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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.

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. 

US International Ballet

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.

Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts

The Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts and Turning Pointe Dance present a performance of music, dance, and drama designed to be a "worshipful Christmas experience." Over 70 performers fill the stage of the Wilson Center this Sunday, December 9 for two performances of this show, titled Hope Has Come, at 2:00pm & 6:00pm.   

Art in Bloom Gallery

Art in Bloom Gallery holds an opening reception for a new exhibit this Friday, December 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm. The exhibit, titled Colors of Expression, features paintings of abstract artist Bradley Carter. One of his pieces, "What it Feels Like," is being raffled to raise money for the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital. 

The made-for-TV animation "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was released 53 years ago. Consider: the animation (and the comic strip) contained no characters of color at that time. Does it matter what color Charlie Brown is in 2018? 


This year, the Wilmington Pearl Harbor Commemoration is combined with an evening of entertainment. On Friday, December 7th, the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center will be decked out as if it were the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on December 6th, 1941.

Join us at WHQR for a performance by 2 (maybe 3?) Quartets from Cape Fear Chordsmen on Friday, December 7 at Noon. It's free-and you can bring your lunch if you like! 

Big Dawg Productions

In Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is redeemed. But what about Jacob Marley? Does he carry his heavy chains for eternity? Award-winning play Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol was called "nothing less than an anthem to human nature" by the Chicago Tribune. Big Daw Productions presents the show through December 16. 

Makayla Thornhill

High school junior Zaida Marquis researched the importance of arts education in schools for her graduation project at Isaac Bear Early College. She is the first student, of what we hope will be many, to create an audio product as part of the graduation project. 

City Ballet of Wilmington

The audience's focus at a performance of The Nutcracker is on the stage...the dancers, the costumes, the masks and scenic design.  But City Ballet of Wilmington presents "A Carolina Nutcracker" with a live orchestra and treble choir. What's it like for the musicians tucked away in the pit with Tchaikovsky's fiendishly difficult score?

Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Gwen Whitley, the President and CEO of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center (LCFH), says the goal this month is to increase awareness and dispel misconceptions about what happens when patients receive care.

Program for Jazz isn't a poetry reading, and it's not a jazz band ... it's both. The performance returns to Thalian Hall this Saturday night with poetry, percussion, and a double bass. All profits benefit the New Hanover County Humane Society.

Commentator Nan Graham invites us to dial back to the early 18th century to glimpse earlier holiday seasons. Thomas Jefferson was possibly the brainiest and most elegant host ever to occupy the White House, she says, and perhaps American history's biggest foodie.

Royal Armouries

The Cape Fear Chorale marks 20 years of bringing free concerts to the Cape Fear region this Sunday, November 18. Over seventy voices and nearly three dozen musicians celebrate royally with a performance of "Gloria," "Te Deum," "Palladio," and "Adiamos" by Welsch composer Sir Karl Jenkins.

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The final four performances of the play Getting Out are this weekend at UNCW’s Mainstage Theatre, produced by the theatre department. The show is by playwright Marsha Norman, who also penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “'night, Mother.” This play, like “'night, Mother,” delves into the darker terrain of the human experience.

Tracey Lind

The Very Reverend Tracey Lind is visiting Wilmington Wednesday, November 14 to speak at St. James Parish at 7:00pm. The topic is the Spirituality of Dementia. Tracey has experienced dementia through several family members—and now, first hand.

The Wilmington Music Festival brings an impressive array of musicians together this year: Violinist Igor Pikayzen; pianists Joel A. Martin, Barry Salwen, and Aza Sydykov; tenor Michael Rallis, and soprano Nikoleta Rallis.

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Cape Fear Community College presents the annual Veteran's Day Ceremony this Friday, November 9. The event is designed to bring the community together to honor local veterans. The Ceremony begins at 10:00am at Tabitha Courtyard near the corner of Walnut & Front Streets in downtown Wilmington.

Trio Karenine

Chamber Music Wilmington's tagline this year is "Our Season Will Blow You Away." Unfortunately, Hurricane Florence did postpone of the season ... but the concerts are back on track with Trio Karenine this Sunday, 11/4 at 7:30. This parisian group performs Schumann's Piano Trio #2, Trio #1 by Shostakovich, and Ravel's Piano Trio. 

Maggie Andrews Miller

Dram Tree Shakespeare presents its latest show, Romeo & Juliet, in a relatively traditional manner, but with a twist from director Don Baker: the Capulets are white and Montagues are black. Final performances are Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2 at Thalian Hall.

Katahdin Productions and Match&Spark

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival holds a special event this Sunday, November 4 - the North Carolina premiere of the film Who Will Write Our History, exploring WWII archival writings from the Warsaw Ghetto. The film was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, and the film is winning awards as well.

Todd Carignan

The Founder & Director of Home of Hope India, Paul Wilkes, saw paintings Todd Carignan created in Vietnam. He asked him to visit the Home of Hope orphanages in India with his paintbrush ... and the rest is history. The opening reception for the resulting exhibit, Magical India & the Girls of Homes of Hope, is Friday, 10/26 at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery, 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

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Technology, ingenuity, and a little help from the family and friends are the tools Kate Cardamone uses to keep painting. She's legally blind, but you wouldn't know it by looking at her exhibit Reflections Over Time: Water, Birds, Flowers at the Bellamy Mansion in downtown Wilmington.

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Alferd Packer didn't live the kind of life that would normally inspire a musical. Then again, perhaps it's not so surprising that the life of the western cannibal inspired Matt Stone and Trey Parker (creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon).