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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Today I spoke with Norman Bemelmans.  He is Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW and a renowned concert pianist.  He and Elizabeth Loparits are giving a concert tomorrow night, September 4th at 8PM in Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. The show will feature solo and duo piano works of Beethoven, Debussy and Gershwin.  

Tickets: 962-3500 

More info at UNCW.edu/arts

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Rabbi Robert Waxman, who has served the conservative B’nai Israel Synagogue at 2601 Chestnut Street for over 30 years, tells us about the Jewish High Holy Days.  Rosh Hashanah (New Year) begins at sundown tomorrow.  Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins at sundown on Friday the 13th.  

If you’d like to attend one of the special services at the synagogue, call 910-762-1117.

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Jason Hess interviews Jason Mott, UNCW graduate and author of The Returned. The novel is the inspiration for an ABC television series entitled Resurrection. Mott will be reading from The Returned tonight (August 28, 2013) at 7 at Pomegranate Books.

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Tony Rivenbark is the Executive Director of Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. His latest brainstorm is a films series called The Shakespeare Club, “Screening the films that you have never seen and the films you want to see again!” The series starts on September 5, and continues on the first Thursday of each month.  

For a list of films, visit ThalianHall.org

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Christy English, a successful local author who is working on her fifth novel, will be at Old Books on Front Street at 4pm on Sunday.  She’ll talk about her latest book, Love on a Midsummer Night, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Actors Gray Hawks and Christy Grantham will present a scene from Shakepeare’s play and English will read from her novel.  

David Morrison writes a regular column on disabilities for Star News. He is also a blogger and freelance writer.  He joined us today in his role as Vice Chair of Access Wilmington to tell us about The Miracle League, hosting the Grand Opening of Brax Stadium and PPD Miracle Field from 9-4 Saturday at 5510 Olsen Park Lane (just past Laney High School).    For more information, visit MiracleLeagueILM.org or email Bo Dean – bodean@accessilm.org 

Pat Marriott talks with director Stephen Raeburn about Big Dawg Production’s staging of Night Mother by Marsha Norman.  The show opens on Thursday, August 8 and runs through August 25: Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.   Tickets are available from the website  bigdawgproductions.org 

It Takes Two will be a benefit concert held this Saturday night, 8pm at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange. Young performers from Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (T.A.C.T.) are paired with adults from Thalian Association Community Theatre in duets and ensembles, singing famous songs from Broadway musicals. 

There’s a dessert reception and silent auction on Saturday at 7pm; the show follows at 8pm. Tickets are available for $18 (plus a $.75 preservation fee).

Opera House Theatre Company opens Oklahoma! on the mainstage of Thalian Hall tonight.  Director Ray Kennedy and star Nygel Robinson tell us all about the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.  Performances run through August 18; all shows are at 8pm except for Sunday matinees at 3pm.  

 Tickets are available by calling 910-632-2285.   Note: Jemila plays the role of Aunt Eller in half the performances, including these dates: July 31 and August 1, 3, 9, 11 and 17. 

Lan Nichols, host of Front Street Blues on WHQR and leader of the band Tommy B and the Stingers, tells us about all the great events coming up next Friday through Sunday during the 18th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival, July 26-28.  For details and tickets, visit capefearblues.org or call 910-350-8822.

Just over two years ago, the StoryCorps mobile soundbooth came to Wilmington and recorded rich stories of family, heritage, and personal struggle. WHQR News is thrilled to bring this wonderful catalog of Wilmington back for a second look.

Zach Hanner visits the WHQR studios to talk with us all about TheatreNOW’s latest show, County Cookin’ with the Good Ol’ Boys. He even played and sang the theme song for us!  

TheatreNOW is at 10th and Dock Streets.  For the Saturday shows, which run through August 17, the doors open at 6pm and the show is at 7pm.  Tickets are available at TheatreWilmington.com

Forward Motion Dance Company presents its Annual Performance.  

Forward Motion founder/choreographer/dancer Tracey Varga and cellist/composer Jude Eden told us about the program featuring a new piece to the music of the late William “Paco” Strickland and his Fabulous Flying Flamenco Brothers, and a new work performed to live music composed and played by Jude Eden.  

Performances are at 8pm, tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Art Center.  Tickets available at 910-341-7860. 

Maggie Earley is a master quilter who creates vivid works of art.  Her exhibit, Quilting Outside the Blocks, will be featured in our MC Erny Gallery for a month, starting with a Fourth Friday Gallery Night reception, this Friday from 6 to 9pm

Jimmy Pierce, Director of the non-profit Kids Making It, told us all about The Hippie Ball!  This is “the best party of the summer” by all accounts, and features music by Steady Eddie, catering by Bon Appetit, live and silent auctions.  It’s Saturday night from 6:30 until…at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  Tickets are $45, available through Etix.

