It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. Summerfest presents its 15th season of summer chamber music, and Mo-Kan Comics Conspiracy celebrates Star Wars, graphic novels, and the history of comics.
This week, a graffiti art show where the artists paint directly on the gallery walls; after 10 years, The Get Up Kids are performing their last shows this weekend; and the two brothers behind a Tony-nominated Broadway musical are putting their newest project together at The Coterie Theatre.
The Get Up Kids have been together for a decade, but now the band is breaking up. The five members of the band grew up in the Kansas City area and say it's fitting to play their final shows where they got their start.
The Get Up Kids play their last shows in Lawrence and Kansas City this weekend.
After 13 years, the Trio Aztlan has just released a second album, called Peor es Nada (Spanish for better than nothing). KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke with Uzziel Pecina and Jose Sustaita of Trio Aztlan.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, Missouri – When Uzziel Pecina began his band, people told him, "Well, it's better than nothing." Now, after 13 years, the Trio Aztlan just released a second album, called Peor es Nada - Spanish for better than nothing. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke with Uzziel Pecina and Jose Sustaita of Trio Aztlan.
This week, the Unicorn Theatre stages a hit Off-Broadway play that could be one of the darkest plays in its history; a contemporary dance performance takes over the ground floor of the Boley, an Urban Culture Project space; and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents a romantic comedy.
This week, a new play called Quid Pro Quo premieres in Overland Park - it was written by a deaf playwright for both deaf and hearing audiences; Artist Max Key displays his large-scale decorative oil paintings, influenced by interior d?cor of earlier decades; and surface design takes over at 50 area galleries in conjunction with this year's Surface Design Association Conference.
The painter Aaron Douglas was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance arts movement of the 1920s and 30s. Colleagues in New York City at the time like Langston Hughes and WEB DuBois considered him the "Dean of African American Painters."
By KC Currents host Delores Jones
Kansas City, Missouri – Colleagues in New York City at the time like Langston Hughes and WEB DuBois considered him the "Dean of African American Painters."
Some of the city's musicians are connecting with the younger ones coming up. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz recently sponsored a Tribute to Kansas City Jazz at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. (First aired on KC Currents, May 22, 2005)
This week, a musical review at Quality Hill Playhouse salutes the depth and breadth of songwriter Carole King; and Irish poet Eamon Grennan visits Kansas City to talk about 19th century poet Emily Dickinson as part of a national poetry project called Branching Out.
Longtime arts advocate Myra Morgan has been credited with laying the groundwork for today's thriving arts scene in Kansas City. Morgan passed away in May at the age of 67 after a long battle with lung cancer.
U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser is known for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam talked with Kooser last month in Lincoln, Nebraska, just after he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his book Delights and Shadows.
Troost Avenue has been a symbol of segregation in Kansas City for a long time. But some people who live and work there are trying to recreate its image this weekend with a street festival. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross met Father David Altschul* on the corner of 31st and Troost.
This week, two theatrical productions (at the Lied Center in Lawrence and the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City) take a look at issues of race and culture, justice and healing.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Missouri – It?s the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, two theatrical productions take a look at issues of race and culture, justice and healing. KCUR?s Laura Spencer reports.
The SSION, a bizarre, arty, Kansas City punk rock band changes its style and line up and gets ready to release another album. And a new play takes an unapologetically twisted look at 175 years of Kansas City History.
Theatre Communications Group is a national organization that advises and supports non-profit professional theatres across the country. Here, Executive Director Ben Cameron talks about the state of the arts today.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, a film about at-risk girls in the juvenile justice system, a children's literature festival, and the anniversary of a local design studio.
This week, film director John Waters talks about turning the movie Hairspray into a hit Broadway musical...and a small theatre group presents the Kansas City premiere of a work by a controversial contemporary English playwright.
This week, a legendary Film Seminar comes to the Kansas City area; a Chicago-based art collective Lucky Pierre re-enacts final meal requests of death row prisoners at Grand Arts, and the role of political activism in the 21st century takes center stage.
Bonita Hanson (center) plays the title role in Theatre for Young America's \"The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.\" The show's cast of \"kids\" include (clockwise from upper left) Parry Luellen, Sarah Homan, Seth Golay and Jessica Dressler.