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Peter Frampton, B.B. King and Sunny Landreth to share the stage at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts announced that Peter Frampton, famed British rocker with top hits such as Show Me the Way and Baby, I Love Your Way, will perform at the Kauffman Center’s Muriel Kauffman Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 18. Frampton’s Guitar Circus tour features fellow guitar legend B.B. King and will open with slide blues guitarist Sonny Landreth. Tickets go on sale May 31.
“Kauffman Center is excited to have Grammy Award-winning guitarists Peter Frampton and B.B. King share the stage for one very special performance. It is a unique opportunity to hear these two distinguished musicians perform together in Muriel’s Theatre,” said Jane Chu, President & CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Ticket prices for this event range from $59 to $139 and will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 or online at www.kauffmancenter.org.
ABOUT PETER FRAMPTON
Beginning his career as a teenager, United Kingdom native Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artist and guitarists in rock history. At age 10, Frampton co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. At age 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band, The Herd. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive! is one of the top-selling live records of all time. His 2006 instrumental album Fingerprints won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
ABOUT B.B. KING
From the 1950s to today, there has been only one King of the Blues: Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since King started recording in the late 1940s, he has released over 60 albums; many considered blues classics, like 1965′s definitive live blues album Live At The Regal, and 1976′s collaboration with Bobby “Blue” Bland, Together For The First Time. Over the years, King has developed one of the World’s most readily identified guitar styles. He borrowed from Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise vocal like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of the rock guitarist’s vocabulary.
Charlotte Street is pleased to host Sycamore House, a series of performances presented and curated by Kansas City composer and musician, Shawn Hansen. This May 4th showcase is the third in the series and features performances by local and out of town artists. For this spring installment of the Sycamore House Series, the focus is on improvisation. The spirit of improvisation is a part of all music making and creative endeavors. The Sycamore House Series strives to support improvisation across all genres. This spring show celebrates improvised music in one of its purest forms. The collaboration of out-of-town percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and saxophonist Michael Doneda focuses on exploration of sound and the pulse while not adhering to conventional rhythms and song structures. A different way of organizing sound comes out in every performance while still searching for and challenging what we see, hear, and describe as beautiful.
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm
Venue: Paragraph / 23 East 12th St. KCMO 64105
Tickets: $8 suggested donation
Out of Town – Tatsuya Nakatani, percussionist; and Michael Dondea, saxophonist
ABOUT TATSUYA NAKATANI
Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has been residing in the USA since 1994 and is currently based in Easton, PA. Since the late 1990s, Mr. Nakatani has released over sixty recordings in the USA and Europe and has performed countless solo percussion concerts through intensive touring.
Nakatani’s approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrument or an electronic device to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture. Nakatani’s primary music activities include solo percussion performance, N.G.O. (Nakatani Gong Orchestra) and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings.
ABOUT MICHAEL DONEDA
Over the years, Michel Doneda (b. 1954) has developed one of the most extensive musical vocabularies in free improvisation. A specialist of the soprano saxophone, he has gradually moved from left-field jazz to the fringes of free improv ever since he began to lead his own sessions in the early ‘80s. His playing can be at turns lyrical, playful, or raucous, and can switch from the liveliness of street melodies to circular breathing, microscopic sounds, or shrieking outbursts. His most frequent recording and performing partners over the years have included singer Beñat Achiary, percussionist Lê Quan Ninh, hurdy-gurdy player Dominique Regef, and bassist Barre Phillips.
