It's three months until the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City, Missouri opens to the public. When architect Moshe Safdie revealed his designs about a decade ago, it was the largest project of his career. But, Safdie now has offices in Toronto, Boston, and Singapore, and the Safdie-designed $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore opened earlier this year.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City voters have chosen Sly James as their next mayor.
James ran on a platform of uniting Kansas City. Speaking to a crowd of several hundred inside the atrium of the American Jazz and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum last night, James said he'll work tirelessly with residents, with the new council and city manager, to create jobs, reduce crime, and make city government more accountable.
Kansas City, Ks. – One mayor threw himself into Lake Superior. One city changed its name to Google for a month. But all to no avail. Google has announced its first coveted high-speed fiber-optic network will be built in a city that didn't do any flashy publicity stunts, but beat out 11 hundred competitors. But what does this high-tech marriage mean for Google, and for KCK?
Onaga, KS – Last December, the only grocery store in Onaga burned down. Onaga is a town of about 700 in northeast Kansas, surrounded by cattle ranches, corn and wheat farms. But suddenly, there was no place to buy groceries for 25 miles in any direction.
People in town found their routines changed dramatically. Althea Sender, for example, is 86 years old, lives alone and doesn't drive long distances.
"You're baking - you know - or fixing something and you need something. Well, you can't just run down to the store and get it," Sender says.
KANSAS CITY, MO – For over 60 years, the Johnson County Sun covered suburban news. But on Tuesday, August 16, its parent company, NPG Co., told the staff of 20 that the paper would be coming to an end.
Kansas City trumpet player and band leader Tony DiPardo passed away on Thursday. "Mr. Music" was best known as the man played "charge" and riding the Chiefs mascot Warpaint at countless football games.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tony DiPardo was the Chiefs' music director for 20 years, and he played at Arrowhead for another 24 years when his daughter took over in 1989. Three years ago, Tony DiPardo told KCUR's Walt Bodine and co-host Kelley Weiss about how he started playing the trumpet.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City lost a leader in mental health last week, with the unexpected passing of William H. Kyles. For decades, Kyles worked to improve care for the most vulnerable in this region and beyond. KCUR's Elana Gordon brings us this profile.
Hear William Kyles on KCUR's Up to Date last February here.
An actress many Kansas City area theatergoers know from musical theater performances has died. Karen Errington died early Tuesday, March 1, 2011, after her second bout with breast cancer.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – Karen Errington was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan where her father was a school superintendent. And, in a 2008 interview with KCUR, Errington said it was her father who cast her in her first role.
Kansas City actor Gary Holcombe, known for his dramatic, comic, and musical performances on many professional stages, died on Monday at the age of 66. A veteran of Broadway musicals, like "Big River," "South Pacific," and "42nd Street," Holcombe also starred as Oliver Warbucks in the national tour of "Annie."
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – Gary Holcombe was raised in Kentucky. A move to New York to pursue a career as an opera singer turned into one in musical theatre, with roles in several Broadway musicals.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This month, Kansas City said goodbye to a local leader in gospel music and education. Michael Charles passed away suddenly on March 9, 2011 at the age of 64, of liver cancer.
Throughout his career, Michael Charles performed around the country with gospel greats such as James Cleveland, Richard Smallwood and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. He worked in the Kansas City Missouri school district, and served as minister of music at Saint James United Methodist Church for 23 years.