Arts & Culture http://kcur.org en Lawrence Man Attempts To Shatter A Television World Record http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-man-attempts-shatter-television-world-record <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you ever stayed up all night talking? Try doing it for 66 hours straight. A Lawrence TV host is about to try in an attempt to shatter the world record for longest television marathon talk show. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:47:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 59488 at http://kcur.org Lawrence Man Attempts To Shatter A Television World Record The Weekend To-Do List: July 25-27 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-25-27 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hills are alive with the sound of...hip hop, comedy, and rock &amp; roll. No matter your taste in entertainment, Brian </span>McTavish's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Weekend To-Do list is sure to have you covered!</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:02:48 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 59440 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: July 25-27 Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture http://kcur.org/post/two-hundred-years-us-presidents-and-pop-culture <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding.</span></p><p>On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske sits down with author Tevi Troy for a look at how popular culture has shaped the presidency. From Jefferson’s grounding in philosophy to Obama’s mastery of Internet culture, they examine who was best, or worst, at navigating a president's need to connect with the average citizen through the culture of the day.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:56:43 +0000 Steve Kraske, Scott Ross & Danie Alexander 59439 at http://kcur.org Two Hundred Years Of U.S. Presidents And Pop Culture Local Listen: Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-jason-vivone-billy-bats <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Phoenix, one of Kansas City's most popular live music venues, hosts its fifth annual <a href="http://thephoenixkc.com/phoenixfest-2014/#.U86zfBCluAo" target="_blank">Phoenix Fest </a>this Saturday.&nbsp; <a href="http://billybats.com/" target="_blank">Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats</a> are among the eight area-based acts performing at the event.&nbsp; This week's edition of Local Listen features "Eddie Ate Dynamite," the humorous title track from the band's 2013 album.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:55:43 +0000 Danie Alexander 59298 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats The Weekend To-Do List: July 18-20 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-18-20 <p></p><p></p><p>Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List packs entertainment for every taste, from one big picnic to a funky art festival. Have a fantastic weekend!</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:28:56 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 59034 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: July 18-20 Where To Fringe - From Traditional To Unexpected Kansas City Venues http://kcur.org/post/where-fringe-traditional-unexpected-kansas-city-venues <p>For its 10th season, the KC Fringe Festival will take over spaces in Kansas City, Mo., for theater, music, comedy, spoken word, burlesque and more.</p><p>KC Fringe is an <a href="http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kc-fringe-numbers">11-day festival</a> that provides a platform for often lesser-known performing and visual artists.&nbsp;</p><p>This year's Fringe will have 19 different venues. Most are scattered around the Crossroads Arts District, but some spread out into Westport and the Country Club Plaza.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:57:44 +0000 Cara McClain 59008 at http://kcur.org Where To Fringe - From Traditional To Unexpected Kansas City Venues Local Listen: Ensemble Ibérica http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-ensemble-ib-rica <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Often characterized by Americans as the blues of Portugal, fado is a melancholy music.&nbsp; Vocalist Rodrigo Costa Félix is one of three Portuguese fado artists that will headline a concert Saturday, July 12, at <a href="http://www.jccc.edu/performing-arts-series/events/current/fado.html" target="_blank">Polsky Theatre</a> on the campus of Johnson County Community College.&nbsp; Kansas City's Ensemble Ibérica, a group led by event organizer Beau Bledsoe, will open the show.&nbsp; This week's Local Listen features Ensemble Ibérica's "Fado Pechincha."</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:01:07 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 58788 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Ensemble Ibérica Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook http://kcur.org/post/michael-feinstein-ambassador-great-american-songbook <p></p><p>His career includes multi-platinum recordings, 200-plus live performances per year, two Emmy and five Grammy nominations, conductor of the Pasadena Pops, nightclub owner, and that’s just the half of it. Perhaps his greatest recognition, though, is as “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook”. On Friday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Michael Feinstein talks with Steve Kraske about his love of classic American popular music and his efforts to preserve it for future generations.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:26:09 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Hannah Copeland 58779 at http://kcur.org Michael Feinstein: Ambassador Of The Great American Songbook The Weekend To-Do List: July 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-july-11-13 <p></p><p>Whether it's live music, comedy theatre, or the largest water slide on earth, Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List has got you covered for summertime entertainment!</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:42:25 +0000 Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 58684 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: July 11-13 The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-kansas-citys-house-cards <p>Have you ever driven through the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., and seen a building with playing cards instead of windows?&nbsp;</p><p>That's the house of cards, an abandoned apartment building at 7th and Indiana streets, that community members used to create public art. After a couple of years of dormancy, there's now some renewed interest to continue the effort.</p><p>Here's the story of how that project began:&nbsp;</p><p>A couple years back, the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., had a problem.