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Since hitting the big time with “The Sixth Sense,” the work of quirky filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has been a hit-and-miss affair. His new horror entry “Split” is something of a return to form. James McAvoy is excellent as a man suffering from multiple personality disorder who kidnaps and imprisons three teenage girls. Betty Buckley is also fine as his sympathetic psychiatrist. There are plot holes and absurdities in “Split” that are hard to dismiss, but the actors make this taut chiller work as well as it does.

 

Michael Keaton’s dynamic performance is also the driving force in “The Founder,” the true story of the longtime chairman of McDonald’s, Ray Kroc. As in “Breaking Bad,” Kroc’s character arc takes a surprising turn, first winning audience support as an underdog and then losing it as he evolves into a backstabbing manipulator. It’s a distressing look at unbridled greed and ambition.

 

The talented cast also carries the day in “20th Century Women,” a comic drama about a free-spirited mom raising her teenage son in bohemian fashion in the 1970s. Annette Bening gives a nuanced performance sure to land her another Oscar nomination. It’s a melancholy coming-of-age flick.

 

A fine cast can’t quite save “Trespass Against Us,” a British gangster flick that is somewhat reminiscent of 70s drive-in fare. Michael Fassbender plays a small time hood who rebels against his dad, played by Brendan Gleeson, the head of a rag-tag band of gypsy-like thieves who live in a rural trailer compound. Even if you can navigate through the array of thick accents, this story and its strange conclusion will probably still be unsatisfying.

 

“xXx: Return of Xander Cage” is the third in the over-the-top action series. Vin Diesel is back as the extreme athlete now working as a CIA agent. He’s out to stop some bad guys who’ve gotten their hands on a doomsday weapon. It plays more like a stunt reel than a story.

 

The Screenland Armour presents the annual compilation of horror films, Panic Fest, Jan. 27th -29th. Info is available at panicfilmfest.com.


Susan and Russ cover a controversial film that won the Best Foreign Language Film prize as well as Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes. Isabelle Huppert (“Amour”) plays a successful businesswoman who is brutally raped, and then begins a strange relationship with her attacker. “Elle” represents a bit of a return to form for director Paul Verhoeven, known for “Basic Instinct,” “RoboCop” and the notorious “Showgirls.”

TAKE TWO: “Elle”
Episode date : January 25, 2017
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Urban Connections discusses the Donald Trump Executive Orders issued on day one.

Trump Protests and Executive Orders
Episode date : January 21, 2017
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Host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art-Erin Dziedzic Director of Curatorial Affairs and Jessica Thompson-Lee Youth and Family Museum Educator. Also Cherry Pit Collective Associate Director/fine artistAdri Luna joins us in the second half of ARTSPEAK RADIO.

Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the award of a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. This upcoming exhibition is scheduled to open at the Kemper Museum June 8 through September 17, 2017 with opportunities to travel thereafter. Magnetic Fields is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and co-curated by Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs at Kemper Museum, and Melissa Messina, Independent Curator and Curator of the Mildred Thompson Estate, Atlanta, Georgia.

This award marks the first grant from the Warhol Foundation to the Kemper Museum, and the second major grant in support of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. Last month, the exhibition received news of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.”The exhibition Magnetic Fields has proven to be historic for the Kemper Museum both in content and support,” said Executive Director Barbara O’Brien. “The unprecedented grant support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts contributes to the groundswell of interest and enthusiasm received for the theme, artists, and works of art organized for this extraordinary exhibition. The Museum staff and I are honored to include this prestigious Foundation among our valued contributors.”

Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs.

