Arts & Culture

Music
3:36 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Howard Iceberg

Kansas City musician, singer and songwriter Howard Iceberg shares stories of his life, his work and his music.

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Performance
10:37 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Lee's Summit Teen Reflects on Broadway Debut

Elaine Stritch and Katherine McNamara in "A Little Night Music" on Broadway.
photo: courtesy of Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Many Kansas City theater fans visit New York every year to catch shows before they tour or are produced by local companies. Those heading there this month have the opportunity to see the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," starring two of the theater's most revered performers, Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters, as mother and daughter. And four times a week, playing the youngest member of that clan, is Lee's Summit native Katherine McNamara.

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Visual Arts
1:42 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Kansas Sculptor Arlie Regier's Stainless Steel Creations

A close-up of Arlie Regier's "Hemisphere."
photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Stainless steel is an elegant medium. It's an alloy of metals, including chromium and nickel. A local master of the material says he's hanging up his hat, at least for now.

Kansas City, MO – Stainless steel is an elegant medium. It's an alloy of metals, including chromium and nickel. A local master of the material says he's hanging up his hat, at least for now.

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StoryCorps
5:41 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Susan Wilson and Sharmelle Winsett

Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Tuesday during Morning Edition, we'll bring you a story from the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Sharmelle Winsett brought in her mother Susan Wilson, KCUR's own Co-host of KC Currents. She also serves as the Associate Dean at the UMKC School of Medicine. They talked about how being bi-racial impacted her coming of age.

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KC Currents
9:54 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Church Opens Fitness Center to Combat Health Problems

Fitness technician Derek Wilson leads a workout for children in the Calvary after-school program. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – Reverend Eric Williams of Calvary Temple Baptist Church in midtown has worked for a long time on health issues in the African American community. A few years ago, he says he was tired of seeing people suffering and dying from health problems related to obesity and lack of exercise. So his church formed a non-profit and eventually built a gym right next door. The Calvary Community Wellness Center opened in 2008.

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Theater
8:36 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Cast of "Distracted" Experiences Learning Disability for Production

Director Cynthia Levin, and cast members Rusty Sneary and Zackary Hoar at Horizon Academy.
photo: Steve Walker/KCUR

In a world where multitasking and over-stimulation are seen as strengths, it's ironic but not surprising that 5 million American children suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Lisa Loomer's play "Distracted" at the Unicorn Theatre follows a couple's search to get help for their troubled 8-year-old son.

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KCUR Arts
10:53 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Reaching Out to Uninsured Artists

Because many artists are self-employed or work jobs that don't provide insurance, they often fall through the cracks when it comes to health care.

Kansas City, MO – Because many artists are self-employed or work jobs that don't provide insurance, they often fall through the cracks when it comes to health care. With the recent overhaul in the nation's health care system, by 2014, most Americans are required to have health insurance or face a fine. A national organization has a goal of insuring every artist, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Story Corps
3:25 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Mary and David Warm

Mary and David Warm, recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth, Kansas City, Mo.

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Jazz/Blues
8:13 am
Thu November 11, 2010

Syl Johnson: Soulful Like Marvin, Funky Like James

Unlike Marvin Gaye or James Brown, Johnson never had massive success, in spite of a prolific career. A new box set, Syl Johnson: The Complete Mythology, compiles more than 80 recordings from the late 1950s through early 1970s.

 

November 10, 2010

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Music
3:05 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Soprano Brenda Harris on Preparing for Bellini's "Norma"

Brenda Harris, as Norma, and the company in Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of "Norma."
photos: Karen Almond

For the first time in its history, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City is presenting Bellini's tragic bel canto opera "Norma." It's the story of a woman who betrays her sacred vows for love; she's then betrayed by her lover's infidelity.

Kansas City, MO – Before a recent rehearsal, KCUR's Laura Spencer met up with soprano Brenda Harris who's tackling the title role of Norma, one that's been described as both "grueling" and "vocally tortuous."

