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.

Please send requests for interviews to classical@whqr.org.

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The Sarus Festival is in its 6th incarnation; this weekend is the Sarus Fall Equinox Retreat. Yoga, meditation, drum circles, wiggle therapy and more public exercises are ongoing, and a performance of The Invisibility Project is Saturday evening at Riverfront Park. 

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Not just one party--the Coastal Land Trust is throwing 2 parties for its 25th anniversary: Saturday, 9/23 at Poplar Grove & Saturday, 9/30 at Tryon Palace. After saving 100 square miles of land in North Carolina from development (so far), co-founders Camilla Herlevich & Michael Murchison say there's a lot to celebrate. 

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International Concert Pianist Barry Salwen is kicking off the Rush Hour Concert Series at Kenan Auditorium Tuesday night (9/19) at 6:30pm. We had a chance to speak to Salwen and hear him play when he was our special guest at A Little Lunch Music this month. Kristin Brogdon, Director of the UNCW's Office of the Arts, was also there.

Les Leopold

Les Leopold is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Labor Institute in New York. He's also the author of 4 books and is a frequent contributor to outlets like The Huffington Post, Truthout, and Alternet. Leopold is speaking in Wilmington at ILA Union Hall on Tuesday, 9/19 at 7:00pm and at DeLoach Hall at UNCW on Wednesday, 9/20 at  5:30pm.

Tim Arroyo

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra kicks off this year's Masterworks Series this weekend, featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Lalo's Cello Concerto. The concert also has a special guest: Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, who recently won the Annual Sphinx Music Competition in Detroit. 

Oakdale Cemetery

The community is invited to Oakdale Cemetery this Sunday - not to become a resident - but to discover and experience the architecture in a whole new way with the Music and Mausoleums Tour. Hear details of this strangely romantic afternoon from Ed Turberg and Julie Rehder above and find an extended transcript of the interview below.

Qaadir Hicks

This photo is Qaadir Hicks, one of dozens of dancers who will be onstage for Retro Fusion & Illusion,  the fall dance extravaganza by Forward Motion Dance in collaboration with other studios and artists. The show is September 15-16, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 at Thalian Hall. Listen to Director/Choreographer Tracey Varga and guest artist Liz White above; extended transcript below.

Alicia Inshiradu

Alicia Inshiradu has been working on a film for 18 years: What the River Knows. This year, Alicia received a grant to produce an excerpt of the work. It's a historical narrative-and a ghost story-inspired by the 1898 coup d'etat in Wilmington, North Carolina. Listen to Alicia talk about the film above; find details about the fundraiser, and an extended conversation, below.  

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Last season, Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) invited Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled to town. The big story then was that Peled was playing Pablo Casals' cello. 

Big Dawg Productions

The Hermit of Fort Fisher, Robert Harrill, remains a popular figure 45 years after his death. Big Dawg Productions is putting the story of his life onstage for the fourth time...the show will be presented at Cape Fear Playhouse through September 24 and at Brunswick Little Theater in October. I spoke with Director Steve Vernon about the lasting interest in the Hermit and changes we'll see in this year's production. Listen above and read our extended conversation below.

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Paul D'Angelo is the Chair of the Cape Fear Housing Coalition. His passion for affordable housing inspired him to create The Real Households of North Carolina tour, an event on Saturday, September 9 that will bring participants in contact with 8 affordable homes and the organizations that made them possible. Listen to Paul talk about the event above, and read our extended conversation below.

Erik Maasch

You know the story of Peter Pan-Wendy, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the crocodile, and all the rest...but you may not know how the story began. Opera House Theatre Company presents a play that will answer all your curiosities: Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted from the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (definitely a comedy). The show won 5 Tony Awards (and a heap of other awards) after its premiere in 2011. 

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Tidal Creek Coop and Whole Foods Market are natural competitors...they both sell food and products to health conscious consumers. But this week, Tidal Creek is encouraging everyone-including its members-to go to Wine Down Wednesday at Whole Foods. That's because these two grocers are working together to raise money to purchase and install a Reverse Osmosis (RO) water filtration machine at Dreams of Wilmington. On Wednesday, August 30, 6pm-8pm, Wine Down Wednesday offers 5 food/wine pairing samples at Whole Foods for $5--and all the money is going to this RO project. 

Healthy Living NC/SummerFest

It's time for the 2nd annual SummerFest, the free festival that celebrates and promotes healthy living. It's happening at Battleship Park this Saturday, 8/26, 9:30am-4:30pm. You won't find any soda or fried food, but there will be many other things to eat-and do. There are three main aspects of this festival: the vendors, the Singer/Songwriter Showcase, and the International Street Food Challenge.

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Art in Bloom Gallery in downtown Wilmington is displaying an art double feature, two collaborative exhibits. One of these is Making Masks, a collection of masks created by wood artist, Dave Klinger, and painter/collage artist, Elizabeth Darrow. It's a whimsical exhibit, featuring 26 masks that came into existence without clear intention by the artists--instead, they surprised each other (and themselves) throughout the creation. The Closing Reception for the exhibit is this Friday, August 25, which is 4th Friday Gallery Walk, 6:00pm-9:00pm.   

Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi Historia," Oppenheim

We've heard from the astronomers about the great solar eclipse of 2017, but what about their forerunners, the astrologers? Astrologers aren't part of the mainstream scientific community these days, but the practice is as old as the stars. I spoke with Kimberly Logan about what this eclipse means for people in her realm. She's a Reiki Master, licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Astrologer, Tarot reader, and more. Listen above, or read the extended transcript below. Find out more about Kimberly's practice at her website.

