Arts & Culture

Theater/Performance
3:38 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Dancers in Pilobolus with Ties to Lawrence and Kansas City

Pilobolus Dance Theater
photo: John Kane

Pilobolus Dance Theater was founded in the early 1970s by non-dancers who met in a Dartmouth dance class. Their first gig: the opening act for a Frank Zappa concert.

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Jazz/Blues
1:05 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston

After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world's foremost pianists and composers of today, a true innovator and visionary.

 

Born in Brooklyn N.Y., Randy Weston didn't have to travel far to hear early influential jazz giants like Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Art Tatum, and of course, Duke Ellington. But his greatest influence, by far, was Thelonious Monk.

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Theater/Performance
12:30 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

'Broke-ology' at the Rep

An upcoming play at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre studies the art of being broke and staying alive.

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Music
12:00 pm
Tue February 2, 2010

Fiddler Betse Ellis Releases New CD

Betse Ellis, the fiddle player for old-time country band The Wilder, talks about her new CD.

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Jazz/Blues
12:23 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

The Little Piano Girl

Local author Ann Ingalls' new children's book introduces young readers to the legendary pianist Mary Lou Williams.

Kansas City, MO – If she were still alive this year, jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams would be 100 years old. Williams was considered by many to be the greatest female jazz instrumentalist of all times. She spent the years between 1929 and 1941 in Kansas City, and was one of the principal architects of the Kansas City swing sound.

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Visual Arts
10:04 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Gift Of African Art For 75th Anniversary Of Nelson-Atkins

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, more than 400 works of art have been promised or gifted to the museum. This includes seven pieces of African art.

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Visual Arts
9:54 am
Fri January 15, 2010

WEB EXTRA: Adele Hall Talks about Personal Favorites in African Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art announced a promised gift of seven works of African art from the private collection of Adele and Donald Hall, in honor of the Museum's 75th Anniversary.

Kansas City, MO – According to Adele Hall, a personal favorite is a work she and her husband, Donald Hall, affectionately call "The King." She says, "You see the tilt of his head and the chin coming out, the strength of the pose. He is saying, 'I am king! My household is protected and this place will stay safe.'"

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Music
10:32 am
Tue December 22, 2009

Night Tides Picks for Top Ten Albums of 2009

Night Tides host Renee Blanche shares her favorite contemplative instrumental & electronic music albums released in 2009.

A Note from Renee Blanche, host of Night Tides

Night Tides had another exceptional year in music from new artists who made the cut to the already established artists who continue to compose with the "wow" effect. Speaking of the "wow" effect, CD numero uno for 2009 did just that and more. Labeled the "Pan-Cultural music for a new Eon", AO Music's CD "Twirl" brought it to the table with a mighty lion's roar! Bravo AO Music!

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Theater/Performance
9:19 am
Fri December 18, 2009

Kansas City Ballet Dancer Blogs about "The Nutcracker" and Retiring

Matthew Donnell, as Drosselmeyer, holding the Nutcracker at a Kansas City Ballet rehearsal.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

This marks dancer Matthew Donnell's 10th and last season with the Kansas City Ballet. And he's documenting it along the way in a blog. This includes writing about what's likely to be his last year in the fairy-tale ballet, "The Nutcracker."

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Music
1:49 pm
Thu December 17, 2009

Master Luthier Finds Voice in Wood

Inside Anton Krutz's shop. Photo by Tim Bridgham / KCUR.

Anton Krutz believes that string instruments resonate with people in a unique way. And he'll tell you that it takes more than quality wood and a good craftsman to make a great sounding instrument. It's the varnish that counts.

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Jazz/Blues
3:52 pm
Sat December 12, 2009

The Fish Fry's Top Ten Music Picks of 2009

We can't have a public radio party without Chuck Haddock and his top music picks from this past year.

Chuck Haddock serves up the best in blues, r&b, soul, jumpin' jazz and zydeco on The Fish Fry, every Friday and Saturday night, 8 pm - midnight.

