Midday Interviews

Women's Impact Network, or WIN, is a women's giving circle. It's an affiliate of the North Carolina 

Community Network with the mission to maximize women's leadership in philanthropy and strengthen New Hanover County through collective giving. WIN has distributed $142,000 to local non-profits since its formation 5 years ago; this year, WIN granted $35,ooo to the non-profit SkyWatch Bird Rescue to upgrade its facilities and expand its rescue capacity.

James Bowling

Wilmington theater director Steve Vernon often has something unusual or unheard of for audiences; his current endeavor is par for the course. The show is The Birds Attack, an unauthorized parody of Hitchcock's classic film, The Birds. Notably, all the human characters in this show are played by men- men in drag for the female characters, while the birds are played by 4 women. All the scenes (and many lines) from the movie are included.

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds was formed just 2 years ago, but it has already received a great deal of attention for the quality of its concerts. The band recently caught the eye of composer Mark Camphouse, who is creating a piece of music specifically for the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. We won't hear that music for 2 years, but the band does have concert this weekend called Fiesta-Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium.

One Girl is a non-profit organization in Australia dedicated to making education available to all girls on the planet. One Girl's focus right now is to educate 1 million girls in Africa by 2020, beginning with Sierra Leone. October is the month of One Girl's signature fundraising project: Do It in a Dress, encouraging teams of fundraisers across the globe to wear a school uniform dress from Sierra Leone to raise awareness and money.

The Ministering Circle

The Gourmet Sale for a Cause is an annual sale by the Ministering Circle to support the work they do. This year, the sale supports St. Mary's Dental Clinic, Nourish NC, and local nursing scholarships. The Gourmet Sale is Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 am - Noon at the Elks Club on Oleander Drive.

Feast Down East is a non-profit organization with a mission to grow the food system in Southeastern North Carolina. Its roots are in a UNCW sociology program that began 11 years, and while Feast Down East is now a self-standing operation, it continues to function with in tandem with the University.


Cape Fear Jazz Society is bringing Grammy Award-Winning vocalist Diane Schuur to Wilmington for a performance at Thalian Hall on Friday night, October 21st. The president of the Jazz Society, Primus Robinson, joined us to talk about Schuur and share his personal excitement about seeing her live for the first time. Listen above. 

Richard Calmes

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (WSO) continues its Serenades season with guest artist Daniella Zezelj-Gualdi, Croatian violinist and professor of music at UNCW. Danijela and WSO perform Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C and Albinoni's Sinfonia in G minor, but the highlight of the concert is Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Piazzolla revolutionized tango music by incorporating jazz and classical elements into traditional tango, creating tango nuevo. Danijela spoke with us about Piazzolla and the violin she'll be playing on loan from Ronald Sachs Violin; listen above.

College Day at UNCW isn't for regular college students. It's for the community. On Saturday, October 29th, non-students of any age can attend 4 classes, plus have lunch, at UNCW. The deadline to register is this Friday, October 21st. Dr. Richard Ogle, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychology, joined us to talk about the event.

Dorothy Papadakos discovered her unusual talent for accompanying horror films on the organ at church. That's where she learned to play the organ and how to improvise music. This Friday, Dorothy is bringing sound and emotion to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu with the organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Dorothy spoke with us about playing organ for horror films-and about her pal, Nosferatu. Listen above.