Arts & Culture

Up to Date
11:51 am
Thu November 1, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List, Nov. 2-4

Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
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Need something to do for the weekend of November 2-4? Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Visual Arts
5:00 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Altar Celebrates Life In Day Of The Dead Tradition

Glowing lanterns in Kirkwood Hall hang from the skylight trailing ribbons at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Julie Denesha KCUR

November 1st marks the traditional Mexican holiday called Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead –  a time to celebrate the lives of those who’ve passed away. At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, artists gathered recently to create an altar for the museum’s second annual Day of the Dead celebration.

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Government
9:42 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bare-Breasted Statue Remains, Jury Refuses Obscenity Finding

The statue at the Overland Park arboretum will remain.

At Olathe, Kansas, the Johnson County seat, a county grand jury has refused to find any violation of  Kansas obscenity laws in display of a statue at an arboretum park in Overland Park.

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Up to Date
1:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See' October 26-28, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 26-28, 2012?

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Visual Arts
6:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

With A New Name, The Toy & Miniature Museum Looks Ahead

The museum is housed in a 1911 mansion.
cottonridge/Flickr

Thirty years ago, the Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City opened its doors, with a display of dollhouses, toys, and miniatures mostly collected by two Kansas City women.

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Up to Date
10:54 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 26-28, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 26-28, 2012? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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KC Currents
4:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jazz Singer Deborah Brown's New CD And International Attention

Jazz singer Deborah Brown at the KCUR studios.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

Kansas City-based singer Deborah Brown says her new CD, All Too Soon, explores hidden gems of jazz songs.

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Performance
9:04 am
Tue October 23, 2012

'Irma Vep' A Show Dependent On Clothes Encounters

In rehearsal, Mark Robbins, as Lady Enid Hillcrest, gives a disapproving look as Ron Megee, playing Jane Twisden, pours herself another hot toddy.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Kansas City Repertory Theatre's latest production, The Mystery of Irma Vep, features eight characters of both sexes, including the Lord and Lady Hillcrest, their maid and butler, and a couple of surprise visitors.

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Central Standard
6:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Aptly Named Gem Theater Celebrates 100 Years

The Gem Theater celebrates its 100th anniversary this month.
Downtown Council of Kansas City

It started as the Star Theater in 1912.  Back then it was a one-story building presenting silent films.  Just one year later it was renamed the Gem Theater.

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Up to Date
11:38 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See' October 19-21, 2012

redesignrevolution.com

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 19-21, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

[VIDEO] The Pounding Rhythms Of 'Carmina Burana' Open The Kansas City Ballet Season

Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” is based on Medieval poems about love, drinking, and spirituality – some bawdy and irreverent.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

What's Showing In Independent, Foreign & Documentary Film

Argo

Ever pretend you were Canadian in a foreign country? A new film based on a true story has a group of Americans doing just that to sneak past Iranian border guards.

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Visual Arts
9:05 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Political Power Of Imagery

Larry Schwarm, "Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States," 2002. chromogenic color print
Gift of the artist, 2006.0102 Spencer Museum of Art

What images best convey the meaning of politics in America? An exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence explores this idea through photography, prints, paintings, archival political ads, and a poodle skirt. 

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Film
6:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Coming Of Age With Scars In 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller comprise a trio with "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Courtesy of npr.org

Like any writers worth their salt, Stephen Chbosky channeled the best and worst episodes of his youth into a book called The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Central Standard
10:48 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Adania Shibli: Growing Up In Palestine

Author Adania Shibli
Stavros Petropoulos

Adania Shibli grew up in Palestine which became a source of inspiration for her writing. 

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Up to Date
11:22 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See' October 12-14, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 12-14, 2012?

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Film
6:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

In 'Samsara,' A Planet And Its People As They Live And Breathe

Native dancers captured in "Samsara"
Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

The visual spectacle of the wordless documentary Samsara is the result of five years of filming in twenty-five countries on five continents.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Political Theater Gets Loud In 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson'

Shea Coffman and Katie Karel in "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
Cynthia Levin Unicorn Theatre

If there's not enough political theater in the run-up to the November elections, the Unicorn Theatre is offering a bit more with its production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the emo rock musical biography of America's seventh President. 

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Visual Arts
3:11 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Artist Don Reitz, Art As Discovery At The Belger Arts Center

Laura Spencer KCUR

The Belger Arts Center often displays works from its own extensive collection, sometimes adding pieces borrowed from other collectors. A current exhibition, a tribute to ceramic artist Don Reitz, includes nearly 100 works, many from the artist’s own collection.

Decades Of Work, 1960s To Present

On the ground floor at the Belger Arts Center, tall ceramic totems with colorful drawings carved into the surface are illuminated like Japanese lanterns.

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Up to Date
11:43 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 11-14, 2012

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld visits Kansas City's Midland Theatre on Friday night.

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 11-14, 2012? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Up to Date
10:56 am
Wed October 10, 2012

KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort

The sounds of Count Basie and Charlie Parker are part of Kansas City’s musical identity.

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Up to Date
10:28 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See' October 5-7, 2012

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of October 5-7, 2012?

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Performance
8:13 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

UMKC Dancers Take The Stage At The Kauffman Center

Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.
courtesy of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

It’s been a year since the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce released its "Big 5" list with ideas and priorities for the region.

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Up to Date
11:52 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: October 4 - 7, 2012

The Beatles tribute band Abbey Road performs Friday at the Screenland Armour Theater

Looking for something to do for the weekend of October 4-7, 2012?  Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Boxcar Installation Transforms Downtown Rooftop

Architectural rendering of "Prairie Logic."
courtesy of el dorado, inc.

A landscaped roof at 12th and Walnut, in the Power & Light District of downtown Kansas City, is now an art space and community focal point with the addition of a new sculpture called “Prairie Logic."

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Film
4:49 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Silences Broken, Secrets Revealed At Kansas International Film Festival

Kori Cioca, one of the brave young women whose military careers were shattered by sexual assault in "The Invisible War."
hollywoodreporter.com

Good documentaries are like prize-winning journalism in their ability to wage war on toxic secrets.

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Up to Date
10:27 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Kansas City Chefs Create Culinary Treasures

The culinary staff from Room 39 prepares dinner at Powell Gardens' "Under the Harvest Moon" dinner on Sunday
Julie Denesha KCUR

So three absolutely amazing chefs were walking down the street one day when a man jumped out from behind a bush... and surprised them with a simple request:

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign & Documentary Critics' 'Three To See'

An image from director Benoît Jacquot's version of Marie Antoinette's last days in Versailles in "The Queen of Versailles"
Carole Bethuel Cohen Media Group

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 28-30, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Work-In-Progress Inspired By Art At The Nelson

Composer Adam Schoenberg makes notes on the score for his new work, "Picture Studies." It's inspired by artwork in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Laura Spencer KCUR

This season, the Kansas City Symphony focuses on the theme of “Symphonic Pictures," exploring the intersection between art and music.

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Up to Date
11:43 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 27-30

Nick Lowe performs a solo show Thursday evening at Knuckleheads

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 27-30? Brian McTavish has some great ideas as he returns with the Weekend To-Do List.

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