It’s sad when Kansas City loses a talented performer to a larger market. It’s gratifying when we get one back. Elroy Hawkins (stage name L Roi Hawkins) has returned to the area after 20 years away, appearing in The Black Repertory Theatre Company’s 2017 productions of “Stickfly” and “A Soldier’s Story,” and in the Unicorn’s March 2018 “Informed Consent.”
Housed in the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in the nation’s public-school system. Now, a dynamic new mural across the street from the school brings a new generation’s perspective on the decision, which found that school segregation violated the 14th Amendment guaranteeing equal protection of the laws.
Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Audubon, among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in KCMO with his wife, Marissa Wolf, a theatre artist who is the Director of New Works at KC Rep.
Jazz is an oft misunderstood art form. Far too many folks are wary of it, uncertain about how to process a music whose very nature involves going to unpredictable places. Some even wonder if they need to read a book about jazz before attending a concert. Such worries are not only unfortunate, but also irrelevant […]
Deanna Dikeman has always found the real to be more fascinating than the ideal. Over her 30-year career in photography, she has focused her lens on the ordinary and familiar, from suburban landscapes and thrift store offerings to family members and lost pets, delighting in personality more than perfection. Years ago, this was driven home […]
An 1850s historic homestead in the Northland is soon to get a $3.4 million facelift — giving it a new lease on life and storytellers a unique place to create. The Story Center was launched in 2013 with the opening of Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd. The one-of-a-kind facility in the Mid-Continent Public Library […]