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Bill Blankenship


Kansas City, KS, United States

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Radio comes to TV in KTWU's 'Theatre of the Mind'

KTWU's Emmy Award-winning "Theatre of the Mind" series will mark its 10th anniversary year and celebrate the approaching Halloween season with the debut at 7 p.m. Sunday of "Trilogy of Terror," radio theater productions of three classic spooky tales. → Read More

Allyson to sing Rodgers & Hammerstein at Topeka concert

For the second show of its 47th season, Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. will present a recognizable singer performing familiar tunes in a unique way when Karrin Allyson includes Rodgers & Hammerstein songs in her concert Sunday afternoon in downtown Topeka. → Read More

Shawnee County's first weekend of fall filled with fun

The final weekend of September will be so active in Shawnee County, even the walking dead will step lively. The Topeka Zombie Walk on Saturday is just one of seven major early autumn events, which also include the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, Cider Days Fall Festival, Slash & Bash Horror & Scifi Film Festival, Tecumseh Heritage Day, Topeka Pride Festival and Topeka Zoobilee. → Read More

'Children of the Corn's' Malachai to attend Topeka's Slash & Bash

Courtney Gains, who scared the bejabbers out of moviegoers as the menacing Malachai in "Children of the Corn," will be he featured guest this weekend at the 11th Slash & Bash Horror and Scifi Film Festival. Gains will kick off the festival at 6 p.m. → Read More

Sunset concert to end Back Porch Blues Band's 13-year run

The Back Porch Blues Band will head off into the sunset after the Topeka band calls its quits following a dusk concert Sunday at Lake Shawnee. → Read More

Signs, rants familar in WBC-inspired play

The picket signs carried by the Rev. Noah Jones, pastor of Zion Primitive Baptist Church, and his vitriolic rants against Jews, homosexuals and others he says God hates might seem familiar to audiences. → Read More

Married couple cast in play about long-distance relationship

It says something that Walt Boyd thinks so much of the acting skills of his wife, Linda Boyd, that when he sought a play that he could do with her, he chose one with a role for her that Ellen Burstyn played on Broadway and Anne Bancroft performed in the film adaptation.The Boyds co-star in “84 Charing Cross Road,” which is running through Oct. 9 in the Gourmet Cabaret Dinner Theatre at the Break… → Read More

Kansas Mariachi Festival to bring Mexican music, food and dance to downtown Topeka

So much traditional Mexican music will be heard this week in downtown Topeka one might think someone got confused about the dates and location of the city's annual Fiesta Mexicana. → Read More

Jeff Dunham, Kansas Expocentre-bound in December, to have comedy special air Thursday on NBC

Northeast Kansas fans of comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will have plenty of opportunities to see him and his posse of characters on television before they perform live Dec. 4 at the Kansas Expocentre. Tickets will go on sale for $47. → Read More

Return postage: Washburn reprises drama about stamps

Washburn University Theatre has returned its postage-related summer production, "Mauritius. → Read More

TCT opens season with ooky fun, 'The Addams Family'

Whether it is from Charles Addams' cartoons in the New Yorker and other magazines, the 1960s sitcom still running in syndication, the 1970s or 1990s animated series or the 1991 Hollywood movie and its sequels, this clan needs little introduction. → Read More

Return postage: Washburn reprises drama about stamps

Washburn University Theatre has returned its postage-related summer production, "Mauritius. → Read More

Duo featuring Coder kicks off RowHouse concert series

The RowHouse Restaurant, a downtown Topeka bistro that tries to use Kansas-grown or -produced products in its dishes, will on Labor Day begin a fall concert series showcasing acts with a connection to Kansas and songs inspired by life here. → Read More

Shawnee County Allied Tribes Inc's powwow turns 25

The Shawnee County Allied Tribes' Traditional Intertribal Pow Wow, which started as part of the long-defunct Topeka Railroad Days, will celebrate its 25th annual gathering with drumming and dancing on the shores of Lake Shawnee. → Read More

Blue Man Group, Casting Crowns among TPAC's coming attractions

The Topeka Performing Arts Center has added to its list of coming attractions "America's Got Talent" veteran Jason Pritchett, comedian Christopher Titus, contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns, "The Price is Right Live!" and a Topeka encore by the Blue Man Group. → Read More

Jazz trumpet player with rock pedigree to kick off series

Although Jim Oatts is an inductee of the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, he will come to Topeka this weekend to play trumpet with the Topeka Jazz Workshop Band to kick off the 47th annual Topeka Jazz Concert Series. → Read More

TPAC's Grape Escape includes a comedy break

This year's Grape Escape will finish with a comedy break. → Read More

Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival returns with 'Merry Wives of Windsor'

The opportunity to laugh at lines written by the greatest writer in the English language between bites of a roasted turkey leg will return to northeast Kansas when the Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival presents "The Merry Wives of Windsor." → Read More

Crooner Camacho to debut his fourth CD

After his second summer entertaining tourists in a Maine resort town whose name translates into English as “beautiful place by the sea,” Topeka music educator and singer Mark Camacho returns to the Heartland to celebrate the completion of his fourth album and the commencement of his fifth year as a cabaret entertainer.Camacho will perform music from his CD “Marco Sings...By Request” from 6 to 8… → Read More

Topeka Rodeo adds cash bonus to bull riding

Although no amount of money would persuade most folks to climb aboard a 1,600-pound or heavier bucking bull, an extra $1,000 bonus might attract more cowboys to do so at the Big 94.5 Country's fourth annual Topeka Rodeo. → Read More