Who are Azalea Festival 2017’s special guests? Here’s the lineup

Kira Kazantsev

WILMINGTON — While pre-festival activity has swirled for months, the 70th North Carolina Azalea Festival officially kicked off Thursday with Governor Roy Cooper’s proclamation and the naming of Kira Kazantsev as Queen Azalea. (Watch the Festival’s video introduction) Kazantsev is Miss America 2015, a writer, keynote speaker, host and podcaster. She studied political science, global […]

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Wilmington filmed horror movie ‘The Terrible Two’ to be screened

Billy Lewis wrote and directed his latest film "The Terrible Two." Photos courtesy- Orange St. Films.

WILMINGTON — Get ready for Thalian Hall to become a scream-fest. Local filmmaker Billy Lewis is planning a special screening of his new paranormal thriller, “The Terrible Two,” in the historic downtown venue on Thursday. In a time when the future of film making looks increasingly bleak in a place once called “Hollywood East,” Lewis is […]

Pleasure Island’s Chowder Cook-Off has served its final sample

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CAROLINA BEACH — One of Pleasure Island’s premier food events is coming to an end. The annual Chowder Cook-Off will no longer be held. But there will still be a spring culinary event. “It is with a sense of pride, remembrance and sorrow that, after 20 great years, the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off has officially […]

Pointer Sisters coming to Wilmington

The Pointer Sisters, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Pointersisters.com)

WILMINGTON  – Cape Fear Community College has announced that the Pointer Sisters are coming to the Wilson Center in June. The show, on the campus of Cape Fear Community College at 703 North 3rd St., is Sunday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. at capefearstage.com, or beginning at 2 […]

The Free Movement Project presents Carpetbag Theatre Company’s ‘Speed Killed My Cousin’

A story of redemption and recovery, told through the lenses of race, class, and gender

WILMINGTON — The Free Movement Project presents Carpetbag Theatre Company’s “Speed Killed My Cousin,” a tale of a soldier’s return home from war and her battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The play explores the mental toll members of the military pay from tandem perspectives: The perspective of the soldier and of her father, […]

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‘Bee Hope and Sea Change’, fine art exhibition benefits clean oceans and pollinators

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WILMINGTON — Darren Mulvenna, a well-known Wilmington artist and the curator of the Caprice Bistro Gallery (where he also tends bar), will host the opening reception for an exhibition of new paintings called “Bee Hope and Sea Change” on Thursday March 16, from 7-10 p.m. at 10 Market St. “We live in environmentally challenging times,” […]

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History’s ‘Six’ picked up for second season, location uncertain

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WILMINGTON — The History Channel/A&E series “Six” has been renewed for a second 10-episode season, according to the History Channel’s Facebook page. The show’s first season was filmed in and around Wilmington last year; there has been no official word on locations for the upcoming season, according to Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional […]

C-SPAN reveals Wilmington history, literary authors during weeklong visit

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WILMINGTON – As a way to showcase the area’s rich history and talented literary authors, C-SPAN has landed in southeastern North Carolina to tell Wilmington’s story. In conjunction with its Charter Communications cable partners, C-SPAN producers arrived Tuesday at historic Bellamy Mansion on Market Street to unveil plans for the weeklong shoot as part of the cable […]

Who’s got the best brew? Wrestling style championship rings in Cape Fear Craft Beer Week

“We’re using the word championship very loosely. I mean someone is making a beer made with seaweed and chocolate.” --- Jeremy Tomlinson, organizer of Cape Fear Craft Beer Week

The first ever Ultimate Brewing Championship will kick off Cape Fear Craft Beer Week.

WILMINGTON – What better way to kick off the spring Cape Fear Craft Beer Week than to have a no-holds barred, head-to-head royal rumble featuring the area’s brew masters? Hosted by The Fieldhouse at TOPS Athletics, the official start to beer week begins Friday, March 24, when fermentation comes together with a WWE style event […]

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