Arts & Culture

Story Corps
4:27 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Kristy Childs and Marty Denzer

Kristy Childs and her friend Marty Denzer, StoryCorps MobileBooth, 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. Kristy Childs sat down with her friend Marty Denzer to share her experience as a teenage runaway, prostitute and drug addict before she turned her life around.

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KC Currents
2:51 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Beyond the Murder: Leon Jordan's Legacy in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO – This summer, Kansas City police re-opened an unsolved murder case from 1970. Leon Jordan was a pioneering local politician and civil rights leader. 40 years after he was gunned down outside the bar he owned, Jordan's murder remains one of the most vexing mysteries in Kansas City history.

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Kemper ARTcasts
8:02 am
Mon September 27, 2010

Interview with Artists: Gao Brothers Part 1

Gao Brothers,Two Portraits of Saddam Hussein, 2009

China's Gao Brothers?Gao Qiang and Gao Zhen?have collaborated on their artwork since 1985. Before the opening of the exhibition, "Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis," curator Arthur Hwang met with the artists for an interview.

Kansas City, MO – "Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis"
September 17, 2010-January 2, 2011
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Music: Excerpt from "Gallery Echo Sutras" by Jeffrey Rukaman

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Kemper ARTcasts
8:13 am
Sun September 26, 2010

Interview with Artists: Gao Brothers Part 2

Gao Brothers,Outer Space Project - Map of China, 2008

"Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis" curator Arthur Hwang continues his interview with China's Gao Brothers on their work in the exhibition.

Kansas City, MO – "Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis"
September 17, 2010-January 2, 2011
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Music: Excerpt from "Gallery Echo Sutras" by Jeffrey Rukaman

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Film
3:26 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

Walker's Review: Animal Kingdom

Directorial debut by Australia's David Michod sinks its teeth in deep.

 

Written and directed by first-timer David Michod, an Australian crime family is at the center of this epic drama. But these are no Corleones. With a frightening, bleach-blonde matriarch (Jacki Weaver) at its head and a monosyllabic teenager at its tail, this snake has venom and bite but no future; it's a creature that needs to be put out of its misery - and the clan work toward that with their own narcissism and ineptitude.

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KCUR Arts
8:00 am
Thu September 23, 2010

"Thinking Photography" Explores Photography Legacy At KCAI

As a nod to the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary, an exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the school's photographic legacy from the 1960s to the present. "Thinking Photography: Five Decades at the Kansas City Art Institute" features works by nearly 30 notable KCAI alumni, including Joe Deal, Robert ParkeHarrison, and Mark Osterman.

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KCUR Arts
9:12 am
Tue September 21, 2010

Winning Team Selected For St. Louis Arch Redesign

An eight-member design jury has chosen the winning team in the St. Louis Arch redesign competition. As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, the winning team has a deep background in designing urban parks.

By Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is the winning team.

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Story Corps
8:21 pm
Mon September 20, 2010

StoryCorps in KC: Ross and Kelly Thompson

Ross Thompson and Kelly Thompson, StoryCorps MobileBooth, 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.

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KC Currents
10:56 am
Mon September 20, 2010

Betty Caywood: An Accidental Pioneer in Sports Broadcasting

Kansas City, MO – This week, the Royals hosted the Oakland Athletics in a series that resulted in 1 win for the A's and 2 wins for Kansas City. Long-time baseball fans might recognized the A's visit as a kind of homecoming; before the Royals, the A's were Kansas City's home team from mid- 50s to the mid- 60s.

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KCUR Arts
12:48 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

First Kansas City Rep Performance Could Ruffle Some Feathers

The production "Saved" opens the season at the Missouri Rep. We hear the challenges and benefits of working through the play's religiosity.

Set in and around an evangelical Christian high school, the 2004 film "Saved" wasn't a huge box office hit. Since its opening, however, it has amassed a dedicated cult following.

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KCUR Arts
11:16 am
Thu September 16, 2010

Gao Brothers Exhibit At The Kemper Museum

Mao's Guilt, 2009

When the Gao brothers show some of their more controversial art in Beijing, they have to keep the location secret, and notify their guests at the last minute via social media. But their upcoming exhibit at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is completely above ground.

Kansas City, MO – This will be the Gao brothers' first museum exhibit in the United States, and one of the most complicated that the Kemper Museum has ever taken on. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang and curators about the show.

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Music
10:49 am
Fri September 10, 2010

Barclay Martin Quartet Live from the KCUR Studios

Barclay Martin and his band join Steve Kraske for an in-studio performance and talk about Pools That Swell With the Rain, Barclay's fourth full-length album.

 

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Music
2:26 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Heart: A Legendary Rock Band Looks Ahead

Heart, led by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has survived more than three decades of music and fashion.

 

Listen Now

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KCUR Arts
10:24 am
Thu September 2, 2010

"Duty" Explores Conflicted Feelings About War

When art and war have collided over the past century, the results have ranged from Picasso's "Guernica" to Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now."

Kansas City, MO – A new play premieres this weekend from a Kansas City writer who served in Vietnam and, though the war he references is a more current one, the piece grapples with such historic themes as family, honor and duty. KCUR's Steve Walker reports.

