Elvis Costello and the Imposters perform at The Crossroads on Thursday, June 30 at 8 pm. If you pledged for tickets, please pick them up at Will Call the evening of the concert after 5 pm. The Crossroads at Grinders is located at 417 E 18 Street between Oak and Cherry Streets.
Recorded November 2, 2010, at The New York Public Library, New York, NY.
Since Elvis Costello’s debut album, My Aim Is True, was released in 1977, his musical eclecticism and fiercely literate lyrics have earned him recognition as one of the most innovative and influential songwriters since Bob Dylan. While his songs have been recorded by music legends such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Chet Baker, he is best known for his own performances with The Attractions (with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003) and The Imposters.
On the evening of November 2, Elvis Costello gave a private concert for 500 lucky fans to celebrate the release of his new album, National Ransom, that day. Within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Costello – along with the Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums – performed new songs from National Ransom as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career.
“I Lost You”
“Blame It On Cain”
“Dr. Watson, I Presume”
“Poor Borrowed Dress”
“A Slow Drag With Josephine”
“Jimmie Standing In The Rain”
“The Spell That You Cast”
“That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving”
“Stations Of The Cross”
“Sulphur To Sugarcane”
“Leave My Kitten Alone”
Get tickets to see Elvis Costello and The Imposters on June 30, 2011.
This is a portrait of the self-taught California artist Emile Norman, who, at age 88, (original air date 6/23/2008) works with the same passion for life, art, nature and freedom that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America. The film chronicles his independent spirit: how it developed from his early days on a ranch in the San Gabriel Valley; brought him success in New York City in the 40s and 50s; and gave him the confidence to leave the New York art scene and find freedom in Big Sur, where he and Brooks Clement, his partner of 30 years, built a house and created a haven for a circle of friends and artists that is still growing today.
This extraordinary new work combines the world’s best singers, the glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In “The Enchanted Island,” the lovers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked on the other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast featuring David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese, Luca Pisaroni, Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo, with special guest star Plácido Domingo.
Watch Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9pm.
Although Shukree Hassan Tilghman begins More Than A Month with the goal of ending Black History Month, by the end of the documentary he has developed a more nuanced approach to celebrating and acknowledging the history of African Americans.
After viewing the film at KCPT’s February Community Cinema event, many attendees seemed to share Tilghman’s conflicted feelings about the month.
Dr. Doretha Williams, who is the executive director of the Black Archives of Mid-America helped facilitate discussion about the film and the role of Black History Month in our community and schools. Like Tilghman, Williams, who grew up in Topeka, KS, says that she has happy childhood memories of Black History Month. “I remember dressing up as and playing Harriet Tubman and leading the other kindergartners to freedom,” said Williams.
Discussion topics ranged from how history is recounted and by whom to the inevitable consequence of corporate and commercial use of Black History Month.
Here are some of the comments and reactions of those that attended:
-Perhaps Black History is hard for people to incorporate into American History because of the shame associated with it. That way the power-brokers don’t have to deal with the shame and wrong-doing. The only history we’re getting has to be cleansed, we’re not talking about the rape of black women. Anything that happens in the US is part of American history. Celebrating Black inventors, leaders and revolutionaries like we currently do is great, but what’s missing is acknowledging the shame of slavery.
-I sympathize with the mom in the film who took it upon herself to teach her daughter about slavery. American Indians have the same problems that Tilghman presents in the film. We have to tell our story to our own kids all the time. It’s hard though when you’re contradicting what’s in the text book and your kid doesn’t know what to believe.
-I take issue with the men reenacting and celebrating the Confederacy and flying the Confederate flag. They say it’s not just a symbol of racism and slavery, but it’s akin to wearing a swastika.
-I think there is still a place for the celebration and acknowledgment that comes with Black History Month, but we should also work to incorporate and add these powerful stories to the main curriculum.
-Tilghman has really reminded me as a mom that I need to shake things up and push for 365 days of Black History! I can remember when I was little and it was just a week. A month is a mark of progress, but we can’t be compliant or just eliminate Black History Month until we have something better to replace it with.
-I think if we eliminated Black History Month, we’d be forgetting whose shoulders we stand on and the struggle to establish Black History Month.
-It seems that the corporate side of Black History Month is inevitable. There seemed to be some disgust around the Heineken’s Black History advertisement. My question is are we disgusted with the product or all mass-marketing? I mean would we have the same issue if the ad was for Colt 45?
-I remember the Kings of Africa Budweiser campaign from a few years back. I think they is a larger issue there with marketing alcohol to our young people.
-I think the high school requirement for Black History is just awesome. My mother went to the all-black Lincoln High School in the 1930s in Kansas City and Black History was a requirement then.
-Black History always felt like a funeral for me of all the past achievements and leaders. I think Black History needs to start as far back as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and not stop. I agree wholeheartedly with Tilghman that Public Enemy should be included!
Listen to KCUR’s interview on Central Standard with Shukree Hassan Tilghman and UMKC History Professor Pellom McDaniels III, who is featured in the film.
Create and discover African American History from the palm of your hand with More Than A Month’s accompanying smartphone application: More Than a Map(p).
At first glance, you might not see much of a connection between the building of electric cars and at-risk, high school-aged kids, but MINDDRIVE, a Kansas City, Missouri-based non-profit, is making one. Producer Cara Myers profiles this local non-profit, where at-risk teens are not only building innovative electric vehicles, but they are also being inspired to learn and expand their vision of the future. When we’re so often told about the problems of young people, here’s a positive story for a change.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks who is recognized as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century.
While the Fort Scott, Kansas native is best known for his iconic images in Life magazine, Parks, the youngest of 15 children was also a novelist, co-founder of Essence Magazine and a successful filmmaker.
When he passed away in 2006, he was eulogized as a true Renaissance man who constantly pushed boundaries and broke stereotypes.
Over the weekend here in Kansas City, Gordon Parks Elementary School threw a centennial celebration to honor the trailblazing artist at the historic Gem Theater. And Parks’ daughter, Toni Parks, flew in from London to join the musical salute to her late father.
At the Gem Theater, students from Gordon Parks Elementary performed the prologue of a new musical honoring the life of the school’s gifted namesake. The world premiere will be next June and the school hopes to perform it every year.
While we remember Parks’ photographs, he was an accomplished novelist and poet, and director of countless films, including the 1969 drama The Learning Tree which recounts his own experiences of racial discrimination growing up in rural Kansas.
Tune in to a new season of Equitrekking – the series that showcases places to travel on horseback.
Join host Darley Newman as she travels the globe from the national parks of America and Canada to the enchanting lands of Turkey and Jordan. Discover new places for equestrian travel beginning March 30.
ESSENTIAL PÉPIN is the culmination of chef Jacques Pépin’s 60+ years of experience in the kitchen. In this new series, Jacques welcomes his daughter Claudine, granddaughter Shorey and lifelong friends and colleagues to cook with him. In each ingredient-driven episode, the 75-year-old culinary legend provides step-by-step instruction for creating a mouth-watering dish and demonstrates his impeccable technique, from chopping an onion or peeling a softly boiled egg to breaking down a leg of lamb. The series encourages novices to take their first culinary steps and entices seasoned home chefs to try something new.
Watch KCPT2 Mondays at 11:30am and KCPT Create Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.