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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Performance
9:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Devoured By Tigers'

Ruth Harper (Nancy Marcy) prepares for the planned family meeting with Vicki (Margaret Shelby) to discuss her youngest daughter's drinking problem.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene from the play Devoured By Tigers, Ruth Harper (Nancy Marcy) prepares for a planned family meeting with Vicki (Margaret Shelby) to discuss her youngest daughter's drinking problem.

Devoured By Tigers is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18, 2013.

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Classical
6:03 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Vladimir Horowitz’s Steinway Available For All To Play

Jan Girando performs "Misty" by Erroll Garner.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

For six decades, classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz performed for concert audiences around the world. Horowitz died in 1989, but the Steinway grand piano that accompanied him on tour...is still touring North America.

Horowitz’s concert grand Steinway piano arrived Wednesday at the Schmitt Music Company in Overland Park, Kan. And through July 11, visitors will have a chance to play the instrument.

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Architecture
2:56 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Historic Kansas City Foundation Releases Endangered Buildings List

The Wheatley Provident Hospital was established and run by and for the African-American community during the era of racial segregation in Kansas City, Mo. Founded by Dr. J. Edward Perry, it was run as a nursing school and hospital until closing in 1972.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Historic Kansas City Foundation releases a list each year of buildings and city landmarks in danger of being lost due to demolition or neglect. This year’s "endangered" buildings include the oldest in the Crossroads, Lane Blueprint Building, as well as Disney’s Laugh-o-Gram studios, and the Country Club Plaza

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

[VIDEO] Off-Season: Dancers Challenge Audiences And Themselves With New Summer Festival

Rachel Coats, a dancer performing in 'Angeli,' a work that will be presented at the Kansas City Dance Festival.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

For most dancers, the off-season is a time of rest and recuperation from the rigors of performance. But six months ago, Kansas City Ballet dancers Anthony Krutzkamp and Logan Pachciarz began to plan a more ambitious summer break.

Art is not always easy

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Visual Arts
1:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kauffman Foundation Announces $20 Million For Downtown Arts Campus

Julia Irene Kauffman received a standing ovation, and a hearty handshake from the Conservatory's Peter Witte, after the announcement of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman leadership gift.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

It’s been two years since officials at the University of Missouri-Kansas City unveiled a plan for a downtown arts campus, which would relocate the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. On Wednesday, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation announced a pledge of $20 million to support the effort.

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Performance
12:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'The Death Of Cupid' Reinterprets The Sex Strike Of Aristophanes' 'Lysistrata'

Katie Gilchrist, as Khaos/Reconciliation, belts out a number with the chorus.
Julie Denesha KCUR

With the opening this week of The Death of Cupid at the downtown performance space The Living Room, author and director Kyle Hatley is revisiting a play he's been refining since 2008. Its eternal themes of peace, war and sex have its roots in ancient Greece but still maintain a relevance to what the world looks like today.

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Dance
12:59 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Concern For Monarch Butterflies Inspires Dancer To Action

Silk wings outstretched, Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch flutters through the butterfly habitat at Monarch Watch.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The click of a hair curler and a spritz of hairspray punctuated conversation in the small side room of Monarch Watch, a conservation project based at the University of Kansas. Normally home to a display of tarantulas, the room on Friday was transformed into a dressing room for New York-based dancer Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch, who wore a black unitard decorated with sequins. In one corner of the room were the vividly-colored orange and black silk butterfly wings that would complete her metamorphosis.

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Performance
10:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Feeling Groovy At The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival

As raindrops begin to fall over a dress rehearsal performance, Mark Robbins, as Duke Frederick, holds out his hand to catch a drop.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This year's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival production of As You Like It, one of the Bard's romantic comedies, is set in 1967. And it's been at least 15 years since the festival presented a "full modern dress production," according to the festival's executive artistic director Sidonie Garrett who recalls it was Measure for Measure in 1998.

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Dance
5:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

[VIDEO] Dance Is The Catalyst For AileyCamp

Tyrese Bryant, a 14-year-old Paseo Academy student, at AileyCamp.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Alvin Ailey was an African American choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. For the past 25 years, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey have held AileyCamp, a month-long session for junior high-age students, to honor Ailey's work.

