Beth Lipoff

Assistant Producer, Up To Date

Beth Lipoff has worked as a freelance writer, editor and producer. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master's degree in public history from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her work has appeared in the Kansas City StarSunset Magazine, 435 Magazine, the Johnson County Sun, the Kansas City Jewish ChronicleSpirit MagazineNorthwestern Magazine, the Lawrence Journal-World and the Independence Examiner.

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A Hollywood idol filled the spotlight but had to hide his feelings from the world, and a widow discovers she can turn over a new leaf. Emotions swell in Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics' choices this week. Whether you need a good cry or a hearty laugh, they've got a suggestions for you.

Cynthia Haines

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, PG-13

  • A teenager befriends a classmate diagnosed with cancer.

Ex Machina​, R

Historian David McCullough tells Steve Kraske what four years of research revealed about brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Hear what role their sister Katharine played and the characteristics that made them successful in their quest to fly.   

Guest:

  • David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of The Wright Brothers.

Local Listen: Sara Morgan

Jun 19, 2015
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The June release of her six-song EP “Easy to Dream” is likely to make Sara Morgan one of Kansas City’s most popular singer-songwriters. This week’s edition of Local Listen features the country-tinged title track of “Easy to Dream.”

Sara Morgan opens the main stage of the Boulevardia festival in the West Bottoms at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

A French policeman tries to vanquish a drug ring and a computer programmer finds himself drawn into a surreal world in the films Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are watching this week. Explore these and the others on their lists this week:

Cynthia Haines

About Elly, not rated

  • A young teacher from Tehran disappears during a seaside outing.

Far From the Madding Crowd, PG-13

“Take the crown”…“Win the cup”…“Raise the trophy.” Sometimes the sports fan’s ultimate dream—a championship—does come true. But old trophies can lose their shine, and even the thrill of victory has a statute of limitations, as Victor Wishna explains in “A Fan’s Notes.”

By now you’ve probably heard: The Chiefs won the Super Bowl!

The mysterious disappearance of an Iranian teacher intrigued Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics this week, and just as a new Thomas Hardy adaptation has delighted them. To see what drew them to theater, try one of their picks for yourself. 

Cynthia Haines

About Elly, not rated

  • A mysterious young Iranian teacher disappears during a weekend by the sea.

Far From the Madding Crowd, PG-13

From a nonagenarian with style to an independent Victorian lady, films on area screens this week have a wide variety of topics. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics can help you navigate the many movie listings to find one that fits you.

Cynthia Haines

Ex Machina, R

  • A computer programmer is hired to test a new form of artificial intelligence.

Far From the Madding Crowd, PG-13

Get the inside look at Beach Boy Brian Wilson's journey from stardom to slump and back again, and go base jumping with a crew of adventurous souls. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics know that the weekend is about more than sunshine, so take refuge from those ever-rumbling thunderstorms with any of the films they discussed this week.

Sunshine Superman, PG, showing at the Tivoli 

Can you tiptoe through the raindrops to the movie theater this weekend? If you can get there, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you.

Cynthia Haines

Ex Machina, R

  • A computer programmer is hired to test a new form of artificial intelligence.

Far From the Madding Crowd, PG-13

  • Three suitors pursue an independent Victorian woman.

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

Need something to fill the hours of your three-day weekend? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few suggestions for you.

Cynthia Haines:

Ex Machina, R

  • A computer programmer is hired to test a new form of artificial intelligence.

The Wrecking Crew, PG

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

When a President leaves office, the thousands of papers and other material relating to the events of his presidency are just ripe for the creation of a presidential library.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we get the scoop on what you can find in a presidential library and how they work.

Guests:

Dwight Eisenhower came into the presidency with a storied background as a U.S. Army general, but when he got into office, he did his best to keep the country out of wars.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss how he used his strategic experience to keep the peace.

Guest:

If your spring allergies have you hiding inside, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics have the perfect entertainment ideas for you.

Cynthia Haines:

The Wrecking Crew, PG

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Dior and I, not rated

  • Behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the preparation of the first haute couture collection by creative director Raf Simmons for the fashion house Christian Dior 

Clouds of Sils Maria, R

Maz Jobrani has used his Iranian heritage to shape his comedy, and he laughs in the face of the stereotypes he sees of Middle Eastern people.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about when he was asked to wear a turban on stage, what it's like to be a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and his Axis of Evil comedy tour.

