Arts & Culture

KCUR’s Arts & Culture Desk covers arts news from music to visual art to dance and theater, with a focus on Kansas and Missouri.

Our reporters explore the behind-the-scene stories about newsmakers and emerging artists. We also take a look at the intersections of arts and technology, science and creativity, and present profiles of creative people. 

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Film
9:03 am
Fri April 12, 2013

'42' Screened In Kansas City

Greg Echlin KCUR

As a benefit for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Kansas City Sports Commission, the movie "42" was shown on Thursday night at the AMC theaters on Barry Road.  The chilly temperatures didn't stop those who gathered near the red carpet to get a glimpse of an A-list actor.

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Film
8:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Sins Of The Fathers Echo Throughout 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes struggle to define a family in "The Place Beyond the Pines"
Courtesy Focus Features

As stories about sons and fathers go, they can range from the Biblical to mythological - where patricide was the norm - to the searing contemporary take on fatherhood  in the new movie The Place Beyond the Pines by Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance.

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Performance
12:01 am
Fri April 12, 2013

After 26 Years, American Heartland Theatre Goes Dark In August

The American Heartland Theatre's executive director, Lilli Zarda, and director of production, Paul Hough. The theatre goes dark at the end of the season.

It was an unexpected announcement on April 4 that the American Heartland Theatre on the 3rd level of Crown Center would close after 26 years.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

The Fishtank Stages Arthur Miller Play In Birdies

Birdies, a lingerie and bridal shop, is located on W. 18th Street in the Crossroads.
Studio 8183

On some occasions, a play calls out to be staged somewhere other than a theater. For example, last year, a production of William Inge's "Bus Stop,"  which is set in a diner, was performed in one in Lee's Summit.  This weekend, an Arthur Miller one-act about a man shopping for intimate apparel for his mistress will be mounted in a Crossroads boutique that specializes in that kind of women's wear.

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Visual Arts
3:49 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Nelson's Kansas City Sculpture Park Renamed For Donald Hall

Magdalena Abakanowicz's Standing Figures (Thirty Figures), 1994-1998.
Mark McDonald Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Kansas City Sculpture Park, the more than two dozen sculptures outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, opened in 1989. In honor of the park’s 25th anniversary in 2014, the museum will change the park’s name to reflect its roots.

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Up to Date
11:36 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 5-7, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 5-7, 2013?

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

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Film
9:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Multiple Personalities Cross Time And Boundaries in '6 Souls'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Julianne Moore headline the eerie "6 Souls"
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Made three years ago but only now seeing the light of day - though there’s nary a shaft of light in it 6 Souls is from the Swedish directing team Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. At times preposterous and blatantly derivative of films like Paranormal Activity and The Exorcist, it’s an effectively creepy psychological thriller that knows how to twist its plot threads around viewers’ necks, and it draws you in in spite of itself.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Charlotte Street Announces New Visual Artist Fellows

Erika Lynne Hanson, U.E.I.W.E.L.: Iceberg 1875. woven linen, 2012
courtesy of the artist

Three artists. $10,000 each in unrestricted cash gifts. The Charlotte Street Foundation - a nonprofit supporting Kansas City artists through exhibitions, studio spaces and residencies, and fellowships - has announced its 2013 Visual Artist Award fellows.

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Visual Arts
9:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Erin Dziedzic Named Kemper Museum Curator

Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Bruce Mathews

After conducting a national search, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art today announced the selection of a new Curator and Head of Adult Programs: Erin Dziedzic. She starts at the museum in late April.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

A New 'Cultural Icon' For Overland Park

Museum of Prairiefire director Linda Segebrecht stands in front of drawings of the new museum.
Laura Spencer KCUR

A museum with ties to the American Museum of Natural History in New York is slated to open in April 2014 in Overland Park, Kan. It’s part of Prairiefire, a $580 million development currently under construction along 135th between Nall and Lamar.

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KC Currents
9:34 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Fatherhood Inspires Experimental Musician Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller in his home studio
Alex Smith KCUR

To a lot of local music fans, Ashley Miller’s new music might bring a shock. Not because it’s noisy or avant garde, but because it’s not.

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KC Currents
5:06 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

[PHOTOS]: From The Land Of Oz And Proud Of It

Jane Albright sits among the shelves of books that started her on her journey collecting Oz memorabilia.
Julie Denesha KCUR

If you’re from Kansas, or even from Kansas City, Missouri, no matter where you go in the world, someone’s going to make a crack about Dorothy, or Toto.

Or how about this witty remark? “You’re not in Kansas any more, are you?”

The latest Hollywood blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful, brings it all back. The movie tells the back-story of the Wizard, who also happened to hail from Sunflower State.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

[VIDEO] 'Sunday In The Park With George'

A detail from "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Musical Theater Heritage opens their 11th season with the Kansas City premiere of Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George." The musical explores the intense single-mindedness of artist Georges Seurat during the creation of "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

An Art & Theater Fusion

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte buy Georges Seurat

Take a stroll through an art gallery, and you just might find yourself humming a Sondheim tune.

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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Pat Jordan On The Future Of Arts In KC

Pat Jordan, Co-Chair Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, is recognized by the crowd at the "Envision Arts & Culture KC" kickoff meeting in January 2013.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts is a woman who’s been a formidable presence in Kansas City’s art scene since the early 90s. 

