arts http://kcur.org en Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/sneak-peek-second-fridays-kansas-city <p>So — maybe First Fridays in the <a href="http://kccrossroads.org/">Crossroads Arts District</a> is a little too crowded for you. How about Second Fridays?</p><p>Some Kansas City metropolitan area galleries have started opening their doors on the second Fridays of the month to host new exhibitions or simply provide a less elbow-to-elbow opportunity to view the artwork.</p><p>Here's what's on tap:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:31:42 +0000 Laura Spencer 58764 at http://kcur.org Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers http://kcur.org/post/creativity-over-time-how-age-affects-artistic-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we invited a variety of artists to discuss how their practice has evolved as they have moved from one stage of life to another. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:49:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58542 at http://kcur.org Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-reflect-legacy-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">never</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56726 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou The Weekend To-Do List: May 9-11 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-9-11 <p></p><p>Want to shake up your weekend? Brian McTavish knows what to do. Check out his Weekend To-Do List for May 9-11.</p><p><strong><a href="http://knuckleheadshonkytonk.com" target="_blank">The Blasters</a></strong> (Rock), 9 p.m. Friday at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $20</p><p><a href="http://midlandkc.com" target="_blank"><strong>Lisa Lampanelli: The Leaner Meaner Tour</strong></a> (Stand-up comedy from the “female Don Rickles”), 8 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $51.50, $61.50</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 55409 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 9-11 The Weekend To-Do List: April 11-13, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-april-11-13-2014 <p></p><p>Need to put the Spring in your step? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for April 11-13.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://newtheatre.com" target="_blank">“Miracle on South Division Street” starring Connie Stevens </a></strong>(Stage comedy), Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the New </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Restaurant, 9229 Foster, Overland Park, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tickets: $33 to $55</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 53978 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: April 11-13, 2014 Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core http://kcur.org/post/promoting-arts-urban-core <p></p><p>The Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music aims to give more arts opportunities to young people in the urban core of the city.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a MacArthur Fellow who's done a similar thing in Detroit.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:33:30 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53520 at http://kcur.org Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core From KC To The Kennedy Center http://kcur.org/post/kc-kennedy-center <p></p><p>The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey have some friends outside of the area-- including the&nbsp;Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' president, Michael Kaiser.</p><p>In the second part of Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Kaiser talks with Steve Kraske&nbsp;about how he got his start here in town, what he's doing to help t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Kansas City Friends of Alvin&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ailey, and the state of performing arts in our nation.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:01:17 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49903 at http://kcur.org From KC To The Kennedy Center 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 Film Review: A Pampered Life Built on Lies Collapses In 'Blue Jasmine' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-pampered-life-built-lies-collapses-blue-jasmine <p></p><p>Cate Blanchett has always delivered the goods, and her virtuosic, shattering performance as the title character in Woody Allen's terrific new film <em>Blue Jasmine</em> continues that streak.</p><p>She plays a woman in pursuit of stability after a scandal involving suicide and fraud shakes her to her core, ultimately stripping her of every creature comfort she’s relied upon and posed behind.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:09:00 +0000 Steve Walker 42246 at http://kcur.org Film Review: A Pampered Life Built on Lies Collapses In 'Blue Jasmine' Film Review: 'Prince Avalanche' Examines The Charred Landscapes Of Modest Men http://kcur.org/post/film-review-prince-avalanche-examines-charred-landscapes-modest-men <p>Thanks to the breezy performances of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and the rhythmic way they play off of each other, David Gordon Green’s <em>Prince Avalanche</em> is an unexpected delight. Set amongst the charred remnants of lush Texas forests ravaged by wildfires, it’s a clever bromance that addresses the angst of the contemporary male with its tongue firmly in cheek.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 42003 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'Prince Avalanche' Examines The Charred Landscapes Of Modest Men Film Review: Troubling Accusations From The Mouths Of Babes Prompt 'The Hunt' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-troubling-accusations-mouths-babes-prompt-hunt <p>In the quietly explosive new movie <em>The Hunt</em>, Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg chillingly documents the swiftness with which a man’s life can crumble. At the center of the upheaval is Mads Mikkelsen, who gives an extraordinary performance as Lucas, a divorced kindergarten teacher brought to his knees by a confused little girl’s rigorously prompted claim that he has done something horrible to her.