Arts & Culture

11:45 am
Wed February 22, 2006

The Wild Woman of Kansas City: Myra Taylor

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Vocalist Myra Taylor is a veteran of the original Kansas City swing sound and started out singing and dancing in the early 1930s on 18th and Vine. Throughout her long career, she's shared the stage with Jay McShann, Sarah Vaughan, Nat "King" Cole, and many others. Taylor continues to perform in her hometown often as part of the quartet known as the Wild Women of Kansas City. Myra Taylor turns 89 on Friday, February 24.

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Food & Drink
3:21 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Cooking with the Papikians: Baku Eggplant

Kansas City, MO – Igor and Karina Papikian are both of Armenian and Russian descent. When they were forced to leave their home in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, in 1990 they weren't accepted in either Armenia or Russia. So, they decided to come to the United States. They ended up in Kansas City a place they'd only read about in a Theodore Dreiser novel. Linda Sher spent an evening with the Papikians and their daughter Ana, to learn about their journey, their life and their cooking.

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1:41 am
Mon February 20, 2006

Raymore Woman Faces Deportation

8:37 am
Sun February 12, 2006

Remembering Milt Abel

Bettye Miller (on piano) and Milt Abel (on bass)
Photo: Marr Sound Archives

Jazz bassist and vocalist Milt Abel - part of Kansas City's jazz scene for five decades - died on February 3, 2006 after a long illness. Abel grew up in Philadelphia, where he learned to play the stand-up bass, baritone horn, and trombone as a teenager.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR?s Laura Spencer talked to some of the musicans he played with over the years in Kansas City and others who say his musicial talent will not be forgotten.

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8:13 am
Fri February 3, 2006

Artist Anthony Ramos Interview

Anthony Ramos

Painter Anthony Ramos has shows at the American Jazz Museum and the Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center. He was in Kansas City recently for a series of talks around the city and spoke to KC Currents host Delores Jones.

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9:46 am
Fri January 20, 2006

WEB EXTRA: Loren Pickford's First Day in New Orleans

Loren Pickford

Musician and artist Loren Pickford is a veteran of jazz scenes in Los Angeles, Boston, and Paris. Pickford lived in New Orleans from 1990 to 2005, and here shares the story of his first day in the Big Easy.

Kansas City, MO – Pickford and his wife, Sheila, relocated from New Orleans to Kansas City, Missouri after Hurricane Katrina.

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9:26 am
Mon January 9, 2006

Blue Mondays at the Blue Room

Every Monday night, a jam session at the Blue Room draws a rambunctious crowd of genuine music-lovers, many of whom attend with religious devotion.

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8:33 am
Fri January 6, 2006

Jazz Relocation Project Brings in Second Artist

Cultural Convention and Visitors Bureau President Anita Dixon says her vision of 12th Street, from the Paseo to Brooklyn, is as an enclave for jazz artists.

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8:50 am
Sun January 1, 2006

Kansas City's Ida McBeth Releases New CD

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Original airdate: November 2006. Versatile singer Ida McBeth has been serving up jazz, blues, soul and funk to Kansas City audiences for 30 years.

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8:03 am
Tue December 20, 2005

A Nutcracker Debut

Courtesy of Kansas City Ballet
Photography by Steve Wilson

Earlier this year, the Kansas City Ballet School offered a weekly ballet class to twenty Latina girls at Gladstone and Primitivo Garcia elementary schools. And five of those girls were cast in this year's production of The Nutcracker, including 5th grader Christina Sayed who's a lead angel.

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2:56 pm
Mon November 14, 2005

Mexican Rockers Molotov

Molotov is a Mexican metal/hip-hop band formed in 1995. Their music is in a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped by Tito Fuentes.

Kansas City, MO – One of Mexico?s most notorious rock bands have released Con Todo Respeto ? with all due respect - which just won a Latin Grammy for best rock album. The album is tribute to bands like the Beastie Boys and the Clash. They also include a version of Gil Scott Heron?s The Revolution will not be Televised ? which they say applies to Mexico as well as the US.

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2:59 pm
Fri October 7, 2005

Just Jazz Leaves the Airwaves

The face of jazz music on KCUR will change after this weekend. The long running program Just Jazz will end.

Kansas City, MO – The face of jazz music on KCUR will change after this weekend. The long running program Just Jazz will end. Laura Ziegler has this look back at the show and the hosts who made it unique.

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9:20 am
Thu September 29, 2005

Marilyn Maye Presents Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Years before the first of her 76 appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - years before there was a Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - vocalist Marilyn Maye was learning the art of putting across a song from someone she heard mostly on the radio: Frank Sinatra.

