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Cape Fear Theatre Arts presents its New Year's show, Sister Act, a musical based on the blockbuster film. The show opens Friday, 12/30, but only runs twice the first weekend: Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night for guests of Thalian Hall's New Year's Eve Gala.

Dreams of Wilmington and Thalian Hall present a second edition of Dreambuilders, the event introduced last year to celebrate visual and performing arts by teaching artists from the Dreams Center. This year, a theme is included, making it Dreambuilders-Inspirations: Work by Artists Who Guide.

Kendra Goehring-Garret stars in Opera House Theatre Company's latest offering, City of Angels. The story, set around 1940, is about a writer named Stine crafting a screenplay. The script of the film comes to life right before the eyes of the audience as Stine types it out-the audience even gets to see edits as they happen. The main character in the film is a detective (think film noir) named Stone, who is basically a better version of Stine himself.

This year, the New Year's show produced by City Stage Co. at Thalian Hall is Memphis, a Tony Award-winning musical that opened on Broadway in 2009.  The show is based loosely on the life of Dewey Philips, the first white DJ to play black music back in the 1950s. 

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The Wilmington Theatre Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday, January 14th at Thalian Hall. Gina Gambony interviewed John Staton from Star News Media (one of the sponsors for this year's event) and Rachael Moser, this year's host.  They discussed the difficulty in judging art, what to wear, and a very special award for Lou Criscoulo. For more information about this event visit thalianhall.org.http://www.thalianhall.org/

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Cape Fear Theatre Arts presents HAIR, the American Tribal Love Rock Musical at Thalian Hall later this month. Director Justin Smith and prop mistress/actress Morganna Bridgers discuss why a show from the Vietnam era is still relevant to audiences today. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays until January 18. Performances are at Thalian Hall at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are available at thalianhall.org or at 910. 632. 2285

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Nancy Aycock Rivenbark is one of the founders of Cripple Creek Cloggers; her son Jason is one of the three directors of the dance school at Cripple Creek Corner in Burgaw. They invite us to a show called An American Tradition, Sunday at 5 pm at Thalian Hall. The Junior National Champion clogging team will be featured. For tickets please call 910.632.2285.   

This Monday night WHQR welcomed highly revered filmmaker Ira Sachs to the ILM!  Many eager movie-goers and fans met Sachs at Cinematique, WHQR's independent film series at Thalian Hall, for a screening of Sach's critically acclaimed film "Love is Strange" starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, as well as a brilliant Q & A with filmmaker Ira Sachs. Check out the slideshow for pictures from this wonderful, star-crossed night in Wilmington. 

Thank you to all who joined us in this special night!

A pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law (Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson) set off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picturesque adventures, from trendy Reykjavik to the rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness and friendship. The film has an exuberance and a chemistry that will have you shouting Land Ho! (R, 1hr 36min)

Monday-Wednesday, October 20-22, 7:00 pm

Thalian Hall Main Stage

In this witty follow-up to the 2010 film The Trip, director Michael Winterbottom reunites comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for a new culinary road trip. In this version, our heroes retrace the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy, all while indulging in sparkling banter and various impersonation-offs. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay of Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, cooking up a biting portrait of modern day masculinity. (Unrated, 1 hr 48 min)

Opera House Theatre Company present the mesmerizing musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim called "Into The Woods." In the first act we meet many familiar fairy tale characters and see how their stories interweave. By intermission many have found their "happily ever after." In the second act the characters find out what happens AFTER they got what they wanted ...or what they thought they wanted.  Today's guests were director/choreographer Jason Aycock and actress/singer/dancer Kendra Goehring-Garrett (Cinderella in the show).

