The 1940s in America were a time of unrest, with the atrocities of World War II, the terror of the atom bomb, and the rising threat of Communism. It’s also the decade that gave us “Bambi,” bobby soxers, and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” From this era, Devon Carney, artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, […]
Ceramic artist Emily Connell began experimenting with incorporating books into her clay works six years ago while a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. The month of May brings two opportunities to see her experiments with the form: She will have 15 pieces in “Bridges and Gaps: The Annual Red Star Resident Exhibition” at […]
Dance makers, movers and shakers from across the country will gather in KC June 7 to 10 for the 35th annual Dance/USA Conference. The four-day event connects dance professionals — artists, presenters, artistic and executive directors, service organizations, advocates and arts funders — and highlights the region’s artistic output. The conference, which moves to a […]
Reasserting its position as the heart of musical and African-American culture in KC, the 18th and Vine Jazz District offers a lively selection of music and art on First Fridays, and with the warm months upon us, the action once again moves outdoors. The scene was lively last fall, featuring countless music groups and solo acts with a wide variety of jazz styles.
Nathan Darrow is coming for the summer. The Shawnee Mission North graduate who plied his trade as a professional actor on local stages from 2003 through 2009 has found remarkable success on television since relocating to New York. A graduate of the University of Evansville and New York University, Darrow made an indelible impression as Meechum, the taciturn bodyguard for Kevin Spacey’s murderous Frank Underwood on “House of Cards,” the Netflix series.
On a warm evening in late February, the premiere screening of “The Gospel According to Glenn North” played to a packed meeting room at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Many in the audience had come to honor North, the nationally renowned inaugural poet laureate of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, but they left the event with a new appreciation for the talents of the documentary’s creator, artist Harold Smith.