WICHITA - Kelsy Gossett, owner of Images by Kelsy, is wrapping up her MFA in photography from Wichita State University. She is an artist working primarily in photography, video and performance. The use of the body is consistent in her work as she explores ideas of identity, intimacy and relationships while questioning expectations. Gossett’s thesis show, entitled “For Your Viewing Pleasure, will be on display at The Diver Studio, 424 S. Commerce, in Wichita through May 19. The opening reception is Friday, April 28 as part of Final Friday. More information at www.kelsygossett.com.
By Ciara Reid, staff reporter
OVERLAND PARK - Over the last several years, the “It Gets Better” cast has toured a selection of cities; engaging the local communities through interactive workshops before culminating the week with an emotional performance of true stories from communities nationwide.
This season’s performance features 12 real-life stories. The cast performs the words of individuals that include public figures like Jason Collins, the first openly gay man to play in one of the four major professional team sports. The production also features music from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
The “It Gets Better” cast will begin their week-long residency in the Overland Park/Kansas City area on April 17. Various events are planned throughout the week leading up to the show. The cast will help facilitate discussion with the community, including anti-bullying workshops. Two workshops will be located at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lenexa, Kansas. The week will culminate in a performance, which begins at 8pm on Saturday, April 22 at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall.
WICHITA - Global Village took home top place for Most Licensed Series in the 2016 PRX Zeitfunk Awards, announced in March 2017 by PRX.
Each year PRX, which along with NPR and PRI is the main route for distribution of audio content to public and community radio stations, presents the Zeitfunk Awards. They are based entirely on the actual number of individual shows stations take through PRX for air. Global Village, which placed in the Top 10 several times and as high as Top Three in the past, this year was named the Number One Most Licensed Series taken by stations through PRX.
Global Village went on the air on KMUW in January 2007, the outgrowth of a world music radio show started in 1989 by host Chris Heim and one of the longest-running world music shows in public radio. It offers an eclectic mix of programming that highlights not only a wide array of world styles and artists, but jazz, folk, rock and blues performers who incorporate world influences in their work.
Global Village began national and international distribution in September 2010 and has aired to date on over 325 stations in 40 states, Canada, New Zealand and Cambodia.