Listening At the Fire
FSC Screen Club: Pose

FSC Screen Club: Pose

February 17, 2020

In the 32nd episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares the panel discussion she moderated during the 2019 Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival about the FX series, Pose, which highlights the ballroom scene in New York City, which gave birth to the art of drag performance as we know it today.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS LIVE PANEL AUDIO. 

Panelists include: Sarah Nawrocki, Director of Wealthy Theatre; Carlos Garay-Negron, board member of the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, and West Michigan drag performers Dia Elektra and Dice Santana. New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Sarah Nawrocki, Dia Elektra, Dice Santana, Carlos Garay-Negron, Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, MI Drag Brunch, DisArt, and the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
 
Dr. Yusef Salaam at FSC

Dr. Yusef Salaam at FSC

February 17, 2020

In the 31st episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares a conversation between Dr. Yusef Salaam (The Exonerated Five) and Professor Jermaine Reese, Director of the Police and Corrections Academy at GRCC. Dr. Salaam was the keynote speaker at the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held at Fountain Street Church on January 20, 2020. This event was produced in partnership with GRCC's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Grand Valley State University; and Davenport University.

During this discussion, Dr. Salaam highlights:

  • The power of messaging in conveying the realities of others
  • The nuances of the Criminal Justice system
  • Challenging historically archaic perceptions about persons of color within the context of police work
  • The philosophy and importance of noble community policing practices
 

"In 1989 when Yusef Salaam was 15 years old, he was accused and convicted of attacking and raping a woman who was jogging in New York City’s Central Park. Salaam was one of five teenagers convicted of the crime; they collectively became known as the Central Park Five, and their lives were upended and changed forever.

Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven and thirteen years of their lives imprisoned. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murderer and serial rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned, and they were 𝙚𝙭𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙. 

Since his exoneration, Dr. Salaam has become a husband, father, poet, activist, and an influential transformational speaker. Determined to educate the public, Yusef eagerly shares his story with others to advocate for drastic policy changes to the prison industrial complex. Furthermore, in speaking out against injustice, he conveys the importance of continuing one’s education—whether formal or otherwise. He also touches on the effects of incarceration and the disenfranchisement of economically disadvantaged people and its devastating impact on both their families and the community at large." 

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Dr. Afeni Cobham, Dr. Yusef Salaam, Professor Jermaine Reese, and the GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
 
FSC Screen Club: Stranger Things

FSC Screen Club: Stranger Things

January 20, 2020

In the 30th episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares the panel discussion Sarah Nawrocki moderated from the FSC Screen Club event featuring the Netflix series, Stranger Things.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS LIVE PANEL AUDIO. 

Panelists include: Shirley Griffin, Director of Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival; and Sarah Nawrocki, Director of the Wealthy Theatre; and Tony Griffin, Co-Founder of Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival. Support Thriller! Chiller! by visiting https://www.thrillerchiller.com/.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Sarah Nawrocki, Tony Griffin, Shirley Griffin, and Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
 
FSC Screen Club: Schitt’s Creek

FSC Screen Club: Schitt’s Creek

January 20, 2020

In the 29th episode of the Fountain Street Church podcast, Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares the panel discussion she moderated from the FSC Screen Club event featuring the Pop TV series, Schitt's Creek.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS LIVE PANEL AUDIO. 

Panelists include: Thomas Pierce, Director of the Grand Rapids Pride Center; Shirley Griffin, Director of Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival; and Sarah Nawrocki, Director of the Wealthy Theatre. Support Grand Rapids Pride Center by visiting https://www.grpride.org/.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Sarah Nawrocki, Thomas Pierce, Shirley Griffin, The Grand Rapids Pride Center, and Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
 
A Podcast For Christmas

A Podcast For Christmas

December 23, 2019

In the third episode of Listening At the Fire Season 2, host Virginia Anzengruber embarks on a bit of a quest to narrow down a condensed history of modern-day Christmas by learning of its pagan roots from the team at 3 Pagans and a Cat Podcast, getting a bit of real-world testimonials from a professional Santa Claus, and getting an answer to the question: why is Christmas marketable year-round? with a conversation with the Vice President of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland -- the largest Christmas store in America that is open 361 days a year (and just so happens to be located in Frankenmuth, Michigan -- only a short drive away). We'll also hear a Christmas poem from our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden ("The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus" by Ogden Nash).

 

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

The VeggieTales Roundtable

The VeggieTales Roundtable

December 23, 2019

In the second episode of Season 2 of Listening At the Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber sits down with Cate from This Podcast is Haunted, and her husband, writer Stephen Pell, to discuss the much loved animated series of their Christian youths -- VeggieTales

They talk Christian culture, parables and how they're relevant regardless of faith practice, and how "Silly Songs With Larry" was as influential in shaping their senses of humor as Saturday Night Live or Weird Al Yankovic. 

Show Notes: 

 

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Cate at This Podcast is Haunted and Stephen Pell
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
“Hook” as a Spiritual Experience

“Hook” as a Spiritual Experience

December 2, 2019

In Episode 1 of SEASON 2 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber brings you a CROSSOVER episode with our friends at the True Myth Media podcast. Michael and Seth asked Virginia to come on their show to talk about films that have had a spiritual impact on her and the first movie on deck is the Steven Spielberg/Robin Williams classic, Hook. Virginia, Michael, and Seth talk about the themes of: being seen, childhood evolving into adulthood, trust, and love. Coincidentally, this episode was recorded on the anniversary of Robin Williams' death this year, and the group analyzes the collective trauma the world felt upon news of the beloved comedian and actor's untimely death, and the impact one person can have on us as individuals and as a larger community.

