October seems to be all about breast cancer awareness and pumpkin and haunted everything.
Both are important staples this month, but in Kansas City there’s a lot going on beyond pink, orange and black. We have the American Royal, Waterfire and Union Station’s 100th anniversary.
My picks for the month:
The First Friday fave
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Clearly, The Star’s Food Truck Friday is my favorite, but Mad Toy Design’s “Modern Heroes” is a must-see, too. The gallery show by Jeremy Madl is inspired by his childhood love of cartoons, toys and video games of the ’80s and ’90s.
He says today’s heroes are all about money over inspiration. His “Modern Hero” is a skeleton of his former self, burdened by his lust for money.
There will also be pumpkin beer. Hello, autumn! See the show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Reactor Design Studio, 1817 Grand Blvd.
The celebration of diversity
The Johnson County Library’s “Beyond Skin” series celebrates diversity with seminars, crafts and more at all of its locations. A standout: “Beyond Skin: Inner Self Portraits.” Kids and teens are invited to create self-portraits that go beyond how we look and instead illustrate the things that make us who we are. With permission, the work will be on display as the library continues to honor diversity.
Get in on the fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 at the Lackman Library, 15345 W. 87th St. in Lenexa. To find more “Beyond Skin” events, visit jocolibrary.org.
The film to see
The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival is saving a powerful and poignant film for its closing day, Sunday, Oct. 19. “Brave Miss World” tells the story of Linor Abargil, a young Israeli woman who won the Miss World pageant just six weeks after being abducted, stabbed and raped in Milan, Italy.
The documentary explores how she went from a beauty queen teen to a lawyer and activist as she supports rape survivors. You can see it on Netflix, but the screening is going to be an enlightening event, complete with a discussion by the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA). Join the screening at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City’s White Theatre, 5801 W. 115th St. in Overland Park. Tickets are $10. jcckc.org
The inspiring music
Christian artists aren’t always pop breakouts, but Lecrae’s “Anomaly” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month. He’s a Christian rapper with mainstream success, and he can count Billy Graham as a fan.
Maybe you’re not in the age range to see him at the Youth2015 summit when it stops at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood this month, but both he and Andy Mineo will be at the Independence Events Center (19100 E. Valley View Parkway) for the “Anomaly Tour” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. General admission seats are still left: $35.75 at ticketmaster.com.