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Artspeak Radio


ARTSPEAK RADIO is a live radio program on KKFI that airs every Wednesday at noon. Host Maria Vasquez Boyd serves up information about the visual and literary arts community including live interviews with artists, writers, and performers. 

Past guests on ARTSPEAK Radio include the following individuals and organizations. Scribe, Bernie Koehrson, The Writers Place, Jose Faus, Carol Kariotis, Lisa Cordes, Shawn Pavey, Main Street Rag, Tara Varney, Glenn North, Matt Jacobs, David Rhoades, Damon Lee Patterson, Jill Downen, Greg Patterson, Seth Johnson, William Peck, Jared Flaming, 2013 Verses and Voices, Mary Ann Haenni, Judith Towse, Molly Kaderka, Norma Cantu, The Artists for Life Project, Darryl Chamberlain, Bluest Aye, Jennifer Leigh Coates, Missi Rasmussen, Alex R. Carpernter, Skye Livingston, Michele Johnson, Justin Beachler, Carla Malone Steck, Janet and Stan Banks, Mark Allen, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Angela Cervantes, Geo Sipp, Daniel Shea, Meghan Henry, Kansas City Public Library, Dr. Phong Nguyen, Tracy Abeln, Julia Cole, The Riverfront Reading, Phyllis Becker, Carl Bettis, Eve Ott, Patricia Lawson, and Silvia Kofler, Thomas Cobian, Sean Starowitz, Carrie Riehl, Emily Kenyon, Summer Osborn, Jen Harris, Woodneath Library, Andie Paloutzian, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Diego Chi, Ahram Park, Lindsey Martin-Bowen, Sara Miss Conception Glass, Tommy Frank, Rhiannon Ross, Michele Pond, David Arnold Hughes, Sharon Eiker, Madeline Gallucci, Patrick Alexander, Eric Dobbins, Luis Garcia, Cory Imig, Jeanette Powers, Lauren Sobchak, Ari Fish, Miguel M. Morales, Sofiana Olivera, m.o.i. (aka the minister of information, aka Don Wilikson) Sarah Starr, Maril Crabtree, Stephen Roth, and Dave Dalton, Melaney Mitchell, Bobby Howsare, Sandra Moran, Front/Space, Don Simon, Chance Wolf, Suzanne Gladney, MaryFrances Wagner, Greg Field, Jane Booth, Suze Ford Fernandez, David Wayne Reed, Lorenzo Collado, Jessy Terrero, Petra & Kester Horn-Marsh, Eve Brackenbury, Brandon Forrest Frederick, MyArts, Adam Goldberg, Deana Bellamaganya, Ryan Teney, Mihn Du Pha, Eric Lindquist, Jenny Mendez, Teresa Magel, Sarah Hyde-Schmiedeler, Deborah Shouse, Ron Zoglin, Nicole Emanuel, Adam Finkelston, Jay Meara, Danny Orendorf, Laura Isaac, Whispering Prairie Press, Jessica Conoley, Pat Daneman, Marianne Getchell, and Annie Raab.

Upcoming episodes

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Melanie Sherman, Peregrine Honig, Christopher Kurtz, Michael Baxley, Jason Vivone, Sue Edgerton, & Patrick Quinn November 25, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Maria talks with artists, Melanie Sherman, Peregrine Honig, and by phone from New York, Christopher Kurtz, about their current work at Belger Gallery along with Michael Baxley-Belger Gallery manager/curator.

Musician/singer/radio host, Jason Vivone with The Billy Bats, talks about their new CD release, "The Avenue" with songs inspired the Northeast neighborhood. Release party is scheduled for Friday, Dec.4 at Coda Bar & Grill 1744 Broadway KCMO

Later in the program, Maria welcomes Poet and co-host of Speak Easy Poets, Topeka KS in the studio.

Patrick Quinn, musician/songwriter performs in the 2nd half of the program.

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Recent episodes

ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Radio Renga II
November 18, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Join us live for Radio Renga ll with a very talented group of writers!
Priest Hughes, Silvia Kofler, Jason (Chico) Sierra Lindsey Martin-Bowen, Al Ortolani, Elizabeth Andersen, James Benger, Jameson Bayles, Jason Preu, and Annette Billings fill the airwaves in their own style and experiences with radio. Following the live read, Maria talks with each contributor who shares their passion for writing.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, EVAC-Endowment For Veterans Art Campaign-Joe Williams, Chris White-Pets For Vets, & Tribute to Sandra Moran
November 11, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Joe Williams with EVAC-Endowment For Veterans Art Campaign talks with Maria about the organization. Chris White with Pets For Vets and owner of Dog Obedience Group in Blue Springs, joins us live in the studio.

