Arts & Culture

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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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Kemper Hosts First Museum Retrospective For Lois Dodd

Men’s Shelter, April, 1968; oil on linen, 47 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from the Kemper Foundations.
D. James Dee

Artist Lois Dodd is known for painting from the inside looking out and the outside looking in - from the cityscapes of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the gardens near her farmhouse in rural Maine. 

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Up to Date
11:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: August 3-5

Kenny Loggins joins the Blue Sky Riders this weekend at Crown Center

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for August 3-5, 2012.

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Central Standard Friday
2:53 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

KC History: This WWI Memoir Isn't A Major Motion Picture, Yet

U.S. Army Medal Of Honor, World War I

Around the time that the 19th Century turned into the 20th, the most extraordinary man grew up in the woods of Western Missouri. There he learned to track and shoot with consummate skill.

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Central Standard
9:14 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Goodbye Green Hand, Hello Snot Cat

Meet smoking snot cat.
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

One of the most special spots in Kansas City is getting a new look. Sprawled atop the storefront at 124 West 18th Street is a snotty, smoking feline texting on its cell.

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Music
11:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Lee Langston Carries The Soul Music Torch

Lee Langston

Kansas City vocal artist Lee Langston has been a fixture on the local music scene for the past several years.  His covers of neosoul music have attracted a faithful audience of young urban professionals. 

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Central Standard
10:30 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Crowdfunding For Civic And Arts Projects

Just Deon / flickr

On Monday’s Central Standard, we'll take a look at crowdfunding, a way area projects are creating monetary opportunities in the digital landscape.

Jase Wilson, the CEO of Neighbor.ly, stops by to talk about the ways crowdfunding is transforming the way people can invest in the city.

Up to Date
10:25 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Up To Date's Film Critics' 'Three To See'

Looking for a great independent, foreign, or documentary film to see the weekend of July 27-29, 2012? Up to Date's critics share their three favorite showing on area screens.

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

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

Quvenzhane Wallis stars in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," one of the films on today's list of independent, foreign, and documentary films showing on KC-area screens.

A corporate headhunter steals to maintain his lavish life style.  Sound like a news headline?  

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Up to Date
3:21 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Weekend To-Do List: July 26-29

Cathy Rigby stars as the boy who never grew up. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for July 26-29, 2012.

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Central Standard Fridays
2:23 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Food Critics: Late Night Dining

Thomas Hawk / flickr

Coming up on Central Standard Friday, host Charles Ferruzza and the Food Critics share their favorite late night dining spots. Where can you get a good meal after 10 o'clock, but before the last bar closes at 3?

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Performance
5:00 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Local Actors Moonlight In Other Artistic Careers

Cheryl Weaver in the American Heartland dressing room with some of her costumes for "BINGO: The Winning Musical".
Steve Walker/KCUR

Given the growing theater scene in the metropolitan area, professional actors can make a pretty good living here. But there is steady competition and there are down times between jobs.

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Central Standard
1:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Kansas City Youth Jazz

Pop, rock and rap might top the charts, but it’s good old Jazz that’s capturing the hearts of at least some of the new generation of area musicians.

In the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard – we'll take a look at KC Youth Jazz, a group that’s expanded into more than 50 schools around greater Kansas City. We’ll hear some music, talk concerts, appreciation, preservation – all that jazz with Musical Director and instructor Clarence Smith.

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