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News about upcoming WHQR sponsored events.

This film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori is an intimate look at one of the world’s most famous sex symbols, told in her own words. In this alluring documentary, Page emerges from the veil of myth via interviews taped a decade before her death in 2008. With razor sharp wit, Page tells her life story -- from humble beginnings in an impoverished southern family, to high school salutatorian, to scandalous 50s pin-up model, to shocking retirement in 1957 at the peak of her career.

The small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music.  The music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create timeless music classics.

"Interconnections" features a range of stunning work from local artists Diane Hause and Shannon Bourne.

Regular Gallery Hours Mon-Fri, 10AM-4PM

"Interconnections" Closing Reception
January 24th, 6-9pm,
254 N. Front Street -Third Floor,
Downtown Wilmington, NC

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Homemade Holiday Shorts Photos and More!

Nov 25, 2013

Thanks to everyone who joined us, in person and over the air,  for Homemade Holiday Shorts 2013 on December 15th in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.  The event featured music by Whiskey Creek and readings of short stories by our popular commentators Annie Gray Johnston, Gwenyfar Rohler, Shane Fernando, and WHQR News Director Rachel Lewis Hilburn, reading "Kurisumasu" by Mebane Boyd, the winning story of the first-ever Homemade Holiday Shorts Story Contest.

Cinematique Presents: "All is Lost"

Nov 21, 2013

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a man (Academy Award Winner Robert Redford) wakes to find his yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, he sails blindly into the path of a violent storm. With strength that belies his age, and using traditional nautical instruments, he struggles to find a shipping route.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) gives a fearless performance as young Allen Ginsberg in this mesmerizing true story of friendship, the early days of the Beat Generation and a passion that ends in murder. This biopic set during the famed beat poet's years at Columbia University centers on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), and fellow Beat author William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster).

Cinematique Presents: "Enough Said"

Oct 23, 2013

Don't miss this critically acclaimed romantic comedy for grown-ups. A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini)óa sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Who causes her to doubt her relationship with Albert.

Cinematique Presents: "Inequality for All"

Oct 23, 2013

At the heart of Inequality for All is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation's economic health? The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.

Cinematique Presents: "The Way, Way Back"

Oct 10, 2013
Fox Searchlight Pictures

From the Oscar-winning writer-directors of The Descendents, The Way Way Back is one of the year’s most charming comedies. It’s the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s summer vacation with his mother, Pam her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Cavani String Quartet Live at WHQR

Oct 9, 2013
The Artist

Please join WHQR for a special live classical broadcast from the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR. It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Cavini String Quartet for what will certainly be a singular, inspiring, and spectacular string performance. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience a live, intimate classical performance at the WHQR studios.  

Friday, October 11th 
12:00-12:30 (please arrive by 11:45) 
in the MC Erny Gallery @WHQR
254 N. Front Street, Suite 300 

Prologue: "Cold War" by Carole Fink

Oct 4, 2013
Westview Press

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR with historian and writer Carole Fink for light refreshments and a discussion of her new book Cold War.

February 10th, 7 - 8pm

in The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cinematique Presents: "Museum Hours"

Oct 3, 2013

Vienna, winter: Johann, a guard at the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum encounters Anne, a foreign visitor called to Austria because of a medical emergency. Never having been to Austria and with little money, she wanders the city, taking the museum as her refuge. Johann, initially wary, offers help ,and they’re drawn into each other’s worlds. Their meetings spark unexpected explorations—of their own lives, of the life of the city, and of the way art can reflect and shape daily experience.

WHQR's 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social!

Sep 23, 2013
WHQR

WHQR invites you to join our staff, on-air personalities, board members and other listeners and members at the 2nd Annual WHQR Ice Cream Social.

Sunday, August 17, 3 - 4pm
Picnic Area at Tidal Creek on Oleander

Bring your friends and family for some yummy ice cream from Velvet Freeze scooped for you by our very own Cleve Callison, Rachel Lewis Hilburn, George Scheibner, Jemila Ericson and Bob Workmon.

Indie Bound

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR with North Carolina writer Clyde Edgerton for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers.

December 9th, 7 - 8pm

in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

Prologue Recap: "Bobcat" by Rebecca Lee

Sep 12, 2013

Listen to two clips from the evening Prologue discussion with author Rebecca Lee. Hear the award winning writer respond two two questions from the audience.

