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The Weekend To-Do List: April 25-27, 2014

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Got a case of the blahs? Brian McTavish has just the thing to spice up your weekend at get you out of that funk with his Weekend To-Do List for April 25-27.

Diana Ross (Pop), 7 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $58 to $178 

ShakesBEER (Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with Shakespeareaoke, trivia, live music, raffle, cake), 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $10 (standing room only)

Count Basie Orchestra (Big Band Jazz), 7 p.m. Sunday at Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan. Tickets: $25, $35  

Arcade Fire (Rock), 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $30.50 to $60.50

Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Program Open House Weekend (Visit with artists in their workspaces plus dance performances, concerts, gallery talks, readings), 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Partnership Place, 906 Grand; Town Pavilion, 1100 Walnut; Paragraph Gallery, 21-23 E. 12th, all in Kansas City, Mo. Admission: Free

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Brian McTavish follows popular culture in the belief that the search for significance can lead anywhere. Brian explains, "I've written articles and reviews ... reviewed hundreds of concerts, films and plays. And the thing is, these high arts all sprang from the pop culture of their day. Don't forget: Shakespeare was once Spielberg."