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3600 Belleview, Roanoke Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire and become the steward of a true American architectural masterpiece: a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright located in a spectacular, urban treetop setting. Offered at $1,650,000. MLS #2129523 Contact Tom Suther t 816-585-6144 or Heidi Peter at 816-217-7100
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3820 West 66th Street, Mission Hills Fantastic full renovation in Mission Hills-everything nearly recently & beautifully built with the highest quality materials and impeccably maintained. Open spaces are light and bright with ample windows and a neutral pallet. Offered at $1,369,000. MLS #2127258 Contact Tom Suther at 816-585-6144
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ENTERTAINING IN KC
IN CONVERSATION WITH SCOTT POORE From a full-time career in medical sales to a fulltime career rescuing cats and dogs, Scott Poore followed his heart.
THE GROOMING PROJECT Teaching a trade to people in crisis is just the beginning.
OUR MAN IN KC
ARTS & CULTURE IN KC
BEHIND THE MUSIC IN KC
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LIVING IN KC
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74 WOOF. WOOF. MMMM. Our favorite dog-friendly restaurant patios in Kansas City.
78 MORE THAN A MUDROOM Three hardworking, pet-friendly spaces that multitask with ease.
88 BEST IN SHOW We partner with four area animal shelters as hard-to-place adoptees show off their mad skills.
96 TOWN & COUNTRY A busy Kansas City couple fine-tunes the best of their city and country homes.
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The Things We Do for Love
indi and Derick Shupe’s new mudroom, featured on page 78, is an amazing ode to organization. But when I met their golden doodle, Diva, at the photo shoot, I was even more amazed. Diva is one well-behaved dog. She loves her little cubby and obviously enjoys surveying her kingdom from her perch, including the obvious surprise of the Shupe’s cat Luna, who would stroll back and forth Max, Major and me. in front of Diva’s crate and jump, shocked— shocked to discover the dog every single time she passed by. We adore our pets because they’re endlessly entertaining, and their unconditional love for us—the way they ecstatically greet us whether we’ve been gone 20 minutes or two weeks—makes any quirks worthwhile. Diva loves her bed, as our dogs Max and Major do theirs. It just so happens to be the same bed that my husband and I share. (As a matter of fact, that’s Major on our bed on this month’s cover looking entirely too pleased with himself.) There are oodles of studies that report that sleeping with your pets is good for you. A bonding time, as it were. There are also just as many studies that say the exact opposite. Those studies claim it causes poor sleep habits and other issues. Since we adopted our first pooch, Fritz, more than 25 years ago, our dogs (usually multiples at a time, never more than three) have joined us on the bed at night. And since almost all of the dogs we’ve adopted have been older, they usually need a little help and have frequent midnight bathroom breaks. Max and Major, however, were both young pups when they joined our family. Although Max is an exuberant yorkie, he’s now close to 12 and can no longer jump up on the bed. And since he tore his ACL in an ill-timed jump off the bed last year, he no longer jumps down either. Major is younger and can still make the leap, but if Max is lurking under the bed there’s no way he’ll risk it. Even though he’s the elderly, smaller one, Max rules the roost. So I spend my nights lifting dogs on and off the bed, or taking them out to a potty break if nature calls. Hmmm. The things we do for love.
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Puppies & Pints at the Nelson May 10 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet Book Signing May 20 at Martin City Brewing Company
PUP PARTY 1 Looking for a way to go out for a drink and hang out with both your two and fourlegged friends to welcome the weekend? Peruse possible puppies for adoption from KC Pet Project at this Friday night dog-friendly event hosted by the Nelson-Atkins Museum Young Friends of Art. It’s a free event with ballpark cuisine. (Who doesn’t love a hot dawg?) There will be a photo booth. (Snap a pic with your pup.) A tour of the sculpture garden. (Dogs are welcome.) And an indoor animal-themed tour of the museum. (Humans only, please.) A cash bar will be available, and those who sign up for a membership in YFA at the event will receive two drink tickets and a chance to win a year-long membership to Bar K Dog Bar.
PUP TALES Animal rescue shelters are familiar with “black dog syndrome.” Often older black dogs of mixed breed are overlooked at shelters when families are searching for that perfect pet. Consequently, many older, black mutts are euthanized. When Kansas City author Annie Presley and her family visited Wayside Waifs, they fell in love with Sam. Sam had been surrendered by his first family. When the Presley family met him, he was sad, lonely, and scared. They took him out to play and fell in love. He knew some tricks and was trying really hard to impress them. It was a match! Sam was a real dog rescued by a real family and they enjoyed many adventures together. Presley’s first picture book for children, Sam Gets Adopted, tells this heartwarming story about the life lessons they learned from Sam. Illustrated by John Keeling. Join Presley and Keeling May 20 for a Meet and Greet book signing hosted by Martin City Brewing Company. She’ll be talking about adoption, rescue, and black dog syndrome. The brewery will be serving their limited-release Rescue + Mild Ale, an ode to a pack of stray dogs that used to roam Martin City. The dogs have been relocated to a pet rescue shelter, but their photos are on the beer label and MCBC is partnering with Unleashed Pet Rescue to receive ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. martincitybrewingcompany.com/product/ rescue-mild
Beer Paws’ Dog-Friendly Pub Crawl May 19 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. beerpaws.com
PUP PARTY 2 Beer Paws, the people that bring you (non-alcoholic) beer for your furry best friend and other dog and cat treats, is celebrating its 6th anniversary with a dog-friendly pub crawl through the Crossroads on Sunday, May 19th. Rain or shine, the event includes activities and specials at various breweries, bars, and other business in the district. Guests must purchase a passport and then can party on with their pup. General admission passports, which includes a Beer Paws swag bag, are $15. VIP passports, $30, include the swag with extra goodies, and rides on the Barley Bus between locations. Wellmannered and on-leash dogs only, one dog per person.
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Reflecting Motion Opening Celebration May 11, 7:00 p.m. at Union Station
Reflecting Motion Exhibit May 12 – September 2
UP IN THE AIR As you read this, Union Station is putting the finishing touches on a striking, larger-than-life moving sculpture entitled Reflecting Motion. The glistening, floating artwork—which is being created by famed artist Patrick Shearn and his Poetics Kinetics team— will be unveiled at a party on May 11 and open to the public the following day. The installation has been creating buzz ever since it was announced last month. The mammoth, free-flowing, ovalshaped sculpture will cascade over the new Union Station green space—Haverty Family Yards—through Labor Day. We asked Shearn about his inspiration behind the silvery, sinuous outdoor art installation that’s almost the size of a football field. Kansas City has never seen anything like this before. What should they expect/anticipate from Reflecting Motion? “I find that my Skynet installations take many forms and impact those experiencing them in many ways depending on the wind conditions at any given time. I rig them to maximize their dynamic performance capability so they can really dance, which is dramatic and exciting. Even at rest, however, the smallest breeze will send soothing ripples through the entire surface.” Where do you get your inspiration from for these elaborate pieces? “I am inspired by the murmuration of birds, the schooling of fish, and the aurora borealis as it moves across the sky.”
Union Station is an iconic landmark in KC. How did that play in to your design? “I love the contrast between the heavy, masculine, rigid building structure and the playful, elusive, feminine forms of the Skynet.” There’s lots of noteworthy buzz about the upcoming unveiling here in the metro—including the Opening Celebration party on May 11. Thoughts? “I am excited to interface with Quixotic and see what they dream up in connection with this piece. I love collaboration and I have had my admiring eye on them for a while.” I’ve heard bazillions of descriptions of your flowy, fluid works of art. Bottom line—how would you describe Reflecting Motion? “I would say that my work needs to be experienced to be really understood. Reflecting Motion will be dramatic, engaging, and immersive. While I am sure it will be a selfie magnet, there is no way to capture the experience in a single image. I want people to open themselves up to all the senses, spend awhile without your screens, and check out what is really going on in the air around Union Station!” For additional information or to purchase tickets to the opening celebration, visit reflectingmotion.com. —by michael mackie
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OUR PRINCIPESSA OF PARTY-GIVING OFFERS TIPS AND TRICKS FOR NOFUSS OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING by
t’s outside party time! Huzzah! Normally my husband and I would be enthusiastically gearing up for a season of casual cocktail gatherings on our shady back deck. But this year will be a challenge. That’s because the bamboo—our tall, gorgeous, sheltering bamboo that made our deck feel like a tropical paradise, and, very importantly, concealed the view of a hideous, absentee-landlord home that abuts our backyard—has mysteriously died. All of it! Maybe it’s not completely dead; it might grow back, but not soon enough to do its job this year. I like to evangelize about how you don’t need a Pinterest-worthy yard to have a great get-together, that your friends won’t care if your lawn is not
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CHRISSY TEIGEN’S first cookbook, Cravings: Recipes for all the Food You Want to Eat is packed with delicious, practical recipes. (And bonus: it’s laugh-out-loud funny.) She calls this recipe the most controversial recipe she ever created, because, you know, cheese in guacamole. Trust me, it is a winner. It would be the perfect thing to serve with warm-weather drinks, or to bring to a dinner party. CHRISSY TEIGEN’S CHEESY GUACAMOLE 3 large Hass avocados 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese ½ medium onion, diced 2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and diced ½ jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely minced 2 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves Halve the avocados and scoop the flesh into a large bowl. Add half the lime juice, the cayenne, cumin, and salt and mash with a potato masher until chunky. Fold in the cheddar, onion, tomatoes, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro, and remaining lime juice. Press plastic wrap into the surface of the guacamole (this prevents it from turning brown) and let sit at room temperature for one hour before serving, to let the flavors meld. Serve with veggies or taco chips. Thank you to reader Sharon Fallek, who emailed me to recommend Chrissy’s book.
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landscaped or your garden scraggly, just have the party! It’s time for me to remember my own advice and continue to gather friends on our deck, because an outdoor party—even if the view is a neglected eyesore of a house—is fun. When the weather is gorgeous, and the wine is cold, just spending an afternoon or evening outdoors with friends is entertainment enough. The bamboo is gone, but we still have comfortable seating, a good sound system and plenty of Yard Guard foggers, the only insect repellent that really works. (I spray it on everything, including the patio furniture, 45 minutes before people arrive. And then I keep some Off! handy for that guest—one in every crowd—who is irresistible to mosquitos.) Here are some ideas for super-casual outdoor gatherings.
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A BLUEPRINT FOR LAST-MINUTE COCKTAILS AL FRESCO Here’s a perfectly respectable drinks party you can pull together quickly, after a day of puttering around your garden: for beverage choices, offer white wine, gin-and-tonics, and vodka sodas. For food, put out good cheese and crackers (I have a list of my favorite combinations—email me for it or any of the recipes I mention herein), a bowl or two of nuts and some dried fruit. Your guests can admire your handiwork, have a drink and a snack, and move on for dinner somewhere else. But remain flexible because what might happen is you all sink back in your chairs with your adult beverages, the conversation gets good, and someone allows as to how it sure would be easy just to order a couple pizzas. Others might quickly agree and soon you’re on the horn with Minsky’s, and then you’re having a casual, relaxed dinner with friends—and that’s what summer is all about, isn’t it? POTLUCK BUT NOT REALLY Hatch a plan for a casual summer get-together with good friends. You do a grilled main course, say Mojito chicken, marinated flank steak, or Pacific Rim pork. You ask guests to bring sides, brilliantly coordinated by you to avoid the ingredient overlap that so easily can happen if you just declare it to be potluck. You could ask one friend to bring a ratatouille (Craig Claiborne’s is amazing) and another to bring their favorite potato salad or fresh corn pudding and perhaps a third to bring a watermelon and feta salad. For dessert I recommend the Barefoot Contessa’s peach-raspberry crisp. DRINKS ON THE DRIVEWAY One’s driveway is an often overlooked venue for party-giving. Neighbors of my St. Louis sister, two gentlemen, on occasional warm-weather Friday nights, host a popular gathering called, simply, “Drinks on the Driveway.” They assemble a bar in their driveway, crank up the music, put out a few snacks and laissez les bonne temps roulez. I’ve been told similar gatherings happen all the time in convivial suburban neighborhoods teeming with small children. The parents love it because they can sip and gab and keep an eye on the kiddos.
