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Estate Sale
1:54 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Photographer Uses Camera To Let Go Of Belongings

Gloria Baker Feinstein

It was just last year when Gloria Baker Feinstein and her husband had to move out of their house and into a condo, and get rid of many their possessions.

"It's not stuff," she said. "Everything had a reason. Everything had a memory. Everything felt really dear to me."

The couple had an estate sale, and Feinstein, a photographer, decided to document each item as it left her house. But the endeavor quickly turned into a different project -- one that is now on display in a local gallery.

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Fashion
12:50 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

'Gilded Summer' Hits The Runway

A white scarf shimmers beneath the spotlights as a model wearing Paige Beltowski walks the runway.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 13th Annual West 18th Street Fashion Show started at dusk on June 8, and drew a crowd of onlookers both on the street and from the windows above.

Camera phones flashed as models, wearing the creations of eighteen designers, pranced on a lighted runway in the canyon between buildings lining 18th Street. Behind-the-scenes, designers made last-minute adjustments and models primped as they prepared to mount the runway. 

Up To Date
12:00 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Embracing Anger To Be Happier

Harriet Lerner's book, The Dance of Anger
Credit HarperCollins Publishers

Have you ever felt so angry that steam could be pouring out your ears? 

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Performance
8:31 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Owen/Cox Completes Season With The Goldberg Variations

Geoffrey Kropp and Jennifer Owen will perform the contemporary dance work set to the music of J.S. Bach.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Owen/Cox Dance Group, with pianist Kairy Koshoeva, performs its interpretation of The Goldberg Variations and brings its 2012-2013 season to a close.

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KC Currents
1:17 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Blues Musician Cassie Taylor Settles Down In Kansas City

Blues musician Cassie Taylor recently moved to Kansas City, where she has several shows scheduled for this summer. Her new album is called 'Out of My Mind.'
Credit Sam Frickleton / Shore Fire Media

For the past decade, blues singer and bassist Cassie Taylor has made her home on the road. At age sixteen, she started touring with her father, bluesman Otis Taylor, and she started her own solo career a few years after that.

While Taylor has no plans to slow down, the 26-year-old veteran is settling down a bit. She was recently married and moved to the Kansas City area. Some of the true-life stories of the blues life and love lost and found are the subjects of her new CD, called Out of My Mind.

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Visual Arts
12:02 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

[VIDEO] Voices From Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera Opening Reception

Diego en mi pensamiento (Diego on My Mind), 1943. Oil on Masonite.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art celebrated the opening of "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection" on May 31, 2013, with an opening reception for museum members.

The exhibition showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings collected by the Gelmans in their adopted homeland of Mexico.

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Up to Date
8:56 am
Fri May 31, 2013

A Passionate And Prolific Relationship: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo is part of in Diego Rivera's mural 'Panamerican Unity' at San Francisco City College.
Credit Joaquín Martínez Rosado

They’ve been immortalized in museums, history books and on film. Their rocky marriage and ties to Communism made for fascinating lives. So how did Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s tumultuous relationship influence their colorful creations of Mexican culture?

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Visual Arts
8:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

PLUG Projects Presents 'Rare Earth'

A close-up of a lichen installation by Sarah Hearn. According to PLUG Projects, Hearn's work is "idea driven by a multitude of scientific theories."
Laura Spencer KCUR

Inside – and outside – the gallery at PLUG Projects, works by seven artists from around the country incorporate natural materials, such as lichen, geodes, fungi and fauna. In their paintings, photography, sculptures, and installations, they explore new ways of seeing nature - and the impact of human intervention.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

As American Heartland Theatre Winds Down, Debra Bluford Reflects On Her Career There

Debra Bluford, as Miss Abigail, makes a face of disapproval of modern dating methods.
Julie Denesha KCUR

New theater companies and performance spaces are increasingly popping up in Kansas City. So when the American Heartland Theatre announced it was closing its doors in August, it was a startling development, especially to an actor like Debra Bluford, who has spent a good deal of her acting life there.

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KC Currents
4:56 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

A Vacant Storefront Sparks Arts Collaboration In KCK

Gathered around the work table, Steven Curtis instructs students on proper glazing techniques.
Julie Denesha KCUR

It was once a barbeque joint, then a Colombian restaurant. But now this storefront in Strawberry Hill has traded out sizzling slabs of ribs and empanadas for another kind of oven: a kiln.

The Epic Arts studio is the brainchild of Steve Curtis, a photographer and community organizer for Community Housing of Wyandotte County. Curtis has long wanted to make art more accessible in Wyandotte County.

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Dance
8:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A New Artistic Director For The Kansas City Ballet

'Giselle' (choreography by Devon Carney), 2011, featuring Janessa Touchet.
Peter Mueller

After an extensive search process, the Kansas City Ballet has a new artistic director. Dancer, choreographer and teacher Devon Carney begins his new post in July. Carney succeeds outgoing artistic director William Whitener.

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Performance
8:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Five Questions For Devon Carney

The Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director: Devon Carney
Peter Mueller

The Kansas City Ballet has named Devon Carney as the company's new artistic director. For the last decade, Carney has worked with Cincinnati Ballet; since 2008, he's served as associate artistic director.

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Visual Arts
3:55 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Artists Explore The City As Labyrinth In 'rises Zora'

Jeanette Powers and Ezhno Martin in a 'rises Zora' performance.
Josephine Moynihan Special to KCUR

Like any city of its size, Kansas City was designed and developed on an urban grid of streets and boulevards in order to make the city work. The Charlotte Street Foundation is currently presenting a month-long multimedia project that features nearly 40 artists who, in their own way, address how the city's layout is both influential, essential, and an ever-mysterious labyrinth. 

