Christy English, a successful local author who is working on her fifth novel, will be at Old Books on Front Street at 4pm on Sunday. She’ll talk about her latest book, Love on a Midsummer Night, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Actors Gray Hawks and Christy Grantham will present a scene from Shakepeare’s play and English will read from her novel.
Pat Marriott talks with director Stephen Raeburn about Big Dawg Production’s staging of Night Mother by Marsha Norman. The show opens on Thursday, August 8 and runs through August 25: Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are available from the website bigdawgproductions.org
It Takes Two will be a benefit concert held this Saturday night, 8pm at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange. Young performers from Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) are paired with adults from Thalian Association Community Theatre in duets and ensembles, singing famous songs from Broadway musicals.
There’s a dessert reception and silent auction on Saturday at 7pm; the show follows at 8pm. Tickets are available for $18 (plus a $.75 preservation fee).
Opera House Theatre Company opens Oklahoma! on the mainstage of Thalian Hall tonight. Director Ray Kennedy and star Nygel Robinson tell us all about the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Performances run through August 18; all shows are at 8pm except for Sunday matinees at 3pm.
Tickets are available by calling 910-632-2285. Note: Jemila plays the role of Aunt Eller in half the performances, including these dates: July 31 and August 1, 3, 9, 11 and 17.
Rachel Lewis-Hilburn talks with director Debbie Skillman and choreographer Bev Veenker about Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. The show runs July 26-August 4 at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
On Friday I visited with Cleve Callison, WHQR’s Station Manager, about his passion for Sacred Harp music. Sacred Harp is a type of shape-note singing that became popular in the mid-1800’s as a way for people who don’t read music to learn hymns and sing together. A local group of Sacred Harp singers is forming; their next meeting will be at Cameron Art Museum on Sunday, July 28th from 2 to 4pm.
Lan Nichols, host of Front Street Blues on WHQR and leader of the band Tommy B and the Stingers, tells us about all the great events coming up next Friday through Sunday during the 18th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival, July 26-28. For details and tickets, visit capefearblues.org or call 910-350-8822.
Father Michael Oleksa (officially Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa), an Orthodox priest who has lived and served in Alaska for 43 years, will be speaking tonight, July 16th at 7:00 in WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery. He is a fascinating storyteller, anthropologist and educator whose mission is to foster greater understanding across boundaries of race and culture. His work has been featured on PBS in a four-part documentary. He’s a bit of a stand-up comic, so don’t miss his talk!
Dan Brawley is the director of Cucalorus, Wilmington’s homegrown but internationally known film festival. The festival is held in November, but submissions are being accepted right now. There is also Surfalorus next week, and Cucalorus Camp in late July. More details available at Cucalorus.org
Tim Palmer is a professor of film studies at UNCW and an acclaimed author. His latest publication is Directory of World Cinema: France. He’ll host a book launch on Sunday from 5-7pm at Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington.