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“Wonderful Life” Succeeds With Simplicity and Charm

“Wonderful Life” Succeeds With Simplicity and Charm

Annual holiday shows are a tradition in Kansas City, but only this year did I make it to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” now in its third season at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Final verdict: It was worth the wait.  The MET production of Joe Landry’s adaptation of the classic 1947 Frank Capra film fills the […]

“A Winter’s Tale in Words and Song”: A Lively Collaboration by Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

“This is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.” Antonio Vivaldi, from “The Four Seasons” sonnets “A Winter’s Tale in Words and Song” exchanged “brrr” for brio in a crisp and comic performance by the Bach Aria Soloists and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. This was their sixth collaboration, interspersing intimate chamber music with script-in-hand […]

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“NUANCE: Recent Paintings by Sherry Cromwell-Lacy,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

“NUANCE: Recent Paintings by Sherry Cromwell-Lacy,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Are curators really just frustrated artists?  One senses the pent-up energy coursing through “NUANCE: Recent Paintings by Sherry Cromwell-Lacy” now at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Remarkably, this is the artist’s debut solo exhibition — 39 small- to medium-sized abstract oil and acrylic paintings, produced over the last four years. Cromwell-Lacy, an accomplished curator, educator, and […]

Much Rejoicing: Soweto Gospel Choir Honors Nelson Mandela in Kansas

Much Rejoicing: Soweto Gospel Choir Honors Nelson Mandela in Kansas

With the spontaneity of a spirit moved, the Soweto Gospel Choir honored the centenary of Nelson Mandela with songs of hope and resistance, songs born of struggle, during its finely woven performance at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall on Friday. A backdrop of banners displaying the colors of South Africa, the performers beautifully costumed […]

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