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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Does the warm weather have you in a festive mood? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to celebrate with some current cinema offerings.

Cynthia Haines

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed.

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Rolling Papers, not rated (showing at Liberty Hall)

It’s tough starting a new life after being in prison. Although there are many programs to help, a lot of them focus on male ex-cons but don’t do much for women making the transition. Journey House in Kansas City, Missouri, is giving these women — who have nowhere else to go — a place to belong and a fresh start.

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This week’s Local Listen zeros in on a recent addition to Kansas City’s music scene, the Greeting Committee. The region’s indie-rock community has welcomed the quartet, and we do the same with a track from their 2015 release “It’s Not All That Bad.” Here is “Hands Down.”

Cuddle up with your sweetheart, a box of chocolate and a good film this Valentine's Day weekend. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to fill your screen.

Cynthia Haines

Son of Saul, R

  • It has been nominated for best foreign film, and I would maybe put money on it (winning). This is (the director's) first feature film, which is absolutely incredible to realize. 

45 Years, R

Take a look into the brutality of the Holocaust through one man's eyes or glimpse the golden era of Hollywood. See how one man overcomes a stutter and another overcomes the challenges dealt to him by Agent Orange. Our indie, foreign and documentary film critics discussed all of these and more in this edition of Up to Date.

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Should the current funding model for Kansas schools be changed?  On this edition of Up to Date, we talk with three young people who debated that issue February 9 as part of Debate KC.

Guests:

  • Alex Trobaugh is a senior at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Candace Villanueva is a graduate of Sumner Academy and currently works for Johnson County Community College.
  • Kayla Gilmore is a student at Emporia State University.

If your weekend isn't consumed with conversation of the gridiron, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions to make your weekend entertainment a touchdown.

Cynthia Haines

45 Years, R

  • Approaching their 45th anniversary, a couple confronts a secret from their past.

The Animated and Live Action Short Films nominated for Oscars

Spotlight, R

Payday loans can be a way to help people out of a financial jam, but borrowers can wind up paying fees greater than the initial loan. We look at payday lender Scott Tucker and why the Federal Trade Commission is seeking $1.32 billion from him.

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  • Steve Vockrodt is a reporter at The Pitch.
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The band name selected by the members of Organized Crimes may recall the nefarious activities that transpired in Kansas City in the first half of the last century, but the group’s music is based on the dreamy alternative rock sound associated with London in the 1980s. Local Listen features “Bel Ray Flats,” the A-side of Organized Crimes’ new seven-inch single.

We're walking on sunshine with a warmer weekend ahead, but if you're not feeling outdoorsy, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas to light your fire.

Cynthia Haines

The Animated, Live Action and Documentary Short Films nominated for Oscars

Theeb, not rated

  • During World War I, a Bedouin boy guides a British officer on a perilous journey across the desert

Spotlight, R

Brrr, it's cold outside. Let's warm up with a box of popcorn and a great film. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions that will fire up your imagination.

Cynthia Haines

Theeb, not rated

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Spotlight, R

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When he puts on the vinyl cap and thick blue make-up, a Blue Man transforms his mind into character similar to “a dog on the prowl.” On this edition of Up to Date, we talk with Ethan Golub and Steve Wendt, two members of the Blue Man Group, about the intensity-- and fun-- of being blue.

The Blue Man Group performs Jan. 22-24 at Johnson County Community College. Click here for ticket information.

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Mike Alexander is an entrenched Kansas Citian, but he expertly evokes the vintage punk sound of Southern California with his trio Hipshot Killer. “They Will Try to Kill Us All,” the powerful new album by Alexander’s band, breathes new life into the no-frills sound associated with groups like Bad Religion. This week's Local Listen features the typically no-frills Hipshot Killer song “One Good Night.”

Energized by the Oscar nominations this week? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have some suggestions to shape your weekend cinematic experience.

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Room, R

  • A young woman and her son are imprisoned in a shed. 

