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Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’ as movie theaters back out

The four largest theater chains in the U.S. said they would not show the movie, which depicts the assassination of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The film has been at the center of a devastating hacking attack on Sony. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was centrally involved with the attacks on Sony’s computers.

Cindy Hoedel: The six most charming Kansas City area bars

I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.

Cindy Hoedel: The six most charming Kansas City area bars

I love the new hyper-inventive craft cocktails as much as anyone, but mixology is only one component of bar excellence. At least 60 percent of it, in my book, is what I called the Woody factor — a quirky, otherworldly charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped inside a movie. Here are some other area bars that have it in spades.

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Asheer Akram’s sculptures at Belger Crane Yard decode the mystical

Kansas City artist Asheer Akram is a magician of materials and a poet of the human condition. The massive sculptures, large wall reliefs and smaller ceramic vessels in his “Sacred Spaces” exhibition at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery decode mystical experience into visual form. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 24.

Asheer Akram’s sculptures at Belger Crane Yard decode the mystical

Kansas City artist Asheer Akram is a magician of materials and a poet of the human condition. The massive sculptures, large wall reliefs and smaller ceramic vessels in his “Sacred Spaces” exhibition at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery decode mystical experience into visual form. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 24.

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Jeneé Osterheldt

At the new PowerPlay, crashing and bashing my cares away

The perfect antidote to holiday stress is bumper cars, a laser maze and kids. On a Saturday, while everyone was shopping, columnist Jeneé Osterheldt went to the new PowerPlay. The entertainment center that has long been in Shawnee quietly opened in the Northland this fall, and it’s ripe for bumper cars, laser tag and the like.