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.
There was a time that the Coterie Theatre - like a theater troupe of yore - packed up sets, actors and crew members to stage plays and musicals in rural communities throughout the Midwest. After a 15-year hiatus, the Coterie's on the road again.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, Mo. – The Coterie Theatre is embarking on a tour of area schools with a show that puts a modern, kid-friendly spin on Greek mythology.
A recent 13-CD box set called Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008 documents the music that dominated the airwaves during the Vietnam War. Rock historian Ed Ward says the compilation could have used some "conscientious curation."
Maury Yeston, the Tony-award winning composer for Broadway hits like "Nine" and "Titanic," is writing the music for the first production the Kansas City Ballet is staging at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It's a ballet called "Tom Sawyer" and was inspired, as you might guess, by Mark Twain's coming-of age story.
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the three resident companies at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, has announced its 2011-2012 season, its first in the new venue. As KCUR's Laura Spencer reports, the announcement began with a twist.
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City has announced its inaugural season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Highlights include the Lyric debut of John Adams' "Nixon in China" and a new production of Puccini's "Turandot" with bass Samuel Ramey as Timor.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – A native of Kansas, Samuel Ramey is considered the most recorded bass in history, with more than 80 recordings and three Grammy awards, as well as a guest appearance on Sesame Street.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Many people in Kansas City remember Lucile Bluford as the long-time managing editor of The Call, one of the nation's oldest African American newspapers. But some may not realize the role she played challenging segregation at the University of Missouri's Journalism School in 1939.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three months ago, a police raid on a popular club on the Westside sent reverberations through the community that are still being felt today. Many people in the neighborhood had concerns about Club Oasis, on Southwest Boulevard, because of frequent violence and shootings during Sunday night parties there. But some think the way the police raided the place may have caused even more problems.
The book robot, the automatic retrieval system for much of the collection of the Miller Nichols Library on the campus of UMKC, has inspired a flurry of artistic activity, from robot dances to art installations.
It was still government policy to discharge openly gay and lesbian service members from the U.S. military when Kansas City Repertory Theatre scheduled a play about the subject. Called "Another American: Asking and Telling," Marc Wolf's one-man show is compiled from interviews he conducted over a 3-year period.
Kansas City, MO – Action movie fans may have noticed some different fight moves on the big screen in recent years. In the James Bond film Casino Royale and all three of the Bourne Identity movies, the good guys are using Filipino martial arts to bust up the bad guys.
Now, a former police trainer living in Prairie Village is adapting those moves to help women learn self-defense. KCUR's Alex Smith dropped in on a class to find out more.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback released his proposed budget Thursday, January 13, 2010 for the next fiscal year. It calls for deep cuts, including phasing out state funding for the arts. If approved, Kansas would be the first state to convert its arts agency into a nonprofit. KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with Kansas Arts Commission Executive Director Llewellyn Crain.
Lawrence, KS – A prolonged touch, a coquettish smile, a throaty laugh: Flirting is a part of the age-old dating and mating ritual. You might think of it as a playful and seductive form of communication, verbal or non-verbal, aimed at getting the attention of a love interest.