Julie Denesha

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Julie Denesha is a freelance documentary photographer based in the Kansas City area.

Julie graduated from The University of Kansas in 1993, with degrees in Journalism and Russian Language and Literature. After college, she worked as a staff photographer for The Kansas City Star. In 1995, she moved to Europe and from 1996 to 2004, Julie was based in Prague, Czech Republic, where she covered Central and Eastern Europe for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, Newsweek, The Economist and The Christian Science Monitor.

After moving back to the United States, Julie spent three years working as a photo editor for The Washington Times.

In 2007, Julie was awarded both a Fulbright and a Milena Jesenská Fellowship to continue her ongoing project on the Roma in Slovakia. Her project on the Roma was featured in an exhibit of the Roma at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, The World Bank in Brussels, Belgium, The Half King Gallery in New York, and The Institute For Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria.

View more of Julie's work on her website.

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Food & Drink
5:15 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Recipes From The Annual Hallmark Cookie Exchange

Brer Rabbit Molasses Cookies made by Jayne Rudish, wife of Hallmark artist Rich Rudish.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Crown Room Chocolate Crinkles

From Marg Wagner, wife of Hallmark artist John Wagner

My husband John worked at Hallmark for 40+ years and these were one of my favorite cookies at Hallmark’s cafeteria, the Crown Room. When I asked for the recipe, it came in volumes of 20 or 25 dozen. Efforts to reduce the quantity and a few adjustments produced these cookies and we've been enjoying them ever since.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

[VIDEO] Hallmark Cookie Exchange Feeds Artistic Community

For over 40 years, Hallmark artists - past and present - have been gathering for an annual cookie exchange.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Since the mid-1960's, Hallmark Cards Inc. employees, past and present, and their spouses, have gathered each year - not for an exchange of greeting cards, but of cookies.

Hallmark, the 103-year-old Kansas City-based company, has about 11,000 employees around the world, including just over 3,000 in the metro area.

Donna Moore, a former employee, began working for Hallmark in 1962. She recalls how the event became an annual tradition, mostly for women.

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Visual Arts
9:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

KCAI Fiber Department Showcases Student Work

A crowd of visitors explored the exhibition and pop-up shop in the Warehouse on the KCAI campus.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At the Kansas City Art Institute, a sale and exhibition of student artwork at the end of each semester is a nearly 45-year tradition for the ceramics department; some of the other departments, such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture, have also opened their doors for the past 20 years. This weekend, the fiber department showcases student work in a new location called the Warehouse. 

Art in a gallery context

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Music
5:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Partners In Music: Ben Sayevich And Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich

Sayevich, a professor of music and violin at at Park’s International School of Music, first met Lisovskaya-Sayevich seven years ago.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

It’s late morning and a dim light filters in through the stained glass windows at the chapel at Park University. Lithuanian-Israeli violinist Ben Sayevich, and his wife Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich rehearse with a handful of students onstage at Park University’s Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel. They’re practicing a rarely-performed Concerto in D for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21, by French composer Ernest Chausson.

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Performance
8:13 am
Fri November 29, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'The Santaland Diaries'

This season, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre has added a second show to their holiday schedule. The Santaland Diaries is a dark comedy written by David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. The one-man show is a prickly retelling of Sedaris’ stint as a Macy’s elf during the Christmas season.

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Performance
8:10 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Behind The Scenes: Bach Aria Soloists In Rehearsal

Beau Bledsoe, on guitar, (from left) and Elizabeth Suh Lane, on violin, work through a piece in the living room of harpsichordist Elisa Bickers in Overland Park, Kan.
Julie Denesha KCUR

A few leaves clung to the trees on a damp autumn morning as four Baroque-trained musicians huddled around a harpsichord. The Bach Aria Soloists were busy preparing for this Saturday's performance of 'Marriage of True Minds,' a collaboration with Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Kansas City Public Library. 

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Performance
4:38 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

'The Magic Flute' Reimagined

In 'The Magic Flute' a comic tale of love buffeted by the forces of good and evil. Kathryn Lewek, plays the Queen of the Night.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, first premiered in Vienna in 1791. A comic tale of love buffeted by the forces of good and evil, the opera is a singspiel, including both spoken dialogue and song.

