Elvis Presley died forty years ago today. The impact that he has had on American culture is inestimable. Some very strange tributaries have spring out form the Elvis River. We’ll explore it all.
This week on CounterSpin: Talking to reporters on Air Force One last month, Donald Trump said: “Dakota Access takes it to the Pacific. Who do they compete with? Russia.” Every word of that is nonsense; or, as Politico graciously put it, “It was not immediately clear what Trump meant”—given that the Dakota Access pipeline goes nowhere near the Pacific, and oil is an international market. But while Trump is wrong out loud, corporate media are tacitly wrong in their evident belief—if coverage is guide—that the fight over the pipeline is over. We’ll get an update on a struggle that’s very much alive from Kandi Mossett, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
The Harcros chemical company was recently fined for illegally storing environmentally sensitive material in their Wyandotte County locale. The Kansas Sierra Club’s Elaine Geisel returns to the program to bring us up to speed. Also, are there plans afoot to foul the Flint Hills? Flint Hills Stewards, Elexa Dawson and Karla Jo Grimmett let us know about the proposed high-pressure injection of wastewater into the Flint Hills.
Lawrence poets Topher Enneking and Garret C. Tufte and Kansas City poet Sharon Gibson will share their thoughts on poetry that was recorded at the Uptown Arts Bar. This talented team will analyze and comment of the featured poetry, deconstructing the techniques used and evaluating the emotional or intellectual impact of the featured works.
The second hour of this Local Showcase will feature music by local artists.
Rather than trying to amend our current constitution, activists and educators Dr Kelly Gerling, Martin Henn and Daniel Lazare will explain their goal of calling for a People Constitutional Convention to write a NEW constitution that would abolish the electoral college, establish direct presidential elections and establish proportional representation.
Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
More New & MidCoastal Releases + Erin Keller + Summer Osborne
Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: The Roseline, Erin Keller, The Philistines, Krystle Warren, The Architects, Noname, Summer Osborne, Youth Pool, Tennis, The Smiths, Bob & Gene, Cris Williamson & Holly Near, and The Weepies.
At 10:30 Kansas City based Jazz vocalist Erin Keller joins us to share music from her debut album “Distracted” released March 6, 2017. Erin Keller is also part of Grammy Award winning Kansas City Chorale, and is a voice and piano instructor at the Blues to Bach Music Center, located at 22366 West 66th Street, Shawnee KS. Erin Keller will be singing Jazz standards and some fun covers with Brad Williams on drums, Seth Lee on bass, and Rob Whitsitt on guitar at Repeal 18th, 1825 Buchanan, North Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, August 19 at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
At 11:15 Mark talks with acclaimed singer-songwriter Summer Osborne who will play live in our 90.1 FM Studios. Since 2005 she has been touring the United States and Canada wowing audiences with her original songs and powerful and charismatic voice. Summer’s eighth album, As I Am, was released in 2013 and her ninth album, Spiritual Revolution, was released in late 2016. Summer Osborne has played at National Women’s Music Festival, SXSW, and Pridefests in St. Louis, Phoenix, Fairbanks, Tacoma, Vancouver, Halifax, Lexington Kentucky, Springfield, Columbia and Memphis. Osborne has shared the stage with Holly Near, The Indigo Girls, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Alix Olson, Andrea Gibson, Patrice Pike, Jen Foster, The Cliks, Crystal Waters, Martha Wash, and Jennifer Holliday. Summer Osborne plays InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton Street, Overland Park, KS. on Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 PM with Lizz Ceperley.
Summer Osborne – Photo by: Maria Carmen Calderon
Wednesday August 16, 2017
ARTSPEAK RADIO host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with singer/songwriter Elain McMilian, KC Conjure Shop owner Julie Valdivia, and multi-discipline artist Mark Allen.
Elaine McMilian is a vocalist and writer from Independence, Missouri. She sang her first solo at age 5 and continues to perform a variety of musical genres as a solo artist and in various groups. She self-produced two albums of original songs, “Insomnia,” and “The Messenger.” McMilian received a BA in English-Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She writes essays and poems, which can be found on her blog, Along the Way, and is working on a memoir.