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forward! My friend David Jimenez, who lives in Paris and gives the world’s most swellegant parties with the dreamiest music, starts evening dinner parties with an upbeat station by Coralie Clement, which features a fresh mix of French and American pop and jazz artists. Then he switches to Diana Krall, Tony Bennett or Melody Gardot to create a more mellow vibe later in the evening. If you’re a Pandora fan, you can’t go wrong with the “Hipster Cocktail Party” station. OTHER THOUGHTS ABOUT OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING • If you are planning a large, outside spring or summer party and are trying to decide whether or not to rent a tent, rent the tent. Tents have saved a lot of great parties from disaster. And your peace of mind is worth it. • Have a Plan B for inclement weather. Think about how you’ll arrange the bar, the food, and the seating if you have to move things indoors. If the whole point of the party is to be outside, say for a summer cook-out, provide a rain date right from the start. Guests can pencil in the second date as well. Just make sure to keep people informed if forecasts are iffy as the day approaches. • For a no-fuss grilling party, choose several make-ahead or store-
bought items for sides and starters. Trying to grill meat, vegetables, and bread all at the same time will stress you out and in turn, your guests—even if they love hanging around the grill. • If younger kids are on the guest list, they will love you for having sidewalk chalk and bubbles. • If your party is in the hot sun, have a box of sunhats, baseball caps, and sunscreen for guests to grab. Add four-star style with an ice bucket of spray-mist water bottles. • Chill wine in a flash by placing the bottle in a bucket and adding a layer of ice, followed by a layer of salt. Repeat until you almost reach the top. Fill the bucket with cold water to just below the ice line. Your wine will be cold in less than ten minutes. • Lighting for night-time parties is critical. Invest in some sturdy hurricane lanterns, the more the better, in varying sizes, and some fat candles to glow inside them. I love the look of little glimmering lanterns suspended from a pergola, patio umbrella, canopy, or overhanging tree. I also like to see flickering tiki torches—although they do nothing whatever to repel insects—and tiny, sparkling fairy lights.
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if you haven’t yet checked out one of the various Late Night Theatre shows throughout the year—you simply must. I try to make it to all the productions but was especially excited to see their latest —Fabulously Absolute. Directed by Ron Megee, the show was a bloody-good parody of the 90s British cult-classic sitcom, Absolutely Fabulous. Ron starred as fashion editor Patsy, Chadwick Brooks as off-kilter and afflicted Edina, Jessica Dressler as the stuffy and cynical daughter Saffy, and Ashley Personett as brainless assistant, Bubble—and pretty much everyone else. It was a boozy and hilarious good time filled with debauchery, mischief, and Lacroix, Lacroix Lacroix! Ever generous—the Late Night Theatre crew dedicated proceeds from the evening performance I attended to the KC CARE Clinic. Now that’s fabulous. SPOTTED: Doug Day, Annie Hildebrandt, Rachel Parrish, Taylor Gozia, Matt Anderson, Mark Sawkin, Chris Lang, Parker Buehler, Isaac Bradshaw, Colby Oberbroeckling
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FIFTY YEARS AGO this What local dude was June, the riots at The caught catﬁshing online Stonewall Inn in New with a friend’s photo? York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood are recognized as sparking the modern gay liberation movement and fight for equal LGBTQA rights. Commemorating this 50th anniversary, Kansas City’s Heartland Men’s Chorus teamed up with 20 other U.S. choral ensembles to perform Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall 50 in cities across the country this year. The performances will culminate in a June Carnegie Hall performance, coinciding with the WorldPride events taking place in New York City at that time. I was grateful to be invited to attend the world premiere (in Kansas City—pretty cool) at the historic Folly Theater. The multimedia cantata navigated the events of June 28, 1969, telling the story of how the tragedies of that day unfolded—via song. For me, it was a poignant reminder that as custodians of our own history, it’s important that we persistently retell stories of events over time that brought anguish to the defenseless. A week later, I was in New York and found myself cutting across the 9/11 memorial site as I was running from one meeting to the next as if boorishly dashing through an open-air house of worship. I felt obligated to stop and sit for a minute, offering some semblance of respect. A little girl sitting next to me asked her mother what happened here. And her mother proceeded to tell her a story. I very vividly remember the 9/11 attacks, but conversely, have no personal frame of reference for the Stonewall Riots, the Holocaust, or a myriad of other targeted tragedies. But like many, I know about them because of stories I’ve been told. This poignant moment of a mother’s storytelling brought back to my consciousness lyrics from the HMC performance’s final number, Speak Out:
“Show kindness. Love your neighbor. Run for office. Write a letter. Pray. March. Sing. Vote. Speak out and be heard. Start at home, change what you can. Never again be silent.”
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Mickey’s Search Party
eing the good—wait, great— uncle that I am, I recently treated my two little nephews (recent KC transplants), César (age 5) and Alexander (age 3), to a night out. After dining at the Bristol—a mutual fave, we strolled over to the Sprint Center for opening night of Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party. They’d been counting the days for months—literally. Now having been to my first Disney on Ice experience, I’ll summarize by saying—it’s quite a lot more than ice-skating Disney characters. The show is a multi-dimensional, immersive experience with skaters and acrobats occupying both the ice and air—often simultaneously. This show’s storyline entailed guests embarking on an interactive search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook attempted to capture her inherent magic. The adventure stretched from Coco’s Miguel crossing the marigold bridge into the mystical Land of the Dead where skeletons on poles swayed over the audience. In Frozen’s
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vignette, the city of Arendelle was built via video projection from the ground up, and ice harvesters (the nephews’ unanimously favorite part) used extreme skating to launch themselves from mountainous, wintry slopes while athletically chopping their way through blocks of ice. And speaking of acrobatics, the Maypole-like chandelier from Beauty and the Beast’s enchanted castle became a rotating carousel of aerial silks, swinging with skaters on and off the ground. Other adventures along the way included scenes from Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Moana, and Aladdin. The high-energy extravaganza kept my two little companions on the edges of their seats till the mouse-tail end, but they fell fast asleep before we could get out of the parking lot. Their score: A+.
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FOLLOWING COCKTAILS chez my editor, Zim Loy—she, Merrily Jackson, and I made our way down the Westside street to Scott Heidmann’s first art salon of the year, titled “Cardiology.” Always hotly anticipated, this particular salon did not disappoint. Scott and his partner Ken Petti engaged several artists to create a series based on the art of the postcard after being inspired by a gift they received from New York artist Eileen Lang (who sported a gorgeous black carbon Elsa Peretti cuff for Tiffany & Co. that I couldn’t stop eyeing). Each artist was challenged to interpret their chosen medium into this format. The duo established a creative frame around the iconic merry mailman and June Cleaver when, in a time gone by, the mailman was an everyday American hero to the family, delivering postcards of love, vacations and notes from long-lost contacts. Other participating artists included: Judith Levy, Kat Husk, Mark Westervelt, Anthony Marcos Rea, and Michael Lucero. Poet Jen Harris recorded postcards received from Scott’s mother and father, which were incorporated into the evening soundtrack. The Quibbling Spinster, Susan Walton, was a quick-change cosplay artist morphing from June Cleaver into a cigarette girl handing out vintage bubble-gum candy at the end of the night, giving the evening an artistic, immersive gloss. A stunning food installation by Spread artisan boards and an installation collaboration with artist Peter Warren at the former Design Ranch Building made the perfect theater for the evening salon. SPOTTED: Barb & Bob Bloch, Peregrine Honig, Karen & Jack Holland, Helen & Frank Wewers, Kristin Goodman & Marty Peterson, Glenda Goodman, Jane Signorelli, Amina Hood, Tony Glamcevski, Jenni McSpadden, Suzie Aaron, Jeff Robinson
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Charles Bruffy THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE KANSAS CITY CHORALE ment—and of course working with an ensemble of remarkable talent. I strive to create a literal family, where 24 singers become an organic whole. We work together so much that we become a part of each other’s lives, celebrating personal joys, successes, pains, and sorrows. The sound we make is the product of the extremely close, almost spiritual connection that each singer has with the others. It’s hard to express, but when you hear us sing, you can sense the intangible chemistry that is undefinable but certainly always present. The human voice is wildly capable of creating a myriad of tones, emotions, colors, passions. It can go the full range of an orchestra, extremely low, extremely high, soft, and loud. We don’t just sing, we sculpt in the air. INKC: What qualities do you seek in a voice for the Kansas
City Chorale? Bruffy: Three main things—and it’s not just the voice!
ive-time Grammy Award-winner Charles Bruffy started out as a tenor soloist, yet he soon learned—and appreciated—the power of voices together. He became artistic director of the Kansas City Chorale in 1988 and has taken choral music to wondrous places. Known for his passionate and imaginative renderings of the classics and his joyful embrace of new music, Bruffy enjoys an international reputation for excellence.