Marilyn Gunther

The Landfall Foundation's 18th Annual Art Show opens today at the Nicklaus Country Club in Landfall. There are nearly 500 pieces of 2-D and 3-D art in the show from 110 artists. All the work is for sale, and the show is open for just 3 days: Thursday, 8/17-Saturday, 8/19, 10:00am-7:00pm. I spoke with the Foundation's President, Marilyn Gunther, about the art--but first, about the money. 

Anne Clinard Barnhill

Author Anne Clinard Barnhill published her latest novel, The Beautician's Notebookin April. Anne has published short stories, a memoir, and two historical novels. She says books like this one are her real work-humorous and poignant. Listen to our short interview above and read an extended interview below. Information about all of Anne's writing can be found on her website and her facebook page

Theatre Now presents a relatively new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The story stays the same, but playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa set the characters in the late 20th/early 21st century. We heard from director David Heck and new Wilmington actor Jay Zadeh about the show. Listen to Heck above, and see an extended transcript below. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm at Theatre Now through August 26. 

Emily Colin

Author Emily Colin just released her second novel, The Dream Keeper's Daughter. She'll be the guest at Prologue at WHQR on Monday, August 14 at 7:00. Hear a short interview with Emily above or see the extended transcript below. In the transcript, Emily talks about writing, publishing, and both of her books, The Dream Keeper's Daughter and The Memory Thief.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Summer Series presents 3 films over the next 3 Thursdays: Rock in the Red Zone, a documentary, on August 10; The People vs. Fritz Bauer, a historical drama, on August 17; and Moos, a romantic comedy, on August 24. Showtime is 7:00 at Thalian Hall's Main Stage, and a dessert reception follows each screening.

Barry Salwen and Mimi Kessler, co-chairs of the Festival Selection Committee, joined us in the studio-and they fit a description of all three films into less than four minutes. Listen above and see the extended transcript below.

Big Dawg Productions

Big Dawg Productions presents the television, film, and stage classic, 12 Angry Men. The first weekend sold out, but there are 2 more weekends of performances at the Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street. Remaining performances are August 10-13 and 17-20; showtime is 8:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with 3:00pm matinees on Sundays.

Tickets are available online, by phone, and by email. Listen to Artistic Director Steve Vernon and Director Katherine Vernon talk about the show above; see the transcript below. 

NCOAE

The headquarters of the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is right here in Wilmington, North Carolina. There are various programs and courses available for people who want to experience the wilderness-including Education Without Walls for chronically homeless/impoverished youth. Support for the program comes through volunteers, gifts-in-kind, and underwriting of courses. 

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Alchemical Theatre is Wilmington's newest theater company. It's presenting Much Ado About Nothing under the direction of founder Christopher Marino (who also plays villain Don John in the show). The show is set in the post-Civil War South. Leonato is played by Fred Grandy ("Gopher" from the Love Boat), who also came to town for Marino's production of Measure for Measure last year.

Opera Wilmington

This summer, Opera Wilmington presents Carmen, the masterpiece by Georges Bizet. It's a tragedy, but a lively and often comic one, with the gypsy Carmen at the center. Australian musicologist Sally Macarthur says Carmen has been called every name in the book, from a seductress to a victim-some say she's a feminist. Opera Wilmington's Artistic Director Nancy King goes with the latter.

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Downtown Wilmington is being adorned with new outdoor art through Pedestrian Art Public Sculpture program. A free public reception is at Expo 216 on Front Street on Sunday, July 16. The artists will be there, along with sponsors from the Arts Council of Wilmington, the Dreams Center, Artworks, City of Wilmington, and more. Guests have the opportunity to take a trolley ride with the artists to see the 9 new installations-and some new locations downtown. Shuttle tours are at 1:00pm, 2:45, and 4:00, leaving from Expo 216. The reception itself begins at 2:00pm.

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Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville is having a concert Saturday, July 15 called The Color of Harmony featuring blues/slide guitarist Lakota John and musician/storyteller Reggie Harris. I spoke to Meredith Morgan from the museum about this event-and about the museum; listen above and see the transcript below. Below the transcript, find more information about exhibits, activities, and events at the Museum. 

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There will be a summer storm inside Thalian Hall on Thursday. King Lear will be egging it on. There will be 4 opportunities to experience 19th century theatrical machinations that can only be found in 2 places: Bristol, England and Wilmington, North Carolina.

Jim Downey

Glass artist Jim Downey is holding an Open House this Saturday, July 15 at his studio at 2925 Boundary Street in Wilmington, 10:00am-4:00pm. It's summertime, so Jim is creating sea turtles (come fall, he'll be in Christmas mode). A portion of his profits for this month's Open House will benefit Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project, and the turtles he's making reflect an unusual happening on the shores of Pleasure Island: 2 Green Sea Turtle nests. Listen to my conversation above and see an extended transcript and photos below. 

Joyce Fernando

Opera House Theatre Company brings the musical Camelot to the Thalian Hall stage this month. This tale has staying power-who knows how long this legend of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Merlin, Lancelot and the rest has been told? We know the musical is 67 years old...but don't expect your grandmother's Camelot. Director Shane Fernando talks about crafting this production for 21st century audiences, and why the tale is as relevant as ever. Listen above and see an extended transcript (and photos) below. 

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