Arts & Culture

Kemper ARTcasts
11:52 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Kemper ARTcast 5: Interview with Don Christensen

Dan Christensen, Triton

Dan Christensen's brother, Don Christensen, describes his relationship with his sibling and methods of creation. A new survey of paintings by the late artist (1942-2007)documents Christensen's "never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space."

Kansas City, MO – Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting
May 15-August 30, 2009
Kemper Museum

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:47 am
Mon June 1, 2009

Kemper ARTcast 5: Interview with Elaine Grove

Dan Christensen, Serpens

Kemper Museum had the opportunity to sit with friends and family of the deceased painter to provide further insight into his work and life. Dan Christensen's widow, Elaine Grove, describes his studio practice and the motivations behind his work. A new survey of paintings by the late artist (1942-2007)documents Christensen's "never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space."

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Food and Drink
1:50 pm
Fri May 29, 2009

Food Critics: News, Reviews and Places for Great Dips

The Food Critics return with restaurant news and reviews. Plus, a look at where you can find the best dips.

Kansas City , Mo. –

The Food Critics are:

Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch

Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine
Mary Bloch, The Independent


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Jazz/Blues
8:36 am
Fri May 22, 2009

A Conversation with "Cowtown Ballroom" Filmmakers

There's a brick building at 31st and Gillham, which has stood for more than eight decades. Most of the time it's been known as the El Torreon, but for three years in the early '70s, it was transformed into the Cowtown Ballroom.

Kansas City, MO – Listen to the extended interview in the Fish Fry archives

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Jazz/Blues
10:00 am
Thu May 21, 2009

Playing on All Seven Strings

Cedric Patterson demonstrates his home-made seven-string bass, which he calls Aunt Maple. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Cedric Patterson grew up playing music at his church in Topeka. And in seeking out the perfect instrument for gigs inside and out of the church, he constructed his own seven-string bass guitar.

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Food and Drink
2:18 pm
Fri May 15, 2009

The Food Critics News, Reviews and Great Hot Dogs

The Food Critics share the latest local restaurant news. Find out the best places to eat out in the area, plus, a conversation on places to find the best sausages and hot dogs.

Kansas City, Mo –

The Food Critics are:

Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch

Gloria Gale, 435 South Magazine

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Theater/Performance
8:16 am
Fri May 15, 2009

Dance Celebrates Kansas City Flavor

props for "Gates Bar-B-Que Suite"
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

A new dance piece, titled "Gates Bar-B-Que Suite," pays tribute to a Kansas City barbecue restaurant.

Kansas City, MO – A new dance piece pays tribute to a Kansas City barbecue restaurant. Titled "Gates Bar-B-Que Suite," the work pairs an original composition by jazz artist Bobby Watson with the choreography of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company co-founder and artistic director Mary Pat Henry.

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Music
1:54 pm
Thu May 14, 2009

"Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus"

"Cowtown Ballroom...Sweet Jesus" is a documentary film about Cowtown Ballroom, a legendary concert venue in Kansas City, Missouri. It was only open for 38 months, but in its short life span established an incredible musical heritage.

Kansas City , Mo. – Cowtown Ballroom: Sweet Jesus is a documentary film about Cowtown Ballroom, a legendary concert venue in Kansas City, Missouri.

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KCUR News
4:21 pm
Wed May 13, 2009

Jazz Hall Funding Hits Discordant Note

Congressman Cleaver on stage at Musicians Foundation Hall.
kcur photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver brought confirmation of federal program money to the foundation for jazz musicians and ended by defending his belief in what critics call government waste. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports.

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Theater/Performance
10:36 am
Fri May 8, 2009

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents "Charlotte's Web"

Annie Yungmeyer, eighth grade student at Leawood Middle School; and Sarah Marie Hennessey, a freshman at Blue Valley North High School, play the role of Fern
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

In E.B. White's classic novel "Charlotte's Web," a pig called Wilbur, the runt of the litter, is raised by a young girl named Fern and befriended by a spider named Charlotte.

Kansas City, MO – In the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production, professional opera singers and more than 20 children bring the story to life through song. KCUR's Laura Spencer spoke with a middle schooler and a high schooler who share the role of Fern.

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Theater/Performance
8:29 am
Thu May 7, 2009

Kansas City Ballet's Christopher Barksdale Retires

Christopher Barksdale and Kansas City Ballet company members at a rehearsal of "Salute"
photos: Laura Spencer, KCUR

In dance, a professional career begins at a young age and often ends early. Two members of the Kansas City Ballet take their final bows this weekend.

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Music
11:12 am
Wed May 6, 2009

Kansas City Symphony Presents Symphonic Work Based on "The Lord of the Rings"

More than 200 performers share the stage this week for "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" composed by Howard Shore. It's based on the musical score from the films adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's tales of hobbits, elves, dwarves, orcs and men of Middle-earth.

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Food and Drink
8:04 am
Fri May 1, 2009

The Food Critics News, Reviews and Great Take-out

The Food Critics return to share restaurant news and recommendations. Check out the list of recommended restaurants!

Kansas City , Mo. –

The Food Critics are:

Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch

Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine

Mary Bloch, The Independent

LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM


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Visual Arts/Design
11:06 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Spray Can Art

Small as a stencil on a sidewalk, or large as a full-scale painting on the side of a building wall: Spray can art can be found in a variety shapes and sizes, and is created with just as diverse a range of motivations.