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 41868 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Troubling Accusations From The Mouths Of Babes Prompt 'The Hunt' Film Review: The Brutality Behind The Scenes Of Aquatic Parks Informs 'Blackfish' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-brutality-behind-scenes-aquatic-parks-informs-blackfish <p>The executives at SeaWorld must be spitting nails and circling up a wagon of lawyers upon the release of the excoriating documentary<em> Blackfish</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s penetrating and sad look inside the training and treatment of killer whales at SeaWorld and other marine parks delivers such sharp blows to the industry that it would be cruel and unusual should anyone who sees the film actually ever visit one again.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 41850 at http://kcur.org Film Review: The Brutality Behind The Scenes Of Aquatic Parks Informs 'Blackfish' Film Review: 'Still Mine' Explores A Marriage Struggling With Bureaucracy And Dementia http://kcur.org/post/film-review-still-mine-explores-marriage-struggling-bureaucracy-and-dementia <p>In the heartfelt and pithy Canadian film<em> Still Mine</em>, James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold portray a couple in their eighties who are struggling with issues both physical and bureaucratic.</p><p>While he is building a smaller house for them on their vast New Brunswick acreage and being besieged with local governmental red tape, she is slowly slipping into mental incapacity. It’s as if his obsession with finishing the house is a planned strategy to hold his grief at bay.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 41434 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'Still Mine' Explores A Marriage Struggling With Bureaucracy And Dementia Artists Combat Gun Violence With Creativity http://kcur.org/post/artists-combat-gun-violence-creativity <p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:46:27 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton, Ross Stinemetz & Sangeeta Shastry 41241 at http://kcur.org Artists Combat Gun Violence With Creativity A Heist At The Museum http://kcur.org/post/heist-museum <p>Forgery and a slick art theft frame a the story of a new novel set in the museum world.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:57:55 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Randy Mason 40681 at http://kcur.org A Heist At The Museum Film Review: Tense Negotiations Across The Open Sea In 'A Hijacking' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-tense-negotiations-across-open-sea-hijacking <p>On its surface, the Danish film <em>A Hijacking</em> (in Dutch, <em>Kapringen</em>) is a tense hostage drama about a cargo ship overtaken by Somali pirates and the ensuing negations for the crew's release.</p><p>But director Tobias Lindholm has much more on his mind. Besides making a nail-biter where the potential for death hovers in very close quarters, he's also commenting on socioeconomic class and the wide ethical gap between the cooks and engineers on board the ship and the suits back at the corporate office who really reap the most benefits.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Steve Walker 40333 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Tense Negotiations Across The Open Sea In 'A Hijacking' Public Art Will Go On Display, Despite Withdrawal Of Commission http://kcur.org/post/public-art-will-go-display-despite-withdrawal-commission <p>The Kansas City metropolitan area has had its share of controversies over the years when it comes to public art. Remember the 2012 petition drive to remove the <a href="http://kcur.org/post/controversy-sculpture-garden">statue of the headless bare-breasted woman</a> at the Overland Park Arboretum? Or the artists who were encouraged to drop arrows from their terrazzo flooring design at KCI, so as not to confuse travelers?</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:39:51 +0000 Laura Spencer 40276 at http://kcur.org Public Art Will Go On Display, Despite Withdrawal Of Commission Film Review: Tel Aviv Teenager's Arranged Marriage Intends To 'Fill The Void' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-tel-aviv-teenagers-arranged-marriage-intends-fill-void <p>The appeal of foreign films is that they take audiences to all corners of the world and intimate places within those faraway spaces. And the Israeli film <em>Fill the Void</em> is, more than many such films, an invitation into a culture seldom displayed on big movie screens.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:08:23 +0000 Steve Walker 40129 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Tel Aviv Teenager's Arranged Marriage Intends To 'Fill The Void' Film Review: 'We Steal Secrets' Debates Whether WikiLeaks Is Heroic Or Traitorous http://kcur.org/post/film-review-we-steal-secrets-debates-whether-wikileaks-heroic-or-traitorous-0 <p>In Alex Gibney’s engrossing new documentary <em>We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks</em>, that organization’s founder, Julian Assange, comes off as complex, enigmatic, and narcissistic. By the end of the 130 minute running time, viewers will know much more about him and his passions yet still be stumped about whether he’s a hero, a megalomaniac, or a terrorist.