ABOUT CHARLOTTE STREET
Over 16 years, Charlotte Street has challenged, nurtured, and empowered thousands of artists, almost $900,000 in awards and grants to artists and their projects, and connected individual artists to each other and to the greater Kansas City community. Charlotte Street – with its community of artists – strives to be a primary catalyst in making Kansas City a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas, and surprise. For more information about Charlotte Street, its awards, programs, and initiatives, visit www.charlottestreet.org
Performances during May and June First Friday in the Kansas City Crossroads District
The 2013 Song and Dance Project is a captivating collaborative performance between Kacico Dance and Kansas City Irish Band, Flannigan’s Right Hook. Five out of seven company dancers have created new and innovative choreography to covered and original songs by Flannigan’s. They will perform an hour long concert, live, during May and June First Friday’s celebration in the Kansas City Crossroads District. The Song and Dance Project continues Kacico’s tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration offering opportunities to talented performance artists in the greater Kansas City area.
2013 Song and Dance Project
1.) Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Time: Show starts at 7 p.m.
Venue: The Promise Wedding and Event Space, 1814 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
2.) Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
Time: Show starts at 7 p.m.
Venue: The Bauer, 115 W. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Tickets: Free to the public/Accepting donations
Featuring: Kacico Dance and Flannigan’s Right Hook
Performance details: www.kacicodance.org
ABOUT KACICO DANCE
Kacico Dance is a professional nonprofit contemporary dance company from Kansas City, Missouri under the co-artistic direction of Allison McKinzie, Holly Noel Harmison, and Maggie Osgood Nicholls. These three artists are dedicated to preserving and developing the artistic excellence of the company. Kacico creates and maintains a diverse dance repertory facilitated by artistic skill, knowledge, creative questioning, experimentation, and collaboration. The company perpetuates the existence, exploration, and education of modern dance and its developmental forms. Kacico presents public concerts and programs locally and regionally in a variety of presentational forms for audience enjoyment, enrichment and cultural education. Kacico has presented work at the Folly Theatre, Gem Theatre, H&R Block City Stage Theatre, The Carlsen Center, and numerous non-traditional dance spaces in the Kansas City Metro Area over the past 8 years. Company dancers are Allison McKinzie, Holly Noel Harmison, Maggie Nicholls, Leigh Murray, Mallory Gittemeier, Chelsea Koenig, and Katie Metzger. Kacico Dance is currently a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Resident. For more about Kacico, go to: www.kacicodance.org
ABOUT FLANNIGAN’S RIGHT HOOK
Flannigan’s Right Hook is a Kansas City band with Irish, Rock, and Folk influences. Band members Cameron Russell, Shane Borth and Michael Cochran started the band in 2006. Current play lists by the boys include classic Irish standards – ballads and tunes – and also a whole slew of songs from the world of American country music, classic tracks, bluegrass, as well as original compositions and songs. You can hear Flannigan’s Right Hook at several establishments across the Kansas City Metro area. They can be seen at Tom Foolery’s on the Plaza, Kelly’s Pub in Westport, The Dubliner in the Power and Light District, Lylwelyn’s and The Roxy in Overland Park, and O’Malley’s Pub in Weston. For more about Flannigan’s Right Hook go to: www.facebook.com/flannigansrighthook
Quality Hill Playhouse embraces the music of the Baby Boomer era with its latest production, You’ve Got a Friend. The title song of the concert-style revue, written by Carole King, was a hit for both King and James Taylor on their respective 1971 albums Tapestry and Mud Slide Slim. It is fitting that the revue prominently features music by both artists, with nearly half of the first act devoted to Taylor (Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, Carolina In My Mind, Shower the People) and more than half of the second act devoted to King (Up on the Roof, I Feel the Earth Move, It’s Too Late, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?).
Additional hits from the singer-songwriter era included in the production are Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan), American Pie (Don McLean) and Puff the Magic Dragon (Peter, Paul and Mary). Popular Kansas City actor-singers Molly Hammer, Jessalyn Kincaid and Tim Scott perform these 1960s and ’70s classics, with J. Kent Barnhart at the piano, Julian Goff on drums and Brian Wilson on bass.
