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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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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Up to Date
12:08 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

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

Judi Dench in "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of June 8-10, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's film reviews.

Cynthia Haines: Monsieur Lazhar, Kid on a Bike, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film
7:52 am
Fri June 8, 2012

An Unlikely Bromance In 'The Intouchables'

Omar Sy & Francois Cluzet in flight in "The Intouchables."
The Weinstein Company

On the strengths of The Artist and The King's Speech, the Weinstein Company has asserted its good taste by winning the Best Picture Oscar the last two years.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Living With Bipolar Disorder Feels 'Next To Normal'

Theater League

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 5.7 million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder, a mental illness accompanied by moods that can swing from deep lows to dizzying highs.

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Up to Date
11:21 am
Fri June 1, 2012

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

From "Undefeated," one of Up to Date's indie, foreign, and doc film critics' "Three to See."

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of June 1-3, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
10:29 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Changes At AMC Entertainment; Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

A scene from Monsieur Lazhar, the French-Canadian film that was nominated for this year's foreign language Oscar and is on the list of independent, foreign, and documentary films reviewed on Friday's Up to Date
Photograph © 2011 Music Box Films

Chinese company Wanda Group's recent purchase of Kansas City-based AMC Entertainment could have an effect on the way the company runs its business here and abroad.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

'Pete 'n' Keely' Bring Retro Chic To Quality Hill Playhouse

Larry Levinson

After a season of musical retrospectives saluting such composers as Rodgers and Hart, and Kander and Ebb, Quality Hill Playhouse is interrupting its regular programming for the Off-Broadway musical comedy, Pete 'n' Keely.

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Up to Date
11:19 am
Fri May 25, 2012

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

Dancer Rebecca Houseknecht in "First Position"
Bess Kargman Sundance Selects

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the Memorial Day holiday weekend of May 25-28, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
9:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

'Undefeated' & 'First Position' Explore Challenges Of Youth

Coach Bill Courtney and player in "Undefeated"
Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin

Two new documentaries arrive in Kansas City this week that look at how a young person's capability for moxie and dedication can be advantageous in two seemingly disparate fields: high school football and ballet.

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Film Review
2:03 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Jack Black Finesses Black Comedy In 'Bernie'

Shirley MacLaine & a hopelessly devoted Jack Black in "Bernie"
Deana Newcomb

Director Richard Linklater's terrific new film, Bernie, unleashes actor Jack Black from his Kung Fu Panda pajamas only to find -  lest we'd forgotten - that he's a really good actor.

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Up to Date
9:59 am
Fri May 18, 2012

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

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a documentary about 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 18-20, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Broadway Actress' Route To 'Everyday Rapture'

Sherie Rene Scott in "Everyday Rapture" on Broadway
Joan Marcus

This week's opening of the musical Everyday Rapture at the Unicorn Theatre marks the first time it has been staged anywhere outside New York City. 

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Up to Date
11:42 am
Fri May 11, 2012

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

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - one of Up to Date's Film Critics' "Three to See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 11-13, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
7:53 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

An ensemble of some of England’s finest actors, a satire on contemporary American culture, the latest from the unique mind of filmmaker Guy Maddin, the relationship between the newly elected Pope …and his therapist.

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Film Review
8:14 am
Thu May 10, 2012

A Pleasant Stay At 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Judi Dench on passage to India in "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

On the heels of Downton Abbey, the National Theatre of London's HD broadcasts at the Tivoli, and Adele, it seems everything British is hot again.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri May 4, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of May 4-6, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.You can click on the highlighted links for Steve Walker's film reviews.

Cynthia Haines: A Separation, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film
11:08 am
Thu May 3, 2012

'We Have a Pope' - But Not Just Yet

Nanni Moretti in session with Michel Piccoli's reluctant Pope

Nanni Moretti's new film We Have a Pope opens inside the Vatican, where Catholic church officials from all corners of the globe are gathered to select a new pope. At first, the proceeding is solemn and serious, as one imagines such an event would be.

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Up to Date
11:00 am
Fri April 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 April 27-29, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
5:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Passions Emerge From 'The Deep Blue Sea'

Tom Hiddleston & Rachel Weisz in "The Deep Blue Sea"

In the opening scene of  Terence Davies' new film The Deep Blue Sea, Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is a mass of contradictions. 

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The Theater
5:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Man-Eating Plant Rocks KC Rep's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Joseph Medeiros as Seymour.
Don Ipock Courtesy of Kansas City Rep

When first introduced in 1960, Little Shop of Horrors was a cheesy, low-budget movie about a meek floral shop apprentice who accidentally cultivates a man-eating plant.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri April 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 April 20-22, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film Reviews

Looking for a great film to see this weekend?  How about one that will make you laugh, cry, and yes, think?

Then look further than Friday's Up to Date, as independent, foreign and documentary film critics Cynthia Haines, Steve Walker and Bob Butler return to review the best films showing in area theaters.

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The Theater
9:55 am
Wed April 18, 2012

'Sweeney Todd' Brings Don Richard Back To Kansas City

Don Richard plays "Sweeney Todd"
Sharon Harter

With actor Don Richard's return to Kansas City in the starring role of Sweeney Todd, he's making a nostalgic visit back to the city where his career first took off.

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Up to Date
2:47 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

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

Thomas Doret plays Cyril in “The Kid With a Bike.’’
Sundance Selects

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 13-15, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Film
8:40 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Taking Care Of 'The Kid With A Bike'

Jeremie Renier and Thomas Doret in "The Kid with a Bike"

There have been many classic foreign films about scrappy kids left to their own devices, from Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows to Hector Babenco's Pixote.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of April 6-8, 2012?

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Film Review
10:07 am
Thu April 5, 2012

A Quest For Excellence In 'Jiro Dreams Of Sushi'

Chef Jiro Ono surrounded by his art.

"What defines deliciousness?" is the first line of David Gelb's splendid documentary about Jiro Ono, the oldest chef on the planet to be awarded three Michelin Guide stars, the restaurant world's top honor.

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Film Review
9:12 am
Thu April 5, 2012

'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' An Autopsy Of A Crime

Scene of the crime in "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

 An American audience spoon-fed on quick-paced television crime dramas may find the Turkish film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia a bit snoozy.

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