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.

New this week in Music, books, films and more

Mark Everett, aka the indie rock band Eels, previously abandoned the songs on “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett” as too personal. But when the 51-year-old singer/songwriter sings “I thought I’d have some answers by now” on the track “Answers,” we’re right there with him. Also available this week:

Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

'Scandal' finale: High drama right to the end

What happened in season 3's finale? Count on murder and plot twists. Joe Morton, who plays Papa Pope, told the New York Daily News the cast was 'shocked' when they read the script. Follow what happened here in this Twitter summary.

‘A Haunted House 2’ is too much of a bad thing | 1.5 stars

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” a scattershot, anything-goes affair that’s unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.

The Blessed Broke goes for broke on new album

Saturday night at the RecordBar, the Blessed Broke will celebrate the release of “Ladders Out of Purgatory,” the follow-up to its self-titled debut, released in 2009. “Purgatory” is filled with stark moods and introspective lyrics that address specific themes but in general terms.

A win-win Saturday for jazz fans

Pianist Brad Mehldau and composer Nathan Davis put on competing shows Saturday. Each is guaranteed to draw some audience away from the other. The bad part is that the jazz fan faces a difficult decision. The good part is that neither choice is wrong.