INKC: You grew up in the area, went to Missouri Western University for undergrad and then the Conservatory of Music at UMKC. You’ve performed all over the world. What is it about Kansas City that makes this home? Bruffy: They say that home is where the heart is and my heart is certainly here, and has been since I moved here almost 40 years ago. After my work at Missouri Western, I had the good fortune of studying with inspiring and challenging teacher/mentors at the Conservatory that laid my foundation. People like Eph Ehly, Inci Bashar, Leroy Pogemiller, and Olga Dolskaya Ackerly. I wasn’t a conductor when I came to the Kansas City Chorale back in 1986 but when that opportunity to sing and conduct presented itself, I jumped at it. Those singers provided a laboratory for me to practice my skills and more importantly, to realize my passion. I would say that our success is due to the earnest work towards creating honest, inspiring, entertaining, and rarified art, and a wonderful and loyal audience base that has followed us and enabled us to grow for 37 years. The generosity of both individuals and the funding community has provided encouragement and the financial support to reach for our goals. This city loves the arts, and it shows through its incredibly generous giving. INKC: When many people think “choral music,” they immediately go to
church in their minds. And yet the human voice was the first musical instrument and it remains a fascinating way to create sound. How are you and the Kansas City Chorale exploring the possibilities? Bruffy: Whatever talent I have as a conductor is the product of my genes, my upbringing, my mentors—Robert Shaw was a major influence in my develop-
Of course, one’s voice is the basic element. Any singer wishing to join the Chorale is expected to have a high level of quality in their singing—a voice that is exceptional in tone, pitch, expression, and precision. I look for voices that are well-suited for solo performance, as well as strong contributors to their section as ensemble singers. They must be malleable, flexible, and capable of morphing into any style we sing. Musicianship: Things like technical knowledge, sight-reading skills, language and diction skills, interpretive skills, stage presence, artistic sensitivity. Commitment: Preparation, promptness, dependability, professionalism, and a commitment to the Chorale’s mission and vision. And perhaps most importantly, I must feel they will share and contribute to our musical family. You can have the best voice in the choir but it’s a deal breaker if you can’t join the team. INKC: The Kansas City Chorale’s new CD, Artifacts: The Music of Michael McGlynn, features songs that seem to emanate from the Irish landscape, boast of long-dead heroes, mourn the loss of loved ones, echo ancient Irish monks. McGlynn says “The inspiration behind my music is very grounded and earthy,” and yet it can reach the sublime. What drew you to his music? Bruffy: All of the above! We have been singing McGlynn’s music for many years, and I always wanted to “put it on vinyl,” make it permanent, which we were able to accomplish through the generosity of Kansas City’s funding community. Incredible songs like Jerusalem and Pie Jesu touch the very soul, where songs like Fionnghuala and Cúnnla, wonderful old Irish folk tunes and stories, lighten the spirit and just bring joy. The album was beautifully recorded by our engineers at Sound Mirror at the acoustically wonderful space at St Peter’s in Kansas City, Kansas. I am so very proud of this piece of work. And I hope maybe folks at the Recording Academy will think so too! kcchorale.org
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THE PATH OF THE BUTTERFLY THE BUTTERFLY was once simply an icon of transformation. But that, too, is changing. Butterflies have become canaries in the coal mines of climate change—the return of the painted lady butterfly after California’s winter rains, the alarming decrease in the Monarch butterfly population. Butterflies have also become a metaphor for migration and border concerns. Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly is a traveling exhibit exploring those ideas through May until June 2 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College. For butterflies, the border is its natural range of habitat from Mexico to Canada; they travel throughout the Midwest wherever there is milkweed. It takes four generations for Monarch butterflies to make the complete migratory path, relying on inherited knowledge. Likewise, the 42 artists pull from their ancestral and cultural memory to explore ancient trade routes and migrations that once moved people and ideas. nermanmuseum.org
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I RECOGNIZE THAT GUY. . . ALAN CUMMING AT THE KAUFFMAN ONE EYEBROW RAISED, face turned, he gives you the look. You recognize it from his early film work as Minnie Driver’s smarmy suitor in Circle of Friends, snobby Mr. Elton in Emma, evil Boris in GoldenEye. You also saw it when he was the host of Masterpiece Mystery and in his portrayal of conniving Eli Gold on The Good Wife for which he was nominated for the Big Three: Emmy/Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild awards. He just can’t help it. The look is all part of his charm. On May 13, the Scottish-born Cumming, now a U.S. citizen, brings his latest cabaret show, Legal Immigrant, featuring songs and stories from his life, to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Cumming won a Tony Award for his performance as the emcee in the revival of Cabaret. kauffmancenter.org
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MAKE IT MAHLER WHENEVER we get to see Michael Stern conduct the Kansas City Symphony, it’s an event. He is back in town from May 17 through 19 for Stern Conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony. Gustav Mahler, an Austro-Bohemian composer/conductor who died in 1911, was banned by the Nazis (he was Jewish) and went through an “oh, that guy” period until he was rediscovered after World War II. Today, he’s one of the most performed and recorded composers. In 2016, a BBC Music Magazine survey of 151 conductors ranked three of his symphonies in the Top Ten Symphonies of All Time. His Third Symphony is one of the greatest. Mahler described it as “a gigantic musical poem [with] all the phases of evolution.” Scored for numerous vocalists and a huge orchestra, his Third embraces the miracles of creation, nature, and humankind’s relationship with divinity. Orchestras love the challenge; the first movement is 30 minutes of non-stop playing. As one of the most exalted works of the symphonic repertoire, Mahler’s Third led by music director Michael Stern is a not-to-be-missed concert event. kcsymphony.org
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ART-INSPIRED MINI GOLF IS IT TOO MUCH of a stretch to imagine a mashup of fine art and miniature golf? Well, playing is believing. Art Course will tee off on Memorial Day, May 27, in the Sculpture Park of the Nelson-Atkins. Each design of the nine-hole miniature golf course will present a fresh interpretation of works of art in the museum’s collection. One of the nine holes was designed by Overland Park architect John Glessner, based on Vasily Kandinsky’s Rose with Gray. Glessner was mesmerized by the painting in the Bloch Galleries, especially because it evokes synesthesia, a crossing-of-the-senses condition that Kandinsky experienced and described. Glessner imagined a mini-golf hole that generates sounds while being played. His detailed plan includes a plywood platform, concierge bells, children’s glockenspiel keys, wood blocks, and chimes which will ring out as the ball cascades onto different surfaces on the hole. Now, doesn’t that sound like fun? “It is our greatest desire that Art Course will send visitors on a quest throughout the museum to discover not only the works that inspired the nine holes, but the art that inspires each visitor individually,” says Julián Zugazagoitia, director and CEO of the Nelson. Tickets for Art Course are $14 for general adults, $11 for adults who are museum members, and $9 for children 4 to 12. The course is free for children 3 and under. Art Course runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. nelson-atkins.org
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An event so spectacular, it only happens every other year. Donâ€™t miss out on Kansas Cityâ€™s art event of the summer. Browse and bid on silent and live auction artwork from faculty, alumni and friends. Enjoy creative fare and festive libations while supporting student scholarships! Honorary Chair: George Terbovich Event Chairs: Ellen & Jamie Copaken
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Behind the Music
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fter moving to Kansas City in 2013, Ryan Davis immersed himself in the city’s music scene with much ambition and enthusiasm. His hard work and talent have paid off, abundantly. Davis plays trombone and raps in The Phantastics, a nine-piece hip-hop/funk/jazz/soul ensemble; he plays trombone in Brass and Boujee, a groovy hip-hop/jazz orchestra; and he fronts The Deshtet, a jazz ensemble he launched in March. But most conspicuously, Davis performs as Kadesh Flow, a multi-faceted and multi-instrumental hip-hop artist whose “nerdcore” raps address his favorite interests, like anime, video games, and other facets of geek culture. Davis recently answered questions from In Kansas City about his Southern upbringing, the Nerdy People of Color Collective, and a bucket-list performance on a bill with Janelle Monae.
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You grew up not far from Gulf Shores, Ala. What was your childhood like? Kadesh Flow: I grew up in the woods. Working-class family, highly fundamentalist, Apostolic, Christian upbringing. Loving but tough-love sort of family. By some zoning miracle I ended up in a school that was predominantly upper-middle class. I say “miracle” because a number of my relatives ended up at different schools and didn’t get to see or be normalized to what I saw, which was doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs on a regular basis in my classmates’ parents. A number of people in my family didn’t view high success levels as something that was normal, and getting to see those on my end really helped me out, mostly because I was granted access to things that a lot of young black kids don’t get in lower Alabama. When did music first become important to you? KF: My parents convinced me that I was brilliant when I was a toddler
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(the accuracy of their sentiment is still up for debate), and the confidence they instilled in me was reinforced by the fact that they made sure that I was placed in enriching academic environments. My dad tried to raise me to be competitive athletically. Both sides of my family practically spit out collegiate football talent, so this made sense. It didn’t necessarily work the way he intended, though. I was competitive academically, and then musically. I competed with my friends for grades. Then, in high school, I had a moment where I didn’t want anyone to be better than me at anything I actually took seriously. After that, I started making all-state honor bands, placing in poetry competitions. Alarmingly, I was also learning that a number of my white friends and their parents viewed me more as an exception to the “rule” relative to their views on black Americans as compared to just viewing me as an upwardly mobile person. This shaped a lot of my time in college, as I shifted from being more of a conservative, respectability-minded youth to a more progressive musician and student. What bands or music artists first inspired you to pursue music seriously? KF: J.J. Johnson, Bill Watrous, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Steinmeier—all trombonists. I wanted to be the next Wycliffe for a while. College saw me become immensely more passionate about hip-hop. I was listening to a lot of Lupe Fiasco and Tech N9ne—yes, in Alabama. I find it incredibly ironic that I ended up in Kansas City. In graduate school I started listening to a former teacher … rapping about video games. He performed as Mega Ran. I had been writing video-game and anime rhymes for years and basically not telling anyone, so finding out about him and seeing him build a career out of that changed my life. I began uploading my content to YouTube not long after. Ran is like a big brother/mentor now. I’ve encountered Tech from time to time, even grabbed advice from him at a couple of shows and got to know a number of artists on the Strange Music roster, record trombone cuts on a few songs, rock a few shows, etc. How did you end up in Kansas City? KF: Cerner Corporation hired me out of grad
school. I then fell in love with Kansas City. Didn’t take long for that to happen, either. You have performed at a few MAGFests, a music and gaming festival. Talk about that community and how it has helped your music prosper. KF: In a nutshell, the Nerdcore and VGM (video game music) communities are what made me start taking music seriously. I’d rapped at a high level for a while, but I didn’t want to be in hip-hop initially. I thought there was no place for me in it. Learning that there were niche communities that would love my tastes in content changed the game for me. MAGFest, specifically, is the dream festival for a number of video-game music enthusiasts. I thought in college that if I got to play MAGFest, ever, that moment would be the moment I really start making moves. It’s important because, in a lot of ways, it is a gigantic family reunion for fans of video games and video-game music. However, it’s unique in that it fully commits to being both a music festival for VGM and a video-game industry convention all at once. You have also been active in the Nerdy People of Color Collective. Talk about its origins, how it has evolved, and why it’s important. KF: This may need to be a separate conversation, as there’s so much to discuss here. The Nerdy People of Color (NPC) Collective is a group of creatives and influencers who advocate for representation of marginalized groups in nerd and geek spaces. Said spaces have been traditionally CIS whitemale dominated. It was started when Mega Ran discovered many of us (mostly dope, nerd-influenced rappers) online, or became friends with us or toured with us, one way or another. It’s evolved in both reach and scope. It was initially just rappers and a wrestler (WWE star Xavier Woods). Now, while the core group is still mostly rappers, it also includes a network of influencers from marginalized groups, such as visual artists and designers, DJs, programmers, podcasters, authors. We also went from being a group of unknowns to a potent group that the biggest
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Behind the Music
anime, video game, and pop culture conventions in the U.S. want to book as main stage shows or main events. There is a massive intersection between hip-hop culture, anime culture, and video-game culture. A number of conventions weren’t addressing this intersection, and when the NPC began coming in as musical guests, then packing out panel discussion rooms for topics like “Anime and Hip-Hop,” the conversation began to change some. What’s coming next is completely outrageous. We are partnering with one of the most prominent anime licensors in the U.S. in presenting shows that celebrate Samurai Champloo’s 15th anniversary, as well as the life of Nujabes, a producer who could be considered the Japanes J. Dilla, who created a concept he called “new jazz” which basically became lo-fi hip-hop, and who spearheaded the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. We’re doing a run of shows at the largest conventions in the U.S. with many of the vocalists with whom Nujabes worked. The first iteration is at Momocon, a massive anime convention in Atlanta, in May. As part of the Open Spaces festival last year, you performed with Brass and Boujee at Starlight before Janelle Monáe’s headlining set. What was that like? KF: That was a dream. I don’t know what else to call it. It was immensely validating. People from Janelle’s band were following me on Instagram before the show. Her bassist was telling me how excited she
was. It definitely helped that Marcus Lewis, who arranges all the Brass and Boujee music and runs the big band that backs all of the tracks for the project, had played with Janelle for almost a decade. The band knew him and seemed to be curious as to what he was doing next. Janelle told me that we were amazing and that she appreciated us. Her band was backstage clapping for us when we finished our set. That meant the world. What is your impression of the Kansas City music community? KF: Kansas City can stand toe-to-toe with any city on the planet, from
a talent perspective. I’m consistently in a state of awe at the people with whom I play and have become friends and with the people who keep just popping up and being outrageously good. It’s like world-class talent just materializes here. I have a friend who is a prominent music critic who suggested that maybe I shouldn’t go to New York or L.A. out of grad school. Maybe I should graduate to something that is bigger and has a better scene than Tuscaloosa, but is further along than Birmingham (this was in 2013). I ended up doing exactly what she suggested, and reaping the benefits she thought I’d reap. The Kansas City music community has been good to me. The people are great. It is incredibly supportive. The multigenre collaborations that are happening here are completely unreal. I absolutely love this music community, and right now I feel that I need it like I need food.
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f you’re wondering where Nailtique, the gem of all personalized nail salons (formerly in a tiny Tudor storefront on East 59th St.) went, meander a few blocks south to the revitalized 63rd Street corridor to Blush Nail Lounge (751 E 63rd St., Suite 322) where it’s a family affair. Seriously, it’s the best pedicure to be found in KC. Ask for Mary Manivong, who gives a rock-solid most relaxing, thorough, and precise treatment, plus she’s an interesting, super-engaged young mom. The salon is owned by Manivong’s sister-in-law, Mary Nguyen, who recently brought on her sister, Jenny Nguyen, as co-owner, (also young moms) to upgrade and offer all the usual details with personal attention and luxury service within their new sunny and modern spot. blushkc.com
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or most of us, the days of choosing a pet in order for it to do a job—actually earn his or her keep—are long gone. Round up sheep? Pull rats out of holes? Take down a stag in the hunt? Nope, nope, and nope. For the majority of our pets, the most work they might do is bark to scare off an intruder—who is more likely to be the mailman—or bring home a dead mouse as a present—a gift we most certainly can do without. Still, we can sense that they expect us to appreciate their efforts as these tasks had to be worked into their 19 or 20 hours of daily sleep. Neither the constant dirt nor the piles of hair nor the shredded sofas deter us. Even as our non-pet-loving friends wrinkle their brows in dismay or cover their mouths in disgust, we are incredulous about their judgement. “Oh, he didn’t mean it!” we defend the culprit who cut his teeth on the Prada slipper.
