Arts & Culture

Food and Drink
3:09 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Super Soups

Baby, it's cold outside! Warm up with some recommendations for great soups, stews, chowders, bisques, or whatever you like to call them. Our critics also provide general restaurant news and reviews.

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Theater/Performance
1:16 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

Groundbreaking on New Home for the Kansas City Ballet

Friday, November 13, 2009 marked the remodeling equivalent of a ground-breaking for a new home for the Kansas City Ballet.

Kansas City, MO – Friday, November 13, 2009 marked the remodeling equivalent of a ground-breaking for a new home for the Kansas City Ballet.

The building known as the Power House, west of Union Station will be transformed into the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, a 60,000 square-foot facility for rehearsing, costuming and other aspects of the ballet's operation.

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Food and Drink
8:37 am
Tue November 10, 2009

Beyond Enchiladas: Mexican Restaurant Owners Meet in KC

Chefs and restaurateurs from around the continent met in Kansas City to encourage the spread of more authentic Mexican fare.

Kansas City, MO – It was the first annual conference of a new national organization, which aims to provide culinary advice and business tips to encourage the development of more authentic Mexican restaurants.

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KCUR News
10:55 am
Mon November 9, 2009

Beyond Enchiladas: Mexican Restaurant Owners Meet In KC

Dallas chef Felipe Gaytan demonstrates a recipe for crab and spinach enchiladas with mango black bean salsa. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – Last week, chefs and owners of Mexican restaurants from around the continent met in Kansas City. It was the first annual conference of a new national organization, which aims to provide culinary advice and business tips to encourage the development of more authentic Mexican restaurants.

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Music
2:22 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Nolan Gasser and The Music Genome Project

A visit with composer Nolan Gasser, who in addition to being a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist is the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind the famous Pandora personalized radio application.

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Theater/Performance
8:02 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Possibilities of Genetic Research Explored Through Dance

For the past three decades, choreographer Liz Lerman has viewed dance as a way to address political and social issues. Lerman's works have explored Reaganomics, the impact of coal mining on a community, and ancient and contemporary prayer.

Kansas City, MO – This weekend, her company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, brings a dance about the human genome called "Ferocious Beauty: Genome" to Lawrence.

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Jazz/Blues
3:21 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Dutch Pianist Mastered Classic KC Jazz Techniques

When the Majestic Steakhouse in downtown Kansas City shut down in May, Bram Wijnands was forced to look for a new way to spend his Friday and Saturday nights. For the previous 16 years, the Dutch pianist had delivered authentic 1930s KC-style swing and boogie woogie in the cellar which once served as a speakeasy.

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Kemper ARTcasts
2:27 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Interview With Artist Keltie Ferris

Keltie Ferris, Cassiopeia, 2009; oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 90 inches

Chris Cook, executive director/curator of the Salina Art Center and former curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, interviews artist Keltie Ferris about her first solo museum exhibition "Keltie Ferris: Man Eaters."

Kansas City, MO – "Keltie Ferris: Man Eaters"
October 23, 2009-February 13, 2010
Kemper at the Crossroads

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Visual Arts/Design
9:11 am
Tue November 3, 2009

Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer David Hume Kennerly

Steve Kraske talks Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly about his experiences from the Vietnam War and Cambodia, to the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden, and the events that led him to become the official photographer of presidents.

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Food and Drink
10:03 am
Fri October 30, 2009

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Favorite Candies

Learn about restaurant closings, openings, and special Halloween events. Plus, a discussion about candy likes and dislikes.

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Kemper ARTcasts
2:16 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Conversation with Jamie Wyeth

N.C. Wyeth, Octave Plunged, 1920; oil on canvas, 36 x 25 inches; Courtesy of Adelson Galleries and Frank E. Fowler
Photo: John Bigelow Taylor

Kemper Museum curator Barbara O'Brien speaks to Jaimie Wyeth at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and reads excerpts from an essay by Becca Ramspott.

Kansas City, MO – WYETH: Three Generations of Artistry
September 17-November 29, 2009
Kemper Museum

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KCUR News
9:47 am
Fri October 23, 2009

Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art Announces Major Gift

Kansas City, MO – In November, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opens its new American Indian art galleries featuring about 200 works, including loans and new acquisitions. Today, the museum announced a significant gift from longtime collectors and patrons Estelle and Morton Sosland. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Jazz/Blues
11:30 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Don't Quit Your Day Job: Mark Southerland

Musician and artist Mark Southerland
photo: Emily Moore

Mark Southerland is an artist. His medium is the saxophone. He's been in bands with styles ranging from jazz to pop to freaky avant-garde stuff. But the biggest leap has been from musician who plays horns to artist who makes horns.

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Jazz/Blues
1:34 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

First Session for the Black House Improvisors' Collective

Session rehearsal for the Black House Improvisors' Collective.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Each week, for the last five Sundays, ten musicians have gathered for an afternoon rehearsal session on a vacant floor of a downtown office building. It's a new year-long initiative sponsored by the Charlotte Street Foundation called the Black House Improvisors' Collective.

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Food and Drink
10:09 am
Fri October 16, 2009

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Buffets

Another action packed hour of restaurant news, events and recommendations. Plus, where are the best buffets?

