Friday, September 08, 2017

quixotic surfaces


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Bloch Building, presented their third "Surfaces" performance, featuring performance group Quixotic.  The free show included projection, choreography, and musical composition in honor of the architect, Steven Holl, quite literally shining a new sort of light on the iconic building.



For the uninitiated, "Quixotic is an innovative performance art collective that fuses imagination with technology, dance, projection mapping and live music to create fully-immersive, multi-sensory experiences.  Quixotic harnesses light, rhythm and expressive emotion."


We arrived relatively early, but then so did everyone else.  The area was nearing capacity at 630 pm, with folks lounging on blankets or their favorite chair, patiently awaiting the show. We picked up a great spot, just behind the sound board, with a wide enough viewing angle to catch a good view of all of the various performance stages.


I wandered about the circus-like atmosphere briefly before things got started,, stumbling upon some old friends and taking in the sights.  At one of the homes across the street, a couple of ladies in gowns ambled about the lawn, and a line of food trucks tended lines just as long.


Once the show started, nearly everyone remained riveted to their spot though; well, most everyone. They should have probably shut down the walkway in front of the stage, as quite a few could not seem to keep from wandering in front a bit too often.


Drones are another annoyance the Nelson should consider blocking the next time they host a show such as this.  Two of the mosquito-like creatures zoomed and hovered overhead throughout much of the show, detracting from the performance, and assaulting the auditory sense with their incessant buzzing.  If I had only had a sling-shot, I could have remedied that problem easily.


It was a fantastic show though, from beginning to end, and the night could not have been more perfect either. Temperatures in the mid 20s C kept things cool, but not too uncomfortable for a night out on the back lawn.

Below is a little montage of the video captured from the event.  It is not the greatest in spots, but the finale is as good as I hoped it would be from my vantage point (the last 5 minutes or so of the video); or,  view a few more photos from this event.


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

liquid blo queens

May 2002 started off with a visit to the annual Polski Day celebration, and the 20th anniversary of the same.  It was likely the best of all that we attended, setting the standard for all coming before, and those after.  These days it is but a shadow of its former self.

Joe and I jumped in the car with a friends for a little road trip out to St Louis to check out the infamous DJ Keoki the following weekend.  He lived up to his reputation and played a fun and energetic set, seeming to really enjoy himself.  Chatting it up a little after his set, he proved to be as eccentric as imagined, but not in a bad way.


I didn't bother with going out again until Monday, when I dropped in on the weekly Evolution at Davey's Uptown. TJ and J. Phoenix from Lawrence traveled out to put on a little Live PA for folks.

Hiding away again for the rest of the week, I got bogged down in some other work, but was saving energy for Friday at Kabal anyway. It was a good thing I did too.  Derrick Carter turned the place inside out, keeping the dance floor grooving until they had to be forced out.


Meanwhile, down at the Madrid, Joe paid a little visit to the first Liquid Buzz Appreciation Party, a free event at the Madrid that brought out all the kids who couldn't make it down to Kabal.  They had been strictly 21 and over ever since the party we through there earlier in the year.

The next night found us bidding farewell to a couple of close DJ friends, Velvin and Shandi.  They were heading to New York to seek out their fame and fortune.  Shandi had a bit of a head start though, from her recent participation in America’s Top Model.  Velvin was close behind though, and so far as I know, still chasing the NYC dream.


The Monday BLO party came along just after that, finally beginning to really turn out.  When we first dropped by this event, it seemed they were never going to get anyone to come out on a Monday night; now, it seemed everyone was.

We dropped in on a different sort of show at Harling's Upstairs the previous week, featuring soloist Jonathan Ramsey playing some Irish favorites and quite a few others, with that sort of twist. Deciding decided to make another stop by the place to see if it was just as good, we were not disappointed in the least.  He really puts a great show and really can definitely belt out a tune and get the crowd involved.


The Queens of the Underground took center stage a few days later in Omaha, and Joe and I hit the road along with several others from KC.  The lineup featured some of the best lady DJs in the Midwest, dropping some of the baddest tracks all night long.  It was an impressive show, and something nobody has been able to pull of since, or tried, really.

That must have taken a toll on me, since there was nothing for that Saturday.  Monday held an event not to be missed though. The BLO Pajama Party brought out everyone that had been lounging around.  Lingerie and night shirts littered the dance floor.


A night at Knuckleheads Saloon was an interesting distraction for that Friday, as something a little different to change things up.  I did not want to get to involved in much of anything since I was heading off the Springfield with DJ Solaris, for his gig at Hex. That was quite a bit of fun!

