Arts & Culture http://kcur.org en 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 [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Grounded' http://kcur.org/post/video-scenegrounded <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The one-woman play,<em> Grounded</em>, by <a href="http://georgebrant.net/">George Brant</a>, explores the destructive power of modern warfare through the eyes of a female combat pilot. After an</span> unexpected pregnancy, she's reassigned to a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert as the desk pilot of a military drone.</p><p>The Unicorn Theatre's production<em> </em>marks the third in a series of "rolling world premieres" presented by members of the <a href="http://www.nnpn.org/">National New Play Network</a>, dedicated to the development of new work.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha & Laura Spencer 50156 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] In This Scene...'Grounded' Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser Is Back Among Friends In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/kennedy-center-president-michael-kaiser-back-among-friends-kansas-city <p></p><p>As <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org" target="_blank">The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey</a> approached its 30th anniversary this year it sought out Michael Kaiser, a leading arts-management&nbsp;consultant and the current President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. &nbsp;The goal: to position the organization as a model to other cities for overcoming cultural and social&nbsp;segregation.</p><p>Michael Kaiser spoke with Steve Kraske, host of <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank">Up to Date</a></em>.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:59:01 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 49946 at http://kcur.org Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser Is Back Among Friends In Kansas City Kansas City Friends Of Alvin Ailey Seeks National Stage In 30th Year http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-friends-alvin-ailey-seeks-national-stage-30th-year <p>It was 30 years ago this year that <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org/">Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey</a> was created as a second home for the New York-based <a href="http://www.alvinailey.org/">Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater</a>, a modern dance company founded in 1958.</p><p>To mark this milestone, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation on Friday issued a challenge grant. At $375,000, it’s the largest grant in the history of the Friends of Alvin Ailey.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:55:48 +0000 Laura Spencer 49928 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Friends Of Alvin Ailey Seeks National Stage In 30th Year You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love http://kcur.org/post/you-came-kansas-city-job-you-stayed-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You like Kansas City’s cost of living.</span></p><p>And many of you came to enjoy the arts and entrepreneurship scenes after relocating here for a job.</p><p>But when we took to social media and <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-brought-you-kansas-city">asked you what brought you to Kansas City and why you stayed</a>, we were inundated with love stories that led to KC roots.</p><p>Such was the case for Dave Shuck, who moved to Kansas City in 2002 from San Jose, Calif., after tracking down a former friend from high school.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:24:56 +0000 Alyson Raletz 49867 at http://kcur.org You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project http://kcur.org/post/linking-past-present-if-da-dirt-could-talk-performancequilt-project <p></p><p>Two friends from Kansas City, Kan., are teaming up for a project called<em> If Da Dirt Could Talk. </em>It combines collaborative quilts with a performance in an historic graveyard in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quindaro_Townsite">old Quindaro</a>.</p><p><strong>Quilting to share history</strong></p><p>Artist Nedra Bonds started quilting at the age of six. "Yeah, I didn’t have a choice, I come from a family of quilters on both sides," she says. "So this was something that we did, based upon who we were, based on the needs of the family, and we just always have done it."</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:58:29 +0000 Laura Spencer 49540 at http://kcur.org Linking Past With Present In 'If Da Dirt Could Talk' Performance/Quilt Project The Story Behind The Pictures Of Picasso At The Nelson-Atkins http://kcur.org/post/story-behind-pictures-picasso-nelson-atkins <p>In October 2013, photographer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Douglas_Duncan">David Douglas Duncan</a>, a native of Kansas City, Mo., donated 161 photographs to the <a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. </a>Some of these photographs document the Korean War, but most were taken over nearly two decades at the home of artist Pablo Picasso.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 45599 at http://kcur.org The Story Behind The Pictures Of Picasso At The Nelson-Atkins Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-symphonys-noah-geller-steps-solo <p>This weekend, Kansas City Symphony concertmaster <a href="https://www.kcsymphony.org/ContentCtl/ViewAct/Musician/87">Noah Geller </a>performs his first solo performance in the Symphony's classical series with a beloved work by Beethoven, his Violin Concerto.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:23:50 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 49541 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Symphony's Noah Geller Steps Up For A Solo Lawrence Celebrates Beat Generation Icon William S. Burroughs At 100 http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-celebrates-beat-generation-icon-william-s-burroughs-100 <p>This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of William S. Burroughs, who was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1914. A writer, painter, and spoken word artist, Burroughs is considered one of the seminal members of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Generation">Beat Generation</a>. He spent his final years living in Lawrence, Kan.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:49:14 +0000 Laura Spencer 49464 at http://kcur.org Lawrence Celebrates Beat Generation Icon William S. Burroughs At 100