Virtually every ballet company in the country stages a version of the holiday fable based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” This year's production by the Kansas City Ballet is literally all new: new choreography, new costumes, new scenery, a new lighting design.
The lead-up to the holidays and the Oscar race is packed with movies in which brave individuals take on institutional injustice. All of these releases are period pieces and set up liberal-vs.-conservative battle lines. All are calculated to get their audiences fighting mad over conditions in the “bad old days.” And in doing so they may offer perspectives on economic/political/cultural issues convulsing American society at this very moment.
The 29th annual Shawnee Indian Mission Fall Festival concluded Sunday. The event featured living history re-enactors, American Indian dancers and musicians, weavers, a tatting demonstration, frontier cooking, archery and marble making.