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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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:

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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
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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.

Ready to face the great urban outdoors this weekend?  Brian McTavish is back to offer up a few options in his Weekend To-Do List for January 13-14, 2012.