It's that time of year where my reading generally turns to the spookier side, and there's no paranormal motif I love more than witchy women. Fiction has definitely seen an uptick in feminist reclamations of witchy tropes and depictions in recent years, and I am here for it.
Touted as a Chinese Lord of the Rings, Jin Yong's A Hero Born, makes it's debut English translation. This story follows Guo Jing who was born during the Song empire. After his father, a Song Patriot, is murdered, he is taken up into the Mongolian steppes. There he is raised in Genghis Kahn's army before meeting The Seven Heroes of the South who tell him he is fated to fight in a competition to determine who is the greatest master.
Did you know that Kansas City is a hub for innovative and world-class classical composers? Laura Whitney-Johnson is one of them. Along with composer Logan Busch, Whitney-Johnson recently had new works premiered by European ensembles at the prestigious highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy.
Saying KC-based jazz musician, arranger and composer Marcus Lewis has played with the greats is an understatement. Whether supporting moderns legends such as Janelle Monae, Aretha Franklin and Prince, among others, or producing his own music with local hip-hop luminaries Kemet the Phantom and Kadesh Flow, Lewis's life is deeply rooted in music.