EVAC –Endowment For Veterans Art Campaign
The mission of EVAC’s social venture is to create a new organization and culture that supports and encourages veterans to use art as a tool for self-expression, a means to communicate with their families and communities, and successfully reassimilate back into society and their new lives as disabled American veterans.
Our purpose is to set up a network of physical and online resources that encourage and support our nation’s veterans to pursue their creative endeavors. By creating a new program and culture that is a positive self-constructive outlet, we can begin to break down the self-destructive habits veterans develop when returning to their families, communities and suffocating government based bureaucracy. and Iron Will Studios gives veterans the support, platform, and space needed to create and showcase their creative work and talents regardless of abilities and disabilities. This allows veterans to find an empowering, constructive, & motivational outlet with a beneficial, rewarding product.
EVAC Marketplace- Artists can currate their works online allowing the viewer to purchase on the spot. Artists will have the ability to upload their works themselves, along with their artist statement.

Operation Art offers veterans and civilians online art resources and workshops to advance their abilities and potential careers.
Iron Will Studios An art center designed to allow members with disabilities to use art equipment catered to their disability. Veteran and civilians are welcome.

Contact us;
4314 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111, United States

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The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal.
The Pets… 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. These animals can make excellent companion animals but never have that chance. Our dedicated animal trainers will evaluate and rescue the shelter animals and provide additional training to ensure that they are able to assimilate into a home, which is quite different from a shelter environment.
The Vets… Sadly, there are alarming statistics of suicide, family abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder facing veterans returning to civilian life after military duty. This can cause a downward spiral of apathy, unemployment, broken relationships, addiction and depression. It is our belief that companion animals can be the life saving therapy or friend that many returning service men and women need.
Avery Shahandeh and her husband Aaron hope to connect the two. They're the organizers of the Kansas City chapter of Pets for Vets, a national organization that has bureaus in 34 U.S. cities.
Avery says the difference between Pets for Vets and other military-based adoption agencies lies in the training, which can go for up to eight weeks per companion animal.
"That pet is trained professionally by our group of trainers. Our trainers go and interview the veteran and find out what their likes and dislikes are -- whether they want to walk, run or have a couch potato," Avery said.
"Having the dog would keep them from struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and even domestic violence."
Chris White, owner of Dog Obedience Group in Blue Springs, Mo., sits at the heart of training animals for the program. White also served in the U.S. military as an Air Force mechanic, and he embraces the benefits of a dog or cat.
"It's been proven the dog is a very therapeutic piece. Two, you have to take care of the dog. That gives you something to take your mind off your stresses and what’s bothering you at that point," White said.

Later in the program, in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Sandra Moran, we will re-broadcast the episode from Feb. 11, 2015, Mi Amour-Love Stories (Or Not) with a fictional story wriiten and read by our dear friend, Sandra Moran, who passed away November 7, 2015. We express our deepest sympathy to her loving wife, Cheryl, Sandra’s family, and the many friends whose lives were touched by her generous smile and loving spirit. Sandra spent this past year giving back to the LGBT community by co-hosting The Tenth Voice on KKFI 90.1, served as a board member for the LikeMe Lighthouse-Kansas City, and appeared as featured writer at literary events and readings around the country. Miguel M Morales, member of the Fabulous Queer Writer group wrote, “My friend, JCCC colleague, and fellow Fabulous Queer Writer, Sandra Moran, died yesterday. She changed the literary landscape. You may not know it but you'll feel it when you read authors from the midwest and from other queer writers. Sandra is an award winning author of “Letters Never Sent,” “All We Lack,” “NUDGE,” “The Addendum.”

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Alan Chebot, Maria Ogedengbe, Gary Kuntz, Jameson Bayles, & Philip Hooser
November 4, 2015 | 12:00 pm

This week on ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria talks with director Alan Chebot, artist Maria Ogedengbe, storyteller Gary Kuntz, poet/writer Jameson Bayles, and actor/playwright/co-host of The Tenth Voice Philip Hooser.