I ran off to the lake for the week after that, and apparently a lot of other folks did too.  Kourtney covered a little show Syde-Sho event down at the Stray Cat called Under Construction.  It looked to be a lot of fun, but attendance definitely suffered at the hands of a weekend of perfect weather.


Returning just in time for a a little collaboration event DJ Two Heavy and I put together at the Empire Room, that seemed to be somewhat affected as well too.  There was a decent turn out, but definitely nothing compared with other Mondays in the month.

All of these events are restored to the site now, and you can learn more about them through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from May 2004.

We traveled a bit more the following month, but mostly stuck around KC.  There were some shows that were not to be missed.

... until next time ...

Friday, September 01, 2017

first friday 201709


It has been a minute since I got out for a First Friday.  Something always seems to come, but not this time.  It was a perfect evening for it too, with temps were in the low 20s C.


There were quite a few people out in the area we roamed, around Grinder's area and west from there a few blocks.  We stopped in there for a bit of sustenance too, before heading back to the ranch.


The galleries seemed to be mostly done for the evening when we were passing through.  Either that, or we were not paying close enough attention.


There is plenty to see on the street though, music here and there, and a generally good vibe all around.  I had not seen the missing llama though, but have seen a llama.  So cool!!!




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Lasers pierce the black and white darkness above, at the show"Endless Summer 2" in Kansas City, back in September of 2002.  It really did seem as much too, with mild temperatures throughout the winter, and the 9th lowest snowfall recorded.

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Disco has been around since the 1970s, followed by House Music in the 1980s, and a veritable explosion of sub-genres since then.  After nearly 50 years, some of the greatest in Electronic Music will be honored, in a show produced by Paul Oakenfold on September 21, 2017, at the Willow Studios in the downtown Los Angeles art district. 
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"Dancing may help to combat brain aging," according to a recent study identified by Medical News Today.  Many studies have already proven that physical activity can reduce cognitive decline, but dancing stimulates the hippocampus more than most other forms of exercise.

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Simulation of Asteroid Florence trajectory - image borrowed from NASA

Pay no attention to that asteroid flying past earth right now!  It is only the biggest that NASA has ever witnessed, weighing in at 4.3 km wide.  They say there is really no cause for concern, as it is not expected to come any closer than a mere 7 million km (about 18 earth-moon distances).  They have their eye on it, looking forward to get some great close-ups.

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Image by Mete Yafet, borrowed from Illusion Magazine
"In Mete Yafet's world, music and art are intertwined."  The artist based in Instabul creates surreal 3D art, as well as music, imagining the music as he does, and vice versa. Inspiration for the works, as with many, comes from personal emotions and experience.  All of the pieces in this story are fantastic in their own way.

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About midway through this month you will likely begin to see quite a few events popping up all over the country in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15.  There are already a number of events planned in various places such as San Francisco, with others pending announcement, so stay on the lookout!

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Restoration is complete through the end of May 2004, though not yet officially announced.  A forthcoming post will take a look back soon.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

million dollar quartet in kc


On a rare occasion, we enjoyed the opportunity to attend a little theater situation in Overland Park at the New Theatre Restaurant, featuring the “Million Dollar Quarter.”  It was quite an interesting musical comedy inspired by the famed recording session that brought together original Rock-n-Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis.

Having always been a fan of their music, this little Broadway musical was a pretty good take on it all. The actors were solid, though few of them actually looked the part beyond their dress.  They came arguably close in performance though.

photo by Roy Inman
Dominque Scott, playing Jerry Lee Lewis brought a comedy relief to the affair, and some awesome piano skills, kind of stealing the show.

Scott Moreau, as Johnny Cash played and sang a close second to the “man in black” himself.  James Barry held his own as Carl Perkins too, and Skye Scott as Elvis was an acceptable likeness.

Elvis brought along a girl too, go figure.  Ashley Pankow played the part of Dyanne performing a fantastic cover of the track that made Peggy Lee a jazz legend, “Fever.”

Rounding out the cast, Craig Benton played the part of a torn Sam Phillips, eager to promote these legends, but unwilling to let them be a success without him.

The songs and actors were on point for a full house on this night, and a rocking good time for all in attendance.  In addition to their skit centered on the gathering of the quartet, and flashbacks to their start at Sun, they hammered through some of the most recognized tracks by the four.

No photography was permitted, and completely out of character, I acquiesced.   It would have been difficult to get off any shots without being immediately noticed anyway. It was definitely a show worth seeing though, and perhaps, seeing again.

If you get the chance, it runs through September 24 at this location, and there are still a few tickets left to some of the performances.