 

 


1.Derek Trucks
Already Free

2. Naomi Shelton and
the Gospel Queens

What Have You Done My Brother

 

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Cyprus Avenue
9:46 am
Sat December 12, 2009

Cyprus Avenue's Top Music Picks Of 2009

Host Bill Shapiro shares the recordings that have grabbed his ear this past year.

2009 marked the 31st anniversary of Cyprus Avenue on KCUR- FM making Bill Shapiro the longest-serving volunteer in the station's history.

During that time we've witnessed a veritable sea change in the world in which we live, primarily brought on by the onset of the cyberage.

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Theater/Performance
2:18 pm
Fri December 11, 2009

Owen/Cox Dance Group: "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"

The Mouse King (Mark Southerland)
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Most people are familiar with the popular ballet, "The Nutcracker." But few know of its darker inspiration: an 1816 story called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."

Kansas City, MO – Most people are familiar with the popular ballet, "The Nutcracker." But few know of its darker inspiration: an 1816 story called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." This weekend, the Owen/Cox Dance Group takes a crack at a new Nutcracker.

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Music
1:04 pm
Thu December 10, 2009

Kansas City Symphony Shakes Up Annual Holiday Production

During the month of December, the Kansas City Symphony can be found all over the city, and in various configurations - like the TubaChristmas concert and the Chamber Players' Tchaikovsky concert earlier this month.

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Kemper ARTcasts
11:54 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Volunteer Choices - Christopher Brown

Find out why a volunteer chose to display Christopher Brown's Reach for the exhibition Volunteer Voices: Selections from the Collection of the Kemper Museum.

Kansas City, MO –

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Jazz/Blues
8:23 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Soul Sister #1 Marva Whitney

Laura Spencer, KCUR

Kansas City native and international funk singer Marva Whitney returns to the KCUR studios for a talk with Gina and Walt.

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Jazz/Blues
8:17 am
Wed December 9, 2009

Shay Estes and Trio ALL Release New CD

Shay ESTES & Trio ALL play for the 5th Annual Crossroads Music Fest @ the Czar Bar, Kansas City, MO - 09/12/2009
photo: Todd Zimmer (courtesy of Flickr)

Before turning to jazz, vocalist Shay Estes performed with a rock band, a Western-surf band, and a burlesque troupe.

Kansas City, MO – Before turning to jazz, vocalist Shay Estes performed with a rock band, a Western-surf band, and a burlesque troupe. In recent years, Estes has collaborated with Brad Cox's People's Liberation Big Band and Mark Southerland's "Urban Noise Camp."

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Music
10:38 am
Mon December 7, 2009

Hip Hop Duo The Deep Thinkers

The Deep Thinkers recently released their new album Make it Quake.

Kansas City, MO – MC Brother of Moses and DJ Leonard D' Stroy have known each other since their days at Indian Woods Middle School in Shawnee Mission. That was back when they were known as Aaron Sutton and Kyle Dykes. And they've been working together ever since.

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Music
1:30 pm
Mon November 30, 2009

KC Reggae Band Reunites

This story originally aired in March 2009.
Kansas City's legendary reggae group, The Blue Riddim Band, reunited earlier this year and put out a new album.

Blue Riddim Band

Kansas City, MO – The Blue Riddim Band is back! After years away from regular performing, Kansas City's legendary reggae group has reunited. In March 2009, Alex Smith spoke with drummer Steve "Duck" McLane.

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Theater/Performance
12:33 pm
Thu November 19, 2009

"Arts in Crisis" Tour Stops in KC: Kennedy Center President Says to Take Risks

Michael M. Kaiser, President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
photo: Ilan Mizrahi

The current economic climate has hit arts organizations hard. With reduced income, and declining endowments, some organizations have closed their doors, or are struggling to survive. Despite the tough economy, Michael Kaiser says artists and arts organizations should think big and bold.

