Arts & Culture

Visual Arts
5:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Exhibition Program Halted At KU Medical Center

Until recently, Dykes Library hosted rotating exhibitions, but the program is now closed. On Monday, the last day of Hawk Week, rows of tables were set up for an event for students.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

After more than 20 years of showing rotating artwork, mostly of local artists, an exhibition program at University of Kansas Medical Center has closed. Officials say it’s the impact of steep cuts to state funding. And the KU Chancellor defended the school's commitment to free speech Tuesday. But others are calling it censorship. 

Inside and outside the library

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Up to Date
10:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Immigration: A Grown-Up Subject For Young Readers

Kansas City writer Angela Cervantes' latest book is "Gaby, Lost and Found"

The newest book by Kansas City author Angela Cervantes tackles a tough subject: what happens when immigrant families are torn apart. Cervantes' approach is different: the book is written for a young audience aged 8-12, and tackles a topic difficult and all-too-familar to many of her intended readers.

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Dance
10:31 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company

KCB II dancers (from left to right): Rochelle Chang, Lark Commanday, Katya Duncan, Morgan Sicklick, and Meagan Swisher.
Credit Courtesy of the Kansas City Ballet

The Kansas City Ballet is joining other dance companies around the country – from Boston Ballet to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to create a training ground for young dancers: a second company. 

Devon Carney, newly appointed artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, described the second company, Kansas City Ballet II (KCB II), as a "natural next stage of development," based on the Ballet’s growth in recent years.

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Visual Arts
11:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Kansas Sculptor Jim Brothers Dies At 72

Jim Brothers' bronze sculpture called 'Citizen Soldier,' at the VFW national headquarters, 34th and Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Courtesy of Leopold Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.

Lawrence-based sculptor Jim Brothers died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 72.

Brothers grew up in Eureka, Kan., a small town in the Flint Hills. He told the Lawrence Journal-World in 2004 that when he was growing up, art was not viewed as practical and he was "the only kid in that little school who drew."

An aunt encouraged Brothers to follow his passion; he attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla. and earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts.

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Dance
5:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Famed Choreographer's Personal Papers Find New Home

Michael Sweeney, the Archives' collection librarian; Crosby Kemper III, director of the Kansas City Public Library; and Allan Gray, Lee's Summit mayor pro tem, view some of the objects on display.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Playbills from performances, snapshots of family and friends, and personal letters of the late choreographer Alvin Ailey are now housed at the Black Archives of Mid-America.

The collection is called the Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey. And it's on long-term loan to the Black Archives.

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Performance
9:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Watson & Baskin-Watson

Saxophonist Bobby Watson and Pamela Baskin-Watson spend time together on the back porch of their Shawnee, Kan. home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
12:00 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Zhou & Chen

Zhou Long and Chen Yi have taught for more than a decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Visual Arts
4:00 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Casanova Cinderhouse & Cinderhouse

Héctor Casanova Cinderhouse and Renée Cinderhouse pose in front of a wall of items collected over the course of their relationship in their historic Northeast home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' August 16-18

The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, is on Cynthia Haines' list this week.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of August 16-18? 

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • The Hunt
  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • The Audience

Steve Walker:

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

A Night Of Drink And Song With The Kansas City Baroque Consortium

Heather Thornton performs 'My Thing is My Own,' an 18th century English folk song, with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The Kansas City Baroque Consortium is an ensemble specializing in early music. For the past five years, audiences could usually find them playing in area churches. But on Friday, the group performs ribald, or downright naughty, English songs...at a bar.  

Interview Highlights

On the merit of a "good dirty joke"

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Visual Arts
2:15 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

From The Twin Cities To KC: A New Executive Director For Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation's new executive director Julie Gordon Dalgleish and Kate Hackman, who transitions from co-director to the new position of artistic director.
Credit Sabrina Staires / Courtesy of Charlotte Street Foundation

Charlotte Street Foundation today announced its new executive director: Julie Gordon Dalgleish, a 30-year veteran of arts and cultural organizations and foundations.

The search started in 2012 after Charlotte Street's founder and co-director David Hughes announced he'd step down.

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KC Current
2:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

World Choral Fest Grows From Kansas City Roots

Singers from Canada, Ireland and Kansas City rehearsed and performed together at the World Choral Fest in Dublin.
Credit Photo courtesy of Tracy Ressigue

The very first World Choral Fest was held last month in Dublin, Ireland, and it was the brainchild of a Kansas City choir director. 

Tracy Resseguie heads the choir program at Staley High School in the North Kansas City School district. He thinks that the World Choral Fest may have been the first time that singers from several different parts of the world rehearsed and performed together in a concert like this. 

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KC Currents
4:56 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Rexroth & Skidmore

Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore together transformed the basement of an apartment building into an underground art space.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Artist Creates 'Haven' For Honeybees

Bees fly in and out of Jarrett Mellenbruch's Haven sculpture, a working beehive above the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden.
Julie Denesha KCUR

They’re small insects, flitting from flower to flower, and most people don’t give them a second look. But honeybees are vitally important to agriculture, pollinating seeds and crops, mostly fruits, vegetables and nuts.

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Performance
7:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Kansas City Actors Theatre Hosts 'Picnic' To Celebrate William Inge's 100th Birthday

Actors (from left) Phillip Shinn, Kathleen Warfel, Kathy Kane, Jennifer Mays, Melinda McCrary, Mackenzie Goodwin and Chris Roady in the KCAT production of 'Picnic.'
Credit Brian Paulette / Kansas City Actors Theatre

Playwright William Inge, the Independence, Kan. native who went on to win a Pulitzer and an Oscar, would have turned 100 this year. To honor that birthday, Kansas City Actors Theatre is staging Picnic, set in the 1950s in small town Kansas. The rehearsal process has revealed that it's a play much deeper and darker than the company originally believed.  

