Tim Whitmer’s July jam is Sunday, July 31, his Spirituality and All That Jazz show is Wednesday, Aug. 3, and that’s not all. Also, saxophonists Dave Koz and David Sanborn bring smooth-jazz sounds to Kauffman Center Thursday, Aug. 4.
Like the original, the new actors play these beloved characters well. And this time the villain (Idris Elba) is a worthy contender. The elaborate action scenes are fast and furious, even if they don’t quite belong in the true “Star Trek” universe.
The KC Fringe Festival, July 21-31, features dance, film, spoken word and theater artists — many local emerging talents testing their new works. Executive producer Cheryl Kimmi calls it a “ripple effect” in terms of popularity but says 11 days is the perfect length.
Kansas City, the new home of the National Storytelling Network, is hosting the National Storytelling Conference at the Marriott Country Club Plaza. The conference runs from Thursday, July 21, to Sunday, July 24. Attendees can take workshops and master classes and learn about storytelling from keynote speakers.
“The Enchanted Forest” display includes 13 meticulously designed gnome houses. To go with the exhibit, the arboretum offers weekly educational classes for families, covering everything from arts and crafts to theater. The exhibit is partly inspired by the 2013 gnome house invasion of Tomahawk Creek Trail, which inspired the documentary “The Gnomist.”
The 12th Annual KC Fringe Festival, which begins July 21, offers an exciting melange of cutting-edge entertainment that should appeal to adventurous classical fans. Think “absurdist Cabaret Rock-Opera.”
Nikki Glaser graduated from University of Kansas in 2006. When she lived in Lawrence, she performed a lot at Kansas City’s Stanford & Sons. She currently hosts “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” on Comedy Central and is friends with Amy Schumer.
Bob Boilen’s “Your Song Changed My Life” is the new selection of the FYI Book Club. The NPR host asked musicians to talk about the music that really influenced them. Jimmy Page, Smokey Robinson, Jeff Tweedy and more weigh in.
The haters were wrong: “Ghostbusters” remake is funny and entertaining. Stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones provide fresh new characters. But the remake is not as good as the original and, toward the end, loses momentum.
Randall Jenson, a 2016 Rocket Grant award winner, is creating video campaign to lift up trans and nongendered youth of color. In the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, he cautions against “white fragility.”
David Dastmalchian, who appeared in “Ant-Man” and “Dark Knight,” will return to star in “All Creatures Here Below.” His film received the first incentive from the Kansas City Film Development Program. Filming will start later this month.