Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tuesday Night Film

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
4501 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

The All Souls Documentary Series shows a film at 7p.m. each Tuesday. Our series emphasizes quality films with social justice themes that rarely make it to conventional movie theaters. Mike McKelly, our in–house film guru and Carolyn Macdonald long time coordinator of our locally recognized Forum lecture series co-facilitate this acclaimed documentary series.

Each screening is followed by a lively facilitated discussion. Admission is free and popcorn and snacks are available for a very nominal fee. No tickets or reservations are needed. The public is welcome!

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Freedom on My Mind
This classic film on the civil rights movement focuses on one episode in the long struggle for equal rights – the voter registration drive in Mississippi in the early 60s. Mobilized by idealistic young black activists like Robert Moses, poverty-stricken sharecroppers, domestic, and day laborers stood up to demand their constitutional right to vote. Black activists, hoping to draw national media attention to their cause, invited 1000 progressive white students from the North to join them in 1964 for what became famous as Freedom Summer. That inspiring summer and the fearless mass movement leading up to it resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1964, changing the political face of the South.
Tuesday, February 12 – 7:00 p.m.

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues
This documentary shows how the blues were born out of the economic and social transformation of African American life early in this century. It recaptures the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and the other legendary women who made the blues a vital part of American culture. The film brings together for the first time dozens of rare, classic renditions of the early blues. Yet the celebrity status of performers offered little protection against segregation and economic exploitation. With the Depression, American musical taste shifted towards the upbeat sounds of swing, and the classic blues died out. Yet as contemporary Chicago blues artist Koko Taylor reminds us, the blues and their legacy continue.
Tuesday, February 19 – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stand for Change with Barack Obama

Barack Obama is making history today. He is the fifth African American Senator in U.S. history, the third to have been popularly elected, and the only African American currently serving in the U.S. Senate.

This Tuesday, January 29th, Barack Obama will be in Kansas City, MO for a special event at the Municipal Auditorium Exhibition Hall.

Stand for Change Town Hall with Barack Obama
Municipal Auditorium
Exhibition Hall
301 W. 13th Street
Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Doors Open: 3:45 p.m.
Event Begins: 5:45 p.m.

For security reasons, do not brings bags. No signs or banners permitted.

Sign up now for your online ticket.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Second Sundays with Kansas City Columnists

The Kansas City Star columnist Jenee Osterheldt gives the seventh in a series of monthly talks by Kansas City newspaper columnists when Second Sundays with KC Columnists convenes on Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

A 1:30 p.m. reception precedes each event. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to secure a seat.

Osterheldt is a lifestyle columnist for The Kansas City Star. A Virginia native, Osterheldt earned a B.A. in journalism in 2001 from Norfolk State University. After graduating, she became a Knight-Ridder rotating intern, spending four months at each of three Knight-Ridder papers: The Kansas City Star, The Contra Costa Times and The Pioneer Press. She then accepted a full-time position at The Star and has been with the paper for five years. Osterheldt now calls Kansas City home, and when she's not writing about life in the city, she is walking her dog, a downtown diva named Charli Brown.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Dream Studios present: The Return

Dream Studios

KEVIN SANDBLOOM February 1, 2008

If you missed the first Dream Studio performance of Mr. Kevin Sandbloom, you will not want to miss it a second time!!! Sandbloom brought the crowd to it’s feet with an ovation for his music and soulful guitar work. Influenced by some of musics most soulful musicians, such as Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Robert Johnson, Sandbloom mixes his keen guitar playing with his soul stirring vocals to get your foot tappin’ and your musical ear focused on his deep lyrical content. Join us at dream studio to kick of a month of celebration, where the culture of a people helped to move us all into direction of soulfulness.

ANTHONY DAVID February 15, 2008

Anthony David visits Kansas City and Dream Studio for ONE NIGHT ONLY. This soulful singer songwriter has written music for grammy award winning singer INDIA ARIE and brings an amazing sound to the table with his RICH VOICE and rythmic guitar playing!

For more information on performances visit

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

WE ARE THE SHIP: the exhibition

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is pleased to present WE ARE THE SHIP: THE ART OF KADIR NELSON in the Changing Gallery of the Museums At 18th & Vine in Kansas City, MO, January 26-April 13, 2008.

We Are The Ship will feature 26 original Negro Leagues baseball inspired masterpiece illustrations by Nelson, talented California artist who has worked on several book and film projects.

These paintings and several others are featured in Nelson's new book We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (Hyperion/Jump At The Sun publishers) which will be available through the Extra Inning Museum Store beginning January 25.

Fans of Nelson can meet him at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 26 for the public opening of We Are the Ship and for a Baseball Booknotes program, which will include a discussion and book signing. For more details, please call 816-221-1920.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Forty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave us the words that changed the course of history. Listen to the words that still give us hope today.

