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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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Visual Arts
3:39 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Public Art Will Go On Display, Despite Withdrawal Of Commission

courtesy: A. Bitterman

The Kansas City metropolitan area has had its share of controversies over the years when it comes to public art. Remember the 2012 petition drive to remove the statue of the headless bare-breasted woman at the Overland Park Arboretum? Or the artists who were encouraged to drop arrows from their terrazzo flooring design at KCI, so as not to confuse travelers?

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Government
8:38 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Recommendations For The Future Of Arts And Culture In KC

From left to right: Co-chairs Sean Kelley and Pat Jordan, and Chair Mike Burke at the Kansas City Public Library Plaza branch, July 15, 2013.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Kansas City, Mo. started a collaborative process in January 2013 when the public was invited to a series of brainstorming sessions to map out the city’s role in arts and culture. Top recommendations were announced on Monday.

The draft report, revealed in the auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza branch, includes 10 goals, with strategies based on public input and subcommittees of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts.

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KC Currents
11:36 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Tempestuous Relationship Between Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Diego en mi pensamiento (Diego on My Mind), 1943. Oil on Masonite, 29 7/8 x 24 inches.
Credit The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art. The Vergel Foundation. / Conaculta/INBA. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This summer, Kansas City is plastered with the iconic image of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Her face, with its dark braids, thick eyebrows and hint of a mustache, is on billboards and buses promoting the Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The centerpiece of the exhibit, which is based on the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, is a set of paintings by Kahlo, and her husband, Diego Rivera. 

The relationship

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Film
7:08 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Film Review: Tel Aviv Teenager's Arranged Marriage Intends To 'Fill The Void'

Newly widowed Jewish father (Yiftach Klein) is thought to need a new bride in 'Fill the Void.'
Credit Sony Pictures Classics

The appeal of foreign films is that they take audiences to all corners of the world and intimate places within those faraway spaces. And the Israeli film Fill the Void is, more than many such films, an invitation into a culture seldom displayed on big movie screens.

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Government
3:27 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Union Station And Kansas City Museum, Parting Ways?

The Kansas City Museum’s house director Christopher Leitch was fired on Monday. Details have not been released because it’s considered a confidential HR matter. But rumors have circulated that this signals the potential closing of the museum and layoffs.

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Central Standard
3:57 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

KC's Fringe Festival Brings the Obscure Into the Spotlight

Credit kcfringe.org

It's no secret that the arts community is Kansas City is vibrant and dynamic, but like any arts community it takes a lot of work to get a play or musical, visual exhibit, fashion show or performance to get in front of the general public. As Cheryl Kimmi, Founder of Kansas City Fringe Festival put it, artists have to put their work through a lot of testing before a theater or museum will consider hosting it. 

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Central Standard
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

What Does The Minecraft Video Game Tell Us About Society?

The work of many individuals in one server playing Minecraft.
Credit DancingChimp / Imgur

Perhaps you've seen kids - or some adults -  busily playing away on their computers or Xbox, moving through a virtual world of blocks, digging and building.

Maybe you've wondered: What exactly is that game?  

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Government
10:29 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Leadership Shake Up At Kansas City Museum

The Kansas City Museum is housed in Corinthian Hall.
Susan B. Wilson KCUR

Update, 11:30 a.m.: "We are unchanged in our commitment in working with the city and our management contract to deliver programming for Kansas City Museum, both at Corinthian Hall and elsewhere," said Jerry Baber, chief financial officer of Union Station. "Our operation isn't changing, associated with the Kansas City Museum. Our relationship with the city isn't changing. This is strictly just an employment issue."

Denise Morrison, director of collections and curatorial services at Union Station, will step in as the museum's interim house director.

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