Movie theaters get creative to reel you in

Where can you go to see a rock concert, opera performance, comedy roast, video game tournament, karaoke and pyrotechnics? A Kansas City movie theater. Actually, quite a few of them. Within the last year, many area theaters have transformed from places that merely feature first-run blockbusters to multipurpose venues that freely explore all manner of creative whims.

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest announces 60 bands

Organizers of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest have announced 60 of the 100-plus bands that will perform April 4-6 at venues in and near Westport. This year’s lineup of established national acts includes Grizzly Bear, Deerhoof, the Joy Formidable, Tennis and Wovenhand. It will also include dozens of emerging national and regional bands.

‘Shipwrecked!’ is a lively retelling of fictional autobiography

Spinning Tree Theatre’s lively production of “Shipwrecked!” has much to admire, and director Michael Grayman makes the most of playwright Donald Margulies’ concept. The idea is to tell a fabulous story with minimal props and effects and only three actors. It’s an attempt to celebrate yarn-spinning and theatrical invention.

Lady Gaga’s return flight is extravagant and gaudy

Thirty months after first playing at the Sprint Center, Lady Gaga isn’t quite the pop-culture phenom and force she was in 2010. Nonetheless, the second time was a charm, too. Monday night, Gaga gave the crowd of about 11,000 a show that was every bit as extravagant, excessive and energetic as the first. It was also 30 minutes longer.

Country artist Hunter Hayes follows own path to Grammy nominations

Being nominated for three Grammy Awards has emboldened Hunter Hayes, who played every instrument on his self-titled debut album, something he called an “intimidating experiment” in a Nashville, a town full of legendary hired hands. He also went hard against the current trends in country music in another way, pursuing his interest in pop influences when most of his male counterparts are riffin’ on rock ’n’ roll.

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