Midday Interview

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Sheila Webster Boneham is the author if 17 non-fiction books about animal training, rescue and adoption. Her third animal companion - inspired novel Catwalk is just being released. For more details visit: sheilaboneham.blogspot.com.

Alexa Doran

Today's guest was UNCW MFA graduate Rebecca Petruck. Her thesis became a book called 'Steering Toward Normal' - a wonderful story of 8th grade boys who unexpectedly turn out to be half brothers. Much of the book concerns what they go through in 4-H club, andraising a steer for the Minnesota State Fair. For details visit RebeccaPetruck.com

  Angie Carl is Coastal Fire and Restoration Manager for The Nature Conservancy. Bill Walker is the Area Ranger for the North Carolina Forest Service.  They came to talk about a festival that will be held this Saturday from 11am-3pm in Halyburton Park called Fire in the Pines. it includes a controlled burn demonstration, plus bluegrass music, food, live music, children's activities and more. 

Tony Rivenbark is the Executive Director of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. He was recently honored with the creation of a Roman bust now on display in the lobby, in recognition to his 35 years of service to the hall. Rivenbark tells us about the Main Attraction Series that just launched a new season. Details at ThalianHall.org

Travel and food writer Lynn Seldon, a 1983 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, has written his first novel- based on his experiences at VMI.  Called "Virginia's Ring," it is a moving story that spans two generations. One of the South's most respected authors, Pat Conroy, befriended Lynn and encouraged him to write a book about VMI after Lynn expressed his admiration for Pat's book "Lords of Discipline." "Lords of Discipline" is about another military academy, The Citadel in South Carolina. For more information visit LynnSeldon.com

Alexa Doran

Today's guests were Director Dr. Anne Berkeley and Dramaturge Dr. Charles Grime on their current performance of the play "The Doctor In Spite of Himself" originally by Moliere and translated by Anre Zaslove. The show opened last week and continues this Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and this Sunday at 2pm. Performances are held at the Mainstage Theatre in the Cultural Arts Center. For tickets call the Kenan Auditorium Box office at 910. 962. 3500. For more information visit uncw.edu.** 

Lynne Hugo has written ten books, including six novels. Her latest novel is called 'A Matter of Mercy.' It's based on a 1996 lawsuit on Cape Cod in which a homeowner sued local aquaculturists (traditional sea farmers, oystermen and women) for "spoiling the view." Lynne will have several book signings and book readings around town this weekend including Friday from 6-8 PM at Quarter Moon Bookstore on Topsail, Saturday from 10 - 11 AM at Hampstead Library (coffee and pastries provided) and also at 4:30 PM at Barnes and Noble in Mayfaire Center.

Thalian Association Community Theatre opens its 2014-15 Mainstage Season with Peter Pan, based on Sir J.M. Barrie's beloved story of the boy who "won't grow up." Emilia Torello stars as Peter along with a cast of 51. The show is directed and choreographed by David T. Loudermilk, Thalian Asoociation's new Artictic Director. It runs for two weekends- Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 (note the new time!), and Sunday at 3 at Thalian Hall. For tickets, call 910.632.2285 or visit ThalianHall.com 

M.J. Cunningham leads a group of nine women who are artists from all parts of the media spectrum - from sculpture to encaustic paintings, from collage (2D and 3D) to windows "into our spiritual nature." Together the group synergistically creates The Fifth Element - a state that complements Earth, Air, Water and Fire. The Fifth Element Exhibit has its opening reception at Acme Art on Friday evening from 6-9 pm, during the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk. It will also be open this Saturday from 1-5 pm . Acme Art is located at 711 N. Fifth Street.  

Tracey Wilkes is the founder and Executive Director of DREAMS of Wilmington which provides arts education and inspiration to children who have no other access to these valuable things. Their annual fundraising gala. called DREAMS Presents is Staurday, September 27 from six until whenever (!) at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside. An $85 ticket gets you a three course meal, drinks, participation in a live auction of three spectacular items, an art show featuring local stars of the art scene and the stars of DREAMS, and entertainment by the kids.