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In the nonpartisan race for Wilmington’s City Council, there are nine people competing for three open seats that carry four-year terms.  Two incumbents are hoping for reelection; they are with us today.  And one seat is wide open since Earl Sheridan decided not to run again. 

Despite the fact that presidential election years turn out the highest numbers of voters, municipal elections have the most direct impact on quality of life.  This fact is pretty widely accepted.  But even the most educated and engaged among us – most notably a political scientist at an esteemed local university – even they are unlikely to know the people who are running for Wilmington’s City Council.

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On Thursday North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 56. That’s the Republican-sponsored environmental bill that includes funding for Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the University of North Carolina Wilmington to research GenX.  The bill has more than GenX in its sights.

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The Sarus Festival is in its 6th incarnation; this weekend is the Sarus Fall Equinox Retreat. Yoga, meditation, drum circles, wiggle therapy and more public exercises are ongoing, and a performance of The Invisibility Project is Saturday evening at Riverfront Park. 

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Not just one party--the Coastal Land Trust is throwing 2 parties for its 25th anniversary: Saturday, 9/23 at Poplar Grove & Saturday, 9/30 at Tryon Palace. After saving 100 square miles of land in North Carolina from development (so far), co-founders Camilla Herlevich & Michael Murchison say there's a lot to celebrate. 

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An advocate for historic preservation in Wilmington is retiring.  George Edwards has been the executive director of Historic Wilmington Foundation for 13 years. He's announced he’ll leave by the end of the year.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22nd, 6 - 9 pm

Closing Reception: Friday, October 27th, 6 - 9 pm

Show Closing: Friday, November 10th

About the Show:

Array of Color, a celebration of color and form in two different perspectives. The artists are both New Yorkers who have relocated to the Wilmington area and documented their discovery of the South in their paintings.

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On Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council is expected to adopt the Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan. The new initiative is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The goal is to improve the region for all types of cyclists.

***SHOW FULL***

Thursday, September 28th

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Show Starts: 7:30pm

Price: $10 suggested donation at the door

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International Concert Pianist Barry Salwen is kicking off the Rush Hour Concert Series at Kenan Auditorium Tuesday night (9/19) at 6:30pm. We had a chance to speak to Salwen and hear him play when he was our special guest at A Little Lunch Music this month. Kristin Brogdon, Director of the UNCW's Office of the Arts, was also there.

City of Wilmington

Wilmington is home to more than 117-thousand people.   That’s growth of about 11,000 people since the last census in 2010.  73% of the population identifies as white, less than 20% is African-American, and 6% is Latino or Hispanic.

The City of Wilmington is home to more than 117-thousand people.   That’s growth of about 11,000 people since the last census in 2010.  73% of the population identifies as white, less than 20% is African-American, and 6% is Latino or Hispanic.

Les Leopold

Les Leopold is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Labor Institute in New York. He's also the author of 4 books and is a frequent contributor to outlets like The Huffington Post, Truthout, and Alternet. Leopold is speaking in Wilmington at ILA Union Hall on Tuesday, 9/19 at 7:00pm and at DeLoach Hall at UNCW on Wednesday, 9/20 at  5:30pm.

Qaadir Hicks

This photo is Qaadir Hicks, one of dozens of dancers who will be onstage for Retro Fusion & Illusion,  the fall dance extravaganza by Forward Motion Dance in collaboration with other studios and artists. The show is September 15-16, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 at Thalian Hall. Listen to Director/Choreographer Tracey Varga and guest artist Liz White above; extended transcript below.

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A partial consent order. That’s what a Bladen County judge approved late Friday between Chemours and the state of North Carolina. The order comes after lawyers for the chemical company and the state spent most of the day behind closed doors. 

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Tropical Storm Irma may have changed course, but high winds are still blowing through the Cape Fear region. That’s causing flight and ferry cancellations through the evening. 