You’ve Got a Friend: Music That Raised the Baby Boomers runs through May 19 at Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo. For tickets, call 816-421-1700. To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit www.QualityHillPlayhouse.com
This is the penultimate production is a series of cabaret revues exploring how American popular music has been influenced by – and in some cases, influenced – important historical and social events in our nation’s history. The final production, Great Big Broadway, celebrates the music in the over-the-top spectacles that have been the mainstay of Broadway since the 1970s – Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King and more. Great Big Broadway runs May 31 through June 30 and features Lauren Braton, Sarah LaBarr, Tim Noland and Barnhart.
About the Performers
Molly Hammer rapidly has become a Playhouse audience favorite, following stand-out performances in Pete ’n’ Keely, Closer Than Ever and Lullaby of 42nd Street. A versatile performer, Hammer performs in various local restaurants and will be seen in The Bikinis at American Heartland Theatre this summer. www.mollyhammer.com.
Jessalyn Kincaid has turned in critically-acclaimed performances on stages across town, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The New Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Coterie Theatre and Musical Theater Heritage. This summer Kincaid returns to The Coterie for their production of Lyle The Crocodile. www.JessalynKincaid.com
Tim Scott appeared at QHP in Pete ’n’ Keely and Life Is a Cabaret last season. Other local credits include Musical Theatre Heritage, The Coterie, American Heartland Theatre and Unicorn Theatre. This summer Scott will be appearing in Footloose at Starlight Theatre. www.timmyscott.com
J. Kent Barnhart has served as Executive Director of Quality Hill Productions since he founded the nonprofit theater in 1995. Throughout his career, he has worked as pianist, musical director, stage director and/or producer for more than 200 musicals, plays and cabaret revues.
Wait … I think I’ve seen this before. Post apocalyptic future … check. Robots doing clean-up on a desolated and deserted planet … check. Tom Cruise doing stuff that Tom Cruise does … double check.
Yup I’ve seen it before. But, ah heck, I’ll watch it again.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the visual mastermind behind Tron:Legacy, Oblivion brings together a hodgepodge of nearly ever successful sci-fi story and theme that we have been witness to over the last, oh say, 25 years or so. Based on a unpublished graphic novel of the same name, Oblivion is highly successful in certain aspects, but falls short in a few others. Luckily, the good stuff easily makes up for the bad.
Picture this: the year is 2077 and Earth is a quiet wasteland, watched over by the last two humans on the planet. In the aftermath of an intergalactic war, humans have won but alas, have had to leave our precious planet due to the fallout. Now, giant moisture machines draw necessary resources from the sea and are closely guarded by Tech 49, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), his communications officer, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) and their intimidating, well armed army of flying drones. Their mission: Protect the resources getting drawn from the planet by keeping the drones working. Their only contact: A daily video feed from Sally (Melissa Leo), the missions control officer who is housed on the giant “Death Star”-like way station called the Tet, that stores the resources prior to sending them off to the newly inhabited planet or moon. With relief coming in two weeks, the affects of a memory wipe (a tool used to aid the duo in keeping focused on the mission) are starting to wear off and Jack is starting to remember something … or someone. Like all good things, something bad happens and Jack finds out there is much more to his mission than meets the eye.
As a leading man, you can’t get any better than Tom Cruise. Seriously, the man is 50 and looks like I want to look. He’s charismatic, likeable and, like always, he plays the confused hero perfectly. Coupled with the highly sexual Riseborough, the two play off each other nicely – him using his instincts to succeed on the ground and her for keeping him … ahem … stimulated above. It’s not until more of the human cast is introduced that the film begins to waiver.
With little dialogue (for most of the film) the soundtrack crafted for the film is out of this world (sigh … did I really just type that?). Music aficionados will probably say different, and while not quite near the level of what Daft Punk did for Tron: Legacy, I still contend that the score by Anthony Gonzalez (M83) and Joe Trapanese is strong. Coupled with the spectacular sound effects – specifically from the drones – the audience is given a mood enhancing background that becomes as much a character as it’s physical counterparts.
