Music
9:32 am
Mon December 22, 2014

New Year’s Eve Concert Previews & Johnny Otis Birthday Bash

Happy birthday to R&B impresario Johnny Otis

December 26/28

This week’s Crossroads highlights music from artists with regional New Year’s Eve concerts, and celebrates birthdays of Ziggy Modeliste of the Meters, Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, and R&B impresario Johnny Otis.

Plus Ed Palermo’s tribute to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band - newly named inductees into the Rock Hall of Fame, a tribute to Stax singer Wendy Rene, and new music from Bill Frisell and Maple Blues Awards nominee Harpdog Brown.

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Music
9:23 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Decking The Halls With Holiday Jazz

'Christmas with Travelin' Light' from the tuba duo Travelin' Light
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Monday 12.22.14

Lots of seasonal favorites on tap tonight on the Night Train, including some Chipmunk and Charlie Brown Christmas songs, along with holiday music from jazz legend Dave Brubeck, pianist Duke Pearson, Paul Zauners Christmas All Stars, and singers Betty Carter and Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 12.23.14

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Music
8:44 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Birthdays of Guitarists Adrian Belew & John Scofield + Holiday Specials

'Coal, Again!' from TriBeCaStan
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Monday December 22

Global Village highlights some global guitars this time - including the flamenco inspired music of the duo of Strunz & Farah and of Spain's Niño Josele, and African guitarists Vieux Farka Toure - the son of Ali Farka Toure, S.E. Rogie - the King of Palm Wine Guitar, and the brilliant new River Strings album from Djessou Mory Kante.

Tuesday December 23

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Commentary
5:30 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Theatre Etiquette

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We are lucky to live in a city that supports a number and a variety of theatres—whether you’re looking for burlesque or stand-up comedy, children’s shows or improv, musical or opera, tragedy or comedy, melodrama or revue, professional or student or community, the chances are good you can find it on stage in Wichita.

And of the literally hundreds of crew members, cast members, administration and staff who are hard at work at producing entertainment for us, a very few are paid to do this work. And it is hard work, done mostly out of love for the art.

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Music
5:12 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

R&B Singer/Composer Howard Hewett To Perform In Wichita

  Sunday, December 21

A conversation with  R&B Grammy award-winning singer/composer Howard Hewett this Sunday on Soulsations. The phenomenal tenor was lead vocalist for the disco/soul late 70s trio Shalamar and recently released a new single. Hear his array of music including Christmas tunes. Hewett will be in concert at Wichita’s 40 Plus Lounge December 27th. For more information on the event, click  here.

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Community
3:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Wichita Pubic Library Closes Its Orchard Park Branch

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The Wichita Public Library is closing one of its eight branches, as well as moving its collections to other larger branches. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The Orchard Park library branch on West Ninth Street closed for good on Friday because it was no longer meeting the needs of its customers.

Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner says the branch is a very small space inside the Orchard Park Recreation Center and its usage has declined.

Berner says the branch has been a part of the community for 34 years.

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Michael, a Wichita native, returned to Wichita in 2013 after moving away for over a decade. He has lived in the largest land locked country in the world, Kazakhstan, and all three coasts of the United States.

For the last eight years, Michael has been a consultant for a variety of nonprofit organizations here and across the nation. Amongst other highlights, operations Michael directed fundraised over 8 million dollars from small grassroots donors.

Government
1:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Incoming Kansas House Democratic Leader Talks 2015 Session

Incoming House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs
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Kansas is facing a budget deficit next fiscal year.

Lawmakers will start working soon on a way to balance the state budget.

Governor Sam Brownback has already proposed spending cuts for the current fiscal year. It involves diverting from the state highway fund and the public pension plan, known as KPERS.

When the 2015 session begins, Kansas City Democrat Tom Burroughs will become the House Minority Leader.

Burroughs replaces outgoing minority leader Paul Davis, who stepped down to run for governor.

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Community
1:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Local Cuban-American Critical Of U.S. Agreement With The Communist Country

Lucinda and Dr. Manuel Alfonso
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President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will form diplomatic relations and open an embassy in communist-led Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

Cuban immigrants across the United States have expressed mixed feelings about the decision, including a long-time resident of Wichita. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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Business
1:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Westar Energy Ends Fees For The Use Of Credit/Debit Cards

Westar Energy says it's no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.

Westar Vice President Jeff Beasley said the utility has a team focusing on finding ways to make it easier for consumers to do business with the company.

The Topeka-based company says earlier this year, it made its website friendly to mobile devices and introduced text and email updates to customers who wanted to know about power outages.

Westar supplies electricity to nearly 700,000 customers.

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