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Performance
12:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Board Leadership Change For The Kansas City Symphony

Shirley Helzberg steps down as the Chair of the Kansas City Symphony Board.
courtesy: Kansas City Symphony

After nearly 20 years as the chairwoman of the Kansas City Symphony's board, arts patron Shirley Helzberg is stepping down. Bill Lyons, civic leader and former CEO of American Century Companies, Inc., succeeds Helzberg on July 1.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 17-19, 2013

An Olds 442: one of the cars you might see at this weekend's West Bottoms Car Show
Popular Hot Rodding

Looking for ways to enjoy the weekend of May 17-19, 2013? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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Visual Arts
6:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

A Final Opening At The Dolphin

The final exhibition at the Dolphin is called "Thanks For The Warning."
courtesy Dolphin gallery

It was only fitting that one of the pioneers of the Crossroads Arts District would announce on a First Friday, May 3, that after two decades, his gallery would close. John O’Brien moved the Dolphin from the Crossroads to the West Bottoms five years ago. But now he says it’s time for something new.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

[VIDEO] Octarium Looks Back On A Decade Of Blending Eight Voices Into One

Ensemble members rehearse in preparation for "Holidays with Octarium," Parkville Presbyterian Church in December 2012.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The signature style of the vocal group Octarium is eight singers, blended into one voice. After a decade of performances, this weekend marks the group's farewell concert. Octarium anticipates continuing to perform at least once a year, over the holidays.

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Visual Arts
12:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Sculptural Pots With A Bit Of Glitter

Artist Christine McHorse stands next to a work in the galleries of the Nerman.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The first floor galleries at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art are filled with glass display cases. Inside: the glittering black ceramics of Navajo artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse. Her abstract works bridge modern sculpture and traditional Southwestern pottery.

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Visual Arts
5:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

New President And CEO For The National World War I Museum

New President and CEO, Matthew C. Naylor, PhD.
courtesy National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial on Monday announced Matthew C. Naylor, PhD, a native of Australia, as its new President and CEO.

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Performance
5:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

[VIDEO] Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener
Julie Denesha KCUR

This marks Artistic Director William Whitener's final season with the Kansas City Ballet. After 17 years with the company, he's preparing to return to New York. Whitener answered a few questions before the final performances.

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Visual Arts
1:49 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Collector And Gallerist Byron Cohen Dies At 72

Byron Cohen, in front of one of Deng Wushu's works, at the Byron C. Cohen Gallery, 2009.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Kansas City gallery owner, art consultant and collector Byron C. Cohen died Friday morning. He was 72.

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Film
9:38 am
Fri May 10, 2013

‘Renoir’ A Portrait Of An Artist In Decline

Michel Bouqet at work as "Renoir"
Courtesy Samuel Goldwyn Films

To look at the collected paintings of Pierre-Auguste Renoir is to see all possible colors and textures made more rich and tactile by the light. Gilles Bourdos’ evocative Renoir is less a comprehensive biography than a portrait of the man in his golden years (played with astonishing physical accuracy by Michel Bouquet) when his output is hardly dented at all by his physical impairments.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

A Puppet Festival Of Colossal Proportions

Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein directs a massive puppet in preparation for the show.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This Sunday, the lawn of The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art will be transformed into the main stage for the larger-than-life puppets of StoneLion's puppet pageant "Mother’s Day for Mother Earth." 

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Up To Date
9:35 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

William Whitener: Taking A Final KC Bow

Artistic Director William Whitener takes a final turn on the Kauffman stage during rehearsals.
Julie Denesha KCUR

William Whitener became Artistic Director of the Kansas City Ballet in 1996.  After having staged, taught, acquired, commissioned or created 85 works for the organization and seeing it move into its new rehearsal and performance spaces, Whitener now prepares to leave the Ballet and embark on yet another chapter in his remarkable career.

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Film
4:15 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

SAG-AFTRA Closes Kansas City Office

The labor union representing film, television and radio actors, announcers, and newscasters plans to close its Kansas City office.

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Visual Arts
10:27 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Toy And Miniature Museum Reveals Future Plans

Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City
flickr user dianecordell

Over the last decade, it's estimated nearly 30 toy and doll museums closed across the United States. The Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City provided an update yesterday on its capital campaign to sustain the museum and its collection.

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Up To Date
11:47 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See', May 3-5, 2013

Credit Porchlight Films

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 3-5, 2013?

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Dance
10:02 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Rock, Jazz, And William Shatner Conclude Kansas City Ballet's Season

Sarah Walborn, Arielle Espie, and Jill Marlow hold a pose.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Ballet tops off its 55th season with a playful mix of dance.

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Visual Arts
8:51 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dolphin Closes In The West Bottoms, 'Body Blow' To Art World

Dolphin Gallery in the West Bottoms.
courtesy: David Hughes Charlotte Street Foundation

Dolphin Gallery's John O'Brien had hinted about a change for months. But, now, it's official. Dolphin, the exhibition space and framing business in the West Bottoms, will close after its last show (slated to open May 17).

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Dance
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Unexpected Combinations In Karole Armitage's 'Energy Made Visible'

At the dress rehearsal for 'Energy Made Visible,' Anthony Krutzkamp and Rachel Coats create layers of dance.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Choreographer Karole Armitage, a native of Lawrence, Kan. says artist Jackson Pollock can be viewed as "a metaphor for the creative process"; his lines of dripped and poured paint are like a dance. Kansas City Ballet concludes its season with a world premiere by Armitage, exploring the intersection between art, jazz, and dance.

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