At the same time, the technology and special effects are consistently strong. While clearly inspired by the video games Portal and Portal 2, the look and feel of the film is gorgeous. While futuristic white and grey have been over-used, the overall designs fit well together and luckily, will never go out of fashion. I especially liked the drones. Like I said before, the sound effects from the drones are fantastic and the way they interact, move and sound in the environment is both fun to watch and menacing at the same time. When I saw it draw its weapons for the first time, I immediately thought of the Enforcement Droid 209 (ED-209) from the Robocop franchise.
And then there’s the action. While few and far between, when the action heats up, it really gets going. Always at the core of the action, the drones add a very high level of tension due to their lack of emotion and every time they spring into action, your eyes are glued to the screen. At the same time, as the movie evolves, the tension and emotion, surprisingly grows and while most people will be able to figure out what’s really happening 10 minutes into the film, I still found myself happily interested in the development of Jack and his his motivations.
The film is just way too long. We get it … he flies in his ship. We get it … he remembers something. We get it. Move along please. Over and over the audience is bashed over the head with scenes of him traveling or him remembering a moment on the Empire State Building and it just gets old. Maybe this was a device to represent the monotonous aspects of the mission but damn … move along please.
At the same time and as I mentioned before, once other humans are introduced, the dialogue and overall intrigue kind of goes away. I was fascinated by the relationship between Jack and Victoria, and this neat triangle thing happens half way through the film. However, when Morpheous … I mean Morgan Freeman shows up with Jaime Lannister … shoot, did it again … I mean Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, stuff gets convoluted for a bit and honestly, I just started to lose interest. Luckily those incredible action scenes happen, and I found myself right back in.
Lastily, the story is … a bit weak. Not in terms of its overall arch, but in terms of holes. I can’t get really into it without spoiling the plot, but if people have negative opinions of the film, the story will get the brunt of it.
Nothing. There’s nothing ugly about this film. It looks good, sounds good and most of all it will fit well into a season of big-budget movies.
While not perfect, Oblivion is a solid outing for Kosinski. Cruise keeps the epic from getting out of control and grounded in belief while the supporting special effects and score heighten the experience. As the film progresses, other human characters kind of get in the way, but overall still an entertaining movie experience. Critics will dissect for not being terribly original and for its transparent story, but audiences will be kinder and find more enjoyment from this futuristic tale.
3.5 out 5 Stuffed Gorillas Seemingly Just a Little Dirty and Hardly Worn Out After 60 Some Years
In a brightly lit studio off of Front Street in Bonner Springs, young singers congregate. Some scurry in with a few minutes to spare before rehearsal while others wait and do homework. Whichever student, all are welcome at the Allegro KC space. More than 220 students from third grade through high school populate five choirs and the program is getting ready to expand to a chamber orchestra and summer camps.
Founder and Artistic Director Christy Elsner started a small choir of 38 voices in 2000 and just last fall, she and her ever-growing artistic staff and students moved into a dedicated space in Bonner Springs, Kan. Don’t worry about the drive or location. Students and parents from all over the metropolitan area find Elsner and the other directors. Students come from Kansas City-North to Olathe and many are homeschooled as well as students at private and public elementary, middle and high schools.
“The opportunity to work on power and strength of the voice draws students here,” Elsner says. “Growing up provides challenges and a different dynamic is found here. We have fabulous challenges with treble voices. The variety of music also appeals to the singers. We do everything from Baroque to contemporary music. It’s not uncommon for singers to sing in at least four to five languages.”
Elsner wanted her own choirs, her own space and her freedom to unite these even while student teaching. Her next goal, to unite students singing with an orchestra, will be fulfilled with the creation of a chamber orchestra. And now she also has introduced an all-male choir for changed voices that joins the rich women’s choirs. “Success for me continues when I get to pull these voices together and strive for excellence in everything we do,” she says. “We encourage the singers to take this idea with them in all things. Every choice can be excellent from the decision to make their beds in the morning to how they study for school.” Elsner directs Allegro con Brio and Allegro con Moto choirs.
