Kansas City, MO – Over the past seven years, Starlight Theatre has completed about $23 million in improvements. The organization's executives, board of directors and city officials today will dedicate major upgrades, which mark the final stage of construction funded by the $15.25 million Future Generations Campaign. Starlight's President and Executive Producer Bob Rohlf says this phase includes changes along the theatre's north side, including expanded green space, and two new group pavilions.
In its more than 40 year history, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre has only had three artistic leaders: founder Dr. Patricia McIlrath, George Keathley, and Peter Altman. At the end of this month, after seven seasons as producing artistic director, Altman will retire. In a recent conversation with KCUR's Laura Spencer, Altman takes a look back at some of the highlights and reflects on the joy of presenting a new play.
Kansas City, MO – Right now, new payday loan businesses in Kansas City, Missouri are prevented from opening. The moratorium is temporary, but the city council is looking at whether to place permanent restrictions on the businesses. KCUR's Maria Carter attended a public forum last night and has this report.
Short films created by area teenagers - ranging from gritty modern stories to a don't-do-drugs public service announcement - will be screened Wednesday as the finale of a summer program for at-risk girls.
Kansas City, MO – Governor Kathleen Sebelius told stakeholders in the Kansas Bioscience Authority yesterday that the public/ private partnership is a unique model nationally. But she says challenges remain for the authority to achieve its goals. More from Laura Ziegler.
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The Governor said that every state in the country is looking to the the future of the biosciences as a panacea for economic woes.
Kansas City, MO – Charges of capital murder, rape and aggravated sodomy were filed against Edwin Hall yesterday. Hall is charged with abducting and killing 19-year-old Kelsey Smith. Brian Burgess of the Johnson County District Attorney's office explained how yesterday's filings make it possible to seek the death penalty in the case.
The new executive director of the American Jazz Museum settled in to his office last week. Greg Carroll is a percussionist and a longtime jazz educator who most recently served as director of education for the International Association for Jazz Education, one of world's premier jazz organizations.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City restaurants and bars are a bit closer to being smoke-free after Lenexa recently approved a smoking ban. Kansas City is required to impose a smoking ban if 85 percent of nearby suburbs also have a ban. Right now about 70 percent of the suburbs have made smoking in bars and restaurants illegal.
Matt Shatto, Lenexa assistant city administrator, says the city looked at the reaction to smoking bans in Overland Park and Lawrence before deciding to move forward.
Anita Dixon has been working in tourism for almost 15 years as president of the Cultural Convention and Visitors Services. She spoke to KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross about cultural tourism in Kansas City in the offices of the Black Chamber of Commerce, just down the street from the American Jazz Museum.
A new performance piece reunites two members of the now-defunct experimental theatre company called Evaporated Milk Society. KCUR's Laura Spencer takes a look at their collaboration called Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye.
Kansas City, MO – Many Missouri seniors will soon be getting a tax cut. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt toured the state today to sign a bill to cut taxes on social security benefits. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
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Some 220,000 Missourians will see their tax bills decrease this year. The tax cut will be phased in over 6 years and will cost the state some $150 million each year when fully implemented. Governor Blunt says the change will bring Missouri into line with the majority of other states.
Kansas City, MO – Governor Matt Blunt traveled the state Tuesday for ceremonial signings of the Health Net bill to replace Missouri Medicaid. Blunt chose the Cleaver family center YMCA on Troost for one ceremony, citing its fitness and day care centers as symbolic of what he called the focus of the new system.
India's massive film industry, known as Bollywood, has become known around the world for its elaborate movie musicals. Characters in your typical Bollywood film might burst into song at any time or place, thanks to the old trick of lip-synching to pre-recorded music. In India, it's not just the film actors who become famous, but the singers, known as playback singers, who perform the songs.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri looks to change the way it regulates rental properties. Historian Delia Gillis discusses her photographic of Kansas City's African American communities. And Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal performs at UMKC.
The late artist Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, a native of Wellsville, Kansas, was self-taught and took her first drawing class late in life.
By Laura Lorson, Kansas Public Radio
Lawrence, KS – Author and journalist Don Lambert helped bring Layton's work to national attention and spoke recently to Kansas Public Radio's Laura Lorson about the importance of Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton's life and art.
Forty-five Minutes Until Good-bye is a whimsical macabre musical about two women who host a series of funerals. It features theater artists (and former Evaporated Milk Society members) Laura Frank and Allison Waters and an original music score by composer Jeffrey Ruckman. Here, Laura and Allison sing an excerpt from the climax of the production: a burial at sea.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Missouri's city council laid the groundwork for new regulations for rental housing yesterday. The city manager now has 60 days to design a licensing program for landlords, which could involve property inspections. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.