Spotlight, R

Find the joy in creating a new mop, and skate on the edge of the real estate bubble. Watch a few love stories not bound by traditional gender roles. Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas about this year's Oscar nominees and the films showing on area screens this week.

Lamb, not rated, AMC Studio 28, Town Center, Barrywoods

Kansas City is home to lots of refugee children and their families, who face trying transitions to new countries, a new language, new customs and new schools. On this edition of Up to Date, we examine their experiences and find out who helps them.

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Kansas City music legend Jay McShann was born 100 years ago this week, and the city is celebrating his birth. On this edition of Up to Date, we examine the life of this international jazz star.

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Legalization of same-sex marriage, streams of migrants flowing into Europe from war-torn Syria and the expansion of ISIS all top the list of important religion news stories this year. We look at which stories will continue to impact us in 2016 on this edition of Up to Date.

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Have you ever considered playing golf with a bow and arrow? What about boxing with fireworks? On this edition of Up to Date, we find out about these pastimes that sound made up but are actually very real.

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  • Edward Brooke-Hitching is the author of Fox Tossing and Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes and Games.

Need to relax after the shock of being back at work after the holidays? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have just the thing this weekend.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. 

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

The Danish Girl, R

As legislators go back to work in Kansas this month, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind—the budget. Tax cuts have left the state scrambling to find enough money to cover its programs. We discuss that and how President Obama's statements on gun violence apply to Kansas on this edition of Up to Date.

Guests:

  • Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kan.
  • Rep. Stephanie Clayton, a Republican from Overland Park

Whether you're anticipating the arrival of St. Nick or just enjoying a few days off from work, Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few ideas about how to spend your vacation. 

Cynthia Haines

Brooklyn, PG-13

  • An young Irish immigrant is torn between her new home in Brooklyn and her life back in Ireland.

Spotlight, R

This was the year the Kansas City Ballet re-imagined “The Nutcracker.” Henry David Thoreau and Barbra Streisand got theatrical treatments, and the Kansas City Symphony had a variety of soloists. On this edition of Up to Date, we turn a critical eye to the arts in the Kansas City area this year.

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Una Walkenhorst is attempting to establish a career in a city in which her father has been a prominent musician for more than 30 years. As a solo artist and as a member of the Rainmakers, Bob Walkenhorst is one of Kansas City’s favorite sons. Local Listen features the title track of his daughter Una’s album “Scars,” a song that indicates that talent runs in the family.

At the end of the year, a lot of financial planning is about taxes, but retirement, education savings and gift-giving can play into the equation as well. On this edition of Up to Date, the Financial Planners give some year-end advice, and Steve Kraske chats with them about what the interest rate increase might mean for you.

About 3.4 percent of American students are homeschooled these days, but in states like Kansas and Missouri, homeschoolers get little -- if any -- oversight from any authority. It's up to parents to decide on what and how to teach, and that worries those who think it may be time for some level of regulation. 

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Voter registration continues to be a hot issue, including in Kansas, where in 2011, the state instituted a strict photo ID rule and a proof of citizenship requirement for those registering to vote. Now, some voting experts advocate a different way of handling the registration of voters: automatic and permanent voter registration. We discuss it on this edition of Up to Date.

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Losing a loved one to violence is extremely difficult, but family members of the deceased are turning to each other not only for support but to enact change. KC Mothers In Charge, now in its second year, is leading a special effort in that direction. On this edition of Up to Date, we learn how the group is working to make Kansas City safer for its children.  

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It's that holding period between the blockbuster releases for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so why not take the opportunity to see an indie film? Up to Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics are in complete agreement for their suggestions this week.

Cynthia Haines

Spotlight, R

  • Reporters working for the Boston Globe uncover evidence of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Brooklyn, PG-13

A few weeks ago, the White House held a STEM education workshop for 27 cities across the United States, and five representatives from Kansas City were invited to attend. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske finds out what they learned and how it could change local approaches to STEM.

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