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Up to Date
10:43 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Finding Kansas City's Hidden Food Gems

Carnitas is one dish on food editor Jill Silva's list of hidden gems in Kansas City.
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Kielbasa, carnitas and pulled pork — are you getting hungry? Some local restaurants are proving that Kansas City isn’t just a barbecue town. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we take a look at highlights and hidden gems featured in the Kansas City Star’s Food Issue.

Guest:

  • Jill Silva, food editor at The Kansas City Star
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Up to Date
10:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Going On A Mushroom Hunt

Morels are highly-prized by mushroom hunters.
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Mushrooms can’t run, but if you go hunting for them, it certainly seems like they’re hiding. 

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we speak with a few mushroom hunters about their craft and how they find the best fungus among us. 

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Arts & Culture
8:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence

Stacy Lafontant recites 'America' by Claude McKay. Stacy is from Haiti, and says she relates to McKay because they have the shared experience of being from another country.
Credit Lauren Kirby / KCUR

Stacy Lafontant is nervous. The 16-year-old junior at The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts is about to step up to the podium to do something she’s never done before in public: Recite poetry.

“I’m going up in front of a lot of people,” she says, “and there might be kids that are better than me; I might forget the words.”

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Music
8:35 am
Tue March 4, 2014

'Free State Serenade': Chuck Mead’s Ode To The Dark Side Of Kansas

Chuck Mead remembers seeing a colt born in this barn on his parents' property south of Lawrence.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Musician Chuck Mead has made a name for himself in Nashville, but his new album is all about his home state of Kansas. Mead describes the music in Free State Serenade as “Kansas Noir… true stories of love, murder, and a UFO."

“Nashville is where you go to make country music,” says Mead. “There’s a certain song vibration down here, there’s a whole song writing culture and playing culture that really doesn’t exist outside of New York, or Los Angeles or Chicago."

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Central Standard
4:01 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kansas City Reggae Scene Brings Beach Vibe To The Midwest

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Kansas City brings to mind some obvious trademarks: jazz music, ornate fountains and delicious barbecue. A lesser known aspect of our community is the reggae music movement.

Today on Central Standard we discuss the reggae scene in Kansas City. The genre consists of many different sounds with influences from different parts of the world.

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Up To Date
5:37 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Feb. 28 - March 2

'Omar' is on both critics Cynthia Haines and Steve Walker's 'Three to See' list.

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of Feb. 28 - March 2? Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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

Cynthia Haines:

  • Gloria
  • Omar
  • Oscar Shorts

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
11:41 am
Fri February 28, 2014

All That Canadian Jazz Comes To Kansas City

Laila Biali talks with Steve Kraske about her performance at the Blue Room March 1.
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Not that long ago, Laila Biali was struggling to make a name for herself in the world of American jazz. She was on the verge of giving up when she got an invitation to audition for Sting. She made the cut, and wound up at Sting’s estate in Tuscany for rehearsal.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with Biali about her music as she prepares to open the American Jazz Museum’s Women in Jazz Month. 

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Central Standard
10:24 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Movie Critics: Oscars 2014

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Best Picture:

  • "American Hustle"
  • "Captain Phillips"
  • "Dallas Buyers Club"
  • "Gravity"
  • "Her"
  • "Nebraska"
  • "Philomena"
  • "12 Years a Slave"
  • "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
  • Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
  • Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
  • Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
  • Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress:

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Arts & Culture
7:28 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kansas City Federal Reserve Commissions Student Art For Centennial

One of the proposals included beehives constructed out of ceramics and wood, with patterns inspired by the 183 objects donated by Federal Reserve Bank employees.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Congress established the Federal Reserve System a century ago. To mark its centennial, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is working with University of Kansas students to turn some of its own history - from name plates to modems - into a new art installation.

Shaping a range of objects, from mundane to archival, into art

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: February 28-March 2, 2014

The Kansas City Mardi Gras Festival takes place Saturday, March 1.
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Drive away that chill this weekend with Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 28-March 2, 2014.

Screenland at the Symphony: “The Wizard of Oz” (re-mastered MGM movie classic with live symphonic accompaniment), 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., Tickets: $27 (Friday sold out)

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Arts & Culture
7:09 am
Wed February 26, 2014

WATCH: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson On The Challenge Of A New Piano

Garrick Ohlsson, American classical pianist with Cynthia Siebert's Steinway Model C Concert Grand.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Touring for any professional musician can be challenging. But for concert pianists, it’s also about adapting to a new instrument at every stop.

American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is a frequent soloist in Kansas City. The Friends of Chamber Music presented Ohlsson in concert in January.