“It’s my fault, really, for leaving her home all day alone,” we say to explain the stream of toilet paper that runs from bathroom to bedroom. Every day. We can’t help ourselves. We love them. We love them because they snuggle close when the winter is long and cold, and the other side of the bed is suddenly empty. We love them because they greet us with bright eyes, wagging tails and the serpentine path through our legs every time we walk through the door, even if we just went out to get the paper. So, regardless the mess and inconvenience, we live with them. We say good-bye to white linen and cuddle up on leather. We buy the Dyson vacuum because it’s a powerhouse and impeccably designed. We shop for baskets on vacation to hold their favorite toys. We do all of it, because for many of us, pets make our house a home.
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Delightful Dog (and Cat) Design MAKING YOUR HOME BOTH PET-FRIENDLY AND STYLISH JUST TAKES A LITTLE CREATIVE THINKING
THERE’S NO DOUBT that living with pets enhances our lives, but pet mess and pet stuff are not always as delightful as when Fluffy snuggles for the latest binge of Queer Eye. Fortunately, with a little creative thinking, you can find great products that combine form and function.
EAT UP There’s nothing more jarring to that new designer kitchen than brightly colored plastic—or kitschy paw-printed—pet bowls. Since the bowls are omnipresent (even when the kibble is not), it’s a sensible upgrade. Happily, you don’t have to stick to the pet aisle. Convivial Productions founder Chentell Shannon uses her Straight Dinnerware plates for her own two dogs. Sturdy, stylish, and dishwasher safe, these bowls feed Rover or Mr. Meow without hurting the eye. convivialproduction.com
SNUGGLE UP Chanee Vijay is devoted to her German shepherds. When she creates pieces with her hand-painted fabrics, she keeps the reality of the wear and tear of pets in mind. Skip the boring khaki round and give one of her poufs a try in lieu of a traditional dog or cat bed. Beautiful and durable, these beds can be ﬁlled with an insert or shredded newspaper. It’s a bonus for family room, bedroom, or wherever your pet may perch. chaneevijay.com
SMILE FOR THE ARTIST, COOKIE Can’t get enough of those fuzzy faces? Artist Lori Buntin of Hoop Dog Studios creates joyful, custom pet portraits. One—or more—of these cheerful portraits will make the chewed shoes or shredded curtains soon forgotten. Available through Stuff in Brookside.
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Design with Pets in Mind DESIGNERS LOVE THEIR PETS, TOO. HERE’S THEIR EXCELLENT ADVICE FOR BEST PRACTICES WHEN SHARING YOUR HOME WITH MAX AND MOLLY
here are so many options available in stain-resistant fabrics! Previously, these performance fabrics were in solid, bright colors, stiff, and not very nice to the touch. Today, there is a range of rich textures that you would never know are stain resistant—chenille, velvet, terrycloth. Two concerns regarding texture: If your pet sheds, you might want a fabric that does not grab onto those hairs and holds tight! Even with vacuuming, those hairs may be very difficult to remove. Claws can snag fabric. I learned this with a sofa. Whenever the cat took off running, the fabric snagged. The “snag factor” had the sofa looking a mess rather quickly. ”
Training classes are the best investment for your home interior, your guests who visit, and your peace of mind. Your pet is your best, best friend. Treat them with responsible discipline and you will have no worries.”
“THERE ARE a few guidelines to keep in mind when decorating with our furry friends. Look for carpet that is solution-dyed.This designation tells you the yarn is originally fabricated in the color you see.Think carrot, not radish. Pet Protect is another term.” DANI JAMES Crossroads Interiors, crossroads-interiors.com
LISA SCHMITZ Lisa Schmitz Interior Design lisaschmitz.com
“WITH PETS AT HOME, think stain-resistant, tightly woven fabric, such as Sunbrella or Crypton. Make sure your pet has his/her own washable bed, which can be coordinated with your upholstery, and patterned carpeting works well to hide accidents.” JAN KYLE Jan Kyle Design, jankyledesign.com
“WORK WITH your pet’s natural tendencies. If your dog likes to run the perimeter, pave it with gravel or flagstone.You can try to break up a straight shot running by putting a solid barrier in place like a trellis panel or bench, but don’t use a shrub, they will just run through it. If your dog is bothered by noise, put in a loud fountain that will distract them. If you are training a puppy, pick a place with mulch or gravel that is away from the main traffic areas and train them to go there. The earlier you start the easier it is.”
JOHN RUFENACHT John Rufenacht Ltd. rufenachtinteriors.com
KRISTOPHER DABNER The Greensman, Inc., thegreensman.com MAY 2019
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Hancock & Moore Ava sofa, from $5,589, at Seville Home (Leawood).
f there’s a pet or two (or more) in your house and there’s a new sofa in your future, you might be wondering what’s the best upholstery material to deal with the inevitable accidents and everyday wear and tear of life. Carrie McColgan, a designer at Seville Home, offers some advice. “Performance upholstery fabrics have come a long way in the last decade. These fabrics are cleanable, stain-resistant, and durable, but there’s still a more suitable option for pets—leather.” Unlike most upholstery fabrics, leather actually improves with age and wear. Leather develops a patina—it becomes even more good-looking over time. “Top-grain leather simply comes from the uppermost portion of a hide, she says. “Meaning it has less correcting and processing done to it, which in turn, gives a softer, more authentic feel.” “Leather is also simply more cleanable,” McColgan says. “There are many different categories of upholstery leather, some are more cleanable than others. Look for a “protected leather” when shopping for your new sofa. These leathers are aniline-dyed, so the color penetrates the hide all the way through and they have a pigmented finish coat, making them more protective against spills and easier to clean.” On most upholstery fabrics, pet hair can be a problem. “If you were to look at your pet’s hair under a microscope, you’d see a coarse, textured strand,” McColgan says. “Those little hairs get into the weave of upholstery fabric and when there’s friction the fabric weakens. Because leather is skin, not a woven material, it’s far more durable than fabric.” Pet hair brushes right off. Contemporary or classic, leather just keeps looking better.
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Scott Poore is a social-media savior for the hardest of the hard-luck cases at Kansas City area animal shelters. He has a massive following on Instagram (@mission_driven_goods) and two Facebook accounts (Scott Poore, Mission Driven Goods), where he tells the stories of cats and dogs who have never known love but deserve to. He posts videos that garner thousands of views, and more importantly, forever homes for creatures like Moonstone, a blind cat found nearly frozen to death, and Madison, a St. Bernard mix who was the only animal left out of nearly 150 after a weekend adoption event. Despite his athletic good looks and engaging personality, Poore says he has no wife and no social life because of his devotion to animal rescue. It’s a calling, not a career.
Poore had a career, a successful one, in medical sales. Then one day he had a soul crisis, realizing he didn’t recognize or like the person he had become. He quit his job at lunchtime and never went back. Animal shelters, where he began volunteering one day a month 20 years ago, had always been his happy place where he found peace. So, he decided to begin volunteering every day at shelters until he got things sorted out, to clear his head. What became clear, though, was that this was the work he was meant to do. Every day. To finance his nonstop rescue work, Poore created Mission Driven Goods, missiondrivengoods.com, an online store selling pet-themed apparel and coffee mugs. Asked what percentage of his week he spends on the store compared to in shelters, he jokes, “around zero.” Indeed, Mission Driven may be the only clothing website that averages more posts of dogs and cats than clothing. And yet the clothes have become a hometown hit with customers who feel good knowing the money they spend finances tools for rescuers who cut chains off dogs and clean beds and toys for the animals. Poore’s rescue work has moved from under the radar to high-profile. Hallmark made a video about him, and the Kansas City Chiefs partnered with him on a big fundraiser. Over the last three years, Poore has leveraged such partnerships to raise more than $250,000 for area shelters. In a lunchtime telephone call with IN Kansas City, Poore reflected on his abrupt exit from corporate life, his fears and hopes for area shelters and how his own rescued dog, Leo, helps him rehabilitate animals with behavioral problems. Do you remember the exact moment the realization hit that you needed to leave your corporate job? I remember it very vividly. I was sitting there in the office trying to look into the future and asking myself, “Is the future Scott going to be someone the old Scott would be proud to know?” And the answer was clearly no. I had a subtle breakdown of sorts, I got emotional, I was in tears. I went into a room and called my boss into that room and said I couldn’t do it anymore. They were shocked and I stressed that it was so much bigger than the job specifically.
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“It’s not you, it’s me.” Right! I told them I just needed to make some lifestyle changes. I left at that moment and never went back.
through neglect or abuse they were aggressive, but it was all fearbased. But the average person that walked into the shelter was not going to want to meet those animals.
How did you feel driving home? Like the biggest weight that had ever been on me in my life had been lifted. It was the best feeling.
Do you remember the first “staff only” animal that captured your heart? I don’t remember the dog’s name, but I absolutely remember the first dog. It had come from a home with a lot of abuse, abuse to humans in the home and to the dog. It was a largebreed dog sitting in the back of the kennel and just shaking, even though it had been there for weeks. I worked with the staff and gained permission to just sit on the floor with the animal. I didn’t even touch the dog for the first month or two. It was all about gaining trust and not trying to force myself into this animal’s world. For two months, I would go into the kennel and read my emails and do social media. I just literally sat there, and the dog wouldn’t even sit next to me. After about a month, the dog walked over and sat down next to me.
What was the next day like? The next day was exciting. I mean, I should say the next day was a little bit of nerves because I’m a very organized person and I always know what I’m doing the next hour, the next day. But still, I didn’t have stress, I didn’t have anxiety, and that was a really nice feeling. Was there ever a day when you woke up and thought, “Oh no, what have I done?” No. The only subtle anxiety that came with it was, “OK, now you’re unemployed.” So I went into a mode where I thought I bet-
After a couple more weeks of me sitting with the dog, the dog put his head on my leg, and I very gently began petting his back. I felt like that was the day we became friends. That was a big day for me.
ter update my profile on LinkedIn, and I better send out resumes. I did that for three or four days. Then I caught myself and said, “What are you doing, buddy?” I was finally in a position where I could breathe, and it dawned on me I needed to not jump back into the same kind of stress.
What did that feel like? It felt similar to the weight that was lifted off when I left my career. It took so much courage for that dog to do that. I don’t think the dog ever had a human in its life that it could trust. More time went by before I ever touched the dog.
You started volunteering every day at animal shelters to give yourself space to figure stuff out. What was the first day like? That was a powerful day. I was just walking around introducing myself, and I noticed some signs on some kennels that read, “Staff only can interact with this animal.” And these animals looked drastically different than the ones the everyday volunteers were working with. That was the moment everything changed for me in the shelter. I realized that I was going to work with the animals nobody wants and turn them into animals everybody wants.
That must have been hard, not reaching down to pet the dog when it came over. It was, but I knew I didn’t want to take any steps backward. After a couple more weeks of me sitting with the dog, the dog put his head on my leg, and I very gently began petting his back. I felt like that was the day we became friends. That was a big day for me.
How were those animals different? They were either very old senior animals, neglected and/or abused animals, or animals that had behavior issues. What I mean by that,
Did that dog find a forever home? Yes. That dog made me realize I needed to do videos of dogs to show people their good qualities that you don’t see when you walk up to their kennel—because they are so scared, they are going to growl or bark at you. So, your first impression is: That’s not a friendly dog. But when I gained the trust of dogs like that, I could show videos of me laying side by side with them and laying my
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head on them, and I could talk about how the dogs are damaged because of how they were treated, but they are not broken. Do you ever get to see animals you have bonded with after they are adopted? Yes, sometimes. It’s a weird thing in animal rescue. When you don’t see a dog again, that is usually fantastic news because it means they are in a loving home. You fall in love with these animals and you help rehabilitate them and then you don’t see them ever again. But sometimes people have reached out and said, “Scott, you played such a role in this dog’s life, and I want you to see how it is thriving.” I always say yes, of course. I don’t put pressure on people to do that, but oh my gosh, that’s the best. How do you help potential owners overcome their fear of aggressive animals? I compare it to children. We have children with behavioral challenges, but we never give up on them. We adapt and we learn how to overcome those challenges. I really challenge people to take a chance on an animal that’s not perfect, because that is the animal that needs you the most. That is the animal that deserves you the most. And, through my platform, I offer education on how to deal with those animals. I don’t just do a video of the animal the day it gets adopted—I start from the first interaction with that animal and show the whole process.
