This week on The Local Show, we continue our ongoing performARTS series in conjunction with Studio Magazine with an inside look at the Unicorn Theatre. Board Chair of the Friends of the Arboretum, Dennis Patton, talks about some of the changes visitors can expect now and in the future. We begin a two-part profile of the innovative CAPS program in the Blue Valley School District which gives students first hand experience working with mentors from various fields. Finally, we look at how the metro is preparing for an electric car boom.
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.
Visitors heading out to the Overland Park Arboretum are now greeted by a big surprise: a ticket charge. After more than two decades as a free attraction, the 300-acre outdoor venue just-off of 179th street and 69 Highway is now charging $3 dollars to enter and a buck for kids.
Thanks in part to the controversy over a bronze statue of a topless woman, last year was the best ever for the arboretum which is trying to get visitors to think of them as MORE than just a park. Joining us on The Local Show is the Chair of the Friends of the Arboretum Dennis Patton.
Where will the next Garmin and Cerner of the world come from?
Growing entrepreneurs starts young. In the Blue Valley School District, it is starting in an innovative $12.5 million building where the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers and life science researchers are getting a head start while still in high school.
It’s called the Center for Advanced Professional Studies or CAPS. While many high school biology students are learning about DNA from textbooks, there are teens here actually extracting it from the saliva glands of fruit fly larva.
More than 500 Blue Valley juniors and seniors are getting this opportunity in a program that’s fast getting national attention Producer Rich Miller takes us inside in the first of two parts about this program.
Believe it or not students in the CAPS program have also created dozens of businesses and products…everything from rechargeable cell phones to a prosthetic knee brace.
Some of these teenagers even have patents on their products. Next week on the Local Show, we meet some of those enterprising students.
Lead funding of KCPT’S reporting of education issues is funded in part by a generous grant from the Kauffman Foundation and additional civic funders.