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.
By Laura Spencer
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.
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.
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.
The songs coming out of the protests in Egypt were made by musicians both new and revered.
By Elizabeth Blair/NPR Music
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."
If you want your favorite musician to get the most out of your money, there's only one choice.
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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.
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.
By Laura Spencer
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.
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.
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.
By Laura Spencer
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.
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.
Update: The House Appropriation Committee voted against the recommendation. Kansas is facing a nearly $500 million shortfall in the next fiscal year. Last week, Governor Sam Brownback announced his decision to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission, with an expected savings of about $600,000. A House budget committee this week has rejected Brownback's plan. And the recommendation is expected to go before the House Appropriations committee this morning.
Kansas City, Kan. – General Vang Pao, a leader in the Hmong community, passed away in January. Some 400 people from the Hmong community gathered at the George Meyn Community Center in Kansas City, Kan., to remember Vang Pao.
Vang Pao led the CIA trained Hmong fighters in the 'secret war' during Vietnam. Later, Vang Pao moved to the U.S. to become a civic leader in the Hmong community.
A small, underground group of food enthusiasts meet to dine in the exclusive Test Kitchen.
By Anthonia Akitunde
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thanks to reality television, chefs are stepping away from the stove and into the spotlight. But one area woman is taking local chefs out of those extreme circumstances to create meals on their own terms, with 20 foodies in tow to eat it up.
The saxophonist and composer tends to inspire reverence. Biographer Michelle Mercer explains.
By Patrick Jarenwattananon/NPR Music
The saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter is one of the few jazz musicians who can without a doubt be called a living legend. Many of his compositions are jazz standards; many of his records are studied endlessly. He's one of the artists who both musicians and fans obsess over ? and even at age 77, he continues to reinvent his musical personality with every performance.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In order to practice law in Missouri, law school graduates must take a test demonstrating their competence, and are then admitted to the Missouri Bar. But that's just the first step in launching a law career. For many, joining a local bar association is a next step.
Governor Sam Brownback on Monday signed an executive order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission and replace it with the Kansas Arts Foundation.
By Stephen Koranda, KPR
Topeka, KS – Governor Sam Brownback on Monday signed an executive order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission and replace it with the Kansas Arts Foundation. The Arts Commission is a state agency, while the Arts Foundation would be a non-profit organization responsible for raising most of its funding through private donations.
TOPEKA, Ks. – Governor Sam Brownback today (MON) signed an executive order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission and replace it with a non-profit organization, the Kansas Arts Foundation.
Brownback says making the arts the responsibility of private donors will save the state around 600 thousand dollars next fiscal year. He believes the arts in Kansas will continue to grow under the new organization.
(January 29, 2011) Zekri's life and art emerged from a clash of two cultures. Raised in Algeria and trained at the Paris Conservatory, the performer was able to reconcile the differences through his music.
Kansas City trumpet player and band leader Tony DiPardo passed away on Thursday. "Mr. Music" was best known as the man played "charge" and riding the Chiefs mascot Warpaint at countless football games.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tony DiPardo was the Chiefs' music director for 20 years, and he played at Arrowhead for another 24 years when his daughter took over in 1989. Three years ago, Tony DiPardo told KCUR's Walt Bodine and co-host Kelley Weiss about how he started playing the trumpet.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This week, the Missouri Supreme Court restored parental rights to a Guatemalan immigrant whose son was adopted by an American couple. The court ruled that the adoption failed to follow proper legal procedures, and sent the case back for a new hearing. But the four-year-old boy will remain with his adoptive family until then.