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Up to Date
11:22 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Conquering Broadway And MS

Singer Jennifer Holliday joins Steve Kraske in the studio for Up to Date.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

Jennifer Holliday, the original "Dreamgirl," has known a lot of good times and some rough ones, too. 

She became a star on Broadway in the production of Dreamgirls, but in the years since, she's depression and faced an ongoing struggle with multiple sclerosis.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with her about about her music, her life and why they call her “The Queen of Broadway Gospel.”

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Up to Date
11:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Examining The Real 'Mad Men'

George Lois is famous for his Esquire covers.

"Mad Men" might be a fictional television drama, but the kinds of ad men it portrays were real. 

Up to a point, according to George Lois.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with George Lois, perhaps best known for his work on Esquire covers from 1962 to 1972. We talk about his contentious campaigns and allegations of plagiarism.

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Central Standard
4:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Food Critics: Best Sausage In And Around Kansas City

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On Friday's edition of Central Standard, Charles Ferruzza and Food Critics Mary Bloch, Chris Becicka and Emily Farris discuss some of Kansas City's newest restaurants. And then the food critics locate the best places for sausage in and around Kansas City, with the help of listeners. From kielbasa to bratwurst to chorizo, Kansas City has it covered.

The Critics' Picks: Sausage

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Dance
12:54 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count

Logan Pachciarz, as Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, glides through his Transylvanian castle.
Julie Denesha KCUR

It's been nearly 120 years since the publication of Bram Stoker's gothic novel Dracula. But his tale of the Count, who stalks living creatures and survives on their blood, continues to this day to be interpreted and popularized in theater, television, film, and dance. This season, the Kansas City Ballet is staging choreographer Michael Pink's Dracula, based on Stoker's classic work.

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Up to Date
12:42 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List: February 21-23, 2014

Martin City Melodrama's latest show is 'The A-Lone Ranger.'
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If you want to brave our weird weather this weekend, Brian McTavish has some ideas for you on the Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 21-23, 2014.

Bobby Watson & Horizon (Reunion of Watson and the band he started 30 years ago), 9 p.m. Friday at The Blue Room - 1600 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $30

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Film
8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Film Review: French Classic Of Family Betrayal Told 'In Secret'

Oscar Issac and Elizabeth Olsen carry on a torrid affair in "In Secret," based on Émile Zola's "Therese Raquin."
Credit Phil Bray / Roadside Attractions

Jessica Lange has been absent from the movie screens of late, focusing on chewing up the scenery on the small screen for three seasons of the FX series American Horror Story.

In the new film version of Émile Zola’s "Thérèse Raquin" called In Secret, Lange is the scheming matriarch in a single parent home in 19th century Paris who ill-advisedly locks her son and niece together in a passionless marriage. And as fans of the show know, Lange makes a very good schemer.

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Arts and Culture
7:16 am
Fri February 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Blunt Travels Missouri Touting Legacy Of Monuments Men

Nicole Myers, associate curator of European painting and sculpture, talks to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt about Nicolas de Largilliere's 1715 oil painting (at left) recovered by the Monuments Men.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

During World War II, nearly 350 men and women, known as the Monuments Men, worked to protect and restore millions of cultural artifacts. This group of art curators and historians recovered sculptures and paintings looted by the Nazis, from artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci.

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Arts and Culture
2:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

All The Songs On The New Chuck Mead Album Are About Kansas

The cover of Chuck Mead's new album, Free State Serenade

Chuck Mead left Kansas more than two decades ago when he set out for Nashville and made a name for himself in country music. Now he’s circling back to Kansas, where his career began.

The first group he formed there, BR549, started out as the house band at Robert’s Western World on Lower Broadway in Nashville, just across the alley from Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.  BR549 quickly built a huge following playing regularly in the small bar.

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Up To Date
11:47 am
Thu February 20, 2014

After 5 Decades, Graham Nash Still Loves Rock And Roll

Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, sings a song after delivering the keynote address to a group of musicians assembled for the 2014 Folk Alliance International conference.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At 72, Graham Nash remains part of rock royalty, a musician who came to the U.S. as part of the British invasion with his band The Hollies and plays on today with his super-group Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Performance
10:12 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Inmate Makes The Most Of Borrowed Time In 'When I Come To Die'

Will Cobbs (as Damon Robinson) reads a letter sent to a family member that was returned to him unopened.
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

A prisoner on death row, for a decade, prepares to die. But, then something goes wrong on the morning that's supposed to be his last - the lethal injection is not lethal. That's the premise of the production, When I Come to Die, at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

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Dance
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side

Choreographer Michael Pink (center) observes Geoffrey Kropp (as Arthur) and Laura Hunt (as Lucy) as they glide by working on a scene from 'Dracula' at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Many ballets often depend on the concept of tension, whether in the muscles of the dancers or the story itself. That may be even more evident in the Kansas City Ballet's production of Dracula, opening this Friday.

