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5:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Best Local Music Of 2014

Kangaroo Knife Fight is just one of the bands selected as the best of local music for 2014.
Credit Kangaroo Knife Fight

Kansas City is a hotbed of quality music . You can bop your head to The Architects' rockin' sound, sway to the smooth cords of Hembree, or sing along to the powerful vocals of Katy Guillen & the Girls. On this edition of Up to Date, we review the best in area music from 2014.

Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He writes Kansas City's authoritative jazz blog plasticsax.com.

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Up to Date
6:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2011

Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back", one of Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children's books of 2011.

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

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