The Nutcracker

KC Studio staff photographer Jim Barcus captures the magic of the Kansas City Ballet’s reimagined Nutcracker.


Have You Had Your Annual Taste of the Bane of the Holidays?

Literally the most controversial foodstuff of most Christmas feasts, fruitcake is either loved or hated and rarely anything in between. But did you know . . . Fruitcake dates back to at least Roman times? The Romans mixed pine nuts, barley mash, pomegranate seeds, raisins, and honeyed wine and then shaped it into a cake. […]


Heartland Men’s Chorus – Kansas City Christmas

We are nearing the end of 2016, a year that hasn’t come without its challenges. It was just a little over six months ago that Heartland Men’s Chorus had our final performance of “I Rise!” HMC’s 30th Anniversary Concert. Our weekend of concerts planned to celebrate our 30-year history of meaningful music making. Little did […]

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A Caustic Meditation on Race and Theater at the Unicorn

A Caustic Meditation on Race and Theater at the Unicorn

Could it be more timely? A radical satire about America’s history of slavery and enduring black and white stereotypes at the Unicorn Theatre captures the country’s zeitgeist with amazing accuracy. I’ve never seen a play quite like “An Octoroon” by New York-based Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, winner of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. He uses an 1859 melodrama […]


The Nutcracker Suite – At Helzberg Hall (early show) – by Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Please join Artistic Director/Conductor Clint Ashlock & The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Celebrating their ‘Fifth’ Anniversary Season at the magnificent Helzberg Hall/Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. THE NUTCRACKER SUITE – Tuesday, December 6th, 7pm, Helzberg Hall (early show) Join us for the swinging interpretation of this holiday classic based on arrangements by Duke Ellington and Billy […]


Heartland Men’s Chorus’ Kansas City Christmas

Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City’s gay men’s chorus, certainly fills a significant niche within the burgeoning arts and cultural scene in Kansas City. But being the gay chorus in town may still defy some pre-conceived notions about the organization. To wit: We have six straight singers, four of whom are ministers. We have a female […]

Tennessee Williams: From the Page to the Stage

Tennessee Williams: From the Page to the Stage

If you spend time with Tennessee Williams’ short stories, a few things come into sharp relief. For one, his short fiction from the 1930s and ‘40s sometimes became the basis of his later plays, including “The Glass Menagerie” and “Night of the Iguana.” For another, the stories vary in substance. Some are trifles. Others are […]

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