Brian McTavish

Contributor, Up to Date

Brian McTavish follows popular culture in the belief that the search for significance can lead anywhere.  Brian explains, "I've written articles and reviews ... reviewed hundreds of concerts, films and plays. And the thing is, these high arts all sprang from the pop culture of their day.  Don't forget: Shakespeare was once Spielberg."

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1:05 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: Nov. 22-24, 2013

Gary Neal Johnson returns in his iconic role as Scrooge in the Kansas City Repertory's 'A Christmas Carol.'
Credit Don Ipock / Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Kansas City is abuzz with things to do this weekend, and Brian McTavish has selected a few for our Weekend To-Do List for November 22-24.

The Fairy Princess (Kansas City holiday season icon), kids can visit with the Fairy Princess following Saturday’s 6 p.m. lighting ceremony at Zona Rosa, I-29 and Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. Admission: Nominal fee to have your picture taken with Her Highness.

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12:44 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: November 15-17, 2013

Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro performs Friday night at the Kauffman Center.

There are a ton of things to do in Kansas City this weekend, and Brian McTavish picked out some highlights as part of our Weekend To-Do List for November 15-17.

Selena Gomez: Pop hit sensation: 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 1409 Grand Tickets: $28.50-$99.50  

Jake ShimabukuroUkulele wizard. 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Tickets: $21-$59

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12:11 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Nov. 1-3, 2013

The Crown Center Ice Terrace opens this weekend.
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Looking for something to do this Halloween weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Nov. 1-3, 2013.

Straight No Chaser (A cappella), 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Midland, 1228 Main. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50 

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt (Singer/songwriters and their guitars), 8 p.m. Sunday at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Tickets: $32.25-$141.85  

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11:45 am
Fri October 25, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Oct. 25-27, 2013

The Kinsey Sicks parody group performs at Johnson County Community College this weekend.

Looking for something to ward off the chill this weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for October 25-27, 2013.

Deborah Voigt (Soprano in recital), 8 p.m. Friday at the Folly Theatre, 300 W. 12th. Tickets: $25-$75 

The Kinsey Sicks (Parody group), 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College. Tickets: $25-$30 

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11:45 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Oct. 18-20, 2013

The Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe is one of many haunted houses in Kansas City.
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Looking for something to do this Fall weekend? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for October 18-20, 2013.

Bonnie Raitt with Marc Cohn (Blues, r&b, rock, pop), 8 p.m. Friday at The Midland, 1228 Main. Tickets: Sold out

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11:56 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: October 11-13, 2013

"Wicked," the untold story of the Witches of Oz is on stage this weekend at the Music Hall.

“Wicked”: “Wizard of Oz” prequel about the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good 7:30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday Music Hall, 301 W. 13th Tickets: Start at $30

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11:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: Oct. 4-6, 2013

The American Royal Barbecue fires up this weekend.
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Looking for some fun on a crisp and cool fall weekend? Brian McTavish has a few choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

American Royal Barbecue (American Royal World Series of Barbecue Contest, live entertainment, vendors, fireworks), Thursday through Sunday at the American Royal grounds in the West Bottoms. Admission: $15 at the gate; discount for kids

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11:45 am
Thu September 26, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: September 27-29, 2013

The French band Phoenix plays on Friday at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park as part of the Buzz Beach Ball festival.

American Royal Parade: A star-spangled salute, including military personnel, 4H and FFA members, marching bands, drill teams, saddle clubs, vintage cars, civic groups and floats. 9:45 a.m. Saturday North up Grand Boulevard from Pershing to Truman Road Admission: Free.  

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1:18 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: Sept. 20-22, 2013

Rancid appears with Tim Timebomb & Friends and the Interrupters this weekend in Lawrence.

Looking to celebrate the arrival of some fall weather this weekend? Brian McTavish has a few suggestions for you. 

Sail Rock 2013 (Soft rock classics by Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Orleans and Firefall), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: $15 to $100.

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11:45 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List, Sept. 13-15, 2013

The Chiefs take on the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.
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Looking for a a fun refuge from some rainy weather? Check out Brian McTavish's suggestions on the Weekend To-Do List.

Dancefestopia (Multiple music stages with 60 artists, including Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Infected Mushroom), 2 p.m. Friday to 5:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park, south bank of Missouri River between Kit Bond Bridge and Heart of America Bridge. Tickets: $125 (weekend pass); $85 for camping (weekend pass)  

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11:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: September 6-8, 2013

Heavy metal band Iron Maiden performs Saturday at the Sprint Center.

