The Prime Spot Radio Kicks off Smithsonian Week in Long Beach

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TPSradio's G Murray Thomas Presents Smithsonian Week's "Speakology" and Mindy Nettifee

Poet G. Murray Thomas, host of TPSradio at California State University and ThePrimeSpot.com kick off SMITHSONIAN WEEK on The Poetry Show. TPSradio can be heard from anywhere via CSULB's student radio station, kbeach.org. Those local to Signal Hill and the surrounding City of Long Beach, California can hear the show on LBCTelevision via Charter cable access TV channels 65, 69 and 95.

On Friday, March 9th, two Smithsonian Scholars will be interviewed at 9pm: Dovie Thomason and Jim Garry. The Long Beach Arts Council, producers of SPEAKOLOGY, a spoken word festival scattered throughout the City through March 25th, provides the profile of the Cowboy and Indian; read further to get a glimpse of G. Murray Thomas (as seen on SwingTV.net) and TPSradio's featured Poet, Mindy Nettifee.

DOVIE THOMASON, Story Telling Scholar

DOVIE THOMASON first heard the voices of the Animal People, Tricksters and Heroes in the stories of her Lakota and Kiowa Apache relatives. With understanding and sly humor, she has spent a lifetime joining those voices to share wise, boisterous teaching tales with audiences globally. For over twenty years, Dovie Thomason has shared her gift with school audiences. She was one of Connecticut's original Master Teaching Artists, listed by state arts councils nationally, and recognized as a Master Traditional Artist by the NEA. She is a three-time winner of the ALA Notable Recording Award, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writer's Traditional Storyteller of the Year 2002, and a respected presenter at major festivals and conferences.

JIM GARRY, Folklore Scholar

JIM GARRY began his career as a naturalist, but soon became interested in the people of the West, drawing natural history of the region into his work. He has been a cowboy, horse wrangler, media consultant, wilderness guide, teacher, political consultant, river runner, artist-in residence, biologist, folklore collector and more. He now works as a freelance lecturer, writer and storyteller, teaching others about our western and wildlife heritage. His research and teachings center on the overlap between natural history, human history, folklore and myth.    

G. MURRAY THOMAS, Host of TPSradio - The Poetry Show Every Second Friday

G. Murray Thomas currently edits a monthly listing of poetry events for Poetix.net, the SoCal poetry calendar, and hosts The Poetry Show on The PrimeSpot Radio on KBeach.org. Thomas' first full length collection of poems, Cows on the Freeway, was published by iUniverse. He has also authored five chapbooks and Paper Shredders, an anthology of surf poetry, is yet another of Murray's nine publications. Mr. Thomas has performed his poetry all over Southern California and fronted MURRAY, a spoken word/garage jazz band. He's entertained at Lollapalooza, The Whiskey, The Coach House, the Knitting Factory and the 1996 National Poetry Slam. G. Murray Thomas hosts a monthly Poetry Reading at Barnes and Noble in Long Beach and will grace the stage at another SPEAKOLOGY event at Viento Y Agua Cafe on March 17th. Thomas is currently at work on a few projects, one of them is a novel.

MINDY NETTIFEE, Featured Guest on The Poetry Show

Mindy Nettifee was born in Iowa but spent her formative years in Southern California. She has performed her work since the age of 13, sharpening her poetic chops among the once rowdy Orange County poetry community and hosting The Big Damn Poetry Slam in Long Beach. She competed on three National Poetry Slam teams and coached the Orange County/Long Beach slam team in 2000 and 2001. Mindy has toured across the US and Europe and served for four years as a member of the Tebot Bach's Five Penny Poets. She has published her work in various journals and magazines, and her poem "Metal Detectors and Other Important Thresholds" was a nominee for the Pushcart Prize. Her first full length collection is entitled Sleepyhead Assassins on Moon Tide Press. Nettifee is editor-in-chief of GetUnderground.com

Mindy has been called both a "beacon of brilliant" and a "freakishly prodigious wonderwoman," but the greatest compliment she has ever received was the little ditty that Rick Lupert wrote for her, based on the song her mother taught her when she was four to learn how to spell her last name. Google it. She can otherwise be reached through her website at http://www.thecultofmindy.com.

Participating Venues

Speakology takes place at quite a few venues throughout Long Beach, CA during Smithsonian Week: Homeland Cultural Center, Acres of Books, Hellada Gallery, Koos Arts Center, CSULB's Powow and University Art Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, Found Theatre, The Pike Bar and Grill, Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club, Logistik Media, Ten Salon, Metropolitan Living, Renaissance Hotel, Scotish Rite Event Center, Whaley Park Community Center, The Coffeehaven, Viento Y Agua, Portfolio Coffeehouse and Open Bookstore, Hot Java, the Long Beach Public Library, and of course CSULB's http://www.kbeach.org

Delve into the Artist's Space

Much of the talent partaking in this year's SMITHSONIAN WEEK have presence on MySpace.com Those listed here can also be requested on ThePrimeSpot Radio Show, a demographic sound tour of Long Beach:    Rachel Kann, Jessica Dobson, Moedog Darling, The Cult of Mindy, ... Delve into http://www.MySpace.com/TPSradio during SMITHSONIAN WEEK to see the pages of GMurrayThomas , DovieThomason , CSULB-powwow, IguanaKelleys (TPSradio's cell phone sponsor), and a few others SPOTlighting the 37th Annual Powwow (http://www.csulb.edu/aiss ), Speakology and Smithsonian Week.

Your Guide To Smithsonian Week

If you are in Long Beach, pick up the Press Telegram, Gazettes Newspaper, Destinations Magazine (photography by Thomas McConville), Long Beach Business Journal or the Arts Council's SPEAKOLOGY brochure to use as your printed guide. Stay tuned to the T-Lilly Show on LBCTelevision for highlights on Smithsonian Week in the near future and if you miss TPSradio Friday, you can always listen to The Prime Spot archives on kbeach.org

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