Kansas City, MO – As the school year approached its winter break, KCUR'S Steve Bell talked with students and teachers at Central High School about what the district's $13-million dollar Achievement First program is achieving so far.
The Urban Culture Project aims to transform downtown and one of its new galleries, Paragraph, displays a grand opening exhibit. Also, the Civic Opera of Kansas City performs Conrad Susa's, The Wise Women, for the ninth consecutive year.
This week, a black comedy marks its world premiere at Westport Coffee House; the Nelson Atkins Museum offers Middle Eastern music; and the national tour of an unconventional Broadway show stops by the Music Hall.
The Other 70's...influential artists and vital tracks that you won't hear on "classic rock" stations from Wire, The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Kraftwerk and others. And in the second hour, part two of our "Interesting Covers" series.
The Other 70's...influential artists and vital tracks that you won't hear on "classic rock" stations from Wire, The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Kraftwerk and others. Also, part two of our "Interesting Covers" series...hear an acoustic version of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", a country version of a 70's punk classic, and Tchaikovsky goes ska.
Kansas City – Educators from 12 area districts, business owners and parents assembled for a roundtable on education financing November 18 at Longview Community College. The crowd backed a revenue increase to stop dwindling budgets, but Republican leadership in Jefferson City contends the revenue shortage is a "Democratic fiction."
A new permanent exhibit opened recently at the Toy and Miniature Museum. It's being touted as one of the largest, widest ranging marble collections in the world.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – A new permanent exhibit opened recently at the Toy and Miniature Museum. It's being touted as one of the largest, widest ranging marble collections in the world. The collection was donated by a Kansas City North couple, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
A sculptor uses tattooing and real pig skin in her new exhibit, a Kansas City record label signs a San Diego experimental rock band, and Kansas City author reads from his new novel that deals with the history of abortion.
BELTON, Mo. – One of the jobs of the World Health Organization is to set the global standard for food safety. The United States follows that standard, and it's the job of the Food and Drug Administration to monitor the food supply for toxic chemicals that could poison people. Much of the work is done locally. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports the government effort to keep food safe starts in a local church basement:
This week...a new exhibit by Marcie Miller Gross marks the last exhibit at a local gallery, a collaborative community effort to promote the works of Shakespeare continues, and newEar presents the world premiere of a work by a local composer.
KANSAS CITY – Question four on Kansas City's ballot would tighten the requirements needed to put petition measures to a citywide vote. While proponents feel the new requirements would strengthen the initiative petition process, opponents charge it's a chokehold on a practice inherent to democracy. Matt Hackworth reports on Kansas City's question four and its effect on what some say is the essence of grassroots democracy.
This week, a new exhibit of handcrafted dolls and quilts at the American Jazz Museum...and a new work by artist Alexis Rockman - inspired by the natural sciences - will soon go on display on the Project Wall at the H&R Block Artspace.
There's a new play group in Kansas City that meets every Wednesday night on the Plaza to play tag. KCUR's Linda Sher has this commentary.
By Linda Sher
Kansas City, Missouri – There's a new play group in Kansas City that meets every Wednesday night on the Plaza to play tag. They call themselves the Tag Institute, but what makes them unique is that it's mostly for adults! KCUR's Linda Sher has this commentary.
This week, a photography exhibit exploring Route 66...a dancer and choreographer who says anyone can be creative, it just takes a little work...and a poet who was honored this year for lifetime achievement.
This week, an improv comedy group celebrates five years and 100 performances, a new retrospective of the American artist Marsden Hartley opens, and an opera singer performs her first hometown professional recital.
Independence, MO – A proposed new expressway in eastern Jackson County could threaten one of the nation's most important Civil War battlefields, not to mention a nursing home, a historic cemetery and the tranquility of a semi-rural lifestyle. The new Battle of the Little Blue finds residents and Civil War buffs trying to win their favorite routes from area governing bodies.
It's a First Friday, when many galleries in the Crossroads Art District, as well as across the metropolitan area, stay open late. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on two new exhibits, including a celebration of Day of the Dead.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Missouri – It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. Tonight's a First Friday, when many galleries in the Crossroads Art District, as well as across the metropolitan area, stay open late. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on two new exhibits, including a celebration of Day of the Dead.
KANSAS CITY – More than 300,000 men and women in U-S reserve and National Guard forces have served supporting the wars on terrorism and in Iraq. Some part-time soldiers, sailors and airmen have returned home. But more than 170,000 remain on duty, not knowing how long they'll be in service and away from their lives in Kansas City and across the country. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports on how local employers and families are handling the separation and ambiguity of extended deployments: