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Kansas City’s own Don Cheadle wrote, produced, directed and stars in this experimental “biopic” about legendary jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis. Susan and Russ have very different perspectives on this movie, which is fictional and not a conventional biography in any sense of the word.

TAKE TWO: “Miles Ahead” Film Review
Episode date : April 29, 2016
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Key & Peele’s first feature film together may be a one-joke affair…but it’s a very funny joke. Fans of the duo’s Comedy Central sketch show will love “Keanu,” a raunchy, irreverent satire…and so will many newcomers. The comics play nerdy cousins who pose as hardcore drug dealers in an effort to regain a stolen kitten. There’s enough violence, drugs and foul language in this gleefully goofy romp to easily earn an R-rating, but the vibe is so sweet natured, that it’s almost inoffensive. This “Keanu” is one cool cat.

Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Kansas City’s Jason Sudeikis star in Garry Marshall’s latest holiday comedy, “Mother’s Day.” This ensemble sitcom weaves several stories about a number of folks as they prepare for Mother’s Day celebrations in Atlanta. The humor is forced, the sentiment is artificial and the story is chock full of awkward stereotypes. But thanks to the cast, undemanding audiences might find something to like in this extremely lightweight effort.

It’s odd that a movie about one of the world’s greatest writers is so poorly written. Giovanni Ribisi plays a Miami newspaper writer who befriends Ernest Hemmingway, played by stage actor Adrian Sparks, in “Papa: Hemmingway in Cuba.” This tired biopic wastes a good cast and the stunning Cuban scenery on a colorless, cardboard portrait of the renowned novelist who battled writer’s block, depression and alcoholism in his final years. Papa deserves better.

Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert star in “Louder Than Bombs,” a thoughtful, well acted and profoundly sad look at how one family deals with grief after a tragic event. It’s smart, observant and involving, but never quite achieves the level of emotional devastation it was aiming for.

Also opening this week, “The First Monday in May” is a documentary about the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion show “China: Through the Looking Glass.”


Khadijah and the White Guy premier their weekly timeslot.

Now on Weekly!
Episode date : April 28, 2016
On Khadijah & the White Guy
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Kansas Riverkeeper’s Laura Caldwelland some area youth, will be talking about their water testing experience, and Dawn Buehler will be highlighting the Kansas RiverKeeper’s and their upcoming river fun outings..

Plus on This Week in Water:

Houston, we have a problem–too much pavement.

The U.S. is buying water from Iran–and it’s pretty heavy stuff.

China wants to build floating nuclear power plants. What could possibly go wrong?

The EPA has called on water providers across the country to post information about locations of risky lead pipes–and some states are balking.

When oceanographer Patricia Yager went to study the Amazon River in Brazil she got more than she expected.

Here’s why the water on your nightstand tastes funky in the morning.

How’s the Water?
Episode date : April 25, 2016
On EcoRadio KC
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This week on ARTSPEAK RADIO-Maria talks with Martha Gershun, Thomas Cobian, & Rick Malsick about Music + Poetry + Art, Friday April 29, 7-10pm at the Downtown Neon Gallery 1921 E. Truman Rd. KCMO
www.downtowngallery.com

Poet/writer Iris Appelquist joins us in the studio. Spartan Press has published two full-length volumes of Appelquist’s poetry, including BRIAR (2012) and Blunt Trauma (2009), co-authored by Jason Ryberg.

Director Colby Smith discusses The Studios Inc. provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitons for mid-career artists in Greater Kansas City.
www.studiosinc.org

Writer Jason Preu, joins us in the second half of the program. His fiction writing has been featured in numerous publications including Indigo Rising, Kansas City VOICES, Holdfast, and 101Fiction.com.
www.jasonpreu.wordpress.com


Is America having a political nervous breakdown?  Author and journalist Pythia  Peay returns for Part 2 of a discussion of her book, America On the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture.  The discussion will examine the forces behind the Trump phenomena, with  a Jungian analysis of the current state of the American psyche, especially focusing on the breakdown of long held American myths.


