Arts Corner

CAN’T SCHMAN’T: Actor-comedian recounts his own obstacles and triumphs in Fringe Fest show

UPDATE: One more show added to Malcolm Grissom’s run, at 8 p.m. Saturday August 26th.
By Paul Horsley
Since its beginnings in 2004 the KC Fringe Festival, which continues to grow like Topsy each year, has prided itself on an incredibly wide range of offerings: from theater to dance, comedy to puppetry, burlesque to world music, performance art to film, visual arts to programs for kids and youth.

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MEET AND GREET: Passion for friendly classical environment drives summer chamber season

By Paul Horsley
Summers are increasingly busy times for music, theater and dance in Kansas City, but for nearly a quarter-century Summerfest has presented the most substantial summer offerings in classical music, by a long shot. It thrives for two main reasons: (1) top-drawer musicians, many from the Kansas City Symphony, who offer the best in established and new music, and (2) an informal atmosphere in which “getting to know the audience,” quite literally, is part of the experience.

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MADE GLORIOUS SUMMER: KC performing arts groups vying for ever-growing summer audiences

By Paul Horsley
Kansas City was once a sleepy place culturally during the summer, with a few notable exceptions. As the regular season began to overflow with events, that situation changed: KC Symphony members started playing chamber music, enterprising KC Ballet dancers began mini-festivals, the Fringe Festival took off, and theater companies began to offer summer plays that were as good as anything from the regular season.

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HERE TO STAY: Quality Hill Playhouse offers generous array of Gershwin’s amazing talents

By Paul Horsley
Sometimes it’s the things that accidental geniuses do “on the side,” to pay the bills, that we most remember them for. George Gershwin, like many gifted American composers of the early 20th century, desperately wanted to be remembered for his achievements in “serious” classical music, but he had a gift for tossing off tunes that people just couldn’t get out of their heads.

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