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.

A Strike Within

On August 6, musician Drake Murphy from Moore County, North Carolina, won Best Rock Male in the Carolina Music Awards. This award covers North and South Carolina. Two songs from Murphy's first album, Feel Better, are below. The first is what Drake says is his best song; the second is his favorite song from the album. 

Artists Candy Pegram and Kirah Van Sickle are opening Insider/Outsider: Art Two Ways in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery on Friday, 8/26 as a part of 4th Friday Gallery Walk. These 2 very different artists decided to have an inspiration for each piece of art in the exhibit and each make a piece based on that inspiration.

It's that time again-the Landfall Foundation is holding its 17th annual Art Show & Sale. Foundation Board president Marilyn Gunther and artist & organizer Jenny Wright joined us to tell a little bit about the show-but not too much.

Elizabeth Kehn, Kini Lynn Johnson, Dare Ellis, Pasha Krise, Courtney Matheson, Amy Hawkins and Kim Henry (not pictured)
WCS

At the old church at Castle Street & 5th Avenue-now called Terra Sol Sanctuary-a new Wilmington school held a fundraiser on Sunday: Yoga Fest, featuring short introductory yoga experiences, music, and a vegan buffet. The Wilmington Cooperative School is opening its doors for students on September 6, offering an alternative for elementary-aged students.

Development Manager Lindsey Champion and volunteer Gala Chair Kelly Thomas joined us to talk about the work Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) is doing and the big fundraiser the organization throws every year- Last Chance for White Pants.

SDCI

A group called SignDance Collective International (SDCI) is coming to town to share their work in dance, theatre, and music with differently-abled performers. SDCI was created by Isolte Avila and David Bower in 2001. Avila has a physical disability, Bower is profoundly deaf; they have created a diverse performance group after developing SignDance Theatre in the late 1980s.

Over the Edge

For years, the Dreams Center has held a gala for its big yearly fundraiser. Not this year. Executive Director, Matt Carvin, has something totally different in mind: rappelling down the side of the Blockade Runner Hotel. Everyone who wants to contribute doesn't actually have to do this-for instance, you can help sponsor those who do, and you can come to the block party at the Blockade Runner to witness and celebrate the brave souls who are coming down. Carvin and former director Tracy Wilkes will both be putting on the harness and bouncing their way down the building...and one of them will be wearing a clown suit.  Listen to our interview above to find out why. 

Bob Pratt

John Golden and Rob Nathanson have been playing and writing music together for over 30 years. These two talented gentlemen are marking their long history of friendship and musicianship with a concert called Autumn Song at 30, playing at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall on Thursday, 8/18 at 7:30. Joining them onstage: Tom Harder (mandolin, fiddle), Mark Teachey (guitar, resonator), Lloyd Wilson (percussionist, storyteller), and Catesby Jones (bass).  Listen above to our interview with Golden and Nathanson.

Carptrash/wikicommons

Chelsea Stygles and Jon Ward are apprentices for a business that most of us dread: they are training to become morticians. They are learning how to conduct a funeral and how to care for the dead-and the families and friends left behind. This interesting topic generated a long interview: the short version airing on 91.3 and 92.7 is above; extra snippets are below.  

Steve Vernon bought the script for the one-woman show Becoming Dr. Ruth for Big Dawg Productions, but it turned out it wouldn't fit into the season. The script was so compelling, Vernon really wanted to get it on-stage, so he partnered with Panache Theatre to make it happen.

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