This tender drama, starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, begins with a 6 year old boy and follows the same group of actors over a 12 year period on a one-of-a-kind trip that is at once epic and intimate. Boyhood provides a vivid portrayal of the exhilaration of childhood, the seismic shifts of modern family and the inevitable passing of time. Critics are stunned at the breadth and depth of Boyhood's sprawling investigation of the human condition. (R, 2 hr, 44 min)

September 15-17, Monday - Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Based on a John le Carre novel, this extraordinary thriller starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, will throw you head first into the high stakes world of international crime and intrigue. When a half-Chechen, half-Russian brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's illicit fortune, both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest.

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.

Follow Anna (later revealed to be Ida), a novitiate nun in 1960's Poland, as she enters on a painful, eye-opening journey into her family's past. Sent by the Mother Superior of her convent to visit her only living relative, Aunt Wanda, Anna uncovers the secrets of her family; secrets that are heavily shaded by the Holocaust and her family's ties to the Communist Party. Don't miss this critical favorite called the best film of the year by many. (PG-13, 1hr 20 min.)

August 18-20, Monday-Wednesday, 7 pm

A must-see sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host), starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt.Tthis film focuses on the aftermath of a failed global-warming experiment that ends up killing off most life on the planet. Survivors board the SNOWPIERCER, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic messages incite the passengers to revolt, the train thrusts full-throttle towards disaster. (R, 2hr 6 min.)

August 11-13, Monday-Wednesday, 7 pm

Director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Ebert's story is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert's life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (R, 2hr)

Cinematique Presents: "The Immigrant"

Jun 24, 2014

In James Gray's The Immigrant, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. The two women become separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined on Ellis Island.  Alone and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her hopes for a brighter future.

Cinematique Presents: "Chef"

Jun 24, 2014

Many are heralding Chef as the most delicious comedy of 2014! When chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (R, 1hr, 55min)

Cinematique Presents: "Chef"

Jun 19, 2014

Many are heralding Chef as the most delicious comedy of 2014! When chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. (R, 1hr, 55min)

Thalian Association presents the Leonard Bernstein musical Wonderful Town. Guest host Gina Gambony spoke with two integral members of the show. The lively interview even feature some lovely singing, be sure to listen to this unique Midday Interview!

Wonderful Town runs May 15-25th at Thalian Hall. More information on the show and to purchase tickets visit the Thalian Association's website

Cinematique Presents: The Lunchbox

May 15, 2014

Don't miss this touching portrait of friendship, a film being hailed as one of the best films of the year! Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, but it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. (PG, 1hr, 45min)
 

Cinematique Presents: Fading Gigolo

May 15, 2014

John Turturro writes, directs, and acts in this light-hearted comedy about a man struggling to find his place in life. Fioravante (Turturro) works part time as a florist and makes very little money. His friend Murray (Woody Allen) owns a rare book store that is being forced to close. Murray, on a visit to his dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone), gets into a conversation with her that turns to sex. Highly reluctant, Fioravante eventually consents to a strange new business venture.

Cinematique Presents: Finding Vivian Maier

May 15, 2014
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This dramatic documentary is receiving rave reviews across the globe! Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier's strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. (Unrated, 1hr, 24min)

Don't miss this star-studded new film from Wes Anderson! The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

In her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this hilarious and poignant portrait reveals this Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon's brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. Featuring James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones. (Unrated, 1hr, 20min)

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My guests were John Staton, Features Editor for the Star News, and Jeff Phillips, star of many Opera House Theatre Company shows.  They told us all about tonight’s Third Annual Star News Media Theatre Awards.

Red carpet arrivals at Thalian Hall start at 7; the show begins at 8 – with Jeff as emcee of a full production that includes sets, lights, costumes, and an orchestra led by Lorene Walsh.  

Tickets are $15, available at ThalianHall.com or from the box office at 632-2285.

Nominated for six academy awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Nebraska is captivating audiences across the country.

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Today is the last chance to pay the usual admission to movies, museums and cultural events. Effective New Year’s Day, the State General Assembly is imposing a 4.75% privilege tax on admission to such entertainment—which includes a host of nonprofit events.

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