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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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Jazz/Blues
3:22 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Wait, Who Is This Esperanza Spalding?

Forget the Arcade Fire: The biggest upset of the 2011 Grammy Awards, held Sunday night, was when jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding won for Best New Artist.

 

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Government
1:57 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

House Committee Recommends Restoring Funds to Kansas Arts Commission

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.

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Music
1:53 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Natacha Atlas Adapts 'Egypt: Rise to Freedom'

Egyptian-Anglo singer Natacha Atlas had already recorded a subversive political song on her new album Mounqaliba (In a State of Reversal), recorded in 2010.

Then the uprising in Egypt gave her the chance to adapt that song for a new Egyptian experience. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Atlas about the new track, called "Egypt: Rise to Freedom."

Download MP3 here

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KCUR News
2:13 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Hmong Community Celebrates General Vang Pao

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.

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Music
1:46 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Lady Antebellum, Arcade Fire Take Top Prizes At Grammy Awards

The country trio won Song and Record of the Year, and the Montreal rockers won Album of the Year.

 

Here were the first words spoken by Win Butler, after his band Arcade Fire won album of the year ? the biggest prize of the the night ? at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards:

"What the hell?"

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Food & Drink
12:24 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Food Enthusiasts Dine at Underground 'Test Kitchen'

A small, underground group of food enthusiasts meet to dine in the exclusive Test Kitchen.

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.

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Food & Drink
8:27 am
Sat February 12, 2011

Challah: A Love Story

Certain foods can evoke powerful memories of people we love. For 87-year-old Ray Davidson, one of those foods is challah.

OVERLAND PARK, Ks. –

Over the past few years, Ray Davidson has baked tens of thousands of loaves of the traditionally Jewish, braided bread.

Every week, he goes to the chilly kitchen at Congregation Beth Shalom in Overland Park to bake dozens of loaves of the challah, using a special recipe.

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Visual Arts
3:16 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with the Artist Barbara Grad

Barbara Grad, Video Villa, 2010; oil on linen, 57 x 90 inches; courtesy of the artist

Artist Barbara Grad discusses her abstract paintings with Kemper Museum curator Barbara O'Brien.

Kansas City, Mo. – Video Villa: New Paintings by Barbara Grad
February 4-May 28, 2011
Kemper at the Crossroads

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Music
1:39 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Visiting Rodney Crowell's Dark, Raucous Childhood

Country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell brings his guitar into the studio and performs songs that relate to his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, about his rough-and-tumble childhood in East Texas.

 

Alan Messer /Knopf

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Jazz/Blues
11:49 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Why We're Obsessed With Wayne Shorter

The saxophonist and composer tends to inspire reverence. Biographer Michelle Mercer explains.

 

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.

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Jazz/Blues
2:42 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

The 100 Quintessential Jazz Songs

Seattle stations KPLU and Jazz24.org asked their listeners to determine the top 100 quintessential jazz songs of all time. The results are in, and you can listen to them right here.

 

Hear The Mix

The Jazz 100 is a crowdsourced list of the most quintessential jazz songs of all time, determined by the listeners of Jazz24.org and NPR Music.

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KCUR News
10:54 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Lawyers Reflect on Anniversary of Desegregation of Kansas City Bar Association

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.

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Government
10:23 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Brownback Signs Order to Abolish Kansas Arts Commission

Governor Sam Brownback on Monday signed an executive order to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission and replace it with the Kansas Arts Foundation.

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.

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KCUR News
9:20 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Brownback Orders Arts Commission Abolished

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.

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Jazz/Blues
2:45 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Camel Zekri: Fusing Cultural Identities Through Fusion Music

(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.

 

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Chiefs Trumpet Player
12:30 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Chiefs' Trumpeter Tony DiPardo Dies at 98

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.

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.

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KCUR News
11:28 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Mo. Supreme Court Calls for Retrial on Controversial Adoption

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.

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