Leo’s preferred method of being held.
Do you think there is a benefit to humans who help animals with challenges? Yes. I think it makes us more unconditional. You know, these animals who have suffered abuse and neglect should not ever trust another human being or love another human being, and yet they do unconditionally. It’s amazing that they still want to love, and they still want to be loved. They don’t give up as quickly as humans give up.
appearances. Where did you get him? The great thing about Leo is he looks like a $4,000 dog straight from Petland. He was dumped at a shelter when he was four months old after he had been tied to a tree in the middle of the night. So Leo was somebody’s trash, and now he has become an ambassador for all my homeless [animal] friends at the shelter.
With regard to the hard-luck animals you’ve dedicated your life to, what is the thing you worry about the most? The number of people who are breeding dogs for monetary reasons. For every litter of puppies that is born to a backyard breeder, one of my shelter dogs is euthanized—a dog that would give anything to find a home and would go above and beyond for its owner. That dog loses its life because someone wants to make a buck. My other worry is that I don’t want people to be afraid to go into animal shelters. You see these emotional ads on TV with these sad images that make you want to turn the channel quickly. I want people to view a shelter as a very positive environment and not a sad, dark, dirty place.
You’ve said that Leo plays a role in your animal rescue work. How? I bring a different dog from a different animal shelter home every single night. I’ve been doing that for years. The dogs that I bring home are the ones that are struggling the most in the shelter environment. The best part about Leo is, Leo allows any dog into our home. And Leo adjusts his energy level and his vibe to the vibe of the dog I bring home. If I bring home a puppy that’s been abused but that’s still a puppy that’s got energy, Leo’s gonna play. If I bring an adult dog home that’s been severely neglected, Leo’s gonna lay around with that dog and help them build confidence. I call him a therapy dog for dogs.
What do you feel the most optimistic about with regard to your work? That’s easy—I think rescue and adoption is becoming the new normal way to get a pet. People are realizing most pet stores are getting them from dark places—that is not an opinion-based statement.
Is there a breed of dog that you think most embodies your natural personality? A mutt. One that doesn’t exactly fit any kind of a mold anyone is looking for but that wants to love you twice as much as any other. m
Your dog, Leo, has become a star in your videos and TV
Interview condensed and minimally edited for clarity.
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Woof Woof. Mmmm OUR FAVORITE DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT PATIOS IN KANSAS CITY
e’ve gone to the dogs—in a good way. Pets are part of the family, and when we want to amble around town and have a bite to eat, they go, too. Just as pet names have undergone a sea change—Rover and Fido have been replaced by monikers like Oliver and Stella, according to rover.com—so too have the places we take our Best Furry Friends. We are spoiled for choice in Kansas City, from sidewalk cafes to sport patios. And a dog-friendly restaurant patio etiquette refresher: Do let your dog potty beforehand, bring your own doggie water bowl and snacks, have a non-squeaky toy on hand if you’re going to stay a while, and a leash is a must. Now, let’s get out there...
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Facing the greenspace surrounding the Trolley Trail, Aixoisâ€™ patio is prime people-(and dog-)watching.
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Dogs can play while their people partake of brews and bites at Bar K Dog Bar by Riverfront Park.
NORTH OF THE RIVER Chicken N Pickle chickennpickle.com Wood-fired jerk chicken, cold beer, and pickleball are the draws to this new restaurant concept at 18th and Burlington. Several outdoor patios, partially covered, welcome Bella and Buddy. All kinds of yard games are on offer, while you share your pickle-brined chicken sandwich with your BFFs.
perfect for happy hour, Tuesday through Friday. But if you’re bringing Sadie, aim for a Tuesday or Wednesday when it’s not as crowded. Then, you can sit back with a glass of Arrogant Frog Chardonnay or Lillet Blanc, slurp oysters on the half shell with the classic Sauce Mignonette, and share your pommes frites.
WESTSIDE Blue Bird Bistro
RIVER MARKET/RIVERFRONT Bar K Dog Bar barkdogbar.com The absolute friendliest place for dogs and their humans nestles along Berkley Riverfront Park, just under the Heart of America Bridge. First of all, Bar K Dog Bar offers a two-acre, off-leash, fully-staffed dog park with two separate areas for big Max and little Bella, so you can get them all tuckered out. “Fully-staffed” means you can leave the pups to play while you head indoors for coffee, local craft beers, or nachos. They also have a leashed-dog patio, so you and Max and Bella can enjoy a meal together. You’ll need to purchase a membership or a guest pass to bring your dog.
Le Fou Frog lefoufrog.com Mano and Barbara Rafael’s French outpost has a covered patio just
bluebirdbistro.com Just catty-corner—sorry for the cat reference, Luna—is Kansas City’s first true, organic, farm-to-table restaurant. Owner Jane Zieha devises her menus after she sees what the farmers bring to her. In good weather, the narrow sidewalk outside is great for breakfast or brunch. Sip your mimosa or bloody mary and tuck into real farm eggs cooked the way you like, fresh biscuits, and sometimes a signature French toast or pancake.
La Bodega labodegakc.com Just down the hill on Southwest Boulevard sits La Bodega (also at 119th Street in Leawood), one of the first Kansas City restaurants to offer tapas. Out on their patio is the perfect spot to enjoy these Spanish-themed appetizers and an icy pitcher of sangria for happy hour. Major would probably go for a deconstructed (off the skewer) chicken and chorizo in a garlic-cumin aioli. You and your BFF can also share Spanish meatballs with garlic cream.
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The Westside Local thewestsidelocal.com With its urban-rustic vibe indoors and out, The Westside Local is a great place to bring Rocky—you can even slip him a piece of real bacon or two. Sit in the beer garden, sipping on a cold brew and snarfing down their grilled cheese served with a fabulous homemade tomato soup; Rocky will beg for a little of that, too. Good news is that their grilled cheese is for big appetites, so plenty to share.
BROOKSIDE Bella Napoli bellanapolikc.com In Italy, family restaurants welcome kids and dogs, so when Jake Imperiale opened Bella Napoli in 2001, he continued the tradition. On the sidewalk café area, you and Oliver can share any number of deli sandwiches with the best Italian charcuterie and cheeses along with their house-made olive salad.
Char Bar charbarkc.com You want to have fun and Molly needs some exercise. You can do both and enjoy some delicious barbecue at Char Bar in Westport. Their large beer garden is set up for croquet, cornhole, ping pong, and other yard games. Sip on a local brewski and chow down on ribs and wings, pulled pork and burnt ends. You can go alternative barbecue with rosemary-infused lemonade, grilled pimento cheese, or kale-pecorino slaw that are also mighty fine.
Harry’s Bar and Tables harrysbarandtables.com On Westport Road, Harry’s Bar and Tables features a 19th-century bar along with a cobblestone patio perfect for pets. Take Bruno when it’s not too crazy with late-night revelers. Sip a creative cocktail or a single malt scotch. Their gorgonzola-topped hanger steak is a winner. The generous sandwiches and signature pizzas are also good for noshing.
THE PLAZA Kaldi’s Coffee kaldiscoffee.com Let Lola do her thing first (remember to bring that plastic bag), maybe stop at Three Dog Bakery for a bag of doggie snacks on your walk, then settle in at Kaldi’s sidewalk seating area at 47th and Jefferson. You can enjoy a signature treat, such as a lavender tea latte and a plate of wedding cookies or a salted caramel frozen coffee and an espresso brownie. No chocolate for Lola, but that’s why you bought those doggie treats. Sit. Good girl.
brooksider.com Out on the patio, you and Tucker can take in a Royals’ game at Brookside’s favorite sports bar. Order a Boulevard beer and share Brooksider Poppers and World Series Nachos a bite at a time, one for you, one for your BFF.
SOUTH Nick and Jake’s nickandjakes.com Lead Bear out to the patio at either the Overland Park or Parkville location, where he would looove to have his own tenderloin slider, perhaps without the horseradish sauce, or a warm blue cheese potato chip loaded with bacon and green onions. The house-made meatloaf, from grandma’s vintage recipe, is also a treat that two can share.
Rye at Mission Farms ryekc.com There are several restaurant patios in this Leawood enclave, but Rye takes the lemon meringue pie for the best of the Midwest. Colby and Megan Garrelts’ fried chicken is finger-lickin’ and their chef-driven barbecue dishes hit the spot. Wouldn’t Maggie just love a little bit of wood-fired ribeye or Blackened Berkshire Pork Rib Chop? Yes, she would. Now sit, Max, sit.
The Mixx mixxingitup.com Check out your favorite doggie novel at the Plaza Library, then lunch at The Mixx next door outside on their patio while soaking up the sun. You enjoy that Thai salmon salad with all those fresh veggies, while offering some of your Farm to Market roll to Charlie. You can do the same at The Mixx at 119th and Roe in Leawood.
CRESTWOOD Aixois aixois.com The patio on the west side of this Crestwood bistro is just shady enough for breakfast and lunch, and a quiet place where Lucy can take a nap after a long walk. You can enjoy a café au lait and a croissant for breakfast, a bowl of steamed mussels with frites for lunch, or a slice of heavenly quiche any time.
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The generously sized patio at Rye at Mission Farms faces the waterfront.
More than a Mudroom THREE HARDWORKING, PET-FRIENDLY SPACES THAT MULTI-TASK WITH EASE
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MUDROOM. PET CONDO. FAMILY ENTRANCE.
hen Mindi and Derick Shupe decided to build a home at The National in Parkville, Mindi searched for an interior designer who could guide them in the design process. She interviewed Jessica Gordon, a senior designer with Noble Designs, and found the perfect match. “Mindi is very organized,” Gordon says. “She has a system for everything. So it’s very custom.” The mudroom lockers were designed so that each member of the family, Mindi, Derick, and their three girls, had their own cubby. Each is designed to be wide enough to hold multiple sports bags, while the drawers are deep enough for all the types of sports shoes the girls wear. “They’re a very active family; the girls are involved in several different sports,” Gordon says. The soft blue paint on the custom cabinetry is Benjamin Moore’s Alfresco. The Shupe’s pets, Diva, a golden doodle, and Luna, a ragdoll cat, received just as much thought as the human members of the family. Just off the mudroom door is a custom built-in crate for Diva. “They wanted to have a specific place for Diva to sleep without having a dog bed taking up space in a bedroom or the hearth room,” Gordon says. The top-down door is a grate, so when it’s closed, Diva can still check out the action. Gordon designed the custom-made dog bed covered in a Lee Industries fabric used on the reverse and piped in fuchsia for a pop of color. The cabinet above the dog cubby is an organized catch-all for all the detritus of everyday living: work bags and keys, plus a charging station and individual slots for iPads, computers, and phones. Gordon’s design perfectly defines the adage: A place for everything and everything in its place. And it’s pretty too. Noble Designs saranobledesigns.com
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LAUNDRY. MUDROOM. FLOWER ROOM.
