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Communique: "Life Itself" Closing Reception | Topher Alexander & Kristin Pors At WHQR

Artists Topher Alexander and Kristin Pors approach art from different directions using different materials, but their work comes together at the MC Erny Gallery in the exhibit Life Itself . Friday, May 25th is the closing reception, one of the stops to make on the 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

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Kelly Mason Smith has been around. From his roots in Wilson, NC, to his successful run with The Mason Smith Band in Wilmington, to his hard-workin' stint on the Nashville music scene, Kelly has made a name for himself with poignant, thoughtful songwriting, high-quality production values, and a tireless work ethic wherever he makes music. Expect all of that, and more, at our next SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! featuring Kelly Smith with Ned Lavengood on Thursday May 24 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR in downtown Wilmington.

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

The Wilmington Food & Wine Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 at the Bellamy Mansion. The event is tented up and ready for Mother Nature. A dozen restaurant dishes, 150 wines, plus various beers and liquors will be available for tasting.

100 voices (plus orchestral accompaniment) onstage at the Wilson Center at 4:00pm ... 70 musicians (plus guest euphoniumist) onstage at Kenan Auditorium at 4:30pm. Both on Sunday, 5/20. A pair of simultaneous well-appointed concerts, and music lovers will have to choose one. 

The Changing Face of the Opioid Crisis

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The Cape Fear Region has seen an increase in opioid use disorder, otherwise known as OUD. New Hanover County has plans to open a long-term treatment facility – for men.

People suffering from opioid use disorder contribute to jail overflows. That’s why New Hanover County Commissioners committed to funding a Trillium Health Resources facility in 2016

StepUp Wilmington (formerly Phoenix Hometown Hires) works to eliminate barriers to employment experienced by people with gaps in education, criminal records, transportation needs, and history of substance abuse. The group's annual Luncheon is Wednesday, 5/16 at UNCW's Burney Center.

The Southern Environmental Law Center – or SELC -- says the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality should shut down Chemours, and they should do it now. On behalf of Cape Fear River Watch, the SELC recently told DEQ they have the power and legal authority to take that step. 

New Hanover High School senior Abigale Hawkins met me back in February at a local coffee shop to pitch an idea. Her concept for a senior project was to arrange music from the sacred classical and hymn traditions into a piece that she would sing - and she sings very well - that would then air on Classical HQR, if it met muster. Well, it did. Abigale then came in for a brief interview about her experience and her future: 

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Commentator Nan Graham says her Mama said no one in her family could play a musical instrument or do math. Sadly, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

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The May 2018 primary is now over, and the candidates who made it through this elimination round now head to the ballot for the November general election.

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If you've never heard Romeo's Tune, it's not too late. It's all over the internet-and Steve Forbert is in Wilmington tonight (Thursday, 5/10). Rumor has it that he takes requests. 

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Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Attention Please.

About Jaron Lanier's TED Talk

Jaron Lanier says tech giants are battling for our attention to manipulate our behavior. But how did we get here? Lanier offers insights from the Internet's early days and a possible path forward.

About Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, technology writer, and composer.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Attention Please.

About Tristan Harris's TED Talk

Designer Tristan Harris says attention is at the core of human experience. He argues that our addiction to technology has the power to threaten our very capacity to think, reason and problem solve.

About Tristan Harris

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Attention Please.

About Amishi Jha's TED Talk

What exactly is attention, and how can we reclaim it? Neuroscientist Amishi Jha says there's a powerful link between mindfulness, meditation and attention.

About Amishi Jha

Amishi Jha is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on attention, working memory and mindfulness.

It's not easy being in charge of foreign relations of a country most of the world refuses to recognize.

Taiwan lost another ally on Thursday. The West African country Burkina Faso became the latest country to cut ties with the island. After the Dominican Republic, that's two in less than one month. And like other countries, including the United States, that for decades have broken diplomatic relations with Taiwan, they did so for one reason: to please China.

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