Arts & Culture http://kcur.org en Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos on Lt. Castillo Of Miami Vice http://kcur.org/post/web-exclusive-edward-james-olmos-lt-castillo-miami-vice <p></p><p></p><p>If Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the '80s then Lt. Martin Castillo was the coolest character.&nbsp; As portrayed by Edward James Olmos, Castillo was a man of few words and a mysterious past.&nbsp; In this excerpt of his interview with Steve Kraske, Olmos recalls the conditions under which he took the role and why he didn't look at actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas during his first season on the show.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:24:28 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 54266 at http://kcur.org Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos on Lt. Castillo Of Miami Vice Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos http://kcur.org/post/actor-and-activist-edward-james-olmos <p></p><p>Science fiction fans will recognize him as Commander William Adama from <em>Battlestar Galactica</em>, but <strong>Edward James Olmos</strong>&nbsp;is also well known for his activism in the Latino and Chicano community.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the first half of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><i>Up to Date</i></a>, host Steve Kraske sits down with Olmos to discuss his long career in Hollywood and his numerous efforts to reach out to Chicano youth. Olmos&nbsp;gave the Cesar Chavez Lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:11:50 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54267 at http://kcur.org Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos Local Listen: Middle Twin http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-middle-twin <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The lineup has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3 to April 5, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport in Kansas City.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:16:42 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53009 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Middle Twin Local Listen: Rev Gusto http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-rev-gusto <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3rd - 5th, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/revgusto" target="_blank">Rev Gusto</a> is one band from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists.&nbsp; This week we hear the summery garage-band sounds of Rev Gusto in the track “Click-Click” from their self-titled EP.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:16:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Michael Byars 52306 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Rev Gusto Kansas City Artist Dylan Mortimer Wants You To Activate His Halos, Or Not http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artist-dylan-mortimer-wants-you-activate-his-halos-or-not <p></p><p>Art and religion have been described as natural bedfellows – and yet, it’s been a complicated relationship. One Kansas City artist, <a href="http://www.dylanmortimer.com/">Dylan Mortimer</a>, explores religion in his artwork – including a series of halos, where anyone can choose to be illuminated.</p><p><strong>Stepping inside the halo</strong></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:25:51 +0000 Laura Spencer 50102 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artist Dylan Mortimer Wants You To Activate His Halos, Or Not William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices http://kcur.org/post/william-s-burroughs-man-many-vices <p></p><p>Who was William S. Burroughs? Some remember him as a controversial Beat writer; others remember his illicit drug habits and the murder of his second wife.</p><p>On Tuesday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we talk about the life of the infamous man from St. Louis, Mo. who traveled around the world and later settled in Lawrence, Kan.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:11:59 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50394 at http://kcur.org William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices [VIDEO] In This Scene: 'Grounded' http://kcur.org/post/video-scene-grounded <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The one-woman play,<em> Grounded</em>, by <a href="http://georgebrant.net/">George Brant</a>, explores the destructive power of modern warfare through the eyes of a female combat pilot. After an</span> unexpected pregnancy, she's reassigned to a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert as the desk pilot of a military drone.</p><p>The Unicorn Theatre's production<em> </em>marks the third in a series of "rolling world premieres" presented by members of the <a href="http://www.nnpn.org/">National New Play Network</a>, dedicated to the development of new work.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha & Laura Spencer 50156 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In This Scene: 'Grounded' Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser Is Back Among Friends In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/kennedy-center-president-michael-kaiser-back-among-friends-kansas-city <p></p><p>As <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org" target="_blank">The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey</a> approached its 30th anniversary this year it sought out Michael Kaiser, a leading arts-management&nbsp;consultant and the current President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. &nbsp;The goal: to position the organization as a model to other cities for overcoming cultural and social&nbsp;segregation.