In bringing the iconic character to the stage, the company is venturing to its dark side with a production that is the first in the Ballet's history to come with parental discretion advised. 

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Performance
4:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Journey’s End'

Charles Fugate, as Lieutenant Osborne, and Matt Leonard, as Captain Stanhope rehearse in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Set in 1918, in the British trenches of Saint-Quentin, Aisne, R.C. Sherriff's Journey’s End tells the story of commanding officers Captain Stanhope and Lieutenant Osborne, as they discuss the impending battle in the officers' dugout.

The production, directed by Mark Robbins, is a collaboration between Kansas City Actors Theatre, UMKC Theatre, and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

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Up To Date
2:17 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

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

Paulina García plays a 58 year old divorcée in the film Gloria. It's on both critics Cynthia Haines & Steve Walker's "Three To See" list this week.

Looking for a way to spend Valentine's Day (and the weekend)? How about snuggling up with your loved one in a dark movie theater?

Here are Up to Date's critics' favorite indie, doc and foreign films showing on Kansas City-area screens the weekend of Feb. 14-19, 2014.

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

Cynthia Haines:

  • Gloria
  • The Past
  • Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Steve Walker:

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Up to Date
12:24 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Finding Food Flavors In A Local Lab

Michael Feingold, lab manager and food technologist for Cereal Ingredients in Leavenworth, stands with a bag of strawberry-flavored pieces about to be shipped to a client.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

From “weird-beers” to your typical TV dinner, all the processed food we eat has been carefully crafted to taste and smell as appealing as possible.

In the first part of Friday's Up to Date, we visit a local lab to see how flavors are modified and enhanced to make that morning muffin you enjoy taste so much like fresh blueberries-- even though there aren't any in it. 

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Up to Date
12:24 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Kansas City's Secret Supper Club

The Test Kitchen often features more unusual ingredients, such as quail.
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The Test Kitchen isn't a glamorous place filled with Food Network cameras-- it's Kansas City's own secret supper club.

The location is a secret until the day before, and you're in for new cooking techniques and some interesting ingredients. Picky eaters might want to skip this one, but if you've got adventurous taste buds the Test Kitchen might be the place for you.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, we talk with its founder and the chef who will be behind the club's next meal.

Guests:

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Film
9:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Film Review: 'A Separation' Director Unearths Complexities Of 'The Past'

In 'The Past,' Bérénice Béjo plays a woman who's asked her husband to return to Paris to finalize their divorce. She plans to marry her boyfriend, Samir (Tahar Rahim).
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At the 84th Academy Awards in February 2012, the worlds of director Asghar Farhadi and actress Bérénice Bejo were serendipitously in synch. He won the Oscar for best foreign language film for Iran's A Separation, and she was nominated for The Artist, which went on to win Best Picture. Now their careers thrillingly converge in his extraordinary follow-up film The Past.

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Film
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Wilt Chamberlain Featured In Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers'

Wilt Chamberlain played for the University of Kansas from 1955 to 1958.
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At the outset and in the spirit of full disclosure, let me just say that I am a graduate of the University of Kansas and a huge fan of Wilt Chamberlain, aka “Wilt the Stilt," and “The Big Dipper.” He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Wilt Chamberlain also happened to play at KU.  He was a Jayhawk.

A new movie about Chamberlain’s brief time at KU is the subject of a film by Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott, premiering this weekend. It’s called Jayhawkers.

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Performance
1:04 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Starlight Names Rich Baker As New President And CEO

In March, Richard (Rich) Baker starts as the new president and CEO of Starlight.

After nearly 30 years with Fox Associates, in St. Louis, Mo., Richard (Rich) Baker will take on a new role as president and CEO of Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. in March.

Fox Associates owns and operates the 4,500-seat Fox Theatre, as well as MetroTix, an online ticket broker, and Fox Theatricals, which runs Briar Street Theatre in Chicago, Ill.

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, Feb. 14-16, 2014

The Cupid's Undie Run will raise money for children's charities.
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Looking for something to do with your sweetheart, or simply want to enjoy the improving weather? Check out Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for Feb. 14-16, 2014.

54th Annual World of Wheels (Celebration of hot rods, custom trucks and motorcycles), 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $18; $5 ages 6 to 12

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