The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art kicks off a year-long celebration Thursday, December 11, 2008 to commemorate its 75th anniversary. When it opened to the public, nearly 8 thousand people waited in line to be the first inside the new William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Atkins Museum of Fine Arts.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – It's estimated more than 100 thousand people visited the museum by the end of 1933.
Two weeks ago on KC Currents, we talked about some of the recent layoffs at the Kansas City Star. One of the people who had lost his job was editorial cartoonist Lee Judge, who had been at the newspaper for 27 years.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, MO – Lee Judge spoke to KC Currents' Sylvia Maria Gross about how he got into political cartoons in the first place.
Author Gloria Naylor began her award-winning novel The Women of Brewster Place while still a student at Yale. After winning the National Book Award for fiction in 1983, it was turned into a television movie 4 years later with the backing and starring power of Oprah Winfrey.
During the recent presidential campaign, Barack Obama, now the president-elect, became a potent source of artistic inspiration. And in this economy, one of the few segments still thriving is the Obama memorabilia business.
In ads for The Kansas City Repertory Theatre this season, you'll find this slogan: "This is the year rappers, politicians and suburbanites mingle in KC." It refers to the range in subject matter under the leadership of the Rep's new artistic director, Eric Rosen. But it also hints at the move to reach out to a more diverse audience, as well as tap a more diverse pool of actors.
The Urban Culture Project's second artist exchange project, a collaboration between Kansas City and Austin, has resulted in three exhibitions, including two in Kansas City. KCUR's Laura Spencer stopped by and gives us this preview.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – One exhibition, SLOW COOKED: NEW ART FROM KANSAS CITY, opened in early November in Austin featuring established and emerging Kansas City artists.
A large-scale projection on a two-story glass cube at the entrance to the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College will soon be on display. It's a visible sign of the campus philosophy of integrating art into the daily lives of students and visitors.
November 7th marked a First Friday in the Crossroads Arts District. And one of the hubs that helped shape this night of art openings and gallery crawls, the Dolphin, has moved to the West Bottoms. But, a new gallery has taken over the space. Check out an audio slideshow here.
When the late Jonathan Larson filtered the Puccini opera La Boheme through contemporary bohemian life on New York's Lower East Side, the result was the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Though some audiences found its gritty take on AIDS, sexuality and homelessness off-putting, the show hooked droves of diverse young people on musical theater.
AIGA is the professional association for design. Every four years, since the 2000 presidential election, the AIGA has invited professional and student designers to create nonpartisan posters, encouraging the public to vote.
In this political season, there are the perennial yard signs, buttons, and t-shirts. In the bellwether state of Missouri, artists are joining the effort to push the state from red to purple in a unique way: with a line of "Oh, Obama..." underwear.
Take an everyday object, like a table or a bookshelf, get rid of what you know and start again. In a new installation at the Bloch Building, British designer Michael Cross uses this approach, where even the floor defies convention.
When the zombie film Night of the Living Dead was released in 1968, it was harshly criticized for its graphic and bloody content. But in later years, its influence led to its registration with the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. (photos by J. Robert Schraeder/Coterie Theatre)
A tribute concert to the late jazz drummer and bandleader Art Blakey this Saturday features several generations of musicians who played with his band the Jazz Messengers, including alto sax player Bobby Watson and trombonist Curtis Fuller. Also playing in the all-star group is tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson.
Take a look at the covers of teen magazines these days and you're likely to see the Jonas Brothers. They're like the Jackson 5 or the Bee Gees - the latest band of brothers who have broken into the big time. Now Kansas City has its own band of musical brothers whose star in on the rise - the Bajich Brothers.
When Hamlet said, "The play's the thing," he may have been only half right. Sometimes, where the play is staged is equally interesting. Such is the case with the new production of a classic Sam Shepard play that's being performed in and around an Airstream trailer in the backyard of a house in Brookside.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – One Time Productions presents TRUE WEST 223 West 62nd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64113
Starlight Theatre's President and executive producer Bob Rohlf retires at the end of September. Rohlf joined Starlight Theatre in 1980 and during his tenure, he oversaw more than $30 million dollars in capital improvements, an upgraded stage house, and expanded amenities.
Home grown singer, song writer and musician Krystle Warren has a unique style that defies categorization. Yet fans have compared her voice?which she honed in the church choir-- to Tracey Chapman, Joan Armatrading and Jill Scott. Listen to her music, and you'll hear diverse influences?soul, folk, jazz.
Performance artist Laurie Anderson is considered one of the best interpreters of our time. Anderson's latest work, HOMELAND, responds to a post 9-11 world, tackling issues of consumer culture, loss of freedom with increased security, and the impact of war on our sense of place. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Just in time for the run-up to the presidential election, internationally known artist William Pope.L unveiled a major project in Kansas City called Animal Nationalism. It includes two works: a one-week installation called Trinket and a video and performance piece called Small Cup.
Jazz keyboardist Everette DeVan is highly regarded by Kansas City music fans as a master of the mighty Hammond B3 organ and he's widely sought after by vocalists for his tasty piano accompaniment. He came to this area from Pueblo, Colorado back in 1968 and first gained local recognition as a founding member of the funky soul-jazz group ssSlick. Recently, a German record label discovered their early album This is ssSlick! and they've declared it a lost masterpiece of funky jazz.