Arts & Culture

Up to Date
10:33 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core

Aaron Dworkin is the founder of Sphinx in Detroit.
Credit sphinxmusic.org

The Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music aims to give more arts opportunities to young people in the urban core of the city.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a MacArthur Fellow who's done a similar thing in Detroit.

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Central Standard
2:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Thomas Hart Benton's 125th Birthday At The Kansas City Museum

"The Twist" by Thomas Hart Benton, 1960
Credit James Vaughan / Flickr / Creative Commons

Thomas Hart Benton was one of Kansas City's most famous artists. This year marks the 125th anniversary of his birth, and the Kansas City Museum is throwing a birthday party by displaying some of Benton's most prominent lithographs in a special exhibit.

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Performance
3:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Exploring Silence In Dance At KCB Choreographer Showcase

Kansas City Ballet dancers Nadia Iozzo and Josh Spell rehearse ‘Bounded Regions,' part of a showcase of emerging choreographers. The work opened without music to the gentle soundscape of ballet movement.
Julie Denesha KCUR

A blowing March wind on Thursday roared outside the windows of a rehearsal and performance space in the Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Ilya Kozadayev, a former soloist with Houston Ballet, watched intently from the audience as a group of six dancers from the Kansas City Ballet moved without music. For long stretches of time, only the sound of occasional claps and feet upon the floor could be heard as they went through the motions of a final tech rehearsal.

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Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Kansas City Symphony Tests Out Google Glass

Kansas City Symphony's Elizabeth Gray, trying on Google Glass for the first time.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

Google Glass has been in the news lately as more people are trying it out. This wearable technology is still in the beta version, but about 10,000 people are now testing it, including a Kansas City-based mobile development firm. And in January, they partnered with the Kansas City Symphony – to provide four  different views on stage.

Living with devices since the beginning of mobile

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Up to Date
11:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, March 28-30, 2014

'Run or Dye' is a version of the popular 'Color Run.'
Credit Neeroc1 / Flickr-CC

Ready to confront the weird weather with a bit of fun? Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 28-30, 2014 has you covered.

Keiko Matsui (New age music), 8 p.m. Friday at the Jazz Museum's Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $47 

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Up to Date
10:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Common Objects Among Different Religions

Objects such as incense are sacred in a variety of religions but for different reasons.
Credit Anne Roberts / Flickr-CC

It’s no secret that people of different religions often clash over their differences. But when you look closer, the similarities jump out, especially when it comes to significant objects. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, our Religion Roundtable takes a look at why objects such as stones, crosses, bread, drums and incense have places of prominence in spiritual observance and how their function differs in each religion.

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Up to Date
10:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Where Comics And Reality Intersect

Real life often inspired storylines in the comics.
Credit Ammon Beckstrom / Erjk Prunczyk / Flickr-CC

  He flies through the air and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Of course, we're talking about Superman. But there’s more reality in comic book superhero tales than you might think.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about how the comics have reflected contemporary life and historical events. Take a look at World War II-era comics, and you’ll see a caped crusader shilling for the war effort.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Five Artists Tapped For Charlotte Street Awards

One of Sean Starowitz's community-based projects is called 'FRESH BREAD.'
Matt Kleinmann Photography

On Monday, the Charlotte Street Foundation announced the 2014 visual and performing artist awards. A Charlotte Street award is always a welcome surprise to artists - in part, because it provides $10,000 in unrestricted cash.

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Food & Drink
3:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Food Critics: Best Noodles In Kansas City

Our food critics tapped Asian noodle dishes at Lulus Thai Noodle Shop, Vietnam Cafe, Thai Place and other spots in Kansas City.
Credit Chung Chu / Flickr -- Creative Commons

There is one ingredient that you'll find in almost every culture and has been around for almost 4,000 years: noodles.

On Friday's edition of Central Standard, food critics Charles Ferruzza, Gloria Gail, Chris Becicka and Emily Farris dished on the best spots in and around Kansas City for noodles of all shapes and sizes. 

The Critics' Picks: Noodles

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Up To Date
2:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Local Listen: Middle Twin

Middle Twin performs at this year's Middle of the Map music festival running April 3-5 in Westport.
Credit www.middletwin.com

The lineup has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival.  Running from April 3 to April 5, the festival takes place at various locations in and around Westport in Kansas City.

