Penny Kohut was the playwright for shows about Irish wakes the past few years, but she wrote a new play for St. Patrick's Day this year. The show "Top of the Mornin' to Ya with Faith and Begorrah" is an over-the-top comic farce that centers on a morning talk show with two Irish women. Penny stopped in to chat about the show with the actor playing Begorrah this weekend, Chandler Davis.
Featuring an award-winning performance by Timothy Spall and directed by legendary filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, Another Year) the film Mr. Turner follows the eccentric artist J.M.W. Turner through the last quarter century of his life. Follow Turner as he paints, travels, is strapped to the mast of a ship so he can paint a snowstorm, visits brothels and finds himself to be a subject of both celebration and derision for the British aristocracy. (R, 2 hr 29 min)
On the Next CoastLine: A terminal groin is under construction, and three other coastal communities are seeking permits. Yet environmentalists worry the structures will fundamentally change the coast. We'll take with the mayor of Ocean Isle Beach, Debbie Smith, and Mike Giles of the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation holds a Coastal Speakers Series, where experts address various topics, from oysters to organic gardens to local avian diversity. Becky Peter is the Community Engagement Fellow with the NCCF and spoke with us about the series. The upcoming topic is organic gardening and we heard from Evan Folds, the founder and owner of Progressive Gardens about healthy soil and a few things we need to know to grow plants locally.
A bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking is working its way through the United States legislature. The national initiative could benefit the Cape Fear region, which has high rates of human trafficking.
If passed, the human trafficking bill would institute The End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation. Using private and public monies totaling over a billion dollars, the Foundation would finance anti-trafficking programs in places where adults and children are forced into servitude.
The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with "A Gala in Wonderland." Interim Executive Director Yasmin Tomkinson and Outreach Coordinator Erin Payne came in to tell us about the work the organization does in our community - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party will help raise money for this work to continue. The Gala is at Audi Cape Fear on Staurday, March 7 at 6:30 PM. To find out more about the Cape Fear Literacy Council and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party visit their website here