ARTSPEAK RADIO host & producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Bruce Hartman & Karen Gerety Folk with the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, GDD Boombox creator Gus Davis & Paul McDaniel, and writer/performer Joel Barrett.

Executive Director Bruce Hartman and Curator of Education Karen Gerety Folk represent the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Bruce was director of the JCCC Gallery of Art from its inception in 1990. Bruce is the Nerman Museum’s chief curator and oversees exhibition organization and manages and develops the college’s permanent art collection.

Public Art Review magazine named JCCC as one of the top 10 college campuses for public art in America, citing the artwork installed throughout the campus. The Nerman Museum has one of the top internationally acclaimed collections of emerging and established artists today, and we present many of the region’s most important exhibitions of leading-edge contemporary art. Admission is always free. This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Karen joined the Nerman Museum staff eleven years ago when the Nerman Museum was under construction. She develops dynamic educational resources for JCCC academic use and the broader community, including youth, families and lifelong learners. Through various educational programs and materials, individuals of all ages and backgrounds may explore contemporary art, develop critical thinking skills and expand visual literacy at the Nerman Museum.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park KS 66210

Gus Davis & Paul McDaniel with GDD Boombox- We specialize in the repurposing of vintage suitcases into portable, hi-fi audio systems. Portable retail speakers at the store pale in comparison. Many are amazed at the power, amplitude, sound quality and aesthetics of our “retro suitcase turned Boombox.”

Each GDD Boombox is lovingly handcrafted and outfitted with brand new electric and audio equipment, battery and charger. With 50 years of electrical work experience, we take pride in fine-tuning the sound quality so it is balanced yet powerful.


Joel Barrett is an LGBTQ writer, speaker and mentor. I am a survivor of ex-gay therapy. Some call it conversion therapy, repairative therapy or just plan counseling, but the goals are the same: To eliminate or reduce homosexual desires and actions. Needless to say, it didn’t work.
I am a recovering fundamental Baptist. If you don’t know what a fundamental Baptist is, I can explain: We thought the Southern Baptists were liberal.
I was a Baptist pastor married to a woman living the midwest raising our three children. Yes, I spent over 15 years in ministry before exiting that line of work to focus completely on becoming fixing myself so I could save my marriage and live as a straight man. I always knew I was gay, but being gay wasn’t an option in the world I lived in so I kept trying to make it go away through church, prayer, scripture, and the pursuit of godliness because everyone told me that being gay was a sin and probably just about the worst sin anyone could commit.

Today I am happily married to my husband of over a decade. I share my colorful story with audiences everywhere to encourage them to live each day as their authentic, powerful and beautiful self.



Yet again, Hollywood mistakes vulgarity for wit. Charlie Day and Ice Cube star in “Fist Fight,” an R-rated comedy about a wimpy teacher challenged to an afterschool brawl by a testy fellow educator. This mean-spirited vehicle manages to pummel a few crass laughs from the audience, but it may make you want to punch the screenwriters.


Style over substance isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But in the case of the gothic horror flick “A Cure for Wellness,” the style chokes out any substance. Filmmaker Gore Verbinski, best known for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, allows the visual razzle-dazzle to overwhelm an interesting premise and a strong cast. Dane DeHann is a business executive who travels to a creepy health resort in the Swiss Alps to bring back his vacationing boss, but winds up a patient instead. Overlong and overblown, “A Cure for Wellness” is too dark to be campy fun.


“Toni Erdmann” is an Oscar-nominated black comedy from Germany about a man who creates a fake persona to worm his way back into the life of his estranged daughter, an ambitious corporate type. It’s brilliant in a number of ways, but its deliberate pace, considerable length and frank sexuality may be off-putting to many viewers.


“Neruda” is a Chilean film about a policeman, played by Gael Garcia Bernal, who pursues the titular Communist poet who went into hiding in the 1940s to escape persecution by Chile’s right wing government. Beautifully shot and produced, Pablo Larrain’s film isn’t so much about the title character as it is a poetic view of obsession.


