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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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.  

Sea Notes Choral Society

Sea Notes Choral Society presents Peace on Earth, a holiday song program with pianist Jane Boberg, plus percussion, flute, and keyboard accompaniment. The Christmas Bells handbell choir will also perform with the group.  There are two performances: Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

The 5th Annual Coastal Carolina Christmas performance at St Paul's Episcopal Church is Friday, December 1. The Choir of St. Paul's, the Wilmington Boys Choir, harpist Christina Brier, and organist Richard Rhoads perform traditional British music. The concert is followed by the Sparkling Chocolate Reception-and it's all-you-dare-to-eat.

Big Dawg Productions

Every single Christmas story is the claim...somewhere between 17 and 472 according to the gentlemen involved.  Actors Randy Davis, Anthony Lawson, and Steve Vernon, plus Technical Director Scott Davis, talk about Big Dawg Productions' comic holiday offering: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).  The show opens Thursday, November 30th  at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street.

Jack Landry

A Charlie Brown Christmas is onstage at the Wilson Center on Saturday, December 9 at 3:00pm. Kids can see this holiday cartoon classic performed live by CFCC drama students for free. The show is also an opportunity to donate to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard-bring canned goods for the collection.

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Gail Perry

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter (AFPCF) holds the National Philanthropy Day Breakfast on Wednesday, November 29 at Hilton Riverside.  Philanthropy Awards will be bestowed on local fundraisers and funders, and international "mega gifts" fundraiser, Gail Perry, is the host. 

Kathleen Burkinshaw

Charlotte author Kathleen Burkinshaw's new book, The Last Cherry Blossom, is inspired by her mother, a survivor of Hiroshima. Kathleen was in Wilmington in late September to honor her mother (and all Hiroshima survivors) by planting a gingko at UNCW that sprouted from a tree that survived the atomic bomb.

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Unlocking Silent Histories works with indigenous youth by providing equipment, technology, and training to help them create documentaries about their lives and communities. Work by Mayan Guatemalans and members of the NC Lumbee Tribe is on display at Art in Bloom Gallery; the closing reception is Sunday, 11/19, 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

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No Boundaries International Art Colony celebrates 20 years on Bald Head Island. A dozen alumni artists from half a dozen countries have worked and lived together for the past 2 weeks; an exhibit of their work opens Saturday, November 18 at CFCC's Wilma Daniels Gallery. 

Cape Fear Chorale

The Cape Fear Chorale invites the community to a  free performance of sections of Handel's Messiah, Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 at Kenan Auditorium.  It's not just a performance-the audience is encouraged to sing along with the Choir. Director Jerry Cribbs will help everyone stay together.

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In September, WHQR staff members were out on the street for Park(ing) Day asking passers-by various questions, including if they listened to WHQR. Here we mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with some of the comments we recorded. Listen above.

A documentary premieres in Wilmington Friday night about racial tension surrounding how Myrtle Beach handles 2 motorcycle festivals: Harley Davidson Week and Black Bike Week; and two beaches: Myrtle Beach, and its neighbor, Atlantic Beach. The film is called Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches.

Big Dawg Productions

Playwright A.R. Gurney, who just passed away this year, wrote a series of plays about the decline of WASP culture. One of these plays that received a lot of attention is The Dining Room, presented by Big Dawg Productions through November 19th. Listen to actor Randy Davis (of admitted WASP heritage himself) talk about the show above, and read our extended interview below. 

Schumann Quartet

Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) was in luck when the German Schumann Quartet took a 3-year residency at Lincoln Center in New York. That made it feasible for CMW Artistic Director, Barbara McKenzie, to to secure this group for a performance in Wilmington: Sunday, November 5 at Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30pm. 

Athenian Press

Lori Wilson, Khalisa Rae, and Daisuke Shen have joined together to create Athenian Press & Workshops. The vision is not just a press, but a bookstore, lounge, and performance space that caters to women and femme voices. They are raising money for this project and looking for people who want to be involved.

Scherrie Payne, Freda Payne

The Supremes. Band of Gold. Broadway.  TV. Film. Play-and Screen-writing. The legendary Payne sisters, Freda and Scherrie, have done so much, it's hard to know where to focus our attention. This Saturday, November 4, the focus will be on their voices as they take the stage at Thalian Hall.

Wilmington Horror Story

The Bellamy Mansion, the Burgwin-Wright House, and the theatrical troupe, Pineapple-Shaped Lamps, have joined forces to present Wilmington Horror Story: Mansions of Madness. Gina Gambony visited this immersive haunted experience...risking life and limb to bring back this story.

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds performs its first concert of the season today at 4:30 at Odell Williamson Auditorium. This concert, called Tour de Force, features music by Sousa, Bernstein, Kalinnikov, and more, performed by 65 regional musicians. 

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