Category: Arts + Culture

The Cape Fear region has a growing and vibrant arts and culture community. Cape Fear Living Magazine showcases our theater performers and dancers; features interviews and profile pieces on the regions painters, potters and sculptors. We also keep you up-to-date with the latest film festivals, book launches, author events; exhibitions and music concerts.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

In a city already brimming with culture and the arts, the 6th annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is a standout cultural success story.     Since its inception, the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival has played in Thalian Hall’s main stage,…

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The Flag That Killed Lincoln

By Michael Raab It was early 1865—the final days of the Civil War. Union forces were pummeling Fort Anderson, a Confederate port on the Cape Fear River in coastal North Carolina.  When Confederate troops were overwhelmed by superior forces and…

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Salon des Beaux-Artes

  Written by Kelly Johnson In a Parisian cafe, around the1860s, a group of artists gathered to discuss little of their tea and pastries and more of their passion for art and the ideas behind it. The result? A painting…

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Bellamy Mansion Balancing Truth With Financial Need

How Bellamy Mansion Preserves History Without Sacrificing Honesty Written By Casey McAnarney With 150 years of history, the Bellamy Mansion Museum has seen many things, from jazz shows and educational tours to more sinister events that taint its past. Now,…

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North Carolina Filmmakers – The New Wave

By Colleen Thompson At the Cucalorus Film Festival this year, three Wilmington filmmakers—Nick Westfall, Erica Dunton and Kristi Ray—showcased their new feature films. Their work is raw and scrappy, urgent and intense, and driven by a keen sense of place….

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Cape Fear Gullah Geechee

Written by: Casey McAnarney North Carolina may not contribute the most land to The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, an expanse of land spanning four states on the East Coast, but this culture is not lost here. Long has it…

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An Artist’s Journey Through India

Written by Star Sosa | Photography by Todd Carignan   To survive these days, a professional artist is faced with many challenges. The least of which is how to make a living and support a growing family while developing one’s…

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The Cotton Exchange – Old Buildings, New Life

Written by Kevin Ward | Photography Contributed by Nancy Bullock   “If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future…I care desperately about saving old buildings.”—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It was late 2003 when I first set…

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Belly Laughs, Secret Jokes & Keepin’ It Real

Written by Colleen Thompson If you ask Taylor Hamilton to sum up her business, she’ll tell you that she specializes in belly laughs, secret jokes and keeping it real. Hamilton, 32, is the owner and founder of greeting card company…

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Ms. Nursey James

Written by: Craig James   In 2002, at the encouraging of a friend, I began collecting nineteenth-century African American photography. With this new found hobby came a hunger to know more about my family history, and I embarked on a…

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