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Theater/Performance
11:32 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center

The Kansas City Ballet presents "Tom Sawyer - A Ballet in Three Acts" in its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center.
courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – When the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in 2011, its three resident companies will include the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.

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Music
9:02 am
Tue November 9, 2010

AfroCubism: Giants At Play, United By Music

The creative minds behind Buena Vista Social Club have guided an effort by Cuban and African musicians to create a new album, AfroCubism. Deep history underlies the musical interplay on the record, as well as a surprising number of similarities.

 

 

 

Listen to the Story and Selected Cuts from the Album

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Music
12:44 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Hilliard Ensemble: Improvising With Jan Garbarek

The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek (center) say they decide nothing before playing a piece.
? Paolo Soriani/ECM Records

A choral group known for its early-music repertoire and a saxophonist steeped in the art of improvisation may not be the most likely musical partners. But the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek have worked together since 1993. Officium Novum is their latest collaboration.

 

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Music
12:08 pm
Mon November 8, 2010

Tracy Bonham: A '90s Rock Star, Reborn

The Grammy-nominated singer has just returned with an album reflecting her new outlook on life.

 

A lot has changed in Tracy Bonham's life since the release of her last album in 2005.? She moved back to Brooklyn, N.Y., married Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine and even picked up yoga. All of those changes are reflected on her latest full-length album, Masts of Manhatta.

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KC Currents
11:26 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali in Shawnee

Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – We're in the middle of the five-day Hindu celebration of Diwali. On Saturday, some 2000 people gathered at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center to celebrate with the region's biggest-ever Diwali party.

Earlier last week, KC Currents' Alex Smith went to temple to find out more about the holiday known as the "festival of lights."

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Visual Arts
12:57 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Europeans Viewed "Through African Eyes" at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Ben Kane Kwei Sowah (Ghanaian). Fantasy Coffin (Mercedes Benz), 1996. Wood, glass, metal, paint. National Museum of Funeral History, Houston

For more than 500 years, African cultures have responded to European contact with a range of emotions - from admiration to resentment.

Kansas City, MO – An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Through African Eyes," tells the story from the African point of view, through more than 90 artworks: bronze sculptures, photographs, wooden masks, paintings, and other objects made of ivory, metal and textiles. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Story Corps
12:12 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Jeanie Schiefelbusch and Richard Schiefelbusch

Jeanie Schiefelbusch brought her father, Richard \"Dick\" Schiefelbusch

Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Tuesday during Morning Edition, we'll bring you a story from the MobileBooth in Kansas City.

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Kemper ARTcasts
8:35 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Kemper ARTcast: Marc Swanson in Context

Marc Swanson, Mockup for Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial), 2010

Marc Swanson's "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" is on view to the public at the northeast corner of 9th and Broadway, in downtown Kansas City. Here, Swanson talks about his influences and process.

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Story Corps
12:59 pm
Mon November 1, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Jessica Farmer and Lydia Friz

Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Tuesday during Morning Edition, we'll bring you a story from the MobileBooth in Kansas City. Friends Jessica Farmer and Lydia Friz talked about a loosely planned bicycle trip they took from Topeka to Salina for a festival. They shared some of the challenges and lessons they learned along the way.

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Music
10:47 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Local Accordion Legend Don Lipovac

You may never have heard of Don Lipovac. But among accordion enthusiasts, he's a legend, once recognized as the nation's best.

Click here to view the entire article and hear audio extras, like Lipovac's performance on the Lawrence Welk show.

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KCUR Arts
12:28 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Paul Mesner Puppets Appeals To Children And Adults

Paul Mesner talks to puppeteer Spencer Lott before a "Frankenstein" rehearsal.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

For more than two decades in Kansas City, Paul Mesner has presented puppet shows, primarily for children. Many of the productions are based on classic fairy tales and modern children's literature, but with enough humor and sarcasm to also appeal to adults.

