Communique with Gina Gambony

Monday - Friday at 8:50 am and 4:44 pm on 91.3 and at noon on 92.7

Gina Gambony hosts Communique, a daily feature exploring arts, events, and ideas in the Cape Fear Region. She interviews artists, actors, dancers, writers and creators of community happenings—all the inspiring movers and shakers who enrich our lives.

Communique airs on 91.3 FM during Morning Edition at 8:50 am, on All Things Considered at 4:44 pm, and on Classical HQR 92.7 at noon.

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Forward Motion Dance & Cape Fear River Watch

Forward Motion Dance presents Arts Sensation with Wilmington Big Band and a variety of dance, this Saturday, April 28 at Thalian Hall. This will be the 3rd year Cape Fear River Watch will receive all ticket sale proceeds.

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The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival screens award-winning features, documentaries, and shorts at Thalian Hall through May 6. Food and conversation follow every film. 

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The Flytrap Frolic is Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-1:00pm at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, 3800 Canterbury Road. This free event is for all ages-and especially for young people, who will enjoy facepainting, games, crafts, and the live animal exhibit.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert of the season Saturday, April 21 in cooperation with UNCW's Opera Outreach Program: Mozart's 2-act opera Don Giovanni, the part comic, ultimately tragic tale of the licentious "gentleman" Don Juan. 

 

The Coastal Carolina Cabaret of St. Paul's Episcopal Church holds its springtime fundraiser at the Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, April 21: An Evening in Paris. This fundraiser for 4 Wilmington charities is tres chic-food, drink, art, and dancing with Al DiMarco's Big Fat Accordion Band.

Sometimes you have to play the trump card. Especially if Jimmy Carter is involved.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing her family’s independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Cape Fear Jazz Society (CFJS) presents its 18th Annual Scholarship Concert this Friday, April 20  at 7:30pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. The feature this year is a celebration of UNCW's Jazz Department Faculty. 

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This Thursday, 4/19, the annual Pro Musica concert presents music by Andrew York and Jeffrey Van. Performers are Robert Nathanson (guitar), Nancy King (soprano), and Danijela Zelzelj-Gualdi (violin), joined by the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and UNCW Chamber Choir directed by Joe Hickman.

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Listen to Sydney Penny and Cathy Poulos talk about this year's Azalea Garden Tour from the Cape Fear Garden Club, April 13-15.  Eleven gardens are in the mix and tickets include entry to Cape Fear Museum.

Off the beaten path of the Azalea Festival is ...  a play about the Azalea Festival: The Azalea Festival Queen is a comedy written by Joel Perry.  It's onstage at TheatreNow on 10th & Dock Streets through April 28.

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Sharecrop is a documentary featuring interviews with 10 individuals who were involved in sharecropping during the segregation era, from Wilmington, NC to the Mississippi Delta. Rare archival footage and photos are also presented throughout.  

HAYA Band

HAYA Band brings Mongolilan instruments and song for a concert at Thalian Hall on Sunday, April 8. The music is traditional (including the magical throat singing), yet has a contemporary "world music" feel. Listen here.

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Tallis Chamber Orchestra presents a concert Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church featuring two special guests: Cellist Stephanie Vial and Violinist Elizabeth Fields. Vial and Fields are founders of The Vivaldi Project.

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Big Dawg Productions presents the popular all-woman play by Nora & Delia Ephron: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, based on Ilene Beckerman's book by the same name. The show runs April 5-22 at Cape Fear Playhouse.

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The acclaimed Calidore String Quartet returns to Wilmington to perform at Beckwith Recital Hall on Sunday, April 7. The program includes Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Beethoven--and new music from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.

The Wilmington Dance Festival features a diverse collection of contemporary pieces by 9 unique choreographers. Topics range from mermaids to suicide to climate change to a species of "Twerkians."

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps has 2 shows coming up: First, Ladies Room: Six and the City, running March 29-31; then In Sanity, running April 12 through April 29. Both productions are at North Front Theatre in downtown Wilmington. 

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In 2016, Holli Saperstein won the Star News "Best Actress" award for her performance of Becoming Dr. Ruth. Due to popular demand, she's reprising the role at Thalian Hall in a limited run through April 1.

Mouths of Babes Theatre Company presents a new documentary play based on Wilmington interviews with the LGBTQ community. It's called Out, NC. The group presents a first staged reading at Cameron Art Museum March 29-31. Actors are seeking input as they continue to develop this piece.

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Sarus-Light, Water, Darkness is underway in Wilmington. Listen to Founder and Executive Director Karola Luettringhaus talk about the experimental, site-specific festival above. Events are scheduled for Wabi-Sabi Warehouse, Cameron Art Museum, Union Station, Bottega Art & Wine, Community Arts Center, and more.

 

The talents of over a dozen university musicians come together for UNCW's 4th New Music Festival March 21-22. This is a unique opportunity to hear music in the company of the composers: David Kechley, William Neil, Jeffrey Van, and Andrew York.

National Symphony Orchestra Cuba

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba makes its North Carolina debut this week as it makes its 2nd tour of the United States since 1960. The musicians will only perform in one location in NC--Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

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Wilmington native Meira Warshauer premieres a workshop production of her new work, the opera Elijah's Violin on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm at Temple of Israel's Reibman Center on 10th & Market Streets in Downtown Wilmington.   

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The weather has been moody this March in Southeastern North Carolina. Commentator Shane Fernando reminds us that we are not the only creatures thinking about the temperature as we slowly head into spring.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking Ambassadors. Coastal Outreach Associate, Jessica Gray, is in charge of finding them.

Empty Bowls Wilmington

This is the year for Wilmington's biennial Empty Bowls event that supports Mother's Hubbard Cupboard and Good Shepherd Center. There is a 2 1/2 hour window to get one of the 1,500+ bowls, some soup, and a cookie on Friday, March 16, 11:00am til 1:30pm.

Theatre Now

Award-winning actor Phil Antonino  makes his directorial debut with The Weir, an award-winning play by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. The show is a set in a pub in rural Ireland where storytelling is the sport of choice.

Opera House Theatre Company

Director Ray Kennedy loves the musical Nine so much, he's seen it too many times to count-including a performance in Swedish. (I don't think he speaks Swedish.) The show, presented by Opera House Theatre Company, is onstage at Thalian Hall through March 11. 

Part storytelling, part poetry, part jazz percussion...Program for Jazz performs at Thalian Hall's Stein Theatre on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30pm. The band is comprised of Clark Holtzman & David Shore...and Walt Whitman, ee cummings, Shakespeare, Lord Byron....

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There's a new Wilmington podcast called Malty Gravity. The show was launced last November by Jeremy Malanka, Dean Goodyear, and Alex Amick. It's sort of based on beer...but really, it's about talking about everything under the sun and making people laugh.

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