Maria talks with Robin Prosini Chair of the Kansas City FIlm Festival, Cassie Pikarsky Community Development Coordinator with the National Museum of Toys/Miniature, and poets Iris Appelquist, Crista Siglin, and Steph French.

Robin Prosini, Chair of the Kansas City Jewish Film Festival talks about the festival and special events.
Location: The White Theatre, 5801 West 115th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66211
Single Tickets: $10
Festival Pass: $50 (one movie FREE!)
Dates: January 8-22
2017 FILMS:
Wunderkinder | Thursday, January 12th
Partnership with Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Mr. Predictable | Saturday, January 14th

Magic Men | Sunday, January 15th

To Life | Thursday, January 19th

Hummus: The Movie | January 22nd
In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a special talkback session and dinner will follow the film. Additional dinner ticket $10.

Melting Away | TBD – May, 2017
Tivoli Theatre, 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Mr. Gaga | TBD- August , 2017
Rooftop event space in the Crossroads District

For more information visit

Cassie Pikarsky, Community Development Coordinator with The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures discusses The Wizard of Oz exhibit, Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz opening at The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures Saturday, January 14.
Published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz is considered America’s first fairy tale. Since then, the story of Dorothy’s fantastical journey through the land of Oz has captivated generations. From January 14 – August 20, 2017, at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz highlights the books, toys, and games that resulted from Baum’s fourteen Oz books, the MGM film version starring Judy Garland, and mid- century film, television, and musical retellings.
View a first edition copy of the book that started it all, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

See the most comprehensive collection of early 19th-century Wizard of Oz toys ever exhibited

Discover curious characters from Baum’s thirteen other Oz books in a hands-on interactive.

Relive the technicolor classic with original costumes from the film and reproduction ruby red
slippers, including several prototypes.

Stop to take a picture just outside the Emerald City with an Oz-some photo opportunity.

Explore the story’s adaptations through toys and original costumes from The Wiz: The Super
Soulful Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Return to Oz, and Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.

Examine copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in seven different languages from Italian to Latvian.

WHAT Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz
WHERE The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures 5235 Oak Street KCMO 64112
WHEN January 14, 2017 – August 20, 2017 Open Daily 10am – 4pm
Closed Tuesdays and major holidays
COST $5 for ages 5 and up
Free for ages 4 and under
Free for members
Free for UMKC faculty, staff, and students
Free for active duty service members and their families
MEMBERSHIP Start at $25 for free admission for a year for two people.
Visit to learn more or call (816) 235-8010.

The National Museum of Toy and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures. Located on the University of Missouri – Kansas City campus, the museum exhibits the world’s largest collection of fine-scale miniatures and one of the nation’s largest collections of antique toys. For more information, call (816) 235-8000 or visit

Writers/poets Iris Appelquist, Steph French, and Crista Siglin read and discuss their work and talk about upcoming events.
Iris Appelquist is a 33 year old native and resident of Kansas City, Missouri. Her endeavor to carve out a niche for herself has been rewarded with publication of two full-length volumes of poetry, Blunt Trauma (Co-authored by Jason Ryberg, 2009, Spartan Press, KCMO), BRIAR (2012, Spartan Press, KCMO), and a chapbook entitled WHERE WE WERE WE WERE THERE (Spartan Press, 2015) — not to mention appearing to read and discuss poetry on her local NPR affiliate, in the local Kansas City Star, and several independent online and print magazines and journals. Her forthcoming full-length volume, NICE FEELINGS, details the mystifying process of personal growth through the confessional style and surrealist conjecture.”

“Steph French resides in Kansas City. She’s a graduate of Drake University and holds a BA in English and psychology. Her first book, DELUGE was recently published by Spartan Press as part of Prospero’s Pop Poetry series.”

“Crista Siglin graduated with a BFA in Painting and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. She has been published in Sprung Formal, KCAI’s Compendium, Not Sorry Zine, and Retrograde Craft. Siglin released her first book of poetry, Fleeting, Sacred on Spartan Press in 2015.”


