Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Ballet Companies Received $1.7 Million in Federal Grants in 2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

( – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) spent over $1.7 million in federal money on ballet subsidies in 2010.

Netflix, Epix strike programming deal

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


Dell to sell tablet for $300 with AT&T contract

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


KMBC – NASCAR Confirms KCK Getting 2nd Race, Kansas Speedway Will Get June Race

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


Theatre in the Park – Announcing Season 2011

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Announcing Season 2011!

August 2010

The Theatre in the Park is excited to announce our
June 10, 11, 12 and June 16, 17, 18, 19
Roald Dahl’s WILLY WONKA
June 24, 25, 26 and June 30, July 1, 2, 3 Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA July 8, 9, 10 and July 14, 15, 16, 17 SEUSSICAL July 22, 23, 24 and July 28, 29, 30, 31 Watch for additional information on TTIP’s 2011 Season!

Pops in the Park on Sept. 4!

Saturday, September 4th; 7 p.m. at
The Kansas City Symphony’s free Labor Day concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 4th at The Theatre in the Park! This special concert celebrates American music from The Sound of Music to Spiderman!
Bring your family and friends, plus blankets and lawn chairs. (more…)

Dole Institute announces events for the fall semester

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Aug. 18, 2010
Contact: Cori Ast, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-1156

Dole Institute announces events for the fall semester

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LAWRENCE – The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced seven programs for the fall semester, including the 2010 Dole Leadership Prize ceremony, the National Civility Tour’s only Kansas stop and a visit by a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. (more…)

KU – Bluegrass group Punch Brothers to perform Oct. 2 at Lied Center

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Aug. 18, 2010
Contact: Marisa Bregman, Lied Center, (785) 864-2722

Bluegrass group Punch Brothers to perform Oct. 2 at Lied Center
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Hitwise: Google share of searches steady at 71 percent for July 2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

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Experian Hitwise reports Google share of searches steady at 71 percent for July 2010
Ask increases 6 percent in July

NEW YORK, NYAugust 18, 2010 – Experian® Hitwise® announced today that Google accounted for 71.43 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending Aug. 1, 2010. Yahoo! Search, Bing and Ask received 14.43 percent, 9.86 percent and 2.32 percent, respectively. The remaining 70 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1.94 percent of U.S. searches.

Percentage of U.S. searches among leading search engine providers


June 2010

July 2010

Month-over-month percentage change













Note: Data is based on four-week rolling periods (ending June 26, 2010, and July 31, 2010) from the Hitwise sample of 10 million U.S. Internet users. Figures are for Web searches only.
*This includes executed searches on but does not include searches on
Source: Experian Hitwise

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Reuters – Rocker John Mellencamp likens Internet to A-bomb

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


People magazine iPad app delayed by paparazzi

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The publishing world’s headlong rush to Apple’s iPad has hit a big hitch.

Prairie Village Jazz Festival

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
News and Announcements Prairie Village Jazz Festival

You are invited to the FREE Inaugural Prairie Village Jazz Festival on September 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm in Harmon Park.  The festival will feature several different genres of jazz including The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and David Basse.  There will be food and beverages for purchase.  Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair or blanket.

The Jazz Fest Committee would like to invite you to two fundraising events leading up to Jazz Fest:

  • 1. Jazz Tavern Tasting – Saturday, August 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Johnny’s Tavern
  • 2. Johnny’s Tavern in Prairie Village will donate 20% of all sales August 27-29 to the Jazz Festival

Click here for more information about the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

Are Facebook’s Days Numbered? – Trevor Butterworth, Forbes

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The mobile web rewards increasing simplicity, and it doesn’t make sense, in the long run, to have multiple social networks, each with their own sign-ins and passwords, their own assemblies of non-collaborating address books, applications, and data, and multiple levels of interaction with other users.

Shawnee Bike Safety Rodeo

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The City of Shawnee and the Rotary Club of Shawnee are proud to present the sixth annual Shawnee Bike Safety Rodeo from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on Saturday, August 21st at Mill Valley High School, 5900 Monticello Road, rain or shine. This event is designed to provide safety training for children who plan to ride their bikes to school. Participants will earn a bicycle safety certificate after completing a seven station obstacle course. They will also receive a free T-shirt and a free bike helmet donated by local businesses and not-for-profit groups. There will be information tables, free bike inspections and helmet fittings, opportunities throughout the day to participate in presentations, and an ongoing raffle to win select prizes for participation. You may even see some magicians, school mascots, and business cartoon characters. Come join the fun and help keep our young bike riders safe.

Op-Ed Cartoon, ‘The Newspaper Business Model.’ Tom McMahon’s 4-Block World

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Tom McMahon.

Gallup – Americans continue to express near-record-low confidence in newspapers and television news — with no more than 25% of Americans saying they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in either

Saturday, August 14th, 2010


Matt Lewis – Glenn Beck Tells Audience He Might Be Going Blind

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Beck, 46, says he has been diagnosed with macular dystrophy, and joked that the doctor told him, “You could go blind in the next year . . . or you might not.”

French scientists crack secrets of Mona Lisa – AP

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

PARIS – The enigmatic smile remains a mystery, but French scientists say they have cracked a few secrets of the “Mona Lisa.” French researchers studied seven of the Louvre Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci paintings, including the “Mona Lisa,” to analyze the master’s use of successive ultrathin layers of paint and glaze – a technique that gave his works their dreamy quality.

FCC eyes satellite spectrum for broadband use

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

(Reuters) – U.S. regulators proposed easing restrictions on satellite companies in a move aimed at freeing more airwaves to feed the growing demand for wireless broadband services.

Glenn Beck on Mel Gibson

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Mel Gibson is nuts

RadarOnline keeps releasing one tape recording after another of Mel Gibson saying something completely insane, and they get worse every single time. Glenn plays the audio today of a heavy breathing Gibson telling his girlfriend that she needs a bat to the side of the head. This is particularly odd coming from the normally docile Gibson, who rarely shows any hint of a violent streak (Braveheart, The Patriot, Passion, Apocalypto). Check out the audio from radio today. ( Transcript, Insider Audio) Check out Mel’s heavy breathing with this FREE Insider Extreme clip.

Computerworld – A blogging lawyer discovered that the RIAA’s return on its legal fees has been negative. Very negative. Embarrassingly so.

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Ray Beckerman has been digging about in the RIAA’s IRS returns:
Ha ha ha ha ha. … In 2008 … the RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9,364,901 … Jenner & Block more than $7,000,000 … Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million. … There were many other law firms feeding at the trough too. … [But] better than the numbers for 2007, in which … $21 million was spent on legal fees … $3.5 million on “investigative operations”. … And [in] 2006 … $19,000,000 … [and] $3,600,000.

For a 3 year period, they spent around $64,000,000 … to recover around $1,361,000. … Embarrassing.