In the fall of 1957, a young conductor, Russell Patterson proposed to transplant the European opera theatre to a more or less typical American setting. A number of local opera buffs welcomed the idea, but there were many qualms. Friends told them it could not be done. The Company has been proving the friends wrong ever since . Today Lyric Opera brings high quality live operatic perfomances to the people of the Kansas City area and five state region. Repertoire choices encompass original language performancrs of standard repertory as well as contemporary and American operas. The Company seeks to mount productions that enrich the communityRead More →

During the month of March I challenged myself to find at least one free event everyday. I posted all of them on ┬áKiaraLovesKC’s Facebook page. Any time I see the word “free” used in the description of something happening in Kansas City it grabs my attention. And those who are reading this may be surprised to know that I see that word a lot. Most of the entertainment I enjoy in the city is free or extremely cheap. (Remember, my favorite theater shows movies for under $5.) My main concern was finding events that would appeal to a wide range of people. I’m a bookwormRead More →

Travel on the yellow brick road through the land of Oz as Crown Center celebrates the beloved motion picture, The Wizard of Oz, 75th anniversary. Each vibrantly painted section has interactive prompts to delight adults and children alike. You can watch as Dorothy gets sucked up in the tornado that takes her to Oz. Meet the Munchkins, Glinda, the Good Witch, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion. Walk through the evil enchanted forest to The Wicked Witch’s castle. Fly in the Wizard’s hot air balloon. A section of the exhibit is dedicated to display Jane Albright’s collection of Wizard of Oz memorabilia.Read More →

It was a freezing 16 degrees outside. The harsh biting air hit like a brick to my face. Lily was so bundled up she looked like the Michelin Man. “Is this really worth it?”, was the question that formed in my head as I buckled Lily in her stroller. I asked myself that question a dozen more times as I walked to the front ticket counter. The cashier handed me an entry pass and a map then informed me that most of the animals wouldn’t be seen due to the cold temperature. “Hmm, maybe I should turn around and go back home”, I thought, “No,Read More →