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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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Pets
8:23 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Fourth Of July A Scary Time For Pets

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Salina, KS – Fireworks make the 4th of July a favorite holiday for many people. But as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, it's not so popular with pets.

Pets have sensitive hearing. And they don't understand what all the noise is about. Their instinct is to run. If that requires them to jump a fence, dig under it, or push a gate open, that's what they very well may try to do.

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Music
10:07 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Spanish and Latin American Art Music

Genaro Mendez and Julio Alexis Munoz rehearse Del Cabello Mas Sutil by Fernando Obradors. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

A KU music professor teams up with a Spanish vocal coach and master pianist to plan the second Festival of Spanish and Latin American Art Music in Kansas.

Lawrence, KS – Note: This interview first aired in March 2010

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Theater/Performance
1:35 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

"American Idol" Meets" Ugly Duckling" in "Lucky Duck"

 

Update March 2012: The Coterie brought the show to New York for a run at the New Victory Theater. Reviews: Kansas City Star, New York Post, and  New York Times.

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KC Currents
3:01 pm
Tue June 22, 2010

Simulating Poverty

Kansas City, MO – If you grew up in Kansas City anytime since 1980, you probably took a school field trip to Exchange City. At this learning center, grade school students take on the roles of various members of an adult community, like the mayor, banker and radio reporter, to learn how the economy of the "real world" really works.

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Music
9:33 am
Tue June 22, 2010

Mexico and Africa: Not So Distant Relatives

A recent exhibit shows Africa's cultural influence in Mexico.

Kansas City, MO – Although Africa and Mexico are separated by an ocean and language, a recent exhibit shows the two countries have more in common.

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Music
9:46 am
Mon June 14, 2010

Andean Express: Music from the South American Andes

Courtesy of AndeanExpress.com

Original air date: July 2009
The local group, Andean Express demonstrates that the sounds of Andean flutes and pan pipes are a part of the diverse, multi-cultural genre of Andean folk music.

Kansas City, MO –

In the United States, Andean flutes and pan pipes are most often heard from street performers and in new age music.

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KCUR News
9:40 am
Sat June 12, 2010

Power And Light District Draws World Cup Watchers

Kansas City, Missouri – In case you haven't heard, The World Cup Soccer Tournament started Friday.

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Music
8:16 am
Fri June 11, 2010

Must Have New Music

Up to Date brings you a great compilation of the best jazz, rock, pop and classical music that you need to discover for yourself.

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KC Currents
3:03 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Athletes Prepare For Scottish Highland Games

Valley Falls, Kan. – This coming weekend, E.H. Young Park in Riverside will serve as a showcase not just for Scottish culture, but for feats of strength as well with the the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games.

This story was produced for KC Currents. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KC Currents Podcast.

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KC Currents
12:43 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Rainbow Flag Maker Visits KC

Kansas City, Mo. – Gilbert Baker is a vexilographer, a flag maker. His most famous creation is the Rainbow Flag, which has been adopted by the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community. He designed and sewed the first one for his friend, San Francisco politician and gay activist Harvey Milk.

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KC Currents
12:33 pm
Tue June 8, 2010

Pitch Editor CJ Janovy Steps Down

Kansas City, Mo. – Change is good. So says the outgoing editor of the Pitch, which bills itself as "definitive source of information for news, music, movies, restaurants, reviews, and events in Kansas City." The Pitch celebrates its 30th birthday in July, and C.J. Janovy, has worked for the paper for over twenty of those years. She's been the editor since the year 2000. Janovy is moving on to work as Director of Communications at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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KC Currents
3:45 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Local Author Addresses Christian Sexuality In New Book

Kansas City, Mo. – It's hard to ignore the place sex has in American culture. From magazines and movies to news reports on politicians and celebrities' latest sex scandals, sex is everywhere. Lara Blackwood Pickrel's new book puts the discussion about sex in another place: church.

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Music
2:44 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

Actor Hits New Note as Singer-Songwriter

Vi Tran's debut EP is called Goodbye, Summer.

Kansas City, MO – Vi Tran has made a name for himself in Kansas City as an actor. But he's been a musician since his high school days in Garden City, Kansas. Tran recently released his first EP, called Goodbye, Summer. He came by KCUR to talk about the album, and gave a special performance of some new songs.

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KC Currents
2:33 pm
Tue June 1, 2010

UMKC Professors Take Heterodox View On Economy

Kansas City, Mo. – If you've been paying careful attention to the financial crisis in the past few years, or the more recent news of financial reform proposals, you've probably come across the unconventional views of economist and law professor Bill Black. He's recently testified before Congress four times, and he's appeared on Bill Moyer's Journal and in Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story. He's also been heard as an expert commentator on NPR News and This American Life.

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Music
11:23 am
Mon May 24, 2010

McPherson Opera House Gets A Makeover

Image via McPherson Opera House

A 122-year-old opera house in McPherson, KS was saved from destruction. Recently restored, the town's opera house lives to see another curtain rise. KPR's Shelley Schlender reports.

McPherson, KS – Around the turn of the 20th century, opera houses were like sparkling jewels on the Kansas Prairie. One of the finest was an elegant, three-story structure in the central Kansas town of McPherson.

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