The Conversation: Thursday, February 11th 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Housing Bills; Jazz Musician Dee Dee Bridgewater; Wrongful Incarceration; Block Printing Workshop

Housing Bills: Greg Payton

Talk to just anyone about homelessness and the words affordable housing come up pretty quickly. Although available housing units at economic levels from low to middle incomes are well behind needs, the call for units for people trying to get off the street is particularly acute.  As the logic goes, with not enough permanent housing, shelters bottleneck as people wait for a unit. Today, a slew of bills with proposed streams of funding are up for consideration in the state senate housing committee. We asked Greg Payton, CEO of Mental Health Kōkua, for an assessment. Mental Health Kōkua is an organization serving people with mental health and homeless needs on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Hilo and Kona. Peyton also chairs the Advocacy Committee for Partners In Care, Oahu’s Continuum of Care for homelessness as defined by HUD.

  • Intro Music: Our House by Madness
  • Outro Music: To The Ends of the Earth by Blue Sky Black Death

Jazz Musician: Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater in concert in 1990
Credit Wikipedia Commons

The jazz scene was very different when Dee Dee Bridgewater was starting out as a featured vocalist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band.   That was fast company, the kind that gives a young singer the grounding that can sustain a career for decades.   She continues to keep alive the legacy of Ella, Sarah, and Billie, and she’s in Waikiki, performing through the weekend at Blue Note Hawaii.   We asked her how a listener is supposed to know just what a jazz singer is these days.

  • Intro Music: One Fine Day by Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Outro Music: Big Chief by Dee Dee Bridgewater

Wrongful Incarceration: Ricky Jackson

By any one's estimation, going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit is a horrible scenario. Spending 40 years in jail… that’s a nightmare. It’s also the story of Ricky Jackson, convicted of murder in 1975. Last year, he was exonerated when the only witness admitted his testimony has been false. Ricky Jackson is in Hawaii to speak to UH law students on behalf of the Hawaii innocence Project. The Hawaii State Bar Association and the Innocence Project are also having a fundraiser at the Pacific Club on Friday, where Ricky Jackson  will be also be speaking. 

  • Intro Music: Head Above Water by Mark Phillips
  • Outro Music: I Still Need You: Moseqar

Block Printing Workshop: Karli Capp

For any artist, or aspiring artist, a new technique can liberate the imagination, and for Kauai artist Karli Capp, block printing is a good pathway for a novice to pursue as each student leaves her workshop with tangible evidence of what they’ve learned. Capp’s offering a workshop in block printing a week from tomorrow at the Princeville Community Center.

  • Intro Music: Too Much Water by Prints
  • Outro Music: Belahi by Snow Panda
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