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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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Above, local legend DJ Nitro spins out one of his last sets in the area before moving down the road with another local legend and favorite DJ Booth, back in August '02.  The tiny little warehouse in Lawrence, Kansas was the perfect spot for one last round.

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credit:  china daily
"China dances to a new, electronic beat" at the Storm Electronic Music Festival in Shanghai.  Ren Xiaojin talks about the emerging EDM following in that corner of the world, and how the music continues to bring people together.

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A study out of the University of Brighton suggests you can burn about about 600 calories per hour. So, Yup Dance is the Best Workout.  Science Says So."  in this quick little bit by Jennifer Stahl in Dance Magazine.

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As the fall festival season begins to loom on the horizon, Marion Clinton provides Five Tips To Survive Sharing A Room For A Festival in EDMID.  Then again, you don't get the fun and surprise of not planning anything.  

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image credit: Sean Cavanagh, University College London, Joni Wallis, University of California, Berkeley, Steven Kennerley, University College London, Laurence Hunt, University of Oxford

Scientific American announced the winners of their annual contest to capture the brain at its most beautiful, in "The Art of Neuroscience" by Leslie Nemo.  While most of the pieces are actually the results of labwork, they are a form of art in their own right.

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An interesting documentary on a fading language, both in this video and in "Greece's disappearing whistled language" by Eliot Stein at the BBC. Sfyria is "the oldest and more structured than many other whistled languages," and a unique form of communication more than 2500 years old.

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Restoration of stalled temporarily, through April 2004.  We will return to that shortly, likely at a bit quicker pace.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

kc book of souls tour

Offered an opportunity to see a band I had not listened to much of in years, I decided to head on down to the Sprint Center in Kansas City to have a look and listen.

Iron Maiden put on a great show, played solid and tight.  Many thanks to the ticket donor!  She had only recently moved out of town for another gig, and sent them on over.  The seat was in a good location.  The sound was not quite as good as could have been, but decent enough.


The opening act, Ghost was interesting.  In all honesty, I arrived late for that round, and only caught their last song.  Their performance was well rehearsed, very theatrical and dramatic.  The music tended in that direction too, and seemed to have quite a lot of support in the crowd.

The night was hellishly hot inside the arena, and promised to get worse.  When the lights went on between acts, you could see the cloud of steam hanging in the air. Leaving the doors open to the hot night air did not help in the least.  The bands suffered for their art on this night.


Iron Maiden took the stage, and all were almost immediately dripping sweat.  Sharing their torment, they fired flame bursts from four or six cannons on stage.    I don't care how old you are, you have to be in great shape to endure what they did, and still put on a good show.

The band powered through track after track; several I have never heard before, and a few that are definitely a blast from the past.  "Eddie" made appearance on one song, towering over, chasing, and then molesting the artists as they played on through Hell's steam bath.


Somewhere along the way someone said they were into their last three, the second of which pretty much everyone knows.  How could they not play "The Number of the Beast?"  I missed the intro to that, tending to other business.

Speaking of which guys, it is kind of creepy to be on your phone in the urinal.  Surely, you can wait that long to play with it.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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An early morning haze falls over the woods of southeast Missouri in the photograph topping the column this month, taken at Vibalicious 4.  Held at a local campground near the banks of the Meremac River, it was undoubtedly one of the better ways to spend a warm July night.

Access more from photos from a variety of events recently restored to the site from the menu on the right, or the "story archive" tab from any device.

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You don't think about full much when Summer is in full swing, but you might want to make plans now for the return of Sun City Music Festival.  Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3rd) in Austin. The event promises "a long weekend full of live music, laughter, and unforgettable fun," with a lineup featuring Marshmello, Above & Beyond, a special guest appearance by Sasha & Digweed, along with a whole list of international artists.

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Adam Pasick givs us a nice quick overview of what animals actually can get their groove on, in his story, "Sorry folks, but that gorilla isn’t actually dancing—and there are very few animals who actually can."  Researchers speculate that dancing may very well be "a byproduct of vocalization, more specifically the ability to mimic the voices and sounds of other animals."

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Matthew Spong via Wikimedia
"During the first San Francisco dot-com boom, techies and ravers got together to save the world" takes a look at the evolving rave scene in the US during the early 90s. Timeline writer Stephanie Buck examines the weave of dance, music, art, life, and a culture that viewed "tech as the catalyst for human evolution."
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by mooncow via Wikimedia Commons
Isaac Kaplan discusses a bit of what is going on with collections displayed in museums, the benefits and distractions, ups and downs in his Artsy magazine editorial "When Collectors—Not Curators—Dictate Art History."

