The 2017 Art in the Loop Project: Cue!, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and KC Streetcar, features 25 temporary artworks and performances along the city’s streetcar route, in the City Market, and at the Central Library.
As the series prepares to open, a number of the participating artists, dancers, musicians, and poets take turns discussing their works. They are introduced by curator Jessica Borusky, an artist and educator who lives and works in Kansas City.
Art in the Loop¬running from May 1 to September 30¬is designed to make cultural experiences available to downtown residents, visitors, and workers. The kickoff event is co-presented by Downtown Council, the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar, and the City of Kansas City’s Office of Culture and Creative Services.
~From the KC Library
The City Market introduced a weekly Wednesday Evening Market last month. I moseyed over last night and while it’s not as full as the weekend markets, there is a smattering of vendors and great mid-week energy at the City Market.
The Wednesday Evening Market features a limited selection of specialty farmers, local makers, artist and cooking demonstrations, all accompanied by live acoustic music in a relaxed open-air atmosphere. More vendors will sign up as more people show up to buy their goods. Several City Market shops and restaurants are open during and after Wednesday Evening Market hours.
Kansas City Walking Tours offers a 2-hour food tour. You can enjoy the market and sample three or four local eateries. Come on down mid-week for a bit of weekend fun.
April 12 is Fountain Day in Kansas City. The Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners will kick off the official start of 2016 fountain season in the City of Fountains at the Charles B. Wheeler Amphitheater at Oak and 47th Streets. Food trucks following.
The above, The Muse of the Missouri, is one of the stops on the KC Streetcar Tour, starting at the end of May.
I wouldn't call myself a huge BBQ lover before December. In fact, after I moved to Kansas City in 2005 it took me a few years before I even tried any. It was tasty but I wasn't moved to add it into my monthly or even yearly diet.
Late last year, after taking the KC BBQ Tour with a friend, I finally fell in love with Kansas City barbecue. I'm no food writer, but LC's Bar-B-Q had the perfect blend of sauce topping amazing burnt ends. It's a tiny midtown joint with food that's been hard to forget.
There's so much food on the BBQ tour that I wasn't inclined to think about barbecue until last night, when I saw a Tweet about LC's. I'm going to have to go again. I'm trying the ribs next time.
The KC BBQ tour is a wonderful way to test out the city's barbecue offerings and hear some of the history of barbecue. We had a ton of fun and met some great visitor to Kansas City on the tour.
I’m excited to be partnering with Taste of Brazil Market, located in the City Market as one of the stops on the Original River Market Food Tour. They offer original Brazilian eats and a small supply of groceries. Besides co-owner Marco Rabello being a fantastic person with a quick smile, he makes authentic, Brazilian food. I am seriously in love with his cheese bread.
Rabello and his partner Cristian Maciel are both from Sao Paulo, Brazil. When Rabello first came to the U.S. on a volleyball scholarship at Park University, he couldn’t speak English. He had to take classes at a community college for a semester to learn the language before officially starting at Park. After he graduated from Park, he planned to go back to Brazil and get a good job, but decided to stay in the U.S. He worked at Hotel Phillips and also as an assistant coach at Park.
“During that time that time I was always thinking I needed to open my own business,” said Rabello. “I love food.” He learned how to cook in the States. In dorms. His apartment. Anywhere he could find a stove.
Maciel and Rabello decided to cold call the City Market staff one day with the request to set up shop. About six months later, they opened up Taste of Brazil Market. Rabello and Maciel have been open for three years, adding another authentic taste to our neighborhood.
They now have a bar, and will be extending to summer hours soon. Before long, when you visit the City Market, you’ll see people walking around holding a coconut, slurping up its water with a straw. Rabello sells those refreshing coconuts during the warmer months. He’ll even drill the hole so you can tuck in your straw.
On the food tour, we’ll stop at Taste of Brazil and a few other places I’ll be blogging about over the next couple weeks. If you can’t take a tour soon, stop in Taste of Brazil for the cheese bread, or anything else on the menu. The food is amazing. The cheese bread though…it’s warm, chewy yumminess in a pillow-puff of gluten-free goodness. Just make sure to leave some for me.
