Crazy weather on a Tuesday afternoon.
Friday, May 27, 2011
We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon out in the suburbs at the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, where little man had a great time feeding the goats, watching the birds, and seeing all varieties of domesticated and wild animals.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
And, after all that, the semester is over. One year of PhD studies down, a lot left to go. I celebrated Tuesday afternoon on the front porch of Free State Brewery with Natalie, Eunyoung, and Meredith. So nice to get some sunshine and beer with friends!
It's been unseasonably cool here this week, so we used our slow cooker to make a batch of Hominy White Bean Chili on Sunday, throwing together Blue Corn Biscuits at the last minute as an accompaniment. The biscuits look a bit strange under the florescent under-counter lights, but they were so fluffy and good right out of the oven, and perfect for a chilly evening meal.
After a long day of writing and editing, Joe and I, together with our friend Emily, enjoyed a fantastic Saturday evening starting at Westside Local for a relaxing dinner. It was then on to the Lyric Theater for Symphonic Quixotic, a collaborative performance between the Kansas City Symphony and Quixotic Fusion, a KC-based performance group that blends dance and a variety of music styles. Not only was the music wonderful, but Quixotic was amazing, incorporating a variety of acrobatic tricks and visual illusions into their performance, and blending their electronic sound with that of the orchestra.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Wednesday was my last night of teaching Gender in Japanese Art at KCAI, a class that I will truly miss. The students presented on their research projects, brought snacks, and Joe delivered Waldo Pizza for us. I'll also miss the fireplace and built-in bookshelves of the classroom, such a fun old-school environment.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Joe and I share a love of the blog Cake Wrecks, and he was so inspired when seeing this bizarre neon-orange cake with a huge clashing plastic topper that he couldn't resist. Thankfully the cake was better than the decorating!
Fun fact: Kansas City has the most fountains of any city in the U.S., and is second only to Rome globally. So when it was super hot on Saturday and we were driving along Ward Parkway to get take-out from Blanc on the Plaza, it was nice to see some of them on for the season.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
With perfect weather and great art, this month's First Friday was fantastic. We started our evening at KCAI for the end of semester exhibition and sale. After seeing some interesting student work, we hopped on the bus up to the crossroads to see the opening of the America: Now and Here exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos. The exhibition was really well done and very well received, with a variety of important contemporary artists represented. The show continues to other cities after a one month run in KC and is a great conversation starter about contemporary America.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
In teaching Eastern Civ., my favorite unit is that on the Chushingura. The 18th century story samurai loyalty is easily readable (as it was originally a play), and full of excitement and intrigue. Generally it is one of the easier texts to sell to the students, but the best part is our visit to the Spencer Museum of Art Print Room, where we are able to view 18th and 19th century Japanese pints related to the kabuki version of the story. Below is Act 10, where the merchant Gihei (in the middle) proves his loyalty to the samurai (in black) who are disguised as police.