Travel and food writer Lynn Seldon, a 1983 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, has written his first novel- based on his experiences at VMI. Called "Virginia's Ring," it is a moving story that spans two generations. One of the South's most respected authors, Pat Conroy, befriended Lynn and encouraged him to write a book about VMI after Lynn expressed his admiration for Pat's book "Lords of Discipline." "Lords of Discipline" is about another military academy, The Citadel in South Carolina. For more information visit LynnSeldon.com
Today's guests were Director Dr. Anne Berkeley and Dramaturge Dr. Charles Grime on their current performance of the play "The Doctor In Spite of Himself" originally by Moliere and translated by Anre Zaslove. The show opened last week and continues this Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and this Sunday at 2pm. Performances are held at the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Center. For tickets call the Kenan Auditorium Box office at 910. 962. 3500. For more information visit uncw.edu.**
Lynne Hugo has written ten books, including six novels. Her latest novel is called 'A Matter of Mercy.' It's based on a 1996 lawsuit on Cape Cod in which a homeowner sued local aquaculturists (traditional sea farmers, oystermen and women) for "spoiling the view." Lynne will have several book signings and book readings around town this weekend including Friday from 6-8 PM at Quarter Moon Bookstore on Topsail, Saturday from 10 - 11 AM at Hampstead Library (coffee and pastries provided) and also at 4:30 PM at Barnes and Noble in Mayfaire Center.
Thalian Association Community Theatre opens its 2014-15 Mainstage Season with Peter Pan, based on Sir J.M. Barrie's beloved story of the boy who "won't grow up." Emilia Torello stars as Peter along with a cast of 51. The show is directed and choreographed by David T. Loudermilk, Thalian Asoociation's new Artictic Director. It runs for two weekends- Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 (note the new time!), and Sunday at 3 at Thalian Hall. For tickets, call 910.632.2285 or visit ThalianHall.com
M.J. Cunningham leads a group of nine women who are artists from all parts of the media spectrum - from sculpture to encaustic paintings, from collage (2D and 3D) to windows "into our spiritual nature." Together the group synergistically creates The Fifth Element - a state that complements Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The Fifth Element Exhibit has its opening reception at Acme Art on Friday evening from 6-9 pm, during the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. It will also be open this Saturday from 1-5 pm . Acme Art is located at 711 N. Fifth Street.
Tracey Wilkes is the founder and Executive Director of DREAMS of Wilmington which provides arts education and inspiration to children who have no other access to these valuable things. Their annual fundraising gala. called DREAMS Presents is Staurday, September 27 from six until whenever (!) at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside. An $85 ticket gets you a three course meal, drinks, participation in a live auction of three spectacular items, an art show featuring local stars of the art scene and the stars of DREAMS, and entertainment by the kids.
A new theatre and arts events company called C'est la Guerre presents 'The Lady in Question' by Charles Busch. It stars George Domby in the title role, and it is a satire of 1940's romantic thrillers. Almost all of the female roles are played be men in drag. I spoke with co-founder/director/actor Bryan Cournoyer, actor George Domby , and actor Tom Briggs (playing two roles). FOUR SHOWS ONLY - Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, September 20 and Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. The venue is a speakeasy called The Blind Elephant, located at 21 N.
Today we heard from John Pike, the local representative for "Surfers Healing," a local surf camp for children with autism. For more information about this organization visit surfershealing.org. For more information about The First Annual Surfers Healing Golf Tournament taking place November 7 at Castle Bay Country Club contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 from 10am to 4pm , the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society hosts the annual Secret Garden Tour. The tour this year features 12 gardens, both large and small, Old South and new experimental. There are also workshops about creating a Fairy Garden and arranging flowers for a Memorial Garden. For details and tickets ($15) visit hslcf.org. Tickets are also available at The Latimer House at 910.762.0492, at all Harris Teeter stores, and at many garden centers.
Lama Surya Das is an American-born teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He's in Wilmington to give a Dharma Talk on Friday night from 7 to 9 pm at Unity Church of Wilmington, then a Retreat from 10 to 5 on Saturday, also at Unity. During the interview we touched briefly on his best-selling book Awakening the Buddha within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World. For more information visit Surya.org or the website for his teaching center Dzogchen.org