Entries by Mike

‘Assemblage’ exhibit gives life to obsolete things

The Box Gallery in Downtown KC will open a unique “Assemblage” of artwork on Friday. Lawrence-based John Gaunt has held a life-long interest in drawing, but over the last few years has developed a body of philosophical and anthropomorphic sculptural work in his home studio. Gaunt animates found metal objects by energizing obsolete machine parts […]

Pianos on Parade: Let the music begin!

Downtown Kansas City is on the verge of dancing to a more colorful, musical beat this spring and summer. Thanks to the Pianos on Parade program, pianos will soon begin to appear in public spaces around Downtown, and throughout greater Kansas City. “Pianos on Parade (POP) places ‘artistically transformed’ pianos around Kansas City in various outdoor […]

Memorial Day in KC – sizzling hot in Downtown

  Marilyn Maye will be Jammin’ at the Gem; Gridiron Glory will open at Union Station; and the Kansas City Symphony will have us dancing in the street for Memorial Day during this amazing week ahead in Downtown … and those are just for starters! Here are the highlights of what’s happening in Downtown KC […]

Downtown to get its ‘Backyard’ back!

LiveKC and numerous partners are transforming one of Downtown Kansas City’s precious public spaces into a shared urban backyard for the summer. Located in the center of Downtown Kansas City and at the front door of some of the area’s busiest hotels, Barney Allis Plaza has an opportunity to become a bustling town square. The […]

Open letter – on First Friday – by the Mayor

Last fall, I wrote An Open Letter to America addressing the many assets Kansas City has to offer. It came on the heels of our Kansas City Royals playoff run, but it wasn’t about baseball. Instead, the letter was intended to draw attention to our elevated profile across the U.S. and to highlight all the ways […]

Gigabit Summit attracts tech leaders to KC

“Kansas City has been a lot of hubs over the years: cattle hub, railroad hub, greeting card hub, college hoops hub. And now … tech hub? “We’re not there yet, but last week brought the city closer to being a place recognized for its appetite for innovation,” according to a story in today’s Kansas City Star. ‘“Yes, […]

Westside to celebrate Day of the Dead with art, street festival

  The Mattie Rhodes Center and its Westside neighbors will begin their annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Friday and Saturday with an art exhibit and street festival.   Day of the Dead celebrates the colorful and loving history of Mexico, explained Paul Gutierrez of Mattie Rhodes. Festivities will run […]

Talent table set for 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival

The countdown has begun! Kansas City’s premiere Jazz & Blues Festival will return to 18th & Vine on Saturday, Oct. 11 with four stages and more than 25 acts. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11 at the American Jazz Museum on all four stages at 18th & Vine, and will run until […]

UMKC selects architects for Downtown Arts Campus

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance on Thursday selected an architect for its Downtown Campus for the Arts. Now comes the hard part: fitting 170,000 square feet of needed space on an 80,000-square-foot site, The Kansas City Star reported. “But the Helix/HGA architecture and design team isn’t complaining. It has won the phase one contract to […]

First Friday to take flight at Grace & Holy Trinity

A very special First Friday celebration of the arts is on tap this coming Friday at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Not only are you invited to enjoy the fabric art exhibit by Sonie Joi Thompson-Ruffin, but also live jazz by the legendary Bobby Watson — all on First Friday.   The festivities and refreshments […]

Charlie Parker celebration set for Aug. 14-30

A city-wide, 17-day celebration of legendary Charlie Parker will get underway on Thursday in Downtown and throughout Kansas City, Missouri. The festivites will run from Thursday, Aug. 14 to Saturday, Aug. 30. Events will include performances at 12 Kansas City jazz clubs; a Charlie Parker historical tour and musical salute; several educational programs including a […]

Guitars in the Park returns to Downtown on Sunday evening

Guitars in the Park, the summer performance series by the Kansas City Guitar Society, will return to Oppenstein Park in Downtown Kansas City this Sunday evening. The free performance is set for 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Downtown pocket park at 12th & Walnut. The public is invited. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and […]