Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song Let It Go. After Menzel’s performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel earned her first Tony nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winner Rent, and won the award for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked. Other notable roles include Rachel Berry’s mother, Shelby Corcoran, on the hit television show Glee as well as starring opposite Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams in Disney’s Enchanted.
Support KCPT and see Idina Menzel in concert on August 16th!
KCPT Presents: Independent Lens Documentary The Bad Kids
A Workshop With Judi Simmons Estes, Ph.D, Park University
Are you an education professional who works with students at risk of dropping out of high school? KCPT wants to arm you with the resources to help get them to graduation.
During this free workshop, you’ll explore the Independent Lens Documentary The Bad Kids and learn about California’s Black Rock Continuation High School, an alternative school for at-risk students, and how the mission is to help those students realize their potential. Located in an impoverished community in the Mohave Desert, Black Rock’s foundation is based upon empathy, commitment, positive reinforcement, integrity and self-care. Teachers at Black Rock maintain a high level of personal and emotional involvement by supporting one another in many capacities. Learn how you can incorporate these same principles into your everyday work with students.
You’ll receive The Bad Kids Educator Toolkit adaptable to both school-based student learning and district-wide professional development opportunities whose focus is strengthening and supporting at-risk students.
Seating is limited. A light dinner will be provided.
Dr. Estes has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in education and a Master’s degree in Psychology: Mental Health Services as well as a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology. Dr. Estes has Missouri teaching certification for learning disabilities and behavior disorders and has had experiences with adolescents who are at risk for dropping out of school. Currently, Dr. Estes is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Education at Park University.
Feel the world beat in the heart of America through music, dance and cuisine at the 38th Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival.
Friday: 6-10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.
Join KCPT and 909 The Bridge at booth #52, where we will be handing out eclipse glasses.*
Our glasses meet the ISO 12312-2:2015 standard for safe eclipse viewing. Due to a backlog with certification labs, the glasses were not able to be printed with the ISO compliancy statement at the time of manufacture in April 2017. The manufacturer’s test sample passed compliancy with ICS Inc. Laboratories on August 17, 2017. We feel confident in the glasses we’re distributing, but caution users to comply with the best practices for safe use:
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.
- After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
- More information: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
Click here to read the lab report of the test sample.
Join KCPT and Meet Daniel Tiger at the Kansas City Zoo! Bring your camera for a photo with Daniel Tiger. We’ll be in the Penguin Plaza from 10:00 am – 2 pm on Saturday, August 19. Be sure to stop by KCPT’s table and learn more about Daniel Tiger’s shows on the new 24/7 PBS Kids Channel, KCPT 19.4. Hope to see you at the Zoo!
Join KCPT at Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails exhibit, and come aboard for a fun learning adventure with Thomas! Every third Sunday this summer, KCPT will be available at this FREE exhibit to share with fans of Thomas & Friends™ activity sheets, KCPT swag and information about our 24/7 Kids Channel.
Inside Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails be surrounded by everyone’s favorite blue engine Thomas, his engine friends and the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more! Enjoy the exhibit’s creative layout designed to help children solve challenges both simple and complex.
- Exhibit activities include:
- Climb inside Thomas’ cab
- Sorting and shape identification
- Fix Percy’s wobbly wheels
- Pull levers for train noises
- Explore scenes from the Island of Sodor
- Completing a train track using track pieces with different levels of elevation
Don’t miss this great opportunity for exploration and adventure at Crown Center beginning May 27 – September 10, 2017!
Note: KCPT Membership not required to visit exhibit.
Support the PBS KIDS programming you love with a KCPT Family Membership. For membership details, click here!
Join your fellow Kansas City PBS viewers as you spend eight days exploring parts of Europe, including the the opportunity to enter the world of Downton Abbey as you visit Highclere Castle. The trip is a partnership with Collette Vacations and a portion of your ticket goes back to supporting the programs you love! More information can be found on the Collette website, or by simply clicking the link below.
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical.
Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!
Support KCPT and see Motown The Musical outdoors on August 23!
Join KCPT for an exclusive evening with award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick around their upcoming documentary series, The Vietnam War, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. During the screening you’ll see select clips from the epic 18-hour series, which Burns calls the most ambitious project they’ve ever done. Two local veterans who are part of the documentary will join Burns and Novick on stage for a conversation about the war and its impact.
View the event seating chart.
At this time, please contact the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Box Office for tickets by phone or by going online here.
Special thanks to our local presenting sponsors:
Bank of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Join us at Paradise Park for a meet and greet with our favorite little monkey, Curious George, along with his friend, The Man In The Yellow Hat! Come and play lawn games, join a storytime reading circle, color activity sheets and more. Be sure to bring your camera for a photo! See you there.
Stay and play more at Paradise Park at regular prices for attractions: hayrides, s’mores and pony rides are available at an additional cost. More information can be found at the Paradise Park website.
Join KCPT for a night with Asleep at the Wheel and Hot Club of Cowtown live at JCCC’s Carlsen Center!
Both musical groups will highlight JCCC Performing Arts Series’ 2017 Kansas Cowboy Jubilee on Saturday, September 30th with their unique showcases of the sound of Western swing.
In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise; they have only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music.
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Inspired by the sound and style of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Hot Club of Cowtown’s live repertoire has expanded to include a substantial amount of original material and cover songs from artists like Tom Waits.