</p><p>Michael Kaiser spoke with Steve Kraske, host of <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a></em>.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:59:01 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 49946 at http://kcur.org Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser Is Back Among Friends In Kansas City Kansas City Friends Of Alvin Ailey Seeks National Stage In 30th Year http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-friends-alvin-ailey-seeks-national-stage-30th-year <p>It was 30 years ago this year that <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org/">Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey</a> was created as a second home for the New York-based <a href="http://www.alvinailey.org/">Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater</a>, a modern dance company founded in 1958.</p><p>To mark this milestone, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation on Friday issued a challenge grant. At $375,000, it’s the largest grant in the history of the Friends of Alvin Ailey.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:55:48 +0000 Laura Spencer 49928 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Friends Of Alvin Ailey Seeks National Stage In 30th Year You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love http://kcur.org/post/you-came-kansas-city-job-you-stayed-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You like Kansas City’s cost of living.</span></p><p>And many of you came to enjoy the arts and entrepreneurship scenes after relocating here for a job.</p><p>But when we took to social media and <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-brought-you-kansas-city">asked you what brought you to Kansas City and why you stayed</a>, we were inundated with love stories that led to KC roots.</p><p>Such was the case for Dave Shuck, who moved to Kansas City in 2002 from San Jose, Calif., after tracking down a former friend from high school.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:24:56 +0000 Alyson Raletz 49867 at http://kcur.org You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project http://kcur.org/post/linking-past-present-if-da-dirt-could-talk-performancequilt-project <p></p><p>Two friends from Kansas City, Kan., are teaming up for a project called<em> If Da Dirt Could Talk. </em>It combines collaborative quilts with a performance in an historic graveyard in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quindaro_Townsite">old Quindaro</a>.</p><p><strong>Quilting to share history</strong></p><p>Artist Nedra Bonds started quilting at the age of six. "Yeah, I didn’t have a choice, I come from a family of quilters on both sides," she says. "So this was something that we did, based upon who we were, based on the needs of the family, and we just always have done it."</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:58:29 +0000 Laura Spencer 49540 at http://kcur.org Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project The Story Behind The Pictures Of Picasso At The Nelson-Atkins http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-pictures-picasso-nelson-atkins <p>In October 2013, photographer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Douglas_Duncan">David Douglas Duncan</a>, a native of Kansas City, Mo., donated 161 photographs to the <a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. </a>Some of these photographs document the Korean War, but most were taken over nearly two decades at the home of artist Pablo Picasso.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 45599 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind The Pictures Of Picasso At The Nelson-Atkins Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-symphonys-noah-geller-steps-solo <p>This weekend, Kansas City Symphony concertmaster <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/ContentCtl/ViewAct/Musician/87">Noah Geller </a>performs his first solo performance in the Symphony's classical series with a beloved work by Beethoven, his Violin Concerto.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:23:50 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 49541 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo Lawrence Celebrates Beat Generation Icon William S. Burroughs At 100 http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-celebrates-beat-generation-icon-william-s-burroughs-100 <p>This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of William S. Burroughs, who was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1914. A writer, painter, and spoken word artist, Burroughs is considered one of the seminal members of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Generation">Beat Generation</a>. He spent his final years living in Lawrence, Kan.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:49:14 +0000 Laura Spencer 49464 at http://kcur.org Lawrence Celebrates Beat Generation Icon William S. Burroughs At 100 Film Review: A Family's Heirlooms Are Spite And Malice in 'August: Osage County' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-familys-heirlooms-are-spite-and-malice-august-osage-county <p>If done well, movies about dysfunctional families are able to elegantly dance that fine line between humor and pain. <em>Terms of Endearment</em> succeeded at finding that balance, as does the film adaptation of Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play <em>August: Osage County</em>, where an unplanned death reopens life-long yet still festering wounds. The Weston clan of Osage County, Okla., must have a family tree that looks like a weeping willow. It is headed up by Beverly (Sam Shepard), a college lecturer and occasional poet, and his poly-addicted wife, Violet (Meryl Streep), who personifies how pills came to be known as mother’s little helpers. Of their three grown daughters, only Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) has stuck close to home; Barbara (Julia Roberts) and Karen (Juliette Lewis) long ago picked up stakes for relationships by turn strained or serially monogamous.