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KCUR Arts
11:31 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Juliàn Zugazagoitia Takes Helm At Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art

New Museum Director & CEO Juli?n Zugazagoitia

September 1, 2010 marks the first day on the job for the new director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Juliàn Zugazagoitia.

Kansas City, MO – In the spring, after a more than year-long search, a committee of nine museum trustees announced selecting international scholar, museum director and consultant Juliàn Zugazagoitia (HOO-lian SZU-ga-sa-GOY-tee-ah) as the fifth director in the museum's 75-year history. They touted his "energy as a leader, his passion for the arts, and his international background."

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KC Currents
1:44 pm
Mon August 30, 2010

Theologian John Swomley's Legacy Extends from Civil Rights to the Philippines

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City theologian died last week who had a far-reaching impact on the history of the 20th century. John Swomley was a long-time professor at the St. Paul School of Theology. His writings about non-violence and reconciliation influenced the strategies of the civil rights movement, the integration of the military, and the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, among other major world events.

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KCUR Arts
12:35 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

On The Fringe: From Kansas City To Edinburgh And Back Again

The roots of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, can be traced to 1947, when eight theater companies showed up uninvited to another theater festival, hoping to capitalize on the crowds. Over sixty years later, the Fringe has become the biggest arts festival in the world, with groups from all over the planet.

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KCUR News
2:19 pm
Mon August 23, 2010

Rev. Adam Hamilton on 'When Christians Get it Wrong'

Leawood, KS – Writer Anne Rice is best known for her vampire novels, which she moved away from when she became a faithful Catholic. But she recently renounced her Christianity very publicly, saying that too many Christians are anti-gay, anti-feminist, an anti-science.

Local Methodist Minister Adam Hamilton responded, in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

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And make some purchases of equipment.
11:47 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Wee Small Hours: Reimagining Sinatra

Nathan Granner

Kansas City musicians Nathan Granner and Jeffrey Rukaman have a new take on the iconic 1955 Frank Sinatra album.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City has seen its fair share of "tribute" bands in the past few years. Midtown bars have hosted sometimes nearly note-for-note renditions of music by Radiohead, U2 and Huey Lewis and the News, to name a few.

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Music
10:07 am
Mon August 23, 2010

Brian Wilson Takes On George Gershwin

The former Beach Boy pays tribute to an iconic songwriter throughout his new album.

 

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Jazz/Blues
2:47 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Remembering Alaadeen

Photo by Tom Styrkowicz

One of the last living links to the golden age of Kansas City jazz was cut on Sunday, August 15 when veteran saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen died. Alaadeen was born in Kansas City.

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Music
11:16 am
Thu August 19, 2010

John Mellencamp: Looking Back While Staying Timeless

John Mellencamp has gone out of his way to make his newest recordings sound old, by playing in historic locations with outdated technology in the hopes that the resulting music will be timeless.

 

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Music
9:53 am
Wed August 18, 2010

Arizona Law Inspires Latin Protest Music

This year's immigration legislation in Arizona has resulted in a whole lot of political controversy. It has also resulted in a flurry of protest and songwriting.

 

Here at Alt.Latino, we keep our noses not just in the music press/blogosphere, but also in the news.

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Music
1:42 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Rosanne Cash is Composed

How fitting that Rosanne Cash's new memoir is titled Composed. Cash is a superlative composer, whether she's writing songs or prose.

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Jazz/Blues
10:15 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Ahmad Alaadeen Remembered

Alaadeen performs at the Orchid Room, 12th & Vine, Kansas City. 1948

Kansas City just lost a jazz icon, perhaps the last musician in town who played when Charlie Parker did.

 

The great Ahmad Alaadeen died Sunday, August 17th, 2010, at his home at age 76.

He was known as a leading jazz educator in this town and a mentor to dozens of musicians in much the same way that Art Blakey once was in New York. Earlier this year, Alaadeen was awarded the American Jazz Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Music
11:11 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Mumbai's Hit Is 'Mora Piya' From 'Rajneeti'

India's summer hit comes from the Bollywood blockbuster Rajneeti, an epic political saga.

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Jazz/Blues
10:23 am
Mon August 16, 2010

Jazz Musician Ahmad Alaadeen Dies at 76

Jazz musician Ahmad Alaadeen

Tenor saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen passed away on Sunday, August 15, after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 76. A native of Kansas City, Alaadeen spent more than six decades in jazz music.

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KCUR Arts
12:29 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Women Take On The Roles Of Founding Fathers In "1776"

When directors are casting a musical that's been staged before, they're often dependent on what it originally looked like.

Kansas City, MO – The concept of non-traditional casting switches up that formula, putting actors of different genders, race or age into roles that weren't written that way.

Musical Theater Heritage opens a production of "1776" this weekend, boldly asserting that shows don't have to be held hostage to history.

"1776" runs through August 29th at the Off Center Theater in Crown Center.

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Theater/Performance
9:20 am
Thu July 29, 2010

Actors Revisit Roles in KC Actors Theatre's "True West"

There are many theatre roles - say, Romeo and Juliet - that should probably be retired from an actor's repertoire by the time they're 30. But what happens when actors return to roles they played much earlier in their careers?

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Steve Walker visited with two Kansas City actors who are re-teaming this month in a Sam Shepard play they first appeared in 26 years ago.

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