One Light residential tower to break ground on Monday


You are invited to a milestone event in Downtown Kansas City at 2 p.m. Monday at 13th & Walnut.

A ground-breaking ceremony is set for Monday in the Power & Light District, where officials will ceremonially welcome the One Light luxury residential tower to the Downtown neighborhood.

The Cordish Co. will break ground on the 25-story apartment project at 2 p.m. Monday. It intends to make One Light the first of four residential towers that will be built in the Downtown Power & Light District.

One Light, the first new residential tower built Downtown since the 32-story San Francisco building opened in Crown Center in 1976, was first announced 19 months ago, but Cordish officials said design tweaks to the 315-unit building delayed its construction start.

To learn more about One Light, check out the project announcement in The Kansas City Star and a recent KCPT story about the project and residential growth in Downtown.










King Tut exhibit begins first full week of showings at Union Station

This is a King Tut exhibit for the digital age, according to The Kansas City Star.

A replica of the Boy King’s mummy, created by a 3-D printer, is as close to the real thing as you’re going to get this side of the Valley of the Kings, according to The Star’s coverage by reporter Matt Campbell.

Coffins are just two of more than 1,000 replicated objects on exhibit now at "The Discovery of King Tut" at Union Station.  Photo courtesy of The Kansas City Star.

Coffins are just two of more than 1,000 replicated objects on exhibit now at Union Station.

The Star reported:

The blackened thing is an arresting highlight of a new exhibit which opened Friday at Union Station, a North American premiere.

It’s true, “The Discovery of King Tut” does not contain actual Egyptian artifacts from more than 3,300 years ago. But in an era of virtual reality, the producers say they are offering something else: a chance to re-create a moment of wonder.

“Once that tomb was found, it was clear that it was the find of the century — or ever,” said Egyptologist David Silverman of the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, who is a scientific director for the exhibit.

Silverman, who was curator of three touring shows of actual Tut objects, said this exhibit allows visitors to experience things the others could not.

Visitors pass chambers of the exact size that were found in the Valley of the Kings and see the golden and wooden-carved objects under choreographed spotlights, along with an audio guide that is included with admission.

“Here they are in the darkness,” Silverman said of the stacked and jumbled objects discovered in 1922. “This is the way they were found.”

After the theatrics, the second part of the exhibit allows visitors to take a closer look at those objects as they appeared after being cleaned up and restored to their original glory.

The detail extends to variations in style among hieroglyphs on a gold-plated shrine.

“In no other example does it look like this,” said Silverman, pointing out a slight difference in a character, “so this was done by a different artist in ancient times. And the replica is that good, that it picked it up.”

The reproductions took craftsmen more than two years to create and may appear even better than the originals do these days in politically turbulent Egypt.

“I was at the Cairo Museum in December,” said Christoph Scholz, executive producer of the new exhibit. “Everything is in a complete desolate state.”

Tutankhamun was a pharaoh who died young and whose tomb was undiscovered until British archaeologist Howard Carter found it in 1922. Carter’s story is told in a brief introductory film.

Tut’s tomb actually was looted at least once around the time of his burial, but the thieves were caught. Carter found some rings strewn in a corridor.

“We don’t know exactly what they have stolen,” said Egyptologist Wolfgang Wettengel, also a scientific director for the exhibit.

But more than 5,000 precious objects were still there when Carter poked his candle into a small hole and reported that he saw “wonderful things.”

“The Discovery of King Tut” exhibit has more than 1,000 replicated objects, including the famous golden mask. Another centerpiece is the king’s chariot, which had retreaded wheels, indicating he actually used it.

Robert Cohon, a professor of ancient art and curator of the Egyptian collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, toured the Union Station exhibit Wednesday afternoon as workers were finishing up. He declared it “absolutely top-rate.”

“Kids are going to really enjoy it,” Cohon said. “They’re going to want to read more about Egypt, and that stimulation is fundamental to education. … I mean, golden thrones, golden chariots, mummies, it has everything.”

The Union Station exhibition runs through Sept. 7. For ticket information, click here.


Middle of the Map Fest returns over next 3 weekends

MOM Fest

Buckle up! The third annual Middle of the Map Fest, curated by The Record Machine, returns to Westport and Downtown Kansas City over the next three weekends. 

Middle of the Map Fest has gained national attention to Kansas City for its three weeks of Music (April 3-5 in Westport), Forum (April 10-11 in Downtown) and Film (April 16-20 in Downtown).

The first Downtown events will begin with the Middle of the Map Fest Forum at The Kansas City Star Press Pavilion on Thursday, April 10

 Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Forum is the convergence of the arts, tech and cultural communities in America’s heartland. The Forum features compelling speakers and panel participants discussing a wide spectrum of topics. It is an event that represents the Midwest’s diverse arts, culture, and technology communities and seeks to enrich the public’s understanding of the elements that make Kansas City unique.

 At the opening party from 5:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, guests can connect with Forum speakers and participants over cocktails and interactive art, including a special projected light installation created by Quixotic, where dance, sound and technology seamlessly play together. George Packer from the New Yorker, author of The Unwinding, will be the featured guest from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Friday, April 11 will feature a full day of panelists and presentations starting at 8 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online at for $25. The first 200 tickets purchased will include a pass to a special Forum event held on April 23 with guest speaker Austin Kleon, New York Times bestselling author and one of SXSW’s Keynote Speakers on creativity in the digital age.

