The University of Kansas Medical Center has recently taken a big step forward as an art patron by commissioning four artists with Kansas City ties to create works for its new Health Education Building. Bandages and microscopy are among the themes and images explored in works by Miki Baird, Marcie Miller Gross and Jesse Small; […]
Peeling wallpaper and crumbling walls usually signify things in disarray. In Firelei Báez’ mural “To See Beyond Its Walls (and access the places that lie beyond),” the Kemper Museum’s latest commissioned atrium project, that’s the point. Báez’ portrait of a beautiful woman of color wearing a wrapped headdress is at first sight appealingly decorative. But […]
Julia Haile is taking Kansas City by storm. “Her voice and stage presence are second to none, and her body of work is growing to be some of the best to come out of this city,” said Bill Sundahl, special events coordinator of KKFI 90.1 FM Kansas City Community Radio. Haile performed with well-known singer-songwriter Barclay Martin at the June 30 “Collaborations” fundraiser event for KKFI at the Folly Theater.
Say “percussion” and most people think solely of drums. Few people realize the expansiveness of the world of percussion in terms of range, styles of music and types of instruments; even fewer relate it to classical music. In Kansas City, four talented musicians are working to change that. They are Garrett Arney and Mari Yoshinaga […]
The Author, Educator and Host of KCUR’s Popular “The Fish Fry” Program is a Kansas City Institution in his Own Right Chuck Haddix loves music. And to judge by the recordings he showcases on his long-running radio program, “The Fish Fry,” he’s clearly well-acquainted with a vast range of sounds along the American musical spectrum […]
If you have seen Cat Mahari perform, you don’t forget. True to her name, she moves with a fierce feline swagger. Her presence in a room can be equivalent to a mic drop. Fearless? Yes. Challenging? Definitely. Mahari is a battle-tested warrior. When she roars her truth you will pay attention. Her confidence is grounded in lived, embodied experience and intense study. It comes through her work as “centering blackness.”