Grabbing the top spot in CityVoter’s 2009 Best Museum poll, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art serves as Kansas City’s intersection of art, culture, and history. Boasting more than 33,500 pieces and art objects, the museum’s vast collections are organized by period, geography, and medium and feature everything from photographs to sculpture to haunted portraits with eyes that follow visitors around the room. Rotating exhibitions encourage return visits, like a sentient boomerang that grabs your hand and refuses to let go. The current exhibit, Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life, explains away loneliness with works from artists including Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, and Paul Klee, who moonlighted as a self-help guru and was the first to posit that men and women may be space aliens hailing from separate planets. This Saturday, the museum opens two new exhibitions, Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present and Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection, which members get to see for free.
Josie Kern, Artistic Photography's experienced shutterbug, harnesses her years of snapping photos at fashion shows and special events to expertly capture client portraits in her hometown, chalet-style studio. Single models or groups of up to eight people can strike visually pleasing poses in a prompted 60-minute photo session, as Josie immortalizes group hugs, catwalk stances, and yarn-chasing prowess. After the photo shoot, clients sit down with Josie to choose their favorite frame and receive the selected image on an 8"x10" print, with additional prints available for $10 apiece. Josie's attention to detail, eye for powerful imagery, and ability to juggle five flaming cameras has gained her work both locally and abroad, including gracing the cover of Yoga Magazine.
Sand castles may crumble, ice sculptures may melt, and beloved child actors will inevitably get old and weird looking, but artwork is forever. Learn how to immortalize your creativity in a less transient form with today's Groupon. For $45, you'll get $150 worth of summertime art instruction at Kansas City Art Institute. The Groupon is good for either the storied, tree-lined main campus or KCAI's Northland Campus for Special Programs in Riverside. Subscribers may purchase up to two Groupons for their own use, or more as gifts. Prices and supply lists vary per class, but most tuition averages $100 to $299 per course.
• For $15, you get one entry to the 5K race on Sunday, August 28 at 8 a.m. (a $30 value). • For $20, you get one entry to the 10K race on Sunday, August 28 at 7:30 a.m. (a $40 value). • For $32, you get one entry to the half-marathon on Sunday, August 28 at 7 a.m. (a $65 value). • For $37, you get one entry to the marathon on Saturday, August 27 at 7 a.m. (a $75 value). • For $37, you get one entry to the 50K race on Saturday, August 27 at 6 a.m. (a $75 value). • For $100, you get one team entry to the marathon relay, valid for up to four people, on Saturday, August 27 at 7 a.m. (a $200 value).
William Drew—known as Drew by his friends and students—founded Healing House Kundalini Yoga after becoming a certified instructor through the 3HO Foundation. He is also a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and has taught in both traditional and nontraditional yoga spaces. Bearing that experience in mind, he passionately shares the healing and balancing effects of Kundalini yoga, finding personal satisfaction in seeing the change that comes over people when they embrace joyful stillness.
Drew and his fellow teachers at Healing House focus on Kundalini yoga—the original yoga that gave birth to all 22 schools and, therefore, deserves at least a card on Mother's Day. Unlike other styles, which were designed for monks, Kundalini is meant for busy people with worldly responsibilities. It eschews difficult poses in favor of simple postures, gestures, breaths, chants, and meditation. These elements are arranged in a sequence to achieve precise effects while simultaneously strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility. Kundalini yoga also fortifies the mind by expanding inner awareness and reconnecting bodies and minds severed by earthly cares.
Phoenix Herb Company supplies customers with natural health solutions using an inventory of more than 400 bulk herbs, spices and teas as well as essential oils, extracts, and incense. Since 2005, the shop's staff of holistic experts and horticulturists has helped keep shelves stocked with many herbal blends, including some prepared on-site.