United ReSisters – The First Winter

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Bird In The Wings is so excited to welcome two UW-Green Bay students who are members of the United ReSisters, Yasmin Nur & Nadifo Kasim, to discuss their new book, The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts. The United ReSisters of Green Bay are a group of young Somali-American women who aspire to create positive change and visibility in our community through education, activism, artistry, and sisterhood.

In this episode, Kelli sits down with Yasmin & Nadifo to discuss joining the United ReSisters, their lives as Somali-Americans, goals for the future, and the visual art they have created. Plus, they also each share a piece they have written from their book, The First Winter. 

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About Our Guests:

The United ReSisters are a group of Somali-American Women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit Green Bay community, and overall a more peaceful world. The girls chose the name “United ReSisters” as they would like this group to portray the ultimate sisterhood: bonding together to resist hate, prejudice, and misunderstanding while doing so through education, resilience, and love. To learn more about the United ReSisters visit UnitedReSisters.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook

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The First Winter: Stories of Survival by Experienced Hearts is a trailblazing collection of reflections, conversations, letters, lists, and poems about their experiences as refugees and journeys to the United States. The First Winter is a celebration of homelands old and new: where these girls come from, where they are, where they’re going, and everywhere the power of family and friendship to make the unbearable bearable, meaningful, and even joyful. The First Winter is available for purchase now at Two Shrews Press

 

 

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Jacob Beranek – Having Faith in the Creative Process

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We’re on location in Sturgeon Bay for a special interview with Composer-In-Residence of the Midsummer’s Music Festival, Jacob Beranek. Jacob is an internationally recognized composer and pianist, whose music is rooted in melody and narrative structure.

In this episode, Kelli and Jacob discuss the creative and academic journey of a young artist pursuing their passion, while reconciling personal discipline and having faith in a force outside of yourself.

 

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About Our Guest:

Jacob Beranek is an internationally acclaimed composer and pianist, who is the first ever Composer-In-Residence at Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival. His music has been performed across the country, as well as abroad including in London, and Prague. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composing at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. For more info and to hear some his work visit www.beranekmusic.com. And follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to keep up on his journey.

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Andrew Linskens & Cujo: Art-Hop Collective

Season 2 continues with Bird in the Wings’ first delve into the world of hip-hop! Yas! In this episode, Kelli chats with visual artist, Andrew Linskens, and hip-hop musician, Cujo. They discuss their respective lives as working artists and creatives, as well as their collaborations in the Art-Hop Collective. Demonstrating the power of the meeting of music and art, up-close and personal, from beginning to end.

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About Our Guests:

Andrew Linskens is a local visual artist working in a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums including painting, drawing, animation and sculpture. Visit AndrewLinskens.com and follow on Instagram to learn more and to view his work!

 

 

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About Our Guests:

Cujo is a hip-hop musician and performer who has released two full length albums, Power of the Paragraph, and Rise, both available to stream and purchase HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Beau Thomas: Across the Tracks (and Back Again)

Season 2 of Bird in the Wings kicks off with Kelli sitting down to chat with local artist and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay alum, Beau Thomas. Listen as Kelli & Beau take us through his journey from train graffiti and brushes with the law, to degrees in Fine Art & Graphic Design, and founding his own company – Trackside Design LLC. You don’t want to miss this fantastic discussion!

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Beau Thomas is an artist and designer specializing in murals, paintings and graphic design. He now owns and operates his company – Trackside Design LLC. He has completed projects for Red Bull, Badger State Brewing Company and the Green Bay Area Public School District. His paintings have been shown in exhibits across the country.

 

Visit TracksideDesign.com and follow on Instagram & Facebook to learn more and to see his work!

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Season 2: We Are Back!

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It’s been a minute, but Bird In The Wings has returned for Season 2!

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We’ve got lots of new guests coming up in the coming weeks. Kelli will sit down with local artists and creatives discussing culture, the creative process and life as a working artist. Plus, a little fun nonsense too.

Season 2 premieres with a fantastic interview with Trackside Design LLC founder and artist, Beau Thomas. You don’t wanna miss this one!

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Shanna Koltz: Capturing Images or Building Them?

In this episode, Kelli chats with photographer Shanna Koltz from De Pere, WI. Shanna and Kelli talk about the ways in which photography is beautiful even when it’s haunting. Tune in and hang out as the ladies delve into the world of art.

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Shanna Koltz is the owner of Koltz Photography and Studio Rouge in De Pere, WI. She photographs client sessions, fashion, and events. To see more of her work, visit ShannaKoltz.com or go to KoltzPhotography.com for more info on private sessions.

 

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Nic Wessely and Liz Barlament; Jeff Entwistle: A Frankenpodcast

October was a fun (but busy) month for BITW host, Kelli Strickland! Embracing the “creepy” fact that comes with the month, Kelli got to participate in a LIVE taping of BITW alongside other podcasts produced by Phoenix Studios. The theme of this live event was “Frankenstein.” To showcase the true terror of Mary Shelly’s classic, Kelli sat down with Nic Wessely and Liz Barlament from Terror on the Fox!

