I've had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts over the past week. The Kauffman Center, set to open in September 2011, will be a world-class addition to the downtown landscape and an influential member of the Kansas City arts community. Read more here.
I've enjoyed music by Owl City over the past few days. Thanks to my cousin Anthony for introducing me to these tunes. Owl City kind of has a Postal Service vibe. Check out the music video for his single "Fireflies" below. If you're in Kansas City, Owl City plays a free show with Passion Pit on Thursday night at the Beaumont Club.
Thomas Sanders. Sanders created an incredible series of photographs featuring World War II veterans entitled "Faces of World War II". Check out his website and blog. Read another blogger's interview (which features additional photographs) with Sanders here. The man in the picture above, Bob Watson, served in the Navy and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The man in the picture below, Bob Smallwood, served in the Navy as well. He invaded Hitler's home a few days before the war ended and took the key he is holding from Hitler's bedroom.
Jim James, lead singer of My Morning Jacket, released an acoustic EP in tribute to George Harrison under the moniker Yim Yames. The 6 song set (alliteration?) contains songs from Harrison's days as a Beatles as well as from his solo career. I found it to be really special. Download a track below.
Russell Lee. This photo comes from the Library of Congress. It features a filling station and garage in Pie Town, NM in 1940. I've been doing research about oil companies today and came across this picture and loved it. I love vintage photography. Check out a host of great photography at the Library of Congress Flickr page.
It's not much, but it's something - a new track from Sufjan Stevens. Next month, Stevens drops The BQE, a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. Asthmatic Kitty has released a track titled "Movement VI—Isorhythmic Night Dance With Interchanges". Right click here to download and enjoy the new (kind of, it was actually performed two years ago) Sufjan.
Also, Sufjan is a native of Michigan as is my girlfriend Bre. Sufjan is great. Bre is the best. Quick shout out to her and the great state of Michigan.
Here's a cool take on the Welcome Back Kotter Theme performed by jj. The video is all slo-mo shots of Maria Sharapova. Interesting. In other tennis news, Melanie Oudin, the 17 year old American, ousted Maria Sharapova from the U.S. Open this weekend. Go Melanie. Go America. Enjoy the video. You probably won't enjoy the video. It's weird. So enjoy the song.
This comes from a new class of aspiring photography students at the Arts Magnet High School, Booker T. Washington, in Dallas. It's from a pinhole camera. I'm going to hype their work a lot this school year.
Check out more from these phenoms at their blog. Shout out to the trillest photography teacher Cassie Edmondson.