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Cinematique will be taking a few weeks off while The Jewish Film Festival takes place at Thalian Hall. We’ll be back May 22 with new films. More information coming soon.

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WHQR's Annual Fundraising Luncheon featuring NPR's special correspondent, Melissa Block.

Tuesday, May 23rd from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

The Grand Ballroom at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside

We are pleased to announce that NPR's Melissa Block will be our speaker at our annual fundraising luncheon at the Hilton.

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The world of classical music is so vast, even experts like Wilmington Symphony Orchestra conductor Steven Errante stumble upon new pieces all the time. One piece that recently came into Errante's purview is by Cuban composer, conductor, and guitarist, Leo Brouwer (born in 1939 in Havana). The piece is Brouwer's Concerto #3, Elegiaco. Julian Bream (for whom the piece was written) premiered the piece in London in 1986. Errante invited guitarist Justin Hoke to join WSO to perform this piece for the Season Finale concert on Saturday, April 22nd at the Wilson Center. The concert begins at 7:30 and includes Smetena's Moldau and Shostakovich's The Gadfly as well. Here are program notes for the concert.

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There is a new bill in the state senate from Republican Michael Lee of New Hanover County that requires anyone driving a car to use a hands-free device for cell calls. The aim is to reduce the number of accidents – and deaths – caused by distracted drivers. However some believe such a law may not be enough.

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Valerie DeSanti and Jay Denmark are two Master Gardeners from the New Hanover County Master Gardeners organization. They've been growing seeds and bulbs with other Master Gardeners since the beginning of the year in preparation for the spring Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Complete list of plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, and vegetables is available here. 

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Some of the world’s best golfers will descend on Wilmington in just under three weeks for the Wells Fargo Golf Championship. The event at Eagle Point Golf Club is projected to drive millions of dollars into the local economy and millions of TV viewers for the tournament. It’s prompted a new marketing initiative for the Cape Fear Region, but its focus is not on tourism. It's economic development. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Gwenyfar and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

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

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Pineapple Shaped Lamps, or PSL, is a performance troupe known for comedy-and perhaps oddity; the PSL players are not known for drama or tragedy. But the group is taking on a dramatic (maybe tragic) tale: the rise and fall of comic book artist and author Jack Kirby: King Kirby, onstage at Red Barn Studio Theatre on 3rd Street April 13-30. Jack Kirby created comics for Marvel, then DC, then Marvel again, spanning the late 1950s through the late 1970s. He created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, X-Men, and more. Listen to Director Blake Howard and actor Bryan Cournoyer talk about the play above. 

Attorney Joan Keston practices Elder Law with offices in Wilmington and Southport She was a legal consultant and business attorney until she had to manage her husband becoming ill her parents' aging. She learned some lessons the hard way and switched her focus to Elder Law. Joan offers free seminars called Life Care Planning, an Integrative Approach to Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Asset Protection.  Listen above to hear Joan talk about misunderstandings, Power of Attorney, and scams directed at the elderly. 

Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County is the second North Carolina municipality to receive a permit for a terminal groin since a long-standing ban was lifted in 2011. 

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Dram Tree Shakespeare presents The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's shortest play--and according to director Kathryn "KC" MacMillan--his funniest comedy for modern audiences. KC is a guest director from Philadelphia; she has set the show in the early 20th century with a Vaudeville theme. Listen to KC give a brief overview of the story and talk about the common roots of Shakespeare and Vaudeville above. 

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Starting Monday night, traffic at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road, Front Street and South Third Street is going to change. That's because the Greenfield Lake culvert project is shifting into high gear.  

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Director Zach Hanner says author Clyde Edgerton was inspired to write the novel Killer Diller by experiences in his own life, including a place where he lived in Durham where a halfway house, a diet center, and a church were all the street where he lived. Theatre Now presents Killer as a play on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm through April 29. 

Starting late Tuesday night and on into Wednesday afternoon we experienced a problem at our 91.3 transmitter in Winnabow, resulting in diminished signal strength and the complete loss of HD2 (though our web streams continued without issues). Anonymous from Supply wrote: “. . . as you leave, could you see [for] people like me who have given to the station religiously for many years that the station’s serious music is preserved and operational, hopefully for years to come (in fact, the station was started by people like me who wanted to hear the opera and other serious music)?"

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Property owners of 14 acres along Battleship Road would like to build up to 15 homes between that road and the Cape Fear River.  New Hanover County’s Planning Board has not yet voted on the request, although it had been on Thursday night's agenda.

