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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The Poetry Foundation

Barbara McKenzie says everyone has a magical NPR moment-when you hear something on NPR that just knocks you off your feet and makes a huge impact on your mind, your heart, even your life. That moment for Barbara came when she heard poet Samuel Menashe on NPR's Weekend Edition. He was being interviewed because he received the Poetry Foundation's Neglected Masters Award

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Caring for animals brings reward and heartbreak. If you care for wild animals, you have little control over the strong hand of nature and her logic; there will be losses. But then again, nature's surprising resilience shows itself as well.

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When a child experiences a significant health condition or other life-altering challenge, the family is focused on survival. That's where Welcome Home Angel can step in to think about practical and aesthetic fixes for the child's living space.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix are making their first visit to Wilmington this Friday 9/5 at The Rusty Nail.  Showtime is 8:00pm. These Grammy-nominees have been called "Roots Music Royalty" and are consistently noted in reviews for their talent and music heritage. 

James Bowling / Big Dawg Productions

Director Katherine Vernon says chase scenes, flashy dance numbers, and glittering sets are not required for a riveting night of theatre--just mix a well-crafted story with talented performers. The particular play she's talking about has spectacle aplenty ... it's just all inside the hearts, minds, and souls of the characters.

Erik Maasch / Opera House Theatre Company

You may have never heard of the award-winning show Violet, though it premiered off-Broadway back in 1997. The musical has received more attention and increased production in the last few years after a 2014 Broadway revival. Opera House Theatre Company brings it to Thalian Hall.

Oak Island Art Guild

Oak Island Art Guild throws its 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival this Saturday, September 1. Work by over 130 artists will be on sale, along with hotdogs, funnel cake and kettle corn. The event runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm and is free.

Thalian Hall

WHQR Commentator Nan Graham is excited about sound effects-especially the really big (and really old) one at Thalian Hall.

TeamLab

Cameron Art Museum holds Community Day on Saturday, August 25, an art celebration for all ages. In addition to activities for young people (and a discount for fall classes), the interactive, mega-technical exhibit A Time When Art Was Everywhere from TeamLab in Japan opens. 

New York singer, songwriter, and record producer Paul Loren performs a free concert at Gravity Records Thursday. He's vacationing in the area and fell in love with the record store when he saw the classic albums on the shelves.    

James Bowling / Panache Theatre

Panache Theatrical Productions presents the classic cowboy tale of Liberty Valance onstage at North Front Theatre in downtown Wilmington. Actor Robin Dale Robinson relishes playing the outlaw, Liberty, against Bradley Coxe's law-and-order hero from the east, Ransom Foster.

Duo Soreño / Ravello Records

Together, Soprano Nancy King and guitarist Robert Nathanson form Duo Soreño. While they are both classically trained musicians, they've been commissioning new classical music for nearly 20 years. The latest collection is Waking the Sparrows.

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Athenian Press and Workshops holds Art of Resistance Charity Gala & Exhibit Saturday, August 11 at the Athenian House on Wrightsville Avenue. In addition to the exhibit and auction, the event features poetry, live music, and uncensored conversation. 

Opera House Theatre Company

The film came out in 1950, and the musical hit Broadway in 1994. It took nearly 25 years after that for the noir classic Sunset Boulevard to hit the stage in Wilmington. Opera House Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical at Thalian Hall through Sunday, August 19. 

Make Trouble

Make Trouble works at the intersection of three theatrical elements: ensemble-building, devising, and Shakespeare. The group presents the final performances of Romeo & Juliet and Love's Labour's Lost this weekend.

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Mouths of Babes Theatre Company is adapting stories from the book Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries into a theatrical production. The group wants input about this work-in-progress at its staged reading tonight (Wednesday) at UNCW. 

Alchemical Theatre

Director Christopher Marino presents another immersive Shakespeare performance to Wilmington with Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The flexible SRO Black Box Theatre makes possible a staging without walls between audience and performers. 

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Die Fledermaus is hilarious and a great "first opera" for the uninitiated, according to Opera Wilmington singers. The show is onstage at UNCW's Main Stage Theatre for just 4 performances: July 20, 22, 27, & 29.

Listen above to our backstage rehearsal conversation with Director Nancy King and singers Michelle Lerch, Shannon Kessler Dooley, and Joshua Collier. See our gallery of pictures below. 

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The Race Matters Book Discussion Group began in January this year.  The focus book right now is We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates penned between 2012 and 2017 for The Atlantic. 

Henri Adolphe Schaep

Gwenyfar Rohler loved Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" as a child. In adulthood, the story becomes more complicated. 

UNCW Office of the Arts

Die Fledermaus. Twelfth Night. Rhiannon Giddens. Peter & the Wolf. Audrey Ochoa. Virtual Reality. These are some of the offerings at UNCW's Lumina Festival of the Arts this year, running through July 29.

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100 Black Men of America began in New York City in 1963 with the motto "What They See is What They'll Be." The Coastal Carolina Chapter launched in 2008-and the group is hosting a celebratory Awards & Recognition Breakfast on Saturday, July 14 at 9:00am at Shell Island Resort.

Erik Maasch

Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, The Coasters, Christine Kitrell, The Drifters--these great acts (and more) performed music written by the dynamic songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Opera House Theatre Company presents the musical revue of their most popular tunes, spanning from the early '50s to the early '80s. 

Keepin' On Productions

There's not much humor in the Biblical tale of Adam and Eve, but that changed when Mark Twain decided to pen their diaries, Anthony Lawson decided to adapt it for stage, and Steve Vernon decided to direct it for Keepin' On Productions. The show runs through July 22 at the Cape Fear Playhouse.

Public Domain Pictures

Do you ever stay up all night? How about in the middle of the ocean ... alone? 

Guest Commentator John Wolfe shares what he discovers in that kind of solitude; listen above. Wolfe is a writer and mariner who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments

Norma Luther rallied for a Gold Star Family Monument to be dedicated in Wilmington. It's finally going to happen this fall. Norma says this is an important part of the healing process for families who have lost loved ones in the military. As a Gold Star Mother, Norma has insight on this. 

Thalian Association

It's not easy to present a play at the USS Battleship North Carolina. But after learning the ropes last year (and having a lot of fun), Thaian Association is ready to do it again with The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

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They are everywhere … Buy This! See That! We're bombarded with signs, but we often miss some of the most interesting ones, according to commentator Nan Graham.

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Elise Seifert kind of stumbled on music when her parents won an auction for piano lessons. It's hard to imagine this young composer's life without music now. She's a Wilmington native, but making a break for Los Angeles this summer to pursue her passion for film scoring.

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