Methodists disagree about whether the church should change its stance and the meeting in St. Louis was an attempt to settle the matter and find a way for the church to move forward together.. Instead, the vote against LGBT clergy and marriage equality may be splitting the United Methodist Church and many congregations. Host Philip blue owl Hooser welcomes a panel of Methodist pastors and congregants to talk about this historic vote, where it comes from historically, and what it means for Methodists and other churches and their relationship to the LGBTQ community. The panel includes activist and pastor Tex Sample, the Reverand Steve Jones, Tim Braselton, Steven DeWilde, and Elizabeth Andersen.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 noon to 1pm CST 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio www.kkfi.org

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes theater owner/musician Bruce Young, producer/director Kevin King, and singer/songwriter Miki P.

KEVIN KING-Fourth Annual Short Play Festival Features Area LGBTQ Writers, Alphabet Soup: Stories from Queer Voices will take the stage at SqueezeBox Theatre on April 12th-15th and 19th-21st. Alphabet Soup, produced by Whim Productions, is an evening of 7 short plays written by Kansas City-area LGBTQ writers that explore various aspects of the queer experience in the past, present, and future.
Alphabet Soup debuted in 2015 as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival and now returns for its fourth iteration. Kevin King, Whim’s Producing Artistic Director, notes that “Whim Productions is proud to once again feature works by LGBTQ writers. We believe it’s vital to provide a platform for onstage representation of diverse voices and experiences. This year’s plays are hilarious and heartbreaking, challenging and inventive. We can’t wait to share them with the Kansas City community.”
This edition of Alphabet Soup presents new plays from first-time and veteran writers.

Due to adult subject matter and nudity, they are recommended for audiences 17 and older.

Plays include:
Lesbians Definitely Not Lost in Space, by Diane Hightower, is a free-wheeling, lusty sci-fi spoof. Diane’s previous works include The Last Michigan, which appeared in the 2016 Kansas City Fringe Festival. This is her third appearance in Alphabet Soup – past works were Lesbian Potluck (2016) and Habitat (2018).

The Great Defagging, by B. Michael McFarland, features two men who descend on the apartment of a recently deceased friend to “de-fag” the place before his mother arrives. B. Michael is an actor who has appeared with Confluence Theatre Company, Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Alphabet Soup is his debut as a playwright.

Stretch, by Mark Mattison. Hamstrings aren’t the only things being stretched as Fannie’s decision sparks big changes for her and her son. Stretch evolved during Mark’s time in a playwriting course at The Living Room Theatre. Alphabet Soup is his debut as a playwright. Mark is the development director for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Nah, man. Totally., by Kevin King, features two college dudes whose Mortal Kombat session unleashes surprises. Kevin is a playwright-in-residence with the Midwest Dramatists Center. His work is regularly seen in the Kansas City Fringe Festival and has been featured in The Barn Players’ 6×10 short play festival, the Kansas City Horror Play Fest, and Fishtank Theater’s 12 Plays of Christmas. His play The Swallows was selected for the 2019 William Inge Festival New Play Lab.

Bite Marks, by Emily Swenson. Audiences will spend the night in bed with Maggie and her lovers as they play and navigate polyamory. Emily is resident designer and production manager at Unicorn Theatre, and a playwright-in-residence with the Midwest Dramatists Center. Her play Cam Girl was recently produced by Philadelphia’s Theatre Oblivion, and Walls Suck was an audience favorite in the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Nothing Without Me, by Isabella Tate, features a young couple who struggle to understand who they are as a pair because they haven’t accepted who they are as individuals. This is Isabella’s third play to appear in Alphabet Soup. Isabella is a director, playwright, and actress at Emporia State University who gained early experience as a member of The Coterie Theatre’s Project Pride.

In Confidence, by Adam Yarbrough, tells the story of a doctoral dissertation focused on gay men in the 1990’s that has unintended consequences. Adam’s previous writing efforts have been focused on corporate, healthcare, and non-profit marketing and communications. Alphabet Soup is his debut as a playwright.

SqueezeBox Theatre. 1519 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO.
Friday, and Saturday, April 12,13, and 14: 8:00 pm.
Sunday, April 14: 2:00 pm.
Monday, April 15: 8:00pm.
Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20: 8:00 pm.

Doors open 30 minutes before the show. A full bar is available to patrons. Tickets are $15 (plus a small ticketing fee). Tickets will be available online at www.whimproductions.com and at the door.

Whim Productions, founded by Producing Artistic Director Kevin King in 2011, creates challenging, and evocative queer theater. We focus on providing opportunities for LGBTQ theater artists to tell their own stories and share the diversity of queer experience with Kansas City audiences.

BRUCE YOUNG-Aztec Theater…built in 1927 ( then named The Mission at Shawnee, for it’s Spanish mission architecture) opened as a silent movie house, then as a talking picture theater…re-named The Aztec in 1947 , along with new marquee…it became my movie experience in the 1950’s into early 1960’s…closed in 1975 and the marquee was removed, used as storage for over 40 years…always on my mind to own something like this, and opportunity came when 2 of my friends asked me if I would like to be involved and be 1/3rd owner…but only if the City of Shawnee helped…after approaching the City, and negotiating a plan , it happened…we have a General Contractor working with city codes and plans, it is taking shape but with the addition of the new marquee.. it now say’s AZTEC again..!..and lights up the downtown area with neon glow…full interior restoration is underway , meeting new standards of requirements…we will be showing classic films and offering a live concert venue, like this area has never seen…a downtown revival is currently happening in our town, a new micro-brewery has just opened right next to our ticket window!!

Aztec Theater
11119 Johnson Drive
Shawnee, KS 66203

Miki P was born and raised in Kansas City, Mikala Petillo is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, musician and songwriter performing under Miki P. She compose’s lyrics reflective of her own life experiences as well as melodies that hit the heart.
Miki has always been a creative, from a young age she picked up guitar and drums, teaching herself how to play & write songs conveying a spectrum of emotions well beyond her years. As a teen into her early adult years she played drums for a band called American Slim, and found success playing festivals like Middle of the Map Fest, SXSW Music Festival in Austin TX as well as performing at venues like the Royal’s Kaufman Stadium and the Nelson Atkins Museum. She also found success in releasing music for their first full-length album Irreplaceable in the Spring of 2017 gaining experience writing original music for the group with songs like Stevie Knicks, In My Room, and Irreplaceable, followed by a single Queen of Hearts April 11 of 2018.
Branching off from the rock-heavy style of American Slim, Miki has learned an assortment of skills in other genre’s and has come-into-her-own, teaching herself ukulele & piano, including them on songs like Kansas City + Music Box and many more off her debut album Dome of Swallows. Along with staying true to her unique art and pursuing her music career she teaches youth in the Kansas City metro area to play, sing, and write their own music.
Miki P released her first full-length album September 1st, 2018 including 10 original songs. The album is a journey from start to finish describing life in all aspects of heartbreak and love. “Unapologetic from the very beginning, Mikala Petillo – Miki P – let’s you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Dome Of Swallows is a nugget of excellent music. From bass line to Petillo’s unmistakably explosive voice, every part of this album exudes talent.” – Stevie Ervay (PlaylistPlay)
March 29 Miki P released a new single called titled “Secrets”, looking inward Miki P tackles the battle of what she shares with the outside world and what she keeps hidden within herself. With only an acoustic guitar and her voice, she pours her heart out in this new single Secrets.
Miki P is was on the road April 4-12 routing through NOLA, Nashville and more on her first solo tour. This spring she will play Porchfest (May 18) and Boulivardia (June 15) with her band Miki P and the Swallowtails. The band includes musicians Adee Dancy of cello, Rachel Lovelace on bassoon, Robert Castillo on bass, Fritz Hutchinson on drums, with Miki P leading on guitar and vocals.



This week on CounterSpin: Looking back at Equal Pay Day, April 2, it seems strange that when the subject is the fact that women continue to be paid less than men for the same work—and women of color still less—such a lot of the conversation is not about how we can fix the problem quickly and concretely, but about whether the numbers really say what they seem to; or whether maybe it’s not so bad; or women’s fault; or will, left alone, get better over time. We’ll talk about the persistent reality of the gender pay gap with Deborah Vagins, senior vice president for public policy and research at the American Association of University Women.


