Visual Arts

Quilts in KCK project tell a story of history, pride

“If Da Dirt Could Talk,” a collaboration between pre-eminent Kansas City quilt-maker Nedra Bonds and Kentucky-based playwright, quilt artist, and performer Nancy Dawson, looks at heroes and history in Wyandotte County and the community of Quindaro, once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Quilts by Kansas City schoolchildren, featuring portraits of famous people from Wyandotte County, serve as backdrops for a play by Dawson.

Books

A review of regional authors reveals a taste for gumshoes

Perusing the work of local writers takes us into Missouri’s meth-cooking world; a Hitchcock film festival murder: a wild plan to revive a small town: the grit of college sports; a prison break and mystery in 1890 London; a Hungarian pianist and a look at love and caste in South Asia.

Visual Arts

Jain shrine to go on display at Nelson after more than 80 years

Made in India in the 16th century and used for domestic worship, the piece from the Nelson-Atkins collection goes on public view for the first time Friday. The piece, part of the collection since 1932, has been cleaned and refurbished and will be displayed in Gallery 203 with a video and other information about what the museum’s conservators did.

Arts & Culture