Arts & Culture http://kcur.org en 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 How Elephants Helped Win World War II http://kcur.org/post/how-elephants-helped-win-world-war-ii <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tanks and ammo certainly played a big part in winning World War II, but the Pacific theater had another large asset—elephants.</span></p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talk about the man who led these animals against the Axis powers and the bond he developed with these surprisingly gentle giants.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:00:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59372 at http://kcur.org How Elephants Helped Win World War II 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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><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> 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 Wyandotte County Fair Connects Kids With Agricultural Roots http://kcur.org/post/wyandotte-county-fair-connects-kids-agricultural-roots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People usually associate state and county fairs with Ferris wheels and food on a stick. But in areas that have seen their demographics shift from rural to urban populations, these fairs are now serving a new role of connecting city folk to their country roots.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Christina Lieffring 59360 at http://kcur.org Wyandotte County Fair Connects Kids With Agricultural Roots From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House http://kcur.org/post/jefferson-obama-pop-culture-infuses-white-house <p>When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.</p><p><strong>HEAR MORE:</strong> Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59375 at http://kcur.org From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-duo-victor-penny-make-music-road <p></p><p>With a&nbsp;ukelele&nbsp;and jazz guitar in tow, the traveling Kansas City-based musical duo known as <a href="http://www.victorandpenny.com/">Victor &amp; Penny</a> stopped by <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> on Wednesday to talk with Gina Kaufmann —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">and to perform a few of their signature "antique pop" songs live for our listeners.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:09:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59369 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Duo Victor & Penny Make Music On The Road Kansas And Missouri Artists Selected For 'State Of The Art' Exhibition At Crystal Bridges http://kcur.org/post/kansas-and-missouri-artists-selected-state-art-exhibition-crystal-bridges <p>In 2013, <a href="http://crystalbridges.org/">Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art</a> in Bentonville, Ark., embarked on a project to discover “the most compelling American art being created today.”</p><p>Over a period of about 10 months, museum president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood crisscrossed the country. They traveled more than 100,000 miles — by plane and car — and stopped in the homes and studios of nearly 1,000 artists.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:44:13 +0000 Laura Spencer 59307 at http://kcur.org Kansas And Missouri Artists Selected For 'State Of The Art' Exhibition At Crystal Bridges 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 Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/food-critics-where-find-best-slice-pizza-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a beautiful summer night, stopping by a neighborhood pizzeria for a quick slice (or five) can really hit the spot.</span></p><p>With a handful of exciting new pizza places opening up, Charles Ferruzza and the food critics put out a call for the best pizza in the Kansas City area.&nbsp;</p><p><em>KCUR's food critics recommend:</em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:47:09 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 59127 at http://kcur.org Food Critics: Where To Find The Best Slice Of Pizza In Kansas City WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe http://kcur.org/post/watch-scene-three-kansas-city-highlights-fringe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It can be daunting to wade through the schedule for the <a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/">KC Fringe Festival</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Founded in 2004, Fringe presents about 130 events this year, including theater, dance, comedy, film, poetry, as well as visual art exhibitions. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are artists from around the world — St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, the U.K. — and the Kansas City area. </span></p><p>Here are a few homegrown highlights:</p><p><strong>"Poor Lear</strong>"</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:59:04 +0000 Julie Denesha 59135 at http://kcur.org WATCH: In This Scene ... Three Kansas City Highlights At The Fringe Local Listen: Quixotic http://kcur.org/post/local-listen-quixotic <p></p><p>Quixotic's circus-like presentations make it easy to overlook the musical component of this performing arts troupe from Kansas City. Yet the sounds that accompany its compelling visuals, a distinctive merger of electronic and acoustic elements that bridge the divide between classical and pop, are an essential element of the ensemble's success.</p><p>This edition of Local Listen features "From the Outside Looking In," the title track of Quixotic's latest recording.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:01:24 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Bill Brownlee 59134 at http://kcur.org Local Listen: Quixotic KC Fringe Encourages Writers To Present New Work http://kcur.org/post/kc-fringe-encourages-writers-present-new-work <p>The KC Fringe Festival, an annual event featuring actors, dancers, poets, storytellers, filmmakers, and visual artists, turns 10 this year. The festival offers about 50 theater performances, from R-rated to puppet shows for kids. And, KC Fringe often provides an opportunity for performers to try out new material.</p><p>It seems appropriate that Jesse Ray Metcalf, the writer of a new production called "(Virgin.)," would say: "This is my first time doing Fringe."</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:51 +0000 Laura Spencer 59035 at http://kcur.org KC Fringe Encourages Writers To Present New Work DVD Gurus: World War II http://kcur.org/post/dvd-gurus-world-war-ii <p></p><p>They fought on the beaches, in the air, on the sea... and on film. World War II made an indelible mark on pop culture, and it's especially evident on the silver screen.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:42:13 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59126 at http://kcur.org DVD Gurus: World War II 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 Film Review: 'Venus in Fur' Tests The Limits Of Dominance And Submission http://kcur.org/post/film-review-venus-fur-tests-limits-dominance-and-submission <p>Despite director Roman Polanski's checkered personal history, his film resume is nearly blot-free.</p><p>From <em>Rosemary's Baby</em> to<em> Chinatown</em> to <em>The Pianist</em>, Polanski films examine our capacity to strive and dream in the face of brutal outside influences.</p><p>While his adaptation of David Ives' Tony Award-winning play <em>Venus in Fur </em>isn't at the level of those movies, it has a familiar and intoxicatingly dark tone and pulse.