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Visual Arts
12:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

You Can Buy The Kansas City Board Of Trade Building, And Its Art

At the end of June, the Kansas City Board of Trade, founded in 1856 by Kansas City merchants, will begin trading Kansas City wheat futures in Chicago.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Board of Trade is slated to close its trading floor on June 28 after more than 150 years in Kansas City. In December, CME Group bought the exchange and plans to move operations to Chicago. The Board of Trade building at 4800 Main is on the market, including one of Jac T. Bowen's sculptures.

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Performance
5:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene... 'As You Like It'

Rosalind, played by Carla Noack, and Orlando, played by Todd Carlton Lanker, in 'As You Like It'.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Heart Of America Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 21st season in Southmoreland Park with the comedy As You Like It. This year, the production is set in 1967 and the costumes and music hearken back to the Summer of Love.

Act Three, Scene Two, In The Forest of Arden

In this scene, Rosalind, played by Carla Noack, is banished from her uncle's court. She takes refuge in the Forest of Arden disguised as the boy, Ganymede. There she meets Orlando, played by Todd Carlton Lanker.

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Fashion
12:50 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

'Gilded Summer' Hits The Runway

A white scarf shimmers beneath the spotlights as a model wearing Paige Beltowski walks the runway.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 13th Annual West 18th Street Fashion Show started at dusk on June 8, and drew a crowd of onlookers both on the street and from the windows above.

Camera phones flashed as models, wearing the creations of eighteen designers, pranced on a lighted runway in the canyon between buildings lining 18th Street. Behind-the-scenes, designers made last-minute adjustments and models primped as they prepared to mount the runway. 

Performance
8:31 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Owen/Cox Completes Season With The Goldberg Variations

Geoffrey Kropp and Jennifer Owen will perform the contemporary dance work set to the music of J.S. Bach.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Owen/Cox Dance Group, with pianist Kairy Koshoeva, performs its interpretation of The Goldberg Variations and brings its 2012-2013 season to a close.

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Visual Arts
12:02 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

[VIDEO] Voices From Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera Opening Reception

Diego en mi pensamiento (Diego on My Mind), 1943. Oil on Masonite.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art celebrated the opening of "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection" on May 31, 2013, with an opening reception for museum members.

The exhibition showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings collected by the Gelmans in their adopted homeland of Mexico.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

As American Heartland Theatre Winds Down, Debra Bluford Reflects On Her Career There

Debra Bluford, as Miss Abigail, makes a face of disapproval of modern dating methods.
Julie Denesha KCUR

New theater companies and performance spaces are increasingly popping up in Kansas City. So when the American Heartland Theatre announced it was closing its doors in August, it was a startling development, especially to an actor like Debra Bluford, who has spent a good deal of her acting life there.

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KC Currents
4:56 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

A Vacant Storefront Sparks Arts Collaboration In KCK

Gathered around the work table, Steven Curtis instructs students on proper glazing techniques.
Julie Denesha KCUR

It was once a barbeque joint, then a Colombian restaurant. But now this storefront in Strawberry Hill has traded out sizzling slabs of ribs and empanadas for another kind of oven: a kiln.

The Epic Arts studio is the brainchild of Steve Curtis, a photographer and community organizer for Community Housing of Wyandotte County. Curtis has long wanted to make art more accessible in Wyandotte County.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

[VIDEO] Octarium Looks Back On A Decade Of Blending Eight Voices Into One

Ensemble members rehearse in preparation for "Holidays with Octarium," Parkville Presbyterian Church in December 2012.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The signature style of the vocal group Octarium is eight singers, blended into one voice. After a decade of performances, this weekend marks the group's farewell concert. Octarium anticipates continuing to perform at least once a year, over the holidays.

