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Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day

Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.

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‘The Interview’ will be shown in the Kansas City area after all

Sony Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco satire. Sony also said it was working to release the film as video on demand. Which means after a week of controversy, terroristic threats and international intrigue, the movie now will open as originally scheduled: on Christmas.

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.

Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day

Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.

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.

Dashing to the show: Five big films open on Christmas Day

Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.

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The Spirit of Christmas Present comes to Della Lamb school in KC

On Monday, cast members from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” delivered gifts to the children who attend the Della Lamb Elementary Charter School in Kansas City, where more than 98 percent of the students are impoverished enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

The Spirit of Christmas Present comes to Della Lamb school in KC

On Monday, cast members from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” delivered gifts to the children who attend the Della Lamb Elementary Charter School in Kansas City, where more than 98 percent of the students are impoverished enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
 

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Dish Network dumps Fox News in contract spat

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations. The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees.

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.

Dish Network dumps Fox News in contract spat

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations. The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees.

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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Singer Joe Cocker dies at age 70 after battle with cancer

British singer Joe Cocker, who had hits that included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” and a contortionist style of performance parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 70. His London-based agent said Cocker died Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades.