In April (2006), reporters from the Midwest toured the new addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Steven Holl-designed Bloch building with its five glass pavilions or lenses along the east side of the Nelson lawn.
Two-time Newbery Medal award-winner Lois Lowry started writing professionally in her mid-30s, and has written over 20 books for young adults, including A Summer to Die, Gathering Blue and The Giver. Her latest novel Gossamer continues some of the themes in her earlier works, exploring the idea of memory and dreams.
(Lois Lowry appears Monday at the Reading Reptile and Tuesday at the Kansas City Public Library, check the Reading Reptile for details)
Celtic musician Roger Landes returned to Kansas City in April to perform with musician Chipper Thompson. Their collaboration includes a wide range of musical styles from Scotland, Ireland, the Middle East, and the Appalachians - on the stringed instrument called the bouzouki. Here, Landes and Thompson talk about the first song on their CD called Janissary Stomp.
The Partnership for Children earlier this week released results from a Kauffman Teen Survey of nearly 8000 middle and high school students in the metropolitan area. Those surveyed reported a general lack of optimism. But, some local teens are taking their personal experiences and turning them into plays or short monologues for the Coterie Theatre's Young Playwrights' Festival.
This weekend, the UMKC Conservatory of Music concludes its yearlong 100th anniversary celebration. The institution is a training ground for the next generation of performers - in opera, dance, and orchestra - but growing enrollment has exceeded the capacity of the Conservatory's rehearsal, classroom, and performance space. Dean Randy Pembrook talked to KCUR's Laura Spencer earlier this week about the history and the future of the Conservatory.
Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, is the author of a series of children's novels called A Series of Unfortunate Events. There are 12 books in the series so far, detailing the adventures and misfortunes of the three Baudelaire orphans. The series has gained a following with young readers, as well as adults.
A new production at the Unicorn Theatre gives a look at the tradition of black women's church hats. Later, Delores Jones stops by the shop of Lessie McClendon who has been making and selling hand-made hats for 50 years.
A classic example of the genre known as Theatre of the Absurd comes to a Midtown Coffeehouse, a new bagpipe band called Tullintrain West celebrates St. Patrick's Day at the Uptown Theatre with a Scottish flair, and a musical at the Unicorn Theatre explores the history of African-American women and their hats.
Photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer Gordon Parks died on Tuesday in New York at the age of 93. At the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, an exhibit of his photographs went on display last month.
Here, an artist's rendering envisioned a typical classroom in the Ford Learning Center, which opened to the public in 2005. Total museum classroom space nearly tripled with the opening of the new facility.
The longtime Director of Educational Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum Ann Brubaker retired on Friday, March 3 after 27 years.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – During Brubaker?s tenure, she expanded community outreach, quadrupled the educational staff, and planned and oversaw the opening of the Ford Learning Center. She told KCUR's Laura Spencer what it was like to work at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in the late 1970s.
Willie Arthur Smith and Kansas City's Marching Cobras; catch them at the St. Patrick's Day parade downtown on March 17th.
By Delores Jones
Kansas City, MO – The Marching Cobras have been marching for 37 years and across continents. There are about 150 members, many of whom have grown up with the Cobras. KC Currents host Delores Jones caught up with Willie Smith and his drill team recently at Kemper Arena, where they performed at the half-time show for Kansas City's arena football team, the Brigade.
Durwin Rice owns a decoupage store on Troost. As part of his plan to fill the avenue with tulips, he's organizing a group of children and adults to march in Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Brookside holding big paper tulips.
KC Currents host Delores Jones comments on the difference between her reaction to 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying and that of a white critic sitting next to her at the theater. What role do culture and race play in judging films?
By Delores Jones
Kansas City, MO – KC Currents host Delores Jones comments on the difference between her reaction to 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying and that of a white critic sitting next to her at the theater. What role do culture and race play in judging films?
Kansas City's BCR describes itself as an afro-nuclear wavabilly funk swing reggae turska band. Longtime member Dr. Thomas Aber is featured in BCR's next performance playing a number of instruments, including a Turkish clarinet, shepherd's pipes, and goatbags.
Kansas City's One Percent for Art Program sets aside one percent of construction costs to city buildings for public art. With the boom in downtown development, an estimated 3 million dollars will be spent on art. Last week, an advisory panel recommended New York based artist Chris Doyle to create work outside the Sprint Center arena. And local artists say they're not happy about major commissions getting outsourced.