Allegro offers numerous community concerts each season as well as four major concert performances. Allegro singers have performed in Canterbury Cathedral, England; St.Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City; Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas; Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. They even had the chance to perform at the White House last late fall. The group’s spring show returns to the Kauffman Center April 14.
Composer-in-Residence Andrea Ramsey works with Elsner and creates annual themes. This year, Woven Together, looks at folk music and spirituals. The five choirs sing separately, but also join forces for several songs. “We aim for overall character development. The students who participate with us have an understanding about the commitment they make. If they don’t practice, it impacts their neighbors. They also learn poise and grace. It’s also about how to stand and how to shake a hand. The Midwestern values we possess are crucial. They will carry these values into their adult lives.”
The students also participate in community service hours. The HALO Foundation has benefited from various drives by Allegro KC. HALO provides food, water, shelter, clothing, education, art therapy, caretakers, medical services, and vocational training to orphans and at-risk children worldwide. HALO has recently opened learning centers for at-risk, homeless, and foster care youth in Kansas City and Denver. Parents also perform service hours too.
Poco choir director Briana Swift works with students from second grade to fourth grade. She is also an alumna of Allegro, having sung with Moto and Brio from the eighth grade through her senior year in high school. Swift is currently a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying music education. “Not many choirs are like Allegro,” she says. “There’s something so great about teaching kids three French songs while talking about the importance of showing up and studying their music. I am helping to create the foundation.”
Like Swift, Maia Schoenberg, 17, a Blue Valley High School junior, has sung in Moto and is now in Brio. “This is my fifth year. It’s beyond the singing; the atmosphere is like family. Allegro is good company. I want to be an opera singer so I like to be exposed to as much music as I can. Musical theater also appeals to me.”
The White House trip in December sticks with Schoenberg. “We were able to go based on seniority. The DC singers are staying together and rehearsing as well.” She hopes to attend the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Catie Tucker is a senior at Staley High School in Kansas City-North. “I have been a part of Allegro since eighth grade too. The level of beauty and professionalism we can achieve keeps me coming back each year. I participate in the choirs at school too, but I learned years ago about responsibility and dedication. It’s more work than you expect, but when you get to sing a world premiere, it’s a beautiful moment for all of us.”
Auditions for the 2013-2014 concert season will be held in mid-April for the choirs. Allegro con Fuoco (lively with fire), new high school string orchestra for grades 9-12, will hold auditions April 29 and 30. The openings include violin, viola, cello, bass and keyboard. There are also plans to hopefully create summer camps as well. For details, visit www.allegrokc.org.
National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial Announces New Battlefield Tours to the Western Front and Gallipoli
Building on the success of its inaugural battlefield tour in 2012, the National World War I Museum is offering two new tours.
“From Liege to the Vosges” will take place from September 23 – October 2, 2013. Participants will tour through miles of landscape stretching from the Belgian Coast to the Swiss Border known as the Western Front. This tour is intended to study the topography and campaigns between 1914-18, the evolution of tactics and terrain with a focus on the achievements and experiences of the American Expeditionary Forces. Travelers will the visit the spectacular battlefields of the Vosges Mountains, the fortress city of Liege and much more.
The second tour will take place in August 2014 visiting the battlefields of Gallipoli. This walking tour incorporates the initial landings of April 25, 1915, through to the eventual evacuation in January 1916. One of the most comprehensive tours available, participants will reach seldom-visited spots via mule tracks, dried up gullies and quiet beaches of the peninsula.
Those interested in learning more about specific tour information including pricing are asked to visit www.theworldwar.org/travel.
“We are delighted at the overwhelming success of our inaugural battlefield tour to Europe and are enthusiastic about the new offerings,” says Interim President & CEO Dr. Mary Cohen. “We are pleased to be able to offer another way to connect individuals with this important time in history.”
Both tours are limited in the number of participants. The tours are hosted in conjunction with specialist tour operator Battle Honours Ltd in the United Kingdom. In addition to gaining insight from Museum staff members who will accompany the trip, there will be badged guides from the International Guild of Battlefield Guides on the tours.
