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April 21, 2011
Author Walter Borneman to Discuss Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad at the National Archives
Thursday, April 21, 6 PM
The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Walter Borneman for a discussion of his book Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad. Borneman will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion.
Before the Civil War the most logical route for the planned transcontinental railroad was across the southern Plains and the Southwest. For reasons more political than economic, the more northerly route was selected, and the two strands were joined at Promontory Point, Utah, in 1868. Thus the competition began for the rights to build a web of lines across the southern route.
Few time periods in American history are as exciting or capture the imagination as grippingly as the time of Western Expansion. In the 1860s, Americans, just coming out of the trauma of a bloody civil war, were keen to tie the country together—literally and figuratively. After the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, the notion of a single rail line crossing the continent and connecting the two coasts vanished on the prairie winds. The rest of the country was up for grabs and the race was on. The prize? A better, shorter, less snowy route through the corridors of the American Southwest, linking the growing cities of Los Angeles and Chicago.
National Archives at Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road, archives.gov/central-plains
Grunauer Now Serving "Sunday Fruhschoppen" Austrian Brunch
Sunday, April 24, 10:30 AM
No need to travel overseas for an Austrian experience, Grunauer in the heart of the Crossroads in the Freighthouse District, now serves Sunday Fruhschoppen, an Austrian Brunch.
Chef Peter Grunauer and his culinary experts will prepare over 30 items on the new brunch menu featuring appetizers, soups, salads, sides, along with a variety of Sausages including: Kasekrainer, Berliner, Nurenberger, Chorizo, Frankfurter, and Bratwurst.
The Stelze, one of the main items on the brunch, is a pork shank, that is brined for 3 days and then slow roasted and seasoned, accompanied with a horseradish spicy mustard, cabbage salad, and a choice of two sides.
Mattias Seyfrid, Grunauer’s Pastry Chef, creates all of the special patisserie, such as the Kaiserschmarrn, which translates to the “Emperor’s Mess.” The sweet Austrian pancake with seasoned fruit amd can be served with specialty coffees and teas from Julius Meinl, Vienna’s leading coffee roaster founded over 142 years ago.
Grunauer offers an old world atmosphere along with great European tradition celebrating the German heritage with traditional Austrian and German fare.
Grunauer, 101 West 22nd Street, grunauerkc.com
One Night Stand
One Night Stand Exhibition & Invitational Morning After Critique Exhibition
Friday April 22, 7 PM
Invitational Critique: Saturday April 23, 11 AM
Subterranean Gallery will host a public opening showcasing new work by Jane Sheldon and S. Clifford Proski. The exhibition will feature artworks for one night only, followed by an artist sleep-over at the galler. Invited participants and guests who RSVP in advance are welcomed back the following morning for a delicious breakfast and a group critique discussion. Limited space is available for critiques. To reserve your space at critiques email a request to email@example.com.
The One Night Stand Exhibition & Morning After Critique is a community exhibition to benefit emerging studio artists in their studio practices. For artist's, feedback and community are vital to a successful studio practice. Kansas City Art Institute graduates Jane Sheldon and S. Clifford Proski feel that outside of institutionalized education many artists don't have access to a group discussion about their work.
Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Boulevard Apartment B
Field:Golden, Colette Stuebe Bangert
Some Seasonal View of Inland Landscape
Tuesday, April 26, 5 PM
Colette Stuebe Bangert's work has been exhibited internationally including at the Krasner Gallery in New York, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, to name a few. Her work is in many important public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum of Art, London, England, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and our own Spencer Museum of Art. We are pleased to present a showing of five works on paper and three large thread pieces in "Some Seasonal Views of Inland Landscape." The works will be on view in the third floor gallery through May 22nd.
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, KS, spencerart.ku.edu
Earth Day Rain Barrel Making
Friday, April 22, 5:30 PM
Join Straw Sticks & Bricks in celebrating Earth Day by making your own rain barrel.
Here are the top five facts about rain barrels, as posted at theconservationfoundation.org :
1. It's estimated that during the hot summer months, the average homeowner uses 40 percent of the household water in the yard.
2. Collecting the mineral rich and chlorine free rain that falls on your roof can help your garden, houseplants and reduce your water bill.
3. Modern rain barrels are sealed, safe around children and insect resistant.
4. A hose spigot on the front makes the captured rainwater available.
5. A quarter-inch of rain falling on the average home yields over 200 gallons of water.
Only $65/barrel $75/barrel (pre-assembled) Register by calling 816.421.7171 or email Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org
Straw Sticks & Bricks, 1739 Walnut, strawsticksandbricks.com
The Technicolors at The Brick
Thursday, April 27, 9 PM
The Technicolors is an American rock band from Phoenix, AZ. The band was formed out of a solo project that was originally written and composed by guitarist, singer Brennan Smiley. A few months
after graduating high school, Brennan was challenged by his father (producer and writer Billy Smiley (White Heart)) to write an EP in six months time. The Technicolors will be in Kansas City for the first leg of their national tour on Thursday, April 27.
Brick, 1727 McGee, thebrickkcmo.com
Friday Night Family Fun Hosts the Return of Max’s Family Band
Friday, April 22, 7 PM
The Kansas City Public Library welcomes back Max’s Family Bandat at the Plaza Branch.
New York City jazz pianoman Gary Negbaur, along with his wife, musical theater vocalistYvette Negbaur, make up Max's Family Band. Their sound is a mix of jazzy, grooving children tunes that are fun for everyone! Dance to the Latin-tinged "It's Time for A Baño", ride a "Rockin' Zebra", play with a "One-Sock Octopus" and meet a "Gobbledygookster Baby.”
Bring the whole family and enjoy a rockin’ kid’s concert that adults will dig too! The concert is Appropriate for ages 2 and up.
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main, kclibrary.org