Soprano and actress Sophie Amelkin is giving a duet recital with her friend and colleague Heather Bobeck on Saturday at 7pm at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, Wrightsville Beach.  Pianist Joseph Hughes is also on the program.  Sophie and Heather are hoping to raise funds for their upcoming graduate studies.  

Georgia Mastroieni and Kirah Van Sickle tell us about the summer arts classes and workshops for all ages at Cameron Art Museum.  For more information, visit CameronArtMuseum.com or call 910-395-5999 and ask for Keith.

David T. Loudermilk directs and choreographs Disney’s High School Musical for Thalian Association Children’s Theatre.  The show runs Thursday and Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 3pm at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange.  Tickets are $12, available by calling 910-251-1788.  For more information, visit Thalian.org

Today Barbara Bush talked with Jim Dodson, author of ten award-winning books and editor of Salt Magazine.  He will be at Old Books on Front Street this Sunday afternoon at 3:30.   

Susannah Tuttle, director of North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, will present a program tonight in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. It’s called Sacred Foodscapes & Faith: The Food-Faith-Climate Change Connection. Ed Ablard of the church vestry outreach gave us details about the event, which includes networking at 5:00, a light supper at 5:30, and the program at 6:00.  Free, but donations accepted.  St. Paul’s is at 16 North 16th Street in Wilmington. 

Imaginary Theatre Company presents Venus in Fur by David Ives.  Director Lee Lowrimore and actress Anna Stromberg tell us about this daring, erotic, mysterious comic drama.  It stars Anna Stromberg and Mike O’Neill.

The show opens this week at Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle Street.  It runs Thursday-Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 through June 23.  Tickets at BigDawgProductions.org

City Stage presents Brooklyn: The Musical.  My guests were director Anthony David Lawson, and actor/singers Olivia James and LaRaisha Burnette.  The show opens tonight at 8, and runs at 8 every night through Sunday.  It then runs for two more weekends, Friday through Sunday May 31-June 2 and June 7-9), all shows at 8.  City Stage is at 21 North Front Street.  Tickets are available online.

Barbara Bush, WHQR’s finance manager and resident book-lover, talks with author Karen Bender about her new novel A Town of Empty Rooms.  Karen will be our guest for Prologue Monday at 7 pm in the MC Erny Gallery.

Susan Nettleman of Cape Fear Garden Club and Ken Wells who teaches Landscape Gardening at Cape Fear Community College talk about a recent grant from the club to the college.  The money is being used to create an Apothecary Garden for the downtown campus, benefitting the gardening and pharmacy tech students.

Camilla Herlevich of Coastal Land Trust and David Paynter of Cape Fear Audubon tell us about a free gathering Friday night at 7:00 at the Northeast Library, hosting author Rhett Johnson.  Along with other authors and a nature photographer, he has created a coffee-table book about the South’s unique and diverse ecosystem based on the long leaf pine.  The book is Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See: A New Vision of North Ameri

Clyde Edgerton reads from and signs copies of his latest book tonight at 7:30 at Old Books on Front Street.  It’s a laugh-out-loud non-fiction work based on his own experiences, called Pappadaddy’s Book for New Fathers.

Today we talked with Justin Smith, Amy Tipton, and Patrick Basquill from City Stage. They told us all about The Great American Trailer Park Musical, set in Armadillo Acres in Stark, Florida.  Tickets available at 910-264-2602 or CityStageNC.com    There are only six shows left, this weekend and next, Friday through Sunday at 8 pm.

Today I interviewed John Devaney, Executive Director of the Cape Fear Clinic -- which offers medical, dental, pharmaceutical and mental health services to the working poor who have no health insurance.  The clinic’s upcoming fundraiser will feature breakfast at the City Club at DeRossett, with members of the TheatreNow troupe performing vignettes throughout the historic home, depicting medical care of the past and present!  May 14, 7:30 to 9:30 am.  Reservations: 910-409-5627 or

Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahnad tell us about breaking the world record for consecutive days at sea without seeing land.  Their boat Anne is currently on the Cape Fear River by the Isabel Holmes Bridge!  And Reid’s paintings are on display at The George downtown.  To see photos from the amazing journey, go to www.1000days.net

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Apr 19, 2013

Jemila’s back. And her listeners couldn’t be happier.

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