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Modern Day Fitzgerald

City Center Live: Modern Day Fitzgerald

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Commons, 17101 W. 87th St., Lenexa, KS.

Modern Day Fitzgerald’s sound is a mixture of beach rock from the late ’50s and early ’60s, with a sophisticated approach to jazzy blues chord progressions. Enjoy this performance at the Lenexa City Center Commons before we start the Movie in the Park.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council.

This event will be held at Lenexa City Center Commons, 17101 W. 87th St., Lenexa, KS.

Modern Day Fitzgerald’s sound is a mixture of beach rock from the late ’50s and early ’60s, with a sophisticated approach to jazzy blues chord progressions. Enjoy this performance at the Lenexa City Center Commons before we start the Movie in the Park.

City Center Live is a partnership with the Lenexa Arts Council.

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Lenexa City Center Library , Off-site
  • Joe Bussell
    Joe Bussell Joe Bussell

Now @ Cedar Roe: Joe BussellJoe Bussell

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at Cedar Roe Library

Joe Bussell is an award-winning painter of startling, vibrant abstracts that defy description. Figures and shapes float and scrape across the canvas in ways that are both playful and mysterious. His work embraces primary colors that can simultaneously blend together and maintain their identity.

He states: “When I was a kid my summer days were spent playing baseball, hunting for fossils, attending music and art camp. My favorite activity during these carefree summers was going to the public library on Saturday and thumbing through the open stacks pulling out everything from art books to zoology. It was a thrill to get them to a table and scan through the contents. This series of new paintings is titled Leafing Through and are based on these childhood memories.”

Enjoy this exhibition through August 21.

 

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the media/genre you work in.

My name is Joe Bussell, website address: joebussell.com. I'm an abstract painter and sculptor. In 1979 I earned a BFA in painting from Kansas University. From that time to the present I lived in London, on both US coasts and a variety of cities in between. I received 2 MFA’s—one in painting and the other in ceramics from Washington University in St Louis. I taught art at Wash U and Johnson County Community College. My work has been represented and exhibited in the US and Europe over the last 40 years. 

Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it?

When I was a kid, my summer days were spent playing baseball, hunting for fossils and attending music and art camp. My favorite activity during these summers was going to the Lawrence Public Library on Saturday and thumbing through the open stacks, pulling out everything from art books to zoological drawings. It was a thrill to get the material to a table and scan through the contents.This series of new paintings is based on these childhood memories.

Describe your creative process. How often are you painting and where is your studio?

Process is my favorite part of making art. These paintings are primarily made by pouring and scraping the medium on and off the canvas. I have kept my studio practice in Rosedale for the last 19 years. I work in the studio every day.

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

The artists' works I always look at are Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Howard Hodgkins and Cy Twombly, but not sure I can say they inspire me. I'm inspired by many things though, from contemporary African sculpture, to opera, to a snowy night reflecting stars and a full moon.

Please list 5-10 books, movies and/or music that currently inspire you.

I've been a reader and a movie goer my entire life.Books and films that are a part of my consciousness include, The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz, Paradise by Toni Morrison, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin and Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Films include, Boys in the Band, To Kill a Mockingbird, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Insect Woman by Shohei Imamura.

I'm currently reading Zora and Langston, The Letters of Sylvia Plath and Foursome, Alfred Steiglitz, Georgia O'Keefe, Paul Strand and Rebecca Salsbury. Very different people but interesting how their creativity match up in many ways.

Joe Bussell is an award-winning painter of startling, vibrant abstracts that defy description. Figures and shapes float and scrape across the canvas in ways that are both playful and mysterious. His work embraces primary colors that can simultaneously blend together and maintain their identity.

He states: “When I was a kid my summer days were spent playing baseball, hunting for fossils, attending music and art camp. My favorite activity during these carefree summers was going to the public library on Saturday and thumbing through the open stacks pulling out everything from art books to zoology. It was a thrill to get them to a table and scan through the contents. This series of new paintings is titled Leafing Through and... Continue »

Dickinson Theater

Calling All Movie Buffs!

Two recent JoCoHistory posts explore the history of a local movie theater.

Watch for the next post, "Reel Three," coming soon!

Movie buffs, you might also enjoy our podcast episode coming June 17. We'll feature some of our cinemaniac Librarians chatting about local theaters and their favorite summer camp movies! Watch this space on Monday to listen along!

For more local history, follow our hashtag on Twitter.

 

 

Two recent JoCoHistory posts explore the history of a local movie theater.

Watch for the next post, "Reel Three," coming soon!

Movie buffs, you might also enjoy our podcast episode coming June 17. We'll feature some of our cinemaniac Librarians chatting about local theaters and their favorite... Continue »

Music and Movies in the Park, Modern Day Fitzgerald, and Books in español

In this episode of Did you hear? – the Johnson County Library podcast – Bryan Voell pops by to discuss music and movies in the park. Then, Mica Elgin-Vi of Modern Day Fitzgerald joins the conversation. Also, Dave then shares a DYI about books in español! It's funny, informative and compelling. Give it a listen and then consider subscribing!

