Rachel Lewis-Hilburn talks with director Debbie Skillman and choreographer Bev Veenker about Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. The show runs July 26-August 4 at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
On Friday I visited with Cleve Callison, WHQR’s Station Manager, about his passion for Sacred Harp music. Sacred Harp is a type of shape-note singing that became popular in the mid-1800’s as a way for people who don’t read music to learn hymns and sing together. A local group of Sacred Harp singers is forming; their next meeting will be at Cameron Art Museum on Sunday, July 28th from 2 to 4pm.
Lan Nichols, host of Front Street Blues on WHQR and leader of the band Tommy B and the Stingers, tells us about all the great events coming up next Friday through Sunday during the 18th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival, July 26-28. For details and tickets, visit capefearblues.org or call 910-350-8822.
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.