Midday Interviews

Artist Heather Divoky has an exhibition up at the Leland Cultural Arts Center called A Relative Geography: Painted Perspectives of Where We Live. It's actually a work in progress that started with short stories about places that extend out from Leland, North Carolina all the way to Jupiter.  Divoky continues to add small paintings to each story. The closing reception for the exhibit is Thursday, 9/29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Listen to Divoky talk about the exhibit and describe some of the over 300 stories above.

Top Shelf

Gwenyfar Rohler, the owner/operator of Old Books on Front Street, has held a vision to remodel the upper floor of the shop since the bookstore took residence there 6 years ago. She figured it would take about 10 years to get it done-but the project is ahead of schedule, complete with a huge Scrabble board on the floor. The renovated space called Top Shelf: A Literary Loft, is having a grand opening on Wednesday, 9/28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm . Rohler assures us-there will be cake. 

Listen to our interview with Gwenyfar above, and see pictures from Top Shelf here. 

Doug Tallamy

A delicate balance exists between plants, bugs, and birds. Obviously, the bugs eat the plants and the birds eat the bugs, but one element we might not think about is the effect non-native plants have on this food chain. Dr. Doug Tallamy has thought about it and written about. Tallamy is the Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He'll speak about ideas from his recent book Bringing Nature Home tomorrow at 1:00 at St. James Community Center on Southport-Supply Road. Native plant vendors will be at the event, and Dr. Tallamy will sign copies of his book. Find more information and online tickets here. 

Recovery Rock Fest Founder/Director Nyla Cione and comedian Dick Satori joined us in the studio to talk about the 2nd Annual Recovery Rock Fest in Hugh McRae Park. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 24 and is free.

Soprano Nikoleta Rallis grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, but her love for opera took her on many journeys. She landed in New York City along with along with Kyrgyz-American pianist Azamat Sydykov. They both received music scholarships to enhance their talents; they perform together and share a commitment to use music to improve the planet. They are a musical super-team as artists and philanthropists. 

Lama Surya Das-the American Lama, the Brooklyn Buddha-is holding retreats in Raleigh and Wilmington this weekend. Listen to four small conversations with Lama Surya Das (below) touching on the retreats, the state of American Buddhism, spiritual context, the purpose of meditation, and more. 

Lama Surya Das is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order and the founder of the Dzogchen Center. He is the author of the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and 12 other books. 

UNCW Music Department

Friday night is UNCW's Alumni & Faculty Showcase: The Minimalists at Beckwith Recital Hall. Rob Nathanson (guitar), Justin Hoke (guitar), Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi (violin), Michael D'Angelo (percussion), and several other performers will present music by Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich. Rob Nathanson talks about the performance and explains the importance of minimalism in the development of contemporary music. Listen above.

Patrick Guenette/Paull LaBarthe 1885

Wylene McDonald serves on the advisory board of the CARE Project, a Wilmington-based organization that was created to support deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Wylene is a nurse and has 2 grandchildren who are hard-of-hearing. She's been involved with the CARE Project since the beginning, when audiologist Dr. Johnnie Sexton created the organization. Wylene joined us to talk about the CARE Project's mission and the 6th Annual CARE Project Gala; listen above.  The Gala, themed "A Journey to Resilience," is Saturday, 9/24, with the red carpet rolling out at 6:00 pm at Union Station on Front Street. 

Zorá String Quartet has gathered a great list of achievements in its mere 3 years of existence: the Sander Buchman Award; Friends of Music Concerts Prize; Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize; Paramount Theatre Prize; Vancouver Recital Prize; Grand Prize & Gold Medal Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition-and more. Zorá Quartet kicks off Chamber Music Wilmington's (CMW) season this Sunday, 9/25 with a 3:00 performance at Beckwith Recital Hall. 

John Timmerman

John Timmerman has collected shells since childhood. This weekend, Timmerman is directing the North Carolina Shell Show at the Cape Fear Museum, which features thousands of shells from around the world. Timmerman talks about shell collecting above, including the ethics regarding the collection of living shells. Below, Timmerman talks about his contribution to this exhibit. 

NC Shell Show

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