nterior designer Julie Ransopher Baker and her husband, Jeff, are renovating room-by-room the 11-year-old home they moved into five years ago that’s tucked away in the secluded Bonner Springs lake community, Lake of the Forest. This dual-purpose room was high on their list. The pup-friendly space has a large, deep Native Trails sink from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting that works for both laundry tasks and occasional dog baths for Charlie, their beagle/border collie mix. “We put that sink in because we’ve always had small dogs and it works perfectly for bathing them,” Baker says. The sleek Samsung washer and dryer, also from Ferguson, fit the room’s blackand-white aesthetic. Pottery Barn baskets fill the custom shelves built by Chris Ownings of Got Barnwood. “He can build anything you want out of reclaimed wood,” Baker says. And that Fresh Cut Flowers sign isn’t just for looks. “I do a lot of flower arranging in here,” she says. “I’m a novice, but I really enjoy it. I always have some little vases and pots available so I can just clip and put things out.” Beveled subway tile runs floor-to-ceiling on one wall, while three-inch hexagon floor tiles, both from International Materials of Design, mean that if Charlie splashes in the bath, no harm done. “Best in Show” Osborne & Little wallpaper, an homage to Charlie and the Baker’s beloved past pets, covers the remaining walls. The Bakers recently adopted Charlie when Julie found him at an online rescue site. “We call him our Walmart greeter,” she says of Charlie. “He’s just a sweet, sweet dog.” If you have any doubt that Charlie isn’t living the good life, check out his Instagram @mr.charlie.baker. Julie & Company Interior Design juliecompany.com
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OFFICE. MUDROOM. KID CORRAL.
hen Jesse and Matt Hufft, co-founders of Hufft, an architectural design and fabrication firm, built their Roanoke home nine years ago, they knew the mudroom had to grow and change with their young family. Jesse Hufft describes it as “a place for your day to unravel. Coming in with dogs and kids, there’s always stuff we just didn’t want to have in the main area of our home.” Utilizing storage was the key to making the mudroom usable and efficient, so Matt designed custom cabinetry with unique uppers that have tons of room. “The doors are on a lift system,” Jesse says. “When you touch the front, it rises up instead of opening left or right, so it takes up much less space.” The couple designed the open storage to adapt to their three kiddos. “When they were little, it was a holding area for toys and such,” Jesse says. “As they grew, we needed storage for shoes and coats and backpacks.” They developed a system of blackened steel strips along the walls that employ magnets for lighter items and heavy-duty custom hooks for coats, wire baskets, and such. White tile covers all four walls of the room from floor to ceiling. “It’s super low-maintenance,” Jesse says. “And using white tile makes a smaller space feel larger.” They’re packing a lot of use into one room. “It’s also my home office,” she says. “Lighting was key to making it feel like I wasn’t tucked into a closet. There’s a nice, big window and the porte cochere over the driveway has an intentional hole cut into it to allow even more light to come through.” When the Huffts first moved in, they had two large dogs, a baby, and a 2-year-old. Now the three kids range from ages 10 to 6, and they’ve adopted a new puppy, a brindle boxer named Oso. (That’s Hazel in the photo, a neighbor who stood in as Oso wasn’t available to model the day of the shoot.) “It’s grand central where everything happens,” Jesse says. “And it’s organized in a very efficient way so that it’s a blank slate that can ebb and flow with us.” Hufft hufft.com
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The Grooming Project TEACHING A TRADE TO PEOPLE IN CRISIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING WORDS BY
his could be a story about dogs How some are left behind. Abandoned. How they don’t fit in with certain parts of society. How we think of them when we see them when we’re stuck at stoplights but forget them as soon as red goes green. How some never find a home and are left to live out their remaining days in cages. Yes, this could be about dogs. It’s not, though. It’s about dreams. Barbie Daniels dreamed of a life where she wasn’t making and selling meth, a life where she could have her kids back. Lindsay Massoth dreamed of finishing her GED after getting kicked out of high school and becoming a mom at 16. Christine Banks dreamed of a day when she and her kids were off public assistance. She even
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Natasha Kirsch, the founder and executive director of The Grooming Project.
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Above: Barbie Daniels with her daughters Sophie (left) and Ceanna. Opposite: Students apply their newly learned skills.
dared to imagine her kids becoming adults who would never have a need for food stamps. Natasha Kirsch had a dream, too. After a lifetime of taking care of Kansas City’s impoverished women and children, she had a vision: a not-for-profit school that would teach poor and homeless moms and women the trade of dog grooming while also instructing them in life skills—parenting, job readiness, finances, coaching, mindfulness, emotion regulation. It was a good plan, and she knew it. She had done the research: pets are a $70 billion industry in this country. And her mom, a professional dog groomer herself, wasn’t just being dramatic when she said she could never find enough help. The thing was, though, Kirsch just couldn’t get financing. After years of knocking on the doors and ringing the phones of countless people in Kansas City only to be told “No,” or “Hell, no,” or—even worse—completely ignored, she nearly gave up on her dream. She even said the words: “I’m done.” Just days later, though, she was standing in front of an abandoned garage on Troost Ave. that was filled with hay and mice and cobwebs and god knows what else, explaining her vision for a school that would help homeless women get back on their feet. Next to her stood a longtime Kansas City philanthropist, and
the president of the city’s economic development council. The men asked her, “What do you need to get this rolling?” “I had never done this,” she said the other day. “I thought, ‘Do I ask for $5,000? $50,000?’ So, I just went for $100,000, knowing it was going to take probably $250,000.” That day those years ago, the men looked at their shoes. Finally, one of them looked up and said, “OK.” The Grooming Project at 5829 Troost Ave., is now in its fourth year. In that time, the school has gone from an idea to a non-profit with an annual budget of $1.2 million. Kirsch’s first class was six students. One was living in her car with two kids and a felony on her record. “I had another mom who was 28 years old and had four kids, and she was raped by her father from age 6 until she ran away at 13,” Kirsch says. “At 13, she started living on the streets, got addicted to drugs and started having her own kids. So, when we get her at 28, she doesn’t know how to drive a car, she can barely read, she’s never had a job before, so we were like, ‘How do we train her to actually be able to work?’” The Grooming Project has placed 100 percent of their graduates, though not all are able to stick it out. Kirsch estimates a 70
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PICK OF THE LITTER Fate top, $38, and culottes, $58; 42 Gold snakeskin sandals, $88; earrings, $24. All from Clothology 135 (Parkway Plaza). Azalea and her nine pups will be available for adoption from Unleashed Pet Rescue.
CATâ€™S MEOW Kobi Halperin blouse, $398; Badgley Mischka jacket, $530, and trousers, $295; Loeffler Randall sandals, $395; Baublebar earrings, $38. All from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center). Reo is a 3-year-old domestic shorthair cat from Wayside Waifs.
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ORANGE CRUSH Masscob blouse, $381, and skirt, $474; Alumnae shoes, $595; Rachel Comey earrings, $115. All from Finefolk (Crossroads). Heath is a 2-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei mix available at Great Plains SPCA.
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KICK START Jackett leather jacket, $648; Marella top, $228, and wide-leg pants, $278; Marc Fisher Ltd. Espadrilles, $168; earrings, $278. All from Miriam Garvey (Fairway Shops). Syrus is a 1-year-old labrador mix available at Wayside Waifs.
SPOT ON ALMICL by Baci top, $100, and culottes, $160; straw hat, $20;Yochi earrings, $55, All from Webster House (Crossroads). Franco Sarto espadrilles, $149, from Halls Kansas City (Crown Center). Krypto is a 7-year-old pitbull terrier mix available at Unleashed Pet Rescue.
ON THE PROWL Staud dress, $215; Cult Gaia earrings, $98; Loeffler Randall slingbacks, $375. All from Standard Style (Town Center Crossing). Mabel is a 2-year-old terrier mix available at Great Plains SPCA.
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GOOD GIRL Peruvian Connection sweater, $118, sheath dress, $99, scarf, $39, and earrings, $49. All from Peruvian Connection (Crestwood Shops). 42 Gold sandals, $124; from Clothology 135. Ruth Ann is 1-year-old tripod shepherd mix available at KC Pet Project.
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OH BABY! Seventy top, $225, and pants, $265; earrings, $44. All from Hudson & Jane (Crestwood Shops). Loeffler Randall sandals, $395, from Standard Style. Kittens available for adoption after June 1 from KC Pet Project.
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A BUSY KANSAS CITY COUPLE FINE-TUNES THE BEST OF THEIR CITY AND COUNTRY HOMES
irk Isenhour and Doug Anning didn’t exactly downsize as much as expand and contract. The couple was settled in a large condo in the Greenlease Cadillac building when they decided to build in Arrow Rock, Missouri. Once they realized their weekend getaways were becoming most-weekend getaways, they began looking at their “in-town” home in a new
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In the Union Hill living room, a painting by Nora Othic hangs over the fireplace, while two Lisa Grossman oils stack above built-in cabinetry. Crushed blue velvet-upholstered wing chair is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Flowers by Studio Dan Meiners. Opposite: Gray twill fabric covers the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa, which fronts a vintage tufted-leather ottoman.
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Above: The home’s gallery wall features three Lisa Grossman oils and two watercolors in the center, flanked by several Nora Othic paintings. Dining room table and chairs are Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Left: The couple’s golden retriever, Abby, matches the condo’s white oak floors. Leather and chrome armchairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams frame a vintage Asian table. Opposite: The first floor is an open plan leading from the kitchen through the dining area to the living space, which faces the view of downtown.
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Top right: The master bedroom’s Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams tufted wing-back bed is topped by a J Moorhead lithograph. Flower arrangement is from Studio Dan Meiners. Bottom right: Streamlined Kohler faucets mix with Ikea cabinetry and sinks in the diminutive master bath. Opposite: Architect Chris Fine designed a high/ low mix with white Ikea upper cabinets and custom-designed natural-walnut lower cabinets. White Corian tops the counters, while a stunning Carrara marble slab backsplash adds drama in the kitchen.
way and decided maybe it was time for a change. “John Eck designed the Arrow Rock house,” says Isenhour. “That house really gets to the root of who we are.” Isenhour is the executive director of the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation and Anning is a shareholder in Polsinelli law firm. What Eck, an architect in Kansas City who is also a professor of architecture at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, could see was that Isenhour and Anning were sophisticated, but wanted to simplify their lives. Relaxing in the country was an antidote for the couple. They bought the lot in Arrow Rock in 2010 and built the house in 2014. “We loved that the whole village is a National Historic Register site,” Isenhour says. “When we built the house, we had to go through the architectural review board. From the outside it looks like an old farm house, but the inside is basically one big room.” Open and simple, sometimes Isenhour thinks people are surprised because it’s so clean. “It’s almost Shaker-like,” he says. The couple is there most weekends. “Honestly, it’s a good reason to say ‘no’ to the things we don’t want to do in Kansas City,” Isenhour says jokingly. “But really, it’s so easy to have people out there. It’s 90 minutes away! And we have a lot of bedrooms. The house sleeps eight, though we usually just invite one other couple,” he says. “We did have a full house for the eclipse and we usually do for Thanksgiving.”
t was the frequency of their visits to the country and the appeal of its simplified way of living that led the couple to consider downsizing in town. “Our condo in the Greenlease Cadillac building was 2,700 square feet. It just started to feel like more than we needed. continued on page
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Both city and country homes enjoy an open floor plan. In the Arrow Rock house, an 1860s-era American walnut dropleaf table is flanked by two antique walnut rush-seated chairs. The couple found the vintage antlers at a nearby antique mall.
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Top: Architect John Eck describes the country home as contemporary Queen Anne with Shaker accents. Bottom: In the living room, comfy swivel rocking chairs face a sofa from Nebraska Furniture Mart.
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Shiplap paneling painted a glossy white adds texture to walls. Dash & Albert rug is from Stuff in Brookside. The custom counter-height kitchen island seats eight, and is topped by reclaimed wood from a barn in nearby Glasgow, Missouri. A zinc pendant from Restoration Hardware hangs over the island.
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In the master bedroom, pieced-quilt and ticking linens from Pottery Barn befit the roomâ€™s country charm.Vintage nickel urn lamps frame the bed.
