Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Sometimes you order a bunch of stuff from Poland and your far-more-budget-conscious spouse gives you the stink-eye and says dismissively, "Do you even know how to read Polish?" And sometimes, after he looks through the books you are so happy to now own (happy early birthday to... Continue Reading →
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 →
“Painterly” is not a term I’ve ever ascribed to dance, but the Mark Morris Dance Group’s “Acis and Galatea” was a complete integration of the arts with each brush stroke - song, sets, movement, orchestra - contributing cohesively to the telling of an everlasting love story. “Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to... Continue Reading →
I spent the weekend camped out at Helzberg Hall. I reviewed the esteemed and unparrelleled Bobby McFerrin on Friday night and "A Night of Tango" with the Bach Aria Soloists with special guests Héctor del Curto, Alon Yainaz and Jeff Harshbarger for The Kansas City Star. That was a good way to spend a weekend.... Continue Reading →
I reviewed the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's new production of "The Mikado" for The Kansas City Star. I'm more of a "Penzance" girl myself (anyone raised on the Kevin Kline version would be) but "Mikado" is all fun, once you get past the steroetypes. The language itself is witty and amusing and takes multiple... Continue Reading →
I reviewed Brazilian pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias for The Kansas City Star, performing with her trio for the Folly Jazz Series. During intermission and as I walked out of the theater, I overheard numerous patrons commenting on her barefoot style of playing, as well as how smoothly and efficiently she slipping in and out of... Continue Reading →
I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony's pops concert with guest vocalist Jennifer Holliday and pianist Rich Ridenour for The Kansas City Star. The late, great Marvin Hamlisch was originally booked for this performance and the performers offered tribute and memories to him. For a short time, the review is available here.
I reviewed "A Modern Night at the Folly" for The Kansas City Star. This was the tenth anniversary performance of City in Motion's choreographer showcase.