Midday Interviews

Joan Leotta is an author, journalist, storyteller, and teacher.  She's had a particularly busy year wearing her author hat, publishing 3 books in 2015:  Secrets of the Heart, Simply a Smile, and WHOOSH!  These books are available from local booksellers, including Old Books on Front Street, 2 Sisters Bookery, and Pomegranate Books.  

James J. Kaufman's debut novel, The Collectibles, was an award-winning bestseller.  He followed up with The Concealers and has just released the third book in the trilogy, The Conciliators.  Kaufman's writing has been compared to Michael Crichton (Manhattan Book Review) and called a "soul-stirring thriller" (Chicago Sun Times).  Listen to our interview with Kaufman to get a sense of the depth and meaning in his storytelling.

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

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.  

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.  

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.

Cape Fear Stage: Progress Report from Shane Fernando

Nov 16, 2015

Shane Fernando, the Director of the new Humanities & Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College, dropped by the studio to chat about the first weeks of operation.   The Cape Fear Stage is now the largest performance venue in town, seating a whopping 1,500 people (almost 3 times the size of Thalian Hall).  This 21st century performance center allows for larger acts to perform in the Port City-and the tickets have been selling.

Sands Collection

A Celebration of Harold Pinter onstage at Kenan Auditorium on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets here or call the Box Office at 910-962-3500.  

UNCW's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers classes, workshops, adventures, and even the opportunity to join a band (New Horizons Band).  Director Shelley Morse met with us in the studio to talk about the opportunities available, mainly for adults over 50, but some for everyone.  The Chair of OLLI's Adult Scholars Leadership Program (ASLP), Geneva Reid, also joined us.

Tom Lamont: YMCA Progress Report

Nov 11, 2015

In February, the local YMCA suffered significant damages from an electrical fire-$2.8 million worth.  Tom Lamont, the Resource Development Director of the Y, stopped by the studio to give us an update on remodeling and how the organization has been able to sustain so much of its programming without being able to use much of its space.   The pool has just reopened, which is great news for the organization-and the community.