Arts & Culture

KCUR News
9:47 am
Fri October 23, 2009

Nelson-Atkins Museum Of Art Announces Major Gift

Kansas City, MO – In November, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opens its new American Indian art galleries featuring about 200 works, including loans and new acquisitions. Today, the museum announced a significant gift from longtime collectors and patrons Estelle and Morton Sosland. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Jazz/Blues
11:30 am
Wed October 21, 2009

Don't Quit Your Day Job: Mark Southerland

Musician and artist Mark Southerland
photo: Emily Moore

Mark Southerland is an artist. His medium is the saxophone. He's been in bands with styles ranging from jazz to pop to freaky avant-garde stuff. But the biggest leap has been from musician who plays horns to artist who makes horns.

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Jazz/Blues
1:34 pm
Fri October 16, 2009

First Session for the Black House Improvisors' Collective

Session rehearsal for the Black House Improvisors' Collective.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Each week, for the last five Sundays, ten musicians have gathered for an afternoon rehearsal session on a vacant floor of a downtown office building. It's a new year-long initiative sponsored by the Charlotte Street Foundation called the Black House Improvisors' Collective.

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Theater/Performance
8:03 am
Wed October 14, 2009

Dancing with a Tent-like Skirt Provides Challenges

Choreographer Jessica Lang and the Kansas City Ballet's Ballet Master James Jordan during a rehearsal of Splendid Isolation III.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Contemporary choreographer Jessica Lang's works have been described as passionate with almost tangible emotions in performance. Lang's pas de deux, or dance for two, called "Splendid Isolation III" is included in the Kansas City Ballet's fall program.

Kansas City, MO – Some might argue there's a third character: a long white skirt. KCUR's Laura Spencer visited a rehearsal at the Ballet studios recently and provides this preview.

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Visual Arts
10:24 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Photographer Tries to 'Change the Truth'

Gloria Baker Feinstein originally traveled to East Africa in 2006 to photograph children whose parents had died of AIDS. During the three week project, she says she encountered children who radiated hope, even in desperate circumstances. So when she returned home, Feinstein began a different kind of project.

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Theater/Performance
10:08 am
Mon October 12, 2009

Todd Bolender, a Retrospective

Ballet choreographer Todd Bolender spent his life in dance. In 1981, he was named Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet Company. He spent the remaining years of his life working to bring this form of dance to a wider midwestern audience.

Todd Bolender, a Retrospective
(The Walt Bodine Show, 10-12-09) The Kansas City Ballet is now dedicating the new Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity in his honor. Tune in as we discuss Bolender's life and works, and the legacy he has left behind.

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Visual Arts/Design
12:24 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

New Season of "Craft in America" includes Kansas City

KCAI Ceramics Chair Cary Esser (left) is featured in the latest installment of "Craft in America."

According to Carol Sauvion, the creator and co-executive producer of the award-winning PBS series, "Craft in America," the crafting climate - from pottery to beadworking to blacksmithing - is stronger than ever.

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KCUR News
1:23 pm
Fri October 2, 2009

Rocket Grants To Help Project Lift Off

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence are collaborating on a new program called Rocket Grants. With help from a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, $40,000 in direct support will be provided each year for innovative and experimental arts projects.

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Kemper ARTcasts
10:24 am
Wed September 23, 2009

Kemper ARTcast: Settlement

Greg Rose, Tropicalia, 2003

Kemper Museum interim curator, Jason Myers, discusses the impact of human intervention on nature in the exhibition "Settlement."

Music: "Reverse Fishing" by Ad Astra Arkestra

Kansas City, MO – "Settlement"
August 14, 2009-March 28, 2010
Kemper Museum

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Music
9:37 am
Mon September 21, 2009

New Film Follows Senegalese Singer Youssou N'Dour

Photo by Hugo Berkeley.

In 2004, Youssou N'Dour released the album Egypt, in which he was hoping to promote a positive view of his country's main religion, Islam. But many people in Senegal considered the album blasphemous, for mixing secular and religious music.

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour is one of Africa's most popular musicians. He became known worldwide in the 1980s when he sang with Peter Gabriel in the song In Your Eyes.

