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  • Artist Ted DeGrazia's Cultural Ties with the People of Mexico and the Southwest

    From Diego Rivera and Jose Orozco to Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca, and the Yaqui and Tohono 'O’odham, this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about the cultural connections artist Ted DeGrazia had with the people of Mexico and the Desert Southwest USA.DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is home to over 15,000 originals of Ted DeGrazia art pieces including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. There are six permanent collections on display and several rotating exhibitions each year. More: This Big Blend Radio "Tales of Ted DeGrazia" podcast airs every 4th Sunday. Follow the show here: 

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  • Victoria Chick - Classic Children’s Book Illustrators

    Do you remember reading “Peter Rabbit” as a young child or, maybe, when you were a bit older, being fascinated by “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass?” New editions of these classic books are still being published with their original illustrations. On this episode of Big Blend Radio, artist Victoria Chick talks about illustrators Beatrix Potter and Sir John Tenniel. Read her article about them here: Victoria Chick is a contemporary figurative artist and early 19th/20th century print collector based in Silver City, New Mexico. She appears on Big Blend Radio every 3rd Saturday. Follow the podcast: See Victoria's work: 
  • Author Ginger Pinholster - Snakes of St. Augustine

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features award-winning Florida author Ginger Pinholster who discusses her new novel ”Snakes of St. Augustine” (Regal House, Sept. 12, 2023). This wild story keeps the pages turning with stolen snakes and a missing person that set off a chain of events ranging from thrilling to romantic to deeply poignant.WATCH THIS EPISODE ON YOUTUBE: A love story served up with a side of Florida weirdness, “Snakes of St. Augustine” centers around unforgettable characters that will remain in your heart long after the final page. More: More about Books Forward: 
  • Author George Franklin - A Feeding Frenzy in Washington

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features author George Franklin, a man who has worn many hats – lawyer, lobbyist, businessman, candidate, speaker and author. In his latest work of political fiction, “A Feeding Frenzy in Washington” releasing on Sept. 15 2023, Franklin draws from his career experiences to offer a hilarious take on Congress today. It's a rollicking tale of Washington lobbying that makes you think twice about our government. The people and the story are all fictional, but there is a vein of truth in how lobbyists and Washington really work. George hopes readers get a good laugh out of his new book and take solace in the fact that our democracy has survived this long and somehow will continue. More: More about Books Forward: 
  • Lyn Squire - Author of the Dunston Burnett Mystery Trilogy

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features author Lyn Squire who discusses the first novel in his Dunston Burnett mystery trilogy, "Immortalised to Death."Death strikes England’s foremost novelist Charles Dickens, his latest tale only half told. Was he murdered because someone feared a ruinous revelation? Or was it revenge for some past misdeed? Set in the Kent countryside and London slums of 1870, Lyn Squire’s “Immortalised to Death” (Level Best Books, September 26th, 2023) reveals the ending to Charles Dickens’s unfinished “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, while diving deep into Dickens’ evolving and ultimately tragic double life. More: More about Books Forward: 
  • Children's Book Author Mike Yam - Fried Rice and Marinara

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Wednesday "Books & Authors" Show with Books Forward features Mike Yam, a sportscaster and studio host for NFL Network and SiriusXM Radio, and author of the new children's book FRIED RICE & MARINARA that celebrates and embraces multiethnic backgrounds. Inspired by his experiences growing up with a Chinese immigrant father and an Italian mother, his book demonstrates how a multicultural identity can give you a unique, creative perspective. Watch the animated version of the book here: Watch this podcast on YouTube: More about Books Forward: 
  • Palm Springs LBGTQ+ History and Fall Celebrations

    This episode of Big Blend Radio's 2nd Saturday “Palm Springs Sunshine Stays” Show focuses on LBTGQ+ History and Upcoming Fall Events in Palm Springs, California. WATCH THIS PODCAST ON YOUTUBE: Featured Guests:- KIMBERLI MUNKRES who represents Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels @PalmSpringsStay a consortium of independently-owned boutique hotels in the desert resort community of Palm Springs, in Southern California. Plan your visit and sign up for the monthly Boutiquely Palm Springs newsletter at: - JULIE WARREN who represents the LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert, a community-based archive that documents, collects, preserves, and makes accessible the history of LGBTQ individuals, businesses, organizations, and events centered in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. More: UPCOMING LBGTQ+ EVENTS IN PALM SPRINGS:* Pride on the Page Book Festival on Oct 13-14: * Out on the Walk Exhibit – Celebrating LGBT Honorees on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars: * Palm Springs Public Library - Drag Story Hour on Oct. 24: * Palm Springs Public Library – Art of Drag Art Exhibit on Nov. 18: Follow this Big Blend Radio Podcast here:  Photos: Pride on Page 2022 featuring Sharon Gless and Peter Paige last year, credit David A Lee; and Drag Story Hour featuring Bella da Ball.