Category: Entertainment

Library Kicks Off Holiday Programs with A Christmas Carol Nov. 21-22

David zum Brunnen

The great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens is returning to Mid-Continent Public Library for a special engagement! A professional actor in England, the energetic Gerald Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the voices of A Christmas Carol in four free performances on Nov. 21 and 22. Dickens’ striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his dramatic…

RHSM presents “The Histories of Local Cemeteries”

Flanery-Frost Cemetery

Raytown Historical Society Museum will present “The Histories of Local Cemeteries” for its Ambassadors Program on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.  Well known cemeteries will be discussed as well as those little known private burial sites.  The society promises interesting stories which are plentiful in these history filled spots.  Raytown Historical Society Museum is located…

5th Annual Men’s Choral Spectacular on Oct. 23

New Harmony Handful

New Harmony Handful, a Raytown-based mini-chorus representing the Kansas City Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will be featured in the 5th Annual Men’s Choral on Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at John Knox Village Pavilion in Lee’s Summit.  NHH will join with three other choral groups in a concert of barbershop and gospel music…

MDC Discovery Center offers HOWLoween fun Oct. 14

Ah, the mysteries of trails and creatures when sunset darkens the October sky and the autumn moon rises. Celebrate nature’s fun creatures, sights and sounds on a fall evening at HOWLoween, as the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center turns the outdoor garden into a Wild Side Walk 6…

Rice-Tremonti’s Ice-Cream Social Lawn Party hit the right notes

By Diane Krizek The Sunday morning sky dropped enough precipitation to turn the lawn of the Rice-Tremonti Home into a bog forcing the ice cream social lawn party into the 1844 house. That didn’t stop the crowd that showed up at the door with mouths watering looking to get their share of some delicious homemade…

3rd Annual Senior Celebration offers evening of island breezes

Hula Hale O’Kiakahi

The Raytown Area Chamber’s 3rd Annual Senior Celebration was held on Sept. 24 with over 100 people in attendance.  Those attending were treated to a catered buffet dinner from Hy-Vee, free photos from Steve Williams Photography and entertainment by Hula Hale O’Kiakahi. The event was made possible by Platinum sponsors Bickford Assisted Living, Hy-Vee and…

May the Forest be with you

May the Forest be with you

Long, long ago, forests evolved with trees large and small, bearing fruit and nuts, providing homes and sustenance for people and wildlife. All who value trees for shade, beauty, lumber, pecan pie and tree houses raise your light saber. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will show how the alliance between people and forests is mutually…

Raytown teen releases worship EP

Raytowner Alex Haywood is part of a group of four Kansas City area teenagers from World Revival Church that released its first EP, “REVO: Promises.” The songs were written by Haywood, Dominic DeMeo, Samuel Noel and Maddie Watts. The five-song EP is available on iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play. “Worship is a strong part…

Hanks, Eastwood fly high with ‘Sully’

Movie Reviews

By Livingston Brees As we discussed last week, the long, arduous trek through the end of summer movie season is finally over. The kids are back in school and we’ve got a few months of “movies for grown folks,” or “Oscar bait” movies. Our first offering is the Clint Eastwood directed flick starring Tom Hanks,…

‘The Jungle Book’ final Movie in the Park Sept. 16

Raytown Parks & Recreation

The Raytown Parks and Recreation Department is showing the newly released “The Jungle Book” Sept. 16 at C. Lee Kenagy Park as the final film for the 2016 Movies in the Park season. The free showing will begin at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. More information on the event is…

Biopics, action, horror highlight the fall movie season

Movie Reviews

By Livingston Brees   I tried to go to the movies last weekend, honest I did. I even went so far as to pick a show time for “Hands of Stone,” the new Roberto Duran biopic starring Robert DeNiro, but I heard it was so terrible that I decided to pass. The more I agonized over…

Raytown Community Choir practice begins

The Raytown Community Choir will begin practicing for the upcoming “Colonial Christmas – Lessons and Carols” concert to be performed on Dec. 10 and 11. Enrollment for the choir will be held Sept. 8 from 6:30-7 p.m. at Ivanhoe United Church of Christ at 6512 Woodson Road. Cost is $35 for the first person and…

The world is less bright without Wilder

Movie Reviews

By Livingston Brees “Anything you want to, do it. Wanna change the world? There’s nothing to it.” — Willy Wonka As if losing David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, George Martin, Kenny (R2D2) Baker, David (The rBig Lebowski) Huddleston, Anton Yelchin, Scotty Moore, Prince, Merle Haggard and many, many more this year wasn’t bad enough,…

‘Stranger Things’ trumps box office

Movie Reviews

By Livingston Brees There aren’t too many things that can kill the momentum of movie season like the month of August, especially when this summer’s blockbuster season seemed to actually peak in May with the release of “Captain America: Civil War.” August is usually a “dumping ground” for studios, and with trash like the megaflop…

Leave the kids at home to fully enjoy this ‘Sausage Party’

By Livingston BreesOne of my favorite things to do in this mean ol’ world is to go to the movies. Be it an action, adventure, documentary, comedy or art house flick, going to the movies is a time-honored tradition in my family. While the usual Hollywood blockbuster flicks were always top of the list growing up,…

Don’t miss the 2016 Raytown Parks Arts & Music Festival on Aug. 27

By Diane KrizekThe Raytown Parks and Recreation Department will host its 5th annual Arts & Music festival on Aug. 27 at C. Lee Kenagy Park at 9608 E 79th Street. The festival promises a good show of artists that include members of the Raytown Artists Association and Independence Art Association, Vincent VonFrese and photographer, Luke…