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Theater/Performance
12:43 pm
Wed November 18, 2009

WEB EXTRA: A Conversation with Michael Stern and Michael Kaiser, Part 2

As part of the 50-state tour called "Arts in Crisis," John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Michael Kaiser stopped in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Theater/Performance
9:55 am
Wed November 18, 2009

WEB EXTRA: A Conversation with Michael Stern and Michael Kaiser, Part 1

As part of the 50-state tour called "Arts in Crisis," John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Michael Kaiser stopped in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City, MO – Here, the Kennedy Center's Michael Kaiser talks to Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern and takes questions from the audience. In this segment, Kaiser lists 10 rules that should apply to every arts organization.

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Theater/Performance
1:16 pm
Fri November 13, 2009

Groundbreaking on New Home for the Kansas City Ballet

Friday, November 13, 2009 marked the remodeling equivalent of a ground-breaking for a new home for the Kansas City Ballet.

Kansas City, MO – Friday, November 13, 2009 marked the remodeling equivalent of a ground-breaking for a new home for the Kansas City Ballet.

The building known as the Power House, west of Union Station will be transformed into the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, a 60,000 square-foot facility for rehearsing, costuming and other aspects of the ballet's operation.

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Music
2:22 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Nolan Gasser and The Music Genome Project

A visit with composer Nolan Gasser, who in addition to being a critically acclaimed composer, pianist, and musicologist is the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind the famous Pandora personalized radio application.

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Theater/Performance
8:02 am
Fri November 6, 2009

Possibilities of Genetic Research Explored Through Dance

For the past three decades, choreographer Liz Lerman has viewed dance as a way to address political and social issues. Lerman's works have explored Reaganomics, the impact of coal mining on a community, and ancient and contemporary prayer.

Kansas City, MO – This weekend, her company, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, brings a dance about the human genome called "Ferocious Beauty: Genome" to Lawrence.

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Jazz/Blues
3:21 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Dutch Pianist Mastered Classic KC Jazz Techniques

When the Majestic Steakhouse in downtown Kansas City shut down in May, Bram Wijnands was forced to look for a new way to spend his Friday and Saturday nights. For the previous 16 years, the Dutch pianist had delivered authentic 1930s KC-style swing and boogie woogie in the cellar which once served as a speakeasy.

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Kemper ARTcasts
2:27 pm
Tue November 3, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Interview With Artist Keltie Ferris

Keltie Ferris, Cassiopeia, 2009; oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 90 inches

Chris Cook, executive director/curator of the Salina Art Center and former curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, interviews artist Keltie Ferris about her first solo museum exhibition "Keltie Ferris: Man Eaters."

Kansas City, MO – "Keltie Ferris: Man Eaters"
October 23, 2009-February 13, 2010
Kemper at the Crossroads

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KCUR News
3:11 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

State Cuts Impact The Arts

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced an additional $204 million dollars in spending cuts on Wednesday due to declining state revenue. The cuts in the fiscal 2010 state budget include $4.4 million from the Missouri Arts Council and $2.2 million from its cultural partners, including public broadcasting.

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Kemper ARTcasts
2:16 pm
Wed October 28, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Conversation with Jamie Wyeth

N.C. Wyeth, Octave Plunged, 1920; oil on canvas, 36 x 25 inches; Courtesy of Adelson Galleries and Frank E. Fowler
Photo: John Bigelow Taylor

Kemper Museum curator Barbara O'Brien speaks to Jaimie Wyeth at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and reads excerpts from an essay by Becca Ramspott.

Kansas City, MO – WYETH: Three Generations of Artistry
September 17-November 29, 2009
Kemper Museum

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KCUR News
10:53 am
Fri October 23, 2009

Former Record Store Owner, Anne Winter, Dies At 45

Anne Winter in a early morning Mardi Gras march, February 2009.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Kansas City, MO – Local activist and former music store owner, Anne Winter, 45, died Thursday in her home. For over two decades, Winter's name has been linked to the music and cultural scene in Kansas City.

For 18 years, Winter and her business partner/husband Kurt Von Schlemmer owned and operated Recycled Sounds, a midtown Kansas City record store on Main Street. Recycled Sounds hosted in-store performances by local or touring bands, promoted CDs by local bands, and hired local musicians as part-time staffers. The store closed in April 2006.

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