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A Big Honor for BNIM
December 17, 2010
The American Institute of Architects named the Kansas City architectural firm of BNIM as firm of the year for 2011, “the group’s highest honor given to a company.” “Recognized for its distinguished...
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...
Ailey Troupe's New Chief Stops By
April 14, 2011
Judith Jamison, longtime artisitic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is passing the baton to Robert Battle. Jamison began her career with the Ailey Dance Theater in 1965 as a dancer and...
An Egyptian Gem for KC
December 17, 2007
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has recently purchased "a spectacular painted coffin of a noblewoman named Meretites created in Egypt 2,500 years ago." The coffin does not include a mummy (the museum already...
Architect Who Shaped KC's Landscape Dies
December 4, 2007
Ralph Myers, one of the most influential architects in Kansas City, died on December 3, 2007. Myers and his partner Clarence Kivett were responsible for designing the triple-terminal Kansas City International...
Architecture and Authenticity
June 19, 2011
Author discusses the role of architecture in Kansas City and includes many pictures of architectural designs found in the city.
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...
Carter Left Kansas City and Never Came Back
April 6, 2003
Biographical article with photos about Vincent Carter (1924-1983), a local author who grew up in segregated Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s and left for World War II after graduating from Lincoln High...
Crescendo of Guest Artists at Symphony's New Home
January 15, 2011
Article details the plans for the 2011-12 season for the Kansas City Symphony that will help "to inaugurate the Symphony's state-of-the-art performance home, the 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall." The program...
Downtown Storefront: The Majestic Steakhouse
December 7, 2007
Article tells the history of the Majestic Steakhouse and its building at 931 Broadway.
Five Visions for Pavilion
January 22, 2012
Color pictures of "proposals by five teams of architects and designers" that "have been named finalists in a competition to build a temporary pavilion on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art."...
Fusion Cusine for the Ears
May 25, 2008
Cover story about Brad Cox, an experimental musician, composer, and collaborator from Kansas City. Cox was raised in Independence, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory...
He'll Bring a New Dimension
March 6, 2010
Julian Zugazagoitia has been named the new director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A native of Mexico City, Zugazagoitia studied in Paris and earned a doctoral degree in philosophy. He leaves...
Hemingway in KC
June 8, 2008
Article discusses the short time Hemingway lived in Kansas City and offers ways his time at The Kansas City Star newspaper may have had an effect on his later writing. The 13th Biennial International Hemingway...
KC Museum Adds Presidential Sax
December 21, 2007
A saxophone played by President Bill Clinton has been added to the collection of the American Jazz Museum located in the 18th and Vine district. The instrument is a gift from Clinton and has been in his...
KC Pianist Richard Cass Dies at 78
December 1, 2009
Retired UMKC professor Richard Cass, "one of Kansas City's most influential musicians and teachers," died of a stroke November 28, 2009. Cass taught at the University for 25 years and was known for his...
KC Symphony, DiDonato Take a Turn on TV
July 15, 2012
Review of the documentary, "Homecoming: the Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato" produced by PBS and KCPT-TV, and shown as part of PBS Arts Summer Festival. Featuring interviews and views backstage,...
KC-Born Author Connell is Dead
January 11, 2013
Obituary announces the death of Evan S. Connell, a Kansas City-born novelist responsible for several prominent works over a lengthy career. Connell's upbringing in Kansas City is discussed. Details regarding...
Kemper Museum Ready to Expand into Downtown
December 8, 2007
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has purchased the Dolphin Gallery at 1901 Baltimore Avenue. Dolphin Owner, John O'Brien, was one of the early adopters in the Crossroads District arriving around 1992....
More than Meets the Eye
June 10, 2007
Article following opening of Bloch Building discusses importance of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to Kansas City. Total cost of the project was $196.4 million but the rave reviews the building has attracted...
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