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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

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Inside the Kansas City Ballet's Annual Production of "The Nutcracker"

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

This year marks the Kansas City Ballet's 39th annual production of The Nutcracker. It's a holiday tradition, with a cast of just over 200; most of whom are children.


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Playing Scrooge

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens depicted his iconic Ebenezer Scrooge as the original grumpy old man - someone whose mean streak is matched only by his unyielding pockets. That he becomes a gentler man by the close of the story is no surprise to anyone who's seen Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of the play over the past 31 years.


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Charlie Pryor And The Brush Creek Follies

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A granddaughter's quest to find recordings of her musician grandfather uncovers the story of Kansas City's legendary western swing radio show, the Brush Creek Follies.


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A Move for "Messiah"

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 GMT

This year marks the first time Handel's "Messiah" will not be performed at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence since 1916. The challenge: how to transfer the sound of almost 250 voices from a cavernous hall to the more intimate Helzberg Hall.


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Terpsichore for Kansas City: Sound and Light Installation in a Garage

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Parking garages in Kansas City are infused with art – from the light and sound work called Pulse, next to City Hall; to the dancing lights in the underground garage at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from a reflecting pool overhead. In the new parking garage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, there's a public art installation activated by movement.


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Ferdinand's Tale Set To Solo Violin

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

In the 1970s, "The Story of Ferdinand" was set to solo violin by British composer Alan Ridout. The musical version will be presented next weekend at the Kansas City Public Library by the Bach Aria Soloists.


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"Avenue Q" at the Jewish Community Center

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The Tony-award winning musical "Avenue Q" satirizes children's television programs, like "Sesame Street." But it echoes the life lessons with a subversive twist. "Avenue Q" has its Midwest premiere at the Jewish Community Center.


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WEB EXTRA: Interview with Idina Menzel

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Tony Award winning performer Idina Menzel has had a career on stage, in films and television, and in music. This weekend, she joins the Kansas City Symphony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kansas City Young Audiences.


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Golden Anniversary for Kansas City Young Audiences

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

When Kansas City Young Audiences was founded in 1961, its mission was to provide children in local schools the chance to see and hear classical music performances they might otherwise never experience. The definition of arts education has expanded through the years.


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Harvest Moon Festival Returned Spirit Of Osage To Troost

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 GMT

For the past few years, 31st and Troost has been home to the Troost Festival. But this year, a new festival took root at the spot. A festival that taps into the Indian history of the place.


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"Bump" Brings Faux Celebrity Back to The Fishtank

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

When President Obama announced two weeks ago that the United States would be withdrawing troops from Iraq by the end of the year, the other top news trending that week was that Lindsay Lohan would be posing for Playboy. The fact that the latter story garnered as much attention as the former didn't escape a trio of local theater artists who are returning to The Fishtank with a new play featuring the fictional troubled celebrity whose Kansas City debut last winter left her desperate for more attention.


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Revisiting Robert Altman's "Kansas City"

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The 1920s and '30s marked the heyday of Kansas City jazz. Political boss Tom Pendergast tolerated drinking in an era of prohibition. And musicians flocked to play the dozens of clubs in this "wide open town."


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Los Muertos Haunt the Nelson-Atkins Museum

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:00:00 GMT

For the past 14 years, the Mattie Rhodes gallery on the Westside has commemorated the Day of the Dead by asking local artists and community members to make altars in memory of ancestors and loved ones who've passed away. But this year, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is collaborating with the Mattie Rhodes Center, as well as the Guadalupe Center and the Mexican Consulate, to create a large community altar in the museum's central Kirkwood Hall.


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Kansas City Undead on the Web

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Lately, zombies seem to be everywhere, from television to right here in Kansas City.


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Romare Bearden's Prints At The Nelson-Atkins

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Artist Romare Bearden was born in North Carolina, and he grew up in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920's. Much of his work depicts African Americans, but Bearden said his real focus was the universal human experience.