Books, podcasts and stories
Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. The Buffalo Room, Westport Flea Market 817 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111
KCUR Generation Listen and the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the reBOUND Book Exchange and Podcast Party! This is a free event but space is limited. Swap books and share stories at the 2016 edition of reBOUND! This year, in addition to exchanging copies of your beloved (or unloved) books with others, come hear people share stories about childhood crushes, unrequited love, and romantic rejection.
Broadway Unlocked to benefit Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
Monday, February 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Google Fiber Space, 1814 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111
The Broadway Unlocked #giveback concert is a livestreamed, interactive benefit concert that invites theatre fans from across the world to be a part of something bigger and make a difference in their communities. Through a global online fundraising effort, as well as live events in multiple cities on the same night, Broadway Unlocked brings those who love and make theatre together to raise funds and awareness for organizations that provide free treatment and services for survivors of interpersonal violence. Google Fiber is streaming the concert straight to a watch party at their space in Westport. As a guest, you'll enjoy beverages and snacks, performances from incredible stars of Broadway, TV and film as well as the best of the KC theatre scene, and you'll become a part of the concert as we #Hangout with the New York audience during the concert. A portion of the evening's proceeds will go to the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, an organization that improves the lives of those impacted by sexual assault and abuse, and works to prevent sexual violence in the Kansas City community.
Kansas City’s Historic Northeast Neighborhoods
Tuesday, February 23, 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program
National Archives at Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108
Learn about KC’s Northeast with author Kent Dicus. Nestled in a pocket of Kansas City, an area just east of downtown known as the Northeast, is home to six early neighborhoods that make up a vibrant and eclectic part of town that also includes the Kansas City Museum. All were established between the 1880s and the 1920s. Featured neighborhoods include Indian Mound, Lykins, Sheffield, Scarritt Renaissance, and Pendleton Heights. The program presented in partnership with the Northeast Kansas City Historical Society.
Changing the Conversation on ISIS with Brian Steed
Tuesday, February 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Central Library at 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is more than a place or a terrorist group. It is a set of ideas rooted in centuries-old beliefs and wrapped in a philosophy of violence. Understanding them is key to defeating them, according to Steed. A military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and specialist on the Middle East, he initially spoke at the library about the Islamic State in late 2014. He continues his examination, taking a close look at the militant group’s makeup, motivations, and operations.
The last (ever) BADSEED event
4-7 p.m. at BADSEED, 1909 McGee St, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
This is the final event for BADSEED. Eat, drink, be merry and hangout with some radical farmers in memory of a radical food revolution. Free beer from Boulevard with some jazz and blues to listen to while you drink and mingle. The vendors will pack up by 7 p.m. so they can also enjoy the party. The potluck/shindig begins at 7:30. Bring a BADSEED-inspired dish to share. Check out the interview on KCUR with BADSEED founder Brooke Salvaggio and the reason behind the closing of BADSEED.
Free Concert at the Folly Theater, Saturday, February 20 at 7 p.m. A native of South Korea, Ye-Eun Choi is an acclaimed young artist. In 2014, she performed along side her mentor, the venerable violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, as a lead player in the Mutter Virtuosi concert. Choi's program, to be played with pianist Robert Kulek, will include Mozart's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K. 379; Brahms' Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 100; Penderecki's Cadenza for Solo Violin; and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in D major, Op. 94a. An audience/artist conversation from the stage begins at 6:30 p.m., before the 7 p.m. concert. And it’s FREE folks.
Monday is a holiday a great reason to celebrate (if you’re off work for the day). Speaking of work, here’s something for all the entrepreneurs peppering Kansas City. Think Big is featuring the KCMO Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III during Wise Words on Thursday, February 18 from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. at 1712 Main Street—2nd floor. Join Think Big for a candid talk on entrepreneurship and business from one of KC’s true leaders at Collisions & Coffee—Wise Words. Free to attend, RSVP encouraged.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association is hosting a free tour of the Roaster’s Block on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 701 Broadway. Take a tour of one of the newest downtown communities. Tour the north building, also one and two bedroom units. See the coffee shop, community amenities and get a peak of future plans.
