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Wabash CannonBall

Wonderful Wildcats
March 1st was the date for the K-State Alumni Association’s Wabash CannonBall. Chanie and Tom Mitchell were chairmen of the event which was held at the Overland Park Sheraton. Greg Musil served as the emcee. More than $1.6 million has been raised in the seven year history of the event to fund scholarships for area high school students who plan to attend Kansas State University.

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Basketball, Breakfast and Brackets

Brackfest 2013
The KU Advancement Board’s Brackfest 2013 was a slam dunk at the College Basketball Experience on March 18th. Guests enjoyed filling out brackets and basketball experts shared their thoughts on the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Doctors from The University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital discussed the latest in sports concussion treatment and research.

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REVIEW: KC Ballet presents varied program that reveals much about American dance

When a ballet audience gasps audibly at the sheer “look” of a piece, before the dancers have made a single move, you know you’re in for a ride. When the curtain went up on George Balanchine’s Serenade, the opening piece of the Kansas City Ballet’s final 2011-2012 production, the translucent azure lighting and ballerinas frozen in a tilted port de bras immediately warmed us to the classical beauty of this first American piece by the Russian-born choreographer.

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BIG 12

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012: A DOZEN PRICELESS PERFORMANCES The year 2012 was a golden one for performing arts in Kansas City, part of an incredible flowering that has been going on for more a decade. This is not so much a “best of” list as it is a collection of performances that struck a nerve with me.

The Mousetrap (Kansas City Actors Theatre, August 4st through the 26th): Agatha Christie’s classic mystery, now in its 60thyear of continuous production, is as fun and as intriguing as ever.

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FAMILY DYSFUNCTION AT THE REP

SHATTERED DREAMS: JOHNSON MAKES ROLE DEBUT IN AMERICAN CLASSIC
Gary Neal Johnson is one of Kansas City’s most respected actors, best known as Scrooge in the KC Rep’s A Christmas Carol. But his experience has ranged widely, and he is currently performing his first Willy Loman in the Rep’s Death of a Salesman, directed by artistic director Eric Rosen. We had an intriguing chat with Gary about the show, and below is an excerpt of that conversation.

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