ARTSPEAK RADIO with Ramirez, Summer, Chavez, and Woodneath

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12noon- 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live www.kkfi.org

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes, author/artist Jim Ramirez, poet/writer A. Summer Javadi, Shannon Thompson, Story Center Manager, author/radio host Dr. Gene Chavez.

DR. GENE CHAVEZ-Nuestra Herencia host/producer and book author, Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City,  Dr Gene Chavez interviews local leaders about regional Latino history. The one-hour long interview programs will feature guest scholars, historians, researchers, radio and television personalities, civic leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, and every day people who want to share their family history immigration and migration to Kansas City on both sides of the state lines. One KC Radio 100.1fm www.onekcradio.org
(2018)Mexican American Baseball in Kansas City highlights the standout teams and players in the greater Kansas City area and other communities in the Sunflower State. Following labor opportunities, Mexican immigrants proliferated in the region in the first decade of the 20th century. Eventually, they and their offspring settled in countless communities, including Kansas City, Topeka, Newton, Chanute, Emporia, Wellington, Wichita, Dodge City, and Garden City, and had extended family networks in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa. Baseball and softball in their own unique ways confronted discrimination and promoted the spirit for social equality. These remarkable photographs and wonderful memorabilia provide ample evidence and insight about those who loved the game.

JIM RAMIREZ, artist, author, designer-“I started drawing when I was seven. Funny little cartoons. In High School I had a 1/2-day job working at a weekly sports publication, where I designed ads, did story illustrations. And put the paper together with wax. When I was 20, I began my career at Hallmark Cards as a designer, working in a variety of disciplines. I designed packaging. Developed new product, where I was awarded 4 United States Patents. And designed humor greeting cards. I also have 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, I published a book titled: “Where I’m Supposed To Belong,” about a trip I took to Europe. I rode a bike up L\’Alpe d\’Huez, in the French Alps. Soaked up The Mediterranean Sea, in Nice, France. Gazed up at the ancient Roman aqueduct, Le Pont du Gard, in Avignon, France. And strolled Barcelona, Spain. In the book, I reproduced sketches I did all along the way. The work I will be showing at RAW:Kansas City GLIMPSE is called: foundArtKC / reuse • recreate. Every unique element in foundArtKC was found in various scrap metal recycling plants around Kansas City, and Reused to Recreate, “something new.” I originally created this \”found art\” theme in New York City, and have been interested in assemblage art ever since I discovered the work of Joseph Cornell, which takes my breath away
ted drawing when I was seven. Funny little cartoons. In High School I had a 1/2-day job working at a weekly sports publication, created this \”found art\” theme in New York City, and have been interested in assemblage art ever since I discovered the work of Joseph Cornell, which takes my breath away.”

SUMMER (A.SUMMER JAVADI)-Summer’s current work, Zen Tao Ghi: DNA Untangled, can be purchased on Amazon.The poetry of Javadi is of/for a compelling purpose – a tribune, that takes us to the haunting feelings of depression and the melancholia of the poet’s experiences, or of others, embossed with their poetic emblems.
Like this debut collection, Zen Tao Ghi: DNA Untangled, a tributary of dominant personal voice of their poetship, the poet establishes their existing advocacy for the mundanely deprived, the secluded and the abandoned, through the use of living poetic claves that keeps us in suspense on every page – invites us again in the harmonious whole.
Every poem in this collection invokes a strong inventive perception, of undergone experience, of narrated social intercourse themes, partially bearing a personal background of the poet and us, of the past, the future and the contemporary. A must read!

Emmanuel Joseph, Poet/Writer, Trade Unionist
Freetown, Sierra Leone

SHANNON THOMPSON, Mid Continent Public Library, Woodneath Story Center Program Manager talks about National Novel Writing Month which encourages writers to write 50,000 words in the month of November. They’ll also be hosting a virtual version of their annual Local Author Fair, which spotlights the work of local writers.

Woodneath Library scheduled programs as part of their ongoing State of Stories/Missouri Bicentennial programming is on November 13 and with journalist and storyteller Marideth Sisco who will perform stories about the Ozarks. November 15, Dr. Mark Morgan will do a program called Ozark Outdoors: Hunting Lore and Fishing Stories.

On November 4-7, MCPL will also be virtually hosting the 21st annual Storytelling Celebration in partnership with Metropolitan Community College and the River and Prairie Storyweavers. This is filled with workshops for storytellers, performances, and concerts.

www.mymcpl.org

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