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LIBERTY — It's time again for the Liberty Cruise Night, presented by Liberty Car Care. The first event of the year begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

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LIBERTY — It's time again for the Liberty Cruise Night, presented by Liberty Car Care. The first event of the year begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

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SMITHVILLE — A celebration for Missouri’s 200th birthday will take place throughout downtown Smithville from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The event is co-hosted by Valor Ranch and American Legion Post No. 58.

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Despite starring the Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby," “Shawshank Redemption”) and gorgeous Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black," “Batwoman”), “Vanquish” is ruined by first the heavily stylized color palate and distorted lens that makes the entire film look like a steadica…

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LIBERTY — When the final applause ends on Saturday, April 17 after the spring concert of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Tony Brandolino will put his baton away after more than two decades of service.

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Michelle Pfeiffer (“Dangerous Liaisons," “Hairspray”) plays an Auntie Mame style, aging New York socialite in “French Exit”, only sadder and less likeable. The story is slow and the overall (comic?) timing is off, but Pfeiffer is as watchable as ever, commanding every scene and all of our at…

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SMITHVILLE — This year's Smithville Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Smithville Parks and Rec. and Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in Heritage Park, 320 E. Main St. The vent is open to the public, but eventgoers are encouraged to get there early as the eve…

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A big screen adaptation of the true story about Cuban Missile Crisis era spies starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Doctor Strange," “The Imitation Game”) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel herself, Rachel Brosnahan, also in last year's acclaimed “I’m Your Woman," sounds like a sure fire hit, or at th…

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LIBERTY — Each year the Liberty Arts Commission has the option to purchase a sculpture from the rotating sculpture program. In the past, those purchases have included “Open Heart” by artist Matthew Duffy. The piece can be seen from South Withers Road by the Westboro/Canterbury pickleball courts. 

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From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 20, at Penguin Park, 4124 NE Vivion Road, Northland artist Kevin Worley has partnered with KC Parks and designed some merchandise featuring the iconic penguin, kangaroo, giraffe and elephant located at the ever-popular Northland park. He recently published…

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Disney ups the animation ante once again with “Raya and the Last Dragon." The sets are realistic, the storyline is contemporary and the lead character actually has acting skills - observable gestures and facial nuances that had me taking notes on her “performance” instead of just her dialog …

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“Sometime Other Than Now” is a charming film about a man played by Donal Logue (“Gotham," “Grounded for Life”) trying to fix his past, a past where he abandoned his daughter 30 years ago. On the New England coast, he finds his daughter, his granddaughter and a once-in-a-lifetime shot with an…

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Renesha (the gorgeous Brittany S. Hall of “Ballers” and “Nappily Ever After”) and Evan (Will Brill from “The OA," “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) are a cute couple and “Test Pattern” lets us eavesdrop on their sweet romance from their initial meet-cute at a party to after they’ve moved in toget…

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HOLT — While the winter storm hitting the Northland this week gave the area a bunch of preverbal lemons in the form of rolling power outages, school closures, slick road conditions and bitter temperatures, one family took those lemons and turned them, not into lemonade, but a backyard ice rink.

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I love Robin Wright ("The Princess Bride," "House of Cards") as an actress, but maybe not, as it turns out, as a director. "Land" is her directorial debut, and it's hard not to notice that another female directed movie this year does the whole lone female concept much better, such as Chloe Z…

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When you see the cast of a cop thriller includes Denzel Washington ("Training Day," "Fences”), Jared Leto (“Suicide Squad," “Blade Runner 2049”) and Rami Malek (“Night at the Museum," “24”), it makes you wonder who will be playing the bad guy in "The Little Things."

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LIBERTY — Local actress Ava Wolesky, a junior at Liberty North High School, will appear in Broadway Artists Alliance of New York City’s livestreaming of “A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical” Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 and 24.

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LIBERTY — With music stands set up on the Liberty North High School theater stage, students took up their places last week, physically spaced and wearing masks to record a radio show version of the high school's play. In an almost “reader-theater” format, actors and musicians took on roles f…

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Like many other organizations this year, area Shop With a Cop programs faced COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges. Despite having to get creative for needed funding, changing up how gifts are distributed and not being able to complete shopping sprees with area youth as in years past, the pan…

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Along with most of the movie-going public, I had high hopes for "Soul," since it comes from the writer/director of “Monsters, Inc.," “Up” and “Inside Out," but my own disappointment upon viewing it was unfortunately echoed by my resident Disney Pixar fanatic and very own teenage daughter. Tu…

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Skywatchers are in for an end-of-year treat. What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is a vibrant planetary conjunction visible in the evening sky as Jupiter and Saturn come together, culminating the night of Monday, Dec. 21.

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Beginning this Wednesday, Dec. 16, open Mid-Continent Public Library branches in Clay County will alter their hours, offering curbside and drive-through services only on the following days and times: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and closed…