For the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production, artist and ceramicist Jun Kaneko, based in Omaha, Neb., designed the fanciful set design and costumes.

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Performance
6:41 am
Fri November 1, 2013

[VIDEO] Eboni Fondren 'Ain't Misbehavin' At Spinning Tree Theatre

Eboni Fondren in 'Ain't Misbehavin.'
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene, singer Eboni Fondren performs 'I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling' in Spinning Tree Theatre's production of Ain't Misbehavin' at Just Off Broadway Theatre.

"Ain't Misbehavin is a celebration of the music Fats Waller wrote, performed, and made famous during the 1930s Harlem Renaissance," says co-director Andy Parkhurst.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

[VIDEO] Ramona Pansegrau, A Life At The Piano, Shaped By Dance

Ramona Pansegrau rehearses with Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye and Rachel Coats
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Ramona Pansegrau is a musician whose life has been shaped by dance. This marks Pansegrau's seventh season as both the music director and the conductor for the Kansas City Ballet. And, after three decades of working with dancers, she says creating wonderful moments on stage still gives her a thrill.

Preparations are crucial

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Performance
11:01 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Kansas City 'Tweed' Bicycle Ride Favors Style Over Speed

Mark Rainey, founder of the Kansas City Tweed Ride, poses in a vintage Harris Tweed jacket with his bicycle.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The fall air was crisp on Saturday morning as Steve Conard lifted his 1940s era Western Flyer from the back of his car.

"Today the weather is absolutely perfect for this kind of a ride," said Conard, dressed in a large, vintage tweed jacket and plaid pants. He said he had been looking forward to joining the Kansas City Tweed Ride since the day he found the rusty bike frame for five dollars at a bike swap this summer. It had taken him six weeks to rebuild the bike from salvaged parts.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

[VIDEO] MoonDrop Circus 'Dreams Big' At First Fridays

Terra Gray and Meara Roach rehearse for a First Friday performance.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

For the past two years the aerialists, jugglers, and musicians from Moondrop Circus have attracted audiences with their antics. Most months, the group gathers in the Crossroads Arts District amid the carnival atmosphere surrounding First Fridays, at 19th and Baltimore.

Interview Highlights: MoonDrop Circus

On dreamers who dream big 

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Performance
10:30 am
Thu October 3, 2013

[VIDEO] Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director Devon Carney directs a rehearsal of Opus 1.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director, Devon Carney, begins his tenure with a world premiere. His work, Opus I, will open the ballet's season this month, and it provides a hint of the vision he has for the company.

Interview Highlights: Devon Carney

On his new work Opus 1

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

[VIDEO] A Musical Exploration Of 'True Grit'

Jeff Harshbarger leads a rehearsal of the The Revisionists.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The National Endowment for the Arts started the initiative called The Big Read as a way to encourage reading. This year, for its Big Read selection, the Kansas City Public Library chose the novel True Grit.

It’s the story of a teenager in the late 1800s who seeks to avenge her father’s murder. The library is hosting a series of public events, including a performance of songs inspired by the era of the novel.

Writing songs from Mattie's perspective

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Performance
9:17 am
Fri September 20, 2013

'The Capulets And The Montagues,' Love In A World Of Conflict

The Capulets gather in their fortress on the eve of battle with the Montagues.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The story of the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues is familiar to fans of Shakespeare. But a variation on the theme of the secret, doomed love between Romeo and Giulietta is explored in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of The Capulets and the Montagues (I Capuleti e i Montecchi).

Vincenzo Bellini's opera premiered in 1830 and looked to early Renaissance sources for inspiration. Unlike Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Bellini's work  focuses as much on the conflict between the families as it focuses on the bond between the lovers.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'The Merchant of Venice'

Aaron Gotzon (from left), as Bassanio, listens to Khalid Johnson, as Gratiano.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene from the Alcott Arts Center's production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Bassanio (Aaron Gotzon), with borrowed money, plans to woo the wealthy Portia. Gratiano (Khalid Johnson) implores Bassanio to allow him to come along.

