“What have you learned today?” That’s how esteemed ballerina Karen Brown, now assistant professor of dance at UMKC Conservatory, ends her classes. She not only teaches technique, she teaches empowerment
Bob Reeder, a well-traveled folk singer known for his penchant for Irish ballads and limericks, has a story to tell. Bob, you see, has been to the other side and back. For going on four decades, Reeder has been a weekend fixture at O’Malley’s Pub in Weston, the picturesque river town north of Kansas City.
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.
“What have you learned today?” That’s how esteemed ballerina Karen Brown, now assistant professor of dance at UMKC Conservatory, ends her classes. She not only teaches technique, she teaches empowerment — training dancers to assess their progress internally, to extend their awareness of their bodies and to take control of their progress and careers.
After 30 years as executive director and chief curator of the JCCC Gallery of Art and then The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Bruce Hartman retired Dec. 31, 2020. (See Arts in Brief, p.18, Mar/Apr 2021 issue.) His departure from the post marks a watershed moment for the museum and the community. Hartman’s tenure at […]
For many, “Porgy and Bess” is the American opera. It’s also the most prominent (and controversial) example of Black opera. Despite featuring an all-Black cast, the creative team, George and Ira Gershwin and novelist DuBose Heyward, were all white men.
Most people are familiar with the work of photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Think of the famous image of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square, New York City, at the end of World War II. Eisenstaedt was one of the first photographers hired in 1936 by the newly formed “Life” magazine, where he worked for the next 50-plus years; his photographs graced the cover a staggering 92 times.