Director Alan Chebot’s recently completed feature-length documentary, “OUTERMOST RADIO” was just selected by the 2015 Kansas International Film Festival . The film, four years in the making, takes an intimate look at a close community on the remote tip of Cape Cod. Far from the mainland and out of the mainstream light, they are committed to keeping their freedom of expression and their non-profit community radio station alive. It’s all wrapped in a backdrop of great music, stunning natural beauty and an unforgettable cast of characters. There’s even a live performance by The Blind Boys of Alabama mixed in.
The film has already been critically acclaimed and well received by audiences at the 2015 Provincetown International Film Festival in which it won the coveted John Schlesinger Award! Now we’re onto our Mid-West premiere at this year’s KIFF
The film’s director, Alan Chebot, is available for interviews in the weeks leading up to the screening on November 6th,2015. We would love the opportunity to tell your listeners about our documentary.
To learn more about the film and read some of the press generated by the Provincetown showings of the film, including a piece on NPR’s “All Things Considered’ Please visit:

Maria Ogedengbe works across a range of disciplines, most often with projects that unite textile arts with a painter’s concerns. Ms. Ogedengbe earned her MFA from Yale University School of Art in Painting/Printmaking, and her studio, ESTUDIO mariaurora, is located in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. She has completed projects and residencies in Mexico, Spain, and Nigeria – including hands-on research in textile arts in Lagos and Abeokuta. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held in galleries at the University of Lagos, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, among other venues.

Twin billboard images relate the story of a painting contest recorded in Socrates' day by Pliny the Elder:
A painting of grapes by one artist was so realistic that birds flew down and pecked at it. Then the first artist reached to draw back a drape covering the second artist's work... only to find that the drape itself was painted ! And so, the second artist was declared the winner. The hand-dyed drape pictured makes a case for textile arts as a medium for painting."

Gary Kuntz discusses the Storytelling Spectacular 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, November 7 @ 7:00 pm
The 16th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration features a lineup of lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends, and lessons.
Founded in 1999 with the help of the River and Prairie Storyweavers,
the annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration has grown from a small group of local tellers to a nationwide event. The original goal of fostering and healthy dialogue about diversity and community involvement has grown to include a wider number of individuals each year – from 20,000 in its inaugural year to more than 250,000 in its 12 year run.


Jameson Bayles discusses writing and upcoming events.
Jameson Bayles is the senior editor of Asinimali Publications in Kansas City and has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. Currently, his work can be found in three books, "The Cataman Years" published by Mistop Publications, "The Artistic Muses" published by True Color Press and the collaborative reader, "A Case For Ascension" by Asinimali Publications. Jameson currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Philip Hooser talks about the Fabulous Queer Writers family present, #MoranStrong: A Reading for Sandra, An evening honoring the legacy of Sandra Moran, Saturday November 7, 6pm – pm LikeMeLighthouse- KC, 3911 Main St. KCMO

Sandra has helped shape the LGBTQ Literary scene in Greater Kansas City and beyond. Her dedication to education both formal and informal supports and nourishes new and veteran writers.

Her volunteerism in the community is an example of how each of us can influence change as individuals and as a tribe. This evening celebrating Sandra is long overdue. The reading will be recorded and presented to Sandra. Please join the Fabulous Queer Writers family for an evening honoring the legacy of Sandra Moran.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
October 28, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Jenny Mendez, Latino Cultural Arts Director for the Mattie Rhodes Center, Anne Manning, Director of Education and Interpretive Programs Nelson Atkins Museum and Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Programs & Events with the Nelson Atkins museum, join us on the program celebrating Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a unique festival that is the result of 16th century contact between Mesoamerica and Europe. Conceptually, it is a hybrid, owing its origins to both prehispanic Aztec philosophy and religion and medieval European ritual practice. Ceremonies held during the Aztec summer month of Miccailhuitontli were mainly focused on the celebration of the dead. These were held under the supernatural direction of the goddess Mictecacihuatl.(1) Both children and dead ancestors were remembered and celebrated. It was also during this month that the Aztecs commemorated fallen warriors. According to Diego Duran, a 16th century Spanish priest, the Aztecs would bring offerings of food to altars in honor of the dead.

