Lieven Bertels, a Belgian arts professional with global experience, made his first visit to Bentonville two and a half years ago. He had worked in the U.K. and the Netherlands and most recently directed an arts festival in Sydney, Australia. Now here he was, a little apprehensive but interviewing for a job in a place of which he’d had no clue.
Seventy years ago, in 1949, one of the best-known literary figures in the land spent two weeks in Kansas City. Martha Foley, editor of an annual survey of fiction, “The Best American Short Stories,” spoke at a writers conference at the University of Kansas City, precursor to UMKC. Then she holed up in a hotel […]
The first time I watched Elizabeth Belden brew a batch of beer, her quiet morning among the tanks at KC Bier Co. was shattered just moments after I arrived. A news alert on her phone reported the death of Yordana Ventura, the young Kansas City Royals pitching ace and World Series veteran, whose vehicle had crashed on a mountain road in the Dominican Republic.
It’s a given that much of what makes Kansas City great is the arts. The growth and energy of the city’s cultural institutions have been contagious in the last dozen years. The spark and savvy of individual artists; the boldness and fortitude of small companies of actors, musicians and dancers; the innovation and drive of […]
Gold. Forever a symbol of wealth and human desire, it’s also a source of folly and madness. It has been a catalyst of enormous historical force. It can spell cataclysm and doom. And, beginning in September, it’s the subtext of a haunting exhibit of historical photographs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Hallmark’s Iconic “Triple Crown,” by Kenneth Snelson, Will be Renovated and Reinstalled This Fall One of Kansas City’s most prominent pieces of outdoor art — and one of my favorites, I might add — is on the verge of a nip and tuck. It’s Kenneth Snelson’s “Triple Crown,” the tri-polar web of stainless-steel tubes and […]