Art Review
5:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Intersection Of Technology, Graffiti And Gallery Art

Slide to Unlock: Multi-Touch Painting Series, 2012 Vinyl print
Image courtesy of the Ulrich Museum

This Saturday, the Ulrich Museum opens the exhibition Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor. Roth’s work lives at the intersection of technology, graffiti and gallery art.

Open source and hacker philosophies are woven through his artistic practice, which also tie into his collaborative endeavors, like the Graffiti Research Lab and Free Art and Technology Lab or F.A.T. Lab.

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10:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering Andrae Crouch

The Father of Modern Gospel Music, Andrae Crouch, will be remembered in a service Wednesday. Crouch died of a heart attack earlier this month.

Music fans from across the globe are pouring into a Los Angeles church Wednesday to say farewell to gospel legend, Andrae Crouch. The 72-year-old musician and singer died on January 8th from a heart attack. The 7-time Grammy award-winner was known as the Father of Modern Gospel Music. KMUW’s Carla Eckels brings us this remembrance…

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3:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Help Available for Winter Utility Bills

Credit Simon Li, flickr Creative Commons

Despite our mild weather lately, winter is far from over. Now’s the time to apply for a program that offers help when it comes to paying heating bills this year. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is now accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program or (LIEAP).

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1:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Despite Bipartisan Support, State Lawmakers Express Concern Over Police Body Cameras Funding

Credit Taser International

Legislation requiring Kansas law enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras has gained bipartisan support in the new session, but lawmakers are concerned about the cost.

A bill backed by Democratic Representative Gail Finney of Wichita likely will be considered in the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. The committee chairman supports the cameras but thinks the measure might be an unfunded mandate.

Democratic Senator David Haley of Kansas City is pushing a similar proposal.

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12:55 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

President Obama To Visit The University Of Kansas

Credit White House


University of Kansas students, faculty and staff are getting first dibs on tickets to see President Barack Obama in Lawrence discussing themes from his State of the Union address.

The university says students can start picking up their free tickets at 9 a.m. today at the box office in the Kansas Union.

A limited number of tickets will be available for the general public starting at 5 p.m. at the Dreher 4-H building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

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12:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers to Begin Work on Brownback's Budget Plan

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers are just beginning the job of reviewing and modifying Governor Sam Brownback’s tax and budget plan.

The governor’s proposal slows scheduled income tax cuts and reduces spending to help fill a budget shortfall.

Republican state Senator Ty Masterson chairs that chamber’s budget committee. He says after revenue collections came up short of predictions, it’s prudent to adjust the tax cuts.

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10:40 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Straight No Chaser Wraps Up Best Of 2014

Theo Croker's 'Afro Physicist'
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, January 25

It's our final show of Straight No Chaser featuring the Best of 2014. Favorites this time include Theo Croker's Afro Physicist album, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble's salute to Woody Herman, and Eric Alexander's Chicago Fire.

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10:24 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Rock Hall of Fame Nominees & Etta James Birthday

Rock Hall of Fame inductee Stevie Ray Vaughan

January 23/25

This week at the Crossroads, as part of the January Best of 2014 feature, it’s a special salute to the new Rock Hall of Fame inductees – the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, the 5 Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (including a Stevie Ray & Double Trouble special in hour two of the show).

Plus more favorites of the past year and a birthday salute to legendary R&B singer Etta James.

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10:17 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Birthdays of Kind of Blue’s Jimmy Cobb, Trombone Great J.J. Johnson & Grammy-Nominee Jason Moran

Legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb

Monday 1.19.15

Night Train steps aside tonight for two specials for Dr. King Day. In hour one, Night Lights highlights some of the many jazz classics inspired by Dr. King, including music from Oliver Nelson, Nina Simone, Blue Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams and Louis Armstrong. In hour two, a Blues and Beyond special highlights jazz and blues artists inspired by King and the Civil Rights movement, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Johnny & Shemekia Copeland, Eric Bibb, Lucky Peterson and Paul Robeson.

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5:30 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Stairway To Litigation

Led Zeppelin in Hamburg, Germany 1973. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page
Credit Heinrich Klaffs / Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons

Led Zeppelin was one of a wave of British bands enamored with American delta blues, and they covered a large number of blues artists like Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon.

“Borrowing” songs from someone else is part of the blues tradition, but Led Zeppelin might have taken things too far. They have already been sued in the past for plagiarising Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. Now, they find themselves in court again, this time over the authorship of the band’s colossus, "Stairway to Heaven," a song that has earned more than half a billion dollars.

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