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Theater/Performance
8:59 am
Fri September 18, 2009

New Home for the Kansas City Ballet: Power House Renovations Underway

photo: courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

Renovations are underway for something the Kansas City Ballet, in its 52-year history, has never had: a permanent home.

Kansas City, MO – The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, slated to open in 2011, will be located in the Union Station Power House building. The historic power plant will house the Ballet's school and seven studios.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Wed September 16, 2009

Work Begins On New Home For Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City Ballet dancers at the Union Station Power House building.
photo: courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Ballet officials announced Wednesday that renovations are underway at the new permanent home for the company.

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, slated to open in 2011, will be located in the Union Station Power House building. The historic 1914 power plant will house the Ballet's school and seven studios, including one that doubles as a 180-seat theater.

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KCUR Arts
2:58 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

Moises Kaufman Tackles "Into the Woods" At The Rep

When Eric Rosen, the artistic director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre, asked noted playwright and director Moises Kaufman to pick a musical he'd like to direct here, at the top of the list was Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods."

Kansas City, MO – Moises Kaufman sat down with KCUR's Steve Walker to talk about how a director puts his own stamp on a musical, and his own venture into the woods.

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Performance
2:34 pm
Fri September 11, 2009

An Interview With Tony Award Nominee Moises Kaufman

Director Moises Kaufman at a rehearsal of "Into the Woods"
Don Ipock Courtesy of Kansas City Repertory Theatre

From a glance at the cast of characters who populate the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" - among them, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack in the Beanstalk - one could assume that the show is a romp for audiences of all ages. But a deeper look reveals that its inspirations include Bruno Bettleheim and Carl Jung, both of whom defined classic fables and fairy tales with a much darker palette.

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Music
10:57 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Rapper Stik Figa Previews New CD

If Stik Figa's live performance style seems influenced by the good-time rap of the 80's, it might have something to do with his first inspiration, the 80's rap film Krush Groove. At his home in Topeka, he recently told KCUR's Alex Smith that he first saw this early slice of hip hop culture when he was a globe-hopping army brat.

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Jazz/Blues
3:21 pm
Mon August 24, 2009

Charlie Parker in Profile

Charlie "Yardbird" Parker is one of the most revered figures in Kansas City's storied jazz legacy. Festivities for his upcoming birthday abound.

Kansas City , Mo. –

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Jazz/Blues
8:20 am
Sun August 23, 2009

A Birthday Salute to Count Basie

12 O'clock Jump features Joe Cartwright and the band in a birthday salute of Kansas City's own Count Basie. A visit from Dr Pearl, this week's Blues in the News and a new take on "Who's On First" round out the show.

August 23, 2009 – Listen to the program

Joe Cartwright and the band in a birthday salute of Kansas City's own Count Basie. A visit from Dr Pearl, this week's Blues in the News and a new take on "Who's On First" round out the show.

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Music
3:12 pm
Thu August 6, 2009

Is there a Kansas City Sound?

What does the burgeoning Kansas City music scene have going for it? A film maker, a music critic and a musician share their thoughts.

Kansas City , Mo. –

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Jazz/Blues
10:00 am
Wed July 8, 2009

Firefighter By Day, Jazz Musician By Night

John Brewer talks about his double life of firefighter and jazz / electronica musician.

Kansas City, MO – The phrase: "Don't Quit Your Day Job" has been used as a put down for decades. If someone sings badly, that's what they're told. And yet, often it's the day job that provides the inspiration, material, or simply a structured schedule for the art.

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Visual Arts
1:31 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Forty-Year Artistic Friendship Provides Motivation

Louis Copt (left) and Jim Brothers (right) stand next to a bust-in-progress of Louis.
photo: Laura Spencer, KCUR

Much has been written about tumultuous relationships between artists - think Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera or Van Gogh and Gauguin. But often relationships between artists are much more amiable.

Lewis Copt and Jim Brothers

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Jazz/Blues
12:56 pm
Thu July 2, 2009

Kemper ARTcast 5: Relating Jazz to Painting

Dan Christensen, Untitled (1967)

Local jazz musician Stuart Ashley relates the practice of jazz music to the studio practice of visual artist Dan Christensen. A new survey of paintings by the late artist (1942-2007)documents Christensen's "never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space."