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:52:50 +0000 Cara McClain 58599 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind Kansas City's House Of Cards Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' http://kcur.org/post/journalist-examines-what-wars-leave-behind <p></p><p></p><p>While armed conflicts are ongoing, media coverage brings images and sounds from the center of war zones to the world. But what happens when the guns go silent and the combatants and media go home?</p><p>J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, <em>What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. </em>On Wednesday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:22:19 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58271 at http://kcur.org Journalist Examines 'What Wars Leave Behind' Local Listen: Greg Mackender http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-greg-mackender <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.kcshakes.org/">Heart of America Shakespeare Festival</a> begins this weekend and while the play may be the thing, there’s live music too.</p><p>During performances of <em>The Winter's Tale</em>, there are three musicians on stage, including resident composer Greg Mackender on percussion and mallets, <span class="st">Sascha Groschang</span> on cello and Laura Parks on violin.</p><p>"I left a lot of openings for impromptu types of things," says Mackender. "There are other spots where they can get a little livelier, we can play around a little bit."</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:44:58 +0000 Danie Alexander & Laura Spencer 57671 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Greg Mackender The Weekend To-Do List: June 20-22 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-june-20-22 <p></p><p>Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 20-22 will keep you rolling from one exciting event to the next all weekend long.</p><p><a href="http://bigslickkc.org/">Big Slick Celebrity Weekend</a><br />Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, and Rob Riggle<br />5:30 p.m. Friday<br />The Little KC at Kauffman Stadium<br />Admission: Free with a ticket to the Royals/Mariner game</p><p><a href="https://tickets.kcstarlight.com/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=412">We Will Rock You</a><br />8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday<br />Starlight Theatre<br />Tickets: $10 and up</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 57610 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: June 20-22 Jeff Shaara Is Back With Third Civil War Novel http://kcur.org/post/jeff-shaara-back-third-civil-war-novel <p></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57415 at http://kcur.org Jeff Shaara Is Back With Third Civil War Novel The Weekend To-Do List: June 13-15 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-june-13-15 <p></p><p></p><p>If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 13-15.</p><p><a href="http://www.knuckleheadshonkytonk.com/">Don McLean and Judy Collins</a><br />8:30 p.m. Friday<br />Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester<br />Tickets: $68.50</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:12:58 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Hannah Copeland 57217 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: June 13-15 Local Listen: 77 Jefferson http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-77-jefferson <p></p><p>The summer months are reggae season in Kansas City.&nbsp; Known for sweet vocals and loping rhythms, Kansas City's <strong><a href="http://77jefferson.com/" target="_blank">77 Jefferson</a></strong> has been one of the region's most popular purveyors of the Jamaican sound since its inception in 2006.&nbsp; From the band's most recent album “Rarities Vol. 2” comes the breezy track,"Call On Me".</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:40:51 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 56927 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: 77 Jefferson Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 30-June 1 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-30-june-1 <p></p><p>Looking for a great film to see during the weekend of May 30-June 1? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Cynthia Haines</strong>:</p><ul><li>Fed Up</li><li>The Hornet's Nest</li><li>The Lunchbox</li></ul><p><strong>Steve Walker</strong>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://kcur.org/post/film-review-east-texas-blood-runs-cold-july" target="_blank">Cold in July</a></li><li>The Hornet's Nest</li><li>The Immigrant</li></ul> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:30:54 +0000 Danie Alexander 56602 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 30-June 1 Board Games In The Digital Age http://kcur.org/post/board-games-digital-age <p></p><p></p><p>You’d think that the popularity of digital games like Angry Birds and Minecraft spells the end for the more traditional Monopoly and Risk but not so fast says one man. In this segment of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with Eric Martin of <a href="http://boardgamegeek.com/blogger/17/w-eric-martin" target="_blank">BoardGameGeek </a>for a look at how board games are faring in this digital age.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:58:07 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56586 at http://kcur.org Board Games In The Digital Age Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores http://kcur.org/post/northland-symphony-orchestras-got-game-and-film-scores <p></p><p>Video game sound has evolved from the simple electronic theme music of Super Mario Bros. to the lush orchestral arrangements that accompany gamers' top choices today.&nbsp; Recognizing the popularity of these games has inspired the musical selections for an upcoming concert by the <a href="http://www.northlandsymphony.org" target="_blank">Northland Symphony Orchestra</a>.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56417 at http://kcur.org Northland Symphony Orchestra's Got Game ... And Film Scores Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-may-23-25 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Looking for a great film to see during the long holiday weekend of May 23-26?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Up to Date</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; Fri, 23 May 2014 21:32:12 +0000 Stephen Steigman 56250 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 23-25 Local Listen: My Brothers & Sisters http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-my-brothers-sisters <p></p><p></p><p>Performances by My Brothers &amp; Sisters are a spectacle.