Guest:

Author Jen Lancaster has learned never to take a Prada bag to the unemployment office or wear a fur coat to the animal shelter. She's lived like Martha Stewart and discovered that pie is not the answer.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, she joins Steve Kraske to discuss her origins as a blogger, how her projects become memoirs and her new book, I Regret Nothing.

Guest:

Lightning has been striking all over the metro this week, and Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few recommendations to light up your weekend--without the rain.

Cynthia Haines:

Wrecking Crew, PG 

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Ex Machina, R

  • A computer programmer is hired to test a new form of artificial intelligence.

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

Local Listen: Julian Vaughn

May 6, 2015

Julian Vaughn is among the Kansas City-based jazz musicians better known internationally than in their hometown. A few of the bassist’s recordings are mainstays on contemporary jazz playlists.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features “Initiate,” a track from Vaughn’s new album “Limitless.”

To hear more, check out the Gem Theater this Friday, where Vaughn will celebrate the release of “Limitless.”

Missouri families in need are facing some big changes. On May 5, the Missouri House completed the override of Governor Nixon’s veto of the Strengthening Missouri Families Act.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we examine the reasons behind the governor’s rejection of the act and what its supporters say will result from altering welfare assistance.

If you prefer the light of a movie theater to sunshine, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions for your light sources this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Clouds of Sils Maria, R

  • A veteran actress confronts ageism.

Ex Machina, R

  • A young computer programmer is hired to test a new type of artificial intelligence.

Seymour: An Introduction, PG

Explore the story behind the mysterious gnome houses that appeared along a local walkway, and get the inside scoop on a special group of studio musicians. These stories and more are appearing on local screens this weekend, and our indie, foreign and documentary film critics know which ones are worth the ticket price.

The Gnomist,  special showing at the Jewish Community Center May 9

Local Listen: La Guerre

Apr 24, 2015
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More than 120 acts are performing Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival this week, and La Guerre is one of them. The solo project of Lawrence-based Katlyn Conroy, La Guerre specializes in intimate indie-rock.

This week’s edition of Local Listen features La Guerre’s muted “Lover’s Sway.” La Guerre will appear at the Record Bar at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

Thunderclouds might be creating a scary tableaux outside, but on the silver screen you can choose a different backdrop. Try a suggestion from Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics this weekend.

Cynthia Haines:

Wrecking Crew

  • Documentary about legendary studio musicians

Seymour: An Introduction

  • Documentary about a pianist who found his calling as a teacher

Woman in Gold

You can’t avoid death and taxes, but you can -- and should -- plan for them. The financial planners return on Monday's Up to Date to discuss how you can do that successfully.

Guests:

This weekend has it all: rain, Royals and a whole slate of films for you to try. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics have some suggestions to guide your appointment with the silver screen:

Cynthia Haines

Seymour: An Introduction 

  • Inspirational documentary about 88 year old pianist Seymour Bernstein 

Wild Tales 

It's severe weather season in Kansas city, and that means you'll want a some options for rainy day activities. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary critics have a few for you:

Cynthia Haines

  • Wild Tales
  • The Hunting Ground
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Steve Walker

  • The Hunting Ground
  • While We're Young
  • Wild Tales
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The energy was palpable at Kauffman Stadium, as fans filed in to watch the Royals defeat the White Sox 10-1 in the first game of the season. Though a light drizzle fell from a grey sky, there's wasn't an empty seat to be found. Standing room only tickets sold for more than $100. 

Couldn't make it to the game? The Up To Date team arrived at the stadium bright and early to capture the experience — check out the slideshow above.

Thunderclouds have been gathering in the skies, so you might need a few rainy day activities for your weekend. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics might have just the thing to start off your spring. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Wild Tales
  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • Diplomacy

Steve Walker:

If you've got spring fever and want to get out of the house this weekend, Up to Date's indie, foreign, and documentary film critics have a few suggestions of what you can see.

Cynthia Haines:

  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • Wild Tales
  • Diplomacy

Steve Walker:

Spring has sprung, and if you feel like springing for movie tickets this weekend, our indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas for you.

Cynthia Haines:

  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • Diplomacy
  • Red Army

Steve Walker:

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalam
  • '71
  • Diplomacy
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Long-haired peace-loving hippies promoting ideas of free love are the foundation of the ground-breaking 1967 musical "Hair".

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with two of the Broadway cast members about their experiences on stage, what the show means to them and why they're taking part in a new retrospective production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

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