In an era of political paranoia, propaganda and literal armed uprisings, never has it been so essential for the people to have an ally in the arts. And in Kansas City, the people are fortunate to have a champion in artist Don Wilkison.
The legend of the Muxe says that the saint flying around the earth dropping seeds of gender was supposed to distribute men, women and Muxes equally. However, the bag ripped over the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Juchitán de Zaragoza, spilling out all the Muxes in that one spot — on the narrow piece of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
If dancers can’t be flexible, who can be? When the Kansas City Ballet announced that the spring in-person performances were cancelled, one could only hope they would pivot to something innovative and eye catching. What better mode than the company’s annual choreographic showcase New Moves? This season, it’s New Moves: The Broadcast Series, which premiered […]
Bob Reeder, a well-traveled folk singer known for his penchant for Irish ballads and limericks, has a story to tell. Bob, you see, has been to the other side and back. For going on four decades, Reeder has been a weekend fixture at O’Malley’s Pub in Weston, the picturesque river town north of Kansas City.
I was nearly three years into my project to write about the life and work of Evan S. Connell when I made another attempt to locate a potentially good source. I couldn’t find him the first time. I didn’t think he’d still be around, but surely he’d left his papers somewhere, and maybe those would include some letters from Connell.
“What have you learned today?” That’s how esteemed ballerina Karen Brown, now assistant professor of dance at UMKC Conservatory, ends her classes. She not only teaches technique, she teaches empowerment — training dancers to assess their progress internally, to extend their awareness of their bodies and to take control of their progress and careers.