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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Nan Graham

Commentator Nan Graham provided many details to authorities in order to adopt her new dog. She did not, however, receive all the information about him.

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The Girls Choir-Susan Savia-Stray Local-The Jewell's-Laura McLean-John Fonvielle-Catesby Jones--and on and on. Dozens of musicians will perform songs by Mike Adams at Brooklyn Arts Center's Annex on Thursday, February 22.

UNCW/Jeff Janowski

Dr. Faustus is onstage at UNCW Mainstage Theatre through February 25. Listen to Director Christopher Marino and Music Director Adrian Varnum talk about the difficulties involved in selling one's soul to the Devil above.

David Heck

 

Second Star Theatre presents Murder Ballad, The New Musical. It's a steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that undo us. The show opens on Valentine's Night at Front Street Theater. 

On Thursday, February 15, UNCW's Community Music Academy holds a Valentine Gala at Beckwith Recital Hall to benefit young musicians. Violinist Danijel Zezelj-Gualdi is the Artistic Director-she will perform at the event, along with a host of other fine musicians. There is also a silent auction.

At the age of 20 I called my mother and delivered two pieces of news one good and one bad. Mommy, I finally understand Mark Twain. I thought I did before but I didn't. But now I do. And now that I have stood ankle deep in the Mississippi River I get it. I get him on a deep and visceral level. And it is incredible!

Wilmington poet Emily Paige Wilson's work has been published in various journals and she's been nominated for various awards-but she is most excited about her first published collection: I'll Build Us a Home. Listen to Emily above and see our extended conversation below.  

 

Yes, work by Kurt Vonnegut is onstage-and it's about love. Big Dawg Productions presents Who Am I This Time (And Other Conundrums of Love) at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street through February 18. This show is a collection of 3 (sort of) love stories from Welcome to the Monkey House.

Phil Furia, the host of The Great American Songbook, will host a live performance of the show at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, February 17: WHQR's Great American Songbook Live: The Oscars. Some great voices join him onstage: George Scheibner, Bob Workmon,  Nina Repeta, LaRaisha Burnette Dionne, and Jack Krupicka. 

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You can send a text, an email, a card or some flowers--but Cape Fear Chordsmen offers something a little different for Cupid's holiday: A Singing Valentine. Up to 5 quartets from the group will be in and around New Hanover County on February 14th delivering harmonies to lucky loved ones.

Joe's Pub

The 38th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, February 1-3 at the Hilton Riverside. Listen to Festival President Sandy Evans talk about some of the highlights above; read our extended conversation below.

Honey Head Films

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents a multi-disciplinary concert Saturday, February 3rd. This is a layered treatment of Julia Walker Jewell's original music, The Dance of the Coin, with orchestration, film, and live dancers. 

Stephen Bellm

 

New Hanover County Youth Services Librarian Scooter Hayes joined us to talk about the Fiction to Fashion design contest. The runway competition is March 1st, but teens can sign up through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 31.  

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L.A. Theatre Works is touring a production of the award-winning play by Katori Hall called The Mountaintop. This two-person production considers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final night on earth, after his "Mountaintop" speech and before his assassination.  The 38-city tour makes a stop in Wilmington on Thursday, February 1st at Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 pm. 

Remember Sea Monkeys, skillfully portrayed in their little “ocean zoo,” with crown-like heads and a medieval castle in the background? These insta-pets are still around—and so are ant farms for kids. Commentator Shane Fernando describes his childhood experience with the latter, back in the glorious days of mail order.  

Amazing Grace

The touring Broadway musical Amazing Grace was scheduled for just one performance in Wilmington this weekend…due to popular demand, another was added. The show tells the true story of British slaver John Newton, the author of the popular song “Amazing Grace.”

Faces Places

 

The 16th Annual one-day documentary festival, DocuTime, is this Saturday, January 27th. It's a full day of features and shorts at UNCW's King Hall Auditorium. Paula Haller created this festival and is the force behind it; listen to Paula talk about some of the films above and read our extended conversation below.

Cape Fear Garden Club

A young lady used to need a Cape Fear Garden Club sponsor in order to be an Azalea Belle. Now, senior girls can apply without a sponsor...but they are required to attend a meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd at 4:00 pm.                  

Arts In Wilmington/Craig Stinson

 

It's time for the 2nd Annual Arts in Wilmington Awards. Creator Craig Stinson tells us about the party--Saturday, January 20th at EXPO 216 on Front Street, 6:00pm-9:00pm. He also tells us this year's winners.

Kenneth Vest

Writer Kenneth Vest lost his son, Jesse, to a heroin overdose nearly six years ago. He's been working on a play related to the situation for nearly as long. The play, titled Inside Job, has been workshopped in Wilmington and Washington, DC and is onstage at the Cape Fear Playhouse through January 21.

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  On Thursday, January 11th, the Cape Fear Housing Coalition (CFHC) holds it's annual Legislative Breakfast. This free event features 2 notable guest speakers: Samuel Gutner and Mel Jones. CFHC Chair Paul D'Angelo joined us.

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Joshua Brinkley, a high-school senior with Cerebral Palsy, worked with WHQR for four months to learn radio skills. In this segment, Josh talks about his work with the station. 

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Joshua Brinkley, an intern at WHQR, wanted to interview WHQR's Program Director and Classical Music Host, Bob Workmon. Joshua was interested in Bob's history singing opera, performing onstage, and working for public radio.

Opera House Theatre Company

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical that premiered in Wilmington back in February, is back onstage at Thalian Hall. The show is the centerpiece for Thalian Hall's New Year's Eve Gala with dinner, penny drinks, dancing, and more. The show runs through January 21st.

Zach Hanner

It's a holiday story about...a kidney. Zach Hanner, Artistic Director of Theatre Now, has written a play  about his family's experience with a medical crisis. According to reviewers, the show is both poignant and funny. 

Gary Neil Gupton

Author Gary Neil Gupton just released a 2nd Edition of his book, Time to Meet Max. This story grew out of Gary's experience meeting a boy with disabilities in Guatemala. Listen to Gary talk about the new edition above, and read the description below. He'll be at Two Sister's Bookery at the Cotton Exchange on Saturday, 12/9, 11:00am-1:00pm. 

Jamie Rocha Allan

Dram Tree Shakespeare holds its annual Winter Party on Saturday, 12/9, kicking off the next production: King Lear. Guest director Jamie Rocha Allan, a Londoner, is in town for the event and to hold auditions. Pianist Grenolodo Frazier + actors Tony Rivenbark, Jemila Ericson, Kire Stenson and more provide entertainment.

Wrightsville United Methodist Church

Over 10,000 cookies (by 100 bakers) will be on tables at Wrightsville United Methodist Church (WUMC)-all kinds of cookies-and all for sale.  It's the 3rd Annual Cookie Walk, Saturday, 12/9, 9:00am-Noon. 

Theatre For All

Theatre For All is a Wilmington theatre company for performers with disabilities-from Autism to Down Syndrom, Cerebral Palsy to Williams Syndrome-and everything in between. The group's holiday performance, The Memory Book, is onstage at Theatre Now on Sunday, 12/10 at 2:00pm & Monday, 12/11 at 7:00pm.

Wilmington Choral Society

The Wilmington Choral Society has an interesting musical program this weekend. The group’s December concert has holiday music, as might be expected, but also some other favorites. The concert is called Frankincense & Myrrh---with emphasis on FRANK.  

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