Kansas City

Dan Wood’s “Kansas City Lights”.

Over the weekend I received an email from film maker Dan Wood with a link to a video he uploaded to Vimeo about a month ago. The time-lapse short film features the unique and diverse architecture of Kansas city as seen at night. With all the positive press our city has been receiving lately I thought I would share his video.

Shot at over 30 locations, and made up of more than 6900 individual photos, this short film captures the beauty of Kansas City. As a long time resident, I drive or walk by many of these buildings on a daily basis, but never stop to examine them. What I love about Wood’s film is he has captured the architecture in a unique way that showcases the architectural detail, drama, and location in such memorable way.

If you are from here or familiar with Kansas City, try and name all the locations without cheating and looking at the list below.

In order of appearance:
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Christopher S. Bond Bridge
Bloch Building – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Country Club Plaza
Kansas City Star
Crown Center
Kansas City Power and Light Building
Sporting Park – GO SPORTING!!
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kauffman Stadium – GO ROYALS!!
Western Auto Building
Arrowhead Stadium – GO CHIEFS!!
Boulevard Brewery
New York Life Building
The Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall
Gem Theater – 18th and Vine Jazz District
Kemper Arena
Union Station
Kansas City International Airport
Sprint Center
KCPT Tower
Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch
Broadway Bridge
Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Arena
Kansas City City Hall
Bartle Hall Convention Center
Liberty Memorial Tower at National World War I Museum

Justin McClure Creative Spikes The Punch.

Here’s a double Friday shout out to the local midwest crews of Quixotic, and Justin McClure Creative. Quixotic is a Kansas City based preforming arts group. Justin McClure Creative is a Wichita Kansas based creative group specializing in motion graphics and new media design work. What happens when you bring them together? You get the video below.  Sure this is a promo spot for Justin McClure Creative, but it shows what they do, and how well they do it, and it’s being done right here in the good old midwest, not New York or LA.

Taco Republic Truck. Follow and Go Get Your Taco On.

Sometimes you go to lunch and you  get lunch. Other times you go to lunch and you get something you want to shout about. Today, I got the shout about lunch. I want to give a hat tip to Bread and Butter Concepts, Brad Gilmore, and the folks running the Taco Republic truck that is serving up tasty good street tacos around Kansas City.

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If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to give them a shot. It’s seriously good. You can find out where the truck is going to be by following them on Twitter, and if you wait just a few more weeks you’ll be able to go to the physical restaurant they are opening in Mission at the corner of County Line Road and Mission Road, across from Oklahoma Joe’s.

Fireworks in Danang.

Every Memorial Day weekend, Kansas City kicks off the unofficial start of summer with a massive fireworks display at Liberty Memorial. This year is no different. The show starts around 9:45, weather permitting. I never take photos, or shoot video of the show. Fireworks can be one of the toughest things to shoot, and I don’t have the patience for it. For the people that do, the results can be pretty outstanding. Rob Whitworth is a photographer that knows how to shoot fireworks. The video below is from the 2013 international Fireworks competition in Danang. Whitworth blends still images, time-lapse, tilt-shift, and zoom techniques to showcase the event in a 2 minute short video.I hope the event tonight in Kansas City, looks this good. Hmmmm, maybe I should bring my camera to the event after all.

Danang International Fireworks Competition 2013 from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

MindDrive is Going the Distance.

OK this gets big props from me for a number of reasons. First off it’s a great program. Second it’s here in Kansas City. Third it uses a Karman Ghia.

MindDrive is a program designed to help at risk students grow through experiential learning. The mission is to inspire students to learn, expand their vision of the future, and to have a positive impact on urban workforce development.

This year the MindDrive students built an electric car that converts social media (tweets) into fuel, used for powering a road trip from Kansas City, Mo. to Washington D.C. In D.C.  the students hope to drive change in education by exposing legislators to the program and its results.

Every time you Watch, like and share this video, tweet, Facebook post, or share an image on Instagram about MindDrive,  Your social activity will be used to help fuel their road trip to Washington.