ArtspeakRadio Pledge Drive with Celeste Lupercio and Aztec Theater

Wednesday, June 9, 12noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live

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Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Celeste Lupercio Senior Director Sales & Marketing at the College Basketball Experience, Executive Producer The West 18th Street Fashion Show and Bruce Young co-owner Aztec Theater.

CELESTE LUPERCIO began her career working in children’s psychiatric care in Kansas City. Using the extensive skills she’d developed, Lupercio shifted mid-career to event management and is currently the senior director of sales, marketing and events at the College Basketball Experience. The COVID-19 pandemic meant a different kind of transition; this time into fashion.
Lupercio was the Executive Producer for The West 18th Street Fashion Show, “Summer in Hindsight,” a feature-length film platforming selected designers through a narrative that explores the creative process during a global pandemic and a cultural revolution. The film was directed by Khitam Jabr, written by Peregrine Honig, Celeste Lupercio Executive Producer, Director of Sponsorship + Content, filmed by Jeremy Osbern and starring Calvin Arsenia “The Director’s Cut” debuted at Boulevard Drive-In Theatre.
To date, Celeste joined the Heart to Heart International team in the middle of the pandemic, helping facilitate the testing and vaccination programs. Heart to Heart International is grateful for all the work Celeste does to ensure those people who need it most have access to health through COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Read her guest blog at

BRUCE YOUNG– The Aztec Theater is located at 11119 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas, it’s a 1927 historic theater, originally opened as The Mission Theater as a silent movie house. It was renamed as The Aztec in 1949. Co-owner Bruce Young remembers attending movies as a youngster in the 50’s. It closed in 1975 and will re-open as a live music venue. Upon completion, The Aztec GroupLLC plans to make arrangements to get the Aztec Theater on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friday, June 11, 8pm; We’re gonna go “Back in Time” at Aztec Shawnee Theater with Hip 2B Huey! Join us for an exciting entertainment experience! Come early dressed in your best 80’s gear to have your picture taken alongside Doc and Marty McFly and a DeLorean. Feel like you’re stepping back in time in the historic and beautifully restored Aztec Shawnee Theater and watch Hip 2b Huey rock the house! HIP 2B HUEY is KC’s newest exciting addition to the Tribute Band live music scene!
Maximum capacity for the theater is 270, but we will be limiting ticket sales to 130 to allow for safety and proper social distancing. Concert will be in the theater with auditorium seating.
Doors open at 7:00pm, Concert to begin at 8:00pm Tickets are $10 + fees online until the day of the show & $15 at the door the day of the concert.
Aztec Shawnee Theater 11119 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203

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