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Kansas City Connection: Karaoke and a cup of joe
December 16, 2014
Whenever someone proposes a one-word group activity like trivia, Twister or karaoke, I instantly start refreshing my mental list of excuses. But if I find myself in an agreeable mood and decide to take part, I usually have a great time (except in the case of Twister — that never ends well).
Kansas City Connection: All aboard for holiday activities
December 7, 2014
Kansas City’s Union Station is staying busy in its centennial year, and December alone is full of enough events and activities to fill an entire column. Instead, let’s focus on just a few of this month’s holiday highlights.
Kansas City Connection: Art, shopping and shows
November 30, 2014
Now that it’s almost December, the holiday events are in full swing, though there’s still plenty of non-Christmas-related events to check out in Kansas City as well.
Kansas City Connection: New barbecue joints worth making a pit stop
November 23, 2014
The “Kansas City as barbecue capital” narrative is nothing new, and you’ve seen it propagated in this column more than once. I’d put it to rest except that fantastic barbecue joints keep popping up in Kansas City, each with its own take on smoked meats, sauces and flavor combinations, as well as unique identities and dining environments.
Kansas City Connection: How to spend the holidays in KC
November 16, 2014
The holiday season is upon us, and as is always the case, there’s lots to do in Kansas City between now and New Year’s. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.
New kidney transplant clinic to open in Wichita
November 12, 2014
Wesley Medical Center plans to partner with Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., to establish a kidney transplant clinic.
Kansas City Connection: Make an escape plan to see some art
November 9, 2014
Kansas City this week provides an escape for any Kansans tired of being chided for the cultural philistinism of their democratically elected leaders.
Kansas City Connection: Get over the Royals with freshly baked naan
November 2, 2014
Dull the pain of the Royals with these food and drink recommendations.
Kansas City Connection: Halloween happenings in KC
October 26, 2014
Halloween is on a Friday this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2008 and 2003 — years in which I threw parties where my guests and I consumed cigarettes, pumpkin ales and peanut butter cups until we probably looked like prematurely rotted jack-o’-lanterns. I’m a more relaxed, health-conscious family man these days, so this column will include a mix of family events as well as a few slightly more debaucherous options.
Kansas City Connection: Reveling in the Royals
October 19, 2014
A couple of months ago after I turned in a column speaking about the Kansas City Royals in glowing terms, my editor sounded a word of caution: “The last time you wrote about the Royals, they went into a slump,” he warned. As superstitious, Kansas City-raised children of the ’80s, we agreed to keep the praise in check lest we inadvertently spoil things for the boys in blue. But any worries about jinxes are past us now.
Kansas City Connection: Where every day is First Friday
October 12, 2014
When I hear about the art galleries in the Crossroads neighborhood, I almost immediately think of the monthly art walks on First Fridays.
Shawnee mask expert to share passion with Monticello Historical Society
October 5, 2014
Throughout history, masks have been used for everything from dances to funerals to a means of social control. And to learn more, you won’t have to look much further than Carla Hanson.
Kaw Valley Farm Tour showcasing farms throughout area
September 28, 2014
Several area farms will be participating in this year’s Kaw Valley Tour. Roughly 30 farms will be part of this year’s tour, which will be Friday and Saturday. The tour always takes place the first full weekend in October.
Kansas City Connection: Barbecue that’s out of this world
September 28, 2014
In case you haven’t heard, the World Series is coming to Kansas City next weekend. No, I’m not talking about Royals baseball. I’m talking about the World Series of Barbecue, the American Royal-hosted event that features a whopping 550 teams and a $50,000 prize.
Face to Face: Living the dream
September 25, 2014
Wendy S. Denham is board clerk for the De Soto school district and administrative assistant for De Soto Superintendent Doug Sumner.

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