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Theater/Performance
8:03 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Dancing with a Tent-like Skirt Provides Challenges

Choreographer Jessica Lang and the Kansas City Ballet's Ballet Master James Jordan during a rehearsal of Splendid Isolation III.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Contemporary choreographer Jessica Lang's works have been described as passionate with almost tangible emotions in performance. Lang's pas de deux, or dance for two, called "Splendid Isolation III" is included in the Kansas City Ballet's fall program.

Kansas City, MO – Some might argue there's a third character: a long white skirt. KCUR's Laura Spencer visited a rehearsal at the Ballet studios recently and provides this preview.

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Visual Arts
10:24 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Photographer Tries to 'Change the Truth'

Gloria Baker Feinstein originally traveled to East Africa in 2006 to photograph children whose parents had died of AIDS. During the three week project, she says she encountered children who radiated hope, even in desperate circumstances. So when she returned home, Feinstein began a different kind of project.

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Theater/Performance
10:08 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Todd Bolender, a Retrospective

Ballet choreographer Todd Bolender spent his life in dance. In 1981, he was named Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet Company. He spent the remaining years of his life working to bring this form of dance to a wider midwestern audience.

Todd Bolender, a Retrospective
(The Walt Bodine Show, 10-12-09) The Kansas City Ballet is now dedicating the new Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity in his honor. Tune in as we discuss Bolender's life and works, and the legacy he has left behind.

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Food and Drink
11:26 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Food Writer Ruth Reichl from Steve Kraske's Kitchen

Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl, Master Sommelier Doug Frost and chef Ted Habiger gather around host Steve Kraske's kitchen for some nice wine, food and discussion.

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Visual Arts/Design
12:24 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

New Season of "Craft in America" includes Kansas City

KCAI Ceramics Chair Cary Esser (left) is featured in the latest installment of "Craft in America."

According to Carol Sauvion, the creator and co-executive producer of the award-winning PBS series, "Craft in America," the crafting climate - from pottery to beadworking to blacksmithing - is stronger than ever.

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KCUR News
1:23 pm
Fri October 2, 2009

Rocket Grants To Help Project Lift Off

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence are collaborating on a new program called Rocket Grants. With help from a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, $40,000 in direct support will be provided each year for innovative and experimental arts projects.

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Food and Drink
8:35 am
Fri October 2, 2009

Food Critics: News, Reviews and Great Pie!

Find out where to go and what to eat with The Food Critics on the Walt Bodine Show.

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Kemper ARTcasts
10:24 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Settlement

Greg Rose, Tropicalia, 2003

Kemper Museum interim curator, Jason Myers, discusses the impact of human intervention on nature in the exhibition "Settlement."

Music: "Reverse Fishing" by Ad Astra Arkestra

Kansas City, MO – "Settlement"
August 14, 2009-March 28, 2010
Kemper Museum

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KCUR News
2:20 pm
Mon September 21, 2009

Thomas Frank: 'How Conservatives Rule' In A Changing Political Climate

Kansas City, MO – Historian Thomas Frank first came to national attention in 2004, when his book What's The Matter With Kansas?, which explores the culture wars in our region, spent 18 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Since that time, the political climate of Kansas has shifted a bit: Democrat Kathleen Sebelius was elected governor (and since left for Washington) and Democrats like Raj Goyle of Wichita have made gains in the statehouse.

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Music
9:37 am
Mon September 21, 2009

New Film Follows Senegalese Singer Youssou N'Dour

Photo by Hugo Berkeley.

In 2004, Youssou N'Dour released the album Egypt, in which he was hoping to promote a positive view of his country's main religion, Islam. But many people in Senegal considered the album blasphemous, for mixing secular and religious music.

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is one of Africa's most popular musicians. He became known worldwide in the 1980s when he sang with Peter Gabriel in the song In Your Eyes.

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Food and Drink
11:16 am
Fri September 18, 2009

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Ambiance

Find out where to go and what to eat with The Food Critics on the Walt Bodine Show.

Kansas City , Mo. –

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Theater/Performance
8:59 am
Fri September 18, 2009

New Home for the Kansas City Ballet: Power House Renovations Underway

photo: courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

Renovations are underway for something the Kansas City Ballet, in its 52-year history, has never had: a permanent home.

Kansas City, MO – The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, slated to open in 2011, will be located in the Union Station Power House building. The historic power plant will house the Ballet's school and seven studios.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Work Begins On New Home For Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City Ballet dancers at the Union Station Power House building.
photo: courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Ballet officials announced Wednesday that renovations are underway at the new permanent home for the company.

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, slated to open in 2011, will be located in the Union Station Power House building. The historic 1914 power plant will house the Ballet's school and seven studios, including one that doubles as a 180-seat theater.

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Food and Drink
8:17 am
Tue September 15, 2009

Cooking with the Deen Brothers

Chef brothers Jamie and Bobby Deen cook up some new dishes as Up to Date broadcasts live from Starker's Restaurant on the Plaza.

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KCUR Arts
2:58 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Moises Kaufman Tackles "Into the Woods" At The Rep

When Eric Rosen, the artistic director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, asked noted playwright and director Moises Kaufman to pick a musical he'd like to direct here, at the top of the list was Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods."

Kansas City, MO – Moises Kaufman sat down with KCUR's Steve Walker to talk about how a director puts his own stamp on a musical, and his own venture into the woods.

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