Just how does one transform $260 million into something pretty much worthless? Just ask director Michael Bay, who spent all that dough on the latest Hasbro Toys come to life extravaganza, “Transformers: The Last Knight.” It’s not that you can’t see where the money was spent. After all, the movie provides two hours and forty-eight minutes of special effects overkill that undoubtedly employed a lot of computer animators. But the end result is a mind-numbing mix of robot battles, insipid dialogue and borderline racist and misogynistic hokum that feels totally out of step with the times.


Mark Wahlberg is back as inventor Cade Yeager, who, as it turns out, is the chosen one in an epic battle between Earth’s protectors and the Transformers’ home pseudo-planet. By the time the final conflict comes around, you might be wishing for both to blow up.


The movie’s only saving grace is a slumming Sir Anthony Hopkins who mostly manages to retain his dignity as he collects his check.


The fifth “Transformers” installment isn’t the worst movie ever made, but it may be the biggest waste of money.


Also opening this week, “Ripped” is a stoner sci-fi comedy starring Faizon Love about two friends who smoke some super secret CIA weed in the 80s and wake up in the present day. “My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea” is an animated satire featuring voice work from Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon. “Beatriz at Dinner” is a comic drama set at a dinner party given by an immigrant health care worker where she clashes with a billionaire. Salma Hayek and John Lithgow star. “The Exception,” also known as “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss,” is a WWII thriller about a German solider investigating exiled Kaiser Wilhelm in The Netherlands. Christopher Plummer stars.

Susan and Russ check out “Megan Leavey,” the true story of a Marine and her bomb-sniffing dog who served with distinction in Iraq. Kate Mara (“The Fantastic Four”) takes the title role, supported by Edie Falco, Common, Bradley Whitford and Ramone Rodriguez. It is the first dramatic film from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, best known for her award-winning documentary, “Blackfish.”

Take Two: “Megan Leavey”
Episode date : June 23, 2017
On Take Two

Rhonda LeValdo, host of Native Spirit plays Native American music and does news at the half hour. rhondalvfd

Songs played:

05:03PM-05:09PM (5:04) Sharon Burch “Brother Warrior” from Touch the Sweet Earth (CD, Album, Other) on Canyon Records

05:09PM-05:13PM (4:24) Alex E. Smith, Cheevers Toppah & Nitanis “Kit” Landry “Southern Man” from Harmony Nights (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:13PM-05:18PM (5:07) Clark Tenakhongva “Hoat’ Ve’ La” from Hoat’Ve’La (CD, Album, World) on Canyon Records

05:19PM-05:23PM (4:00) Danny T and the Stealing Thunder Band “Alligator Boots” from Fantasy Island (CD, Album, Other) on Independent (http://gileshedley.com, USA)

05:23PM-05:26PM (3:00) Frank Waln “Oil For Blood” from My Stone – Single (CD, Album, Other) on FDW Entertainment LLC

05:26PM-05:31PM (5:00) Gksisedtanamoogk “Gksisedtanamoogk” from Living Voices

05:47PM-05:49PM (2:00) Cree Confederation “Straight Crow Hop” from Horse Dance – Mistatim Simoowin (Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at ASU) (World) on Canyon Records

05:49PM-05:53PM (3:31) John Trudell “Rockin’ the Res” from Graffiti Man on Rykodisc (America)

05:55PM-06:00PM (5:57) Cheevers Toppah “Mahpiya To” from True Melodies (Harmonized Songs from the Heart of Native America) (World) on Canyon Records

We will have Debi Jackson and her family with us on this month’s show.  Debi is the proud mom of a transgender daughter, Avery, and an activist.  Avery featured on the cover of a recent National Geographic issue, “The Gender Revolution“. They join us this month to talk about the impact that activism has had on their lives.

We will also have our regular news round up of issues affecting Transgender and Non-Binary people, and finish off with our regular community calendar spot.

Judy Morgan, Missouri State Representative from the 24th district, gave a legislative update on June 1st at All Souls UU Church. KKFI’s roving recorder allows us to listen in.

Eric Kirkendall talks about the proposed whitewater theme park and the opposition to it with host Craig Lubow.


Wednesday June 21

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Josie Mai Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO, Margaret Hoang Maker Faire Kansas City Producer, photographer Sharon Rodriguez, and Bill Sundahl KKFI Special Events Coordinator.

Josie Mai Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts-In August 2016, 80 local, regional, and national artists were invited to a year-long sketchbook project. The artists have one year to fill the sketchbook, until Labor Day 2017. The sketchbook will return to Spiva where it becomes the property of Spiva Center for the Arts and archived in the library where the community can come view the sketchbooks. The sketchbooks will also be scanned and posted to Spiva’s website. There is a scheduled exhibit in May 2018 that will display framed color 2-page spreads of several of the original sketchbooks. The 80 artists participating are ages 8-80, creatively and concurrently documenting their thoughts, interests, hopes, and dreams.