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Especially since we were usually only there during the week.” The couple began looking for something smaller when they ran across their current Union Hill townhouse. They could see that they could replicate the “one-room” wonderfulness of their country house in their city space. When the couple contacted Eck for HM_2.0, the architect was not available. He suggested Chris Fine from Design Forward. Fine was able to understand the couple’s needs and vision and translate them into a result that exceeded expectations. “He understood the ‘one-room’ idea completely,” says Isenhour. “One of the first things we thought we would do was open up the staircase and hang art along that wall. Chris told us ‘Railings date a home.’ He suggested keeping the wall. It was a great idea.” It was the first great idea of many. The kitchen is at the front of the home—as it is in the country—but Fine suggested sleek cabinets and clean countertops to create a streamlined view into the living room. The team opted for refrigerated drawers over a traditional unit to keep the sight lines clean. Two armchairs on the south end of the kitchen provide a relaxing place to linger while someone preps or cooks. Counter stools offer a spot for a nosh on the go, while the table just this side of the living room provides a place to linger whether the couple is dining a deux or entertaining. They added the wall of windows in the living room that overlooks the downtown skyline with a sweeping view of the Liberty Memorial as the Western Auto sign peeks through the urban landscape to the east. A clever sliding door—neatly hung with the couple’s art—covers or uncovers the television as needed. “It’s designed to look like a seamless built-in cabinet no matter which way we slide the panel,” notes Isenhour. Matte natural white-oak floors flow throughout the entire first floor. “When we were in the design phase of the house, Chris took us to a project he was working on and when we walked in I said, ‘Oh I want these floors because they’re Abby colored!’” he says, of both the floors and their dog.
Subscribe & Save The private area of the home upstairs is equally as well thought out. The bedroom is delicious neutrals—a cozy and compact retreat. The efficiently designed bath has the appeal of an elegant big-city hotel room. The sitting room that is tucked just behind gets regular use. “We call it the ‘nook,’” says Isenhour. It’s such a peaceful spot to read or work.” The deck off of the bedrooms is both a private and—perhaps surprisingly—public space. “We sometimes have people up here after dinner for drinks,” he says. Whether in town or in the country, the couple’s life is essentially the same. Elegant, efficient, convivial. Square footage is irrelevant.
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percent retention rate. Some of the women now are making $50,000 to $60,000 a year. They’re paying their own rent. Their kids have consistent childcare. Simple trips to the grocery store are no longer filled with dire and humiliating choices. “I was so scared to get off of food stamps and government assistance because I relied on it so much,” Christine Banks says. “But then once I did get off of it, it felt so good because I was able to buy food every week. It was like, ‘Oh, we can get bananas.’” Just recently, Kirsch and company opened a grooming salon in Lee’s Summit, where graduates can take the next step in learning the trade. A lot of the women at the Grooming Project in Kansas City call Kirsch their hero. She wards off the compliments and accolades like Wonder Woman deflecting bullets off her bracelets. “The moms that make it through, they are unreal,” she says. “They are the strongest women that I have ever seen. They have that survival mentality where they’re just going to make it.” In a business full of strong, determined women, Barbie Daniels is among the most persistent and charismatic. Listen to her speak for just a few minutes, and you’ll be ready to run through a wall for her. “When we go to court with our moms, I tell them, ‘Have you ever seen Rocky?’” she says. “‘I’m the Mickey in the corner.’”
You wouldn’t know it, but Daniels once was homeless. She cooked and sold meth. She had lost her kids. Her job prospects probably were less than zero. Daniels says if Kirsch hadn’t given her a chance she would have been out living on the street again. “I’m a felon,” Daniels says. “I have no job experience. You can’t put down on a resume, ‘Drug dealing, with experience in entrepreneurship, distribution, and people skills.’ I couldn’t put anyone I knew down as a reference. I didn’t know how to work a computer. I didn’t know how to do anything in an office.” What she could do was put just as much into her recovery as she did her addiction. She was willing to work however many hours she could get and learn whatever skills they could teach her. Today, Daniels is a caseworker for the Grooming Project. A lot of the women the school tries to reach are poor African-Americans who sometimes don’t connect with Kirsch. Some of them initially consider her just another middle-class white woman looking for absolution for her white guilt. Daniels, who also is white, is the hammer Kirsch uses when she’s not getting through. “At first, I wouldn’t have the trust of my students, because they were, like, ‘What the hell do you know?’” Kirsch says. “Barbie comes from a background they can relate to. When she comes in and says,
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Two graduates of the program, Christine Banks (left) and Lindsay Massoth, (right).
‘No, Natasha really is here to help you and you need to be honest with her,’ they start to listen.” The first steps after recruitment are listening to students’ situations and helping them remove barriers. Without cars, how can they get to class? Without childcare, who can watch their kids? Without money, how can they get off the street? Kirsch said they’ve had students who have to ride a bus for two hours with young kids to get to class. Others have been in incredible pain from infected teeth, so Kirsch and company have had to find dentist partners to work on teeth for free. Some women have come into the program and couldn’t read the whiteboard—not because they were illiterate (though there’s that, too), but because they couldn’t see. They didn’t even know they needed glasses. “There are so many barriers that they’re working against,” Kirsch said. “A lot of them wouldn’t have any food, so we help them get food stamps. We’ve helped three or four people get cars. When students are here and attending class, they get a
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stipend of $125 a week they can use toward housing or a car or whatever they need.” All of this from dog grooming? Yes. And no. Christine Banks had been around a few dogs growing up, but she wasn’t sure grooming pets was what she wanted to do for a living. “I was, like, ‘Naaaaaah,’” she says. “Once I came and did it, though, I was like, ‘Wow, this is amazing.’ I found it relieved a lot of stress I had going on in my life. Just being able to help, I’ve always wanted to help something or someone. Now that I’m in the program, I love what I do.” Lindsay Massoth, another graduate of the Grooming Project, will be joining Banks in Lee’s Summit as a co-manager of the new salon. She’s learned to groom pets, but she’s learned much more. “They gave us the tools to start making our dreams come true,” Massoth says. “And it’s a place where we didn’t even think
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about it. I never thought about owning my own business, but she put this thought in my head, and they’re so confident in me. It makes me feel like, ‘Well, if they believe in me, maybe I should believe in myself.’” Self-worth often is at the core of what the Grooming Project addresses. Kirsch said in her upbringing, it never occurred to her that there were things she couldn’t do if she wanted, mostly because she had a supportive family. Her students often don’t. “They had families that told them they were worthless,” she said. “They were told they could never do anything. Just go get a job. College is a waste of time. Don’t bother finishing school. When you hear those negative messages for so long you start to believe them.” Banks says Kirsch has saved not only her life, but her children’s lives. “I feel like she’s a real hero,” Banks says. “I got into this program and realized that I was capable of achieving so much more than what I was putting myself at.” For Kirsch, the Grooming Project fulfills a lifelong desire to help people. She knows the importance of the job she’s doing. She celebrates the lives she’s changed but laments harder the ones she couldn’t reach. Some don’t stay in the program. Some panic and quit when they make enough money to lose benefits but not enough to actually live. “It’s really hard,” she says. “Every day we’re in crisis over something. At least once or twice a month I want to quit my job. But I’ve learned a lot, and I’m grateful for all the people who donate and mentor and volunteer and help.” It’s also tough for Kirsch to see women give up on themselves. She gets close to the families, and it’s hard to see them go through what they have to go through. Most were born into their world with little to no means of escape. One case that still haunts her was an 8-year-old daughter of one of the students in one of the first classes. The family lived in the homeless shelter. The little girl would come in to the Grooming Project’s office every morning and use the bathroom there. She was scared of using the shelter’s bathroom. In time, Kirsch and Daniels were able to get the family set up in a house. “One morning, the girl stopped by my office before she left for school, and she gave me a hug, and I said, ‘Oh what was that for?’ and she said, ‘Thank you for getting my mommy a house,’” she said. “Then she leaves and then looks back and says, ‘Can you just remind my mommy to save some money for food?’” Kirsch says instances like that can wear a person down. They know the families and the kids, and they know some of them aren’t getting food at night. Some should be in higher grades than they are currently capable. “It’s stuff like that,” Kirsch says. “I can’t control all of it. It’s just hard to know that people have to live like this.”
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In the Kitchen RHUBARB
first fell in love with rhubarb as a student in Germany more than 25 years ago. It was truly love-atfirst-bite, and ever since has become a part of my yearly spring ritual. Here in the Midwest, where rhubarb thrives in the garden, I’m surprised when I meet people who are unfamiliar with this delicious and versatile plant. Technically, rhubarb isn’t really a fruit but a “petiole” or stalk that connects the root to the leaf. The plant itself can be quite stunning with its pink and red stalks and large heart-shaped leaves. The leaves, though beautiful, are actually toxic due to the amount of oxalic acid they contain, so don’t be tempted to eat them. When rhubarb is in flower, it shoots up a large white candelabra-like profusion of tiny white blossoms that can be several feet tall. I have it planted in both my vegetable garden and in the front flower border. The stalks of most modern varieties, especially those you see in a grocery store, tend to be a deep red tinged with green. Older varieties that you see in home gardens and farmers markets here in our area are inclined to be mostly green and tinged with pink. I have grown and cooked with both. The flavor is essentially the same, but when cooked the red varieties cook to a more appealing color. The culinary applications of rhubarb are limited only by your imagination. In its raw state, it is intensely sour and must be tempered by generous amounts of sugar or mellowed by cooking with other ingredients. It can be sliced thin and sprinkled with salt and sugar and “cured” like a little pickle—it turns a brilliant pink. When cooked into a savory-sweet chutney with mustard seeds or other spices and maybe some dried fruits (and sugar), it makes a delicious counterpoint for cheeses or roasted meats. But rhubarb excels in its role as a dessert, be it a pie, crumble, sorbet, cobbler, tart, or syrupy sauce for ice cream. Savory or sweet, enjoy this first local “fruit” in our spring—one not to be missed! FREE-FORM RHUBARB AND APPLE CROSTATA
One of my favorite spring desserts is a crostata or tart made from apples and rhubarb. The apple helps round out the flavor of the rhubarb and helps keep the tart from becoming soggy (rhubarb can release a surprising amount of liquid when cooked). I think a combination of three ﬁrm cooking apples, peeled and sliced, and about one pound of rhubarb stalks, cut into half-inch thick chunks makes a nice balance. Roll out one recipe of your favorite pie crust (or even use a packaged crust from a
grocery store) to a large round. Place the crust on a parchment-lined pan cookies, and sprinkle it with approximately 1/3 cup of crumbled spicy cookies like gingersnaps or Italian amaretti. First spread the apples slices in a single layer over the crumbs, using the remaining apple slices to build up a higher outside edge (when folding the crust up over the fruit, the sides of a free-form tart need to be higher to contain the filling and make the tart look more “perky”—and no one really likes the look of a saggy tart). Then cover the apple with the rhubarb chunks. Equitably distribute about ¾ of a cup of sugar over the fruit. Carefully fold the dough up around the edge of the fruit, brush it with melted butter, and sprinkle the rim with a little sugar. Place in a preheated 375-degree oven (if you have a baking stone, place the tart pan directly on it) and bake for approximately 50 minutes, rotating as necessary to ensure even caramelization of the crust. About ten minutes before the crostata is finished, use a pastry brush to dab some of the bubbling juices all over the exposed fruit in the tart. This will give the tart a juicy, delicious, sexy appearance. When the crust is a deep golden brown, the tart is ready. Remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for a minute or two, then slide the tart off of the parchment onto a rack to cool (air circulating under the tart will help insure a crisp bottom crust). Serve slightly warm with your best vanilla ice cream, crème anglaise, or whipped cream.
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In Your Pantry
DRIED MUSHROOMS General Usage Techniques: Most dried mushrooms benefit from being rehydrated by pouring boiling water over them (to cover) and allowing them to sit for a few minutes to absorb moisture and release any bits of grit they may have acquired growing out in the forest. When cool, remove from the water and proceed as with fresh mushrooms. There is always a good deal of flavor in the soaking water, so be sure to use that in your recipe or save for soup or stock. Just be mindful of the grit that collects in the bottom of the bowl and discard that.
The umami powerhouse of dried mushrooms, a few slices of dried porcini will add savory depth and richness—umami— to any braises, soups, or stews. Ground into a powder with salt and a hint of crushed red pepper makes a super-secret ingredient dry rub to use on just about anything you would like to roast or grill. Don’t be heavy handed with dried porcini because a little goes a long way—too much can make things taste almost musty.
Try these tasty mor(s)els added to the pan with the vegetables when you cook a roast chicken or duck. As they rehydrate, they absorb the juices and ﬂavors of the bird, adding their own intensely smoky, nutty perfume and earthiness. Rehydrated, use them any way you would a fresh mushroom. Expensive, but worth it.
