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.


Tune in to our Midday Interview at 11:58 to hear from our guests this week- November 23-27.

Monday 11/23:  Joan McLoughlin & Kathy Stovall, the artists behind the "Paper & Paint" exhibit opening this Friday, November 27 in the MC Erny Gallery. 

Tuesday 11/24:  Author and storyteller Joan Leotta, talking about latest publications and work that's on the way.

Wednesday 11/25:  Actor Anthony David Lawson, bringing Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris to life this year with his new theatre company, Panache.  

Thursday 11/26:  Unless pumpkin pie can speak, don't expect a guest today.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday 11/27:  Laurie Taylor, giving us all the details about The Festival of the Trees 2015 from the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center.

Director Anthony Lawson and actor Katherine Vernon (Martha) discuss the award-winning play by Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  The Thalian Association presents this play as a part of their summer series at the Red Barn Studio Theatre downtown.   In addition to Katherine Vernon, other actors include Ron Hasson (George), Hal Cosec (Nick) and Maria Katsadouros (Honey).

Listen to our interview with Michael Wolfe of the Wolfe Gang, singing and playing an original tune on the guitar "Overcoat Blues" along with double bassist Rob Harrington.  Wolfe Gang is playing at Ted’s Fun on the River next Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 with Michael, Rob, and drummer Gene Carmen.  Michael and Rob came in to chat with us about the music.  At the end of the interview you can the song "Yellow Moon" by the Nevill

The Newest Gershwin Musical: Crazy for You

Jul 10, 2015

In 1992,  a Gershwin musical from 1930, Girl Crazy, was adapted into Crazy for You.  This musical has been extraordinarily popular since its release, at least partly because audiences hear some of the most beloved songs from Ira & George Gershwin over the years, including "I Got Rhythm," "Bidin' My Time," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Embraceable You."

The North Carolina Poet Laureate has written a play-of course, this play began as a collection of poems. 

Local playwright Anne Russell encouraged Shelby Stephenson and provided assistance in reshaping his poetry about growing up in rural Johnston county into text ready for performance.  Maytle's World was just published in March.  

Please Touch the Art: Mail Art @ ACME

Jul 2, 2015
ACME Studios

Local artist Fritzi Huber curated a show called "If It Fits, Mail It" at ACME Studios downtown.  The show has one simple stipulation:  if the postal service would deliver the piece, it would be hung in the show.  Two-hundred pieces of art were mailed to ACME from 10 countries. 

The opening reception for this exhibit was at the end of June, but the exhibit is open until the third week in July.  The closing reception will be on Friday, July 17th. 

Learn Art at the CAM

Jun 30, 2015

Georgia Mastroeini is the director youth and family education at the Cameron Art Museum (CAM).  She joined us, along with instructor Sara Richter, to talk about opportunities for youth and adults to learn art skills and art history at the Museum.

Field Day for Hams! Learn about Amateur Radio

Jun 27, 2015

The first thing Bill Morine wants you to know about "Amateur Radio" is the meaning of the word amateur.  While it's often used nowadays to mean unskilled, amateur in this context simply means unpaid.

New Guardians at Airlie from Dumay Gorham

Jun 25, 2015

Dumay Gorham, III has been working with Metal for over 15 years.  You'll find his work all over town: the Seahawk at the front of UNCW, the Sundial in the Butterfly Garden at Ft. Fisher, and the Sea Serpent at the Arboretum are some notable examples.  While he does most of his work for individual clients, he just opened his first solo exhibit in 8 years:  Guardians of the Garden at Airlie Gardens.  The show includes 12 new pieces plus 2 pieces he created a few years ago. 

"We the People" from the Sea Notes

Jun 24, 2015

The Sea Note Choral Society has been singing for our region for 41 years.  That's quite an accomplishment, especially considering the performances are free of charge and the seats are filled every time.   This year, the Sea Notes have become the resident chorus for the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College; the 1,500 seat capacity ensures folks won't be turned away from attendance (at least for a while). 

It's easy to forget how much history is hidden in every corner of our area.  As a coastal port, so many people have been attracted  to this region over hundreds of years.  More recently, in the early 20th century, there was a resort near the Carolina Beach bridge that many people may not know about.  Back then, it was one of only 2 beaches available to African-Americans in North Carolina:  Seabreeze at Freeman Beach.  The area was devastated by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.