Alexa Doran is one of WHQR's Graduate Fellows working in the Web Services department. She is studying poetry through the graduate school at UNCW. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and enjoys living in Wilmington with her poochy, Jude. During this interview, she read her poem After you said an artist can inspired by the photograph Self Portrait with Dada-Kopf by 1920's Dada artist Sophia Tauber. You can catch more of her poetry in upcoming issues of The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart, Educe and CALYX literary magazine.
Christopher Marino has been in town for barely over a year, but he's already made an impact on the local theater community. He staged popular readings of Shakespeare's work almost immediately upon his arrival in Wilmington and was recently named the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare Company. Mr. Marino teaches for the UNCW Theatre Department and is the director of the upcoming production of Hamlet - using a slightly different script than audiences would usually see staged. Marino visited us accompanied by Luke Robbins, the actor playing the title role.
Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The opening reception is February 25 from 4- 8 PM, and the exhibit will be up for viewing until March 26. For more about Wilbur Jones Jr. click here
The Theatre Network of Wilmington (TNOW) is throwing a red carpet Oscar Event at Theatre NOW on Monday night, February 22, 2015. Executive Director Zach Hanner and board president Sydney Penny came to our studio to talk about this fundraising event and explain the outreach work that TNOW is involved in. For more information about this local nonprofit organization and to get tickets for this event visit superstaracademy.org
Some cast members from City Stage's latest production stopped by to tell us about this absurd, yet philosophical and thought-provoking new musical, Triassiq Parq. The show tells the story of the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park from their own perspective - with a variety of adult themes, so leave the kids at home. For more information about the show click here
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents "Bachfest" on Saturday night at Kenan Auditorium. This concert features a variety of flavors of Johann Sebastian Bach's work, including choral music. We talked today with Executive Director Reed Wallace and Conductor Stephen Errante. For more information about selections and performers visit wilmingtonsymphony.org
This weekend is the 35th annual North Carolina Jazz Festival, hosted right here at the Hilton Hotel on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. Laura Crane spoke with us about some of the events and guest performers. To see the whole story visit the festival website ncjazzfetival.com
Thalian Association is opening "Ring of Fire" this week and we were delighted to chat with the director, Lance Howell, the artistic director, David Loudermilk, and one of the actors Charlie Robertson. This show is a tribute to Johnny Cash, "the man in black," telling his story through music with an ensemble cast. Performances are Thursdays-Sundays through Feburary 15 at Thalian Hall. For more information please visit thalian.org
The founders of the new Wilmington band LaCi were in the studio this week to talk about their music and upcoming gigs. Keyboardist Chiaki Ito and singer LaRaisha Bennette also treated us to a little in studio performance. You can see them at Wild Wing Cafe on February 6 at 10 PM and at Theatre Now for Valentine's Day Brunch starting at noon. For more info on the band click here
The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival is the primary fundraiser for VOCAL (Volunteer Older Citizen's Action League). The festival features music, comedy, children's activities, culinary demonstrations and best of all, wine and chocolate. All of this takes place at the Coast Line Event Center in downtown Wilmington. One of the festival organizers, Marianna Stacy, stopped by WHQR studios with comedian Basile to tell us more about this event.