Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Jeremy Summers

This week, Rhonda’s guest is Jeremy Summers of UNCW’s Office of the Arts who talks about Seahawk FAM, a series of arts performances for young audiences through July 28 at Kenan Auditorium …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Abdul Shareef and Mitch Capel

Rhonda’s guests are Abdul Shareef of the Juneteenth Committee of Wilmington and storyteller Mitch Capel aka Grandaddy Junebug, who will present in the MC Erny Gallery June 20 at 7pm to cap local Juneteenth events …

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Juneteenth events: Wilmington celebrating ‘not only emancipation but also Black culture’

It took a while for Wilmington to become a city that goes all-in on Juneteenth, but now that it has, the Port City is making up for lost time.

A whole slew of events marking and celebrating the Juneteenth holiday …

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Backstage tours, free tickets: Wilson Center hosts community day

WILMINGTON — In 2022, when tickets for a show go live, it’s almost always online — meaning endless keyboard warriors are scooping up prime seats in seconds flat. For the Luddites out there who still prefer to call into a box office or show up …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Fracaswell Hyman

Rhonda’s guest is Fracaswell Hyman, who is directing “School Girls, or the African Mean Girl Play” for Big Dawg Productions, June 16-26 in the Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio Theater at Thalian Hall …

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Free Wilson Center tickets for area nonprofits: Broadway for a Better World grant cycle opens again

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County announced that the Broadway for a Better World grant cycle has opened once again …

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In the MC Erny Gallery: “The Shape of Color” by Stephanie Holt

WHQR Public Media is excited to announce the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR will reopen with “The Shape of Color: Paintings by Stephanie Holt” on Friday, June 24th from 6-9pm. As part of the Arts Council of Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Night, guests are encouraged to meet artist Stephanie Holt at the station to enjoy art, wine, …

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Surf City to implement first town mural by fall, seeking artists’ submissions

SURF CITY — Surf City has toyed around with the idea of implementing a public mural for some years now and finally has decided to pull the trigger. This will be the town’s first public art installation and was a priority project for the beautification and enhancement committee …

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Legendary jazz drummer Tootie Heath returns to his family’s roots in Wilmington

Like a brilliantly executed jazz solo that riffs and then resolves, history will come full circle June 10 when the drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, a world-renowned musician with deep roots in Wilmington, brings his jazz trio to town for a concert …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Dr. Steve Framil

This week, Rhonda’s guest is Dr. Steve Framil, co-founder of the Port City Musical Festival, a summer concert series of chamber music in its 14th season, June 5-12.

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Arts council asks city to allocate additional $100K in budget

WILMINGTON — The Arts Council of Wilmington thinks seven years is long enough.

As the City of Wilmington works through its budget for the next fiscal year, the arts council is urging council to reconsider its annual allocation. City staff has recommended giving $25,000, the same amount given since 2015, to the nonprofit …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Susan Habas

This week’s guest is Susan Habas, executive director of the Thalian Association, which will present the 26th Orange Street Artsfest May 28-29. Plus, I’ll preview several summer outdoor concert series.

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Be a ‘Sleuth,’ plus 11 more things to do in Wilmington for Memorial Day weekend 2022

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is all about the beach. And while beach weather appears to be on tap for at least some of the next few days, there’s plenty of non-beach stuff to do if …

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City proposes increased property taxes to support staff raises

WILMINGTON — City of Wilmington residents may see increases to their property taxes and recycling and trash costs, according to council’s draft budget presentation Tuesday …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Linda Wilson and Jim Desmond

Rhonda’s guests are Linda Wilson and Jim Desmond, who overcome time and injury to perform ballroom dance at the Arty Party, this Saturday, May 21 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. …

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14 things to do in the Wilmington area this weekend, before the Memorial Day crowds arrive

It’s a great weekend for live music in the Wilmington area, with concerts big and small filling the calendar one week before summer (unofficially) begins with …

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Li’l Friday Roundup: Haim, Uptilt Film Fest, Burger Week

A music-packed weekend is on the horizon with Keller Williams, Haim, and Ogden Music Fest, plus flicks at Uptilt Film Festival and movie night with the birds. Plant Palooza, a vintage fashion show …

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Jeff Bell Named Director Of The North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources announced today that Jeff Bell has been named as the next director of the North Carolina Arts Council …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Basile the Comedian

