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Julie Bennett Hume

Memorial Day Music Monday: Americana Julie Bennett Hume

Julie Bennett Hume's musical journey has taken many twists and turns. A folk artist who began writing songs when she was a high school senior, Hume became grounded in bluegrass, Appalachian and Cajun music, sharpening her skills as a singer, bassist and guitarist. We're fortunate to share an interview with Hume about her life's work, her new album, the aptly titled Late Bloomer, and what inspires her.

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Please introduce yourself. Describe your music for new listeners.

Hi. I'm Julie Bennett Hume. I live in Lee's Summit, Missouri and am a recently retired German and Philosophy teacher. I now play music, worry about politics and co-host and produce a radio show for KKFI called "River City Chautauqua" in my free time.  I started writing and playing music when I was a senior in high school in Manhattan, Kansas and started performing when I was a student at KU. I played with a lot of different bands when I was in my 20's and early 30's starting with bluegrass and Appalachian music and settling into a Cajun band for several years, playing bass and guitar and singing vocals. I also joined several groups that were part of an organization called "The Center for World Music" in the early 1990's. I sang and played in an Afro-Cuban ensemble, a jug band, a blues trio -- a lot of different types of music, and learned so much from the other musicians during that time. Then real life got going. I was working on my M.A. in German in Austria in the summers, teaching full time and got married, had kids, etc.

As a lot of my ensembles broke up and people moved away, I got out of the music scene and did other things. But I couldn't shake the songwriting habit. Around the time I turned 50, I went to see Rickie Lee Jones and found it really inspirational. She did a version of "Sympathy for the Devil" and I was just mesmerized and inspired that she was still on fire several decades into her career.  One day a few months later I was at home sick and started going through my journals and found songs everywhere (on the backs of envelopes, napkins, receipts, etc.) and I realized I'd been writing songs all along and if I was interested in playing music again and recording songs, I'd better get going. With my family's support, I kind of snuck back in to the music scene. I think that you hear a lot of different sounds in my music, due to the influence of a lot of different people I've played with.  I also owe a great debt to old-time music and old country. Musicians like Leadbelly, Doc Watson, the Carter Family, Kitty Wells, the Delmore Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers have all been big influences. 

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Potato Sack Race

Throwback Potato Sack!

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Physical Fitness month. So, potato sack race anyone? We feel there just are not enough potato sack races anymore! Do you feel the same? Or, are you one of those snooty three-legged race fans? ;) Whatever is your bag, we support you in your physical fitness pursuit. Go! Fight! Win!

See more local history at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's Throwback Thursday and May is National Physical Fitness month. So, potato sack race anyone? We feel there just are not enough potato sack races anymore! Do you feel the same? Or, are you one of those snooty three-legged race fans? ;) Whatever is your bag, we support you in your physical fitness pursuit. Go! Fight! Win!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 at Blue Valley Library

Juniper Albert Tangpuz, a.k.a. T.J. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and currently works as a mild mannered studio assistant at Johnson County Community College. He is able to express his art in a range of materials, but considers paper to be his "native language". He is known for unlocking the secrets of the paper and cardboard sheet. He envisions universes where ideas compress, expand, and inspire. See more of his work on his website

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What comes first – the medium or the message? Tell me a little about the work that will be on view.

It depends. There are two approaches when I make something. When I have a specific message I want to express then I try to keep focused and every decision is based on supporting that message. Other times, I just look at a piece of material and do some improvisational building. The work on view is a collection from different series of artworks . I picked pieces that had somehow affected the viewers in a special way.

What do you feel is your role as an artist?

It has changed and continues to change as I get older. At first, it was trying to gain an understanding of my soul. Then I felt I should be a guide who helps people get to the artistic realm.

What influences your practice/works?

I love to make things that I think should exist in this world. Most of the time I’m inspired by looking at people, places and things. I believe that most artists can see connections that most people overlook. I’ve found that some connections are absolutely absurd.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration? And what about their works do you like?

I’ve always liked the artists that make art from a place in there soul when they were free to play. I can always tell when it is genuine because it often has no other intention but to bring someone to happiness. I appreciate the art when I can sense that it flowed out naturally.

What other writings do you recommend reading to have a better understanding of your artworks and your art practice/process?

The Elements of Pop-up by David A. Carter

Between the Folds: A Film About Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places

Juniper Albert Tangpuz, a.k.a. T.J. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and currently works as a mild mannered studio assistant at Johnson County Community College. He is able to express his art in a range of materials, but considers paper to be his "native language". He is known for unlocking the secrets of the paper and cardboard sheet. He envisions universes where ideas compress, expand, and inspire. See more of his work on his website

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Sterling Witt

Music Monday: Musician and Artist Sterling Witt Sterling Witt

Melodic and aggressive, abrasive and pretty, political and universal, the music of Sterling Witt has many starting points. In addition to writing catchy, rocking and thought-provoking tunes, Witt is an accomplished painter whose visual work is as vibrant as his music. His art is currently on display at our Lackman location. Witt's most recent album, Satyagraha, which Witt calls his "greatest musical achievement", will definitely appeal to Nirvana fans (and not only because it was produced by Steve Albini). We are very fortunate to share an interview with and book, music and movie recommendations from Sterling Witt.