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by St0rmz via Wikimedia Commons
Explore The Delicious History of Ice Cream during National Ice Cream Month, while celebrating with your favorite flavor! PBS Contributing Blogger Tory Avery takes a quick look at the varieties enjoyed over the last couple of thousand years.

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Restoration of April 2004 is complete, with more to follow soon.  New collections are coming soon to a social media outlet near you!  We are already testing one such situation over on Tumblr, since that platform is a bit more indulgent than the others to alternative forms of photographic art.

Also, we are always looking to expand the social blogging aspect of the site.  If you are interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.net.

Monday, June 26, 2017

in and outta state

A look at some really interesting works by local artist Michael Patrick Moore kicked off the recently restored photos from April 2004.  All the events throughout the month seemed to stand out just as much.

Frisky stole the club spotlight during the month, hosting Miss Honey Dijon out of New York, and then just a few weeks Rob Mello from London.  The latter in celebration of Deep Connections fourth anniversary.  The dance floor was packed and groovin for both events.

A couple of different events in Kansas City kept folks dancing all night long too, featuring the talents of Reid Speed, Angel Alanis, and Kid Icarus. "Awakening" saw a return to the Knights of Pythias Hall out in Independence, while "Life... As We Know It" went off at a new spot out in Waldo, if I remember correctly.

Joe dragged me down to Manhattan for a chance to catch Breakbotix in a bit more intimate setting. While the event did turn out quite as many folks as expected, those that were there had quite a good time.

Without missing a beat, the following day, a few of us bounced out to St Louis for a party featuring DJ ESP / Woody McBride and TJR.  That show turned out very well, with a mostly full house dancing  all night long.  It was a long ride back to KC the next morning.  I am still not quite sure where I got the energy for 12 hours on the road and nearly 1000 miles over those 2 days.

Learn more about these events through their respective event post, or scan through all of  the events recently restored from April 2004.

Even more traveling around ensued the following month, as summer started to really wind up. In addition to the regular lineup, I dropped on a few cultural events around Kansas City, along with other happenings in St Louis and Omaha.

... until next time ...

Friday, June 02, 2017

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A carnival ride at the annual Kansas City Spirit Festival in 2002 tops the column for this month. It was the first year the event hosted an electronic dance music (edm) stage, which received solid support, giving folks a different sort of way to get their groove on.

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Research analyst Allison Aaron and Assistant Professor Reyna Gordon  - image courtesy of NPR.org

Reyna Gordon sits down with NPR to discuss her discoveries in "Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language." Much of her work is dedicated to showing correlations between good rhythm skills and a good grasp of grammar in children. It seems that those that can detect rhythmic variations in music, generally have an easier time putting sentences together.  Now she wants to see if that can be used to help those with language impairments.

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image courtesy of KR3TS Dance Company

An East Harlem dance company helps youth tell their stories through dance! Founded by Latin Grammy award-winning choreographer and dancer Violet Galagarza, "Keep Rising To The Top" is a nonprofit organization helping local youth coping with life altering events, using dance as a method for healing.

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European researchers monitoring heart rate and blood pressure levels before and after a brief internet sessions discovered measurable levels of increased anxiety, heart rates, and blood pressure.  This recent study shows physical proof of internet addiction, in the what researchers are saying is the first controlled-experimental demonstration of physiological changes as a result of internet exposure, and warn that "we have to see a more responsible attitude to the marketing of these products by firms — like we have seen for alcohol and gambling.”

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Image curtesy of photographer A. Herrero / © 2017 Daniela Eugenia Rosso of the University of Barcelona and Francesco d'Errico and Alain Queffelec.

The World’s Oldest Art Studio Was Just Discovered in This Ethiopian Cave
!  Discovered by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Henry de Monfreid in 1929, and thought to date to about 40,000 BCE, archaeologists recently found a stash of  over four thousand pieces of ochre, making it the largest such collection ever discovered at a prehistoric site in East Africa.

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June is Gay Pride Month, and there are tons of events happening all over the world.  Check out the Gay Pride Calendar for an event near you.  It is quite comprehensive, and put together as an initiative to "improve the quality of life of the LGBTQIA community through education and awareness of events and social activities for them, their family and their friends."

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Restoration of April 2004 is waiting in the wings, and likely begin to appear over the next month!  A new process enables somewhat faster processing and posting.  Hopefully, by the end of the summer the old photos will start rolling out with greater frequency.

New collections are coming soon to a social media outlet near you!  We are already testing one such situation over on Tumblr, since that platform is a bit more indulgent than the others to alternative forms of photographic art.

We are always looking to expand the social blogging aspect of the site.  If you are interested in writing a column similar to this, any one of these topics, or have your own idea, leave a comment below or get in touch with the editor at phocas.net.