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Performance
5:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

[VIDEO] Designer Creates World Of 'The Capulets And The Montagues'

Production Designer Vita Tzykun checks costumes before a fitting session.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of The Capulets and the Montagues (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) premieres later this month. It's the story of Romeo and Juliet, told by Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini.

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Dance
10:31 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance

Samarpita Bajpai performs 'Shiva's Dance,' a classical Indian dance from Andhra Pradesh, India.
Julie Denesha KCUR

A festive crowd gathered Saturday evening at Roanoke Park with blankets and lawn chairs for the 15th Annual "Dance in the Park" presented by City in Motion Dance Theater. Local companies presented a diverse range of dance ranging from modern to classical ballet, and East Indian to Afro-Brazilian capoeira.

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Performance
11:22 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds

Opening the fall performances to the First Friday crowd, Laura (Wolfe) Hunt and Kansas City Ballet company dancers perform during an open rehearsal the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.
Julie Denesha KCUR

To celebrate the opening of the 2013-2014 season, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet threw open their doors to scores of First Friday crowds. 

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Performance
9:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Watson & Baskin-Watson

Saxophonist Bobby Watson and Pamela Baskin-Watson spend time together on the back porch of their Shawnee, Kan. home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Zhou & Chen

Zhou Long and Chen Yi have taught for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Visual Arts
4:00 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Casanova Cinderhouse & Cinderhouse

Héctor Casanova Cinderhouse and Renée Cinderhouse pose in front of a wall of items collected over the course of their relationship in their historic Northeast home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

A Night Of Drink And Song With The Kansas City Baroque Consortium

Heather Thornton performs 'My Thing is My Own,' an 18th century English folk song, with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The Kansas City Baroque Consortium is an ensemble specializing in early music. For the past five years, audiences could usually find them playing in area churches. But on Friday, the group performs ribald, or downright naughty, English songs...at a bar.  

Interview Highlights

On the merit of a "good dirty joke"

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KC Currents
4:56 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Rexroth & Skidmore

Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore together transformed the basement of an apartment building into an underground art space.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
3:07 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Picnic'

In this scene from 'Picnic,' Emily Peterson as Madge (from left) and Alisa Lynn as Millie are sisters preparing for a gathering.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene from Picnic, 18-year-old Madge Owens (Emily Peterson), universally acclaimed as the "prettiest girl in town," and her 16-year-old sister, Millie (Alisa Lynn), discuss the upcoming Labor Day picnic.

Millie, a tomboy, is uncharacteristically wearing a dress. As Madge paints her toenails, Millie interrogates her sister about how to handle boys.

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Visual Arts
12:10 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Fulton Adams & Megee

Costume and clothing designer Jon Fulton Adams and actor Ron Megee relax in their eclectic home in the Historic Northeast.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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KC Currents
11:09 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz

Rachel Coats and Logan Pachciarz in a practice room at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices

For 18 of its 21 seasons, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has been running summer camps for kids in conjunction with the play or plays in Southmoreland Park.

This summer, camps were held at nine different locations, where a three-week session called Shakespeare Unbound is reserved exclusively for girls ages eight to 15.

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Performance
9:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Lucky Streak - A Musical'

Bennie (Mandy Mook) receives comfort from close co-workers and dear friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee). With Chad (Tim Braselton) on keyboard.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In Lucky Streak - A Musical, Bennie (Mandy Mook) flees to the women's shelter where she works in NYC after tragedy strikes in her own home. She receives comfort from close co-workers and friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee), who let her know that, to paraphrase Barry Manilow, she can also "make it through the rain."

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KC Currents
1:00 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Bingaman & Bingaman

Robert and Molly Bingaman in the dining room of their home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
9:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Tormenta Quixotica'

In the dark and curious side of a dream, two children encounter a group of contortionists.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Two children experience many facets of a dream in the mystical tale of Tormenta Quixotica; on the dark and curious side of this dream, they encounter a group of contortionists.

Tormenta Quixotica, the first full-length production by Quixotic School of Performing Art's student company, is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18.

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