Have you ever stayed up all night talking? Try doing it for 66 hours straight. A Lawrence TV host is about to try in an attempt to shatter the world record for longest television marathon talk show. On Friday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with host of The Not So Late Show about his strategies for staying awake, and keeping a live audience engaged for over two and a half days.
Presidents have been forced to calculate whether they want to be men of the people...or men of somewhat higher understanding.
On this edition of Up to Date Steve Kraske sits down with author Tevi Troy for a look at how popular culture has shaped the presidency. From Jefferson’s grounding in philosophy to Obama’s mastery of Internet culture, they examine who was best, or worst, at navigating a president's need to connect with the average citizen through the culture of the day.
The Phoenix, one of Kansas City's most popular live music venues, hosts its fifth annual Phoenix Fest this Saturday. Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats are among the eight area-based acts performing at the event. This week's edition of Local Listen features "Eddie Ate Dynamite," the humorous title track from the band's 2013 album.
Often characterized by Americans as the blues of Portugal, fado is a melancholy music. Vocalist Rodrigo Costa Félix is one of three Portuguese fado artists that will headline a concert Saturday, July 12, at Polsky Theatre on the campus of Johnson County Community College. Kansas City's Ensemble Ibérica, a group led by event organizer Beau Bledsoe, will open the show. This week's Local Listen features Ensemble Ibérica's "Fado Pechincha."
His career includes multi-platinum recordings, 200-plus live performances per year, two Emmy and five Grammy nominations, conductor of the Pasadena Pops, nightclub owner, and that’s just the half of it. Perhaps his greatest recognition, though, is as “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook”. On Friday's Up to Date, Michael Feinstein talks with Steve Kraske about his love of classic American popular music and his efforts to preserve it for future generations.
Whether it's live music, comedy theatre, or the largest water slide on earth, Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List has got you covered for summertime entertainment!
Verruckt Water Slide Opening of the world's largest water slide Opens Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily Schlitterbahn Water Park, 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Admission: $36.99; $28.99 for ages 3 to 11/55 and older
Have you ever driven through the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., and seen a building with playing cards instead of windows?
That's the house of cards, an abandoned apartment building at 7th and Indiana streets, that community members used to create public art. After a couple of years of dormancy, there's now some renewed interest to continue the effort.
Here's the story of how that project began:
A couple years back, the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., had a problem.
While armed conflicts are ongoing, media coverage brings images and sounds from the center of war zones to the world. But what happens when the guns go silent and the combatants and media go home?
J. Malcolm Garcia looks at the people left to survive in the aftermath in his book, What Wars Leave Behind: The Faceless and the Forgotten. On Wednesday's Up to Date, the author talks with Steve Kraske about "the endless messiness of war and the failings of good intentions."
Bestselling author Jeff Shaara is renowned for his gritty depiction of Civil War battles. His fictionalized accounts of the historical events have appeared in previous works and he returns with his latest offering, The Smoke at Dawn. On Tuesday's Up to DateSteve Kraske talks with the author about how he fleshes out the known facts and in doing so creates a detailed account of the War Between the States.
The summer months are reggae season in Kansas City. Known for sweet vocals and loping rhythms, Kansas City's 77 Jefferson has been one of the region's most popular purveyors of the Jamaican sound since its inception in 2006. From the band's most recent album “Rarities Vol. 2” comes the breezy track,"Call On Me".
You’d think that the popularity of digital games like Angry Birds and Minecraft spells the end for the more traditional Monopoly and Risk but not so fast says one man. In this segment of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Eric Martin of BoardGameGeek for a look at how board games are faring in this digital age.
Video game sound has evolved from the simple electronic theme music of Super Mario Bros. to the lush orchestral arrangements that accompany gamers' top choices today. Recognizing the popularity of these games has inspired the musical selections for an upcoming concert by the Northland Symphony Orchestra.
Performances by My Brothers & Sisters are a spectacle. The self-described "14-piece pop orchestra" from Kansas City includes string and horn sections, and a large chorus. The ambitious project has been documented on "Violet Music: Volume One" a recently-released album that took over a year to record. This edition of Local Listen features a song that showcases the soulful side of this expansive ensemble. Here is "How To Move What To Wear".
Hear More: My Brothers & Sisters headline the annual spring dance at Knuckleheads on Saturday, May 31.
Nathan Darrow, an actor from Overland Park, Kan., has rocketed to stardom in his role as Edward Meechum on the Netflix show House of Cards. Darrow got his big break when he completed a world tour with a Sam Mendes production of Richard III, also starring Kevin Spacey. (A one-time screening of a documentary about thatworld tour will take place at the Tivoli April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
If Miami Vice was the hottest show on television in the '80s then Lt. Martin Castillo was the coolest character. As portrayed by Edward James Olmos, Castillo was a man of few words and a mysterious past. In this excerpt of his interview with Steve Kraske, Olmos recalls the conditions under which he took the role and why he didn't look at actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas during his first season on the show.
Science fiction fans will recognize him as Commander William Adama from Battlestar Galactica, but Edward James Olmos is also well known for his activism in the Latino and Chicano community.
On the first half of Wednesday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske sits down with Olmos to discuss his long career in Hollywood and his numerous efforts to reach out to Chicano youth. Olmos gave the Cesar Chavez Lecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday.
The line-up has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival. Running from April 3rd - 5th, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport.
Rev Gusto is one band from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stage with regional and national artists. This week we hear the summery garage-band sounds of Rev Gusto in the track “Click-Click” from their self-titled EP.
Art and religion have been described as natural bedfellows – and yet, it’s been a complicated relationship. One Kansas City artist, Dylan Mortimer, explores religion in his artwork – including a series of halos, where anyone can choose to be illuminated.