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Seg. 1: Ryan Wilks. Seg. 2: KC Soul Music.

Segment 1: A new art exhibit encourages people to write down their wishes.

A group of local artists has created a public altar at the Kansas City Public Library, where visitors are invited to write down their wishes and leave objects of personal significance. One of the artists behind this project shares his vision for it.

Here Where You Wish, through Saturday, June 17 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. Opening reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6.


Segment 2, beginning at 15:30: Looking back at KC soul music.

Johnny Starke goes hunting for old 45s — recordings of soul music made in Kansas City. He's the subject of a new film that followed him on his quest to find the perfect record. We also hear about KC soul music and why it's almost a "secret history" to some.

Forty-Five: The Search for Soul, 9:55 p.m., Friday, April 13 at the Kansas City Film Fest at Cinemark on the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Tickets available here.

People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.