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August Riverfront Readings Tonight

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August Riverfront Readings Tonight

August Riverfront Readings Tonight Kansas City, Mo – infoZine – Maria Vasquez Boyd is host, producer, and sound engineer for ARTSPEAK RADIO; a weekly hour long program that airs live on 90.1FM KKFI Kansas City Community Radio that features artists, performers, musicians, writers, poets, arts organizations and the creative community. She is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective, and continues to write and publish work. William Trowbridge’s seventh poetry collection, Vanishing Point, was published by Red Hen Press in April, 2017. His graphic chapbook, Oldguy: Superhero, came out from Red Hen in 2016. His other collections are Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems, Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. He is a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska Omaha Low-residency MFA in Writing Program and was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016. For more information, see his website at www.williamtrowbridge.net. Maria Vasquez Boyd, William Trowbridge This event features music by Gib Shell. What: Riverfront Readings featuring Maria Vasquez Boyd and William TrowbridgeWhen: Friday, August 11th, 8:00 PMWhere: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO Readings are usually on the second Friday of the month. Related Linkwww.riverfrontreadings.com (Why?) Published at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:26:47 +0000

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13th Annual Crossroads Music Fest

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13th Annual Crossroads Music Fest Kansas City, MO – infoZine – The 13th annual Crossroads Music Fest will be held from 6:00 Pm to 2:00 AM on Saturday, September 9th All performance venues are within 3 blocks of each other centered around 18th and McGee in the Crossroads Arts District and include the main stage at the Record Bar with additional stages at The Brick, The Living Room (Upstairs and Downstairs), green Lady Lounge, Black Dolphin, Mod Gallery, Normal Human and Collection, with food and drink at several stages and food trucks at others. Over 40 artists will be performing at the festival. This year KKFI 90.1 FM partner with MixMaster’s ‘The Business of Art’, a one-day music conference offering independent musicians a rare opportunity to connect, learn and network within the industry, held at the Living Room at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Free day parties take place at noon and 7:00 PM with live music at Brewery Emperial and across the street at Josey Records plus pop-up shops under tents in the parking lot south of Josey Records for local makers and sponsors, and including a kids’ area. Tickets for Crossroads Music Fest are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate and available online now at CMFKC.COM and KKFI.org. Tickets for the all ages VIP Experience from 6 pm – midnight at Hilliard Gallery are $75 and $90 and include complimentary food from Californios, complimentary drinks from Union Horse Distilling Co. Aubrey Vineyards, and Gomers Midtown, plus unique all ages performances at 8:00 and 10:00 pm. Day parties are free. Confirmed artists: The Phantastics – Enrique Chi (of making movies) – Jessica Paige – Count Tutu – Sara Morgan – Various Blonde – Brody Buster OMB – Barclay Martin – Duncan Burnett – Mundo Nouvo – Instant Karma – The Safes – Crystal Tose – Pageant Boys – Kyle Reid – The Project H – Hot Club KC – The MGDs – American Slim – Carswell and Hope – Black Mariah Theater – Mad Libby – Eems – It’s Just Ivy – AJ Young – Tyler Giles – Savanna Chestnut – Tom Hall w/Joe Clyne – Dan Bliss – Tyler Gregory – Kelly Hunt – Brad Cunningham Venue addresses: Black Dolphin – 1809 McGee; Record Bar – 1520 Grand Blvd; Collection – 1532 Grand Blvd; Green Lady Lounge – 1809 Grand Blvd; Mod Gallery – 1809 McGee; Normal Human – 1815 McGee; Record Bar – 1520 Grand Blvd ; The Brick – 1727 McGee; The Living Room – 1818 McGee Related Linkwww.cmfkc.com (Why?) Published at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:02:00 +0000

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Sonic Sound Sculpture, Light Installation at the Nelson-Atkins

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Sonic Sound Sculpture, Light Installation at the Nelson-Atkins

