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About the food you eat and what happens after

Two authors in Kansas City this week will be talking food: where it comes from and then where it goes. Christopher Leonard, author of “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business,” speaks Wednesday at the Central Library. Mary Roach, the author of “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” speaks Thursday at the library.

Season of rebirth inspires classical selections

One of the great things about having an outstanding music school like the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance is being able to hear free recitals by its world-class faculty. For example, Benny Kim, professor of violin at the conservatory, will give a free Easter recital at White Recital Hall

New books and their verses salute National Poetry Month

What better way to celebrate April as National Poetry Month than with new books of poems, including one in which a cadaver relates to the students slicing into her withered anatomy. Fortunately, we are asked to dissect only poetry, lovely tissues of meditation, connected by sinews of rhyme and syllable count.

‘The Duke’ charts John Wayne’s restless search for respect

For more than four decades and 162 feature films, John Wayne filled the screen and our cultural fantasies. Along the way he became a symbol of American masculinity, the emphatic authority figure defending our values with fists and guns — “an innocent man in primary colors,” in the words of Scott Eyman’s entertaining new biography.

The Kansas poet laureate invites your verse

Kansas poet laureate Wyatt Townley has requested participants submit verse in the form of the American cinquain. “I want to get people thinking about the concept of ‘home,’” said Townley, who lives in Leawood.

Video: The Star’s Press Pavilion becomes a stage for Quixotic’s performance art

Billed as a "convergence of the arts, tech and cultural communities," the Forum, the nonmusical portion of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, kicks off with a party at 5 p.m. Thursday at The Kansas City Star’s Press Pavilion. The party features a Q&A with George Packer of The New Yorker magazine, performances and lighting installations by Quixotic. On Wednesday, crews prepared the pavilion for Quixotic’s performance.

Missouri Revenue Department’s directive to pay sales taxes stuns arts groups

Missouri lawmakers are taking steps to rein in the Department of Revenue after some arts organizations, fitness centers and dance studios were told that they must pay sales taxes on ticket, tuition and membership fees. Three Kansas City theater companies received letters from the department saying they now were required to pay sales taxes on single ticket and concession sales.

Choirs lead the way on a week of new and classic music

Te Deum Chamber Choir conducted by Matthew Christopher Shepard will take a sort of iPod approach with its program called “Universal Expressions.” The choir will perform two Masses by two composers, Joseph Rheinberger and Francis Poulenc, with completely different backgrounds and styles of expression.

Friends of Chamber Music has a strong season ahead

Next year will mark the 39th anniversary for the Friends of Chamber Music, a series that is well-known and envied around the country for its high standards and uncompromising quality. For its 2014-2015 season, Cynthia Siebert, the founder and artistic director of the Friends, has chosen a typically thoughtful and varied season.