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Artist to Watch: Vanessa Thomas

Lawrence-based singer Vanessa Thomas works as a vocal coach, accompanist, church music director, and full-time single mom to her four children, all while regularly performing nationally with Grammy Award-winning maestro

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Students and Audiences Alike Reap Benefits of UMKC Graduate Theatre Program

Area theatergoers who haven’t experienced productions by UMKC’s graduate theatre program are missing out on some great shows, such as the funny but shocking “Oh, Beautiful,” by Theresa Rebeck, and William Congreve’s “The Way of the World.” As theatre professor Ted Swetz announced in the planning for Congreve’s Restoration-era comedy, “Get ready, for the shackles have been hilariously thrown off.”

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Couple Shares Love of Regionalism in Exhibit of Feisty Depression-Era Talent Joe Jones

When Jim and Virginia Moffett began buying pictures around 1990, they were advised by Henry Adams, then curator of American art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, to “stay within your region.” Adams believed that focusing on artists with local connections would enable the Moffetts to have a superior and more organized collection. Now, a quarter-century after they began collecting, the Moffetts are concentrating on organizing various museum exhibitions […]

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Cristina Muñiz: “The Powers of Overcoming”

Although she completed her B.F.A. at the Kansas City Art Institute just three years ago, Cristina Muñiz has been making art for more than 20 years. It shows in the mature personal vocabulary she has evolved, fired by memories of growing up in a big Mexican-American family in San Antonio, but reaching out to encompass the broader realm of human experience. “What I push my work towards is to a point where it doesn’t exclude anybody,” Muñiz says.

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The Job: Trad A. Burns, Lighting Designer for Kansas City Ballet

When Devon Carney became Kansas City Ballet’s new artistic director in May 2013, one of the first decisions he made was to choose a lighting designer. He turned to Trad A. Burns, a designer Carney worked with during his tenure with the Cincinnati Ballet. With more than 600 productions to his credit, for companies ranging from the Joffrey to the New York City Ballet, Burns has built a reputation for endowing performances with transcendence.

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