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CWCW: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Alfred Solano and Monica Shannon

Kennedy Sam
Director of Marketing and Communications

This post is an extension of the Conversations with Creative Waco radio program on 103.3 KWBU fm, where we take you behind the scenes of art and culture in Waco. Catch us live on the fourth and fifth Friday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

(From Left to Right) Monica Shannon, Alfred Solano, Kennedy Sam, Fiona Bond, and Rae Jefferson.  Photo by KWBU

(From Left to Right) Monica Shannon, Alfred Solano, Kennedy Sam, Fiona Bond, and Rae Jefferson. Photo by KWBU


September 15 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time when we as a nation recognize the cultural contributions and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. As of July 2017, the Hispanic population became the largest minority population in the country. With that comes a growth and spread of culture, influence and diversity.

On this episode of Conversations with Creative Waco we sat down with local leaders Alfred Solano, President/CEO of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Arts Organizer Monica Shannon. Solano, wrapping up his first year as head of the Hispanic Chamber, speaks on the role of the chamber, being recognized as The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce’s “Small Chamber of the Year”, and what to expect at the upcoming Floating Mercado.

Keep reading to learn more about upcoming events celebrating the hispanic community!


Let’s Celebrate!  

Floating Mercado

Aug. 25 Floating Mercado vendor list

Aug. 25 Floating Mercado vendor list

Enjoy Waco’s diversity in culture and entrepreneurship with the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber’s Floating Mercado Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1 – 5pm at 915 La Salle Ave. This family-friendly event features 20+ vendors, food, drinks and activities the entire family can enjoy.  

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Hispanic Heritage Arts Celebration

Celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture through art! The Art Forum of Waco will feature original pieces by 33 local artists highlighting or inspired by Hispanic heritage for the entire month of September. Join the festivities at the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Art Show and Celebration. This free event will be held September 27, from 6 – 9pm at the Art Forum of Waco, 1826 Morrow Ave.

Texas Fine Artists are still accepting artists submissions until the August 31. Top three winners will receive a cash prize. Email texasfineartists@gmail.com for more information.

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CWCW: You're going to be Gobsmacked!

By Rae Jefferson
Communications Director at Family Health Center

This post is an extension of the Conversations with Creative Waco radio program on 103.3 KWBU fm, where we take you behind the scenes of art and culture in Waco. Catch us live on the fourth and fifth Friday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In May of 2017, Out on a Limb Dance Company did what it does best and brought an evening of unexpected art to Waco. The event, called Stimuli, married music with contemporary dance – a tough art form to find inside city limits. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal catered by Milo Biscuit Co. and wine pairings from David Mayfield. Organizers and sponsors weren’t sure what to expect, as it was the first event of its kind in recent Waco history.

The show sold out.

Out on a Limb Dance Company Presents “Gobsmacked: An Evening of Dance and Music with Food and Wine” April 6 from 5-8p.m. at the Waco Civic Theater.

Out on a Limb Dance Company Presents “Gobsmacked: An Evening of Dance and Music with Food and Wine” April 6 from 5-8p.m. at the Waco Civic Theater.

This year, the dance company is back with what they hope will be an even better production: Gobsmacked. This month on Conversations with Creative Waco, we chat with Out on a Limb founder and artistic director Brooke Schlecte, along with Gobsmacked music director Chris Sies. The two have worked for a year with a team of dancers, musicians and other creatives to craft a contemporary dance performance choreographed to original musical compositions by Sies and his music team. Unlike Stimuli, which featured a series of short dances over the course of three hours, Gobsmacked will consist of one continuous piece in the three hour timeframe. The show’s narrative was influenced by the Enneagram, a personality test that includes nine archetypes, and will explore themes of self-discovery and vulnerability.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the evening is the team’s creative approach to food. Rather than serving three distinct dishes in a dinner-table setting, chefs from 14 local restaurants will serve bite-sized portions of dinner and dessert dishes before the show and during intermission. This allows artistry to take place not only on the stage, but in the creation of the decadent foods. The menu will include a cash bar and fare from The Backyard, Baked Bliss, Barnett’s Public House, Churros’ Time, The Grape Wine & Bistro, Helberg Handcrafted Barbeque, Heritage Creamery, Lula Jane’s, Milo All Day, Nightlight Donuts, Ridgewood Country Club, Sironia, Slow Rise Slice House, and Stone Hearth Indian Cafe.

Gobsmacked is scheduled for April 6 from 5-8 p.m. at the Waco Civic Theatre. Tickets are available for $40 at outonalimbdance.com.


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Get your creative career going in three easy (yes, easy) steps this spring. The Work of Artists is the creative professional development opportunity you didn’t know you were missing. This six-part series provides strategy and tools for conquering the business side of being an artist, and can be attended in whole or part depending on experience and professional needs.

 The Work of Artists is taught by Luann Jennings, a creative who has started several arts businesses herself and studied arts business, entrepreneurship, policy, and education at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, Columbia University, National Arts Strategies, and Lincoln Center Institute. Visit the Eventbrite page for registration and pricing.

Classes run April 1 - May 13.

CWCW: Conversations with Deep in the Heart Film Festival

By Kennedy Sam
Director of Marketing and Communications

This post is an extension of the Conversations with Creative Waco radio program on 103.3 KWBU fm, where we take you behind the scenes of art and culture in Waco. Catch us live on the fourth and fifth Friday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For this month’s Conversations With Creative Waco, we learned how to find out about the awesome things going on in Waco and McLennan County, and spoke to Samuel Thomas, Co-Director of Deep in the Heart Film Festival about how to hit the highlights like a VIP.

