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Music
12:35 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

New Classical Recordings

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

Steve Kraske talks with Kansas City Symphony executive director Frank Byrne about some of the finer CD releases in recent months.

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Jazz/Blues
3:17 pm
Mon April 5, 2010

Interview with Oleta Adams

Photo by Kenneth Hieber, courtesy of oletaadams.com.

One of Kansas City's favorite daughters Oleta Adams was back in town recently for a performance on 18th and Vine.

The singer and songwriter grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She was the daughter of a minister, and a piano prodigy who was directing choirs by the age of eleven.

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Food and Drink
12:57 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Food Critics: News, Reviews, and Pet Peeves

Walt Bodine is joined today by our Food Critics, who bring us the latest from the local restaurant scene and also vent about their dining-out frustrations.

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Kemper ARTcasts
8:53 am
Thu March 25, 2010

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with Artist Ian Davis

Ian Davis Comeuppance, 2009 acrylic on canvas 60 in. x 65 in. (152.4 cm x 165.1 cm)

Kemper Museum curator Barbara O'Brien speaks with artist Ian Davis on his work in the exhibition "Ian Davis: Faith in the Future."

Music: November 3rd by Mara Gibson (b. 1972) | Performed by Sally Todd, piano and Steve Gilewski, bass, SUNY Buffalo, 1999, Buffalo, NY

Kansas City, MO – Ian Davis: Faith in the Future
February 26-June 19, 2010
Kemper at the Crossroads

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Music
3:56 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Top Music of 2010 (so far) and SXSW

Steve Wilson and Michael Byars play some of their favorite new music of 2010 and highlight a number of Kansas City-area bands showcasing their talent at SXSW.

Note: KCUR is unable to provide an audio archive of today's music segment because of copyright restrictions.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festival wraps up this weekend in Austin, Texas.

This week the SXSW Music and Media Conference is showcasing hundreds of musical acts from around the globe.

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Food and Drink
11:19 am
Fri March 19, 2010

The Food Critics: Terrific Take-Away

Our Food Critics regale us with restaurant news and reviews. Plus, everyone weighs in with their favorite spots for great take-out food.

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Food and Drink
12:37 pm
Fri March 5, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Favorite Sandwiches

Once again, the ever popular Food Critics return to The Walt Bodine Show to share their favorite food places in the Kansas City area.

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KCUR Arts
8:00 am
Thu March 4, 2010

The Unicorn's "Green Whales" Tackles Tough Subjects with Humor

Actors Vanessa Severo and Anna Safar in "Green Whales."
photo: Cynthia Levin, courtesy of Unicorn Theatre

Though the Unicorn Theater has always been quick to pounce on the most buzzed about plays in New York, it has actually launched many new plays. In fact, a quarter of the shows over the years have had their world premieres in Kansas City. The latest is called "Green Whales," and while it tackles tough subjects in comedic ways, it is giving everyone involved a voice in bringing this new play to fruition.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Muralist Brings Work Indoors for Exhibition

Mural artist Alexander Austin has made his mark on the outside of buildings across Kansas City. There's a tribute to performer Michael Jackson at 18th and Troost; larger than life musicians and baseball players in Kansas City's history in the Power & Light district; and a memorial to civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. at Linwood and Troost.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with the artist to talk about his work, and his first solo exhibition.

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Jazz/Blues
11:30 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Anatomy of the Pedal Steel Guitar

One of Russ Wever's pedal steel guitar. Photos by Tim Bridgham / KCUR.

Local musician Russ Wever has been playing the pedal steel guitar for more than forty years. He's performed at the Grand Ole Opry and on Broadway, and has had a big influence in the pedal steel guitar world.

Kansas City, MO – When you see a pedal steel guitar it doesn't look much like a guitar. Laid out horizontally, the pedal steel has two necks and a lot of foot pedals and knee levers. Though its roots come from the guitar, this version of the instrument has the ability to do much more.

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Music
2:39 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

WEB EXTRA: Composer Zhou Long on Cultural Revolution

"Class of 1978," members of the first class at the Central Conservatory in Beijing.

As a teenager during the Cultural Revolution in China, composer Zhou Long was sent from his home in Beijing to work on a rural state farm. Here, he talks about the experience.

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Music
11:31 am
Thu February 25, 2010

Production of "Madame White Snake" Marks First Opera by UMKC Composer

The thousand-year-old Chinese folk tale, "Madame White Snake," is the story of a white snake demon who longs for love. And there are tragic consequences. It's the subject of the first opera for composer and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance professor Zhou Long. In the production, elements of traditional Chinese opera meet the style of the West.

Kansas City, MO –

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Jazz/Blues
11:36 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Jazz Singer Angela Hagenbach Releases New Album

Kansas City's Angela Hagenbach talks about the music business and her new album.

