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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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Folly Theater celebrates history, rebound | KMBC

The Folly Theater, which opened in 1900 and barely avoided a wrecking ball in the 1970s, is a landmark for entertainment in downtown Kansas City.
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Because I See the Potential | kcjazzlark

The 1984 Kansas City Jazz Festival lost $128,000.

A show at Starlight Theater with Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles drew a fraction of the audience that Ella Fitzgerald and George Benson attracted there the year before. Then rains scattered the crowd at Volker Park on September 2nd, at the festival’s big outdoor finale, leaving a meager crowd for the delayed conclusion of Joe Williams with the Duke Ellington Orchestra conducted by Mercer Ellington.

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The Pla-Mor | kcjazzlark

The Pla-Mor | kcjazzlark | OffStage | Scoop.it

Before that, it was a rock concert hall. The Who performed there.

Before that, it was the seventh largest bowling alley in America.

But before that it was the Pla-Mor Ballroom, opened on Thanksgiving, 1927 to over 4000 patrons. The Kansas City Times raved:

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Images of Vine | kcjazzlark

Images of Vine | kcjazzlark | OffStage | Scoop.it

At the northwest corner of Eighteenth and Vine stood Fox’s Tavern. Today you’ll find a parking lot. And a sign welcoming you to the 18th and Vine Historic District.

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Two biographies flesh out the life and legend of Charlie Parker | KansasCity.com

Two biographies flesh out the life and legend of Charlie Parker | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

From the streets of Kansas City to the birth of bebop in New York, Charlie “Bird” Parker took an often-troubling road to artistic success, as chronicled in two new biographies.

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What It Is, What It Was | kcjazzlark

What It Is, What It Was | kcjazzlark | OffStage | Scoop.it

The last tour in this blog, a few weeks back, ended at the corner of 18th and Vine. So let’s pick up there. But this time, look down the south side of 18th Street, east from Vine.

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Burt Bacharach looks back — but keeps going | Pitch

Burt Bacharach looks back — but keeps going | Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Burt Bacharach turned 85 this month but did almost nothing to lighten his still hectic schedule. When The Pitch contacted the producer-composer-pianist by phone, he was about to leave a New York hotel to catch a flight, on to the next event.
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