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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

As co-founder and partner in the Santa Monica, California-based architectural firm Moore, Ruble, Yudell, John Ruble has collaborated on a broad spectrum of residential, academic, cultural, and urban design work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Included in that acclaimed portfolio: the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and comprehensive master plan for the University of Washington, Tacoma.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Joshua Cohen’s literary imprint grows ever deeper. His fourth novel, Book of Numbers, was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio, among others, and proclaimed by Rolling Stone magazine as “the Great American Internet Novel.” The New York Times noted that he “writes the type of angst-ridden, brainiac metafiction that’s led critics to compare him, aptly enough, to David Foster Wallace and Thomas Pynchon.”


Friday, September 16, 2016

Through storytelling and song, vocalist Brother John leads attendees in exploring ways to stay safe and aware.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Doors open: 8 p.m. • Program: 8:45 p.m.

Shakespearean drama dances across the streets and rooftops of New York in West Side Story (NR, 152 min., 1961). This classic musical reimagining of Romeo & Juliet substitutes a gangland feud between the Jets and Sharks gangs for the royal rumble Montagues and Capulets.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Are you a fashion designer or manufacturer? Do you love Kansas City’s rich Garment District history? The nonprofit organization Rightfully Sewn goes inside the industry at its inaugural Fashion Forward event, examining the effective business practices behind a local enterprise that employed thousands and supplied the nation with high-quality clothing in its 20th-century heyday.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fifty years ago this month, on September 8, 1966, NBC launched a new science-fiction television series that would become one of the most revered franchises in American entertainment history. Star Trek generated five more TV series (with a sixth in the works) and three generations of films along with an array of books, games, and toys.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

President Truman’s American Housing Act of 1949 empowered cities to replace blighted structures with safe public housing, and soon was altered to allow the rezoning of cleared areas for commercial development. Along with legislation to expand the nation’s interstate highway system, it gave Kansas City leaders the tools to forever change the city’s landscape.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Claude Monet intended his most famous series of paintings – of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny, France – as a means of “peaceful meditation.” But according to historian and best-selling author Ross King, they belied the great impressionist’s frustration in trying to capture the fugitive effects of light, water, and color.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

When The Kansas City Star profiled the 10 greatest departed heroes in the city’s history earlier this year, it started – naturally – with Ewing Marion Kauffman. “Mr. K” launched Marion Laboratories in his basement and nurtured it into a global pharmaceutical giant, brought big-league baseball back to KC with his purchase of the expansion Royals, and promoted education and entrepreneurship through the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ernest Hemingway had one constant in the last 27 years of his life: his fishing boat Pilar. The 38-foot vessel became the writer’s sanctuary after he purchased it in 1934, a place where he entertained some 500 guests as he struggled with artistic and emotional decline. Author Paul Hendrickson made it the heart of his acclaimed biography Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost.


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