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5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

An Impressionist Journey Through France

Claude Monet, French (1840-1926). The Promenade with the Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, 1874.
Courtesy: Saint Louis Art Museum

A new exhibition, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art examines the relationship between landscape and national identity. There are more than 100 paintings and photographs, from 1850 to 1880, including works by artists such as Manet, Monet and Le Gray, as well as artists well-known at the time but not today.

Photographers and painters construct "an idea of nation"

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

[VIDEO] Ramona Pansegrau, A Life At The Piano, Shaped By Dance

Ramona Pansegrau rehearses with Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye and Rachel Coats
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Ramona Pansegrau is a musician whose life has been shaped by dance. This marks Pansegrau's seventh season as both the music director and the conductor for the Kansas City Ballet. And, after three decades of working with dancers, she says creating wonderful moments on stage still gives her a thrill.

Preparations are crucial

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Government
9:38 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Board Votes, Again, To Sever KC Museum Ties With Union Station

The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall in 2005.
Credit Scutter / Creative Commons

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board on Monday approved a plan recommending the Kansas City Museum separate from Union Station. The board meeting opened with a Sunshine Law training. The last time the board voted on this issue, the city attorney’s office said it violated the state’s open meetings law.

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Up to Date
11:07 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Local Listen: Katy Guillen and The Girls

"...and then there were three" is the new album from Katy Guillen and The Girls

Katy Guillen and The Girls have only been together for about a year, but it hasn’t taken them long to get noticed: next January they will be representing Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  They’ve just release a new EP called “… and then there were three.”  

In this week's "Local Listen" we hear a track from the album titled “The Race."

 You have a couple chances to hear them live next week: they’ll be at BB’s Lawnside Bar-B-Q on October 17th and at Knuckleheads on the 18th. 

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Visual Arts
6:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

New KC Brand: 'A Recognizable Mark'

City officials unveiled the new brand on October 10, 2013.
Credit Emily Elmore / Single Wing Creative

Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Kansas City Star reports that "the fountain/heart logo is on the official flag of the city. And a similar logo makes up the official seal."

That won't change unless it's brought before the City Council for a vote. So, this new image will serve as a secondary brand, a marketing logo.

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Visual Arts
3:44 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Kemper ARTcast: Glass Represents Life For Artist Beth Lipman

Artist Beth Lipman
Credit courtesy of the artist

To Wisconsin-based multi-media artist Beth Lipman, glass represents life – there is a beginning and an end, there is change, it is fragile, it is precious. For over a decade glass has been the material of choice for Lipman who is considered one of the most compelling conceptual artists working in glass today.

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KC Currents
3:09 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

From Musician To Community Advocate, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra

A young Lupe Gonzalez poses with his saxophone.
Credit Courtesy / The Gonzalez family

An exhibit opens this weekend at the Kansas City Museum about Lupe Gonzalez, a local musician who became an icon in the Latino community. His name may not be recognizable, and that’s likely because Gonzalez never received national recognition.

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Visual Arts
2:58 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

St. Louis' Gateway Arch Placed On List Of Endangered Monuments

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mo.
Credit Daniel Schwen / Creative Commons

St. Louis' identifying landmark, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (aka The Gateway Arch), has been included on the World Monuments Fund's 2014 Watch List for at-risk monuments.

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Visual Arts
4:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Branding A New KCMO

Kansas City's current logo, with a fountain shaped like a heart, was unveiled in 1992 by the mayor (now U.S. Congressman) Emanuel Cleaver.
courtesy: City of Kansas City, Missouri

In 1970, the symbol for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, resembled paper clips; in 1992, it was a heart-shaped fountain, in shades of pink and blue. Thursday marks the unveiling of a new image for the city.

Communications director Danny Rotert says the new brand reflects the city’s look and attitude.

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Music
11:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

18th & Vine Jazz And Blues Festival Features Kelley Hunt

Kelley Hunt, onstage at Aspen's Bellyup.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

Roots and R&B singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt says when she first started singing, her grandmother, a gospel singer, gave her this advice: "Don’t sing it, if you don’t mean it."

Hunt was born in Kansas City, Mo. and grew up in Emporia, Kan. She told Fish Fry host Chuck Haddix that her parents always had music playing in the house, including jazz, blues, R&B and Motown.

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Performance
11:01 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Kansas City 'Tweed' Bicycle Ride Favors Style Over Speed

Mark Rainey, founder of the Kansas City Tweed Ride, poses in a vintage Harris Tweed jacket with his bicycle.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The fall air was crisp on Saturday morning as Steve Conard lifted his 1940s era Western Flyer from the back of his car.

"Today the weather is absolutely perfect for this kind of a ride," said Conard, dressed in a large, vintage tweed jacket and plaid pants. He said he had been looking forward to joining the Kansas City Tweed Ride since the day he found the rusty bike frame for five dollars at a bike swap this summer. It had taken him six weeks to rebuild the bike from salvaged parts.

