Arts & Culture

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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Food and Drink
10:14 am
Fri March 6, 2009

The Food Critics: News, Reviews, Hotcakes and Waffles

The Food Critics share the latest in local restaurant news and reviews. In the second half we explore the best places for waffles and hotcakes!

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

Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch

Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine

Mary Bloch, The Independent

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:36 am
Fri March 6, 2009

Kemper ARTcast 5: In Loving Memory of You

Archie Scott Gobber, In Loving Memory of You, 2007?08; enamel on wood panels, 80 x 144 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Purchase made possible by the Collectors Forum and the Sosland Acquisition Fund, 2008.26

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents a two-part exhibition, exploring utopia and dystopia through works from its permanent collection. The titles of the exhibitions, In Loving Memory of You, come from the Kemper Museum's recent acquisition by Kansas City-based artist Archie Scott Gobber. In this edition, a conversation between Gobber and Museum Director and CEO Rachael Blackburn Cozad.

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Jazz/Blues
8:44 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Cedric Burnside And Lightnin' Malcolm: Two-Man Wrecking Crew

Chuck Haddix, Lightnin' Malcolm and Cedric Burnside
Michael Byars KCUR

Cedric Burnside, grandson of the legendary R.L. Burnside, son of drummer great Calvin Jackson, is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world. Bluesman Lightnin' Malcolm is one of the leading younger generation artists on the scene today.

Kansas City, Mo – North Mississippi Hill Country blues artists Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm joined us on The Fish Fry for a chat about their new CD "2 Man Wrecking Crew" and the influence of Cedric's grandfather, the great R.L. Burnside.

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Jazz/Blues
10:14 am
Sun March 1, 2009

Fat Tuesday Starts Early in Kansas City

Dirty Force makes a stop during its annual early morning Mardi Gras march
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

The Top of the Bottoms Social Aide Pleasure Society's Dirty Force Brass Knuckle Street Band and Soul Revue, or simply Dirty Force, has gained a reputation for arriving unannounced. But each year on Mardi Gras, the New Orleans-style brass band gathers on Kansas City's West Side to mark the festivities with an early morning march.

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Music
11:46 am
Tue February 24, 2009

Opera Soprano Carol Vaness

Carol Vaness performed the title role of Puccini's Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Pavarotti in the legendary tenor's final operatic performance. That's just a part of the extraordinary professional life of this opera soprano.

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Music
8:45 am
Sun February 22, 2009

Jumping on the Orient Express

Sergio Reyes

Guitarist Beau Bledsoe has become known to local music fans as one of the more open-minded and adventurous musicians in town. His resume already includes explorations of tango, flamenco and Western classical music. In his new project, Orient Express, the musical exploration continues further, as Beau Bledsoe collaborates with musicians from Turkey.

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Food and Drink
1:30 pm
Fri February 20, 2009

The Food Critics Dish About Restaurant News, Reviews, Macaroni and Cheese

The Food Critics share the latest in local restaurant news and reviews. In the second half we explore the glorious world of macaroni and cheese in all its varieties.

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Good News!

American Restaurant

200 E 25th Street Ste 400,

Kansas City, MO 64108-2509

(816) 545-8001

Up for the best service award.

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Kemper ARTcasts
3:08 pm
Wed February 18, 2009

Kemper ARTcast 5: Installing Apfelbaum

Photo: Robert J. Bingaman

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art curator Christopher Cook and collections manager and registrar Amy Duke detail the process of installing the museum's permanent collection installation Split, by artist Polly Apfelbaum. View the slideshow here.

MUSIC: "Thrashy" by Brandon Draper

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Theater/Performance
12:20 pm
Thu February 12, 2009

St?rling Dance Theater Tackles Race Relations

The neo-classical dance company, St?rling Dance Theater (in residence at the Culture House in Olathe), has tackled difficult subject matter in its choreography over the last decade, from biblical themes to Alzheimer's.

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Jazz/Blues
2:48 pm
Mon February 9, 2009

Blue Note Records Through the Years

The Blue Note record label started 70 years ago when German immigrant Alfred Lion was inspired to record some of the boogie-woogie piano music he heard at Carnegie Hall. Today, the label is recognized as one of the finest in jazz. It's classic records, especially those from the 50's and 60's, have a cult following. The American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine is celebrating Blue Note's anniversary with a series of events.

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Food and Drink
1:39 pm
Fri February 6, 2009

Food Critics News, Reviews, and Date Night Destinations

The Food Critics share the latest in local restaurant news and to give their reviews. With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, we talk about some of the best places to share a romantic Valentine's lunch or dinner.

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Theater/Performance
9:59 am
Wed February 4, 2009

Soprano Danielle de Niese in her American Recital Debut

In its more than 40 year history, the Harriman-Jewell Series has presented 18 American recital debuts, including tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Recently, it was soprano Danielle de Niese's turn.

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Music
3:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2009

Remembering Dona Edith do Prato

Dona Edith do Prato

KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has a remembrance of a musician she met several years ago in Brazil. Edith Oliveira Nogueira died last week at the age of 94. She was from Santo Amaro, a colonial town surrounded by sugar cane plantations in the state of Bahia. Dona Edith, as she was known, didn't become a professional musician until her 60s, when she went on tour with the legendary singer Caetano Veloso

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