Beginning in mid-October, the Center for Contemporary Practice program at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery presents husband and wife artists Ryan MacDonald, a KCAI alum, and Bowdoin College-based choreographer and performer
Beginning in mid-October, the Center for Contemporary Practice program at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery presents husband and wife artists Ryan MacDonald, a KCAI alum, and Bowdoin College-based choreographer and performer Aretha Aoki in a residency working with students. Their visit includes two performances of the interdisciplinary dance piece “Wind in the Pines,” inspired by Aoki’s […]
Last February, artist Mike Lyon agreed to co-curate “Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kansas City,” which is scheduled to run Sept. 15 through Nov. 29 at Village Shalom’s Epsten Gallery in Leawood. Lyon and co-curator Elisabeth Kirsch, an art historian and longtime art critic who contributes to “KC Studio,” know lots of artists […]
This fall, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company restages its 2010 work “Southern Exposure” with the help of a $10,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. “With all of these things that have happened in the past few years…I thought it was time to revisit it again, in a slightly different perspective,” said Mary Pat Henry.
This summer, Midwest Chamber Ensemble released its third album: “Vieux Amis-Nouveaux Costumes” (Old Friends in New Clothes). It’s a Francophile delight. The album features works by American composer Philip Lasser, including arrangements of song settings by Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy. MCE performs the songs with vocalist Sarah Tannehill Anderson. The songs are written for […]
Effective July 1, 2019, the University of Missouri-Kansas City officially changed the name of its performing arts unit, formerly the Conservatory of Music and Dance, to the UMKC Conservatory. For students and alums — I graduated from the UMKC Conservatory in 2006 with a master’s degree — it’s a welcome change. It’s also a significant […]
It’s a given that much of what makes Kansas City great is the arts. The growth and energy of the city’s cultural institutions have been contagious in the last dozen years. The spark and savvy of individual artists; the boldness and fortitude of small companies of actors, musicians and dancers; the innovation and drive of […]