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12:25 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' May 2-4

Nicolas Cage stars in 'Joe,' two of our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics' 'Three to See.'
Credit Lionsgate Films

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of May 2-4? Up to Date's independent, foreign, and documentary film critics share their favorites showing on area screens:

Cynthia Haines:

Steve Walker:

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Up To Date
12:14 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, May 2

Kristin Wiig and Guy Pierce star in 'Hateship, Loveship,' one of our critics' films to see.
Credit IFC Films

From stories about severe nymphomania to vicious alien femme fatales, our reviewers' material is challenging to say the least.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign, and documentary film critics return to look at some of the new films opening on local screens.

In addition to reviewing new films, we talk with "Hateship, Loveship" director Liza Johnson about her decision to cast comedienne Kristin Wiig in a serious role.

Our critics' list:

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Film
8:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Film Review: 'Finding Vivian Maier' Opens A Lens On Gifted And Mysterious Photographer

'Finding Vivian Maier' introduces the world to the greatest photographer they never knew existed.
Credit Courtesy Maloof Collection Ltd.

By their very nature, photographs are loaded with backstory. There's the image itself, deemed important in a moment that becomes frozen for eternity.

And there's the person who snapped the picture, for reasons that are as personal as they are mysterious.

In the fascinating new documentary Finding Vivian Maier, the title character's exceptional photographs are brought to light after years of being hidden away from any and all scrutiny.

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Up To Date
2:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: May 2-4, 2014

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for May 2-4.

Free Comic Book Day Free comics and superhero-related activitiesSaturdayKansas City area comic book shopsAdmission: Freefreecomicbookday.com   

“School House Rock Live!” 

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Central Standard
10:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Americana Songstress Holly Golightly, En Route To Kansas City

On her way to Kansas City to play a springtime gig, retro rocker Holly Golightly chatted with Gina Kaufmann about her danceable songs inspired by pre-rock Americana. We listened to a few good songs and heard why Holly likens her distinctive sound to a "bourbon-soaked front porch."

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Obituary
10:13 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Accordion Legend Don Lipovac Remembered In Kansas City

Credit Photo courtesy of Laura Krzyzanowski.

Musician Don Lipovac, internationally recognized for his prowess on the accordion, will be buried Thursday in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan.

The 79-year-old died on April 26.

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Arts & Culture
9:25 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A New Era For The Kansas City Museum

Corinthian Hall, 3218 Gladstone, is the home of the Kansas City Museum.
Credit File: Susan B. Wilson / KCUR

Thursday marks a new chapter for the Kansas City Museum. The city’s parks and recreation department takes over management – and a new executive director is on board. 

Since 2012, Anna Marie Tutera has served as executive director of the Wornall/Majors House Museums. Now, she’s taking over leadership of another historic home: Corinthian Hall.

The former residence of lumber baron R. A. Long and his family, Corinthian Hall is located in the city's historic northeast. It's housed the Kansas City Museum since 1940.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A New Kind Of Jazz Combo

Hermon Mehari (far right) is a trumpeter with the band Diverse. Other members include (from left) Ryan J. Lee, Tony Tixier and Ben Leifer.
Credit diversejazz.com

  Kansas City-based jazz band Diverse is mixing it up to combine their smooth sounds with other musical genres.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with their trumpeter about those innovations and where they hope to take this new sound mix.

Guest:

  • Hermon Mehari, trumpeter in Diverse and 2014 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award recipient
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Performance
7:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Puerto Rican Characters Lend 'Water By The Spoonful' A Splash Of Diversity

Keenan Ramos and Dawnnie Mercado play part of a Puerto Rican family in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'Water by the Spoonful.'
Credit Cynthia Levin / Unicorn Theatre

The Unicorn Theatre's production of Water by the Spoonful marks the local premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. But the play may be more noteworthy for its meaty, multi-layered characters of Puerto Rican heritage, and the fact that the actors playing them represent ethnic diversity that's rare to see on a Kansas City stage.

