Kansas City, KS – People from around the region discuss changing perceptions of Kansas City Kansas, and its relationship with Kansas City Missouri, including former Mayor Carol Marinovich and Kansas State Senator David Haley. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross visited the Village West development in Western Wyandotte County, and downtown Kansas City Kansas.
Kansas City, MO – The Diocese of Kansas City and St Louis will pay 225-thousand dollars to an Independence man allegedly abused as an alter boy in the early 1970s. The case is one of the first of many considered under a new interpretation of Missouri's statute of limitations.
Kansas City, MO – About a half-dozen churches in the area have pledged to support, and potentially shelter, illegal immigrants in danger of being deported. They're joining coalitions in several cities across the country in what's being called the New Sanctuary Movement. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.
A traveling retrospective called Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist opened recently at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence. The exhibition includes more than 90 of Douglas' book illustrations, paintings and murals.
By Laura Spencer
Lawrence, KS – For pictures of the new exhibition and mural, check .
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City district officials issued a statement on Thursday that they were ready to start meeting with Independence to help parents understand the implications of the upcoming election. When KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson on Friday, he said that he hadn't yet been contacted about setting up a meeting. But he did discuss the district's currents plans, in case the transfer is approved by voters in November.
Independence, MO – Seven schools are at the center of a tug-of-war between Kansas City and Independence. Six of the schools are located in western Independence, and one is in Sugar Creek, but since the 1950's, they've been part of Kansas City Missouri's school district. Originally, residents of that area voted to join Kansas City's schools, instead of Independence, but for at least 25 years, some have wanted to switch over.
The Charlotte Street Foundation got its start in Kansas City 10 years ago. And since that time, the organization has distributed more than $350,000 to 60 emerging and established artists, created artist studio spaces and new galleries in the urban core...and it continues to expand its reach, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, jazz with Kansas City connections and Louis Armstrong, captured in concert at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.
By Lee Ingalls
Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:
"Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival" - Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (Monterey Jazz Fest)
Kansas City, MO – The full Kansas City, Missouri city council passed the recommendations of the mayor's task force on economic development at its Thursday afternoon legislative session.
Councilwoman Deb Herman, whose Finance and Audit Committee gave the plan final approval for a council vote, presented the measure, thanked the task force, and turned the floor over to Mayor Mark Funkhouser.
Funkhouser's comments were brief: "This has been a long time coming, and it's a good thing."
It's not often that a theater company wraps its season around one theme but this summer, Actors Theatre KC tackled the subject of marriage. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, no one's debating that the theater's third take on marriage will be its most lacerating.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, Missouri – Actors Theatre KC presents Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. The play runs from September 21st until October 21st.
The American Jazz Museum kicks off three days of events to mark its first decade.
By Lee Ingalls
The American Jazz Museum kicks off a three-day celebration of it 10th anniversary today. The museum first opened to public in 1997. Events include a symposium tonight on the history of the 18th and Vine historic district and series of performances by local and national acts. on Friday the museum holds its annual gala fundraiser at the Gem Theater.
The sold-out concert is headlined by singer Patti LaBelle and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band.
Last week, a new theatre group announced itself with a production of the cult classic Trainspotting. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, the show marks the premiere collaboration between two ascendant theatre troupes that have until lately flown under the radar.
Kansas City, MO – The Lane4 Property Group will publicly unveil its proposal for the former Bannister Mall at the TIF Commission meeting. The Kansas City development company filed a rezonin application with the city for the site last week. With an 18-thousand seat soccer stadium as the proposal's centerpiece, it's the most significant development for the Kansas City Wizards soccer team, the stadium's future tenant. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.