Our Lady J’s Transformative Music And Mirth + Global LGBT News!

This week on This Way Out:

The multi-talented Our Lady J transposes classical and comedy careers; a Japanese trans-man breaks the electoral glass ceiling, a U.S. appeals court boots a lesbian’s workplace bias lawsuit, Trump’s Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch worries LGBTQ rights groups, Atlanta’s Federal Reserve Bank gets two firsts with one exec in Raphael Bostic, international censors nix a gay “Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty”, and more queer news from around the world!


Ewan McGregor; Our Lady J.


Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle. NewsWrap reporters: Michael LeBeau & Frances O’Brien; Producer: Steve Pride. Correspondent: Miss Barbie-Q. Theme music: Kim Wilson; Add’l music: Dustin O’Halloran; Our Lady J. 

Sandra Moran Book Club-The Ada Decades

For Women’s History Month we’re discussing Paula Martinac’sThe Ada Decades on the Sandra Moran Radio Book club with panelists Paula, Kris Bryant, and Nancy Heredia.


Al Jarreau & Julio Martinez 1968-2017

On this weeks From The Vault, We celebrate the life of Al Jarreau who had a connection with Pacifica beginning in 1968 that held strong until his death on February 12, 2017.

There is no one better to help weave Al Jarreaus early beginnings than Pacifica host Julio Martinez, a musician, writer and Host of KPFKs Arts in Review Theatre, Music, Cabaret and Dance program. Julio Martinez was Al Jarreau’s early musical partner from 1967 to 1975.

Includes Al Jarreau and Julio Martinez’ first recording from the The KPFK studio A in Los Angeles in the Fall of 1968 and the first full band recording of Jarreau in December 1970.

Playlist includes
from 1968:
Love Not Now
A Day in The Life
Better Than Anything

From 1970
Lovely Lady Light Up
Something To Lose
Wonder Well

In Pursuit of Happiness: Becoming Beloved Community

Can humanity overcome divisions such as race, class, nation, religion, and gender roles to come together to solve the planetary emergency that threatens our common home? Civil liberties and legal scholar john a. powell and social justice advocate Grace Bauer show how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of “beloved community” can overcome conflict, separation and the burdens of history to transcend our fear of the “Other” and work together to heal our societies and the Earth.

The Tenuous Future of Grassroots Radio

Under threat from large organizations like National Public Radio, college and community radio stations are losing their place on the airwaves. Today we hear some of their stories and look at what the future might hold.

Jennifer Waits of Spinning Indie and Radio Survivor, Sharon Scott of WRVU Friends and Family and ARTxFM, Krissy Carlson of BSR and WRIU, Bill Parker of WRIU, and Dario Borim and Adam Lawrence of WUMD

ARTSPEAK RADIO- Patrick Dobson, Pablo Sanhueza, Steven Curtis, Diosselyn Tot-Velasquez, and Boris Tudeth

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with writer Patrick Dobson, musician Pablo Sanhueza, community activists Steven Curtis and Diosselyn Tot Velasquez, and performer Boris Tudeth.

Patrick Dobson is the featured writer/author of “A Brief Infidelity and Other Trances,” Saturday March 25 from 7pm -10pm at Prospero’s Books. In association with Spartan Press and The Prosepero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s, is proud to present book #27 in the Prospero’s POP Poetry Series:”A Brief Infidelity and Other Trances” by Patrick Dobson.

Prospero’s 1800 W. 39th St. KCMO

Patrick Dobson is an award-winning writer, scholar, and poet. Patrick has lived and worked most of his life on the fringes of the Great Plains in Kansas City, MO. His second book concerns his trip from Helena, MT, to Kansas City in a canoe. Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). His first book, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Canoeing the Great Plainswon the 2016 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award and the 2016 High Plains Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Both books are published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Patrick earned a doctorate in American History and Literature in 2013. He teaches American History and Western Civilization at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.
When he is not teaching, Patrick builds bridges with Ironworkers Local Union #10 in Kansas City.

