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Seg. 1: KC Public Theatre + Playwright Lindsay Adams. Seg. 2: Natasha El-Scari. Seg. 3: Mundo Nouvo.

Segment 1: A new group wants to make theater accessible to everyone.

What if you could see a play for free in a non-traditional venue? Well, now you can. The Kansas City Public Theatre kicks off its first season this fall, but it's already staging some monthly readings at a local bar. We talk with its executive artistic director and a playwright, whose work will be performed on Monday.

The Kansas City Public Theatre will stage a reading of "Her Own Devices" at the Uptown Arts Bar on Monday, March 5.


Segment 2, beginning at 20:48: A local poet has created spaces to feature the works of black and marginalized artists.

Natasha El-Scari has started Black Space Black Art, which shows the work of six African-American artists at black-owned businesses around town. She is also the co-founder of the El-Scari Harvey Gallery, which will feature monthly themes for marginalized artists. She shares why she was inspired to help lift up the work of others.

  • Natasha El-Scari, poet

Black Space Black Art will have a reception for artist Vivian Wilson Bluett at the Curly Girl Salon and Boutique on Sunday, March 4.

The El-Scari Harvey Art Gallery hosts its inaugural opening reception, featuring the work of women artists, at the Center for Spiritual Living on Sunday, March 4.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:02: Mundo Nouvo plays music from the new world.

Hear why a local band focuses on the music from the Afro-Caribbean region — particularly the tunes and beats of Cuba and Haiti.

Mundo Nouvo (the full salsa orchestra) will be performing at The Ship on Saturday, March 3.

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