Artist to Watch: Keenan Ramos

Keenan Ramos has chalked up a remarkable run of performances, particularly in the last year or so. He was scheduled to close out 2019 with a role in the Unicorn Theatre production of “Bernhardt/Hamlet” for director Cynthia Levin. Before that, he appeared in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” produced by This Happy Breed and directed by Kyle Hatley.

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Kansas City Symphony Celebrates the Centenary of Isaac Stern

His gravestone simply reads, “Isaac Stern, Fiddler.” Born July 21, 1920, he became one of the most celebrated musicians of his lifetime. This year, institutions around the world — including the Kansas City Symphony — honor his contributions. “He was one of the supreme players, one of the great violinists of the 20th century,” said Michael Stern, music director for the Kansas City Symphony, and Isaac’s son.

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Troubled Souls: “‘night, Mother” Features Strong Work by Rogge and Schultz

Kansas City Actors Theater pairs two of the city’s best performers for its production of “‘night Mother,” the drama that established playwright Marsha Norman’s national reputation. Her two-character mother-daughter work that deals frankly with the shattering effects of suicide won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Performed in just over 90 minutes without an intermission, […]

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Tom Toro’s Take, January/February 2020

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 Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Marissa Wolf, artistic director of Portland Center Stage at the Armory.

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Crystal Bridges Set to Open Momentary

Lieven Bertels, a Belgian arts professional with global experience, made his first visit to Bentonville two and a half years ago. He had worked in the U.K. and the Netherlands and most recently directed an arts festival in Sydney, Australia. Now here he was, a little apprehensive but interviewing for a job in a place of which he’d had no clue.

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