The following question concerns coming to know what a particular story is about:

An audience member questions Lee on her use and understanding of a sense place in her stories:

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Cinematique Presents: "In a World"

Sep 6, 2013
Roadside Attractions

Written, directed by, and starring Lake Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script-- In a World is a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father.  (Rated R, 1hr. 33min.)

Cinematique Presents: "Blue Jasmine"

Sep 6, 2013
Sony Classics

Written and directed by Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine is one of the premier cinematic releases of the year. After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again. This must-see film is considered by many one of Woody Allen’s best.  (Rated PG-13, 1hr. 38min.)

October 7-9, 7:30PM

[Mini] DocuTime celebrates pioneer 20th century filmmakers. This year, we feature screenings of a young Martin Scorsese's Italianamerican (1974) and the feature Cameraman about influential cinematographer Jack Cardiff.

Saturday, September 14,  4-7:00pm

4:00 -Italianamerican
5:00 -Intermission with special treat
5:30 -Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

UNCW's King Hall Auditorium
Admission is $10 for Whole Program 
All Students Free with ID

Prologue: "The Returned" by Jason Mott

Aug 15, 2013

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR with North Carolina writer Jason Mott for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book The Returned.

October 14th, 7 - 8pm

in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

About the author:

We’re pleased to present a film from North Carolina’s David Green (graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts; director of George Washington and All the Real Girls). Driven by striking performances from Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship.

Cinematique Presents: "Blackfish"

Aug 15, 2013

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species' treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature. (Rated PG-13, 1hr. 20min.)

Cinematique Presents: "Still Mine"

Aug 15, 2013

Based on true events and laced with wry humor, Still Mine is a heartfelt love story about an 89-year-old New Brunswicker (James Cromwell) who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife (Geneviève Bujold) whose memory is fading. Although Craig Morrison is using the same methods his father, a shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. Craig quickly gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector, who finds just about everything unacceptable, including the unstamped wood Craig has milled from his own trees.

Cinematique Presents: "The Hunt"

Aug 15, 2013

The Hunt is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life. Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his penetrating portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over after overcoming a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria.

"Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain

Aug 9, 2013
Jason Hess

Update: Listen to Diane Chamberlain speak with Ben Steelman about why the eugenics program in North Carolina interested her as a subject to engage in her latest novel. She also speaks in this clip about the process of bringing her concept to her publisher. It's an interesting insight into Chamberlain's writing process:

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Join Ben Steelman of StarNews, WHQR, and Diane Chamerlain for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Necessary Lies.

Update: Listen to award winning North Carolina author Philip Gerard speak about the Cape Fear River, his writing process, and  his adventures writing Down the Wild Cape Fear. The below clip includes Gerard's interesting definition of a river:  

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Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR Commentator Philip Gerard for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Down the Wild Cape Fear. 

Cinematique Presents: "20 Feet From Stardom"

Jul 25, 2013

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film Twenty Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

Cinematique Presents: "Much Ado About Nothing"

Jul 15, 2013

Much Ado About Nothing is one of the season's most well received films, both critically and with audiences. Director Joss Whedon's (THE AVENGERS) sumptuously shot movie is a modern adaptation on Shakespeare's timeless classic, featuring a wonderful ensemble cast comprised largely of Whedon's regulars. In this rendition of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays Claudio (Fran Kranz) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof ) have just returned to Messina after a successful campaign abroad.

Update: The Wine Not event with Whole Foods Market was a huge success!

We had nearly 265 people come through and raised $1,319 for WHQR! Thank you for supporting WHQR and helping us keep your favorite public radio programming on-air.  

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Cinematique Presents: "Before Midnight"

Jul 11, 2013

In Before Midnight, widely hailed as one of the best films of the year, director Richard Linklater continues tracking a star-crossed couple, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Jesse and Celine first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise (1995), reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset (2004), and now, in Before Midnight, they face the past, present and future; family, romance, and love. Before the clock strikes midnight, their story again unfolds.

August 5-7, 7:30PM

Cinematique Presents: "Stories We Tell"

Jul 9, 2013

In this acclaimed, inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. In this must-see film, she playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.

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