Artspeak Radio + Diego Chi, Dr. Fanny Po, and Teresa Dirks

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Diego Chi with Making Movies, pianist Po Sim Head (aka Dr. Fanny) and artist Teresa Dirks.

DIEGO CHI, MAKING MOVIES vocalist/musician- Celebrate Ameri’kana Music & Arts Festival, Sunday, September 10, 1PM – 8PM Making Movies FREE festival in historic Northeast, The Concourse Park! Join us for a day of music by local and national artists, youth performers, and an international air market of artists, makers and more.

Celebrate Ameri’kana pre-party Saturday, Sept. 9
VIP tickets are still available, which gets you:
– Access to the Celebrate AMERI’KANA Pre-Party at The Ship on Sept. 9 @ 7pm
– Access to the exclusive VIP/Artists-only Beer Garden at Celebrate AMERI’KANA.
– Celebrate AMERI’KANA 2023 T-Shirt
– Limited Edition Festival Poster
– 2 Festival Drink tickets
purchase your VIP tix at
Art As Mentorship
Los Texmaniacs
Dos Santos
Parranderos Latin Combo (PLC)
Talibah Safiya
Trevor Turla Music
Kate Consentino
The Salvation Choir
Doña Fina Café
Art Garden KC
Latino Arts Foundation: Chicano Art & Cultural Center of Kansas City
The Porter House KC…/making-movies-presents….

Making Movies is an international rock n’ roll band known for its Latinx activism in the United States and abroad.  Formed in Kansas City, MO in 2009, their music includes elements of rock, cumbia, psychedelia, American roots, son cubano, and spoken word.
The band is composed of Panamanian brothers Enrique Chi (vocals, guitar) and Diego Chi (bass), along with Juan-Carlos Chaurand (percussion, keys) from Mexico, and Duncan Burnett (drums) from Kansas. Past members include Andres Chaurand and Brendan Culp. The band currently resides in Los Angeles, and Kansas City.
The band was nominated in 2019 for the Latin Grammy Album of the Year for their collaboration with Ruben Blades on the song “No Te Calles”, the first single from Blades album Paraiso Road Gang, and also featured on Making Movies most recent album ameri’kana. “No Te Calles” was also featured on NPR’s Best Songs of 2019 .[1]
Of the band’s 5 album releases, their 3 LP’s;  A La Deriva (2014), I Am Another You (2017), and ameri’kana (2019), have all been produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The band released a string of acoustic  singles in 2018 that featured collaborations with Latinx peers Las Cafeteras and Flor De Toloache. The band also joined Rubén Blades in Mexico City at the Auditorio Nacional in November 2019.

PO SIM HEAD aka DR. FANNY- Pianist and musicologist Po Sim Head (aka Dr. Fanny) has recently released an album featuring two Latin American composers, the Peruvian Francisco Pulgar-Vidal as well as Ecuadorian Blanca Layana Gómez.  Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Fanny received a doctorate in Piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Kansas. Prior to that, she also earned master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Musicology from (UMKC). In addition to private teaching, she serves as an adjunct instructor at Missouri Western State University and Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City.
The pieces selected for BETWEEN THE ANDES & THE AMAZON are imbued
with their composers’ respective cultural heritage and eclectic style: blending influences
of Peruvian folk music with atonality, Latin polyrhythms with European counterpoint, and
musical forms such as the sonata with elements of local dance and song.

TERESA DIRKS, contemporary artist- Please join us for my artist talk and reception on the Healing Arts Bridge, Thursday September 14, 5:00 p.m.

It’s an honor to have you join us and to be showing at this lovely space and event.
This is a retrospect of my work over the past 15 years and is an abstract representation of our landscape and our Missouri horizon.

A huge thank you to our curator, Faith Hensley and the University Health Foundation for their kindness and support.
RSVP to [email protected] by September 7 or
Teresa Dirks’ Studio
Contemporary Artist
[email protected]
Find me on Facebook & Instagram
University Health Foundation | 2310 Holmes St., Ste. 735, Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 404-3430

Growing up in the rural quasi-south, around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing and making. This made me. Creative.
So now, when I create art, my aim is to reconstruct those experiences from life as a woman, and from the landscape, and share that connection you the viewer. I strive to recreate a conceptional experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation, nature, and the horizon. The proportions and structure within my works strive to create some sense of balance and harmony while highlighting the beautiful chaos that life throws at us all.
The horizon, interplay, color juxtaposition and those relationships are the subject of my art work. Everyone, no matter where they live, has a horizon. And that horizon commands our attention. My work investigates relationships and envisions a world where we are all respected. My work is about harmony. It is about those horizon lines and those intersections or parallels, where good things happen. My art invites the viewer to interpret and find energy in a meaningful way. My hope is to create a joie de vivre to remind us of what life truly is.
Over the years, my work has developed texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement, and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect complexities but with a harmony. My art has come to symbolize my inner strength as a woman and my connection with the world around me.

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