Rhonda’s guest is Basile the Comedian, who talks about the 30th Greek Festival this weekend, May 13-15, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church across from UNCW.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Shane Fernando

Rhonda’s guest is Shane Fernando, director of the Wilson Center, who talks about a robust new season featuring ten new Broadway and Lincoln Center national tours.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Dr. Frank Bongiorno

This week Rhonda’s guest is Dr. Frank Bongiorno who is retiring from UNCW, capping a 40-year career as a professor of music and department chair. The annual Cape Fear Jazz Society Scholarship Concert will honor him with a special Big Band concert featuring …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Jewish Film Festival

The 8th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival runs April 24-May 5. Rhonda’s guests are festival chair Debbie Smith and special guest Bob Bahr, who is on the selection committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

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Li’l Friday Roundup: Stomp, Food Truck Rodeo, FlowILM

Candidates Forum on the Arts — At the Cameron Art Museum, a forum will be held to find out where candidates for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners stand on issues that affect the arts community. The Arts Council of Wilmington and New …

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Multiple candidate forums taking place this week

It’s primary election season and to help prepare voters ahead of casting their ballots, various candidate forums will take place this week. All are free to attend and will cover pressing issues facing the community at large.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Jazz at Bellamy Mansion

The Jazz @ the Bellamy summer jazz series runs May 12 through September 8. Rhonda’s guests include Gareth Evans, director of the Bellamy Mansion, Bill Stevenson, president of the Cape Fear Jazz Society, and Manny Santos of Mangroove which is the August act.

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The Arts Council of Wilmington celebrates its 10th year with several events

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is celebrating its 10th year and has announced several events taking place over the next few months.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Shoot Like a Girl

Rhonda’s guest is Sam McLeod, curriculum creator for “Shoot Like a Girl”, a two-week summer day camp for high school girls interested in filmmaking presented by Honey Head Films.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Azalea Festival

This week on Around Town, Rhonda previews art, coins, and culture with three organizers of NC Azalea Festival events now through April 10.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Handel’s Messiah

Jerry Cribbs, artistic director and conductor of the Cape Fear Chorale which will present a walk-in, sing-along production of Handel’s Messiah, April 2, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Linda Estep

This week’s guest is Linda Estep, newly named conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, who talks about her musical background and upcoming symphony offerings designed with youth in mind.

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Lumina Festival 2022: Oneness, reggae and diversity

After a two-year hiatus, Lumina Festival of the Arts will return to UNCW’s campus next month — four months earlier than its usual summertime schedule. Its organizers have a new outlook and approach, in hopes of reaching and …

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UNC Wilmington’s Lumina Festival returns with world-class reggae, comedy, music

After missing two years due to the pandemic, the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s sprawling, multi-disciplinary Lumina Festival of the Arts is back — and with a distinctive island flair …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Art of the State

Rhonda’s guests this week are Cameron Art Museum’s Heather Wilson and Matt Budd who talk about current exhibits and the upcoming State of the Art/Art of the State.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Lumina Festival

This week, Rhonda’s guests are UNCW’s Fidias Reyes and Kimberly McLaughlin Smith who talk about Lumina Festival of the Arts, on campus and around town, March 16-29, 2022.

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NCDOT awards $680K for phase one of Wilmington Rail Trail

The city council unanimously approved funds that will kick off the design phase of the initial 2.2-mile portion of the Wilmington Rail Trail. The trail will encourage multimodal travel and increase …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Shane Fernando

Rhonda’s guest is Shane Fernando, Vice President, Advancement and the Arts / Executive and Artistic Director of the Wilson Center, who discusses the Broadway for a Better World Breakfast on March 2 from 8-9 at the Wilson Center.

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‘Footloose’ sparks stage magic, plus 12 more Wilmington weekend events

If you need a little mood booster, be sure to catch Opera House’s production of “Footloose” at Thalian Hall. Plus, there’s a good concert for a good cause at the Brooklyn Arts Center …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Children’s Museum

Rhonda’s guest is Heather Sellgren, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, which is kicking off its 25th anniversary.

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Ready to cut ‘Footloose’? Plus, 7 more fun events for your Wilmington weekend

Musical theater? Classical music? Comedy? Awesome concerts? Freakin’ Shakespeare?

