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No list of the best comics in television history would be complete without Lucille Ball's name. A new production at the Unicorn Theatre is a biographical tribute to the comedienne.

Listening in to a jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, contributors to small presses gear up to read their fiction and poetry at the Writer's Place, and newEar presents the Kansas City premiere of an epic musical tale.

Tide Turned for Kansas as Energy Exporter

Jan 20, 2003

Kansas City, MO – A new report called the Kansas Energy Plan reminds Kansans that the oil and gas wells that dot the landscape are reminders of a disappearing era. At the same time it offers the hope on energizing at least one area of the lagging Kansas economy. The panel sees hope for more exports of wind, ethanol and coal-bed methane based energy.

01/16/03 –
school closings as of 7:00 AM Thursday:

Academy of Kansas City
Closed Thurs.
Submitted at: 4:25 AM CST on Thursday, Jan 16

Appleton
St. Clair County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness
Submitted at: 3:05 PM CST on Wednesday, Jan 15

B TOP
Baldwin
Douglas County
Closed Thurs.
Submitted at: 5:33 AM CST on Thursday, Jan 16

Barstow School
Closed Thurs.
Submitted at: 6:02 AM CST on Thursday, Jan 16

The Kansas City theatre community is undergoing a blitz of world premiere productions this month. The most ambitious is the musical Wild Boy, scored by area composer Gary Adams.

An artist with a new exhibit, a weekly practice session for area bagpipers, and a director facing a challenging production.

Links for more information:
Synergy Art Space
American Heartland Theatre
Midwest Highland Arts Fund

Kansas City, MO – Appleton, St. Clair County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

Excelsior Springs, Clay County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

Lakeland R-3
Closed Thurs. & Fri.

Lamonte R-4
Closed Thurs. & Fri.

Lathrop R-2
Clinton County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

Lawson R-14, Ray County
Closed Thurs. & Fri.

Missouri City
Closed Thurs., Fri., & Mon.

Last week's Arts Roundup included a look at an art exhibit, a rock and roll show, and a musical with similar themes exploring the role of faith in times of tragedy.

The play Leaves from the Great Bharata is based on stories from The Mahabarata - an ancient Indian epic.

The Performance Art class at the University of Kansas in Lawrence is thought to be one of the oldest, regularly offered performance classes in the country.

Kansas City, MO – KU?s Distinguished Professor of Performance and Painting Roger Shimomura has taught the class each fall for the past seventeen years. KCUR?s Laura Spencer talked to Shimomura who says he first became interested in performance art in graduate school.

KANSAS CITY – Mayor Barnes introduces the River Crown Plaza project, Missouri reaches an agreement concerning federal Medicaid payments, and Kansas law enforcement officials face budget woes.

Web Site Recalls Pearl Harbor, WWII

Dec 8, 2002
Steve Bell

Americans this weekend observed the anniversary the attack on Pearl Harbor.

KCUR's Steve Bell visited the creators of a web site that recalls that day of infamy.

You can visit the web site here.

University Libraries

Kansas City – Voices of World War II, a project of UMKC Libraries, lets visitors hear music and radio broadcasts Kansas Citians heard on December 7, 1941 and throughout WWII... many listening on radios like the old Philco at the left. For the KCUR feature and URL address, click on "KCUR News Features" above.

Kansas City – Voices of World War II, a project of UMKC Libraries, lets visitors hear music and radio broadcasts Kansas Citians heard on December 7, 1941 and throughout the war. For the KCUR feature and URL address, click on "feature news" above.

KANSAS CITY – 30 years for Courtney in drug-diluting case, plans for a new downtown arena gain momentum, and Missouri lawmakers want to update the state's DNA collection rules.

AP Photo

Hundreds of victims of the Robert Courtney drug-tampering scheme and their family members watched as the former pharmacist was sentenced to 30 years on Thursday. The sentence drew mixed responses from those watching the proceedings.

Robert Courtney, the former Kansas City pharmacist who has admitted to diluting prescriptions given to thousands of patients, faced sentencing on Thursday.

Under a plea agreement, U.S. District Judge Ortri Smith can give Courtney from 17 1/2 to 30 years in prison.

Hundreds of victims and family members are expected at the courthouse. Among them will be Marge Vermillion, whose husband died soon after taking cancer treatments mixed at Courtney's pharmacy. 

KANSAS CITY – Kansas SRS announces sweeping program cuts. News organizations sue Sebelius to open budget meetings to the public. Missouri sees year's budget shortfall projection grow to 152-million.

UCLA Fowler Museum of History. Promised gift of Jay T. Last. Photo by Don Cole.

Art of the Lega: Meaning and Metaphor in Central Africa opened in October at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Associated Press

A 97-year-old woman is the oldest working Kansan. Martha Smith of Vinland, Kan. has been tending the Cole Creek Library for most of the last 67 years. Her great uncle helped found the library in 1859.

In 2002, the Overland Park Convention Center opened ...with more than 60 sculptures and paintings created by regional artists.

US Poet Laureate Billy Collins has been called the most popular poet in America.

College enrollment is on the rise. As college admissions departments accepts more students, housing officials have to find a place for them to live.

Sometimes that means building a new facility, on land that used to be part of a residential neighborhood. One South Kansas City technical school is looking to build housing for its students.

KCUR's Matt Hackworth reports that not everybody in the school's neighborhood is welcoming the idea of student housing with open arms.

KANSAS CITY – Health Midwest not finished with sales agreement before first hearing. Senator Jean Carnahan says, "Thank you." United Way may extend fund drive.

Kansas City – Hearings start tonight on the sale of Health Midwest to HCA, a deal that would spawn a new 800-million dollar foundation. Overland Park celebrates the opening of it's new convention center.

KANSAS CITY – Fitch reduces Aquila bond status to "junk." Kansas Attorney General to challenge Wyandotte County and Edwardsville Sunday liquor sales. Judge lets libel convictions stand for publishers who alleged Mayor Carol Marinovich did not live in Wyandotte County.

KANSAS CITY – Aquila bond rating dropped to "junk." Attorney General to challenge Wyandotte County and Edwardsville Sunday liquor sales. Judge lets libel convictions stand for publisher and editor who alleged carol Marinovich did not live in Wyandotte County.

KANSAS CITY – Phill Kline declares victory in Kansas Attorney General race.

A bit of Broadway's history arrived in Kansas City recently with Barbara Cook's one-woman show at the Folly Theater.

Kansas City, MO – The concert, part of the Harriman Arts Program of William Jewell College, featured several Stephen Sondheim tunes, as well as a few he wished he'd written. At the master class Cook conducted the next day, she passed on to local singers a few lessons from her 50 year career. KCUR's Steve Walker reports.

Kansas City – Johnson County delays count of provisional ballots in Kline-Biggs race for Attorney General. Kansas City Missouri budget cuts will be somewhat offset by G.O. bonds passed Tuesday... but bigger cuts must come next year.

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