Arts & Culture

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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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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Jazz/Blues
11:27 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Alaturka Live

Kansas City based Alaturka plays a fusion of American jazz and Turkish classical music

 

Alaturka was formed in 2009 with the vision of creating an equal "auditory handshake" between two musical cultures - American jazz and Turkish classical music.

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Music
10:12 am
Fri July 23, 2010

Classical Music Selections with Frank Byrne

Sir Charles Mackerras

Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, returned to Up to Date with his picks for classical music you need to hear.

 

Byrne's selections celebrate Sir Charles Mackerras, an Australian conductor who passed away last week.

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Jazz/Blues
12:18 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Ruth Rhoden Delivered "Just Jazz"

The cover of one of Ruth Rhoden's albums, autographed for KCUR station manager Patty Cahill.

Ruth Rhoden died recently, on July 8, 2010. She was a jazz icon in Kansas City.

Kansas City, MO – For many jazz lovers, their weekends weren't complete unless they listened to Ruth Rhoden, and co-host Ginny Coleman on KCUR's Just Jazz. The program ran for 23 years.

Coleman was a tall, slender woman, prone to fitted pants suits, long red nails, and a perfectly coiffed and teased, jet black up-do.

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Theater/Performance
3:15 pm
Fri July 16, 2010

Remembering Richard Harriman

Harriman-Jewell Series co-founder, Richard Harriman, with tenor Luciano Pavarotti in 1983.

The Harriman-Jewell Series has brought world-class classical music and dance to Kansas City for more than four decades. On Thursday, July 15, the tall, soft-spoken co-founder of that series died. Richard Harriman was 77.

Kansas City, MO – The Harriman-Jewell Series of concerts built a national reputation, both as a launch pad for up and coming musicians, and as a place where world famous artists tried out new material.

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Theater/Performance
10:26 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Performing Arts Leader Richard Harriman Dies at Age 77

Performing arts leader Richard Harriman, who guided the Harriman-Jewell Series for more than four decades (first as director, then as artistic director) died Thursday, July 15, 2010.

Kansas City, MO – In 1965, Richard Harriman co-founded what's now known as the Harriman-Jewell Series - as an English professor at William Jewell College in Liberty with a passion for performing arts.

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KC Currents
3:16 pm
Mon July 12, 2010

Memories Of The White Haven Motor Lodge

Overland Park, KS – The White Haven Motor Lodge, with its black and white building and landmark neon sign, was operated by the White family since it opened in 1957. Over the years, the rooms retained the trappings of that era, outfitted in classic 50s decor and opened with keys on brass rings.

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Hearts of Darkness
3:35 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Hearts of Darkness Brings Afrobeat to KC

James Brown meets Fela Kuti meets Benny Moten meets The Supremes. That's one description for the hybrid style of a hot new Kansas City big band known as Hearts of Darkness.

Kansas City, MO – You may have come across the 18-piece dance band at Mardi Gras festivals in the Crossroads and at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Or at the recent Kansas City, Kansas Street fair.

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KCUR News
5:47 pm
Fri July 2, 2010

Johnson County Museum Acquires White Haven Sign

Overland Park, KS – The iconic White Haven Motor Lodge sign on Metcalf Avenue is staying in Johnson County, after the motel finished auctioning off all of its property today.

The Johnson County Museum had the highest bid - $5500. The only other bidder was a museum in Indiana. Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love says many Kansas Citians have fond memories of the motel and sign, and wanted to see it stay in the community. And she says the sign also has historical significance.

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