Aaron Bowen

Jenny Woodstock, a benefit concert in celebration of musician Jenny Wood, is set for Saturday, May 25, at The Back Beat at Midwest Drum and Percussion, 2228 E. Douglas.

The bill features Old News, The Travel Guide, After Judo, Cartwheel, Milkwave and The Cavves. Initially organized by Cavves' frontwoman Sophie Emerson as a summer kickoff party, the idea changed after Wood was critically injured in a car accident on May 5. She remains hospitalized.

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Summer Daze, a one-night music festival at Wave, will feature eight bands from Kansas.

The bill is a collaborative effort between Trever Taylor of The Skeptics and Colton Cox of Afro Jim. Six other bands will perform at the 18-and-over concert, including Wichita's Fairweather Friends, In;Retrospect and Kapybara. Lawrence groups Stone Grower, The Dear Misses and Sweet Ascent will also join in.

The concert is Friday, May 24, at the Wave, 650 E. Second St. Taylor and Cox recently stopped by the KMUW studios to discuss the concert.

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Wakinyan Shrubshall is guitarist and vocalist with Sutphin. The band's latest album is Medicine Machine.

"Drums was the first instrument for me. I started on that when I was 10 years old. Discovered the Beatles. Absolutely loved Ringo's playing. I started playing drums and picked up at about 14. Got an acoustic guitar. I got it to write songs. Also, because at the time, I didn't like any of the guitar players in any of the bands I was in. So I just took matters into my own hands.

Jeff Wojtaszek

Before she began her career as a full-time writer, Lisa Scottoline earned a law degree and clerked for the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Scottoline has penned more than 30 legal thrillers, and her latest--Someone Knows--is also a domestic thriller that was influenced, in part, by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

I recently spoke with Scottoline about the book... and when not guilty doesn’t mean innocent.

Here's our conversation:

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Updated, 10:30 a.m. Thursday: The meeting this week ended with a commitment to resist the plan approved in February at the General Conference; the church leaders present are not yet calling for a split. Some churches will continue to marry and ordain LGBTQ members.

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The United Methodist Church is in crisis.

In February, the General Conference of the church held a special session in St. Louis, Missouri, to decide whether to allow marriage and ordination for its LGBTQ members.

Kansas State University

A portion of Kansas State University’s fire-gutted Hale Library is expected to reopen this fall.

After months of demolition work, the restoration project has moved into the rebuilding phase. This will be the fourth time Hale Library, K-State’s flagship library, endured extensive renovations.

A fire struck the library’s roof on May 22, 2018. While the flames were contained to the roof, the university says several hundreds of thousands of gallons of water flowed through the 550,000-sq. ft. building during the firefighting efforts.

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After nearly 30 years of teaching band, orchestra and jazz at Wichita’s North High School, Stephanie Byers plans to hang up her baton and retire this month.

The longtime educator has seen many changes over the decades — including her own personal transition from male to female.

Brian Grimmett

Standing near the corner of his property in southeastern Reno County, Nick Egli looked east and pointed to the proposed locations for several 500-feet-tall wind turbines.

Egli is standing on a grass airstrip he’s spent the last 10 years building. He pictures a few more homes, some hangars and, eventually, a residential community for pilots of small planes.

“If there’s turbines there, you’ve completely killed everything I’ve been working on the last 10 years,” he said.

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The annual “point-in-time” count of homeless people in Wichita and Sedgwick County shows some changes in the population this year.

The survey found 593 people were homeless, which is a slight increase from last year, and the highest overall number since 2014.

Delane Butler, vice president of marketing for the United Way of the Plains, says this snapshot suggests more work needs to be done to address the local homeless problem.

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A team from the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson has finished restoring and preserving 19 mission control consoles used during the first moon landing.

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Aaron Bowen

Jenny Woodstock, a benefit concert in celebration of musician Jenny Wood, is set for Saturday, May 25, at The Back Beat at Midwest Drum and Percussion, 2228 E. Douglas.

The bill features Old News, The Travel Guide, After Judo, Cartwheel, Milkwave and The Cavves. Initially organized by Cavves' frontwoman Sophie Emerson as a summer kickoff party, the idea changed after Wood was critically injured in a car accident on May 5. She remains hospitalized.