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It was almost exactly two years ago that two North Carolina Representatives – both Democrats – filed a bill in the House that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state.

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The day the Lower Cape Fear Coin Club (LCFCC) visited WHQR, I decided to bring my grandfather's coin collection. It meant a lot to my mom, but frankly, I don't know much about old coins. In striking contrast, these folks know a A LOT about coins. Listen to president Ray Flanigan and members Karen Forest and Jim Savage above. LCFCC's annual Coin Show is this weekend and runs in conjunction with the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival. 

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There are plans in the works for those woods you see across the river from downtown Wilmington, between the battleship and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Thursday night the New Hanover County Planning Board will hear a rezoning request for that area.

Time now for today's WHQR commentary, here's Shane Fernando.

Commentator Shane Fernando is the Director of the Wilson Center at CFCC. He lives with his husband in downtown Wilmington. 

You can hear more from Shane and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary." 

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

Todd Berliner is a Professor of Film Studies at UNC-Wilmington. He received his PhD at Berkeley, he's received 2 Fulbright Scholar awards, and he's a Fellow of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image. Berliner is a deep thinker about film, and his new book, Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema, is not a typical coffee table book. Still, the topic is film, something accessible to everyone.     

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Officials from Wilmington and New Hanover County held a special joint meeting to discuss the Garner Report. The City Council and County Commissioners gathered Thursday afternoon to grade themselves on the progress made, since the 2014 Garner Report, called “Pathways to Prosperity”, was published.  Of the 21 recommendations on economic development, there is progress to report on several fronts. 

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Surely you're already suspecting that the Azalea Festival is nigh-whether you've seen it with your eyes or felt it in your sinuses. This weekend is indeed the 70th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, and the Azalea Garden Tour kicks off on Friday, April 7th with the Ribbon Cutting and Queen's Garden Party​, complete with Azalea Belles, horse-drawn carriages, the Queen herself, and dozens of cookies. 

The next Soup to Nuts LIVE! Concert on Thursday, April 13th in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR features Hank Barbee.  

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In the U.S. Senate, a bill was just passed that would let states block more than $200 million in funding from going to Planned Parenthood, or any organization that provides abortions. The bill has already passed the House and now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk.  Also last week, Planned Parenthood held their annual benefit in Wilmington. 

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Warmer weather has moved into the southeast in fits and starts this year.  Reports of damaged crops in Georgia and both Carolinas came after multiple late-season frosts.  Whether those recent cold snaps will impact the price and availability of peaches, blueberries, and apples remains to be seen.    

But what does this mean for home gardeners who just hope to see their shrubs, trees, and perennials bloom?   And what might this mean for the showing of blooms during Azalea Festival?

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As an actor and singer with a belt, Katherine Vernon has admired the character "Rose" (and Ethel Merman, who premiered it) for a long time. She landed the role with Thalian Association, and she can be seen onstage at Thalian Hall through April 9. The play is "Gypsy," the true story of burlesque strip-tease artist, Gypsy Rose Lee ("Louise" as a child). Rose is her mother, and her character has been called the most complex musical theatre role available to women. The musical itself has received high praise; it's based on the memoir Gypsy wrote about growing up with her mother and her more-talented sister, June. Listen to Katherine Vernon talk about the role and the musical above. 

Jon David and Ben David are brothers.  They also happen to be identical twins.  And they’re both district attorneys for adjacent jurisdictions in North Carolina. 

One of the great things about our fundraising campaigns is hearing directly from listeners about what they like (or don’t). I’m touched and appreciative for the comments made about me on my retirement later this summer. Here are some other samples from last week’s Take A Day Off drive. Laura Dean of Wilmington said: “Thank you for consistently bringing excellent programming to Wilmington." Donna Giles and Sue Sneddon of Shallotte said: “WHQR is more important than ever in our current political climate. We need voices of reason news that is just the opposite of "fake”speakers who can discuss opinions in thoughtful clear ways without histrionics and vitriol. Thanks WHQR!”

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The North Carolina law known as the “Bathroom Bill” has effectively been repealed by the passage of House Bill 142.  Democratic Representative Deb Butler from New Hanover County and Republican Representative Chris Millis of Pender County both voted against the compromise bill -- two legislators who are likely to find themselves on opposite sides of a contentious issue. 

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Professor Robin Post is directing the upcoming show from UNCW's Theatre Department: the classic 1934 play, The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman. The play was controversial in the United States and Great Britain in the '30s, and in a way, it still could be controversial in some circles. Robin says the themes are as relevant as ever. 

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