Bach's (Birthday) Lunch! Bring Your Lunch-We'll Have The Cake | Friday, March 31 @ Noon

Guest pianist Barbara McKenzie will launch WHQR's new Bach's Lunch series on Friday, March 31st . Whether you're a long time, sophisticated listener or someone looking for a rejuvenating lunch break, you'll enjoy gathering in the WHQR Gallery from Noon-1 to hear Barbara bring the joy and wonder of Bach's keyboard music to life. She'll expose the melodies and mysteries of Bach's G minor English Suite, a series of dances and jigs and share some interesting factoids about the Baroque master....

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Bestselling author Taylor Brown has received a lot of attention for his work over the last few years. In 2016, he published a collection of short stories called In the Season of Blood and Gold, which received high praise and was a finalist for an International Book Award short story prize. His first novel, Fallen Land, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and the Library Journal. I spoke with Taylor about his 2nd and latest unreleased novel The River of Kings. This book has already  received glowing praise from established authors.

Our spring pledge drive starts March 16th. We want to Take a Day Off and make it in only 6 days. Give an early gift and with your help we’ll get right back to the programming you love faster. Help us Take a Day Off now at WHQR-dot-org. During our upcoming On-Air Pledge Drive, WHQR will celebrate our values of Quality, Community, and Service. Our goal is to raise $140,000 to provide the programming you count on – Morning Edition, All Things Considered, CoastLine, Classical Music, Communique and so much more.

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Each spring, WHQR asks our listeners to participate in our annual Listener Survey. This is a valuable tool to help us determine program preferences, and to gather information about who our listeners are and how they listen to us. And the more listeners who participate, the more useful the results are.

As a way to involve local residents and help support other community organizations, WDI partners with area nonprofits to split the proceeds from wristbands sold each week during the Wilmington Downtown Sundown Concert Series. Cast your vote for WHQR and help support your local public radio station. 

Opera House Theatre Company

Get your umbrella-it's going to be Raining Men at Thalian Hall this weekend (and through March 12) with the premiere of the disco-drenched spectacle, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You may have seen or heard of this 1994 film, but this is the musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2011. When the rights were opened up to community theaters, Opera House Theatre Company jumped on it. One cast member told me that the show is "thought-provoking and fabulously entertaining." Director/Choreographer Ray Kennedy agrees; listen above to Ray and actress/singer Michelle Braxton talk about the show and see photos below.

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Kelly Rae Williams is an advocate for racial and gender equality and a poet. Her recent manuscript, Outside the Cannon: Poetry as Protest will be published soon; meanwhile, Kelly Rae is giving a sneak peek of some of her new work tonight (2/28) at Pomegranate Books at 7:00. I spoke with Kelly Rae for nearly an hour, but her work can speak for itself better than an interview...Listen above to Kelly Rae share one of her poems about actress Raven-Symoné. The poem was inspired by Raven's assertion that she isn't African-American on Oprah Winfrey

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

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Superstar Academy provides theatrical education for students and adults through outreach in schools, afterschool classes, and through the special program Theatre for All!, Wilmington's only theatre program for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. These classes are given at no- or low-cost to participants...but the work does cost money. That's why Superstar Academy is having a fundraiser. Zach Hanner, the Artistic Director, is throwing a Luau at Walker World this Saturday, March 4th for just this purpose. 

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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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of child endangerment for his role in the sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

In a split verdict, the Pennsylvania jury found that Spanier's handling of a 2001 complaint alleging abuse by Sandusky, warranted conviction on one of three charges against him. The jury did, however, acquit Spanier of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment, the Associated Press reports.

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Opening Reception: Friday, March 24th 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, April 28th 6-9 pm
Show Closing on Friday, May 12th.

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Thanks to texting and voice recognition technology, commas are going the way of the dinosaur, but commentator Peggy Porter is here to remind us that that neglected comma may come back to bite you. Time now for today's WHQR Commentary. Here's Peggy Porter. Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click "Commentary."

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