Josie Mai is the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri, as well as an artist and educator. She is from Kansas City, attended the University of Kansas and Parsons School of Design in NYC. She was a public and private school K-12 art teacher, taught at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy for six years, the Missouri Southern State University art department for nine years, and the Pittsburg State University art department for two years. Josie continually makes and exhibits hand-rubbed collage in the Midwest.
Josie Mai,Executive Director Spiva Center for the Arts
222 West 3rd St. Joplin, MO. 64801

Margaret Hoang- Maker Faire Kansas City Producer, Kansas City’s Science Center and Science City-What is Maker Faire? Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Maker Faire Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!
Maker Faire Kansas City is hosted by Union Station 30 W. Pershing KCMO 64108.

Sharon Rodriguez-Join InterUrban Art House to celebrate the book release of “Homeless, not Invisible,” a photography documentary by local artist, Sharon Rodriguez. A brief talk from Sharon held at 6:45 pm.

Sharon Rodriguez has spent the last two years interviewing and photographing the homeless community in Johnson County, Kansas, an affluent suburb of Kansas City. The book features 15 of the individuals she encountered, showcasing their portraits and stories. All photos are presented in black and white with their corresponding stories written in Rodriguez’ own hand. The book invites the reader to truly see and experience the life of a homeless individual and is full of surprises, heartbreak and survival.

InterUrban ArtHouse 8001 Newton Overland Park, KS
Friday June 23, 6pm -8pm

Bill Sundahl, KKFI Special Events Coordinator-KKFI Presents: Collaborations Live! At Folly Theater June 30th, 2017 – 6p to 10p
A Fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM, Kansas City Community Radio

A night of innovative original music, film, and dance. A genuine theatrical experience. Seven sets of arts organizations will perform a series of original, spectacular, and unique collaborative artistic creations, live on the world famous Folly Theater stage. KKFI will also record the performances and for an Audio CD to use in future fundraising efforts.

The night begins with a VIP Reception in the Folly Board Room with appetizers and cocktails between 6pm and 7pm. The On-Stage portion of the night will begin at 7pm with a panel discussion on the nature of collaboration in today’s artistic world. Collaborative Artist Performances between 8pm to 10pm with an Intermission at 9pm.


Quixotic – Aerial Arts, Ballet, Musicians, Lighting, & Visually Stunning Effects.
w/ Calvin Arsenia – Harpist, Guitarist, Songwriter
Kelley Hunt – Roots & Blues Artist from Lawrence KS, Tours the world, but this is home.
w/ Jeff Black – Folk Musician & Songwriter for Allison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, and many more from Nashville TN, but was raised in Liberty MO and cut his teeth in KC.
Enrique Chi (of Making Movies) w/ students of Art as Mentorship
w/ UMKC Composition & Performance Students
Amado Espinoza – Bolivian Folk Musician & Composer / Arranger
Barclay Martin – Composer & Songwriter of Barclay Martin Ensemble & The Snow Globes
w/ Julia Haile – Vocalist w/ The Buhs & Hi-Lux, Former lead vocalist for The Goodfoot
Ala Mode – Jazz Ensemble
w/ Burlesque Downtown Underground – Burlesque Troupe
The Topeka Freedom Singers – Short Documentary by Mikal Shapiro
Rita Chiarelli – Folk Alliance Artist in Residence builds choir in Topeka Women’s Prison
State City Films – Film Maker/Artist – Mikal Shapiro
Films of Ensemble Ibérica – Outstanding live performances captured on film
Ensemble Ibérica – performs the music of Ibéria (Spain and Portugal)
Elk’s Pride Pictures – Film Maker/Artist – Matthew Dunehoo

Thank you for supporting KKFI 90.1FM – Voice of the Community
Friday June 30, 2017 7:00 PM
VIP $90-$120 Regular Admission $20-$40


Art ⋅ Film

ARTSPEAK RADIO Creatively Speaking
Episode date : June 21, 2017
On Artspeak Radio

Donald Trump has often been characterized as a “populist”.  Author and civil rights activist Devin Burkhart argues that this analysis is not accurate.  In a lecture given at the United We Stand Conference in Kansas City in May 2017, Burkhart describes the populist history and tradition and contends that the Trump election really had little to do with true populism, but rather relied on a darker and more sinister tradition.

Devin Burghart is president of Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin began as a research analyst with the Coalition for Human Dignity in Seattle, and was co-author of Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias & White Supremacy in 1996.

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