It’s a Guy Thing

The Bobos book club can’t help but call attention to itself. For starters, the club’s 14 members belie their well-educated, professionally accomplished backgrounds by calling themselves Bobos. Even club founder Phil Smith, a 67-year-old retired advertising creative director and writer, concedes that the offbeat sobriquet may call to mind “nuts” or “clowns,” although that’s hardly the intent.

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Glenn North: Truth Teller

Artists have often explored connections across disciplines, resulting in work that can be as surprising as it is provocative — from theater director Julie Taymor and U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge collaborating on the troubled but intriguing musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” to actress Tilda Swinton reclining in a glass box as part of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

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An Ode to True Black Manhood

I grew up in one of those urban neighborhoods that did so much to shape successful black men in America. Located on the northeast end of Kansas City, Kansas, the block I grew up in was bookmarked on both ends by black-owned businesses. On the southwest corner was a mom-and-pop record store where I purchased 45s by the Isley Brothers and Chaka Khan. It was also a candy shop and sometime beauty parlor.

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Arts News: Quilt Artist Commemorates 2011 Disaster in Japan

March 11, 2018, will mark the seventh anniversary of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Japan. The disaster touched many, including Japanese-born, Lenexa-based quilter Cindy Parry. Six months after the tragic event, Parry began work on a fiber art memorial, “Tohoku Daishinsai (Tohoku Disaster).” The work, which has been exhibited in D.C., Chicago and Minneapolis and on […]

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