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Communique: UNCW's "New Music Festival" | 4 Composers + Over A Dozen Performers

The talents of over a dozen university musicians come together for UNCW's 4th New Music Festival March 21-22. This is a unique opportunity to hear music in the company of the composers: David Kechley , William Neil , Jeffrey Van , and Andrew York .

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A letter full of racist invectives addressed to the Minister / Head Pastor arrived at Speaks Temple AME Zion Church late last month.  Postmarked February 14th from Charlotte, North Carolina, the same day as the Parkland, Florida school shooting and Valentine’s Day, no one seems to know who wrote the letter or why they sent it to a small church in Wilmington. 

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Royal Pest Solutions, a fumigation company near the Wilmington Port, is changing ownership. TIMA Capital is taking the company over, and wants a Title V Air Permit from the state’s Department of Air Quality. Such a permit would allow the company to release 90 tons of Methyl Bromide into the air. Currently, they are allowed to release 9 tons per year.


There are now 173 charter schools in North Carolina.  After the General Assembly lifted the cap of 100 in 2010, the number of public charter schools soared.  In the past four years, four new charter schools opened in Wilmington alone putting the total at six.  If approved, a seventh, the Wilmington School of the Arts, will open in the fall of 2019.


Wilmington native Meira Warshauer premieres a workshop production of her new work, the opera Elijah's Violin on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm at Temple of Israel's Reibman Center on 10th & Market Streets in Downtown Wilmington.   

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A 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida about three weeks ago. 

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The kind of energy that human beings use to power their lives is shifting around the globe.  Renewable sources of energy are on the rise; the International Energy Agency expects renewable electricity generation to increase by more than a third over the next four years.  That’s according to CNBC. 

In the last 12 years, Charlotte-based Duke Energy has invested about six billion dollars in wind and solar energy, said company spokesman Randy Wheeless.  He identified North Carolina as second in the nation for solar energy.

The weather has been moody this March in Southeastern North Carolina. Commentator Shane Fernando reminds us that we are not the only creatures thinking about the temperature as we slowly head into spring.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking Ambassadors. Coastal Outreach Associate, Jessica Gray, is in charge of finding them.

Empty Bowls Wilmington

This is the year for Wilmington's biennial Empty Bowls event that supports Mother's Hubbard Cupboard and Good Shepherd Center. There is a 2 1/2 hour window to get one of the 1,500+ bowls, some soup, and a cookie on Friday, March 16, 11:00am til 1:30pm.

Theatre Now

Award-winning actor Phil Antonino  makes his directorial debut with The Weir, an award-winning play by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. The show is a set in a pub in rural Ireland where storytelling is the sport of choice.


U.S. Cities Awash In Green To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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In accordance with tradition, the Chicago River was dyed green Saturday morning in honor of St. Patrick's Day. According to The Chicago Tribune, Richard J. Daley, who served as Chicago's mayor from 1955 until his death in 1976, initially proposed dyeing part of Lake Michigan green instead. His friend Stephen M.

Facebook has suspended the data analytics firm the Trump campaign relied on during the 2016 election for allegedly improperly receiving user data and then possibly failing to get rid of it. On Friday, the social media giant announced that Cambridge Analytica; its parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL); Christopher Wylie, who helped found Cambridge and a U.K.-based professor were all barred from Facebook pending an investigation.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon

WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon Featuring 1A's Joshua Johnson

Friday, May 18th
12:00–1:30 pm
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The WHQR Fall Drive 2018 - Phone Teams

*** ALL TEAMS FULL *** The WHQR Spring Drive 2018 - Phone Teams

Phone Teams for the Spring Pledge Drive 2018 During our 2018 Spring Pledge Drive, March 15 - ??? (we hope to make our goal by March 21), WHQR will be welcoming phone teams from all over our region. Send a group of four people to help answer HQR's pledge phones and we'll thank you repeatedly on the air .

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Prologue: "Things We Do When No One Is Watching"

Now at NOON! Join us Monday, March 12th, as we hear from author Philip Gerard with Ben Steelman of the StarNews.

In the MC Erny Gallery

The MC Erny Gallery Presents "Holding on to Tradition"

A View of Changing Cultures - Opening Reception Friday, February 23rd, Closing Reception Friday, March 23rd, Show Closes Friday, April 13th.


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