Arts & Culture

Jazz/Blues
2:47 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Remembering Alaadeen

Photo by Tom Styrkowicz

One of the last living links to the golden age of Kansas City jazz was cut on Sunday, August 15 when veteran saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen died. Alaadeen was born in Kansas City.

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Food and Drink
1:47 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Brooklyn's Frankies Whip Up Tomatoes For All Meals

There is nothing like a summer tomato ? red and plump and plucked right off the vine so the juices inside are still slightly warm from the sun. But by the second week of August, even the most ardent tomato aficionados find that they have too much of a good thing.

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Music
11:16 am
Thu August 19, 2010

John Mellencamp: Looking Back While Staying Timeless

John Mellencamp has gone out of his way to make his newest recordings sound old, by playing in historic locations with outdated technology in the hopes that the resulting music will be timeless.

 

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Food and Drink
10:56 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Hawaii's Ono Kine Grinds (Good Food)

From a hamburger patty and gravy on rice ("loco moco") to poor man's sushi ("poke"), everyday cuisine in the ethnically diverse Aloha state reflects the intermingling of cultures that created it.

I remember the eager manager leading me down the supermarket's "ethnic" aisle.

"Right here," he said proudly as we stopped before a few pathetic boxes of matzo and a couple of jars of gefilte fish. He handed me the kosher salt I'd been looking for. "We'll be getting more Jewish items soon," he assured me.

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Music
9:53 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Arizona Law Inspires Latin Protest Music

This year's immigration legislation in Arizona has resulted in a whole lot of political controversy. It has also resulted in a flurry of protest and songwriting.

 

Here at Alt.Latino, we keep our noses not just in the music press/blogosphere, but also in the news.

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Food and Drink
9:19 am
Wed August 18, 2010

I'll Have What She's Having

Midwest's largest bartending competition showcases 12 finalists' creativity, technique, knowledge, skill

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Music
1:42 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Rosanne Cash is Composed

How fitting that Rosanne Cash's new memoir is titled Composed. Cash is a superlative composer, whether she's writing songs or prose.

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Jazz/Blues
10:15 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Ahmad Alaadeen Remembered

Alaadeen performs at the Orchid Room, 12th & Vine, Kansas City. 1948

Kansas City just lost a jazz icon, perhaps the last musician in town who played when Charlie Parker did.

 

The great Ahmad Alaadeen died Sunday, August 17th, 2010, at his home at age 76.

He was known as a leading jazz educator in this town and a mentor to dozens of musicians in much the same way that Art Blakey once was in New York. Earlier this year, Alaadeen was awarded the American Jazz Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Visual Arts/Design
9:44 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Design Teams Unveil Plans for Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Behnisch Team, Arch Museum view

The five design team finalists in the Gateway Arch competition unveiled their proposals on Tuesday. As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, the plans offer a dramatic vision for the Arch grounds, but the question of feasibility and cost loom large.

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Food and Drink
3:49 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

The Lady's Brunch Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we sample the Lady's Brunch Burger, a Paula Deen creation. It's basically a bacon cheeseburger on a donut bun. If you think that sounds gross, you're wrong.

We love Paula Deen around here. Her creativity, her Southern charm, her shocking ability to still be alive. For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try one of her most famous recipes: The Lady's Brunch Burger.

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Music
11:11 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Mumbai's Hit Is 'Mora Piya' From 'Rajneeti'

India's summer hit comes from the Bollywood blockbuster Rajneeti, an epic political saga.

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Jazz/Blues
10:23 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Jazz Musician Ahmad Alaadeen Dies at 76

Jazz musician Ahmad Alaadeen

Tenor saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen passed away on Sunday, August 15, after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 76. A native of Kansas City, Alaadeen spent more than six decades in jazz music.

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Theater/Performance
9:47 am
Fri August 13, 2010

1776 - The All Female Musical

The cast of 1776

Steve Kraske talks with George Harter, Executive Director of Musical Theater Heritage, and others about the new production of 1776.

Kansas City, MO – Sherman Edwards was a pop-song composer working in the Brill Building in New York. "See You In September" was his most well-known contribution. Until one day in 1966, when he announced he couldn't deal with rock songs anymore and walked out of the office, saying he had an idea for a musical he wanted to write.

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Theater/Performance
8:47 am
Fri August 13, 2010

2010-11 Performing Arts Season Preview

Cabaret will be one of the offerings from KC Rep

Steve Kraske and guests look back at the best performances of last season and provide a preview of the upcoming performing arts season.

Kansas City, MO – The 2009-2010 theater, music, and dance season has come to an end and the 2010-2011 season is getting ready to kick off.

Steve Kraske talks with the KC Star's theater critic Bob Trussell and Paul Horsley, performing arts editor, music and dance critic for The Independent.

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KCUR Arts
12:29 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Women Take On The Roles Of Founding Fathers In "1776"

When directors are casting a musical that's been staged before, they're often dependent on what it originally looked like.

Kansas City, MO – The concept of non-traditional casting switches up that formula, putting actors of different genders, race or age into roles that weren't written that way.

