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"Doc" Brown, Famous Kansas City Cake Walker
Manuscript about Kansas City cake walker Joseph "Doc" Brown (Doctor William Henry Joseph Cutter Brown), that consists of a chronological collection of 149 published articles, notices, and advertisements....
150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
50 Years of Death, Betrayal, and Song
Brief article describing the 50th season of the Lyric Opera and plans for the move to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Also described is recently purchased 30,000-square-foot building that...
A Beethoven "First" in St. Louis
Article chronicling the early history of classical music performances and organizations in Saint Louis, starting with German immigrants in the 1830s. Description of some of their early performances, including...
A Lesson in The Arts
September 18, 2011
Cover story with pictures tells of the Alcott Arts Center at 180 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Named for Louisa May Alcott, the center provides music, theater, and art for children. The nonprofit organization...
A Majestic Standoff
Article detailing a conflict between ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the Majestic Steakhouse of Kansas City. ASCAP has taken the Majestic to Federal court over what...
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 Player without Plays
December 1, 2006
Article profiling the commercial success of the Quality Hill Playhouse and its cabaret performances emceed by J. Kent Barnhart. The theater, located at 303 W. 10th Street, had been operating for 12 years...
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...
About Faces: Minnie Hauk
Brief description of the life and career of Minnie Hauk, an opera singer born on a farm near Sumner, Kansas, and returning to the area in 1883 for performances in Kansas City, Leavenworth, and Lawrence....
AC10 Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey Finding Aid
1925-1990 [Bulk: 1958-1989]
The Allan Gray Family Personal Papers of Alvin Ailey documents the personal and professional life of twentieth century American choreographer Alvin Ailey through Ailey’s correspondence, notebooks, book...
AC14 Geneva Price Collection Finding Aid
1977-1994 [Bulk: 09/1984-10/1984]
The Geneva Price Collection contains materials related to the educational outreach activities of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during its 1984 Kansas City residency.
AC31 Wallace Ragtime Collection Finding Aid
The Wallace Ragtime Collection contains sheet music, programs, playbills, and other materials concerning the history of ragtime, jazz, and other music genres.
After Years of Gracing City's Stages, Prominent Actress Dies of Cancer
July 12, 2006
Local actress Elizabeth Robbins died July 11, 2006, at her home at the age of 51. She was married to actor/director Mark Robbins and leaves a 12-year-old son. She had performed professionally in Kansas...
Interview with Kansas City Ballet's artistic director, William Whitener, about their new headquarters, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, and upcoming performances.
Feature article about Shirley Helzberg and her many contributions to improving Kansas City through not only the arts but restoration of historic buildings. The 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall in the new Kauffman...
Backstage Theater News
October 5, 1969
News article about the "Black Contemporary Players," a theater company formed in 1968 in Kansas City, Kansas. The company's scheduled performances around the metro area are listed with descriptions or...
Best of Missouri: Jim Bridger's Granchild Honored
Photo and biographical article about the ceremonies for the dedication of a gravestone for Louise Wachsman Lightle, or Louise Lightle (ca. 1876-1907), granddaughter of mountain man Jim Bridger, at Mount...
Big Day For KC Dance Arrives
March 11, 2008
The Kansas City Ballet will open March 11, 2008, with a week-long engagement at the Joyce Theater in New York City. "The Joyce appearance will include works by Whitener and Donald McKayle that premiered...
Biography of Bettye Miller (1928-1977), Pianist and Singer
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