ARTSPEAK RADIO with Slupski, Powers, Charlotte Street Foundation, Bach Aria Soloists, and The Rabbit hOle

Wednesday April 18, 2018
Noon – 1PM

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with poets Samantha Slupski and Jeanette Powers, Charlotte Street Foundation’s Mason A. Kilpatrick, Bach Aria Soloists, and The Rabbit Hole owners Deb Pettid and Pete Cowdin.

Deb Pettid and Pete Cowdin-On February 9, The Rabbit hOle, a 501(c)(3) started by artists and veteran book sellers Deb Pettid and Pete Cowdin, closed on the purchase of a 165,000 sq ft warehouse at 919 E. 14th Ave., just north of downtown. The $2.2 million acquisition will serve as permanent home to the Rabbit hOle’s Explor-A-Storium.
In building the world’s first Explor-a-Storium, The Rabbit hOle will not only deliver Kansas City’s first truly immersive ‘museum’ experience, it will bring national prominence to the city as a visionary center for children’s literature. This radical literary wonderland will aim to highlight the historical, artistic, and cultural value of children’s books through a dynamic series of fluid, interconnected narrative exhibits and installations.
For Co-founder/director Deb Pettid, the building at corner of E 14th and Knox was love at first sight – “It was what we had imagined from the beginning. The serendipitous way it came about made it all the more perfect.” In addition to its investment value, location and overall accessibility, the property is a perfect fit for the project in terms of initial space-needs and anticipated growth patterns. The industrial area of North Kansas City is rapidly becoming a natural extension of downtown Kansas City and a cutting-edge destination for new development. As a national destination and the first major cultural institution for children north of the river, The Rabbit hOle itself will not only benefit from, but help to advance current growth and development in the area.

Mason A. Fitzpatrick-Charlotte Street’s Studio Residency welcomes the public to our annual Open Studios event at Town Pavilion. Visitors are free to come into our artists’ studios for a behind-the-scenes view of the Studio Residency Program.
This is your chance to meet all 32 artists currently in residence, learn more about their work and processes, attend live music and dance performances, readings, exhibitions, activities, talks, sales, and more. All events are free and open to the public.
To access our studios in Town Pavilion, you can use the building entrance facing Walnut Street that is directly in front of Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park. The elevator lobby will be towards your right. Volunteers will be there to activate elevators and they will be required to grant you access to the sixth floor.
Parking can be found in various areas around Town Pavilion. Free and metered parking are available on various blocks around Town Pavilion. With a ticket validation from Cosentino’s or Kaldi’s Coffee comes parking in the Cosentino’s parking lot. You can also park near Union Station and ride the KC Streetcar to Town Pavilion.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 (3 -10 PM)

Samantha Slupski and Jeannette Powers share their poetry and talk about National Poetry Month events.

Bach Aria Soloists brings Piazzolla back to KC with
Two World-Class Tango Masters. Bach Aria Soloists’ Night of Tango will feature 2018 Grammy Winner-bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto and Latin Grammy nominee-pianist Gustavo Casenave.

Bach Aria Soloists will return to one of its most acclaimed programs when it presents Night of Tango with two world-class masters of the genre, bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto — 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album — and Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Gustavo Casenave.

7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21
The Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
Tickets: $20-$60, available at

It has been five years since Bach Aria Soloists last performed their celebrated Night of Tango, named “Best concert of 2013” and “A concert for the ages” by KCMetropolis. Night of Tango will feature the beloved quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and virtuoso bandoneónist who revolutionized Tango and remains a towering figure more than 25 years after his death.


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