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:21:22 +0000 Steve Walker 39636 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'We Steal Secrets' Debates Whether WikiLeaks Is Heroic Or Traitorous Film Review: Out Of The Shadows After Being '20 Feet From Stardom' http://kcur.org/post/film-review-out-shadows-after-being-20-feet-stardom <p>Music lovers will be thunderstruck by the immense roster of talent in Morgan Neville's salute to background singers called<em>&nbsp;20 Feet From Stardom</em>. It's a jubilant, rich and moving portrait of the vocalists who indelibly put their stamp on classic songs while finding a place for themselves front and center just out of reach.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:59:00 +0000 Steve Walker 39495 at http://kcur.org Film Review: Out Of The Shadows After Being '20 Feet From Stardom' 'Bling Ring' And 'Kings Of Summer' Find American Youth Lost Or Under Arrest http://kcur.org/post/bling-ring-and-kings-summer-find-american-youth-lost-or-under-arrest <p>Two new films opened the same day that offer clever, stylized looks at American teenagers feeling besieged and taking their sad lives into their own industrious yet limited hands.</p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:52:13 +0000 Steve Walker 39004 at http://kcur.org 'Bling Ring' And 'Kings Of Summer' Find American Youth Lost Or Under Arrest Artistic Cars On Display At Kansas City Art Institute http://kcur.org/post/artistic-cars-display-kansas-city-art-institute <p>The Seventh Annual <strong>Art of the Car Concours</strong> showcases vintage and classic cars and gives visitors the chance to meet some of the men and women who raced them during the 1950s and ’60s.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:36:44 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 38925 at http://kcur.org Artistic Cars On Display At Kansas City Art Institute 'What Maisie Knew' Is That Her Parents Were Utter Failures http://kcur.org/post/what-maisie-knew-her-parents-were-utter-failures <p>There’s no more important job than parenting, and it can go wrong in so many ways. In the powerful new drama <i>What Maisie Knew</i>, an updating of the 1897 Henry James novel to contemporary New York City, the audience sits by helplessly watching what happens when the wrong people fall into that job.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times"> Fri, 31 May 2013 13:12:08 +0000 Steve Walker 37474 at http://kcur.org 'What Maisie Knew' Is That Her Parents Were Utter Failures 'Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's' An Epitaph For Designers And Shoppers Alike http://kcur.org/post/scatter-my-ashes-bergdorfs-epitaph-designers-and-shoppers-alike <p></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times">There are few American inventions as intoxicating as the department store. In the opinions of high-end shoppers and designers alike, there may be none more lusted after and lauded than Bergdorf Goodman, profiled in the style of a 90-minute commercial in the entertaining new documentary <i>Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's</i>.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 13:11:19 +0000 Steve Walker 37553 at http://kcur.org 'Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's' An Epitaph For Designers And Shoppers Alike A Vacant Storefront Sparks Arts Collaboration In KCK http://kcur.org/post/vacant-storefront-sparks-arts-collaboration-kck <p>It was once a barbeque joint, then a Colombian restaurant. But now this storefront in Strawberry Hill has traded out sizzling slabs of ribs and empanadas for another kind of oven: a kiln.</p><p>The Epic Arts studio is the brainchild of Steve Curtis, a photographer and community organizer for Community Housing of Wyandotte County. Curtis has long wanted to make art more accessible in Wyandotte County.</p> Sun, 26 May 2013 21:56:51 +0000 Julie Denesha & Sylvia Maria Gross 35336 at http://kcur.org A Vacant Storefront Sparks Arts Collaboration In KCK Michael Shannon A Family Man, Hit Man And 'The Iceman' http://kcur.org/post/michael-shannon-family-man-hit-man-and-iceman <p>As intense as actor Michael Shannon has been on screens large and small, his chilling performance in Ariel Vroman's&nbsp;<em>The Iceman</em> ups the ante.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:12:01 +0000 Steve Walker 36947 at http://kcur.org Michael Shannon A Family Man, Hit Man And 'The Iceman' Writing Teacher Finds A Prodigy With Problems In 'In The House' http://kcur.org/post/writing-teacher-finds-prodigy-problems-house <p>Fans of both independent and foreign films can trust that, if they feature Kristin Scott Thomas, they're worth an investment of time, thought, and money.The bilingual actress has impeccable taste and can lift even mundane films to a place of esteemed elegance.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Steve Walker 36865 at http://kcur.org Writing Teacher Finds A Prodigy With Problems In 'In The House' The Art Fantastic http://kcur.org/post/art-fantastic <p>When you watch a film like <em>Star Wars</em> or <em>Harry Potter</em>, the <strong>fantastical worlds they present seem to come alive</strong> on the screen with colorful planets and moving portraits.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 36869 at http://kcur.org The Art Fantastic Tip A Tumbler Of Fine Scotch To 'The Angels' Share' http://kcur.org/post/tip-tumbler-fine-scotch-angels-share <p>It takes great skill to make a movie that balances potentially incongruous tones of brutality, comedy and hope. With the marvelous new movie <em>The Angels’ Share, </em>director Ken Loach demonstrates that he is gifted enough to do that. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Steve Walker 35605 at http://kcur.org Tip A Tumbler Of Fine Scotch To 'The Angels' Share' From A Mucked Up Life, 'Mud' Barrels Through http://kcur.org/post/mucked-life-mud-barrels-through <p>A 14-year-old Arkansas kid gets mixed up with a murderer while pondering romantic notions about the meaning of love in Jeff Nichols’ assured and beautifully written Southern melodrama <em>Mud</em>. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:48:00 +0000 Steve Walker 35669 at http://kcur.org From A Mucked Up Life, 'Mud' Barrels Through