Arts & Culture

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.

Guests:

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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 Musée des Arts et Métiers, 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 Mimì.

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.

GUEST:

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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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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

An Engaging Sculpture Taking Shape At The Nelson-Atkins

The site of the sculpture 'Glass Labyrinth,' in 2013. The work will be mounted on a concrete slab.
Josh Ferdinand Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

If you’ve walked or driven by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently you’ve probably noticed a flurry of activity on the southeast corner of the grassy lawn. Work is underway to ready the site for the installation of a new sculpture, Glass Labyrinth, a triangular-shaped, glass-walled labyrinth designed by artist Robert Morris, a native of Kansas City, Mo.

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Theater
5:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

UMKC Theater Design Students Draw Inspiration From Visiting Artists

Beehives and tiaras comprise a design student's "image board" for the 2014 charette.
Steve Walker KCUR

For the past 16 years, University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate students in theater design have participated in an intensive professional training exercise called a charette. Visiting artists from the profession visit the university to both encourage and critique the students, who are given five days to design the set, costumes or lighting for a production that will never really open.

Drawing inspiration

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

StartupBus: An Innovative Entrepreneur Competition

Credit John Fischer / Creative Commons

Picture this: a group of "buspreneurs" convene on a bus equipped with laptops and just three days to create a startup company. That is what happened when the area's best hackers, hustlers and hipsters got on the Midwest StartupBus. They also made stops in Nashville, Tenn., and Fort Smith, Ark., along the way.

KCPT's Caitlin Cress went along for the ride, which began right here in Kansas City on March 2.

Guest:

  • Caitlin Cress, reporter at the Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT
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Up to Date
1:02 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Checking Out The Science Behind Dreamworks Animation

Jason Schleifer was the head of character animation on 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman.'
Credit DreamWorks Animation

Your average animated film today looks a lot different from Snow White or The Jetsons, and it's all due to the computer animation techniques we use today.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a Dreamworks animator and a look at the science that makes the silver screen computer animation work.

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Up to Date
10:39 am
Tue March 11, 2014

How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous

A new book examines the strange murder case of Kitty Genovese.

If you heard or saw a crime happening, what would you do? The people who heard Kitty Genovese scream as she was murdered didn’t do anything, in a famous case that became known for the bystander effect. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the case that helped drive the development of the 911 emergency call system and what new details about the killing have emerged over the years.

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Missouri's Poet Laureate Draws On King Kong For Inspiration

William Trowbridge is Missouri's poet laureate.
Credit williamtrowbridge.net

From King Kong to a certain accident-prone coyote, the things that inspire Missouri's third poet laureate are different, to say the least. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with William Trowbridge about his unusual muses and his tenure as poet laureate.

Guest:

  • William Trowbridge, Missouri poet laureate

HEAR MORE: William Trowbridge speaks at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Mabee Theater at Rockhurst University for the Midwest Poetry Series.

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Arts & Culture
7:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Remembering Jazz Advocate Ginny Coleman

Ginny Coleman (left) with then business manager at KCUR, D.J. Harris.
Credit Buddy Anderson Collection, LaBudde Special Collections / Miller Nichols Library

Virginia "Ginny" Coleman, the co-host of Just Jazz on KCUR, died on Thursday, March 6. She was 91. 

Just Jazz was a staple of KCUR's lineup for 23 years, most recently on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The final broadcast was in October 2005.

Playing the music they loved

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Tell KCUR
3:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Tell KCUR: If You Dressed Up For Comicon, Which Sci-Fi Hero Would You Pick? Why?

If you were going to dress up for Planet Comicon, which sci-fi hero would you pick? Why? Tweet us at #TellKCUR.
Credit KCUR

Science fiction conventions can feel like an alien world for newcomers.

People can speak differently at them, often invoking insider references about their favorite shows and comics.

And it’s a world where die-hard fans dress differently.

For instance, this weekend’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City  is expected to attract droves of costumed convention-goers, dressed up like their favorite protagonists and antagonists from sci-fi novels and cinema.

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Up to Date
12:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Book Doctors: Adventure Tales

The Book Doctors share their favorite reads with Steve Kraske on Up to Date.

Follow the adventures of a boy as he swaps toys for grown-up pursuits and childhood tales of Lenin for the American Dream. And if you like a little adventure, join a pizza hotline operator as he tries to figure out how to deal with a time traveler.

On Monday's Up to Date, the Book Doctors return to share these tales and more as they tell us about the books that have been keeping them warm this winter.

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Arts & Culture
5:32 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Classical Music Superstar Joshua Bell Returns To KC

Joshua Bell at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
Beth Buchanan Kansas City Symphony

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell spends 250 days a year on the road, performing with orchestras around the world. This weekend, Bell returns to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as a featured soloist for the Kansas City Symphony

A child prodigy who first started taking violin lessons at the age of 4, Bell debuted at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17. Since that time, he's performed with many of the world's major orchestras and conductors with his expressive and physical style.

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