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:42:00 +0000 Steve Walker 49387 at http://kcur.org Film Review: A Family's Heirlooms Are Spite And Malice in 'August: Osage County' Folk Alliance Relocation Will Bring Kansas City Music, Money http://kcur.org/post/folk-alliance-relocation-will-bring-kansas-city-music-money <p>Kansas City, Mo., will take on a folksy note next month when <a href="http://www.folkalliance.org/">Folk Alliance International</a> holds its annual conference at Crown Center.</p><p>A celebration of all types of folk culture, the event is perhaps a harbinger of bigger things to come. The nonprofit Folk Alliance moved its headquarters from Memphis to Kansas City last summer — and already, the folk connections are building.&nbsp;</p><p>The group set up its headquarters in Kansas City's River Market and opened a boutique music shop called The Folk Shop on location.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:40:56 +0000 Lauren Kirby 49414 at http://kcur.org Folk Alliance Relocation Will Bring Kansas City Music, Money Film Review: Even In Spiritual Decline, Rome Remains 'The Great Beauty' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-even-spiritual-decline-rome-remains-great-beauty <p>Throughout Paolo Sorrentino’s exuberant and strange film <em>The Great Beauty</em>,&nbsp; a 65-year-old writer whose only hit novel was published 40 years prior struggles with his own reputation and mortality, as well as that of his beloved Rome, Italy. According to Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) and his jaded circle of friends, Rome is over and done – finito. As one of his friends says, the only decent people left in Rome are the tourists.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 48955 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Even In Spiritual Decline, Rome Remains 'The Great Beauty' Inside The Collection Of The Kansas City Museum http://kcur.org/post/inside-collection-kansas-city-museum <p></p><p>In December, <a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-approves-new-management-kc-museum">a city ordinance shifted management</a> of the <a href="http://kansascitymuseum.org/">Kansas City Museum</a> from <a href="http://www.unionstation.org/">Union Station Kansas City, Inc</a>. to the&nbsp; parks department, as of May 1, 2014. Corinthian Hall, the home of the museum, is under renovation – so much of the vast collection remains in storage at Union Station.</p><p>So what's in the museum's collection of more than 70,000 objects?</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 49086 at http://kcur.org Inside The Collection Of The Kansas City Museum Last Day: Gass Camera Closes Its Doors http://kcur.org/post/last-day-gass-camera-closes-its-doors <p>A winter storm was brewing on Friday afternoon, and expected to bring snow and ice to the Kansas City metro area. At <a href="http://gasscamerarepair.com/">Gass Camera Repair</a>, the electronic door chime rang periodically - not with the arrival of customers, but as box after box was loaded onto a trailer waiting just outside.</p><p>Since 1979, in this small shop in Mission, Kan., Clarence Gass repaired cameras of all shapes and sizes. Friday was his final day of business.</p><p><strong>A 'natural curiosity' about cameras</strong></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 48770 at http://kcur.org Last Day: Gass Camera Closes Its Doors An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker http://kcur.org/post/explosive-dancer-performs-nutcracker <p>This year, the <a href="http://www.owencoxdance.org/">Owen/Cox Dance Group</a> is bringing its annual jazzy adaptation of <em>The Nutcracker and the Mouse King</em> to the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.</p><p>Returning to perform in the production is a powerful dancer with an explosive name: Winston Dynamite Brown. A frequent guest artist with the group, Brown says he relishes his role as the Nutcracker.</p><p><strong>Growing into an explosive name</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 48568 at http://kcur.org An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker Film Review: 'The Punk Singer' Who Influenced Rock Stars More Famous Than Her http://kcur.org/post/film-review-punk-singer-who-influenced-rock-stars-more-famous-her <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the basis of </span>Sini<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Anderson's enlightening and electric documentary </span><a href="http://www.thepunksinger.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Punk Singer</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, many will come to consider its subject, Kathleen Hanna, one of the most influential musicians they've never heard of. But they can't walk away forgetting her.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 48333 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'The Punk Singer' Who Influenced Rock Stars More Famous Than Her [VIDEO] KCB II Takes Dance To The Community http://kcur.org/post/video-kcb-ii-takes-dance-community <p></p><p>This year, the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/home.html">Kansas City Ballet</a> launched a second company called <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/kcbii.html">KCB II</a>. It’s a selective program – there are only five dancers in the ensemble – and they're charged with taking dance out into the community.