Artspeak Radio with Ollie Hall and Abby Bland

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Ollie Hall and Abby Bland to the show.

OLLIE HALL, Ollie Hall joins us to talk about his 2-CD album release, SONGS OF THE PLANETS a collection of digital recordings using special instruments designed by N.A.S.A. that record electromagnetic vibrations from the planets and transfers them into sounds that can be heard by the human ear. The music celebrates NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Ollie Hall worked as a photographer and journalist for the KAW VALLEY INDEPENDENT Newspaper. His film work includes: WHIRLING DERVISHES OF RUMI:2022 (Director, Producer, Cinematographer); DON QUIXOTE:2023 (Director, Producer, Cinematographer; BARACK OBAMA: PORTRAIT OF A VISIONARY 2008 (producer and editor) Youtube video: Stan Herd artist; Part 1: A COMMUNITY OF HOPE REBUILDS, GREENSBURG TORNADO DISASTER 2007 (Director, Director of Photography, Producer, Editor) PBS; FLOOD a Darkhorse Novel 2005 (Director, Producer, and Co-writer); C.S.A.: CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA 2005 (Academy Award Winners, Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott) Associate Producer Still Photographer, Oliver Hall IFC films ; DECIDING BROWN (Screenplay), Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education (Co-wrote with Academy Award Winner Kevin Willmott) 2004 PBS. We helped dedicate the Lynching Marker on the bridge with Reverend Verdell Taylor on the 140 Anniversary of the killings.

ABBY BLAND-You Are Here is a spoken word comedy show presented by Abby Bland as part of the 2022 Kansas City Fringe Festival. It explores topics such as gender and the phases of the moon, the odds that the universe would have given us pepperoni pizza, how to avoid answering when people ask, “How are you?” This one person show blends both spoken word poetry and stand- up comedy and is a straight up delight.

July 22nd – July 30th, specific show dates and times can be found at All You Are Here performances will happen in the Sparkle Room at Westport Flea Market (817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, Missouri)

Abby Bland (she/they) is Kansas City writer and performer. She is the current Program Director for the Kansas City Poetry Slam and Poetic Underground Open Mic and her work has appeared in Gyroscope Review, Ghost City Review, What Are Birds? and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook The Odds Against a Starry Cosmos was published with Perennial Press. Most recently, she received a 2022 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant for her one person spoken word comedy show You Are Here, part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival in July of 2022.


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