Arts & Culture

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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Music
9:02 am
Mon January 31, 2011

Composer Mikel Rouse

Life as an artist isn't always the most financially rewarding endeavor, but if you could quantify critical acclaim, Mikel Rouse would be among the nation's wealthiest.

Kansas City, MO –
Mikel Rouse's work has been called innovative and transformative since he first jumped into the New York art and music scene in the early 1980s.

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Performance
10:52 am
Sun January 30, 2011

Coterie Theatre Hits the Road

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.

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.

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Music
12:38 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

'Next Stop Is Vietnam': The War In Music

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."

 

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Performance
10:57 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Kemper ARTcast: Movers

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2008

Kemper Museum digital communications specialist Drew Bolton recounts his experience "moving" in Nick Cave's Soundsuits at the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary gala performance.

Kansas City, Mo. – Bolton also talks with artist Peregrine Honig, who danced, and artist and musician Mark Southerland, who worked with Nick Cave as musical producer.

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Music
12:44 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Composer Maury Yeston on the Collaborative Process

Composer Maury Yeston with the score for "Tom Sawyer-A Ballet in Three Acts"
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

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.

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Opera/Performance
10:16 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Lyric Opera Announces Season in Kauffman Center

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.

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Music
9:51 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Kansas Native Samuel Ramey on Roots and Villainy

Samuel Ramey in a guest appearance on the PBS show, "Sesame Street."

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.

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.

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KCUR News
11:41 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Lucile Bluford v. the University of Missouri

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.

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KC Currents
11:40 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Night Club Raid Has Lingering Effects on Westside

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.

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Books
10:16 am
Thu January 20, 2011

UMKC Book Robot Inspires Art

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.

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Performance
1:43 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Play Gives Voice to Stories about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy

Mark Wolf in "Another American: Asking and Telling"
photo: Don Ipock, courtesy of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre

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.

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KCUR News
11:10 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Filipino Martial Arts Help KC Women Learn Self-Defense

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.

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KCUR News
11:01 am
Sun January 16, 2011

Area Sudanese Vote In Omaha - Some Wait 12 Hours Outside In Blizzard Before Casting Vote

Southern Sudanese wait in line in Omaha last Sunday to vote in Sudanese independence election. Photo Lual Deng Akoon

Kansas City, Missouri – There are more Southern Sudanese living in the Kansas City area than anywhere in the United States except Nebraska.

So many from this area were ready to cast ballots when voting began in Sudan, and among refugees around the world, in last weeks historic election to create an independent Southern Sudan.

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Theater/Performance
9:41 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Kansas City Symphony Announces First Season in the Kauffman Center

A view of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts from the South Lobby Atrium of the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Kansas City Symphony today announced its 2011-2012 season, its inaugural season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Symphony today announced its 2011-2012 season, its inaugural season in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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Government
8:26 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Governor Brownback Proposes Phasing Out Funding for the Arts

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
file photo

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.

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KC Currents
11:24 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Flirting Research Hits On How We Find Potential Mates

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.

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Music
3:43 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Alan Lomax: Recording The World

Alan Lomax wanted to create a record of world sound. From 1933 until he stopped working in 2002, two years before his death, Lomax devoted his life to preserving the folk songs of the past.

 

Alan Lomax wanted to create a record of world sound. From 1933 until he stopped working in 2002, two years before his death, Lomax devoted his life to preserving the folk songs of the past.

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