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Up to Date focuses on pressing issues, both local and national, including politics, economics, planning and design, history and culture — topics that have an impact on the lives of the Greater Kansas City region.

THIS WEEK:

  • Monday: Redeveloping Neighborhoods, Avoiding Gentrification / Having Conversations That Matter
  • Tuesday: Bringing Clean Water to the World / Total Eclipse Follow-Up
  • Wednesday: LGBT Youths in Small Towns / Local Listen
  • Thursday: Mixing Fact and Fiction in Vietnam / Bonding Through Board Games / Weekend To-Do List
  • Friday: TBD

Film Review: Pina

Feb 10, 2012

Think of all the great dance sequences put on film - from the Kit Kat Club in "Cabaret" to the New York streets where Sharks fought Jets in "West Side Story" to anything with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire.

The nominations have all been announced and the Academy Awards are almost here. As any sports fan knows, the thrill of athletic competition is the stuff dreams--and movies--are often made of.

Kansas City is in the middle of a celebration of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The festival is exploring Bach's extraordinary contribution to the world of keyboard and orchestra literature.

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for February 10-12, 2012.

As a recent Kansas City Star article noted that although crime rates are down, retailers here and across country report greater numbers of women are buying firearms.

Chris Kyle is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said "nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy." But how close are we to large-scale use of alternative energy sources? 

Odds are favorable that strewn among the fifteen different short films - animation, live action, and documentary -  nominated for this year's Academy Awards, there are going to be gems, and this year's Short Films Showcase at the Tivoli in Westport is no exception.

If you think that personal ads and dating services are only 50 or 60 years old, think again.

"Love at first byte," some might say.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of February 3-5, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Last week’s Oscar nominations came as no surprise to Up to Date's art, independent, foreign, and documentary critics. As has been the case in recent years, a number of the top award competitors fit within their sphere of cinema.  So if you’re wondering who to lay your bets on this year, Friday's show is a good time to tune in.

On Wednesday the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art announced results of a design contest for a temporary pavilion to coincide with the museum’s exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851–1939, opening in mid-April.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for February 3-5, 2012.

Dr. Dog: Psychedelic pop rock. 9 p.m. Thursday at the Granada Theatre, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Ks. Tickets: $15 advance.

Jeff Dunham: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $42.50

Each year the Historic Kansas City Foundation releases a list of the "most endangered" structures in an effort to raise awareness of the city's historic buildings.

President Obama's State of the Union speech was "animated by the president’s faith in government’s ability to restore the American promise of fairness" says Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian  Doris Kearns Goodwin.

National Catholic Reporter editor-at-large Tom Roberts has witnessed a lot over his career: a Catholic Church still reacting to Vatican II, a dramatic demographic shift, and more recently, a sex abuse scandal that has revealed a growing inadequacy of the hierarchical culture. 

Here's some news: Relationships are complicated. So complicated, in fact, that's it's never a bad time to review some good rules for how to manage these very complex beasts.

Looking for a great art, independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of January 27-29, 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 reviews.

Cynthia Haines: The Iron Lady, Albert Nobbs, Hugo

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? And how have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

Leave it to director David Cronenberg to make a period piece for intelligent people familiar with Freud, Jung and the subconscious origins of kinky sex. It's like a Merchant-Ivory movie set in a red light district.

Looking for a few things to get your attention this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

Why have we seen so many children, teenagers, and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Symptoms of ADHD include lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.  And for parents with teens, ADHD can be a troubling diagnosis on top of an already difficult period in a child's life.  Many teens have trouble following through on instructions and don't seem to listen when spoken to directly, but it's important to know when a teen is just being a teen...or when their condition requires special attention.

Much has been written about the evaporation of rich and complicated movie roles for actresses of a certain age. This year, though, performances like those of Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"  and Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" are doing their best to blow that theory to smithereens.

Elizabeth The Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, is a biography of one of the most public—and yet most private—people in the world.

New insights about the development of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, can help explain what causes nerve- and muscle-cell failure in sufferers, and researchers hope the new knowledge will help design drugs to combat the disease.

A recent study shows that 9% of U.S. cable subscribers dropped their cable TV subscription in 2011. Why? Perhaps some of them did so because of the economy, but more did so because they're able to get their favorite TV shows through the Internet - on their schedule.

Library of Congress

Kansas City, Missouri City Manager Troy Schulte’s recently proposed budget recommendations for 2012 include a number of cuts, most notably a reduction of more than 100 positions in the fire department. On Wednesday, Fire Chief Smokey Dyer told the City Council’s public safety committee that the proposed cuts would violate national fire safety standards.

For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the native South African musical traditions. The ten member vocal ensemble has recorded forty albums and sold more than six million records.

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