Waco’s third Deep in The Heart Film Festival is taking over the city March 28 – 31. This event brings film makers from all over the World to Waco. During the four-day festival, you can catch film screenings, parties and panels taking place at the Hippodrome and other venues throughout downtown’s cultural district.

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The festival is an opportunity to see independent movies (short movies and feature length films) that you can’t see at a regular movie theater or online. And you can meet (and even walk the red carpet with) the film makers, writers, actors, directors and producers.

Whether you’re an avid movie watcher or looking to attend a new to do in town, this is the event will not disappoint! With genres ranging from comedy, animation and everything in between – the 111 film lineup caters to all. If you’re hesitant, don’t worry about “not getting it”, the team at Deep in the Heart purposefully selected relatable, story-driven films that are meant to connect with all audiences!

You can buy tickets to “blocks” of films with connected themes, or treat yourself and get a VIP pass to all the movies, events and parties. Rub shoulders with the next Tarantino, or dip chips with the next Emma Stone.

Grab your tickets today and immerse yourself in the world of film for a weekend!

Learn more about what to expect from this year’s film fest by tuning in to Conversations with Creative Waco where Rae Jefferson sits down with festival co-founder, Samuel Thomas.

Until then, if you’re looking for ways to get involved in Waco’s creative community, check out these resources!

  • Creative Waco’s calendar page – It’s the one-stop-shop for all the event calendars for the city (Waco CVB, Act Locally Waco, Waco Trib, and more!)

  • Waco App – Perfect way to find out events, dinning, and shopping close to you or across town. Available on Apple and Android phones.

  • Local App – Created by Facebook, it’s an easy way to keep up with what’s happening locally and discover what events your friends are interested in.

CWCW: A Conversation with Jazz Musician, Chuck Jennings

By Kennedy Sam

Director of Marketing and Communications

This post is an extension of the Conversations with Creative Waco radio program on 103.3 KWBU fm, where we take you behind the scenes of art and culture in Waco. Catch us live on the fourth and fifth Friday of every month at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

(From left to right) Rae Jefferson, Chuck Jennings, Kennedy Sam and Fiona Bond in the KWBU Studios on Jan. 15, 2019.  (KATELEIGH MILLS/KWBU RADIO)

(From left to right) Rae Jefferson, Chuck Jennings, Kennedy Sam and Fiona Bond in the KWBU Studios on Jan. 15, 2019.

(KATELEIGH MILLS/KWBU RADIO)

In January’s edition of Conversations with Creative Waco we had the chance to sit down with local musician and jazz leader, Chuck Jennings to hear about all things music, jam sessions and Waco’s jazz scene. 

Jennings was initially a self-taught guitarist before winning a place at prestigious Berklee College. Throughout his 38-year career as a full-time musician, Jennings has lived in many major music hubs from Los Angeles to New York City.

As a current Waco resident, Jennings’ partnership with the Central Texas Jazz Society has been instrumental in pulling together a community of top notch jazz musicians that are passionate about performing improvisational jazz in downtown Waco.

You can find Jennings and other local jazz artists at Cultivate 7twelve on the last Wednesday of each month for an improv jazz jam session. When he’s not performing at Cultivate 7twelve, catch Jennings performing around Waco at various venues like Waco Winery, Klassy Glass, and the High Top at the Hippodrome.

Chuck’s Jazz 101:

Want to educate yourself about jazz? Here is Chuck’s list of top jazz influencers

Miles Davis

Born in 1929 in East St. Louis, an area known for its “blues-drenched” music scene, Miles Davis began playing the trumpet at age 13. As both bandleader and trumpeter, Davis was a major pioneer in the jazz world earning himself eight Grammy Awards and 32 nominations. Check out a mix of Miles Davis’ best hits here.

John Coltrane

Chuck Jennings (far left) plays alongside other local artist at Cultivate 7twelve’s monthly jam sessions.  (photo by Cultivate 7twelve)

Chuck Jennings (far left) plays alongside other local artist at Cultivate 7twelve’s monthly jam sessions.

(photo by Cultivate 7twelve)

John Coltrane was a renowned saxophonist, bandleader and composer credited with shaping the jazz scene in the 40s and 50s. Coltrane worked alongside other greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Check out a mix of John Coltrane’s best hits here.

Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson, tenor saxophonists and composer, emerged as one of the most influential jazz artists in the 1960s. Henderson could be described as a renaissance man – creating a distinct sound independent of the style typically performed by saxophonists of that era. Check out a mix of Joe Henderson’s best hits here.

Keith Jarrett

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Keith Jarrett like many young jazz artists of the 60s moved to New York City to further craft their skills. Jarrett gained major recognition in the late 1960s, after performing with jazz greats Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Charles Lloyd. Due to his wild and melodic improvisational jazz style many considered Jerrett one of the most original musicians of the late 20th century. Check out a mix of Keith Jerrett’s best hits here.

 

Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter is a noted jazz composer and musician who plays both the soprano and tenor saxophone. Shorter played alongside other notable jazz figures like John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, and co-founded Weather Report, a jazz fusion group. Recognized as a jazz fusion pioneer, Shorter has received nine Grammy Awards. Check out a mix of Wayne Shorter’s best hits here.

Find Chuck and Central Texas Jazz Society at Cultivate 7twelve on the last Wednesday of each month for jazz jam sessions.