Arts & Culture

Food and Drink
8:17 am
Thu November 18, 2010

'Jamie's America' Found Through Food And Families

When British chef Jamie Oliver took a road trip in search of quintessential American food, his biggest discovery was that there was no such thing. He visited American families to gather a diverse and delicious group of recipes that make up his new book, Jamie's America.

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Jamie's America: Easy Twists On Great American Classics, And More
By Jamie Oliver
Hardcover, 360 pages
Hyperion
List price: $37.50

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Food and Drink
12:23 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

You Say Filberts, I Say Hazelnuts: Any Way, Delicious

Depending on where you live, you may know these bronze-shelled little nuts by a number of names. And their uses are just as varied. From the nation's hazelnut capital, Oregon, come recipes for nut-studded salad, pasta and more.

Get recipes for Sweet And Spicy Roasted Hazelnuts With Rosemary, Oregon Bounty Salad, Dukkah and Pappardelle With Hazelnut Cream below.

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Food and Drink
10:45 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Bow Down To The Medicinal Power Of Cranberries

Native Americans and pilgrims agreed on at least one thing: Cranberries were good medicine. Nearly 400 years later, scientists are only beginning to unlock the antioxidant and other medicinal benefits of this gorgeous berry.

If you've ever bitten into a raw cranberry, you know it's as bitter as a lime. Native Americans embraced that acidity to fight infection, and pilgrims believed there was something in the red skin of cranberries that fought scurvy.

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Jazz/Blues
8:13 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Syl Johnson: Soulful Like Marvin, Funky Like James

Unlike Marvin Gaye or James Brown, Johnson never had massive success, in spite of a prolific career. A new box set, Syl Johnson: The Complete Mythology, compiles more than 80 recordings from the late 1950s through early 1970s.

 

November 10, 2010

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Food and Drink
3:52 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen

The meals we prepare and eat with our families growing up become synonymous with home. Food writer Monica Bhide says she loves to get recipe advice from her dad. But she rarely cooks her creations for him when they're together -- because she misses his cooking so much.

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Music
3:05 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Soprano Brenda Harris on Preparing for Bellini's "Norma"

Brenda Harris, as Norma, and the company in Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of "Norma."
photos: Karen Almond

For the first time in its history, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City is presenting Bellini's tragic bel canto opera "Norma." It's the story of a woman who betrays her sacred vows for love; she's then betrayed by her lover's infidelity.

Kansas City, MO – Before a recent rehearsal, KCUR's Laura Spencer met up with soprano Brenda Harris who's tackling the title role of Norma, one that's been described as both "grueling" and "vocally tortuous."

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Theater/Performance
11:32 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Tom Sawyer - A Ballet in Three Acts" in its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center.
courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – When the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in 2011, its three resident companies will include the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.

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Music
9:02 am
Tue November 9, 2010

AfroCubism: Giants At Play, United By Music

The creative minds behind Buena Vista Social Club have guided an effort by Cuban and African musicians to create a new album, AfroCubism. Deep history underlies the musical interplay on the record, as well as a surprising number of similarities.

 

 

 

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Music
12:44 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Hilliard Ensemble: Improvising With Jan Garbarek

The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek (center) say they decide nothing before playing a piece.
? Paolo Soriani/ECM Records

A choral group known for its early-music repertoire and a saxophonist steeped in the art of improvisation may not be the most likely musical partners. But the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek have worked together since 1993. Officium Novum is their latest collaboration.

 

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Music
12:08 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Tracy Bonham: A '90s Rock Star, Reborn

The Grammy-nominated singer has just returned with an album reflecting her new outlook on life.

 

A lot has changed in Tracy Bonham's life since the release of her last album in 2005.? She moved back to Brooklyn, N.Y., married Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine and even picked up yoga. All of those changes are reflected on her latest full-length album, Masts of Manhatta.

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Food and Drink
10:05 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Welcoming Fall With An Apple Tart

This time of year, supermarket shelves are overflowing with apples ? and not much else.
But if you're mourning the loss of summer fruit, Top Chef finalist Carla Hall has the perfect dessert to take your mind off your troubles: Apple Cranberry Frangipane Tart.