In this episode of Did you hear? – the Johnson County Library podcast – Bryan Voell pops by to discuss music and movies in the park. Then, Mica Elgin-Vi of Modern Day Fitzgerald joins the conversation. Also, Dave then shares a DYI about books in ... Continue »

MakerSpace materials

Making Friends

You’ll be pleased to learn that the Friends Bookstore at Central Resource Library carries a wide array of materials for use in the Library's MakerSpace!

When the Central branch was renovated in 2015, the MakerSpace was moved and enlarged six-fold. Visitors to the Space have found more equipment and helpful advisors to help them learn software and hardware. Sessions such as MakerSpace Beginners Nights have been a super introduction to all the Space has to offer. 

The machines in the MakerSpace, such as the CNC Router and the Epilog Helix and Zing laser engravers, tend to perform best with specified types of materials. Maker technicians and Friends saw opportunity to provide service to Makers needing supplies and to help the Friends generate some revenue.

Welcome to the Maker Materials Market!

You’ll find 12 x 24 x 1/8" acrylic sheet in six colors and birch plywood sheet, same size. Friends Bookstores Manager Becky Epperson reports that sales are brisk. Coming soon: soldering supplies and Maker kits!

Of course the Bookstores also sell gently used books and AV materials. Net profits of Friends sales benefit Library programs such as 6 by 6, Ready to Read.

You’ll be pleased to learn that the Friends Bookstore at Central Resource Library carries a wide array of materials for use in the Library's MakerSpace!

When the Central branch was renovated in 2015, the MakerSpace was moved and enlarged six-fold. Visitors to the Space have found more equipment and helpful advisors to help them learn software and hardware. Sessions such as ... Continue »

Read a Book Ball

It's Book Ball Time!

Today, June 8 is the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for the Library. Funds raised from this year’s event  will support the Library’s Summer Reading program!

Join the fun with our Stay-at-Home host, award-winning picture book author and illustrator, SHANE EVANS! Shane’s books include We MarchUndergroundOlu’s Dream and Chocolate Me. He will be hosting a LIVE Q&A for one hour. Stay tuned for details and join us on FB to ask Shane a question!

Be sure to join us on FaceBook between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. from the comfort of your favorite reading nook. Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Choose a book
  2. Get comfortable at home
  3. Share your reading selfies on social media: #jocobookball
  4. Make a donation to the JCL Foundation!
     

 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Today, June 8 is the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for the Library. Funds raised from this year’s event  will support the Library’s Summer Reading program!

Join the fun with our Stay-at-Home host, award-winning picture book author and illustrator, SHANE EVANS! Shane’s books include We MarchUndergroundOlu’s Dream and Chocolate... Continue »

Radkey

Featured Artist Friday: RadkeyRadkey

Radkey is Kansas City's contribution to the world of visceral, bare-bones rock music. Comprised of brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke, the band draws influence from a wide range of hard rock and power pop forebears like Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Misfits, to name a few. Radkey recently released the No Strange Cats...Spiders EP, a strong collection of songs that serves as a great introduction to the trio. We're happy to share an interview with the band about the new music, their writing process and what's to come.

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Describe the road to your music recent album, No Strange Cats. How long had you been working on those songs? What do you feel you accomplished with this album that you hadn’t before?

We’ve been working on a few of the songs for a really long time, and some we wrote just a few months before we took them to the studio. We’ve always wanted to have a really personal record with songs more about our lives, and now after lots of touring and going through a lot we were finally able to come up with some personal relatable songs.

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Cedar Roe Library Turns 50!

Join the celebration!

Happy 50th Birthday!

Read about the history of this well-aged Library!

Plan out your next visit to Cedar Roe Library!

Be sure to listen to a few memories of this branch in our podcast!

Join the celebration!

Happy 50th Birthday!

Read about the history of this well-aged Library!

Plan out your next visit to Cedar Roe Library!

Be sure to listen to a few memories of this branch in our podcast!

Bob Kolar

Meet the Illustrator: Bob Kolar

You have five chances over the coming weeks to Meet the Illustrator: Bob Kolar. We'll read his new book, Hey-Ho to Mars We’ll Go, and we’ll talk about Mars and how humans might get there one day. Then we can each draw our own spaceships. Best for ages 6 and up.

June 7, 10 am, Gardner Library
June 8, 10 am, Blue Valley Library
June 8, 1 pm, Shawnee Library
June 11, 10:30 am, Central Resource Library

Grab all the details »

You have five chances over the coming weeks to Meet the Illustrator: Bob Kolar. We'll read his new book, Hey-Ho to Mars We’ll Go, and we’ll talk about Mars and how humans might get there one day. Then we can each draw our own spaceships. Best for ages 6 and up.

June 7, 10 am, Gardner Library
June 8, 10 am, Blue Valley Library
June 8, 1 pm, Shawnee Library
June 11, 10:30 am, Central Resource Library

Grab all the details »

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