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Friday Feedback for February 24, 2017

I’m going to start with a matter of personal privilege. You may have read in the papers or seen on our website or Facebook page that last week I notified the Board of Directors of Friends of Public Radio of my intention to retire later this summer. Since the word got out, I have been overwhelmed with comments from well-wishers, both from friends and listeners. (And I hope there’s overlap between these two groups).

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Front Street Blues host & producer Lan Nichols will serve up some fine blues this Saturday night at 11:00 pm. Expect tasty cuts from Earl Hooker and Francine Reed. Plus, Phil Berkowitz & The Lucky Losers, Si Cranstoun, Elliott & The Untouchables, Jimmy Reed, Devon Allman, Jody Williams, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, Buddy Black, and others. Always the finest in classic, contemporary, and traditional blues - never a dull moment. Tune in via your browser at http://whqr.org.

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The decline of North Carolina’s film industry has affected the local theater community in more ways than one. Two artistic directors—Justin Smith of Cape Fear Theatre Arts and Steve Vernon of Big Dawg Productions—and John Staton, Arts & Entertainment editor for Star News, sat down with CoastLine host Rachel Lewis Hilburn. 

Rachel Lewis Hilburn: Besides the talent pool, is there any other way that the loss of the lion’s share of the film industry here has contributed to this? Steve Vernon.

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The Red Barn Theater on Third Street in downtown Wilmington, launched by Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas, is now on the market.  It’s widely expected to cease operation as a theater.  Thalian Association, the theater company that has rented the space for the last several years, is moving out in a matter of months.

Another small Wilmington venue, the Brown Coat Theater and Pub, closed its doors in October. 

And City Stage, an iconic venue in the Masonic building on Front Street in downtown Wilmington, also recently shuttered.

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Amy Grant, the owner and manager of Art in Bloom Gallery, paired two artists for her latest exhibit: Catching the Spirit: Images by Mark Gansor and Carole Osman. Gansor's paintings include realistic acrylic buildings, gardens, and fields, while Osman presents pastel, monoprint, collage, oil, and acrylic work.  The opening reception for this exhibit is Friday, 2/24, part of 4th Friday Gallery Walk, 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

 

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center art CFCC. He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

On Thursday’s CoastLine: Doctors are changing their practices to take a bite out of the opioid epidemic – while researchers are looking into alternate methods of pain relief. What’s working, and what more needs to be done?

GUEST INFO:  • Dr. Joseph Pino, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), and NHRMC physician• Barbara Buechler, NHRMC Women’s and Children’s Hospital administrator 

On Wednesday’s CoastLine: How do you balance development with the preservation of old growth trees? We’ll explore the issue with homebuilders and local advocates for stricter tree ordinances.

GUEST INFO:  

·Bill Jayne, member of the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, former member and chair of the Wilmington Tree Commission

·Scott Len, chair of the Southport Forestry Committee, member of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council

The next Soup to Nuts LIVE! Concert on Thursday, March 2nd in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR features Rupert Wates.  

Rupert Wates is London-born, Oxford educated, and a resident of the United States since 2006. With a storied career as a songwriter and seven solo CDs to his credit, his original music combines elements of acoustic, folk, jazz, vaudeville, and caberet. Rupert averages 120 shows per year throughout North America and Europe (alone and with ensembles), and he prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the music takes center stage. He has been voted Artist Of The Year in 2013 & 2016 by the international house concerts network, ConcertsInYourHome.com, and AcousticMusic.com has described him as "a prime figure in American music", adding "If you're not hip to this guy yet, you're missing out."

Thursday, March 2nd. 

The MC Erny Gallery

Doors: 6:30

Show: 7:30

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The dress may smell like roasting marshmallows...I spoke with 2 teenagers and a man named Scooter for 30 minutes, and I'm still not sure if there are marshmallows in this dress--this dress made of books, and some other stuff, for a very special design contest. It's the 3rd Annual Fashion Design Contest for teens called Fiction to Fashion. Scooter Hayes, the Youth Services Librarian in New Hanover County, is the leader of this interesting project. He joined us along with 2 contestants: teenagers Ashley Bennette and Theo Townend. Listen above. 

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Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center art CFCC . He lives with his husband in Downtown Wilmington. WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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