2014 Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest Full Forum Participants

50+ speakers and panelists including: Matt Baldwin, Baldwin Denim; Matthew Barksdale, Engage Mobile; Jason Bays, Kung Fu Robot; Tyler Beckett, Hugo Tea; Cameron Calder, Burn the Lot; Julie Cole, Charlotte Street Foundation; Jason Domingues, Prairie Goods; Shane Evans, Artist; Colby Garrelts, Bluestem and Rye; Damian Garcia, Dark Horse Distillery; Jason Grill, JGrill Media; Shane Guiter, KCPT; Matthew Hufft, Hufft Projects; Sly James, Kansas City mayor; Austin Kleon, Author; John Kreicbergs, Propaganda3; Mike Lundgren, VML; Mike McCamon,; Louis Meyers, Folk Alliance; Eric Miller, Gossup; Brian Mirakian, Populous Activate; Dylan Mortimer, Artist; Danny O’Neill, The Roasterie; George Packer, Author; Mi-Ai Parrish, The Kansas City Star; Kyle Rogers, Knoda; Patrick Ryan, Port Fonda; Leroy Shatto, Shatto Milk Company; Chris Shaw, Tech Trek; Richard Shipley,; Anne St. Peter, Global Prairie; Jon Stephens, KCCVA; David Sullivan, ArtsTech; Ryan Sutton, Pinsight Media+; Celina Tio, Julian, Collection and The Belfry; Paul Tyler, ArtsKC; Tyler Vanwinkle, Leap2; Erik Wullschleger, Sprint Accelerator

 About Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest annually curates and cultivates the unique arts and creative culture of the Midwest, bringing together a sense of community in local and national talent in an annual festival featuring music, forum and film. In addition to The Record Machine and Ink magazine, the Music Fest is also curated by promoters Steve Tulipana of The Record Bar, Neill Smith of The Riot Room and Terry Taylor of Mammoth Production.


King Tut comes to life next week at Union Station



The North American debut of The Discovery of King Tut exhibition is only days away from opening on Friday, April 4 at Union Station

The largest exhibit in Union Station history, covering a total of 20,000 square feet, will feature a total of 1,000 stunning reproductions that were scientifically and expertly hand-crafted over five years by leading Egyptian artisans. Approximately 5  million people have experienced The Discovery of King Tut in 20 host cities around the globe since its opening in 2008.

“Because Egyptian antiquities from King Tut’s tomb can no longer travel outside Egypt, this is an experience like no other,” said George Guastello, President and CEO of Union Station. “The selection of Union Station to host the North American premier of this breathtaking exhibition is a coup not only for us, but for Kansas City and the entire Midwest region”

The exhibition, which has taken five weeks to install, will open to the public on Friday, April 4 and run through Sept. 7.

“We wanted to bring the moment of the tomb’s discovery back to life and allow our visitors to relive it vividly,” said Christoph Scholz, executive producer, The Discovery of King Tut, SC Exhibitions. “A show without barriers or behind glass, in which not just a few objects can be shown, but the whole treasure and even the reconstructed burial chambers. An exhibition that leads you right to the heart of Tutankhamun’s tomb, presents his treasures and explains them in context. An exhibition in which people can relive what the archaeologist Howard Carter went through in November 1922.”

Tickets for the general public are $19.95. Admission price includes a special audio tour (one for adults and one version paced for children) which enhances the exhibition experience. It not only captivates, but educates, making it appropriate for all ages. Tickets are available at Union Station.

The Discovery of King Tut has visited the cultural capitals of Europe, including Munich, Dublin, Seoul, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Geneva and now, Kansas City,” Guastello said. “We are in prestigious and world-class company.” 

“We are delighted to bring this remarkable exhibition to North America for the first time, and in choosing a host city for the premiere, Union Station and Kansas City was the perfect fit,” said Mark Lach, vice president  for Premier Exhibitions.

“We value our longstanding relationship with Union Station and have seen great success with previous exhibitions including: Titanic: The Artifact ExhibitionReal Pirates and America I Am. The story of King Tut has fascinated the world since the remarkable discovery of his tomb, and this exhibition presents this fascinating subject in a thrillingly unique experience, and I’m confident visitors will leave The Discovery of King Tut exhilarated by having seen something very special.”

To learn more about the Tut exhibition, click here to read Union Station’s new On Track magazine.



One Light construction to begin in April; lane closures began this week

The One Light Luxury Apartment Tower project in the Kansas City Power & Light District will begin shortly! Evidence of the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony surfaced this week, as lane closures began on Walnut and 13th.

One Light (right) will feature a fourth floor club room with a walk-out to the Jones Pool. Groundbreaking is set for April 14.

One Light (right) will feature a fourth floor club room with a walk-out to the Jones Pool. Groundbreaking is set for April 14.

 One Light, announced just two weeks ago, will feature a 25-story, high-rise apartment building located at the corner of 13th and Walnut in the Central Business District.

Construction will start with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 14, and carries a target completion date of late 2015.

One Light will be the first new residential tower built in Downtown since the 32-story San Francisco building opened in Crown Center in 1976. It will feature 315 luxury units .

“This groundbreaking is a big deal for our downtown,” Mayor Sly James said told The Kansas City Star earlier this month.  “The opening of this residential project, combined with the launch of the streetcar starter line, will make the next couple of years a pivotal moment for Downtown Kansas City.”

To prepare for the April construction start, lane closures began this week on Walnut and 13th streets. Here is a rundown of what to expect when driving around the Power & Light District:

Walnut Street: Traffic on Walnut between 12th and 13th streets will only be permitted northbound from 13th Street, with no southbound traffic. Access to the Main Street parking garage, Town Pavilion parking garage and Cosentino’s loading dock will be permitted. At this time, drivers will be permitted to go southbound from 12th Street only to access the parking garages or loading docks.

13th Street: 13th Street, between Walnut and Main street will be down to one lane. The curb cutout in front of Cosentino’s Market Downtown will be within the closure and unavailable for parking. Concrete barriers will be in place throughout construction.