Then, Kelli interviewed UWGB’s very own Jeff Entwistle. Jeff is part of the theatre department, educating students about the power of design. In true Frankenstein fahsion, both interviews are stitched together for one, mega-podcast episode! All guests in this episode discuss the ability to create an environment of terror through design.

This is truly one insightful podcast, filled with guests who are just as funny as they are creative!

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About Our First Guests: Terror on the Fox
terror on the foxFor over 20 years, Terror on the Fox has been Wisconsin’s Halloween tradition! Located on the Fox River, this haunted attraction brings guests a whole new version of horror and fun. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, masters of world-class live action, themed, and entertainment experiences.

About Our Second Guest: Jeff Entwistle
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Professor of theatre and dance Jeff Entwistle has been part of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for over 30 years. Jeff received his B.A. in Theatre from Bridgewater State College and his M.F.A. in Theatre Design from Michigan State University. Serving as a mentor to thousands of students over the years, Entwistle is determined to spread the notion that we all need theatre in our lives.

Laura Schley: “Unhinged,” The Arts Event for the Senses

In this short episode, Kelli meets with Laura Schley, the Public Arts Coordinator, to get all the details about “Unhinged,” an arts exhibit for the senses. This event will feature art of all forms, including music, theatrical performance, edible art, and more! Unhinged will be taking place on October 6, 2018, from 6:30pm-10:30pm. If interested, you can purchase tickets for this event at http://bit.ly/2zNmtcW (limited number of tickets left).

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About our Guest: Laura Schley

Laura schleyLaura Schley is the Public Arts Coordinator for the Green Bay Public Arts Commission and a UW Green Bay alum with degrees in Fine/Studio Arts and Arts Management.

Rivett and Young: The Path to Becoming an Artist

This bittersweet podcast started as a chance for Kelli to sit down with two creative minds, Jim Rivett and Shelly Young, to discuss art and life. We are saddened to now post this episode after learning of Jim’s passing. During this episode, Kelli was given the opportunity to meet with Jim and Shelly Young to talk about finding self-satisfaction and genuine joy, both in their careers and personal lives.

What began as a deep but upbeat conversation has now become a reflection and celebration of the talent that this world has lost. Please keep Rivett’s friends and family in your thoughts as you listen to the wonderful dialogue these three got the chance to share. Thank you, Jim, for the beauty and knowledge you shared during your time with us.

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About our Guests: Jim Rivett (August 16, 1958 – August 23, 2018)

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Maybe it’s because he was a junk-picking junkie who was addicted to scouring curb sides, attics, and flea markets for creative inspiration.Or maybe it’s just that he had dangerously high levels of adrenaline. Whatever the reason, Jim had an uncanny ability to quickly bypass clutter and zero in on missed treasures, like a brand’s authentic value proposition, for instance.

A Green Bay native, Jim’s earliest ambition was to become a serious painter until post-graduate study at the New York School of Visual Arts fueled his interest in design. While he always continued to sketch and take to the canvas, he was more often than not inactivity-challenged, which accounts for his 30+ years of success in advertising.

Don’t be fooled by Jim’s gentle spirit and soft-spoken manner. He had a wicked sense of humor and took pleasure in finding the most outrageous ways of achieving fun daily. Not to mention he was a man of profound integrity.

About our Guests: Shelly Young

shelly_biosAfter 10 years of producing numerous successful series at Wisconsin Public Television-PBS, while simultaneously contributing to various independent films and videos, Shelly met Jim in the aisle of an antique store. The rest, as they say, is history.

Shelly is the junk-picking yin to Jim’s yang. The Myrna Loy of antiquing to Jim’s William Powell. Full-time, however, she’s KHROME’s ace producer who believes “making moving pictures is the greatest job on earth” (and we’re all thankful she does). Using keen observation skills, Shelly develops full-bodied, client-reflective content, then cheerfully shepherds video projects from creative conception to complex completion, all while remaining radiantly composed in Bakelite bangles.

Despite the Tellys and Emmys on her shelves, Shelly’s true joy comes from her three fur babies and French vanilla iced coffee (hold the sugar, no cream). And anything chartreuse. Oh, and that vintage Blenko vase. On that divine mid-century table. With Russel Wright dinnerware.

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst: Finding Your Tribe and Procrastination as Inspiration

In this episode of Bird in the Wings, Kelli sits down with Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, a composer and music professor at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. The two discuss Michelle’s work, her music and education background, the creative process, a very small consortium, how pop culture intertwines with music and much more!

About our Guest:  Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst is an active musician, composer, and music professor at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.  Receiving her bachelor’s degree in music education and horn performance from Ithaca College and her master’s and doctoral degree in music at the University of Chicago, Michelle’s work has been performed on a plethora of occasions.  In addition to teaching and writing other music, Michelle is a founder of a very small consortium, which is a music ensemble that plays selections lasting no longer than one minute long OR no longer than 100 notes.  To learn more about Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, check out her website at http://www.michellemcquadedewhirst.com/ .

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