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Music Stories
1:24 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Classical Connections In Symphony's Season

Kansas City Symphony's associate conductor, Aram Demirjian, and violinist Stefan Jackiw, attended elementary school together in Boston.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Violinist Stefan Jackiw rehearsed at Helzberg Hall before the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was open, but didn't get to play there. This weekend, Jackiw returns to perform on stage with the Kansas City Symphony - and also reconnects with a childhood friend.

Getting back to work at Helzberg Hall

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Film
6:09 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Film Review: 'Parkland' Offers Fresh Perspective To JFK Assassination

Paul Giamatti behind the camera for what would become the Zapruder film in 'Parkland.'
Credit Courtesy Walleye Productions Inc.

It was a balmy 55 degrees in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 when the world imploded. In Peter Landesman’s electric docudrama Parkland, President Kennedy’s assassination and the 48 hours just after are handled with care and candor, and it puts viewers into parts of the story that have been historically recorded yet previously out-of-sight.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

[VIDEO] MoonDrop Circus 'Dreams Big' At First Fridays

Terra Gray and Meara Roach rehearse for a First Friday performance.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

For the past two years the aerialists, jugglers, and musicians from Moondrop Circus have attracted audiences with their antics. Most months, the group gathers in the Crossroads Arts District amid the carnival atmosphere surrounding First Fridays, at 19th and Baltimore.

Interview Highlights: MoonDrop Circus

On dreamers who dream big 

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Performance
10:30 am
Thu October 3, 2013

[VIDEO] Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director Devon Carney directs a rehearsal of Opus 1.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director, Devon Carney, begins his tenure with a world premiere. His work, Opus I, will open the ballet's season this month, and it provides a hint of the vision he has for the company.

Interview Highlights: Devon Carney

On his new work Opus 1

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Performance
8:43 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Egads! Theatre Company Brings Fresh Blood To The Musical 'Carrie'

Chelsea Anglemyer and Tara Varney in a mother-daughter battle to the death in the musical 'Carrie.'
Credit Amy Whitmore / Egads! Theatre Company

While area theaters often stage shows with Christmas or Hanukkah themes around the year-end holidays, it seems October has taken a lesson from December. Currently at Crown Center, Coterie Theatre is offering a version of Dracula, while at Off Center Theatre, the Egads! Theatre Company is staging a bloody show with a notorious reputation - the musical version of Stephen King's horror novel, Carrie.

High school confidential

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People
10:52 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Russell Patterson, Former Opera And Symphony Director, Dies At 85

Russell Patterson served as the Kansas City Symphony's first music director, and as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's general artistic director for four decades.

Updated: Friday, October 4, 11:15 a.m.

Russell Patterson, general artistic director of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for four decades, as well as one of its founders, died Wednesday; he was 85. Patterson was also the first music director for the Kansas City Symphony.

From 1957 to 1998, Patterson served as the Lyric's artistic director. In a history of the company posted on its website, he's credited with sparking the idea:

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

[VIDEO] A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit'

Jeff Harshbarger leads a rehearsal of the The Revisionists.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The National Endowment for the Arts started the initiative called The Big Read as a way to encourage reading. This year, for its Big Read selection, the Kansas City Public Library chose the novel True Grit.

It’s the story of a teenager in the late 1800s who seeks to avenge her father’s murder. The library is hosting a series of public events, including a performance of songs inspired by the era of the novel.

Writing songs from Mattie's perspective

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Central Standard
5:28 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Dust Bowl Images Bring Life To Those Affected

Vernon Evans (with his family) of Lemmon, South Dakota, near Missoula, Montana on Highway 10. Leaving grasshopper-ridden and drought-stricken area for a new start in Oregon or Washington., 1936
Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) Spencer Museum of Art

In the 1930's, farmers' extensive deep plowing of top soil in the great plains region displaced the natural grasses that normally kept the soil in place. That, in combination with a mix of drought and high winds led to dust storms creating a decade-long period known as the dust bowl that affected thousands of people. What was once a paradise for those moving west to farm the land became a desert-like environment and was later deserted by many settlers. 

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Government
11:56 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Closes Truman Library And Museum

The Harry S. Truman Museum and Library is closed today.
Credit Edward Stojakovic / Flickr.com

There are an estimated 27,500 federal employees in the Kansas City metropolitan area. And Tuesday, with the shutdown of the federal government, some of those workers are furloughed.

Michael Devine, the director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Mo., was at work Tuesday morning with other staffers, shutting down the facility. This included changing outgoing email and voice messages.

