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At the first chamber ensembles program of the 27th Sunflower Music Festival, the audience Saturday night in White Concert Hall will see and hear musical played by two familiar groupings of musicians and one unusual one.
Michael Winslow is best known for his performance in the Police Academy movies, but he's also known at the man with 10,000 sound effects. Watch the video in the player above and see if you can count how many sound effects he uses during this six minute segment of KC Live. Winslow is in Kansas City to make you laugh at Stanfords Comedy Club.
It starts with one tent and a guitar or three. Then another tent pops up across the meadow.
Then a camp pops up at another end of the meadow. Before you know it, every little scrub or droopy tree with a few leaves on it hovers over all kinds of camping contraptions. From VW micro buses to RV’s worth several thousands of dollars to duct tape dwellings to simple hammocks and guitars ... lots and lots of guitars ... the festival has begun.
Not everyone gets fair treatment and a second chance, but Wilbur, the runt of a liter of pigs, gets just that when Fern rushes to his aid to save his hide, so he can grow up in a tale of friendship and dedication.
You won't want to miss this month's networking meeting on June 13th, when our featured speaker, Ron Green, will provide some interesting insights into the world of digital storytelling. And please note that because Screenland - Crossroads has sadly closed, we'll be meeting at Screenland - Armour in North Kansas City instead, where we'll have our usual fun evening of refreshments and networking, along with Ron's presentation.
A pair of staggeringly beautiful women who happen to be accomplished musicians made Leoš Janáček's harrowing "Sonata for Violin and Piano" the centerpiece of their concert Friday at the Folly Theater. What's not to love?
Quality Hill Playhouse located in downtown Kansas City began the final show of their 2012-2013 seasons on May 31 with Great Big Broadway, The Rise of the Big Broadway Musical. The show which runs through June 30th is the final production of the Songs That Wrote America series.
To call Lucille Salerno a ragtime champion is an understatement. Salerno was a New York native with a lifelong love of syncopated music. In 1999, she started organizing ragtime concerts in Columbia. Norwegian ragtime pianist Morton Gunner Larson returns to Columbia this weekend for the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Music Festival. Those concerts for devotees of ragtime and early jazz grew into what is now the Blind Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival.
The Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia this Sunday, honoring a local and national legend. The festival features concerts and seminars from world-class ragtime performers both Monday and Tuesday. It is named for John William “Blind” Boone, a ragtime musician who lived in Columbia around the turn of the twentieth century and helped pioneer the genre.
Travel back 45 years to April 1968 when America stood divided on the big social issue of the day, Civil Rights and an inspirational Black minister, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King traveled throughout the land to bring his message of unity and equality through peaceful resistance.
Sean Starowitz discusses his Byproduct series set in a laundromat in Kansas City, which aims to place art in the realm of knowledge, tools and experience by engaging a diverse public in unexpected ways.
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