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  1. Kansas City Museum Convenes Open House to Unveil Phases of Renovation

    Community members are invited to attend an open house public meeting to learn about and discuss the development of the Strategic Plan and Business Plan, as well as the Design Process for the future Kansas City Museum and its upcoming stages of renovation. There is no formal presentation, and community members are welcome to come anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 to the Kansas City Museum at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64123. Refreshments will be provided, and parking, including accessible parking, is available in the Museum’s parking lot, with street parking that is also available.

    While the timeline for starting construction on the first stage of construction on the project is not yet determined, by August 2016, the space planning report will be completed and will provide a roadmap for moving into design development and construction documents for the first stage of construction, which may include the lower level, first floor, and second floor of Corinthian Hall (the mansion).

    The design process is being led by International Architects Atelier (IAA), and the restoration and rehabilitation of the entire property plus possible expansion will be a multi-phased, multi-year project. The goal is to transform the private residence and estate into a fully functioning and sustainable history museum facility and environment, complete with space for exhibitions, collections, programs, amenities, and back-of-house museum functions. Each stage of construction will incrementally increase and improve the exhibition, collections, and program spaces as well as amenities, and will open to the public upon completion. The timeline for starting construction on the first stage of the project is not yet determined.

    “The renovations in this first stage will be transformative and will create a dynamic and inclusive visitor experience that showcases unfolding stories of Kansas City’s history, cultural heritage, and pride,” Kansas City Museum Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera said. “We have taken the feedback from our previous community outreach very seriously, and we plan to make the Museum a place where visitors learn, interact, collaborate, and feel inspired to more fully experience and engage in Kansas City.”

    In addition to design planning, the Kansas City Museum has been working with Museum Management Consultants, Inc. on a new strategic plan and business plan, and will be working with Gallagher & Associates to create a visitor experience plan, that expands upon extant interpretive planning.

    For more information about the open house, contact Steff Hedenkamp at (816) 506-4630 or by email at steff@redquill.com.

    For more information about the Kansas City Museum contact Anna Marie Tutera at (816) 513-7568, email at anna.tutera@kcmo.org or visit www.kansascitymuseum.org

    Located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard in the Historic Northeast community of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Museum is comprised of five original buildings, including the mansion Corinthian Hall, which was built in 1910 by Robert Alexander Long. The estate became a public museum in 1940. It is owned by the City of Kansas City, Missouri and operated and managed by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department. The Collection contains more than 100,000 artifacts and several thousand more archival materials that interpret Kansas City’s local and regional history.


    bullets3Things are about to get very interesting at Starlight Theatre as the national touring production of Bullets Over Broadway takes the stage later this month. This new musical comedy, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, is sure to entertain audiences with over-the-top antics of gangsters, showgirls and aspiring playwrights. Bullets Over Broadway, which runs June 28-July 3, is the third of five Broadway musicals making their Kansas City premieres at Starlight this summer.

    Bullets over Broadway tells the story of David Shayne, an aspiring young playwright newly arrived on Broadway in 1920s’ New York. Desperate to find financial backing for his next show, Shayne gets an offer he literally can’t refuse – from Nick Valenti, a mobster who forces him to cast his talentless showgirl girlfriend. Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and songs that made the ‘20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is bringing back musical comedy with a bang!

    “This show will take Starlight audiences back to the days of classic Broadway with memorable characters, outlandish story lines and big song and dance numbers,” said Rich Baker, Starlight president and CEO. “If you’ve enjoyed shows like Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes and The Producers in the past, you have to see Bullets Over Broadway!

    The musical showcases existing music of the 1920s, including “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” “Let’s Misbehave,” I’m Sitting On Top Of The World,“ “Runnin’ Wild” and more.

    The original Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway received six Tony Award® nominations in 2014, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. TIME magazine hailed it as “Musical Theatre Gold!,” while The New Yorker described it as “A Fun Machine from Start to Finish!”

    The tour is led by director Jeff Whiting, who worked on the Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway, which was originally directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Clare Cooke recreated Stroman’s dynamic choreography for the tour. The creative team also includes Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long’s original Broadway costumes, Carolyn Wong (tour lighting design and adaption of the original Broadway lighting design by Donald Holder), Shannon Slaton (sound design) and Bernie Ardia (wig and hair design).

