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  • 08/24/12--11:00: "The Memory Thief"
  • Emily Colin, Wilmington resident and Assistant Director of D.R.E.A.M.S., has written her first novel.  It’s been published by Random House / Ballantine Trade Paperbacks.  I sat up and read it all night!  It’s called The Memory Thief.  You can meet her at a Book Event tomorrow night at 6:00 at D.R.E.A.M.S., which is at 10th and Fanning in Wilmington.  She will sign copies of her book and she will also do a reading.  You can also visit her website EmilyColin.com and watch a trailer!


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  • 08/28/12--11:00: The Most Happy Fella
  • Opera House Theatre Company opens Frank Loesser’s 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella tomorrow night at 8 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.  Bob Workmon stars as Tony Esposito.  Suellen Yates directs.  Tickets available from the Thalian Hall box office: 632-2285.  The show runs only two weekends!


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    Todays guests were Jason Aycock, the new Artistic Director for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) and  Susan Habas, the Managing Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.  They told us about T.A.C.T.’s upcoming season of plays and about the T.A.C.T. Academy that is offering classes now. 

    Details:  251-1788 or at Thalian.org


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    Norman Bemelmans, Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW, and Elizabeth Loparits, faculty member of the UNCW Music Department, are both concert pianists who have performed in many countries to great acclaim.  They share a love for Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and all the Romantic composers.  On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm in Kenan Auditorium, they will present a program called Piano Masterworks: Music of the Russian Romantics.  They will perform solo and duo works.  Tickets are available from the Kenan Box Office at 962-3500. 


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    Jay Johnson, master ventriloquist, presents his Tony Award-winning show The Two and Only at Thalian Hall, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm.  The show will be filmed for later release.  Tickets are available at 910-632-2285 and thalianhall.org.  More info on Jay and his work can be found at his website: TheTwoAndOnly.com


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    Paula Haller, documentary filmmaker and organizer of DocuTime Film Festival, told us all about [Mini]DocuTime which features three films.  It’s this Saturday at 4:00 (doors open at 3:00).  Advance tix available until noon on Saturday at etix.com or Sharky’s Box Office in the Fisher Student Center 910-962-4045.  Tix are $10 general admission; free for students with ID.  If you don’t get your tix in advance, you can get them at the door.


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    Today's guests were David Loudermilk, director and choreographer, and Lucille Bruno, costumer. We talked about T.A.C.T.’s production of Frank Loesser’s musical, Guys and Dolls.  There are 3 shows remaining: Friday and Saturday at 7, Sunday at 3, at the Hannah Block Historic USO on 2nd and Orange.  Tickets are $12.75 and are available at the USO desk or by phone at 910-341-7860.  More info at Thalian.org


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  • 09/20/12--11:12: Rwanda Shares
  • Beth Crookham, film producer, was in Rwanda earlier this year and met an artist there named Innocent Nkurunziza.  She applied on his behalf to the Artist-in-Residence project at UNCW’s Boseman Gallery.  And now Innocent is here!  His exhibition called Rwanda Shares opens with a reception at 5:30 this evening, then runs through October 25.  For more information on the artist, visit IvukaArts.com


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  • 09/21/12--06:00: "Positions" goes to NYC
  • Today's guests were Steve Bakunas, director / designer / producer, and Owen Dunne, playwright.  Owen’s first play Positions had its world premiere at the Red Barn Studio Theatre earlier this year.  Positions tells the story of a forty-something married couple with two children whose sex life has hit a plateau.  This tragicomedy explores what they do to remedy that.  Owen has rewritten portions of it. It will have a brief local run, then go to New York City in October. 


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    Today I had a terrific talk with Robert V. Taylor– author, speaker, blogger for The Huffington Post, and Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.  He was born and raised in South Africa, but had to leave the country when he began to speak out against apartheid.  We discussed his book A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive.  It is available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. 


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    Director Mike Thompson and actress/singer/dancer Heather Setzler, spoke all about Thalian Association Community Theatre’s production of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5.  The show runs tonight and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3.  Also next week, Thursday through Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.

    Tickets are available at Thalian.org.


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    Jeanne Walker of Poplar Grove Plantation told us about their biggest event of the year, the Halloween Festival!  It’s spread over two weekends this year, October 12-14 and October 19-21.  We also chatted about an event later this month called Happy Tails Dog Expo on October 28.

    More information at PoplarGrovePlantation.com


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    Today I talked with Jerry Cribbs, founder and director of Cape Fear Chorale.  The chorale will be joined by an orchestra for a free concert on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Grace United Methodist Church.  The concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Magnificat and one of Handel’s Coronation OverturesCapeFearChorale.org


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    I spoke today with Elizabeth Hester, Executive Director of the Wilmington Ballet Company, about the December 1 & 2 full-length production of The Nutcracker.  And Kim Kelly from Cameron Art Museum talked about how a Wilmington tradition is being revived and brought to the CAM – The Cape Fear Festival of Trees, November 24-December 2.  d  cape fear festival of trees.org


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    Today I spoke with Hank Toler from TheatreNOW.  The company is putting on a 5-person adaptation of A Christmas Carol.  It previews this Friday and Saturday with a 3-course meal; tickets $38.  The show continues every Friday and Saturday through December 22 with a 4-course Victorian Christmas meal; tickets $48.  The doors open at 5:30; the show begins at 6:30.

    For information and reservations visit  TheatreWilmington.com  or call  910-399-NOW (910-399-3669).


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  • 08/28/12--11:00: The Most Happy Fella
  • Opera House Theatre Company opens Frank Loesser’s 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella tomorrow night at 8 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.  Bob Workmon stars as Tony Esposito.  Suellen Yates directs.  Tickets available from the Thalian Hall box office: 632-2285.  The show runs only two weekends!


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    Todays guests were Jason Aycock, the new Artistic Director for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) and  Susan Habas, the Managing Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.  They told us about T.A.C.T.’s upcoming season of plays and about the T.A.C.T. Academy that is offering classes now. 

    Details:  251-1788 or at Thalian.org


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    Norman Bemelmans, Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW, and Elizabeth Loparits, faculty member of the UNCW Music Department, are both concert pianists who have performed in many countries to great acclaim.  They share a love for Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and all the Romantic composers.  On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm in Kenan Auditorium, they will present a program called Piano Masterworks: Music of the Russian Romantics.  They will perform solo and duo works.  Tickets are available from the Kenan Box Office at 962-3500. 


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    Jay Johnson, master ventriloquist, presents his Tony Award-winning show The Two and Only at Thalian Hall, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm.  The show will be filmed for later release.  Tickets are available at 910-632-2285 and thalianhall.org.  More info on Jay and his work can be found at his website: TheTwoAndOnly.com


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    Paula Haller, documentary filmmaker and organizer of DocuTime Film Festival, told us all about [Mini]DocuTime which features three films.  It’s this Saturday at 4:00 (doors open at 3:00).  Advance tix available until noon on Saturday at etix.com or Sharky’s Box Office in the Fisher Student Center 910-962-4045.  Tix are $10 general admission; free for students with ID.  If you don’t get your tix in advance, you can get them at the door.


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