Steve Walker

Arts Reporter

Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens. 

In addition, Walker has taught creative writing and film criticism classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and currently teaches at the University of Kansas. His writing has appeared nationally in The Sondheim Review, The Advocate and Theater Week, and locally in The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Business Journal, Ingram's, The Pitch and Review.

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Film
4:55 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Documentary Explores Why Artist Thinks 'Beauty Is Embarrassing'

A "word painting" by Wayne White mixing phraseology and thrift store art.
missionmission.org

 Wayne White may be the most amusing and prolific artist you’ve never heard of. 

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Film
5:15 am
Thu September 20, 2012

A Feral Joaquin Phoenix Elevates 'The Master' Into Brilliant Cinema

Joaquin Phoenix gives an Oscar-worthy performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master"
The Weinstein Company

On the evidence of Phoenix’s literally bruising performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s brilliantly directed yet schematically vague The Master, audiences will be wondering if the actor is okay, both physically and psychologically.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Kansas City Rep Brings 'Pippin' Into The 21st Century

Kansas City cast members (in front, l to r): Katie Kalakura and Katie Gilchrist with Tony nominee Mary Testa and Claybourne Elder in KC Rep's "Pippin."
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The journey of a young prince is the subject of the musical Pippin, which opens the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 48th season this week.

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Up To Date
6:25 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Virginie Ledoyen in Farewell, My Queen
GMT Productions

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 14-16, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy and Dwight Henry as Wink in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Je Fox Searchlight.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 7-9, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Coterie Theatre's Sex Ed Goes On Stage And To School

Medical student Holly Allen and actor Nick Leyden in a scene from the Dramatic Health Education Project.
Courtesy of The Coterie

One in four Americans who test positive for HIV at present is 20 years old or younger.

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Film
4:45 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

'Celeste And Jesse Forever': Love Among The Ruins

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as the befuddled title characters of "Celeste and Jesse Forever"
rottentomatoes.com

Relationships blossom and thrive or they fizzle and die. But writers Will McCormack and Rashida Jones - who also stars as the female half of Celeste and Jesse Forever - have another take on it.

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Up to Date
11:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Still from The Queen of Versailles

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see this weekend?  Check out Up to Date's critics' "Three to See" - their favorite features showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Still from Ruby Sparks

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Queen of Versailles, Ruby Sparks

Steve WalkerMoonrise Kingdom, Queen of Versailles, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Ruby Sparks

Film
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Living Lush & Ludicrously With 'The Queen Of Versailles'

Jackie Siegel and her brood in "The Queen of Versailles."
realscreen.com

There have been several informative documentaries about the United States' ongoing economic woes -  for instance 2010's Oscar-winning The Inside Job.

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Performance
5:44 am
Thu August 23, 2012

2012 Charlotte Street Fellows Inspired To Collaborate

Performing Artist Award Fellows Patrick Conway and Heidi Van
Steve Walker/KCUR

Since 2008, the Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized creative Kansas Citians who, within their various genres, consistently produce original and innovative work that often falls outside the mainstream. 

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Up to Date
10:38 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 17-19? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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The Theater
1:42 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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Up to Date
11:30 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 10-12, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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The Theater
9:13 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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Film
3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Choreography Of Adultery Informs 'Take This Waltz'

Luke Kirby and Michelle Williams find themselves awhirl in "Take This Waltz"

The human capacity for being in love with more than one person at a time is at the heart of writer-director Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams as a woman so inflicted – and, naturally, conflicted.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 27-29, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Local Actors Moonlight In Other Artistic Careers

Cheryl Weaver in the American Heartland dressing room with some of her costumes for "BINGO: The Winning Musical".
Steve Walker/KCUR

Given the growing theater scene in the metropolitan area, professional actors can make a pretty good living here. But there is steady competition and there are down times between jobs.

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Up to Date
11:40 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
9:34 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

'Headhunters' An Artful Movie About Art Thieves

Art and murder meet head-on in "Headhunters"

Since the early death at 50 of Stieg Larrson, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, crime novel fans have been hunting feverishly for his successor.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Missouri Tragedy, Kansas Suburbs Get Fringe Festival Focus

Smashing Frames' "Gust", part of the 2012 Fringe Festival
Jeff Paltz

Though the 8th annual Kansas City Fringe Festival is increasingly drawing groups from out of the area, more than half of this year's 87 performance and film offerings originated with Missouri-based artists, while about a quarter hail from Kansas.

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Performance
6:54 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Celeste Holm, Dead at 95, Had Missouri Rep Credit

Celeste Holm, who died this weekend at 95, did Missouri Rep show in 1989.
nndb.com

Actor Celeste Holm, who died in New York this weekend at 95, won an Oscar for Gentleman's Agreement and was nominated twice more, including for her supporting role in All About Eve

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Film Critic's Steve Walker and Cynthia Haines's "Three To See"

Still from "Monsieur Lazhar," the story of an Algerian immigrant who substitutes in a Montreal school.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 13-15, 2012? Up to Date's critics Steve Walker and Cynthia Haines share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: Moonrise Kingdom, Your Sister's Sister, Monsieur Lazhar

Steve Walker: The Intouchables, Moonrise Kingdom, Bernie

Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three To See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 6-8, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
4:21 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Young Hearts Beat Wild In 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Kara Hayward & Jared Gilman plot their escape to "Moonrise Kingdom"
Focus Features

In Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson's first live action film since The Fantastic Mr. Fox,  his stop-motion animation offeringthe director has created one of the most artful and inventive movies in many moons about the crazy, throbbing pulse of first love and how piteous the fool who stands in its way.

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Up to Date
9:59 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of June 22-24, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
6:28 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Religious Tension Squelched With Song In 'Where Do We Go Now?'

Keeping a Village At Peace: "Where Do We Go Now"
Sony Pictures Classics

Director Nadine Labaki's Where Do We Go Now? is a darkly comic and provocative riff on the suggestion that if women ruled the world, war would be a thing of the past.

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Performance
5:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Shakespeare Festival Doubles Down With Two Shows In Rep

Bruce Roach (left) with co-stars in "Antony and Cleopatra"
Brian Collins fixation media

This year's Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is going back and forth between comedy and tragedy on alternate nights, returning to a two-show season performed in repertory, which it hasn't done in a decade. 

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Film
10:16 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of June 15-17, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Blood And Sonnets Fuel The Living Room's 'Titus Andronicus'

Mark Robbins and cast members of "Titus Andronicus" at The Living Room
Paul Andrews

For twenty years, Shakespeare in the park has been as reliable a part of a Kansas City summer as the heat and humidity.

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