Life meets art on 50th anniversary of 'Dr. Strangelove'

Here’s an odd, unplanned collision of serious news and American pop culture: The Russians test the limits of a missile treaty as we remember the 50th anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

Prepare to revisit the war that reshaped the world

Diane Lees, general director of Great Britain’s Imperial War Museums, was surprised by what she found at the Liberty Memorial. She’d imagined the National World War I Museum to be narrowly focused on America’s role in the war but was impressed to discover that it took a much broader view. Her view bodes well for those of us here looking to reconnect with history.

Historic apartments in midtown deserve another chance

In midtown Kansas City, a quartet of related apartment buildings, designed more than a century ago by a notable local architect, has been designated for extinction by a developer with an otherwise welcome record of renovation and rehab along Armour Boulevard.

What a relief: TSA pre-screening is a game-changer for air travelers

Before a recent flight back to Kansas City from Albuquerque, N.M., I was momentarily taken aback as I entered the not-very-busy airport security queue. The TSA agent said I could head through the “TSA Pre” line, and he noted the designation on my boarding pass that gave me the privilege. What a relief.

Solace from the Chiefs among the buffalo dancers

Everyone, with or without a religious tradition, has a touchstone, something that grounds us in real life. This particular drumbeat connection to the earth and to the inner spirit of human beings and their fellow inhabitants of the planet is a mystical occasion — and a post-football healing — like none others I’ve known.

Addicted to politics? Bring on the babble

The babble will soon evolve into dramas large and small. Who will be the American president No. 45? And why do we keep doing this to ourselves? Maybe it’s like that old Woody Allen bit: the guy won’t give up on his brother, who thinks he’s a chicken because he buys into the absurdity, telling a psychiatrist, “I need the eggs.” Politics — that’s entertainment!

A Negro Leagues opera will make its debut this year

Here’s something to look forward to: an opera about Negro Leagues baseball. “The Summer King,” by composer Daniel Sonenberg, has been more than 10 years in the making, and thanks to an NEA grant is expected to be heard later this year in Portland, Maine. Perhaps one day it will be staged in Kansas City.

On the dark horizon: William S. Burroughs’ 100th birthday

William S. Burroughs, the transgressive, radical and visionary author known as the godfather of the Beat movement, lived out his last years in the quietude of Lawrence, Kan., where he died in 1997. And his adopted hometown will return the favor by celebrating the 100th year of his birth.

The economic wheel spins as textile jobs return to U.S.

In another hopeful sign of a rebounding economy, China and other Asian textile manufacturers are finding it now cheaper to build plants in the U.S. We’re a long way from a convincing reversal of fortune. Still, it seems to be a viable trend. And, perhaps it’s just one of those inevitable points in the cycle of industrial evolution and disruption.

A foundation adds international caper to its portfolio

The caper unfolded like something out of the movies. An intercontinental team worked late in the night and in secret to carry out their task. But these were not criminals or spies or anything close to a character out of John Le Carre. They were employees of the nonprofit Annenberg Foundation and their mission was noble and quite the success.

Brain science extends from tragedy to hope

Modern brain science was woefully underdeveloped in the 1940s and ’50s, when 2,000 veterans of World War II, who returned from the war with various mental illnesses, were treated with lobotomies.

Roger Angell in the Hall: A real home run

Yes, Roger Angell is the greatest of baseball writers. Here are a few recommendations for reading the best work by Angell, whom the Baseball Hall of Fame will honor with its J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which goes to those who chronicle the game in words.

‘Old time-y’ misses the mark for urban design

Sorry, Mike Burke, but promising an “old time-y” design for a downtown drive-through Jimmy John's sandwich shop is a poor way to sell the plan. It’s lame, disingenuous and misses the point about why a drive-through might not be a great fit.