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REVIEW: ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Music Hall

OLD WINE, NEW TOUCHES: Kansas City Ballet’s freshened-up ‘Nutcracker’ looking long in the tooth but still rock solid
The Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker remains one of the city’s most refined holiday offerings, with Balanchine- and Robbins-influenced choreography by Todd Bolender, great dancing by the company members, well-trained kids from the Ballet School and a Christmas tree that grows to enormous proportions.

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The Year in Review: 2010

BIG TWELVE:  Top dozen moments in music and dance for 2010

It was an auspicious year for the performing arts in Kansas City, with few signs that arts groups were “holding back” in anticipation of next year’s first season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We obviously weren’t able to attend everything in 2010: It’s been a long time, in fact, since Kansas City’s burgeoning arts scene has permitted any one person to cover the whole scene.

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Hottest upcoming arts events

25 MOST WANTED: Spring 2011 highlights in music, dance and theater
January 14-February 6: Another American: Asking and Telling (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). Actor/playwright Marc Wolf interviewed some 150 individuals about the U.S. military’s recently repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and the play that resulted won an Obie Award.
January 21: Sequentia, Voices from the Island Sanctuary(Friends of Chamber Music).

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WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE (12th-CENTURY) PARIS

Sequentia program explores Medieval melting-pot on Friends series
Paris in the 12th century was a hotbed of student unrest, corruption and greed, and lively political discourse – and it saw a ferment of artistic, literary and musical creativity the likes of which the Western world has rarely witnessed. Within the walled Notre Dame Cathedral complex on the city’s Ile de la Cité lived hundreds of clerics, noblemen, students, servants and choirboys.

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REAL-LIFE ANECDOTES BROUGHT TO LIFE

DO TELL: KC Rep’s one-man show is a thought-provoking, at times wrenching hit

Marc Wolf’s one-man play Another American: Asking and Telling is not just about the American military’s bizarre and soon-to-be-defunct “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, it addresses the whole history of the armed forces’ harsh and often cruel treatment of gays and lesbians.

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