The process of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba is ongoing. Lewis W. Diuguid, Kansas City Star journalist, and Bette Tate-Beaver, Executive Director of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), recently visited Cuba. They will be sharing their observations of Cuba today and changes that opening doors may bring.

MO Civil Rights Commission of DOJ Reports Back

Host Keith Brown El talks with Latahra Smith of the KC Freedom Project about the draft report from the MO State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights investigation into how KCPD and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office handles citizen’s complaints. Keith and Latahra are joined by Anthony Williams of Missouri Prisoner Advocacy Consulting who adds some of his own experiences with the system.

KC Feedom Project, P O Box 9504, KCMO 64133
website – http://kcfreedomproject.org/
Latahra Smith – 816-456-9776

Missouri Prisoner Advocacy Consulting, PO Box 23, Columbia, Missouri 652105
Face Book – https://www.facebook.com/mopacllc/?hc_location=ufi
Anthony Williams – 314-406-1712

Developing Effective Programs To Reduce Recidivism

Host Margot Patterson to Alex Holsinger, a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, about his research on the risks of recidivism and what those leaving prison need to successfully re-enter society. Professor Holsinger works with state and local agencies to develop effective treatment programs for offenders re-entering society.

JoJR Calendar for April 25th 2016

The Human Dignity and Economic Justice Coalition will meet with Mayor Sly James, Monday, April 25, commencing @ 12:00 noon and concluding at 1:30 pm at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2310 E. Linwood Blvd, KCMO. Everyone is invited to attend this meeting and invite others to come as well. They will be discussing KCMO budget priorities and more. Rev., Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield Sr., is the Convener.
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The KCMO branch of the NAACP with the Sierra Club and Sustainable Sanctuaries are hosting an Environmental Justice Forum, Tuesday, April 26th 6:30pm, at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Cleaver II Blvd, KCMO. Kendra Glover, National NAACP Program Manager of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will present the NAACP’s Coal Blooded Report followed by a panel discussion dealing with coal plants in urban communities.
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The 12th Annual Troost Festival will be held from 10am to 8pm, Saturday, May 21st on Troost Avenue between Linwood and 31st ST. If you would like to help plan and present this years festival the committee meets daytime on Wednesdays at 1pm and Evenings at 7:30pm at 3101 Troost Ave, KCMO. There is still Plenty of room for vendors and exhibitors. This year’s theme: “Everyday People. Living Together”


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Bootsy Collins at Voodoo Lounge

December 3, 2014 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Bootsy Collins at Voodoo Lounge
Bootsy Collins at Voodoo Lounge

I had the awesome privilege of getting to go over to the Voodoo Lounge on Nov 22 to see the Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band show.  It was incredible to finally get to see the one last member of …

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Harling’s with Electric Lungs, Mace Batons, The Philistines

December 2, 2014 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Harling’s with Electric Lungs, Mace Batons, The Philistines
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Over at Harling’s a couple weeks back, they opened up the large rear room and had a hard rocking, punk fueled show featuring a great lineup.  We headed over to Harling’s after catching the Mountain Sprout show at Davey’s.  We …

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KKFI Jazz Calendar for the week of December 1 – 7

December 1, 2014 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on KKFI Jazz Calendar for the week of December 1 – 7
KKFI Jazz Calendar for the week of December 1 – 7

   This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, December 1 to Sunday, December 7. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the …

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November 30, 2014 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Mountain Sprout at Davey’s Uptown
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Back on Nov 15, we caught the early show featuring Mountain Sprout at Davey’s Uptown.  It was a good sized crowd for a pretty chilly Saturday night.  The band’s lineup has shuffled a couple times over the last year.  Fiddle …

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Jazz Calendar for the week of November 24 – 30

November 22, 2014 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Jazz Calendar for the week of November 24 – 30
Jazz Calendar for the week of November 24 - 30

   This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, November 24 to Sunday, November 30. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the …

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Noir City Nightclub

November 21, 2014 By KKFI 90.1 FM Comments Off on Noir City Nightclub
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Last weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse, the first annual Noir City KC film festival took place.  The event featured a set of classic film noir flicks, entertainers, musicians and cinema noir stars like Peggy Cummins. She is most well known …

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