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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"
Credit THEGALATF / deviantART/CC Google Images

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.
Credit jaeschol / Flickr-CC

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.

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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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Up To Date
11:26 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Starkman joins host Steve Kraske to talk about the disappearance of investigative journalism in American media.
Credit deanstarkman.com

Following the 2008 financial meltdown, many were left asking, "where were the journalists at?" 

On the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, host Steve Kraske discusses the lack of investigative journalism in recent years with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dean Starkman

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Up To Date
11:24 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Web Exclusive: Edward James Olmos On Lt. Castillo Of 'Miami Vice'

Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo on "Miami Vice".
Credit Google Commons

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.

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Up To Date
11:11 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Actor And Activist Edward James Olmos

Actor, director, and Chicano activist Edward James Olmos joins Steve Kraske on Wednesday's "Up to Date."
Credit Donna Lou Morgan

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.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Connie Stevens: Hollywood, Elvis & The New Theatre

Connie Stevens joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Credit conniestevens.com

Need to take your mind off of the IRS today? 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we do our best to distract you from your taxes with a visit from actress Connie Stevens. Join us as we talk with her about 1960s Hollywood, what it was like to date Elvis and how she likes acting with her daughter at The New Theatre Restaurant.

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Arts & Culture
5:42 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Museum Visit Sparks Memories Of Childhood Dollhouse

A two-story dollhouse built in the early 1970s by Charles Denesha.
Julie Denesha KCUR

On my fourth birthday, my grandfather gave me a dollhouse. It was a yellow, two-floor house that he built in his basement workshop in Kansas City, Kan. The dollhouse had six rooms and came with an assortment of handmade furniture, painted floors and wallpaper in nearly every room.

I was thrilled by the gift and I played with the dollhouse, constantly moving my dolls from room to room, creating little dramas in my young mind. My dolls talked on the tiny rotary phone, ate breakfast in the kitchen and slept in their neatly-appointed bedrooms.

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Up to Date
11:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' April 11-13

'Particle Fever' explores what it's like to work at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

Here are Up to Date's critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of April 11-13. 

Cynthia Haines:

  • Lunch Box
  • Particle Fever
  • The Unknown Known

Steve Walker:

  • The Unknown Known
  • Particle Fever
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

Bob Butler:

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film, April 11

'Bad Words' is on our critics' list of films this weekend.

Take a peek at the inner-workings of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and get a look into the life of labor leader Cesar Chavez. When it’s on the silver screen, you’ve got an all-access pass.

On Friday's Up to Date, our independent, foreign and documentary film critics take a look at the latest films opening in Kansas City.

Our critics' list:

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Music In The '90s: Was There A 'KC Sound'?

In the age of cassette tapes, Kansas City's underground music scene was alive and well.
Credit Thegreenj / wiki commons

As the national media look back at grunge and Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Central Standard revisits Kansas City's hole-in-the-wall venues of the 1990s and asks: Was there a Kansas City sound? And are the musicians and fans active at that time still making, promoting and listening to music today?

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