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Visual Arts
12:45 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Controversial Public Art In Crossroads Comes Down Early

According to A. Bitterman, his work called 'The Scout' 'represents a conversation with history, and invites the viewer to examine the ways in which the past intersects with the present to define our sense of place.'
Credit courtesy of the artist

The controversial work called The Scout was taken down Monday. The two-part image included the artist, known as A. Bitterman, standing on scaffolding taking aim at the Scout statue. It was originally commissioned as one of Missouri Bank’s Artboards. But, when it was "de-selected" in July, Bitterman looked into other options for public display.

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Film
5:35 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Film Review: Empty Nesters Fall Hard In Like In 'Enough Said'

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus attempt to be a couple on the verge of their kids leaving for college in 'Enough Said.'
Credit Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures

In Nicole Holofcener’s smart and engaging comedy Enough Said, two single parents on the verge of becoming empty nesters meet and fall hard in like. Wonderfully played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, they’re captured in the foundling stage of a potential companionship and their efforts to make it work are infinitely pleasurable to watch.

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KC Currents
10:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Brothers Break Family Band Mold With St. Joe Punk Band 'Radkey'

Brothers (from left) Solomon, Isaiah and Darion "Dee" Radke make up the band Radkey.
Credit Courtesy / Radkey

The three brothers from St. Joseph, Mo. that make up the punk band Radkey are about to release their second EP and tour Europe. But recognition at home has been harder to come by.

When they came into the studio for our interview late one night I was surprised by how small the brothers were. Considering their deep vocals and charging sounds I had suspected they’d be bigger. They sat down to the mics one dressed in a flannel button down, the youngest in a Star Wars t-shirt and the other in a torn and faded denim vest.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Ellie Ga, Searching For An Ancient Light

During one of her dives, Ellie Ga brought along replicas of Roman coins.
courtesy of the artist

There were Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, including two in Egypt: the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. You’ve probably heard of the pyramid - because it’s still standing - but the ruins of the lighthouse are underwater. For artist Ellie Ga, tracking down its remains became a quest of discovery.

An Arctic trip sheds light on a new project

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People
9:44 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Marion Bloch, Wife Of H&R Block Co-Founder, Dies At 83

Marion Bloch, wife of H&R Block co-founder, Henry W. Bloch, died on Tuesday.

Marion Bloch died at home on Tuesday in Mission Hills, Kan. at the age of 83. Bloch was married to Henry W. Bloch, co-founder of the financial services firm, H&R Block, for more than 60 years.

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Books
7:52 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Thomas Fox Averill On 'Rode'

Writer, novelist, and Washburn University professor Thomas Fox Averill.
Credit Courtesy Washburn University

Third time’s a charm for Kansas fiction writer, Thomas Fox Averill.   The author of several collections of short stories, it is Averill’s third novel, Rode—a western—that has brought him national acclaim and Washburn University’s selection for their fall 2013 iRead Program.

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Performance
9:17 am
Fri September 20, 2013

'The Capulets And The Montagues,' Love In A World Of Conflict

The Capulets gather in their fortress on the eve of battle with the Montagues.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The story of the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues is familiar to fans of Shakespeare. But a variation on the theme of the secret, doomed love between Romeo and Giulietta is explored in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of The Capulets and the Montagues (I Capuleti e i Montecchi).

Vincenzo Bellini's opera premiered in 1830 and looked to early Renaissance sources for inspiration. Unlike Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Bellini's work  focuses as much on the conflict between the families as it focuses on the bond between the lovers.

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Film
5:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Film Review: 'Thanks For Sharing' Barrels Through Addiction, Recovery, and Relapse

Mark Ruffalo (center) and Tim Robbins (right) share the woes of sex addiction in 'Thanks for Sharing.'

For a movie about addiction to work, it needs to get its hands dirty. Even if it ends with the sunniest sobriety imaginable, it has to earn it; it has to show a protagonist hitting rock bottom. Thanks for Sharing is such a movie.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

'Gard Blue' Fills Spencer Museum Of Art With Light

Gard Blue, 1968. Copyright James Turrell
Credit Florian Holzherr / Collection of Mark and Lauren Booth/Courtesy Spencer Museum of Art

The "thingness," or the physicality of light, has been a focus of exploration for artist James Turrell for five decades. This summer, three major exhibitions of Turrell's work opened in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, where he turned the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda into, what one critic described as, a "meditative spectacle."

At the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Turrell's Gard Blue, a projected light work, dates to the 1960s, when the artist first started exploring the potential of light.

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KC Currents
4:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Artist Paul Anthony Smith Mines History Of His Native Jamaica

Paul Anthony Smith, Market, 2013, unique picotage and spray paint on color print
courtesy of Joshua Ferdinand

Artist Paul Anthony Smith is riding the wave of early success. Just a few years after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Smith was invited to do a one –person show at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York.   Recently, Smith was listed by the Huffington Post as one of America’s top 30 black artists under 40. His paintings take a fresh look at the lives of everyday people in his home country of Jamaica.  

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