Looking for a great way to spend the first weekend in - *gasp* - September? Here's your Weekend To-Do List courtesy of Brian McTavish:

Johnny Mathis: Classic pop. 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 16th and Broadway in Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $75 to $125

 Michael Bublé: Neo-classic pop. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sprint Center, 14th and Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $56.50 to $101.50

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2:40 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 30 - September 2, 2013

Looking for a way to celebrate a labor-free holiday? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 23-25, 2013

The 2013 Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition cocktail-making contest features local food and live music.
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Looking for cools ways to spend a hot weekend? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Lawrence Busker Fest (Variety of street musicians and other performers), Busker Ball preview show at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts, 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday on the streets of downtown Lawrence, Kan. Admission: Free (Busker Ball $8 adults; $5 kids) 

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11:45 am
Fri August 16, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 16-18, 2013

Kansas City's Ethnic Enrichment Festival features many different cultures.
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Looking for a rocking good weekend? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

The Rainmakers with the Nace Brothers (Midwest rock), 8 p.m. Friday at CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th. Admission: Free (no blankets or lawn chairs)

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11:45 am
Thu August 8, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-11, 2013

Great Midwest Balloon Fest takes place Aug. 9 and 10 at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.
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Looking to take off with a fun activity this weekend? Brian McTavish floats some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Great Midwest Balloon Fest (50 hot air balloons in flight), 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, I-35 and 151st, Olathe, Kan. Admission: $10; $5 ages 6 to 12

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11:45 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: August 2-4, 2013

The UniverSoul Circus performs in Swope Park July 31-Aug. 4.
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Looking for something fun to start your August this weekend? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

Taylor Swift: The Red Tour (Pop sensation), 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd. Tickets: $29.50, $84.50 

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11:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-28, 2013

Midwest Brony Fest comes to Overland Park this weekend.
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Looking for something interesting this weekend? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 19-21, 2013

The fringe festival will feature music, dance, burlesque and more.
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Looking for some fun in the sun this weekend? Brian McTavish has some sparkling choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 12-14, 2013

Flashdance is playing at Starlight Theatre.
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Looking for for ways to have some fun this weekend? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List. 

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11:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: July 3-7, 2013

The U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships will be in Kansas City this week.
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Looking for an explosive way to celebrate your holiday weekend? Brian McTavish has some sparkling choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List. 

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9:45 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: June 28-30, 2013

The 2013 Maker Faire is on Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List. Is it on yours?
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Need to get out of the house this weekend? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List. 

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11:53 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: June 21-23, 2013

Bruce Roach, as Jaques, stops to smell the flowers in 'As You Like It.'
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Looking for fun in the sun the weekend of June 21-23, 2013? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List. 

Matt and Kim (Pop), 8 p.m. Friday at KC Live outdoor stage, in the Power & Light District. Admission: Free (ages 21 and over)

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11:45 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: June 14 -16, 2013

Star Wars enthusiasts will celebrate the movie series at the Kansas City Public Library June 14.
Credit Ricky Brigante

  Looking for ways to stay cool in the heat the weekend of June 14-16, 2013? ​Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: June 7-9, 2013

Scottish dancing is one of the events on the schedule for the Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival.
Credit Stephen Downes

Looking for ways to celebrate the end of school the weekend of June 7-9, 2013? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu May 30, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 31- June 2, 2013

Lumineers with Cold War Kids, the Neighborhood, the Mowglis will perform 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.
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Looking for ways to take your mind off the thunderstorms the weekend of  May 31-June 2, 2013? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List.
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3:52 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 24-27, 2013

Cheap Trick

Looking for ways to take advantage of Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, 2013? Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 17-19, 2013

An Olds 442: one of the cars you might see at this weekend's West Bottoms Car Show
Popular Hot Rodding

Looking for ways to enjoy the weekend of May 17-19, 2013? Brian McTavish has some options for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 10-12, 2013

Bird watchers
Keith Evans

Looking for ways to enjoy the weekend of May 10-12, 2013? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List

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11:45 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: May 3-5, 2013

Transformers comic book

Looking for ways to keep from shivering the weekend of May 3-5, 2013Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: April 26-28, 2013

The Black Keys

Looking for ways to embrace the sunshine for the weekend of April 26-28, 2013? Brian McTavish has some choices for you on the Weekend To-Do List.

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