The great Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou tries his hand at an English-language, Hollywood-style spectacle, complete with hoards of monsters and an American star, Matt Damon.  The visuals are spectacular, but this fantasy action movie lacks the depth of most of Zhang Yimou’s work.

Susan and Russ review a sentimental adaptation of W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel. It’s the story of a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who is reincarnated a number of times until he discovers the reason for his existence. The film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolate”) and stars Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton.

Take Two: “A Dog’s Purpose”
Episode date : February 17, 2017
On Take Two

Russ and Susan take a look at the latest melodrama from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. “Julieta” has all of the splashy color and over-the-top flourishes that are the hallmark of Almodovar’s films. It’s the story of a mother-daughter relationship. In a series of flashbacks, we learn how the two became estranged. Emma Suarez plays the elder Julieta and Adriana Ugarta plays her younger self.

TAKE TWO: “Julieta”
Episode date : February 10, 2017
On Take Two

Todd Jordan, Wayndotte County United Way, joins host Craig Lubow to talk about how United Way helps other private non-profit organizations. Irene Caudillo, El Centro, and Whitney Justice, Mental Health America of the Heartland, will also join Craig to talk about their organizations.

United Way and its recipients
Episode date : February 14, 2017
On Radio Active Magazine

A recent Reuters report listed Saint Joseph, MO as one of the cities with a water system as bad as Flint, Michigan. We speak with The Ecumenical Environmental Justice Organization about that and other environmental areas of concern in St. Joseph.

What’s the Matter with St. Joe?
Episode date : February 13, 2017
On EcoRadio KC

Youth Ambassadors – Empowering Young People

Youth Ambassadors, established in 2010, is an educational, not-for-profit employment program designed to empower underserved youth with the knowledge that they as teenagers have a vital voice. They have the power to be active participants in their communities, not just passive observers. To this end, we have developed programs that provide our youth with important life skills, soft job skills, creative expression, and academic success, helping them become future community leaders willing and able to work for positive change.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Paige O’Connor, Executive Director of Youth Ambassadors about the organization, the activities such a photography, art and writing and involvement of the young people they serve.

Call in during show – 816-931-5534

Paige O’Connor has a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of California Berkeley. She worked in the computer software industry before moving to Kansas City with her husband Rory in 1989. She is the mother of four young adults. For 13 years she worked as the adult founder and supervisor of Kids Helping Kids, a youth community service organization dedicated to helping children in need. Currently, she privately mentors youth that want to take an active role in their communities and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Ambassadors.

Website – http://youthambassadorskc.org/
Email – contact@youthambassadorskc.org

2nd Annual Youth Speak – Featuring Ambassadors together with other community youth reading powerful journal writings on stage, February 28th 7-8:30 PM at Unity Temple on the Plaza. This event is Free and open to the public. Contact: Jenni Jones Jenni@jonesfamilykc.com, 913.219.3799

The JoJR Calendar for February 13th

The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday February 16th from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
The KCK Public Library, the Unified Government Black History Committee and the KCK Community College presents The Anatomy of Prejudice with Jane Elliott, Friday February 17th from 6-8 Pm at Memorial Hall, 600 N 7th St Trwy, KCK.
Jane Elliott is an iconic educator, feminist, anti-discrimination, and diversity advocate. She is know for her “Blue eyes-Brown eyes” exercise in discrimination conducted with 3rd graders in 1970. Her in your face style is designed to create personal examination and change. This event is open to the public.

President Trump was elected largely on the promise to bring good jobs back to the US, but do his nominees for the Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Education reflect that goal, or are they just the typical anti-worker Capitalists every Republican administration since Reagan has picked to run these agencies? Is labor united in their stance on these nominees, or do some support them? Find out on this week’s Heartland Labor Forum. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

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