</p><p><strong>Creating a role for dance in the community</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:06:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 48590 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] KCB II Takes Dance To The Community Getting Jazzy With Bobby Watson http://kcur.org/post/getting-jazzy-bobby-watson <p></p><p>Even if you don't know what jazz saxophonist <a href="http://bobbywatson.com/">Bobby Watson</a> looks like or own one of his albums, you know his sound, because his music greets you each day on <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em>.</p><p>In the first part of Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Watson joins Steve Kraske to talk about his new album, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:37:10 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48594 at http://kcur.org Getting Jazzy With Bobby Watson Film Review: Alex Gibney Documentary Unravels 'The Armstrong Lie' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-alex-gibney-documentary-unravels-armstrong-lie <p>The documentary Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney started to make in 2009 about Lance Armstrong ended up being something else entirely. Called <em>The Armstrong Lie</em>, the film contains footage that was shot as recently as May 2013, including the minutes following Armstrong’s confessional but smug and non-contrite interview with Oprah Winfrey.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 48176 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Alex Gibney Documentary Unravels 'The Armstrong Lie' Recipes From The Annual Hallmark Cookie Exchange http://kcur.org/post/recipes-annual-hallmark-cookie-exchange <p><strong>Crown Room Chocolate Crinkles</strong></p><p><em>From Marg Wagner, wife of Hallmark artist John Wagner</em></p><p><em>My husband John worked at Hallmark for 40+ years and these were one of my favorite cookies at Hallmark’s cafeteria, the Crown Room. When I asked for the recipe, it came in volumes of 20 or 25 dozen. Efforts to reduce the quantity and a few adjustments produced these cookies and we've been enjoying them ever since.</em></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 48190 at http://kcur.org Recipes From The Annual Hallmark Cookie Exchange [VIDEO] Hallmark Cookie Exchange Feeds Artistic Community http://kcur.org/post/video-hallmark-cookie-exchange-feeds-artistic-community <p></p><p>Since the mid-1960's, Hallmark Cards Inc. employees, past and present, and their spouses, have gathered each year - not for an exchange of greeting cards, but of cookies.</p><p>Hallmark, the 103-year-old Kansas City-based company, has about 11,000 employees around the world, including just over 3,000 in the metro area.</p><p>Donna Moore, a former employee, began working for Hallmark in 1962. She recalls how the event became an annual tradition, mostly for women.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha & Laura Spencer 48236 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Hallmark Cookie Exchange Feeds Artistic Community The Living Room's 'Writer's Den' Giving Voice To Emerging Local Playwrights http://kcur.org/post/living-rooms-writers-den-giving-voice-emerging-local-playwrights <p></p><p>It's the dream of playwrights everywhere to see their words make the leap from the page to the stage. The Crossroads venue known as <a href="http://www.thelivingroomkc.com">The Living Room </a>is currently helping young writers build that bridge with a project called The Writer's Den.</p><p><strong>Widening the spotlight </strong></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 48047 at http://kcur.org The Living Room's 'Writer's Den' Giving Voice To Emerging Local Playwrights Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/kelley-hunt-brings-her-sound-kansas-city <p>Kelley Hunt sings across many genres. Part of her heart may be in R&amp;B but it's the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra she'll partner with this week for a Christmas-themed concert.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, she joins Steve Kraske to talk about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Christmas with Kelley Hunt" and her Kansas roots.</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:29:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48039 at http://kcur.org Kelley Hunt Brings Her Sound To Kansas City Kansas City Ballet's New Director On 'The Nutcracker' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-new-director-nutcracker <p>Each year in December, like many other companies, the Kansas City Ballet puts on a production of The Nutcracker.</p><p>But this year the Kansas City Ballet has a new leader at the artistic helm, Devon Carney.</p><p>Carney joins us to speak about this holiday classic and how he keeps it fresh for himself and the audience.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:23:01 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 48069 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's New Director On 'The Nutcracker' KCAI Fiber Department Showcases Student Work http://kcur.org/post/kcai-fiber-department-showcases-student-work <p>At the <a href="http://www.kcai.edu/">Kansas City Art Institute</a>, a sale and exhibition of student artwork at the end of each semester is a nearly 45-year tradition for the ceramics department; some of the other departments, such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture, have also opened their doors for the past 20 years. This weekend, the fiber department showcases student work in a new location called the Warehouse.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Art in a gallery context</strong></p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 03:13:33 +0000 Julie Denesha 47669 at http://kcur.org KCAI Fiber Department Showcases Student Work