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.

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.

Jazz at the Mansion

May 10, 2012

Pat Marriott talks with Gareth Evans about Bellamy Mansion’s Jazz at the Mansion series.

Concert pianist Giorgi Latsabidze loves to share classical music, jazz, and rhythm and blues with diverse audiences of all races, ages and orientations – no limits!  He was born and raised in the Republic of Georgia, and has a doctorate in music from the University of Southern California.  He is briefly in Wilmington with his agent, Wayne Adams, to perform at Costello’s Piano Bar at 211 Princess Street.  At 5 pm, it will be a classical program of Chopin, Ravel, Mozart and others.  This evening, he’ll play two different sets in a jazzy vein at 9 pm and 10:15 pm.

Today I talked with Madeline Flagler of the Wrightsville Beach Museum, Gareth Evans of Preservation North Carolina and The Bellamy Mansion Museum, and Ted Wilgis of North Carolina Coastal Federation. 

Today I spoke with playwright Owen Dunne (left) and director Steve Bakunas (right).  Owen’s play Positions is currently at the Red Barn Studio Theatre and runs at 8PM Wednesday-Saturday this week, and Wednesday-Friday next week. 

I talked with Pat Holleman, potter, president, and original member of the Port City Pottery and Fine Crafts cooperative; also Iris Simmons, art quilter and original member.  The artists are celebrating their 5th anniversary at The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington with refreshments all day Friday, then a party with wine, snacks, and hourly drawings for artwork, tomorrow from 5 to 9 pm. 

Fly Trap Frolic

Apr 25, 2012

Today I talked with Diana Corbett of North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and Dr. Phil Garwood (Dr. Rocks) of CFCC. We discussed Fly Trap Frolic, a free family event Saturday from 9AM to noon at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden behind Alderman Elementary School on Independence Blvd.

"Lend Me a Tenor"

Apr 24, 2012

Today I spoke with Lou Criscuolo, who is directing Lend Me a Tenor for Opera House Theatre Company.  The lead, John Keenan, who plays Tito Morelli (The World’s Greatest Tenor), also came on the air. 

Guardian ad Litem

Apr 18, 2012

I spoke with Lynne Fender, a volunteer Guardian ad Litem.  John Taggart, the president of the non-profit Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association was with us too.  The volunteers in the program serve as support for children going through the legal system so their interests are clearly represented. 

Today Nancy King from UNCW's Department of Music, and her student Whitney Lanier, came by to talk about their production of Jules Massenet’s opera Cinderella.  The interview also includes 3½ minutes of music at the end, featuring Whitney as Cinderella and Matt Talley as Prince Charming, accompanied by Patricia Ainspac. 

Photo by Beth Gwinn

Today I spoke with author Nancy Collins about her latest book, Left Hand Magic.  She’ll be our guest on Monday night at 7 with Ben Steelman of the Star-News for Prologue.

Today I talked with Barbara McKenzie about Chamber Music Wilmington, presenting the Kontras Quartet in concert.

"Nunsense 2"

Apr 11, 2012

Today I talked with director Thom Clemmons and actress Sydney Nobles about Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of Nunsense 2: The Second Coming at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. 

Today I talked with George Edwards from Historic Wilmington Foundation about the upcoming Azalea Festival Home Tour (Saturday 12:30 to 6, Sunday 1 to 4). 

Ticket to Taste

Apr 6, 2012

"Ticket to Taste" was an event to raise funds for the non-profit Interfaith Refugee Ministry, which is settling a large community of Burmese immigrants in Wilmington. Jamie Mills is the Executive Director. 

Azalea Garden Tour

Apr 5, 2012

Karen Smith talked about the 59th Annual Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour.  It’s next Friday though Sunday, 10-6 daily (except for Airlie Gardens, which is only participating on Saturday).  Eleven private and two public gardens are featured.

Today I talked with Tom Briggs, artistic director of Thalian Association Community Theatre.  They opened a play last week on the mainstage of Thalian Hall, a wacky musical called The Drowsy Chaperone.

Les Trois Amis, a new show at the Acme Art Studios in downtown Wilmington, will have the three artists on hand Saturday, March 31st from 10 AM to 4 PM to chat with the public, following a lively opening earlier this month. 

Pat Hairston and service dog Angel were my guests today on the Midday Interview. Their event, "Walk for Those Who Can't" will take place on Saturday, March 24th from 9AM to 12PM at Hugh MacRae Park.

Today I talked with Stephen Fields, Director of the Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble.  Their March 24 concert is at Winter Park Baptist Church and is called Something Wonderful: The Musical Genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein. 

 The show is on Saturday night at 8 in Kenan Auditorium.

I talked with Elaine Cooper, who along with Marla Rice-Evans, is coordinating and participating in the next art show in the MC Erny Gallery.  It’s all pelicans all the time!

Sandra Moulin, author of Before and Laughter, will be our guest for Prologue Monday evening at 7 here on the MC Erny Gallery.

George Scheibner talked to jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who will be in town with his brother Albert "Tootie" Heath, performing a Homecoming Concert Saturday night at 7:30 at Thalian Hall.

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