Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO talks with poet Glenn North, artist Ada Koch, musicians Heather Thornton, Patrick Alonzo Smith Conway, and President of The Kansas Blues Society Danny Powell.
Love, Loss, & Violence: A Visual Dialogue on War
Paintings by artist Adad Koch
Original poems by Glenn North
This art book presents the works of a painter and a poet who present modern interpretations of historical cultural works about war, violence and loss, and the effects on veterans, families and society. The stunning paintings and poems are provocative and disruptive so that the reader pauses to gain insights and become more empathetic towards those affected by war and violence.
Ada Koch, “This series of paintings came from my reaction to the violence in our current world, and relates it to the wars and violence which have been plaguing humankind for thousands of years. I have been working with the celebrated local poet, Glenn North, to combine these paintings with poems for a book which came out this year.”
Books are available at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Prospero’s, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery
Koch’s solo show about “love, loss & violence” at the KC Artists Coalition through March 2017
Glenn North, the inaugural poet laureate of Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz District, is an accomplished poet and spoken word artist. His recently published City of Song, a collection of his poetry celebrates the KC jazz tradition and the African-American experience.
North serves up social commentary with a side of comic relief. As a poet and spoken word artist, he uses humor to unify audiences, shedding light on everything from economics and racial inequality to what to do when you run out of baby formula and Pampers. As Director of Education and Community at the Black Archives of Mid-America, he challenges people to be change agents in their communities.
Heather Thornton, singer/songwriter/musician talks about the 4th annual Cash 4 Critters, at the Lakeside Nature Center, Sunday March 19 from 2pm – 6pm.
We will be making music, celebrating wildlife, and having a grand old time at Friends of Lakeside Nature Center! There will be music, animal demonstrations, shopping, an ice cream sundae social, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, gourmet cupcakes from One Sweet World Bakery, adult refreshments, art, and MORE!
The folks at Lakeside Nature Center are responsible for the rehabilitation and release of over 3500 animals native to Missouri every year. This takes a lot of resourses! We are rasiing funds and food for the center with this event. The admissioin is FREE with a $5 suggested dontion. Tickets will be available at the door so you can use them to buy the goodies inside!
Some of Lakesides’s favorite musician friends will be there making music for you!
Heather Thornton & Bree Plaster
Two Headed Cow ( Bj McArthur & Tod Davis )
The Night Owls ( Hannah Shuler & Johnathan Aldrich )
Teri Ann Quinn
4th Annual Cash 4 Critters – Sunday March 19, 2pm-6pm
Lakeside Nature Center 4701 E. Gregory, KCMO
Patrick Alonzo Smith Conway – Gamelan Genta Kasturi presents “Spring Concert 2017” featuring guest Balinese artists I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Putu Oka Mardiani, Ni Made Nias Yunirika and Ni Nyoman Nias Yonitika in a concert of traditional and modern Balinese Gamelan Music & Dance.
The event is presented in partnership with Academie Lafayette and Kindness, Inc. and will be held on Saturday March 25, 7:30pm at the Cherry Street Campus location of Academie Lafayette (3421 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO 64109) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Academie-Lafayette-Cherry-Street-Campus/111382158996331
The concert will feature classic Balinese instrumental compositions “Bapang Selisir” – a piece designed to welcome the gods and people to an event, “Langsing Tuban” – a famous resetting by Mr. Asnawa of an esoteric Gambuh court style work into Semar Pegulingan style, and an Asnawa composition “Gilak Walipraja” – written originally as a farewell for a visiting dignitary. Three modern works by ensemble director Patrick Conway, “Blossoming Dance” (with new choreography by Putu Oka Mardiani), “Masked Dance” (presented as an instrumental) and “Angels & Demons at Play” will also be featured. Dance numbers will round out the presentation: “Pendet” – a very traditional welcoming dance, “Sekar Jagat” – a modern standard in the welcoming dance genre, and “Topeng Manis Monyer” – a solo character dance depicting a shy young man.
There will also be a Hands-On-Workshop for the general public held at 6pm on Thursday March 23 at Arts Dojo (3130 Bell St. Kansas City, MO 64110) https://www.facebook.com/ArtsDojo/
All events are FREE and open to the public
Visit http://www.gamelangentakasturi.org/ for more information on the group.
Danny Powell, President of The Kansas Blues Society discusses upcoming events.
The Kansas Blues Society is dedicated to the education and promotion of our youth in this region. We provide programming through our Blues In The Schools and Youth Jams.
We hold Blues Competitions every year to send the best musicians to compete in the International Blues Challenge. Promoting our blues history and legacy is our purpose.