Take a number.
Let’s see what we can do about it. You know, entertainment-wise.
The grains of Father Time are running out of crooner Marilyn Maye‘s live performance hourglass and one of these days Kansas City is going to wake up and no more Marilyn.
Not just yet, but one of these days.
For now the 80-something jazz diva is still ticking, proving that there’s life after Jardine’s for jazz in Kansas City. And this weekend you can catch Maye’s kickass, intimate act at the Quality Hill Playhouse downtown.
Screw it, go in disguise if you have to just go.
Trust me, you won’t regret seeing Kansas City’s answer to Tony Bennett up close and personal. It’s honestly a heckuva show, even if you’re under – I don’t know – 30.
Quality Hill’s website is down, but you can buy $35 tickets still here or by calling the box office at 816-421-1700.
Tell ’em Hearne sent ya.
We’re talking opera, ladies and gentlemen.
Don’t get me wrong. Just because I sense that there’s something incredibly interesting and entertaining going down in Kansas City doesn’t require that I personally like it.
I can’t tell you how many times Kansas City Star critics have tap danced their way through reviews, pretending to halfway or really like something…or…beating around the reporting bush, flooding readers with details rather than actual opinions indicating whether they liked it or not.
I’ve hung with these reviewer guys backstage, if you will, and guess what? Nine times out of 10 if they don’t actually say they really liked it, they didn’t.
Me? I’m not going to pull that kind of wool over you guy’s eyes.
I’m just going to do my due diligence and report that if you like opera (yeech), you should consider checking out Il Trovatore at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
It opens Saturday and runs Wednesday and Friday evenings next week with a matinee Sunday November 11th.
Check out what Lyric Opera artistic director Ward Holmquist says about it:
“Il Trovatore is the most vocally challenging piece in the Verdi canon.There are incredibly high expectations for all of the principal singers because each performs highly recognizable arias. They are required to deliver to the extremes of their vocal range and dynamic capabilities, and have to showcase the full color of their vocal expression. I am assembling the perfect mix of singers to compliment the Kauffman Center’s acoustics.
Obviously Holmquist isn’t going to bag on his own gig, but any opera that features thugs, love triangles, murder most foul, swearing, high society types, suicide and kidnapping can’t be all bad, can it?
I mean, you still have to deal with all of that singing in a foreign language (I checked the “subtitles” – trust me they won’t help much).
But hey, that’s what opera’s about, right?
Looks like Saturday’s performance may be sold out but check here for tickets or call (816) 994-7222.
Say no more. I give you Primus 3D at the Uptown.
Not to worry, it’s not one of those cheesy 3D, made-for-losers, lame 3-D movies.
Not at all.
It’s a “3-D enhanced” live musical with the band Primus touring on its new album Green Naugahyde with a two set per night live performance.
Did I mention the show is in Quadraphonic Sound?
I think quadraphonic sound might have lasted a year maybe.
But it’ll be back with a Frank Zappa vengeance tonight at the Uptown.
The reviews have generally been positive with one New York City blogger observing “the crowd really seemed to be into it…and were uber fucking high.”
And another adding, “Primus – now officially a jam band – saw it’s transformation into a modern day Pink Floyd inch closer to completion with the group adding a new toy to their current tour; a huge LED Screen that tosses 3D images at its audience.”
Check it out and be careful not to drink anything out of any punch bowls.
Believe it or not there’s a kickass comedy show at Stanford’s that Craig Glazer didn’t even bother to hype here on KC Confidential.
That of course qualifies it as a best-kept-secret, but Craig did tell me while I was hooking up his new audio/video system earlier tonight that it was a can’t miss, next-big-thing kind of a deal.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking alright.
Only rarely does Craig seek me out to tell me not to miss one of his comics. That the dude is incredibly dirty, smoking hot looking and a sure bet to become huge any minute now.
So you know what?
Since Craig doesn’t play that card often and I can’t remember being disappointed, I’m going to see Collin Kane at Stanford’s this weekend.
One caveat: Kane’s an “insult comic” and warned Craig that pissed off patrons rushing the stage to kick his butt is part of the territory, so be sure and take your meds before you head out so Craig doesn’t have to – you know – flatten you.
Tonight through Sunday at Stanford’s at The Legends in KCK.