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.

Today I talked with Jerry Cribbs, founder and director of Cape Fear Chorale.  The chorale will be joined by an orchestra for a free concert on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Grace United Methodist Church.  The concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Magnificat and one of Handel’s Coronation OverturesCapeFearChorale.org

I talked with Judy Goldman about her book Losing My Sister: A Memoir.  Judy will be at B’nai Israel Synagogue tonight at 7:00 to give a free reading.  She paint a vivid picture of growing up in South Carolina in a close-knit family, and how she and her older sister Brenda experienced three rifts in their relationship.  The book is beautifully written; I highly recommend it.

More information:
JudyGoldman.com
BlairPub.com

Compagnie de Danse

Oct 30, 2012

Our guests today were Jean-Rene Delsoin, Artistic Director of Compagnie de Danse Jean-Rene Delsoin… with company and tour manager Mario LaMothe of the U.S. State Department’s Center Stage initiative.  The company is hosting a Community Drum Circle and Dance Demonstration open to the public tomorrow from noon to one at UNCW’s outdoor amphitheater.  The company’s final performance is Friday night at 8 at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW.  A reception follows.  Tickets: Kenan Box Office, 962-3500.  Info and tix also at uncw.edu.arts

Jeanne Walker of Poplar Grove Plantation told us about their biggest event of the year, the Halloween Festival!  It’s spread over two weekends this year, October 12-14 and October 19-21.  We also chatted about an event later this month called Happy Tails Dog Expo on October 28.

More information at PoplarGrovePlantation.com

Director Mike Thompson and actress/singer/dancer Heather Setzler, spoke all about Thalian Association Community Theatre’s production of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5.  The show runs tonight and Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3.  Also next week, Thursday through Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.

Tickets are available at Thalian.org.

Banned Books Week 2012

Sep 27, 2012

Today Gwenyfar Rohler of Old Books on Front Street told us all about Banned Books Week.  OldBooksOnFrontSt.com

Today I had a terrific talk with Robert V. Taylor – author, speaker, blogger for The Huffington Post, and Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.  He was born and raised in South Africa, but had to leave the country when he began to speak out against apartheid.  We discussed his book A New Way to Be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive.  It is available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. 

Rwanda Shares

Sep 20, 2012

Beth Crookham, film producer, was in Rwanda earlier this year and met an artist there named Innocent Nkurunziza.  She applied on his behalf to the Artist-in-Residence project at UNCW’s Boseman Gallery.  And now Innocent is here!  His exhibition called Rwanda Shares opens with a reception at 5:30 this evening, then runs through October 25.  For more information on the artist, visit IvukaArts.com

Today's guests were David Loudermilk, director and choreographer, and Lucille Bruno, costumer. We talked about T.A.C.T.’s production of Frank Loesser’s musical, Guys and Dolls.  There are 3 shows remaining: Friday and Saturday at 7, Sunday at 3, at the Hannah Block Historic USO on 2nd and Orange.  Tickets are $12.75 and are available at the USO desk or by phone at 910-341-7860.  More info at Thalian.org

Yesterday I chatted with Woody Durham, the legendary sportscaster.  His book called A Tar Heel Voice has just been published.  

Paula Haller, documentary filmmaker and organizer of DocuTime Film Festival, told us all about [Mini]DocuTime which features three films.  It’s this Saturday at 4:00 (doors open at 3:00).  Advance tix available until noon on Saturday at etix.com or Sharky’s Box Office in the Fisher Student Center 910-962-4045.  Tix are $10 general admission; free for students with ID.  If

Jay Johnson, master ventriloquist, presents his Tony Award-winning show The Two and Only at Thalian Hall, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm.  The show will be filmed for later release.  Tickets are available at 910-632-2285 and thalianhall.org.  More info on Jay and his work can be found at his website: TheTwoAndOnly.com

Norman Bemelmans, Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW, and Elizabeth Loparits, faculty member of the UNCW Music Department, are both concert pianists who have performed in many countries to great acclaim.  They share a love for Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and all the Romantic composers.  On Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 pm in Kenan Auditorium, they will present a program called Piano Masterworks: Music of the Russian Romantics.  They will perform solo and duo works.  Tickets are available from the Kenan Box Office at 962-3500. 

Todays guests were Jason Aycock, the new Artistic Director for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) and  Susan Habas, the Managing Director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.  They told us about T.A.C.T.’s upcoming season of plays and about the T.A.C.T. Academy that is offering classes now. 

