This week, the American Heartland Theatre stages what's considered to be one of the funniest plays of the last twenty-five years, gallery owner Sherry Leedy celebrates twenty years in the Crossroads, and local choreographers perform their works in a showcase at the Folly.
Kansas City, MO – A few years ago, even preservationists predicted the Hotel President would never open for business again. Those predictions were proven wrong, as civic leaders celebrated the rebirth of the historic hotel, and what they say may be the dawn of a new era in the downtown Kansas City. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.
Kansas City filmmaker Gary Huggins joined Up to Date host Steve Kraske recently to discuss the film First Date. It's been selected for this year's Sundance Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.
Kansas City, MO – Leaders of the Kansas House of Representatives have disbanded the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee to increase the efficiency of the House. Speaker Doug Mays says the committee produced too many bills, bogging down Judiciary Committee. But some black and Latino leaders say that the committee was addressing issues that are important to their communities. Last year, the committee drafted the bill that made racial profiling illegal in the state of Kansas.
When Sonie Ruffin was 4 years old her grandmother handed her a piece of fabric, needle and thread and told her to go sew something. Little did Ruffin know that her childhood sewing assignment would change the course of her life.
Earlier this year, the Kansas City Ballet School offered a weekly ballet class to twenty Latina girls at Gladstone and Primitivo Garcia elementary schools. And five of those girls were cast in this year's production of The Nutcracker, including 5th grader Christina Sayed who's a lead angel.
Kansas City, MO – Growing up, Christmas in our house was synonymous with mistletoes and music. The mistletoe was more than a festive decoration. The mistletoe was about relationship and a great way to sneak a kiss from the person you had a crush on but were too shy to approach. The music gave life meaning.
C.W. Gusewelle joined The Kansas City Star in 1955. He now writes a weekly column published Sundays on the front page of the Metropolitan section. On a recent Up to Date, Gusewelle talked to host Steve Kraske and shared a holiday story.
Kansas City, MO – On Monday, Lorenzo Rubio filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of his son Zach, who was suspended from school in Kansas City Kansas for speaking Spanish in the hallway. Turner Unified School District over-ruled the suspension as soon as the Superintendent was informed, but they will not say whether the school's principal, who called for the suspension, has been disciplined.
Kansas City, MO – Lorenzo Rubio and his son Zach are suing the Turner Unified School District for allegedly violating Zach's civil rights when he was suspended for speaking Spanish in school. Hear from the Rubios, the school district, and Brent Wilkes, national director of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Plus, Samuel Rodgers Health Center CEO Hilda Fuentes, fabric artist Sonie Ruffin, and four young dancers debut in The Nutcracker.
Kansas City based poet Gino Morrow is a three time regional and national slam poet champion. Here, Morrow talks about Gil Scott-Heron's influence on his writing, and reads a poem called "No Words, An Introduction to Gil Scott-Heron." Scott-Heron is considered one of the most gifted poets of the 1970s black arts scene. He's also credited with starting what became known as rap music, with his poetry backed by music.
Kansas City, MO – A new grocery store opens on Blue Parkway, along with a spa, a florist and a couple of fast food restaurants. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's new Hispanic Business Trade and Culture Commission. A Kansas City Kansas teenager sues the Turner High School district after being suspended for speaking Spanish in the hallway at school. Kansas City Missouri City Manager Wayne Cauthen announces a pre-apprenticeship program to help prepare women and minorities for jobs in construction.
Kansas City, KS – The family of a teenager in Kansas City Kansas filed a lawsuit in federal court last week accusing the Turner Unified School District of violating his civil rights. The student, 16-year-old Zach Rubio, was suspended from his high school for a day and a half for speaking Spanish in the hallway. Sylvia Maria Gross reports.