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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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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11:45 am
Thu April 18, 2013

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

Boxing
Robert Whitehead

Looking for something to do for the weekend of April 19-21, 2013? Step out of the rain with Brian McTavish and the Weekend To-Do List.

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Performance
11:45 am
Thu April 11, 2013

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

Mary Poppins

Looking for something to do for the weekend of April 11-13, 2013? Get some ways to beat the rain with Brian McTavish and the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu April 4, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: April 5-7, 2013

Batman takes on Blade at a Comicon event.
Ryan Johnson

Looking for something to do for the weekend of April 5-7, 2013? Step into spring with Brian McTavish and the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: March 28-31, 2013

Konza Swamp Band

Looking forward to welcoming spring (and hoping there's no more snow) the weekend of March 28-31, 2013? Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: March 14-17, 2013

Basketball

Looking for some fun (and the luck of the Irish) the weekend of March 14-17, 2013? Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: March 8 - 10, 2013

The Greater Kansas City International Auto Show takes place March 6 - 10 at Bartle Hall.
Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City

With the snow melting, it will be easier to get out and about this weekend.  Up to Date's Brian McTavish has some suggestions for where to go and what to do.

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11:45 am
Thu February 28, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 28-March 3, 2013

Bettye LaVette

Getting cabin fever after all those snow days? Up To Date's Brian McTavish has just the thing.

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11:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 21-24, 2013

Shirley MacLaine
jccc.edu

Looking for something to do this weekend (if you can shovel out your driveway)? Up To Date's Brian McTavish has you covered. 

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11:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Weekend To-Do List: February 14-17, 2013

Zac Brown Band
Southern Reel

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up To Date's Brian McTavish has you covered.

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