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.

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.

TheatreNOW

Jul 10, 2012

Today I spoke with Alisa Harris about the grand opening of TheatreNOW at the corner of 10th and Dock on Friday, July 20.

Amy Feath, Crisis Intervention Services Director for Rape Crisis Center, talks about all the services available, and about an event coming up in September that is recruiting participants.  It’s called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: A Men’s March Against Rape and Gender Violence.”   More info: afeath@coastalhorizons.org

Our guests today are Steve Spain of Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network and fashion designer Lucille Bruno.  Lucille and friends are creating the Cape Fear Community Photo Shoot on Sunday from 5 to 9 at The Brik House, 208 Market Street.  Amateur and upcoming professional photographers can come and shoot pictures of a fashion show staffed by professional models, set designers, lighting designers, hair & makeup artists, and mentoring pro photographers.  There will also be a full bar, dancing, a silent auction, and the garments and accessories modeled will be available for purchase.

A Chorus Line

Jul 3, 2012

Carson Rudisill Capps plays Cassie in A Chorus Line, the latest musical presented by Opera House Theatre Company.  The show opens tomorrow night at 8, running Wed-Sat at 8 and Sun at 3 on the mainstage of Thalian Hall.  Two more weekends follow with shows on Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 3.  Tickets: 632-2285.

Kelly House Fundraiser

Jun 26, 2012

 

Guests: Mary Kelly & Katherine Crowley

Mary Kelly is the founder of Kelly House, which provides housing & counseling & recovery to women who have children and are struggling with alcohol and/or substance abuse.  A fundraiser is coming up Friday at 6pm at Northeast Regional Library.  Guest speaker will be author, educator and consultant Katherine Crowley, presenting the topic Take This Job and Love It.  Tickets are $25, available at the door, or by calling 910-859-0990.  

Lois Carol Wheatley tells us about her book, Images of America: Carolina Beach.  She will be at Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market tomorrow from 8 to 1, selling and signing books.

Julie Smith and Heather Bobeck are rising seniors in Vocal Performance at UNCW.  They are giving two concerts together:  Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk…and Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church.  They will gratefully receive donations at the door to further their studies.  Both young sopranos are dreaming of a career in opera.

 

Bloomsday 2012

Jun 13, 2012

Gwenyfar Rohler of Old Books on Front Street, spoke with me about Bloomsday, a celebration on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 (or so), in honor of James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.  A staged reading of the play within the book is being presented.    OldBooksOnFrontSt.com

My guests were Ben and Amy Wright, parents of four children, two of whom have Down Syndrome.  Amy has written a song to be used by the campaign Spread the Word to End the Word, which encourages people to stop using the words "retard" or "retarded," and speak of intellectual disability instead. 

www.philipgerard.com

Philip Gerard talks about The Patron Saint of Dreams, a book of true essays which just won the National Gold Medal for non-fiction essays in the Independent Publisher Awards in NYC.  He’ll be our guest for Prologue Monday night at 7 here in the MC Erny Gallery.

I spoke with Ray Kennedy and Erin Sullivan from Opera House Theatre Company about Legally Blonde: The Musical.  Ray is directing and choreographing with co-director/choreographer Jason Aycock.  Erin Sullivan stars as Elle Woods. 

Margaret Miles, Youth Services Librarian for New Hanover County Public Library, talked about all the cool summer programs starting this month in all the libraries.  For more info, check out  NHCLibrary.org

Today we talk with Steve Vernon, who’s directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cherri McKay, who’s directing Shades of Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Youth Company (part of Shakespeare on the Green).

Wilmington FAVs

May 29, 2012

Amanda Greene talks with Bob Workmon about her Faith and Values series.

Penny Ames and Elizabeth Singletary talked about their show Outside, which opens tomorrow night at WHQR. More info can be found on our gallery page.

Sally Howe from Thalian Association Community Theatre told us about this weekend’s Orange Street Arts Fest, Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5.

"I Am My Own Wife"

May 18, 2012

 Rylan stars in and Trey directs I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, a Pulitzer and Tony Award winning one-man show about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.  Charlotte began life as a male, but lived as a female in the time of Nazi Germany and the later Communist takeover of East Germany. 

I talked with author Sheila Webster Boneham, PhD, about her 17 books on animal care and animal rescue.  She is working on her second book in her mystery series, the first of which is called Drop Dead on Recall which will be published in October. 

Tom Briggs came in to talk with us today about directing La Cage aux Folles for Thalian Association Community Theatre.  The performances will be Thursday-Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM for two weekends on Thalian's Main Stage.

What is Justice?

May 11, 2012

Today I talked with William Taylor about his 47 years with Scotland Yard and Interpol.  He’s giving a talk tonight at 7 at St. James Episcopal Church (in the Great Hall).  The talk is called “What is Justice?” and will address how to define fairness in a multicultural world.  The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception follows.

I talked to Dorothy Hodder, Public Services Librarian, and Scooter Hayes, Children’s Librarian, both with New Hanover County Public Library.  On Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Northeast Regional Library, there’s a great program called Story Extravaganza.  There will be storytellers, theatre groups, dancers, magicians, musicians, a ventriloquist, and kid hip hop!  Mr. Scooter will emcee.

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