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Performance
5:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

[VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener
Julie Denesha KCUR

This marks Artistic Director William Whitener's final season with the Kansas City Ballet. After 17 years with the company, he's preparing to return to New York. Whitener answered a few questions before the final performances.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

A Puppet Festival Of Colossal Proportions

Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein directs a massive puppet in preparation for the show.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This Sunday, the lawn of The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art will be transformed into the main stage for the larger-than-life puppets of StoneLion's puppet pageant "Mother’s Day for Mother Earth." 

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Dance
10:02 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Rock, Jazz, And William Shatner Conclude Kansas City Ballet's Season

Sarah Walborn, Arielle Espie, and Jill Marlow hold a pose.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Ballet tops off its 55th season with a playful mix of dance.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

[VIDEO] New Directions For Ingrid Stölzel

Composer and teacher Ingrid Stölzel in her new home at Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The new director of the International Center for Music at Park University says the young musicians who study in the program often arrive with the same dream. 

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Performance
3:03 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Lyric Opera Presents Classic Comedic Opera

Chris Carr as Pish-Tush, center, leads the village men in song.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Love conquers all in "The Mikado," a comic opera by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert introduced in London in 1885. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents the satirical comedy in five performances through April 28.

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Performance
4:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...A Storm Is Brewing In Baseball

Rob Karma Robinson, as Satchel Paige.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The play Kansas City Swing is set in Kansas City in 1947 when the nation was on the cusp of great change.

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Food & Drink
9:24 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Craft Distilling: Dark Horse Distillery

Dark Horse Spirits
Julie Denesha KCUR
  • On Tuesday, April 16, Central Standard highlighted three distilleries: Dark Horse, Pinckney Bend, and High Plains.

In Lenexa, Kansas, a local, family-owned distillery is producing craft spirits in a micro-distillery. Dark Horse Distillery was established in 2010, and since 2011, the Garcia clan has been producing bourbon, whiskey, and vodka hand-crafted in small batches. 

A recent edition of Central Standard featured guests from three distilleries, including Dark Horse Distillery.

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KC Currents
5:06 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

[PHOTOS]: From The Land Of Oz And Proud Of It

Jane Albright sits among the shelves of books that started her on her journey collecting Oz memorabilia.
Julie Denesha KCUR

If you’re from Kansas, or even from Kansas City, Missouri, no matter where you go in the world, someone’s going to make a crack about Dorothy, or Toto.

Or how about this witty remark? “You’re not in Kansas any more, are you?”

The latest Hollywood blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful, brings it all back. The movie tells the back-story of the Wizard, who also happened to hail from Sunflower State.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

[VIDEO] 'Sunday In The Park With George'

A detail from "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Musical Theater Heritage opens their 11th season with the Kansas City premiere of Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George." The musical explores the intense single-mindedness of artist Georges Seurat during the creation of "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."

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Performance
4:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Eddie Delahunt Performs 'The Wild Colonial Boy'

Dublin-born Irish singer Eddie Delahunt.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Dublin-born Irish musician Eddie Delahunt, has lived in Kansas City since 1989. His first St. Patrick's Day celebration in Kansas City took him by surprise. "The Kelly green was everywhere and I went, 'Oh my gosh, what is this?' I was in shock." Delahunt said.

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Performance
12:55 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball Held In Kansas City

Katie Morris, Irish Dancer.
Julie Denesha KCUR

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday that takes place every March 17 – and it’s been embraced widely in America by descendants of Irish immigrants. Kansas City's celebration began early this year with the annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

[VIDEO] Developing Character Through Dance

Dancers Tempe Ostergren and Anthony Krutzkamp play the King and Queen of the Fairies in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Ballet’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a Shakespeare comedy performed in dance. The process of developing a character through movement and pantomime is one that often takes a close collaboration between dancer and choreographer.

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Film
8:54 am
Fri March 8, 2013

True/False Film Fest Celebrates Ten Years

Tickets for a few of the films on offer this year at True/False.
Julie Denesha KCUR

True/False Film Fest celebrated its tenth year, February 28 - March 3, 2013, presenting forty-two full-length documentaries and sixteen short films from around the globe. In addition to the films, the Columbia, Mo. festival hosts musicians, art installations, and events.

KBIA interviewed filmmakers whose work screened at this year's True/False. Read or listen to the interviews here.

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