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James Bowling / Panache Theatre

Panache Theatrical Productions presents the classic cowboy tale of Liberty Valance onstage at North Front Theatre in downtown Wilmington. Actor Robin Dale Robinson relishes playing the outlaw, Liberty, against Bradley Coxe's law-and-order hero from the east, Ransom Foster.

Duo Soreño / Ravello Records

Together, Soprano Nancy King and guitarist Robert Nathanson form Duo Soreño. While they are both classically trained musicians, they've been commissioning new classical music for nearly 20 years. The latest collection is Waking the Sparrows.

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Athenian Press and Workshops holds Art of Resistance Charity Gala & Exhibit Saturday, August 11 at the Athenian House on Wrightsville Avenue. In addition to the exhibit and auction, the event features poetry, live music, and uncensored conversation. 

Opera House Theatre Company

The film came out in 1950, and the musical hit Broadway in 1994. It took nearly 25 years after that for the noir classic Sunset Boulevard to hit the stage in Wilmington. Opera House Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical at Thalian Hall through Sunday, August 19. 

Make Trouble

Make Trouble works at the intersection of three theatrical elements: ensemble-building, devising, and Shakespeare. The group presents the final performances of Romeo & Juliet and Love's Labour's Lost this weekend.

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Mouths of Babes Theatre Company is adapting stories from the book Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries into a theatrical production. The group wants input about this work-in-progress at its staged reading tonight (Wednesday) at UNCW. 

Alchemical Theatre

Director Christopher Marino presents another immersive Shakespeare performance to Wilmington with Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The flexible SRO Black Box Theatre makes possible a staging without walls between audience and performers. 

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Die Fledermaus is hilarious and a great "first opera" for the uninitiated, according to Opera Wilmington singers. The show is onstage at UNCW's Main Stage Theatre for just 4 performances: July 20, 22, 27, & 29.

Listen above to our backstage rehearsal conversation with Director Nancy King and singers Michelle Lerch, Shannon Kessler Dooley, and Joshua Collier. See our gallery of pictures below. 

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The Race Matters Book Discussion Group began in January this year.  The focus book right now is We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of essays by Te-Nehisi Coates penned between 2012 and 2017 for The Atlantic. 

Henri Adolphe Schaep

Gwenyfar Rohler loved Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" as a child. In adulthood, the story becomes more complicated. 

UNCW Office of the Arts

Die Fledermaus. Twelfth Night. Rhiannon Giddens. Peter & the Wolf. Audrey Ochoa. Virtual Reality. These are some of the offerings at UNCW's Lumina Festival of the Arts this year, running through July 29.

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100 Black Men of America began in New York City in 1963 with the motto "What They See is What They'll Be." The Coastal Carolina Chapter launched in 2008-and the group is hosting a celebratory Awards & Recognition Breakfast on Saturday, July 14 at 9:00am at Shell Island Resort.

Erik Maasch

Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, The Coasters, Christine Kitrell, The Drifters--these great acts (and more) performed music written by the dynamic songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Opera House Theatre Company presents the musical revue of their most popular tunes, spanning from the early '50s to the early '80s. 

Keepin' On Productions

There's not much humor in the Biblical tale of Adam and Eve, but that changed when Mark Twain decided to pen their diaries, Anthony Lawson decided to adapt it for stage, and Steve Vernon decided to direct it for Keepin' On Productions. The show runs through July 22 at the Cape Fear Playhouse.

Public Domain Pictures

Do you ever stay up all night? How about in the middle of the ocean ... alone? 

Guest Commentator John Wolfe shares what he discovers in that kind of solitude; listen above. Wolfe is a writer and mariner who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments

Norma Luther rallied for a Gold Star Family Monument to be dedicated in Wilmington. It's finally going to happen this fall. Norma says this is an important part of the healing process for families who have lost loved ones in the military. As a Gold Star Mother, Norma has insight on this. 

Thalian Association

It's not easy to present a play at the USS Battleship North Carolina. But after learning the ropes last year (and having a lot of fun), Thaian Association is ready to do it again with The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

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They are everywhere … Buy This! See That! We're bombarded with signs, but we often miss some of the most interesting ones, according to commentator Nan Graham.

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Elise Seifert kind of stumbled on music when her parents won an auction for piano lessons. It's hard to imagine this young composer's life without music now. She's a Wilmington native, but making a break for Los Angeles this summer to pursue her passion for film scoring.

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Stories by humor columnist and author Celia Rivenbark have been adapted for the stage before - but the latest play with her name on it was written as a play from the start, and with a co-author: Kevin Parker. Southern Fried Bitch is onstage at Theatre Now through July 28.

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Guest Commentator Donn Lashley considers the significance of holding hands with his son - and with his father. Listen above, and see Donn's extended commentary below. Donn is the father of two children and the son of one father; he lives in Wilmington. 

Kim Griffin, Evidential Medium

EXPO 216 Gallerium on Front Street in Wilmington presents  Mediums (as in, those who connect with the dead) on Saturday, June 16 for the Evidential Mediumship Demonstration. This event is offered twice-at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  

Brunswick Little Theatre

Some like it hot ... and according to Cal Chang and Christine Martinez, you might love this Hot Mikado regardless of how you feel about the operetta it's based on.

CFIF

The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival started off with 8 films in one night. It now lasts for 3 days and screens nearly 50 films. The Festival celebrates its 18th anniversary this week, June 14-16 at the Community Arts Center.

Mallory Brady Cash

Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) holds its 9th annual Literacy Luncheon this Thursday, June 14. Students will present a Readers' Theatre performance, and best-selling author Wiley Cash offers the keynote address.

Alchemical Theatre Company is focused on the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries-including the authors of the King James Bible. On Saturday, 6/9, the Gospel of St. Mark will be presented as a dramatic reading at St. Jude MCC Church. Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" follows in July.

James Bowling

Alison Bechdel's award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy was adapted for the stage a few years ago. After a successful run on Broadway, Fun Home the musical (also award-winning, including 5 Tonys) is making its debut across the county-mainly in big cities. Wilmington is lucky to be on the list.

Lower Cape Fear Historical Society

For one night only, the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society (LCFHS) displays its entire fashion and textile collection at the Latimer House in downtown Wilmington. "Ladies of Style" showcase is open Friday, June 8th, 6:00pm-8:30pm. 

Port City Music Festival

The Port City Music Festival performs in various locations this week, and the advice from one Cellist is to adjust your schedule accordingly. The musicians, many from Camerata Philadelphia, are celebrating 10 years of bringing free, high-quality concerts to Wilmington. 

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