Father Michael Oleksa (officially Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa), an Orthodox priest who has lived and served in Alaska for 43 years, will be speaking tonight, July 16th at 7:00 in WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery. He is a fascinating storyteller, anthropologist and educator whose mission is to foster greater understanding across boundaries of race and culture. His work has been featured on PBS in a four-part documentary. He’s a bit of a stand-up comic, so don’t miss his talk!
Dan Brawley is the director of Cucalorus, Wilmington’s homegrown but internationally known film festival. The festival is held in November, but submissions are being accepted right now. There is also Surfalorus next week, and Cucalorus Camp in late July. More details available at Cucalorus.org
Tim Palmer is a professor of film studies at UNCW and an acclaimed author. His latest publication is Directory of World Cinema: France. He’ll host a book launch on Sunday from 5-7pm at Pomegranate Books, 4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington.
Forward Motion founder/choreographer/dancer Tracey Varga and cellist/composer Jude Eden told us about the program featuring a new piece to the music of the late William “Paco” Strickland and his Fabulous Flying Flamenco Brothers, and a new work performed to live music composed and played by Jude Eden.
Performances are at 8pm, tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Art Center. Tickets available at 910-341-7860.
Maggie Earley is a master quilter who creates vivid works of art. Her exhibit, Quilting Outside the Blocks, will be featured in our MC Erny Gallery for a month, starting with a Fourth Friday Gallery Night reception, this Friday from 6 to 9pm
Jimmy Pierce, Director of the non-profit Kids Making It, told us all about The Hippie Ball! This is “the best party of the summer” by all accounts, and features music by Steady Eddie, catering by Bon Appetit, live and silent auctions. It’s Saturday night from 6:30 until…at the Brooklyn Arts Center. Tickets are $45, available through Etix.
Soprano and actress Sophie Amelkin is giving a duet recital with her friend and colleague Heather Bobeck on Saturday at 7pm at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Wrightsville Beach. Pianist Joseph Hughes is also on the program. Sophie and Heather are hoping to raise funds for their upcoming graduate studies.