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Dustbin Film LLC, an Independence film company, will feature some footage and music from its new documentary on the 1974 Ozark Music Festival at the Third Friday Art Walk in the Englewood Arts District on Friday.
In a scene from the recent film Man of Steel, Superman is asked why he should be trusted. He responds, "General, I grew up in Kansas." For the past year, three natives of Hutchinson, Kan., have argued that their hometown is probably the closest fit to the superhero’s: Smallville.
The Just Off Broadway Theatre continues its' over ten years of supporting Kansas City Artists with a week-long celebration June 17-22, 2013. Community events encourage guests to enjoy the great space and fund raising opportunities encourage the local community to support the Just Off Broadway Theatre.
Finish this sentence: "Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Didn't try harder to save the Screenland Crossroads theater. That was one of the few single-screen classic venues left, and its departure has left a considerable void.
This Wednesday June 19th, the IFC will celebrate the winners of its One Night Stand, 10 hour film challenge. The top 4 films will be screened for the crowd at the Westport Coffeehouse following the regular business meeting of the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City.
Say you have a brand new, state-of-the-art theater. What’s the perfect show to open with?
It should be something big. Something that takes advantage of the space, involves as many people as possible and is absolutely electrifying. What do you choose? “Phantom of the Opera”? “Les Misérables”? “The King and I”?
Theatre Lawrence went a different route. Rather than a famous, all-time favorite, they selected “Ragtime,” the musical story of America at the turn of the 20th century.
Elena Urioste and Gabriela Martinez effect a fine collaboration, playing with a unified and intuitive feel for each other’s musical outlook and direction. At the duo’s violin-piano recital on June 7th, part of the Harriman-Jewell’s Discovery Series, one was aware at times that the sharp sophistication of Elena’s violin artistry was not always matched by Gabriela’s somewhat less compelling pianism.
Southmorland Park, across the street from the Nelson-Atkins museum is being taken over by hippies this summer as The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 21st season will feature "As You Like It" set in 1967's Summer of Love. Shakespeare in the park is an annual Kansas City tradition.
Any film festival centered around themes that appeal to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered audiences or their supportive allies is sure to be as eclectic as its targeted demographic. This year’s Kansas City LGBT Film Festival at Tivoli Cinemas in Westport makes good on that promise.