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Michael and Seth at True Myth Media
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.

 

Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: Orange is the New Black

Summer Screen Club Panel Discussion: Orange is the New Black

October 7, 2019

*This episode has live panel event audio.

In Episode 25 of the Fountain Street Church podcast Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber shares the panel discussion from the Summer Screen Club event focusing on the Netflix TV series Orange Is The New Black. Created by Jenji Kohan and based on teh book by Piper Kerman, OITNB is a dramedy that takes a look at the lives of the women of Litchfield Correctional Facility, and the escalating injustices perpetrated by the privatized prison complex. 

Virginia is joined by panelists Sarah Vesely (director of The Wealthy Theatre) and Shirley Griffin (co-founder of the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival) to discuss the story theory, visual structure, and overall world of Orange Is The New Black

You can get more info by visiting the Show Notes from this event. 

Our nonprofit sponsor for this event was Citizens for Prison Reform, an organization whose "current focus is bringing unity, support and knowledge to families and supporters of prisoners, along with raising awareness among members of the Michigan legislature of the urgent need for reform of our current corrections system. The ongoing lack of oversight and accountability within the Michigan Department of Corrections, which has led to numerous human rights violations within the justice system needs to be addressed." You can support their organization by visiting http://www.micpr.org/donate.html and be sure to follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MICitizensforPrisonReform/.

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Sound Editor: James Hughes
  • Special thanks to: Sarah Vesely and Shirley Griffin for their time and expertise in this panel event.
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
150th Year Roundtable Discussion

150th Year Roundtable Discussion

September 10, 2019

In episode 24 of Listening At The Fire, host Virginia Anzengruber sits down with members of the Fountain Street Church 150th Year Anniversary Committee: Todd Johnson, Judy Botts, Charlie Gallmeyer, and Ruth Stein to discuss their thoughts on the monumental task of planning a year's worth of events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary. There's also mention of our very special 150th Anniversary Grand Celebration Street Party, taking place on Sunday, September 15th, on Library Pl. just outside of Fountain Street Church. For more information, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/fsc150.

Special thanks to James Hughes for the mixing/mastering of this episode. 

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

 

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Mixing/Mastering: James Hughes
  • Special thanks to: Todd Johnson, Judy Botts, Charlie Gallmeyer, and Ruth Stein
    Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.
Homelessness, Housing First, and How We Can Help

Homelessness, Housing First, and How We Can Help

August 26, 2019

In Episode 23 of Listening At The Fire, the podcast from Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, host Virginia Anzengruber takes a deeper look at the homelessness and housing insecurity crisis facing America, and the Housing First model of approaching that crisis.

Virginia speaks with Rev. Kelly VanBrouwer, Associate Director of Heartside Ministry in Grand Rapids, "a relationship-based social service agency that has provided for our neighbors in the Heartside area for over 35 years. Strong partnerships and collaborations with other community agencies help us to create a safe, vibrant and opportunity-rich community."

Virginia also speaks with Jeffrey King, Director of Advancement and Communication at Community Rebuilders, a nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids that is committed to the model of Housing First in their advocacy, that works with state and local agencies to end homelessness in West Michigan. 

Lastly, Virginia speaks with James McNorton, one of the many homeless congregants of Fountain Street Church, to hear about a pilot project he is developing in partnership with FSC, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Heartside Ministry -- comfort kits and resource packets for those who are newly experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. If you are interested in donating to James' Comfort and Resource Project, please reach out to Virginia at VAnzengruber@fountainstreet.org or visit fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you would like it to go to James' project. 

To learn more about housing insecurity in America, please visit https://www.hud.gov/ -- the national website for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Please consider donating financially to Heartside Ministries, Community Rebuilders, and if you're unable to donate monetary resources, please consider donating your time and energy into advocacy for those who need it most. 

 

As always, if you'd like to support the show, please visit https://www.fountainstreet.org/giving and specify in your donation that you'd like it to go to the continuation of this podcast. 

*The views of the host are not necessarily the views of Fountain Street Church.

New episodes of Listening at the Fire will release every other Monday at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and most podcast apps and always at https://www.fountainstreet.org/podcast.

This episode is sponsored by The Wealthy Theatre. A proud service of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark, upgraded with state of the art technology. Originally opened in 1911, Wealthy Theatre is now a community venue and free speech platform that is home to a diverse range of stage productions, concerts, movie screenings and more. With two traditional auditoriums as well as dance studios and meeting rooms, the Community Media Center’s Wealthy Theatre is equipped to host a wide variety of events. For more information on rental opportunities or upcoming events, please visit https://grcmc.org/theatre.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Editor/Sound Recordist: Virginia Anzengruber
  • Special thanks to: Rev. Kelly VanBrouwer, Jeffrey King, and James McNorton
  • Theme song: "Alone Again" by Kingsbury. Her new song "In My Brain" is available on Spotify, and her single "Blurry Now" is featured in the newest season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, and the new music video for "All Gone" is now on YouTube.