The 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect, a curated outdoor exhibition staged in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, features 25 temporary artworks and performances in Oppenstein and Ilus Davis parks and at stops along KC’s new streetcar route.
Henry F Hoit designed many of Kansas City’s most iconic commercial and residential buildings, including the Kansas City Power & Light Building, the Kansas City Athletic Club, and the Bell Telephone Building. His relationship with R.A. Long resulted in the design of Corinthian Hall, Longview Farm, and the R.A. Long Building.
Susan Jezak Ford, architectural historian, researcher and preservation consultant, discusses Hoit’s career in the final installment of the Library’s 2016 Kansas City Architecture Series.
The 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City was historic – the last major U.S. political convention in which the presidential nomination was decided onsite. Days of debate, deals, and handshakes ended with incumbent Gerald Ford pulling out a narrow victory over former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, and the intense deliberations extended to the selection of Kansas Sen. Bob Dole as Ford’s running mate.
This time nearly a century ago, Kansas City was approaching what local historian Joelouis Mattox calls the "Gloomy Years" – a nearly four-decade period in which African Americans were subjected to bigotry and discrimination. They could not stay at “white” hotels and motels, eat at downtown restaurants, ride in Yellow taxis, or use Swope Park’s whites-only swimming pool or golf course. Only once a year were they granted admission to Fairyland Amusement Park at 75th and Prospect.
For three hot, muggy days in August 1976, the country and much of the world focused on Kansas City and a scramble for delegates at the Republican National Convention. The battle in Kemper Arena between incumbent President Gerald Ford and challenger Ronald Reagan was the last time our country saw a presidential nomination decided at the convention, itself.
It’s the time when movie box office counts rise with the temperatures. The Library screens five films in July that not only reached summer blockbuster status – totaling nearly $1.3 billion in domestic ticket sales – but also rank the among all-time best big-screen offerings of the season, according to critics.
The Bard goes to boarding school in She’s the Man (PG-13, 75 min., 2006), a teenage Twelfth Night tale. Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself as her twin brother to make the soccer team; but things get complicated as she falls for a teammate (Channing Tatum).
The St. Louis-based indie pop/surf band Fire Dog has spread positive, dance-inducing vibrations since 2006. The group just released its fifth family-friendly album (and first specifically for kids) appropriately titled “For the Kids.”
One of Kansas City’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories traces back to a picnic table in Loose Park in the late 1970s, when Cliff Illig sat down with colleague Neal Patterson and sketched out the original plans for Cerner Corporation. They now head one of the largest and most innovative suppliers of electronic health record systems in the world, and have deepened their imprint on the region through ownership of soccer’s Sporting Kansas City and involvement in an array of civic, educational, and entrepreneurial initiatives.