Robert Inkster, one of those participating in the inaugural tour in 2012 shared his thoughts on his experience: “In ten days on the tour, we learned more of the geography, topography, strategy, tactics, and history than we could have done if we had spent two months on our own. Our guides were wonderful, convivial people—and world-class experts on the battles of the Great War. They knew the ground like we know our back yard. And they knew local people and institutions, resources that we couldn’t have found ourselves.”
The Kansas City Zoo is rolling out the red carpet on Friday, June 7 for its biggest fundraising event of the year. Jazzoo 2013, presented by American Century Investments, will be a grand affair. This year’s theme “Mystique of the Beak” celebrates our always dressed-to-the-nines friends – penguins! These spectacular animals will waddle to the Zoo in late Fall 2013 to take residence in the new Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
This is the 23rd anniversary for Jazzoo. Founded in 1990 by the Junior League of Kansas City, millions of dollars have been raised to support the Zoo. Honored in the past as one of the top fundraising events in Kansas City, this year Jazzoo has raised the bar to dazzle attendees.
More than 4,500 partygoers are expected to attend the event. Guests will enjoy an evening indulging in the finest cuisine and sipping superb libations while enjoying the exotic ambiance of the Kansas City Zoo.
They will also jam to the sounds of great bands. Confirmed entertainment includes Howl at the Moon – Dueling Pianos, Samantha Fish, The Zeros, Drew Six, Sell Out, Victor & Penny, DJ Kirby, Disco Dick, and Kokomo. And the entertainment list keeps growing.
Jazzoo makes a tangible and lasting impact on both the animals and Zoo visitors. Proceeds from the evening provide food and care for more than 1000 exotic animals and support the Zoo Learning Fund, which is designed to create educational programming for children.
This party is also the unofficial kickoff for the Zoo season. This year the Zoo is striving for record-breaking attendance, and the Helzberg Penguin Plaza will be a definite show-stopper for attracting guests. The exhibit, inspired by the Southern Oceans, will feature two pools for 4 species of penguins: a 100,000 gallon cool pool for the cold-water penguin species, and a 25,000 gallon warm, wet, sandy area for the three warm-water species.
Gentlemen, dress your best! Ladies, wear your most fabulous cocktail attire. This is a year to really celebrate at the Zoo. Individual tickets are $175 per person; patron tickets are $375 per person. Both may be purchased at www.jazzookc.org.
Jazzoo also relies on corporate sponsors to raise the maximum amount of funds possible for this signature event. If you or your organization would like to sponsor Jazzoo 2013, please contact Emily at 816-513-5706 or EmilyClark@fotzkc.org.
Support the Zoo – Fun Facts:
Each elephant eats 70 pounds of hay per day and 7 pounds of grain.
Lions can eat over 10 pounds of meat at a time.
The slender-snouted crocodiles only eat once a week.
The Zoo uses 200 tons of hay and alfalfa each year.
The Zoo uses 150 pounds of carrots each week.
What impacts us? What influences us? Sure, the ever-pervasive technology and equally rapid changes in media impact us, but what about art? To many, that question is just full of malarkey. However, how many of us really stop and look around or listen?
As one shining example, try the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the visual arts-enriched campus of Johnson County Community College. Executive Director Bruce Hartman is gratified that he gets to continue moving a museum and a campus art program forward more than 30 years after the initial conversation to begin collecting art. Now, if visitors are willing to walk around 240 acres, not only will they find one of the leading contemporary museums in the Midwest, they will find pockets of art throughout the campus. On top of that, the museum and the campus tours are free.
Did we mention listen? How many of us truly sit and listen with our whole hearts? That’s what the Heartland Men’s Chorus wants us to do. The spring show, Falling in Love Again, looks at gay culture in the 1920s to the start of World War II when a thriving gay community fell under the heavy boots of the Nazis. It’s not a story readily told, but one to be heard.