Across Mexico, activities associated with Day of the Dead are fairly consistent from place to place. On the first day, families visit the graves of their relatives. During this time, they decorate the gravesite with flowers, earth, and candles. The also hold a kind of picnic at the graveside where they interact socially among themselves and with other families and community members who are all gathered at the cemetery. The stories that are exchanged by the families often feature other people who are also buried in the same cemetery. In this way, Day of the Dead acts as a method of social cohesion between different groups of people. Folks gathered around the graves are there not only to celebrate their ancestors, but to celebrate the role that those ancestors played in a larger community.

Day of the Dead Altar Installation
Kirkwood Hall | Plaza Level
Experience the altar installation honoring ancestors and write your own special remembrance. In collaboration with local artists through Mattie Rhodes Center, the 2015 altar will highlight the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water, and will feature a large scale suspended Papel Picado, sand paintings and four paper mache skeletons. Thanks to the students from Plaza de Nino's in the museum's Community Programs classes for creating the table sculptures. Altar will remain on view through November 15.
4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816.751.1ART (1278)
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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Igudesman & Joo, Chain Of Hope, Priest Hughes, Jane Booth, & Patrick Quinn
October 21, 2015 | 12:00 pm

ARTSPEAK RADIO has a great fall line up of guests that include, Igudesman & Joo, Kate Quigley with Chain Of Hope, spoken word performer Priest Huges, artist Jane Booth, and singer/songwriter Patrick Quinn.

IGUDESMAN & JOO -Over 35 million YouTube views and sold-out performances around the world have turned the inspired lunacy of musicians Igudesman & Joo into a global hit show. For them, the mix of music, comedy and theatre is its own art form.
Think Mozart hijacked by Monty Python, South Park meets Bach, and you have some idea of the mayhem created at the highest level of musicianship on worldwide stages by violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo, two classically-trained artists who are filling concert halls and stadiums with their uproarious approach to the concert performance. Their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.

Igudesman & Joo perform at the Polsky Theatre in Overland Park, KS. Sunday, October 25, 2015, 7:00 PM
Carlsen Center Box Office at Johnson County Community College 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park,

Chain of Hope with Kate Quigley- Chain of Hope’s primary goal is to alleviate the suffering of abused and neglected animals within the urban core of Kansas City. We rescue, rehabilitate, re-home or transfer homeless or unwanted pets. We provide public education on the proper care and treatment of animals and give shelter animals much needed love and attention. Chain of Hope’s mission is to reduce pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering all pets and encouraging others to do the same. Our ultimate goal is to break the chain of ignorance, break the chain of suffering, and break the chain of unwanted litters.

October 22nd – Chain of Hope Boonanza at Belvoir Winery
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Belvoir Winery 1325 Odd Fellows Road
Liberty, MO 64068
Halloween themed costume appreciated
Silent auction, wine pulls, CoH pint glasses, t-shirt and sweatshirts for sale, photo booth and more.

Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7” Jones, (the Recipe KC) believe by exemplifying excellence and team work as spoken word artist/activist we can influence change and encourage people by example to work together towards common goals. Our Nu Muse-ik POetry supports Expression without Weapons, youth and adult creative writing programs in schools, homeless and Juvenal institutions nurturing a generation of understanding through honest conversation.

Jane Booth is known for monumentally scaled, color saturated dynamic paintings on raw canvas. She lives and works on a ranch outside of Kansas City, incorporating the broad vistas of land and water into tactile and textural space in her canvases.
Booth has a B.F.A. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and furthered her education in Kansas City in classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and master painter Philomene Bennett. Her works can be found in numerous private collections and corporate, including: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cisco Systems, H&R Block World Headquarters, Hilton Hotels, Kansas University Heart Hospital as well as featured in Kansas then Governor Sebelius’ offices and chambers.

Patrick Quinn- Artist, singer, songwriter, performs music from his new CD, “The Desired Melancholia” at The Brick 1727 McGee KCMO, Saturday, November 28, 8 pm

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Scarritt Mural Project with Héctor Casanova, KCAI Illustration students, and Dr. Luis M. Córdoba
October 14, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Artist, illustrator, & Kansas City Art Institute instructor, Héctor Casanova along with Illustration students, Allason Long, Andrew Dowling, Luna Green, and Mika Pitts discuss the Scarritt Mural Project. Also on the program, Dr.Luis M. Córdoba, Executive Director of Student Intervention Programs, joins in the discussion. Listeners may call the studio line for questions or comments during the program.