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This time of year, supermarket shelves are overflowing with apples ? and not much else.

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Visual Arts
12:57 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Europeans Viewed "Through African Eyes" at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Ben Kane Kwei Sowah (Ghanaian). Fantasy Coffin (Mercedes Benz), 1996. Wood, glass, metal, paint. National Museum of Funeral History, Houston

For more than 500 years, African cultures have responded to European contact with a range of emotions - from admiration to resentment.

Kansas City, MO – An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Through African Eyes," tells the story from the African point of view, through more than 90 artworks: bronze sculptures, photographs, wooden masks, paintings, and other objects made of ivory, metal and textiles. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Food and Drink
8:02 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Cooking With Shortcuts In 'Nigella's Kitchen'

Just because food writer Nigella Lawson loves to cook doesn't mean she always has the time to cook. Her latest book, Nigella's Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, is filled with quick, homey recipes for even the most harried cook.

Just because food writer Nigella Lawson loves to cook, doesn't mean she always has the time to cook.

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Food and Drink
2:05 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Casserole Crazy

Food writer Emily Farris knows her casserole, and she's turned that love into a series of annual events in Kansas City and Brooklyn.

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KCUR Arts
1:46 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Actor Revisits "Beirut" As Director Twenty Years Later

Becca Scott as Blue and Matt Weiss as Torch in The Living Room's "Beirut."
photo: Matthew Collins

It's been twenty years since the Unicorn Theatre staged the play "Beirut," a dark love story set in a future America where people are quarantined for a sexually transmitted disease. Though it sounds like science-fiction, the drama's plague was meant to imply AIDS.

Kansas City, MO – In 1990, AIDS was relatively new to Kansas City, and accompanied by rampant fear and misinformation. The downtown theater space The Living Room is reviving the play, aware that AIDS is much better understood but, for many, no less provocative.

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Food and Drink
3:20 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

Winter Squash: New Faces In The Pumpkin Patch

Squash Stew With Lamb

If you've had enough of the seemingly ubiquitous butternut squash soup, have no fear. Butternut and acorn squash are making way for varieties like kabocha and jarrahdale. Yes, squash is the latest "it" fruit, so it's time to go beyond butternut.

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Food and Drink
12:38 pm
Tue November 2, 2010

How To Cook French, With Shortcuts

In Around My French Table, cookbook author Dorie Greenspan revels in the idea that French home cooks take shortcuts just like Americans do -- they just don't talk about it as loudly. She demonstrates how people can make a French version of shepherd's pie -- with and without shortcuts.

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Kemper ARTcasts
8:35 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Kemper ARTcast: Marc Swanson in Context

Marc Swanson, Mockup for Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial), 2010

Marc Swanson's "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" is on view to the public at the northeast corner of 9th and Broadway, in downtown Kansas City. Here, Swanson talks about his influences and process.

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Music
10:47 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Local Accordion Legend Don Lipovac

You may never have heard of Don Lipovac. But among accordion enthusiasts, he's a legend, once recognized as the nation's best.

Click here to view the entire article and hear audio extras, like Lipovac's performance on the Lawrence Welk show.

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KCUR Arts
12:28 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Paul Mesner Puppets Appeals To Children And Adults

Paul Mesner talks to puppeteer Spencer Lott before a "Frankenstein" rehearsal.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

For more than two decades in Kansas City, Paul Mesner has presented puppet shows, primarily for children. Many of the productions are based on classic fairy tales and modern children's literature, but with enough humor and sarcasm to also appeal to adults.

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KCUR Arts
3:44 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Architectural Aspects Of Clay At Sherry Leedy

Hungarian Herend Porcelain, Vessel FFF 2009 8.75"x 8"
George Timock

Ceramic artwork is on display across Kansas City. Three installations at the H&R Block Artspace, the Belger Arts Center, and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, celebrate the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary with work by faculty, students and alumni of the renowned ceramics department.

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Music
10:42 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Park University Music Program Attracts Pianists from around the World

Stanislav Ioudenitch works with students Erin Hale (left) and Yuntian Liu (right). Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR.

