Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

Mon-Fri 11:58 AM-12:06 PM

During our Classical block on Monday* through Friday at 11:58 AM, Gina Gambony hosts a celebration of the arts and culture of the Lower Cape Fear. She interviews artists, actors, dancers, writers and creators of community events—all the inspiring movers and shakers who enrich our lives.

*Monday Midday Interviews are hosted by Pat Marriott.

Please send requests for interviews to classical@whqr.org.


Midday Interviews for August 18th through August 21st:

Monday 9/7:  Kim Henry, Founder & Director of "Luv 2 Act," joins us to talk about teaching kids drama-without a script.

Tuesday 9/8:  Tune in to hear about the joint venture between the Cameron Art Museum and Miracle Field to have a day of arts and activities for people of all abilities.  

Wednesday 9/9:  The Master Gardeners of Pender County join us to talk about the upcoming fall plant sale.

Thursday 9/10: UNCW's creative magazine "Ecotone" is having an anniversary-and one of their contributors is publishing a new book, Honey from the Lion.

Friday 9/11:  Tracey Varga will tell us about a performance this month by her dance company, Forward Motion.  We'll also hear from composer Joe Cordaro about the music. 

Halloween "Yam Jam" at Portia Hines Park

Oct 7, 2015
Jr. League of Wilmington

Last week, Pat Marriott spoke with Jana Jones-Hall and Paige Blaire from Wilmington's Blue Ribbon Commission.  After working to rebuild and reinvigorate Portia Hines Park in the Youth Enrichment Zone downtown, a fall celebration called "The Yam Jam" is becoming a tradition.  Over 17,000 pounds of yams and other produce are just a part of the fun-there will also be a bounce house, face-painting, and "trunk or treat" for Halloween.  

"The Addams Family" was an invention of cartoonist Charles Addams, running in The New Yorker for 50 years beginning in 1938.  The public attraction to this eccentric and macabre family of anti-socialites has staying power; over the years, the family has been crafted into 2 television shows (live and animated), video games, movies, and now, The Addams Family Musical.

"Old Books" Celebrates National Banned Books Week

Sep 28, 2015
American Library Association

This week is National Banned Books Week, so you can expect some happenings at Old Books on Front Street.  

The Ariel Quartet at Beckwith Recital Hall

Sep 27, 2015

The "Simply Classical" season presented by Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) begins Sunday, September 27 at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The Ariel Quartet, mentored by Itzhak Perlman since its inception in 1998, is the season-starter,  playing Mozart's Quartet in E-flat Major, Wiesenberg's Between the Sacred and the Profane, and Beethoven's Quartet in A Minor.

Museum Park Open on Market Street

Sep 26, 2015

The Cape Fear Museum has created new green space on Market Street. Funded by the 2006 bond referendum and additional community fundraising, the Museum was able to take its parking lot and turn it into an educational park.  Visitors can learn about plant species, watercraft, weather forecasting, and about the interactions of people, land, and water in our region.  

Pat Marriott interviewed the two artists hanging the new show in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery:  Diana Jamison and Celia McGuire.  The show is called Under the Canopy-Two Women's Journey.  WHQR is having an opening reception for the show on Friday, September 25th, 6:00pm-9:00pm (4th Friday Gallery Walk), so stop by for refreshment and beautiful art.  The show will hang through November 13th.  

The Care Project Gala: "The Art of Healing"

Sep 21, 2015

When Dr. Johnnie Sexton worked as an audiologist, he realized there was a missing piece in services for families dealing with hearing impairment: social and emotional needs were not being met.  This inspired him to create The Care Project, a non-profit organization serving families beyond their medical audiological needs.  The Project is throwing its 5th Annual Gala at Union Station in downtown Wilmington to keep the work rolling.   

Emily Louise Smith is a senior lecturer in the Creative Writing Department at UNCW and the Founder/Publisher of Lookout BooksLookout is the sister book imprint of Ecotone Magazine.  Anna Lena Phillips Bell is also a lecturer with the Creative Writing Department and the editor of both publications.

Forward Motion Dance is ready to perform its yearly bonanza.  As always, a collection of diverse talents have been weaved together to create this multimedia show, called  Cape Fear Arts in Motion:  Duets, Pirouettes, and Silhouettes.

Kim Henry moved to Wilmington about 4 years ago and within 2 weeks began teaching drama workshops for children.  She had started a company several years earlier in Spain, called Luv2Act, and she wanted to continue her work here.  She knew she was doing the work she loved most.