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.

Liz Halloran loves Dance la Cachuca by Gilbert &  Sullivan. Lucky for her-and the community-Cape Fear Chorale is performing this piece this weekend: Gilbert & Sullivan In Concert. Liz is a singer and board member of the Chorale; she joined us, along with fellow singer/board member Todd Vernon. Listen above.

Gallop for the Gravy

The Wilmington West Rotary Club is sponsoring its 10th annual Run for the Hungry-Gallop for the Gravy. It's a 5K race on Thanksgiving morning, raising money for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Fully Belly Project, and Nourish NC, three organizations dedicated to alleviating hunger.

Matt Carvin, Executive Director of Dreams of Wilmington, is busy preparing for this year's big fundraiser: Over the Edge.

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A man named Tony Stimac moved to Wilmington about a year ago. He arrived with 50 years of experience as a writer, director, and producer of musical theatre-and he arrived with a script. He didn't realize he'd end up producing that script until the folks at the Hannah Block USO/Community Arts Center saw it (and loved it).

Communique: Cucalorus 22 | November 9-13

Nov 8, 2016

Dan Brawley has been at the helm of Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival for 18 years (this is year 22 for the Fest). His leadership of Cucalorus has never become routine-the festival seems to be in continual manifestation, reaching out and building bridges between itself and everything else: Kidsalorus, Dancealorus, panels for entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers, music, shadow puppets, comedy. You can choose to slip between reality and virtual reality. But most importantly, you can watch the films-260 of them

A performance collective from Chicago is coming to Wilmington this week to perform an intricate shadow show featuring paper puppets, live actors, and live music. The group is called Manual Cinema-an apt title for a shadow show that is like a movie made by hand in front of the audience in real time. We heard from one of the founders of Manual Cinema, Drew Dir, about the show, called Ada|Ava.

The Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club's Surf to Sound is this weekend, featuring paddle board clinics and races at the Blockade Runner.

Chamber Music Wilmington presents its 2nd performance of the season this weekend: the award-winning Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. The show is this Sunday at Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm. We spoke by telephone with Jean Hatmaker, the cellist of the group. Hatmaker talks about the orchestral vs.

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The Coastal Carolina Clay Guild holds its annual Holiday Show and Sale this weekend. Friday evening is the opening reception from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

The annual Carolina Authors Luncheon by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is this Saturday, November 5. The event begins at 11:00 am at UNCW's Burney Center and features three Carolina authors: Tom Olsinski, Flora Solomon, and Philip Gerard. The Luncheon includes a buffet meal, books for sale by Pomegranate, presentations by each of the authors, and raffled items (including a 5-person lunch date with Flora Solomon). This is the main yearly fundraiser of AAUW and supports its scholarships for non-traditional university women and school vision testing, among other activities focused on economic, educational, and political equality for women.

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Dr. Tom Morris is a philosopher, an author, and a motivational speaker. His aim through these endeavors is to help people apply philosophy in a practical manner to everyday life. Morris holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University. He's presenting the lecture The Adventures of a Christian Philosopher Loose in the World tomorrow night (Tuesday, 11/1) at St. James Parish on 3rd Street. In addition to being a practical philosopher, Dr. Tom Morris is a Christian philosopher. We talked about the real or perceived conflicts between philosophy, practicality, and religion. Listen above. 

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Award-winning New York filmmaker Ira Sachs is in Wilmington, North Carolina this week. Sachs' latest film, Little Men, screens tonight through Wednesday at Thalian Hall as part of the Cinematique film series. Sachs will join the audience on Tuesday night (11/1) to answer questions about his work. WHQR's Gina Gambony spoke with Sachs about the film, which premiered at Sundance this year. Listen above. See the Web Extra below.

Women's Impact Network, or WIN, is a women's giving circle. It's an affiliate of the North Carolina 

Community Network with the mission to maximize women's leadership in philanthropy and strengthen New Hanover County through collective giving. WIN has distributed $142,000 to local non-profits since its formation 5 years ago; this year, WIN granted $35,ooo to the non-profit SkyWatch Bird Rescue to upgrade its facilities and expand its rescue capacity.

James Bowling

Wilmington theater director Steve Vernon often has something unusual or unheard of for audiences; his current endeavor is par for the course. The show is The Birds Attack, an unauthorized parody of Hitchcock's classic film, The Birds. Notably, all the human characters in this show are played by men- men in drag for the female characters, while the birds are played by 4 women. All the scenes (and many lines) from the movie are included.

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds was formed just 2 years ago, but it has already received a great deal of attention for the quality of its concerts. The band recently caught the eye of composer Mark Camphouse, who is creating a piece of music specifically for the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. We won't hear that music for 2 years, but the band does have concert this weekend called Fiesta-Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium.

One Girl is a non-profit organization in Australia dedicated to making education available to all girls on the planet. One Girl's focus right now is to educate 1 million girls in Africa by 2020, beginning with Sierra Leone. October is the month of One Girl's signature fundraising project: Do It in a Dress, encouraging teams of fundraisers across the globe to wear a school uniform dress from Sierra Leone to raise awareness and money.

