2015 Middle of the Map Fest

The 2015 Middle of the Map Fest began Wednesday night with the Lawrence founded band Noise FM, followed up by the Republic Tigers, well known for their 2008 single “Buildings and Mountains.” The headliner of the night was OK Go, world famous for their creative, one-take, YouTube masterpieces. Their first viral video for “Here It […]

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Rhapsody in Blue: KC Jazz Orchestra’s 3rd Annual Gala Celebration

Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, “theater orchestra” setting published in 1926, and the […]

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Stan Kenton’s Last Successful Experiment

Stan Kenton’s last successful experiment was his mellophonium band of 1960-1963. Despite the difficulties in keeping the four mellophoniums (which formed their own separate section) in tune, this particular Kenton orchestra had its exciting moments; the albums Kenton’s West Side Story(arrangements by Johnny Richards) and Adventures In Jazz, each won Grammy awards in 1962 and […]

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Northeast Arts KC Chalk Walk, April 25th and 26th

Why is there a Chalk Walk? The Northeast Arts KC Chalk Walk Festival celebrates creativity while building community. Chalk Walk spotlights the best of what the culturally diverse Historic Northeast Neighborhoods have to offer by bringing Kansas City citizens together at Concourse Park. The Chalk Walk Festival is a collaboration of neighbors, local business, schools, […]

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Pop Music in the Cyber Age

Today’s Glitz Overshadows Past Artistic Messages Each individual brings a unique perspective to this world, shaped by genes, experiences and passions. My perspective is primarily shaped by music which has literally been my abiding passion for more than 70 years. Because of its constancy, it has become the “lens” through which I primarily view the […]

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Gabriella Polony Mountain: A Life in Art

  Exhibit Lauds Works of Prolific Artist The ranch home in a quiet, south Kansas City neighborhood is low-slung and shaded, quintessentially suburban. Until you reach the entrance. The large double doors are striking, jacketed in copper with graceful, hammered-out, repoussé images of abstract nudes. Quite literally, they are works of art – and a […]

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