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When something touches people, are you one of those people that that something touches? Would you like to be?

Whether you’re all heart or an emotional fortress of solitude, we all need time to be tender. How much you want – or can handle before falling to pieces – is another matter.

So allow me to point you in the right direction. Tenderly.

1. ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

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For some people, music is a language that can be communicated without words. Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics add a new pick this weekend, that explains the beauty and power of music that speaks for itself.

Cynthia Haines

The Music of Strangers, PG-13

Kicking styles in FootGolf vary with some players kicking straight-on and others using a soccer-style kick.
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In July, Tomahawk Hills became the third area golf course offering FootGolf, a variation of golf played with soccer balls.

Like regular golf, FootGolf is played on a nine or 18-hole course. At Tomahawk Hills, the new nine-hole green wends its way around and between golf course fairways.

Heart of America golf pro Nate Richardson at Swope Park says fairways are shared at that course, which opened in 2014.

Within the year, the soccer-golf hybrid was drawing almost as many players as regular golf.

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Although we don't have a Weekend To-Do List this week, Up To Date's indie, foreign and documentary film critics have a few new recommendations that might leave you bewildered.

Cynthia Haines

NUTS!, not rated

  • Dr. John Romulus Brinkley was an eccentric/flimflam man who made a fortune "curing" impotence with goat gonads. Need we say more?

Tickled, R

Kris Krug / Wikimedia Commons

Can I give it to you straight? Probably not. Even if I could, would you take it that way?

Increasingly little these days appears to be totally safe from a potentially ironic interpretation – the sense that the opposite may be true of whatever professed message is being sent, often with humorous results.

Of course, there’s both intentional and unintentional irony, which sometimes can be tricky to differentiate. So I won’t try here. Unless I just did. But I probably didn’t!

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It’s that weekend for doing fireworks, waving the American flag and, by all means, having a slice of all-American apple pie.

But you can also sublimely groove to a top-of-the-charts pop princess or be nostalgically serenaded by a famous southern Missouri rock band from the 1970s. However you opt to have fun this Fourth of July weekend, remember, it’s your right to decide.

Courtesy Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

Do big things ever really come in small packages?

Good luck finding out this weekend, when the true enormity of things won’t be concealed – whether that means abundant celebrity power, beer-food-and-music ecstasy or unmitigated artistic genius.

So go ahead and go big. What choice do you have? (Waiting until next weekend doesn’t count.)

1. Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game

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Competition can be more stressful for some folks than others. A vital difference is whether you’re actually competing or merely observing.

Whichever role you choose to occupy – the doer or the rooter – competitive spirits are set to ascend with a variety of activities inevitably propelled by a certain sense of struggle.

Sometimes you’ve got to sweat it to get it. Yes, even on the weekend.

1. Kansas City Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival

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If you consider three a crowd, you might want to catch up on your Netflix queue this weekend.

But if you’re ready to sample a bumper crop of community festivals and other organized excuses to party, then it’s time to join the waiting throngs.

What are they waiting for? Well, if you’re watching “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards,” we’ll miss you. But not that much!

1. Old Shawnee Days

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To celebrate or not to celebrate is not the question this weekend. Only how.

Answers include a Memorial Day weekend party hosted by the Kansas City Symphony, a sprawling American roots music jamboree and a sentimental arena rock concert that might have fans “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” anyone who’s handy – which is always one way to make a new friend.

Let the celebrations begin!  

1. Celebration at the Station

We might be breaking kayfabe in saying so, but it's well-known that most professional wrestling is three parts theater, one part combat. While the moves in the ring might be choreographed, the injuries sustained by performers and the emotion from the crowd is anything but a farce.

Guest:

Barbara Haze

When things don’t necessarily go together, that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t put them together.

Like a weekend mix tape. What do all those songs have in common? Maybe nothing, except they’re all on the same weekend mix tape.

See how this works? With or without a pre-selected soundtrack this weekend, try mixing up a combo of asymmetrical activities, a potpourri of divergent diversions – you know, a bunch of stuff. It’s your weekend. You should do what you want.

