The Carolina Pine Music Festival

Nov 20, 2015

The Carolina Pine Music Festival kicks off tonight at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  Anna Mann and Will Daube joined forces to create this festival; they had a small version in May, but this is the big one.  For three days, 28 local bands are playing.  See a list of performers here.  

Friday 11/20:  Brooklyn Arts Center, 4:00pm-11:00pm

Plan New Hanover County /

To tackle the divide between high home prices and low wages, regional business leaders suggest increasing incomes through targeted economic development.  But at a recent roundtable discussion, local government representatives came at it from a different angle: lowering housing costs.

The heads of Wilmington City Council and the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners agree that partnerships between local government and developers are part of the solution to the region’s lack of affordable housing.  Here’s Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo:

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At a recent roundtable focused on the lack of affordable housing in the Cape Fear region, local representatives suggested ways of lowering the high cost of housing.  But some business leaders proposed a different route: raising incomes to meet housing prices.

On the next CoastLine, it’s the season of giving. How can the local community help those who don’t have food for Thanksgiving, who have no home where their family can gather to celebrate the holidays? We’ll speak with representatives of Good Shepherd and Louis, a formerly homeless man who was rehoused with the help of the Center.   

Listen for CoastLine Wednesday at 12:06 on HQR News 91 3 FM. You can ask a question any time by emailing Follow us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.

Classical Guitarist Justin Hoke Releases "Open Sky"

Nov 19, 2015

Classical guitarist Justin Hoke is having a CD Release party Thursday, November 19.  He'll play music from his disc, Open Sky at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The music can be purchased in hard copy or downloaded.   

Listen to the interview above to hear Justin play Una Limosnaa por el Amor de Dios by Agustin Barrios.  

UNC Pembroke

Local entrepreneurs have a new option for assistance growing from an idea into a viable business.  The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will soon cut the ribbon on a brand new facility for start-ups.

Art Sale at Jenny McKinnon Wright's House

Nov 19, 2015

While everyone else is cleaning up for expected guests and hectic with Thanksgiving preparations, Jenny McKinnon Wright has made a tradition of inviting the public into her Historic home the weekend prior to the holiday.  This year, hundreds of works will be on display at Jenny's house on Front Street. In addition to her own art, the art sale features work from Betty Brown, Dot Daughtry, Barbara Bear Jamison, Rena Powell McQueen, Annie Newbold Perkins, and Jodie Wren Rippy.  These ladies are part of an art critique collective, formed by Annie Newbold Perkins several years ago.  

Eno Publishers

The recently-published anthology, 27 Views of Wilmington: The Port City in Prose and Poetry, compiles literary pieces from 27 accomplished, local writers – in addition to an introduction by Celia Rivenbark.   It’s produced by Eno Publishers -- a very small non-profit that puts out about two books a year.  27 Views of Wilmington is the last in the 27 Views series, which now has eight different editions, spotlighting Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Ashevil

No Boundaries 2015: Exhibit Opens Saturday 11/21

Nov 18, 2015

Artists Fritzi Huber (Wilmington) and Michelle Connolly (Australia) visited the studio shortly before their departure for a yearly artist retreat-No Boundaries International Art Colony.  This year, the Colony at Bald Head Island hosts 12 artists, 8 from abroad.  Over the 2 week retreat, which began the second week of November, the artists create works in a mostly undistracted environment-even meals are prepared for them by volunteers.

"The Albatross Syndrome"

Nov 17, 2015

Commentator Nan Graham explains why she's become obsessed with Samuel Colridge's poem "Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

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