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Renaissance Festival Royalty Hangs Up Crown During Off-Season

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Where do all those knights, peasants and assorted royalty go during the rest of the year?


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Married Couple in Life and on Stage in "God of Carnage"

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's rare that a two-career couple finds itself at the same work site at the exact same time. But such is the case for the next several weeks for actors Cinnamon Schultz and Brian Paulette - married in life and on stage in the Kansas City premiere of "God of Carnage."


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Artist Petah Coyne: Peacocks as Symbol of Renewal

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Sculptor Petah Coyne's Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu) is a massive installation, featuring a 14-foot-high apple tree covered in black sand, and taxidermied pheasants and peacocks. The subtitle of the work refers to Coyne's friendship with the late poet Leslie Scalapino, and nü shu – a centuries old Chinese writing technique used by women, stories told in secret writing.


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Exploring Grief and Recovery Through "Magical Thinking"

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Writer Joan Didion has built her career by turning her gaze outward. Whether exploring political turmoil in El Salvador or the back lots and bedrooms of Hollywood, Didion writes in a style referred to as literary journalism.


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The Last Descendants Reimagines History

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, or fiction can illuminate truths. Lawrence-based artist Judith Levy collapses the two, and reimagines history in an exhibition called The Last Descendants.


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Actor Gary Holcombe Dies at 66

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kansas City actor Gary Holcombe, known for his dramatic, comic, and musical performances on many professional stages, died on Monday at the age of 66. A veteran of Broadway musicals, like "Big River," "South Pacific," and "42nd Street," Holcombe also starred as Oliver Warbucks in the national tour of "Annie."


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When Dan Met Stella: A Star Chart Serenade

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

UMKC grad student Dan Warneke created "Stella Starlight"-- a disc based on a star chart, which is played on an antique music box.


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Tom Sawyer: From Page to Stage at the Kauffman Center

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer tells the story of a young boy – a bit of a troublemaker - growing up in a town along the Mississippi River.


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Lawrence Lithography: Creating An Image From Stone

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Mike Sims was first introduced to lithography, described as the closest of all printing processes to pure drawing, as a student in the late 1960s. And Sims was hooked.


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Kemper ARTcast: June Ahrens

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Artist June Ahrens sits with Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien to discuss her works relating to September 11, in the exhibition Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens.


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Building the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's "Turandot"

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

This summer's heat didn't affect the staff building scenery for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, probably the first time in three decades. In June, the Lyric moved tools, lumber, and other items from an un-air conditioned space in the East Bottoms to a new production facility in the East Crossroads.


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Chen Yi's Fountains of Kansas City

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Three world premieres are slated for the Kansas City Symphony's inaugural season in Helzberg Hall. And they all take inspiration from a Kansas City trademark: fountains. The first, by renowned composer Chen Yi, called Fountains of Kansas City, premieres this weekend.


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June Ahrens: Tapping Memories through Material

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Artist June Ahrens draws on a wide range of materials, from rusty razor blades and air conditioner filters to insulation foam and pillows.


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WEB EXTRA: Tommy Tune and Patti LuPone

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Hours before the opening gala for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Tommy Tune discussed some of their signature roles and what it's like to open a new hall.


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Nearly Two Decades in the Making: Kauffman Center Opens Its Doors

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The concrete-and-glass shell-shaped Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens tonight. And it's been almost two decades in the making.


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"August: Osage County" Explores Family Dynamics with Flair

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The age-old advice most frequently given to writers is to write what you know - and the one thing writers all have in common is that they all came from a family. Many classic plays have explored various family dynamics but few have dissected the relationship between mothers and daughters with quite as much flair and precision as "August: Osage County."


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Creating a Regional Cultural Plan

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced its "Big Five" – five ideas to move the region forward. The project launched in 2010, collecting nearly 200 suggestions. The list was narrowed down to 20 in July – and many of those ideas were related to arts and culture (including moving the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance downtown, which made the top 5).


