Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times,” “Harvard Business Review” and “Audubon,” among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Marissa Wolf, artistic director of Portland Center Stage at the Armory.
Now is a good time to revisit Whitney Terrell’s groundbreaking 2005 novel, “The King of Kings County,” inspired by the racist real estate covenants that formed many of the residential neighborhoods in Kansas City.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Acquires Powerful Quilt by Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin
For 30 years, Kansas Citians have been entranced and educated by the quilts of Sara Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin in exhibits at the American Jazz Museum, Grand Arts, the KCAI Crossroads Gallery, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and many other venues.
“Kwanza Humphrey: The Human Experience,” Bunker Center for the Arts
In the last few years in museums and galleries across the nation, figurative portraiture by Black American artists has been enjoying a renaissance and long overdue attention from curators, academicians, and collectors. Kansas City is not absent in this renaissance, and one of the artists we can thank for that is gifted painter Kwanza Humphrey.
Cynthia Levin, the longtime artistic director of the Unicorn Theatre, couldn’t stand the idea of a dark theater building with no audiences, no working actors, no opening nights. But that became the summer reality for the Unicorn and other Equity theater companies.