Wilmington Symphonic Winds (WSW) performs its final concert of the 2015-16 season on Father's Day at 7:00 pm at Kenan Auditorium. Music From Around the World features Italian, French, Russian, Cuban, and American pieces conducted by Dr. John LaCognata.

Brunswick Little Theatre

This weekend, Brunswick Little Theatre (BLT) in Southport opens a show that's a real departure from its usual fare. Stop Kiss is a play that is structured unusually with a non-linear timeline, and the story is about two women in love who are physically attacked at their first kiss.  The play was written by Diana Son, who has writing credits with SatellitesLaw & OrderCriminal Intent, Southland and Blue Bloods.

We’ve spent week after head-scratching week following outrageous developments – often in the form of Tweets -- from Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.  We’ve witnessed the convention-shattering roller coaster of the Hillary Clinton / Bernie Sanders contest.  And, as North Carolinians, we’ve enjoyed the national spotlight for several months thanks to the recent passage of HB2…

Today, we’re getting professional help.  In the form of laughter. 


Frank Trimble is a local actor, director, a professor in Communications Studies, a lyricist, and a composer. He has authored several musicals, including Fly Right, Ebeneezer, and Noah. Trimble's Extra! Extra! The Musical premiered in 2013; since then, he's reshaped the piece, now produced by Big Dawg Productions.  The show has 4 more performances June 9-12, Thursday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 3:00.

As tropical storm Colin brings heavy rain to our area, Commentator Shane Fernando remembers a hurricane camp-out at WHQR.

Have you noticed that WHQR's Cultural Calendar looks a bit different? If you have, that's because we've updated it to the new and improved Cultural Calendar! Submitting community events will now be more straightforward, and the calendar will be more easily navigable. Tell us how you like the new Community Calendar by emailing

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WHQR is deeply saddened by the killing of two NPR journalists on Sunday in Afghanistan. Photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna were embedded with an Afghan military unit when their convoy was struck by hostile fire. WHQR staff members Mary Bradley, Kate Brandis, Cleve Callison, and Jeff Hunter were honored to witness the presentation of an Edward R. Murrow award to David Gilkey in July of 2015, when they attended the annual Public Media Development & Marketing Conference in Washington, DC.

If you want to know “What happened to the Midday Interview?” Well, it’s still around, but with several changes. Our daily in-depth look at art, events and ideas, hosted by Gina Gambony, is now called Communique. It’s still heard at noon on Classical HQR, and now on HQR News twice a day, at 8:50 during Morning Edition and 4:45 during All Things Considered. We believe these changes will give wider exposer to our interview subjects on HQR News, while allowing CoastLine and the other noon-time public affairs programs to incorporate an NPR newscast.

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green

Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green opens its 24th season with Twelfth Night or As You Will. Director Adrian Monte and actor Erika Edwards (Viola) joined us to talk about the show.  Performances run through the end of June at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre and are, as always, free.  Listen above to Adrian discuss his comic vision for the production and Erika talk about acting techniques for outdoor theater.