Travel with us now to the Flint Hills of Kansas. Producer Sean Holmes recently joined Paul Dorrell of the Leopold Gallery in Brookside and a group of Paseo Academy student artists on a journey of creative inspiration.
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The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours takes place June 22 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. Randy Mason talked to Founder and Chairman Marshall Miller about the origins of the event which raises money for scholarships. He highlights some of the main attractions of this year’s Art of the Car which include a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle which belonged to Steve McQueen, a 1903 St. Louis Standard, a 1965 Ferrari that Masten Gregory drove to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965 and many more.
This year’s event will also feature racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage. Due to the overwhelming response, the “Meet the Legends” event has been moved to Pierson Hall in the Atterbury Student Success Center at UMKC from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.
Kansas City Kansas Community College hosted Camp Invention this summer and The Local Show was there to get a glimpse at the creative geniuses of the future.
The Camp Invention program instills vital 21st century life skills such as problem-solving and teamwork through hands-on fun. The Camp Invention program is a nationally acclaimed weeklong summer enrichment day experience for children entering in grades one through six that is free to schools and organizations nationwide. The top priority of the Camp Invention program is to provide quality enrichment programming in the fields of science, mathematics, history, and the arts. Local schools host the program and the week’s hands-on activities are led by local teachers to ensure a safe learning environment. The staff to child ratio is 1:8! The Camp Invention program enhances a child’s ability to learn through teamwork and subject immersion while cultivating a new appreciation for discovery — it’s learning disguised as fun!
The Local Show presents a peek at this year’s performance of A Christmas Carol by the Kansas City Rep. For more than 30 years, the Rep’s holiday performance has delighted audiences and has become a family tradition for many. The show has been retooled this year to incorporate more ghostly effects. The Rep’s take on the Charles Dickens classic runs through December 26th.
Many of you may have been watching the Grammy Awards over the weekend. What you missed in the primetime CBS broadcast is the Grammy Award being presented for Classical Solo Performance. That was among the awards not handed out on TV from the Staples Center. The award went to Prairie Village native and international opera star Joyce DiDonato for her performance Diva Divo. She performs alongside the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts next month. If you weren’t able to secure a ticket, don’t fret. The performance is being recorded to run nationally on PBS as part of the summer arts series this July. KCPT recently began production on the documentary “Homecoming” which will be featured in the PBS Arts special.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of Diva Divo:
You didn’t get to see them pick up their Grammys during the big prime-time telecast over the weekend, but congratulations are in order for the Kansas City Chorale who snagged two Grammys in Sunday’s pre-show awards.
The Chorale’s 2012 album, “Life & Breath: Choral Works By René Clausen,” received Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Classical record.
Here is a look at the big announcement:
Here’s more info about the winning album:
If you head along I-70 through Wyandotte County in Kansas, you’ve no doubt seen signs for the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. It’s been there for more than 50 years thanks to a federal charter by an act of the 86th Congress and signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on August 31, 1960. Chances are good that you may never have stopped inside. In fact, attendance in recent years has been so poor that the attraction, which celebrates agriculture and the American farmer, was almost shuttered three years ago. Now a new board of directors is breathing new life into the museum about two miles west of the Kansas Speedway in Bonner Springs. Producer Justin Bond takes us on a tour.
In 2002, the Missouri Department of Conservation opened a unique facility on Troost Avenue in the heart of Kansas City designed to get young people in urban neighborhoods more connected with nature and the outdoors.
This week, The Anita Gorman Discovery Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For many visitors, The Discovery Center at 47th and Troost continues to be their first introduction to nature.
Surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, forests, wetlands and prairie, the Discovery Center beckons urban residents to visit and to learn. Randy Mason spoke with Stacey Davis, the center’s manager.
Finally this week we take a modern spin on a vintage art form. Head with us inside the craft-tastic world of Hammerpress, a letterpress, print and design studio in Kansas City’s crossroads neighborhood.
Producer Tony Ladesich captures artist Brady Vest’s handiwork as he brings us into the meticiculous and exacting world of typography.
Author Gretchen Rubin was born and raised in Kansas City and three years ago, she hit the big time when her book The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun made the number one spot on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list. Rubin is now winding down what she calls her second happiness project. The book Happier At Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life.
Happier at Home is not another interior design book. In fact, she say she hates “house and homey” magazines. The Kansas City author who now resides in a Manhattan apartment shares her guide to domestic bliss with Local Show guest interviewer Kathy Quinn.