Grabbing the top spot in CityVoter’s 2009 Best Museum poll, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art serves as Kansas City’s intersection of art, culture, and history. Boasting more than 33,500 pieces and art objects, the museum’s vast collections are organized by period, geography, and medium and feature everything from photographs to sculpture to haunted portraits with eyes that follow visitors around the room. Rotating exhibitions encourage return visits, like a sentient boomerang that grabs your hand and refuses to let go. The current exhibit, Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life, explains away loneliness with works from artists including Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, and Paul Klee, who moonlighted as a self-help guru and was the first to posit that men and women may be space aliens hailing from separate planets. This Saturday, the museum opens two new exhibitions, Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present and Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection, which members get to see for free.
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William Drew—known as Drew by his friends and students—founded Healing House Kundalini Yoga after becoming a certified instructor through the 3HO Foundation. He is also a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and has taught in both traditional and nontraditional yoga spaces. Bearing that experience in mind, he passionately shares the healing and balancing effects of Kundalini yoga, finding personal satisfaction in seeing the change that comes over people when they embrace joyful stillness.
Drew and his fellow teachers at Healing House focus on Kundalini yoga—the original yoga that gave birth to all 22 schools and, therefore, deserves at least a card on Mother's Day. Unlike other styles, which were designed for monks, Kundalini is meant for busy people with worldly responsibilities. It eschews difficult poses in favor of simple postures, gestures, breaths, chants, and meditation. These elements are arranged in a sequence to achieve precise effects while simultaneously strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Kundalini yoga also fortifies the mind by expanding inner awareness and reconnecting bodies and minds severed by earthly cares.
Most orchestras have 80?100 members, but a true chamber orchestra is smaller. The 10?33 instrumentalists that take the stage at the KCCO's concerts harken back to the small-ensemble, pretzel-stick-baton days of Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Vivaldi. The orchestra pays further tribute to these artists by regularly performing their works in addition to more unconventional programs: they've collaborated with artists as diverse as Paul Mesner Puppets, Owen/Cox Dance, and the Kansas City Chorale. Led by Music Director/Conductor Bruce Sorrell, KCCO is celebrating its 27th season of concerts.
As UMKC’s resident theater company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre performs professional-grade productions under its nationally lauded artistic director, Eric Rosen. This season’s theatrical selection features the musical classic Cabaret, alongside the thought-provoking, one-man show Another American: Asking and Telling, the Obie-award-winning comedy Circle Mirror Transformation, and the famously “impossible to produce” adventure Peer Gynt. Check the regular season showtimes and seating charts to plan your visit; call to reserve your tickets all at once, or schedule your trips separately, in accordance with your celestial horoscope.