Midtown Superman, Reading The Rock, KC Psychfest
You may have seen him around town: on the plaza, near city hall, or at Arrowhead on game days. He runs miles at a time, day and night, through rain and snow, dressed as Superman. Go for a jog with KC’s “Midtown Superman,” and hear the story behind his running evangelism.
Imagine a Kansas City covered by ice sheets, oceans that ebb and flow, or lush rain forests with soaring ferns and palm trees. These were some of the different landscapes that covered this area millions of years ago. The exhibit Kansas City Millions of Years Ago: What the Rock Record Tells Us at Commerce Bank’s Box Gallery tells the story of our region’s prehistory - curator Richard Gentile, a professor emeritus at UMKC, walks us through it.
In 2011, a handful of artists and musicians started the gallery and band venue FOKL in Kansas City, Kansas, in order to provide a non-commercial stage away from the bar scene in midtown and downtown Kansas City, MO. Next weekend, FOKL will host its biggest annual event: a weekend-long experimental music showcase.
With rural populations declining, the state of Kansas wants people to know that it can pay to move to rural Kansas-- literally. In 2011, the state launched a one-of-a-kind program offering financial incentives for settling in one of 50 designated counties. Reporting for Harvest Public Media, Justine Greve finds that despite cuts across the state budget, these Rural Opportunity Zones have lots of support.
The poet Gloria Vando is known in Kansas City for helping found the Writer’s Place. And writing runs in her family. Last year, Vando, her mother Anita Velez-Mitchell and her daughter Anika Paris, who’s also a composer, published a book together that intertwines verses written by all three. It’s called Woven Voices – three Generations of Puertoriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives. And although none of them live in KC anymore, the book was edited here by Linda Rodriguez and published by Scapegoat Press. Vando and Paris recently spoke to New Letters On The Air's Angela Elam.