The Most Happy Fella

Aug 28, 2012

Opera House Theatre Company opens Frank Loesser’s 1956 musical The Most Happy Fella tomorrow night at 8 on Thalian Hall’s mainstage.  Bob Workmon stars as Tony Esposito.  Suellen Yates directs.  Tickets available from the Thalian Hall box office: 632-2285.  The show runs only two weekends!

"The Memory Thief"

Aug 24, 2012

Emily Colin, Wilmington resident and Assistant Director of D.R.E.A.M.S., has written her first novel.  It’s been published by Random House / Ballantine Trade Paperbacks.  I sat up and read it all night!  It’s called The Memory Thief.  You can meet her at a Book Event tomorrow night at 6:00 at D.R.E.A.M.S., which is at 10th and Fanning in Wilmington.  She will sign copies of her book and she will also do a reading.  You can also visit her website EmilyColin.com and watch a trailer!

In honor of Fourth Friday Gallery Night, which is this Friday from 6 to 9, I spoke with two photographers from the Cape Fear Camera Club about their exhibit in the MC Erny Gallery called The Collection: Triptych Photographs.  My guests were Jo Ann Tomaselli and Barbara Synder.   Capefearcameraclub.org

Today's guests: Cathy and Bill Furpless of the Historic Amuzu Theatre in Southport, hosting Rock ‘n Roll Is Here to Stay!  The shows are this weekend and next weekend, Fri and Sat at 7:30 and Sun at 3:00.  

Aquarius Falling

Aug 17, 2012

Author Mike Tucker: his thriller Aquarius Falling.

Amanda Greene, Wilmington Faith and Values: Walking Tour.


Star Sosa of Spectrum Art & Jewelry: 15 years of her small business and its involvement with the community.

Full Discolsure: Spectrum Art and Jewlery is a WHQR Underwriter.

Art for All

Aug 14, 2012

Rich Leder, Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews:  Art for All.

Marina De Ratmiroff, professor in UNCW’s Music Department, told us about some of the fall concerts coming up, almost all of which cost only $5 or are free. Details can be found at  UNCW.edu/music

I spoke with Melissa Franklin, a 20-year old high-functioning autistic woman.  She has been approved to get a service dog from Autism Service Dogs of America, and is currently raising funds to pay for her dog.  She needs $6,500… and has about $3000 in hand.  A series of fundraisers are planned, including one tomorrow from 4 to 8 pm at BrrrBerry’s Ice Cream in Mayfaire (next to the Harris Teeter).

Hello, Dolly!

Jul 31, 2012

My guests today were director/choreographer Ray Kennedy, and actor/singer/dancers Dylan Fowler and Mary Stewart Evans.  Opera House Theatre Company opens Hello, Dolly!  Tomorrow night on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  The musical runs Wed-Sat @ 8, Sun @ 3.  It runs for 2 weekends after that, Fri & Sat @ 8, Sun at 3. 

Tix: Thalian Hall Box Office, 632-2285 or WilmingtonTickets.com

More info: OperaHouseTheatreCompany.net

The Dance Element presents an original adaptation of E.B. White’s classic story Charlotte’s Web.  Director/choreographer Ashley Barnes and composer Brian “Juice” Raynor joined us today to chat about it.

Praying for Strangers

Jul 19, 2012

River Jordan, author of Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit.  She’ll be at Pomegranate Books tonight at 7:00.  For more information about this book and her many other books, just go to PrayingForStrangers.com

Master Class

Jul 13, 2012

Gloria Crist stars as Maria Callas in Terrance McNally’s award-winning play Master Class.  Gloria will give 3 performances – Friday, July 20 at 7:30 (followed by a black-tie gala, tickets $75)…Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 (tickets $20).  All performances are at the new Fine Arts Building of Cape Fear Academy, 3600 S. College Road.  For more information or to buy tickets, go to thalian.org or call 910-251-1788.

Giulia Goes to War

Jul 13, 2012

Joan Leotta, author of Giulia Goes to War, set in Wilmington in 1942.  The USO is prominently featured in the book, and Hannah Block is mentioned.  Available as an e-book through Desert Breeze Publishing. Joan's personal website can be found here.

Kevin Lee-Y Green of Techmoja Dance & Theatre Company is holding auditions for the musical The Color Purple.  Auditions are Saturday from noon to 4 at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange in Wilmington.  The show runs 2 performances only at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in October.  For details, call Kevin at 233-7343.

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