Susan Sanders and Russ Simmons take a look at a ‘warts-and-all’ documentary about former New York congressman Anthony Weiner whose career was undone by a sexting scandal. The filmmakers follow Weiner as he attempts a comeback by running for mayor of New York. It’s shows his rise and fall and rise and fall again, and the toll it took on his family and associates.

After 98 years and at least 48 cinematic adaptations, do we really need another big screen Tarzan? Hollywood thinks so. “The Legend of Tarzan” stars Alexander Skarsgård as the former King of the Jungle, who is conned into returning from Victorian England to Africa by nefarious colonialists. The great cast also includes Margo Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Chistoph Waltz and the story has a few unique twists. While serviceable, this adventure flick never quite overcomes its sheen of computer-generated artificiality.

Alexander’s father Stellan Skarsgård plays a Russian mob accountant who attempts to defect in the John le Carré thriller, “Our Kind of Traitor.” Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris play an innocent English couple that accidentally gets swept up in the intrigue.  While smart and involving, it’s never quite as riveting as it should be.

“The BFG” is Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s popular children’s story about a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young girl and protects her from flesh-eating behemoths. Mark Rylance’s motion capture performance is terrific in this whimsical tale that’s loaded with eye-popping special effects. It’s likable, but unusually sluggish for a Spielberg movie.

“De Palma” is an involving documentary about the filmmaker behind hit thrillers like “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” Iconoclastic director Brian De Palma chats for 107 minutes about his career sharing stories about Hollywood struggles, inspirations and filmmaking techniques. It’s a must for movie buffs.

Also opening this week, “Swiss Army Man” is a surreal exercise in the absurd about a man stranded on a desert island who befriends a corpse that washes ashore. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliff star. “The Purge: Election Year” is the third entry in the ultraviolent horror franchise. “Nuts!” is a documentary about a Kansas doctor who, in 1917, came up with a unique cure for impotence.

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum: Five reasons you should go to the People’s March for public education and social justice in Washington DC July 8-10. Then, what’s management expertise good for? Author Matthew Stewart, who wrote The Management Myth, will tell us management thought is full of fuzzy thinking, fudged data, hidden agendas and plain old BS. All this Thursday at 6pm rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

In April, area peace activists gathered at Whiteman Air Force Base to witness against the drones operated out of there. In this special forum, we will air remarks from many of the participants.

Fly Kites, Not Drones
Episode date : June 29, 2016
On All Souls Forum

Director of Community Building and Engagement at Community Housing of Wyandotte County and arts activist/ Steven Curtis, Brian Hearn, Collection Manager for The Collectors Fund-Kansas City Collection, Travis Pratt artist/gallery director for The Bunker Center for the Arts, writer Casey Hannan, and KCAI Crossroads Gallery Director Michael Schonoff join us live from the KKFI studio.

Steven Curtis-EPIC Clay Studio was created in 2011 by a collaboration between Accessible Arts and Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC). Accessible Arts is a Kansas 501 (c) (3) not- for-profit whose mission is: To foster creativity and provide educational opportunities for people with disabilities while hosting an inclusive environment for all to ENGAGE, EXPLORE, and ENJOY the ARTS. CHWC is a Kansas 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit community development corporation that focuses on revitalizing KCK by building new homes while renovating existing homes, and businesses, so as to revive and beautify the neighborhoods.
EPIC Clay Studio 609 N. 6th St. KCK

Brian Hearn-The Kansas City Collection IV (KCC IV) proudly announces the participating artists and businesses that will launch the 2016-17 Collection on Tuesday, June 28, at the global design practice Populous. “We’re pleased to feature The Kansas City Collection in our new home at 4800 Main,” said Populous Managing Director Earl Santee. “Our designs are visible across the globe but our creative roots are here in Kansas City and it’s gratifying to showcase area talent.”
The Collectors Fund-Kansas City Collection

Travis Pratt-Casey Hannan-Travis Pratt is an artist and gallery director for the Bunker Center for the Arts, located at 1014 E. 19th St. KCMO, that houses a gallery with studios and multiple exhibition spaces. Casey Hannan lives and writes in Kansas City. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Annalemma, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. His story, “Other Sons,” was selected by Wigleaf as one of the top 50 online short fictions published in 2011. His first book of stories, Mother Ghost, is now available from Tiny Hardcore Press. His opening takes place at The Bunker Center for the Arts July 8th 5:30-10:00 with a reading at 6:30pm.

Micheal Schonoff KCAI Crossroads Gallery:Center for Contemporary Practice-In 2015, Margaret Silva; alumna, former board member, and longtime supporter of the Kansas City Art Institute, generously gifted 1819 Grand Boulevard, the building that housed Grand Arts for 20 years, to KCAI. The facilities include two galleries, a large cross-disciplinary studio and an artist-in-residence apartment. Renamed KCAI Crossroads Gallery Center for Contemporary Practice, the space provides an exciting opportunity for the college to be a part of the popular Crossroads Arts District.

KCAI Crossroads Gallery’s summer exhibition, “The Position We’re In”, featuring the work of Hamish Fulton, Kent Monkman and Guido van der Werve, opens July 1 and runs through September 2. It explores place and body through a variety of media. Each artist’s work invites viewers to consider political ramifications, empathize with a similar experience, and examine anomalous contexts. The exhibit opening is July 1 from 6-8 PM. Hours will be Tuesday through Friday from noon – 5 PM; 6 – 8 PM on First Fridays in June, July and August; and Saturdays by appointment.
We envision programs that expand the academic curriculum by offering students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment. The site will also be the location for a new KCAI artist-in-residence program. Director Michael Schonhoff will guide the site’s programs, while a faculty group, the Center for Contemporary Practice Committee, will build the curricula for this location.
KCAI Crossroads Gallery 1819 Grand Blvd. KCMO

Rev. David Nelson, DMin is the Chair of the Kansas City Interfaith Council and will be our guest on Thursday, June 30.  Our topic will be “POWER – who’s got it and how to get it?”  Many things divide us — race, religion, money and power.  David Nelson has much experience with the differences in faith (religion), so why not find the similarities between religious diversity and racial diversity? Another question:  “How can a person of color develop the power to make more opportunities for all people?”  All? Yes, all.

Can a white woman educate a black child? Educators and advocates, Catina Taylor, Shiriki Unganisha, and Joe Craig join us to discuss education in the black community.  And later, Candy Birch discusses the League of Women Voters.

Educating Black Children & LOWV
Episode date : June 25, 2016
On Every Woman

Hello everyone! We’re going to discuss two very important topics on this month’s Trans Talk edition of The Tenth Voice. First, we will be talking with attorney Larry Altman about the current status of North Carolina’s anti-transgender legislation, and how the upcoming election could impact transgender rights. Next, we will have a discussion with Nyla, Kelly, and Freddie, three transgender persons of color who are joining us to explain the specific challenges faced by their community, and to educate us on how we can be better allies to this community which is at such high risk.

We will also report on some of the LGBT news of the week, and finish the show with an important community calendar update.

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