The Ministering Circle

The Gourmet Sale for a Cause is an annual sale by the Ministering Circle to support the work they do. This year, the sale supports St. Mary's Dental Clinic, Nourish NC, and local nursing scholarships. The Gourmet Sale is Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 am - Noon at the Elks Club on Oleander Drive.

Feast Down East is a non-profit organization with a mission to grow the food system in Southeastern North Carolina. Its roots are in a UNCW sociology program that began 11 years, and while Feast Down East is now a self-standing operation, it continues to function with in tandem with the University.

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Cape Fear Jazz Society is bringing Grammy Award-Winning vocalist Diane Schuur to Wilmington for a performance at Thalian Hall on Friday night, October 21st. The president of the Jazz Society, Primus Robinson, joined us to talk about Schuur and share his personal excitement about seeing her live for the first time. Listen above. 

College Day at UNCW isn't for regular college students. It's for the community. On Saturday, October 29th, non-students of any age can attend 4 classes, plus have lunch, at UNCW. The deadline to register is this Friday, October 21st. Dr. Richard Ogle, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychology, joined us to talk about the event.

Dorothy Papadakos discovered her unusual talent for accompanying horror films on the organ at church. That's where she learned to play the organ and how to improvise music. This Friday, Dorothy is bringing sound and emotion to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu with the organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Dorothy spoke with us about playing organ for horror films-and about her pal, Nosferatu. Listen above.

Artist Janette Hopper and photographer Charles Kernan joined us in the studio to talk about a new exhibit at Art in Bloom Gallery: Visible Spectra. It's a collection of oil, watercolor, and sumi ink by Janette Hopper and photographs by Charles Kernan. Hopper and Kernan both love nature and this exhibit expresses that love with about 75 pieces between them.

Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina

The Wilmington branch of  the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 4 counties-Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. There are about 75,000 people living in food insecurity across these counties. Simply put, that's 75,000 people of all ages  (approximately 1/3 children) who may go to bed hungry any given night.

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Nuclear Science Week promotes nuclear science and celebrates its achievements. The event was launched by The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year since, Nuclear Science Week has been held in a different city; this year, the city is Wilmington, North Carolina.

Park View Project

In Wilmington in 1990, 32-year-old lesbian Talana Kreeger was brutally murdered. Tab Ballis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working on a film to tell Talana's story for 10 years: Park View ("Park View" was the name of the lesbian bar where Talana met her murderer on Carolina Beach Road). The initiating director of the film was Ingrid Jungermann, former Wilmington resident who is now an award-winning filmmaker in New York. The soundtrack is by Wilmington singer/songerwriter Laura McLean

WECT

The League of Women Voters has been around for nearly a hundred years. It was founded in 1920 to support women suffrage rights; it's still around today with the mission of protecting the vote and educating voters on issues and candidates. One way the League accomplishes this mission is through candidate forums.

The Voter Service Chair of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF), Gail Bromley, joined us to talk about 3 forums with local candidates moderated by Jon Evans from WECT News. These forums are a partnership between LWVLCF and WECT

Anthony David Lawson has directed and performed in a great diversity of plays and musicals-from psychological dramas, like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Mercy Seat, to rollicking comedies, like Something Funny Happened On The Way To the Forum and Santaland Diaries. It's hard to classify Lawson's latest directing endeavor-the musical Rock of Ages for Thalian Association. Even if you've never seen the musical, you probably know all the music already-hits from 1980s from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister...lots of glam bands we love/love to hate/know the lyrics either way. Naturally, the audience is invited to dig in the closet for something 80s-appropriate for the evening to get the full experience.

Big Dawg Productions

This season, Big Dawg Productions has produced plays in pairs-"companion pieces." Tonight through Sunday, Big Dawg's latest, The 39 Steps, completes its run at the Cape Fear Playhouse; it's the first of a pair of Hitchcock adaptations. Artistic Director Steve Vernon talks about this play and gives a tiny preview of its companion piece opening in two weeks: The Birds Attack. Listen here:


NHC Arboretum

New Hanover County's 7-acre Arboretum opened 27 years ago and it continues to improve, increasing educational and creative programming for all ages and abilities. One reason the Arboretum thrives is because of a group of volunteers called Friends of the Arboretum (FOA), dedicated to supporting the gardens with money, time, and muscle. John Ranalli is the President of FOA, and listen to the enthusiasm he brings to this year's main FOA fundraiser: Art in the Arboretum. The event is this weekend, Friday-Sunday, rain or shine.

Artist Heather Divoky has an exhibition up at the Leland Cultural Arts Center called A Relative Geography: Painted Perspectives of Where We Live. It's actually a work in progress that started with short stories about places that extend out from Leland, North Carolina all the way to Jupiter.  Divoky continues to add small paintings to each story. The closing reception for the exhibit is Thursday, 9/29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Listen to Divoky talk about the exhibit and describe some of the over 300 stories above.

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