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Up To Date
2:05 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Local Listen: Monta At Odds

Monta At Odd's newest EP is titled "Android Dream."
Credit www.facebook.com/montaatodds

The line-up has been announced for this year’s Middle of the Map music festival, which takes place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport.

For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.

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Up to Date
12:04 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Life Lessons From A KC Author

Becky Blades found herself bubbling over with advice for her daughter, but she knew bombarding her daughter with life lessons wasn't the best way to go about sharing it.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Blades about how, in writing down this advice with a good dose of humor, she created the book Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone.

Guest:

  • Becky Blades, author of Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone

​Listener advice:

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Up to Date
2:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, March 21-23, 2014

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays this weekend at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
Credit kcrep.org

Get that spring into your step with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 21-23, 2014.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City: “La Boheme” (Classic opera by Giacomo Puccini), 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $90 to $160 

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Central Standard
2:01 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Regina Carter Shares Inspiration Behind New Album

Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Credit David Katzenstein

Regina Carter is considered one of the most prolific contemporary jazz violinists.

A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, she has a discography that draws upon a wide range of musical influences from Motown to Folk, and now her Southern roots, with her latest album Southern Comfort.

"[Southern Comfort] is about my journey of trying to learn about my father's family and search for my ancestors to find out where I come from," Carter explains in a recent interview with Central Standard's Matthew Long-Middleton.

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Visual Arts
7:43 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco

Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, furrows his brow between brush strokes.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Imagine spending a year – or more – restoring an artwork, trying to bring back the touch, or the brushstroke, of a master. That’s what Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, has been doing with an El Greco painting (ca. 1580-1585) called The Penitent Magdalene. 

Art and science do mix

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Arts & Culture
7:51 am
Wed March 19, 2014

'War Horse' Salutes World War I's Equine Brigade

Joey the War Horse, in the play by the same name, surrounded by villagers.
Credit @broadway.com

The National World War I Museum, housed at the base of the Liberty Memorial, is this year marking the 100th anniversary of the start of that war. By pure coincidence, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning play War Horse arrives at the Music Hall next month, creating a rare convergence of history and theatricality in Kansas City.

Confounding the skeptics

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Food & Drink
8:25 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Kansas City James Beard Award Candidates Eliminated In Semifinals

Update at 10:47 am: The three Kansas City semifinalists for the James Beard award did not make the final cut. Finalists were announced Tuesday.

The original post appears below:

The James Beard awards have been described as the "Oscars of the food world." Named for the cookbook author and teacher, they're considered the highest honor for chefs, restaurants, and other food professionals in the United States.

Finalists will be announced Tuesday.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Maria The Mexican, Influenced By Mariachi Roots

Maria Cuevas (at left) and her sister, Teresa (Tess) Cuevas, started Maria the Mexican in 2011, along with guitarist Garrett Nordstrom.
Credit courtesy Maria the Mexican

The band Maria the Mexican describes its sound as Americana soul and Mexicana groove. Sisters Maria and Tess Cuevas got their start in Mariachi Estrella, an all-female mariachi band founded by their grandmother, the late Teresa Cuevas. In 2011, they branched out to form Maria the Mexican, with guitarist Garrett Nordstrom.

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

When Cupid Strikes Again: Financial Planning For A Second Marriage

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, about 75 percent of those who divorce will eventually remarry. So how do you prepare financially for a second or even third marriage?

On today's Central Standard, the Cash Money Crew will help navigate those difficult but necessary conversations two people need to have before they get married, again.

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Arts & Culture
10:06 am
Mon March 17, 2014

New Exhibit At National WWI Museum Highlights International Perspectives

Il Corriere della Sera (Italian newspaper)
Courtesy: National World War I Museum

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and a new exhibit at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., details the events that led up to the war — from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the declaration of war a month later on July 28, 1914.

The exhibit presents archival newspaper articles and diplomatic communications from around the world. 

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Up To Date
5:13 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Local Listen: Schwervon

The duo Schwervon is featured in this week's 'Local Listen.'
Credit schwervon.bandcamp.com

This year’s Middle of the Map music festival will take place April 3-5 at many locations in and around Westport. For the next several weeks, our “Local Listen” segment will focus on musicians from the Kansas City area who will be sharing the stages with regional and national artists.

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Up to Date
4:46 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' March 14-16

'Tim's Vermeer' is on Cynthia Haines' list this weekend.

