There's always more. Writing this piece was a lesson in hard editing, because no way could I pack in all the details and thoughtfulness that Wilks and their collaborators poured into this work. (I tried. I cut out hundreds of words. My editor cut 400 more.) I need to go back and revisit the installation... Continue Reading →
Laura Kaminsky's As One at LOKC | Violist Christine Grossman | Boston Camerata's Play of Daniel with Friends of Chamber Music | Dance Theater of Harlem with Harriman-Jewell Series
I gotta admit, even though I have less than a decade of regular contributions to The Kansas City Star, I get a little ... itchy ... when I don't have a byline in Monday's paper from a weekend review. As a freelance contributor, my office is my home, more specifically my couch. I've never set... Continue Reading →
A Picnic on My Dress: Gorgeous women in gorgeous gowns in a gorgeous setting making gorgeous art. Sounds like an easy win, huh? But the catch, here, was that each artist had to perform despite her garment, constrained by it, each gown (though created with both the artist's body and the performance space in mind) crafted... Continue Reading →
New Ink No. 2: Ferdinand (Gillet Singleton Duo) and The Print Factory I cracked open my 75 cent Pepsi. According to the lore, my grandfather invented this system of opening cans but didn’t get the patent in time. Every time I have a can of soda I think about that claim. I listened to the... Continue Reading →
In Issue 6, Preservation, Jennifer Wetzel, co-founder and photo editor of Kawsmouth, has assembled a visual collection of treasured objects. Each comes with a description from the contributor. Our items belonged to our grandparents.
The title above appears in John Cage's "A Long Letter" from Empty Words: Cage is either a yes or a no, depending on your particular philosophy. He's a through-the-looking-glass figure in American history. Once you find him and try to understand, you can't go back; you can't arrange a musical life without him. I've written about his... Continue Reading →