Midday Interview

Event chair and volunteer Brenda McDonald and development manager Lindsey Champion discuss the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center's upcoming benefit "The Last Chance for White Pants Gala." The annual benefit will take place from 7pm to 12am on Friday, August 29 at the Coastline Conference and Events Center. Proceeds benefit the Every Moment Matters Campaign, raising funds for the expansion and renovation of the current hospital facilities.

Alexa Doran

Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, tells us all about Regional Artist Project Grants. The application deadline is September 19. Bellamy will hold an information session Monday, August 18 at 5:30 pm at the New Hanover County Public Library downtown. For additional information visit artscouncilofwilmington.org  or call 910.343.0998

Joining us today was Tony Rivenbark, Executive Director of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Rivenbark has just published "Introducing Thalian Hall" as part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. Something of a local celebrity, Rivenbark is known for his talent as an actor, director and raconteur and is the perfect person to write the captions for historical images of Thalian Hall.  Rivenbark will be hosting a book singing and chat in Thalian Hall's Ballroom at 3pm this Sunday.

Today's guest, film festival programmer Shona Thomson is with us all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland.  Lucky us, Thomson is here for two weeks asartist-in-residence for the upcoming film festival, Cucalorus. In preparation for the much-beloved upcoming Cucalorus film festival, Thomson is here to tell us about two exciting events she has planned.

Today's guests, director Anthony Lawson and actress Claire Bennett, discussed the upcoming performance of "Good People"  at Thalian Association's Red Barn Studio. Performances will run from August 7 through August 30,  Thursdays-Sundays. For more information visit thalian.org.

Alexa Doran

Today Jemila talked to Nina Danilova and Rafael Grigorian about their experience as artists -in- residence/guest teachers at the City Ballet. For more information - http://www.cityballetofwilmington.org/

Former lawyer, judge, corporate executive and non-fiction writer James J. Kaufman has become a successful writer of fiction.  His first novel, The Collectibles, won several awards and prompted him to write two more books to create a trilogy.  Book 2 is out now, called The Concealers.  Jim has a knack for compassionately portraying characters undergoing life-changing challenges.  He will be at Barnes and Noble at Mayfaire on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm to sign copies.  For more information, visit his website Jamesjkaufman.com


Listen to Jemila interview the new Assistant Director of the Wilmington Children's Museum about upcoming events for kids, including Mud Days, which will take place  Friday and Saturday, August 8 - 9. For more details about this and other fun upcoming events at the Wilmington Children's Museum visit PlayWilmington.org or call 910.254.3534.


Opera House Theatre Company presents the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate! starring Nygel Robinson and Kendra Goehring-Garrett. The play features a sparring ex-husband and wife who are attempting to stage a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, in which they will play Petrucchio and Kate. WHQR goddess Jemila Ericson speaks with director/choreographer Ray Kennedy and actor/singer/dancer Nygel Robinson. 

Tickets: 910-632-2285 or Thalianhall.com 

  Gina Gambony previews Opera Wilmington's inaugural performances this weekend, interviewing directors and cast members including Nancy King, Joshua Collier, Nancy Carson, and Mark Sorenson.