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.

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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.

For WHQR’s Midday Interview, News Director Michelle Bliss talked to Georgia Mastroieni. She’s the curator of education for the Cameron Art Museum which offers the Connections Alzheimer’s tours. The program recently received a grant that will further its offerings to include hands-on art projects. Melannie Pate was also in the studio—she’s the office manager for the Wilmington branch of Alzheimer’s NC.  

Today I talked with New Hanover County Public Library Assistant Director Paige Owens.  She gave an update on the famous George the Library Duck saga and she told us all about the Million Dollar Book Sale, March 16-21 at the Northeast Library.  More info:  nhclibrary.org

Ed Wagenseller came in to talk with me about his production of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation for UNCW Theatre.

Daphne Holmes, Curator of Public Programs at the Cameron Art Museum, and Larry Croom, historian and re-enactor, tell us about this special event which takes place Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 2 on the grounds of the museum, the site of the Battle of Forks Road in February 1865.

Today I spoke with Linda Lytvinenko & Rachel LaCoe of Cape Fear Literacy, all about their upcoming fundraiser, the Casablanca Gala on March 3.  

George Scheibner talked with Alvin Atkinson of Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He is in town doing a residency at UNCW.  He’ll be part of a concert Saturday night at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium called "Discovering the Groove in Jazz and You."

Dan Brawley of Cucalorus Film Festival talked with Jemila about “An Evening at the Oscars,” a fundraising party Sunday night from 7:30 to midnight at Brooklyn Arts Center. 

Today I spoke with all three of the artists – Morgan Kenney, Lynn Casper, and Dorian Hill – who are currently exhibiting their work in the MC Erny Gallery here at WHQR.  The exhibit is called Out of the Pocket: iPhonography. Fourth Friday Galley Night is next Friday from 6 to 9.

Yesterday, I spoke with Cheryl and Dorian about the association's juried Spring Show, which happens each year during the Azalea Festival.  The deadline for submittals is March 5.  The show is April 13, 14, and 15.  

Today we talk to Director Mike O’Neil and actress Barbara Weetman about David Mamet’s play Boston Marriage, set in New England in 1910.

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