Arts & Culture

Kemper ARTcasts
2:52 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: ArtReach

A collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach is a program for kids with or without developmental disabilities. Drew Bolton checks in on a session.

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Performance
3:14 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

"WE!" Shakes Up Relationship Between Audience and Performer

"WE!" photo: courtesy of Jane Gotch

On the sixth floor of the Town Pavilion in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an empty office space, once occupied by AT&T, is the site of a new installation dance performance called "WE!" The audience moves in small groups through an environment created by dancers, musicians, composers, visual artists, lighting and fashion designers.

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Visual Arts
11:54 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Nedra Bonds Teaches Quilting as Personal Expression

Kansas City Kansas native Nedra Bonds makes quilts that reflect social and political themes, using vibrant color, rich texture and contemporary three-dimensional elements.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nedra Bonds says that she uses images, patterns and color to capture ideas that are hard to express in words. And she teaches others to do it too.

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Performance
9:07 am
Thu March 24, 2011

The Rep's Production of "Cabaret" Transforms Audience Experience

Of all the musicals written by Kansas City native John Kander and his late partner, Fred Ebb, perhaps none were more innovative than "Cabaret." Though it contained many hummable songs in the Broadway tradition, it was set in Berlin in 1931 on the cusp of the rise of the Nazi party, making the Broadway musical a safe place for risky material.

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Visual Arts
11:06 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Ray Metzker: A Life Devoted to the Adventure of Seeing

Ray K. Metzker, American (b. 1931). Philadelphia, 1983. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.1963. ? Ray K. Metzker, Courtesy of the Laurence Miller Gallery.

Ray Metzker has been described as a photographer's photographer, an artist's artist. Metzker's 55-year career has been one of seeing the world and translating it through the medium of photography.

Kansas City, Mo. – Ray Metzker has been described as a photographer's photographer, an artist's artist. Metzker's 55-year career has been one of seeing the world and translating it through the medium of photography.

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Visual Arts
9:57 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: Interview Artist James Gobel

James Gobel, I'll Be Your Friend, I'll Be Your Love, I'll Be Everything You Need, 2009; felt, yarn, acrylic and rhinestones on canvas, 72 in. x 56 in.; Collection Glenn Fuhrman, New York, Courtesy Kravets/Wehby, New York

Please note: some adult themes.
Kemper Museum Educator of Adult Programs, Amy Duke, interviews artist James Gobel about his inspirations and process of creating his large-scale works on canvas.

Kansas City, Mo. – "Pattern ID"
January 28-May 8, 2011
Kemper Museum

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Opera/Performance
1:43 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Lyric Opera's General Director Evan Luskin to Retire

After a quarter century with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Evan Luskin, the Lyric's general director, and previously, managing director, plans to retire in 2012.

Kansas City, Mo. – After a quarter century with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Evan Luskin, the Lyric's general director, and previously, managing director, plans to retire in 2012.

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Government
8:08 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Senate Votes on Kansas Arts Commission

The Kansas Senate on Wednesday afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the state arts agency. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

Kansas City, Mo – The Kansas Senate on Wednesday afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the Kansas Arts Commission. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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KCUR News
3:17 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

Generation Rap's 'Granddad' Steps Down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jim Nunnelly is stepping down as the coordinator of the Generation Rap radio show, which airs every Saturday morning on Hot 103 Jamz--that's the urban contemporary station KPRS.

The show started in 1987, and soon after, Nunnelly took on the role of "Granddad." And for the last 12 years, he's supervised while a changing cast of high school students have taken on more and more responsibility for the show.

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KCUR News
3:09 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Brings Out Irish Heritage

Eddie Delahunt raises his glass as he prepares to sing Irish folk music.
Photo by Angie Jennings.

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Performance
3:35 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

"The Salt Beat" Mines Experience as Journalist in KCK

Cast of "The Salt Beat"

Two writers and a director whose resumes on both coasts include the New York Times, the Tonight Show and Seinfeld are about to unveil a new play making its world premiere this week in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Theater/Performance
8:37 am
Wed March 9, 2011

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle"

This weekend, the Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle," an evening-length ballet about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman in disguise.

KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Artistic Director William Whitener, and dancers Kimberly Cowen and Geoffrey Kropp about the story of love, betrayal, death and forgiveness.

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle"
March 10 - 13, 2011
Lyric Theatre
1029 Central (11th and Central)
Kansas City, Mo.

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KCUR News
10:12 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Profile in Civil Rights: Rev. Nelson 'Fuzzy' Thompson

Photo by Royal Photography LLC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Recently, the Kansas City community came together to honor minister and long-time civil rights activist Reverend Nelson "Fuzzy" Thompson. Since 1967, the Kansas City, Kan., native has been active in major human rights struggles for civil rights in the U.S. and abroad-- in South Africa, Nicaragua and Iran.

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Government
8:56 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Kansas Arts Commission Update

Lots of states are facing huge budget deficits this year, and many are considering drastic steps to address them. Kansas could be the only state, or at least the first, to completely eliminate the state agency that supports the arts.

Kansas City, Mo – Kansas could be the only state, or at least the first, to completely eliminate the state agency that supports the arts. KCUR's Laura Spencer gives us this update.

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Government
10:08 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Senate Committee Recommends Keeping KS Arts Commission

The Senate Federal and State Affairs committee has recommended rejecting Governor Sam Brownback's plan to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission. Brownback has signed an executive order to replace the Arts Commission with a private, non-profit group.

