Elizabeth Darr, a docent at both the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum, admits she only took one course in art history in college — and it was only the second half of a yearlong survey course. Although her university studies may have been limited, she has since completed a rigorous training course to become a docent. Darr moved to Kansas City in 1997 to work as an ob-gyn; after five years, she found another practice in central Massachusetts.
Kansas Citians have a decades-long love affair with tango. The sultry strains and propulsive rhythms — pulled from the clubs of Buenos Aires into the concert halls by world-famous bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla — have long entranced Midwestern audiences, and they’ll have a chance to experience that thrall again when Bach Aria Soloists presents their ever popular “Night of Tango.”
“Can we create jobs in Kansas City through fashion? I do believe so,” says Jennifer Lapka, founder and director of Rightfully Sewn. The nonprofit seeks to provide seamstress training for at-risk women, reestablish KC as a manufacturing center of high-quality, American-produced garments, and help propel local designers to market. “A lot of people say it’s […]
Rachelle Gardner-Roe is a visual artist with a talent for research and a love of podcasts. These interests and abilities have fused in her latest project, “Femin Is,” a series of 13 portraits of 18 women — writers, artists in various media, jazz vocalists, educators, curators — who have lived and worked mainly in Kansas […]
With the restoration of another iconic fountain underway, Kansas City is burnishing its reputation as a city that cares about public art, cultural diversity and its “City of Fountains” bragging rights. The “Spirit of Freedom Fountain,” located at Cleveland Avenue and Brush Creek Boulevard on the city’s historically neglected East Side, was taken down for a long-needed fix-up after a removal ceremony on Dec. 8.
Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Audubon, among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in KCMO with his wife, Marissa Wolf, a theatre artist who is the Director of New Works at KC Rep.