Here are Up to Date's critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of March 14-16.

Click the highlighted links for Steve Walker's reviews of the films.

Cynthia Haines: 

  • Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  • Spinning Plates
  • Tim's Vermeer

Steve Walker: 

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Seven Life-Changing Inventions Created In Kansas City

An example of a Strowger-type selector assembly from the collection of the MusĂŠe des Arts et MĂŠtiers, Paris
Wikimedia--CC

Kansas  City is the birthplace of many inventions that have changed the way we perform everyday tasks. For example, your neck might be a lot hairier if it weren't for Samuel Coffman, who invented the electric clippers. 

Today on the KCUR program Central Standard, we discussed just a few of the most prominent products, icons and improvements invented here. Check out this list of seven life-changing inventions, born right here in KC:

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Performance
2:29 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

A Bohemian Tale Of Love and Loss In The Lyric's 'La Bohème'

Giacomo Puccini’s doomed bohemian lovers feature Giorgio Berrugi, as Rodolfo and Katie Van Kooten, as Mimì, in Lyric Opera of Kansas City's production of 'La Bohème.'
Julie Denesha KCUR

When American soprano Katie Van Kooten came down with a cold just before the final dress rehearsal of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's "La Bohème," it became clear that she was not going to be able to "sing out" in her role as MimÏ.

But the show - or at least the rehearsal - went on.

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St. Patrick's Day 2014
11:41 am
Fri March 14, 2014

7 Lucky St. Patrick's Day Parades In And Around Kansas City

Bystanders watch a horse go by at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Brookside.
Credit Chris Prewitt / KCUR

St. Patrick's day is officially on Monday, March 17, but some of the parades start this weekend in and around Kansas City.

For optimal Irish fun, here is a list of some of the activities going on in the area:

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Film
9:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Film Review: 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' Is Broadway History In Black Tights

'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me' is a salute to longevity, resilience, and sass.
Credit Sundance Selects

It's not often that a New York City institution actually leaves the city. But such was the case last year when 89-year-old Broadway legend Elaine Stritch returned to her Michigan hometown after some 60-plus years making any show, movie or television series she appeared in better than it would have been without her.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Star Trek Star LeVar Burton Defines His Life By Service

LeVar Burton speaking at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona.
Credit Gage Skidmore / wikimedia commons

Actor LeVar Burton joins Central Standard to talk about his career and dedication to literacy. He says he's been profoundly influenced by his mother and father who modeled for him a life of service.

Burton is an advocate for children's literacy and is working on launching the Reading Rainbow app. He will be in Kansas City on Saturday, March 15 for Planet Comicon.

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Tell KCUR
2:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

A Look At Kansas City's Wannabe Sci-Fi Wardrobe

Patrick Fedo tweets us that he's going to dress up like Andy Knightley from "The World's End" this weekend at Planet Comicon in Kansas City.
Credit @Patrickfedo / Twitter

Don’t be alarmed by the number of adult men and women wearing capes and tights this weekend in downtown Kansas City.

That’s just Planet Comicon, a national gathering of science fiction and comics fans that runs from Friday to Sunday at Bartle Hall.

And those fans often show up in costume.

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Up to Date
12:44 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

'The Elders' Bring Celtic Flair Back To Kansas City

Brent Hoad (left) and Steve Phillips of The Elders perform during Thursday's Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

The Kansas City-based band, The Elders, with their blend of American roots rock and Celtic folk, have performed together since 1998. This year marks their 12th annual Hoolie, a celebration of Irish culture through music and dance.

On Thursday's Up to Date, some of the band members talked about the March 15 event with host Steve Kraske.

"Mostly, it’s just the joy of playing. We all love to play. That’s why we’re still doing it in our mid-50s,” said Brent Hoad, who plays keyboards, as well as fiddle, guitar, mandolin.

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Up to Date
12:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: March 14-16, 2014

If you're headed to Planet Comicon, you might find some friends trying out some cosplay.
Credit OnceAndFutureLaura / Flickr-CC

If you're a proud geek, basketball fan or want to feel Irish for a day, we've got just the thing for you. Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 14-16, 2014.

Planet Comicon (Pop culture and comic book convention), Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $20 Friday, $35 Saturday, $30 Sunday (separate admission to Sunday Trektacular)

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