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Performance
3:07 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Picnic'

In this scene from 'Picnic,' Emily Peterson as Madge (from left) and Alisa Lynn as Millie are sisters preparing for a gathering.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene from Picnic, 18-year-old Madge Owens (Emily Peterson), universally acclaimed as the "prettiest girl in town," and her 16-year-old sister, Millie (Alisa Lynn), discuss the upcoming Labor Day picnic.

Millie, a tomboy, is uncharacteristically wearing a dress. As Madge paints her toenails, Millie interrogates her sister about how to handle boys.

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Visual Arts
12:10 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Fulton Adams & Megee

Costume and clothing designer Jon Fulton Adams and actor Ron Megee relax in their eclectic home in the Historic Northeast.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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KC Currents
11:09 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Coats & Pachciarz

Rachel Coats and Logan Pachciarz in a practice room at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Shakespeare Camp Encourages Girls To Find Their Own Voices

For 18 of its 21 seasons, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has been running summer camps for kids in conjunction with the play or plays in Southmoreland Park.

This summer, camps were held at nine different locations, where a three-week session called Shakespeare Unbound is reserved exclusively for girls ages eight to 15.

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Government
7:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

6 Questions For Councilman Scott Wagner About The Kansas City Museum

In 2003, Scott Wagner moved to the city's historic Northeast and got interested in neighborhood issues. A year later, Wagner joined the mayor-appointed Kansas City Museum Advisory Board. "I've been involved now for nine years. I've seen quite a bit in that time," he laughs.

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Government
4:22 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Museum Advisory Board Asks City To Reinstate Director

The Kansas City Museum is housed at Corinthian Hall in the city's historic northeast. The mansion was built by lumber baron R.A. Long in 1908; it opened as a museum in 1940.
Credit Scutter / Creative Commons

The Kansas City Museum Advisory Board has formally approved the business plan calling for the city to break Kansas City Museum's ties with Union Station Kansas City.

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KC Currents
10:51 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Honig & Southerland

Artist Peregrine Honig and musician Mark Southerland in the creative space they share.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
9:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Lucky Streak - A Musical'

Bennie (Mandy Mook) receives comfort from close co-workers and dear friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee). With Chad (Tim Braselton) on keyboard.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In Lucky Streak - A Musical, Bennie (Mandy Mook) flees to the women's shelter where she works in NYC after tragedy strikes in her own home. She receives comfort from close co-workers and friends, Lea (Lana Dealy) and Melanie (Victoria Barbee), who let her know that, to paraphrase Barry Manilow, she can also "make it through the rain."

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KC Currents
1:00 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Kansas City Creative Couples: Bingaman & Bingaman

Robert and Molly Bingaman in the dining room of their home.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The work of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is on display this summer at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They’re part of an exhibit called Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

Kahlo and Rivera are known not only for their paintings, but for their tempestuous marriage, which sometimes influenced their art.

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Performance
9:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Tormenta Quixotica'

In the dark and curious side of a dream, two children encounter a group of contortionists.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Two children experience many facets of a dream in the mystical tale of Tormenta Quixotica; on the dark and curious side of this dream, they encounter a group of contortionists.

Tormenta Quixotica, the first full-length production by Quixotic School of Performing Art's student company, is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18.

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Performance
9:51 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Best Of The KC Fringe Festival Red Carpet Walk

Feathered headdresses line the sidewalk as a burlesque troupe prepared to walk the red carpet to kick off the ninth annual Annual Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Divas adorned with handmade, feathered headdresses paraded alongside comedy troupes wearing Groucho glasses on Thursday night outside the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. This diverse array of performers walked on a carpet - more pink than red - kicking off KC Fringe Festival's ninth year.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KC Fringe Festival Inspires Creative Challenges

Actors Jake Walker and Diana Watts rehearse their lines, as a husband and wife in a sinking boat, at the Fishtank.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

This year’s KC Fringe Festival includes dance, theater, visual arts, spoken word, fashion, and film; in 11 days, there are just over 360 shows in 19 venues.

Artists often describe Fringe as an opportunity to take on new roles: to direct, to write, to produce. But sometimes, it's also a chance to have some fun.

Connecting to the Kansas City theater community

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 19-21, 2013

The fringe festival will feature music, dance, burlesque and more.
Credit Ed Schipul/Flickr-CC

Looking for some fun in the sun this weekend? Brian McTavish has some sparkling choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Performance
9:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Devoured By Tigers'

Ruth Harper (Nancy Marcy) prepares for the planned family meeting with Vicki (Margaret Shelby) to discuss her youngest daughter's drinking problem.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

In this scene from the play Devoured By Tigers, Ruth Harper (Nancy Marcy) prepares for a planned family meeting with Vicki (Margaret Shelby) to discuss her youngest daughter's drinking problem.

Devoured By Tigers is one of the more than 350 performances in this year's KC Fringe Festival, which kicks off on July 18, 2013.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

'Complete History Of Kansas' Shrunk To Sixty Minutes At Lawrence Arts Center

150th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid inspires 'The Complete History of Kansas in Sixty Minutes' at Lawrence Arts Center
Amy Albright Lawrence Arts Center

For more than 35 years, the Lawrence Arts Center has run Summer Youth Theatre, an intensive theater arts program for kids in grades three through 12. This summer, the troupe has already tackled Macbeth and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Opening this weekend is a newly commissioned play that, as its title implies, claims to present The Complete History of Kansas in Sixty Minutes.

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