Art and Culture

Art and culture

Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio

Today on the Fine Tuned Music Series - KWBU's Kateleigh Mills talks with local jazz musician and author David Wild. The two discuss the Waco and Central Texas Jazz scenes, including his band the Dave Wild Trio, his study of John Coltrane and Wild's beginnings playing jazz. 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Taking a firm stand on a controversial issue these days isn’t exactly the way to garner the sort of uninterrupted approval that we all seem to seek.


Recorded live and aided by the Willing Four Quartet, the Acme Missionary Baptist Church Choir, released his rare 45, "Lord, I Won't Turn Around," on the otherwise unknown Angel Joy Record label. 


Act Locally Waco - Events November 8 - 14

Nov 8, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco, Ashley Bean Thornton brings us a couple ways to do good and stay active as the temperature cools down. She also looks ahead to next week where several events will provide a way for the community to get to know Waco City Council members and learn what changes are happening in the city. 


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

Alix Nathan has recently finished an exciting, troubling, and ghastly novel.  The title is The Warlow Experiment. 

 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Art that may initially infuriate you may, given time, turn out to inspire you. 


Irene Jones and the Original Joy Harmonizers are one of many wonderful gospel groups that should be better known today - and their song "Keep on Going" is a good example of what that's so. 


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

I always enjoy reading a new, young writer, especially when she can spin a decent tale.  Amy Meyerson has done this with her debut novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays.  Of course, some of my loyal listeners might recognize this story as one revolving around a bookshop.  My taste for this genre received a boost with the recent opening of The Fabled Bookshop and Café in Waco.  


Photo by Brittany Faith

Latitude 49 is a contemporary classical group of piano, strings, winds and percussion. The group is comprised of six musicians - including percussionist Chris Sies and pianist Dr. Jani Parsons - who are married and both teach at Baylor University's School of Music. The mix-chamber ensemble derives its name from the parallel along Canada and United States border - and so too brings together musicians from both countries.

In this episode of the Fine Tuned Music Series, Sies and Parsons discuss how Latitude 49 was formed when they were at the University of Michigan, what "new music" in classical means and the changes they see happening in the Central Texas music scene. 

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The 34th American President & WWII hero is about to get a long awaited memorial in DC.


The otherwise unknown Sunrise Gospel Singers of Chicago Heights deliver an affecting, emotional rendition of the gospel song, "When I'm Gone."


Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio

This week on Conversations With Creative Waco, Kennedy Sam interviews Steve Veracruz, the co-founder of the Central Texas Artist Collective about the upcoming Ekphrasis show. Sam also speaks with Karla Bautista about the Dia De Los Muertos festival on November 2 - as well as Kay Reinke from the Professional Artists of Central Texas about the annual Brazos Fine Art Show. 


There's more than trick or treating to do for Halloween this year.  Hear about some of the Halloween themed events happening around town from haunted houses, Pumpkin Fest, Sitting up with the Dead, Fright Night at the Rite 3.0 to a celebration of Dia De Los Muertos.


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

In amongst all the exciting and suspenseful novels I have reviewed, I came upon a funny, interesting little book Ex Libris” Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman.  This slim volume of a mere 162 pages is full of humor and wisdom.  According to the cover, “Ex Libris recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language.”  Anne is the editor of The American Scholar.  She has won a National Book Critics Circle Award and has written for numerous magazines.  She now resides with her family in western Massachusetts.

 


David and Art - "Tradition"

Oct 21, 2019
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

A 20th Century Russian who understood the balance between tradition and Modernity can speak to us today, maybe more than ever before.

“How do we keep our balance?” the character of Tevye asks with a twinkle in his eye at the beginning of Fiddler on the Roof.  “That I can tell you in one word:  Tradition!”  That 1964 musical set in a Jewish village in European Russia at the dawn of the 20th century remains a perfect way in which to observe the difficult relationship between tradition and relentless change.

A few days ago my daughter came home and explained that in her art class she’d been given the choice of reproducing a Picasso painting or a Chagall painting, and I was delighted she chose Chagall.

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