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.
Gareth Evans is the Executive Director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum. On Saturday night at 6:30, the Bellamy is hosting an elegant Antiquity Dinner. Chef Matthew Gould of Canape is providing a multi-course meal with cocktails and wine based on Victorian-era recipes from the Bellamy Mansion archives. Tickets are $100 and seating is limited to 20. More info: BellamyMansion.org. Reservations: 910-251-3700
Lan Nichols, host of WHQR’s Front Street Blues, is also the main organizer for the 19th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival which is Friday through Sunday, July 25-27. Find out more about the Blues Cruise, concerts and workshops at CapeFearBluesFest.org.
On August 21-24 2014 the much anticipated Sarus Festival will be back in Wilmington! The Sarus Festival started primarily as a dance festival and has now grown to include various forms of art, focusing especially on experimental and site specific art. Activities at this year's festival will range from performances to workshops to lectures. Listen to the interview to find out more!
Zeb Mims and Nick Reed talk about their part in the new theater production company, Up All Night Productions. Their first performance is a play written by Mims and directed by Reed called 'Forget About It.' The play is about a man who wakes up one morning unable to recall the past 7 months of his life. The play follows the internal struggle of the protagonist as he grapples with whether to uncover the past 7 months of his life or not. Further details and tickets are now available at BrowncoatTheatre.com.
On today's Midday Interview Jemila Ericson spoke with young and aspiring actress Lexi DiBenedetto. At 15 years old, she already has a prolific acting career, including roles in such diverse films and television shows as "Criminal Minds," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Fallen Down Dead." DiBenedetto is most well known for starring role in the film "Love is All You Need?" for which she received Special Recognition for Best Actress Performance at the 2012 Sonoma International Film Festival.
The second production of Red Barn Studio's Summer Season is here! In the play 'Red' by John Logan viewers will follow the path of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko and his assistant Ken as they try to design a series of murals for what is lauded as the biggest commission in the history of modern art. The production will run from July 3-July 26 with showings Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm and 3 pm on Sundays.