About the Exhibition
Magnetic Fields marks the first U.S. presentation dedicated exclusively to the formal and historical dialogue of abstraction by women artists of color.
In the June 2014 ARTnews article “Black Abstraction: Not a Contradiction,” Hilarie M. Sheets aptly notes, “The contributions of African American artists to the inventions of abstract [art] have historically been overlooked…” Magnetic Fields expands this historical conception with a focus on nonrepresentational art-making by women artists of color. In so doing, it reframes theart historical narrative to convey a more complete presentation of American abstraction than has ever previously been examined. Intergenerational in scope, Magnetic Fields presents a select group of prolific creators born between 1891 (Alma Thomas) and 1981 (Abigail DeVille) whose work demands deeper examination and collectively demonstrates a broader interpretation of American abstract art-making from the last half-century.
The exhibition introduces the work of twenty-one exceptional artists in conversation with one another for the first time. With works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of unique visual vocabularies within non-representational expression. By highlighting the artists’ individual approaches to form, color, composition, material exploration and conceptual impetus within hard-edge and gestural abstraction, Magnetic Fields provides an expanded history of non-pictorial image- and object-making.
“Magnetic Fields amplifies the lives and work of twenty-one extraordinary artists whose dedication to non-representational art making contributes to the reframing of American abstraction,” said Director of Curatorial Affairs Erin Dziedzic. “Intergenerational in scope, the exhibition is conceptually grounded in illuminating the formal conversations amongst the artists’ works from the 1960s to the present.”
Magnetic Fields features a range of works, including early and later career examples, those of specific series, several exhibited for the first time, and the long-awaited reappearance of iconic works such as Mavis Pusey’s large-scale painting Dejyqea (1970) in The Whitney’s 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists In America. Also drawn in part from the Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection, the exhibition features Chakaia Booker’s rubber tire sculpture El Gato (2001).
An exhibition advisory group has been assembled to engage in broader dialogue throughout the planning of the exhibition. A variety of thought-provoking educational programming has been designed to complement the themes within Magnetic Fields, and will be offered free of charge to engage learners of all ages. A complete list of Museum programs and times relating to this exhibition can soon be found at kemperart.org.
Exhibiting Artists
Candida Alvarez (b. 1955)
Chakaia Booker (b. 1953)
Lilian Thomas Burwell (b. 1927)
Nanette Carter (b. 1954)
Barbara Chase-Riboud (b. 1939)
Deborah Dancy (b. 1949)
Abigail DeVille (b. 1981)
Maren Hassinger (b. 1947)
Jennie C. Jones (b. 1968)
Evangeline “EJ” Montgomery (b. 1933)
Mary Lovelace O’Neal (b. 1942)
Howardena Pindell (b. 1943)
Mavis Pusey (b. 1928)
Shinique Smith (b. 1971)
Gilda Snowden (b. 1954, d. 2014)
Sylvia Snowden (b. 1942)
Kianja Strobert (b. 1980)
Betty Blayton Taylor (b. 1937, d. 2016)
Alma Thomas (b. 1891, d. 1978)
Mildred Thompson (b. 1936, d. 2003)
Brenna Youngblood (b. 1979)

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday–Friday; and 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday–Sunday.
The Museum and Café are closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W. 19th Street) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Wednesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday; noon–4:00 p.m., Saturday.
Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Tuesday–Friday; 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Saturday.
Admission is free at all three Kemper Museum locations.
For more information about the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, visit kemperart.org.

Cheery Pit Collective is a communal studio space for artists, makers, and creatives in the heart of KCMO. We are a varied group of artists, makers, and the studio is home to papermakers, painters, jewelers, illustrators, and small business owners all working as entrepreneurs of freelancers.The Cherry Pit Collective provides a dedicated space for members to create, meet, and make. We leave our houses and apartments and arrive at the Cherry Pit ready to work with full focus, plenty of space, light, and community. We no longer are isolated or feel lonely in our homes-we have a safe environment for the development and growth of our female-fronted businesses.

Director Kelsey Pike, Sustainable Paper+Craft
Sarah Preu, Wild Wash Soap Co.
Associated Director Adri Luna, Fine Artist
Tara Tonsor, Lost & Found Design
Tarrah Rose Anderson, Whiskey + Bone
Danica Lyons, Sewist
Elizabeth Baddeley, Illustrator
Bryan “Koosh” Juarez, Ceramicist

Cherry Pit Collective
604 E. 31st. KCMO
www.cherrypitcollective.com

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The Jayhawk Audubon Society’s Joyce Wolff, Bunny Watkins, and Mike Watkins tell us about this Saturday’s 21st Annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day as well as all things eagle.

Eagles Day
Episode date : January 16, 2017
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Wyandotte County Court Trustee, Sheryl Bussell Answers Your Questions on Child Support

On our broadcast today a discussion about child support and you are invited to join the discussion. Host Craig Lubow will be talking with Sheryl Bussell, a Court Trustee in Wyandotte County, Kansas about how the system works and answers your questions.

The phone number to call in is 816-931-5534. Please wait for the host to ask for calls, turn your radio down so we don’t get echos and keep your questions and commets on topic. Thank you.

JoJR Calendar for January 16th

The KC chapter of Mothers in Charge, Healing Support Group will be meeting Thursday January 19th 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 kcmothersincharge.org or call them at 816-912-2601.
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Corey’s Network and Chuck E Cheese are once again partnering to raise funds to help pay funeral costs of a murder victim under the age of 12 years. 15% of all food and token sales made at the register will got to the cause. You can help by dining at the Check E Cheese locations in Independence and Kansas City in Missouri, and the Olathe and Overland Park restaurants in Kansas on Friday January 20th from 3-9 PM. Let them know, I’m Here with Corey.
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There will be two public meetings to inform and discuss the recent change in Missouri Statute that allows children to be charged with a felony for fighting on school grounds. This change has created a great deal of concern and confusion across the state.

State Representatives Judy Morgan and DaRon McGee along with the Alumni of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority are hosting a breakfast and Town Hall on Saturday January 21st from 9-10:30 AM at Center High School, 8701 Holmes Rd, KCMO. Please RSVP to Beth Walker at [email protected] or call 573-751-9469 to ensure there is enough food.

State Rep. Brandon Ellington, will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, January 21st at 12 Noon at Southeast High school, 3500 E. Meyer Blvd, KCMO to educate and inform community members of the revisions made to the Missouri criminal code. Both of these meetings are open to the public and will include local officialsthat have direct knowledge and responsibilities under this Statute. You are encouraged to attend either or both events.
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