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Covering Kansas City's performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts
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Arts News: Midtown Marvel @Plexpod

Welcome to 160,000 square feet of innovation. After five years of planning and negotiating, Plexpod Westport Commons, a millennial-styled center for business that encompasses community, culture and entertainment, opened to the public Oct. 11 in the former…
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Tom Toro's Take, January/February 2018 @t_b_toro

Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Audubon, among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in KCMO with his wife, Marissa Wolf, a…
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Gallery Glance: Christopher Leitch — “chance diaries: dream things” at KCAI Crossroads Gallery @KCArtInstitute

Kansas City artist Christopher Leitch is well known for his illustrated dream journals filled with funny, scary, bittersweet and personally revealing words and pictures. (KC Studio featured a selection of them in our July/August 2016 Artist Pages.) Coming…
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Depictions of the Irish onstage come with a certain amount of stereotypical baggage — including the notion of Ireland as a place where poetry and lyricism simply bubble up from the peat bogs to be voiced by colorful whiskey-drinking fellas in wool…
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The Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography, still in the process of attaining not-for-profit status, is currently one of the most promising new art organizations in the city. Only two years old, KCSCP has already organized seven exhibitions for…
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Susan Schmelzer on Arts Policy: Study Shows How Arts Fuel the Economy @Americans4Arts ‏

Politicians . . . passed a bill that would put taxpayers on the hook . . . to build and run a conservatory for dancers and art students. I’m ready to fight them on this . . . You know who would have to pay that bill? You. Missouri families. I think that’s…
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Editor's Weekend Calendar Picks, January 11 - 14

Here are some events going on this icy winter weekend, handpicked by KC Studio editor Alice Thorson. This is the first weekend to see Kansas City Actors Theatre‘s production of the Irish romantic comedy Sea Marks, and tonight Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre…
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Concert to Come: @BostonCamerata 'The Play of Daniel' Speaks Truth to Power

When “the writing is on the wall,” it usually indicates the end. For the Boston Camerata, it was just the beginning. The phrase comes from the Biblical story of Daniel, when mysterious writing appears to a corrupt leader, an omen of his demise, and has…
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With large public construction projects in the pipeline, the Johnson County Commission on Nov. 2 voted to cut funding for public art designed to enhance such projects. The commission’s action reduces the public art funding cap for a new county courthouse…
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.@Lead_Bank - A Leader in Supporting KC Arts and Artists @JuliusKarash

Step into the lobby of Lead Bank in the Crossroads Arts District and your eye will no doubt focus on “Woven Shades of Blue with Gold Triptych Art.” Lead Bank commissioned artist Debbie Barrett-Jones to create this artwork in January 2016. “A lot of people…
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