West Texas Talk

West Texas Talk is an interview program that airs Thursday at 6 pm, and rebroadcasts Friday at 9 am.

The program features interviews with community members discussing issues that affect our region, along with upcoming local programs and events. You’ll also hear from local and visiting, artists, musicians, authors, scientists, and other interesting personalities.

The program made its debut when the station launched, and as a result, it’s become a repository of hundreds of local profiles. The program is hosted by a revolving list of community members. The theme music for West Texas Talk was composed by Andy Stack.

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Recently on West Texas Talk:

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014:
Summer Shakeup Chinati Foundation with School and Master Naturalist

Andy Peters, Michael Roch, Garrick Stephens, Gabby Garballo, Patricio Schmiegelow, and Jennie Lyn Hamilton stopped by KRTS to speak about the 2014 Summer Shakeup. The program targets both preschool to first graders and those entering the 5th to the 12th grade.

The Summer Shakeup is a joint effort of Marfa Live Arts, the Chinati Foundation, the Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist Program, and Marfa ISD.

For more information, contact Marfa ISD by calling (432) 729-4252

Monday, Jun 2, 2014:
Blackwell Park Improvement Project

Tom Michael speaks with Jack Sanders of Camp Design Build Adventure and community organizers Ann Marie Nafziger and Peter Stanley (designer of the original park scheme) about the collaborative effort to improve the only public playground on Marfa’s South side, Blackwell School Park.

Thursday, May 22, 2014:
Artist and Photographer Jessica Lutz

Jessica Lutz discusses her art, video and photography work in Mexico, Texas, and New York, including her work with the Tarahumara of Mexico and the Hassidic Jewish Communities of New York, as well as living in 3 Hispanic countries.




Wednesday, May 21, 2014:
Artist and Filmmaker Marnie Weber

L.A based filmmaker and artist Marnie Weber was invited to CineMarfa film festival to screen her two films  The Night of Forevermore and Western Song. The former film explores the relationship between a young witch – played by the artist’s daughter, Colette Rose Shaw, and an old witch who has sold her soul to the devil – played by the artist herself – as they traverse through Hieronymus Bosch – inspired tableaux vivants representative of heaven, purgatory, and hell.

Marnie Weber is a Los Angeles based artist who creates works of fantasy and fiction utilizing collage, installation, film, performance, and music. By combining her own mythology of creatures, monsters, animals and female characters with costuming on stage sets; she creates narratives of passion, transformation, and discovery. Marnie Weber has had solo shows, video screenings and performances throughout the United States and Europe. She recently had a large-scale installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which is now part of their permanent collection.

Her work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angles, CA, Neuberger Berman, Inc., New York, NY Progressive Corporation, Mayfield, OH, and FRAC in Paris, France.

Marnie is represented by Marc Jancou Contemporary (New York), Praz-Delavallade (Paris),  Simon Lee Gallery (London) and Bernier-Eliades Gallery (Athens).

* The intro to our interview features the soundtrack for Night of Forevermore and the end of our interview features the soundtrack for Western Song. All music is copyright of Marnie Weber.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014:
Source Family

Filmmakers Maria Demopoulos & Jodi Wille join us in the studio to discuss their 2012 documentary on The Source Family, which screened at CineMarfa Film Festival 2014.

This documentary about Father Yod and The Source Family’s radical experiment in ’70s utopian living is told through interviews, home movies, photographs, and original music created by The Source Family. Made with the participation of the surviving Source Family members, this is a wholly unique and fascinating California story.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014:
Chuck Webster on his exhibition at Marfa Contemporary

Marfa Contemporary will celebrate the opening of an exhibition by New York native, Chuck Webster.  The opening reception for Woven with a Silent Motto:  Drawing 1977-2014 will be held Friday, May 23, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will run through August 17, 2014.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014:
Artist Erin Cosgrove at CineMarfa Film Festival 2014

Erin Cosgrove joins us to discuss her animation “What Manner of Person Art Thou?“, which screened at CineMarfa Film Festival 2014.” This animated video relates the twisted tale of Elijah Yoder and Enoch Troyer, two anachronistic believers who dispense violent justice on those they deem to be evildoers. Placed within a black comedy structure, Yoder and Troyer are allegorical figures that represent the corruptibility of faith.

Based in L.A Cosgrove shows in galleries, museums, screenings, film festivals and on television. Her work is in public collections at The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) and The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014:
Primary Candidates in Brewster County Judge Runoff

On Talk At Ten today, we feature the Democratic Party primary candidates in the runoff race for Brewster County Judge. Kathy Killingsworth faces Eleazar Cano in the upcoming election. During this program, we also ask the candidates questions supplied by listeners. The Democratic primary winner will face Republican Jerry Johnson in the general election.

Topics discussed include city funding, public meetings, water issues, taxes, the Alpine landfill, county infrastructure, law enforcement, education issues, and how the candidates would utilize the power of the judge position, as well as many other issues.

Monday, May 12, 2014:
Curator Elise Lammer & Artist Pauline Beaudemont

Fieldwork research resident artist  Pauline Beaudemont  and curator  Elise Lammer discuss their work in Marfa with the subject of dreams. While Elise is based in Berlin and Pauline in Geneva they will collaborate on this project when they return to Europe. Working with both sculpture and film, Pauline’s previous projects include the film “If you put a roof on” with a dance hall queen in a Corbusier designed home. Elise is directing and curating her second artist retreat/residency program this summer in Switzerland and is currently on a writing residency for 60Pages.

If you would like to get involved in their Marfa dream project please contact them via their websites (which are linked to their names above). 

Friday, May 9, 2014:
Artist Sam Schonzeit will speak on Postcard Subscription Service

Sam Schonzeit: January 2012, envelope, stickers, paper, tape, ink and pen, 3.5 x 8 inches (envelope), 9.75 x 7 inches (letter)

On Talk At Ten, we meet with Marfa artist Sam Schonzeit. Originally an architect, he now works in various artistic mediums, including a subscription project involving postcards. On the program, we spoke about his work, his desires to push art into everyday life, and the creative community of Marfa.

Schonzeit will be speaking at the Marfa Book Company at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 11.