Rashida Phillips arrived in Kansas City in January 2020, expressly chosen to set things right at the American Jazz Museum, which has proven to be a wobbly anchor of the 18th and Vine district. A museum professional with experience both as a musician and a jazz historian, Phillips brought solid chops and positivity to the […]
I was nearly three years into my project to write about the life and work of Evan S. Connell when I made another attempt to locate a potentially good source. I couldn’t find him the first time. I didn’t think he’d still be around, but surely he’d left his papers somewhere, and maybe those would include some letters from Connell.
The lights were low, the cocktails exquisitely made in a cozy New Orleans hotel bar. This was a year ago. A singer I admired launched into one of those lyrical parlor tricks: Toss out some words and she’d improvise a song on the spot. The small audience complied. I don’t remember most of the words […]
So how has your year gone? And do we have anything more to worry about? As I write this, I do not know whether today, as you’re reading, we have a conclusive view of the current state of our democracy. But let’s hope and work for the best, and perhaps count our proverbial turkeys in […]
As the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art reopens to the public this season, the city’s predominant cultural institution is experiencing a generational transformation in its curatorial ranks. This is not totally a result of the economic chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as vacancies and change had been occurring before the crisis settled in on us. […]
The Charlotte Street Foundation Rises to the Challenge as COVID-19 Complicates the Move to its New Headquarters This was not how Amy Kligman planned it. As executive and artistic director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, Kligman, under normal circumstances, this summer would be preparing for an incoming contingent of artists in residence. She’d be exponentially […]