Is there life in “Life?” This sci-fi thriller features Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts who confront a deadly new species on their voyage to Mars. The film owes a bit too much of its inspiration to the classic “Alien,” but thanks to a good cast and competent execution, “Life” nearly overcomes most of its genre clichés.


Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine is perfectly cast as a nasty old lady in the comic drama, “The Last Word.” Since no one has anything nice to say about her, an unlikable octogenarian hires a writer, played by Amanda Seyfried, to pen a flattering obituary. The actors are fine, but the effort seems labored. “The Last Word” misses the opportunity to mine an interesting, original premise.


Woody Harrelson plays the misanthropic title character in “Wilson,” a bleak, R-rated adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel. The film attempts a very uneasy mix of mean-spiritedness and cloying sentimentality. While the cast is terrific, the characters in this dark comedy are so clueless and unlikable that their actions elicit more groans than laughs.


Also opening this week, “Slamma Jamma” is a faith-based drama about a wrongfully imprisoned ex-con who attempts a comeback through a slam-dunk competition. Chris Staples stars. “Song to Song” is a Terrance Malick drama about struggling songwriters. Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman star. “The Lure” is a Polish film about two mermaid sisters in a love triangle. “Personal Shopper” is a horror flick with Kristen Stewart as the titular servant to a celebrity. “Power Rangers” is a live action revival of the 1990s kids TV show. “CHiPS” is a raunchy, R-rated reboot of the 70s TV series.



The 20th annual Kansas City Film Festival takes place April 5th-9th at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza. Info is available at kcfilmfest.org.

Can a youthful mistake be amended in one’s old age? What if the memory of it is unreliable? These are the central questions behind the British art house entry, “The Sense of an Ending.” Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent plays a man whose former girlfriend’s mother leaves him a mysterious diary in her will. Problem is, the old girlfriend refuses to give it to him. While the movie never quite mines the depth it seeks, it’s an interesting effort that’s impeccably acted.

TAKE TWO: “The Sense of an Ending”
Episode date : March 24, 2017
On Take Two

For Women’s History Month we’re discussing Paula Martinac’sThe Ada Decades on the Sandra Moran Radio Book club with panelists Paula, Kris Bryant, and Nancy Heredia.


Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with writer Patrick Dobson, musician Pablo Sanhueza, community activists Steven Curtis and Diosselyn Tot Velasquez, and performer Boris Tudeth.

Patrick Dobson is the featured writer/author of “A Brief Infidelity and Other Trances,” Saturday March 25 from 7pm -10pm at Prospero’s Books. In association with Spartan Press and The Prosepero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s, is proud to present book #27 in the Prospero’s POP Poetry Series:”A Brief Infidelity and Other Trances” by Patrick Dobson.

Prospero’s 1800 W. 39th St. KCMO

Patrick Dobson is an award-winning writer, scholar, and poet. Patrick has lived and worked most of his life on the fringes of the Great Plains in Kansas City, MO. His second book concerns his trip from Helena, MT, to Kansas City in a canoe. Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). His first book, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Canoeing the Great Plainswon the 2016 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award and the 2016 High Plains Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Both books are published by the University of Nebraska Press.
Patrick earned a doctorate in American History and Literature in 2013. He teaches American History and Western Civilization at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.
When he is not teaching, Patrick builds bridges with Ironworkers Local Union #10 in Kansas City.

Pablo Sanhueza is a Chilean born and raised latin percussionist and bandleader. Since his arrival to Kansas City in 2003 He has distinguished himself as one of the foremost young exponents of Latin American and Caribbean music across the midwest. Since 2005, Pablo has led Makuza, a Kansas City based eight piece contemporary salsa ensemble, his latin jazz quintet as well as freelancing for many projects. Most recently Pablo is co-leading The Kansas City Latin Side All Stars, a project in collaboration with The American Jazz Museum.

Although primarily self taught, Pablo has enjoyed the guidance of Jazz saxophonist and composer Bobby Watson, with whom he toured Europe in 2006, appearing at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Red Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and Champs Elysees in Paris, France. Pablo also has studied with Afro-Cuban legends Jesus Alfonso, Sandy Perez, ( Muñequitos de matanzas) & Felipe Villamil ( Master artist at National Endowment for the Arts, Congolese masters Titos Sompa & Mabiba Boegne, Brazilian mestre Carlos Barrao ( Axe Capoeira), Senegalese drummer choreographer Fara Tolno and Zimbabwean choreographer, percussionist Rujeko Masango (Tony award winning first dancer and director of Broadway’s Fela Kuti the musical)

In recent years Pablo has found himself performing alongside some of the Latin Jazz legends and African drumming masters who inspired him in his early years. Poncho Sanchez, Titos Sompa, Dave Valentin and Bobby Watson are among the international artists Pablo has had the honor to play with. Under the influence of jazz, west and South African music, Pablo and his team present high energy music able to move and connect with very diverse audiences

Steve Curtis –Community Housing of Wyandotte County (C.H.W.C) Kansas City Kansas based non-profit
Director of Community Building & Engagement
Director de la construcción de la comunidad y participación

Diosselyn Tot-Velasquez
Community Mobilizer
Movilizadora de la comunidad
CHWC, Community Building & Engagement Team, strives to create friendly and safe environments, providing families neutral places to gather and interact with one another. Provide programming and resources to inform and promote opportunities for neighbors to work together and address their concerns.

