Huascar Medina

3 Rules For Writers From The New Poet Laureate Of Kansas

Sometimes Kansas' new poet laureate feels isolated and in transition. Huascar Medina 's mother is Panamanian and his father is Puerto Rican, but Medina was born at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Texas, and is an American. "I'm no longer from Puerto Rico or Panama, but sometimes I don't feel I'm American enough either, you know? My Spanish isn't the best, and sometimes I struggle with my English, so I live in the in between," says Medina, who has lived in Topeka for almost two decades.

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KANSAS CITY – Candidate Interviews begin for Kansas City, MO city manager. Talent strongly endorses possible invasion of Iraq. Protests and lawsuit over Missouri Medicaid cuts.

No list of the best comics in television history would be complete without Lucille Ball's name. A new production at the Unicorn Theatre is a biographical tribute to the comedienne.

Listening in to a jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, contributors to small presses gear up to read their fiction and poetry at the Writer's Place, and newEar presents the Kansas City premiere of an epic musical tale.

Tide Turned for Kansas as Energy Exporter

Jan 20, 2003

Kansas City, MO – A new report called the Kansas Energy Plan reminds Kansans that the oil and gas wells that dot the landscape are reminders of a disappearing era. At the same time it offers the hope on energizing at least one area of the lagging Kansas economy. The panel sees hope for more exports of wind, ethanol and coal-bed methane based energy.

01/16/03 –
school closings as of 7:00 AM Thursday:

Academy of Kansas City
Closed Thurs.
Submitted at: 4:25 AM CST on Thursday, Jan 16

St. Clair County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness
Submitted at: 3:05 PM CST on Wednesday, Jan 15

Douglas County
Closed Thurs.
Submitted at: 5:33 AM CST on Thursday, Jan 16

Barstow School
Closed Thurs.
Submitted at: 6:02 AM CST on Thursday, Jan 16

The Kansas City theatre community is undergoing a blitz of world premiere productions this month. The most ambitious is the musical Wild Boy, scored by area composer Gary Adams.

An artist with a new exhibit, a weekly practice session for area bagpipers, and a director facing a challenging production.

Links for more information:
Synergy Art Space
American Heartland Theatre
Midwest Highland Arts Fund

Kansas City, MO – Appleton, St. Clair County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

Excelsior Springs, Clay County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

Lakeland R-3
Closed Thurs. & Fri.

Lamonte R-4
Closed Thurs. & Fri.

Lathrop R-2
Clinton County
Closed Thurs. & Fri. due to illness

Lawson R-14, Ray County
Closed Thurs. & Fri.

Missouri City
Closed Thurs., Fri., & Mon.

Last week's Arts Roundup included a look at an art exhibit, a rock and roll show, and a musical with similar themes exploring the role of faith in times of tragedy.

The play Leaves from the Great Bharata is based on stories from The Mahabarata - an ancient Indian epic.


The Best Unsung Barbecue in a Barbecue-Crazy Town

Our food critics search far and wide for tasty new things to try.

How A Film That Scandalized Kansas City 50 Years Ago Became A Western Classic

"The Wild Bunch" changed how we think about violence in movies, but a 1969 preview in Kansas City sent audiences into the streets.