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“Cultural Legacy: What’s Going On,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

“Cultural Legacy: What’s Going On,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

At the galleries, the fall season’s most important exhibition may very well be “Cultural Legacy: What’s Going On,” curated by artist Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. The title of the show derives from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 hit song “What’s Going On,” inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by one of Gaye’s […]

“Sweat” at the Unicorn: Tough, Uncompromising Theater with a Message

“Sweat” at the Unicorn: Tough, Uncompromising Theater with a Message

If you wonder why some members of the working class became Trump supporters, then check out the Unicorn Theatre’s production of “Sweat,” a drama that won playwright Lynn Nottage her second Pulitzer Prize.  Nottage depicts racial animosity, class resentment and economic disparity as friendships are destroyed and lives forever altered in this carefully constructed play. […]

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Kansas City Chorale Magnificent in Requiem World Premiere

Kansas City Chorale Magnificent in Requiem World Premiere

No composer lightly undertakes the writing of a requiem. Alexander Kastalsky, one of the leading voices of Russian sacred music, was devastated by the results of World War I. Within the first few months of the war, thousands of Russian soldiers were dead, along with tens of thousands of Allied forces, and Kastalasky began to […]

Kansas City Ballet Unveils a Spectacular “Wizard” Like No Other

Kansas City Ballet Unveils a Spectacular “Wizard” Like No Other

Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of  “The Wizard of Oz” shows us just what can be accomplished with $1 million: A visually spectacular, elegantly choreographed, expertly designed, surprisingly poignant retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic book — all set to an evocative score by composer Matthew Pierce.  In other words, this joint production with […]

Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Angela Dufresne is an unabashed painter. Undaunted by the aesthetic ebbs and flows of her medium she instead has immersed herself in its rich and varied history. In “covering” moments of visual culture, like a band covering a classic tune, the artist seeks to renew and recontextualize painting for a contemporary culture drowning in its […]

“Sid Garrison: Backstory,” Kiosk Gallery

“Sid Garrison: Backstory,” Kiosk Gallery

Sid Garrison normally avoids generic labels for his images. But when one recent viewer described them as “Colored-Pencil Paintings,” Garrison accepted the description.  Even though the word “painting” for most of us usually denotes brushes and the application of pigments, Garrison’s use of pencils is perfectly appropriate. He uses them to apply their hues to […]

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