Sonic Sound Sculpture, Light Installation at the Nelson-Atkins Kansas City, MO – infoZine – A free, one-of-a-kind outdoor event featuring Quixotic, an innovative performance art collective, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Surfaces: 10 Years of Illumination, a Nelson-Atkins/ Quixotic partnership, will employ projection, choreography and musical composition to honor Bloch Building architect Steven Holl. “We are delighted that the Nelson-Atkins is teaming up once again with Quixotic for the auspicious occasion of celebrating our iconic Bloch Building,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “For 10 years, the Bloch Building has been a physical manifestation of the forward-thinking leaders who championed it, and utilizing a group of talented artists to mark this anniversary is fitting.” Original Bloch Building image courtesy of Tim Hursley An evening is planned to delight the audience on the north side of the Nelson-Atkins, featuring pop-up performances with music and dance. At dusk, a magical light installation with a projection mapping experience will light up the spectacular Bloch Building. Food trucks will also be on hand, and coffee and wine will be available for purchase. “We are excited for the opportunity to create a one of a kind audio and visual performance installation in honor of the Bloch Building,” said Anthony Magliano, Quixotic Founder and Creative Director. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Sept. 10. In 2013, Quixotic and the Nelson-Atkins teamed up to present Surfaces, an illuminated retrospective that used the museum’s south façade as a backdrop for airborne, dancing performers, moving projection art and aerialists performing while suspended in mid-air. (Why?) Published at Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:41:19 +0000

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2017 June Riverfront Readings

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2017 June Riverfront Readings

2017 June Riverfront Readings Kansas City, MO – infoZine – Brian Shawver is the author of the novels The Cuban Prospect and Aftermath, and the nonfiction books The Language of Fiction and Danger on the Page. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught at Boston University, Northeastern University, and Missouri State University. He currently serves as Chair of the English Department and Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Park University. Brandon Whitehead is originally from Oklahoma, where there are generally only two accepted ways in which a man may express himself: silence or rage. He studied violin at the University of Kansas. Yes. Violin. Brandon has been a furniture mover, a short-order cook, a movie and music reviewer, a bartender, a camera operator for a local news station, a warehouse foreman for a blood bank, and a courier of bio-hazardous materials. He lives in KCKS, in a tiny apartment that doesn’t adhere to normal Euclidian geometry. He spends his nights writing poems and stories while listening to the strange old man that lives above him play the violin. Brian Shawver, Brandon Whitehead, Diane Willie Fiction writer Diane Willie is from the Navajo tribe of New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and is a graduate of both Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Diane is currently an instructor at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she enjoys teaching native literature to her students. Her favorite authors are Leslie Marmon Silko and Louise Erdrich. This event features music by Saffie Bettis. What: Riverfront Readings featuring Brian Shawver, Brandon Whitehead and Diane WillieWhen: Friday, June 9th, 8:00 PMWhere: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO (Why?) Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:38:32 +0000

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May 2017 Riverfront Readings at The Writers Place

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May 2017 Riverfront Readings at The Writers Place

May 2017 Riverfront Readings at The Writers Place Kansas City, MO – infoZine – As an African American Muslim woman, Aisha Sharif’s work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate and blend. Her poem, “Why I Can Dance Down a Soul Train Line in Public and Still Be Muslim” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. Sharif’s poetry has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Tidal Basin Review, Callaloo, Calyx, Rattle and other literary journals. She is a Cave Canem fellow who earned her MFA at Indiana University, Bloomington. She teaches English at Metropolitan Community College in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Aisha Sharif, Susan Whitmore Susan Whitmore is the author of four poetry collections: Your House is Floating, The Melinda Poems, The Invisible Woman and The Sacrifices. Recent work has appeared in Georgetown Review, Glassworks, I-70 Review, Melusine, New Letters, Poet Lore and Stone Highway, among other journals. Whitmore has a BA from Vassar and an MFA from Emerson. She taught creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 10 years and was executive director of The Writers Place for five years. She is currently President & CEO at First Call. This event features music by Saffie Bettis. What: Riverfront Readings featuring Aisha Sharif and Susan WhitmoreWhen: Friday, May 12th, 8:00 PMWhere: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO (Why?) Published at Tue, 09 May 2017 13:14:17 +0000

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The Book of Mormon, Theatre Review

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The Book of Mormon, Theatre Review

