Trumpeter Hermon Mehari is a well-known figure in the world of Kansas City jazz — and beyond. Since receiving his music degree from UMKC in 2010, Mehari has garnered international recognition as winner of the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition; in 2014 he was a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Also […]
Daron “Dr. Step” Barker and his wife, Janetta, have been teaching the style of dance known as “steppin’” for more than four years now. Seeing their unapologetic display of mutual affection and comedic approach to teaching, it’s easy to understand why their students keep coming back. “I started teaching by accident,” says Daron Barker. “We […]
Heidi Van recalls a bit of advice she soaked up during her student days at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, Calif.: If you’re not working, make work for yourself. “At the time, in 2000, that seemed like a revolutionary thought,” Van told me. “Traditionally, actors wait for their phone to ring.” But the phone doesn’t always ring.
Summer is the season for fun fashion, fresh home décor, new skills and outdoor improvements, so we poked around in some of our favorites places to find these new warm weather items and activities. ROCKIN’ “ROSINANTE” Eero Aarnio, the Finnish design giant who rose to fame with his 1960s “Ball Chair,” came up with this […]
We are stardust, born from the elements of the cosmos, which binds us forever to everything in the universe. Our galactic bodies share chemical elements with steel, which may, in some mystical way, draw us closer to the fundamental nature of Spanish Basque artist Eduardo Chillida’s fire-forged steel sculptures. Through Dec. 3 seven Chillida sculptures are on view in Kansas City, in an outdoor exhibit, “Chillida: Rhythm-Time-Silence.”
What is the written word really worth? Only everything you can put into it. So goes the ardent ethos of probing poet and essayist Robert Stewart, veteran editor of “New Letters” magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and founder of the Midwest Poets Series at Rockhurst University. Stewart’s credentials make him a high-profile player in the Kansas City literary community.