Scarritt Elementary School has been closed and shuttered for several years; neighbors often complain about the graffiti, vandalism and loitering that take place on the property grounds. The goal of the Mural Project is to use art to convert the Scarritt Elementary School (SES) building back into a positive visual landmark for the community; to reclaim it from blight and transform it into a unique example of urban art.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, The Fall Pledge Drive with guests Whispering Prairie Press, Natasha Ria El-Scari, & Ryan Wilks
October 7, 2015 | 12:00 pm

It's the Fall Pledge Drive at KKFI!! We need you to call the station at 888-931-0901 or pledge on line to keep YOUR community station on air! As a special Thank-You gift, ARTSPEAK RADIO offers supporters who pledge $50 during the program, 30 minutes of studio time at the station to record your poetry, spoken word, or prose-only $50!!
(Minor editing, KKFI asssumes no right to the work, and contributor must bring flash drive to download their work.)

Whispering Prairie Press staff, spoken word poet, Natasha Ria El-Scari, and Painter Ryan Wilks discuss their work, events, and new work release.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Priest Hughes, Jason Preu, Robin Rosenberger, & Jenny Mendez
September 30, 2015 | 12:00 pm

On ARTSPEAK RADIO this week, Maria welcomes, spoken word performer, Theodore "Priest" Hughes, poet/writer Jason Preu, Performer Robin Rosenberger, and Director/artist Jenny Mendez.

Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7” Jones, (the Recipe KC) believe by exemplifying excellence and team work as spoken word artist/activist we can influence change and encourage people by example to work together towards common goals. Our Nu Muse-ik POetry supports Expression without Weapons, youth and adult creative writing programs in schools, homeless and Juvenal institutions nurturing a generation of understanding through honest conversation.

Jason Preu writes odd poems and weird short fiction from the suburbs of Kansas City. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and gets paid to work with information technology. Jason is a 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence with Kansas City’s Charlotte Street Foundation. He publishes irregularly at as well as other outlets around the world. He also irregularly hosts Kansas City's ". . . Literary Salon", a pop-up literary event, which features writers reading their words to listeners and then talking about those words in a frightfully convivial manner. Jason's bio wants to remind you that you are an incredible thing that is happening right here and now so take care to enjoy!

Robin Rosenberger talks about the 2015 Kansas City Juggling Variety Show Sat. Oct. 3 at 7:30pm, featuring Los Hermanos Bravisimo from Guadalajara, Mexico. The Kansas City Juggling Club, the premier club for juggling and the variety arts in the Kansas City area.

For Bravisimo, the art of clowning is a means of seduction. Through explorative work, Bravisimo explores performance through the unity of various circus disciplines.

Jenny Mendez discusses the 17th annual Dia de Los Muertos at the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, Celebrate the colorful & loving Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, this Friday Oct. 2, from 6-10pm at the gallery located at 919 W. 17th St. KCMO. Discover traditional, contemporary, and personal altars and Day of the Dead inspired art work created by artists, families, school groups and community members.

919 W. 17th St. KCMO

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Artist Jim Ramirez, Writer Danna York, & Singer/songwriter Tim York
September 23, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Jim Ramirez was born and raised in KCMO. He began a 34 year career at Hallmark Cards as a designer, working in a variety of disciplines. He designed packaging, developed new product, and was awarded 4 United States Patents, and designed humor greeting cards. He also has a U.S. patent on a Christmas cap called, “Santa’s Ho! Ho! Hat!” that has sold all over the world, and appeared on The Today Show, and Late Night with David Letterman. In 2010, he published a book titled: “Where I’m Supposed To Belong,” about a 3-week trip he took to Europe. Jim creates fine art, and currently has an assemblage art show titled: foundArtNEWYORK at 2010 Gallery in the crossroads at 2010 Main, KCMO. Every object in each piece of foundArtNEWYORK was found in one of the five boroughs of New York. flea markets, street fairs, antique shops, thrift stores. Wood that makes up the frames were found in the Calvary Cemetery in Queens or under the Brooklyn Bridge. Tying each piece together is an authentic New York City subway map, and a description on the back tells where every object was found. In keeping with this theme Jim created another assemblage art show titled: foundArtKC, where every unique element was found in various scrap metal recycling plants around Kansas City and reused to recreate something new.