Topeka, KS – Governor Brownback says his plan will save the state around 600 thousand dollars during a tough budget crunch. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more.

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Music
10:15 am
Wed March 2, 2011

Composer Adam Schoenberg

Composer Adam Schoenberg talks with host Steve Kraske about his new work The American Symphony, commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony.

Kansas City, MO –

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Music
10:09 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Ella Jenkins: Still Making Friends

The first lady of children's music discusses the blues, the children she sings to and her own life.

 

After more than 50 years of singing with children, Ella Jenkins says that every time she's onstage, she still wants to make a friend.

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Music
8:30 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Tom Waits: Skid Row's Boozy Balladeer

The singer-songwriter, famous for his gravelly growl and tales of downtrodden working stiffs, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month.

 

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Performance
8:11 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Remembering Karen Errington

An actress many Kansas City area theatergoers know from musical theater performances has died. Karen Errington died early Tuesday, March 1, 2011, after her second bout with breast cancer.

Kansas City, Mo. – Karen Errington was a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan where her father was a school superintendent. And, in a 2008 interview with KCUR, Errington said it was her father who cast her in her first role.

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Jazz/Blues
11:53 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Charles Bradley: An Impersonator Finds His Own Voice

The 62-year-old was discovered by Daptone Records while performing his James Brown tribute act.

 

Kisha Bari/Courtesy of Motormouthmedia

A 62-year-old soul singer, Charles Bradley has a story you can hear in his voice. But for most of his life, he wasn't a singer.

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KCUR News
1:41 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Union Station Announces Funding Boost for Science City

Kansas City, Mo. – Union Station today will announce a more than $1 million dollar grant from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation for long-awaited improvements at Science City.

This marks the largest investment in Science City since its opening in 1999. Burns & McDonnell Chairman, President and CEO Greg Graves says it's also the largest grant to date by the Kansas City-based engineering and architectural company's foundation.

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Music
12:11 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

"RMB City Opera" Explores Play, Romance, and Identity through Second Life

Curator Leesa Fanning interviews China Tracy in RMB City.
photo: courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

With the opening of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the new spaces within its gleaming white walls seemed to cry out for art as fresh and cutting edge as the structure itself.

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Music
11:01 am
Thu February 24, 2011

"Angels & Demons at Play" Inspired by Sun Ra

Shadow puppet designed by artist Allan Winkler

A multimedia performance this weekend called "Angels & Demons at Play" takes its name from a song by Sun Ra, the avant-garde pianist and band leader - and combines live music with Balinese and masked dance, and electronic visual media.

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Music
2:27 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

The Songs Of The Egyptian Protests

The songs coming out of the protests in Egypt were made by musicians both new and revered.

 

Musicians have not been silent in the movement that brought down Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Perhaps the most popular song of the Egyptian revolution is by Mohamed Mounir, a singer so revered, he's known as "The Voice of Egypt."

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Music
1:20 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Where To Buy Music To Get More Cents On The Dollar To The Musician

If you want your favorite musician to get the most out of your money, there's only one choice.

NPR Music –

Say your favorite band is putting out a new album and you've decided to buy it. You want to make sure that when you do, the band gets as much of your money as possible. Where do you shop? Best Buy? Your local record store? iTunes?

It used to be so simple. An album would come out, you'd pay a store some amount of money in exchange for it, and the band would get some of that money.

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Visual Arts
10:53 am
Wed February 23, 2011

"Pattern ID" Explores Identity in Age of Globalization

James Gobel, "I'll Be Your Friend, I'll Be Your Love, I'll Be Everything You Need," 2009; felt, yarn, acrylic and rhinestones on canvas.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum

At the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in a traveling exhibition called "Pattern ID," fifteen artists from around the world express their cultural identities through pattern and dress.

Kansas City, Mo. – "Pattern ID" encourages viewers to consider their own "Pattern ID," that the clothes we wear, the things we surround ourselves with, are informed by our cultural heritage, and life experiences.

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Government
12:27 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Efforts to Preserve Kansas Arts Commission Led by Republican Lawmaker

A behind-the-scenes effort to retain the Kansas Arts Commission is being led by a Republican lawmaker at the Statehouse.

Topeka, KS – A behind-the-scenes effort to retain the Kansas Arts Commission is being led by a Republican lawmaker at the Statehouse. State Senator Roger Reitz of Manhattan says Governor Sam Brownback's decision to privatize the Arts Commission is bad for the state and he says there is enough support to override the move.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:19 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: "Pattern ID" Artist and Curator

Willie Cole, Procession, 2006 at the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.
photo: Laura Spence/KCUR

"Pattern ID" curator Ellen Rudolph and artist Willie Cole discuss the relationship of pattern to society and its manifestation in art.

Kansas City, Mo. – "Pattern ID"
January 28-May 8, 2011
Kemper Museum

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Visual Arts
9:30 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Kansas City Art Institute Names New President

The Kansas City Art Institute recently appointed Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., as the college's first African-American president in its 125-year history. Chanda's currently the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France.

Kansas City, Mo. – A native of Detroit, Chanda talked to KCUR's Laura Spencer about returning to the United States and some of her early experiences with art.

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Performance
9:08 am
Wed February 16, 2011

"Oh What a Lovely War" Marks First Theatrical Production in National WWI Museum

The scars of World War II still hadn't completely healed when London's Theatre Workshop began to develop its musical "Oh What a Lovely War" in the late 1950s. Perhaps that's why the troupe instead chose to explore World War I and, though the show was a hit that transferred to Broadway, it's not produced that often in the United States.

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