Julia Valdivia Owner of K.C. Conjure Shop- Purveyors of providence, good luck, readings, custom spiritual work, classes, conjure supplies, candles, oils, waters, and more. Located at 1620 Locust St. Suite 400 Kansas City MO, 816.756.5551
Mark Allen -SOLANOIR is a collection of events hosted in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City in preparation for the Great American Solar Eclipse cutting across on August 21st. Mural artists will be traveling from around the country and the world to transform the Crossroads into the Next Great American Art Hub. Other art exhibitions, performances, musical acts, and events are listed on their website: SOLANOIR.COM and Instagram @solanoir
MARK ALLEN, LAURA TREAS, MOLLY BALLOONS, CHERYL EVE ACOSTA, STUDIO A, MCK BRANDS , C ANNMANN NELSON, ANDREA MARIE LONG, SARAH NELSEN, KATIE LEE BRIDAL, MUNELLE DE VIE, JOHN PAUL ATAKER
We have nearly two dozen buildings that are primed and ready to go be painted all across the Crossroads Arts District. The week and weekend leading up to the Eclipse, we are celebrating this truly incredible Arts District and really putting it on the map as an art-rich destination with a strong street art presence. In a week’s time, we hope to transform the facade of the Crossroads Arts District and focus our collective cultural identity.
Ackzilla! & Annavee . Alex Senna . Jake Merten . Justin Wagher . Madman . Phyber . Registered Artist
Sebastian Coolidge . Ten Hundred . They Drift . Wiley
Ape . Evan Jackson . Jamie McClead . Kevin “EFG” Perkins . Moniker the Monster . Munden
Sabertooth Thomas . Sike . Thomas “Pigsty” Woodward . Zach Laman
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
504 East 18th Street Kansas City, MO, 64108
On-Going Throughout the Day:
Multiple artists will be working on their murals across the Crossroads
Check out our interactive Map to see where the walls/murals are at and which artists are painting them!
FACES // Mark Allen + Kat Moss
•Thursday, August 17, 2017
Free to the Public
Mark Allen and Kat Moss present “FACES,” and exhibition of original paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and film.
This will be Kat Moss’s first exhibition of her art, which features contour and blind contour portraits of friends, self-portraits, and photographs through the lens of a model, actress, and artist. She is inspired by Jenny Holzer for her feminism, poetry, and aesthetics.
Mark Allen will present his latest work from 2017, featuring large scale paintings, underwater photographs, portraits, and other art from his personal vault. Much of his recent work from the past few years has featured Kat Moss, as his muse and creative collaborator.
A scene from their debut short film , “Alice Through the Shattered Glass” featuring Kat Moss and co-directed by Morgan Cooper (Cooper Films) and Mark Allen will also be on display.
Earlier Event: August 17
Later Event: August 17
Artist & Sponsor Kick-Off Party
On Friday August 18th, The Gown Gallery will open their doors to their newly renovated 7 East Event space for an Intergalactic Fashion Exhibition of Design and Photography.
Curated by Garment Manufacturer Laura Treas, 12 fashion designers will present their original garments, jewelry, and accessories in a live model exhibition open to the public. Underwater photographs by Mark Allen will also be on display.
This unprecedented event is a unique twist on a fashion show, ditching the runway for a more up-close-and-personal viewing experience. Wine and special plates by Affäire will also be available in their ivy-shaded courtyard.
Mural artists will also be live-painting the East-facing exterior wall during the event, commissioned by Botwin Commercial Development. A live musical performance will accompany the artist and viewers to cap off the evening.
Arts & Craft Beer Crawl
Saturday August 19 3pm –late
Drink beer Decorate you own eclipse glasses!! 220 Certified viewers available
Crossroads Arts District KC
Many of the events taking place during the pre-eclipse weekend will be located in the burgeoning creative Crossroads Arts District.
The map includes locations of participating street art murals/walls, art galleries, restaurants, bars, breweries, music events, and more.
On this week’s Tasty Brew Music Radio Show, Host Diana Linn brings you songs of freedom, mercy and peace. Recent events demand a response. Community Radio gives a voice to the music that is underserved or ignored by mainstream media. You will get a taste of the freedom, peace and mercy that Americana/Roots Music speaks to in these troubled times. In the mix this week is Gillian Welch, Jim Lauderdale, The Dave Rawlings Machine, The Holmes Brothers, Darden Smith, Radney Foster, Sam Baker and many many more.
Plus….if all goes well this time round…Savanna Chestnut live in the studio with original country music AND a segment on power pop gone rootsy Dwight Twilley appearing live this week in Kansas City on his “Look Ma, No Band Tour.”