Courtesy of KCAI H & R Block Artspace

This summer's exhibition at the H & R Block Artspace is part of a three city tour of works by Chinese artist Wenda Gu.

Grand Arts

This week, an artist who draws on the natural world for inspiration, Bat Boy: The Musical returns to the Unicorn Theatre, and a Scottish instrument - but not the bagpipes - takes the limelight.

This week, indie band Starflyer 59 , an award-winning poet, and a musical about a group of creative down-on-their-luck men.

This week, a band on an indie label with one of the most dedicated fan bases, an award-winning poet reads from his work, and a musical about a group of down-on-their-luck men who come up with a creative idea to raise money. KCUR?s Laura Spencer and Steve Walker report.

This week, a well-known comedian returns to Kansas City, and Native American musician John Two-Hawks appears in concert in Liberty.

Kansas City, MO – This week, well-known comedian Bill Cosby returns to Kansas City, and Oglala Lakota musician John Two-Hawks appears in concert in Liberty.

The Pitch

One of Kansas City's newest theater troupes is called Princess Squid Productions. Its second show, following last fall's rock version of the life of Joan of Arc, is called Furies.

Missouri House

Kansas City, MO – As the Missouri legislature enters a special session, House Speaker Catherine Hanaway explains the Republican position on budgets for mental health, medical care, social services, and education... both in terms of basic philosophy and in view of federal funds promised under the bush administration's tax cut bill.

drummer Tommy Ruskin

This week, it's the 6th consecutive annual Topeka Jazz Festival...and a club is trying to get young and old acoustic musicians to get out and jam.

Kansas City, MO – This week, it's the 6th consecutive annual Topeka Jazz Festival and the Northland Acoustic Pickers Club is trying to get young and old acoustic musicians to get out and jam this weekend at Wabash BBQ.

Two University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music doctoral candidates won first prize in a national competition in March, becoming one of the top duo piano teams in the United States.

US Navy photo

KANSAS CITY – Terry Scott returned to Louisburg High School to deliver the graduation address as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. The service's highest-ranking sailor spoke with KCUR's Matt Hackworth, and says he originally wanted to join the Army but made two promises to his mother:

This week, artists whose site-specific works (like Johnny Naugahyde's Rainbow House) are displayed along Central Avenue in downtown Kansas City...and a farce combines Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest with Three's Company.

Kansas City, Kansas – Tornadoes tore through the Kansas City metropolitan area Sunday afternoon... flattening buildings and killing one Kansas City, Kansas man. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius declared seven counties disaster areas...and Wyandotte County was one of the hardest hit. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on a residential neighborhood just east of I-435 and Parallel in Kansas City, Kansas caught in the storm.

KANSAS CITY – After the dust settled from this weekend's violent storms, thousands of families across Kansas, Missouri and Tenessee faced what remained in the paths of tornados. Hundreds of residents here returned from temporary overnight shelters to find their homes turned inside out. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth and Laura Spencer visited two northland neighborhoods that seemed to bear the brunt of the storm.

Photo by Cynthia Levin

This week, an artist at the Kemper Museum who bases his work on nighttime observations, and a new play at the Unicorn reveals that artists are not always the same as their art.

Kansas City MO – "Bipartisan" Missouri nursing home bill passes, celebration sparks partisan conflict. Sebelius says she will veto budget-balancing proposal that postpones tax refunds. Kauffman grant of $750,000 gets Community Arts School project rolling.

Coterie Theatre

For eleven years, The Coterie Theatre has fostered the writing talents of high school students with its Young Playwrights' Festival.

Kansas City, MO – Holden tries to stave off cuts to education and social services, but Senate votes down his proposals. Kansas Senator Kerr says Governor Sebelius' latest budget proposal is divisive, not helpful. New KU coach Self keeps commitments from two top recruits.

Kansas City MO – City Council approves $20 million in bonds for Richards Gebaur, authorizes proposals for insurance benefits for all domestic partners. Missouri House threatens to fight for "no line items" budget. University of Missouri System and Northwest Missouri State won't pursue merger till next year.

Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things premiered in Lawrence, storytellers converged on the metropolitan area, and a new work called The Future of Fire had its premiere.

This week, two exhibits open downtown as part of the Urban Culture Project...and Jello Biafra stops in Lawrence on his spoken word tour.

KANSAS CITY – New Census figures show more and more of Kansas City's workforce is commuting to jobs in the suburban communities. K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth spoke with transportation planner Jim Hubbell and researcher Manny Trillo (TREE-yo), of the Mid America Research Council about what the new data mean in the Kansas City area.

This week, an emerging artist shows her senior thesis exhibit at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, and an experienced dancer and choreographer talks about Cakewalk, a ballet that premiered more than fifty years ago.

This week, emerging artist Mary Beth Yates shows her senior thesis exhibit at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, and dancer and choreographer Ruthanna Boris talks about Cakewalk, a ballet that premiered more than fifty years ago. KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports.

Kansas City – Work continues on the Kansas budget, and Kansans go to the polls.

After a two-month period living and working at the Grand Arts Gallery, London-based artist Ian Dawson is ready to unveil the fruits of his labor.

Kansas City, MO – In his show, Ian Dawson reveals what happens when you apply a hostile element to plastic objects we use or see every day. Ian Dawson, "Tilt Trucks and Free Fliers, "April 4 - May 24, 2003 at Grand Arts.

The Kansas City Symphony presents a world premiere by the New York based composer Ned Rorem.

This week, a play about love...a lighthearted romp of a ballet...and a puppet show based on a children's book by a Kansas City author.

Sharon Louden, The Attenders (detail), 2002. Photo: Fred Scruton, Brooklyn, NY

A jazz poetry session for teens, an exhibit of thousands of strands of thin monofilament at the Kemper Museum, and a play about a man who attends funerals of people he's never met.