Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kacico Dance Presents The Song and Dance Project 2013

Kacico Dance Presents:
2013 Song and Dance Project
With Flannigan’s Right Hook
April First Friday in the Kansas City Crossroads District
The 2013 Song and Dance Project is a captivating collaborative performance between Kacico Dance and Kansas City Irish Band, Flannigan’s Right Hook. Five out of seven company dancers have created new and innovative choreography to covered and original songs by Flannigan’s.  They will perform an hour long concert, live, during April First Friday’s celebration in the Kansas City Crossroads District. The Song and Dance Project continues Kacico’s tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration offering opportunities to talented performance artists in the greater Kansas City area.
2013 Song and Dance Project
Date: Friday, April 5th,
Time: Show starts at 7pm
Venue: Event Port 208 / 208 W. 19th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Tickets: Free to the public/Accepting donations
Featuring:  Kacico Dance and Flannigan’s Right Hook
Kacico Dance is a professional nonprofit contemporary dance company from Kansas City, Missouri under the co-artistic direction of Allison McKinzie, Holly Noel Harmison, and Maggie Osgood Nicholls.  These three artists are dedicated to preserving and developing the artistic excellence of the company. Kacico creates and maintains a diverse dance repertory facilitated by artistic skill, knowledge, creative questioning, experimentation, and collaboration.  The company perpetuates the existence, exploration, and education of modern dance and its developmental forms. Kacico presents public concerts and programs locally and regionally in a variety of presentational forms for audience enjoyment, enrichment and cultural education. Kacico has presented work at the Folly Theatre, Gem Theatre, H&R Block City Stage Theatre, The Carlsen Center, and numerous non-traditional dance spaces in the Kansas City Metro Area over the past 8 years. Company dancers are AllisonMcKinzie, Holly Noel Harmison, Maggie Nicholls, Leigh Murray, Mallory Gittemeier, Chelsea Koenig, and Katie Metzger. Kacico Dance is currently a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio Resident.  For more about Kacico, go
Flannigan’s Right Hook is a Kansas City band with Irish, Rock, and Folk influences. Band members Cameron Russell, ShaneBorth and Michael Cochran started the band in 2006. Current play lists by the boys include classic Irish standards – ballads and tunes – and also a whole slew of songs from the world of American country music, classic tracks, bluegrass, as well as original compositions and songs.  You can hear Flannigan’s Right Hook at several establishments across the Kansas City Metro area. They can be seen at Tom Foolery’s on the Plaza, Kelly’s Pub in Westport, The Dubliner in the Power and Light District, Lylwelyn’s and The Roxy in Overland Park, and O’malley’s Pub in Weston.  For more about Flannigan’s Right Hook go to:


TVOne Jakarta films/interviews Gamelan Genta Kasturi

We were honored to have a crew from TVOne – Jakarta, Indonesia come to our rehearsal on March 16 and film us performing Angels & Demons at Play, Catur Rawita and Kebyar Ding.  They then interviewed ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway and ensemble member Berend Niehorster-Cook.

Reporter Dindi Tartika and cameraman Agung were accompanied by Lauren Jackman representing the State Department.  The crew is in the US working on a feature piece on corruption and have visited Washington DC, Kansas City and were preparing to move on to Chicago.  An additional feature on the influence of Indonesian culture in the US is also on their to-do list, thus their work with Gamelan Genta Kasturi.   Also in attendance was Marti Wilson with the Indonesian Association of Greater Kansas City and her son Bayu.

We all had a great time and really appreciated them visiting us and documenting what we are doing thanks to Charlotte Street Foundation and the Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program.


Thank You!


checking out the program while waiting for visitors (bonus words with friends footage in the background!)

As we all continue recuperating from this past weekend, I have to say that I feel that this is one of the best Open Studios events yet!  To all our friends, mentors, community, art patrons and supporters: whether you came to hang out, bought work, on behalf of the residents and Charlotte Street, i would like to humbly say THANK YOU!!  In addition to supporting a talented and diverse group of artists (of which i am so proud and honored to be a part), your support is what keeps the blood pumping in the KC art scene.  We really appreciate your interest, enthusiasm and patronage.  It cannot be restated enough…

Thank You!

Jennifer Lynn Williams

Gamelan Genta Kasturi @ Open Studios

Gamelan Genta Kasturi had a good turn out for our Open Studios Performance on Sat Mar 9 in the Black Box Theater at Town Pavilion. About fifty people came out and received an overvue of Balinese gamelan music including a new creation Beleganjur composed by ensemble director Patrick Alonzo Conway, Catur Rawita composed for the group by ensemble founder I Ketút Gedé Asnawa, Blossoming Dance also by Conway, Kebyar Ding (1928) by I Wayan Regog, and Angels & Demons at Play a re-composition by Conway of a Sun Ra piece.



Erin Muenks Open Studio Performance

Tonight is the night! I am so excited to showcase a new work and one older work. The dancers will debut a collaborative work titled “Sewing the Seeds of Change”. The music for this work is composed by Brian Denmark and performed by Aurélien Boccard on piano and Brian Denmark on cello. Willa Dock will be performing a solo titled “Enough”. This piece was originally performed in my senior recital performance at UMKC. It has been reworked a bit and I am so pleased with Willa’s performance and the emotion she evokes. Please stop by at 7:30 to see some amazing beautiful dancers and stick around for more dance and visual art!!!

Emily Connell: An Invitation to View Work in Progress

InvitationStudio Image

Come out this weekend, March 8th & 9th, and see artist, Emily Connell’s studio full of work-in-progress for her upcoming group show: “The I, The Cover, The Vice, & Their Home.” The group show showcases fellow Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project Studio Resident Katy McRoberts, resident alum Kate Clements, as well as Courtney Soldan-Els. It will open Saturday April 6th at 6pm at the Paragraph & Project Space Gallery.

Emily Connell’s website:

Eric Dobbins presents: All Are Cool Here


This Friday, UCP studio resident Eric Dobbins invites you behind the curtain… welp, a couple of old quilts actually! While he puts the finishing touches on his “Diamond Man Orange & the Fancy Dance” mural, you’ll be invited to play some ping pong, listen to records, have a cold one and explore some of the process behind his work.

Four-color CMYK screen prints of the image above will be available for the interested, while statement, process work and further mock ups of the images below will be exhibited.

image: Pilpy Boy Pencil Caddy

image: Diamond Man Orange with Pilpy Boy’s Hat Toy

image: Diamond Man Orange Hat Expansion Set

A selection of work from his previous projects, including the Rocket Grant funded publishing effort Field Trip, will be on display as well.

For more info visit:
Eric Dobbins Dot Com: An Archive of Prints, Drawings, Comics & Animation
All Are Cool Here: New Illustration & Paper Goods
Field Trip Publishing: Highest Quality Hand Made Art Objects in Multiple