We present a press conference held last week concerning how EPA budgetary cutbacks will adversely impact Kansas City. We also present testimony from the public hearing held last week regarding plans for the old Bannister Federal Complex.

Enjoying arts, architecture and historic neighborhoods in KC, John Hoffman will discuss his program, “Arts Alive,” its events discovering art, artist workshops, and the many art-connected businesses and organizations, as well as creative work being done to enhance development with grace and beauty in Kansas City.

On this week’s edition of Arts Magazine, Michael Hogge welcomes actor Phil Fiorini and director John Rensenhouse to talk about the Kansas City Actors Theatre production of The Realistic Joneses. Later, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme…. or I should say, the actress who portrays her, Liz Golson, along with director Michael Grayman, will join us to chat about the Spinning Tree Theatre production of Assassins.

KCMO Human Relations Department Talks Housing Discrimination

One of the factors that makes it easier for the formerly incarcerated to succeed at reintegrating into society is stable housing. Many returnees even with employment and support are often denied housing because of their conviction. The Federal Government does not allow those with drug convictions to live in subsidized housing even if it means they are separated from the family support system that could mean success.

Host Teresa Wilke speaks with Paul Pierce, Discrimination Investigator and Greta Wills, housing Investigator with KCMO Human Relations Department about reporting housing discrimination by those with convictions and the laws that protect them.

KCMO Human Relations Department –
webpage – http://kcmo.gov/humanrelations/about-2/
Phone – (816) 513-1836

Justice Department Report On Deaths In Jail

The number of deaths behind bars has been on the rise perhaps because of poor diet and substandard food, denial of or inadequate healthcare, violence by inmates and guards and other factors. The Justice Department conducted a study in 2015 on the rise in fatalities of those who do not have death sentences.

Host Melvin Merritt talks with Joshua Aiken of the Prison Policy Institute about the Bureau of Justice Statistics Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and what remedies the Justice Department and JPI may be proposing.

Justice Policy Institute –
Webpage – http://www.justicepolicy.org/index.html

Justice Department Report on Deaths in Custody –

While Ridley Scott’s newest “Alien” prequel “Alien: Covenant” doesn’t add much that’s new, it does fill in the blanks. We now know where the creatures came from. Fans of the franchise should enjoy the action and mayhem that this origin story provides, even though it all seems a bit too familiar. Still, it’s a spectacular production that manages to make you jump even though you know what’s around the corner.


In the high-concept teen romance “Everything, Everything,” a homebound girl suffering from immunodeficiency problems falls in love with the boy next door through her bedroom window. Will she step outside to be with him even though it could kill her? What do you think? This sweet but very predictable film based on the YA novel has likable stars in Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, so it should appeal to its teen target audience. Others, beware.


Richard Gere gives one of the top performances of his career in “Norman,” the story of an aging Jewish con man who befriends a high-ranking Israeli government official and uses the connection to wheel and deal among the Jewish business elites of New York City. Smart filmmaking and a top-notch supporting cast help turn this very low-key character study into a social commentary.


“Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” is a documentary about journalist-turned-activist Jane Jacobs, who fought intractable powers in New York to stop ravages taking place under the guise of Urban Renewal. It’s a thoughtful and informative primer on the subject.


Also opening this week, Cynthia Nixon stars as poet Emily Dickinson in the biopic, “A Quiet Passion.” “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” is a comedy about a musician and his standup comic opening act. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is the fourth entry in the comedy franchise. “Champion” is a faith based flick set in the world of dirt track racing.

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, our show is called “Hate Has No Home Here.” We’ll cover reaction to the Olathe shooting at the Solidarity In Community meeting there against anti-immigrant terrorism and to honor the Indian engineer who died and the men who were shot. Then, we’ll speak to Kansas Citians from the Northland who responded in solidarity to the Olathe shootings. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Hate Has No Home Here
Episode date : May 18, 2017
On Heartland Labor Forum

Susan and Russ check out “The Circle,” a high tech thriller adapted by screenwriter Dave Eggers from his own novel. Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the story of a powerful Silicon Valley company (think Google) that may have insidious plans. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”).

Take Two: “The Circle”
Episode date : May 19, 2017
On Take Two

Wednesday May 24, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Merrit Benz, Cristina Mũniz, Adam Long, Kevin King,Vicki Vodrey, & Pete Bakely.

Kevin King, from Whim Productions and KC playwrights, Vicki Vodrey and Pete Bakely, talk about their upcoming production called “Pastiche.” It’s one play that was written by 10 playwrights in sections of 7 – 10 pages. “Pastiche” is a one-night only staged reading event on May 26 at 8 pm at the Buffalo Room in Westport.” One playwright begins a script. They write ten minutes of a play, then hand it off to another. Like keeping a top spinning, each successive writer will send the script to another writer, then another, then another. The result will be a single play, written with one voice, more or less. This is Pastiche, the latest show by Whim Productions.

“Pastiche” is being written by Kansas City playwrights including Emma Carter, Diane Hightower, Alli Jordan, Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Jesse Ray Metcalf, Prisca Jebet Kendagor, James P. McNamara, Vicki Vodrey, plus Whim Productions’ Playwright-in-Residence Pete Bakely, and Whim’s Founder Kevin King. Once the play is complete, we’ll do a staged reading!

The Cast: Lisa Isabella Tate
Susan Briana Marxen-McCollom
Rocky Davis DeRock
Ty Stephonne Singleton
Tim Kyle Wallen
Kelly Ai Vy Bui

Friday May 26, 8pm – 10pm
The Buffalo Room, Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill 817 Westport Rd. KCMO
Tickets at pastiche.eventbrite.com

Cristina Mũniz, Adam Long-The Drugstore Open Studio
3948 Main Street, KCMO
May 26th 2017
6:00-9:00 PM

On May 26th 2017, The Drugstore opens its doors in the historic Katz building for our biannual Open Studios. A communal and collaborative studio space, The Drugstore currently hosts 25 resident artists whose work spans across all mediums.
We warmly encourage the public to see new and in-progress works and building developments that have been generated by The Drugstore artists over the past seven months. This event will also be our first public opportunity to introduce our new residents, selected from an outside panel of artists and educators, as well as the recipients of the Gift of Faith Awards. Four awards were given to incoming and current residents coming from traditionally underserved or underrepresented communities, gifting a $2,000 stipend in addition to one year of free studio space. Coinciding with the opening, Archive Collective will be hosting the release of its photo book publishing platform in collaboration with Drugstore resident Adam J. Long. The book, Incline | Decline features a series of photographs Adam made over 3 years in the financial district of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Alongside of his book release he will also be exhibiting prints from the body of work inside the front gallery space. Incline | Decline was made possible in part by an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, and acts as the inaugural publishing project from Archive Collective.
The Drugstore is a non-profit organization run by artists and supported by Redeemer Fellowship a local church in midtown KC. The objective of The Drugstore is to provide studio spaces at low cost to young, emerging and/or already accomplished artists in need of space to develop their work and to increase their creative and cultural involvement within the city. Current residents of the studio include: Emily Elder Cramer, Kristen Devlin, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Sarabeth Dunton, Andrew Erdrich, Brandon Forrest Frederick, Francisco Gabuardy, Fredy Gabuardy, Madeline Gallucci, Damon Heybrock, Amos Leager, Adam J. Long, Whitney Manney, Melaney Mitchell, Carmen Moreno, Dylan Mortimer, Cristina Muniz, Andrew Ordonez, Annie Raab, Kat Richards, Alex Savage, Randy Taylor, William Toney, Yulie Urano, and Don Wilkison.
Archive Collective provides opportunities for the community to engage with photography by hosting group critiques, gallery visits, artist talks, local and traveling exhibitions, studio visits, and meet-ups. Archive’s goal is to celebrate and contribute to the democracy, versatility, and ever evolving critical discourse of photography and lens-based media, while simultaneously securing its place within a broader Kansas City arts community.

