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


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

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.

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.


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

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.


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.


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.”


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.


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."


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