Also on the show: We’ve just passed the April 4 anniversary of the 1968 killing of Martin Luther King Jr., hounded for years, listeners will know, by the FBI, which sought to disrupt and discredit the powerful protest of King and other black activists with a program called COINTELPRO. What for many is a shameful episode in US history seems to be a source of inspiration for today’s FBI, whose fabrication of a category of domestic threat dubbed “Black Identity Extremism” seems to have eerily similar goals. We’ll talk with Nusrat Choudhury, deputy director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, about efforts to expose and resist the FBI’s dangerous ideas.


On today’s show, host Brent Ragsdale interviews Dorothy Barnett of the Climate Energy Project about the Kansas Energy Fairness Act and other energy transition (fossil fuel to renewable) related legislation in Kansas.   Next, Brent will give an overview of the Extinction Rebellion movement’s demands.  They have a simple 3 demand message at their website: https://extinctionrebellion.org.uk/

Can A Black Man Plead Self Defense In Jackson County?

The case of Cameron Gines has raised the question of whether a black man can claim self defense in Jackson County. Cameron was attacked repeatedly at a convenience store on E 23rd St and retreated from his attacker more than once. It was not until the store owner locked the door denying Cameron an avenue of escape and he was again attacked that he drew his gun and shot his assailant. The Jackson County Prosecutor’s office insisted on charging Cameron with 2nd Degree Murder and all attempts to persuade them that this was self defense were rejected (Missouri is a Stand Your Ground state). What most people do not know is that the Prosecutor’s office was following the same script that had gotten them a conviction in a very similar case of self defense at the same convenience store a year earlier. Cameron has agreed to a plea bargain so that he can get out of jail and again provide for his family.

Host Latahra Smith talks with talks with Cameron’s Father Keith Gines about his son’s case, the intransigence of the Jackson County Prosecutor and whether this Prosecutorial overreach is really how we make our community safer.

A Different Kind Of Discussion On Guns
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The yelling match that passes for debate on gun control very seldom includes common sense solutions or people who have been victims or had to use a gun to protect themselves talking to each other about what they feel can be done. Host Keith Brown El talks With Mr Keith Gines about the idea of requiring insurance on guns, training and more.

The JoJR Calendar for the week of April 15th

Survivors Unite is uniting families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. They understand that grief is experienced in different stages and help families heal and learn to properly release their emotions. Survivors United meets every third Monday of the month and will meet Monday April 15th, 7pm at Margaret’s Place, 7217 Troost, KCMO.
The Kansas City Chapter of Missouri Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants will have their monthly meeting Monday, April 15th 6:30pm at the Chestnut Avenue Family Resource Center, 3811 Chestnut Ave, KCMO. MO CURE advocates for the human rights of prisoners in Missouri prisons and jails as well as those who have returned to society, by lobbying state and local government, direct contact with corrections officials and a quarterly newsletter sent to supporters and prisoners.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday, April 18th 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 http://www.kcmothersincharge.org/ or call them at 816-912-2601.
The Faces of Innocence Gala, fundraising event for Midwest Innocence Project will be held Thursday April 18th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Muehlebach Tower. Registration, reception and silent auction begin at 5 PM, Ballroom doors open at 6:30 PM and the program begins at 7 PM. Single tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at https://themip.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/FacesofInnocence2019/TicketsSponsorship/tabid/1012601/Default.aspx

Attorney James Goodale On Julian Assange Arrest

Last week, at the behest of the U.S. government, police entered the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested Julian Assange on charges of espionage. This case promises to threaten the First Amendment rights of all journalists. We’re honored to have one of the nation’s foremost authorities on First Amendment law, Attorney James Goodale. In the April edition of the Atlantic, he wrote an article titled, Why Julian Assange deserves First Amendment Protection.

Listeners may recall that last fall, a court filing inadvertently suggested that the Justice Department had indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other outlets reported soon after that Assange had likely been secretly indicted for conspiring with his sources to publish classified government material and hacked documents belonging to the Democratic National Committee, among other things.

Assange started WikiLeaks in 2006 to provide a place for newsworthy information to be confidentially released. The site came gained prominence when Assange obtained thousands of classified documents relating to the Iraq War from US Army soldier Chelsea (born Bradley) Manning.

Guest – Attorney James C. Goodale has represented The New York Times in four of its cases to go to the Supreme Court: the Pentagon Papers case (The New York Times Co. v. The U.S.), The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (libel), Branzburg v. Hayes (see below) and The New York Times Co. v. Tasini, (digital rights). He developed the argument that the Espionage Act does not apply to publishers or the press. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled the U.S. Government could not stop the Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers, holding that prior restraints were barred by the First Amendment unless the publication will surely result in direct, immediate, and irreparable damage to our Nation or its people. He became known as the father of the reporters privilege. A prolific writer, he has written two books on the First Amendment, The New York Times v. The U.S. and All About Cable, and approximately 200 articles, particularly on the role of the press in the Information Revolution.


Al Otro Lado and the Border Crisis

United States President Donald Trump said that we have a crisis on the border. He called it an infestation and said that These arent people. These are animals. Last week he fired Kirstjen Nielsen who as the head of the Department for Homeland Security pursued the most aggressive enforcement strategy of any secretary in the history of the organization. Nielsen and the Trump administration has separated children from their parents and instituted an illegal turn back policy using tactics to restrict the numbers of asylum-seekers who want to access the asylum process at points of entry like Tijuana and El Paso.

Tactics used by the administration include lies, intimidating coercion, verbal abuse, physical force, out right denial of access, unreasonable delay, threats, and family separation. The Center for Constitution Rights is currently representing Al Otro Lado, a legal and human rights organization that helps migrants at the border. They are challenging the U S. Customs and Border Patrol on its turnaround policy in a pending lawsuit.

Last month CCRs chairwoman of the board and Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke took six students to Tijuana Mexico, across the border from San Diego, California, to advise migrants on what they will face in the hands of US legal authorities.

Guest – Attorney Katherine Franke, is the Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia University, where she also directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and is the faculty director of the Law, Rights, and Religion Project (Formerly the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project). She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for Palestine Studies. She is among the nation’s leading scholars writing on law, religion and rights, drawing from feminist, queer, and critical race theory.


Yes, the laborious stop-motion animation technique still has a place in a world dominated by CGI cinema. “Missing Link” is a visual treat from the folks at Laika Studios. Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis provide the voices in this comic tale about a big-headed Victorian explorer who discovers and befriends a big-footed sasquatch. The mildly amusing storyline is very slight and will soon evaporate from your memory, but the plush textures of the images help make up for the movie’s narrative weaknesses. A strong script is the only thing missing in “Missing Link.”

I was really rooting for “Little,” a movie that flips the script on the Tom Hanks classic, “Big.” Marsai Martin from TV’s “Blackish” stars as the nasty, selfish founder of a high-tech firm who is magically transformed into the body of her 13-year-old self. She learns some valuable lessons, relying on her assistant Issa Rae and returning to the hard knocks of middle school. This comic fantasy has some strange lapses that play like some crucial scenes were left on the cutting room floor. And dividing the story between the two leads diminishes the story’s impact. Still, Rae is likable and Martin is a force of nature.

Also opening this week, “Hellboy!” is a reboot of Mike Mignola’s violent comic book film series. “Slut in a Good Way” is a French-Canadian teen comedy. “After” is a romantic drama based on a Wattpad bestseller. “Mia and the White Lion” is an English language French production of a children’s story, about a young woman’s attempt to save a rare white lion. Joaquin Phoenix plays Jesus and Rooney Mara is his ardent follower in the Biblical epic, “Mary Magdalene.” “Boo!” is a horror flick about a suburban family’s battle with a supernatural force.

The 23rd annual Kansas City Film Festival International takes place April 10th – 14th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. Information on all of the movies and events is available at https://kcfilmfest.org/

Critics’ Choice Award-winner Taraji P. Henson (TV’s “Empire”) and Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) star in the true story of Civiil Rights worker Ann Atwater and her unlikely friendship with KKK leader Claiborne Paul Ellis. They confronted one another over the issue of school desegregation in North Carolina in 1971.

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