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.

Jefferson City – A house committee proposes an end to the MC-plus for kids (CHIP)program that provides medical coverage for 80,000 children, including 13,000 in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City – Sebelius endorses gambling at racetracks, Shawnee Mission will close three elementary schools, and Missouri may receive state-tax amnesty on certain purchases for three days in August.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – At the first of the year Johnson County began collecting a sales tax chiefly to benefit school districts in the county. Districts in neighboring Wyandotte County have voiced concern by suing to stop the tax, which they say would emphasize inequities in school funding across Kansas. K-C-U-R's Frank Morris reports.

KANSAS CITY – As the Kansas City city council continues to struggle with surmounting an expected $50 million shortfall in next year's budget, problems like deferred maintenance are snowballing. Deferred maintenance is city hall jargon for the repairs to streets, bridges and buildings the city puts off to save money. But as K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth reports, those repairs and dollars eventually add up:

Joseph Nease Gallery

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents an opera about female bullying called One False Move, and Lester Goldman's new exhibit opens at the Joseph Nease Gallery.

Heartaches by the Number is a new book that dares to name Country Music's 500 Greatest Singles.

Peregrine Honig

A playwright talks about a new production in Lawrence, a coffeehouse scene of the 1960s and 70s is recreated (with a little help from Brewer and Shipley), and a free-bop jazz band releases a new CD.

KANSAS CITY – Last year, around 30 U-S Peace Corps members were expelled from Russia. That country's government accused the American volunteers spying. The group's expulsion turned into a diplomatic fracas between Washington and Moscow, and Kansas Citian Alex Wendel was caught in the tension. Wendel taught English on the Eastern Russian island of Sakhalin (Sack-hal-eeen). Wendel told K-C-U-R's Matt Hackworth he knew there were problems when he was stranded in China, waiting for the Russian government to renew his visa.

House Photo Gallery

Topeka – Many Kansans have been concerned in recent weeks over reports that their legislature is considering ending all sales tax exemptions, including those for medical services and prescription drugs. KCUR's Steve Bell talked with the chairman of the House Taxation Committee to find out whether higher taxes are in Kansas future.

A new exhibit opens at Hallar Gallery, a Gamelan ensemble starts at UMKC, a tribute to Gordon Parks takes place in Lawrence, and The Elders gear up for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

A look at two classical music performances and the opening of a Valentine's art exhibit at Gallery G.

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company marks its fiftieth anniversary this year. To commemorate the longevity of the company and its week residencies are taking place in cities around the world.

Kansas City, MO – Civic leaders on the Greater Downtown Development Authority have narrowed proposals seeking bond underwriting to twenty. Steve Bell looks at some proposals that made the cut and some that didn't.

Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City

The Byron Cohen Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District is known more for exhibiting and representing national artists.

JEFFERSON CITY – Lawmakers are evaluating the arguments for and against a mandetory counciling and waiting period for women seeking abortions. Missy Shelton reports.