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Arts & Culture
10:58 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus'

Costumes, props and other materials from 'Die Fledermaus (The Bat)' provide student inspiration.
Laura Spencer KCUR

It's a Thursday morning in the rehearsal space at the Lyric Opera Center in the Crossroads Arts District. About 20 students from the Kansas City Art Institute stand on either side of a long table covered with sketches, floor and building plans and colorful set drawings. They reach into pockets to snap photos with cell phones, or focus in with larger cameras.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices

Soprano Anna Christy, as Adele, (from left) Baritone John Stephens as Frank, and Lyric Opera apprentice mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard, rehearse for ‘Die Fledermaus.’
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

For the past 25 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s apprentice program has offered graduate-level voice students at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City a chance to develop their operatic skills on a professional stage.

Auditions for the two-year program are competitive; there are only about a handful of positions. The apprentices then have the opportunity to appear in either two or three productions at the Lyric each year.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

National Geographic Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds

Japanese geisha
Credit Jodi Cobb

National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb travels great distances to discover the secret realms of world culture. She has documented fascinating visual stories about many subjects, including the quirky nature of twins, the hidden lives of Saudi Arabian women and Japanese geishas.

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Central Standard
12:40 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Kansas City Actor Emerges On A Bigger Stage

Darrow plays Kevin Spacey's bodyguard and driver in the Netflix original series.
Credit Matteo Bittanti / Flickr / Creative Commons

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 that world tour will take place at the Tivoli April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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Central Standard
9:28 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Role Of Food During World War I

Foreign Legion, 4th Liberty Loan Drive, New Orleans, La. Oct. 2, 1918
Credit The U.S. National Archives / Flickr / Creative Commons

On today's Central Standard, culinary historian Andrea Broomfield joins us to discuss the importance of food during the first World War.

Broomfield explains what the food industry was like during that time at War Fare: Chow Challenge on April 30. Chefs from area restaurants will compete in an Iron Chef-style event using food available during World War I. 

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Up to Date
7:30 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 25 - 27

Irrfan Khan portrays Saajan in "The Lunchbox".
Credit Sony Classics

  Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 25 - 27? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Anita
  • Particle Fever
  • Lunchbox

Steve Walker:

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Movie Critics: Hollywood Embraces Religious Films

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
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The movie critics are here to discuss new releases. The critics tell us which movies to see and which ones to skip. Later in the show, host Russ Simmons explores the faith-based film phenomenon. 

Released April 4:

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Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Fri April 25, 2014

'Roads Of Arabia' Exhibition At The Nelson Reveals Layered Past

The first objects visitors will see are three illuminated stelae, including these.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Standing near the entrance of the new exhibition, Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, Julián Zugazagoitia, director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, called the more than 200 recently discovered artifacts a "revelation for humanity."

Two roads are explored: the incense trade routes, caravans transporting frankincense and myrrh from Arabia to Mesopotamia and the Greco-Roman world, as well as the network of roads for travelers on religious pilgrimages to Mecca.

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Film
6:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Film Review: New Lars Von Trier Film Chronicles The Making Of A 'Nymphomaniac'

An enraged Uma Thurman confronts a 'Nymphomaniac.'
Credit Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II may be the most sexually explicit coming-of-age movie ever seen outside an adult book store. But to call it pornography would minimize and tarnish its cinematic worth.

Like most of Lars von Trier’s films, it’s provocative, audacious, weird, challenging, and hypnotizing – sometimes all at once.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Kansas City 'Anti-Art School' Expands Community While Holding It Together

Burlesque artist Kitty Noir sits on the edge of the stage holding a pose for the artists assembled.
Julie Denesha KCUR

A nearly decade-old art movement called Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is one of the more quirky ways artists find community in metros across the globe. But Kansas City's version is known for taking that quirkiness a step further, and for uniting a new and growing artist community when it needed it most.

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: April 25-27, 2014

Iambic pentameter and alcohol go together at ShakesBEER this weekend.
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Got a case of the blahs? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for April 25-27.

Diana Ross (Pop), 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $58 to $178 

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Returning Home To Build A New Life

Julene Bair is the author of 'The Ogallala Road.'

