashing their silver. He got out of his car and walked into the woods. That morning, he had interviewed for a management position at a company that made dishwasher parts. For hours in their conference room, he waited for them to sit down and grill him, and when they finally did—amongst several interruptions, for they were clearly understaffed—he racked his brain trying to sound as if he could tell a peg from a pivot clip. Then in his stress he called a solenoid a “spolenoid” and knew it was over. One by one his interviewers were called out to handle crises, and George sat, knowing their frozen smiles meant, “We don’t need this guy.” He was turning his pencil end over

by: Claude Limoges on the table, waiting, when his eye caught an LED indicator light on the clock on the wall. He rose, packed his briefcase, walked up to the clock, waved and smiled, then pointed to his watch and mouthed, “Can I go now?” Then he stood some minutes, making faces into the clock and contemplating mooning it. In the end, he simply saw himself out. One thing he had learned during his own spying days was that people only thought they had secrets, and whatever their secret was, it so often elicited less incrimination or even fascination than compassion. Whatever his spy cameras had taken in, they always had spoken more about him than who they were filming. He had used them to escape looking at himself. He could see that much, now. Over the past several months, after spending time in plain sight watching people, he realized he could actually uncover more that way than any spy camera might, for faces, eyes and gestures hide so little from an observer willing to see.

Halyburton Park Nature Programs Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th Street Coastal Wildlife Workshop Wednesday, September 29th • 12:30-4:30pm Join Mike Campbell with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to explore wildlife near the Ft. Fisher and Federal Point area. We will meet at Halyburton Park and view a slide presentation before visiting Ft. Fisher, where we will seine for fish and other aquatic marine life, as well as discuss mammals and birds found along the river’s edge. FREE Migratory Bird Workshop Thursday, September 30th • 9am-4pm Coastal North Carolina is home to many species of birds, including many species that migrate through this area on their way back to their wintering grounds farther south. Join Mike Campbell with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission to explore the various habitats in the Wilmington, Carolina Beach and Ft. Fisher areas to identify warblers, raptors, waders, shorebirds and many other species. We will meet at the park at 9am. FREE B.W. Wells Wildflower Walk w/ Naturalist Richard LeBlond Thursday, October 7th • 9am-1pm This rare habitat offers visitors a heaping helping of southeastern North Carolina’s biodiversity. A wet pine savannah, it hosts more than 245 native grasses, trees, shrubs and wildflowers, including longleaf pine, orchids and 2 species of pitcher plants. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity since visits to the savannah are by appointment only. $5/person Full Moon Kayak Trip-Rice and Town Creek Saturday, Oct. 23rd 4:30-9:00pm Paddle the blackwater of Rice and Town Creek during the full moon. We’ll make a stop for a campfire and S’mores, discover the many creatures of the night and then paddle back under the moonlit skies. $45/person

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One thing he had learned during his own spying days was that people only thought they had secrets, and whatever their secret was, it so often elicited less incrimination or even fascination than compassion. As he was walking into the woods west of Dow, he mulled over a quote he once read: “In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” He remembered how, several months ago—when Melissa was, yet again, inviting her parents over for a wine tasting, and work was again grating on his nerves, and his mother was again bugging him about going through his father’s things—he had stood in front of a mirror, and for two seconds wished for the slate to be wiped clean. No more future inlaws, office politics, nagging from his mother, or any of Melissa’s demands—just silence. He remembered this wish as he was putting flowers on his mother’s grave, and it cleaved his heart. How could he have wished for so much loss? And how is it that everything he had wished out of his life—which was all he had lived for—had actually left him? He had his new friends, true, but when they called “George,” he was not sure who they were calling, for everything that had defined him was gone. He stood in the middle of a path covered in small, shiny brown oak leaves, listened to the gossiping wind and then continued walking. When he came upon a high plateau overlooking the river, he hardly noticed the plastic bags half-buried in sand at his feet and a smell coming up over the flat mound. He stood looking out over the river churning with the wind, charcoal-colored clouds racing north, and put the question forth aloud: “Who am I supposed to be now?” A fat raindrop smacked his forehead, making him mutter, “Jesus Christ, what am I doing out here?” Fingers of clouds raked the treetops across the river. A gust burst up the mound and whipped sand in George’s face. “Great,” he muttered, wiping his eyes. “Nice reply.” He descended halfway down the mound and again stood looking out across the river. “No,” he said. “I’m not leaving until I get an answer.” He watched sheets of rain drape across the river until all his thoughts emptied. He blinked up at the sky urgently tossing

clouds about and tried to make out an answer in them. Finally, he sighed, looked down and realized he was standing up to his calves in dirty diapers. Grimacing, he trudged out of them. Some yards off, a laughing gull sat in the sand, and as George approached it the bird rose and flopped about unsteadily. “What’s up with you?” George said. “The smell’s got to you, too?” The seagull waddled and plopped down again. George looked about. “Oh what the hell.” He took off his shirt, threw it over the gull, and wrapped it tight. Then he carried the bird off the landfill and back through the woods. As he neared his car, muttering to the gull, “Keep your guano to yourself,” he saw Cheri’s car behind his, and then Cheri pacing, arms folded, car keys jingling. Spotting him, she froze, her eyes growing wide. Shirtless and sending off the funk of old baby poo, he awkwardly lifted the bundled bird in greeting. She tossed her keys in her purse. “So glad you’re okay.” “Cheri, don’t worry about me.” “Ruth told me about Greenfield Lake.” George’s ears grew hot. “That was just me being stupid.” “What’s in your shirt?” George loosened the cloth, and out poked the gull’s head. It looked about with stately concern. George said, “Think he just got dinged by the wind. Vet’ll know.” Cheri dropped her purse and grabbed and kissed George. She huffed. “OK, so there.” In her kiss he had felt a small scar on the upper corner of her lip, probably split long ago, and now he looked and saw it. And now he saw her. He smiled. “So there.” Read from the beginning: www.facebook. com/pages/An-Involuntary-Intimate/ 109633902397747?v=app_2347471856&ref=ts

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