KC Currents
5:01 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Handmade Marbles Inspire Memories, Big Tuba Turnout At KC's Tuba Xmas

Handmade 'Moons And Stars' marble by artisan and owner of Moon Marble Company, Bruce Breslow.
Credit www.moonmarble.com

Local Handmade Marbles Inspire Memories From A Simpler Playtime
As the winter holidays approach, toys are on the minds of children and parents alike. So this week we take you to a unique place—The Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs Kansas, where toys and of course, marbles draw crowds from all over.

Ongoing ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Coverage From KCUR And NPR
The Kansas City region has been recovering from the recession at a slightly faster clip than many other places across the country with unemployment and personal income exceeding the national average by about half-a-percent. But if Congress and the White House don’t come to an agreement before the end of the year our relative progress with go south quickly. That’s the conclusion of a report from the Mid America Regional Council that examined how our region would be affected should Congress and the White House fail to come to an agreement and “fiscal cliff” spending cuts and tax increases go into effect.

Big Tuba Turn Out At This Year’s Tuba Christmas
Tuba Christmas was founded by Harvey Phillips a Missouri native over 30 years ago.  It brings Tuba and euphonium players together one-time a year to play a concert of traditional holiday songs for the season.  There are over 200 Tuba Christmas Concerts across the U.S.  This is the 5th year that The Kansas City Symphony hosted Tuba Christmas in KC. As KC Currents intern Zack Lewandowski found out, this concert featuring the biggest brass instrument keeps getting bigger and bigger!

How Much Is Organic Certification Worth?
Since the U. S. Department of Agriculture launched its federal organic certification program in 2002, the number of organic farms has more than doubled. And to help ensure that consumers get what they pay extra for, the USDA next month will enforce closer oversight over these farms. But small family farms in Missouri are questioning the cost and time that go into securing that USDA organic label.

2012: The Myth Of The Mayan Calendar
It's the year that the ancient Mayans are said to have predicted the end of the world. Not so, say scholars of the Mayan Civilization, who lived and live today in Mexico and Central America.  Among those scholars is John Hoopes, an associate professor of Archeology at the University of Kansas.

Visual Wordplay In ‘At Wit’s End’
Finding meaning in contemporary art often depends more on the viewer than on the artist. What you make of the work is up to you. But what words to use? An exhibition at the Epsten Gallery explores the intersection between the two – and the open-ended nature of language.
 

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