Joseph Heller was a Coney Island kid, the son of Russian immigrants, and a military veteran whose experiences flying missions over France during World War II would become the inspiration for an American classic, Catch-22. When he passed away in 1999, Heller left behind a body of work, including the novels Something Happened and Good as Gold, that remain in print.
Architecture A-Z began as a Star Magazine feature based on a simple concept: What can we learn and share about Kansas City’s history and contemporary scene if we take a simple walk through the alphabet?
Award-winning photographers are recognized at this event marking the grand opening of the Green Exposures Exhibit, a collection of photographs shot in Kansas City’s parks and featuring among others Nikita the polar bear, ethnic dancers, Gillham Park shrouded in mist, and the Pioneer Mother.
James Young, noted authority on memorial architecture, and a juror for New York’s World Trade Center Memorial Site competition and Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, discusses architecture’s capacity for reflecting evolving narratives and mediating public spaces and personal memories. Young is distinguished professor of English and Judaic Studies, and director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Enjoy a spooky, interactive concert by The Fine Arts Chorale featuring songs woven together with stories told by local storyteller Priscilla Howe. Howe tells stories from books and world folktales, served with a generous dollop of humor to be appreciated by audiences of all ages.
The Black Sea once served as a maritime highway for ancient and medieval cultures. In its depths, an international team of archaeologists and oceanographers are now discovering shipwrecks using the latest in robotic and digital imaging technology.
Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III launches its second season with a conversation with Mark Twain, as portrayed by veteran Chautauqua performer George Frein.
Mark Twain’s novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, established him as one of the great American writers, while some accounts (like that of Ernest Hemingway) cite him as the source of American literature.
Supreme Discomfort, written by Washington Post staffers Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher, tracks the odyssey of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from his poor childhood in Georgia to his law school years at Yale, to his rise within the Republican political establishment.
The book paints a haunting portrait of a man who straddles two different worlds, uneasy in both, and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.
Kansans Osa and Martin Johnson became world-renowned adventurers and filmmakers who recorded their daring travels and jungle experiences from the South Pacific to Africa. Documentaries such as Congorilla and Jungle Depths of Borneo and Osa’s book, I Married Adventure, captured the American imagination. Their legacy survives at the Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas, which continues to preserve their fascinating story.