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Local author/illustrator, Danna York published "To the Cider Mill” a book that celebrates autumn. Each page tells a story with delightful illustrations, activities, coloring pages, and ideas for fall activity. The book is available at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Danna also presents the book at educational programs and events. She will appear at KD's Books at 241 SE Main St. Lee's Summit MO, Oct.10th from 10:30 to 12:00pm and Reader's World at 983 NE Rice Rd, Lee's Summit MO Oct.17th from 11:00 to !2:00pm.

Tim York is a singer-songwriter out of Kansas City, Mo and has been playing since the young age of 12. With ample local radio play and growing popularity, he continues to live out his dream of writing great songs and performing around at various venues. He has two full-length solo albums and is set to release a new 6-song EP titled Only Human, Fall 2015.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO presents, Miriam-Goldberg, Jerry Rapp & Vinx De’Jon Parrette, and Jason Ryberg
September 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm

Caryn Miriam-Goldberg discusses the 12th Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, & Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word, September 18-20, 2015 at Unity Village in Kansas City, MO. Workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals. The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality. Keynote speakers include, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Sha Cage, E.G. Bailey, Madibu (muh-dee-buh) Darren Canady, and Xanath Carraza.

Jerry Rapp - CinemaKC – Chairman and Vinx De'Jon Parrette, Musician talks with Maria live in the studio.

CinemaKC presents the premiere of “Memoirs of a Hip ‘Ole Black Man,” a bio of Vinx De’Jon Parrette, at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Gem Theater in the Jazz District, 18th and Vine, Kansas City.
This show delves into the struggles and victories of the musician, who has toured with artists Sting, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Cher and others. A graduate of Shawnee Mission South, and later attending Kansas State, Vinx was a successful athlete chosen for the U.S. Olympic team, holding the record for the second longest triple jump in the world, and is in the Athletic Hall of Fame at both of these institutions. When politics destroyed his Olympic Dream; music restored him.
General admission is $20 and includes the screening, followed by a Q&A with Vinx. There is a VIP reception at 6 p.m. for $35 and includes light appetizers, two drink tickets, a personal mini-concert by Vinx, pictures, autographs and more. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance; general admission tickets are available online or at the door.

VINX is undoubtedly one of the most gifted improvisational vocalists performing
today. With songs that range from jazz to funk, bossa nova to blues and back
again, each audience takes a world tour with VINX as their private
guide. Soaring vocals with intricate layered melodies and grooves mark the
signature style that is VINX. Infused with tastes from around the globe, his
songwriting is a tour de force combining the best in storytelling with the heart and
soul of a true balladeer.
VINX has recorded and toured with some of the music industry’s greatest icons:
Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis, Ernie
Watts, Taj Mahal, Ricki Lee Jones, Darius Rucker, Vance Gilbert, Cassandra
Wilson, Brenda Russell, Cher and numerous others. His songwriting credits are
a long list ranging from Tom Jones and Will Downing to The Lion King and
SpriteTM. He currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and
Dreamsicle Arts & Entertainment Group is home to his production company,
studios and acclaimed workshop series.

Writer, poet Jason Ryberg talks about National Beat Poetry Festival-KCMO Chapter.
The National Beat Poetry Festival, as a non-profit organization, is dedicated to hosting, collaborating, and fostering joint partnerships for Beat themed poetry readings, workshops, plays, radio shows and much more locally and across America--and even internationally at times. The collaborations and joint partnerships extend to individuals, organizations, and representatives of universities and colleges. NBPF supports the further development and exposure of non-traditional poetry from people of all ages and backgrounds within communities where interest is significant and/or where interest needs support. The Beat Generation's significant writings and history of its original prime movers lives on from its inception in the early 1940's, and its legacy continues today by way of new writers, poets and artists of disparate influences and means of expression. The NBFP is committed to not only supporting venues in existence, but also in developing new venues where cultural preservation and the works of new artists can show yesterday meeting the living voices of today. NBFP's activities promote literacy and open exchange dialogue which incorporates the Beat history and art at its base, to break boundaries and bridge cultures with new thought, ideas, and free expression.

Friday, September 25th, 5PM to 9PM.
Saturday, September 26th, 12PM to 7PM
Prospero’s Books 1800 W. 39th KCMO

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Maria Vasquez Boyd is a writer, painter, illustrator, radio producer and a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective.

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