The Local Show - April 10, 2014





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Published on Apr 11, 2014

This week, the Nelson-Atkins Museum takes the exhibition Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky all the way to the Musée du quai Branly in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Local Show gives you an inside look at this exhibit and also takes you to the Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College to get a look at its collection of Contemporary American Indian art. Also this week, Randy Mason sits down with filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos to discuss her new film Rich Hill. And Kyle Geary reports on local efforts to prepare students for careers in computer programming.

A number of local folks have been in Paris attending the opening of a new exhibition at the Musée du quai Branly in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. That exhibition, Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, is a partnership with the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and will come back to Kansas City in September before heading off for a run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In other words, it's a very significant show. Artists of Earth and Sky is notable for its scope, featuring more than 130 works, ranging from pre-contact to the present day. The exhibition will be running at the Musée du quai Branly through July 20, but you don't have to cross the ocean to see some amazing Contemporary American Indian works. Just get out to the Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College. The Nerman is celebrating a collection that they have been quietly building for the last decade or so, a commitment to new Native American work that few contemporary art museums can match. JCCC is also home to the Center for American Indian Studies, which holds it annual Health & Wellness Pow Wow each year in May. Ashley Holcroft shows how it all fits together. You can catch this free exhibit through May 16th at the Nerman Museum. The 8th annual Health & Wellness Pow-Wow, happens May 2 & 3, at JCCC.

From art that hangs on gallery walls to the kind you see on movie screens, the Kansas City Film Fest is underway at the Cinemark Plaza and Alamo Drafthouse this week, with a dizzying variety of short films, features, animation and documentaries, including one about Gore Vidal and another profiling inventor Dean Kamen. There's plenty of music, horror, comedy and lots of locally made product too. On Monday night Rich Hill was screened at the festival, and its co-director Tracy Droz Tragos came from her home in Los Angeles to talk about it. Rich Hill won the Best Documentary prize at Sundance a few months ago, and we know Tracy from the Emmy Award winning documentary she produced with KCPT, Be Good, Smile Pretty. After a ten year interval, Randy Mason was thrilled to be able to sit down and catch up with Tracy.

These days, technology is everywhere. Because we rely so much on computers, the need for computer programmers has been growing exponentially. In fact, computer science is one of the few careers where there are more jobs than people. Despite this, many schools still do not teach any classes on the subject. KCPT's Kyle Geary set out to see how important computer programming is, and how some metro schools are preparing students to pursue careers career in the field.

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