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.

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Dr. Tom Morris is a philosopher, an author, and a motivational speaker. His aim through these endeavors is to help people apply philosophy in a practical manner to everyday life. Morris holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University. He's presenting the lecture The Adventures of a Christian Philosopher Loose in the World tomorrow night (Tuesday, 11/1) at St. James Parish on 3rd Street. In addition to being a practical philosopher, Dr. Tom Morris is a Christian philosopher. We talked about the real or perceived conflicts between philosophy, practicality, and religion. Listen above. 

Magnolia Films/Eric McNatt

Award-winning New York filmmaker Ira Sachs is in Wilmington, North Carolina this week. Sachs' latest film, Little Men, screens tonight through Wednesday at Thalian Hall as part of the Cinematique film series. Sachs will join the audience on Tuesday night (11/1) to answer questions about his work. WHQR's Gina Gambony spoke with Sachs about the film, which premiered at Sundance this year. Listen above. See the Web Extra below.

Women's Impact Network, or WIN, is a women's giving circle. It's an affiliate of the North Carolina 

Community Network with the mission to maximize women's leadership in philanthropy and strengthen New Hanover County through collective giving. WIN has distributed $142,000 to local non-profits since its formation 5 years ago; this year, WIN granted $35,ooo to the non-profit SkyWatch Bird Rescue to upgrade its facilities and expand its rescue capacity.

James Bowling

Wilmington theater director Steve Vernon often has something unusual or unheard of for audiences; his current endeavor is par for the course. The show is The Birds Attack, an unauthorized parody of Hitchcock's classic film, The Birds. Notably, all the human characters in this show are played by men- men in drag for the female characters, while the birds are played by 4 women. All the scenes (and many lines) from the movie are included.

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds was formed just 2 years ago, but it has already received a great deal of attention for the quality of its concerts. The band recently caught the eye of composer Mark Camphouse, who is creating a piece of music specifically for the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. We won't hear that music for 2 years, but the band does have concert this weekend called Fiesta-Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium.

One Girl is a non-profit organization in Australia dedicated to making education available to all girls on the planet. One Girl's focus right now is to educate 1 million girls in Africa by 2020, beginning with Sierra Leone. October is the month of One Girl's signature fundraising project: Do It in a Dress, encouraging teams of fundraisers across the globe to wear a school uniform dress from Sierra Leone to raise awareness and money.

The Ministering Circle

The Gourmet Sale for a Cause is an annual sale by the Ministering Circle to support the work they do. This year, the sale supports St. Mary's Dental Clinic, Nourish NC, and local nursing scholarships. The Gourmet Sale is Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 am - Noon at the Elks Club on Oleander Drive.

Feast Down East is a non-profit organization with a mission to grow the food system in Southeastern North Carolina. Its roots are in a UNCW sociology program that began 11 years, and while Feast Down East is now a self-standing operation, it continues to function with in tandem with the University.

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Cape Fear Jazz Society is bringing Grammy Award-Winning vocalist Diane Schuur to Wilmington for a performance at Thalian Hall on Friday night, October 21st. The president of the Jazz Society, Primus Robinson, joined us to talk about Schuur and share his personal excitement about seeing her live for the first time. Listen above. 

College Day at UNCW isn't for regular college students. It's for the community. On Saturday, October 29th, non-students of any age can attend 4 classes, plus have lunch, at UNCW. The deadline to register is this Friday, October 21st. Dr. Richard Ogle, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychology, joined us to talk about the event.

Dorothy Papadakos discovered her unusual talent for accompanying horror films on the organ at church. That's where she learned to play the organ and how to improvise music. This Friday, Dorothy is bringing sound and emotion to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu with the organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Dorothy spoke with us about playing organ for horror films-and about her pal, Nosferatu. Listen above.

Artist Janette Hopper and photographer Charles Kernan joined us in the studio to talk about a new exhibit at Art in Bloom Gallery: Visible Spectra. It's a collection of oil, watercolor, and sumi ink by Janette Hopper and photographs by Charles Kernan. Hopper and Kernan both love nature and this exhibit expresses that love with about 75 pieces between them.

Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina

The Wilmington branch of  the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 4 counties-Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. There are about 75,000 people living in food insecurity across these counties. Simply put, that's 75,000 people of all ages  (approximately 1/3 children) who may go to bed hungry any given night.

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Nuclear Science Week promotes nuclear science and celebrates its achievements. The event was launched by The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year since, Nuclear Science Week has been held in a different city; this year, the city is Wilmington, North Carolina.

Park View Project

In Wilmington in 1990, 32-year-old lesbian Talana Kreeger was brutally murdered. Tab Ballis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working on a film to tell Talana's story for 10 years: Park View ("Park View" was the name of the lesbian bar where Talana met her murderer on Carolina Beach Road). The initiating director of the film was Ingrid Jungermann, former Wilmington resident who is now an award-winning filmmaker in New York. The soundtrack is by Wilmington singer/songerwriter Laura McLean

WECT

The League of Women Voters has been around for nearly a hundred years. It was founded in 1920 to support women suffrage rights; it's still around today with the mission of protecting the vote and educating voters on issues and candidates. One way the League accomplishes this mission is through candidate forums.

The Voter Service Chair of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF), Gail Bromley, joined us to talk about 3 forums with local candidates moderated by Jon Evans from WECT News. These forums are a partnership between LWVLCF and WECT

Anthony David Lawson has directed and performed in a great diversity of plays and musicals-from psychological dramas, like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Mercy Seat, to rollicking comedies, like Something Funny Happened On The Way To the Forum and Santaland Diaries. It's hard to classify Lawson's latest directing endeavor-the musical Rock of Ages for Thalian Association. Even if you've never seen the musical, you probably know all the music already-hits from 1980s from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister...lots of glam bands we love/love to hate/know the lyrics either way. Naturally, the audience is invited to dig in the closet for something 80s-appropriate for the evening to get the full experience.

