Arts & Culture

Up to Date
10:18 am
Fri January 25, 2013

From Poetry To History

Needle in the Bone by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Where The Blues Lives In KC's East Bottoms

Knuckleheads
Joe Smith

It's the place where performers as diverse as Nick Low, Merle Hagard and Carrie Rodriguez play when they hit town.

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Film
6:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Behind The Berlin Wall, Life Grows Less Grim For A Doctor Named ‘Barbara’

Nina Hoss plays the title character in Christian Petzold's 'Barbara.'
Courtesy of Adopt Films

In Christian Petzold’s moody and beautifully shot Barbara, audiences are given a peek into what life might have been like in 1980 for smart and talented people stuck on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

'BlackTop Sky' Marks Young Playwright's Homecoming

Playwright Christina Anderson
Maggie Elliot Unicorn Theatre

The world premiere of the play BlackTop Sky, opening this weekend at the Unicorn Theatre, marks a homecoming for its author.

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Books
4:25 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Poets Off The Page

This edition of New Letters on the Air features very different approaches to intertwining poetry and music, resulting in equally different performances.

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Books
2:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Inauguration poet Richard Blanco
Nico Tucci / Courtesy Richard Blanco

During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, Richard Blanco delivered a poem written especially for this occasion.  At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor. 

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Up to Date
11:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 18-20, 2013

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of January 18 to 20, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Film
6:04 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Brutality And Tenderness Converge In 'Rust And Bone'

Mattias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard in 'Rust and Bone'
Courtesy Sony Classics KCUR

Foreign films do well in the United States in proportion to how successfully their captivating stories feel as close as next door - not foreign at all but intimate and familiar. French filmmaker Jacques Audiard does this with startling acuity in his new movie Rust and Bone, where Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Belgian star-in-the-making Matthias Schoenaerts ferociously embody lost souls bonded by their inner demons and outer damage.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

As In 'Billy Elliot,' Barriers To Boys In Ballet Disappear With Grace

Nathan Rogers, 7, laughs as he holds a pose.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The musical Billy Elliot, which won ten Tony Awards in 2009 and comes to Kansas City's Music Hall next week, teaches that to move toward a dream, the dream must involve movement.

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Performance
9:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

'Housebreaking' Reveals A Family At A Breaking Point

Siblings Magda (Missy Fennewald) and Chad (Bryan Moses) talk in the kitchen.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The dysfunctional family is an often-mined subject for drama, from the early Greeks to the present. The play "Housebreaking," by Jakob Holder, combines humor with an exploration of failed relationships and dreams.

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Performance
1:47 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

[VIDEO] In This Scene...'Blackbird' At The Living Room

Scott Cordes and Vanessa Severo perform a scene from "Blackbird."
Julie Denesha KCUR

This season, David Harrower's "Blackbird" returns to The Living Room. It's a play exploring an unsettling relationship and its aftermath.

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KC Currents
5:55 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Remembering Kansas City Jazz Musician Eddie Saunders

Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson Special Collections, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC

Kansas City saxophone player and jazz singer Eddie Saunders passed away on December 30, 2012.  The late Lucky Wesley of The Scamps came up with Saunders and had described him as nice--naughty but nice.  Saunders loved to sing and he loved to play, and he was proud of his Kansas City jazz heritage.

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Up to Date
12:56 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' January 11-13, 2013

Scene from 'Zero Dark Thirty.'

Looking for a great film to see the weekend of January 11 to 13, 2013?

Up to Date's indie, documentary and foreign film critics share their three favorites showing on area screens.

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Film
6:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Ten Years After 9/11, Retaliation Starts At 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
www.eurweb.com KCUR

We may never know the whole truth of what led to the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, but the chronology and intricate plotting on display in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty - as controversial as they have proven to be -  make for riveting cinema.  It's a movie whose heart pulses at a rapid rate that, in certain scenes, will match your own.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Any Day Now

Visit a small town, ripe for fracking exploitation, and zip down Central Park West with FDR. Feel the pain of a gay couple in the 1970s as they fight to care for an abandoned, mentally ill teenager.

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Music Stories
5:30 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The 'Swinging' Sounds Of The Drums In A Pipe Band

A Tuesday night practice for the Tullintrain West Pipe Band at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Bagpipers and drummers from across North America and the U.K. hope to stay on the beat and in tune this week in Kansas City while competing in the annual Winter Storm piping and drumming contest.

