Arts & Culture

Music
10:43 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Love Hangover At Bluestem

There's a simple premise to the Love Hangover. Duos of musicians perform love songs celebrating the joy, pain, or humor of love. It's an annual event, now in its ninth year and third city, and travels this year for the first time to Kansas City.

Kansas City, MO (2008-02-27) – Love Hangover is presented as part of "Pairings in the Lounge," a new monthly series of music at bluestem .

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Kemper ARTcasts
12:44 pm
Tue February 26, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 2: On the Couch With Artist Nancy Hwang

Nancy Hwang, This is not a couch, February 2008
photo: Robert Bingaman, Kemper Museum

Artist Nancy Hwang has been speaking with visitors in the Kemper Museum's Atrium for the month of February about her site specific project entitled This is not a couch.

Kansas City, MO – Nancy Hwang is seated on a couch waiting to connect with people. Her goal is to break down social barriers and build bridges between people in Kansas City.

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Music
12:04 pm
Tue February 26, 2008

Jazz Drummer Brandon Draper

Jazz drummer Brandon Draper
photo courtesy of http://www.draperama.com/bio.html

Since moving to Kansas City from New Mexico, jazz drummer Brandon Draper has kept a busy schedule, playing and recording with artists like Ahmad Alaadeen, Harold O'Neal and Bobby Watson.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:35 am
Fri February 22, 2008

Kemper ARTcast 2: Artists' Conversation

Nancy Hwang, Project: This is not a couch, February 2008 at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
photo: Robert Bingaman, Kemper Museum

Artists Deb Sokolow and Nancy Hwang have site specific projects on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. They met recently to discuss the similarities and differences in their work.

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Music
2:06 pm
Thu February 14, 2008

It's Over! Releases New Recording

It's Over! performed at a lillibelle presents...event at the Recordbar.

Much has been written about the live shows of the Kansas City band It's Over! One critic says when the band takes the stage, "you'd swear the lights in the room get brighter."

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Jazz/Blues
10:11 am
Thu January 24, 2008

Legendary Choreographer Creates Ballet about Kansas City Jazz

Donald McKayle talks to Kansas City Ballet dancers during a recent rehearsal
Laura Spencer/KCUR

Donald McKayle describes dance as "movement that lights the soul." In a career that's spanned 60 years, the five-time Tony Award nominated choreographer has crafted the steps for modern dance, Broadway musicals, film and television.

Kansas City, MO – Donald McKayle has also been recognized as a Master of African American Choreography at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and named one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition.

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Performance
10:47 am
Wed January 23, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Donald McKayle on Games

Games (1951) is one of Donald McKayle's classic choreographic works. McKayle says it was inspired by his own childhood in New York City.

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Ballet presents McKayle's new work called Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City February 21 - 24 at the Lyric Theatre before the company takes it to New York in March.

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Jazz/Blues
11:13 am
Thu January 17, 2008

Tribute Celebrates Life of Gregory Hickman-Williams

Local jazz fans gather this Sunday at Jardine's for a tribute to local singer Gregory Hickman-Williams who died just as his career seemed about to take off.

Kansas City, MO – Tribute to Gregory Hickman-Williams
with Sons of Brazil
Sunday, January 20, 5 - 10 pm
Jardine's

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Jazz/Blues
12:28 pm
Mon December 17, 2007

Trumpet Player and Hip Hop Producer Miles Bonny

Miles Bonny first took up the trumpet because of his father. Francis Bonny, who now plays in Broadway musicals, instilled in his son a love of jazz and classical music that now influences Miles' work as a hip hop producer and performer.

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Kemper ARTcasts
8:57 am
Mon December 17, 2007

Kemper ARTcast 1: An Artist's Perspective

Artist Christopher Ruckh?berle at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, December 2007
photo: Beth Harris, Kemper Museum

Artist Christopher Ruckh?berle grew up in West Germany in the 1970s and 80s and then moved to the United States to study animation. He returned to Germany to study painting at the Academy of Art in Leipzig. Beth Harris, Curator of Education at the Kemper Museum, recently interviewed Ruckh?berle, whose paintings are included in the Life After Death exhibition. (image credit: Christoph Ruckh?berle, Theater, 2003; oil on canvas, 190 x 280 cm; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida)

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Kemper ARTcasts
3:40 pm
Tue December 11, 2007

Kemper ARTcast 1: Vox Pop

photo: Bruce Mathews, Kemper Museum event photographer

Listen and watch the audio slideshow, with images from opening night, here.

