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A little more than a century ago, Jewish people around the world faced decisions that have proved critical in shaping the past century.  On this edition of CoastLine, we look at those decisions through the eyes of two historians who are launching a lecture series in January at the Temple of Israel’s Reibman Center in Wilmington.

Guests:

Carole Fink, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita, The Ohio State University;
Professor of History Emerita, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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A federal court ruled earlier this year that two of North Carolina’s congressional districts, drawn in 2011, were unconstitutional because they were racially gerrymandered.  That case is to be argued before the U.S.

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Michael Granberry. Cullen Moss. Steve Vernon. Jason Hatfield....the list is at least 10 names long-the collection of actors in Wilmington, North Carolina who have played the part of Crumpet in David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries. This year, a new comedian/actor joins the club-Jamey Stone plays Crumpet for the Panache Theatre production. The script for Santaland Diaries doesn't change, but every performer brings something different to the stage.

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Earlier this year, a federal court ruled deemed two of North Carolina’s Congressional districts unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. That case is to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Duke University researchers have developed nonpartisan ways to draw districts and evaluate their fairness.   

Sea Notes

This weekend, Sea Notes Choral Society presents the It's Almost Christmas! concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium.   About 120 singers perform both sacred and secular, traditional and unusual selections. The performance is free, but donations are accepted at the door. Listen to our conversation with concert Director Diane Huffman and Board President Jane Skubic above. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church presents its 4th Annual Coastal Carolina Christmas this Friday evening, December 2 at 7:00pm. The church choir performs selections from Handel's Messiah accompanied by an orchestra, while the Wilmington Boys Choir performs traditional carols. Following the concert, champagne and a collection of chocolate treats will be served in St. Paul's Parish Hall-the Sparkling Chocolate Reception.

On November 17th, The Awkward Silents played  the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

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The holidays find our cities drenched in holiday decor. While trends fade, holiday beauty is forever. Commentator Shane Fernando describes the attraction of the aluminum Christmas tree and provides some caution when decorating with such vibrancy.

Homemade Holiday Shorts returns for its 21st Anniversary Year with an exciting slate of guests, wonderful holiday music and a delicious feast.

For one evening each year in December, friends of WHQR gather in our MC Erny Gallery and around their radios at home to listen to holiday stories read live by a panel of entertaining guests. Our guests include wonderful radio legends, actors, writers and performers reading emotional and funny tales of the season.

Homemade Holiday Shorts will begin at 6pm on Sunday, December 11th.
Doors open: 5:20pm. Reception: 7pm.

Tickets are $35 each (includes the performance and reception) and can be purchased at whqr.org. All proceeds benefit WHQR.  BUY TICKETS HERE. Purchase your tickets early as last year's event sold out.

The event is broadcast live on WHQR 91.3fm at 6pm. The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is located on the third floor of 254 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington.  

Monday, December 12th
7:00pm-8:00pm
MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Prologue host, Ben Steelman of StarNews, will sit down with Tom V. Morris, "public philosopher" and author of such best-selling books as "If Aristotle Ran General Motors."

City Ballet of Wilmington

Wilmington's City Ballet premiered A Carolina Nutcracker in 2011 and it has become a local tradition, continuing this year. Approximately 100 dancers perform roles as the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, soldiers, rats, Drosselmeyer, and all the rest...but this Nutcracker incorporates Wilmington history as well-without sacrificing any of the classical Tchaikovsky elements. The performance is at CFCC's Wilson Center on Saturday, 12/3 at 7:00pm & Sunday, 12/4 at 3:00pm.

First of all, a tremendous round of applause for Pat Marriott for creating, producing and hosting The Human Voice, Classical HQR's light in the tunnel of the MET's off-season. Thank you, Pat!

At 1:00 p.m. on December 3, The Metropolitan Opera begins it 86th year of Saturday afternoon broadcasts, hosted by Mary Jo Heath.

During the Thanksgiving season, some turkeys have it better than others. Commentator Nan Graham celebrates her 21 years as a WHQR commentator by exploring the presidential tradition of pardoning a turkey, or as she likes to call it -- TOTUS (Turkey of the United States).

WHQR Commentary: "Fake News"

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...

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

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!

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. 

Christopher Marino

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.

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