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WHQR is participating in the 6th Annual International PARK(ing) Day by taking over a parking space directly in front of WHQR’s Studios at 254 N. Front Street, which will be open from 11am – 6pm on Friday, September 15, 2017. We hope to see you there!

The outer bands of Tropical Storm Irma have begun to affect travel in and around the Wilmington-Lower Cape Fear region.

Wilmington International Airport says flights to and from Atlanta, Charlotte, and cities further up the Atlantic coast have been canceled, and urges travelers to call ahead to find out if their flight has been affected.

Also, The North Carolina Department of Transportation has suspended runs of the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry until further notice.

Alicia Inshiradu

Alicia Inshiradu has been working on a film for 18 years: What the River Knows. This year, Alicia received a grant to produce an excerpt of the work. It's a historical narrative-and a ghost story-inspired by the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington, North Carolina. Listen to Alicia talk about the film above; find details about the fundraiser, and an extended conversation, below.  

Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO, popularly known as H2GO, is a water and sewer utility in Brunswick County that serves the northeast portion of the County including Leland, Belville, parts of Navassa, and some customers located outside of these municipal boundaries.  H2GO serves over 10,000 water customers and nearly 6,000 sewer customers.

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Last season, Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) invited Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled to town. The big story then was that Peled was playing Pablo Casals' cello. 

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality will suspend the wastewater discharge permit for Chemours… unless the company meets two clear deadlines in the coming weeks. All this, while the state prepares a legal case against the company. 

Big Dawg Productions

The Hermit of Fort Fisher, Robert Harrill, remains a popular figure 45 years after his death. Big Dawg Productions is putting the story of his life onstage for the fourth time...the show will be presented at Cape Fear Playhouse through September 24 and at Brunswick Little Theater in October. I spoke with Director Steve Vernon about the lasting interest in the Hermit and changes we'll see in this year's production. Listen above and read our extended conversation below.

Amit Peled

Attention all string players and string lovers! Renown cellist Amit Peled and his Peabody Cello Gang will be at WHQR this Sunday to conduct a masterclass and to lead a String Jam. All strings are welcome. You can reserve your seat below (space is most limited for the masterclass portion). This free event begins this Sunday, 9/10 at 2:00 at WHQR on Front Street. 

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Paul D'Angelo is the Chair of the Cape Fear Housing Coalition. His passion for affordable housing inspired him to create The Real Households of North Carolina tour, an event on Saturday, September 9 that will bring participants in contact with 8 affordable homes and the organizations that made them possible. Listen to Paul talk about the event above, and read our extended conversation below.

Judy Girard

This episode first aired on April 21, 2016. 

August 25, 2017 update:  Judy Girard serves as Vice Chair of the GLOW Academy School Board which is now open.

Judy Girard started her television career in the late 1960s and worked her way through the halls of NBC in New York – where she developed shows such as Maury Povich, Jenny Jones, and Jerry Springer.  Her decision to move the Phil Donahue show to New York helped solidify it as the pre-eminent talk show in the country. 

The film runs Monday, September 25th - Friday, September 29th at the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre. Monday - Friday the film will be shown at 7pm and another show on Wednesday at 4pm. "Step is life!" - More than just a hobby for a trio of high school seniors at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, the step dance team represents an escape and an outlet, a way out, and a way to express themselves.

Monday, October 2nd - Wednesday, October 4th, at Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre. Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm.   Eleven years after An Inconvenient Truth, and only weeks after the US pulled out of the global climate agreement, Al Gore returns with a powerful exploration of the current state of climate change and what we can do about it. 

Monday, October 9th - Wednesday, October 11th, at Thalian Hall Main Stage Theatre. Monday - Wednesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 4pm.    After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. 

U.S. Department of Justice

This episode first aired on May 26, 2016.

August 25, 2017 update:  Lindsey Roberson now serves as a Trial Attorney in the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, Civil Rights Division, at the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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