On the opening night of the exhibition Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection at the Kemper Museum, we asked some of the museum patrons to share their reactions.

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Visual Arts
1:18 pm
Mon December 3, 2007

The Father of Black American Art

Aaron Douglas (1899-1979)Charcoal, Cont? crayon24 15/16 ? 18 7/8 in.(63.4 x 48 cm.)
Spencer Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund

University of Maryland emeritus professor David Driskell discusses the life and work of Topeka-born artist Aaron Douglas, who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:54 am
Fri November 16, 2007

Kemper ARTcast 1: Spotlight on the Exhibition, Part 1

Martin Kobe, Untitled, 2003; Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

The artists from the "New Leipzig School" have been described as the 21st century's first artistic phenomenon. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Christopher Cook and exhibition co-curator Mark Coetzee, curator of the Rubell Family Collection, located in Miami, Florida explore what drew the Rubells to the works.

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Kemper ARTcasts
3:55 pm
Thu November 15, 2007

Kemper ARTcast 1: Spotlight on the Exhibition, Part 2

In the second half of their conversation, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Curator Christopher Cook and exhibition co-curator Mark Coetzee, curator of the Rubell Family Collection, talk in more detail about the city of Leipzig and the teaching style of its Academy of Visual Arts.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:51 am
Wed November 14, 2007

Kemper ARTcast 1: Talk to a Docent

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Docent Winfried Wiegraebe
photo: Bruce Mathews, Kemper event photographer

Kemper Museum Docent Winfried Wiegraebe was born and raised in West Germany, but after reunification, he lived in East Germany near Leipzig. Here, Wiegraebe describes the day the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, and some of the reactions to a united Germany. He also talks about his love for contemporary art.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:23 am
Wed November 14, 2007

Kemper ARTcast 1: Behind the Wall Film Classics

Hei?er Sommer (1968)

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Kemper Museum presents a film series called Behind the Wall Film Classics. Dr. Larson Powell, assistant professor of German and film studies at UMKC, highlights the challenges of Eastern Bloc filmmaking.

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Kemper ARTcasts
9:16 am
Tue November 13, 2007

Podcasting Collaborative with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Through an audio collaborative, KCUR and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will provide listeners with the voices and insights of living artists. Since its opening in 1994, the Kemper Museum has brought more than 100 artists to Kansas City. The collaborative project will present these artists' voices as well as community and curatorial voices to a broad range of listeners.

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Jazz/Blues
1:33 pm
Mon October 22, 2007

Jazz Guitarist Steps Lightly

Charles Gatschet released his second album Step Lightly earlier this year. About half the album is made up of what Kansas City Star jazz critic Joe Klopus called "thought-provoking originals," including a bebop tune dedicated to Charlie Parker and a bossa nova for anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

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Jazz/Blues
12:59 pm
Sun October 14, 2007

Jazz singer Toni Gates' upcoming concert

For three years, singer Toni Gates has organized a show at Unity Temple on the Plaza, called the One by One Concert Series, which brings together a number of musicians who originally met as teachers at Paseo Academy of the Arts, like sound engineer Tom Ransom and percussionist Clarence Smith.

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Performance
12:03 pm
Fri October 12, 2007

Kansas City Ballet Celebrates 50 Years

The Kansas City Ballet marks its 50th anniversary with a season full of choreography new to the company. This weekend's fall performance includes the Kansas City premiere of three works. It also provides an opportunity to examine the company's past and its future.

Kansas City, MO – October 11 - 14, Lyric Theatre

Kansas City Ballet's Fall Performance:

Mozartiana
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky

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Jazz/Blues
3:19 pm
Tue October 9, 2007

New Release for KC Saxophonist Alaadeen

Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen.