Musical Theater Heritage opens a production of "1776" this weekend, boldly asserting that shows don't have to be held hostage to history.

"1776" runs through August 29th at the Off Center Theater in Crown Center.

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Food and Drink
1:36 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Splurge Desserts

The Chocolate Bag at McCormick & Schmidt's in Kansas City

You can't do it every day. Not even every week. But sometimes you need to have a certain dessert?you know, "that dessert".

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Theater/Performance
9:20 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Actors Revisit Roles in KC Actors Theatre's "True West"

There are many theatre roles - say, Romeo and Juliet - that should probably be retired from an actor's repertoire by the time they're 30. But what happens when actors return to roles they played much earlier in their careers?

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Steve Walker visited with two Kansas City actors who are re-teaming this month in a Sam Shepard play they first appeared in 26 years ago.

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Jazz/Blues
11:27 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Alaturka Live

Kansas City based Alaturka plays a fusion of American jazz and Turkish classical music

 

Alaturka was formed in 2009 with the vision of creating an equal "auditory handshake" between two musical cultures - American jazz and Turkish classical music.

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Music
10:12 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Classical Music Selections with Frank Byrne

Sir Charles Mackerras

Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, returned to Up to Date with his picks for classical music you need to hear.

 

Byrne's selections celebrate Sir Charles Mackerras, an Australian conductor who passed away last week.

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Jazz/Blues
12:18 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Ruth Rhoden Delivered "Just Jazz"

The cover of one of Ruth Rhoden's albums, autographed for KCUR station manager Patty Cahill.

Ruth Rhoden died recently, on July 8, 2010. She was a jazz icon in Kansas City.

Kansas City, MO – For many jazz lovers, their weekends weren't complete unless they listened to Ruth Rhoden, and co-host Ginny Coleman on KCUR's Just Jazz. The program ran for 23 years.

Coleman was a tall, slender woman, prone to fitted pants suits, long red nails, and a perfectly coiffed and teased, jet black up-do.

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Theater/Performance
3:15 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Remembering Richard Harriman

Harriman-Jewell Series co-founder, Richard Harriman, with tenor Luciano Pavarotti in 1983.

The Harriman-Jewell Series has brought world-class classical music and dance to Kansas City for more than four decades. On Thursday, July 15, the tall, soft-spoken co-founder of that series died. Richard Harriman was 77.

Kansas City, MO – The Harriman-Jewell Series of concerts built a national reputation, both as a launch pad for up and coming musicians, and as a place where world famous artists tried out new material.

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Food and Drink
12:49 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Late Night Food

What should you do when your tummy rumbles after all the "good places" have shut down for the night? Fortunately, the metro area offers plenty of options besides inedible tacos and convenience store delicacies. Walt Bodine is joined by our Food Critics for a look at the best places for a decent late-night meal, plus all the latest Kansas City restaurant news.


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Theater/Performance
10:26 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Performing Arts Leader Richard Harriman Dies at Age 77

Performing arts leader Richard Harriman, who guided the Harriman-Jewell Series for more than four decades (first as director, then as artistic director) died Thursday, July 15, 2010.

Kansas City, MO – In 1965, Richard Harriman co-founded what's now known as the Harriman-Jewell Series - as an English professor at William Jewell College in Liberty with a passion for performing arts.

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Food and Drink
10:42 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Summer Wine and Food Pairings

Beer and brats? Sure. But how about Beaujolais and brats, Riesling and ribs or Champagne and charbroiled burgers?

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Hearts of Darkness
3:35 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Hearts of Darkness Brings Afrobeat to KC

James Brown meets Fela Kuti meets Benny Moten meets The Supremes. That's one description for the hybrid style of a hot new Kansas City big band known as Hearts of Darkness.

Kansas City, MO – You may have come across the 18-piece dance band at Mardi Gras festivals in the Crossroads and at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Or at the recent Kansas City, Kansas Street fair.

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Music
10:07 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Spanish and Latin American Art Music

Genaro Mendez and Julio Alexis Munoz rehearse Del Cabello Mas Sutil by Fernando Obradors. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

A KU music professor teams up with a Spanish vocal coach and master pianist to plan the second Festival of Spanish and Latin American Art Music in Kansas.

Lawrence, KS – Note: This interview first aired in March 2010

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Food and Drink
11:17 am
Fri June 25, 2010

The Food Critcs: News, Reviews and Regional Food Festivals

Get the latest in KC area food news with The Walt Bodine Show's Food Critics

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Theater/Performance
1:35 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

"American Idol" Meets" Ugly Duckling" in "Lucky Duck"

 

Update March 2012: The Coterie brought the show to New York for a run at the New Victory Theater. Reviews: Kansas City Star, New York Post, and  New York Times.

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Music
9:33 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Mexico and Africa: Not So Distant Relatives

A recent exhibit shows Africa's cultural influence in Mexico.

Kansas City, MO – Although Africa and Mexico are separated by an ocean and language, a recent exhibit shows the two countries have more in common.

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