Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Staycation alert! Best singers in town, coldest A/C, former 8 Tony award blockbuster BIG RIVER, at Crown Center's Musical Theater Heritage thru Sunday! Kids attend free. Plus free movie night on First Fri.

Do you and your date--or entire family--need a great night out, a "staycation"?  Something that gives you goosebumps?  And not just because their A/C is set at 67??  My playwright/Hollywood promoter friend Bill Doty is my guru for music and theatre and film.  When it's good, he sees performances multiple times.  We agree: "KC is remarkable for its talent for singers and actors.  Much better than Denver, rivaled in the Midwest only by Chicago."  

Note: Kids come free, if you sit in the more affordable side seats, which are great: I know from experience.  You are close to the action!   Get tix here.  Today.  Since you won't be seeing Hamilton till 2018, for $1200 a ticket, LOL.

Doty's latest pick?  He writes, "Go see BIG RIVER, at Crown Center's Musical Theater Heritage, on the 3rd floor of Crown Center Shops.  Their concert-style performance is THE best performed piece of  exciting, fast-paced theatre I’ve seen in years (or ever).  

BIG RIVER is an absolute killer – in which every single song is a show stopper.  

Concert-style performances allow the Director to choose fantastic voices – not having to worry about “selling” the tune, marching back and forth to use the entire stage, using props, painted sets and so forth.  

These performers, including Kip Niven, are absolute virtuoso’s – the likes of which we’d like to see on Broadway.  Incidentally, this show could be picked up and put on Broadway, as it stands, without changing a word.

BIG RIVER is a musical that I had seen once before by the national company, based on Mark Twain’s 1884 book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”   It's the first musical the late Roger Miller ever wrote and, he said at the time, the most difficult music he ever wrote.  Musical Theater Heritage Founder and Executive Producer George Harter said that the first production won 7 Tony Awards and then the revival garnered another 9 nominations and won another Tony for Excellence in Theatre.  So that's as many nominations as Hamilton got.

'Big River' is described as one of the few, if not the only American musical in the Eighties to rise above a failing Broadway, invaded by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hits, the “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Phantom...,” “Joseph/Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “CATS” phenomena and the venerable “Les Miserables” (Schonberg-Boubil).  {Doty should know.  He spent a dinner in London seated next to Andrew Lloyd Webber, and was offered house seats to CATS.}
I will be going again.  “Big River” will play through this Sunday, June 26 on Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun’s.  If you like theatre and haven’t seen this one – you haven’t seen what theatre can be... The Best!"
Tell 'em Tracy and Tony sent must call box office to get the free kid deal.
Plus, now Musical Theater Heritage has a FREE event on First Fridays, including July 1:
Since you'll already be in the Crossroads, hot and thirsty since the galleries are very chintzy with the wine any more, enjoy the free parking at Crown Center, find the 3rd floor of Crown Center SHOPS, buy a drink and sit down and watch free movies--the shorts.  Perfect for your attention span!  And remember to bring a scarf or wrap or jacket, because the A/C is incredible.  Did you see Snowpiercer, where Tilda Swinton put the man's arm out the hole in the ice train for 7 minutes???  Freezing cold like that!!....MTHKC even keeps blankies on a shelf, if you forget.

First Friday Film Festival - Kansas City
 - 2016 is the inaugural season of the FIRST FRIDAY FILM FESTIVAL. FREE TO THE PUBLIC, short film festival recurring every first Friday, after most of the galleries have closed. The doors to the venue and bar open at 8:30pm, the screening begins at 9:30 and runs until 11pm. Admission is always FREE. Seating is first come, first served.  You may reserve a free seat in  Ha, much better than fighting the downtown rowdies for a seat in a noisy bar.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Protestors at VAXXED, the controversial autism/vaccine expose at Glenwood Arts, refused offers of free tickets to see what they were protesting.

One of the most important films you will ever see: VAXXED: From Coverup to Catastrophe is showing ONLY at the Glenwood Arts, ONLY thru Thursday.  12:05, 2:30, 4:40 and 7:05pm.  It was banned at the Tribeca Film Festival, by Sloan Kettering Hospital, a big sponsor who threatened to cancel their sponsorship.  Then AFTER the festival, founder Robert DeNiro, (who has a child with autism but was outvoted) said on the Today Show, "I think this film is something everyone should see."

Class act Glenwood Theatre co-owner Brian Mossman offered free tickets to half a dozen protesters of VAXXED.  The refused to watch the movie, or learn about what they were protesting.  Did Merck the vaccine manufacturer just pay them or their families to protest???

You may think you know what you believe.  I did.  This film changed my mind: I am not against all vaccines.  But we should spread them out, especially for black kids.  I watched with an open mind.  See the pediatrician (they are the vaccine distributors/administrators following the CDC mandated schedule) admit: "I've been lied to by our government.  I've endangered my young patients' lives."

Now I kinda expected controversial Dr. Andrew Wakefield to be a clone of wild-eyed crazy man Clay Chastain, former KC resident zealot for light rail.  He is not!   Wakefield is thoughtful, respectful, and he has strategic suggestions.