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Please introduce yourself. Where do you live and work?

I am an artist. I live in Missouri. I split my time between the East Crossroads of Kansas City and the Art Farm near Freeman, Missouri (about 45 min south of KC). The Art Farm is an isolated oasis in the country designed for making art and music. We do not have Internet or TV.

 

Describe the musical journey from 2004’s Self Portrait to the recent Satyagraha project. How has your approach to songwriting evolved over the years?

Self Portrait is an introspective album. I recorded those songs in my apartment in Los Angeles, CA. I played all the instruments with the exception of the drums. The album is fueled by dark emotions. A personal confessional bloodletting of how I felt at the time. Self Portrait is a snapshot in time. It has been 12 years. Self Portraitand Satyagraha couldn't be more different from each other. That being said, all the songs were all written alone with pen, paper and guitar. Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Illinois, recorded my current album, Satyagraha, with my 3-piece band (Jesse Gilpin on drums, Davy Langerak on the bass, and myself on guitar and vocals). Getting this band together is one of my greatest musical achievements. The band gives Satyagraha this unleashing maniacal live sound. It sounds live because it is. The three of us showcase each other’s strong points. We have a great respect for each other and we know our collective mission is to make the songs the best they can be. We recorded and mixed Satyagraha in four days. During that time we lived at Electrical Audio. Satyagraha is a politically charged album, with a message of seeking the truth, spiritual revolution and love. In 2004 the idea of having a band and recording with Steve Albini was nothing more than a dream. So in a way I am living out my fantasies of 2004.

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After School Book Club

Clubs for Kids

Kids! Love the American Girl Books? Want to have some fun with <b>coding</b>? Whatever you're interested in, we've got a club for you!

Kids! Love the American Girl Books? Want to have some fun with <b>coding</b>? Whatever you're interested in, we've got a club for you!

Kid playing with toys

Drop-In Programs for Kids

Summer is supposed to be about lazy days, but don't your days fill up quickly with all sorts of plans! We know Summer can get busy, which is why we have so many Drop-In programs for kids and families. Come anytime during the event, stay for however long you'd like, and get on with your Summer!

Table Top Games
Wednesday, May 2 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, June 6 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, July 11 2:30 - 4:30, Corinth Library
Wednesday, Aug 1 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library

Star Wars Takeover
Friday, June 8 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Cedar Roe Library

Library Rocks! Geology Drop-In
Tuesday, June 12 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library
Thursday, June 28 10 am - 12 pm, Blue Valley Library
Wednesday, July 11 10 am - 12 pm, Gardner Library
Friday, July 13 10 am - 12 pm, Blue Valley Library

Duplos® and Dinos 
Wednesday, June 13 10:30 am - 12 pm, De Soto Library
Tuesday, June 26 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library
Thursday, July 12 10 am - 12 pm, Antioch Library
Tuesday, Aug 14 10 - 11 am, Shawnee Library

Paws on Patrol​
Wednesday, June 13 10 - 11:30 am, Central Resource Library

Forts and Flashlights
Thursday, June 14 10 am - 12 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, June 20 10 am - 12 pm, Gardner Library
Wednesday, June 27 10:30 am - 12 pm, De Soto Library
Wednesday, July 11 10 - 11:30 am, Central Resource Library
Tuesday, Aug 21 10 - 11am, Shawnee Library

Let's Lego®
Tuesday, June 19 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library
Wednesday, July 25 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Corinth

Snap Circuits and Stixplosions
Wednesday, July 11 1 - 3pm, Shawnee Library
Monday, July 23 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library

Weather Science Drop-In
Tuesday, July 17 10 am - 4 pm, Spring Hill Library

Duplos® and Dinos and Legos®
Wednesday, Jul 25 10 am - 12 pm, Gardner Library

Tinkering Tots
Tuesday, Aug 7 10 - 11 am, Shawnee Library
Thursday, Aug 16 9:30 - 11:30 am, Cedar Roe Library

Tracks and Treasures
Tuesday, Aug 14 9:30 - 11:30 am, Corinth Library

 

Summer is supposed to be about lazy days, but don't your days fill up quickly with all sorts of plans! We know Summer can get busy, which is why we have so many Drop-In programs for kids and families. Come anytime during the event, stay for however long you'd like, and get on with your Summer!