After walking away from a partially complete painting major over twenty years ago, Cristina Muñiz left her home in San Antonio to enroll in the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a BFA in 2014. She is an alumni of Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency program. Muñiz currently lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. She is featured in the recent May/June 2017 issue of KC Studio. www.kcstudio.org


Incline | Decline by Adam J Long
Published with Archive Collective
Exhibition & Book Release:
May 26th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00pm The Drugstore – Open Studios 3948 Main St, Kansas City, MO
Archive Collective is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new publishing platform with the release of “Incline | Decline,” by Adam J Long [Perfect bound, 70 pages, 7 x 8.5 inches, 25$]. Available for pre-order at: archivecollective.org
Archive Collective is hosting an exhibition to coincide with the book release at the biannual Open Studios event at The Drugstore on May 26th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00pm.
Incline | Decline is a book of 47 photographs made in and around the Financial District in downtown Kansas City. Adam started this project three years ago with the notion that he, like so many others, was stressed financially, and that there was something down there that could speak to his situation. Incline | Decline weaves together photographs of parking meters, pay phones, ironic city slogans, portraits, cityscapes and the everyday. His pictures, his observations, and his curiosity serve a purpose more personal than documentary.
Adam Long (born in Washington state, 1978)
studied photography in Los Angeles, California
(BA), Sunderland, England (MA) and Hartford,
Connecticut (MFA). His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collection of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Hirsch Library – Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He currently resides in Kansas City with his wife and three children where he teaches photography. Tim Carpenter (foreward) is a photographer and writer who works in Brooklyn and central Illinois. He is a co-founder of TIS books, an independent photobook publisher. Tim’s writing has been featured in the Aperture Photobook Review, SPOT magazine, Photo-eye, and the Camera Club of New York.
Since 2013, Archive has been making free public programming centered around photography in Kansas City. In 2017, Archive launched a profit-free publishing platform and residency program to connect photographers to resources, audiences and opportunities.
For more information please contact Megan Pobywajlo at: [email protected]

Rick Stasi is an artist/writer/intellectual properties producer with credits at DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Charlton Comics, NOW Comics (Twilight Zone), Eclipse, Disney, Warner Bros. (Looney Tunes & Tiny Toons for Steven Spielberg).
Rick also contributes to Wonder Woman Day, an annual charity event that supports shelters for abused women and children.
Rick has taught comics, sequential art and storyboarding courses for more that twenty years, as an instructor with the Shawnee Mission School District, The Westport School of Art and The Kansas City Art Institute. He currently gives individual instruction and career counseling.
Rick is regional talent representative for Kathy Garver, (actress “Cissy”, Family Affair – CBS classic 60’s – ‘70’s sit-com) and voice talent (Firestar) for the animated series, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends.
Rick has recently completed a comics, with writer/editor, Paul Kupperberg- christening the return of Charlton Comics with The Charlton Arrow, a new quarterly anthology.
Rick also takes commissioned graphic design, marketing and illustration work.

Rick Stasi’s first non-comics related publishing venture, a book christened at Planet Comicon in 2014 and has sold out and is now in a second printing. He recently released his first audio collection, a two disc anthology of poetry and songs titled “Talking to Myself, (To You!) and is available for readings. www.rickstasi.com
Rick Stasi, also voice talent is represented by Chapman Recording and Voices.

Merritt Benz Owner/Director Bedford Therapy Group- Merritt is a Kansas City native but calls Brooklyn NY “her true home”. Merritt Benz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the owner of the Bedford Therapy Group. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown and focuses on shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
Before private practice, Merritt was the Program Director and helped open Gilda’s Club Kansas City where she provided individual and group counseling to people living with cancer and their family members and friends. Before moving to Kansas City, she participated in a post-graduate fellowship at the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine where she provided both individual and family counseling in a community based setting. In New York she was the worked with various high risk teen population groups as Program Director for the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a new clinical evidenced-based treatment program (called Multi-Systemic Therapy) that provides intensive in home family therapy for adjudicated teens and their families, as an alternative to incarceration. Although her work brings her great satisfaction and joy, Merritt’s ideal day is being knee deep in a spring fed trout stream casting flies, hoping for a fish to rise, and celebrating with a cold beer on the river afterwards.



ARTSPEAK RADIO Artfully Speaking
Episode date : May 24, 2017
On Artspeak Radio

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