Morning Mix – Happy New Year

Join Host Beth Pike as she once again dips her hand into the proverbial box of musical chocolates to see what “sweet treats” it has in store.  You will be hearing from Leon Russell…a small tribute to one of the many great artists lost in 2016.  Also music from The Firm, Joe Walsh, Alice Cooper, The ladies of Heart and you’ll want to buckle up for the last part of the show…Black Sabbath – The Dio years and OH SO much MORE.  Streaming on the web at

Stories from Standing Rock

On November 28th at the Uptown Arts Bar, Monique Gabrielle Salazar and Keith Wilson spoke about their recent experiences at Standing Rock. KKFI was on hand to record.

Metrik, Ellen Allien, Blind Motive, PLUS Hospital: We Are 21 & DISC 2 With First Word Recs!

J Zed‘s back in the driver’s seat this weekend with tracks from Metrik, house from Kennedy and Marc Molina, heavy-hitting techno from Ellen Allien, Pig & Dan, Huxley and more, plus drum n bass in the second half off the forthcoming Hospital Records compilation celebrating its 21st year, and a DISC 2 celebrating First Word Records‘ newest compilation, “Two Syllables Volume Thirteen”. LOG ON, OR JOG ON! Stream us worldwide at KKFI.ORG or on your local radio dial at 90.1 FM.

How to Buy a Home Week #2

Urban Connections Session on How to Buy a Home Session #2 with Toni Choate

Toni Choate is a resident of Kansas City, her education and licensure credentials: Career Education Systems – Real Estate Education licensing for the State of Missouri, The University of Missouri Kansas City, BA in Psychology with a minor in film studies, MCC Penn Valley Campus, A.A. Liberal Arts, graduating high school from Bishop Hogan High School.

She is currently a member of National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Realtist, Greater Kansas City Association of Real Estate Brokers (GKCAREB) Secretary of organization, National Association of Realtors (NAR) Realtor, Missouri Realtors, and Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR) were for the past 4 years she has served on Missouri advocacy committee where she has served on advisory committees on the boards behalf.

At present Toni is a sales consultant with Keller Williams Realty Partners, Inc. licensed and serving Missouri.

Toni is a strong advocate for homeownership for those that want to own; and a passionate believer that everyone should take it upon themselves to be well informed about the process to be able to make real choice. As a Real Estate consultant, she believes in the Win-Win. If clients/customers are educated about the process and is realistic about their capabilities. They will achieve the outcome that they desire and have a good home buying experience.


A Shortcut Through 2016

An immersive retrospective of one of the most turbulent years in history, with political upheavals, worldwide economic meltdowns, racist confrontations, terrorist attacks coupled with threats of religious persecution amid the playing out of the incredibly toxic presidential election and an endless parade of those who left big holes in the fabric of our common culture in 2016. Mixed with the music and sounds of the year

A Shortcut Through 2016 features the American Presidential election, and the various battles for good & evil waged around the world including stops at Standing Rock, Brexit, Mosul, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Oakland, Chicago, Cleveland, Russia, WestWorld and Downton Abbey with music from Agnes Obel, Paul Simon & Nico Segal, Thievery Corporation, Johann Johannsson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Radiohead, Blood Orange, Jim James, Ramid Djawad, The Hamilton Mixtape (K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Reodente), Neil Young, Florence & The Machine, Hans Zimmer, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Kelsey Lu, Was (Not Was, The George Martin Orchestra, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and more with commentary from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, David Cameron, Paul Ryan, Barack and Michelle Obama, Chris Hayes, Ben Carson, D.L Hughley, Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer, Common, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Stephen Cobert, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Spike Lee, George Clooney, James Corden, Whoopie Goldberg, Nancy Pelosi, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jon Snow, Richard White, Saginaw Grant, Ray Goulding, The Firesign Theater, Benedict Cumberbatch, LeBron James, William Shatner, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Brian & Violet Bochan and tributes to David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Muhammad Ali, Fidel Castro, Leon Russell, Prince, Bill Nunn, Arnold Palmer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Young, Bill Cunningham, Paul Kantner, Mose Allison, Ralph Stanley, Noel Neill, Frank Sinatra Jr, George Martin, Greg Lake & Keith Emerson, Maurice White, Earl Hamner Jr, Harper Lee, Nancy Reagan, Toots Thielemans, Lonnie Mack, John Zachele, Bob Elliot, and dedicated to my father Peter J. Bochan (1920-2016)