Observation Deck at City Hall
For my money, the absolute best thing to do for free in town is to see Kansas City from dozens of stories above ground. City Hall itself, with its art deco lobby, is a sight to behold. The high-speed elevator is pretty cool, too. And then the 360-degree view on the deck … wow. See kcmo.gov.
Kansas City’s Jason Aaron has written critically acclaimed adventures of many of your favorite comic book characters, from Deadpool to the X-Men. He also has some great books of his own: “Scalped,” which is sort of like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” set on an American Indian reservation, and “The Other Side,” about Vietnam. But his latest comic book series, “The Goddamned,” follows Cain (yes, the brother from the Bible) in the time leading up to the Great Flood. It’s violent, profane and absolutely ingenious.
OK, not really. I truly detest professional wrestling and all its fake dramas, fake relationships and fake injuries. But I have a 9-year-old son who loves it, and I’m a sucker for that kid. I took him to the recent WWE Raw event at the Sprint Center, and I might have had a little bit of fun. Just don’t tell anyone.
He’s become the best celebrity interviewer on the planet. And thanks to HowardStern.com, you can listen to those chats without having to muscle through all the gross stuff.
This summer, I had the privilege of dining with a whole bunch of science fiction and fantasy writers in town for the worldwide convention MidAmeriCon II, which was held at Bartle Hall. And, to a person, they recommended the short stories of Howard Waldrop. Such a great joy to discover a great writer with a ton of material you’ve never heard of before.