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Staff Review Jun 5, 2019

If you think Broadway is only accessible in New York City or on tour think again.  Several classic and contemporary shows are often revived and filmed for audiences to see (either as live TV specials or as limited film releases).  Here you can meet a young boy who never wanted to grow up (Peter Pan) or see how to stand up for injustice one move at a time (Hairspray).  Featuring several big names of stage and screen (

Staff Review May 28, 2019

"Some people always burn." - Ally Condie, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

            Poe Blythe is the seventeen-year-old captain of the last mining ship from the Outpost. In this dystopian fiction, she wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. She is looking for revenge, and she is going to use her steampunk-ship to do.  Poe has vowed vengeance on the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. This woman of steel navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine. As she does so, she realizes there might be a traitor among her crew.

Latest Local Music

Dylan Findley
Thursday, Jun 13, 2019

Dylan Findley is a prolific, award-winning composer who describes his music as "kaleidoscopic" and part of an ongoing quest for seeking truth.  His approach to creativity is as much craft-driven as it is philosophical, with extensive essays on his thoughts about the spirituality of music, process and the nature of sound itself appearing on his website and blog. Findley currently attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts.  Enjoy our interview with this emerging composer.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Radkey is Kansas City's contribution to the world of visceral, bare-bones rock music. Comprised of brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke, the band draws influence from a wide range of hard rock and power pop forebears like Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Misfits, to name a few. Radkey recently released the No Strange Cats...Spiders EP, a strong collection of songs that serves as a great introduction to the trio. We're happy to share an interview with the band about the new music, their writing process and what's to come.

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