Arts & Culture

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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Up to Date
1:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Ai Weiwei Director Alison Klayman

Alison Klayman

The documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of China's greatest contemporary artist who is also one of his country's most passionate dissidents.

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Up to Date
12:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Up to Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Still from Ruby Sparks

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 24-26, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

Cynthia Haines: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Queen of Versailles, Ruby Sparks

Steve WalkerMoonrise Kingdom, Queen of Versailles, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Ruby Sparks

Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Jim Leedy: The Documentary

Jim Leedy is known as the "founder of the Crossroads Arts District." His gallery, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center at 20th and Baltimore, was founded in 1985.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Crossroads, a once blighted area in downtown Kansas City, is now a thriving arts district. 

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Film
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Living Lush & Ludicrously With 'The Queen Of Versailles'

Jackie Siegel and her brood in "The Queen of Versailles."
realscreen.com

There have been several informative documentaries about the United States' ongoing economic woes -  for instance 2010's Oscar-winning The Inside Job.

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Up To Date
2:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

What's Showing In Art, Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film

David and Jackie Siegel, the subjects of the documentary "The Queen of Versailles".
Coourtesy of Magnolia Pictures

A dream house, the perfect woman, and one of our greatest singer-songwriters are among the topics of the films being reviewed today. 

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Up To Date
3:19 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 24-26

Crypticon Kansas City
Crypticon Kansas City

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 24- 26, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Get Your Busk On

On this Thursday's Central Standard, an extreme pogo performer, a sword swallower, and a look at this year’s Lawrence Busker Festival.

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Performance
5:44 am
Thu August 23, 2012

2012 Charlotte Street Fellows Inspired To Collaborate

Performing Artist Award Fellows Patrick Conway and Heidi Van
Steve Walker/KCUR

Since 2008, the Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized creative Kansas Citians who, within their various genres, consistently produce original and innovative work that often falls outside the mainstream. 

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

'Jeannie Out Of The Bottle'

barbaraeden.com

You may know her best for her starring role in I Dream of Jeannie, but Barbara Eden has been a working actor and entertainer for more than six decades.

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KC Currents
8:22 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Charlie Parker Cutting Contest Results Are In

12 St. Jump

Charlie Parker’s birthday is coming up on August 29, and Kansas City has been known to show its locally grown sax legend many forms of tributes over the years.  

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Up to Date
10:38 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Up To Date's Indie, Foreign, and Documentary Critics' "Three to See"

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 17-19? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Central Standard Friday
9:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Movie Critics: Films For 50+

For 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 The Bourne Legacy, Hope Springs and The Campaign.

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Film
3:47 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' A Tenacious Blend Of Art & Politics

Ai Weiwei with a handful of porcelain sunflower seeds at London's Tate Modern
iheartberlin.de

There is probably no other artist alive who has made more headlines of late than Ai Weiwei,  the Chinese multi-disciplinary rabble-rouser who is the subject of the riveting and timely documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. 

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Up To Date
1:42 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 17-19

The Ethnic Enrichment Festival takes place Aug. 17-19 in Swope Park.
Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 17-19, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Clay Town: 3D Arts Education at Red Star Studios

John Tilton, High-fired oxidation porcelain. Part of the show External Views, up at Red Star Studios through September 28th

On this Thursday's Central Standard, learn what makes Kansas City a Clay Town.

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Up to Date
9:50 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Bernadette Peters: From NY's Broadway To KC's 16th & Broadway

Bernadette Peters

She's won Tony Awards. She's won Drama Desk Awards. She's starred on TV, on CD, in concert and in the movies with Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood and Steve Martin.

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Up to Date
9:39 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Betrayal Of The American Dream

Over the years in this country, Washington and Wall Street have taken one step after another to dismantle the middle class.

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Up to Date
9:58 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

The Book Doctors: Reading For The Waning Days Of Summer

The Last Good Man by A.J. Kazinski, a recommendation of "Book Doctor" Kaite Stover.

For those of you who still have some summer vacation remaining, or for those of you who have a bit more free time now that the kids are finally returning to school this week, look no further than the Book Doctors for a few new reading recommendations.

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The Theater
1:42 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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Up to Date
11:30 am
Fri August 10, 2012

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

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of August 10-12, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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The Theater
9:13 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Kansas City Actors Theatre's 'The Mousetrap' A Killer Show

Gary Neal Johnson as Major Metcalf in "The Mousetrap."
Brian Paulette

When Kansas City Actors Theatre started fishing for a theme for the launch of its eighth season, the founders first picked one play, then tailored a similar one around that.

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Film
3:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

The Choreography Of Adultery Informs 'Take This Waltz'

Luke Kirby and Michelle Williams find themselves awhirl in "Take This Waltz"

The human capacity for being in love with more than one person at a time is at the heart of writer-director Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams as a woman so inflicted – and, naturally, conflicted.

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 9-12

Crosby, Stills & Nash perform Thursday evening at Starlight Theater in Swope Park

Looking for something to do the weekend of August 9-12, 2012?  Brian McTavish is back with Up to Date's Weekend To-Do List.

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Central Standard
3:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Meet The Ukesters

wererabbit flickr

It's lightweight, inexpensive, and fun to play, with a sound that's both deeply sentimental and incredibly silly. Is there a more perfect instrument than the ukulele?

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Central Standard
9:30 am
Tue August 7, 2012

How To Be Black

How black is our guest Baratunde Thurston

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