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12:32 pm
Thu September 8, 2005

The Hindu and the Cowboy

A play based on interviews with Kansas Citians of many diverse traditions.

Kansas City, MO – Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the September eleventh terrorist attacks. The attacks impacted people throughout the country, sometimes bringing out cultural divisions that already existed between communities. As part of the Mosaic Life Stories project, writer Donna Ziegenhorn interviewed Kansas Citians of different backgrounds to write ?The Hindu and the Cowboy.?

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11:13 am
Wed September 7, 2005

Kansas City Latin American Film Festival

Kansas City Latin American Film Festival

Kansas City, MO – UMKC professor Louis Imperiale talks about the Argentine film Wild Horses. Imperiale will be presenting the 1995 film at the Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City, which begins this month at the Rio Theater in Overland Park. Films from Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Peru will be presented every Saturday until October 1.

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1:43 pm
Sun August 21, 2005

New CD Release by KC Jazz Artist, Alaadeen

Saxophonist and composer Ahmad Shahid Alaadeen, talks about his new album "New Africa Suite." He spoke with KCUR's Lee Ingalls.

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1:59 pm
Fri August 19, 2005

Ailey Camper: Memory Brown Final Audio Diary

Ailey Camp is over now, and the young people who participated in the intensive six week dance program are waiting out the hot days of August for school to begin. This is the final audio diary in our series with Ailey Camper Memory Brown.

Memory Brown Final Audio Diary

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9:37 am
Tue July 19, 2005

Ailey Camper: Memory Brown Audio Diary 2

The some 200 Kansas City young people selected to be part of this year's AileyCamp are more than halfway through the intensive 6-week program.

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9:12 am
Mon June 27, 2005

Ailey Camper: Memory Brown Audio Diary 1

The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey began its 17th summer camp recently. In the first of three parts, we'll talk to Ailey Camper Memory Brown. Brown is 14 years old and lives with her grandmother. She was ecstatic when she got accepted to Ailey camp.

Kansas City, Missouri – The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey began its 17th summer camp recently.

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8:04 am
Tue June 7, 2005

A Conversation with Chuck Haddix on Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop

Back in the 1920s and 30s, Kansas City was a lively mix of political wheeling-and-dealing, organized crime, and the hot sounds of jazz.

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Visual Arts
10:33 am
Thu March 31, 2005

Remembering Kenneth R. Ferguson

Artist Ken Ferguson

One of Kansas City's most respected artists Ken Ferguson passed away in December. In April, a memorial service was held in his honor.

Kansas City, Missouri – Memorial service for Ken Ferguson, Saturday, April 2, 2005 at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri.

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11:55 am
Tue March 22, 2005

An Interview With John Waters

Photo by Greg Gorman

  Filmmaker John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s and began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid 1960s, screened in rented church halls and attended by underground audiences who heard of the films by word-of-mouth and leaflets. His first success: the 1972 film Pink Flamingos starring Divine.

Hairspray opened Tuesday, March 29 at the Music Hall and runs through April 10, 2005.

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10:22 am
Mon January 24, 2005

Lawrence Poet Mickey Cesar

Staff Sergeant Michael Argumedo is a U.S. Army Reservist from Lawrence, Kansas stationed in Kuwait, just a few miles from the Iraqi border. He writes under the pen name Mickey Cesar, and his poetry has been described as dealing with "Saturday nights alone, Sunday morning cafes full of cigarette smoke" and loss.

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9:26 am
Thu December 23, 2004

WEB EXTRA: A BCR Interview

BCR CD Cover
design by Rhondda Francis

A conversation with Dr. Thomas Aber and Dwight Frizzell about BCR - described as "the world's only Afro Nuclear Wavabilly Funk Swing Reggae Turska band." (Dec. 2004)

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1:19 pm
Fri June 18, 2004

KCUR'S Arts Roundup for June 18th

Polly Apfelbaum retrospective goes up at the Kemper, 'Little Bastard' closes at Westport Coffee House.

A retrospective of the work of an artist featured this month on the cover of 'Art in America' magazine goes up, or rather down, at the Kemper Museum, play about the last days of James Dean finishes at the Westport Coffee House.

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1:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2002

It's OK To Laugh Again

Kansas City – Though Americans were being told to get back to normal after 9-11, there weren't many clues how to do that. Nearly a year later, in a Kansas City comedy club, KCUR's Steve Walker finds that it may be OK to laugh again.