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:25:24 +0000 Steve Walker 58927 at http://kcur.org Film Review: 'Venus in Fur' Tests The Limits Of Dominance And Submission From Page To Park: Parting With Sweet Sorrow http://kcur.org/post/page-park-parting-sweet-sorrow <p>The cast and crew of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s <em>The Winter’s Tale</em> have shared three weeks of rehearsals and 17 and a half performances since they <a href="http://kcur.org/post/page-park-controlling-chaos-and-finding-rhythm">gathered for their first read through</a> at the end of May.</p><p>There was one complete rain out and one at intermission — but all in all, healthy crowds, nearly 23,000 people, for one of Shakespeare's lesser known titles. The final installment of the series <em>From Page to Park</em> explores what it means for a company to close a show.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker 58689 at http://kcur.org From Page To Park: Parting With Sweet Sorrow A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns http://kcur.org/post/fistful-spaghetti-westerns <p></p><p></p><p>A half century ago, nobody expected much of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Italian Western <em>A Fistful of Dollars</em> – not even its young American star, Clint Eastwood. On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date,&nbsp;</em></a>Steve Kraske explores how this film's fiery success ignited the popularity of an entire genre known as "spaghetti westerns".</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 58949 at http://kcur.org A Fistful Of Spaghetti Westerns 'Citizen Koch' Directors On Documentary Filmmaking http://kcur.org/post/citizen-koch-directors-documentary-filmmaking <p></p><p><em>Citizen Koch</em> is a new documentary that investigates the political influence of Kansas-born billionaires David and Charles Koch. The film has a strong point of view, which has drawn mixed reviews. &nbsp;On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talked with the directors about how <em>Citizen Koch</em>&nbsp;was made and their approach to documentary filmmaking.<iframe allowfullscreen="" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/66463890" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:40:41 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58946 at http://kcur.org 'Citizen Koch' Directors On Documentary Filmmaking Fiddler Explores Little-Known French Dialect Spoken In Missouri Town http://kcur.org/post/fiddler-explores-little-known-french-dialect-spoken-missouri-town <p>In honor of Bastille Day, <a href="http://kcur.org/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a> explored efforts to preserve Missouri French: a dialect that once flourished in southwestern Missouri, now remembered by only a handful of people in the town of Old Mines. Some say the language is dying, but the dialect has been pronounced dead then rediscovered many times.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:39:11 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58880 at http://kcur.org Fiddler Explores Little-Known French Dialect Spoken In Missouri Town KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written http://kcur.org/post/ku-linguist-transforms-how-kazakh-language-written <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Languages change. Sometimes slowly and organically, sometimes quickly... and on purpose.</p><p>Kazakh President <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/02/166336701/kazakhstan-celebrates-first-and-only-president">Nursaltan Nazarbayev</a> wants the people of Kazakhstan to use Latin script (rather than Cyrillic) to write in their native language.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:52:36 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58870 at http://kcur.org KU Linguist Transforms How The Kazakh Language Is Written 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 Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/sneak-peek-second-fridays-kansas-city <p>So — maybe First Fridays in the <a href="http://kccrossroads.org/">Crossroads Arts District</a> is a little too crowded for you. How about Second Fridays?</p><p>Some Kansas City metropolitan area galleries have started opening their doors on the second Fridays of the month to host new exhibitions or simply provide a less elbow-to-elbow opportunity to view the artwork.</p><p>Here's what's on tap:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:31:42 +0000 Laura Spencer 58764 at http://kcur.org Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 http://kcur.org/post/dates-indie-foreign-doc-critics-three-see-july-11-13 <p>Looking for a great film to see the weekend of July 11-13? <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>'s independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:</p><p><strong>Steve Walker: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Obvious Child</em></li><li><em>Begin Again</em></li><li><em>Ida </em></li></ul><p><strong>Cynthia Haines: </strong></p><ul><li><em>Ida </em></li><li><em>A Hard Day's Night </em></li><li><em>Chef</em></li></ul> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:04:59 +0000 Beth Lipoff 58761 at http://kcur.org Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' July 11-13 What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 http://kcur.org/post/whats-showing-independent-foreign-documentary-film-july-11 <p></p><p>Examine the personal relationships of three disturbed couples and hear the controversy about the political influence of two conservative Kansas billionaires. &nbsp;</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our indie, foreign, and documentary film critics examine the latest films showing on area screens.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:56:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58760 at http://kcur.org What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, July 11 Your Guide To KC Fringe, By The Numbers http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kc-fringe-numbers <p><span>In 2004, when Kansas City launched its first fringe festival</span><a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/"> </a>as a showcase for experimental work, the event hosted 30 performances over three days.</p><p><a href="http://www.kcfringe.org/">KC Fringe </a>is now an 11-day festival, and includes nearly 400 performances by more than 100 artists in venues from downtown Kansas City, Mo., to the Country Club Plaza.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:22:16 +0000 Laura Spencer 58357 at http://kcur.org Your Guide To KC Fringe, By The Numbers New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival http://kcur.org/post/new-opera-red-death-premiere-kc-fringe-festival <p></p><p>Edgar Allen Poe's 1842 short story "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masque_of_the_Red_Death">The Masque of the Red Death</a>" serves as the inspiration for a new opera called "Red Death" that premieres next week in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>The opera will be part of the KC Fringe Festival.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:26:38 +0000 Julie Denesha 58462 at http://kcur.org New Opera 'Red Death' To Premiere At KC Fringe Festival Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-bartenders-create-cocktails-inspired-local-bands <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:57 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 58711 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Bartenders Create Cocktails Inspired By Local Bands 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