CHWC, Community Building & Engagement Team (el equipo de la construcción de la comunidad y participación), se esfuerza por crear ambientes amigables y seguros, propveyendo a familias sitios neutros para reunirse e interactuar uno con el otro. Al igual, proporcionan programación y recursos para informar y promover oportunidades para los vecinos a trabajar juntos y abordar sus preocupaciones.


Boris Tudeth- Drag king. Russian. Greasy. Hairy. Confused. Host of THE BIG TIME SHOW at Hamburger Mary’s, Kansas City Sundays at 8pm. So what is the BIG TIME Show? It’s comedy. It’s fun. It’s drag. It’s like Saturday morning cartoons. Only there’s no cereal. And there’s a Russian guy! Trust Mary…You’re gonna love it!

You can find Boris Tudeth on Instagram boris_tudeth and on Facebook.

Hamburger Mary’s
3700 Broadway KCMO


Radical economist and renowned author Dr Richard Wolff explains how a candidate as outrageous as Donald J Trump was able to appeal to the most oppressed working class voters to win the 2016 presidential election.  This engaging analysis sets the stage for the appearance of Prof Wolff at the KKFI fundraising event on Friday, March 24th, in a public lecture entitled TRUMP’S ECONOMIC STRATEGY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. Further details at http://kkfi.ticketfly.com/ or click on events box on the KKFI website.


Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a Caribbean-American lesbian activist, writer, poet, teacher, and visionary. She was deeply involved with several social justice movements in the United States. Panelists Annette Billings, Rashaan Gilmore, and Mercedes Lewis join host Elizabeth Andersen to talk about Zami: A New Spelling of My Name.

On this week’s edition of Arts Magazine, guests from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre will join Michael Hogge to talk about their play, “A Raisin In The Sun”, and the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre will chat about their play “Tennessee Playboy” and other activities they have going on this spring.

Sheri Hall and Jessica Ayala, 2 Poets: Life Like It Is

Reading the history books will make you think history is shaped by political leaders, generals, people’s movements and the like, but it is the artists, the novelist, THE POETS, that carry the heartbeat of history in their hands. It is the telling of the story that moves people, nations, mountains. Sheri Hall, Samantha Slupski and Jessica Ayala are 3 Poets who give us Life Like It Is and inspire those who raise their families, go to work every day, build communities and so much more.

Host Margot Patterson will spend the hour with Sheri Hall and Jessica Ayala. Their words paint the community and our lives as they are today and the dreams of what it can be tomorrow. Please listen in and open up your hearts and minds to these wordsmiths.

Jessica Ayala
Website – https://www.jessicaeayala.com/
** Jessica will be the featured artist in the POP Poetry Series on August 26th
at Prospero’s Books, 39th and Bell, KCMO. – FB – https://www.facebook.com/Prosperos-Books-36723487766/

Sheri Hall
Website – https://www.spokenpurpose.com/

JoJR Calendar –

MO CURE will have their regular meeting Monday, March 20th at the Lucille Bluford Library from 6pm – 7:45pm. MO Cure works with prisoners to inform the public of conditions in our institutions, inform prisoners of efforts to create legislation in support of human rights and to bring forth credible claims of innocence.
The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday – from 5-7 PM at the Robert J Mohart Multipurpose Center, Suite 124 W, 3200 Wayne Ave, KCMO. This group is for people who have lost loved ones to murder and violence. The first hour will be sharing of experiences and in the second hour therapists and others who can who can help navigate the emotional and legal terrain will be available. For more information you can find them on the web at www.kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
The Kansas Coalition Against The Death Penalty and the KC Chapter of Amnesty International presents, A Journey Into the US Death Penalty Through Photos and Stories, Thursday March 23rd, 6:30 – 8 PM at the Matt Ross Community Center, Crown Room, 8101 Marty St, Overland Park, KS. This presentation of Scott Langley’s art and journalism highlights his efforts as an independent photo journalist and human rights activist. The event is open to the public. For more information call 785-235-2237 or email [email protected]

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