Courtesy photo

Summer Daze, a one-night music festival at Wave, will feature eight bands from Kansas.

The bill is a collaborative effort between Trever Taylor of The Skeptics and Colton Cox of Afro Jim. Six other bands will perform at the 18-and-over concert, including Wichita's Fairweather Friends, In;Retrospect and Kapybara. Lawrence groups Stone Grower, The Dear Misses and Sweet Ascent will also join in.

The concert is Friday, May 24, at the Wave, 650 E. Second St. Taylor and Cox recently stopped by the KMUW studios to discuss the concert.

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Sunday, May 26

 Hear new music from Lasperanza. The R&B band’s new album Seeds features updated versions of familiar soul tunes. Guest vocalist Kayleigh O’Neill brings a fresh, funky twist to Michael Jackson’s 1979 song “Working Day And Night.”

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Wednesday, May 22

Keep On is the sophomore release from Memphis-based soul/blues/R&B group Southern Avenue. Featuring sisters Tikyra (drums, vocals) and Tierinii Jackson (vocals) as well as Israeli-born guitarist Ori Naftaly, the group (rounded out by keyboardist Jeremy Powell) moves beyond its city of origin on this new release, creating a series of songs that suggest the future of Southern music is alive and well but open to contemporary influences. Listen for selections from this latest release as well as music from Nils Lofgren’s Blue With Lou, featuring tunes he co-wrote with the late Lou Reed.

Thursday, May 23

Max Weinberg joined Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in the 1970s and became an integral member of that group. In the 1990s he served as bandleader for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and, later, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien we’ll hear some of the key performances from his career on this episode as well as selections from Some Girls, the 1978 LP from the Rolling Stones.

Friday, May 24 

We celebrate Bob Dylan’s 78th birthday with selections from throughout his career as well as covers from The Replacements, John Martyn, Shelby Lynn & Allison Moorer plus music from Robyn Hitchcock’s 2002 Dylan tribute, Robyn Sings.

Saturday, May 25

John Bonham is considered one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll drummers of all time. When he died in 1980, at the age of 32, he left behind a relatively small body of work, the then-latest release, Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door which demonstrated his finesse and power behind the kit. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode as well as music featuring Bonham’s son, Jason.

Monday, May 27

Established as a holiday to remember persons who have died while in service to the United States military, Memorial Day is observed on the final Monday of May. On this episode of Strange Currency we’ll hear from musicians notable for their service in the military, including Jimi Hendrix and Mothers of Invention member Jimmy Carl Black.

Tuesday, May 28

Though known primarily as a guitarist, Kentucky-born musician Adrian Belew got his start on percussion. We’ll hear selections that feature him in both capacities as well as music from his former King Crimson bandmate Bill Bruford.

Thursday, May 30

Billy Ficca had played drums in a number of capacities, although perhaps nowhere as brilliantly as on the 1977 debut from the band Television, Marquee Moon. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from the Lawrence, Kansas-based outfit The Ants.

Friday, May 31 

First known as The Bangs, The Bangles became one of the most notable pop groups of the 1980s, featuring drumming from Debbie Peterson. We’ll hear selections from that group as well as music from Bikini Kill, featuring Tobi Vail, who spray-painted the phrase “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” (Teen Spirit was a deodorant) on her then-boyfriend Kurt Cobain’s bedroom wall in the 1990s, giving Nirvana the title of a song that became an anthem of a generation.

May 24/26

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan.

We’ll hear blues covers of his songs from Johnny Winter, the Staple Singers, the Holmes Brothers, Bettye LaVette, Sue Foley, Eric Bibb and more in hour one.

Then in hour two, a Sound Opinions special that reexamines two critical periods in Dylan’s career – his early days as a folk and protest song artist, and then his head-turning switch to electric with Bringing It All Back Home and an appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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Retiring After 28 Years, Transgender North High Teacher Looks Forward To Next Chapter

After nearly 30 years of teaching band, orchestra and jazz at Wichita’s North High School, Stephanie Byers plans to hang up her baton and retire this month. The longtime educator has seen many changes over the decades — including her own personal transition from male to female.

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