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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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Entertainer's van stolen - KSHB

A man who worked his way up from the bottom and now shares the gift of music is without his main mode of transportation after thieves stole his van.

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Ralph Peterson is a drummer as Messenger - KansasCity.com

Ralph Peterson is a drummer as Messenger - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Ralph Peterson headlines a Jazz and Blues Festival gig under the influence of mentor Art Blakey.
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Unicorn Theatre sets capital campaign goal to purchase building - examiner.com

Unicorn Theatre sets capital campaign goal to purchase building - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
To celebrate the 40th Season, (27 at the current location) The Unicorn Theatre launches a campaign to own the building and guarantee a permanent location for it
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18th & Vine Jazz And Blues Festival Features Kelley Hunt - KCUR

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Roots and RB singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt says when she first started singing, her grandmother, a gospel singer, gave her this advice: Dont sing it, if you don't mean it.

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Concert Review | Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin | KC Symphony

Concert Review | Symphonic Dances, plus Mendelssohn’s Violin | KC Symphony | OffStage | Scoop.it

Opening nights for a concert or subscription often serve to set the tone for the rest of the season. Themes to be explored, focus composers, emphasis on a certain era are introduced to the crowds, providing a taste of evenings yet to come. The opening weekend concerts of the 2013-14 Kansas City Symphony were a prime example.

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Midwest Music Foundation's Sondra Freeman breaks down Boulevard's 10 percent for KC deal - The Pitch

Midwest Music Foundation's Sondra Freeman breaks down Boulevard's 10 percent for KC deal - The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
Since it was established in 2008, Midwest Music Foundation has been aiming to change the way musicians live.
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'Daughters of the Niger Delta' gives a voice to women at the Kansas Film Festival - KCLive.tv

'Daughters of the Niger Delta' gives a voice to women at the Kansas Film Festival - KCLive.tv | OffStage | Scoop.it

If there is any film you get a chance to see at the upcoming Kansas City International Film Festival make sure it is "Daughters of the Niger Delta". Film Director Ilse van Lamoen describes her experience filming with the women of the region and how the film has given them hope and a voice.

 
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Julie Mollenkamp, professor of theatre at the University of Central Missouri, received the 2013-14Wayne Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching at the annual Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri conference at the Lake of the Ozarks in September.

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With new director, Kansas City Ballet season debut will range far and wide - KansasCity.com

With new director, Kansas City Ballet season debut will range far and wide - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Devon Carney has been artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet only since July 9, and now he’s about to present the company in a widely diverse program that includes the world premiere of a work that he created to celebrate his debut.
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Few missteps in Living Room’s production of ‘The Mistakes Madeline Made’ - KansasCity.com

Few missteps in Living Room’s production of ‘The Mistakes Madeline Made’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Meriwether’s “The Mistakes Madeline Made,” making its local debut in a crisp production at the Living Room, is a taut piece of seriocomic writing that wastes few words in its exploration of grief.
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Standing ovations welcome KC Symphony's 2013-14 season opening - examiner.com

Standing ovations welcome KC Symphony's 2013-14 season opening - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Symphony opened the 2013 season with a world renowned violinist, Stefan Jackiw, who returned to perform with KCS Oct. 4-6 where he playted Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64.

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Chris Bowling - Columbia Daily Tribune

Chris Bowling - Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
Games and theater are both intrinsic aspects of human culture and socialization and have developed with us from the time of our cave-dwelling ancestors into the digital age.
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World of moods finds a 'Home' on MU jazz CD - Columbia Daily Tribune

World of moods finds a 'Home' on MU jazz CD - Columbia Daily Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
On its new double LP, the University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band proves it is settling into a groove. That doesn't mean the band's material or sense of creative motion is growing stale — far from it.
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Jazz & Blues Festival is the right music in the right place - KansasCity.com

Jazz & Blues Festival is the right music in the right place - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Jazz & Blues Festival is a new name in a familiar location: 18th & Vine District.
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Unions, as well as metal and paint companies, pitch in to make KC’s WaterFire crackle - KansasCity.com

Unions, as well as metal and paint companies, pitch in to make KC’s WaterFire crackle - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Without the help of some unsung heroes, who seven years ago agreed to donate a multitude of goods and services to the cause, this weekend’s WaterFire Kansas City might have never been.
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We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost - Brainroot

We Are Superman: The Transformation of 31st and Troost - Brainroot | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City has suffered from hyper-segregation for over 60 years. We Are Superman chronicles the story of Troost Avenue, which lies in the heart of KC. Troost draws a geographic line between black and white, rich and poor. A growing movement unites to transform Troost from a dividing line into a gathering place.

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On My Mind: Hayley Podschun of 'Wicked' - Ink

The good witch of ‘Wicked’ plans a party, a KU game and lots of good food while she’s in her hometown.
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Pay what you can being offered by the Unicorn Theatre - examiner.com

Pay what you can being offered by the Unicorn Theatre - examiner.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Pay What U Can, is what the Unicorn Theatre is calling the Tuesday and Wednesday night performances of Seminar, the second production of the 2013-14 season. Patrons will be allowed to pay what they can afford on those nights, “In an effort to break down social and economic barriers.” Seminar will be on the main stage of the Unicorn from October 16 through November 10.

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Behind the Curtain: Jodie Gates' 'Keep Me Wishing in the Dark' - KC Ballet

Hear from choreographer Jodie Gates on her new work, 'Keep Me Wishing in the Dark.' The work is a co-commission of Kansas City Ballet and the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College for the New Dance Partners Project where the piece premiered in Septmber. It is also on Kansas City Ballet's fall program which runs Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center.

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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:39 PM

From working with college students to working with a professional dance company...and beyond! Climbing the ladder to a higher position, just like I want to do.

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Ailey II dance company ready for performance at the Folly - KansasCity.com

Ailey II dance company ready for performance at the Folly - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most recognizable dance companies worldwide, has a second home in Kansas City, a partnership of almost 30 years.
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Child actress Hayley Podschun grows up, returns home with ‘Wicked’ - KansasCity.com

Child actress Hayley Podschun grows up, returns home with ‘Wicked’ - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Hayley Podschun, a one-time child performer who grew up in Overland Park, is co-headlining the second national tour of “Wicked,” the musical prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens Wednesday at Music Hall.
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Audience interaction a trick of Topeka magician's trade - cjonline.com

Audience interaction a trick of Topeka magician's trade - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Topeka native Curtis Sneden isn't the type of magician who performs a string of tricks and then packs up his wand, cards and scarves and heads home. He likes to frame his tricks with stories, audience interaction and a message.
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Review: Columbian's 'Little Shop' offers pre-Halloween treat - cjonline.com

Review: Columbian's 'Little Shop' offers pre-Halloween treat - cjonline.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
WAMEGO - Those searching for a pre-Halloween treat with more goofiness than gore will find it in "Little Shop of Horrors," the musical comedy spoof of 1950s science-fiction movies playing through Oct.
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'Trumpet Summit' CD showcases KC's finest - Columbia Daily Tribune

Among the recorded arrivals a little more than a week ago was a self-produced endeavor titled "A Kansas City Trumpet Summit" (3-Valve Music). A Post-it note attached to the shrink wrap simply said, "Hope you enjoy!
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