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Summer Sizzles at the Conservatory

Although the academic year is winding down, the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is heating up for an exciting summer of music, dance, composition and more! Advanced Choral Conducting


Andy Goldsworthy: Walking Wall

“Looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins. The energy and space around a


Fear and Loathing in Kansas City

Amid the infighting, flesh pressing and delegate swapping of our country’s last contested political convention — the Republicans’ Ford-vs.-Reagan runoff in Kansas City in 1976 — British illustrator Ralph Steadman


Charlie Parker’s Plastic Sax

One of the most beloved objects in the American Jazz Museum’s collection sits on display behind a wall of protective glass, attracting jazz pilgrims from all over the world. The Grafton alto saxophone is special for a number of reasons. First, it is made of plastic, unlike most saxophones, which are made of brass. The […]

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Just for Fun / New Skills

It’s always a good time to learn a new skill. You can broaden your horizons and have fun doing it. Take a look at these “just for fun” ideas to see if they might be right for you. Bird Watching You don’t need a special skill to watch a bird. But attracting and identifying them […]

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Creative Fire, Profiles by (Jim Fussell)

Mariln Maye She packs New York City jazz clubs and gets standing ovations at Carnegie Hall. She teaches master classes in Hollywood and has thrilled audiences from England to Australia. Marilyn Maye might be starting her ninth decade, but she has no plans to slow down. Why should she? The Kansas City icon that Johnny […]

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Getting away is great. But with a little imagination, the best vacation can be a “staycation.” You know you’re curious. The cute and gorgeous homes near the Plaza? The trendy lofts overlooking downtown? Or visit other parts of the city. Here’s an idea. Create your own packaged weekend getaway by renting a residence for a […]

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Garden of Eden

When congested airports, excess baggage and long lines at security all get to be too much, perhaps it’s time to consider a “staycation,” an excursion close to home that may alleviate some of the headaches of travel. Lucas, Kansas, (population around 400) is one such possible destination, located approximately 250 miles from Kansas City. It […]

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Drinking the Italian Kool-Aid

Okay, I admit it, I drank the Italian Kool-Aid wine the month of April last year. I’m also guilty of building daily itineraries-based from months of research, even down to the distance between point A and point B. I kept a diary and tracked all “Euro money” spent by converting the current daily exchange rate, […]

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