The January 11 Second Sunday Poetry Reading at The Depot will feature J. C. Mahan, aka Johnie Catfish, a local street poet in the Oklahoma City area whose poetry style is open mic performance with an interactive delivery. The 2:00 reading at 200 South Jones, is free and open to the public.
Mahan fondly refers to his poetry as being currently nostalgic and the youthful sound of age. He has been the featured poet at Full Circle Book Store, the Shawnee Poetry Reading, Wayward Poets, and a frequent presenter at Scissortail's Writer Festival in Ada at East Central University. He has been published in Blood and Thunder Literary Journal, Dragon Poet and in many of the Oklahoma Woody Guthrie collections.
Johnie Catfish has 6 self-published chap books. He lives in Edmond with his wife, raising bees, chickens, ducks, geese, and peacocks. J C. is also a hairstylist and owns JC's Funky Hair Ranch Salon in Edmond where they occasionally have wine tastings, poetry readings, art shows and concerts.
Second Sunday Poetry Readings are a longtime program of The Depot, hosted by former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award Winner Carl Sennhenn. Depot programs are made possible, in part, by grants from Norman Arts Council and Oklahoma Arts Council. For further information phone 405-307-9320.
If I could remember
What I have forgotten
Or forget what I
Remember about us,
Then I could tell you
What I thought
I wanted to say
That I think
You might want to hear.
The Sunday Jazz Series continues at The Depot, 200 South Jones, with a 7:30 pm concert by the Mitch Bell Group on January 11. The group, which includes Mitch Bell - guitar, Mike Cameron - tenor sax, Ed Garcia - bass, and Justin Walke - drums, has performed at numerous jazz festivals across the Midwest and performs regularly at a variety of venues in the Oklahoma City area.
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Guitarist, producer, and composer Mitch Bell was introduced to music by his dad’s guitar playing. Mitch took up the instrument himself at age 10, started his first band at 12, and recorded his first album when he was only 15. After high school, Mitch moved to Edmond to continue his musical studies at the University of Central Oklahoma’s celebrated Jazz Studies program, where he is a graduate and now a faculty member.
Mitch’s eclectic assortment of musical experiences (he has spent considerable time exploring jazz, rock, impressionism, Brazilian, Hindustani and hip-hop) has led him to countless sideman performances including Off Broadway tours of “Hairspray” and “The Addams Family” as well as recording sessions for Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Recently, he has expanded his writing and production resumé with placements on ABC’s “The Vineyard,” and has cast an even wider net into the Los Angeles based writing and production scene.
Tickets for the concert are $10 ($7 Student) and are available online by clicking the Buy Now link above, by phone at 405 307-9320 or at The Depot, 200 South Jones, Norman.
Sunday Jazz at the Depot is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Norman Arts Council and by generous individual donors.
Meg Hutchinson will bring her “music as powerful as it is gentle” to the Winter Wind Concert stage on Sunday, January 18. Tickets for the 7:00 pm concert in The Depot, 200 S. Jones, are $20.
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Hutchinson is a multiple-award-winning songwriter who artfully documents the human condition. With a poet’s ease, she makes the personal universal, allowing people’s stories to come alive through her unique vocals and haunting melodies. She has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured nationally on NPR Music, XM/Sirius Radio and several times on the syndicated show Mountain Stage. Publications like The Winnipeg Free Press have compared her songwriting with that of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joni Mitchell.
Growing up in the Berkshires, the mountains, woods and ponds were Meg’s childhood muses, as were the poets she read. When she inherited her grandmother's 1957 Martin guitar at age eleven, her love of words found an inspiring instrument, and there was no turning back. "Songwriting is not something I chose, I've just somehow always known that this is what I love to do. This is what I can't help but do", she says.
After college, Meg settled in Boston where she won a Kerrville New Folk Award (2000), was nominated for a Boston Music Award for her first studio album Against the Grey, and went on to win awards at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter's Showcase, and The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, all in the course of a year. National publications like Performing Songwriter took notice calling Hutchinson “A master of introspective ballads filled with understated yearning and an exquisite sense of metaphor.”
Meg has since released eight albums and won numerous songwriting awards in the US, Ireland and the UK . Her Red House Records debut album, Come Up Full, was an instant folk hit, one of the most played on folk and college radio. Her last two albums have charted on Billboard, Amazon, iTunes and Folk Radio.
Expanding her focus, about two years ago Meg participated in the filming of an award-winning documentary entitled, “For The Love Of The Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival.” (Club 47 was the predecessor of Club Passim, a key venue for her performances.) The film was produced by Ezzie films with the mission of documenting the positive contributions of music to society.
Meg is currently in the final stages of filming Pack Up Your Sorrows – a feature length documentary with Ezzie films that will explore many of the topics nearest and dearest to her heart: creativity, healing, mindfulness in education, mental health advocacy, wellness, and how these elements converge in making the world a better place. The film, told through the lens of her personal story, is to be released in early 2015.
To purchase Meg Hutchinson concert tickets click the Buy Now link above. Tickets are also available at The Depot at 200 S. Jones, or by phoning 405 307-9320 (hours 8 to 2, M-F.)
Winter Wind concerts are made possible in part, by grants from The Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, with additional support from Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion; Brad and Lisa Raley; Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Nancy McClellan; Farrel and Julie Droke; Danna Primm; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
“People Plants and Places,” paintings and sculpture by John Wolfe, will open in The Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, on January 9, 2015 with a reception in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Walk from 6 to 9 pm. A second reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on February 13. The exhibit will continue through February 27.
Wolfe’s sculptures, recently featured on OETA’S Gallery, are assemblages of found objects combined with terra cotta clay heads and hands created by Wolfe for each specific piece (a part of his work for 25 years) to become the “People” in the exhibit. His acrylic paintings of “Plants and Places” confirm Wolfe’s belief that “the most familiar are often the most wonderful things.”
“To me, creating a successful piece of art depends solely on that painting/sculpture being able to evoke a response without written clues that might guide the viewer to a predetermined conclusion. It should speak for itself,” Wolfe says.
John Wolfe was born in Vernon, Texas, attended public school in Davidson, Oklahoma, and graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1970 with a degree in Art Education. He completed his M.Ed. at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1976. John taught art in the Midwest City-Del City School System for 30 years and has served as adjunct art faculty at Rose State College and at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. Since his retirement, John spends his time at his studio in Oklahoma City where he continues to work on his sculpture and painting.
John's work has been in numerous exhibitions including at Philbrook Art Center (Tulsa), Oklahoma Museum of Art (OKC), Oklahoma State Capitol Governor’s Gallery, JRB at the Elms (OKC), M. A. Doran Gallery (Tulsa), Night Sky Gallery (Santa Fe), Lo Fino/ Clay and Fiber (Taos), Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and The National Weather Center Biennial.
Depot Gallery hours are 8 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge. Exhibits at the Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council.
For additional information about this and other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320.