It can be a lonely, difficult life when you’re a farmer on the high plains of western Kansas.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss a new memoir about a woman who returned to the family farm. We talk with her about the hardships she faced-- ghosts from her past, adjusting back to farm life after years away and dealing with the looming threat of drought as the nearby river levels kept dropping.

Guest:

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Arts & Culture
8:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

New Nelson-Atkins Exhibit Brings Saudi Prince To Kansas City

Prince Sultan bin Salman visited Kansas City, Mo., this week for the opening of an exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Credit Courtesy: Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)

There are more than 200 works in the traveling exhibition, Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from the fourth millennium B.C. to the 1930s.

The exhibit, now at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., features prehistoric tools and figures sculpted by early inhabitants, as well as ceramic vessels, jewelry, coins, tombstones and sculptures — ranging in size from small to monumental.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes

The documentary 'Wonder Women' explores the history of female superheroes.
Credit wonderwomendoc.com

When you talk about heroes of the cape-and-tights variety, it’s not just a boy’s club. Just look at the comic book powers of Wonder Woman or the X-Men’s Storm, or even live-action heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the director of a new documentary about female superheroes and how they reflect and affect society’s ideas about women.

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Tue April 22, 2014

NEA Provides Funding For New Initiatives In Kansas And Missouri

Mid-America Arts Alliance, founded 40 years ago, is located in the Crossroads Arts District.
Credit Courtesy: M-AAA

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, 40 percent of their grant budget is dedicated to partnership agreements with state arts agencies and regional arts organizations – like the Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, Mo. The NEA recently announced a second round of grants for 2014.

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Central Standard
12:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Artificial Intelligence In The Palm Of Your Hand

Credit Biswarup Ganguly / Wikimedia Commons

This week, innovators in mobile technology descend upon Kansas City for the Mobile Midwest conference hosted by Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP.) Among them is Raj Singh, the developer of a mobile calendar application that goes beyond storing and retrieving scheduling information. This application is actually designed to help you make your appointments, arrive at meeting places and in some cases, communicate with your colleagues to let them know you're running late.

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Up to Date
6:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 18-20

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' made critic Steve Walker's list this weekend.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of April 18-20? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines:

  • Particle Fever
  • Gloria
  • Lunchbox

Steve Walker:

  • The Unknown Known
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Particle Fever
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Up to Date
11:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Local Listen: Kristie Stremel

Kristie Stremel sings this week's Local Listen on her album, 'Songwriter.'

For this Local Listen, we turn to longtime area favorite, Kristie Stremel who has a sure-handed grasp of the dynamic potential in a pop song.  Her single, Cry It All Out, combines a tender voice with a delicate arrangement while kicking up a great big, noisy celebration.  From the album Songwriter here is Kristie and Cry It All Out.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri April 18, 2014

DVD Gurus: When Good Directors Go Bad

Steven Spielberg fell flat with this 1979 effort, called '1941.'

For every Million Dollar Baby, there’s a film like The Rookie. Even Steven Spielberg, who climbed the heights of Hollywood with E.T., Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan hit the bottom with 1941.

On Friday's Up to Date, the DVD Gurus return to examine how even a great director can come out with a flop. In their sights are Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols, John Boorman and other directors who have been silver screen darlings and rotten tomato rejects. We look at films that range from completely bizarre to just plain bad.

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, April 18-20, 2014

Dead Girl Roller Derby has its first double-header of the season this weekend.
Credit Brandi Beyer Wilson / Facebook

Looking for ways to defy the rain this weekend? Brian McTavish has an array of options on the Weekend To-Do List.

Ben Kweller (Rock), 9 p.m. Friday at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $15 to $45 

Lawrence Burlesque Collective’s Spring Fling (A burlesque prom with the Cave Girls and Card Table Theatre), 10 p.m. Saturday at The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kan. Tickets: $15 

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

New Musical At KC Rep Examines A Family And Its Secrets

Nick Blaemire at Lincoln Center, 2010.
Credit courtesy of Nick Blaemire

It seems every new musical is based on a familiar movie, such as the current Broadway productions of Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, and Aladdin. There are notable exceptions, though - original stories crafted from pure imagination.

Opening its world premiere production at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre is a show taking up that challenge called A Little More Alive.

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