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New Letters on the Air
12:23 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Fiction Writer Anne Enright

Author Anne Enright

Winner of the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction in 2012, Irish author Anne Enright talks about her often darkly humorous approach to writing about love, desire, death, and family.

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New Letters on the Air
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Fiction Writer Jim Shepard

Author Jim Shepard
Michael Lionstar

Acclaimed fiction writer Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and several short story collections, including Like You'd Understand Anyway, winner of the 2008 Story Prize and a National Book Award finalist.

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Queen of Funk
10:56 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Marva Whitney Remembered In Kansas City

Used by permission of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections.

An extended story about Marva Whitney's life, including archival interviews and music, ending with a gospel song she recorded in 2006.

Iconic funk and soul singer Marva Whitney will be buried Saturday in Kansas City. She died two weeks ago at the age of 68, just six years after the passing of James Brown, who catapulted her to national stardom.

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Performance
12:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

KC Rep Awarded Playwright Residency Grant

Joseph Moran Courtesy: The Juilliard School

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre on Thursday announced a $174,000 three-year playwright residency grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The award is one of 14 Mellon residency grants. The Rep tapped award-winning playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, to join the artistic staff.

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Film
12:12 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

David Edelstein's Top 12 Movies of 2012

In Friends With Kids, Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) play two best friends who decide to have a baby together while keeping their relationship platonic — so that the baby doesn't interfere with their own romantic relationships.
JoJo Whilden Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 1:47 pm

It's time for end-of-year lists. Fresh Air movie critic David Edelstein stubbornly refuses to either place his top picks in numerical order or make his list an even number of 10. Instead, he places his 12 favorite films from 2012 in alphabetical order, from Amour to Zero Dark Thirty.

Of the 12 films he picked for 2012, not one, Edelstein says, would he call the "M"-word — a masterpiece. That designation he reserves for the new extended DVD cut of Kenneth Lonergan's film Margaret.

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Performance
4:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

[VIDEO] The Ghostly Specters Of 'A Christmas Carol'

Mark Robbins, as Ghost of Jacob Marley, and Gary Neal Johnson, as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol opens on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve.

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Up to Date
2:03 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Doc Critics' 'Three To See,' Dec. 21-27, 2012

From 'Farewell My Queen.'
Carole Bethuel Cohen Media Group

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 21-27, 2012?

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Best Music of 2012

'Weekend Blues' from The Caves' 'Duplexiaville' is one of Michael Byars' favorite tunes of 2012

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

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People
9:14 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

One Man's Walkabout In Kansas

Kansas City Public Library's Henry Fortunato starts his walk in Overland Park, Kan.
courtesy of Henry Fortunato

In recent years, urban planners have renewed their focus on creating walkable communities. Walking is the most basic mode of transportation – and yet, in the Kansas City metropolitan area, it’s not as common as in other parts of the country.

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Up To Date
11:45 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: December 20-23, 2012

Mayan Calendar bashes are taking place throughout the metro

Looking for something to do this weekend? Let Brian McTavish & Up To Date make your plans for you.

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Up to Date
9:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Doc Critics' 'Three To See' December 14-21, 2012

Paul (Romain Duris) takes a dead man’s identity and heads to Croatia in 'The Big Picture.'
Nicolas Guiraud

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 14-21, 2012?

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue December 18, 2012

90-Mile View: Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand and her Framus guitar
Credit Paul Andrews

"I've never been the kind of person to say 'I don’t think I could do that' but more like 'I’m gonna do THAT!', says singer/songwriter Amy Farrand and from early childhood that attitude has shaped her life both in and out of the music scene.

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Performance
10:17 am
Tue December 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Amy Farrand And Her Junk Cello

Amy Farrand
Julie Denesha KCUR

Amy Farrand builds instruments from found material in her industrial, West Bottoms neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Performance
9:59 am
Tue December 18, 2012

[VIDEO] Amy Farrand Performs 'Swing and Sway'

Amy Farrand
Julie Denesha KCUR

As part of the Up to Date series 90-Mile View, musician Amy Farrand performs "Swing and Sway" in her West Bottoms studio.

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