We celebrate Kansas Citians who are willing to put service above self. We delve into the hearts and souls of local notables who have put the community above their own selfish interests in order to make this city a better place to live. They are chronicled in a new book called the Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self.
The added bonus when you purchase the book is that a portion of the proceeds, in keeping with The Kansas City Spirit, will go to benefit local charities: Operation Breakthrough, Elmwood Cemetery, The Kansas City Museum – Minority Heritage Project, the Community Cadet Corps and Gillis.
Kansas City authors with a national reach are just the kind of thing that we love to showcase on The Local Show. This week, meet Candice Millard, a Leawood based author whose new book about the life and death of one America’s least known Presidents has remarkably propelled her to the New York Times bestseller list. Destiny of the Republic, which tells the tale of the madness and murder of President James Garfield, started the year in the number 15 spot on the New York Times nonfiction list.
Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Her first book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, was a New York Times bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and Kansas City Star. The River of Doubt was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Book Sense Pick, was a finalist for the Quill Awards, and won the William Rockhill Nelson Award. It has been printed in Portugese, Mandarin, and Korean, as well as a British edition. Millard’s work has also appeared in Time Magazine, Washington Post Book World, and the New York Times Book Review. Millard’s second book, The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, rose to number five on The New York Times bestseller list and has been named a best book of the year by, among others, The New York Times, Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, The Kansas City Star, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Millard lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.
Here is a brief look at Destiny of the Republic:
Who’s the metro area author making this big splash? Randy Mason caught up with her.
First we saw Roxy Paine at work in January at his snowy upstate New York studio, building the “dendroid” that would soon be coming to Kansas City. Two weeks ago, we watched as the installation team poured themselves into the task of planting it on the Nelson Atkins Museum’s front lawn.
This morning, “Ferment” officially took root in a celebration that started inside the museum, where one of the artist’s’ SCUMAKs has been installed, and then moved outdoors. A silver ribbon encircling Roxy’s amazing
56 foot tall sculpture was then ceremoniously cut with, what else, garden shears?
A year ago, most of us were still trying to wrap our heads around the terms “Sporting Kansas City” and “LiveStrong Sporting Park.” They were unfamiliar, and some would say even bizarre phrases, describing our re-named professional soccer team and its, then, still un-built new stadium.
All the changes seem to have worked. Rave reviews poured in for the new venue in KCK. The team made the playoffs. Attendance went up 84 percent. Merchandise sales went up 475 percent. And team TV ratings went up more than 100 percent. How’s that for a turnaround?
This week, we’re joined by one of the team’s top star’s and biggest goal scorers, Kei Kamara.
Here is a look a look at his journey from Sierra Leone to Kansas City and his return to play for Africa’s national team:
You know our local theatres each tend to have their specialties–comedies, classics, family fare, or in the case of Kansas City’s Unicorn Theatre, cutting edge new plays that are in many cases Pulitzer Prize winners or world premieres.
This season, the Unicorn has already staged a punk rock musical about Andrew Jackson, a tele-evangelists’s last broadcast, and a dark comedy about addiction with a name we can’t say on TV.
We go behind the scenes at the Unicorn in this latest installment of our performARTS series in conjunction with KC Studio Magazine.
The Fifth Annual Art of the Car Concours® will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26 on the Kansas City Art Institute campus. The show will feature more than 180 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and vintage motorcycles belonging to collectors from eight states. Vehicles from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Oklahoma will be on view.
Visual Magician: Bruce Branit
Branit creates visual effects for major motion pictures, television and advertisements for his company, Branit FX, in the Crossroads Arts District. He opened his business in 2004 after working in Hollywood for 10 years, but Kansas City is his home and he wanted to come back here to raise a family. Branit grew up in Johnson County, graduated from Shawnee Mission East and earned an industrial design degree from the University of Kansas.
Randy Mason sits down with Branit to discuss the world of Hollywood special effects.
Kansas City’s Most Wanted: Buyers for Vacant Schools
What on Earth should the Kansas City, MO school district do with 38 potential eyesores and dens of crime? We are talking about the 38 schools that the district now has to repurpose or sell. About 20 of them are from last year’s contentious round of school closings, but the remainders have been on the books for a lot longer…some for decades. The district is now providing tours of the schools to would be buyers, but are they getting any bites? The Local Show tags along on the one of the tours.
A Fond Farewell: The Lyric Opera’s Evan Luskin
Evan Luskin has announced that he is retiring as general director of the Lyric Opera…just as the company prepares to move to its new performance space at the Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts. Luskin, the Company’s general director since 1998, will be retiring on June 30, 2012. Mr. Luskin’s retirement will come at the conclusion of the Lyric’s first year of residence in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, which will open this fall.