Arts & Culture

Film
4:49 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Silences Broken, Secrets Revealed At Kansas International Film Festival

Kori Cioca, one of the brave young women whose military careers were shattered by sexual assault in "The Invisible War."
hollywoodreporter.com

Good documentaries are like prize-winning journalism in their ability to wage war on toxic secrets.

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City Chefs Create Culinary Treasures

The culinary staff from Room 39 prepares dinner at Powell Gardens' "Under the Harvest Moon" dinner on Sunday
Julie Denesha KCUR

So three absolutely amazing chefs were walking down the street one day when a man jumped out from behind a bush... and surprised them with a simple request:

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

An image from director Benoît Jacquot's version of Marie Antoinette's last days in Versailles in "The Queen of Versailles"
Carole Bethuel Cohen Media Group

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 28-30, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Work-In-Progress Inspired By Art At The Nelson

Composer Adam Schoenberg makes notes on the score for his new work, "Picture Studies." It's inspired by artwork in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Laura Spencer KCUR

This season, the Kansas City Symphony focuses on the theme of “Symphonic Pictures," exploring the intersection between art and music.

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Up to Date
11:43 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 27-30

Nick Lowe performs a solo show Thursday evening at Knuckleheads

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 27-30? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Two Decades Sharing A Vision For Collecting Art

Tony and Marti Oppenheimer leaf through a new book about the Oppenheimer Collection; it includes photos and essays about more than 150 works.
Laura Spencer KCUR

When you think of a patron of the arts, what name comes to mind? Maybe it’s Medici or Guggenheim.

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Central Standard
10:16 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Adult Studio Art Classes / ACT, SAT Prep

flickr / naraekim0801

During the first half of Wednesday's Central Standard, a discussion about broadening artistic learning opportunities for adults.

Then later in the hour, since it's that time of year for students... we'll talk about preparing for the ACT and SAT. Hear about a program aiming to level the playing field with college prep services for local low-income and underprivileged students.

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Architecture
9:47 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Broken Glass At The Kauffman Center: Who's To Blame?

A view of the broken pane from inside the Kauffman Center.
Laura Spencer KCUR

It's been a year since the $413 million concrete-and-glass shell-shaped Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. opened to the public.

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Government
9:40 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Kansas Again Applies For Federal Arts Funds

In 2011, Kansas made headlines by eliminating all public funding for the arts. That meant the state no longer qualified for federal matching grants of more than $1 million.

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Up To Date
10:06 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Wayne White is the artist featured in the documentary, "Beauty is Embarrassing".
brkly

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 21-23, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
11:51 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 21-23

Jason Boland and The Stragglers appear this Friday at the Beaumont Club.

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 21-23? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Kansas City Rep Brings 'Pippin' Into The 21st Century

Kansas City cast members (in front, l to r): Katie Kalakura and Katie Gilchrist with Tony nominee Mary Testa and Claybourne Elder in KC Rep's "Pippin."
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The journey of a young prince is the subject of the musical Pippin, which opens the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 48th season this week.

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Visual Arts
4:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

A Photographic Cabinet Of Curiosities

Wilson Alwyn Bentley, American (1865–1931). Snowflake, ca. 1905. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation.
courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

In Shadow of Night - the second book in a supernatural trilogy by Deborah Harkness - the main characters travel back in time to Elizabethan England in search of a mysterious book called Ashmole 782.

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Connecting To Visual Arts With PLUG Projects

Artist Carrie Scanga makes an adjustment to a honey-colored tissue paper panel in PLUG Projects’ gallery space. Scanga has created a hive-like structure for the new exhibit, "BREATHE : The Emergent Colony."
Julie Denesha KCUR

On this Tuesday’s Central Standard, plug into a conversation with the artists behind the new arts gallery PLUG Projects. We’ll discuss their efforts to bring more thought-provoking works to Kansas City, local fundraising initiatives and resources to help develop local art writing and critique.