Or let’s hear it for Musical Theater Heritage and the first professional run of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George in at least 30 years in the area. The concert-style staging rather than the traditional costumes and sets is different, but once people hear the lyrics and music without the other trappings, it’s simply a fantastic experience.
Then we have all the excitement brewing at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with a silver exhibition or the electricity being created at the former Union Station power plant, now operating under the name Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity – the exciting home and rehearsal space for the Kansas City Ballet. While these are just a few of the wonders of the city, by no means is this it. Look through the pages; take the time and learn.
Every city, every metropolitan community has thousands of stories to tell, either through its visual media or through
auditory means. We at KC Studio want our readers to take a note from writer Ernest Hemingway, who spent a few months in Kansas City, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
The historic Armour Theatre of North Kansas City, Mo is one of the few remaining neighborhood theatres in the Kansas City area. Like all theatres large and small, it must change its projection systems to the new Digital systems, or go dark. Unlike the big theatre multiplex chains who will be receiving 75% of the cost of the conversion from the major Hollywood Studios, many of the small independents such as the Armour must foot the bill on their own. Many of the small independents will go dark this year. The Armour intends to show movies in its unique setting well into the 21st century.
The time has come. After 100 years of projecting on 35mm film, the studios will be ceasing the delivery of movies on film, and convert completely to digital this year. The last days of 35mm film are upon us and we are now scheduled to have two brand new projectors installed in March 2013. But the cost of these projectors is a staggering $110,000. The theatre is operated by locals Adam Roberts, Brent Miller, and Butch Rigby, the independent operator of Screenland Theatres.
Therefore, the Armour is launching a “Kickstarter” campaign to help offset the enormous costs of the conversion.
Like other Screenland Theatres, the Armour sat empty for many years until Butch Rigby came and renovated the classic 1928 theater as part of a revitalization of Historic Downtown North Kansas City The theater plays first run films, as well as classics such as Casablanca and The Breakfast Club. It is also home to occasional live comedy (Judah Friedlander) as well as live music on occasion (Dave Stephens Orchestra). The unique amenities aren’t limited to expanded food and beverage service and recliner seating, but also includes a staff that is there because they are passionate about movies. The Armour brings to the community a real example of a classic cinema experience.
Thus a Kickstarter campaign to keep the flickering image on the screen. The campaign is designed to offer a variety of great options. As opposed to simply seeking donations, the drive will be focused on selling a variety of entertainment packages in order to raise the funds necessary to retire the costs of the conversion.
The way Kick Starter works, is the people who are interested in keeping this theater as a viable alternative to megaplexes can “help” in a variety of ways. Most of the packages include multi- ticket and food/beverage buys, but many include actual pieces of film and handwritten thank you notes. Finally, we will be offering naming rights for everything from the small theater to the entire building.
So, if you can, please help in keeping this historic, one of a kind theater alive and kicking for years to come! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/screenland/help-armour-go-digital-before-we-go-dark
Butch Rigby, Brent Miller and Adam Roberts
TOUCH OF SPRING at
THE HILLIARD GALLERY
WHEN: March 1, 6-10 p.m. opening reception
Show runs through March. 28
WHERE: Hilliard Gallery
Kansas City, MO 64108
Gallery hours, Tues-Fri 10-5
Sat 12-4 or by appointment
The Hilliard Gallery will be presenting A Touch of Spring on March 1, First Friday opening. Even though winter is still in the air, A Touch of Spring will bring spring images and spring thoughts to everyone in attendance. Beautiful landscapes, stilllifes and floral work will be sure to give one the spring spirit. The work for this show will be works of art a chosen group of artists that the Hilliard Gallery represents including the works by Peter Cole, David Gross, Simmons, Tina Palmer, Chuck Davis, M & I Garmash, Teresa Magel, Barb Cleary and others will be on display throughout the gallery, giving the feeling of spring in the air.