Artists have engaged technology to aid and enhance their creations at least since the Renaissance and possibly as early as prehistoric times. Consider, for example, David Hockney’s book “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters” or Penn & Teller’s documentary “Tim’s Vermeer.”
When Yetunde Felix-Ukwu earned her degree from the UMKC graduate theatre program a year ago, she had plenty of professional exposure under her belt as well as appearances in student plays. In “Secret Soldiers” at The Coterie, Felix-Ukwu played four characters: Harriet Tubman, Civil War Nurse Hughes, Mary Lewis/William Kemp and a barmaid.
Maryfrances Wagner has established a national reputation through her poetry, but her latest accolade is one from the heartland. The Independence-based poet is the recipient of a 2020 Missouri Arts Award — an honor that recognizes individuals, organizations and communities that have made significant contributions to the state’s cultural and artistic life.
Seen any unseen films lately? That unusual opportunity will be presented to probing cinephiles at the inaugural Kansas City Underground and Unseen Film Festival running March 12 – 22 at the Westport Coffeehouse Theatre. “There are a lot of great movies that people don’t get to see,” said Willy Evans, the free festival’s 27-year-old director and co-founder.
Representatives of the recently chosen public art consultant for the KCI single terminal project introduced themselves and asked for input at a Feb. 3 meeting of the city’s Municipal Art Commission. “We are in the process of reaching out,” said Elsa Cameron, president and chief curator of Community Arts International (CAI), a San Francisco-based nonprofit.
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 Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Marissa Wolf, artistic director of Portland Center Stage at the Armory.