Later in the hour, visiting artist Carrie Scanga talks about "BREATHE: The Emergent Colony," her new experimental, collaborative exhibition that's transforming PLUG's gallery space.

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Visual Arts
9:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

'SmellScape' Encourages Nose-First Exploration

Just follow your nose, or the nose glyph, to collect one of 20 possible smell cards in the game/project called SmellScape.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Berlin-based artist Sissel Tolaas travels the world collecting scents.

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Up To Date
6:25 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Virginie Ledoyen in Farewell, My Queen
GMT Productions

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 14-16, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
3:38 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Cultures Collide In 'Madama Butterfly' At The Lyric Opera

The geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly, played by Elizabeth Caballero, reveals herself to Lt. B. F. Pinkerton on their wedding day in Nagasaki, Japan.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The tragic tale of love and betrayal marks the return of soprano Elizabeth Caballero to the Lyric Opera as the title character in "Madama Butterfly." Cabellero performed the role of Liù, a slave girl, in the Lyric's production of "Turandot" in 2011. 

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Central Standard Friday
8:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Movie Critics: Lawless, Not Flawless

On this week's Central Standard Friday, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including Lawless, The Bachelorette, Cosmopolis and The Words.

Plus, our critics discuss the re-release of Finding Nemo 3D. Is it worth seeing again?

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 14 - 16, 2012

Expo Americas at Union Station Saturday and Sunday.
expoamericas.com

Need something to do for the weekend of September 14-16? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Up To Date
9:37 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Songs & Moments With Kevin Mahogany

Jazz artist Kevin Mahogany
kevinmahagony.com

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date we take some time with jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany.

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Up To Date
8:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Living The Artist's Life

Hillstead Publishing

It's one thing to create art and quite another to make a living as an artist.  After all, the phrase "starving artist" exists for a reason.

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Visual Arts
4:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Flickr user 39_Steps

The Overland Park City Council called an extra meeting for Wednesday night. On the agenda: an executive session to discuss legal issues around controversial statuary at the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Up To Date
11:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Writing 'Paterno'

Simon & Schuster

For a sportswriter like Joe Posnanski it had to be a dream come true: unprecedented access to the most revered figure in college football, Joe Paterno. 

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KC Currents
9:43 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Live Music For A Living

KC Star pop music editor Tim Finn
Kansas City Star

If you spend any amount of time going to concerts or music shows in Kansas City, you’ve probably seen a tall, thin man with a shock of grey hair usually standing by himself, often near the back of the club.

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Performance
4:36 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lyric Opera Officially Opens New Center

Recently retired general director Evan Luskin and Artistic Director Ward Holmquist prepare to cut the ribbon.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City on Friday marked the official opening of its new $10.5 million, two-building facility in the Crossroads Arts District.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy and Dwight Henry as Wink in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Je Fox Searchlight.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 7-9, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Kansas Native Karrin Allyson Returns To Prairie Village - For The Weekend

Karrin Allyson performs Saturday evening at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival
Reisig and Taylor

Jazz singer and pianist Karrin Allyson is in town this weekend to perform at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

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Up to Date
4:05 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 7 - 9, 2012

Daryl Hall and John Oates appear Saturday night at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park

Need something to do for the weekend of September 7-9? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

Daryl Hall and John Oates: 8 p.m. Saturday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: $15 (standing room) to $149.50

Y’allapalooza featuring Dierks Bentley: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (Sandstone), Bonner Springs, Ks. Tickets: $14 to $38

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Central Standard
10:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Urban Empowerment Flash Mob

flickr / Aniket Thakur

It's not the first dance symbolizing a deeper message, but who knew one day we'd have something called the Urban League Slide?

On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk dancing, empowerment and flash mobs with Gwendolyn Grant of the Urban League of Greater KC.

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Arts
10:06 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Discussing The Future Of A Downtown Arts Campus

courtesy of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

In September 2011, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced "the Big 5," ideas the city would champion, ranging from revitalizing the urban core to boosting medical research.

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