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 Saturday, January 26th marks Wilmington's 17th annual DocuTime one-day documentary film festival.

DocuTime has established a solid reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment.

All day passes and tickets for individual film can be purchased at the door. 

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On Thursday’s CoastLine, Wilmington native Abraham Galloway, an escaped slave turned spy for the Union Army, eventually became a North Carolina Senator in 1868. We’ll discuss his compelling life story with biographer David Cecelski.   

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Trust in the federal government is in the low double digits.  That’s according to a September 2018 Gallup Poll.   It’s not a sudden phenomenon, though.  

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The cost of affordable housing in the Cape Fear region keeps on rising. Average rental prices jumped more than 5 percent in Wilmington last year, according to rental aggregator Apartment List. That’s above the rest of the state, and the country. The Cape Fear Housing Coalition addressed the issue at its annual housing and legislative breakfast this morning.

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Soft Opening: January 25, 2019

Artist's Reception: February 22, 2019

Show Closing: March 8, 2019

The next edition of WHQR's Soup To Nuts Live! will feature local band Stray Local on Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30 pm) in the MC Erny Gallery at 254 N. Front St. in downtown Wilmington. Price: $10 suggested donation at the door.Reserve a seat by sending an email to soup@whqr.org or call 910-343-1640 during regular business hours. EDIT: SOLD OUT! All seats have been reserved!

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There is a new sand mine in the works in Castle Hayne. Construction in the area needs sand. This project would create a lot of it. But the location of the mine has people concerned.  There is push back from residents on the proposal.

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WHQR and Chamber Music Wilmington present a Masterclass with the Aizuri String Quartet from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, on Sunday, January 27th at 1pm in the MC Erny Gallery.  

Register HERE, before it fills up! (**Details below**)

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Most Americans believe they are discriminated against for their race, gender, or sexual orientation.  

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Jews in Scotland are talking in greater numbers about leaving the country over a rise in anti-semitism there.  The Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities told the Australian Herald Sunday that “Many Jews actively discuss leaving Scotland because they feel alienated, vulnerable and not at home.”


  WHQR mourns the passing of incredible entertainer, Wilmington native, and famed composer, arranger, pianist, and singer, Grenoldo Frazier (1953-2018) who passed away during the holidays. Grenoldo was monumental in shaping Wilmington’s arts and music scene. No matter the genre--jazz, Broadway and movie music, patriotic favorites, holiday music, or contemporary music done with a twist--Grenoldo was always a captivating performer.

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UPDATE: Council is now expected to vote on the resolution at the Jan. 22 meeting. The Wilmington City Council is expected to take up the Chemours – Department of Environmental Quality consent order at their meeting this week.  The agreement was announced just before Thanksgiving.  It requires Chemours to pay a $12 million dollar fine and $1 million in fees to cover investigative costs for DEQ.  Opposition to the plan is growing.   

The 2018 A Season's Griot program originally aired Wednesday, December 26th, 1 pm. The rebroadcast aired Tuesday, January 1st, 7pm.

 

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 23 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

Can You Ever Forgive Me runs from Monday, January 14th thru Wednesday, January 16th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in Thalian Hall’s Main Theatre.

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Bullying is a public health problem.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the working definition of bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”  It can occur in-person or through technology.

WHQR is pleased to announce two new programs will join the Saturday WHQR News line-up - The Moth Radio Hour and Ask Me Another. Starting this weekend, January 5, tune in Saturdays at 6pm for Ask Me Another - a rambunctious live show from NPR and WNYC that blends brainteasers, pub trivia, comedy and music into an hour of mind-bending fun. At 7pm, it's The Moth Radio Hour - a weekly series featuring true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment.

With gratitude for all of her wonderful work, WHQR announces that Gina Gambony is leaving WHQR for a great opportunity at a larger market. Later this month, Gina will be joining the team at WHRO Public Media in Norfolk, Virginia, as the local host of Morning Edition (and more).  Thanks to Gina for sharing her terrific talents and personality with listeners and friends throughout the area. We'll surely miss you.

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Many of us will never have the opportunity to visit Octogenaria. Commentator Nan Graham is one of the lucky ones-and she seems to be enjoying herself.  

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Jonathan Miller didn't want to disguise his voice or change his name for this commentary. His aim is not to hide his ongoing struggle with drug addiction, but to add to the conversation with his first-hand experience. 

What's old is new again, even regarding holiday fashion. Commentator Shane Fernando contemplates Christmas tree style--and notably, some Christmas tree safety

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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler was asked to return to WHQR's "Homemade Holiday Shorts" this year to tell a personal holiday tale. She was delighted to participate, but she struggled writing a story. So she started reminiscing.

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This week the deadline passed for applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, in the wake of Hurricane Florence. They have closed their support center at the Independence Mall. But the agency is still active in the region.

Broadway for a Better World

Broadway for a Better World granted nearly 500 tickets to performances at CFCC's Wilson Center in 2018; over a dozen nonprofit organizations received them. The new cycle is here, and non-profits in New Hanover and Pender Counties are encouraged to apply before the January 14 deadline. 

A Wilmington man released from prison, after serving nearly three decades for a 1988 murder, will receive $7 million from the city. The New Hanover County Superior Court convicted Johnny Small in 1989 for the robbery and murder of a local pet shop owner. 

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New Hanover County Commissioners passed a unanimous Consent Order Resolution – as a companion of the original Consent Order agreement between Chemours and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

City of Wilmington

Walking around the Cape Fear region can be tricky – even downright dangerous in some areas.  For example, the Gary Shell Cross City Trail in Wilmington runs from Wrightsville Beach to the University of North Carolina Wilmington before making a half-loop, passing the Cameron Art Museum, and in the process linking at least four city parks.  

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If you believe the holiday movies, songs, and Charlie Brown Christmas specials, the holidays are a time for rejoicing, for family and friends, and for introspection.

But it’s also a time for over-the-top consumption.  

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The Great Wilmington Nutcracker is onstage at the Wilson Center Saturday, 12/15 at 6:00pm and Sunday, 12/16 at 3:00pm. In addition to 30 professional dancers, the show includes a choir, aerialists, stiltwalkers ... and for the first time, an intermission performance by dancers from the Special Olympics.

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Two holiday harumphers are onstage at Thalian Hall--Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Tony Rivenbark in A Christmas Carol for the 13th, 14th, or possibly 15th time) and Crumpet (from the show Santaland Diaries, which is being performed for the 14th time in Wilmington, this year by Kevin Wilson). 

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The Wilmington Choral Society steps out of the box with music they haven't performed before--it's called I'm Gonna Sing and features the best-known and best-loved spirituals, including "Elijah Rocks," "Go Tell It on the Mountain," and "Ain-a That Good News." Soprano Denise Murchison Payton is the guest soloist.

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