Table Top Games
Wednesday, May 2 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, June 6 6 - 7:45 pm, Antioch Library
Wednesday, July 11 2:30 - 4:30, Corinth Library
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Hyer Boot Shop 1910

Made in Johnson County

It's another Throwback Thursday! The Hyer Boot Shop is a fascinating story! Read about how Olathe's Charles Hyer started a small cobbling shop in 1875 and turned it into a successful custom-designed cowboy boot shop and many other stories of early Johnson County industry.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

It's another Throwback Thursday! The Hyer Boot Shop is a fascinating story! Read about how Olathe's Charles Hyer started a small cobbling shop in 1875 and turned it into a successful custom-designed cowboy boot shop and many other stories of early Johnson County industry.

Interesting local history can always be found at jocohistory.org or follow our hashtag on Twitter.

Julie Steiner, Anne Blessing, and Stephanie Stollsteimer

Friends and Foundation Confab

There’s a lot of new leadership in our organization, and they’re all getting to know each other. Julie Steiner, new president of the Friends board, recently coffee’ed with Anne Blessing, the new president of the Johnson County Library Foundation. They discussed strategic priorities for the Library and how their two groups can best coordinate to support Library programs and initiatives. Steiner also began productive conversations with Stephanie Stollsteimer, new director of the Foundation. They’re shown here at the February 2018 Friends Board meeting.

In the picture: Front: Julie Steiner, Friends President. Back: Anne Blessing, Foundation President, and Stephanie Stollsteimer, Foundation Director

There’s a lot of new leadership in our organization, and they’re all getting to know each other. Julie Steiner, new president of the Friends board, recently coffee’ed with Anne Blessing, the new president of the Johnson County Library Foundation. They discussed strategic priorities for the Library and how their two groups can best coordinate to support Library programs and initiatives. Steiner also began productive conversations with Stephanie Stollsteimer, new director of the Foundation. They’re shown here at the February 2018 Friends Board meeting.

In the picture: Front: Julie Steiner, Friends President. Back: Anne Blessing, Foundation President, and Stephanie Stollsteimer, Foundation Director

Movie in the park

Movies and Music Make a Summer!

Johnson County Library is rocking out on Fridays this summer with live performances, interactive programs and musicals in the Parks, collaborating with several community groups to present a summer series of family friendly movies and concerts.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood on Friday evenings throughout the summer! Local Music live concerts kick off some showings. Movie starts at dusk but join us earlier in the evening for the music and fun.

The remaining shows for Summer 2018 are:

Sept. 14, Mary Poppins
Electric Park
Festivities start at 5:30 pm
Cornerstone Park
Festivities start at 6 pm

More details about each night in our calendar of events. 

In the event of inclement weather, please check here for cancellation notices.

This Library series is presented in partnership with Downtown Overland Park, City of Lenexa Parks & Recreation and City of Gardner Parks & Recreation. Support for these fun-filled experiences comes from the Friends of the Library and their volunteer core.

Johnson County Library is rocking out on Fridays this summer with live performances, interactive programs and musicals in the Parks, collaborating with several community groups to present a summer series of family friendly movies and concerts.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and get your music on with some of the greatest musical films from your childhood on Friday evenings throughout the summer! Local Music live concerts kick off some showings. Movie starts at dusk but join us earlier in the evening for the music and fun.

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Emmaline Twist

Music Monday: ET named to Middle of the Map LineupEmmaline Twist

While Emmaline Twist is technically a new band, each of its four members is in some way a veteran of Kansas City music. Their combined powers are on full display in Emmaline Twist, a sonic amalgam of so many right elements: shoegaze, post-punk and atmospheric dance rock, for starters. While the band began only a year ago, 2016 saw the release of two songs, "Vega" and "Moon Eyes", that will make anyone eager for a full-length. We are thrilled to share an interview with Emmaline Twist's baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth.

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Please introduce yourselves. Where do you live and work?

Meredith McGrade - Vocals & Guitar - KCMO
Kristin Thompson Conkright - Bass - KCMO
Jonathan Knecht - Drums - KCMO
Krysztof Nemeth - Baritone Guitar - KCMO

Emmaline Twist was formed in 2016. What brought you all together?

At the end of 2015, each of us found ourselves “between projects”, and having conversations amongst each other individually about what to do next. Krysztof and Meredith had been talking for years about their shared love for “Dark 80’s” bands like The Cure, Joy Division / New Order, etc, and “Shoegaze 90’s” bands like Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain, etc. The idea was born to try our hand at writing that kind of music, ourselves, because simply, it’s what we wanted to hear.

Jon was asked to come play drums, and Kristin soon after joined on bass. The vibe was immediately positive between all of us, finding a focus in our vision of what we wanted to become, and gelling perfectly as a unit. All four of us took this sound that heavily recalls the music of the fore mentioned eras and styles, but updates it with a contemporary rock groove that makes it sound very fresh and new.

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