Michael Shaw (Part II): Live from Common CAHSS

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The second part of our interview with Michael Shaw is brought to our listeners LIVE from UW-Green Bay’s Common CAHSS 2019.

In Part 2 Kelli and Michael discuss the freedom of speech as it relates to artistic expression as a human right. One of Michael’s cartoons came to international prominence following the 2015 terrorist attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. They discuss this and several more of Michael’s cartoons, as well as what the role of the cartoonist is in today’s culture.

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About Our Guests:

Much like a certain mythical bird, Michael Shaw describes his career as regenerative: A BFA in painting (Webster University) morphing into art education (teaching art in the St. Louis public schools)  culminating in a graduate degree in journalism (University of Missouri, Columbia) leading to a successful copywriting career (Lands’ End, Frontgate, Kohl’s) then making  a bit of u-turn back to education (Xavier University). Michael also doodles at night—his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999.

 

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Michael Shaw – Cartooning Compulsion

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A special two-part episode of Bird in the Wings featuring cartoonist and writer, Michael Shaw. Michael’s cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999.

In Part 1 (of 2) Kelli and Michael discuss how one develops their craft, the winding road on the way to success, and how a cartoonist breaks through such a crowded field and is finally published. As well as having the tenacity, drive and/or compulsion to continue even though the odds are firmly stacked against you.

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About Our Guests:

Much like a certain mythical bird, Michael Shaw describes his career as regenerative: A BFA in painting (Webster University) morphing into art education (teaching art in the St. Louis public schools)  culminating in a graduate degree in journalism (University of Missouri, Columbia) leading to a successful copywriting career (Lands’ End, Frontgate, Kohl’s) then making  a bit of u-turn back to education (Xavier University). Michael also doodles at night—his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999.

 

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Noah Simon & Alan Kopischke – A Tuna Christmas

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Bird in the Wings is BACK! And just in time for the holidays!

Kelli welcomes Noah Simon and Alan Kopischke, two actors starring in A Tuna Christmas at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay Dec 12-31. They discuss with Kelli the personal and professional life of a working actor in NE Wisconsin. Plus, Noah & Alan perform a reading from A Tuna Christmas for our listeners.

Tickets for A Tuna Christmas available HERE

Learn more about The Big Read HERE

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NOAH SIMON makes his TAP debut. He most recently appeared in A Trick of the Light at Peninsula Players, where he was previously seen in the world premiere of Joe Foust’s Once A Ponzi Time. 2019 is Noah’s 30th year as a theatre artist, having spent the majority of that time on many of Chicago’s illustrious stages large and small. He is a proud member of both Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, and holds a BA in Theatre from Butler University and an MFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University. Noah teaches Theatre at UW-Green Bay.

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ALAN KOPISCHKE recently directed Julius Caesar for UW-Green Bay, where he teaches acting. Alan’s many TAP credits include Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Oleanna, and A Walk in the Woods. He has also acted with Steppenwolf, Milwaukee Rep, Peninsula Players, Theatre Z, and regional theatres across the country, including the American Conservatory Theater where he earned his MFA. He has been smacked around by the Chuck Norris family and a real highway patrolman on primetime television and in feature films. He produces the Door Kinetic Arts Festival every June at Björklunden and has created new arts programs in communities around Wisconsin.

*Actor’s Bios courtesy of Third Avenue Playhouse*

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Carl Vanderheyden – Just Do It

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Have you ever heard of the phrase, “just do it?” Well our guest today actually did it. Bird In The Wings welcomes sculptor, Carl Vanderheyden, to the podcast for a fantastic discussion about getting up and doing it!

Carl is the founder of Fine Steel Art and is an in demand artist whose metal sculptures of creatures, both imagined and real, reside all over NE Wisconsin and beyond! Including the brand new Phoenix Statue at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

You don’t want to miss this discussion about learning through doing, and the possibility of discovering yourself as an artist at any time in your life. Happy Listening!

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About Our Guest:

After working 30 years as a carpenter, Carl Vanderheyden, learned how to work a “liquid metal, fire spitting machine” and now produces masterpieces. Carl works with steel to create metal sculptures to combine the beauty of rustic steel with the essence of people, animals and nature. He is the founder of Fine Steel Art, and his sculptors now live all over NE Wisconsin, and beyond. To learn more about Carl, and to see more of his work visit FineSteelArt.com 

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The UW-Green Bay Phoenix Statue now lives on the UW-Green Bay Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gregory Frederic – Crewl Art

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Bird in the Wings goes Crewl!

CrewlArt that is, because in this episode, Kelli sits down with local visual artist & founder of CrewlArt, Gregory Frederic. They discuss his artistic journey from Haiti all the way to Green Bay, as well as the inspiration behind his striking pieces. Happy Listening!

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Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Gregory Frederic uses color to chronicle every single day. In 2008 he was mentored by successful Haitian artists to start his career painting ‘still life’ subject matter in oil paint.  He began working as a muralist for the World Health Organization and sold commissioned paintings. Later he would change mediums, and develop his own special techniques with acrylics. He relocated to Green Bay in 2013, and now lives with his family while managing CrewlArt, which comes from his childhood nickname, “Crewl.” Frederic continues adding to his list of satisfied collectors and represents local artists at fine art fairs and galleries throughout the country.

To learn more about Gregory, and to view his work, visit CrewlArt.com

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Bill Sallak – The Power of Trial & Error & Success

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Dive in, the water is deep. This episode of Bird in the Wings maybe the deepest dive into the working mind of a musician we have ever done. And that’s saying something.

This time Kelli sits down for a fascinating discussion with UW-Green Bay Music Professor, Bill Sallak. He and Kelli discuss his journey through academia as a student, performer, researcher, and educator. In addition, they also discuss the creation of the new Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the upcoming inaugural concert.

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The New World Symphony for a New Symphony will take place in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at WeidnerCenter.com 

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About Our Guest:

William Sallak is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he teaches percussion, recording technology, and world music. As a performer, conductor, composer, technologist, and researcher, Bill Sallak’s work has appeared in many national and international festivals and conferences. He holds degrees from SUNY-Fredonia, The University of Akron, and Arizona State University.

 

 

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Dr. Michael Alexander – A New Provost for a New Symphony (2.0)

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UW-Green Bay’s new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Michael Alexander, sits down with Kelli for a Bird In The Wings exclusive interview! AND this time we hit record…

In addition to being the second highest administrative, and senior academic officer on campus, Dr. Alexander will conduct the first piece at the inaugural concert of the Weidner Philharmonic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In this episode, he and Kelli discuss his journey to becoming provost, his experience as a conductor, his love of music, and balancing an administrative & artistic life.

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The New World Symphony for a New Symphony will take place in Cofrin Family Hall at the Weidner Center on Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets at WeidnerCenter.com 

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About Our Guest:

Dr. Michael Alexander comes to UW-Green Bay from the University of Northern Colorado where he served as Director of the School of Music. A native of Grand Island NY, Alexander previously lived in Wisconsin from 1995-2004, earning his master’s degree at UW-Milwaukee, and doctorate at UW-Madison. Dr. Alexander is now the 13th provost in UW-Green Bay’s 53-year history. The provost oversees programming leadership of the four academic colleges, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, the Cofrin Library, Office of Admissions, as well as the UW -Green Bay branch campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. For more information, visit uwgb.edu

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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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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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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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