    Tickets for Bullets Over Broadway at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $11 to $135. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.  All performances begin at 8 p.m.

    Discount prices for groups of 10 or more are available by contacting group sales manager Staci Shelman at 816.997.1137 or staci.shelman@kcstarlight.com.

    About Starlight Theatre
    Starlight Theatre, a recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation. Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage. For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.

  3. Art in Ilus Davis Park Begins this Friday

    Fools FortuneThe Municipal Art Commission of the City of Kansas City, MO, through a competitive selection process, chose eight local artists (see list below) to activate Ilus Davis Park from June through September with temporary artworks and performances. Food trucks will be on site for lunchtime purchases. In the event of rain, performances will take place in the JE Dunn parking garage, 10th and Locust.

    Artists and Art Installations

    • Chris Dahlquist, Laundry Day
    • Matthew Elsom & Garth Britzman, Superfurniture
    • Neil Goss, Hempen Support: Vines of Passion
    • Kati Toivanen, Hopscotch

    Performances (Final Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. )

    • Amado Espinoza and the theatrical collective We are the Landscape perform Inti Raymi or “Festival of the Sun” on June 24
    • Hema Sharma and The Nritya School of Dance perform Dances & Music of India on July 29
    • Matthew Bennett, string quartet performs Then & Now on August 26
    • Lauren Thompson, choreographer, Jonathan Robertson, composer and Tom Hipp, videographer create Downtown Replay on September 30

    More about the art/artists>>

  4. KC Parks Participates in Daylight Hour 

    KCMO has agreed to participate in this educational initiative by turning off the lights in day lit areas of city buildings on Friday, June 17 at noon for one hour. Participating KC Parks facilities include the Parks Administration Building, Lakeside Nature Center, Southeast Community Center and KC North Community Center. More about the 2016_DaylightHour_CityPartnership

  5. Second Feast of Fountains Set for June 16


    Feast of Fountains - Logo_FINALJoin KC Parks, Feast Magazine and the Food Truck Mafia for our second food truck event of the season! Each month through September, we’ll highlight prominent fountains throughout KCMO while guests enjoy food from some of the city’s most popular food trucks and entertainment from some of KC’s finest musicians. A portion of the proceeds from these events will go toward the City of Fountains Foundation to support our city’s flowing treasures.

    Thursday, June 16

    5:30-7:30 p.m.
    The National World War I Museum and Memorial
    North Lawn featuring Liberty Memorial North Fountains

    June entertainment by The Good Sam Club Band.

    June Food Truck Line Up:
    — Cheeesy Pops’ Pizza
    — Crave of KC Food Truck
    — Beauty of the Bistro
    — El Tenedor KC
    — Monk’s Roast Beef
    — Bochi Truck
    — Ohana’s Shaved Ice
    — CoffeeCakeKC

    More About the Feast of Fountains Summer Series>>

  6. Indian Creek Trail Rerouted from (May 1 thru July 1, 2016)

    Lydia Avenue and 99th Street will be used as a Detour Route During Construction. KC Parks  plans to implement a new segment of Trail across Indian Creek that will impact the existing Indian Creek Trail and Blue Trails between the Green and Red Railroad Bridges east of Lydia Ave.

    KC Parks has contracted for construction of a segment of trail that will connect Indian Creek Trail to E95th St at the Blue River. The contractor will be installing bridge abutments and installing a bridge across the existing Indian Creek Trail. The existing trail will remain in place after the construction of the new bridge is completed.

    Detour map is part of this press release. Lydia Ave and 99th St will be used for alternate routes during construction and detour signage has been installed on the route. Trail users traveling east on Indian Creek Trail may access Lydia Ave from the trailhead path at the Indian Creek Bridge on Lydia Ave. and head south to 99th St and then east to the trailhead at 99th and Shephard. Trail users traveling south on the Blue River Trail may access the trailhead at 99th and Shephard and go west to Lydia Ave and the north on Lydia Ave to the Indian Creek Bridge to access the trail going west along Indian Creek.

    Travelers with small children and/or those with mobility issues should be aware of inclines on the Lydia Ave detour route, this section of the detour is walkable, and those with bikes may wish to walk them through this section.

    For question or concerns, please contact Richard Allen by email at Richard.allen@kcmo.org or by phone at 816-513-7713

    Map of Detour Signage (Indian Creek and Blue River Trail)