Friday, January 18, 2008

A House With No Walls

January 18 - February 10, 2008
Unicorn Theatre
3828 Main St.
Kansas City, MO

When it is revealed that the site of a new Liberty museum is on the grounds where slaves quarters once stood, a bitter battle erupts between two African-Americans. Based on real life events in Philadelphia, this complex and volatile story explores whether or not African-Americans should embrace the legacy of slavery as their primary cultural identity or discard this mantle of “victim–hood.” Following the acclaimed Permanent Collection and Bee-Luther-Hatchee, A House With No Walls is the final installment of Gibbon’s “race trilogy.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sidney Poitier

• 1963: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field

Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy-winning actor, film director, and activist. In 1963, Poitier became the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Lilies of the Field. In 1967, Poitier starred in three films - To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - making him the top box office star of that year. Poitier has directed a number of movies including Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, and Stir Crazy.

In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Academy Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the Honorary Award for his lifetime accomplishments as an artist and activist.

Denzel Washington

• 2001: Denzel Washington, Training Day

Denzel Washington (born December 28, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor and director. He has garnered much critical acclaim for his portrayals of several real-life figures, including Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone. He became the second African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Washington attained a B.A. in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977. Shortly after graduating, Washington made his professional acting debut in the 1977 made-for-television movie Wilma.

He made his film debut in the 1981 film Carbon Copy. His big break came when he starred in the popular television hospital drama, St. Elsewhere. In 1989, Washington won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of an ex-slave in the film Glory. In 2001, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of a villainous cop in Training Day, making him the second African-American actor to win in this category.

Jamie Foxx

• 2004: Jamie Foxx, Ray

Jamie Foxx (born December 13, 1967) is an actor, singer, and stand-up comic. Foxx is possibly best known for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in Ray, and for his collaborations with director Michael Mann. With Ray, he became the third African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Born Eric Marlon Bishop, Foxx studied music at Juilliard and San Diego's United States International University. Foxx changed his name while doing stand-up comedy, choosing his last name as a tribute to fellow comedian and actor Redd Foxx. After a small part on the TV series Roc, Foxx joined the cast of In Living Color in 1991. Here he won over viewers with many unusual characters and impressions. His impersonation of comedian/actor Garrett Morris would eventually find him starring against the former Saturday Night Live cast member in his self-titled television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show.

Foxx is only the second male actor, and the first African-American, in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies, Collateral and Ray. The only other male actor to achieve this was Al Pacino.

Forest Whitaker

• 2006: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Forest Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actor, producer, and director. He became the fourth African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Whitaker attended the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on a football scholarship, but left due to a debilitating back injury. He was accepted to the Music Conservatory at the University of Southern California (USC) to study opera as a tenor, and subsequently was accepted into the University's Drama Conservatory. He graduated from USC in 1982. Whitaker has a long history of working with well-regarded film directors and fellow actors.

He's greatest success to date is the 2006 film, The Last King of Scotland. To prepare for his role as dictator Idi Amin, Whitaker gained 50 pounds, learned to play the accordion, and immersed himself in research. He read books about Amin, watched news and documentary footage, and spent time in Uganda meeting with Amin's friends, relatives, generals, and victims; he also learned Swahili and mastered Amin's East African accent.

Whitaker’s performance as Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, in the film, The Last King of Scotland earned him the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. For that same role, he also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award, and accolades from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Halle Berry

• 2001: Halle Berry, Monster's Ball

Halle Berry (born August 14, 1966) is an actress, producer, and a former fashion model and beauty pageant contestant. Berry has received various awards including an Emmy, Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Berry’s Academy Award has made her the only woman of African-American descent to win the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Before becoming an actress, Berry was the 1986 runner-up in the Miss USA pageant. In 1989, Berry landed the role of Emily Franklin in the short-lived ABC television series Living Dolls, but her breakthrough role was in Spike Lee's 1991 film Jungle Fever, in which she played a drug addict named Vivian. Berry has appeared in many diverse films including Boomerang, The Flintstones, Losing Isaiah, Race the Sun, Bulworth, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, X-Men, and Swordfish. In the 1999 HBO film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Berry portrayed Dorothy Dandridge, the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in a Leading Role. Berry's performance was recognized with several awards, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe. In 2001, Berry appeared as Leticia Musgrove in the film Monster's Ball. Her performance earned her the National Board of Review and the Screen Actors Guild awards, and earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Hattie McDaniel

• 1939: Hattie McDaniel, Gone with the Wind

Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952) was an actress and the first African-American performer to be nominated and win an Academy Award. Born in Wichita, Kansas to former slaves, McDaniel won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). McDaniel was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedienne, and radio performer. McDaniel was also the first African-American woman to sing on the radio. Over the course of her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she only received screen credits for about 80. McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one for her contributions to radio and one for her contributions to motion pictures. In 1975, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and in 2006 she became the first African-American Academy Award winner honored with a US postage stamp.

Friday, January 11, 2008

An Exhibition of Artwork by Men

"Be Still... And Tell Your Story"

January 11, 2008- March 3, 2008

The Robert Frazier Gallery of Contemporary Art

3120 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64109

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Friday 10:30-5:30
Saturdays 11:00-3:00
Closed/ Sundays & Mondays or by Appointment