Live recordings and radio essays!

live recordings from the 2016 Kansas City EEF featuring Grupo Quimbaya and Taiko Drums followed by musical selections and essays featuring African refugees, in Kansas city and how they celebrate music and faith and much more!

ARTSPEAK RADIO live with Sonié Ruffin, Arzie Umali, Michael Baxley, & Paolo Porelli

Sonié Ruffin and Arzie Umali from the UMKC Women’s Center discuss CommonThreads: Anatomy of the Wound. Michael Baxley Gallery Manger Belger Craneyard Gallery and ceramicist Paolo Porelli join us live from the KKFI studio.

This community art project features artwork created by artists and members of the community who have used art to transform the emotional wounds caused by recent violence in the world. Co-sponsored by the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and UMKC Division of Diversity & Inclusion. Art can heal the wound.

Opening First Friday Sept. 2
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center 2012 Baltimore Ave. KCMO

Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin is a renowned fabric artist, fabric designer, author, and lecturer. She has conducted workshops, lectures and exhibitions on African American quilting at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, New England Quilt Museum, Holter Museum of Art, Bethesda Medical Center Rotunda, Harvard, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Bates College, Lincoln University, Mulvane Museum, UMKC African American Culture House, Truman Medical Center Healing Arts Gallery and a host of quilt guilds, galleries, and museums in the United States, Europe and Africa… Her artwork is held in private, corporate, museum and gallery collections. Sonié is a Charlotte Street Visual Arts Fellow, Art Omi Fellow, Storyteller’s Inc.Fellow, Kansas Master, recipient of Arts KC Inspiration Grant, and Alliance of Artists Community Scholarship, she was a finalist for the Women to Watch National Women’s Museum in Washington, D.C.
Sonié is the curator for the American Jazz Museum located in Kansas City’s historical jazz district and serves on the Kansas City Artist Coalition board. She is the author of Soulful Art of African American Quilts and Opening Day. Her fabric collections have appeared in McCall’s, Better Homes and Garden Quilting and Quilter’s Quarters magazines. Her latest artwork to date is the public art design project with Helix Architectural firm and Arts Tech which appears on the front of the Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol and Crime Lab Campus in Kansas City, MO.

Arzie Umali has been a passionate member of the Kansas City arts community exhibiting her art, organizing arts events, and volunteering for a number of local organizations for the past 20 years. Arzie’s paintings and collages reveal her command of color and texture (as well as her love of primates) and have been exhibited in galleries around Kansas City including the UMKC Gallery of Art, Mattie Rhodes Art Center, the Event Space at JavaPort, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, La Esquina, and the Faso Gallery of Contemporary Art. Arzie has also donated her works to a number of local charitable organizations including the ACLU, AIDS Walk KC, and the Humane Society. Arzie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the UMKC Women’s Center where she founded the Her Art Project in 2010, a campus and community-wide initiative that addresses gender discrimination in the arts. Through this program she conducts research, develops programs, and lectures on the status of women in the arts. Arzie is also a certified healing arts facilitator and she offers workshops for the UMKC community that use art as a tool for healing and transforming trauma. As a volunteer, Arzie has served a number of local organizations including ArtsKC, the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, One Percent for Art, Charlotte Street Foundation, InterUrban ArtHouse, the Arts Council of Johnson County, the Carter Art Center, the NAACP, and the ACLU. Arzie currently serves as the Secretary and Board Development Chair for the Friends of Art Leadership Council at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and has been a member of the museum for over 20 years. Arzie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Kansas and a Master of Public Administration degree in Organizational Behavior from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri.


First Friday in September will feature new exhibitions at both the Belger Arts Center and the Belger Crane Yard Studios. Renowned artist Dan Anderson of Edwardsville, Illinois, will take center stage at the Belger Crane Yard Studios (2011 Tracy Avenue). Concurrently, figurative sculpture from Paolo Porelli of Rome, Italy, will be featured at the Belger Arts Center (2100 Walnut Street). Both exhibitions run September 2, through December 17, 2016.

Dan Anderson’s solo show titled Mascots, Hearts of Love, and Proposals references large mid-western structures such as water tanks and corn cribs, along with the graffiti that can be found on these rural landmarks. Anderson says he has been fascinated with these edifices since he climbed his hometown’s municipal water tank when he was a teenager. The work that has been inspired by these structures can be found in exhibitions and collections throughout world. In addition to sculpture, Anderson plans to bring some of his signature teapots and tea sets to Kansas City.

Anderson taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1970 – 2002 and has maintained an active clay practice since retirement. A wood-fire enthusiast, his anagama kiln in Edwardsville draws artists from far and wide for firings.

