Midday Interview

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

Alexa Doran

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.

Grey Pascal is a local artist with a reputation for experimentation in meaningful ways. For over a year, Grey has been working on a new kind of portrait...it's not simply visual it's about words and how they define us. The collection he's creating is called "A Word..with Grey Pascal: A Conceptual Portrait Series On Panel With Encaustic." If you are interested in participating in this series please contact Grey at volcanodweller@hotmail.com 

Steve Vernon, the artistic director of Big Dawg Productions, gives us a review of Big Dawg's 2015 theatre season, including a hint at reviving "The Hermit of Ft. Fisher." For more information click here 

Kurz and Allison

Fort Fisher is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the great Civil War Battle that was a turning point for the Confederacy - and America. Brian Nunnelly, a board member of the Friends of Ft. Fisher, visited outr studio to talk about the evnets running all weekend, most notably the battle reenactments on Saturday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am. For more information please click here  

The Wilmington Theatre Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday, January 14th at Thalian Hall. Gina Gambony interviewed John Staton from Star News Media (one of the sponsors for this year's event) and Rachael Moser, this year's host.  They discussed the difficulty in judging art, what to wear, and a very special award for Lou Criscoulo. For more information about this event visit thalianhall.org.http://www.thalianhall.org/

On Monday, Gina Gambony interviews Taylor Brown, a Southern author who currently lives in Wilmingotn. They talked about his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold, and his upcoming novel, Fallen Land, as well as themes in his work and the difference between writing short and long fiction.

Taylor Brown will be at WHQR this Monday at 7 pm for Prologue with Ben Steelman.

Curtis Scott Brown

Cape Fear Theatre Arts presents HAIR, the American Tribal Love Rock Musical at Thalian Hall later this month. Director Justin Smith and prop mistress/actress Morganna Bridgers discuss why a show from the Vietnam era is still relevant to audiences today. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays until January 18. Performances are at Thalian Hall at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are available at thalianhall.org or at 910. 632. 2285

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