Midday Interview

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.

A new theatre and arts events company called C'est la Guerre presents 'The Lady in Question' by Charles Busch. It stars George Domby in the title role, and it is a satire of 1940's romantic thrillers. Almost all of the female roles are played be men in drag. I spoke with co-founder/director/actor Bryan Cournoyer, actor George Domby , and actor Tom Briggs (playing two roles). FOUR SHOWS ONLY - Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, September 20 and Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27. The venue is a speakeasy called The Blind Elephant, located at 21 N.

Today we heard from John Pike, the local representative for "Surfers Healing," a local surf camp for children with autism. For more information about this organization visit surfershealing.org. For more information about The First Annual Surfers Healing Golf Tournament taking place November 7 at Castle Bay Country Club contact robkelly06@hotmail.com

Alexa Doran

On Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20 from 10am to 4pm , the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society hosts the annual Secret Garden Tour.  The tour this year features 12 gardens, both large and small, Old South and new experimental. There are also workshops about creating a Fairy Garden and arranging flowers for a Memorial Garden. For details and tickets ($15) visit hslcf.org. Tickets are also available at The Latimer House at 910.762.0492, at all Harris Teeter stores, and at many garden centers.

Lama Surya Das is an American-born teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He's in Wilmington to give a Dharma Talk on Friday night  from 7 to 9 pm at Unity Church of Wilmington, then a Retreat from 10 to 5 on Saturday, also at Unity. During the interview we touched briefly on his best-selling book Awakening the Buddha within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World. For more information visit Surya.org or the website for his teaching center Dzogchen.org

Alexa Doran

The Pender County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association presents its Fall Plant Sale this Friday from 12-6 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am -12 pm at Hampstead United Methodist Church. Master Gardener, Steve Bundy, Event Chair told us what to expect - including the opportunity to buy plants that are pollinators, deer resistant, drought resistant and salt resistant. Proceeds will benefit programs that bring gardening into Pender County Schools.

For its annual show, Forward Motion Dance Company presents a collaboration between dancers, musicians, visual artists,  and a filmmaker - called Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Quartets, Pirouettes and Silhouettes. Founder, dancer and choreographer Tracey Varga and guitarist Rob Nathan (co-founder of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet) joined us. The shows are Friday at 8, Saturday at 3 AND 8 on Thalian Hall's Main Stage. For more information visit ForwardMotionDance.com.

Midday Interview: Filmmaker Joseph Johnson-Cami

Sep 5, 2014
Alexa Doran

Filmmaker Joseph Johnson- Cami is in town to screen his two latest films: Line 9 (about the environmental impact of pipelines running through Alberta, Canada) and The Shift (an exploration of humans' disconnect from nature). They will be shown Tuesday night from 7-9 in the auditorium of King Hall at UNCW. The filmmaker will be there for a discussion and Q and A. For details visit UNCW.edu.  

Alexa Doran

Jess James discusses what to expect from the 4th Annual Great Gatsby Gala including Prohibition style cocktails, 1920's music, a raffle, a wardrobe contest and Portraits in the Garden. The Great Gatsby Gala will be held on September 18 with the VIP cocktail hour starting at 6 and the rest of the events starting at 7.  For more information about the event you can visit stylegirljessjames.com  

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