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Seg. 1: The Crossroads And YJ's. Seg. 2: Spencer Brown.

Segment 1: The changing relationship between working artists and the Crossroads.

The Crossroads is a lively place, filled with condos, wine shops, doggie daycares and yoga studios. But back in 2000, it was much more quiet, inhabited by artists who brought their quirky vibe to the area. Now, the building that houses YJ's Snack Bar has been sold — and the longstanding café is moving. Is it the end of an era? What's next for the Crossroads and the artists?

Segment 2, beginning at 34:23: Meet Spencer Brown.

Local audiences might know him by his drag performer persona, Miss Daisy Buckët. But for the past 10 years, he has also been a member of The Kinsey Sicks, a group that bills itself as "America's Favorite Dragcapella Beautyshop Quartet." How politics, satire and drag go hand-in-hand.

  • Spencer Brown

 

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.