Kansas City, MO – Join us for a conversation on the purpose, popularity and influence of street art, with a focus on the murals and graffiti that exist in our urban landscape.

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KCUR News
10:24 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Nelson-Atkins Director And CEO Announces Retirement

Director/CEO Marc F. Wilson Announces Retirement as of June 2010

Kansas City, MO – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's Director and CEO, Marc Wilson, is stepping down after nearly three decades. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

The museum's fourth director since opening in 1933, Marc Wilson oversaw the transformation and expansion that included the opening of the Bloch Building in 2007, which received much critical acclaim. Newly expanded and reinstalled American galleries opened to the public April 22, 2009, and expanded Native American galleries open in November.

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Food and Drink
9:26 am
Wed April 22, 2009

Edible Landscaping

Garden and food writer Rosalind Creasy and Powell Gardens' Director of Horticulture Alan Branhagen join Steve Kraske for a conversation about gardening, landscaping and getting the most out of both. They look outside the box when it comes to what is edible, and give us some food for thought when it comes to designing landscaping.

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Food and Drink
3:31 pm
Fri April 17, 2009

Food Critics: News, Reviews and Delizioso Italian Food

The Food Critics return to share restaurant news and recommendations. Plus, where to find great Italian food in our area.

The Food Critics are:

Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch

Gloria Gale, 435 South Magazine

Mary Bloch, The Independent


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KCUR News
10:00 am
Tue April 14, 2009

Stimulus Bill Funds Jobs In The Arts

Kansas City, MO – State arts agencies and regional arts organizations will soon be infused with $20 million from the federal stimulus package. The National Endowment for the Arts will distribute the funds as part of an effort to jumpstart the economy. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

Kansas Arts Commission Executive Director Llewelyn Crain says the funds are to be used specifically for grant recipients to preserve jobs in the arts. The amount of the grants will range between $5,000 and $40,000.

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Food and Drink
11:15 am
Mon April 13, 2009

Grow Your Own Food

Michelle Obama's doing it, and maybe you've thought about doing it, too. Growing food at home is a trend that's getting more and more attention. Some people do it for recreation, some to save money and some for home-grown, seasonal nutrition.

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Music
11:19 am
Mon April 6, 2009

Making Movies Takes On Latino Rock World

In the 1960's Spanish-language rock and roll began evolving separately from the mainstream and today, Rock En Espanol, with its own rhythms and cultural themes, is considered it's own genre. The Kansas City band Making Movies is also finding it's own niche as a Midwestern rock band with Latino roots.

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Theater/Performance
2:49 pm
Thu April 2, 2009

Choreographer Karole Armitage

Dancer/choreographer Karole Armitage, previously known as the "Punk Ballerina" talks with Steve Kraske about her work.

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Music
8:17 am
Mon March 30, 2009

Rappers Celebrate Negro Leagues

Rapper GLC

So you think that hip hop and baseball have nothing in common? Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum invites you to think again. A new CD finds big-name rappers rhyming about the Negro Leagues.

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Food and Drink
11:15 am
Fri March 20, 2009

The Food Critics: News, Reviews and Fabulous Seafood

The Food Critics return to share restaurant news and recommendations. From minnows to octopi, and all the other delicious things you might find in the big blue sea, we learn where to find a good bite of fish in the Kansas City area.

Kansas City , Mo. – This week's Food Critics:

Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch

Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine

Gloria Gale, 436 South Magazine


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Jazz/Blues
9:36 am
Tue March 17, 2009

Cabaret Singer Marilyn Maye Attracts New Audiences

What the critics are praising is something midwest fans have known for decades: that Marilyn Maye is a master of the lost art of connecting with audiences. She recently stopped by our studios and told KCUR's Alex Smith about her philosophy of performing.

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Music
3:56 pm
Fri March 13, 2009

The Elders LIVE in Studio

photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

St. Patrick's Day in these parts just wouldn't be the same without Irish rockers The Elders. Since forming in 1998, The Elders have brought their musical mix of amped-up roots rock, powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch songwriting to festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States and Ireland.

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Theater/Performance
8:12 am
Wed March 11, 2009

Musical Tribute to Ginger Rogers

Vanessa Sonon and Erik Floor star in Backwards in High Heels through April 19, 2009 at American Heartland Theatre in Crown Center.
Photo: Shane Rowse

Kansas City area natives who went on to fame, fortune and academy awards during Hollywood's golden age include Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and Ginger Rogers.

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KCUR News
9:41 am
Mon March 9, 2009

Local Library Manager Shares Journey

Jazz/Blues
9:12 am
Mon March 9, 2009

KC Jazzman Alaadeen

One of Kansas City's legendary jazzmen, Alaadeen, stopped by The Fish Fry to talk about his career and the 25th anniversary re-release of The City Light Orchestra's album "Raised Spirits."

Kansas City , Mo. – One of Kansas City's legendary jazzmen, Alaadeen, stopped by The Fish Fry to talk about his career and the 25th anniversary re-release of The City Light Orchestra's album "Raised Spirits."

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Jazz/Blues
10:35 am
Sat March 7, 2009

Good-Time Blues from Frank Ace

The Fish Fry's Chuck Haddix talks with blues man Frank Ace, a frequent musical guest at BB's and other area clubs.

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