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Nov 23, 2016
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Guest commentator Hank Blanton is a recent graduate of UNCW's English Master's Program. He is also the guitarist for Phantom Playboys-and a yodeling instructor for the Austrian Academy for the Vanishing Arts and Sciences. That last part hasn't been verified...

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Renowned artist Virginia Wright-Frierson has an exhibit hanging in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery titled At Home and Abroad: Watercolors, Oils, and Prints. Listen above to hear Virginia's relationship with watercolor and oil-and the biggest problem about being an artist. The prints in the exhibit are lino cuts, old-fashioned cut-out linoleum rolled with ink and set onto paper. Hear about the lino cuts, and Virginia's advice to new artists, below.

TheatreNOW always presents a Christmas show, and it's become a tradition for Nick Smith to direct it. Last year, it was Trailer Park Christmas; this year it's Tuna Christmas. This is a sequel to Greater Tuna, staged earlier this year. It's Christmas set in Tuna, Texas featuring about 20 characters-all played by two women: Susan Auten and Erin Hunter. Director Nick Smith and Susan Auten joined us in the studio to talk about the show.

Wilmington's newest theatre company, Second Star Theatre, just opened its first show a few weeks ago-the musical The Last 5 Years. The group's second endeavor comes close on its heels: Fame the Musical by the Second Star Teen Program, running November 25-December 4 at Dreams Garage. Actors Maggie Stone and Mathis Turner plus director Izzy Gorden joined us. The show is being produced by teenagers with some mentorship by adults. For director Izzy Gorden, that mentor is David Loudermilk, former Artistic Director of Thalian Association. Listen to Stone, Turner, and Gorden talk about the experience of putting on a show with a group of teens in leadership roles.

One herald of the holiday season in the Cape Fear Region is upon us: Art for the Masses (AFTM). This annual November art show and sale features artwork from 96 artist this year, all priced under $250. The show is one day only, opening Saturday morning at 9:00 and running through 3:00 Saturday afternoon. Stephanie Norris, Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs at UNCW, manges this event. She explains how it ended up on campus and why it's valuable to the University; listen above.

While Coastline and State of Things take a break on Thursday, November 24, we'll offer the following special programs on 91.3FM to make your Thanksgiving Day even more festive!

On the next CoastLine, Thanksgiving is just around the corner – and you know what that means. Black Friday. But what about Small Business Saturday? We’ll talk about its local economic impacts, and the unique gifts you can’t find at superstores. 

If you’re a local business, be sure to email us or call in during the show to let us know what your shop offers that sets you apart! 

Guest: Ed Wolverton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI)

Listener Patti enjoyed reading about all the awards WHQR received last week from the Associated Press and from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas: “Congratulations for the awards and thanks to the news team for all their good work. It's great to see others recognize just how good you all are!” Thank you, Patti.
Commentator Peggy Porter’s remarks this week on bad behavior from people in the aftermath of last week’s election drew several reactions. For instance, listener Verena wrote:

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Economic development is the way municipalities, counties, states, and nations improve the quality of life for its citizens.  Economic growth is one element and can be a metric for measuring that.  In pursuit that growth, communities often lay out a blueprint – a vision – that details how they would like to see that growth unfold. 

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Did you vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, or Jill Stein?

Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

How do you feel about immigration? Do you refer to people living in the United States illegally as illegal aliens or people who are undocumented?  

StoryCorps

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a part of the popular NPR series, StoryCorps. It's an invitation to teenagers to record an interview with a family member and share it with the world. Interviews will also be archived in the StoryCorps Archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. And it's simple-all that's required is a smartphone, the StoryCorps app, and someone to interview. 

Cripple Creek Cloggers

Don't jump-the first sound you'll hear in this interview is Jason Aycock's tennis shoes pounding on the floor of the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR. Aycock joined us to talk about an upcoming performance of Cripple Creek Cloggers, and he was kind enough to share a clogging lesson while he was here. 

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Director Christopher Marino and actor Katherine Carr joined us to talk about a new adaptation of "Beauty & the Beast." UNCW Theatre presents the show, running one more weekend at UNCW's Mainstage Theatre: Friday, 11/18 & Saturday, 11/19 at 2:00pm &  7:00pm; Sunday 11/20 at 2:00pm. While the show is a bit scary (there's a beast, after all), it's appropriate for ages 6+. Don't expect Disney's version of the story-this is a brand new telling of the old tale.

Liz Halloran loves Dance la Cachuca by Gilbert &  Sullivan. Lucky for her-and the community-Cape Fear Chorale is performing this piece this weekend: Gilbert & Sullivan In Concert. Liz is a singer and board member of the Chorale; she joined us, along with fellow singer/board member Todd Vernon. Listen above.

