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 ideas for Communique stories through this form. We'll contact you if we have space for your request!

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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Communique is WHQR's feature about arts, events, and ideas in our area.  I'm your host, Gina Gambony, and I have news about how to request or share an idea for an interview... this form

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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Chase Harrison has a new play onstage at Theatre Now. Harrison loves those 80s slasher flicks and he poured that love (and horror) into TheaTerror, a horror/comedy set in the fictional Penny Theater where a production of Macbeth is underway. The show can't go on, however, if the actors keep mysteriously disappearing.

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Bobby Harrelson was the founding donor of the Harrelson Center. He is also the developer behind the private retirement community, Compass Pointe. This weekend, the public is invited to view the Compass Pointe community and support the Harrelson Center at Home Fest, an event from the Wilmington Cape Fear Home Builders Association (WCFHBA)

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Director Anthony Lawson may first appear to be suffering in the set-building, light-focusing, prop-making madness at Wilmington's North Front Theatre...there's just a few dozen hours before opening his latest endeavor, The Toxic Avenger. But it's clear that he's doing exactly what he loves best-bringing a bizarre musical, severed limbs and all, to life on the stage.

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Bachelorette, the dark comedy by Leslye Headland, is part of the "Seven Deadly Sins" collection. This play (also made into a film that premiered at Sundance in 2012) manifests the sin of greed. Pineapple Shaped Lamps (PSL) opens the show on Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 in Thalian Hall's Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre. 

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Two notable musical events are happening in Wilmington this weekend: Friday at 7:00, the Cape Fear Jazz Society holds its 20th Anniversary Gala at Brooklyn Arts Center; on Saturday at 7:30, the new Wilmington Music Festival presents its premiere concert at Thalian Hall.   

Journalist and actor Clifton Truman Daniel provides a unique picture of his grandfather, President Harry Truman, in the one-man show Give 'Em Hell, Harry by playwright Samuel Gallu. Performances are at Thalian Hall this weekend: Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday in the Stein Theatre, and Friday on the Main Stage.  

Have you heard all sides of the story about offshore drilling? On Tuesday, October 17, two experts will talk about the subject from two different angles: John Hofmeister, former President of Shell Oil Company, promotes off-shore drilling, while Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society, argues against it.

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In the 1980s, comedians Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney wrote and performed Parallel Lives. Wilmington actor Susan Auten is producing this comic piece under the banner of her new theatre company, Keepin’ On Productions. The show is onstage at the Cape Fear Playhouse Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm + Sundays at 3:00 through October 15. 

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You are invited to a funeral for words...specifically: hypocrite, racist, sexist, normal, slut, evil, truth, miscegenation, click bait, deserve, and obviously. The Museum of Dead Words by Dyalekt is at the Wabi Sabi Warehouse on Friday & Saturday, 10/6 & 7.  

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