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Cucalorus Connect sparks hard conversations about race, drops biz and tech focus

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WILMINGTON — The Cucalorus Film Festival is fully embracing the theme of racial justice this year in its Connect conference, turning away from the entrepreneurship and tech focus that has steered the seminar since its inception five years ago. As it has been for much of 2020, the issue of race will be at the […]

Saving the ‘Showboat’ and other stories: USS NORTH CAROLINA launches new podcast

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WILMINGTON—Normally on Veteran’s Day, outside groups utilize the Battleship as a backdrop for events to celebrate the military’s service to our nation.  This year it remains rather quiet. Related: Photos and analysis: Trump visits Wilmington, double-voting, supporters and protestors Though open for self-guided tours, and welcoming upward of 250,000 visitors a year, according to curator […]

Shaking up the foundation: Cucalorus 26 launches hybrid festival, virtually and at the drive-in

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WILMINGTON—For 26 years Cucalorus, which kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 11, has evolved into more than Wilmington’s darling independent film festival. It’s grown into highlighting live theatre, comedy and music in its “Stage” portion, and five years ago launched an entrepreneurship, tech and innovation conference in its “Connect” portion. It even dropped “film” from its official […]

Bringing soul to the keys: Opera House Theatre Company presents musical revue ‘The Piano Men’

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WILMINGTON — After a successful two-weekend run of “The Rocky Horror Show” outside in Innes Park at the Thalian Hall Portico, Opera House Theatre Company (OHTC) is continuing its momentum of bringing live musical theatre to audiences in need of an-hour-and-45 minute-respite from the real world and all of its 2020 stressors. On Friday and […]

Museums for All provides SNAP benefit holders free admission into three local institutions

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WILMINGTON—As part of the nationwide program Museums for All, three local museums, Airlie Gardens, Cape Fear Museum and Cameron Art Museum (CAM), will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit holders free admission any day during operating hours. RELATED: CAM’s community lantern project illuminates silhouettes, provides nostalgic comfort According to a press release, Museums for […]

CAM’s community lantern project illuminates silhouettes, provides nostalgic comfort

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WILMINGTON—Cameron Art Museum has hosted its year-end exhibit, “Illumination,” every holiday season since 2015. It’s become a celebration of transitioning from fall into winter, lighter days into darker nights, and self-reflection as the year comes to a close. In 2020, CAM asked artists to contemplate what light means to them. A warm glow of safety? […]

‘This Country’ resumes filming, in need of extras

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WILMINGTON—A new series is setting up production again in Wilmington and is in need of extras of all genders, ethnicities and ages. RELATED: After Covid-19 hiatus, Wilmington film industry comes alive again with multiple productions underway “This Country” is the American remake of the BBC comedic series, produced and written by Jenny Bick (“The Greatest […]

Community comes together to ‘GROW’ beyond division, creates fundraiser for New Hanover County NAACP with new LP

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — “The world ain’t coming back until I hear you sing,” Team Player’s guitarist Marty Cunningham croons on “Wake for You” — one of the songs on “GROW: A Compilation in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.” The latest 12-song compilation was released on Oct. 30 as a fundraiser for the New Hanover […]
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After Covid-19 hiatus, Wilmington film industry comes alive again with multiple productions underway

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WILMINGTON—The Wilmington film industry was poised at the start of 2020 to build off the momentum of 2019, the biggest year for production in North Carolina in five years. The horror movie “Halloween Kills” starring Jamie Lee Curtis, a feature film, “The Georgetown Project,” and Hulu series “Reprisal” all had recently wrapped in the Cape […]

Photograms and copper sculptures make unique ‘Manifestations of Colour and Form’ in latest art exhibit

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WILMINGTON, NC—Local photographer Melissa Wilgis blends a love for the natural world and antiques in the creation of her photograms, now on display as part of Art in Bloom Gallery’s “Manifestations of Colour and Form.” Wilgis recently purchased at an auction a bunch of glass negatives from the early 1900s, featuring more than 100 snapshots […]