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Responding to 9/11 Through Music

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

newEar, the contemporary chamber ensemble, opens its 19th season with a concert exploring themes of time, loss and remembrance. Two works on the program were written in response to September 11th.


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CNN's "9/11 Ripple" Project: Peregrine Honig

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

CNN.com commissioned artists from around the world "to create or choose work to illustrate the ripple effect of 9/11." Here, Kansas City's Peregrine Honig describes her work called "Twins," and recalls where she was on September 11, 2001.


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Two Plays Explore Themes of 9/11

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Along with journalists and historians, playwrights can serve an important role in helping people make sense of national tragedies. And the results can weave narratives other sources might miss.


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Keeping Yourself In A Relationship

Sun, 04 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A new book explores how individuals can hold on to their identities while being part of a couple.


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Cowtown Ballroom Co-Founder Stan Plesser Dies at 79

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The early 1970s Kansas City music venue Cowtown Ballroom will be inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame Saturday night in St. Joseph. But one of its founders won't be there. Stan Plesser died on Thursday.


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An Architectural Response to Demolition of West Edge

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT

There are two Moshe Safdie-designed projects in Kansas City: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open September 16th; and West Edge, an office and hotel complex near the Country Club Plaza that's been plagued with problems. A construction dispute, bankruptcy, and changes in ownership stalled the project for nearly three years.


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Arts Advocates Renew Call to Restore Arts Funding

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Arts advocates are renewing their call for the governor and Legislature to restore state funding to the Kansas Arts Commission.


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Jazz Pianist and Singer Pearl Thuston Brown Dies at 84

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

An Elder Stateswoman of Kansas City Jazz, singer and pianist Pearl Thuston Brown, died on Monday, August 29 at the age of 84. Thuston Brown was a professional musician for 60 years – including 30 of those years on the road.


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Colombian Empanadas are a Family Affair

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Even after setting up life in a new country, many immigrants continue to experience a daily taste of home by cooking in traditional style.


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Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity Opens Its Doors

Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

On Friday morning, under a grand white tent, hundreds gathered to mark the official opening of the Kansas City Ballet's new home.


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Temporary Artwork Generates Discussion about Economic Policy

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

On the grassy lawn near the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, trucks are hauling cargo shipping containers to be unloaded and stacked into a towering, temporary sculpture. One hundred and five containers, piled almost seven stories high, will spell out IOU on one side and USA on the other. It's a nod to this country's increasing federal budget and foreign trade deficits.


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Visitors Vote on Scumak to Add to NAMA's Collection

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process. When the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art found out they'd be able to keep three of New York-based artist Roxy Paine's Scumak sculptures, they decided to open up the decision to the public.


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Kansas City Ballet Celebrates New Home

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

On Monday, the Kansas City Ballet kicks off a two-week celebration of its new home in the Crossroads, the $32 million Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.


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"America I AM" Travels to Union Station in October

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A traveling exhibition, exploring 500 years of African-American history, from slavery to the present-day, is coming to Union Station this fall.


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KCAT Tackles Four Works by Harold Pinter

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kansas City Actors Theatre, or KCAT, has built a reputation for designing its seasons around a specific theme or playwright. In past years, the company studied marriage by mounting four different plays about it, and spotlighted Missouri-native Lanford Wilson by staging his three "Talley" plays.


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Who was Blind Boone?

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's often a challenge for even the most hard-core jazz buffs to remember Missouri's pre-ragtime composer known as Blind Boone.


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NEA Says KS Not Eligible for Arts Grants

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, says the Kansas Arts Commission is not eligible to receive federal matching funds.


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"Xanadu" Rolls into Starlight

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Though movies made from Broadway musicals have seen a resurgence since the success of "Chicago," the current trend is to go in the opposite direction. There are presently 7 musicals on Broadway based on popular movies, with several more on the way. Playing Starlight Theatre this week is the musical "Xanadu", whose success in New York made it an exception to all the rules - and that's because its source is considered one of the worst movies ever made.