Big Dawg Productions

This season, Big Dawg Productions has produced plays in pairs-"companion pieces." Tonight through Sunday, Big Dawg's latest, The 39 Steps, completes its run at the Cape Fear Playhouse; it's the first of a pair of Hitchcock adaptations. Artistic Director Steve Vernon talks about this play and gives a tiny preview of its companion piece opening in two weeks: The Birds Attack. Listen here:


NHC Arboretum

New Hanover County's 7-acre Arboretum opened 27 years ago and it continues to improve, increasing educational and creative programming for all ages and abilities. One reason the Arboretum thrives is because of a group of volunteers called Friends of the Arboretum (FOA), dedicated to supporting the gardens with money, time, and muscle. John Ranalli is the President of FOA, and listen to the enthusiasm he brings to this year's main FOA fundraiser: Art in the Arboretum. The event is this weekend, Friday-Sunday, rain or shine.

Artist Heather Divoky has an exhibition up at the Leland Cultural Arts Center called A Relative Geography: Painted Perspectives of Where We Live. It's actually a work in progress that started with short stories about places that extend out from Leland, North Carolina all the way to Jupiter.  Divoky continues to add small paintings to each story. The closing reception for the exhibit is Thursday, 9/29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Listen to Divoky talk about the exhibit and describe some of the over 300 stories above.

Top Shelf

Gwenyfar Rohler, the owner/operator of Old Books on Front Street, has held a vision to remodel the upper floor of the shop since the bookstore took residence there 6 years ago. She figured it would take about 10 years to get it done-but the project is ahead of schedule, complete with a huge Scrabble board on the floor. The renovated space, called Top Shelf: A Literary Loft, is having a grand opening on Wednesday, 9/28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm . Rohler assures us-there will be cake. 

Listen to our interview with Gwenyfar above, and see pictures from Top Shelf here. 

Doug Tallamy

A delicate balance exists between plants, bugs, and birds. Obviously, the bugs eat the plants and the birds eat the bugs, but one element we might not think about is the effect non-native plants have on this food chain. Dr. Doug Tallamy has thought about it and written about. Tallamy is the Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He'll speak about ideas from his recent book Bringing Nature Home tomorrow at 1:00 at St. James Community Center on Southport-Supply Road. Native plant vendors will be at the event, and Dr. Tallamy will sign copies of his book. Find more information and online tickets here. 

Recovery Rock Fest Founder/Director Nyla Cione and comedian Dick Satori joined us in the studio to talk about the 2nd Annual Recovery Rock Fest in Hugh McRae Park. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 24 and is free.

Lama Surya Das-the American Lama, the Brooklyn Buddha-is holding retreats in Raleigh and Wilmington this weekend. Listen to four small conversations with Lama Surya Das (below) touching on the retreats, the state of American Buddhism, spiritual context, the purpose of meditation, and more. 

Lama Surya Das is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order and the founder of the Dzogchen Center. He is the author of the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and 12 other books. 

UNCW Music Department

Friday night is UNCW's Alumni & Faculty Showcase: The Minimalists at Beckwith Recital Hall. Rob Nathanson (guitar), Justin Hoke (guitar), Danijela Žeželj-Gualdi (violin), Michael D'Angelo (percussion), and several other performers will present music by Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Steve Reich. Rob Nathanson talks about the performance and explains the importance of minimalism in the development of contemporary music. Listen above.

Thanks For A Great Park(ing) Day! (PHOTOS)

Sep 20, 2016

This year, Park(ing) Day was another great success in Downtown Wilmington. WHQR's park, Sound Garden, featured performances by several musicians that brought North Front Street to life. We can't thank them enough for sharing their time and talent with everyone walking by.

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Wylene McDonald serves on the advisory board of the CARE Project, a Wilmington-based organization that was created to support deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Wylene is a nurse and has 2 grandchildren who are hard-of-hearing. She's been involved with the CARE Project since the beginning, when audiologist Dr. Johnnie Sexton created the organization. Wylene joined us to talk about the CARE Project's mission and the 6th Annual CARE Project Gala; listen above.  The Gala, themed "A Journey to Resilience," is Saturday, 9/24, with the red carpet rolling out at 6:00 pm at Union Station on Front Street. 

Zorá String Quartet has gathered a great list of achievements in its mere 3 years of existence: the Sander Buchman Award; Friends of Music Concerts Prize; Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize; Paramount Theatre Prize; Vancouver Recital Prize; Grand Prize & Gold Medal Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition-and more. Zorá Quartet kicks off Chamber Music Wilmington's (CMW) season this Sunday, 9/25 with a 3:00 performance at Beckwith Recital Hall. 

John Timmerman

John Timmerman has collected shells since childhood. This weekend, Timmerman is directing the North Carolina Shell Show at the Cape Fear Museum, which features thousands of shells from around the world. Timmerman talks about shell collecting above, including the ethics regarding the collection of living shells. Below, Timmerman talks about his contribution to this exhibit. 

NC Shell Show

Denton County

September is National Recovery Month and the Cape Fear Region is celebrating. Mandy Anderson from the Wilmington Treatment Center  is a part of the Cape Fear Recovery Month Coalition, the organization that has been celebrating Recovery Month for 15 years.

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