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Shakespeare All Year

Although Twelfth Night takes its final bow on Sunday, July 3, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has plans to “play on” all the way to next summer. From October 2016 – September 2017, the Festival will celebrate its 25th year of presenting high-quality professional productions of Shakespeare’s works and year-round education programs for youth […]

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Editor’s Letter, July/August 2016

“Dream for KC Studio” was the label Christopher Leitch put on his images for this issue’s Artist Pages, featuring his captivating “Dream Drawings.” As it turned out, Leitch’s emailed tags captured an underlying theme of the July/August KC Studio, which is filled with stories about people who are chasing and realizing their dreams, from Spinning […]

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Against All Odds

KC’s Tivoli Theatre endures, thanks to founder Jerry Harrington’s savvy, passion and persistence. A few months back Tivoli Theatre owner Jerry Harrington ran into a man who once booked films into Harrington’s Westport art film emporium. The conversation turned to business, and Harrington enumerated the many changes in the industry that were making the survival […]

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“Dream Drawings,” Christopher Leitch

Christopher Leitch is a multifaceted artist, a Buddhist adept at balancing the insistence of self with the workings of chance and the unexpected. Following early acclaim as a textile innovator, Leitch turned his focus to word works. Featuring scrawled words and phrases in formats ranging from single drawings to multi-piece ensembles to room-scaled installations, the […]

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Art Fabricator to the World

KC’s Zahner Co. treads the cutting edge with leading artists and architects at home and abroad. On a Sunday morning in early May, a helicopter gently removed the eastern-most and largest of the four Sky Stations atop Bartle Hall. Damaged by lightning, the nearly 40,000-pound sculpture was trucked to Zahner Co. for repairs. That destination […]

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Reassessing Fritz Scholder

An exhibit at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art highlights his powerful and influential Indian paintings. Forty years ago, Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) reset the course of American Indian art when he embarked on a series of powerful figurative depictions of lone Indians in a state of existential crisis. The canvases were large, many nearing nine […]

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