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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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On the Move: Quixotic at 10

Capping off a decade, the unique home-grown performance group enjoys growing national demand Ten years ago, Anthony Magliano had an idea. Today, he’s the artistic director for the performance group, Quixotic. In 2005 Magliano was a rising star in the design department at Bernstein-Rein, a Kansas City-based advertising agency. When KC’s fine arts scene began […]

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Soldiers’ Stories

Nelson-Atkins photography exhibit captures pride and anguish of American military life The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s photography department has been on fire lately. Last season’s showing of Alexander Gardner’s “Across the Indian Country” photographs followed a riveting 2013-14 show of contemporary portraiture. Now there is “American Soldier,” an emotional rollercoaster of an exhibit offering a […]

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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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