“Dear Fahrenheit 451,” the FYI Book Club’s latest selection, inspired readers to share their love for books and libraries. In it, librarian Annie Spence describes the books she loves, those she doesn’t and why with wit and charm.
Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne will retire at the end of the 2018-19 season after presiding over a period of growth and stability, the Symphony has announced. Byrne is the man behind the Symphony in the Flint Hills concerts.
The American Jazz Walk of Fame induction ceremony June 2, 2018, will include a concert by David Sanborn, Marilyn Maye and Ruben Studdard. Also, on May 31: Kansas City Jazz Orchestra with Deborah Brown, Bobby Watson and Sylwester Ostrowski.
The Kansas City Symphony will perform an adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on June 1-3, 2018. Also: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” with pianist Martin Helmchen as soloist. Plus, Kantorei performs June 2-June 3.
A female polar bear named Bam Bam is now on exhibit at The Kansas City Zoo. She joins resident bear Berlin, also female, in the zoo's modern $11 million exhibit. A male polar bear named Nikita was sent to another zoo for breeding in 2015.
KC events May 24-30, 2018: Memorial Day at WWI Museum, David Koechner, James Comey, Sporting KC, Celebration at the Station, “A Chorus Line,” Weightlifting National Championships, “Illuminated Waters” puppets, Lawrence Busker Festival.
The children's movie "Show Dogs" will delete scenes that some parents accused of sending a "troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse." The re-cut movie will be shown in theaters beginning this weekend.
Kansas City's new Martini Corner bar, Rock-afire at 334 E. 31st St., features retro pinball machines and arcade games. Plus: The Rock-afire Explosion animatronic robot band from ShowBiz Pizza, a chain of family entertainment centers from the '80s.
Memorial Day weekend activities in Kansas City include Celebration at the Station, flights in a vintage B-17 "Flying Fortress" and the annual ceremony at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The speaker this year is former astronaut Jon McBride.
Non-traditional venues like Kansas City's Union Horse Distilling Co., Tom’s Town Distilling Co. and Lifted Spirits are becoming popular wedding venues. Not only is the setting unique, the drinks are, too.
In 1982, two men arrived at a house near Janssen Place in Kansas City to shovel snow and found a baby girl abandoned on the back doorstep. Thirty-six years later, one of the men, Bob Hopkins, is on a mission to find out what happened to her.