Gallop for the Gravy

The Wilmington West Rotary Club is sponsoring its 10th annual Run for the Hungry-Gallop for the Gravy. It's a 5K race on Thanksgiving morning, raising money for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Fully Belly Project, and Nourish NC, three organizations dedicated to alleviating hunger.

It's been a rollercoaster of a week and WHQR commentator Peggy Porter has a few thoughts on the election and its immediate aftermath.

WHQR is proud to announce that our news team added seven top awards to the WHQR trophy case on November 12, 2016. The Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas held their joint annual awards, where WHQR's news team was recognized for outstanding work in the following category wins: 

AP Awards

Matt Carvin, Executive Director of Dreams of Wilmington, is busy preparing for this year's big fundraiser: Over the Edge.

Wednesday, November 9:

If you stayed up until about 2:30 last Tuesday morning, or learned of the results of the elections later, you know that nationally at least, a number of people were very surprised by both the victory of Donald Trump and to a lesser extent, the composition of the US Senate.

Here in North Carolina, the results may not have been as surprising, but they did reinforce the strength of the overall Republican gains. On this edition of Coastline, we'll talk about the reasons for those gains, and why they did surprise many people.

Throughout election season, Donald Trump referred to the media as "dishonest and crooked." But that assessment is not limited to the President-elect. 

Listener Bill wrote: "Where is "Prairie Home Companion?!? PLEASE tell me there is technical problems and not a decision to drop it from your schedule. I've heard nothing about it being dropped, and as a long-time supporter I would be very unhappy about that decision. Please explain." And listener John wrote an actual and graceful-worded snail-mail letter along the same lines. I wrote to them that:

Penmanship is an art form soon to be lost. Commentator Philip Gerard explores how writing cues memories, personality and connectivity.

North Carolina’s House District 18 – which includes New Hanover and Brunswick Counties – is one of the few regional races with a Democratic winner.  Incumbent Susi Hamilton will serve her district for a fourth term.

New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners race was one of the more fiercely fought local races.  At the end of the night on Tuesday, it appeared as though the two incumbents, Republican Woody White and Democrat Jonathan Barfield, will keep their seats.

Patricia Kusek, who has served on the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board, is the newcomer and the second-highest vote-getter.  White took the most votes, garnering more than 18%, with Kusek coming in at nearly 17% and Jonathan Barfield coming in just behind Kusek – by a margin of about 14 votes. 

Brunswick County Boards Remain Republican

Nov 9, 2016

Board of Commissioners

Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners had three out of five seats in play.  The county is made up of five districts, and all county residents vote for all districts. 

Brunswick County is majority Republican.  With unaffiliated voters making up the second largest voting bloc, any Democratic candidate has a steep mountain to climb.  And last night’s vote kept Brunswick County Commissioners reliably – and 100% Republican. 

Pender and Onslow Election Results

Nov 9, 2016

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In Pender County's Board of Commissioners race, Republican Jacqueline Newton beat out Democrat incumbent Demetrice Keith for District 4.  Republican Vice-Chair Fred McCoy maintained his District 5 seat; he was challenged by Democrat Sheree Shepard.

ONSLOW

Five seats were up for grabs on Onslow County’s Board of Commissioners, and all of them went to Republican candidates.  Vice-Chair Paul Buchanan won re-election, as did Commissioner Jack Bright.  Royce Bennett, Robin Knapp, and Mark Price are newcomers to the Board.

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A man named Tony Stimac moved to Wilmington about a year ago. He arrived with 50 years of experience as a writer, director, and producer of musical theatre-and he arrived with a script. He didn't realize he'd end up producing that script until the folks at the Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center saw it (and loved it).

In the race for New Hanover County’s Board of Education, the Republicans maintained their control.  Lisa Estep and Jeannette Nichols won re-election, and David Wortman will come on as a new school board member.  

After a fiercely competitive race with numerous attack ads against both candidates, Republican incumbent Michael Lee has won North Carolina’s District 9 Senate seat.  This district covers most of New Hanover County, with the exception of a small patch in downtown Wilmington.  In his second term, he wants to tackle economic development and education. 

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Some have aptly described this Election Day – the voting part – not the counting ballots part – as the eye of the storm.  Around lunch time, anecdotal reports described trickles of voters around the region – after a relatively busy morning. 

Brenda and Bobby Hunt showed up at the polls just after 1 o’clock -- what they hoped would be a slow time to vote in Brunswick County – and they were right.  But line or no line, military veteran Bobby Hunt says exercising the right to vote is something he would not miss. 

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