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Between Thee & Me Bridges Divides Through Art

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Over the centuries, art and religion...have grown apart. As a Huffington Post writer puts it: "The art world suffers from a secular hangover." But, in recent years, artists are returning to religious subjects and imagery in their artwork.


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Debate over Controversial Statue Resumes

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Renovations of the police communications building mean that a well-known statue will have to find a new home. Will it be sent to storage or be moved to another public spot in Kansas City? The debate is on!


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Passing on a Passion for Jazz

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The young musicians of Kansas City Youth Jazz perform Sunday at Penn Valley Community College to honor founder Leon Brady, who retired in June.


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Duets with Dad

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

What's it like for a seventeen-year-old girl to sing a duet, in public, with her dad? For Shanice Hayes, it's not only a joy, it's a profession.


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Kemper ARTcast: Norman Kleeblatt, part 1

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kemper Museum's Amy Duke interviews Norman Kleeblatt, Chief curator of the Jewish Museum in New York, on his award winning exhibition "Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art."


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Two Transgendered Performers Find Haven in the Fringe

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

With a dizzying array of theater, dance, and visual arts - and sometimes in a combination of all of those - the Kansas City Fringe Festival kicks off its seventh year this weekend.


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Installation Underway for Kauffman Center Pipe Organ

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in two months. And it will also take the next two months for a crew from Montreal to install a new Casavant Frères pipe organ.


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Piane Productions Presents New Version of "Children of Eden"

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Several new theater companies have popped up in Kansas City in the last couple of years, adding breadth and depth to the local theater calendar.One of the latest, incorporated just last December, is Piane Productions.


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Theater in Kansas City's Jazz District Selected as "Our Town" Recipient

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The National Endowment for the Arts on Tuesday announced its first round of "Our Town" funding – $6.5 million in grants to strengthen the arts through public-private partnerships. In Missouri, one initiative was selected: the restoration of the historic Boone Theater in the 18th and Vine Jazz District.


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Barbershop Quartet Winners Rural Route 4 on the Joys of Harmony

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The idea of the Barbershop Harmony Society hatched in Kansas City when two Tulsa, Oklahoma businessmen - and barbershop enthusiasts - had a chance meeting at the Muehlebach Hotel (now the Kansas City Marriott Downtown).


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A Visual Manifestation of Software and Code

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A new exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art follows sculptor Leo Villareal's work over the last decade, from recent patterns of hundreds of pinpoint LEDs to early experiments in sequencing strobe lights.


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Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artists

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

After 10 years of bestowing cash awards on visual artists, the Charlotte Street Foundation began in 2008 to recognize performing artists who'd put their stamp on Kansas City's arts community.


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Search for Birth Mother Uncovers Difficult Truths

Fri, 24 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Growing up in Overland Park, Brian Stanton always knew he was adopted. And like many adoptees, he wanted to know something about his birth parents.


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Summer, Season of Experimentation for Coterie

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

For the Coterie Theatre, summer is the season to experiment with musical formulas and actors' chemistry in what they call the Lab for New Family Musicals. In essence, musical composers entrust the Coterie with condensing their familiar two-act shows into shorter one-act versions more suitable to theaters for young audiences - like its version of "The Wiz."


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"Point of Interest" Explores Significance Closer to Home

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Hitting the road for vacations this summer, many families are heading out to national parks, to enjoy scenes of natural beauty or historical importance. When they get there, the more dutiful will stand and read big wooden signs that explain just how significant these places really are.


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Creating the Role of Macbeth: John Rensenhouse

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

When the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival announced in April that its summer production of Macbeth was in jeopardy, area fans came through, donating $100,000 in a week to ensure that Macbeth would indeed reign. That was a relief to actor John Rensenhouse, who had been working on playing the title role for several months.


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WEB EXTRA: Actor John Rensenhouse

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Actor John Rensenhouse plays Macbeth in this summer's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. It's a play described as a "story of vaulting ambition." But Rensenhouse tells KCUR's Steve Walker, it wasn't his ambition - at first - to play the role.


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Composer Paul Rudy Absorbs Sounds of Rome in New Composition

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, awards fellowships known as "the Rome Prize" to a select group of artists and scholars each year. The award gives America's finest talents the opportunity to spend a year in Italy pursuing their own work.


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Effort to Save Kansas Arts Commission Marks Final Day of Session

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kansas Lawmakers have officially wrapped up the 2011 session. A group of legislators used the final day to make a last-ditch effort to save funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. As KPR's Stephen Koranda tells us, Governor Sam Brownback has been pushing to eliminate state funding for the arts.


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Roxy Paine's Ferment at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The elaborately crafted Roxy Paine sculpture called Ferment resembles a 56-foot tall stainless steel tree. It's a new addition to the sculpture park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. KCUR's Laura Spencer takes a look at the New York-based artist's connections to Kansas City and the two-week installation process.


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Kauffman Center's Opening Approaches; Checking in with Architect Moshe Safdie

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 04:00:00 GMT

It's three months until the $413 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City, Missouri opens to the public. When architect Moshe Safdie revealed his designs about a decade ago, it was the largest project of his career. But, Safdie now has offices in Toronto, Boston, and Singapore, and the Safdie-designed $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore opened earlier this year.


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Kansas City Symphony Takes the Stage in Helzberg Hall

Fri, 20 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

This week, the Kansas City Symphony took the stage for the first time at Helzberg Hall, one of two performance venues at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It marks the beginning of a series of tuning rehearsals before the mid-September opening weekend.


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Battle Over Arts Commission Continues

Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kansas is poised to become the first state in the nation to eliminate all state funding for arts programs. In the face of a half-billion dollar budget deficit, Governor Sam Brownback has been trying to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission. He says the decision will save money and shrink the role of state government. Supporters of the Arts Commission argue that the agency provides jobs and arts opportunities in rural areas.


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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Mines KC Memories in New Choreography

Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar was born and raised in Kansas City. But it was in New York City that she founded Urban Bush Women, a dance company known for its exuberant and political mash-ups of everything from modern dance to African to hip hop.


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Kansas Arts Commission Employees Laid Off, Office Closed

Wed, 11 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The governor's administration has laid off all five employees of the Kansas Arts Commission. In a letter issued Tuesday, May 10, Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor informed the employees that they would be let go in 30 days.


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Local Chefs Fund the Arts by Feeding People 

Tue, 10 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A group of young Kansas City artists are trying a new way of funding the arts…by feeding people.


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"America: Now and Here" Launches in KC

Thu, 05 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

"America: Now and Here" is a two-year national project combining poetry, theatre, film, visual arts and music. It launches Friday, May 6, in Kansas City, Missouri before traveling to Detroit in July and Chicago in October.


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Musicals Featuring The Who, Pink Floyd, and Bon Jovi

Thu, 05 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Since Jerry Lee Lewis first kicked over a piano stool, rock and roll has been about theater. But it wasn't until "Hair" in 1967 that rock and roll and theater really blended into one genre.


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Kansas City Ballet Bids Farewell to the Lyric

Wed, 04 May 2011 04:00:00 GMT

This weekend marks the final productions in the Lyric Theatre for the Kansas City Ballet. The company moves performances to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the fall.


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New Composition called Canopy inspired by Sculpture

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Have you seen the gleaming silver "tree" that's twisting up from a rise in front of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art? The new sculpture called Ferment is almost 60 feet tall, the work of artist Roxy Paine. And it's inspired a new composition.


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Performing the Music and Dance of Our Time

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Two local arts organizations that embrace the "new" - newEar, the contemporary chamber ensemble, and the Owen/Cox Dance Group, have teamed up for a concert they've titled "Chromatic Collaboration."


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Wendell Castle in the 21st Century at Belger Arts Center

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Renowned furniture artist and Kansas native Wendell Castle is considered a pioneer in helping to blur the boundaries between craft and fine art.


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Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Faces Shortfall

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Due to a budget shortfall, as its 19th season approaches, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival organizers are asking: "Is this a dagger which I see before me?" when it comes to this year's scheduled production of Macbeth.


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Unicorn Theatre Explores Violence in the Congo

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Ruined explores how the violence in a war-torn area of Africa forces people into making difficult choices.


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Local Cave Canem Poets Perform at Jazz Museum

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kansas City native Glenn North is well known locally for creating regular outlets for poetry and spoken word.


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Lyric Opera Says Goodbye to Lyric Theatre

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Lyric Theatre has been a fixture of downtown Kansas City for 85 years. It was built as the Ararat Shrine Temple, used as a blood collection center during World War II, and for KMBC radio (and KMBC-TV) broadcasts. Since 1970, it's been the home of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.


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Metal Tree Sculpture Takes Shape at Nelson-Atkins Museum

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Installation continues this week on a nearly 60-foot tall stainless steel tree in the sculpture park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Artist Roxy Paine's work entitled Ferment, was commissioned in honor of Martin Friedman.


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Monet's Water Lilies

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Artist Claude Monet is considered the father of Impressionism, a style defined by loose brush strokes to capture the reflection of light. Monet created more than 200 oil paintings for his Water Lilies series inspired by his gardens at Giverny.


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Animated Works Dance to Mussorgsky's Music

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky created a suite of 10 musical portraits for piano, inspired by an 1874 exhibition of a friend's paintings and architectural projects. But most of those works were lost.


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Kansas Citian Produces Film in Kenya

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Hear why Kansas City native Pamela Collett and her son Nathan Collett started a film school in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Kenya, just outside of Nairobi.


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"WE!" Shakes Up Relationship Between Audience and Performer

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

On the sixth floor of the Town Pavilion in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an empty office space, once occupied by AT&T, is the site of a new installation dance performance called "WE!" The audience moves in small groups through an environment created by dancers, musicians, composers, visual artists, lighting and fashion designers.


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Nedra Bonds Teaches Quilting as Personal Expression

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Kansas City Kansas native Nedra Bonds makes quilts that reflect social and political themes, using vibrant color, rich texture and contemporary three-dimensional elements.


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Remembering Gospel Composer, Choir Leader Michael Charles

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

This month, Kansas City said goodbye to a local leader in gospel music and education. Michael Charles passed away suddenly on March 9, 2011 at the age of 64, of liver cancer.


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The Rep's Production of "Cabaret" Transforms Audience Experience

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Of all the musicals written by Kansas City native John Kander and his late partner, Fred Ebb, perhaps none were more innovative than "Cabaret." Though it contained many hummable songs in the Broadway tradition, it was set in Berlin in 1931 on the cusp of the rise of the Nazi party, making the Broadway musical a safe place for risky material.


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Kemper ARTcast: Interview Artist James Gobel

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Please note: some adult themes.
Kemper Museum Educator of Adult Programs, Amy Duke, interviews artist James Gobel about his inspirations and process of creating his large-scale works on canvas.


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Ray Metzker: A Life Devoted to the Adventure of Seeing

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

Ray Metzker has been described as a photographer's photographer, an artist's artist. Metzker's 55-year career has been one of seeing the world and translating it through the medium of photography.


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A Child's View of the Holocaust

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

A granddaughter makes a children's book out of her grandmother's stories.


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Senate Votes on Kansas Arts Commission

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 04:00:00 GMT

The Kansas Senate on Wednesday afternoon takes up a resolution that could determine the fate of the state arts agency. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.


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"The Salt Beat" Mines Experience as Journalist in KCK

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Two writers and a director whose resumes on both coasts include the New York Times, the Tonight Show and Seinfeld are about to unveil a new play making its world premiere this week in Kansas City, Kansas.


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The Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle"

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 GMT

This weekend, the Kansas City Ballet presents "Giselle," an evening-length ballet about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman in disguise.


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