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A Field Guide to the Crossroads Art District
May 1, 2005
Map depicting the area roughly between Truman Road (north boundary), Pershing Road (south boundary), Broadway (west boundary) and Cherry Street (east boundary). Includes drawings and identification of...
A Natural-Born Theater Man
August 12, 2007
The Theater League, directed by founder and president Mark Edelman, brought musicals and plays to Kansas City from 1977 until 2007. From 1977 to 198,1 performances took place at the Lyric Theater, then...
A Peek at a Life in Burlesque
May 1, 2014
Interview and biographical article on Tempest Storm, a famous burlesque performer of the 1950s. Born Annie Blanche Banks, Storm left her home in Georgia at the age of 14 and eventually made her way to...
A Star is Born
September 17, 2011
Article describes the opening night reception at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Festivities included performances by the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and opera star Placido...
Beloved KC Sax Man Dies of Cancer
August 3, 2013
Brief article in tribute to Kerry Strayer, Kansas City baritone saxophone player and staple of the jazz music scene. The author states that Strayer was 56 at the time of his death from cancer on August...
Brand-New Digs, Bigger Shows
November 14, 2010
Kansas City's largest performing arts organizations anticipate "big and better" performances for their 2011-2012 inaugural seasons at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is scheduled...
British Exchange Set to Change
June 9, 2011
The new Central Standard Theatre, a for-profit theater company that will produce plays in Kansas City and the Untied Kingdom, was formed by Bob Paisley, a co-founder of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre....
Cowtown in the Spotlight
May 22, 2010
Kansas City's theater scene has attracted the attention of New York critics. The reputation of The "Rep" (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) has grown, and New York critics have given its productions excellent...
Ex-Rep Director Dies
September 13, 2010
Article about the death of George Keathley who was the "former artistic director of the company now known as Kansas City Repertory Theatre." He died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 12, 2010.
Get Ready, Manhattan, for KC's 'Lucky Duck'
March 16, 2012
The musical "Lucky Duck" officially opened at the New Victory Theatre in New York City on March 16, 2012. Written by composer Henry Krieger, the production is a "satirical re-telling of the Ugly Duckling...
Getting it Right on Broadway
June 3, 2007
Profile of Kansas City-born actor Denis O'Hare, who is currently starring in the Tony-nominated revival of "Inherit the Wind." O'Hare spent the first two years of his life in the Red Bridge neighborhood...
Grand Old Drag
August 5, 2007
Article spotlighting the actors and producers of the "La Cage aux Folles" show at the Unicorn Theatre (3828 Main). It also discusses how female impersonators have been entertaining Kansas City audiences...
He Was a Tireless Arts Advocate in KC
March 28, 2015
Obituary for arts advocate and LGBT community leader Steve Metzler. It is indicated that Metzler passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the age of 66 after suffering from a stroke. Details concerning...
Honors Go to Artists Who Came Back Home
June 7, 2009
Article discusses artists in various media who left Kansas City to "soak up big-city ideas" but ultimately returned to their native Kansas City. Glenn North, poet, and Tiffany Sisemore, choreographer,...
It Wows the Crowds
September 19, 2011
Article describes the public grand opening of the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. An estimated crowd of 55,000 people toured the venue and waited in line for up to an hour and a half to enter. Julia...
Journalism Wars of KC's Jazz Age
February 20, 1990
Article describes "newspaper war" between The Call and The Kansas City American. Felix Payne's American emerged as a competitor to Chester Franklin's Call in 1928. Payne, a Democat, was favored by the...
KC Arts Produce Revenue and Jobs
Article reports on recent studies conducted by Americans for the Arts and local arts organizations to gather information on spending by arts institutions and audiences, and tax revenues generated by the...
KC's Enthusiasm Attracted Bolender
August 21, 2011
Article describes the growth of the Kansas City Ballet during Todd Bolender's 15-year tenure as artistic director. He took over the struggling organization in 1980 at the age of 66 and built it into a...
MET to be Here
October 28, 2007
Article profiling the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (the "MET") and its co-founders Bob and Karen Paisley. Since 2006, the nonprofit company has staged performances in an old building at 1824 Walnut. Karen...
Musical Director Dies
March 17, 2009
Obituary for Molly Jessup (66), a local composer and pianist. Jessup served as resident music director for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory's music theater program and adjunct professor...
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