Yes, Wilmington’s got it all, and then some, in an …

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Panelists, presenters to discuss housing affordability

The Cape Fear Housing Coalition is partnering with UNCW to present a presentation on Housing Affordability in the Cape Fear …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: WSO’s Liz Scanlon

Rhonda’s guest this week is Liz Scanlon, director of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra which is celebrating its 50th anniversary on February 20, 2022 at the Wilson Center.

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ILM opens expanded terminal to serve 50% more travelers

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) officially opened its new concourse, part of its $68-million terminal expansion, to travelers Tuesday …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Cape Fear Chordsman & Black Violin

This week’s guest is Bryan Hughes, choral director of the Cape Fear Chordsmen, who are back with their Singing Valentines service on February 14. Rhonda also previews the Black Violin concert on Feb. 12 in Kenan Auditorium. The classically trained duo blend strings with hip hop.

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High employee turnover, distributing ARPA funds among the focuses of Wilmington budget work session

The Wilmington City Council met Friday, Jan. 28, for a budget work session with the major focuses including the acceleration of transportation projects, increasing wages for city employees, and laying out the spending of ARPA funds …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Cheril Lee

Rhonda’s guest this week is Cheril Lee, WHQR’s new arts reporter and classical music host, who comes to us from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Dwight Smith

My guest is Dwight Smith, curator of Common Roots, Many Branches, a Fourth Friday exhibition in partnership with the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The exhibit is …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Jason Mott

My guest is Jason Mott, a UNCW alumni and now professor, who won the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction for his fourth novel “Hell of a Book”.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Art and the Bloom

My guest is Kathy Gresham, one of the organizers of Art & the Bloom, a three-day showcase of leading floral designers, January 7-9, at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

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The Year in Arts: A look back at memorable moments in local art, music and theater

While 2020 had musicians, thespians, artists, and other creatives finding virtual ways to reach consumers through the pandemic, 2021 had them re-emerging and getting face-to-face, even …

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The WilmingtonBiz 100: The Connectors

Rhonda Bellamy has been in the journalism and arts industry for more than 20 years, having been a news director and talk show host for Cumulus Media and then serving as executive director of …

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Free Wilson Center tickets available for area non-profits

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County are pleased to announce that the Broadway for a Better World grant cycle has opened …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Ray Kennedy

This week, Rhonda speaks with Ray Kennedy, who is directing Opera House Theatre Company’s upcoming production of Footloose: The Musical, December 30, 2021 – January 15, 2022 on Thalian Hall’s Mainstage.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Up Your Arts

Rhonda’s guest is Bonnie Bray, board member and treasurer of Up Your Arts, a nonprofit serving Southport. They discuss the “Southport, Open Your Doors!” exhibit and the organization’s plans to establish an art center in Southport.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Big Dawg Everything

Rhonda’s guest is Steve Vernon, artistic director of Big Dawg Productions, who talks about the upcoming production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) Dec. 9-19 at the Ruth and Bucky …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: NC Jazz Festival

Rhonda’s guest this week is Sandy Evans of the North Carolina Jazz Festival to be held February 3-5, 2022 at Hotel Ballast.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Mike Wiley

Rhonda’s guest this week is Mike Wiley, who will star in “The Fire of Freedom: The Abraham Galloway Story” on Thursday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Stephen Hayes

This week, Rhonda’s guest is Stephen Hayes, who created the Boundless sculpture to be unveiled at Cameron Art Museum on November 13.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Rachelle Dries and Marilee Tremlett & Kevin Green

This week, Rhonda guests are Rachelle Dries and Marilee Tremlett, who talk about Cape Fear Chorale’s free concert, Sing Together, Always!, Saturday, November 13, 4 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Katie Crosby

Joining Rhonda this week is Katie Crosby, Artist Services & Residency Manager in UNCW’s Office of the Arts, who will discuss the NEA Big Read. The yearlong collaboration to promote …

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Janette Hopper

Rhonda’s guest this week is Janette Hopper, who is featured in the Fulbright Invitational Art Exhibit celebrating the 75th year of the organization.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Annette Freeman

This week, Rhonda speaks with Annette Freeman, the new director of Education and Engagement at the Wilson Center.

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Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy: Art by Nugget

Rhonda’s guest this week is Nugget, a local muralist, who is the featured artist for the Carolina Beach Mural Project in October.

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Wilmington native Venus flytrap showcased in ILM airport through new art installation

Members of the New Hanover County Airport Authority slid back a tan tarp Friday in the lobby of Wilmington International Airport (ILM) to reveal the first …

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