This coming weekend, Kansas Citians will have the chance to hear two internationally-known concert pianists. And they're traveling all the way from . . . Parkville.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Alex Smith has the story of how Park University has built a world-famous conservatory with the help of Uzbek-born pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch.

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Music
12:01 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Janelle Monae is Back in Kansas

With her signature pompadour and futuristic tuxedoes, singer Janelle Monae is breaking out of Atlanta's alternative hip hop scene.

Kansas City, MO – Janelle Monae's recent album The ArchAndroid was produced by Outkast, along with Sean "Diddy" Combs. She's performed across the US and Europe, but at age 24, Janelle Monae has yet to play in or around her own hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. That's until this weekend. KCUR's Susan Wilson recently caught up with her over the phone.

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KCUR Arts
12:17 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

"Clare Twomey: Forever" At The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art

An important cup in the Burnap Collection: a salt-glazed stoneware vessel for caudle, a wine, milks, and spice drink. It's the earliest-known dated piece of English salt-glazed stoneware.
Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

British ceramic artist Clare Twomey's interactive installations have been known to "produce feelings of surprise, wonder, joy, and introspection."

Kansas City, MO – Twomey's new exhibition, "Forever," at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, features 1,345 objects, authored by the artist; it's an interpretation of an 18th-century salt-glazed stoneware caudle cup from the Museum's Burnap Collection of English Pottery. There's also an interactive dimension: visitors can apply to be the owner of one of the cups.

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KCUR Arts
2:24 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Kauffman Center Announces Plans For Inaugural Weekend

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced its opening weekend plans for September 16 - 18, 2011.

Kansas City, MO – Opera singer Placido Domingo and violinist Itzkak Perlman will headline the inauguration of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall and the 1,800 seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The resident companies - the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet will also perform during the opening festivities.

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Theater/Performance
1:12 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Kansas City Ballet Presents Parody of Broadway Theatrics, Russian Ballet and the Mob

Dancers Aisling Hill-Connor & Michael Eaton
photo: Sara Forrest Photography

The new season of the Kansas City Ballet is its last at the Lyric Theatre before next fall's move to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – The new season of the Kansas City Ballet is its last at the Lyric Theatre before next fall's move to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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KCUR Arts
10:06 am
Wed October 13, 2010

New Public Art Unveiled In Downtown Kansas City

Kemper Museum founder, Crosby Kemper, leans in for a closer look at Marc Swanson's "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" 2010, 9th and Broadway, KCMO
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

A new sculpture, "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" was unveiled Wednesday morning at the corner of 9th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City. The work pays tribute to the American buffalo or bison of the American West.

Kansas City, MO – Brooklyn-based artist Marc Swanson has been described as a social provocateur and alchemist.

Many of Swanson's works combine animal forms with light from mirrors or cut glass. His sculpture, a towering bronze skeleton called "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" was inspired by a photograph.

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Food and Drink
10:43 am
Tue October 12, 2010

Western Vintners Hope Late Harvest Makes Fine Wine

A cool summer along the West Coast has made for a hurried harvest in the nation's top winemaking regions as growers rush to beat the first frost. But vintners are hopeful that the late grapes will make great wine.

A cool summer along the West Coast has made for a hurried harvest in the nation's top winemaking regions as growers rush to beat the first frost. Vintners, however, are hopeful the late grapes will make great wine.

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KCUR Arts
8:29 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Nelson Atkins Director Juliàn Zugazagoitia

Steve Kraske welcomes Juliàn Zugazagoitia to talk about his new job and his plans to extend the Nelson Atkins's role in the community.

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Kemper ARTcasts
1:48 pm
Sun October 10, 2010

Kemper ARTcast: Artist Ana Maria Hernando's Poetry

Ana Maria Hernando, La Monta?a Trae Barcas de Azucenas-I, 2009

Artist Ana Maria Hernando is joined by poet, writer, and psychotherapist Kenneth Robinson of Nashville, Tennessee, to read poetry in Spanish and English.

Kansas City, MO – "Ana Maria Hernando: When the Women Sing"
October 1, 2010-January 15, 2011
Kemper at the Crossroads

Music: Excerpt from "Gallery Echo Sutras" by Jeffrey Rukaman

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