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Jamie Jackson will interview guests that have been advocating against pending Missouri legislation that would criminalize the BDS movement, including lobbying legislators in Jefferson City and educating them on the unconstitutionality of the legislation. BDS stands for “boycott, divest and sanction” and is a worldwide movement to pressure Israel to restore human rights for Palestinians. Anti-BDS legislation has been opposed by the ACLU and was recently ruled a violation of free speech in a Kansas lawsuit.


Amy Schumer takes on the issue of body image in the likable comic fantasy, “I Feel Pretty.” She plays an insecure woman who falls and bumps her head and comes to believe that she’s a raging beauty. Although the screenwriters’ template is pretty obvious, Schumer gives a shrewd performance proving she has real acting chops.

 

It’s no accident that the stoner comedy sequel “Super Troopers 2” is being released on 4/20. The original raunchy farce from the comedy group “Broken Lizard” was released in 2002 and was a modest hit. Fans of the original will know exactly what kind of lowbrow humor they’re in for.

 

Some inept Vermont Highway Patrol troopers are sent to work in Canada as part of a border dispute. They come across plenty of contraband, but can they keep from ingesting it before they catch the culprits? It’s a little unnerving to see these middle-aged guys displaying the same childish behavioral issues after all these years. While it has some shamelessly funny moments, much of “Super Troopers 2” feels like a bad flashback.

 

“Lean on Pete” is an austere but moving drama about a teenager from a troubled background who works at a stable and befriends and tries to save an aging race horse bound for the slaughterhouse. Charlie Plummer gives a believable and tender performance in this low-key story that also stars Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny.

 

Also opening this week, an alien invades the body of an adult film star in the unrated sci-fi opus, “Imitation Girl.” “Wilding” is a horror entry about a disturbed young woman raised to believe that homicidal monster roams outside her home. “They Remain” is a suspense drama about scientists analyzing an area where a murderous cult once lived. Geoffrey Rush and Army Hammer star in “Final Portrait,” about the friendship of an American writer and artist Alberto Giacometti.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a knack for making a silk purse out of a cinematic sow’s ear. Can he do the same for the cursed video game genre? Maybe so.  In “Rampage,” based on the Midway arcade game, Johnson plays a primatologist who has to figure out what to do when a genetic experiment goes wrong and his favorite albino gorilla grows to Kong size. The ape and a giant mutated wolf and alligator, head to downtown Chicago in a destructive rage.

 

It’s as goofy as it sounds, but the visuals are spectacular and Johnson’s outsized charisma helps, too. “Rampage” is better than it has any business being.

 

Blumhouse, the phenomenally successful production company responsible for a slew of hit horror films, might have finally jumped the shark. “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” is an annoying creepfest about a group of teens on spring break in Mexico who play a game of Truth or Dare that’s been overtaken by a demon. Naturally, things turn deadly and the participants desperately try to figure a way out. There are a few scares, but mostly it’s just irritating. The truth is, it’s bad and I wouldn’t watch it again on a dare.

 

Jon Hamm stars in “Beirut,” an involving thriller about a one-time US diplomat who is forced by CIA operatives Rosamund Pike and Dean Norris to help save a colleague from terrorists in Lebanon the 1980s. Hamm inherits his best role since “Mad Men,” but Pike is wasted in yet another part that doesn’t give her much to work with.

 

Also opening this week, “Finding Your Feet” is a comic drama from Britain about folks of a certain age who find romance at a community dance class. “Best F(r)iends” is black comedy that reunites the team behind the celebrated bad movie “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. 


Eccentric filmmaker Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Moonlight Kingdom”) tackles his second stop-motion animation effort, following up on the success of “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” “Isle of Dogs” is a whimsical story set in the near future in Japan. Because of a canine flu, all dogs are banished to a garbage island and one young boy tries to save them. The voice cast includes Brian Cranston, Bill Murray, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson and Edward Norton.

Take Two: “Isle of Dogs” (PG-13)
Episode date : April 20, 2018
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An elderly couple take a final Winnebago trip in the road movie, “The Leisure Seeker.” Two of our best actors, Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, give a big boost to this story involves dementia, family squabbles and other issues that older Americans contend with.

Take Two: “The Leisure Seeker” (R)
Episode date : April 13, 2018
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Shots in the Night Radio Theater Productions is broadcast the first Thursday of each month on KKFI 90.1 FM at 7:30 p.m. CST.  We are a laid back, variety show-esque radio theater group that harkens to the old time radio shows prevalent before The World met TV and TV met The World. We are a variety show with a modern day twist, of course!


This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court has just ruled that a woman shot four times by a police officer, though she posed no threat to him or anyone else, has no grounds to sue the officer, because he has a kind of immunity that means if he didn’t understand that he was violating her Constitutional rights, he wasn’t. We’ll talk about trying to use law to protect communities from excessive force from law enforcement, with Peter Bibring, director of police practices at the ACLU of Southern California.

Also on the show: A judge has approved an agreement to screen the children in Flint, Michigan, for learning disabilities. US District Judge Arthur Tarnow declared that a “win-win situation for all sides.” Meanwhile, Flint residents will no longer receive free bottled water from the state, whether their tap water is safe or not. But wait, there’s more: Michigan also decided to let Nestle extract more spring water from the state, to sell for profit. Flint residents who now need to buy the bottled water they’re forced to use—for washing, cooking, bathing—don’t have to buy it from Nestle. But that would bring the whole game full circle, wouldn’t it? Peggy Case is president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation. We’ll talk to her about Michigan’s—but not only Michigan’s—struggle over the right to water.


Evan Smalley returns to the program to bring us up to speed on water issues, particularly around the Blue River, and tell about some of the most important changes which might be happening with Government to protect our local Parks for 20 years!

But first Guy McPherson (Nature Bats Last) gives us an update on his activities.

Blue RIver Update
Episode date : April 16, 2018
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KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 6 – March 12

March 5, 2017 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 6 – March 12
KKFI Jazz Calendar for March 6 – March 12

This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, March 6th to Sunday, March 12th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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March 1, 2017 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Jazz Calendar for February 27 – March 5
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This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, February 27th to Sunday, March 5th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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February 23, 2017 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Under the Radar’s Fifth Anniversary Show at KKFI
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On Sunday night, KKFI’s Under the Radar a weekly show featuring local artists and musicians celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary.  The show was a gathering of local musicians and supporters including: Drew Black and Dirty Electric, The Electric Lungs, Missouri Loves …

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This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, February 20th to Sunday, February 26th. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. …

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