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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Cape Fear Shakespeare

Cape Fear Shakespeare celebrates 25 years of outdoor theatre this summer at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre. "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Romeo & Juliet" take turns on the stage through June 24 (maybe longer).

Theatre For All

Theatre For All presents its original show Behind the Big Top on Monday & Tuesday, June 4-5, at TheatreNOW. Showtime is 7:00pm.  As the title suggests, this show is a (humorous) peak behind the scenes of circus life.

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Artists Topher Alexander and Kristin Pors approach art from different directions using different materials, but their work comes together at the MC Erny Gallery in the exhibit Life Itself. Friday, May 25th is the closing reception, one of the stops to make on the 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

TheatreNow

Good Ol' Girls is onstage at Theatre Now through June 2. The musical portrays the 7 ages of the southern woman, adapted from stories by southern authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle. The performance on Friday, 5/25 benefits the Carousel Center.

Compton & Newberry

Compton & Newberry bring legit Bluegrass to Thalian Hall on Thursday, 5/24. Mike Compton, the Master of Mandolin (you may know him from "O Brother, Where Art Thou"), and Joe Newberry, the award-winning songwriter and mulit-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar, fiddle), perform traditional songs and some new gems, too.

Ironclad Brewery

The Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle St. has been home to Big Dawg Productions for 9 years. But the building is up for sale, and Big Dawg needs to find a new space. The first fundraiser toward this effort is Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 at Ironclad Brewery.

Oakdale Cemetery

There is a lot of history buried at Oakdale Cemetery-and some of it above the ground. On Saturday, Oakdale offers the Music & Mausoleum tour at 2:00pm, with a focus on 8 structures and the stories behind them-accompanied by a violinist, flutist, harpist, guitarist, and chorus. 

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

The Wilmington Food & Wine Festival runs Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 at the Bellamy Mansion. The event is tented up and ready for Mother Nature. A dozen restaurant dishes, 150 wines, plus various beers and liquors will be available for tasting.

100 voices (plus orchestral accompaniment) onstage at the Wilson Center at 4:00pm ... 70 musicians (plus guest euphoniumist) onstage at Kenan Auditorium at 4:30pm. Both on Sunday, 5/20. A pair of simultaneous well-appointed concerts, and music lovers will have to choose one. 

StepUp Wilmington (formerly Phoenix Hometown Hires) works to eliminate barriers to employment experienced by people with gaps in education, criminal records, transportation needs, and history of substance abuse. The group's annual Luncheon is Wednesday, 5/16 at UNCW's Burney Center.

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Commentator Nan Graham says her Mama said no one in her family could play a musical instrument or do math. Sadly, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Reggie Ruth Barrett

If you've never heard Romeo's Tune, it's not too late. It's all over the internet-and Steve Forbert is in Wilmington tonight (Thursday, 5/10). Rumor has it that he takes requests. 

Ronald Sachs International Music Competition

The Ronald Sachs International Music Competition is Friday and Saturday at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall, featuring a performance by the three judges Friday night at 7:30 and the final 3 competition performances Saturday night at 7:30. Masterclasses are Friday daytime competition begins Saturday morning. 

Kids Making It

 

The Building Brighter Futures Luncheon by Kids Making It (KMI) is Thursday, May 10 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church Activities Center on Independence Blvd. The guest speaker is Kevin O'Connor from This Old House-and Charlie Silva is coming from Boston as well.

It's that time ... Jazz at the Mansion, monthly jazz concerts on the Bellamy Mansion Lawn. The first concert is Thursday, May 10 at 6:30pm. 

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A retired Wilmington physician wants "Conservation Burial" to become a part of the New Hanover County landscape. On Tuesday, May 8, four experts in Conservation, Green, and Natural burial are holding a symposium on the topic at Waterman's Brewing Company in Wrightsville Beach.

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Pender Spring Fest-games, food, music, dancing, and booths full of 100% Pender County goods (no traveling vendors). Rochelle Whiteside started this shindig 40 years ago in Burgaw and it's still going strong.

Port City Playwrights' Project

Port City Playwrights' Project (PCPP) presents Resilience, a collection of 3 new one-acts. Performances are May 3-20 at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street at 7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays & 3:00pm Sundays.

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Florence Foster Jenkins was a terrible singer. People have mocked her for decades, but does she deserve the derision? The play Souvenir, produced by Cube Theatre at Thalian Hall, tells her story from the perspective of the man closest to her in the end-her Pianist, Cosme McMoon.

The Bunker Boys in Mt. Aireyl Millie-Christine in Welch's Creek; the Hilton girls in Charlotte. Three sets of conjoined twins, famous in their day, lived, and died, here-in the mountains, piedmont, and low country of North Carolina. 

Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum throws the Family Festival this Saturday, 4/28. Art activities will be going on all over the CAM facility--clay, painting, printing, doodling, origami, music, yoga-and more. 

PACE-Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly-was introduced to North Carolinians by Wilmington's Elderhaus 10 years ago. To mark the anniversary, Elderhaus PACE holds an Open House this Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Forward Motion Dance & Cape Fear River Watch

Forward Motion Dance presents Arts Sensation with Wilmington Big Band and a variety of dance, this Saturday, April 28 at Thalian Hall. This will be the 3rd year Cape Fear River Watch will receive all ticket sale proceeds.

1945

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival screens award-winning features, documentaries, and shorts at Thalian Hall through May 6. Food and conversation follow every film. 

Botanist William Curtis

 

The Flytrap Frolic is Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-1:00pm at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, 3800 Canterbury Road. This free event is for all ages-and especially for young people, who will enjoy facepainting, games, crafts, and the live animal exhibit.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents its final concert of the season Saturday, April 21 in cooperation with UNCW's Opera Outreach Program: Mozart's 2-act opera Don Giovanni, the part comic, ultimately tragic tale of the licentious "gentleman" Don Juan. 

 

The Coastal Carolina Cabaret of St. Paul's Episcopal Church holds its springtime fundraiser at the Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, April 21: An Evening in Paris. This fundraiser for 4 Wilmington charities is tres chic-food, drink, art, and dancing with Al DiMarco's Big Fat Accordion Band.

Sometimes you have to play the trump card. Especially if Jimmy Carter is involved.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing her family’s independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

Commentaries on WHQR don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Media, its editorial staff, or its members.

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Cape Fear Jazz Society (CFJS) presents its 18th Annual Scholarship Concert this Friday, April 20  at 7:30pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. The feature this year is a celebration of UNCW's Jazz Department Faculty. 

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This Thursday, 4/19, the annual Pro Musica concert presents music by Andrew York and Jeffrey Van. Performers are Robert Nathanson (guitar), Nancy King (soprano), and Danijela Zelzelj-Gualdi (violin), joined by the North Carolina Guitar Quartet and UNCW Chamber Choir directed by Joe Hickman.

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