In almost six decades as a professional musician, Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen has performed with jazz greats like Billie Holiday and Miles Davis and Motown stars like Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson. In his most recent album -- And the Beauty of It All -- Alaadeen is working with a group of musicians most of whom are less than half his age.

Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Lee Ingalls spoke with Ahmad Alaadeen about the new album and its somewhat deceptive subtitle: Ballads.

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Performance
11:18 am
Tue October 2, 2007

Harriman-Jewell Series Founder Celebrates Milestone

Note: This is an extended version. When more than 200 guests gathered in September for a party celebrating Richard Harriman's 75th birthday, conversation at the event focused as much on the performing arts series Harriman founded in 1965, now called the Harriman-Jewell Series.

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Jazz/Blues
8:06 am
Sun September 30, 2007

Eldar's Re-Imagination

Sony Classical

The pre-teen prodigy that wowed audiences in the late 90s is back with a new release that demonstrates his expanding concept of jazz piano.

Kansas City, MO – Eldar Djangirov wowed jazz audiences in Kansas City as pre-teen prodigy in the late 90s. Now 20, the Russian-born pianist is turning heads again with his third album.

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Jazz/Blues
12:38 pm
Fri September 28, 2007

Eldar Returns to Kansas City

Eldar Djangirov was 10 years old when his parents emigrated to America and settled in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, Kan.
Photo by Crackerfarm

The Russian-born jazz piano prodigy returns to his former home for a pair of concerts.

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Jazz/Blues
9:38 am
Fri September 21, 2007

New Jazz with Lee Ingalls: Satchmo, Gatschet, Alaadeen, O'Neal, Eldar

ASR Records

Up to Date host Steve Kraske welcomes KCUR morning news anchor and Up to Date jazz critic Lee Ingalls for their regular discussion of the latest jazz. This time around, jazz with Kansas City connections and Louis Armstrong, captured in concert at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.

Kansas City, MO – New releases featured in this month's jazz update:

"Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival" - Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars (Monterey Jazz Fest)

"Step Lightly" - Charles Gatschet

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Jazz/Blues
8:54 am
Thu September 13, 2007

American Jazz Museum celebrates 10 years

The American Jazz Museum kicks off three days of events to mark its first decade.

The American Jazz Museum kicks off a three-day celebration of it 10th anniversary today. The museum first opened to public in 1997. Events include a symposium tonight on the history of the 18th and Vine historic district and series of performances by local and national acts. on Friday the museum holds its annual gala fundraiser at the Gem Theater.

The sold-out concert is headlined by singer Patti LaBelle and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band.

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Performance
3:47 pm
Sun September 9, 2007

Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company

Soon after choreographer Mary Pat Henry moved to Kansas City to teach at UMKC's Conservatory, she suggested a friend move here too. Leni Wylliams was in his early 30s and already an accomplished veteran of the modern dance world. Together they founded a company to perform not only their own work, but pieces by some of the country's premier choreographers. Their collaboration was cut short in 1996, when Wylliams was brutally murdered.

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Jazz/Blues
9:23 am
Sun September 2, 2007

Jazz Fans Gather to Celebrate 'Bird'

Once again, the music of Charlie "Bird" Parker echoed through Lincoln Cemetery, in the wooded hills of Blue Summit, Missouri, just outside the Kansas City city limits.

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Performance
2:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2007

Everlasting Universe

Civic Opera's Artistic Director Andy Anderson, and composer John Mueter at a recent rehearsal of Everlasting Universe.
Laura Spencer/KCUR

The Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City presented two new works recently, including a world premiere called Everlasting Universe exploring the relationship between the early Romantic poets Byron and Shelley.

Kansas City, MO – The Civic Opera Theater of Kansas City presented two new works recently, including a world premiere called Everlasting Universe exploring the relationship between the early Romantic poets Byron and Shelley.

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Jazz/Blues
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2007

Snuff Jazz puts 'beyond' in Jazz and Beyond concert series

Kansas City jazz unit brings free improv to the Jazz and Beyond series weekend. Special guests include Jeffery Ruckma, Patrick Alonzo Conway and the All Souls Hand Bell Choir.

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