Silk and Steel – fusion of French fashion, women & WWI

The National WWI Museum and Memorial will bring a splash of style and fashion to its latest exhibit, Silk and Steel, opening Friday.

When the first World War exploded in the late summer of 1914, armies took the field in bright uniforms and navies steamed to sea flying the colors of their nations. For the ensuing years of global war until the peace treaty was signed on June 28, 1919, a largely unrepresented population in the histories were women in countries involved in the war.

Women worked in war industries like agriculture, nursing and transport, while engaged in the fight for voting rights, equal pay and respect. In France, recent scholarship has shown that the survival of women’s fashion also played an important role in keeping up morale, maintaining ties with allies and even helping the war-time economies.

On Friday, the Silk and Steel: French Fashion, Women and WWI exhibition will feature original dresses, coats, capes, hats, shoes and accessories from period French designers including Madeleine Vionnet, House of Worth and Hermès. From the evolution of the war-time silhouette, the influence of military uniforms and post-war emancipation, this exhibition provides a new chapter of the history of the war at the Museum and Memorial.

City Market teams up with KC Royals for blood drive

City Market will join forces with the Community Blood Center from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for a blood drive in the historic the Farmers Market.

Blood donations tend to be lower during the summer, and donation events during the school year typically help make up the difference and stabilize the blood supply, according to the CBC. Unfortunately, the pandemic has disrupted that cycle and caused the community blood supply to run dangerously low.

“City Market is a destination for individuals who are interested in wellness and community, and hosting this blood drive during the Farmers Market is a good visual reminder for all our patrons to donate at CBC donor centers as often as possible,” said Sue Patterson, director of City Market marketing and communications.

Appointments are preferred for Saturday’s blood drive. Walk-ups will be accepted, if capacity permits. Click here or call 1-877-468-6844 to schedule your donation appointment,. Donors will receive a KC Royals “We Bleed Blue” t-shirt or rally towel.

Donors are asked to wear face coverings to their appointment. Temperatures will be checked at the door and social distancing protocols will remain in place. For more information regarding CBC’s response to COVID-19, click here.

Dish to serve its 20th serving of Downtown dining, shopping

This week on the Downtown Dish host Katy Schamberger explores a recent arrival to the River Market’s thriving retail scene. Think of it as a chill, low-key man cave where everyone’s welcome. Then, find out where to get your Caribbean soul food fix in the the Crossroads Arts District, as well as what you should order first. Plus news from Curbside KC, The Rieger and the City Market. Music by Amado Espinoza. The latest episode drops at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Downtown Dish is a free, weekly podcast on the Downtown dining, drinking and shopping scenes. It is made possible by the Downtown Council, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the KC Streetcar and Lynchpin Ideas.

This week’s episode – as well as each of the 19 previous chapters – is available at

Safe Commute KC Guide – staying resilient in the face of a public health crisis

As the greater Kansas City area continues to balance our region’s economy and community health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, employer-based safe commute policies and plans are integral to core business operations and the health of our workforce.

In partnership with RideKC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Full Employment Council, the Mid-America Regional Council has launched the Safe Commute KC Guide in order to equip local businesses with the tools they need to safely get employees to work and stay resilient in the face of the public health crisis.

The Guide is meant to assist employers in navigating the risks and best practices for each of Kansas City’s diverse transportation options, in order to find solutions that make sense through the pandemic and beyond. Check it out.