Space out the vaccines.  Separate Measles from Mumps from Rubella like we did in the 50's--when autism was 1 in 150,000.  Now its 1 in 67.  Administer one vaccine a year.   Rather than a toxic cocktail of three live virusses.  What could go wrong!  And delay innoculations--not at 15 months for black kids.  A bit later.  Congress needs to call the CDC whistleblower who admits exactly how they fraudulently deleted data and cooked the books.  And, end Vaccine Court, the 1986 US law that exempts Big Pharma from all damages, based on the CDC's corrupt data.  Those ideas all make great sense, don't they?

The black Mom in the film was compelling--she has twins.  The son had the vaccine and became dangerously disabled autistic.  His twin sister did not receive the vaccine.  She's a genius, playing concertos on the piano.
Hey, Minnie--are those polka dots?  Or measles??  But at least you are not autistic for life!!!!  675 cases of measles vs 1 million kids and families lives ruined by the CDC coverup that subsidizes Merck and other vaccine Big Pharma manufacturers.  One vaccine on the market equals $30 billion in profits.  No wonder Congress sold out to Big Pharma.

I love how the Disney lobby is upset that 675 kids got measles last year at Disneyland.  Well, what about the 1 million kids, mostly boys, who contracted autism the same year?  Where's their lobby???
And now California wants to mandate following the CDC schedule?  Hear the facts.  Change your mind.

Maybe families should wait till their kids are older to be vaccinated, and THEN take 'em to Disneyland.  Or the halls of Congress--to watch the horror show called "Big Pharma Zombies Buy Your Congressman and Suck His Blood."  (Maybe that will play this fall, Nov. 4-10 at the Ks. International Film Festival at the Glenwood Arts.)

MANY thanks to www. for posting a 30 min. review video.  You may see it at his post for Sunday at 5:30am.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hugely controversial documentary at Glenwood Arts starts Fri: VAXXED: Autism//Vaccination/CDC Coverup --with Dr. Andrew Wakefield. 613 tickets presold!

Tell everyone you know who has a child with autism: VAXXED:From Coverup to Catastrophe is showing one week only at the Glenwood Arts.

Jenny McCarthy (dated Jim Carrey and Mark Wahlberg) is the mother of a child with autism.  She says her healthy son contracted it immediately after he received  the MMR/live triple virus measles vaccine.  She wrote the forward for "Callous Disregard" defending Dr. Wakefield for pursuing the CDC in covering up the link of too many live vaccines at once, and the MMR in particular, to autism.
In 2016, then Dr. Andrew Wakefield, author of "Callous Disregard", (with the forward by Jenny McCarthy), directed the documentary film Vaxxed:From Coverup to Catastrophe. The film reports "an appalling cover-up committed by the CDC, our government agency/Center for Disease Control, charged with protecting the health of American citizens.   Staffers deleted evidence showing the long-suspected link between the triple live MMR measles vaccine and autism.  This alarming deception has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.  By 2030, 80% of all boys could have autism or Aspergers Syndrome--be "on the spectrum" as the community of exasperated parents calls it.
Skeptical???  Worth noting: The CDC already covered up the AIDS virus for a decade till it jumped from gays to Ryan White.  Then Lyme Disease.  And let's not forget the Tuskegee Airmen, our US Army secretly gave them venereal disease, and studied them for decades!

VAXXED is controversial.  
Open your ears--before you open up your kids' veins.  
At least consider spacing out your vaccines.

The film was withdrawn from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.  Local New York festival sponsors had threatened to stop their financial support.  Wakefield called this action CENSORSHIP.  
After the festival, (when the sponsors' money had prevented the viewing), the festival's founder, Robert DeNiro, who has a child with autism, said on NBC's TODAY program, "I think the movie is something that people should see."
Come to the Glenwood Arts this weekend, 95th & Mission, and decide for yourself. To avoid long lines, 
Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Q&A following VAXXED documentary, this Fri. Sat. only, at 5:10pm and 8:q5 pm shows at Glenwood Arts, 95th & Metcalf.  Tix in advance:

Former British doctor Andrew Wakefield, plus the director plus a mom of an autistic child will answer questions...Fri and Sat., 5:10 pm and 8:15 pm June 10 and 11 only.
Over 613 tickets have already been purchased for this weekend--more than any other film every shown at the Glenwood Arts since it opened in 1982.
Just please don't be one of those ninnies who threatens the owners, including Brian Mossman, saying "If you dare show that film, I'm never coming to your theatre again!"  Right, and you're moving to Canada if Trump is elected.  This is America.  Land of the First Amendment, not just the Second.  
According to Brian Mossman, co-owner, and President of KIFF, the Kansas International Film Festival (Nov. 4-10),  "To date, VAXXED has aired without incident at 25 theatres across the country.  It was banned by the Tribeca Film Festival, plus one independent theatre in Houston.  We will show this film for one week only...Fri. June 10 - Thurs. June 16.  It will not be held over.  I urge protesters to keep an open mind...and come ask questions.  This is what documentaries and film festivals like KIFF are all about."
For the record: Here's what the opposition said (per Wiki):
 Dr Ian Lipkin, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said: "If “Vaxxed” had been submitted as science fiction, it would merit attention for its story line, character development and dialogue. But as a documentary it misrepresents what science knows about autism, undermines public confidence in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and attacks the integrity of legitimate scientists and public-health officials." 
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