Paolo Porelli’s exhibit, Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous features figurative sculpture. This body of work is a hybrid of ideas culled from mythological imagery, pop-culture references, and contemporary society to articulate the human behaviors – both good and bad.

Porelli created many of the exhibition works last winter during his Fellowship Residency at Belger Crane Yard Studios. Porelli came to the studio from Italy, where he has been running his own ceramics studio since 1990. In more recent years he and his wife, Lori-Ann Touchette, have operated c.r.e.t.a rome, an international art residency program.

BELGER ARTS CENTER 2100 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri 64108 Wed – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm

BELGER CRANE YARD STUDIOS 2011 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Wed – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm


Chilling Music for The Holiday Weekend

Join host Beth Pike for The Thirsty Thursday edition of The Morning Buzz as she once again dips her hand into the proverbial box of musical chocolates.  This weeks show was inspired by a recent stay at the lake and for the upcoming holiday weekend. Songs about water, Artists with water in the name, music for camping or for whatever your plans are for the holiday weekend, perhaps it’s just chilling at home. This will be a show to sit back and enjoy artists such as John Lee Hooker, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Counting Crows, Collective Soul, Muddy Waters and oh so much more.  You’ll have to tune in to see what other sweet musical treats are in store.  Be there!

Max Parthas, Will Be In KC For The MO CURE Conference Talking About Abolishing The Duly Convicted Exception Clause

Max Parthas, Will Be In KC For The MO CURE Conference Talking About Abolishing The Duly Convicted Exception Clause

Max Parthas of New Abolitionist Radio will be the Keynote speaker at the Missouri CURE conference here in Kansas City Saturday September 24th. We rebroadcast an Interview that Keith Brown El did with Max about how the Duly Convicted Exception Clause in the US Constitution and many state constitutions has led to the growth of the prison industrial complex in America.

13th Amendment to the US Constitution
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Max Parthas – Abolishing The Duly Convicted Exception To Slavery Clause In The US Constitution

Most Americans think the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery in the United States, it did not. Find out who is trying to change that provision in the US and individual States Constitutions, then find out who is making millions of dollars off the labor of today’s slaves incarcerated in the Prison Industrial Complex.

Host Keith Brown El talks with Max Parthas of New Abolitionist Radio about how the use of this exception has led to the massive Prison Industrial Complex in the US and how that industry created the police state we are facing in the US.

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Grateful Dead ’87 and Dead & Company ’16

Part 1 35:41
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena

Part 2 20:00
Dead and Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA

KC Irish Fest Preview

Four local bands give a sneak preview of their Irish Fest appearances.

Turlach Boylan and Eddie Edwards, the Maguire Brothers, Flannigan’s Right Hook, and Ballybricken.

Coffee: Trouble Brewing?

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee?
From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe.
Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita, coffee farmers
Jeff Goldman, former executive director Fairtrade Resource Network
Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee Guy Groundworks Roasters
John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner
Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station
Hosts: George Lavender and Mallory Smith
Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Jennifer Dunn, Mallory Smith
Pensacola Twilight: Lee Rosevere
Cafetero: Christian Martinez
Grand Caravan: Blue Dot Sessions
Them Never Love No Bans: Hot Fire
La Boite A Sons – Contest Contributions: Various Artists

Part 3: Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling & Anti-LGBT Backlash

Author, journalist, and LGBTQ activist Michelangelo Signorile (pronounced “Senior-elly”), host of the Michelangelo Signorile Show, a daily talk show on Sirius-XM Progress 127 and Editor-at-Large of Huffington Post Queer Voices. His most recent book is It s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality.

This is the third and final part of a series exploring anti-LGBTQ backlash against the US Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in the case of Ogerbefell vs. Hodges. This case struck down all of the remaining state bans on same sex marriage, making marriage equality the law of the land. The case has triggered backlash against LGBTQ people.

The series is produced by OutCasting, LGBTQ youth radio.

Signorile talks about various aspects of the anti-LGBTQ backlash, which is on the increase: violence, discriminatory laws, government officials’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, businesses’ refusal to serve them, demoralization of LGBTQ youth and increase in already high risk of suicide and self-destructive behavior.

Also discussed: laws being proposed and enacted in backlash and implicit bias that underlies the more public support LGBTQ people have won, relegating LGBTQ people to second-class citizenship, and how the contradictions between public support and hatred experienced in actual experience affect self-destruction and suicide in youth.

Also discussed: the importance of the Supreme Court in this year’s presidential election, and representation of LGBTQ people in the media, sports, and popular culture, and how it greatly needs to improve.

This another issues were also discussed in earlier editions of OutCasting — available at

Audio promos for Part 3 are available at There are 59 and 29 second versions available, with time at the end of each for your local tag. Michelangelo Signorile, noted LGBTQ author, activist, and journalist