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 […]
The Goldsworthy wall progresses, inch by inch, stone by stone. At least that was the plan for this summer. The British artist was scheduled to arrive back in Kansas City just as this column’s deadline passed in mid-May. And by the time you read this, anger surely had arisen among those who might have found […]
Early this year, “Downbeat” magazine announced a global list of 25 cities where jazz “thrives.” Kansas City, alas, failed to make the cut. A friend in New York responded with outrage. Portland? I see her point, but I also understand how our jazz legacy is so often overlooked. Sure, we pay lip service to it […]