FREEZE FRAME: “Ghost in the Shell,” “Land of Mine”

The first live-action adaptation of the phenomenally popular Japanese manga comic and anime series “Ghost in the Shell” finally reaches the big screen. Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is given cyber-enhancement after a near fatal accident. She’s then recruited as a crime fighter, but like Jason Bourne, seeks to recover her true identity.

This fantasy is a step up for filmmaker Rupert Sanders, best known for the over the top TV commercials. His last effort was the big budget opus, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” He captures the comic’s strange, dark tone of paranoia, but “Ghost in the Shell” is uniquely Japanese, so they should have cast it that way.

“Land of Mine” is an Oscar-nominated Danish drama about one of the shameful moments in Denmark’s history. Right after WWII, a group of German POWs, mostly boys, was forced into what was essentially a suicide mission. Their task was to remove hundreds of active mines on the Danish coastline that were left there by German troops. Although it is a wrenching and disturbing film to watch, it underscores how hatred and bitterness can cloud our thinking. It also shows that it’s possible to grow out of it.

Also opening this week, “Personal Shopper” is an art house horror thriller starring Kristen Stewart as the shopper for a European celebrity. “T2: Trainspotting” is the long-awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s acclaimed drama about Scottish heroine addicts. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” stars Jessica Chastain in the true story of a Polish woman who worked with the Resistance during WWII. “Boss Baby” is an animated spoof voiced by Alec Baldwin. “The Devil’s Candy” is a haunted house flick starring Ethan Embry.

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

TAKE TWO: “Wilson”

Susan and Russ take on a comic drama based upon a popular graphic novel. “Wilson” stars Woody Harrelson as a misanthrope whose ex-wife informs him that he has a teenage daughter. Director Craig Johnson (“The Skeleton Twins”) and the story’s creator, Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) stay true to the story’s dour tone.

Black Box, Melé, Montel, Sonika Music MMW Special, & DISC 2 with TQD!

It’s no April Fool…J Zed is back on the decks this Saturday night with a re-rub of a classic from Black Box, plus the latest tracks by Melé, Montel, Kevin McKay, Mark Knight/Rene Amesz/Green Velvet and more. The second half features a Miami Music Week special courtesy of the Sonika Music imprint, and a DISC 2 with downtempo UK garage from TQD. LOG ON, OR JOG ON…you know what to do. Stream worldwide at KKFI.ORG, or locally at 90.1 FM.

Chow Chop Suey: Food & the Chinese American Experience and The One-Eighth-Cent Sales Tax: Pro and Con

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum: In her new book Chow Chop Suey, food historian Anne Mendelson traces the history of the Chinese in America through food in Chinese restaurants. It’s a story of how xenophobia stunted the enrichment of both our society and cuisine. Then, “Going to the polls on April 4th? Confused about the 1/8 cent sales tax? Listen to both sides and decide for yourself. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Chow Chop Suey: Food & the Chinese American Experience and The One-Eighth-Cent Sales Tax: Pro and Con

This week on the Heartland Labor Forum: In her new book Chow Chop Suey, food historian Anne Mendelson traces the history of the Chinese in America through food in Chinese restaurants. It’s a story of how xenophobia stunted the enrichment of both our society and cuisine. Then, going to the polls on April 4th? Confused about the 1/8 cent sales tax? Listen to both sides and decide for yourself. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

ARTSPEAK RADIO with Warren Rosser, Literacy KC, Lawrence Arts Center, and Brent Watkinson

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with artist Warren Rosser, Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer John Teasdale with Literacy KC, Gallery Director Ben Ahlvers with The Lawrence Arts Center and painter Brent Watkinson.

The Lawrence Arts Center announces its thirty-sixth annual benefit art auction and exhibit. Established by artists in 1981 to fund a not-for-profit gallery, the auction supports the Lawrence Arts Center’s exhibitions program, which provides free public exhibitions year-round, enriched by Art Talks, films, and more. The 2017 annual benefit auction will feature approximately 35 live auction works and over 100 silent works. Pieces generously donated by artists will be on exhibit in our galleries from March 10th until the live auction on April 8th at 5:00pm.

Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Tickets are available here:

Contact Heather Hoy, Director of Development, or Ben Ahlvers, Director of Exhibitions, for me details.

Ben Ahlvers began his role as Gallery Director at the Lawrence Arts Center in the fall of 2009. Prior to that Ben served as Associate Education Director at the Arts Center. Ben has curated exhibitions and coordinated symposiums that have been featured in international publications. He also is an active artist in his own right, exhibiting regularly around the country. Ben received his M.F.A. from Ohio University, in 2004, preceded by a B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

John Teasdale, Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer Literacy KC- Literacy KC began as a dream and grew out of a passion to help people. In 1985, a group of volunteers led by Catherine Mathews perceived a need and created a tiny organization to provide literacy tutoring for adults. They had become aware of several adults that struggled with literacy skills and felt that there was an answer to help them gain new skills and improve on the limited skills that they had.

For several years, the program was operated with an all-volunteer staff. As the program grew in numbers and funding was sec Literacy KC offers a welcoming community for adults and families to improve literacy skills and enhance quality of life. With support from volunteers, donors, partners, and the community at large, Literacy KC invests in Kansas City’s greatest asset – our people.
Literacy KC is revolutionizing the way adult literacy education is delivered:
INSTRUCTOR LED: Qualified instructors teach relevant, responsive, and level-appropriate curriculum.
TUTOR-DRIVEN: Trained volunteer tutors support the instructors and help meet individual student needs.
STUDENT-CENTERED: Each student identifies academic and personal goals and instructors design lessons to help them meet these goals.

Literacy KC
211 West Armour Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111

Warren Rosser is the William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting, recently retired as Chair of the Painting Department at the Kansas City Art Institute after 28 years. Born in South Wales in the UK, Rosser moved to the US in 1972. Although trained as a painter, for many years he made sculpture and mixed media constructions. In 1998 he returned to painting, which he views in the broadest sense. His work continues to explore constructed elements that can exist on the wall, but just as easily on the floor. Many of these constructed paintings utilize store bought fabric and carpet built dimensionally but still grounded by the wall or floor plane. More recently his work has returned to a more conventional form of oil paint on stretched canvas. The work examines an abstract language, exploring architectural forms and constructed space with particular attention being paid to color and its transitions and subtleties. Printmaking is a tool Rosser utilizes to explore different attitudes to form and, particularly in his most recent monoprints, the multi-layer of color transparences creating the deep implied space. Selected solo exhibitions have included: Parade: Parallel Tracks at University of Leeds, England, and Jan Weiner Gallery in Kansas City; Repeat Offender at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Counterpoint at Epsten Gallery, Kansas City Jewish Museum; Hybrid View at Albrecht Kemper Museum, St Joseph, Missouri; and AlternateTracking at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art at Omaha, Nebraska. Previously he has exhibited his work at the Tate Gallery, London, the KunstMuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany; the Galleria Del Cavallino, Venice, Italy; and at the Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Brent Watkinson received his BA at Missouri Southern State College in 1982. After working as a photographer for a year, he began interning and working as an illustrator. Two years later, Brent was represented nationally in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and New York City, and was an illustrator in private practice for twenty- three years.
In 1992, he was invited to become a member of the NASA Arts Program, and has since completed two paintings for NASA’s permanent collection. A few of Brent’s clients include: American Express, Contadina Products, Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, Geffen Records, NASA, Putnam Publishers, Science Magazine, Sony Music, U.S. Pentagon, William Morrow Publishing, Time/Warner, The Franklin Mint, Doubleday/Bantaam Books, and Random House. His work has been in the Society of Illustrators New York, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and Communication Arts. His digital work was featured in an article in Step-by-Step Electronic Design Magazine.
Brent served as part-time instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, and full time faculty and co-director at The Illustration Academy, as well as The Art Department. The Illustration Academy is a seminar program, based in Kansas City, but also based three years in Richmond, VA, at Virginia Commonwealth University, and five years in Sarasota, FL, at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Brent also was a computer programmer for a national company, writing web applications and algorithms for businesses in 2015 -2016. A licensed Apple Developer from 2011-2016, Brent had a total of eight iPhone and iPad apps in the Apple App Store. Brent has written several computer programs using code to produce images that are a type of cooperation between “human and computer”. The programs run based on inputs from Brent, but the computer is given permission to inject random elements of code and math to produce results that cannot be replicated by the human or the computer on their own. He now paints for galleries full-time.
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Wednesday MidDay Medley talks with Clint Hoffmeier, Matt Tady, Matthew Dunehoo, Lou Jane Temple & Ron Megee

Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New & MidCoastal Releases + Clint Hoffmeier & Matt Tady + Matthew Dunehoo & First Friday Film Fest + Lou Jane Temple & Ron Megee

Mark plays more New & MidCoastal releases from: Slights, Second Hand King, Arc Flash, Sky Smeed, Calvin Arsenia, Lennon Bone, The Dynamite Defense, The Sleazebeats, Pieta Brown, The Besnard Lakes, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Modern English.

At 10:15 Clint Hoffmeier & Matt Tady join us on terrestrial radio to share details about their new weekly podcast, Wednesday Night Drinking Practice. The podcast is now in their 23rd week. Clint & Matt host and produce the show, that is recorded at Clint’s home studio, in his Rosedale KCK neighborhood. Clint’s mom provides a home cooked meal for every show. We’ll also play a track from Clint’s band, Dynamite Defense, which also includes: Jordan Carver, Tess Jehle-Ray, Chris Tady, and Chris Teasley. To hear and download, “Wednesday Night Drinking Practice” podcasts, visit:

At 11:00, Mark welcomes Matthew Dunehoo, filmmaker, musician, and actor. Matthew serves as Festival Director of the First Friday Film Festival, held every month at Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 301, KCMO. The next First Friday Film Festival is April 7, with doors at 7:30 PM, screenings begin at 8:30 pm. Eleven short films from Barcelona, Minneapolis, Columbia, NYC, Los Angeles, France, Sweden, and Michigan will be screened. The short films range from documentary to animation, to narrative pieces. More info at: We’ll also play a demo track from Matt’s new band, Slights, who play The Tank Room, 1813 Grand Blvd, KCMO, also Friday, April 7 at 9:30 PM, with Spellbook, opening for Kids & Chemicals.

At 11:25 AM, Lou Jane Temple & Ron Megee join Mark to talk about Cafe Lulu, The Spoken Word, Big Bang Buffet, Late Night Theatre, Golden Girls Gone Wilder, Food, Art, Nasty Sally Searsucker, and the Big Bang Buffet’s “Black Sheep Rising,” Tuesday, April 11, at 8:00 (with a musical overture from The Sleazebeats starting at 7:30) at The Buffalo Room, 817 Westport RD, KCMO. This is a benefit for 90.1 FM KKFI featuring: Ron Megee, Lisa Cordes, Jon “Piggy” Cupit, The Sleazebeats, Calvin Arsenia, Jen Harris, Linda Barnhouse, Maria Vasquez Boyd, Jen Appell, Bill Belzer, Charlie Colborne, Mark Manning, Susan Cedarquis-Brewington, BJ McBride, Michael McQuary, Janet Henry, Ryan Wilks, and Nico Gray. Limited seating. Tickets are going fast. For info and ticket reservations go to:

Show #675

If God exists, what does God think of Racism?

Our guests will be Jamie Kacz and Pastor Ron Birmingham. The two are unrelated but both will discuss how we change “the system” in America. Is Marijuana NORML?  :)  Jamie and the other folks at NORML are trying to change the way our lawmakers view marijuana possession (question 5 to be answered on Tuesday, April 4). Ron Birmingham will join in a general discussion about how to change “the system.” Ron is a pastor and a radio talk show host. As always, we’ll be taking your calls… Atheists, we need your voice too!