Arts & Culture

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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Film
5:18 am
Mon December 17, 2012

KC Film Critics Circle Splits Honors Among 'The Master,' 'Lincoln' & 'Les Mis'

Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master," the Kansas City Film Critics Circle's Best Film of 2012.
The Weinstein Company

At the 46th annual gathering of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle honoring achievements in film in 2012, Paul Thomas Anderson's fictitious take on a Scientology-like cult The Master squeaked out a Best Picture win over Life of Pi.

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KC Currents
5:50 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Big Tuba Turnout At This Year’s Tuba Christmas

Jake Robinson, a 13 year old tuba player from Trail Ridge Middle School.
Zack Lewandowski KCUR

Tuba Christmas was founded by Harvey Phillips, a Missouri native, more than 30 years ago.  It brings tuba and euphonium players together once a year to play a concert of traditional holiday songs for the season. 

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Visual Arts
12:41 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Juilliard's President On Downtown Arts Campus: 'Go For It'

Jason Klumb, a Regional Administrator with GSA, speaks to Steve Rinne, of EDCKC, at the 2012 Downtown Council Annual Luncheon held in the Grand Ballroom of the KC Convention Center.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The headline of a recent editorial in The Kansas City Star about downtown Kansas City, Missouri declared: "A decade later, downtown has stronger heartbeat."

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Visual Arts
10:39 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Visual Wordplay In 'At Wit's End'

A closeup of Beniah Leuschke's wordplay in "The Words of Every Song"
courtesy: Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom

Finding meaning in contemporary art often depends more on the viewer than on the artist. What you make of the work is up to you. But what words to use?

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Up to Date
11:57 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: December 14-16, 2012

Carrie Underwood takes the stage Saturday at the Sprint Center

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

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Architecture
3:44 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Donaldson House Slated For Demolition

The historic Donaldson House in Kansas City, Mo. is slated for demolition on December 19. It's something that's been in the works for at least a decade.

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Up to Date
10:17 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, & Doc Critics' 'Three To See' December 7-14, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the week of December 7-14, 2012?

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Visual Arts
3:24 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Bryan Park and David Ellis

Where we are (installation view)
courtesy of artist Bryan Park

A local sculptor/educator and a prototype model maker talk about their process in conjunction with the exhibition The Map as Art at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Up to Date
10:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Food For A Hanukkah Feast

Potato latkes
Kagor

It just wouldn't be Hanukkah without the oil. Latkes, jelly doughnuts and other foods for the holiday are drenched in the stuff to honor the miracle of the oil lamp in the Hanukkah story.

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Government
10:23 am
Fri December 7, 2012

National Designation For Liberty Memorial Makes It To Full House

Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri 2008.
User: Charvex Wikipedia

Kansas City Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver says he feels good about the designation of Liberty Memorial as the nation’s official World War One Memorial. The bill made it out of committee this week without any House opposition, but similar measures have had a checkered history.

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Up To Date
9:37 am
Fri December 7, 2012

'We Are Superman'

Kevin Howdeshell

In the heart of Kansas City, at the intersection of 31st and Troost, a select few work to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.

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Central Standard Friday
6:48 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Movie Critics: Best Films Of 2012

Join Central Standard Friday as our movie critics Russ Simmons of KKFI and Fox 4 News, Marie Asner of Metro Voice, On Air Prep & Phantom Tollbooth, and John Tibbets, Associate Professor of Theater and Film at KU, discuss the recent releases and look for your feelings about what have been the best movies and performances of 2012.

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