Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Council is expected to vote today (August 3) on Omaha-based sculptor Jun Kaneko's One Percent for Art project for the Bartle Hall Convention Center. The work called Water Plaza was chosen by an artist selection panel, and approved by the Municipal Art Commission. But the last step in the selection process is approval by the City Council and some councilmembers have doubts. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Kansas City, MO – For the past 14 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has hosted elementary to high school-aged kids for its two-week opera camp. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, this year's campers are working on an opera with significance to one of the camp's special guests.
Pinocchio will be presented on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 2:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre.
Kansas City, MO – Staff and students at UMKC mourn the shooting death of classmate Nathan Buie, Jr. last weekend (vigil pictured at left). Hear from students, and Minority Student Affairs Director Catherine Kironde and Assistant Director Keishanda Dees-Burnett. And painter Maria Vasquez Boyd talks about Full Deck - La Loteria, opening next weekend at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery. For the show, local and national artists reinvent a deck of cards for the Loteria, a traditional Mexican bingo game.
Kansas City, MO – City officials met yesterday (Thursday, July 27) to celebrate the beginning of the renovation of the Music Hall. The $13.4 million construction project started earlier this week with demolition work. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Tonight (Thursday) marks the start of the second annual KC Fringe Festival - four days of theatre, dance, film, spoken word, performance art, and more in the Crossroads Arts District and downtown Kansas City. KCUR's Laura Spencer gives us a sampling of this year's offerings. (check here for a complete schedule)
Kansas City – The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this Sunday (July 30) in Cooperstown, New York will have a strong Kansas City flavor. Though Buck O'Neil, the Chairman of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, isn't among the 17 figures from the Negro Leagues and Pre-Negro Leagues going into the Hall, he'll be there to honor those who will. KCUR's Greg Echlin has more.
Stanley and Janet Banks present Some Funk From Him & Some Funk From Her at the Central Library on Sunday (July 30) as part of this year's KC Fringe Festival, which begins on Thursday (July 27). They spoke to arts reporter Laura Spencer.
Kansas City, MO – A number of stories on KC Currents have addressed health problems that disproportionately effect people of color: heart disease, AIDS, diabetes, depression and others. Tommy Amico looks at these statistics every say, as HIV/AIDS resource coordinator for US Department of Health and Human Services Region VII, which is headquartered here in Kansas City.
Kansas City, MO – Record breaking power outage in St. Louis. Gays and lesbians gain with Missouri foster parent rules. Missouri photo Voter ID goes to court. Abortion for prisoners ruled a right. Berkley Park renewal includes transition neighborhood. New life science initiatives for suburbs, UMKC. Buck goes to bat at 94.
Kansas City, MO – The University of Missouri-Kansas City announced its plans today to develop a niche in Kansas City's growing life science research field. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.
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Today UMKC announced plans to build a new life science institute that officials say will bring a unique research program to Kansas City. The institute will focus on translational research, which takes basic science discoveries and applies them towards therapeutic products and services.
Kansas City, MO – The plans for are completed for a new riverfront mixed-use development surrounding a redesigned Richard Berkley riverfront park. The Kansas City Port Authority unveiled the plans Thursday: a park with space for festivals and an amphitheater for events, surrounded by a neighborhood with residences, shops and offices. Berkley, for whom the park is named, would end up with the city's largest monument to a former mayor.
Kansas City, MO – When last year's homicide rate rose dramatically, from 91 killings in 2004 to 127 in 2005, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council convened a committee to examine a wide range of data and programs related to violent crime in the city. Meanwhile, the homicide rate is back down this year, there have been 42 murders this year, as of Friday. The commission made recommendations to the City Council on June 29, and submitted a final report. To discuss its findings, mayor pro tem and city councilman Alvin Brooks joins us now.
Kansas City, MO – K-State plans bioscience campus in Olathe. Blunt signs bills on malpractice rates, eminent domain, group insurance, tax credits for pregnancy center gifts. GOP lawmakers want end to fee office patronage. Blunt may call special session for Medicaid disabled benefits. Appleby attorneys want confession thrown out. Young gets 21 months in dog-crate escape. More charges filed in sex-torture murders. Missouri executions still in limbo.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt stopped in Kansas City, wrapping up more than two weeks of touring the state to sign various bills into law. The legislation on whcih Blunt put his official stamp will make it easier for businesses to join together and negotiate for health insurance. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.
This weekend marks the premiere of Kansas City's first Crossroads Musical Theater Festival. As Steve Walker reports, musical theatre fans could find among the 7 brand new works the next Broadway hit. Listen here to some excerpts.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – 2006 Crossroads Musical Theater Festival Schedule: