Lear through the Years

Summer 2015 marks the 23rd season of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. With King Lear, we fulfill our mission to make Shakespeare’s works accessible to a diverse audience through FREE professional theater and educational programs. The Festival last staged King Lear in 2000, and the play has since made numerous appearances on stages across […]

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KCAI Visual Storytelling Classes

Illustration students at KCAI work with traditional as well as advanced digital media to develop the conceptual, technical and aesthetic skills necessary for success in the diverse range of practices in an evolving field. Courses include drawing and design systems, narrative images, visual storytelling and myth-making, organic perceptions and content for digital media, all of […]

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Collector’s Corner: Larry Meeker

Larry Meeker has worn many hats in his life. Now he’s wearing bolo ties. Meeker, newly named chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party, is a former vice-president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He’s been mayor of Lake Quivira, and run for office as state representative of the 17th Kansas House District. Meeker […]

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Kansas City Dance Season Closes with Enticing Performances

Choreographic Invention, Movement and Ingenuity: The 2014-2015 Kansas City dance season is winding down, but the coming months continue to offer an array of high-caliber dance performances. This past season featured many plot-based balletic works, but the finale performances concentrate primarily on non-narrative pieces, highlighting movement, choreographic invention and performance ingenuity. “I find it interesting […]

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International Piano Stars Come to Kansas City

Behzod Abduraimov will perform at the Folly; 
Vadym Kholodenko will join the Symphony’s finale concert in June. (Vadym Kholodenko pictured above) Within a month of each other, two acclaimed concert pianists under the age of 30 will give highly anticipated performances in Kansas City. Heralded for their mastery and imagination, both Behzod Abduraimov and Vadym […]

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Last Glance: Harold Smith

KC artist launches online magazine devoted to artists If you’ve ever experienced the vibrant and energetic paintings and mixed-media works of Harold Smith there can be little doubt that the spirit and aesthetic of jazz inspires and infuses his efforts. A prolific artist who is exhibited and collected worldwide, Harold is also a dedicated high […]

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Xaviera Simmons 
and the Art of Endurance

VIDEO WORK AT KEMPER MUSEUM REENACTS HISTORY OF STRUGGLE Embedded with commentary and reflections on history, art and life, Xaviera Simmons’ Number 16 (2013), is a mesmerizing and demanding video work, on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The 60-minute split-screen piece presents side-by-side performances, one by the Brooklyn-based artist, who creates an abstract […]

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Irreverent, Hilarious, Bizarre: Chestnut House

It’s a challenge to describe Chestnut House, the 1884 brick Victorian shared by Late Night Theatre founder Ron Megee and costume designer Jon Fulton Adams in KC’s Northeast neighborhood. Here’s a start: eclectic, decay, “The Addams Family,” and Miss Havisham (if that lady had had a sense of humor). The two men have filled their […]

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