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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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Performance
5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

[VIDEO] Composer Paul Rudy Enters 'Martian' Territory

Featured Musician Mark Southerland plays on one of his creations.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Composer Paul Rudy's favorite moments in music are accidents. His new work, Martian Chronicles, will have a different sound each time it is played. Rudy takes gleeful pleasure in allowing musicians so much freedom.

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Performance
5:13 am
Wed February 27, 2013

UMKC Theatre's 'Eat This!' Explores Journey From Farm To Plate

UMKC theater students Logan Black, Alisha Espinosa, and Jamie Dufault play a farmer, a conflicted eater, and a chef.
Courtesy UMKC Theatre

With the growth of the local food movement and a rise in urban farming, Kansas City diners are increasingly discriminating about what goes on their plates. Yet a good number of people don't delve any more deeply into their meal other than what's tasty and convenient.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

[VIDEO] In Search Of The 'Krutz' Sound

Luthier Alexander Svistunov works on a bass.
Julie Denesha KCUR

In the first of a series called Tools of the Trade, we take a look inside KC Strings. It’s a workshop owned by Anton Krutz in downtown Merriam, Kan., where luthiers hand-build 50 concert-level instruments each year.  A cellist and a violinist discuss the “Krutz” sound.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Journey Through Chinese Landscapes

Artist Xu Longsen
Yang Xinli Courtesy: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nature has provided a source of inspiration for Chinese poets and painters for thousands of years. An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art juxtaposes the old with the new - showcasing some of the museum’s collection of Song Dynasty paintings, as well as a monumental landscape by a contemporary Chinese artist.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Film Traces Career Of KC Musician

Virgil Thomson

He tickled the ivories from Kansas City to Paris in the 1920s. Now, a new documentary is chronicling organist Virgil Thomson’s journey from movie theater musician to trailblazer of the American style of music composition.

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Performance
5:02 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Kansas City Residents Inform And Inspire KC Rep's 'Waiting For You'

Michael Rohd and Rachel Chavkin, co-directors of KC Rep's "Waiting for You
Steve Walker KCUR

It's not often that two different theater companies with roots on both coasts converge in Kansas City. Yet that's the case this month at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The TEAM from Brooklyn and Sojourn Theatre Company with connections to Portland, Oregon are mounting what's called a developmental production of a new play based on interviews over several months with many Kansas City residents.

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Books
5:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Poet Tracy K. Smith On Exploring Space And The Abyss

Poet Tracy K. Smith
Tina Chang

Poet Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Prize for her collection, The Body's Question, reads from her Pulitzer Prize winning work, Life on Mars, at the Fall 2012 Midwest Poets Series.

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Architecture
3:34 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Do Cities Need Old Buildings, Even If They're Not 'Historic'?

Orion Pictures building at 118 W. 17th St., with the Power and Light Building in the background.
Laura Spencer KCUR

A proposal is in the works to tear down the Orion Pictures building in the Film Row District in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo. and put a 180-space garage in its place. But some say the 1946 building should be preserved.

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Film
6:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Time And Illness Test A Couple's Vows In 'Amour'

Best Actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva in Michael Haneke's "Amour"
Courtesy Film Forum

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke may be the most divisive director of the last decade.  But his latest film, Amour, which recently received four Oscar nominations including both Best Foreign Film and Best Picture, leaves audiences floored. It's a great movie that no one suspected the devilish, at times sadistic, Haneke would or could ever make.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

A New Kind Of Wash, Dry, Fold: Art In The Laundromat

The landing with seating inside the Walnut Place Laundromat.
Sean Starowitz

Over the next six months, a quiet Midtown laundromat will be transformed into the site for a series of arts events. It’s an experiment - combining different genres including film, poetry, and even culinary arts - with a focus on public-oriented artwork.

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Central Standard
11:53 am
Thu February 7, 2013

'The Science of Consequences'

In the course of a day you make lots of decisions and each one has a consequence.  Sometimes very trivial, other times the consequence may be profound.  Today on Central Standard, we look into the subject of the science of consequences with Susan Schneider, author of The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World.


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