Midday Interviews

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In September, WHQR staff members were out on the street for Park(ing) Day asking passers-by various questions, including if they listened to WHQR. Here we mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with some of the comments we recorded. Listen above.

A documentary premieres in Wilmington Friday night about racial tension surrounding how Myrtle Beach handles 2 motorcycle festivals: Harley Davidson Week and Black Bike Week; and two beaches: Myrtle Beach, and its neighbor, Atlantic Beach. The film is called Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches.

Big Dawg Productions

Playwright A.R. Gurney, who just passed away this year, wrote a series of plays about the decline of WASP culture. One of these plays that received a lot of attention is The Dining Room, presented by Big Dawg Productions through November 19th. Listen to actor Randy Davis (of admitted WASP heritage himself) talk about the show above, and read our extended interview below. 

Schumann Quartet

Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) was in luck when the German Schumann Quartet took a 3-year residency at Lincoln Center in New York. That made it feasible for CMW Artistic Director, Barbara McKenzie, to to secure this group for a performance in Wilmington: Sunday, November 5 at Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30pm. 

Athenian Press

Lori Wilson, Khalisa Rae, and Daisuke Shen have joined together to create Athenian Press & Workshops. The vision is not just a press, but a bookstore, lounge, and performance space that caters to women and femme voices. They are raising money for this project and looking for people who want to be involved.

Scherrie Payne, Freda Payne

The Supremes. Band of Gold. Broadway.  TV. Film. Play-and Screen-writing. The legendary Payne sisters, Freda and Scherrie, have done so much, it's hard to know where to focus our attention. This Saturday, November 4, the focus will be on their voices as they take the stage at Thalian Hall.

Wilmington Horror Story

The Bellamy Mansion, the Burgwin-Wright House, and the theatrical troupe, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, have joined forces to present Wilmington Horror Story: Mansions of Madness. Gina Gambony visited this immersive haunted experience...risking life and limb to bring back this story.

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds performs its first concert of the season today at 4:30 at Odell Williamson Auditorium. This concert, called Tour de Force, features music by Sousa, Bernstein, Kalinnikov, and more, performed by 65 regional musicians. 

Zach Hanner

Chase Harrison has a new play onstage at Theatre Now. Harrison loves those 80s slasher flicks and he poured that love (and horror) into TheaTerror, a horror/comedy set in the fictional Penny Theater where a production of Macbeth is underway. The show can't go on, however, if the actors keep mysteriously disappearing.

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Bobby Harrelson was the founding donor of the Harrelson Center. He is also the developer behind the private retirement community, Compass Pointe. This weekend, the public is invited to view the Compass Pointe community and support the Harrelson Center at Home Fest, an event from the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA)

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Director Anthony Lawson may first appear to be suffering in the set-building, light-focusing, prop-making madness at Wilmington's North Front Theatre...there's just a few dozen hours before opening his latest endeavor, The Toxic Avenger. But it's clear that he's doing exactly what he loves best-bringing a bizarre musical, severed limbs and all, to life on the stage.

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Bachelorette, the dark comedy by Leslye Headland, is part of the "Seven Deadly Sins" collection. This play (also made into a film that premiered at Sundance in 2012) manifests the sin of greed. Pineapple Shaped Lamps (PSL) opens the show on Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 in Thalian Hall's Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre. 

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Two notable musical events are happening in Wilmington this weekend: Friday at 7:00, the Cape Fear Jazz Society holds its 20th Anniversary Gala at Brooklyn Arts Center; on Saturday at 7:30, the new Wilmington Music Festival presents its premiere concert at Thalian Hall.   

Journalist and actor Clifton Truman Daniel provides a unique picture of his grandfather, President Harry Truman, in the one-man show Give 'Em Hell, Harry by playwright Samuel Gallu. Performances are at Thalian Hall this weekend: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday in the Stein Theatre, and Friday on the Main Stage.  

Have you heard all sides of the story about offshore drilling? On Tuesday, October 17, two experts will talk about the subject from two different angles: John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil Company, promotes off-shore drilling, while Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society, argues against it.

