Arts & Culture

Up to Date
11:51 am
Thu September 20, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 21-23

Jason Boland and The Stragglers appear this Friday at the Beaumont Club.

Looking for something to do for the weekend of September 21-23? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Kansas City Rep Brings 'Pippin' Into The 21st Century

Kansas City cast members (in front, l to r): Katie Kalakura and Katie Gilchrist with Tony nominee Mary Testa and Claybourne Elder in KC Rep's "Pippin."
Don Ipock Kansas City Repertory Theatre

The journey of a young prince is the subject of the musical Pippin, which opens the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's 48th season this week.

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Visual Arts
4:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

A Photographic Cabinet Of Curiosities

Wilson Alwyn Bentley, American (1865–1931). Snowflake, ca. 1905. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation.
courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

In Shadow of Night - the second book in a supernatural trilogy by Deborah Harkness - the main characters travel back in time to Elizabethan England in search of a mysterious book called Ashmole 782.

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Connecting To Visual Arts With PLUG Projects

Artist Carrie Scanga makes an adjustment to a honey-colored tissue paper panel in PLUG Projects’ gallery space. Scanga has created a hive-like structure for the new exhibit, "BREATHE : The Emergent Colony."
Julie Denesha KCUR

On this Tuesday’s Central Standard, plug into a conversation with the artists behind the new arts gallery PLUG Projects. We’ll discuss their efforts to bring more thought-provoking works to Kansas City, local fundraising initiatives and resources to help develop local art writing and critique.

Later in the hour, visiting artist Carrie Scanga talks about "BREATHE: The Emergent Colony," her new experimental, collaborative exhibition that's transforming PLUG's gallery space.

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Visual Arts
9:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

'SmellScape' Encourages Nose-First Exploration

Just follow your nose, or the nose glyph, to collect one of 20 possible smell cards in the game/project called SmellScape.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Berlin-based artist Sissel Tolaas travels the world collecting scents.

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Up To Date
6:25 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

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

Virginie Ledoyen in Farewell, My Queen
GMT Productions

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 14-16, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Performance
3:38 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Cultures Collide In 'Madama Butterfly' At The Lyric Opera

The geisha Cio-Cio-San, known as Butterfly, played by Elizabeth Caballero, reveals herself to Lt. B. F. Pinkerton on their wedding day in Nagasaki, Japan.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The tragic tale of love and betrayal marks the return of soprano Elizabeth Caballero to the Lyric Opera as the title character in "Madama Butterfly." Cabellero performed the role of Liù, a slave girl, in the Lyric's production of "Turandot" in 2011. 

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Central Standard Friday
8:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Movie Critics: Lawless, Not Flawless

On this week's Central Standard Friday, join host Russ Simmons and the Movie Critics for a look at what's new in a theater near you, including Lawless, The Bachelorette, Cosmopolis and The Words.

Plus, our critics discuss the re-release of Finding Nemo 3D. Is it worth seeing again?

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Up To Date
2:50 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

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

Expo Americas at Union Station Saturday and Sunday.
expoamericas.com

Need something to do for the weekend of September 14-16? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

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Up To Date
9:37 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Songs & Moments With Kevin Mahogany

Jazz artist Kevin Mahogany
kevinmahagony.com

In the second part of Thursday's Up to Date we take some time with jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany.

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Up To Date
8:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Living The Artist's Life

Hillstead Publishing

It's one thing to create art and quite another to make a living as an artist.  After all, the phrase "starving artist" exists for a reason.

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Visual Arts
4:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Flickr user 39_Steps

The Overland Park City Council called an extra meeting for Wednesday night. On the agenda: an executive session to discuss legal issues around controversial statuary at the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Up To Date
11:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Writing 'Paterno'

Simon & Schuster

For a sportswriter like Joe Posnanski it had to be a dream come true: unprecedented access to the most revered figure in college football, Joe Paterno. 

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KC Currents
9:43 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Live Music For A Living

KC Star pop music editor Tim Finn
Kansas City Star

If you spend any amount of time going to concerts or music shows in Kansas City, you’ve probably seen a tall, thin man with a shock of grey hair usually standing by himself, often near the back of the club.

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Performance
4:36 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Lyric Opera Officially Opens New Center

Recently retired general director Evan Luskin and Artistic Director Ward Holmquist prepare to cut the ribbon.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City on Friday marked the official opening of its new $10.5 million, two-building facility in the Crossroads Arts District.

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Up to Date
9:52 am
Fri September 7, 2012

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

Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy and Dwight Henry as Wink in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Je Fox Searchlight.

