Perhaps it’s just me, but when the leaves fall and the air takes on a chilly bite, I want to throw on a cardigan sweater and meander about in art galleries, read a new book and see what’s happening on stage and screen.
Good thing I live in old K.C. Don’t think Kansas City is a place to live if you love the arts? Think again! We’ve got a thing or two going on around here, and the Fall 2007 roster goes to show it. The Kansas City Star has compiled some critics picks for the arts.
Opening at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design on September 7th is the exhibit “Backstage Pass: Collecting Art in Kansas City.” A Roger Shimomura painting that belongs to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art that is an untitled work will be shown with another Shimomura that is owned by Linda and Brad Nicholson.
At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art From October 6th through February 10th is “Rising Dragon: Ancient Treasures From China.” Later at the Nelson, from November 17th through April 13th is “Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora.” From October 27th through January 31st at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College is “American Soil.”
From August 31st through November 11th, “Moonlight & Magnolias” will be showing at the American Heartland Theatre.
From September 21st through October 21st, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” will be shown at H&R Block Stage at Union Station.
From September 25th through October 14th, “A Star Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hole In Heaven” will be playing at the Coterie Theatre at Crown Center.
From October 17th through November 11th at the Unicorn Theatre will be showing “The Lieutenant of Inishmore.”
Finally, from October 19th through November 11th at the Helen F. Spencer Theatre in the UMKC Performing Arts Center “Doubt” will be shown.
Also, it was noticed that several shows that are not only gory, but those that will shock and offend some viewers. For those theatre goers who like something edgy, Kansas City usually does have something to offer, but this year all the more. Some suggested plays include “Pig Farm,” “Women Behind Bars,” and “Night of the Living Dead.”
Classical Music and Dance
In the way of classic music the city is going to be an exciting place this fall. Jennifer Hidgon’s “Blue Cathedral,” Kansas City Symphony performing Chopin with the season opener with Michael Stern an pianist Garrick Ohlsson from September 28th through the 30th at the Lyric Theatre.
At the Lyric Opera of Kansas City from September 15th through the 23rd “Aida” will be preformed, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger.
Young Stephan Jackiw has the town talking. This is a young violinist performing October 20th in the Harriman-Jewell series at the Folly Theater. This will be a solo recital.
Dance enthusiasts must see the 50th anniversary season opener of the Kansas City Ballet October 11th through the 14th.
On October 16th as part of the aforementioned Harriman-Jewell series, the Houston Ballet will perform “Madame Butterfly” at the Music Hall.
Events for the Literati
September 7th – Poets Wayne Miller and Kevin Prufer 8 p.m. at The Writers Place.
September 24th – Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will appear at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus…in Columbia. OK, it’s a few hours’ drive.
Also on September 24th, Alexander McCall Smith, author of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” will appear at the Lied Center on the Kansas University Campus in Lawrence.
October 2nd, Laura Moriarty will appear at 7 p.m. at Rainy Day Books in Fairway.
And I’ve just scratched the surface. There is so much more to take in by way of theater, dance, music, visual arts, books and author appearances, comedy, special jazz shows, and movies. If you are a Kansas Citian, take it all in! If you are a Midwesterner, and need a little fall getaway, strike up the band – “Kansas City, Kansas City here I come!”
The Kansas City Star
Sunday, August 26th, 2007
Arts and Entertainment Section