Tom Toro’s Take, May/June 2017

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.

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Artist to Watch: Vanessa Thomas

Lawrence-based singer Vanessa Thomas works as a vocal coach, accompanist, church music director, and full-time single mom to her four children, all while regularly performing nationally with Grammy Award-winning maestro Doc Severinsen. Vocally, she is known for her seamless four-octave range and her unusual musical versatility.

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Arts News: Nelson-Atkins Celebrates 2017 Juneteenth with Day of Free Events

The most newsworthy aspect of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s involvement in this year’s city-wide Juneteenth festival is not just its participation. Rather, it is the thoughtfulness that went into the museum’s planning of a day-long  Juneteenth celebration centered on artistic expression. Traditionally, Juneteenth festivals have been more common in the South than other parts […]

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Ballet Tells a Haunting Tale

Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” has haunted readers for almost seven decades. Its narrative is simple: In a fictional town, an annual rite is held in which one of the citizens is murdered — by stoning. The townspeople approach the lottery with a chilling nonchalance. Betraying one of their own — in this case, a wife and mother named Tessie Hutchinson — is merely something that must be done to maintain the social order.

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Honors: Billie Mahoney

For more than four decades Billie Mahoney has made her mark on the dance and choreographic world. As a dance notator, Mahoney transcribed the collaborative rhythms of creative maestros like George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky. She has danced with legendary stars such as Gregory Hines and Bob Hope. As a choreographer, she has staged opera, ballet works and musical theater revivals at universities across the nation and overseas.

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Concert to Come: “Goldberg Variations”

Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental “Goldberg Variations” is at once staggeringly difficult and uniquely beautiful, challenging and enamoring musicians for centuries. Kansas City’s Owen/Cox Dance Group will display these compatible contrasts in their final performance of the season, in collaboration with pianist Kairy Koshoeva. This is the second presentation of the work for Koshoeva and the company, which they premiered in June of 2013.

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