&nbsp; The self-described "14-piece pop orchestra" from Kansas City includes string and horn sections, and a large chorus.&nbsp; The ambitious project has been documented on "Violet Music: Volume One" a recently-released album that took over a year to record.&nbsp; This edition of Local Listen features a song that showcases the soulful side of this expansive ensemble.&nbsp; Here is "How To Move What To Wear".</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:11:52 +0000 Danie Alexander & Bill Brownlee 56248 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: My Brothers & Sisters The Weekend To-Do List: May 23-25 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-23-25 <p></p><p>If you're looking for good music this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for May 23-25.</p><p><a href="http://kauffmancenter.org" target="_blank">Tony Bennett</a> (pop music legend), 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $70 to $150.</p><p><a href="http://westportroots.com" target="_blank">Westport Roots Festival</a> (Billy Joe Shaver and 25 bands), Saturday, indoor music at noon, outdoor at 2 p.m. at the Westport Saloon, 4112 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $28.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:23:01 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Cody Newill 56159 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 23-25 The Weekend To-Do List: May 16-18 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-may-16-18 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Looking for something to spice up your weekend? Check out Brian </span>McTavish's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Weekend To-Do List for May 16-18.</span></p><p><a href="http://knuckleheadhonkytonk.com" target="_blank">Johnny Rivers</a> (Rock 'n' Roll), 8:30 p.m. Friday at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $38.50</p><p><a href="http://kauffmancenter.org" target="_blank">The 5 Browns</a> (Five-piano-playing family), 8 p.m. at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $29 to $49</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:01:59 +0000 Steve Kraske, Brian McTavish & Cody Newill 55775 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List: May 16-18 Kansas City Actor Emerges On A Bigger Stage http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-actor-emerges-bigger-stage <p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54944 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Actor Emerges On A Bigger Stage Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos On Lt. Castillo Of 'Miami Vice' http://kcur.org/post/web-exclusive-edward-james-olmos-lt-castillo-miami-vice <p></p><p></p><p>If Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the '80s then Lt. Martin Castillo was the coolest character.&nbsp; As portrayed by Edward James Olmos, Castillo was a man of few words and a mysterious past.&nbsp; In this excerpt of his interview with Steve Kraske, Olmos recalls the conditions under which he took the role and why he didn't look at actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas during his first season on the show.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:24:28 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 54266 at http://kcur.org Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos On Lt. Castillo Of 'Miami Vice' Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos http://kcur.org/post/actor-and-activist-edward-james-olmos <p></p><p>Science fiction fans will recognize him as Commander William Adama from <em>Battlestar Galactica</em>, but <strong>Edward James Olmos</strong>&nbsp;is also well known for his activism in the Latino and Chicano community.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the first half of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><i>Up to Date</i></a>, host Steve Kraske sits down with Olmos to discuss his long career in Hollywood and his numerous efforts to reach out to Chicano youth. Olmos&nbsp;gave the Cesar Chavez Lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:11:50 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54267 at http://kcur.org Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos Local Listen: Middle Twin http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-middle-twin <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The lineup has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3 to April 5, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport in Kansas City.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:16:42 +0000 Michael Byars & Danie Alexander 53009 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Middle Twin Local Listen: Rev Gusto http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-rev-gusto <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The line-up has been announced for this year’s <a href="http://www.middleofthemapfest.com/" target="_blank">Middle of the Map</a> music festival.&nbsp; Running from April 3rd - 5th, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/revgusto" target="_blank">Rev Gusto</a> is one band from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists.&nbsp; This week we hear the summery garage-band sounds of Rev Gusto in the track “Click-Click” from their self-titled EP.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:16:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Michael Byars 52306 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Rev Gusto Kansas City Artist Dylan Mortimer Wants You To Activate His Halos, Or Not http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artist-dylan-mortimer-wants-you-activate-his-halos-or-not <p></p><p>Art and religion have been described as natural bedfellows – and yet, it’s been a complicated relationship. One Kansas City artist, <a href="http://www.dylanmortimer.com/">Dylan Mortimer</a>, explores religion in his artwork – including a series of halos, where anyone can choose to be illuminated.</p><p><strong>Stepping inside the halo</strong></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:25:51 +0000 Laura Spencer 50102 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artist Dylan Mortimer Wants You To Activate His Halos, Or Not William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices http://kcur.org/post/william-s-burroughs-man-many-vices <p></p><p>Who was William S. Burroughs? Some remember him as a controversial Beat writer; others remember his illicit drug habits and the murder of his second wife.</p><p>On Tuesday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we talk about the life of the infamous man from St. Louis, Mo. who traveled around the world and later settled in Lawrence, Kan.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:11:59 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50394 at http://kcur.org William S. Burroughs: A Man Of Many Vices