The Book of Mormon, Theatre Review Kansas City, MO – infoZine – If nothing else, The Book of Mormon reminded me how lucky I am to live in the Garden of Eden, right here in Jackson County, Missouri! Actually, there’s a whole lot more. Trigger warning: the language is course and some dance scenes are X-rated. The musical tells the story of two 19-year-old Mormon men, Elder Price (the amazing Gabe Gibbs, from the Broadway company) and Elder Cunningham, played opening night by standby Chad Burris, who managed to steal a good deal of the show. Paired for their two-year mission, the slim, trim Price, ambitious and shallow, and Cunningham, fat and prone to lying, learn their assignment is not to France, Japan or any other cool location. They’re headed for Uganda. Price is crushed: he yearns for Orlando, Florida, with its palm trees and Mouse World. Cunningham is clueless. Without being mean-spirited, the show pokes fun at Mormonism and, by extension, at all religions, portraying them as essentially fairy tales that can be changed to fit the context of potential believers. In the dirt-poor village of their mission, Elder Cunningham tries reading the Book of Mormon verbatim to the residents in an effort to convert them. In desperation, resorts to, shall we say, extreme embellishment, adding characters from Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. The villagers buy it. Book of Mormon company, Photo (c)Joan Marcus, 2016 The songs illustrate Mormon history and the feelings of the characters. Elder Price sings “I Believe,” which skewers Mormon teachings such as the origin of the world and Mormonism, that Mormons “just believe.” Villagers uplift their spirits in times of adversity (which is all the time) with the lively, infectious “Hasa Diga Eebowai.” Elder Price tries to avoid joining in the pagan singing and dancing but Elder Cunningham practically goes native with his exuberant participation. Only when he learns the true meaning of the saying (Fuck you, God) does Cunningham repent. A truly fun piece was “Spooky Mormon Hell,” Price’s nightmare of being in Orlando until demons and dead villains, including Hitler, and dancing devils tormented him. The coup de grace was Jesus himself appearing to finally put Price in his place by telling him, “You’re a dick.” The catchy songs are combined with great dance routines. Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw incorporates campy dance moves from just about every genre of musical that at first seem like clichés. (Think of all the great rock guitar riffs jammed into one rock opera.) They are so precisely and perfectly executed, though, that it’s a real treat to see. During “Baptize Me,” featuring Cunningham and Nabalungi, the village chief’s nubile daughter (the wonderful understudy, Bryce Charles), their moves were so good the audience practically cheered. Great supporting cast members include Monica L. Patton as Mrs. Brown (from the Mormon school), Sterling Jarvis as Mafala (village chief), and Dalton Bloomquist as Elder McKinley. One of the most spectacularly outlandish characters is the warlord General…

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KCMO Creative Space Priorities, Survey

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KCMO Creative Space Priorities, Survey City of Kansas City, MO to launch survey to determine creative space priorities for artists, arts organizations & creative businesses Published at Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:06:10 -0500

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Side by Side by Sondheim, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Review

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Side by Side by Sondheim, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Review

Side by Side by Sondheim, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Review Kansas City, MO – infoZine – This musical tribute to Stephen Sondheim provides a welcome respite for the serious issues in the news, on the screen – both silver and TV – and even on stage. There is no plot and there are no characters, as such. Jenny Ashman, Shanna Jones, Orville Mendoza and Oliver Thornton are themselves but inhabit the character of each of the shows 30 songs (give or take). And another hundred people just got off of the train. And it’s not all “comedy tonight.” Spanning Sondheim’s career from the 1950s to the 1970s, the songs portray the ups and downs and the ins and outs of relationships. Sometimes the entire cast is involved, as in the opener, “Comedy Tonight”/”Love Is in the Air,” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other songs are solo performances, ranging from, well, comedy to tragedy, with no little amount of pathos in between. L-R: Daniel Doss, Jenny Ashman, Shanna Jones, Orville Mendoza, Oliver Thornton. Photo courtesy of KC Rep. Shanna Jones’ antic persona shines in her rapid-fire singing of “Getting Married Today” (she’s emphatically not!). In a similar vein, Oliver Thornton asked us to wish him luck before launching into the intro to ”Pretty Lady,” a parody of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” from The Pirates of Penzance. (He didn’t really need our help.) There is some gender-bending, such as Oliver Mendoza’s simultaneously sad and funny take on the role of Phyllis, in Follies, singing “Could I Leave You?” Thornton delivers a heartfelt “Send in the Clowns.” Beforehand, he explains that this very popular song, from A Little Night Music, is one of the most misunderstood. And he’s right. Seen in context, the meaning is clear. Whether you have seen the play or not, “Clowns” is still moving. In “Broadway Baby,” a song about the vagaries of reaching for that star on Broadway, Jenny Ashman’s performance is at once poignant and funny. Tragicomic. At first she’s flat on the floor almost under the piano. As she stands up, she is obviously falling-down drunk. Somehow, though, as the song progresses Ashman conveys that she may also be weak from missing a few too many meals. And another hundred people just got off of the train. With “Another Hundred People,” Ashman, via Sondheim, puts us smack in the middle of crowded New York City. We can feel the pulse, the rush, the community and loneliness. And another hundred people just got off of the train. Jack Magaw’s lurid gold proscenium arches and deep red velour curtain hearken to an earlier time. It puts us in a much smaller space than the Rep’s Spencer Theatre that feels more like maybe the Folly or an even more intimate cabaret, maybe like Quality Hill Playhouse. Even up close, the sound could have been more, ah, forceful. This is crucial because the voices carry…

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