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of September 7-9, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
9:37 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Kansas Native Karrin Allyson Returns To Prairie Village - For The Weekend

Karrin Allyson performs Saturday evening at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival
Reisig and Taylor

Jazz singer and pianist Karrin Allyson is in town this weekend to perform at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

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Up to Date
4:05 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: September 7 - 9, 2012

Daryl Hall and John Oates appear Saturday night at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park

Need something to do for the weekend of September 7-9? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

Daryl Hall and John Oates: 8 p.m. Saturday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. Tickets: $15 (standing room) to $149.50

Y’allapalooza featuring Dierks Bentley: 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (Sandstone), Bonner Springs, Ks. Tickets: $14 to $38

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Central Standard
10:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Urban Empowerment Flash Mob

flickr / Aniket Thakur

It's not the first dance symbolizing a deeper message, but who knew one day we'd have something called the Urban League Slide?

On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk dancing, empowerment and flash mobs with Gwendolyn Grant of the Urban League of Greater KC.

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Arts
10:06 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Discussing The Future Of A Downtown Arts Campus

courtesy of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

In September 2011, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced "the Big 5," ideas the city would champion, ranging from revitalizing the urban core to boosting medical research.

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Coterie Theatre's Sex Ed Goes On Stage And To School

Medical student Holly Allen and actor Nick Leyden in a scene from the Dramatic Health Education Project.
Courtesy of The Coterie

One in four Americans who test positive for HIV at present is 20 years old or younger.

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Visual Arts
5:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture

Flickr user BSevett

A grand jury may decide the fate of a life-sized bronze sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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KC Currents
11:23 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Healthy Hip Hop With Local Rapper Roy Scott

Roy Scott, president of the Lend a Hand Family Foundation.
KCUR

Roy Scott loves music. He was 12 when he first started writing lyrics, 15 when he started to produce his own beats. He became part of the underground “gangster rap” subculture. This is when Scott became “Macc James,” a member of the Chop It Up Clicc. But as Scott got older with kids of his own, he realized the power and influence music can have on young people’s lives.

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Film
4:45 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

'Celeste And Jesse Forever': Love Among The Ruins

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as the befuddled title characters of "Celeste and Jesse Forever"
rottentomatoes.com

Relationships blossom and thrive or they fizzle and die. But writers Will McCormack and Rashida Jones - who also stars as the female half of Celeste and Jesse Forever - have another take on it.

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Up to Date
10:50 am
Thu August 30, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List, August 31-September 2

The Irish Fest returns to KC!
http://www.pitch.com/fatcity/archives/2008/09/03/festival-review-kc-irish-fest

Need something to do for the weekend of August 31-September 2? Fear not! Brian McTavish returns with the Weekend To-Do List for Kansas City.

Kansas City Irish Festival: Celebration of Irish heritage, with music by the Elders, Red Hot Chili Pipers and Gaelic Storm. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Crown Center Square, 25th and Grand Blvd. Tickets: $10 (single day); $25 (weekend pass); $5 (Friday night only)

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Inside Jim Leedy's Art Studio

The legendary artist Jim Leedy gives this piece of advice to any budding artist: always be conscious of where you've been when heading in a new direction. Jim Leedy’s known for his many journey's and new directions, now documented in an upcoming film.

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Central Standard
2:32 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Remembering KC Writer Tom Ryan

He's here forever, but gone for now, succumbing to a sudden heart attack.

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Central Standard
9:41 am
Wed August 29, 2012

BREAD KC! Kneading Needs

A recent BREAD! KC dinner, a collaboration between Coffee Girls and Remedy Food + Drink

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, how a group of Kansas City artists are putting an end to that whole starving artist thing.

Joining us is Andrew Erdrich, Sean Starowitz and Erin Olm-Shipman for BREAD KC!, a group that raises the unleavened bread of artists through microgrants from community dinners. We'll hear how the easiest grant process ever has helped launch innovative new works in our community.

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KC Currents
11:47 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Best & Worst All Nighters From The Art Institute

A student rests on the lawn at The Kansas City Art Institute.
Tomeka Weatherspoon KCUR

Students often describe being up all night as “the all-nighter.”  And who among us who’ve faced a deadline of any sort can’t relate to being awake until 5 a.m. doing something you intended to finish the day before.  We stopped by the Kansas City Art Institute for some stories from students who’ve been up all night creating art.

KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop

The Mutual Musicians at 18th and Highland stays up as late as jazz music is happening upstairs…often until sunrise.

For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. 

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