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Food and Drink
1:07 pm
Fri February 19, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Cajun/Creole Food

Walt Bodine's Food Critics return with delicious food finds from all around the city. In the second half, listen in as the panel searches for some good Cajun or Creole food choices in our area.

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Theater/Performance
3:12 pm
Thu February 18, 2010

KCAI Alum Nick Cave's Soundsuits

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2005 Found sequined and beaded materials, hand sewn, mixed media, mannequin and armature 100 x 26 x 14"
courtesy of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

The Kansas City Art Institute includes a who's who roster of artists who've studied or taught at the college in its 125-year history. Among the notable figures: animator Walt Disney took Saturday classes as a child; Thomas Hart Benton headed the painting department from 1935 - 1941; Robert Rauschenberg studied fashion design in 1948; and Nick Cave graduated in 1982 from the fiber department. Cave's Soundsuits will be featured at a performance this weekend.

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Jazz/Blues
12:38 pm
Wed February 17, 2010

Singer/Songwriter Megan Birdsall Sings Again

Steve Kraske sits down with Megan Birdsall to discuss what it's like to work with jazz greats, her upcoming CD, and the facial reconstruction surgery that almost ended her career.

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Jazz/Blues
9:11 am
Wed February 17, 2010

Ragtime Pianist Frederick Hodges

Ragtime fell out of 'style' by the 1920s but its adherents are proud of its rich history.

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Music
8:40 am
Mon February 8, 2010

Century-Old Pipe Organ Inspires Unique Congregation

E.M. Skinner's Opus 190 at Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church
Photo by Alex Smith/KCUR.

Historic pipe organ holds special significance for the homeless members of a downtown church.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Alex Smith went to the Grand Avenue Temple United Methodist Church downtown to learn more about the 1912 pipe organ, and its important role at this unique church.

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Food and Drink
11:32 am
Fri February 5, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Bacon!

Walt Bodine's food critics return with delicious food finds from all around the city. In the second half, listen in as the panel takes a look at the much loved piece of pork known as bacon.

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Music
10:48 am
Fri February 5, 2010

Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin in Kansas City

The Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival. And it's considered the most important traditional Chinese holiday. Families clean their houses to symbolically sweep away ill fortune and make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red to celebrate the themes of happiness, wealth and longevity.

Kansas City, MO –

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Theater/Performance
3:38 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Dancers in Pilobolus with Ties to Lawrence and Kansas City

Pilobolus Dance Theater
photo: John Kane

Pilobolus Dance Theater was founded in the early 1970s by non-dancers who met in a Dartmouth dance class. Their first gig: the opening act for a Frank Zappa concert.

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Jazz/Blues
1:05 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston

After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers of today, a true innovator and visionary.

 

Born in Brooklyn N.Y., Randy Weston didn't have to travel far to hear early influential jazz giants like Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington. But his greatest influence, by far, was Thelonious Monk.

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Theater/Performance
12:30 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

'Broke-ology' at the Rep

An upcoming play at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre studies the art of being broke and staying alive.

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Music
12:00 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Fiddler Betse Ellis Releases New CD

Betse Ellis, the fiddle player for old-time country band The Wilder, talks about her new CD.

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Jazz/Blues
12:23 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

The Little Piano Girl

Local author Ann Ingalls' new children's book introduces young readers to the legendary pianist Mary Lou Williams.

Kansas City, MO – If she were still alive this year, jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams would be 100 years old. Williams was considered by many to be the greatest female jazz instrumentalist of all times. She spent the years between 1929 and 1941 in Kansas City, and was one of the principal architects of the Kansas City swing sound.

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Food and Drink
2:34 pm
Fri January 22, 2010

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Favorite Vegetarian Meals

Ethiopian food is always a good bet for vegetarian choices

Walt Bodine's Food Critics return to share their favorite recent foodie experiences.

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Visual Arts
10:04 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Gift Of African Art For 75th Anniversary Of Nelson-Atkins

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, more than 400 works of art have been promised or gifted to the museum. This includes seven pieces of African art.

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Visual Arts
9:54 am
Fri January 15, 2010

WEB EXTRA: Adele Hall Talks about Personal Favorites in African Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art announced a promised gift of seven works of African art from the private collection of Adele and Donald Hall, in honor of the Museum's 75th Anniversary.

Kansas City, MO – According to Adele Hall, a personal favorite is a work she and her husband, Donald Hall, affectionately call "The King." She says, "You see the tilt of his head and the chin coming out, the strength of the pose. He is saying, 'I am king! My household is protected and this place will stay safe.'"

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Food and Drink
12:17 pm
Fri January 8, 2010

Food Critics: News, Reviews, and Mediterranean Food

Recommendations of Mediterranean food around the metro, and our critics also provide general restaurant news and reviews.


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Food and Drink
3:48 pm
Tue December 22, 2009

Food Critics: Restaurant Reviews, Best Meals of 2009

Walt Bodine's Food Critics return to share their favorite restaurants and meals of 2009.

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