A staple in Asian cuisine, dried shiitake are a convenient and versatile pantry staple that provides umami—plus an interesting texture—to dishes. When rehydrated in a light broth or Japanese dashi with a few spring-onion greens, these little fun guys turn into chewy, almost marshmallow-like, bits. Relatively inexpensive, especially when purchased in larger quantities in Asian markets.
A delicate, fruit-like aromatic quality differentiates chanterelles from other mushrooms, and their deep golden hue is welcome in many dishes. Rehydrate and use for quick and delicious pasta or rice dishes. Especially tasty with bacon and peas. Be sure to slice, and watch the stems— sometimes they can be a little tough after being rehydrated.
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Blue Sky Thinker
In Your Cocktail
AFTERWORD TAVERN & SHELVES by
lcohol and literature go way back, for better or for worse. And yet the idea of combining the two still feels—dare we say it?—novel, especially at Afterword Tavern & Shelves. Since opening last summer, the stylish hybrid bookstore/bar has made itself at home in the Crossroads, where it’s open Wednesday through Sunday. Visitors have wasted no time cozying up on the assortment of comfy couches and chairs, holding book-club meetings or savoring some quiet time with their next favorite read at a table hand-painted in tribute to Mark Twain. Afterword is generally relaxed enough that you can enjoy your reading time without distractions, with an added bonus: It’s scientifically impossible not to look sophisticated reading a book at the bar. Bibliophiles can also peruse a small but mighty collection of genre-spanning books available for purchase. If the tome you want isn’t currently stocked, you can order it from Afterword and pick it up in less than a week along with a beverage or beignet. Let’s see Amazon top that. Playful, unpretentious appreciation for the written word seeps out
of every pore at Afterword, from the framed pictures and illustrations of notable authors to book recommendations penned on library cards. It’s most deliciously felt on the cocktail menu, where each drink’s description is accompanied by a relevant quote. Sip a Negroni (“The bitters are excellent for your health, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other out,” Orson Welles noted), or show your hometown spirit with The Crossroads, a blend of Union Horse Reunion Rye, Ruby Port, Passionfruit, tea, and Fee Brothers plum bitters (“If you want to see some sin, forget Paris and go to Kansas City,” as Edward Morrow famously said). The boozy quips and quotes of writers also make their way onto the beer and cocktail list dominated by local makers, such as Amigoni Vineyards, Torn Label, and Cinderblock. Sample the fare during “Story Time,” also known as happy hour, 3 to 6:00 p.m. daily. Hungry for more? Afterword serves up a selection of salads, pressed sandwiches, flatbreads, and toasts, plus charcuterie and cheese boards and a rotating selection of beignets. 1834 Grand Boulevard, afterwordkc.com
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I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.” —J.D. Salinger
Blue Sky Thinker THIS ORIGINAL COCKTAIL, a collaboration between bar manager Vanessa Waters and bartender Alex Allen, came from a discussion about unique ways to incorporate Kansas City-made Mean Mule Agave Spirits into cocktails during a lazy, hot summer day. “We wanted something earthy and refreshing that highlighted the locally made spirit while remaining light and flavorful,” Waters says. “The name comes from a phrase synonymous with open-minded thinking, and the quote on the menu, ‘I’ll read my books and I’ll drink my coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door,’ comes from J. D. Salinger—a perfect pairing for this delicious cocktail!”
¼ 1 1½
ounce Plantation Dark Rum ounce Mean Mule Silver Agave Spirit ounces coffee-infused Luxardo Bitter Bianco* Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water
In a Collins glass, add the Copper & King’s Orange Curaçao, Mean Mule Silver Agave Spirit, Coffee-Infused Luxardo Bitter Bianco, and top with ice. Add Fever Treebrand Indian tonic water and garnish with an orange peel or edible flowers. * To make coffee-infused Luxardo Bitter Bianco: Add 1 cup of whole coffee beans to 750ml of Luxardo brand Bitter Bianco Amaro and let sit in a cool, dark place for 2 hours. Strain out coffee beans and discard.
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In Culinary News
THOU MAYEST is going green. After closing the doors to its Crossroads shop in December, the coffee company has been serving up its locally roasted beans at its new concept nestled in Family Tree Nursery in Shawnee (7036 Nieman Rd.). Café Equinox is focused on caffeine and chlorophyll—patrons can get their java fix surrounded by vibrant plant life in the nursery’s greenhouse during cooler months and on the patio as weather heats up. It’s a natural combination of Thou Mayest co-founder Bo Nelson’s two worlds—his family owns the nursery and Nelson grew up working there. At the fresh coffee spot, he continues to serve up Thou Mayest’s roasts along with seasonal creations, teas, and tea lattes and pastries. Expect more growth from the company, which plans to open a flagship store in the Crossroads. familytreenursery.com/café-equinox
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In Culinary News
Pairing Crossroads Wine & Grocer (1615 Oak St.) is ready to prove it. Co-owners Mat “Slimm” Adkins and Jeff Jones set out to create a 360-degree experience for customers, with a focus on local and independent producers and delicious parings. The specialty grocery store, which is set to open in June, will let shoppers stock up on craft beers, wine, spirits, charcuterie, cheese, and dessert all under one roof. In addition to retail offerings, The Pairing will boast a bar area where guests can grab a class of vino and enjoy a cheese or charcuterie board right on-site. Also on the menu? A rotating display of work from local artists, a nod to the store’s Crossroads location. facebook.com/thepairingkc
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COCO’S CAFÉ KC
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JEANYLLE STEWARD brings a taste of Puerto Rico to Kansas City with Coco’s Café KC, her new Westside restaurant. Ahead of her opening in late April, Steward served her family-inspired fare at lively pop-ups around town, complete with salsa dancing. That sense of fun and community is carried over to the restaurant, which offers $2 snacks and live music on Fridays. Open for lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coco’s Cafe (2314 Summit St.) also offers flavorful dishes like stewed chicken and beef with veggies and steamed potatoes, marinated deep-fried pork, and yucca and green-plantain croquettes stuffed with ground-beef hash and fried to perfection. For dessert, diners can savor dulce du leche cake and flan, among other treats. facebook.com/cocoscafekc
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Reservation for One KC PINOY
umain ka na?” Have you eaten? It’s a common question in Filipino households and one that greets diners as they walk into KC Pinoy, Chrissy Nucum’s love letter to the flavors and traditional dishes of the Philippines. The cozy West Bottoms restaurant, open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays, is painted a vibrant saffron yellow and sprinkled with personality—an “America needs nasty women” pennant hangs behind the counter and bowls of White Rabbit milk candy sit on each table. KC Pinoy shares a name with Nucum’s food truck as well as signature dishes like chicken adobo, pork tocino, and garlic fried rice. But the transition from food truck to a brick-and-mortar space hasn’t changed
KC Pinoy’s laidback approach to dining, which makes every guest feel like family, an effect bolstered by a gallery wall of Nucum’s family photos. The sentiment is mutual. A couple doesn’t hesitate to share their recommendations with other diners. “The good news is you really can’t go wrong, and we’ve tried everything,” they say evangelically before detailing the merits of the plates in front of them. A little explanation is helpful, as the menu items won’t be familiar to many, but Nucum and company are happy to break down the dishes as well as their histories. (Or come prepared and check out the Filipino 101 guide on the restaurant’s website). Orders are placed at the counter and delivered to your table along with drinks. Options include a handful of beers and non-alcoholic sodas and juices, such as Sarsi (Filipino root beer), milo (chocolate milk) and Suha,
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a pomelo juice. The cocktail menu pulls in pomelo and other juices for a bright, citrus-heavy lineup, which features the Panglao Sunset, made with light and dark rum and pineapple, mango, and dalandan (Fillipino orange) juices. Garnished with balls of lychee, the vibrant orange beverage is packed with rum flavor and sweetness that avoids being saccharine. Small plate siomai, steamed pork dumplings, are packed with flavorful filling of carrots, red onions, and scallions and served alongside sweet chili sauce. Pork on a stick with a banana-ketchup glaze feels familiar while hitting unique notes, and the boboto, a velvety rice-flour and coconut-milk tamale, is subtlety sweet with notes of the banana leaf it’s steamed in. Vinegar plays a prominent role in Filipino food, and it shines in KC Pinoy’s Adobong Manuk. Stewed in vinegar and spices, the incredibly moist chicken thighs have a balanced, deep flavor. It’s not the prettiest plate of food you’ll find in the city, but it’s one of the most satisfying and well worth getting your hands dirty. Abandon your knife and fork and
eat off the bone so you don’t miss a single scrap of meat. Nucum’s Tsigsig is another standout. A mix of chopped pork ears, cheeks, and shoulder, the plate arrives sizzling with a golden egg yolk resting in the middle of the pile of meat. It’s a beautiful way to present meat cuts the average diner might shy away from. Each is cooked with care, the fattiness of the pork is offset by a citrus soy sauce and chunks of raw red onion and peppers. A selection of vinegars and sauces sits in a corner, allowing you to play around with dishes’ flavors, adding spicy vinegar or the sweet and salty citrus soy until your taste buds are content. But chances are they won’t need much extra stimulation. Coconut and flan figure significantly into the dessert menu. Dishes include the Maja Blanca, coconut-milk pudding with sweet corn topped with toasted-coconut milk curd. (It was added to the menu at the request of Nucum’s mother, she tells guests as they order their second round of dessert.) Perhaps the most mesmerizing option is the Halo Halo, which comes in a glass packed with shaved ice, coconut milk, red beans, jackfruit, pinipig (rice grains pounded until flat) and kaong (sugar palm fruit). A scoop of cheery purple yam ice cream sits on top along with cubes of leche flan. It’s a wonderfully surprising combination of flavors and textures once everything is incorporated—halo halo literally means “mix mix”—with each bite offering something different. You’re not always exactly sure what you’re getting, but you are sure you want more. kcpinoy.com
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Bloom Party THE AIRLINE MUSEUM at the Downtown Airport was the scene of Bloom Air, a flashback to a time when flying was fun. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for KC Care Health Center, which provides much-needed services to countless Kansas City residents who seek quality, affordable healthcare. For more photos go to inkansascity.com/events PHOTOS BY BRIAN RICE
â€œHorseâ€? Ticket Special............................................................$70 General Admission.................................................................... $75 V.I.P. Experience ....................................................................... $125
On the historic grounds enjoy: live music by The Phantastics, southern bites by Brown & Loe, sweet treats, and custom cocktails with Kansas City Distillery labels. Enjoy the crazy derby fashions, watch the race on the big screens, and much more. Best Hat & Best Dressed competitions, and live horses!
For tickets, visit
kansascitymuseum.org / 816.513.0726
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Bloom Benefactor Party THE HOME OF OUR EDITOR was the scene of this yearâ€™s Bloom Benefactor Party. A bevy of contributors made the evening memorable: Tavern in the Village provided a lavish spread and bar service, Union Horse Distilling Co. donated drinks, and Lavish Hospitality provided event management. Doug Day, KC Careâ€™s chief marketing and development officer, welcomed the guests. For more photos go to inkansascity.com/events photos by j. robert schraeder
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Bra Couture THIS YEAR’S Bra Couture KC event raised a
whopping $450,000 to continue its mission of providing assistance to underinsured and uninsured cancer patients across the metro. It’s a unique auction showcasing eclectic work-of-art bras modeled by breast cancer survivors. It’s not about the bra—it’s about the bravado. For more photos go to inkansascity.com/events photos by brian rice
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LOVE THE ROYALS? Share the love. When Fido goes for a walk, everyone will know you root for the home team when he’s wearing an Up Country collar and leash that’s exclusive to Land of Paws located in Prairie Village’s Corinth Square and Deer Creek in Overland Park. And Honey, the stuffed golden retriever, is for sale too. landofpaws.com Up Country collar, $21.50, and wide lead, $22.50
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Dogs and cats rule in the May Pet Issue of IN Kansas City magazine. Read on for the dog-friendliest patios in the metro. The fashion feature...
Published on Apr 30, 2019
Dogs and cats rule in the May Pet Issue of IN Kansas City magazine. Read on for the dog-friendliest patios in the metro. The fashion feature...