James Bowling

In the 1980s, comedians Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney wrote and performed Parallel Lives. Wilmington actor Susan Auten is producing this comic piece under the banner of her new theatre company, Keepin’ On Productions. The show is onstage at the Cape Fear Playhouse Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm + Sundays at 3:00 through October 15. 

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You are invited to a funeral for words...specifically: hypocrite, racist, sexist, normal, slut, evil, truth, miscegenation, click bait, deserve, and obviously. The Museum of Dead Words by Dyalekt is at the Wabi Sabi Warehouse on Friday & Saturday, 10/6 & 7.  

Wilmington New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash just published his third book: The Last Ballad. He's traveling around the region to talk about this tale based on historical incidents in Gastonia, North Carolina. Cash and his wife, Mallory, hold a reception at WHQR on Friday, 10/6 at 7:00pm. 

Listen to Wiley Cash talk about this book above and read our extended interview below.

Monty's Home

We've all met a misbehaved dog. Unfortunately, untrained dogs often end up in shelters...and most will be euthanized. Barbara Raab works to save these animals through training...in prison.

The Bellamy Mansion is holding a very fancy dinner at an unlikely spot: the Dudley Mansion. This fundraiser is on Friday, October 13, featuring 5 courses prepared by Dean Neff and Bud Taylor, dessert by Lydia Clopton, 2 signature cocktails, and wine pairings throughout. 

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Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief presents a slideshow and discussion about the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece. This free presentation is this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 at UNCW’s King Hall. 

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Opera Wilmington is preparing for its next big production by keeping the talent busy with a few intimate performances. This Sunday, October 1, a dozen singers will gather to present a night of Italian food, wine, and music: A Night in Italy.  Dinner begins at 5:00pm at Osteria Cicchetti in Monkey Junction.  

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Work by artists Mary Zio and Anne Trombetta hangs in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery throught October 27. Listen to Anne Trombetta talk about her work above, and see our extended conversation below.

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The Sarus Festival is in its 6th incarnation; this weekend is the Sarus Fall Equinox Retreat. Yoga, meditation, drum circles, wiggle therapy and more public exercises are ongoing, and a performance of The Invisibility Project is Saturday evening at Riverfront Park. 

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Not just one party--the Coastal Land Trust is throwing 2 parties for its 25th anniversary: Saturday, 9/23 at Poplar Grove & Saturday, 9/30 at Tryon Palace. After saving 100 square miles of land in North Carolina from development (so far), co-founders Camilla Herlevich & Michael Murchison say there's a lot to celebrate. 

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International Concert Pianist Barry Salwen is kicking off the Rush Hour Concert Series at Kenan Auditorium Tuesday night (9/19) at 6:30pm. We had a chance to speak to Salwen and hear him play when he was our special guest at A Little Lunch Music this month. Kristin Brogdon, Director of the UNCW's Office of the Arts, was also there.

Les Leopold

Les Leopold is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Labor Institute in New York. He's also the author of 4 books and is a frequent contributor to outlets like The Huffington Post, Truthout, and Alternet. Leopold is speaking in Wilmington at ILA Union Hall on Tuesday, 9/19 at 7:00pm and at DeLoach Hall at UNCW on Wednesday, 9/20 at  5:30pm.

Tim Arroyo

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra kicks off this year's Masterworks Series this weekend, featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Lalo's Cello Concerto. The concert also has a special guest: Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, who recently won the Annual Sphinx Music Competition in Detroit. 

Oakdale Cemetery

The community is invited to Oakdale Cemetery this Sunday - not to become a resident - but to discover and experience the architecture in a whole new way with the Music and Mausoleums Tour. Hear details of this strangely romantic afternoon from Ed Turberg and Julie Rehder above and find an extended transcript of the interview below.

Qaadir Hicks

This photo is Qaadir Hicks, one of dozens of dancers who will be onstage for Retro Fusion & Illusion,  the fall dance extravaganza by Forward Motion Dance in collaboration with other studios and artists. The show is September 15-16, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 at Thalian Hall. Listen to Director/Choreographer Tracey Varga and guest artist Liz White above; extended transcript below.

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