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KCUR Arts
3:44 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Architectural Aspects Of Clay At Sherry Leedy

Hungarian Herend Porcelain, Vessel FFF 2009 8.75"x 8"
George Timock

Ceramic artwork is on display across Kansas City. Three installations at the H&R Block Artspace, the Belger Arts Center, and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, celebrate the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary with work by faculty, students and alumni of the renowned ceramics department.

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Story Corps
5:28 pm
Mon October 25, 2010

StoryCorps: Man Wrongly Accused of Murder Talks of Prison and Redemption

Kansas City, MO – Darryl Burton was 22 years old, and had just enrolled in college, when he was found guilty of a murder he did not commit. Burton was finally exonerated in 2008, at the age of 46. He talks with his friend and case manager, Jeff Page of the Catholic Charities re-entry program, about his incarceration.

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Music
10:42 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Park University Music Program Attracts Pianists from around the World

Stanislav Ioudenitch works with students Erin Hale (left) and Yuntian Liu (right). Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR.

This coming weekend, Kansas Citians will have the chance to hear two internationally-known concert pianists. And they're traveling all the way from . . . Parkville.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Alex Smith has the story of how Park University has built a world-famous conservatory with the help of Uzbek-born pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch.

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Story Corps
9:25 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Story Corps in KC: Darryl Burton and Jeff Page

Music
12:01 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Janelle Monae is Back in Kansas

With her signature pompadour and futuristic tuxedoes, singer Janelle Monae is breaking out of Atlanta's alternative hip hop scene.

Kansas City, MO – Janelle Monae's recent album The ArchAndroid was produced by Outkast, along with Sean "Diddy" Combs. She's performed across the US and Europe, but at age 24, Janelle Monae has yet to play in or around her own hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. That's until this weekend. KCUR's Susan Wilson recently caught up with her over the phone.

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Story Corps
2:34 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Stephanie Leedy and Jim Leedy

Stephanie Leedy and Jim Leedy, recorded in the StoryCorps MobileBooth in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City, MO – At StoryCorps recording booths across the country, friends and loved ones interview each other about their lives. Each Tuesday during Morning Edition, we'll bring you a story from the MobileBooth in Kansas City.

Stephanie Leedy, brought her father, Jim Leedy, an artist and retired Kansas City Art Institute sculpture professor who turns 80 next month. They talked about staying young, and what it was like for Stephanie to grow up with an artist for a father.

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KCUR Arts
12:17 pm
Fri October 15, 2010

"Clare Twomey: Forever" At The Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art

An important cup in the Burnap Collection: a salt-glazed stoneware vessel for caudle, a wine, milks, and spice drink. It's the earliest-known dated piece of English salt-glazed stoneware.
Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

British ceramic artist Clare Twomey's interactive installations have been known to "produce feelings of surprise, wonder, joy, and introspection."

Kansas City, MO – Twomey's new exhibition, "Forever," at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, features 1,345 objects, authored by the artist; it's an interpretation of an 18th-century salt-glazed stoneware caudle cup from the Museum's Burnap Collection of English Pottery. There's also an interactive dimension: visitors can apply to be the owner of one of the cups.

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KCUR Arts
2:24 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Kauffman Center Announces Plans For Inaugural Weekend

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced its opening weekend plans for September 16 - 18, 2011.

Kansas City, MO – Opera singer Placido Domingo and violinist Itzkak Perlman will headline the inauguration of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall and the 1,800 seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The resident companies - the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet will also perform during the opening festivities.

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Theater/Performance
1:12 pm
Thu October 14, 2010

Kansas City Ballet Presents Parody of Broadway Theatrics, Russian Ballet and the Mob

Dancers Aisling Hill-Connor & Michael Eaton
photo: Sara Forrest Photography

The new season of the Kansas City Ballet is its last at the Lyric Theatre before next fall's move to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kansas City, MO – The new season of the Kansas City Ballet is its last at the Lyric Theatre before next fall's move to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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