Pablo Sanhueza is a Chilean born and raised latin percussionist and bandleader. Since his arrival to Kansas City in 2003 He has distinguished himself as one of the foremost young exponents of Latin American and Caribbean music across the midwest. Since 2005, Pablo has led Makuza, a Kansas City based eight piece contemporary salsa ensemble, his latin jazz quintet as well as freelancing for many projects. Most recently Pablo is co-leading The Kansas City Latin Side All Stars, a project in collaboration with The American Jazz Museum.

Although primarily self taught, Pablo has enjoyed the guidance of Jazz saxophonist and composer Bobby Watson, with whom he toured Europe in 2006, appearing at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Red Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Pablo also has studied with Afro-Cuban legends Jesus Alfonso, Sandy Perez, ( Muñequitos de matanzas) & Felipe Villamil ( Master artist at National Endowment for the Arts, Congolese masters Titos Sompa & Mabiba Boegne, Brazilian mestre Carlos Barrao ( Axe Capoeira), Senegalese drummer choreographer Fara Tolno and Zimbabwean choreographer, percussionist Rujeko Masango (Tony award winning first dancer and director of Broadway’s Fela Kuti the musical)

In recent years Pablo has found himself performing alongside some of the Latin Jazz legends and African drumming masters who inspired him in his early years. Poncho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Dave Valentin and Bobby Watson are among the international artists Pablo has had the honor to play with. Under the influence of jazz, west and South African music, Pablo and his team present high energy music able to move and connect with very diverse audiences

Steve Curtis –Community Housing of Wyandotte County (C.H.W.C) Kansas City Kansas based non-profit
Director of Community Building & Engagement
Director de la construcción de la comunidad y participación

Diosselyn Tot-Velasquez
Community Mobilizer
Movilizadora de la comunidad
CHWC, Community Building & Engagement Team, strives to create friendly and safe environments, providing families neutral places to gather and interact with one another. Provide programming and resources to inform and promote opportunities for neighbors to work together and address their concerns.

CHWC, Community Building & Engagement Team (el equipo de la construcción de la comunidad y participación), se esfuerza por crear ambientes amigables y seguros, propveyendo a familias sitios neutros para reunirse e interactuar uno con el otro. Al igual, proporcionan programación y recursos para informar y promover oportunidades para los vecinos a trabajar juntos y abordar sus preocupaciones.


Boris Tudeth- Drag king. Russian. Greasy. Hairy. Confused. Host of THE BIG TIME SHOW at Hamburger Mary’s, Kansas City Sundays at 8pm. So what is the BIG TIME Show? It’s comedy. It’s fun. It’s drag. It’s like Saturday morning cartoons. Only there’s no cereal. And there’s a Russian guy! Trust Mary…You’re gonna love it!

You can find Boris Tudeth on Instagram boris_tudeth and on Facebook.

Hamburger Mary’s
3700 Broadway KCMO


Philly Soul Folks & Louisiana Swamp Pop, 3/22/2017

While they don’t all have blue-eyes, the white soul and swamp pop guys and gals from Philadelphia and South Louisiana have created distinctive regional sounds of national significance. In Philadelphia, we sample soul roots of the famed band Hall & Oates; and learn from John Oates that — despite years of pop music, big hair and synthesizers– at heart he is also a folkie into to country blues and flat-picked guitar a la Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt… which he plays live for us! The angelic-voiced Daryl Hall, on the other hand is more disciple of the Temptations who we’ll hear along with the Orlons, The O’Jays and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. In south Louisiana the simmering pot of music that draws on Cajun, R&B, soul and country ends up as a tasty dish called Swamp Pop. Johnnie Allan (Guillot) is a Cajun Swamp Pop chef extraordinaire with hits like “South to Louisiana” and a version of the “Promised Land” played on the French accordion. He’s surrounded by music from Earl King, Cookie & the Cupcakes, and Slim Harpo. Tasty indeed