Kansas City, MO – Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting
May 15-August 30, 2009
Kemper Museum

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Jazz/Blues
2:53 pm
Tue June 30, 2009

Blues Harpist Jason Ricci

Harmonica virtuoso Jason Ricci tells of his influences and idols in the blues, including a very unique encounter with a legend of the Mississippi delta sound.

Fish Fry Host Chuck Haddix talks with Jason Ricci about his influences, idols, and what it's like to play 300 shows a year.

The Fish Fry

Listen to hundreds of hours of The Fish Fry in the program archives

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Jazz/Blues
3:06 pm
Thu June 25, 2009

Blues Talent Mark Dufresne

Kansas City-born Mark Dufresne talks with Fish Fry host Chuck Haddock about his introduction to the blues, his early days of clubbing, and the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Kansas City , Mo. – Mark Dufresne talks with Fish Fry host Chuck Haddock about his introduction to the blues, his early days of clubbing, and the blues scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1953, he started playing harmonica in his early 20s.

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Music
12:11 pm
Thu June 25, 2009

New Musical Features Friendship Between Fly and Earwig

Though the season of pesky insects - and insect repellent - is upon us, the Coterie Theatre finds no irony in premiering a new work that cross-pollinates the worlds of pop rock, musical theater, and bugs.

Kansas City, MO – As the latest offering from the Coterie's Lab for New Family Musicals, the show "U: Bug: Me" opens this weekend hoping to, well...draw flies.

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Jazz/Blues
10:35 am
Thu June 25, 2009

The State of Jazz in Kansas City

While Kansas City remains a capital city of jazz, the face of that music is always changing.

Kansas City , Mo. – Steve Kraske discusses the state of Kansas City Jazz with Bill Brownlee, music marketer and jazz writer, and Jeff Harshbarger, composer and jazz bassist. They examine the aging jazz fan base, new style developments, and what venues are thriving while others are struggling.

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Music
3:01 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

SIKENOMICS: Digging in the Image Crates

Phil Shafer's latest t-shirt designs are influenced by hip hop graffiti. This coming Friday, his Sikenomics designs will be showcased at the shop Spool in the Crossroads.

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Visual Arts
1:59 pm
Fri June 5, 2009

Byron Cohen Presents Works from China Through the Eyes of a Child

Deng Wushu, Through the Eyes of a Child No. 1, 2008, oil on canvas, 7?3? x 9?10?

Sales of Chinese-made clothes, electronics and toys have fallen off a cliff in the last couple of years. But the global recession has only cooled the red-hot Chinese art market. Last year, 11 of the world's top 20 best-selling artists were Chinese.

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Fashion
12:48 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

West 18th Street Fashion Show Explores the Theme of Space

The essence of a supernova. Galaxies, goddesses, and art nouveau. The light and pressure of the Big Bang. These are just a few of the inspirations from the 18 collections, by established and emerging designers, that will be featured in the 9th annual West 18th Street Fashion show. This year's theme: Summer in Space.

Kansas City, MO – West 18th Street Fashion Show
Summer in Space
Saturday, June 6, 8:00pm
Crossroads Arts District
West 18th Street, between Wyandotte and Baltimore

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Theater/Performance
12:47 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

Lively Collaboration Mixes Dance and Music

Elizabeth Suh Lane, Jennifer Owen
photos: Charles Stonewall

Baroque music has been described as expressing order, but always lively and tuneful. The musical period, roughly from 1600 to 1750, includes notable composers like Bach and Vivaldi.

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Music
11:21 am
Wed June 3, 2009

Gamelan Creates Community of Performers

photo courtesy of Gamelan Genta Kasturi

Gamelan, the orchestral music of Indonesia, is praised for its color, rhythmic structure and lyrical melodies. And it's an important part of parades, festivals, and ceremonies.

Kansas City, MO – The largest Balinese ensemble in North America, Gamelan Genta Kasturi, is based in Kansas City, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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