Thomas Hart Benton was one of Kansas City's most famous artists. This year marks the 125thÂ anniversary of his birth, and the Kansas City Museum is throwing a birthday party by displaying some of Benton's most prominent lithographs in a special exhibit.
A blowing March wind on Thursday roared outside the windows of a rehearsal and performance space in the Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Ilya Kozadayev, a former soloist with Houston Ballet, watched intently from the audience as a group of six dancers from the Kansas City Ballet moved without music. For long stretches of time, only the sound of occasional claps and feet upon the floor could be heard as they went through the motions of a final tech rehearsal.
Google Glass has been in the news lately as more people are trying it out. This wearable technology is still in the beta version, but about 10,000 people are now testing it, including a Kansas City-based mobile development firm. And in January, they partnered with the Kansas City Symphony â to provide fourÂ different views on stage.
Itâs no secret that people of different religions often clash over their differences. But when you look closer, the similarities jump out, especially when it comes to significant objects.Â
On Wednesday's Up to Date, our Religion Roundtable takes a look at why objects such as stones, crosses, bread, drums and incense have places of prominence in spiritual observance and how their function differs in each religion.
Â Â He flies through the air and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Of course, we're talking about Superman. But thereâs more reality in comic book superhero tales than you might think.
On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about how the comics have reflected contemporary life and historical events. Take a look at World War II-era comics, and youâll see a caped crusader shilling for the war effort.
On Monday, the Charlotte Street FoundationÂ announced the 2014 visual and performing artist awards. A Charlotte Street award is always a welcome surprise to artists - in part, because it provides $10,000 in unrestricted cash.
On Friday's edition of Central Standard,Â food criticsÂ CharlesÂ Ferruzza, Gloria Gail, ChrisÂ BecickaÂ and Emily FarrisÂ dished on the best spots in and around Kansas City for noodles of all shapes and sizes.Â
Get that spring into your step with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 21-23, 2014.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City: âLa Bohemeâ (Classic opera by Giacomo Puccini), 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $90 to $160Â
Regina Carter is considered one of the most prolific contemporary jazz violinists.
A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, she has a discography that draws upon a wide range of musical influences from Motown to Folk, and now her Southern roots, with her latest album Southern Comfort.
"[Southern Comfort] is about my journey of trying to learn about my father's family and search for my ancestors to find out where I come from," Carter explains in a recent interview withÂ Central Standard'sÂ Matthew Long-Middleton.
Imagine spending a year â or more â restoring an artwork, trying to bring back the touch, or the brushstroke, of a master. Thatâs what Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, has been doing with an El Greco painting (ca. 1580-1585) called The Penitent Magdalene.Â
The National World War I Museum, housed at the base of the Liberty Memorial, is this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of that war. By pure coincidence, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning play War Horse arrives at the Music Hall next month, creating a rare convergence of history and theatricality in Kansas City.
Update at 10:47 am: The three Kansas City semifinalists for the James Beard award did not make the final cut. Finalists were announced Tuesday.
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The James Beard awards have been described as the "Oscars of the food world." Named for the cookbook author and teacher, they're considered the highest honor for chefs, restaurants, and other food professionals in the United States.
The band Maria the Mexican describes its sound as Americana soul andÂ Mexicana groove. Sisters Maria and Tess Cuevas got their start inÂ MariachiÂ Estrella,Â an all-female mariachi band founded by their grandmother, the late Teresa Cuevas.Â In 2011, theyÂ branched out to form Maria the Mexican, with guitarist Garrett Nordstrom.
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and a new exhibit at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., details the events that led up to the war â from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declaration of war a month later on July 28, 1914.
The exhibit presents archival newspaper articles and diplomatic communications from around the world.Â
This yearâs Middle of the Map music festival will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our âLocal Listenâ segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.
KansasÂ City is the birthplace of many inventions that have changed the way we perform everyday tasks. For example, your neck might be a lot hairier if it weren't forÂ SamuelÂ Coffman, who invented the electric clippers.Â
Today on the KCUR programÂ Central Standard, we discussed just a few of the most prominent products, icons and improvements invented here. Check out this list of seven life-changing inventions, born right here in KC:
When American soprano Katie Van Kooten came down with a cold just before the final dress rehearsal of theÂ Lyric Opera of Kansas City'sÂ "La BohĂ¨me,"Â it became clear that she was not going to be able to "sing out" in her role as MimĂŹ.
But the show - or at least the rehearsal - went on.
It's not often that a New York City institution actually leaves the city. But such was the case last year when 89-year-old Broadway legend Elaine Stritch returned to her Michigan hometown after some 60-plus years making any show, movie or television series she appeared in better than it would have been without her.
The Kansas City-based band, The Elders, with their blend of American roots rock and Celtic folk, have performed together since 1998. This year marks their 12th annual Hoolie, a celebration of Irish culture through music and dance.
On Thursday's Up to Date, some of the band members talked about the March 15 event with host Steve Kraske.
"Mostly, itâs just the joy of playing. We all love to play. Thatâs why weâre still doing it in our mid-50s,â said Brent Hoad, who plays keyboards, as well as fiddle, guitar, mandolin.