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 […]
The last time I saw Henry Bloch, it was a perfectly fitting occasion. He was sitting down and welcoming a crowd of visitors and press people previewing the newly expanded and rebuilt European wing of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was 2017. He was 94 at the time, and seemed a little more frail […]
It’s complicated. Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Cuba in recent years will recognize the phrase. You hear it all over the place from people you meet. Inquiring minds want to know how things work, how people get by, how progressive things can happen for artists, musicians and other creative people. Most often […]
Winter arrived early this season, barely halfway through autumn. So some of us have already settled into our hibernating tendencies. Reading around the fireplace. Bingeing on Netflix. Powering up the sound machines to drive away the blues. And then there is the list-making. What a year it was! In culture and life. I’m mostly out […]
Since launching a boutique architectural practice in Kansas City some 13 years ago, Matthew and Jesse Hufft have become known for putting a decidedly luxe and modernist stamp on the residential and commercial landscape. From one-of-a-kind, sleek mansions to the uncluttered swoops of a Standard Style store, the Hufft firm’s architectural products tend to stand out.
The news was not surprising, but devastating just the same. Our friend’s cancer, which had lain in the weeds quietly for the last few years, had taken a turn for the worse. Much worse. It was now out of control. And nothing could be done. How do you process that? I’m not very good at […]