This week, we continue our performARTS series with a closer look at The Folly Theater. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Weekend, the Kauffman Foundation hosted a Startup Demo Day to give local entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their ideas to mentors and potential investors. The new Ken Burns documentary The Dust Bowl will begin airing on Sunday evening here on KCPT. Johnson County Community College history professor and Executive Director of the Sustainability Center Jay Antle discusses the documentary and gives some local perspective on this dirty phenomena which has been cropping up in Western Kansas as recently as this month. The Gem Theater hosted a centennial celebration to honor Gordon Parks and The Local Show was there to capture some of the highlights.
In recent years, you may have dropped by the Folly Theater downtown for a performance by the Heartland Men’s Chorus or City in Motion Dance Theater, or perhaps to hear a concert in the Harriman Jewel series.
Joyce DiDonato and Rosanne Cash will grace the stage there, this weekend. But decades ago, Kansas City came perilously close to losing the Folly to the wrecking ball, a fate that befell all of its contemporaries.
But as your about to see, in this edition of our performARTS series, in conjunction with KC Studio Magazine, against all the odds, this 112-year-old theater at 12th & Central is very much alive and well.
This week marks Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City as designated by the Kauffman Foundation. While there are around 40 different events across the metro designed to appeal to future entrepreneurs, last Monday at the Kauffman Foundation, two dozen of the area’s top start up businesses pitched their ideas in front of an audience of potential financial partners, mentors, and just plain interested folks. KCPT had its cameras there along with videojournalist Justin Bond.
The name Ken Burns has become synonymous with some of public television’s biggest blockbuster documentaries.
The Civil War. Baseball. Jazz. The National Parks. This Sunday night on KCPT and PBS stations around the country, watch Ken Burn’s latest documentary epic, The Dust Bowl, a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us–a lesson we ignore at our peril.
You can watch the first installment of Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl this Sunday night at 7 p.m. here on KCPT. One of our metro’s most knowledgeable experts on that slice of our nation’s history, Professor Jay Antle, who is executive director of the sustainability center at Johnson County Community College, sat down with Randy Mason to give a local perspective on The Dust Bowl and to talk about what it means for us today.