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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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The stories of Wilmington -- from mythical tales surrounding Jacob’s Run, that underground passageway in  Wilmington, to the legend of the woman buried sitting in a barrel of booze to the heroism of Abraham Galloway -- which are fact and which are fiction? 

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The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality Thursday announced its decision on the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation operations in Columbus County. Rather than grant a permit to the company’s facility in Delco, DEQ says more steps have to be taken. Here's the latest on a story that we first brought you last spring. 

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Rhiannon Giddens is a singer and songwriter.  She plays the banjo and the fiddle.  She’s a storyteller, activist, and musical historian.  She’s also a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops -- inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016. 

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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. 

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The trade war with China and other U.S. allies is hitting close to home, as Bladen County just earned a unique distinction. According to research by the Brookings Institution, Bladen County ranks 4th among all U.S. counties that could be hurt by President Donald Trump's tariffs. 

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The U.S. House passed a resolution to affirm support for the work of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – also known as ICE – on Wednesday.  The non-binding resolution came in answer to a push by some Democratic lawmakers and progressive activists to abolish the Agency.  Democrats in the Senate blocked the resolution the same day.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? runs from Monday, August 13 thru Wednesday, August 15th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in Thalian Hall’s Main Stage Theatre.

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The New Hanover County Airport Authority has a new chairperson... and for the first time in its history, the chair is a woman. Donna Girardot was appointed to the position last week. She becomes Chair as Wilmington International Airport goes through another year of growth. WHQR sat down with Girardot, to discuss her new role.

A Composer Among Us

Jul 20, 2018

Elise Seifert is a composer, bassoonist, Wilmington native, WHQR volunteer, and so much more.

While still in high school, Elise interned for Bob Workmon, helping with the music library and building playlists before going off to study music at UNC Greensboro.

Coming soon to Classical HQR, we celebrate the CHRISTMAS in JULY and The Festival of Lights – Hanukkah!

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China’s ban on 24 types of trash imports is changing the recycling business and waste management in the United States.  The new policy on what China will accept limits the type of plastic and unsorted paper recycling collectors are taking, while a new threshold for acceptable contamination sits at 0.5%.  

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This week the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality hosted a public hearing in Wilmington, and nobody came. The meeting was to discuss the clean-up of hazardous materials at a site off Sunnyvale Drive. It’s not uncommon for these hearings to go unattended.

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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Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council will consider a resolution that asks North Carolina’s General Assembly and Governor to consider legislation that would prohibit those deemed an extreme threat to themselves or others from being able to purchase – or keep - weapons like handguns and rifles. 

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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 Ta-Nehisi Coates penned between 2012 and 2017 for The Atlantic. 

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Joe Breault, Mayor Pro Tem of the Town of Belville, is moving to Florida a little more than halfway through his second term as Commissioner. 

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

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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.

A gunman shot and killed five newsroom employees June 28th at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.  That tragedy, at a local, community paper which has been in business for nearly 300 years – yes, that’s older than the United States – has rattled newsrooms around the country. 

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Next Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing in Wilmington. It’s to share the final plans to clean up a hazardous waste site along Sunnyvale Drive, between Carolina Beach and River Roads. The clean-up should keep toxic chemicals out of the groundwater in the area.

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On Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s public comment period on a proposed court order against Chemours will end. That order would require the company to implement measures to eliminate or reduce air emissions and water impacts caused by GenX and related compounds from their Fayetteville facility. 

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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.

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As of July 1st, there’s money in the North Carolina film grant program, funded yearly by the General Assembly. When the tax rebate ended in 2014, the industry left. Now, it’s returning. 

On Chesil Beach runs from Monday, August 6th, thru Wednesday, August 8th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm.

First Reformed runs from Monday, July 30th, thru Friday, August 3rd. It screens Monday to Friday at 7pm with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in the Stein Theatre.

Hearts Beat Loud runs from Monday, July 23rd thru Wednesday, July 25th. It screens Monday to Wednesday at 7pm in Thalian Hall's Main Stage Theatre with an additional screening on Wednesday at 4pm in the Stein Theatre.

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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. 

This week in North and South Carolina, Medicare recipients began receiving their replacement cards. According to the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina, with those cards have come scam phone calls. 

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