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 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:

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.

Dr. Rick Olsen will moderate a panel next Tuesday night from 7 to 9 at Kenan Hall called Romancing the Brain.  Six different professors from the College of Arts and Sciences will each talk about how their discipline studies the brain.  A discussion and Q & A will follow.

Jemila sat down today to speak with Lou Criscuolo, Artistic Director of Opera House Theatre Company.  Lou is directing Mel Brooks’ hilarious musical The Producers.

Jemila talked with Steven Errante about his 25th anniversary of conducting the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. 

Jemila talks with Celia Rivenbark about her latest book, You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl.  She’s our guest for Prologue on Monday night!

Jemila talks to director and designer Paul Bertelsen and actor Doug Dodson about Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon.

Two members of the The Soweto Gospel Choir, winner of two Grammy Awards, stopped by WHQR studios on Tuesday. They spoke with Rachel Lewis Hilburn about singing with a mission, traveling the world, and what it's like to perform with/for internationally-renowned luminaries like U-2's Bono and Nelson Mandela.

Today, Jemila talks with Jackie Karch about Netop’s Birthday Bash.  Netop is known as The Painting Pooch! 

Wilmington native, Dr. Phillip L. Clay, stops by to discuss the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Tony Moore come (actor and playwright) and Richard Woodcock (age 13) talk about their new play.

Paul Wilkes talks with Jemila about his book The Art of Confession.

Jemila sits down to discuss the W.A.W.A. with Butch Haislip and Bryon Rosburgh.

Bob Workmon talks with Donna Moore and Laura Crane about arts classes for all ages at the Cameron Museum.