Take a trip to the National Archives located near Union Station for All Sewn Up, an exhibit that explores the relationship between the Federal government and the garment and beauty industry from the 1870s to the 1950s. Found in the vast holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City are records from Federal court cases that involve the garment and beauty industry. This exhibit showcases select cases demonstrating the variety of lawsuits that have made their way through the legal system, seeking to provide Federal protection for the consumer, for the company, or for the workers. This ends at the end of the month.
Visit the exhibit Through the Lens: Visions of African American Experience, 1950-1970 through April 3 at the Nelson-Atkins. This exhibition features over sixty works by seven photographers active during the civil rights era (1950-1970). Organized to underscore different artistic intentions and photographic approaches, Through the Lens highlights various aspects of African American experience during this time of tremendous social and political change. Photographers Danny Lyon, Bruce Davidson, and Charles Moore bore witness to the activities and struggles of the civil rights movements as a means to effect social change.
Catch this free screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” at the KC Library Plaza Branch on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. Documentarian Stanley Nelson looks into the Black Panthers and its significance to American Culture. This documentary is launching just before the 50th anniversary of the party’s founding. Check out Rotten Tomatoes’ reviews if you’re on the fence.
Watch a caveman from the Phanerozoic era come to life. NOVA's new documentary "Iceman Reborn" follows Kearney, Missouri based paleo-sculptor and renowned artist Gary Staab as he creates an exact replica of the oldest human mummy on Earth. Join KCPT for a special sneak peek of the documentary, discussion with Staab and Iceman activities. All this is happening Tuesday, February 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station.
The Winter Open House at River Market Event Place is happening on Friday, February 12 from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free with a dozen vendors setting up for the night. You might be interested in going if you’re thinking of tying the knot anytime soon. And if you’re not, it’s a cool space with a range of vendors. Check it out.
Open jam with Levee Town at Knuckleheads from 2 – 7 p.m. Sundays. Relax with the blues before hitting the cubicle on Monday. It’s a great way to unwind. Levee Town has a new album coming out soon.
Alone on Valentine’s Day? It doesn’t have to hurt this year. The Westport Ale House is hosting their first ever Single's Social event from 5-8 p.m. Get out on Valentine’s Day and, enjoy a night out and make a new friend.
Connect with Kansas City this week with one of these Five, Free, Fabulous things to do.
On Sunday, February 14 you can tie the knot for FREE at the City Market. If you've been thinking of doing the deed, grab your partner, get a marriage license and hurry down to say your vows. For the low price of free, you get to be married in one of the heated glass enclosed structures at the Market. Romantic music, twinkle lights and sparkling hearts provided. So rain, shine or snow, there's no excuse.
A few rules from the City Market: Advance registration is required as space is limited. Couples seeking a legally-recognized marriage are required to have a State of Missouri wedding license as well. To make a reservation or for further information, contact Sue Patterson in the City Market office at (816) 842-1271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll do a walk-by next Sunday to get a peek at the happy couples. That's one of the fun things about living in the River Market.
Grab your shoes and coat – and maybe your umbrella and dash out the door to enjoy this week’s Free Fab Five.
Especially in Kansas City, the public library system always has something amazing to do. This week the library is hosting a free showing of the movie Beloved at the Plaza Branch on Thursday (2/4/16) It’s a great way to kick off Black History Month.
It’s the first week of the month, which means First Fridays in the Crossroads. Weather gurus say it’s going to be 50 degrees during the day. No whining about being cold. Head out and enjoy.
It’s Groundhog Day on Tuesday. If you’re not home watching Bill Murray in the infamous movie, stop by the Uptown Art’s Bar and join owner Greg Patterson for his annual Groundhog Day celebration! Don’t miss the $2 wells.
Get outside, people! Really. It helps with the cabin fever in the winter. A great place to get outside is at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Explore eight acres of gardens, including a pond, walkways, and watchable wildlife. Don’t forget to breathe deeply and enjoy the winter air.
Participate in the Red Dress Dash in the Power and Light on Friday at 5 p.m. Yes, guys, you can throw on a dress too. February is heart-healthy Go Red for Women month. Kick it off right in the Red Dress Dash. You’ll find face painting, drink specials and more.
That’s your Free Fab Five for the week.
Emily Allen, blogger
I've lived in a few states across the U.S and spent a year down the street from a castle in Eger, Hungary. My heart finally found its home in Kansas City's River Market neighborhood.