The past few weeks have been pretty memorable for the Joplin band Me Like Bees: they won The Deli Magazine – Kansas City’s “Emerging Artist of 2013” readers’ poll, and they also won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, ensuring them a spot on this summer’s Warped Tour.
In this week's Local Listen, we hear “Brand New Fail” from their most recent album, “The Ides."
You can get a buzz from the sounds of Me Like Bees when they visit The Riot Room in Kansas City on February 28th.
Can you name one of the Academy Award nominated short films for this year? Let our film critics help you out.
On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics look at some of the lesser-known Oscar nominees, plus Spinning Plates, a documentary that gives audiences a taste of what it's like to own a restaurant.
Some watch the Super Bowl for the football. Others watch it for the multi-million dollar advertisements. Today we talk about the iconic cultural symbols presented in between the action on the field. Which ads resonated with audiences and which missed the mark?
John January, SVP Executive Creative Director
J. Anthony Snorgrass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Advertising, Branding and Strategic Media at Avila University
In April, Union Station will be the first venue in North America to host The Discovery of King Tut. The exhibition marks Union Station's largest to date, and includes 1,000 reproductions of artifacts found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.
They were a group of soldiers with something in common — a knowledge of art and how to preserve it.
On Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the Monuments Men, a special division from the Allied forces during World War II who braved the battlefields to save priceless art and architecture from the ravages of war.
Last week’s Grammy Awards featured a reunion of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The former Beatles received a lifetime achievement award …and on this edition of Cyprus Avenue an encore of the Beatles’ 12 greatest hits.
From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Monty Python and the Holy Grail to Eraserhead, cult films seem to last forever.
But, what exactly is a cult film and what keeps them going? Which ones deserve to live in our memories and up on the big screen?
On Friday's Central Standard, Russ Simmons is joined by fellow movie critics, Thom Poe and Loey Lockerby to discuss what it takes to become a cult film and chat about the local venues that screen them.
Critic Josh Kun once called singer-songwriter Greg Brown, "A Midwestern existentialist hobo with a quick-draw heart, a bloodied heart, and bourbon on his breath." If there's one thing Kun left out, it's Brown's growling tones, which have gotten deeper and more soulful after nearly 50 years of performing.
On Friday's Up to Date, we sit down with musician Greg Brown and discuss his long career and continued success as a Midwestern folk staple.
For more than three centuries, Salem, Mass., has been linked to the infamous witch trials. In 1692, at least 20 men and women died after being convicted of witchcraft; it was then considered a crime punishable by death. Hundreds more faced accusations.
A new production at the Coterie Theatre, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, provides the story behind the girls — the accusers, who started it all.
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.
In Kansas City days of old, enterprising bar owners would offer free food to workers heading home and craving a beer or whiskey. The food was usually very salty, encouraging the patrons to drink even more.
The term “happy hour” didn’t exist at this time, but the mix of food and drink has always been an intoxicating lure that nearly every restaurant offers.
On Friday’s Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and fellow food critics Emily Farris, Mary Bloch, and Gloria Gale discuss the best happy hours in and around Kansas City.
Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a collaboration between Christopher Brooders of Cadillac Flambe’ and Mark Smeltzer from Rural Grit. Their combined backgrounds in delta blues and Americana make for a very raw sound that has become a hot ticket in local clubs.
In this week's Local Listen, we hear the song "Day Without the Devil” from their self-titled debut
The one-woman play, Grounded, by George Brant, explores the destructive power of modern warfare through the eyes of a female combat pilot. After an unexpected pregnancy, she's reassigned to a windowless trailer in the Nevada desert as the desk pilot of a military drone.
The Unicorn Theatre's productionmarks the third in a series of "rolling world premieres" presented by members of the National New Play Network, dedicated to the development of new work.
As The Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey approached its 30th anniversary this year it sought out Michael Kaiser, a leading arts-management consultant and the current President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The goal: to position the organization as a model to other cities for overcoming cultural and social segregation.
Michael Kaiser spoke with Steve Kraske, host of Up to Date.
The band Phantoms of the Opry consider themselves “born 60 years too late,” and when you hear their musical blend of traditional country and Western swing, you’ll understand the meaning behind that statement.
In this week’s Local Listen we hear "My Cattle Call" from their self-titled release.