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Act Locally Waco - Events April 12 - 18

Apr 12, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton reminds us of the upcoming Tax Day deadline as well as devoting the episode to a list of free events in Waco, including Brazos Nights and Art on Elm.  

For National Poetry Month in April, KWBU is highlighting four local poets to share what influences their work as well as how they entered into the medium. 

Our first poet is Ginger Hanchey.

Hanchey is a lecturer at Baylor University. She specializes in Old English poetics and has had her poems published in several journals like Nashville Review, Foundry and Tar River Poetry. Her debut book, Letters of a Long Name, is available for pre-order now, but will come out on July 19, 2019. 

David and Art - "At the Art Show" Pt. 2

Apr 8, 2019
Joe Riley

There are two ways of looking at art, and both ways together can help you understand it better that you ever have before.

Last week I talked about attending an international art fair, and how, among other things, it gives you the chance to see works of art you’ve never seen but by artists you’ve heard of all your life.   It struck me as I wandered among the displays that day that there are two ways to understand art:  that is, art can be—needs to be—understood in two different ways.  It’s incumbent upon us to sort this out and do both. (more)

Bill Moss, son of the legendary Mattie Moss Clark, had a long and successful career in gospel music recording with his wife Essie as Bill Moss and the Celestials. Bill and Essie were also the parents of two current gospel stars, J Moss and Bill Moss, Jr., who have inherited their parent's singing and song-writing gifts. 

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For National Poetry Month in April, KWBU is highlighting four local poets to share what influences their work as well as how they entered into the medium. 

You can listen to the special series Tuesdays at 5:44 a.m. and  7:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered. 

Longer posts will be made available for each poet for listeners to hear some poetry and an interview. 

The series begins April 9th and continues each Tuesday through April 30th.


Act Locally Waco - Events April 5 - 11

Apr 5, 2019

In this week's episode of Act Locally Waco, host Ashley Thornton brings us several arts events this week - including Gobsmacked from the Out on A Limb Dance Company. Thornton also highlights some family-friendly events to enjoy the outdoors like the Airshow at Texas State Technical College. 

Hilarious story of a real live curmudgeon who enjoys annoying his neighbors.

David and Art - "At the Art Show" Pt. 1

Apr 1, 2019
Joe Riley

International art shows provide a perspective on the art world that you get in no other place.

I recently had the chance to attend an international air fair. I’d never been to one before and frankly I didn’t know exactly what to expect. (read more)

Gospel music was known for its great bass singers. Alas, we may never know the name of the bass singer for the Bonnett Harmonizers of Washington D.C. but his bouncy, melodic singing on their lone LP, The Storm is Passing Over, is worth cherishing.

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On this episode of Conversations With Creative Waco, host Rae Jefferson sits down with Doreen Ravenscoft, the director of the Cultural Arts of Waco,  to talk about Art on Elm, a free annual event that puts art right onto the streets of Waco. 

Ashley Thornton of Act Locally Waco brings us information on this weekends Deep in The Heart Film Festival, as well as events for a cause and other activities in town this week. 

Interesting novel by the great African-American poet, Langston Hughes.

David and Art - Funding Around the Country

Mar 25, 2019
Joe Riley

Arts organizations work hard to engage with their communities.  Any little extra bit of help—even from the national government—can make that possible.

Among the numerous institutions that came to a grinding halt during the government shutdown earlier this year was the National Endowment for the Arts.   For 35 days its website announced that it would be unable to review grant applications, return email inquiries, or even answer the phones.  But, from its beginnings in 1965 optimism has always run strong at the NEA.  In the funding package signed by the President that finally ended the shutdown the Endowment actually received a boost of $2 million for its fiscal year 2019 budget.  “After a 35-day furlough,” acting chairman Mary Anne Carter announced, “we are happy to be back to the important work of providing access to the arts for all Americans.” (more)

The real star of this hard gospel tune is the funky and fabulous bass-line, which more than matches the lead vocalists of the obscure Spiritual Wonders of Detroit. It's just possible that the bassist is legendary Motown Records bass player and composer James Jamerson, who played on virtually all of Motown's hits.