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Kansas City Ballet Recruits International Dancers, Breaks 'Cookie-Cutter' Mold

A few weeks before The Nutcracker is scheduled to open, in a rehearsal studio at the Kansas City Ballet ’s Bolender Center, dancers Amaya Rodriguez and Liang Fu run through the steps for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Rodriguez is dressed in a dark pink leotard, a stiff white tutu, and pointe shoes. Fu wears a gray T-shirt and lightweight sweatpants. They are in step with the rest of the dancers in the ballet's 26-person professional company, but their path here -- from...

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Sound As Sculpture At The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet' allows visitors to the Nelson-Atkins to immerse themselves in an auditory experience.

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Here's Why This Kansas City Jazz Organist Has No Trouble Jumping From The Club To Church

The Hammond B-3 organ is one of the most recognizable sounds in American music. Kansas City musician Chris Hazelton plays that instrument on his new record, Soul Jazz Fridays , recorded live with his band Boogaloo 7, at the Green Lady Lounge. Hazelton spoke with the Fish Fry about the history of soul jazz music in Kansas City. "It was where jazz musicians intersected with the soul and funk genres of the mid-'60s, early '70s," Hazelton said. "You...

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Some people have strict rules when it comes to cookies. "Can we agree ... any cookie that does not have butter as an ingredient should never be made?" Charles Ferruzza asked host Gina Kaufmann on KCUR's Central Standard . Ferruzza, with our other Food Critics, searched out the best cookies in and around Kansas City — with and without butter. Here are their recommendations: Mary Bloch, Around the Block : Heirloom Bakery & Hearth — pepita, sea salt and double chocolate chunk. It’s a...

architetural rendering, courtesy of Helix Architecture + Design

AIA Kansas City , the local chapter of American Institute of Architects, gives awards each year for "outstanding contributions to our profession, the community and the built environment." The awards were announced Tuesday night at the annual AIA KC holiday party, with about 200 members in attendance. Helix Architecture + Design received the AIA KC award for Firm of the Year. President Dale Duncan recognized the architecture and interior design firm for its recent national and local awards, as...

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The Midwest is generally not renowned for the beauty of its town planning. Acres of concrete strip malls with barren parking lots indicate a lack of aesthetic concerns. However, one Kansas mayor wants to protect his city’s aesthetics from telecommunications infrastructure. In his winter newsletter, Rick Boeshaar, mayor of the upscale Mission Hills suburb of Kansas City in Johnson County, criticizes a new state bill, HB 2131 . The rule makes it easier for companies to place unsightly wireless...

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The Hammond B-3 organ is one of the most recognizable sounds in American music. Kansas City musician Chris Hazelton plays that instrument on his new record, Soul Jazz Fridays , recorded live with his band Boogaloo 7, at the Green Lady Lounge. Hazelton spoke with the Fish Fry about the history of soul jazz music in Kansas City. "It was where jazz musicians intersected with the soul and funk genres of the mid-'60s, early '70s," Hazelton said. "You had guys that could really cross genres if need...

City of Overland Park, Kansas

The Overland Park City Council has unanimously approved LANE4 Property Group’s final plan for redevelopment of the corner of 95 th Street and Metcalf Avenue. The green light clears the way for the developer to apply for permits before starting demolition and site work . The $80 million project is less ambitious than an earlier proposal worth several hundred million that called for a more urban style and help from city funds. That plan included residential units, outdoor gathering areas and...

Olathe School District

The Olathe Public Schools issued a statement Thursday morning about racial incidents reported at Olathe North High School. Principal Jason Herman informed parents Wednesday. "I wanted to make you aware of some very concerning behavior recently occurring at North. We have had several incidents in which students were harassed based on their race and/or ethnicity," he said in a letter. The district's statement said it "supports and values" the message from Herman. "While the administration at...

Esther Honig / KCUR 89.3

It’s better to give than to receive, without a doubt. But it takes cooperation. There’s no way for any giving to happen without someone receiving on the other end. So here’s this weekend’s big ask: Take the free or almost free things offered to you. That might be a simple pat on the back or a warm hug, as well as more formal experiences that come with little or no money changing hands. Free advice: If anyone wants cash for a kiss, don't do it! Just give them money, if you can, because they...

The University of Missouri should emphasize diversity in its recruitment, train professors in the importance of diversity in their courses and increase outreach to improve diversity among faculty and staff, a systemwide task force recommended on Wednesday. Those proposals were among priority items included in the task force’s report . It was responding to a comprehensive audit of diversity, equity and inclusion practices at the university conducted by the consulting firm IBIS.

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Electing a new president is usually not a cause for great alarm in schools. But teachers say Donald Trump’s election is causing students to turn on one another and pitting teacher against teacher. On Wednesday, Olathe North High School Principal Jason Herman sent a letter to parents saying, "We have had several incidents in which students were harassed based on their race and/or ethnicity." Herman called the behavior "intolerable" and promised swift action by the administration. He repeated...

Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR 89.3

Keeping roads and bridges maintained in a city as big as Kansas City can be never-ending — and expensive. That's the reason Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte came before a joint committee meeting of the City Council on Wednesday to advocate for an $800 million bond proposal to address the city's infrastructure needs for the next 20 years. The plan, which will likely come before voters on April 4, 2017, includes a property tax increase over 20 years for the purpose of repairing, rebuilding and...

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The Changing Role Of The Journalist

The recent election sent journalists across the country into a frenzy. In a so-called 'post-truth' world, what are the next steps for members of the press? And what's truly at stake?