The Job: Christy Elsner

“If you’re not sweating you’re not working.” That sounds like something a spin class instructor might say, but it’s a popular phrase from Christy Elsner, founder and artistic director of


Gerald Trimble: Sharing Diverse Cultures Through Music

To listen to Gerald Trimble on viola da gamba is to whirl through the centuries, a cascade of cultures, countries and influences coalescing into a unique sound with ancient roots. Trimble is a wizard, weaving spells on the knee fiddle. Or perhaps an alchemist, mixing the improvisatory styles of Celtic, Turkish and Indian traditions with 17th-century English baroque and American jazz.

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Arts News: KC Artist Creates a Magical Community Garden

Against the backdrop of Kauffman Legacy Park, Kansas City artist Maria Ogedengbe has created Missouri GOURDen, a magical community garden at 48th and Troost, in which she shares the simple beauty and creative potential of gourds. A collaboration between Ogedengbe and Kansas City Community Gardens, this interactive space dedicated to gardening, education, music, performance and […]

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Tom Toro’s Take, July/August 2018

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.

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Liggett’s Legacy

For Kansas artist and firebrand M.T. Liggett, fire was his brand. Over a period of 30 years, the self-taught Kansas artist wrought fire, by means of an arc welder, into sizzlingly provocative metal sculptures. Using scrap and repurposed metal, including farm implement parts, road signs and railroad equipment, Liggett created more than 300 larger-than-life-size silhouettes, which he installed on 20-foot poles along the fence lines of his Mullinville, Kansas, farm.

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