This week on The Local Show, we examine the progress on the Big 5 initiative to move UMKC’s world class arts programs to a new downtown location and consider what that could mean for Kansas City’s downtown. While the National WWI Museum primarily pays tribute to veterans of the Great War, it also pays tributes to veterans of all conflicts. We take a look at how the museum embraces veterans from all conflicts and all branches of the military. During Prohibition, Kansas City was dubbed The Paris of the Plains. Now, local cocktail connoisseurs celebrate this history with a week’s worth of music, food and carefully crafted beverages in the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival. We get a primer from American Restaurant’s General Manager Jamie Jamison and former Manifesto Bartender Brandon Cummins. Finally this week, we examine the business of providing people a place to do their business with a first hand look at Port-O-Potty practitioners.
They’ve narrowed it down to three. Three sites that is for UMKC to build a new downtown arts campus that would include room for its Conservatory of Music and Dance, but also space for its theater and other arts programs. This was one of the Big 5 Ideas advocated by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce last fall.
Even though the UMKC Conservatory has been a part of Kansas City’s cultural life for over one hundred years, many of us still know little about this hidden jewel, working hard to raise its profile both here and across the country. In fact, our story starts on a March night in New York City.
What would a UMKC Downtown arts campus mean culturally and economically to this city?
You can join UMKC and top civic and arts leaders in a panel discussion at the downtown library on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 pm.
We head to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City which not only houses artificacts and memorabilia but also pays tribute to the service and commitment of veterans of all conflicts. KCPT producer Pam James visits with museum volunteer and Vietnam veteran Phillip Mall to learn more about how this special place honors service members and the experiences they share.
Some of Kansas City’s top bartenders are participating this weekend in the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Competition.
It’s just one event in Kansas City’s weeklong cocktail festival now underway that blends all sorts of spirited dinners, contests, seminars, industry gatherings and culminates Monday in the Paris of the Plains Gala, a big party with live music, dancing, handcrafted cocktails and food at the American Restaurant. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit KCPT.
Joining us are two key figures from the Paris of the Plains soiree.: The American Restaurant’s General Manager Jamie Jamison and former Manifesto Bartender Brandon Cummins.
They each shared one of their favorite drink recipes. Stay tuned for the video, but for now here are the tasty recipes:
2 ounces Four Roses Bourbon
1/2 ounce Carpano Antica Vermouth
2 ounces Missouri Norton
2 Dashes Whiskey Barrel Bitters
Assemble all the ingredients with ice in the glass portion of a cocktail shaker and stir to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel. Bartender tip: if you want to look slick, work on your stir…no wrist and elbow movement…and be sure to stir with big, cold cubes for about 40 stirs or until the base of the mixing glass is really cold.
The Bebop Cocktail: A modern KC-influenced variant of the classic “Bee’s Knees” cocktail.
1.5 oz Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
2 oz Beefeater 24
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Honey
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
Pour chilled Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat into a cocktail glass
In a mixing glass, combine honey, lemon juice, bitters, and Beefeater 24. Add ice, shake, and strain into cocktail glass with Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat.
Garnish with lemon zest & enjoy!