1. Planet Comicon

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As the post-World War II Baby Boom generation inexorably relaxes its grip on the workplace, many who once rocked the night away still want to hold onto all of the youthful diversions they can. Translation: It’s hard to let go of the fun stuff.

Even if it doesn’t make wrinkles disappear, a virtual industry exists to appease the entertainment desires of those whose cherished memories of yesteryear might still be able to put a spring in their step. Translation: Fountain of Youth for sale.

Cody Newill / KCUR 89.3

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I'm not afraid to admit that I'm scared of heights. Standing 50 feet off the ground on a lightly swaying tree platform at the new Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure in Kansas City's Swope Park didn't inspire a whole lot of confidence in my heart — at first. 

But the two safety cables attached to my harness (which are strong enough to support an SUV with five people in it) ease my instinctual concern. 

Now that simulated sky dives are a form of local entertainment, the time is right to ask: what's the difference between someone who jumps out of a plane for the joy of a free fall, and someone who considers that the opposite of fun? Sky-diving pros defend the appeal of their sport.

Guests:

Beth Lipoff / KCUR

When he puts on the vinyl cap and thick blue make-up, a Blue Man transforms his mind into character similar to “a dog on the prowl.” On this edition of Up to Date, we talk with Ethan Golub and Steve Wendt, two members of the Blue Man Group, about the intensity-- and fun-- of being blue.

The Blue Man Group performs Jan. 22-24 at Johnson County Community College. Click here for ticket information.

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You’re a newbie, huh? Don’t know KCMO from KCK, burnt ends from a short end, but suddenly you find yourself in good old “Cowtown.”

 

(First hot tip, nobody calls Kansas City “Cowtown” anymore).

 

Well don’t freak out! The Kansas City metro may sprawl nearly 8,000 square miles, but all you need are a few pointers and you’ll be fine.

For decades, every game of Monopoly came with the same origin story —  a man named Charles Darrow, desperately struggling to support his family during the Great Depression invents a game to provide some entertainment. The problem? It isn't true. 

Guest:

Briana O'Higgins / KCUR

The thought of being locked in a small room with a bunch of math and logic problems might trigger some uncomfortable flashbacks to a 7th grade math test, but for two new businesses in Kansas City's River Market, that's the whole point.

Breakout Kansas City and Escape Room Kansas City both opened up within a few weeks of each other, and they're bringing an unusual experience to the metro area.

She's known for her characters on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, her one woman show,  The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and her box office hit 9 to 5.  Now actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin sits down with host Steve Kraske to talk about her current work in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, wage inequality, and being reunitedwith former co-star Jane Fonda.

"An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin"  takes place June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Simon & Schuster

He was a pitchman for Jell-O and got us moving with Fat Albert. He was the first black man to star in a television drama and gave fatherly advice in the TV show that bore his name and changed the way many people in America viewed African-Americans.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Whether it's live music, comedy theatre, or the largest water slide on earth, Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List has got you covered for summertime entertainment!

Verruckt Water Slide
Opening of the world's largest water slide
Opens Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
Schlitterbahn Water Park, 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
Admission: $36.99; $28.99 for ages 3 to 11/55 and older

Jessica Whittle / Flickr-CC

Look down, not up, and maybe have a glance sideways. Working on a crossword means examining words and letters in a way you usually wouldn't when you're just reading.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we look at the history of the crossword puzzle over the last hundred years.

Guests:

Boulevardia.com

If you're looking for a variety of entertainment this weekend, look no further than Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for June 13-15.

Don McLean and Judy Collins
8:30 p.m. Friday
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester
Tickets: $68.50

yakov.com

When he came to America in 1977, Yakov Smirnoff was already a comedian, but it was his fresh off the boat Cold War comedy style that got him noticed by the entertainment industry.

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.

New Trends In Clowning

Apr 17, 2012

In the second half of this Wednesday's Central Standard, we send in a clown.

The Weekend To-Do List

Apr 5, 2012
visitkc.com

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 April 6-8, 2012.

Looking for a few things to get your attention this weekend? Up to Date's Brian McTavish offers up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

Even if you can't keep your New Year's resolutions, you can certainly make some short-term promises to go out on the town this weekend.  Need some ideas?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 20-22, 2012.

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