Pat Jordan is best known for leading the revival of the 1912 Gem Theatre on 18th and Vine.   She’s also opened galleries and organized arts programs for youth. The Missouri Arts Council recently recognized Jordan’s contributions by awarding her the “Leadership in the Arts” award.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 22-24, 2013

In 1964 a group of seven-year old children were interviewed for the documentary “Seven Up.” They’ve been filmed every seven years since. Now they are 56.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 22-24, 2013?

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

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Film
10:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Werner Herzog's Year With The 'Happy People' Of Siberia

Hunting Season with Faithful Canine Companion in 'Happy People'
Studio Babelsberg

Being happy is relative and subjective, meaning different things for different people in different parts of the world. And that's certainly the case for the resilient villagers profiled in Werner Herzog's and Dmitry Vasyukov's documentary Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, which tracks all four seasons among a scrappy group who live where few could.

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Music Stories
5:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Heartland Men's Chorus Explores Love, Before And After the Holocaust

Kip Niven, plays Holocaust survivor Gad Beck in Jake Heggie’s 'For a Look or a Touch.' The Heartland Men's Chorus stands in the background.
Laura Spencer KCUR

In the 1920's and into the early 1930's, there was a thriving gay culture in Europe, especially in Berlin. But, with the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, that all changed.

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Sports
9:53 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Actor Harrison Ford And '42' In Kansas City

Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman in '42'
D. Stephens Courtesy Legendary Pictures Productions LLC

Actor Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey in "42," the movie on baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson to be released next month.  Rickey is the former general manager who signed Robinson to break the color line in Major League Baseball.  Ford will be in Kansas City next month for a special screening.

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Government
5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

A Vision Taking Shape For KC's Arts And Culture Plan

Mayor James speaks to the crowd gathered at ArtsTech.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In January, the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts launched a series of meetings - at community centers, nature centers, libraries and other venues - to try to map out a vision for Kansas City’s arts and cultural policy.

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KC Currents
10:13 am
Tue March 19, 2013

St. Patty's Hangover With 'Blarney Stoned'

Credit Courtesy of Blarney Stoned

Six years ago, cook and guitarist Mark Vick got tired of spending St. Patrick’s Day working behind the bar instead of jamming onstage. So he and a few of his musician friends started the band, Blarney Stoned.

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Books
10:05 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Remembering John Mark Eberhart

John Mark Eberhart

Former book review editor for The Kansas City Star, poet, and regular "Book Doctor" on KCUR, John Mark Eberhart, died Tuesday, March 19, after a fight with cancer. He was 52.

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Performance
4:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Eddie Delahunt Performs 'The Wild Colonial Boy'

Dublin-born Irish singer Eddie Delahunt.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Dublin-born Irish musician Eddie Delahunt, has lived in Kansas City since 1989. His first St. Patrick's Day celebration in Kansas City took him by surprise. "The Kelly green was everywhere and I went, 'Oh my gosh, what is this?' I was in shock." Delahunt said.

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Performance
12:55 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

[VIDEO] Annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball Held In Kansas City

Katie Morris, Irish Dancer.
Julie Denesha KCUR

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday that takes place every March 17 – and it’s been embraced widely in America by descendants of Irish immigrants. Kansas City's celebration began early this year with the annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball.

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Up to Date
11:59 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Film Critics 'Three To See' For March 15-17, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of March 15-17, 2013?

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

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: March 14-17, 2013

Basketball

Looking for some fun (and the luck of the Irish) the weekend of March 14-17, 2013? Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The Living Room's Minimalist 'Carousel' Revived At KC Rep

The cast of 'Carousel'
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel is revered by many for its artfully woven tapestry of story, song and dance  -  including Time magazine, which in 1999 named it the best musical of the 20th century. Currently at Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a re-creation of a production that premiered nearly two years ago at a downtown performance space, where Carousel was viscerally staged in a way that both respected the material and deconstructed it to pieces.

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Film
8:54 am
Fri March 8, 2013

True/False Film Fest Celebrates Ten Years

Tickets for a few of the films on offer this year at True/False.
Julie Denesha KCUR

True/False Film Fest celebrated its tenth year, February 28 - March 3, 2013, presenting forty-two full-length documentaries and sixteen short films from around the globe. In addition to the films, the Columbia, Mo. festival hosts musicians, art installations, and events.

KBIA interviewed filmmakers whose work screened at this year's True/False. Read or listen to the interviews here.

Performance
5:37 am
Wed March 6, 2013

[VIDEO] 'The Flying Dutchman' Captain Cursed To Sail The High Seas

Richard Paul Fink, as the cursed captain.
Julie Denesha KCUR

"The Flying Dutchman" is an early opera by Richard Wagner. And, like many of Wagner's later works, it's rooted in myth. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents this tale of a ghost captain, cursed to roam the high seas. Every seven years, the captain goes ashore – and if he finds true love, he’ll be released from the curse.

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Film
7:27 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Showcase Of French Films Rich With Mystery And History

The amazing career of filmmaker Raymond Depardon in "Journal de France"
Courtesy of www.cinepal.fr

The Tivoli in Westport will be a Francophile’s dream for the next  ten days with its annual showcase Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. Nine different films will be screened before its conclusion.

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