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Refreshing and Expressive: San Francisco Symphony Stops in Helzberg Hall on US Tour for an Uplifting Performance

Refreshing and Expressive: San Francisco Symphony Stops in Helzberg Hall on US Tour for an Uplifting Performance

San Francisco Symphony’s performance in Helzberg Hall was breathtaking, certainly, presented with fresh, exploratory curiosity. Thursday night was the orchestra’s third Kansas City appearance, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, and the final US tour with long time music director Michael Tilson Thomas, who steps down in 2020. While it’s surprising that the program didn’t include […]

“Appropriation Nation,” Kansas City Artists Coalition Snap Gallery

“Appropriation Nation,” Kansas City Artists Coalition Snap Gallery

Some of the most iconic European masterpieces convey simple, universal feelings, but white artists do not have a monopoly on expressions of love, bravery, wanderlust, curiosity, or compassion. Artist Chico Sierra’s awareness of this fundamental truth permeates his exhibition, “Appropriation Nation,” in a beautiful and enticing way. Rather than attempting to assert the legitimacy of […]

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“The Humans” at the Unicorn Balances Humor and Dread

“The Humans” at the Unicorn Balances Humor and Dread

Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” a big hit in New York and London, is a play with an intriguing premise, detailed characters and a palpable sense of foreboding. The production now onstage at the Unicorn Theatre showcases nice work by talented actors who wrestle gamely with material that seems designed to remain just beyond their reach. […]

“Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOS (a space between landscape and a bunch of flowers),” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

“Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOS (a space between landscape and a bunch of flowers),” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Polly Apfelbaum is an iconoclast, refreshingly devoid of bullshit, and known for her wildly exuberant installations in which the floor is as important, or more, than the walls. Her installation-based work always feels honest rather than coolly distant yet is layered with process and content. Las Vegas showgirls, the cartoon Powerpuff Girls, music, literature, film, […]

Women of Color: “School Girls” at KC Rep is a Serious Comedy

Women of Color: “School Girls” at KC Rep is a Serious Comedy

Virtually every emotional trauma and competitive humiliation we associate with high school is on full display in Jocelyn Bioh’s “School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play,” now running at Copaken Stage, Kansas City Rep’s downtown venue. Precisely directed by Chip Miller, the production showcases superior work by a gifted cast. Bioh’s tight, 75-minute one-act […]

“Nicky Nodjoumi: The Long Day,” H&R Block Artspace

“Nicky Nodjoumi: The Long Day,” H&R Block Artspace

It’s a man’s world that Nicky Nodjoumi paints and that hasn’t been a good thing for the planet or its inhabitants. His exhibition of bold figurative oil paintings “The Long Day,” now on view at Block Artspace, burrows under the skin and into the mind with bizarre depictions of cabalistic power brokers acting out their […]

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