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Bird in the Wings
56 minutes | Feb 11, 2022
Episode 30: Tarl Knight
Bird in the Wings welcomes Tarl Knight to the pod. Tarl is a musician and co-owner of a historic theatre located in the heart of Downtown Green Bay, now known as the Tarlton Theatre. Kelli & Tarl discuss his early life, his adventures as an artist, as well as how he came to co-own & run a 1920s style theatre house. Plus, they preview an exciting new partnership between The Weidner and the Tarlton. Happy Listening.
49 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Episode 29: NEWDO's Tim Josephs
Artistic Director of Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization, Tim Josephs discusses his artistic pursuits in visual and performing arts in and outside of the Green Bay area. And discusses NEWDO joining forces with Weidner Philharmonic to present The Nutcracker, Green Bay's only The Nutcracker ballet with live orchestra. Three live performances this Thanksgiving weekend.
40 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode 28: Audrey Nowak
Bird in the Wings welcome Audrey Nowak to the podcast today. She is a violinist and a member of the Weidner Philharmonic. Find out about her journey becoming a professional musician in Northeast Wisconsin.
35 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 27: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay
We pulled fresh from the vault for todays podcast! Bird in the Wings welcomes members of the Youth Arts Initiative program at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. These three students had just finished the fourth book of their comic book series. Listen to them discuss the making of their comic book series and success as an after-school program.
41 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Episode 26: Rissel Peguero & Matt Hillman from the band Pegasis
Kelli welcomes 2 of the 4 members of the band Pegasis to the new episode of Bird in the Wings. Rissel Peguero and Matt Hillman are musicians, songwriters and alumni of UW-Green Bay. In this episode of the pod, Rissel and Matt discuss with Kelli how they became musical partners, and the origins as artists.
72 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Episode 25: Neil Brookshire
Bird in the Wings welcomes actor Neil Brookshire to season 4 of the pod. Neil is a Door County based actor, visual artist, and filmmaker. In this episode of the pod, Kelli and Neil discuss how he began acting, and his journey as an artist up to now with the newly produced solo theatre piece, Bent Compass, which Neil co-wrote and stars in.
62 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Episode 24: Robert Boles & James Valcq - Third Avenue Playhouse
Bird in the Wings welcomes Robert Boles & James Valcq, Co-Artisitc Directors of Door County's Third Avenue Playhouse to the pod. James & Robert discuss with Kelli the influence of the immediate and long term aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts & culture sector of our economy, as well as hope for the future of live performing post COVID.
71 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Episode 23: Michael Stebbins
Season 3 of Bird in the Wings continues with an interview with Michael Stebbins, the Artistic Director of Door Shakespeare. Kelli and Michael discuss the process of programming live theatre in the time of COVID-19, which has completely reshaped how live performing arts operates, as well as upcoming virtual events from Door Shakespeare
64 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Episode 22: Luis Fernandez
Season 3 of Bird in the Wings premieres with Dr. Luis Fernandez, who is preparing to perform the UW-Green Bay Music's 6:30 Concert Series first ever live streamed concert live on YouTube from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Happy Listening!
54 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
Episode 21: Jazz Fest with Adam Gaines & John Salerno
UW-Green Bay's Jazz Fest is turning 50! Bird in the Wings is celebrating with a deep dive in to the world of a working jazz musician in NE Wisconsin. UWGB Music Professors, Dr. Adam Gaines and Dr. John Salerno talk with Kelli about their paths to becoming teaching and performing artists. Happy Listening!
29 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Episode 20: Michael Shaw (Part II) Live from Common CAHSS
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. Happy Listening!
46 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Episode 19: Michael Shaw (Part I)
A special two-part episode of Bird in the Wings featuring cartoonist and writer, Michael Shaw, whose cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker since 1999. In Part 1, Kelli & 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 to get published. Happy Listening!
38 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Episode 18: A Tuna Christmas with Noah Simon & Alan Kopischke
Bird in the Wings is back with a special holiday edition of the podcast! Kelli welcomes Noah Simon and Alan Kopischke, both actors starring in A Tuna Christmas at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay Dec 12-31. They discuss the working life of a professional actor living in Northeast Wisconsin, and perform a special reading from the show. Happy Listening!
52 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Episode 17: Carl Vanderheyden
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 learning through doing, and the possibility of discovering yourself as an artist at anytime in your life. Happy Listening.
28 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Episode 16: Gregory Frederic
Bird in the Wings goes Crewl, as Kelli sits down for a fantastic discussion with local visual artist, Gregory Frederic. Gregory's artistic journey begins in Haiti and continues today in Green Bay as CrewlArt. Kelli and Gregory chat about the inspiration behind his colorful pieces, his process of creation, and the emotions he hopes to convey. Happy Listening!
61 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Episode 15: Bill Sallak
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.
56 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
Episode 14: Provost Michael Alexander
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! 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.
38 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Episode 13: United ReSisters
Bird in the Wings is so excited to welcome two members of the United ReSisters 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. Kelli sits down with Yasmin & Nadifo to discuss 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.
63 minutes | Jul 16, 2019
Episode 12: Jacob Beranek
We're on location in Sturgeon Bay for a special interview with Composer-In-Residence of the Midsummer's Music Festival, Jacob Beranek. 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.
62 minutes | Jun 24, 2019
Episode 11: Andrew Linskens & Cujo
Kelli chats with visual artist, Andrew Linskens, and musician, Cujo. Listen in as they discuss their respective lives as artists, as well as their collaborations in The Art-Hop Collective, showing the power how music and art, working together, can inspire us all. You definitely want to hear this one!
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